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Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Night Before Eid

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Abu Hurayra (ra) relates that the Prophet (saw) said, “My Ummah were given five things for Ramadan which were not given to anyone except them. For them, the smell from the mouth of a fasting person is sweeter than the fragrant smell of musk. The fish in the sea seek forgiveness for the fasting persons until they break their fast. Allah prepares and decorates a special garden in Paradise everyday and then says to it, “The time is near when My faithful servants shall cast aside the great trials of the world and come to you”. In this month the evil minded Shaytaan is chained so as not to reach those evils to which they normally reach during other months besides Ramadan. On the last night of Ramadan, they are forgiven”.
The Companions (ra) asked, “O Messenger of Allah, is the last night Laylatul Qadr?” The Prophet (saw) replied, “No. But it is only right that a servant should be given his reward on having completed his service”. (Bayhaqi)

This is why the night before Eid is called Laylatul Jaaizah – the Night of Prize Giving.

We learn from the Hadith that:
·       the last night of Ramadan holds a special virtue over its previous days and nights
·       The coming of Eid is a great happiness to the Muslims, so in order to increase the joy, why not end the blessed month with a bonus earning of reward?
·       This doesn’t mean that we have to spend the whole of the night in worship, but we should at least try to perform extra nafl salah, read a few extra tasbeehs, recite extra Quran and make heartfelt dua.

     Inshallah, by doing even a little extra worship, we will be included in the Hadith where:

The Prophet (saw) said, “Whoever stands up in worship in the nights preceding the two Eids, expecting reward from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die i.e. on the Day of Judgement”. (Ibn Majah)


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