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Instructions for Laylatul Qadr
In a Hadees of Rasulullah (s.a.w), the Prophet asked the Companions who had eaten garlic or onion, not to attend terawih prayers on the night of Laylatul Qadr, as the smell from their mouths bothered the Angels and their fellow worshippers. The Angels refused to enter the Mosque until these people had left.
Keep our breath fresh during every prayer, especially during this blessed night of Laylatul Qadr, as the Angels will not come close to us, if we smell bad on this night.
Hence, avoid all smelly food like raw onions, raw garlic, petai, jering, durians and other similar food with strong odours. Do not smoke cigarettes or sheesha. Brush your teeth and use the miswak throughout the night before every prayer and zikr. For example, if you are doing the 100 raka’at prayer, you should use the miswak at the start of every 2 raka’ats.
Keep your bodies odour free by bathing and using perfume. Wear clean clothes and make sure that your homes are clean on this night. For example, if you are in the habit of not wearing slippers in the toilet (wearing slippers there, is a sunnah), then you may inadvertently step on some drops of urine and dirty the entire house when you leave the toilet. So mop your homes and clean the toilets; and keep to these clean practices for the rest of the year.
These are the physical aspects of a clean, perfumed body. However what is more important is a clean and perfumed heart. If our hearts smell, again the Angels will not approach us and we will not receive blessings on this blessed night.
So what causes the heart to smell? Insincerity, bad intentions, making bad do’as about people, pride, stinginess and a lackadaisical attitude towards Ramadhan. Hence, recite istighfar, taubah and repentance from this moment onwards, and hopefully the continuous repentance would have removed the bad odours of our hearts before the blessed night.
On this night of Laytatul Qadr, every good do’a will be accepted by Allah and He will not disappoint anyone. So spend the entire night in fervent worship and do’a. Please read the notes posted at the Sufihub website, on all the practices that can be done on this special night. For ladies who are having their period, please spend the night in Zikrullah and also recitation of the Quran (from memory). Since you are unable to pray, you may replace it with abundant selawats on Rasulullah (s.a.w). and by recitation of Suratul Ikhlas, as every 3 recitations of Suratul Ikhlas is equivalent to the khatam (completion) of one entire recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
More importantly, make fervent do’as for your worldly and ukhrawi needs. most people focus the bulk of their do’as for their worldly needs, and so little on their akherat needs. And he also mentioned that many people make bad do’as against other people and these do’as will not be accepted.
So how to get all our do’as accepted? Start and end every doa with selawat on Rasulullah (s.a.w), and for every matter that you pray for yourself, pray also for your family, for your fellow seekers and mureeds of Mawlana Shaykh Mehmed, and for the Ummah of Rasulullah (s.a.w). Such do’as are never rejected.
Please specially include in your do’as, prayers for Shaykh Mehmed, for him to be given long life and good health, to meet the time of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and pray that we are under their feet and that we be trained to be like them and to be allowed to be with them until they reach their final destination.