Subahanallah..Its friday again. Time REALLY flies these days.
I finally came to reading a book which I bought at Wardah a year ago. This book is call THE BEGINNING OF GUIDANCE ( Bidayatul Hidayah ).
Written by Imam Ghazali ( r.a ), English Translation by W.Montgomery Watt.
The contents is more like a transcript for muslims to follow in order to be on the right path. Another one for my favourite books however hard it is to understand reading Imam Ghazali's (r.a.) literature in English.
Alhamdullilah.. It Friday ! eve of our prophet Muhammad's Birthday.
A little Excerp from the book.
Friday is the festival for believers. Its is ordained specially for this community by Allah( s.w.t ).
There is a period in Friday where chances of our prayers being answered by Allah ( s.w.t ) is very great but only Allah ( s.w.t ) knows when is it.
Prepare for our FRIDAY on Thursday by cleansing of the clothes, by many act of praise, zikrullah and by asking forgiveness on Thurday evening, for that is an hour equal in merit to the unknown hour of the Friday.
Make the intention of fasting on a Friday, but do so on thursday or saturday , since there is a prohibition of fasting on Friday alone.
When the morning breaks, wash. Cleansing of oneself is obligatory on every adult on Friday. Array yourself in white clothes as it is the most pleasing to Allah ( swt ).
For men, use the best perfume you have.
Shave, cut your hair and nails and practise other form of cleanliness.
Then go early to the mosque. The prophet says, whoever goes at the first hour is offered a camel; whoever goes at the second hours is offered a cow. whoever goes at the third hour is offered a ram; whoever goes at the forth hour is offered a chicken and whoever goes at the fifth hour is offered an egg.
Endevour on this day, to give some alms, as you can manage, even if its a little.
Divide your time between worship, fasting, almsgiving, quran recitation , recollection of God, solitary devotion and waiting for prayer.
Let this one day of the week be devoted to what pertains in our future life and perhaps it will be an atonement for the rest of the week.
Innallàha wa malâikatahû yusallûna 'alan-nabiyy, yâ ayyuhalladhîna âmanû sallû alayhi wa sallimû taslîmâ. (Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.) 33:5