Category Archives: Sacred Months

The Good Deed That Will Save You From The Hellfire

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

Ramadan is opportunity of a lifetime (PART 2)

Sources:

  • 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

Ramadan is opportunity of a lifetime (PART 1)

Sources:

  • 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

Virtues of the month of Ramadan

  1. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: When the first night of the month of Ramadan comes, the devils and the defiant Jinn are bound in chains and all the gates of Hell are closed and none of them remain open, and all the gates of Paradise are opened and none of them remain closed, and every night a caller from heaven will announce, ’O seeker of goodness and virtue! Come forward;’ and ‘O evildoer! Halt (desist), and do not come forward;’ and a large number of sinners are released from Hell at the command of Allaah (i.e. decision of forgiveness and deliverance is taken for them), and all this takes place on every night of Ramadan. [Sunan at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) and authenticated by al-Albaani and he graded it Hasan]

The Scholars said: “The gates of Jannah (Paradise) are opened in this month because many righteous deeds are performed and ascend to Allaah (Ta’ala) during these days. Allaah (Ta’ala) loves that the deeds of the believer ascend to Paradise, and the angels are occupied in building his dwellings and palaces and planting gardens for him.” Therefore, while offering the Salaat (prayers) one should feel that the deed is ascending directly to Paradise. This is an encouragement for those who seek Allaah’s reward.

On the other hand, the gates of Hell are closed because only a few sins are committed by the believers, and because of Allaah’s abundant forgiveness for His slaves during these days.

A caller from the heaven will call, “O seeker of goodness and virtue, come forward,” so seek help from Allaah (Ta’ala) and perform good deeds profusely. For those who used to establish the night with three Rak’ah voluntary prayers, let them offer more, and whoever used to give one or ten dinars in charity let him give more.

“O evil doer! Halt (desist)!” Until when will you commit these sins?

During the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, disallowing them to influence the believers by whispering to them, thereby misguiding them. The evil hidden in man (due to Shaytaan) is weakened, but the self still remains which persistently incites to evil. If a person does not abandon sinning in the month of Ramadan, then this indicates that evil is rooted in the self of that person.

Reasons behind committing sins in the month of Ramadan despite the devils being chained: Read the rest of this entry

The Levels of Fasting the Day of ‘Ashura’

The First Level: To fast the 9th , 10th and 11th. This is the highest rank. This is based on the Hadeeth reported by Ahmad “Fast a day before it and a day after it to oppose the Jews.” And because by fasting the three days, one will get the virtue of fasting three  days of this blessed month.

The Second Level: Fasting the 9th and the 10th. This is based on the statement of the prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) “If I remain alive till next year, I shall also observe fast on the 9th Muharram (meaning 9th and 10th) to be different form Jews.” He (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) loved opposing the Jews,

The Third level: To fast the 10th and the 11th.

The Fourth level: To fast the 10th alone. Some scholars said it is Mubaah(allowable) and some said it is Makrooh(disliked). Those who said it is allowable based it on the general statement of the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “It is expiation for the sins of the previous year.” Without the mention of the 9th. While those who said it is disliked, said so because the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “fast a day before it and a day after it.”

This obligates one to add a day to it for the sake of differentiation. Therefore opinion that states it is disliked is the strong opinion. Accordingly we see that one should fast the 9th or the 11th along with the tenth.

Source: Liqaa’ Al Baab Al-Maftooh (95) by Shaikh ibn Uthaimeen

Fasting The Day Of ‘Ashura’ Along With The Day Preceding Or Succeeding it.

It is a Sunnah (Supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) to observe Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ for the authentic Ahadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated so. The Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned that the Jews used to observe Sawm on that day because it was the day on which Allah (may He be Exalted) rescued Musa (Moses, peace be upon him ) and his people and destroyed Pharoah and his people. our Prophet Muhammad thus, observed Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ to express his gratitude to Allah, advised Muslims to do so, and directed us as well to observe Sawm on the day preceding or succeeding it. However, observing Sawm on the ninth and tenth is better than doing so on the tenth and eleventh. The latter form is also sufficient for it contradicts the practice of the Jews as well. One may also observe Sawm on all three days, i.e. the ninth, the tenth and the eleventh of Muharram as is reported in some narrations: Fast a day before(the Day of ‘Ashura’) and a day after it. But, it is Makruh (reprehensible) to observe Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ only, i.e. without accompanying it by the preceding or the succeding the day. May Allah grant us success!

 

Source: Fatwas of Ibn Baz

“Allaahu Akbar” – The Symbol of Ta’dheem (Magnification)

Source: “Allaahu Akbar” the symbol of magnification by Shaikha Anaaheed

The greatest ritual that one performs during the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah is the remembrance of Allaah, meaning to say the word of Tawheed and the Takbeer out loud:

الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله – الله أكبر الله أكبر ولله الحمد

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah,

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaahi’l-hamd

What is the meaning of Allaahu Akbar?

It means Allaah is greater than everything, greater than all what is in this world which the heart is attached to and diverted by. Allaah is greater than one’s properties, wealth, family, etc. He is greater than anything that is considered great in this world.

The word (Allaahu Akbar) expresses magnification that is established in the heart of the slave, and this is what should come forth or appear during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Allaah (Ta’ala) prescribed the Takbeer in these days, such that when one says it throughout these days, his magnification of Allaah will be established in his heart.

Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Muddaththir (74:3):

“And your Lord glorify.”

i.e. glorify Him with Tawheed, seeking the Countenance of Allaah while doing that and urge/ encourage the people to glorify Him and establish His Worship. [Tayseer al-Kareem]

Both the pilgrim and non-pilgrim will glorify Allaah in these days, however the pilgrim increases in magnification by going to Makkah and magnifying the place.

These days are part of the sacred months, but they are greater in sanctity than all other days of the sacred months.

It is required from Muslims to magnify (glorify) these days because Allaah, the Most Great, magnified (exalted) them. [Good deeds done during these days are more virtuous and bring a greater reward], whereas sins committed during these days are more grievous in Allaah’s Sight.

Accordingly, the glorification (magnification) of Allaah is the action of the heart that should be practiced in these days and that one should exit these days with.

The symbol of magnification is the Takbeer, saying: “Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar…”

Preparing for Ramadan (IV) – 7th June 2015

The facts about the unseen related to the act of worship we are performing should be alive in our hearts. We should have belief in all the matters of the unseen related to Ramadhan, as well as hope for the reward from Allah. Mere abstinence from food and drink without faith is fruitless. This depends on how soft the heart is.

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Preparing for Ramadan (I) – 3rd May 2015

We need to reach Ramadan with strong faith because it is what we need to help us perform all the acts of worship. The higher your faith the higher the chances for your deeds to be accepted. Faith is situated in the hearts therefore we need to purify our hearts from sicknesses such that we can fill it with faith.

We have to focus on our hearts by:

1) Learning about Allah’s names, attributes, actions, etc.

We have to know the detailed meaning of each name of Allah. We have to know what it implies of an attribute, and the impact of that attribute on us and the entire world. We need to  worship Allah by every name. This is a duty.

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