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Munajat for Ahl al-Bayt (The Holy Family of Prophet Muhammad)

O Allah help us to remember the Ahl al-Bayt
and give us the capacity to recognize and learn about their virtuous lives.

O Allah help us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt who will never separate from Your Message (the Qur'an) until they meet Your beloved Prophet Muhammad at the Kawthar. +

O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, the upholders and revivers of the deen of Islam.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, a life devoid of excess, devoid of the unreal, devoid of every vanity and uselessness, and instead a life of truth, justice, mercy, love, freedom and peace;

A life full of passion for truth and nothing else;

A life full of a sense of justice and ever detesting and protesting injustice;

A life full of mercy, love and compassion for all of Your creation;

A life full of inner and deeper peace within one's self and for that of the other;

A life full of freedom from attachment and concern of this lower world;

A life of beauteous love for the only Source of Love (Al-Wadud) and the beloved (habib) of the Supreme Lover.

Peace and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad and his holy family. Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad. Ameen

The Arabic word Munajat means supplication, intimate conversation.

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Position of the Holy Family in Spiritual Traditions

* To understand the position of the family of the Prophet or Ahl al-Bayt, please read this valuable article. The introduction of the article speaks about the way of God regarding the elect Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of 'Imran. It further states that they were a single progeny, one from the other (Quran 3:33).

+ "I am leaving for you two precious and weighty things that if you adhere to both of them, you shall not go astray after me. They are, the Book of Allah, and my progeny, that is, my Ahl al-Bayt (the Holy Family). The Merciful has informed me that these two shall not separate from each other till they come to me by the Kawthar (Lake-Fount of Paradise)."

The Prophet also said, "Behold! People of my household (Ahl al-Bayt) are like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarked in it was saved, and whoever turned away from it perished."(al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim)

Tradition of the Mantle

Its worth mentioning here the Hadith of al-Kisa (Hadith of the Mantle).

The House of Prophet Muhammad for all Muslims is 'the household of prophethood and the frequenting place of angels'.

In Islamic tradition, one important event symbolizes the status of the Ahl al-Bayt with respect to the human as well as spiritual dimensions and their closeness  to the Prophet. This is the tradition or episode of al-Kisa' (the mantle, or cloak) which the Prophet spread over himself and his family. Classical tradition was almost unanimous in interpreting this verse as referring to his daughter Fatima al-Zahra' (the Radiant), her husband and cousin,' Ali, and their two sons Hasan and Husayn.

Related on the authority of 'Abd Allah b. Jafar b. Abi Talib, we read about this event:

As the Apostle of God saw mercy descending, he demanded: 'Call them for me, call them for me!' Safiyya asked: 'Who should we call, O Messenger of God?' He answered: 'Call the people of my household: 'Ali, Fatima, Hasan, and Husayn.' When they were brought, he spread a mantle over them; then lifting his hands to heaven said: 'O God, these are the people of my House; bless, O God, Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad!' God then sent down the verse: Surely God wishes to remove all impurities from you, O People of the House, and sanctify you with a thorough sanctification. (The Qur'an 33:33).

In still another version of the kisa' tradition, the continuity of the Prophet's family with those of earlier prophets is clearly indicated. Wathila b. al-Asqa', on whose authority this tradition in most of its variants is related, reports the following prayer uttered by the Prophet:

O God, as you have bestowed your blessings, mercy, forgiveness, and pleasure upon Abraham and the family of Abraham, so they ['Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husayn] are of me and I am of them! Bestow, therefore, your blessings, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure upon me and them.'

This prayer echoes a prayer which Muslims repeat daily: O God, bless Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad, as you have blessed Abraham and the people of the House of Abraham among all beings.

This supplication of peace and blessings upon the Ahl al-Bayt as essential part of salaat is a testimony of the sanctity of the holy family.

No Transaction except Love

Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not ask you for it (this Prophetic mission and transmission) any reward to you except (your) love (mawaddata) of my near ones (qurba). And whoever earns good, We give him an increase of good; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful."  ~ The Qur'an 42:23

Imam al-Hasan Ibn Ali said the following in a discourse which he delivered on the martyrdom of Imam Ali:

"... I am among Ahl al-Bayt whom Allah has made their love obligatory for any Muslim when He revealed to His Prophet: "Say: I don't ask you any wage except love in Al-Qurba and if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good (Quran 42:23)." Thus earn the good deed through loving us Ahl al-Bayt." (al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, al-Bazzar, al-Tabaran)

It is narrated from Ibn Abbas who said: "The good deed in the verse: 'And if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good' is the love of family (Aal) of the Muhammad." (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)


# References:
* The Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition
* Hadith al-Kisa
* Divine Love and Supplication of the Ahl al-Bayt
* Holy Qur'an and Ahl al-Bay 

Grateful to Tasmi Q., Allah bless her for editorial contribution.


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