About Shabe Barat: With a Foreword

Ibadat must be accomplished as Quran and Sunnah prescribes. Unfortunately people of our times don’t go to Ulama and make queries about ‘how to’ or FAQs regarding a matter – this practice has become rare today. For this reason, we make simple things complex. At this age of information bombardment, if we, the Muslims become too incautious, take the matters of Deen lightly and just read any book or listen to any layman, who doesn’t have the real understanding of Deen, our concepts, beliefs and deeds would become ‘as I wish’ or ‘whatever I like’ or ‘whatever I choose to do’. But Islam, the Deen by Allah Taala has reached us through more than 1400 years by hardship of the pious people and if we ignore it, we may easily draw our lives astray.

Let us be rational. Let us easily accept the fact that Islam is from Allah Taala, brought by His Messenger – Beloved Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam – Protected by Allah Taala – in various means; major means is the pious people, starting from Sahaba (RA) the Imams of Hadith, Fuqaha and so on. There is a CHAIN – through which the Divine Knowledge as well as spiritual teachings have reached us – at this age, up to this moment! Allahu Akbar….!!! How Allah Taala has preserved His Deen. Still why we get confused? Why we mix up our own concepts and beliefs with the original and genuine ones? The only reason for it is: we don’t go to them – who know Deen – Who has truly become the Successor of Deeni Knowledge.

Take a closer look to the people who say ‘new things’ today, like ‘turning down’ the viewpoints of Mujtahideen – Imams, or making free style and self derived comments and self derived meanings of the Verses of the Verses of the Quran and Hadith  – these people are far away from the basic tenets of Islam and their deeds do not resemble the life of our Prophet Sallallallahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam. On one hand they turn down the torch bearers teachings and on the other they easily criticize the pious predecessors. Often, some people today are too much biased by one or two pious people, completely abandoning and disrespecting the words and views of others. Some even dare to negatively comment on the unmatched pious Fuqaha, like, Imam Abu Hanifa (R) [Na-wuzubillah], whereas, they seriously take into account the Respect of Imam Bukhari (R). Imam Abu Hanifa (R) is the man who got the Company of few Sahaba (R) and wrote a book on Hadith many years before Imam Bukhari (R). But of course, we respect all our pious predecessors and do not hastily make comments on what we do not know. Just because of not attaining knowledge from reliable sources and in right way, people today are following such concepts, conducts and occasions, which Islam had never prescribed.

The men who had introduced or added new ideas, programs and occasions in Islam are the enemies of Muslims until they do Tawba sincerely. The Ulama hold the Proper Knowledge of Deen rightly and Allah Taala preserves Deen through the pious scholars, the Ulama – Allah Taala, by His Wisdom prepares a group of Islamic Scholars at every age. Sunnah is the yardstick to measure who are in the right path and who are in the wrong. And just as mentioned above – the reliable chain of Divine Knowledge is there of every individual, who carry and forward the knowledge they had attained. The liars and innovators don’t have any such reliable chain. Allah Taala had preserved the life of our pious predecessors in such a fashion and way, which has no match in human history! If with pure and sincere heart, any individual seeks the Rights Path, it is wide open and Allah Taala Himself will guide the individual. The intention has to be very pure and clean while searching the truth.

Now that Shabe-Barat is approaching, see one wrong practice, we are in – at large. We are crowding in the mosques at night. Hazrat Mufti Taqi Usmani (DB) has given an interesting example and explained how foolish this ‘meeting’ with Allah Taala is. Hazrat said that, if a king or a ruler has called someone to hold a confidential meeting with him and also gives the individual a particular time – ‘come at night when all others will be busy in their works’, what should the individual do? If the individual foolishly goes to meet the king at broad daylight and also take some of his friends with him, what will the king’s reaction be? Just similarly, in case of voluntary worship (nafl Ibadat), Allah Taala has called his slaves towards him alone – separately. Authentic narrations bear the Ibadat (worship) at Shabe Barat’s night, but it is nafl – voluntary. To accomplish voluntary deeds, we are gathering in the mosque collectively, responding to Allah Taala’s call – fine, but in a way, which Allah Taala doesn’t like! Hadn’t it been much wiser and much better for us, if we have stayed in our houses, and performed Salat or Recited Quran and did Dua in solitude in the 15th Shaban night? Hadn’t this been much more rational and close to Sunnah?

Dear Reader, take another practice for instance! Today collectively many of us go to the graveyard at 15th Shaban night. From one Hadith we come to know that Hazrat Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhiwa Sallam had once gone to Jannatul Baqi – the graveyard in Madina, later Hazrat Ayesha (RA) followed him. At that time, wasn’t Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam alone in the graveyard? So what do we learn here? Our Beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam, was alone! But our eyes escape this fact! Our Noble Predecessors had always been much careful in following and complying with the Deeds of Hazrat Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhiwa Sallam. Let us also try so; let us stick close to the Sunnah as much as possible! Let us not make greetings like “Shabe Barat Mubarak” and let us not accomplish such acts, which are not in the authentic narrations of Quran and Sunnah. Let us look close, what are the dos and don’ts of Shabe Barat (Please Click to read). Let us clear our concepts and correct our Deeds. Then we could expect divine acceptation and forgiveness.

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