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Here are two weighty matters worthy of note.
Firstly, the 100 raka’ats sunnat that we are doing on this night, will bring upon us the blessings of a thousand months of worship, or more. The degree of one’s reward depends on the degree to which the worship is done with Sincerity and Love for Allah, Love for Rasulullah (saw) and Love for Awliyaullah. Depending on the grade and depth of our Love, some will receive the reward of a hundred thousand months, others, a million months, and yet others, an infinite number of months! So approach tonight’s worship with reverence and cherish every moment of the blessed night.
Remember, be present with Allah during your prayers! Most people who pray, are not with Allah, instead their minds and hearts are with their thoughts, their daydreaming, their distractions and their dunya, although their physical bodies appear to be standing in fervent worship.
So be with Allah with Love, and you will be rewarded accordingly.
Secondly, a Hadeeth narrated by Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique (r.a) in which Rasulullah (s.a.w) said, « One who recites selawat upon me, will receive my syafa’ah and he will be protected from azab in this world and in the Hereafter. »
When a group of people gather and recite selawat, Angels with golden pens gather around these worshippers in multitudes, from their feet right up to the Throne of Allah Almighty. The Angels then record these salutations upon the Prophet with their golden pens and they themselves add to the reward of the worshippers by also reciting salawat upon Rasulullah (s.a.w). The Angels then say to these worshippers, « Do more selawats, you are receiving immense blessings! »
When the congregration is reciting these Selawats with Love for Rasulullah (saw), the Light of the Face of Allah descends upon them and He will Glance at each worshipper, looking at them, and one whom Allah Almighty looks at, will be saved for eternity. It is for this reason that selawat upon Rasulullah (saw) is recited between every 2 raka’ats of terawih, so that these recording Angels will be present and the Light of the Face of Allah will be upon the congregation.
In another Hadeeth, the Prophet said, « Reciting selawat upon me is superior to liberating slaves and the drawing of swords for Jihad in the path of Allah ( these were two of the most foremost deeds that were done during the time of Rasulullah (s.a.w)). »
It is encouraged for us to do abundant selawat for our Prophet (saw) tonight with overflowing Love, especially for the ladies who are having their period/menses, and who are unable to do the 100 raka’at solat.
Only those who are chosen and invited will be present in worship on this night, entreating their Lord and humbling themselves before their Lord.
And those who are enemies to themselves, will treat this night very lightly, as if this were an ordinary night and they will busy themselves with frivolous activities such as much eating, watching tv and doing some worship, listlessly.
May Allah dress us with hidayah so that we will be among the chosen ones to be with Allah Almighty and with his Beloved Habibullah and with the Awliyaullah on this blessed night.
Ameen ya Rabb al Alamin.