Lailat ul qadar and I’tikaff
Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 234: Narrated 'Aisha:
Allah's Apostle said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
The Quran clearly states that on a glorious night in Ramadan the Quran was revealed to the messenger and instead of utilising this blessing the Muslims pray all night asking Allah to grant them their wishes and cancel their past sins! The Prophet is reported to have said that it falls on the odd days towards the end of Ramadan but nowhere in the Quran are we told that this is what we should be doing so again the Muslims are not reading and understanding the Quran but have resorted to meaningless rituals. Let us see what the Bukharian’s have to say on this matter:-
Bukhari Volume 1, Book 12, Number 777: Narrated Abu Salama:
Once I went to Abu- Sa'id Al-Khudri and asked him, "Won't you come with us to the date-palm trees to have a talk?" So Abu Said went out and I asked him, "Tell me what you heard from the Prophet about the Night of Qadr." Abu Said replied, "Once Allah's Apostle performed I’tikaff (seclusion) on the first ten days of the month of Ramadan and we did the same with him. Gabriel came to him and said, 'The night you are looking for is ahead of you.' So the Prophet performed the I’tikaff in the middle (second) ten days of the month of Ramadan and we too performed I’tikaff with him. Gabriel came to him and said, 'The night which you are looking for is ahead of you.' In the morning of the 20th of Ramadan the Prophet delivered a sermon saying, 'Whoever has performed I’tikaff with me should continue it. I have been shown the Night of "Qadr", but have forgotten its date, but it is in the odd nights of the last ten nights. I saw in my dream that I was prostrating in mud and water.' In those days the roof of the mosque was made of branches of date-palm trees. At that time the sky was clear and no cloud was visible, but suddenly a cloud came and it rained. The Prophet led us in the prayer and I saw the traces of mud on the forehead and on the nose of Allah's Apostle. So it was the confirmation of that dream."
You can see from this that the Prophet did not know when qadr was and started the practice in the beginning, middle and then the end of Ramadan! He was misled by Gabriel who did not tell him exactly when it was but played games by saying in the next ten days! This also shows you in a round-a-bout way that the Prophet was not endowed with “extra” knowledge other than the Quran because he did not know when the night of qadr was and he also forgot the date! The verse shows the Prophet in a very negative light in that as an example for us all to follow he did not know when this miraculous night was. Either that or the whole verse is a Zoroastrian inspired nonsense which Muslims are undertaking because they are ancestor worshipping and not using those grey cells in their heads. The other “wonderful” night worshipped by Muslims is the “Shab-e-Barat”. This is the night that your next year’s fate and destiny are fixed! This is the exact copy of the Zoroastrian belief on the eve of Nauroz where all the coming events and fates are decided. Interpolation into Islam has many twisted paths and we are doing exactly what the Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists etc did with their teachings and practices; mixed them up with manmade superstitions.
The two most powerful days of the Jewish calendar are Rosh Hashanah, New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. In the Talmud it is written that all mankind will pass before God’s throne like sheep and their fates for the coming year are written; On Yom Kippur their fates are sealed. The Jews were taken over by Babylonian/Persian/Zoroastrian religious customs during their exile and now you see their results.
Rosh Hashanah falls on the first of Tishri, usually in September, the ninth month of the year and for TEN DAYS their thoughts are about mortality, sin and repentance, and redemption. At midnight on the Saturday before Rosh Hashanah the Jews attend a service called Selikhot, where they recite the thirteen divine attributes of God’s mercy, and these penitential prayers are said before each dawn until Rosh Hashanah starts. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown with festive meals, candle lighting and synagogue services. When the last day arrives the observant Jew will implore God to hear their pleas as the “Gates of Heaven” close (Muslims believe that angels are close to the earth and listen to their requests for forgiveness of past sins, more money or where to find a sixteen year old virgin to marry now that their wife has passed away after forty years of servitude to them). Apparently it is quite an emotional time for the Jews who reach a crescendo with the chanting of various phrases like “blessed be the Name of God’s Sovereignty forever”, “Adonai is God” and do not forget “Next year in Jerusalem”. The details may be different but you must admit there is something akin to what Muslims do at the abomination added to fasting of “I’tikaff” which is attending the mosque for ten days continuously for the men, while some of the women “hold up” in a room at home which is not what is advocated in the Quran.
Surah 2 verse 187
2:187 (Abstinence is only for the daytime.) It has been made Lawful for you to go unto your wives on the night of the Abstinence. They are your garments and you are their garments - close to each other, source of mutual comfort, complementing each other, trustworthy and keepers of privacy, reason for décor, and redressers of faults. God knows that you would have deprived yourselves and so He turns to you and pardons your misconceptions. So, now you may have intimate relations with them and, besides, seek all good that God has ordained for you. You may eat and drink until you can discern the white streak of light against the black streak of night at daybreak. Then complete the Abstinence until sunset. Do not have intimate relations with them while on special assignments in the Centers of the Divine System. These are the bounds set by God - so come not near violating them. It is thus that God explains His Commands unto mankind clearly, so that they understand and live upright.
[Iftikaaf = Special task = To be deputed = Extra duty = Unique assignment. ‘Aakifoon = Those on I’tikaaf. Unfortunately, under the Ajami (alien) influences, the concept given to Iftikaaf has reduced this Sublime Ordinance to ten days of ascetic and ritualistic isolation in a mosque in the third part of Ramadhan. Obviously, this invented practice violates the Qur’anic injunctions against monasticism and human rights. (57:27). Libaas = Garment = Raiment embraces all the meanings rendered]
What part of the above tells us to act like monastic monks? The Quran is for all people so why do some partake in it while others serve them through a “trap door”? If we all did it we would be in a lot of difficulty! Attending the mosque is for learning more of the Quran which was revealed during this month and does not mean reciting all its verses once, twice or more without any meaning! “Establish a just social and economic system”, where does this fit in with Iftikaaf?
According to more “truths” from Bukhari, Allah will forgive our sins if we pray all night in Qadar, although He forgot to mention this in the Quran! Also, is it in the last ten days or last seven days?
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 231: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven ."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 232: Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet were shown in their dreams that the night of Qadr was in the last seven nights of Ramadan. Allah's Apostle said, "It seems that all your dreams agree that (the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever wants to search for it (i.e. the Night of Qadr) should search in the last seven (nights of Ramadan)."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 233: Narrated Abu Salama: I asked Abu Sa'id, and he was a friend of mine, (about the Night of Qadr) and he said, "We practiced Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) in the middle third of the month of Ramadan with the Prophet . In the morning of the 20th of Ramadan, the Prophet came and addressed us and said, 'I was informed of (the date of the Night of Qadr) but I was caused to forget it; so search for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. (In the dream) I saw myself prostrating in mud and water (as a sign). So, whoever was in l'tikaf with me should return to it with me (for another 10-day's period)', and we returned. At that time there was no sign of clouds in the sky but suddenly a cloud came and it rained till rain-water started leaking through the roof of the mosque which was made of date-palm leaf stalks. Then the prayer was established and I saw Allah's Apostle prostrating in mud and water and I saw the traces of mud on his forehead."
The Prophet prayed in mud! If Bukhari could not find a better hadith out of the 600,000 he collected to show us how to be proper Muslims and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet then I am sure they must have been even more obnoxious than these.
And what about this; In Judaism a traditionally observant Jew will build himself a booth or hut called a Sukkah during the “Feast of Booths” (Sukkot) according to:-
Bible, Leviticus, Chapter 23:-
23:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.
23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
23:44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.
I’tikaff and Sukkot, the details are different but the ritualised behaviour of the “best of creation” is something to be ashamed of. “Where for art though, oh true Muslim?” Ignore Allah and His true teachings and call yourself anything except Muslims, you do not deserve this title:-
103:1 Time that flies and has flown, bears witness.
103:2 That man is, and has been, in a state of loss.
103:3 Except those who have chosen to be graced with belief, do works that help others and exemplify Truth and exemplify perseverance.
[Individuals and nations that are exception to the Rule of mankind being in a state of loss, have four qualities.
a. They believe in the Divine Laws operative in Nature, and not that things happen around them haphazardly. In other words they are pragmatic people.
b. They do works of collective good, helping those who lag behind, and improving the individual and collective potentials of humanity.
c. They uphold Al-Haqq (the Truth) instead of hearsay and conjecture. They refrain from violating Haqq (human rights) which is always the first casualty of an order based upon Falsehood.
d. They know that the benefit of the individual and the benefit of the society are strongly interwoven. Therefore, they are patient in times of ease and prosperity by not falling for rivalry in material possessions. And they are steadfast in times of adversity, natural disasters and armed confrontation]