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Shab e Barat – Do’s and Don’ts of this Blessed Night

19 Jun

Mid-Sha’ban is the 15th day of the eighth month (Sha’ban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat (شب برات) in Afghanistan,BangladeshPakistanIran and Muslim parts of India. These names are translated to the night of recordsthe night of assignment and the night of deliverance, and the observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers.In some regions, this is also a night when one’s deceased ancestors are commemorated.


Do’s and Dont’s of Shab e Barat:

1) 15th Night of Shaban or Shab e Barat, as it is known, is one of the blessed nights in the Islamic calender.

2) Make sure that you offer all the prayers in the masjid with Jamat. (This should be done in other days as well)

3) Make use of this blessed night by involving your self in individual nafl prayers. That includes recitation of quran, any zikr, nafl salah and most importantly, Dua!

4) Make as much dua as possible for the Ummah and for yourself.

5) There is no fixed or particular prayer for this night therefore stay away from any such gatherings where Nafl prayers are being offerd in Jamat. Allah(SWT) has granted us this night to get in touch with him personally and individually. We should value this opportunity and avoid gatherings.

6) It is not mandatory at all to stay up the whole night. Pray as much as you can conveniently. After that go to sleep and make sure you offer Fajr Salah in time in the Masjid.

7) You may also visit the graves of your loved ones, as it was done by our beloved Prophet(SAW) as well. However, it is not mandatory. Also, keeping in mind the sort of gatherings that take place at graveyards in these nights, it is sometimes better not to visit as one might get involved in sins.

8 ) Dua is the true essense of this night. Involve yourself in as much dua as you can

Things to be avoided on Shab e Barat:

1) Stay away from Bidaat. Stick to the simple straight path, i-e the Sunnah.

2) Shab e Baraat has nothing to do with Halwa, Fireworks and other such non-sense.

3) Farz Salah is of much greater importance than any Nafl Prayer. Therefore make sure that we do not stay up so late that we end up missing the Fajr Salah.

7 Types of People Who Will Not Be Forgiven on Shab e Baraat

Following are the types of people who, according to hadith, will not be forgiven even on the blessed night of Shab e Barat (if they do not repent).

However, if someone repents from these sins, then Allah(SWT) is all merciful and will surely forgive him.

1) Mushrik (those who associate partners with Allah).

2) The one who cuts off the ties of kinship (qata’ rehmi).

3) The one who covers his ankles with pants, shalwar or any other garment coming from the top (for men only)

4) The one who is disobedient towards his parents

5) The one who drinks Alcohol

6) The one who kills an innocent Muslim.

7) The one who keeps Keena (enmity) or nourishes malice in his heart for other Muslims.

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Founder of Aligarh Muslim University

28 Jan

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Born : 17th October 1817 Delhi

Died : 27th March 1898, Aligarh

Father : Saiyad Muhammad Muttaqi,
Mother : Azizun Nisa Begum
Wife : Parsa Begum(Mubarak) Married : 1836
Children : Saiyad Hamid, Saiyad Mahmud and Amina.

Biography: Hayat-e-Javed (By Maulana Altaf Husain Hali)


“ Hai Dileri daste-arbab-e-siyaasat ka Aasa` “ 


“Sir Saiyad was a prophet of education “ (Mahatma Gandhi)

“The real greatness of the man (Sir Saiyad) consists in the fact that he was the first Indian Muslim who felt the need of a fresh orientation of Islam and worked for it’’ (Sir Allama Iqbal)


“Sir Saiyad was an ardent reformer and he wanted to reconcile modern scientific thought with religion by rationalistic interpretations and not by attacking basic belief. He was anxious to push new education. He was in no way communally separatist. Repeatedly he emphasized that religious differences should have no political and national significance”. 
( Jawaharlal Nehru, Founder Prime Minister of India)


“Sir Saiyad’s vision and his laborious efforts to meet the demands of challenging times are highly commendable. The dark post 1857 era was indeed hopeless and only men like Raja Mohan Roy and Sir Saiyad could penetrate through its thick veil to visualize the Nation’s destinies. They rightly believed that the past had its merits and its legacies were valuable but it was the future that a society was called upon to cope with. I offer my homage to Sir Saiyad for his vision and courage that withstood all obstructions both from the friends and the foes” 
(Mr. Inder Kumar Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India).


Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

28 Jan

In 1875, Sir Syed founded the Madarsatul Uloom in Aligarh and patterned the MAO College after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he visited on a trip to London in 1869. His objective was to build a college in tune with the British education system but without compromising its Islamic values. He wanted this College to act as a bridge between the old and the new, the East and the West. While he fully appreciated the need and urgency of imparting instruction based on Western learning, he was not oblivious to the value of Oriental learning and wanted to preserve and transmit to posterity the rich legacy of the past. Dr. Sir Mohammad Iqbal observed that “the real greatness of Sir Syed consists in the fact that he was the first Indian Muslim who felt the need of a fresh orientation of Islam and worked for it— his sensitive nature was the first to react to modern age”.

The aim of Sir Syed was not merely restricted to establishing a college at Aligarh but at spreading a network of Muslim managed educational institutions throughout the length and breadth of the country. Keeping in view this, he instituted All India Muslim Educational Conference in 1886 that revived the spirit of Muslims at national level. The Aligarh Movement motivated the Muslims to help open a number of educational institutions. It was the first of its kind of such Muslim NGO in India, which awakened the Muslims from their deep slumber and infused social and political awareness among them.

He contributed much to the development of the modern society of the subcontinent. During Sir Syed’s own life time, ‘The Englishman’, a renowned British magazine of the 19th century remarked in a note on November 17, 1885: ‘Sir Syed’s life “strikingly illustrated one of the best phases of modern history”. He died on March 27, 1898 and lies buried next to the main mosque at AMU.

Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor interacted with the student candidates for various positions of the AMU Students’ Union.

28 Jan

In an unprecedented move, the Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah interacted with the student candidates for various positions of the AMU Students’ Union yesterday evening and urged them to strengthen the cultural values and traditions of the University by participating in the election in a disciplined manner and with team spirit.

Gen. Shah said that he staunchly believed in the democratic rights and wished that the students winning the elections of the AMU Students’ Union come forward to raise the standard of the University and work for strengthening its democratic values.

Vice Chancellor said that any act of indiscipline, defacing of the University buildings and trying to woo the voters using unfair means will not be tolerated. He said that there was a ban on the use of motor vehicles in the elections and only hand-made posters on the prescribed spots are allowed as campaign material. He said that no canvassing should take place after 10 pm in the University campus and candidates and their representatives should avoid taking mobile phones inside the poling booths. Only one representative of every candidate will be there at the time of counting of votes and no student or candidate will be allowed to enter the premises, where counting will take place.

Gen. Shah stated that safeguarding the interests of students and providing them the best employment opportunities was top on his priorities in order to make the University number one among all Indian universities, which required all to work with team spirit.

Gen. Shah assured the AMU community that he would not leave any stone unturned in his efforts for securing the “Minority Character for the University”. He said the issue of minority character for AMU was very dear to his heart and was a mission of his life. He said that the University was approaching all avenues for securing this right. He said, “It is my fervent belief that if we lose on this score, then we will lose everything”.

The Vice Chancellor also cautioned student community on the eve of UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi’s visit not to indulge in any form of “inappropriate” protest, which could boomerang and “in fact harm the prospects of securing minority status for this institution”. Shah said that the quest for restoring minority character is primarily a legal issue now and since the matter rests with the Supreme Court, the University is fully focused on “strengthening its legal case” on this issue.

Shah further said that he was “fully aware” that Mrs. Gandhi’s forthcoming visit to AMU on the Convocation day scheduled for February 16 would provide a vital opportunity of apprising Mrs. Gandhi over the sensitivities on this issue and other issues which are vital interest to Muslim youth in the country.

He announced that the candidates winning the lections of the Union will be members of his team and will play a vital role in the betterment of the University. He however warned that if there is a serious issue of violation of code of conduct, he would not think twice for postponing the entire election process.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Election Officer, Prof. Mohammad Shabbir said that that the Vice Chancellor has pardoned all the cases of infringement of code of conduct till date on the condition that from now onwards, any such violation will invite five thousand rupees fine and cancellation of the nomination of the concerned candidate.

AMU Registrar Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad, Proctor, Dr. Khurshid A. Khan, PRO Dr. Rahat Abrar and other officials

engaged in the conduct of elections were also present in the meeting


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