The new moon was NOT sighted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia yesterday, hence the month of Dhul-Qa’dah completes 30 days.
It is officially announced that:
Tomorrow (23rd of August) corresponds to the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah 1438, In shaa Allaah.
1st of Dhul-Hijjah 1438 – BEGINS (Tomorrow), Wednesday ~ August 23rd, 2017.
9th of Dhul-Hijjah – Day of ‘Arafah 1438, Thursday ~ August 31st, 2017.
10th of Dhul-Hijjah – First day of ‘Eid al-Adh-haa 1438, Friday ~ September 1st, 2017.
NOTE: For those that intend to do a sacrifice (slaughter a cattle) , the last chance for cutting the nails and hair is until Maghrib prayer of Tuesday, August 22nd (TODAY)
“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).
Download The Great Days of Dhul Hijjah (Part 1) to understand the greatness of these 10 days and how you can make the best of it in sha Allaah!
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ فَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يُفْطِرُ وَفَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يَلْقَى رَبَّهُ
There are two joys for the fasting person: the joy when he breaks his fast, and the joy when he meets his Lord. [At-Tirmidhi]
فرح (joy) is an act of worship, an عبادة, which the believers should feel when they break their fast.
For what reason is the believer happy?
Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said that when he breaks his fast, his pleasure is from two aspects:
1) That he has carried out the command of Allaah and successfully completed the obligation enjoined upon him by Allaah. How many people are in the graveyard wishing to fast for just one day for the sake of Allaah and yet he is unable to! The believer is happy that Allaah bestowed this favor upon him; that He guided him to complete the fast of that day. This is an important act of worship that one should practice at the time of breaking his fast.
2) Also, he feels joyful because Allaah has made lawful for him what conforms with his nature of food, drinks, and sexual relations with his spouse, after they were forbidden for him.
Pause and reflect: what truly brings you joy in this life and what saddens you? Are you only happy when you attain worldly gain – when you get a gift from someone or when you attain something you desire? Or do you rejoice when you finish Salaat in the proper way, when you complete your fast in the proper way?
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One of the greatest blessings of Allah upon us is that Allah teaches us about His Noble Self. He chooses from among His servants and teaches them about Himself.
Sha’ban is the month in which the deeds are raised to Allah, and a month in which the Prophet (ﷺ) used to fast.
عن أبي موسى الأشعري عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” إن الله ليطلع في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر لجميع خلقه إلا لمشرك أو مشاحن “
It was narrated from bu Moosa al-Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Allaah looks down on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’ban and forgives all his creation except a mushrik or one who harbors hatred against the Muslims.” [Ibn Maajah, 1390]
مشرك Mushrik = The one who associates partners with Allah in worship
مشاحن Mushahin = The one who holds grudges in his heart
If we believe with certainty that this happens, then it should motivate us to take action. This is a warning for us to clear our hearts of hatred, malice, and grudges against other Muslims.
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