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Facts About Safar

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum.

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

As the New Islamic Year commences…

PS: As the New Islamic Year – 1438 – commences I extend my heartiest congratulations to one and all 🙂

Sharing a few relevant posts and related links on this gracious occasion.

Hijrah, the basis of Islamic Calendar

1437 years have passed since the Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam made his epoch-making journey called Hijrah.

Islam, unlike other religions, is not found on hero-worship.  Continue reading

September 27, 2016 Posted by | Islamic Months, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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

July 8, 2016 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Month of Safar

As the month of Safar has commenced…….

YasSarNalQuR'aN

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.

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November 24, 2014 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Ramadhaan E-books

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum.

Some e-books related to Ramadhaan and Fasting:  Continue reading

August 4, 2011 Posted by | E-books, Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ramadhaan and Dawah

In Arabic, da`wah (inviting people to Islam) is one of the most emphatic and important duties of Muslims. It is one of the greatest forms of worship, by which Muslims can draw nearer to Allah.

The month of Ramadan is an ideal opportunity for engaging in this noble activity, especially with our fellow Muslims. People’s hearts in Ramadan are humbler because they are more aware of Allah’s remembrance, more responsive to exhortation and more inclined to repentance. Continue reading

July 30, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Miss Ramadhaan’s First Night

🙂 Wishing all my readers RAMADHAAN MUBAARAK 🙂

With the approach of Ramadan every year, I always recall the following Prophetic hadith:

“My people (Ummah) are granted five gifts that no prophet before me had been given. First, when it is the first night of Ramadan, Allah looks at His servants. He will never punish those at whom He looks. Second, the smell of their mouths when night approaches is more pleasant [to Allah] than the scent of musk. Third, angels seek Allah’s forgiveness for them everyday and night. Fourth, Allah commands Paradise saying, ‘Be prepared and adorned for My servants; they are about to be relieved from the pains of the worldly life and move to My Home and Honor.’ Fifth, when it is the last night (of Ramadan) Allah forgives the sins of all people.” Thereupon, a man asked, “Is it the night of Qadr (Power)?” He (the Prophet) said, “No, don’t you see that once workers finish their tasks, they take their wages?” (Ahmad and Al-Bazzar) Continue reading

July 30, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ramadhaan: A School for Training the Soul

Ramadhaan is the month of piety and fasting. It helps one control oneself and make a commitment to piety. The verses about fasting in the Chapter Al-Baqarah commences like this: {O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous} [Quran 2:183]. This is why fasting in Ramadhaan disciplines and trains Muslims. Continue reading

July 23, 2011 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Muharram: Facts and Fiction

Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar (Hijri) Calendar.

It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Quran Says (what means): {Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred…}  [Quran 9: 36] Continue reading

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The wisdom behind Fasting

One of the Names of Allaah is Al-Hakeem (The All-Wise), Allaah is All-Wise in what He decrees, what He commands, what He prohibits, what He predestines and what He legislates. Allaah may make people aware of the wisdom behind certain matters or He may conceal it, or may make only some people realize the wisdom and not all people. Continue reading

August 27, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Ramadhaan Challenge for the Family

A super–clean house.  Extra cooking. Extra prayers. Packed social calendar. Does this describe a familiar Ramadhaan? It seems we get into these comfortable patterns of “Ramadhaan living”.

As parents, what does this teach our kids about the significance of Ramadhaan? That Ramadhaan is a time of celebration and social gathering? In part it is, but we all know this isn’t the real purpose. Even standing there night after night in Taraaweeh isn’t of itself the purpose. Continue reading

August 26, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ramadhaan: A Call for Return and Reform

Of this month, Allaah Says (what means):

“The month of Ramadhaan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allaah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allaah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Quran 2: 185] Continue reading

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ten Ways to Receive Ramadhaan

Muslims should not neglect the seasons of worship; rather, they must be among the first to excel in and compete in them. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {So for this let the competitors compete.} [Quran 83:26]

So, we must try our best to receive the month of Ramadhaan in the following recommended ways: Continue reading

August 6, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Qur’an and Hadith on Fasting in Ramadhan

THE QUR’AN ON FASTING

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).

(Fasting) for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (i.e. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a poor person (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” (2:183-84) Continue reading

July 31, 2010 Posted by | Islamic Months: RAMADHAN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments