The Beloved and Blessed Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ said: ‘مَنِ اعْتَکَفَ اِیْمانًا وَّ اِحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَلَہ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِہٖ’ i.e. the person who performed I’tikaf with Iman and with the intention of gaining reward, all of his previous sins would be forgiven. (Al-Jami’-us-Sagheer, pp. 516, Hadees 8480)
Dear Islamic brothers! Even before the appearance of the moon of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, a large number of Islamic brothers reach Faizan-e-Madinah, the global Madani Markaz of Dawat-e-Islami. They have the purpose of attending I’tikaf which is a Sunnah of the Beloved and Blessed Nabi صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ . By the grace of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, like every year, Sunnah I’tikaf for the whole month as well as for the last ten days of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak was congregationally held by Dawat-e-Islami this year (1439 AH/2018) as well at various places around the globe including Faizan-e-Madinah, the global Madani Markaz of Dawat-e-Islami. There was a lively atmosphere at the global Madani Markaz of Dawat-e-Islami. One could see Mu’takifeen everywhere in Faizan-e-Madinah. This wonderful religious gathering became even more interesting when Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attari Qaadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه headed the Madani Muzakarah throughout the month of Ramadan after the Salah of ‘Asr and Taraweeh. During these Madani Muzakarahs, he wisely answered the questions about beliefs and deeds, Fadaail and Manaqib, Shari’ah and Tareeqah, history and Seerah, etc.
According to a careful estimate, more or less 9000 Islamic brothers attended the Madani Muzakarahs during the last ten days of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak on a daily basis at the global Madani Faizan-e-Madinah, Bab-ul-Madinah, Karachi alone. In addition, there were also a considerable number of attendees at other places and at homes via the Madani Channel.
I’tikaf for the whole month of Ramadan
Current year (1439 AH/2018), Dawat-e-Islami organized congregational I’tikaf for the whole month of Ramadan at 73 different places in Pakistan in which more or less nine thousand four hundred and seventy seven (9477) devotees of Rasool participated. Likewise, besides Pakistan, this I’tikaf was also held in 76 places in other countries in which more or less two thousand eight hundred and thirty seven (2837) Islamic brothers participated. Overseas countries where I’tikaf was held include India, Nepal, Italy, Uganda, Bangladesh and many others. Around 600 Islamic brothers also came to the global Madani Markaz Faizan-e-Madinah, Bab-ul-Madinah, Karachi via Ramadan Express and Daata Express in order to attend I’tikaf.
I’tikaf for the last ten days
Under the supervision of Dawat-e-Islami, congregational I’tikaf for the last ten days of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak was held at around 5175 places including Bab-ul-Madinah, Karachi, Zam Zam Nagar Hyderabad, Markaz-ul-Awliya (Lahore), Sardarabad (Faisalabad), Madina-tul-Awliya Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Wah Cantt, Peshawar, Quetta and Kashmir. At these places, more or less one hundred and eleven thousand and two hundred ninety nine (111299) Islamic brothers had the privilege of attending I’tikaf. Out of them, around eight thousand, five hundred and nine (8509) Islamic brothers had the privilege of attending I’tikaf at the global Madani Markaz Faizan-e-Madinah, Bab-ul-Madinah, (Karachi). Many Islamic brothers from Arab Shareef, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, UK, Oman, Austria, Greece, France, Norway, Germany, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Nepal, USA, Canada and Mozambique, etc., also had the privilege of I’tikaf at the global Madani Markaz Faizan-e-Madinah, Bab-ul-Madinah, (Karachi).
In addition to Pakistan, congregational I’tikaf for the last ten days of Ramadan was also held at around 474 places including Oman, United Arab Emirates, America, Canada, UK, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, Greece, Germany, Belgium, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iran etc., where more or less 9703 Islamic brothers participated. During the I’tikaf, several Islamic brothers expressed such views to the Madani channel as: We were blessed with offering Salahs punctually here; we developed the mindset of repenting of and refraining from sins; we were blessed with the Madani environment here full of affection. Similarly, many Islamic brothers expressed the intentions of offering Salahs and other Fard acts, adorning their head and face with the Sunnahs of beard and turban respectively, learning Fard knowledge, getting admission to Jami’a-tul-Madinah, travelling with Madani Qafilahs and carrying out Madani activities in their areas.
Allah karam aysa karay tujh pay jahan mayn
Ay Dawat-e-Islami tayri dhoom machi ho
May Allah bless Dawat-e-Islami with grace!
May it become popular at each and every place!