Types of Hajj

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A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) said:

“Some among us put on Ihram for Hajj alone (Hajj Mufrad), some of us for Hajj and Umrah together (Qiran), and some of us for Tamattu’ (first for Umrah and after completing it for Hajj)”

(Sahih Muslim)

In this narration, we find that there are three types of Hajj:

  • Al-Ifrad
  • Al-Qiran
  • Al-Tamattu`

It is permissible for a person to perform one of these types of Hajj and a consensus has been cited on this by many scholars. Continue reading

“Because I am answerable to someone”

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A good friend of mine is a teacher at University. After what seemed like ages, me and another friend got to meet her and talk to her. So, like how all friends do when they meet after a long time, we joked around, bombarded her with questions and all sorts. When we asked her about her work and her students, this is what she said; ‘They are nice kids, but now and then they do some stuff and we have no say in it. Now I understand why teachers behave in a certain way with the students, even though it may seem wrong on the outside for her not to condemn them. Because, we are answerable to our managers.’
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“… by the ten nights”- Quran

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“By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2].

Allah سبحانه وتعالى swears by the first ten days of Zul Hijjah in Surah Al Fajr indicating its importance.

As most of you know the month of Zul Hijja (lunar calendar) is already here. I thought of writing a small post highlighting the importance of worship and Dhikr in these days.

Firstly Zul Hijja is the month in which the annual pilgrimage takes place. This month is of great importance to the Muslims round the world. The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are of a special value to the Muslims as they are considered an opportunity to do more good deeds and earn greater reward. The significance of these days is mentioned in the following Ahadith:

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying لا إله إلا الله), Takbeer (saying الله أكبر) and Tahmeed (saying الحمد لله).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)

ِBelow are some highly awarded acts of worship done in these blessed days.

  • Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)

It should be noted that Hajj is not obligatory upon every Muslim. It is done by Muslims who can afford the journey.

  •  Fasting all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)

  • Perform Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying لا إله إلا الله), Takbeer (saying الله أكبر) and Tahmeed (saying الحمد لله).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)

Omar رضي الله عنه would go around the market place reciting takbeer and people would recite takbeer when they heard him.

  • Sincere Repentance

Allah Glorified and Exalted be He says, “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [Al-Qasas 28:67]

Indeed Allah ٍسبحانه وتعالى loves those who repent sincerely. Make good use of these ten days and repent for the sins you have committed and you shall find Him Ever Forgiving.

  • Spend the night in Prayer

Allah Almighty calls out to His servants in the latter part of the night: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

The Tahajjud prayer humbles ones inner self and helps in the establishment of a strong relationship between Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His slave.

  • Return to the Book of Allah (The Quran)

Reading Quran is one of the most beautiful acts of worship. Give the book of Allah some time in these blessed days and try understanding its message.

  • Increase in doing ALL good deeds

So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; and whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.“[Al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

Since these days are of special value to Allah, He doubles the reward for every single good deed done for His sake.

  • Attend Eid prayers

It is a sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and as Muslims we should practice what he taught us.

  • Don’t forget to thank Allah!!

May Allah سبحانه وتعالى give us the tawfeeq to utilize our time in His worship and accept our struggles…Amen

Fatima Sajid

There were no cars back then, we should ride on camels too! 

The Prophet PBUH didn’t use cars in his time, then why don’t we use camels also? There were no microphones in his time, it means giving athan through microphone is also bidah then!
Sounds familiar?

Yep! That’s exactly the response I’ve heard a zillion times when I inform people about some of the most common practices are actually bi’dah since the Prophet PBUH didn’t do them.

In sha Allah the topic of bi’dah would be addressed in a separate post soon but for now I would like to reply to all those who say this:
The knowledge given to man is divided into 2 parts: Acquired Knowledge and Revealed Knowledge.
The acquired knowledge is the knowledge of the Physical World which is acquired through our 5 senses.

When we see, hear, smell, taste or touch the new information is passed to our brain which process it, generates an output and stores it. As the new pieces of information further increases, it is stored too and the brain reconciles it with the previous information stored thus generating new outputs further. Slowly and gradually this information increases and thats how man is continuously inventing and discovering new things.

This knowledge is completely different from the Revealed knowledge.

This acquired knowledge is actually related to the knowledge which was given to Adam (AS) which Allah swt mentions in Surah Baqarah:
وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. [2:31]
You know how the mango seed has actually the potential mango tree in it, once its in the soil and receives water, slowly a few leaves starts to grow then eventually in the span of 2-3 years it has grown into a mango tree, the same way the scholars have a consensus (ijma) that Adam AS was taught the potential knowledge of everything and now its being exfoliated and growing rapidly and we cant say how far this knowledge will go. Its like a self grown plant which is increasing as time is passing.
This is the Human Knowledge of the Physical World.

We are actually urged to learn and excel in the field of Technology, Human Sciences, Astronomy, Mathematics etc to use it in the service of our deen.
As for the Revealed Knowledge, it is the guidance which Allah SWT has sent. Allah SWT said to Adam AS when he and Hawa AS were sent to the Earth:
فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُم مِّنِّي هُدًى

And when guidance comes to you from Me.[2:38]
Previously Allah swt had sent other Holy books to the previous nations, there were also for guidance as Allah swt says:
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَا التَّوْرَاةَ فِيهَا هُدًى وَنُورٌ

Indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light.
But gradually as time flew, nations came, prophets were sent, this guidance was completed in the Holy Quran.
To sum it up, the practices of Islam has nothing to do with technology or any other worldly advancement.

In fact, we are urged to follow and be up-to-date with the latest and advanced discoveries in the field of the Physical Science and as for the Religious practices we are given the complete guidance in the Book of Allah and the teachings of His beloved Prophet PBUH.
* Taken from the works of Dr Israr Ahmed ( May Allah have mercy on him)
Abeer Nouman.

The Rights of Quran on Us.

1. To believe on it and everything it speaks about. 

Allah swt says:  

يأيها الذين ءامنوا بالله ورسوله والكتاب الذي نزل على رسوله والكتاب الذي أنزل من قبل ومن يكفر بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله واليوم الأخر فقد ضل ضلالاً بعيداً

(O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.) [4:136]

2. Reciting it with Tajweed.

 Allah swt says: ( ورتل القرءان ترتيلاً )

( And recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.) [73:4]

The Prophet PBUH: “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”
[Muslim].

3. To act on its teaching.

 Allah swt says: ( وهذا كتاب أنزلناه مبارك فاتبعوه واتقوا لعلكم ترحمون ) 

(And this [Qur’an] is a Book We have revealed [which is] blessed, so follow it and fear Allah that you may receive mercy.) [6:155]

4. Gain its knowledge and teach it.

The Messenger of Allah (swt) said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”

[Al-Bukhari].

5. Reflect and ponder on it.

Allah swt says: ( أفلا يتدبرون القرءان )

(Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an ) [47:21]

6. To remain silent while its been recited.

Allah swt says:  (وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ ﴿

So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy. [7:204]

7. Adab of the Qur’an. 

 
*The Qur’an should be read only in the state of purity, if you are in a state of major impurity, you cannot read/touch untill you take a complete bath. 
* It shouldn’t be carelessly handled, and if a person is handling it or giving it to some person, he should do so with his right hand.
* It should be taken care of it and safeguarded  from getting torn, and if it tears, it should not be thrown instead it should be burnt  and buried  in a clean and safe ground.
* Nothing should be  written on it without any proper reason to do so.
* Nothing should be placed on top of the Quran.
 
All this due to the importance of the book and respect to the book of Allah. 
 

 AN.

Reviewed by Rafeef Bint AbdulMannan

Would you rather be a Doctor or Engineer or…?

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I picked up my mobile to see what time it was. I couldn’t be more shocked to see that it was half past two already…

I had spent the whole evening understanding Tafseer and my mind was too concentrated to absorb anymore explanations.

I reminded myself of the Nahu period that I will have to attend tomorrow along with the Tafseer assessment and decided to give myself some rest. I went to bed with the following ayah in my mind:

(‘يؤتي الحكمة من يشاء و من يؤت الحكمة فقد أوتي خيرا كثيرا و ما يذكر إلا أولو الألبب’ ( سورة البقرة ٢٦٩

“He giveth wisdom unto whom He will, and he unto whom wisdom is given, he truly hath received abundant good. But none remember except men of understanding.” (Surah Al Baqarah 269) Continue reading

Treasured Armour

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Allah سبحانه وتعالى sent down Prophet peace be upon him with complete guidance, one that doesn’t require any addition or subtraction as it has been sent down by the All-knowing, the Ever Wise. One of the most important things that the prophet emphasised upon is Haya (modesty). It is considered a part of Imaan (faith). Continue reading