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This booklet was written by Shaykh-e-arqat Amr-e-Al-eSunnat, the founder of Dawat-e-Islami Allma Mauln Muammad Ilys Ar Qdir Razav in Urdu. The Translation Majlis has translated this booklet into English. If you find any mistake(s) in the translation or composing, please inform the Majlis on the following postal or email address and gain reward [awb].

Translation Majlis (Dawat-e-Islami) Alami Madan Markaz, Faizn-e-Madna, Mahalla Saudagrn, Old Sabz Mandi, Baab-ul-Madna, Karachi, Pakistan Contact #: +92-21-34921389 to 91 translation@dawateislami.net

Dua for Reading the Book

ead the following Du (supplication) before studying a religious book or Islamic lesson, , you will remember whatever you study:

Translation
Y Allah! Open the portal of knowledge and wisdom for us, and have mercy on us! O the One Who is the Most Honourable and Magnificent!
(Al-Mustaraf, Vol. 1, pp. 40)

Note: Recite alt-Alan-Nab once before and after the Du


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Transliteration Chart
A/a A/a B/b P/p T/t / / J/j Ch / Kh/kh D/d / / / Z/z X/x S/s Sh/sh / / / / Gh/gh F/f Q/q K/k L/l M/m N/n V/v, W/w / Y/y Y/y

  

A/a U/u I/i / / /

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Table of Contents
Dua for Reading the Book ........................................................................ ii Transliteration Chart ................................................................................ iii

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Excellence of alt-Alan-Nab .......................................................... 1 Moments of life are priceless diamonds.................................................. 2 Life is short .................................................................................................. 4 The string of breaths .................................................................................. 4 The day announces... ................................................................................. 5 Mister or Late .............................................................................................. 5 Death comes suddenly ............................................................................... 6 Regret even in the Heaven ........................................................................ 6 Nib of the pen ............................................................................................. 7 Get trees planted for you in Paradise ...................................................... 7 .......................................................... 8 Excellence of alt-Alan-Nab Better than 60 Years worship................................................................... 9 Five before five............................................................................................ 9 Two favours .............................................................................................. 10 Grandeur of Islam .................................................................................... 11 Value of priceless moments .................................................................... 11 Sayings of those who valued time .......................................................... 11 Make a timetable ...................................................................................... 13 Blessings of the morning ......................................................................... 15 15 Pearls of wisdom regarding sleeping and waking .......................... 16
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No matter how lazy Satan makes you feel, read this booklet from the beginning to the end defeating Satans tricks. benefit you in the worldly life and afterlife.

, it will

Excellence of alt-Alan-Nab
Al arat Imm-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Mauln Sh Imm Amad Raz Khn has mentioned in Fatw-eRazaviyya, Volume 23, Page 122:
said: I saw the Most Blessed Sayyidun Abul Mawib Rasl in my dream. Raslull said to me, You will intercede for 10,000 people on the Day of Judgement. I asked, Y Raslull! How did I gain such a great status? Raslull said, Because you recite alt and convey its reward to me. (Al-abqt-tul-Kubr lish-Sharn, pp. 101)

* This discourse (Bayn) was delivered during Dawat-e-Islamis 3-Day Sunna-inspiring Ijtim in er-e-Madina, Bb-ul-Madina, Karachi on 25 afar-ul-Muaffar, 1430. It is presented in writing after necessary amendments.
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In order to convey the reward, make the intention of conveying the reward in your heart whilst you are reciting alt-AlanNab, or say, I am conveying the reward of this alt to the Beloved Rasl either before or after invoking alt-Alan-Nab. It is said that once a king who was passing by a garden (fruit farm) along with his companions saw someone throwing pebbles; one of the pebbles struck even the king. He ordered his servants to bring the person throwing the pebbles. The servants brought a villager. The king asked, Where did you get these pebbles from? The terrified villager replied, I saw these beautiful pebbles while wandering at a desolate place, so I put them into my pocket; when I reached this garden I used these pebbles to pluck fruits from the trees. The king asked, Do you know the value of these pebbles? He replied, No. The king said, These little pebbles were, in fact, priceless diamonds which you have wasted out of foolishness. On hearing that, the villager regretted a lot but his regret was useless because he had lost the priceless diamonds forever.

Moments of life are priceless diamonds


Dear Islamic brothers! Likewise, the moments of our life are also priceless diamonds. If we waste them in useless activities, we will possess nothing except grief and regret on the Day of Judgement.
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Allah has sent the human beings in this world for a limited period of time in order to fulfil a specific objective. Therefore, it is mentioned in Sra Muminn, Verse 115:


So do you think that We have created you needlessly, and that you do not have to return to Us?
[Kanz-ul-mn (Translation of Quran)] (Part 18, Sra Muminn, Verse 115)

Regarding this verse, it is written in Khazin-ul-Irfn: Dont you have to be resurrected for reward on the Day of Judgement! You have been created for worship which is obligatory on you, so you could return to us and be rewarded for your deeds. Explaining the aim of the creation of life and death, it is mentioned in Sra Mulk, Verse 2:

The One Who created death and life to test you - who among you possess the better deeds;
[Kanz-ul-mn (Translation of Quran)] (Part 29, Sra Mulk, Verse 2)

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Life is short
Dear Islamic brothers! Besides these two verses, the purpose of the creation of human beings has also been described in many other verses. Man has to live in this world for a very limited period. In this little life, he has to make preparations for the grave and the Day of Judgement. Therefore, the time that we have at present is very valuable. Time is passing very fast. It can neither be controlled nor be stopped. The breath, which once breathed will never return.

The string of breaths


Sayyidun asan Bar would say, Hurry up, Hurry up! What is the reality of your life - your life consists of just a few breaths. If they cease, your actions and deeds whereby you get the pleasure of Allah will also cease. May Allah have mercy upon the person who took account of himself and shed some tears remembering his sins! Saying that, he recited verse 84 of Sra Maryam:


We are only completing their number.*
(Kanzul mn [Translation of Quran])

The number of days left for them or their evil deeds.

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ujja-tul-Islm Sayyidun Imm Muhammad bin Muhammad Ghazl said, This counting refers to the number of breaths. (Iy-ul-Ulm, Vol. 4, pp. 205)

The day announces...


has written in Shuab Sayyidun Imm Bayaq ul-mn: The Prophet of Rama, the Intercessor of Umma said, The day makes the announcement daily at the time of sunrise if you want to perform any good deed today, then do it because I will never come back. (Shuab-ul-

mn, Vol. 3, pp. 386, ad 3840, Dar-ul-Kutub-ul-Ilmyah, Beirut)

Mister or Late
Dear Islamic brothers! We should perform as many good deeds as possible taking the advantage of each and every day of our life as we may meet our death at any time. The people who call us today with the title mister may call us tomorrow with the word late. It is an undeniable fact that we are moving fast towards our death even though we realise this or not. Thus, it is mentioned in Sra Inshiqq, Verse 6:


O man, indeed you have to surely run towards your Rab, and to meet him.
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Death comes suddenly


O those who waste their precious time in idle activities! Ponder carefully. Our lifetime is finishing too fast. You might have seen several times that a healthy man dies all of a sudden. We don't know what would be happening with him inside the grave; however, the reality of life must have been exposed to him. O you who hanker after the wealth of this world! O you who consider the acquisition and accumulation of wealth as the only aim of your life! Hurry up! Prepare yourself for the afterlife in case you are put into the dark grave in the morning despite sleeping normal tonight. For the sake of Allah get rid of the veil of heedlessness. Allah has said in the first verse of Sra Anbiy:


The peoples reckoning is near, whereas they are in neglect, turned away!
[Kanz-ul-mn (Translation of Quran)] (Part 17, Sra Anbiy, Verse 1)

Regret even in the Heaven


Dear Islamic brothers! It is necessary for us to realize the importance of our time. Spending the precious moments of life uselessly is a great loss as the Holy Prophet said, The people of the Heaven will never regret anything of the world
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except the moment which they spent without remembering Allah . (Mujam Kabr, Vol. 20, pp. 93-94, ad 172, Dr-ay-ul
Tur Al-Arb, Beirut)

Nib of the pen


fi Ibn Askir has written in Tabyn-u-Kaib-il-Muftar: When the pen of Sayyidun Salm Rz (a great scholar of the fifth century) would wear out because of excessive use, he would sharpen his pen (though doing so for Islamic writings was itself a virtuous act, but like killing two birds with one stone) he would start invoking the ikr of Allah taking double advantage of his time. When the pen of Sayyidun Salm Rz wore out because of excessive use, he would start praising Allah whilst abrading the nib of the pen, (However, abrading the nib does cause awb when it is written within the purview of Islam, but it was a mere intention to perform two tasks at a time) so that the time should not only be consumed abrading the nib.

Get trees planted for you in Paradise


The importance of time can be realized by the fact that one can get a tree planted for himself in the Paradise within a second of this mortal life. The method of getting a tree planted in Paradise is very easy as a ad mentioned in Ibn-e-Mja says, A tree will be planted in the Paradise for the one who invokes any of the following:
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3 4

1 2

(Sunan Ibn-e-Mja, Vol. 4, pp. 252, ad 3807)

Excellence of alt-Alan-Nab
Dear Islamic brothers! See, how easy it is to have a tree planted in Paradise for you! If one of the aforementioned words is invoked, so one tree and if all four are recited then four trees will be planted for you in Paradise. Now try to realize the importance of time; trees are planted for us in the Heaven just by slight use of our tongue.
instead of wasting our time in useless conversation. No matter if we are standing, walking, sitting, lying down or even working; we should try to invoke altAlan-Nab in abundance, as its reward is huge. The Beloved and Blessed Prophet said, The one who recites alt upon me one time, Allah showers 10 mercies upon him, 10 of his sins are forgiven and his rank is elevated by 10 times. (Sunan Nas, p. 222, ad 1294, Dr-ul-Kutub, Beirut)

Would that we get heavenly trees planted for us by reciting


Remember! Whenever you lie down and recite something, you should fold your legs.
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Dear Islamic brothers! Would that we make the habit of consideration before conversation in this way: whether the thing I am going to say has any worldly and religious benefit or not; if it appears to be useless, we should invoke alt-Alan-Nab or start doing the ikr of Allah instead of indulging in purposeless conversation so that we get the treasure of reward.
so that trees are planted for us in the Paradise. , , or Or we should say:

Better than 60 Years worship


If you dont want to recite anything, you can still earn reward even in silence. Instead of thinking about useless worldly things, remember Allah and His Beloved Rasl in imagination. Ponder over Islamic knowledge or the troubles of death, the loneliness in the grave and the fearful situation of the Day of Judgement. In this way, your time will not be wasted and every breath will be counted as worship. It is mentioned in Jmi-u-aghr that the Beloved Prophet said, To contemplate (in matters of afterlife) for a moment is better than 60 years worship. (AlJmi-u-aghr, p. 365, ad 5897, Dr-ul-Kutub Ilmyah, Beirut)

Five before five


Dear Islamic brothers! Surely, life is very short. In fact, the present time is the only time which we have in hand; any hope
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for having time in future is nothing but a deception. It is quite possible that we face our death the very next moment. Raslull said:


Value five (things) before five (other things): (1) youth before old age, (2) health before sickness, (3) wealth before poverty, (4) leisure before being busy and (5) life before death. (AlMustadrak, Vol. 5, pp. 435, ad 7916, Dr-ul-Marifat, Beirut)

Two favours
The Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, the Most Generous and Kind said, There are two such favours about which many people are in deception. One is health and the other is leisure (free time). (a Bukhr, Vol.
4, pp. 222, ad 6412, Dr-ul-Kutub Ilmyah, Beirut)

Dear Islamic brothers! A sick person can better realize the value of health as compared to a healthy person and an extremely busy person knows well the significance of time. Those who have a lot of free time are not normally aware of the importance of these precious moments. Value your time and utilize it in the best-possible way refraining from unnecessary talk, useless actions and useless company of friends.
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Grandeur of Islam
It is mentioned in Tirmi Sharf: The Mercy for the universe, the Most Honourable Prophet said, Leaving (the act) that is not beneficial to him is one of the grandeurs that man gets by virtue of Islam. (Jmi Tirmi, Vol. 4, p. 142, ad 2344,
Dr-ul-Fikr, Beirut)

Value of priceless moments


Dear Islamic brothers! Life is comprised of limited days, hours and moments. Every breath is a priceless pearl. Would that we value every breath and spend every moment performing good deeds! If we waste our time in useless and sinful activities we may have to shed tears of grief and regret on the Day of Judgement as a result of seeing our Book of Deeds deprived of righteous acts. Take account of every moment of your life and consider how you are spending your time. Try to spend every moment of your life in useful and righteous deed. Refrain from wasting time in jokes and useless matters; otherwise we may have to regret on the Day of Judgement.

Sayings of those who valued time


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said, Amr-ul-Muminn, Sayyidun Al These days are the pages of your life, decorate them with good deeds.

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said, I feel Sayyidun Abdulla Ibn Masd sad and ashamed on the day which I spend without increasing my good deeds. said, Your Sayyidun Umar bin Abd-ul-Azz lifetime is shortening every day, so why are you lazy in performing good deeds! Once someone said to him, Y Amr-ul-Muminn! Postpone this work until tomorrow. said, I hardly complete a days work in one He day; if I postponed todays work until tomorrow, then how would I be able to complete two days' work in one day? Sayyidun asan Bar said, O man! Your life consists of days. When a day passes, a part of your life also passes. (abqt-ul Kubr lil Manw, Vol. 1, p. 259, Dr adr, Beirut) said, I remained in the Sayyidun Imm Shfi company of pious people for a certain time and got spiritual benefits. I learnt two significant things from their company: (1) time is like a sword, you should cut it with good deeds or else it will cut you (by keeping you busy in useless things) and (2) safeguard your Nafs (lower self); if you do not busy it in good things it will busy you in bad things. Imm Rz I get very sad at said, By Allah the time of eating because I have to leave religious activities (writing or studying). Time is a very valuable asset.

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fi Ibn ajar wrote about Sayyidun Shams ud-Dn Aban (a great Shfi scholar of the th 8 century): He used to eat less out of fear of the wastage of time in going to the toilet again and again.

(Ad Dar-ul-Kalima Asqaln, Vol. 4, pp. 328, Dr Aay-ul-Tur Al-Arb, Beirut)

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Allma ab has written in Takira-tul uff that Khab-e-Baghdd would remain engaged in study while even walking (so that the time it takes to go from one place to another is not wasted).

(Takira-ul-uff, Vol. 3, pp. 224, Dr-ul-Kutub Ilmyah, Beirut)

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Sayyidun Junad Baghdd was reciting the Holy Quran at the time of his death. Someone asked surprisingly, Recitation even at this time! He replied, My book of deeds is going to be closed, so I am trying to add good deeds to it quickly. (d-ul-Khir Ibn-ul-

Jauz, pp. 227, Maktaba nazar Muaf-ul-Bz)

Make a timetable
Dear Islamic brothers! If possible make a daily timetable. Firstly, try your best to sleep within two hours after offering al-tulIsh. Chatting and gossiping with friends (when there is no religious benefit) in hotels, etc. is a big loss. It is stated in Tafsr
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R-ul-Bayn, Volume 4, Page 166, One of the causes of the destruction of the nation of L was that they would sit by the roadside and would laugh and joke. Dear Islamic brothers! No matter how pious your friends look, you should avoid and repent of every such company which makes you heedless of Allah . Sleep early after completing your religious activities of the night because rest at night is better for health and this is natural too. It is mentioned in Sra Qaa, Verse 73:

And with His mercy He made the night and day for you, so that you may rest during the night and seek His munificence during the day, and for you to be thankful.
[Kanz-ul-mn (Translation of Quran)] (Part 20, Sra Qaa, Verse 73)

Commenting on the foregoing verse, akm-ul-Ummat Muft has written on page 629 of NrAmad Yr Khn ul-Irfn, This verse makes it clear that resting at night and earning livelihood during the day is better. Do not remain awake at night unnecessarily, nor spend the day in useless activities. However, if someone sleeps during the day and works during the night due to his job, there is no harm in doing so.
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Blessings of the morning


It is also important to take the nature of your work in consideration while making the timetable. For example, the Islamic brothers who sleep early are fresh in the morning. Therefore, the morning time is very good for academic activities. The following supplication of Raslull has been stated in Tirmi: Y Allah add blessings in the time of morning for my Umma. (Jmi Tirmi, Vol. 3, p. 6, ad 1216)
Regarding this narration, Muft Amad Yr Khn said, Meaning, (O Allah ) bless all the religious and worldly tasks which my Umma performs in the morning. (e.g. journey, seeking knowledge, business, etc.). (Mirt-ul Manj, Vol. 5, pp. 491)

Plan properly all of your daily routines from the time of rising to sleeping. For example, Taajjud at such-and-such time, academic activities, Fajr (and all other al as well) in the Masjid with primary Takbr, Ishrq, Chsht, breakfast, all earning, lunch, domestic activities, evening activities, good company (if this is not possible, then loneliness is far better), meeting Islamic brothers for religious purpose, etc. All these activities should be worked out and appropriate time should be allocated to all of them. Those who are not used to doing so might face difficulty in the beginning, but gradually it will inculcate in their habits and they will see its blessings themselves, .
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Dear Islamic brothers! In the ending of my speech, I would mention the excellence of Sunna as well as some Sunan and manners. The Prophet of Rama, the Intercessor of Umma, the Owner of Janna said, He who loved my Sunna loved me and he who loved me will be with me in the Paradise. (Mishkt-ul-Mab, Vol. 1, p. 55, ad 175, Dr-ul-Kutub
Ilmyah, Beirut)

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1. 2. Dust your bedding down properly before using it for sleeping to remove the insects or creatures, if there is any. Recite the following supplication before sleeping:


Translation: O Allah I die and live with Your name (meaning sleep and wake up). (a Bukhr, Vol. 4, pp. 196, ad 6325)

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Do not sleep after Ar al as it could cause insanity. Raslull said, The one losing his intellect as a result of sleeping after Ar al should blame only himself. (Musnad Ab Yal, Vol. 4, pp. 278, ad 4897) Having a siesta (a nap) during the afternoon is desirable. (Fatw 'Alamgr, Vol. 5, pp. 376) adr-ush-Shara, Badr-uarqa Allma Mauln Muft Muhammad Amjad Al Aam has written, This is probably for those
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people who stay awake at night offering al remembering Allah or remaining busy with study. Siesta removes the tiredness caused by staying awake at night. (Bar-eSharat, Part 16, pp. 79, Maktaba-tul-Madina)

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It is Makr to sleep at the start of the day or between Maghrib and Isha. (Fatw Alamgr, Vol. 5, pp. 376) It is desirable to sleep in the state of purity. It is also desirable to sleep on the right side with the right hand under the right cheek facing the Qibla for a short while and then to sleep on the left side. (Fatw 'Alamgr,
Vol. 5, pp. 376)

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Whilst going to sleep, ponder over sleeping in the grave where nobody will accompany you except your deeds.
Whilst going to sleep, remember Allah (Meaning, keep

saying , and )

until you fall asleep as a person will awaken in the same state in which he falls asleep and will get resurrected on the Day of Judgement in the same state in which he dies. (Fatw
'Alamgr, Vol. 5, p. 376)

10. After waking up, recite the following supplication:

All praise is for Allah who gave us life after death and we are to return to Him. (a Bukhr, Vol. 4, pp. 196, ad 6325)

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11. After you get up, make the firm intention of adopting piety and refraining from distressing others. (Fatw Alamgr,
Vol. 5, pp. 376)

12. When the girl and the boy reach the age of 10, they should be made to sleep on separate beds. A boy of this age should not sleep with his peers or men on the same bed. (Dur-reMukhtr, Vol. 9, pp. 629)

13. When husband and wife sleep on the same bed, they should not allow a ten-year old child to sleep with them. When a boy reaches puberty, rulings of men will apply to him.
(Dur-re-Mukhtr, Vol. 9, pp. 630)

14. Use Miswk (to clean your teeth) when you wake up. 15. Waking up at night to perform Taajjud is a great virtue. The Prophet of Rama, the Intercessor of Umma said, After the Far al, the supreme al is the one offered during the night. (a Muslim, pp.
591, ad 1163)

To learn various Sunan, purchase the booklet entitled Sunnatayn aur db (Sunan and Manners) from Maktaba-tul-Madna. Travelling with the Madan Qfilas of Dawat-e-Islami in the company of the Prophets devotees is also an excellent and effective way of learning and acting upon Sunna.
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