Excellence of I’tikaf
I’tikaf is a very old act of worship, carrying great importance. One can judge its significance from the fact that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once observed I’tikaf for the entire month of Ramadan, and for the last 10 days of the month, he صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم used to pay special attention to the I’tikaf to such extent that [when] once he صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم could not observe I’tikaf in Ramadan due to a certain reason, then he صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم observed I’tikaf in the last ten days of Shawwal-ul-Mukarram. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 671, Hadees 2031)
Once, due to travel, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم could not observe I’tikaf. So, [he صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم] observed I’tikaf for 20 days in next Ramadan. (Tirmizi, vol. 2, pp. 212, Hadees 803)
Dawat-e-Islami and Sunnah I’tikaf
Dear Islamic brothers! In the blessed month of Ramadan, millions of Muslims act upon the blessed Sunnah of I’tikaf. اَلْحَمْدُ للہ عَزَّوَجَلَّ! In the Madani environment of Dawat-e-Islami too, the way this blessed act of Sunnah is observed with especial attention and care, it has its own uniqueness. Collective I’tikaf of Dawat-e-Islami is highly remarkable and appreciable! Here people will have the privilege to perform Tahiyya-tul-Wudu, Tahiyya-tul-Masjid, Tahajjud, Ishraq, Chasht, Awwabeen, Salat-ut-Taubah and Salat-ut-Tasbih along with five daily Salahs. They will have the opportunity to learn Islamic teachings, Wudu, Ghusl, Salah and other necessary rulings. Moreover, they will have the privilege to learn Sunnah acts, and memorise Du’as [supplications], and will develop the habit of observing Qufl-e-Madinah of ‘stomach and tongue’ as well as being in the state of Wudu most of the time. Moreover, they will acquire ‘Khushu’-o-Khudu’ (humility and the presence of heart and mind). In short, in I’tikaf, they will spend every moment in performing acts of worship and they will keep attaining the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.
At the time of Iftar, people will attend the highly emotional and heartfelt Munajat and Du’as (invocations and supplications). Furthermore, after ‘Asr Salah and Taraweeh, they will have the privilege to attend the Madani Muzakarahs of Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه, in which Islamic brothers ask questions regarding different subjects; for example, ‘Aqaaid (beliefs), deeds, Shari’at-o-Tareeqat, Fazaail-o-Manaqib (excellences and virtues), history, biographies [Seerah] and about other topics, and Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat gives answers, full of wisdom and Ishq-e-Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.
Collective I’tikaf of the blessed Ramadan 1438 Hijri (2017)
اَلْحَمْدُ للہ عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Like every year, collective I’tikafs of 10 days and entire month were conducted in 1438 AH (2017 A.D) under the supervision of Dawat-e-Islami at hundreds of places in Pakistan and abroad, in which thousands of devotees of Rasool participated. (Details about it can be read in the monthly magazine ‘Faizan-e-Madinah’ issued in Zul-Qa’da-til-Haraam 1438 AH, August 2017).
For detailed information regarding the rulings and excellences of I’tikaf, read the book ‘Faizan-e-Ramadan’ [Blessings of Ramadan] authored by Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه.
Madinah: Those Islamic brothers who wish to observe I’tikaf in the global Madani Markaz, Faizan-e-Madinah (Bab-ul-Madinah Karachi) should send email on the following email address: Aetikaf.firstname.lastname@example.org.