The holy month of Ramadan, the month of Allah, Shehrullah, is almost upon us. It is a month dedicated to Allah’s worship, to prayer, fasting, zakaat, dua, recitation of the Quran, nurturing bonds of affection among family and mumineen, good deeds and words, and helping people. One of the most important aspects of Allah’s worship in Ramadan is namaaz. Regarding namaaz, RasulullahSA has said that one who prays a recommended, tatawwu’ prayer in Ramadan garners the sawaab of a mandatory, farizat prayer. And one who prays a mandatory, farizat prayer in Ramadan garners the sawaab of seventy farizatprayers. In Laylatul Qadr, Allah ta’ala grants sawaab a thousand-fold. It is also recommended that as much as possible, and especially in Ramadan, mumineen pray together in imamat-jama’at namaaz. One who prays imamat-jama’at namaaz garners sawaab manifold. Praying in the masjid also multiplies sawaab. We are Dawoodi Bohra mumineen, and for us imamat-jama’at namaaz is valid only if it is with a person appointed by the raza of the Haqq na sahib. For us today, namaaz conducted with the raza of the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS is the only imamat-jama’at namaaz that is valid. As per our aqeedah and Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man’s guidelines in the Da’a’im al-Islam, if you pray namaaz behind one who does not have authorization from the true Dai, that prayer is not valid. It is far better to pray alone, individually, at home, and have your namaaz counted, versus praying in a masjid behind an unauthorized pesh-imam, a defunct amil, and have your namaaz not counted at all. Although you may pray alone in the present difficult conditions, you will get ‘niyyat nu sawaab’ of jama’at namaaz; in fact, RasulullahSA has said, “al-muminu wahdahu jama’ah”—“A mumin by himself is a jama’at”. Where possible, mumineen are encouraged to pray imamat-jama’at namaaz with a pesh-imam who has obtained raza from Syedna Qutbuddin. For this Ramadan, Syedna Qutbuddin has graciously given the following irshaad:
- If there are a number of mumineen in your town who can pray together, if you can find a venue (for example, in someone’s home), and if there is one among you who is qualified to lead imamat-jama’at namaaz, you are encouraged to araz for raza.
- Even if you cannot get together for every namaaz or every day in Ramadan, you could do so for fazil nights and special occasions.
- Qualification for leading namaaz includes knowing Quran surats, duas, and ahkaam of namaaz. If you have questions as to whether you can lead, if you are not sure whether what you know is enough, you can call and ask. Also, if you do not know details of some miqaats and what to do in them, you can call and ask.