Islamic Months

Qurbani/Udhiyah, with your own hands

Its a trend nowadays for people to have their Qurbani/Udhiyah animal slaughtered by others, at some far off farm, or even abroad. Whilst there may be justifiable reason for some, one should consider the following: Sayyiduna Buraydah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that ‘Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would not go for the ‘Eidul Fitr Salah without eating something. On the day of ‘Eidul Adha, he would not eat anything until he returned [from the …

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The Ten days of Dhul Hijjah; a time to become beloved to Allah!

The ten most blessed days of the year have arrived! From the entire three hundred and sixty days of the Islamic calendar, there is no other set of ten days that is more virtuous, than the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 468-469)   They are so great, that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘These ten days are the best days in the world.’ (Musnad Bazzar; Targhib, Hadith: …

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What to do on ‘Aashura day?

Hereunder is a brief description of how to spend the auspicious day of ‘Aashura, in light of the Hadiths of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).   1. Observe the Fast and get one year’s sins forgiven Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘I hope from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Aashura will atone for the sins of the preceding year’ (Sahih Muslim, hadith: 2738) Note: …

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What We Need to Know about the Six Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year” Commentary The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are …

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At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to see” various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer “lives for” and yearns to witness sacred days like these.   Rajab Du’a Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication …

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