Category Archives: Sacred Months, Times and Places
“There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allaah than these days (i.e. the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).“- Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم )
He was asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allaah?” He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) replied, “Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allaah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.” (Al Bukhari)
We have to prepare for these great days to attain its great reward from Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala).
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‘Abdullaah ibn Zaid ibn ‘Aasim (Radia-Allaahu ’anhu) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi 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]
1- The statement of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi 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-Allaahu ‘alayhi 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
🔗 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
🔗 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
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
Allah made 4 months sacred in the year: Rajab, Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram. The Arabs used to magnify these months during the Days of Ignorance and they stop fighting and killing. Even if a man saw the killer of his father he woul would d not seek to retaliate. In Surat at-Tawbah [9:36], Allah says:
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year). It was so ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth. Of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) collectively, as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun.”
Let us not wrong ourselves by committing sins, because sins in this month are more grievous in punishment, and good deeds are multiplied. Read the rest of this entry
- Translation of the lecture “Ramadan is an opportunity of a lifetime” by Dr. Nawal al-‘Eid
- Saheeh at-Targheeb by al-Albaani
- Riyadus-Saliheen by Daar-us-Salaam
Read the article: “Ramadan is the opportunity of a life time” (part 1)
Third: Establishing the night with Qiyaam (Voluntary Prayers)
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever establishes the night of Ramadan with voluntary prayer (i.e. Taraweeh or Qiyaam) with sincere faith and Ihtisaab [i.e. hoping for the reward from Allaah (Ta’ala)], all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari]
Sincere faith means to believe in the promise of Allaah’s granting reward for establishing the night with prayers sincerely for His Sake only.
Ihtisaab is to hope for the reward from only Allaah (Ta’ala) and no one else. It is to hope for the forgiveness of past sins, to hope for attaining Allaah’s love for following the Sunnah of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), to hope for entering Paradise in peace, and so forth.
Abu Dhar al-Ghifaari (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever establishes the night prayer with the Imaam till he (the Imaam) finishes, it will be written for him the reward of establishing the whole night [with prayer].” [At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jamie’ no. 2417]
Allaah (Ta’ala) praises those who establish the night with prayers in Surat as-Sajdah (32:16) and witnesses for them the complete and perfect faith:
“Their sides forsake their beds, they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend.”
They forego sleep and the desire for resting on a comfortable bed in fear of Allaah’s punishment and in hope of His reward and mercy.
“No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.” [32:17]
Allaah (Ta’ala) will grant them the everlasting joy and delight in Paradise, a fitting reward which suits their deeds. Because they concealed their good deeds, Allaah conceals the reward for them which no eyes have seen and what has never crossed the mind of any man.
The following Ahadeeth indicate the virtue of establishing the nights with Qiyaam: Read the rest of this entry