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Virtues of Itikaaf

Virtues of Itikaaf

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ALLAH, Rasool, Nabi, Ramadan, Itikaaf, nafl, namaz, salat, prayer, recite, surah ikhlas, surah fateha, surah qadr, qur'an, hadeeth, makkah, madinah,

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Published by: Mohammed Z A Shakeel on Aug 25, 2010
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 In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate
 "May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"
Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu
Virtues Of Itikaaf 
By A Student Of Darul Uloom, Holcombe, Bury
It used to be the general practice of the Messenger of Allah toperform Itikaaf in the Holy month of Ramadhan. At times he used toremain in the masjid for the whole month and in the year of hisdemise, he was in Itikaaf for twenty days. Because he usually secludedhimself in the masjid for the last ten days of Ramadhan, the ulamaconsider it
sunnah muakkadah
to perform Itikaaf for that period.
Ibn Abbas
relates that the Messenger of Allah said, " The personperforming Itikaaf remains free from sins and he is indeed given thesame reward as those who do good deeds (in spite of not having donethese deeds).(Ibn Majah)
 This hadith mentions two great benefits of Itikaaf. The first is that theperson performing Itikaaf avoids sins. The world around us is full of temptations and more often than not one falls into them. To commitsins in this blessed month is indeed a great injustice to ourselves. Through remaining secluded in the masjid, one completely avoids thetemptation of doing a sin.Another benefit is that when one is secluded in the masjid, one isapparently at a disadvantage by not being able to perform certain
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good deeds like joining in funeral prayers, attending burials, visitingthe sick, etc. But according to this hadith, one is rewarded for eventhose deeds which he could not perform as a result of his Itikaaf.
 The purpose of our creation is to worship our Creator.
 And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (alone). I seek not any provision from them nor do I ask that they should feed Me. Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong.
 (Surah 51) This verse is telling us that Allah created man for His worship, and thatHe will reward him fully for his obedience but will punish him for Hisdisobedience. This verse also makes clear the fact that we aredependent upon Him for our survival while He has no need for us. This point has also been made in a hadith, recorded by Ahmad in whichthe Prophet stated that Allah the Almighty says
, "O son of Adamengage and devote yourself in My worship and I will fill your heart withcontentment and I will fulfil your needs but (on the other hand) if youdo not do this, I will fill your heart with concern and apprehension and nor will I provide for you."
 One of the most effective ways of carrying out this command is byperforming Itikaaf since it is one of the most efficient means of fulfillingthe purpose of worship.
What Is Itikaaf ?
Literally Itikaaf means to apply oneself assiduously to something. Technically (in the terminology of the Shariah) it means to remain in amasjid (where the five times daily prayers are held) with the intentionof worship.
What Is The Purpose Of Itikaaf ?
Mankind has been created to worship Allah. Islam has designatedmany forms of worship for the fulfilment of this aim. Itikaaf enjoys
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superiority over other methods of worship because it encompassesmany other forms of worship within itself.
Is Itikaaf Compulsory ?
 There are three types of Itikaaf.
Itikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadhan. This is sunnah.
Itikaaf on any other day is nafl (voluntary).
Itikaaf as a result of a vow (e.g. someone vowed that if a certaindesire of his/her was fulfilled, he/she would perform Itikaaf for twodays.). The performance of this Itikaaf is waajib (necessary).
Benefits Of Itikaaf 
A person doing Itikaaf (mutakif) will be able to perform his salat ontime with congregation hence acquiring the reward of salat withcongregation, which is twenty-seven times more than performing italone. On the other hand the layman outside will not attain this greatreward with such consistency because of distractions andpreoccupation especially in this modern age.
Itikaaf makes it easy to perform salat with full devotion because themutakif breaks all ties with the outside world and is in a state of tranquillity, where he is free from everything that diverts him fromAllahs remembrance. This leaves him to focus his mind solely towardsAllahs obedience and happiness.
 And seek help in patience and As-salat (the prayer) and truly, it isextremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khaashi’un (i.e. the truebelievers in Allah – those who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His punishment, and believe in His Promise and in HisWarning). (They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return.
 (Surah 2)
Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. And those whoturn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and allthat Allah has forbidden).
 (Surah 23)
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