Day 8 Ramadhan - Step 11 Sufi Ramadhan Secrets and Gems
The following is a excerpt of a translation from the works of Shaykh Abd al-Qadīr al-Jilānī (رحمة الله عليه) by Ruslan Moore (Al-Baz Publishing).
In the original, the Shaykh begins with the hadīth regarding how tarawīh was performed during the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), then it talks about how and why Sayyidunā 'Umar (رضي الله عنه) established the tarawīh as we know it: Sayyiduna 'Alī (كرم الله وجهه) is reported as having said: "’Umar (رضى الله عنه) would never have taken such a serious interest in these tarawīh prayers, if it had not been for a certain saying of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), which he happened to hear from me.”
By making this statement, Sayyidunā ‘Alī (كرم الله وجهه) prompted his listeners to ask: “What is that saying O Commander of the Believers?” So he responded by telling them: “Allāh’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) once said, in my hearing: “’Around the Heavenly Throne, Allāh maintains an area called the Enclosure of Sanctity, which consists of radiant light. So many are the angels within its confines, that none but Allāh could ever add up their total number. These angels are utterly devoted to the worshipful service of Allāh, and they never take a single moment to relax. When the nights of the month of Ramadhān come around, they ask their Lord for permission to descend by turns to the earth below, where they perform the ritual prayers together with the children of 'Ādam. Whenever any member of the Community of Muhammad is touched by them, or touches them, that person will experience such blissful happiness and good fortune that he will never again feel miserable or suffer distress."
“As soon as ‘Umar (رضى الله عنه) heard me repeat these words, he exclaimed: ‘Since we are specially entitled to receive this blessing, we must be better prepared!’ He then proceeded to organise the congregational observance of the tarawīh prayers, and it was he who established the practice of performing them throughout the month of Ramadhān as a regular traditional custom.’”
As we know from another traditional report, Sayyidunā ‘Alī كرم الله وجهه went out in the first part of a certain night in the month of Ramadhān. Then, when he heard the Qur’ān being recited in the mosques, he exclaimed: “May Allāh fill the tomb of ‘Umar with light, as Allāh’s mosques are illuminated by the recitation of the Qur’ān!”
According to a somewhat differently worded version of this traditional report, Sayyidunā Alī كرم الله وجهه passed by the mosques, and he noticed that they were bright with lamps, while people were performing the tarawīh prayers, so he exclaimed: “May Allāh shine light upon the tomb of ‘Umar, as He has filled our mosques with light!”
SubhānAllāh. How beloved was the Tarawīh prayer to our Master Sayyidunā 'Alī عليه السلام, and how much blessings and rewards are reaching him, Sayyidunā 'Umar and us due to our engaging in this prayer.
Rewards For Performing Taraweeh During Ramadhan Enlivening the Nights of Ramadan by Performing the Special Tárawíh Prayer by Sheikh Mûzaffër Ozak al Jerrahi
Look at the wages of those who perform these prayers! According to Ali ibn Abi Talib , when our Sayyidina Rasulillah ﷺ was asked about the virtue of the Tarawih and the reward for doing them, he said
1ST NIGHT - Almighty Allah forgives all the sins of a mu'min.
2nd NIGHT - Your sins including your mu'min parents sins are forgiven.
3rd NIGHT - Below the Arsh-Allah's throne there an angel proclaims,"O, MU'MIN make good deeds with sincerity, Allah has forgiven your past sins"
4th NIGHT - You are awarded the thawaab of reading Thaurat, Injeel, Zaboor and the Qu'ran Majid.
5th NIGHT - You get thawaab equal to that which you would gain if you read your salat in masjid Haram, Medina Munawara and masjid Aqsa.
6th NIGHT - You gain the thawaab of the Tawaaf made by the 70,000 angels made at Baitul Mamoor on the 7th sky.
7th NIGHT - You receive the thawaab of those good people who helped Musa A.S. when he fought Fir'un and Haman.
8th NIGHT - The rewards for the 8th tarawih are equal to the thawaab awarded to Ibrahim A.S.
9th NIGHT - The rewards of this night are equivalent to the thawaab awarded to our Holy Prophet Sayyidina Rasulillah ﷺ
10th NIGHT - Allah proclaims for you all the best in the world.
11th NIGHT - The reward for this night is that when a mu'min leaves this world, he goes with faith (Imaan)
12th NIGHT - On the day of resurrection you will appear with a face with so much (Nur) lustre on it, as much as the lustre of the 14th moon.
13th NIGHT - On the day of resurrection, you will be protected from evil.
14th NIGHT - On the day of resurrection, the angels will be witnesses for the tarawih you are performing. On this evidence Allah will grant your entry into Paradise without account.
15th NIGHT - All the Malaikah, the Houries and the Arsh-wa-Kursi (Allah's throne) plead for you before Allah for his mercy.
16th NIGHT - Allah gives instructions: to free you from Hell - to allow you entrance to Paradise.
17th NIGHT - Allah grants you the thawaab of the Anbiya (Prophets)
18th NIGHT - On this night a angel announces that Allah is happy with you, and your parents.
19th NIGHT - The reward for this night is that Allah makes your position greater in Paradise.
20th NIGHT - On this night Allah rewards you by granting to you the thawaab of the martyred and the pious.
21st NIGHT - On this night, Allah builds a house with lustre for you in Paradise.
22nd NIGHT - On the resurrection ground you will arrive duly freed from sorrow and worry.
23rd NIGHT - On this night Allah makes a garden ("shaher") for you in Paradise.
24th NIGHT - On this night Allah grants twenty-four duas (wishes).
25th NIGHT - Allah lifts his punishment form your grave.
26th NIGHT - Allah increases for you the thawaab of 40 years.
27th NIGHT - The rewards for this night of Tarawih are that you will be able to cross the Pul-Siraat (bridge) like lightning.
28th NIGHT - Your position in Paradise is increased by one stage.
29th NIGHT - Allah Ta'ala grants the thawaab of 1,000 "makabul" (accepted) Haj.
30th NIGHT - By performing this night of tarawih you would be one of the many persons who, on the day of resurrection will hear Allah Ta'aala say in Paradise, "Eat whichever fruit you like to eat, bathe with the water of Salsabil and drink the Kauthar water! I am thy Lord and you are my person ! "