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I'TIKAF - How to spend the time profitably

It is observed that people do not spend their time constructively during I’tikaf. Others wish to do so, but do not have any idea what to do.

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The following practices during I'tikaf have been recommended by Shafeequl Ummah Moulana Muhammad Farooq Saheb (Rahimahullah) and serves as a guide for those in I'tikaf. This programme was adhered to when Hazrat performed I'tikaf in Darul Uloom Zakariyya, South Africa in 1998/9. It should be noted that this is a suggested format and maybe adapted according to one's circumstances.

MAGHRIB

Perform six rakats of Awwabeen

One tasbeeh of 3rd Kalima after meals
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَالْحَمْدُ للهِ وَلاَ اِلَهَ اِلاَّاللهُ وَاللهُ اَكْبَرْ

ISHA

After Taraweeh

Read a Deeni Kitab like Faza'il Ramadan, Hayatul Muslimeen, Jaza-ul-Aamal, Adabul Mu'asharat, Shauwq Watan, etc.

Khatm-e-Khwajghan thereafter, which is an accepted Ijtima'iy Ibadat (congregational practice) of our illustrious Ulama and Mashaikh

Method: Recite Durood 11 times
and thereafter read 360 times:
لاَحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَ لاَ مَنْجَاَ مِنَ اللهِ اِلاَّ اِلَيْهِ

- Surah Alam Nashrah 360 times with Bismillah

- then 360 times
لاَحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ اِلاَّ بِاللهِ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَ لاَ مَنْجَاَ مِنَ اللهِ اِلاَّ اِلَيْهِ

- Recite Durood Shareef 11 times – Ijtima'iy Dua

*****SHORT BREAK******

After refreshing oneself, perform fresh Wudhu and read two Rakats of Tahiyyatul Wudhu.

12 Tasbeeh Zikr with Niyyat of Allah Ta’ala's love or Zikr as prescribed by one's Shaikh. Thereafter fervent Dua.

BEFORE SLEEPING

One Tasbeeh of 3rd Kalimah

Muhasabah: To ponder over all your actions done from the time you woke up until night time, to make Shukr (offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala) for the good actions and to make dua to be given Taufeeq (ability) to do more, and to have regret over any wrong-doing or inappropriate act

Muraqaba-e-Maut: To meditate about death – the pangs of death, questioning in the grave, the day of Qiyamat (Judgment), standing before Allah Ta'ala, accounting for our deeds and passage over the Pul-Sirat; Ponder over these things and make a firm pledge never to go near sin again

Thereafter recite one Tasbeeh of Istighfar as follows :

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللهِ الْعَظِيْمِ أَسْتَغْفِرُ
اللهِ الْعَظِيْمِ لاَاِلَهَ اِلاَّهُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّوْمُ وَاَتُوْبُ اِلَيْهِ

 Thereafter sleep in accordance with the Sunnat

MORNING

Awake early

Perform 4 or 8 Rakats of Tahajjud

Partake of Suhoor

FAJR SALAH

To recite Surah Fatiha (Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen) commencing with Bismillah 41 times between the Sunnats of Fajr and the Fardh Salah. If a person does not find enough time between the Sunnats and the Fardh Salah, then read it after the Fajr Salah. This is a tried and tested prescription with great effect

AFTER FAJR

Recite Surah Yaseen

Recite Surah Ikhlas 12 times and send the reward to the soul of Rasulullah r and the souls of the Ummah

Recite Durood Shareef till Ishraq and send the reward to the soul of Rasulullah r and to the souls of the Ummah

Perform 4 Rakats Ishraq Salah and then rest

Wake up an hour before Zawal. Perform Chasht Salah of 4, 8 or 12 Rakats. Thereafter make Tilawah of the Qur'an Kareem

SUNNATS OF ZAWAL

Perform 4 Rakats after Zawal, before the Sunnahs of Zuhr

AFTER ZUHR

Taleem of one of the above-mentioned Kitabs – thereafter rest - awaken ½ hour before Asr and prepare for Salah

AFTER ASR

Tilawah of the Qur'an Kareem, 1 manzil of the Munajat-e-Maqbool, Hizbul Bahr and Dua before Iftar

GENERAL ADVICES

Be particular about occupying the 1st saff and performing Salah with Takbeer Ula (first Takbeer)

Remain in Zikr and do not be negligent

Maintain the etiquette and respect of the Masjid at all times

Make Shukr and be grateful for the ability to perform good acts and ask for continued guidance

Do all actions with sincerity and devotion

Speak only when necessary

Focus that Allah is watching me and I am in His house

OBSERVANCES FOR JUMUAH

Recite a Surah from the Musabbihat, i.e. any Surah starting with “Sabbaha” e.g. Surah A'la

Recite Surah Kahf

Perform Salat-ut-Tasbeeh

Be early in the Masjid from 1st Azan and perform two Rakat Tahiyyatul Masjid

Recite 70 times

رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

70 times

اللَّهُمَّ اكْفِنِي بِحَلَالِكَ عَنْ حَرَامِكَ، وَأَغْنِنِي بِفَضْلِكَ عَمَّنْ سِوَاكَ

70 times Ayatul Kursi

Read 1000 duroods

After Asr before waking up from one’s place read the 80 Duroods

Fervent dua before sunset

One should remember his parents, teachers, Mashaikh, family and the entire Ummah in his duas.

May Allah accept the I'tikaf of one and all and make it a means of our salvation and entry into Jannah.

 

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