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The Sacredness of Makkah and Al-Madinah

‘Abdullaah ibn Zaid ibn ‘Aasim (Radia-Allaahuanhu) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahualayhi wa sallam) said: “Ibraheem declared Makkah sacred and made supplication for its people, and I declare Al-Madinah to be sacred, as Ibraheem declared Makkah sacred, and I make supplication for its Saa’ and Mudd (its sustenance to be blessed) twice as much as Ibraheem made supplication for the people of Makkah.” [Agreed upon]

🌿 Commentary:

1- The statement of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahualayhi wa sallam), ‘Ibraheem declared Makkah sacred’ does not contradict what is affirmed in the two Saheehs (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim) from the statement of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahualayhi wa sallam): “Verily Allaah made Makkah sacred on the day He created the Heavens and the Earth” because Allaah is in fact the One Who makes things sacred, whilst Ibraheem [Abraham (‘Alayhis-salaam)] was just a conveyer. The sacredness of Makkah is thus attributed to Ibraheem (‘Alayhis-salaam) in respect of conveying the message, and attributed to Allaah as He is the Lawmaker. Ibraheem (‘Alayhis-salaam) announced the sacredness which had already been affirmed before. Read the rest of this entry

Noble Goals of Hajj (Part 3)

🔗 Read  part two of the three part series ‘Noble Goals of Hajj’ – Part 2

💎 Sixth goal: To Witness Things that are of Benefit to Them

Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Hajj (22:27-28):

“And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj). That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the Name of Allaah on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah), over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice) (at the time of their slaughtering by saying: Bismillaah, wa Allaahu-Akbar, Allaahumma Minka wa Ilaik). Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time.”

The benefits of Hajj are numerous and uncountable. Similarly, one cannot enumerate its lessons and admonitions. Allaah (Ta’ala) mentioned the word ‘benefits’ in indefinite form to signify its abundance and diversity (variety). Witnessing the benefits of Hajj is something intended, because the letter Laam in the word “Li-Yash-Hadu” (witness) signifies reason and is linked with the Command in verse 27. Accordingly, the meaning is as follows:  Read the rest of this entry

Noble Goals of Hajj (Part 2)

🔗 Read Part One of the three part series ‘Noble Goals of Hajj’ – Part 1

In part two of the series, we look at two more goals behind performing Hajj. 

💎 Fourth goal: Establishing the Remembrance of Allaah 

From the goals of Hajj is to establish the remembrance of Allaah, as is the noble purpose behind all other righteous deeds. 

Allaah (Ta’ala) says regarding the prayer, in Surat Ta-Ha (20:14):

إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي 

“Verily! I am Allaah! La ilaaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salaat Iqaamat-as-Salaat) for My Remembrance.”

Similarly, Hajj, fasting, and all acts of worship have been prescribed for the purpose of establishing the remembrance of Allaah. Therefore, Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Baqarah (2:198):

فإذا أفضتم من عرفات فاذكروا الله عند المشعر الحرام واذكروه كما هداكم وإن كنتم من قبله لمن الضالين

“Then when you leave ‘Arafat, remember Allaah (by glorifying His Praises, i.e. prayers and invocations, etc.) at the Mash’ar-il-Haram. And remember Him (by invoking Allaah for all good, etc.) as He has guided you, and verily, you were, before, of those who were astray.”

And in Surat al-Hajj (22:27-28), Allaah (Ta’ala) says: Read the rest of this entry

Noble Goals of Hajj (Part 1)

Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam that a Muslim is obliged to make at least once in his life. It is a great and lofty act of worship and one of the greatest acts with which the believer draws nearer to Allaah. Hajj consists of many noble goals and great purposes through which are sought. In this three part series ‘Noble Goals of Hajj’, eight goals will be presented in detail.

💎 First goal: The Fulfilment of Tawheed 

The greatest goal of Hajj is the fulfilment of the Tawheed of Allaah and disassociation from its opposite; Shirk. This is because Tawheed is the purpose which Allaah has created us for. The great status of Tawheed is clearly shown in the great rites of Hajj and its blessed symbols. Tawheed is the foundation on which the Religion of Allaah is based and by which every act of obedience which the believer performs to draw nearer to Allaah is established. Allaah will not accept any act of worship that is not based on Tawheed and disassociation from Shirk.

🔖Therefore, Jabir (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated in the context of his explanation of the Hajj of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that he (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) pronounced the Oneness of Allaah (saying): Read the rest of this entry

The  transcripts of the lecture: ‘The Fruits of Tawheed’ are now compiled into one PDF file.

Download ‘The Fruits of Tawheed’ (all 9 lectures in one PDF file)

The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 9)

Allaah has bestowed many blessings upon us, and we need to thank Allaah for them. Of these blessings is that Allaah made it easy for us to gather every week and remember Him. Yet only those who are deprived of such gatherings feel this blessing. There are countries where people are not allowed to gather and remember Allaah. 

We should thank Allaah for living in security and safety, while being able to attend classes. Allaah made it easy for us; we should not be ungrateful and act as if we are not in need of it.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said in Al-Fawaa’id that one of the greatest and a most beneficial booty that a person will attain is to sit with sincere people and help each other in taking the means of salvation; to advise each other with the truth and patience.

If you sit in gatherings with sincere people, remembering Allaah, you will attain salvation from the Anger of Allaah, the Punishment of Allaah, etc. This is the greatest and most beneficial غنيمة you will attain; not money, but something greater than that. Read the rest of this entry

The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 8)

قَالَ مُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ اجْلِسْ بِنَا نُؤْمِنْ سَاعَةً

Mu’adh ibn Jabal radia Allaahu ‘anhu would say: “Come and sit with us; we will have faith for a while.

This is because the Prophet (ﷺ) said in a Hadeeth: 

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ الْإِيمَانَ لَيَخْلَقُ فِي جَوْفِ أَحَدِكُمْ كَمَا يَخْلَقُ الثَّوْبُ الْخَلِقُ فَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ أَنْ يُجَدِّدَ الْإِيمَانَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr radia Allaahu ‘anhu reported that the Messenger of Allaah, (ﷺ) said: “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allaah to renew faith in your hearts.” [Al-Mustadrak 5; and authentic according to Al-Albaani]

Faith can become weak, just like clothes become thin and old. We need to renew the faith in our hearts. What will increase faith in our hearts? When we gather and talk about the غيب (Unseen). And the greatest Unseen is Allaah. Talking about Allaah’s Names and Attributes will increase faith in the heart of a person.

Being busy with worldly occupation, lives, children, and families, will diminish and weaken faith in one’s heart. This is why one constantly needs to renew his faith. If the slave leaves his faith, and does not take the means to increase it, it will decrease until it completely diminishes, to the point where the person outwardly looks like a Muslim, but is a hypocrite. One should hope to renew his faith every time he attends these gatherings (Halaqas). We want to keep our faith steady until we die. Read the rest of this entry

The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 7)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

من قام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

“He who observes optional prayer (Taraweeh prayers) throughout Ramadan, out of sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward, will have his past sins pardoned.” [Agreed upon] 

And in another narration: 

من صام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه 

“He who observes fasting during the month of Ramadan with Faith, while seeking its reward from Allaah, will have his past sins forgiven.” [Agreed upon] 

We need strong faith in order to fast and establish the nights with prayer in Ramadan in the way pleasing to Allaah. We should take the means of increasing our faith now. When our faith is increased, it will produce fruits which benefit us both in this world and the next:

Continuation of  Point 8, One is comforted at the onset of calamity and hardship (Fruits of Tawheed – Part 6)

When any calamity befalls the believer, he immediately thinks of the reward he will get from Allaah. At the same time, he hopes for the removal of his distress; an exchange of his state to a better one. He does not despair of the Mercy of Allaah. Also, when He is afflicted with the calamity, he believes that Allaah is Al-Hakeem, Ar-Raheem, Al-Wadood, This comforts and consoles his heart. Read the rest of this entry