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Hizbul Azam

Introduction to the revised edition

All praise is due to Allah Ta'ala, The Supreme Master of the worlds. Countless Durood and Salaam be upon our beloved Nabi, Sayyiduna wa Mawlana Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.

Just as the Qur-aan-e-Majeed is a living Mu’jizah (miracle) of our beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, so is the mubaarak duas of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Every dua that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made is applicable to every period of time and will be applicable till the day of Qiyaamah.

The great Muhaddith, Mullah A’li Qaari V, has most excellently compiled the duas mentioned in the Qur-aan as well as those made by our beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, in his booklet titled Al- Hizbul ‘Azam. These include the duas that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made at the Ka’bah Shareef, in the Hateem, the duas made on the occasion of Haj, in Mina, Arafaat and Muzdalifa, the duas that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made at the time of Tahajjud and in the different battles and expeditions that took place in the twenty three year period of his nubuwat. Each dua was divinely inspired by Allah Ta’ala and will remain a balm for the ailing hearts till the day of Qiyaamah.

These duas are a means of protection for all Muslims against the harms of this world and the next. It is mentioned in a Hadith, “Dua is the essence of ibaadah.” How wonderful it would be to invoke, beg, plead and ask from Allah Ta’ala in the same words of His beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Of course the words used by Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will have its own noor (light) and barkat (blessings) as compared to our own duas.

This book is excellently divided into seven sections, thus making it easier for the reader to recite one section per day. Many of our Akaabir (elders) would instruct their students and mureeds to recite one section daily as part of their ma’moolaat (daily practices). This masterpiece has indeed gained great acceptance in the court of Allah Ta’ala. People all over the world recite these duas daily and gain great solace from these prophetic invocations. Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya V in particular was very punctual on its recitation.

Hadhrat Moulana Badr-e-Aalam Saahib R.A of Madinah Munawwarah was among the very first people to translate these duas into the Urdu language, thus making it easier for the public to understand the duas of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. These duas were subsequently translated into many other languages.

In 1968, Sayed Aqeel Mohammed Saahib R.A, with the encouragement and duas of Moulana Sayed Aftaab Ahmed, the son of the late Moulana Badr-e-Aalaam Saahib R.A took up the courage to translate these duas into English. Al-hamdulillah this translation was widely accepted in many parts of the world. May Allah Ta’ala bless Bhai Ahmed Yaqoob Laher of Johannesburg as well as the Ulama of Waterval Islamic Institute for having arranged for its printing.

However, as the years progressed and literacy levels dropped, the need arose to once again simplify the English and bring it closes to spoken English, as many of the words that are used are not commonly spoken anymore. Therefore with the fadhal of Allah Ta’ala and the duas of our elders, especially Hadhrat Mufti Ebraheem Salehjee Saahib (daamat barakaatuhu), the Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Ta’limi Board made an attempt to simplify the English to make it easier for the readers. Our Mashaaikh have emphasised that we ponder over the meanings of these duas when reciting them rather than just reciting it parrot fashion. References have also been added in accordance to the book prepared by Moulana Bu Bakr Patni of Dhabel.

May Allah Ta’ala accept this translation and make it a means of hidaayat for the ummah as well as Sadaqah-e-Jaariyah for us all. Aameen.

The readers are humbly requested that if they come across any mistakes they should please inform the publishers. Insha Allah these corrections will be made in the new edition. This will also be in keeping with the spirit of the Hadith “Deen is to advise one another.”

Ta’limi Board (KwaZulu Natal)

Jumadul Ula 1435 / March 2014

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