Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hadhrat Moulana AbdulHamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
In these Mubarak days of Zul Hijjah, we are commanded to commence the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq after the Fardh Salaah, commencing from Fajr of the 9th of Zul Hijjah until Asr of the 13th of Zul Hijjah.
In reading the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq, we should ponder over the meanings and message that are expounded in these words. Three aspects that are highlighted are:
1.) THE GREATNESS OF ALLAH TA’ALA
With “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”, we acknowledge, with heart and soul, that Allah Ta’ala is the Greatest, and we reflect that no matter what our standing and position in society, no matter what our wealth and no matter what our family name or qualifications, we are not great. Greatness is only for Allah Ta’ala.
Many people came into this world and they not only thought they were great, they claimed greatness for themselves: Fir’aun, Haamaan, Qa’roon, Abu Jahl, Abu Lahab, Ubayy ibn Khalaf, Umayyah bin Khalaf, Abdullah bin Ubayy ibn Salool and others. In entertaining their own ‘greatness’ and ‘importance’ – they ruined their souls and ruined their Aakhirah.
Even today, many consider themselves great. This is the deception of nafs.
...So the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq is not to compete with the Imam and the other Musallis and seek to be the first to loudly pronounce the Takbeer after Salaah. Masha-Allah, Alhamdulillah, we read it and we enjoy it. However, ponder over the significance and meaning. The Takbeer is to remind us that Allah Ta’ala is the Greatest.
In this, we should also take lesson and understand that our own honour and distinction lies in Abdiyyat (Servitude) to Allah Ta’ala, in humbling ourselves, submitting ourselves before Allah Ta’ala, and worshipping Allah Ta’ala with love and devotion.
True Abdiyyat is submitting one’s heart, one’s soul, one’s intellect and one’s body in the love and obedience of Allah Ta’ala.
2.) TAUHEED - THE ONENESS OF ALLAH TA’ALA
With our recitation of ‘La Ilaaha illallaah”, we negate and eradicate all the ‘idols’ from our hearts and our lives – the ‘idols’ of gold, silver, money, prestige, power, women, name, fame, etc.
And we establish and affirm that there is only ONE ‘ilaah’ – Allah Ta’ala, as He is with all His beautiful names and qualities, and we accept all His Orders and Submit to His Commands and believe very firmly that our success, of both worlds, lies in these pure words. …This is what Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) invited to when he (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would say: “O People! Say ‘La ilaaha ilallaah’ and you will be successful.”
We should also understand that it is only Allah Ta’ala Who does. We are not the doers of anything.
3.) HAMD – PRAISE OF ALLAH TA’ALA
With the recitation of “Wa lillahil Hamd”, we acknowledge that praise is only for Allah Ta’ala. Praise is not for me, praise is not for any of us. The person who considers himself or herself deserving of praise is foolish – since every bounty and blessing, which invites praise, is from Allah Ta’ala Himself. So even if a person is praised, he is praised on something given to him by his Rabb.
Allah Ta’ala commences the opening Surah of the Qur’an Sharief, drawing our attention to this truth: “All Praise is due to Allah, Rabb of the Worlds”!
For twenty three Salaah, we recite these beautiful words. These words effect reformation, change and improvement if we would only bring the reality of its message in our lives, and work towards inculcating the spirit of submission and sacrifice for Allah Ta’ala Alone.
May Allah Ta’ala grant me, you and all the reality and Taufeeq.
It is Waajib (obligatory) for every adult Muslim to recite the Takbiraat of Tashreeq audibly, ONCE, after every Fardh Salaah, from Fajr of the 9th of Zul Hijjah to Asr of the 13th of Zul Hijjah.
Takbeer should be recited immediately after completing the Fardh Salaah.
Females should recite the Takbeer softly.