The Arabic term Eid traces its etymology to the word ‘awd’ which actually means ‘to return’. Therefore the day of Eid is actually the day of ‘return’ towards the Beneficent Lord.
The man is created with a pure fitra which guides him always towards His Creator Sustainer Lord. But man covers his fitra on which he is created, with the dust of sins and heedlessness and thus becomes estranged with His most Loving Lord.
The month long worship and purification in the blessed month of Ramadan removes and clears the hardened layers of sins and reconnects the man with His Creator Lord. So on the day of Eid, that is the day of return, man returns towards His Lord with purified soul.
It’s a day of celebration because we receive the rewards after a month long worship and rigorous spiritual training, and it’s also the day of thankfulness to the Lord because He opened the doors of mercy and forgiveness through the blessed month of Ramadan.
The day of Eid is not a day when we return to our old life of thanklessness and heedlessness, but rather it’s a day when we go ahead in life with renewed spiritual energy and determination.
We should remember Allah this day more frequently and recite the supplication of Imam Sajjad(AS) in Sahifa Sajjadia on the day of Eid, and this dua from Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qai’m. We offer special prayers on the occasions of Eid to express our gratitude to Allah subhanhu wa taa’la, in this wake The book by Yasin al-Jibouri in this sake the is a useful one which discusses the details related to the special Eid prayers.
The day of Eid also mandates for us to pay zakat al Fitra. The FAQs on Zakat al-Fitra answers different questions related to this issue. Reading the resource can be beneficial for those who have questions in their minds about the zakat al-fitra.
The book Fast by Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi explains different aspects of the Eid al Fitr. It can be an interesting reading for the uninitiated, and the thoughts on Eid delves a little deeper briefly into the question of why do we celebrate Eid.
I end my brief post with the humble request that when you stand to pray on the day of Eid , remember all believers including Ahlul Bayt DILP team in your prayers!
6 Resources to Help You Enjoy Spiritual Benefits in the Most Important Night of the Year (Laylatul Qadr)
The Laylatul Qadr is the most significant and glorious night of the year.
The night is replete with blessings and “rahmah”. Its brilliance and shine surpasses all other nights of the year. The night has got its high status confirmed by none less than holy Quran itself. In honor and glory it is weightier than a thousand months.
The acts of worship and good deeds performed in this blessed night with sincerity of intentions for the Allah subhanahu wa talaa are more rewarding than they are in any other night. The following tradition provided in the book “Adab as-Salat: The Disciplines of the Prayer ” by Ayatullah Sayyid Imam Ruhallah Musawi Khomeini, from the holy Prophet(S) makes the significance of the night clear:
“Moses said: ‘O Allah! I desire your proximity.’ Allah said: ‘My proximity is for the one who keeps awake on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I wish for your mercy.’ Allah said: ‘My mercy is for the one who shows mercy to the poor on `the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I want to cross the sirāt [the (right) path]’. He said: ‘That is for the one who gives out a sadaqah (charity) on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah.’ I want of the trees and fruits of Paradise.’ Allah said: ‘They are for the one who glorifies (Me) on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘I want to be delivered.’ Allah said: ‘From the Fire?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. Allah said: ‘It is for the one who asks forgiveness on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I ask for your pleasure.’ Allah said: ‘I would be pleased with the one who performs two rak’ahs (bow) of salāt (prayer) on ‘the night of Qadr.’”
The book “Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Suluk al-Arifan)“ by Ayatullah Mirza Jawad Tabrizi, quotes the following tradition from the holy Prophet(S) on the rewards for acts of worship this night :
“On the night of power, the gates of heaven are opened. There is no servant who offers prayer in this night, but Allah (swt) for every prostration stores a tree in the Paradise–the tree whose branches and shade is so vast that if a rider travels for one hundred years through its shade, he would not be able to cross it; for every ra’kat (bow) would build a home for him in paradise–the home decorated and built by pearls, topaz, and rubies; for every verse recited, a crown from the crowns of paradise; for every praise (tasbeeh),a bird from the birds of paradise; for every sitting, a rank from the ranks of paradise. For every witnessing (tashahud), a chamber from the chambers of paradise, and for every salutation, a robe from the robes of paradise would be bestowed upon him by Allah. And at the breaking of the dawn, companions, youthful and sympathetic, houris of paradise–pure and decorated, obedient and well uniformed, horses–most obedient and swift, flowers, greenery, and good smells, running elegant fountain streams, and many other bounties which make the soul pleased and eyes to shine, would also be bestowed upon him by Allah.”
The blessed night is worth knowing more and more about it. The more we know about this gracious night , the more we can reap good results out of it. Fast of the Month of Ramadhan: Philosophy and Ahkam unravels the different details about the blessed night.
As the dua is a weapon of a believer, the recommended supplications and acts of worship must be adhered to get maximum spiritual rewards. Finally the lecture by Dr. Murtadha Alidina takes us further into the depths of understanding the night’s glory.
Let’s pray to Al Mighty Allah that may in this night of power and glory and the night of determination of destinies , He makes us spend our time in supplications and prayers, and may He make us do the good deeds which cause the bestowal of His mercy and forgiveness and removal of His wrath and punishment!
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Dear Al-Islam.org readers,
As we get closer to the holy month of Ramadan, we would like to encourage our visitors to explore our resources to prepare for this beautiful month and make the most of it! This blog post will share select resources you can glimpse through from our site:
Gaining closeness to the Quran
The Al-Quran Project is a beneficial tool to get a basic English translation and commentary on Quranic verses.
We also host volumes of one of the greatest commentaries of the time – Tafsir al-Mizan authored by Allama Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai as well as many other Quranic commentaries!
A contemporary scholar and expert in Irfan/spirituality, Ayatullah Hasanzadeh Amuli has said, “An Irfan-less community is tantamount to a lifeless corpse”.
This is a month is described as the ‘divine banquet’ – an important month to work on our spirituality. A book on spirituality related to fasting in particular is “Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Suluk al-Arifan)“.
There are many supplications we read during this month; understanding the depth and meaning behind those supplications is a great tool to increase our spirituality. A book in this regard is one by Shaykh Muhammad Khalfan that focusses on the inner meanings behind the popular du’a of the holy Prophet (saw) that we read after every Salaat in the month of Ramadan: Manifestations of the All-Merciful.
The Month of the Ummah
Let’s strive to develop a greater understanding of the Ummah through studying the present situation as well as history. The last Friday of this month, also known as “Yawm al-Quds” is a day to work towards the cause of the oppressed and become their voice – let’s make sure to participate in it in best way possible.
May we acquire the best benefits possible from this spiritual month!
Some of you rightly noticed that when we moved over to the new site, the Aalim network archives (a series of question and answers and many lectures under the multimedia section went missing.
We have now brought back both of them.
The Aalim Network, can be accessed via this url http://www.al-islam.org/link/aalim-network-archives
As for the multimedia files, they are now accessible if you have a direct link to them. for eg. http://www.al-islam.org/gallery/audio/hawza/aqaid/babhadi/016.mp3 . However, we are still working on adding a section in the new portal that will allow easy browsing/searching for the multimedia files.
Keep looking at this space for more updates.
We’ve recently made some efforts to improve the search experience on Al-Islam.org
This includes support for
- Exact text matches
- Fuzzy matches
- Some UI improvements
- Ability to search with Google
- New ability to search for organizations
However, we realize that there is more work to be done to make the search better.
Any feedback/suggestions are welcome
We’ve noticed that some of our users are experiencing difficulties in viewing books/articles on their mobiles.Rest assured, we’ve taken notice and are working towards a solution at the earliest.
Meanwhile, it would be good if you can leave a comment letting us know which mobile browsers are facing this problem.
During the last 2 years DILP team has been working hard on developing the new Al-Islam.org 2.0 website.
Here are some features to look out for in the new version:A New Interface
The new interface makes it easy to find the resources you’re looking for.Join & Collaborate
Register with the site and you can collaborate with the team in improving the text by correcting errors in spellings or references.Search the site with Auto Suggest
While searching, the search bar will suggest important phrases.Export to Print or PDF format
Export any book or page in Print or PDF format to read offlineShare your feedback on a resource Browse resource by topic, author, translator or publisher
Supplications in Islam while being a means of communication with our Creator are not only significant for fulfillment of needs and desires but also to enhance one’s spiritual nature towards Allah (SWT).
Inspired by Quran and hadith that lay great emphasis on integrating supplications to the Almighty in one’s life, the Duas.org team has made an earnest effort to provide easiest access to the enormous treasure of supplications from our holy infallibles (as)! The supplications are presented from very reliable sources such as books from great scholars as well as Sahifas of the infallibles (as) themselves; namely – Sahifa al-Alaviya, Sahifa al-Zahra, Sahifa al-Kamila, Sahifa al-Razaviya, Sahifa al-Mahdi and duas from our tenth and eleventh Imams (as).
Every supplication on the site is made available in Arabic language along with English transliteration and translation. Along with the basic html version for each dua, there are PowerPoint slides, PDF and MP3 versions made available for every supplication – thus making it very convenient for e-readers and Amazon Kindle users to recite supplications at their own ease.
Not only does the site provide access to supplications but also informs about recommended deeds (amaal) during important days of the Islamic year. Supplications for everyday life, after every prayer and specific purposes such as, marriage, studying, cure for health problems etc. are also available on the site.
Informative articles and books on various important subjects are also present for readers to improve their knowledge and understanding about a particular event or topic. For instance, if the supplications for seeking Istikhara are mentioned the reader is simultaneously suggested to read a book on the detailed concept of Istikhara and its relevance to one’s situation. Similarly there are several books related to the topics of marriage, death and various other issues.
The Duas.org apps for Android, iPhone/iPad and other smartphone users are free to download.
One can merely thank the dedicated team at Duas.org for providing such wonderful and easy access to the precious gems from the holy infallibles (as)! As you enjoy reciting supplications from their site, please remember the team in your prayers so that Allah gives them best in this life and the next.
The Ahlul Bayt DILP presents Islamic resources on Al-Islam.org in more than 25 languages. One of these languages is Kiswahili, which serves as a second language in several parts of East African countries. Al-Islam.org hosts more than 250 resources in Kiswahili, and this was largely made possible by the efforts of Al-Itrah foundation
Al-Itrah Foundation is an Islamic organization that was established in October of 2002. Although the organization is based in Dares-Salaam – Tanzania, its activities are definitely a great inspiration to Muslims worldwide. Below is a brief interview with the founder of Al-Itrah Foundation, Br. Mahboob Somji, who has enlightened us about Al-Itrah and its activities.
1) What primary goals does Al-Itrah seek to achieve?
Our primary goals are:
- To promote divine values.
- To spread awareness about the Holy Prophet (saw) and his progeny to Muslims as well as non Muslims.
- To bridge the gap between Muslims and non Muslims.
2) Please enlighten us about Al-Itrah’s main activities that are currently running.
The main activities of Al-Itrah Foundation are:
- Translating Arabic & English resources into Kiswahili language; we have so far translated more than 200 books into Kiswahili and recently translated the first Shia Tafsir of the holy Quran into Kiswahili.
- Educating and promoting Islamic awareness through the media and specifically through Al-Itrah’s own TV channel: IBN Television
- Spreading awareness through Maarifa Radio channel.
- Running a full time library in the local area in the city which is known as Maktaba Mustaqeem.
3) Please tell us something about IBN television. What programs are broadcasted through it?
IBN television is the first Islamic channel in Tanzania that broadcasts in three different languages, mainly Kiswahili and English. Various kinds of programs are broadcasted through it, such as, talk shows, Islamic lectures from renowned scholars, highlights on the current political situation of the Ummah, interfaith programs and various other programs related to social life, health and general lifestyle.
4) Although Al-Itrah is based in Tanzania, does it also send out books throughout the world or does it only seek to serve specific areas/regions?
Yes we do ship out books that are ordered through our website (http://alitrah.info/) around the world, however it also depends on the number of orders.
In addition, we distribute free books in Kiswahili to more than 50 centers in East Africa. Only sample copies are sent to Qum for the authors to have copies for their archives. We do send copies of all our publications to National Libraries in Tanzania and Universities
5) What are some of Al-Itrah’s future plans?
Future plans are to expand the media resources (ie IBNTV and Maarifa Radio) to reach the entire country of Tanzania so that everyone has access to IBNTV. We also intend to start Kiswahili Newspaper known as Kipambanuzi which will be published on a regular basis once we have successfully stabilized the ongoing projects such as IBN television and Maarifa radio.
6) What obstacles or major challenging aspects (if any) does this work entail? Please feel free to share your experiences.
Major challenge for us is to find human resources in the field, but Alhamdulillah, whatever progress you see is due to Allah’s mercy, and we hope this to continue inshaAllah. Another setback is that we have not publicized this institution to outside world and due to this reason we lack financial support from the donors. InshaAllah as we grow further, and along with the help of our dedicated board members, we will start making improvements in these areas.
9) A message that you would like to share with the Ahlulbayt DILP team?
DILP team is doing wonderful job mashaAllah! I don’t have any words for their commitments and dedication, they are doing a superb job. My only wish is that if we can develop same Al-Islam.org with all the Swahili resources so that in the long run when internet is easily accessible to every individual in this part of the East African population, these will be very helpful and it will promote the True Faith in this area easily. Let’s hope this can be achieved.
10) A message that you would like to give to our readers at Al-Islam.org?
Our message is that all our resources globally should be working in developing the True Islamic System based on Wilayah in all the areas, be it political, social, economical, educational, cultural, spiritual etc. Allah (swt) has given us time, resources and opportunity and I feel we should take full advantage of such opportunities and continue developing ourselves and our communities in all areas.
My other humble advice is that all those working for Al-Islam.org take some time out to read the articles and resources available on the Mashrabe Naab website. I hope that we will continue education ourselves to learn about the true teachings of Islam as taught by the Holy Prophet (s) and his progeny (as).
The Al-Islam.org Blog will be featuring Islamic websites that are carrying useful content for its visitors. Islamic Insights is the first website being featured in this series of blog posts. Please contact us to suggest websites to be featured.History
Islamic Insights was founded by a group of young active Muslims in February of 2007 out of concern that there was a need for a holistic news and lifestyle publication inspired by the ideals of the Quran and Ahlul-Bayt. Four years later, Islamic Insights now receives 800 unique visits per day and has a team of writers located all over the world representing the Muslim community. The Islamic Insights team features professional writers and journalists, university students, professionals from diverse fields, and esteemed scholars who hold many years of seminary education.
Originally, Islamic Insights was published in print locally in the city of Dearborn Michigan, home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the West. Eventually, thousands of copies would be delivered across North America. In September 2007, the management of Islamic Insights decided to switch to publishing online only due in order to achieve cost minimization. Today, thousands of readers connect with Islamic Insights through www.Islamicinsights.com and the Islamic Insights group and fanpage on Facebook which are 5000 members strong and growing everyday.Objectives
The goals and aims of Islamic Insights are unique and have been received warmly by Muslims and non-Muslims alike:
- To create a publication that portrays true Islamic values and principles in the face of wide spread misconceptions and misunderstandings in the media, political, and local spheres.
- To allow Muslims in the West and Muslim countries a forum to find correct, referenced, comprehensive, and modern answers to concerns, issues, and questions they may have.
- Provide for scholars, religious authorities, and clerics an avenue to publish their work, rulings, and articles so that the Muslim community is exposed to the works of a variety of highly qualified scholars.
- To represent the ideals, biographies, morals, and esteemed virtues of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his household), Lady Fatima, Imam Ali and the Eleven Imams peace be upon them all.
- To cater to the needs of Muslims with varying age ranges through diverse categories such as Religion, Clergy Corner, Community Affairs, Student Life, Sports, Book and Movie Reviews in addition to others.
- To prepare Muslims for the return of the Awaited Imam (May Allah swt Hasten his advent) by preparing and publishing thorough articles on the Imam, the conditions of his return, and how to improve ourselves.
- Address the social, political, community, religious, local and national issues facing Muslims.
- Publish articles and pieces on neglected media stories and international affairs that take place in the Middle East, United States, Africa, and around the world.
- Allow opportunities for Muslims to become thoroughly informed regarding political, humanitarian, Islamic, social, academic, and community issues at home and at an international level.
The Islamic Insights team works together to achieve these goals with every weekly issue published. As with any organization, the future has many plans, God permitting, that seek to present even more opportunities for growth for Islamic Insights. Future plans include:
- An Islamic Insights blog to keep readers informed between weekly issues with updates and important information.
- Resuming local printing once a month with a compilation of the most relevant and popular articles.
- Securing more syndication deals in addition to those already held by Islamic Insights in order to further our goals and aims.
For the past four years, the Islamic Insights team has written a significant number of substantial articles on topics that were pertinent and generally neglected. Below is a collection of only a several of the most popular articles on Islamic Insights
Eid Ghadeer Mubarak to everyone. We are redesigning Al-Islam.org. The following colour mockups show the new design for the Text resources on Al-Islam.org . Take a look at the following link, for a complete overview of the new Al-Islam.org.
Please give us your feedback using the comments section below.
If you’re a Web Designer or Developer and are interested to be a volunteer for DILP to work on Al-Islam 2.0, get in touch with us here and let us know more about yourself & your skills. One of our team members will get in touch with you.
Eid Mubarak to everyone! As part of the efforts towards developing Phase 1 of Al-Islam 2.0, the Ahlul Bayt DILP team is working on a complete re-design of the website. We would like to share with you the following colour Mockups:
Please give us your feedback using the comments section below. Inshallah in the next blog post we’ll share colour mockups of the Text Resource. To get an overview of Al-Islam 2.0 and it’s features visit this page.
If you’re a Web Designer or Developer and are interested to be a volunteer for DILP to work on Al-Islam 2.0, get in touch with us here and let us know more about yourself & your skills. One of our team members will get in touch with you.
This is the first of a series of blog posts to explain the features of Al-Islam 2.0 using the mockups. In this post we’ll be explaining the Portal Mockups. Click on the mockup to zoom into the image & view the annotations.1. Homepage
2. Category Page
The Portal will will server as the home page of Al-Islam.org for an unregistered user. Registered users’ homepage will be the “Dashboard”. The purpose of the Portal is to organize the collection of resources on Al-Islam.org, and present it in a way that is easy for the user to reach what the user is looking for.
3. Resource listing
The Library category page is accessed from the Homepage. The above Mockup shows the category page of “History & Biography”. Each of the category pages will be customized to highlight important and popular resources.
Listing of resources of a Sub category. The options allows the user to filter the resources by type, preview Table of Contents and view ratings of the resource.
Please share your feedback using the comments section below.
- Collaborative: Allow users to collaborate by adding resources to the library, make corrections (like typos), Translate/Transcode texts, contribute to projects like Scholars Portal and Travel & Events.
- Multilingual: The portal and its resources will be available in Multiple languages.
- Semantic: Information will be presented as Linked data so that it can be understood by machines allowing applications within Al-Islam framework & 3rd party websites to Pull data. This will make way for better search results, unified login across Al-Islam projects and unlimited possibilities to create mashups to make data more useful.
- Accessible: Content will be accessible in various formats (HTML, Word, PDF, Audio etc), on various devices (PC, Mobile, iPad etc).
Digital Mockups of Al-Islam 2.0 have been designed to illustrate the functionality of the features being planned, and how the various Projects will function together as a single Web Application. The mockups do not indicate the design and color scheme, dummy text has been used in several places.We would like to receive your feedback on these mockups to understand how we can make the new Website more useful for the users. Click here to open the Al-Islam 2.0 Mockups Preview Page, then click on the branches in BLUE colour to launch the mockup for the respective Projects. Once launched you can submit your feedback for individual mockups by clicking on the “Give us your Feedback“ tab. You can also share your feedback in the comments section of this Blog Post. In subsequent Blog posts we will be describing the mockups in more detail for each Project.
- Announce new addition of resources to the Portal
- Connect with visitors to Al-Islam.org to receive feedback on ongoing projects
- Discuss & give previews of plans for future Projects
- Get in touch with potential volunteers & translators to collaborate on development of Al-Islam.org