In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful
«وعهِدنا اِلى ابراهیم و اسماعِیل أن طهرا بیتِی لِلطّائفین و العاکِفِین و
We advised Abraham and Ishmael to keep My house clean for the pilgrims,
the worshippers and for those who bow down and prostrate themselves in worship.
One of the many acts of worship which God has legislated for man's spiritual
growth, perfection and evolution is E'atekaf. It is one of the worship acts
which have special benefits, significance and virtues. It is so important that
even Allah, the Almighty instructed two of His great prophets, Abraham and
Ishmael (peace be upon them) to prepare and purify the best and most important
place i.e. the House of God for the Mu'takefeen (those retiring from the world
in a holy place) and those bowing and prostrating themselves in worship.
E'atekaf is an act of worship which separates man from the worldly expressions
and places him in the center of worship, invocation and communion with God. The
worshipper makes himself intimate with God and favorite of Him. As a Mu'takef,
he detaches from impurities, pollution and any un-Godly position as he resettles
in the abode of truth. It is E'atekaf through which one can boost and elevate
the spirit of supplication and invocation and rise up to a height of proximity
to God. E'atekaf helps a person cover the various stages of Istighfar (seeking
forgiveness), stages which cannot be reached or attained in ordinary situations.
It is through E'atekaf that one can succeed in doing Istighfar and reaching
hope, modesty, repentance, yearning, fear, obedience, confession, sincerity and
trust. E'atekaf makes one's heart luminous and enables him to ascend to the
pinnacle of spirituality. And finally, E'atekaf helps one reach the love of the
hearts of the mystics and worshippers.
In such a weird circumstance and time in which the tyrants and oppressors are
leaving no stone unturned to eradicate Islam and Muslims and to turn off the
light of God by killing the weak and gaining hegemony over them, the Muslims
especially the clerics, students and the youth should further equip themselves
with the weapon of piety and faith so that they can stand against the oppressors
with pure and confident spirits. They have to revive through E'atekaf the divine
power in themselves so as to combat against all satanic expressions and anti-God
powers. They must multiply the strong power of piety and faith in themselves to
the extent that they should overpower all internal and external temptations and
fear no one other than God.
I hope that, in the current year in which the evils of the illegitimate
government of Israel have further been exposed and men, women and children are
being savagely killed in Lebanon, we pray for their victory and the reappearance
of the Savior of humanity, the Imam of the Time (may Allah hasten his
reappearance) and for dignity of Islam and Muslims all over the world Insha
یا من لایصرفُ السوءَ الا هو یا من لایُدَبّرُ الاَمرَ الا
هُوَ یا من لایَغفِرُ الذنبَ الا هو صلّ على محمّد و آل محمّد.
Muhammad Fazel Lankarani
Rajab al-Murajjab/ 1427