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Friday, September 18, 2009

I'tikaaf/E'tikaf/Seclusion





The Prophet (PBUH) said, Whoever stands the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and seeking reward shall have their previous sins forgiven. (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)


I'tikaf is a great experience, it's like therapy, for your mind and soul. The way a student confines himself/herself to his/her study room, and stays there during preps for exams, to avoid unnecessary contact with the world, allowing him/her to concentrate a 100% on his/her preparation for exams. Similarly, the sole purpose of Seclusion, for prayers, is better concentration, better communication.

When you confine yourself to one place, be it for a few minutes, or for hours or be it days, and with all your concentration, offer your salāt, and perform zikr/dhikr. It will benefit you, in many ways. It will connect you, to your inner self and to Allah. Distractions and preoccupations corrupts the heart. These moments of solitude help you find and rediscover yourself.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In the body there is an organ which if it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire body will be corrupt. That organ is the heart.” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)


1 comment:

Salman Hassan said...

yes 100% i agree with sobia....