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Dua.e.saher,s,forgive in ramdan

Suhur or Sheree (Pre-Dawn Meal or Early

morning meal during the Islamic month of

Ramadan):

Standard rule for calculating the timings for

Sheree and Iftaree:

For those people who don't have access to

Ramadan Calendar, please follow this. From

your local Newspaper get the timings of

"Sunrise" and "Sunset".

The time for Morning (Fajr) Prayer/ "Subh

Sadiq" is "Sunrise" minus one hour and

fifteen minutes (1:15).

The time to stop eating Saheree is "Sunrise"

minus one hour and twenty-five minutes

(1:25). Or just ten minutes before the

Morning Prayer.

The time for Maghrib Prayer is "Sunset" plus

ten minutes. Hence eat Iftaree, immediately

after finishing your Maghrib Prayer.

Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal): Suhur is not a

condition for fasting; it is Sunnat-e-

Moakada. The Prophet (peace and blessings

be upon him) partook of suhur and

encouraged others to do it. He (pbuh) said:

"Take suhur, for verily there is a blessing in

suhur."

Hence always take Saheree food, even if

very little or just a sip of water. Becauseit

distinguishes us from other religions.

Suhur is a sunnah and to delay it is also a

sunnah. This is what will strengthen the

fasting Muslim, and would lessen the

hardship of fasting. It would also lessen the

time period of thirst and hunger.

Since Islam is based on easiness and has

come with rules that make the acts of

worship easy for people, a Muslim is

advised to delay the suhur and hasten the

iftar (breaking the fast). So it is a sunnah for

the fasting Muslim to get up for suhur and

have something to eat, even if he or she

would take a small edible thing like a date

or a sip of water. If he or she does this, he or

she would have done fulfilled the sunnah of

the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon

him).

The Dua mentioned in "Misbah" and "Iqbal",

for the time of Saher (Dawn).

YAA MAFZA-E'E I'NDA KURBATEE WA YAA

GHAWTHEE I'NDA SHIDDATEE ILAYKA

FAZIA TU WA BIKASTAGHATH-TU WA BIKA

LUD'TU LAA ALOOD'U BI-SIWAAKA WA LAA

AT'LUBUL FARAJA ILLAA MINKA FA-

AGHITHNEE WA FARRIJ A'NNEE YAA MAN

YAQBALULYASEER WA YAA-FOO A'NIL

KATHEER IQBAL MINNIL YASEERA WAA'-FU

A'NNIL KATHEER INNAKA ANTAL

GHAFOORUR RAH'EEM ALLAAHUMMA

INNEE AS-ALUKA EEMAANAN TUBAASHIRU

BIHEE QALBEE WA YAQEENAN H'ATTAA

AA'-LAMA ANNAHU LAN YUS'EEBANEE

ILLAA MAA KATABTA LEE WA RAZ'Z'INEE

MINAL A'YSHI BIMAA QASAMTA LEE YAA

ARH'AMAR RAAH'IMEEN YAA U'DDATEE FEE

KURBATEE WA YAA S'AAH'IBEE FEE

SHIDDATEE WA YAA WALIYYEE FEE NIA'-

MATEE WA YAA GHAAYATEE FEE

RAGHBATEE ANTAS SAATIRU A'WRATEE

WAL AAMINU ROO-A'TEE WAL MUQEELU

A'THRATEE FAGHFIRLEE KHAT'EEE-ATEE

YAA ARH'AMAR RAAH'IMEEN

O my Ultimate Sanctuary when troubles

surround me! O my Last Hope when

difficulties trouble me! Unto Thee I turn to,

before Thee I stand to get help, with Thee I

take refuge, except Thee there is no refuge;

I do not seek joy after sorrow from anyone

save Thee, so come to my help and free me

from cares O He who accept even the

smallest (efforts) but excuses from

restrictions, accept whatever little there is

and release from hardships frequently,

Verily Thou art Oft-forgiving, Merciful. O

Allah I ask for the faith which gives joy,

satisfaction and confidence to my heart till I

am positively aware that I will not have my

fill unless it has been approved for me, and

happiness will agree with me only whereby

justly and fairly distributed, O the Most

Merciful. O my "means" in my troubles! O

my Companion in my difficulties! O my

Guardian in my happiness! O the ultimate

of my inclinations! Thou covers up my

shortcomings, affords security in the event

of crisis end fearful disasters, therefore,

overlook my transgressions, O the Most

Merciful.

Why forgive others during the Islamic

month of Ramadan?

Holy Prophet

Muhammad (saw)

said: Musa (as), the

son of Imran once

asked, "Oh my Lord!

Who is the most honourable of Your

servants? And He replied, the person who

forgives even when he is in a position of

power." (Baihaqi)

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: "Whoever

wishes that Allah (SWT) may favor him with

His blessings and accommodate him in

Paradise should refine his morals, behave

justly with the people, take pity on

orphans, help weak and the helpless and

be humble before Allah who has created

him."

You know what I'm referring to - those

times when you get into an argument(s)

with a family member, friend, boss,

employee, coworker, classmate, teacher or

whoever. You know your facts are right or

that you've been wronged with an

insulting remark, sarcastic comment or

rudeness.

And so, you choose to hold a grudge. After

all, you've got a right to. Nobody should be

treated this way. Why should you forgive?

You're not the one who started this. You're

not the one who doesn't have the facts

straight.

True. You may be right. You may be in that

position of power mentioned in the Hadith

above. But forgiving others, apart from

positively affecting our health (less stress)

and our minds (one less negative thing to

focus on), is a necessary step to closeness

to Allah (SWT).

How can we move up the ladder of spiritual

development when we hold bitterness and

anger towards another person? While we

may have been in the right, is it worth

sacrificing our energy on a grudge instead

of on growth?

Is there not something strange about

asking for God's forgiveness of our sins

while withholding our forgiveness from

someone who has hurt us?

We cannot expect for Allah's forgiveness

unless we also forgive those who do wrong

to us. Forgiving each other, even forgiving

one's enemies is one of the most important

Islamic teachings. Allah (SWT) says in Holy

Quran: And those who shun the great sins

and indecencies, and whenever they are

angry they forgive. (al-Shura 42:37)

One of the distinguishing features of

Ramadan is forgiveness. Holy Prophet

Muhammad (saw) explained in one Hadith

that Ramadan is a month whose beginning

is Mercy, whose middle is Forgiveness and

whose end is freedom from the Hellfire.

This makes it a great time to ask Allah

(SWT) for His Forgiveness. It's also a

wonderful time to open our hearts and

cleanse them of grudges and bitterness by

forgiving others.

Let us use these remaining days of

forgiveness this Ramadan to open our

hearts to those who have wronged us and

forgive them as we beg Allah (SWT) to

forgive us.

Please forgive me; if I have wronged you, I

am no angel!

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is

the attribute of the strong". Mahatma

Gandhi