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Safar: Facts and Fiction

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Safar, the 2nd month of the Islamic Calendar, has commenced, alhamdulillaah.

Quoting authentic references, I would like to dispel certain false beliefs and superstitious customs which are unfortunately found prevalent among some sections of Muslim society with regard to the month of Safar.  Continue reading 

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October 21, 2017 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ramadhaan fasts + 6 Shawwal fasts make fasting every day!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.

Fasting six days of the month of Shawwal is mentioned in authentic ahadeeth.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: 

“Whosoever fasted in Ramadhaan and then followed up with six fasting days of Shawwal, it is like fasting every day.” (Muslim) Continue reading

June 27, 2017 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facts About Safar

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Safar, the 2nd month of the Islamic Calendar, has commenced, alhamdulillaah.

Quoting authentic references, I would like to dispel certain false beliefs and superstitious customs which are unfortunately found prevalent among some sections of Muslim society with regard to the month of Safar.  Continue reading

November 1, 2016 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Alternatives to Memorizing the Qur’an

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.

As some may find it difficult to memorize the selected portion given in the previous post or some may not like the unconventional style of doing Hifdh of the verses selected on thematic basis, I am presenting the memorization schedule in a different way.

Here are some Alternatives to Memorizing the glorious Qur’an in the month of Shabaan and Ramadhaan, InshaaAllah.  Continue reading

May 8, 2016 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN, Memorizing the Qur'an | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Qur’an Memorization in Ramadhaan Through Shabaan

PS: Welcoming Shabaan 🙂

By the grace of Allah, the files are ready, alhamdulillaah.

Are you ready to take up the assignment?

The Hifdh Plan which I am presenting here is thematic. In most cases, one ayah per day is selected for memorization. However, depending on the context and the continuation of the meaning, it runs into the next ayah.

A few points to consider if you are willing to memorize from the glorious Qur’an, InshaaAllah.  Continue reading

May 6, 2016 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN, Memorizing the Qur'an, Ramadan Gift, Ramadhan and We! | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Truth behind the 15th Night of Shabaan!

As Fifteenth Night of the month of Shabaan is one typical example of innovation in religion, let’s find out the truth behind it.

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May 28, 2015 Posted by | Islamic Months, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

How Ramadhaan fasts + 6 Shawwal fasts make fasting every day?

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.

Fasting six days of the month of Shawwal is mentioned in authentic ahadeeth.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: 

“Whosoever fasted in Ramadhaan and then followed up with six fasting days of Shawwal, it is like fasting every day.” (Muslim) Continue reading

August 1, 2014 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Some facts about Rajab, one of the sacred months…..

As Rajab commences……..

YasSarNalQuR'aN

Alhamdulillah, as the sacred month of Rajab has commenced in this part of the world, I thought of posting some Rajab related matter in the form of questions and answers. 

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April 29, 2014 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

As the Islamic New Year Begins…..

May Allah Bless the Ummah with His Choicest Blessings.

Presenting some related articles on the occasion of the Islamic New Year 1435 🙂 Continue reading

November 3, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Today is the Day!

Arafah, the 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah is the greatest of all days of the Islamic Calendar.

Greater than even the blessed nights of Laylatul Qadr!

And today is the day. Here in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Great things happen on this day. Wa lil-laahil Hamd!

Note: Please check with your local/regional announcement to confirm the day SO THAT you can do things according to that, and not according to Saudi Arabia’s calculation!

Please proceed to read/recall some facts about the Day of Arafah, Inshaa’Allah.  Continue reading

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Interesting Links between Dhul Hijjah and Ramadhaan

Ramadhaan and Dhul Hijjah are two special months in Islam. These two months are like two eyes of a Muslim.

Today let us try to have a bird’s eye view of some less talked about things connecting these two months.  Continue reading

October 12, 2013 Posted by | Islamic Months, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Welcoming Shabaan

Things become easy for a person if he/she is in a habit of doing something regularly, and in advance. The one who practices charity on a regular basis finds it very easy to give out Zakah once in a year.  The student who studies and prepares himself in a systematic way, finds it easy while sitting for the exams. 

Establishing Salah is not hard on those who are in the habit of offering nafl, that is extra/supererogatory prayers, regularly.

Islam appreciates this approach in order to make things easy FOR THE MAIN EVENT.  Continue reading

June 10, 2013 Posted by | Islamic Months, Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ruling on celebrating the Night of Israa and Mi`raaj

While interacting with my students, when I told them that there is no value attached to celebrating the Night of Israa and Me’raaj, some students asked: Sir, why then Muslim governments declare holiday on this occasion? It is to commemorate the occasion, not celebrate it.

Well, I thought of sharing this beautiful piece of information with you, dear readers.  Continue reading

June 1, 2013 Posted by | Islamic Months, Isra and Me'raj | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Islamic New Year, Muharram, Hijrah…..

Dear Brothers/Sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Presenting herewith some related articles on occasion of the Islamic New Year 1434 🙂  Continue reading

November 15, 2012 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Months of the Islamic Calendar: Meanings

There are twelve months in the Islamic lunar calendar. Since their names are in Arabic, their meanings might be somewhat difficult to grasp for a non-Arabic speaking audience. In this short piece, we briefly examine these terms.  Continue reading

July 6, 2012 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Welcoming Shabaan

Shabaan is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar and considered one of the special months for which we find particular sunan of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is reported that the Prophet would fast most of the month of Shabaan except for the last few days.  Continue reading

June 23, 2012 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , | 13 Comments

The Month of Safar

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum.

Today I would like to touch upon some superstitious beliefs which are unfortunately found prevalent among some sections of Muslim society with regard to the month of Safar  Continue reading

January 3, 2012 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When to Fast the Day of Ashura

As we know, Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram; the first month of the Islamic lunar year. The start of lunar months, besides Ramadan and Dhu’l-Hijjah for those performing hajj, is decided based on one of two criteria: a) sighting the new moon and b) the completion of the previous month. This view is found to be agreed on by all scholars based on the prophetic tradition, ‘Fast when you see it (the moon) and cease fasting when you see it, and if it is hidden or cloudy, complete the counting of Sha’ban as thirty days.’(Al-Bukhari and Muslim, narrated by Abu Hurairah) Continue reading

December 3, 2011 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , | Leave a comment

Muharram: Do’s and Don’ts

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum. Bismillah..

Owing to its relevance and importance, the following is presented here:

 * Muharram is one of the four sacred Months out of twelve. The other three months being Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Rajab. These four months have been sacred since the creation of universe – as told by Allah in the Qur’an in Surah Taubah.
* Muharram is a sacred month NOT because the grandson of Prophet Muhammad صلّى الله عليه وسلّم  was martyred in this month. It is sacred because Allah made it sacred along with three other months and told us about it in the Quran.

Facts about Aashurah – The 10th of Muharram: Continue reading

November 25, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Zakat al-Fitr

It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Remember! Zakat al-Fitr is Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) on every Muslim, man or woman, free or in servitude, adult or child.” (Tirmidhi) Continue reading

August 28, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Golden Moments

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum.

A simple presentation on Laylatul Qadr is uploaded here.  Continue reading

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

In the Shade of the Night of Qadr

By Sayyid Qutb in his Tafsir ‘In the Shade of the Qur’an’

“…This night is better than thousands of months in the lives of human beings. How many thousands of months and years have passed by without leaving in our lives the changes that this single blessed, joyous night leaves us? The might of this night is such that its reality transcends the limits of human comprehension: {“And what will make you understand what the Night of Qadr is?”} Continue reading

August 17, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Battle of Badr

We need to know the past to look at our present and plan for the future. The Battle of Badr has been the most decisive battle between Haq and Baatil, Truth and Falsehood.  Continue reading

August 16, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lessons from Ramadan

It is always good to ponder the true meaning of our religious practices. The month of Ramadan has started and almost 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe are fasting, taking part in an individual and spiritual journey as well as a communal religious celebration. Ramadan is a time to come back to our selves ; to come back to our families, our communities, and our societies. It is time for meditating on and for assessing our lives. Beyond being a religious obligation—and often a family tradition—fasting is a school with different levels of knowledge, understanding and commitment.

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August 11, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Qiyam-ul-Layl – Taraweeh Prayer

Riyad-as-Saliheen, Book Eight – The Book of Virtues
Chapter 213 : The Excellence of Optional (Tarawih) Prayer during Ramadan [1187-1188 of 1896]

By Al-Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya bin Sharaf An-Nawawi Ad-Dimashqi

[1187] عن أَبي هريرة أنَّ رسول الله قَالَ : « مَنْ قَامَ رَمَضَانَ إيماناً وَاحْتِسَاباً غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ » . متفقٌ عَلَيْهِِ . التراويح سنة ، وهي عشرون ركعةً أو أقل أو أكثر ، وعشر ركعات إذا خشع فيها ورتل القراءة ، أحسن من العشرين بلا خشوع ولا تدبر

1187. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who observes optional prayer (Tarawih prayers) throughout Ramadan, out of sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward will have his past sins pardoned.” Continue reading

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments