Islamic Wisdom: The Spiritual Significance of A Great Sunnah Itikaf

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The Importance of Itikaf:

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always observed itikaf and the Muslims have, on the whole, adhered to it.

Types of Itikaf:

The Virtues of Itikaf:

“In the body there is an organ which if it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire body will be corrupt. That organ is the heart.” [Bukhari 52 and Muslim 1599]

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Said;

He who observes the ten days Itikaf during Ramadan will obtain the thawab of two Hajj and two Umrah. [Bayhaqi]

The mosques in which the Itikaf is to be performed:

A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) relates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) regularly observed itikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan till the end of his life. After him, his wives followed (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

The Time and Duration of Itikaf:

“When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wanted to observe itikaf, he would pray Fajr then enter his place of itikaf.” -Aisha [Bukari 1928 and 2041, Muslim 1173, al-Tirmidhi 791]

And do not have relations with them as long as you are staying for worship in the mosques. These are the limits [set by] Allah, so do not approach them. Thus does Allah make clear His ordinances to the people that they may become righteous.

[Quran Surat al-Baqarah 2:187]

The Conditions of Itikaf:

The Sunnah for the person who is in Itikaf is that he should not visit the sick or attend funerals, or touch his wife or have intercourse with her, or go out for any but the most pressing of needs. There is no Itikaf except with fasting, and there is no Itikaf except in a Masjid.

[Abu Dawood 2473]

Things bring to Itikaf:

Things Do During Itikaf:

Acts Nullify Itikaf:

Going for Namaz-e-Janazah:

Some Answers about Itikaf:

Final Thoughts:

Stay Focused on Your Intentions and Be Free of Distractions

I hope you believe and grasp how faith impacts your life. Prayer, reciting Sacred text according to your religion like Quran in Islam about spiritual growth and will help you walk out your faith day by day.

And all praise and thanks are due to Allah, without Whose help and guidance nothing can be accomplished. May Allah bless you with happiness, success, guidance, health, and knowledge. May Almighty Allah give us the strength to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and make us part of the group who is among the most righteous! Ameen.

Be patient with yourself. And Keep learning!!

Always start your day by renewing your intention that everything you do for yourself and your community, whether it be your acts of worship or daily chores. It all has to be merely for the sake of Allah (SWT) and also, I ask Allah (SWT) to make my work dedicated only to him and forgiveness from Allah (SWT), if I have got anything wrong. It is He who is the Hearing, the knowing.

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