The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: "Whoever directs someone to a good, then he will have the reward equal to the doer of the action". [Saheeh Muslim]

Beginning of New Year 1436H

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Muharram, the 1st month of new Hijri year 1436H is starting from Saturday, 25th October 2014.

Prophet sallAllaahu 3etAlayhi wa sallam said:

The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram. (1)

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Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about fasting the 10th Muharram:

For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before. (2)

 09 Muharram 1436 H = Sunday, 2nd November 2014

10 Muharram (3Aashooraa’) 1436H = Monday, 3rd November 2014

11 Muharram 1436H = Tuesday, 4th November 2014

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Fasting the Day of 3Ashooraa’

More Muharram Resources

Reference:
(1)  Saheeh Muslim
(2) Saheeh Muslim

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As the Hijri year draws to a close, there are many text messages saying that the page recording one’s good deeds will be closed at the end of the year, and urging us to end it with prayers for forgiveness and fasting.

What is the ruling on these messages? Is fasting the last day of the year Sunnah?

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Deeds are Taken Up Twice Daily:

The Sunnah indicates that people’s good deeds are taken up to be shown to Allaah without any delay, twice each day: once at night and once during the day.

It is narrated that Abu Moosa al-Ash3aree (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam stood up before us and told us five things. He said:

“Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, does not sleep and it is not befitting that He should sleep. He lowers the Balance and raises it; the deeds of the night are taken up to Him before the deeds of the day, and the deeds of the day before the deeds of the night…” (1)

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The recording angels go up with the deeds of the night after it ends, at the beginning of the day, and they go up with the deeds of the day after it ends, at the beginning of the night.

It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

The angels of the night and the day come to you in succession, and they meet at Fajr prayer and at 3Asr prayer, then those who stayed among you ascend and their Lord asks them, although He knows best about them, ‘How did you leave My slaves?’ and they say, ‘We left them when they were praying and we came to them when they were praying.’ (2)

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said:

This indicates that deeds are taken up at the end of the day. Whoever is in a state of obedience at that time will be blessed in his provision and his work, and Allaah knows best. Hence we can see the wisdom behind the command to perform these prayers (Fajr and 3Asr) regularly and pay attention to them. 

Deeds are Taken Up Twice Each Week:

The Sunnah indicates that deeds are also shown to Allaah (may He be glorified and exalted) twice each week.

It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

People’s deeds are shown [to Allaah] twice each week, on Monday and Thursday, and every believing slave is forgiven except a person between whom and his brother there is a dispute, and it is said, ‘Leave these two until they reconcile.’ (3)

Deeds are Taken Up In the Month of Sha3baan:

The Sunnah also indicates that the good deeds of each year are taken up to Allaah all at once in the month of Sha3baan.

It is narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting as much in any month as you fast in Ramadaan. He said:

That is a month concerning which the people are heedless, between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which good deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds, and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (4)

These texts may be summed up by noting that people’s deeds are shown to Allaah in three ways:

  • Daily, which happens twice a day
  • Weekly, which also happens twice, on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Annually, which happens once, during the month of Sha3baan

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The deeds of the year are taken up in Sha3baan, as the truthful one (the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam has told us. The deeds of the week are shown on Monday and Thursday, the deeds of the day are taken up at the end of the day before night comes, and the deeds of the night are taken up at the end of the night, before day comes. When a person’s life comes to an end, all his life’s deeds are taken up and the record of his deeds is closed. (5)

Encouragement To Do Good Deeds:

The ahaadeeth which indicate that deeds are shown to Allaah indicate that it is encouraged to do more deeds of obedience at the times when the deeds are being shown to Him, as the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said concerning fasting in Sha3baan:

I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.

It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

Deeds are shown (to Allaah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I would like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” (6)

One of the Taabi3een used to weep in front of his wife on Thursdays and she would weep in front of him, and he would say: Today our deeds are being shown to Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. (7)

Conclusion:

From what we have mentioned it is clear that there is no suggestion that at the end of an old year or the beginning of a new year the records of deeds are closed and deeds are shown to Allaah. Rather deeds are shown to Him in the various ways that we have mentioned, and the texts describe other times for this. The texts also indicate that the way of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is to do more acts of obedience at those times.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said concerning commemorating the end of the year:

There is no basis for that, and singling out the end of the year for specific acts of worship such as fasting is a reprehensible innovation (bid3ah).” 

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Fasting On Mondays & Thursdays, if coincides with the End of the year:

With regard to fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, if that is a person’s habit, or if he is fasting on those days because of the reports which encourage doing so, then he should not refrain from doing so because it coincides with the end or beginning of the year, so long as he is not fasting on that day because of that coincidence, or because he thinks that there is any special virtue in fasting on that occasion.

And Allaah knows best.

Taken from Islamqa.info

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 References:
(1) Saheeh Muslim (179)
(2) Al-Bukhaari (555) and Muslim (632)
(3) Muslim (2565)
(4) Al-Nasaa’i (1257) Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’
(5) End quote from Haashiyat Sunan Abi Dawood.
(6) Sunan al-Tirmidhi (747), Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa3 al-Ghaleel (949)
(7) Ibn Rajab in Lataa’if al-Ma3aazif)
 
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Allaah says

وَأَذِّن فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًا وَعَلَىٰ كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِن كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ

(interpretation of the meaning): 

“And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj)”

[soorah Al-Hajj, verse:27] 

A 75-year-old Yemeni walks over 2 months to reach Minaa for Hajj. 

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 Mohammed 3Ali Al-Mirfa3 told Al-Madina newspaper on Thursday that he started his journey from his home  town in Yemen on the third day of Eid Al-Fitr (July 3).

 He described his foot journey to be long and exhausting but he said: “I was determined to walk it  regardless of any difficulties.”

 Al-Mirfa3 said he bade farewell to his 12 children, wife and relatives and began his journey of a lifetime. He said  he is destitute and does not have anything to lose.

“I was only assisted in my journey by my strong will and determination which my long years have not been able to break,” he said.

When the newspaper met him, he was drinking a cup of tea provided to him by one of the cleaners. He was eating a loaf of bread with the tea.

“This is my breakfast. I am happy to have made it to the sacred Sites,” he said.

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Al-Mirfa3 did not say if he had a Hajj campaign to accommodate him in Minaa, 3Arafat and Makkah.

He did not also say how he will go back home.

Source : Saudi Gazette

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Virtues of the Day of 3Arafah

Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam was asked about fasting on the Day of 3Arafah. He said:

 “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.”

(continue reading…virtues of the day of 3Arafah)

FASTING ON THE DAY OF ARAFAH

Suggested program for 3Arafah:

1. Sleep early the night before to strengthen yourself for the special day.

2. Wake up well before Fajr for suhoor.

3. Make wudoo’, while consciously remembering that your sins are being washed away till the last drop of water. (1)

4. Pray at least 4 rak3aat of Qiyaam (2) and make du3aa’ for your deen & dunya & the Muslims in your sujood (3). Cry to Allaah, showing Him humility & ask Him to give you Tawfeeq on this great day.

Thank Him for making you of those who would experience this special occasion.

5. Spend some time (10-15 minutes at least) making Istighfaar before Fajr, to be like the righteous whom Allaah described as “seeking forgiveness before dawn.” (4)

6. Repeat after the Fajr adhaan & make du3aa’. (Accepted time of Du3aa’) (5)

7. Pray Fajr. Sit in your prayer place and do your morning Adhkar. Make Tasbeeh, Tahleel, Tahmeed, & Takbeer. And as the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam advised.

Increase in لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له ، له الملك ، وله الحمد ، وهو على كل شيء قدير

“la ilaha illallah, wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd, wa huwa ala kulli shay’in qadeer.” (6)

8. 15 minutes after sunrise pray 2 rak3aat of shurooq. This all amounts to the reward of a complete Hajj & 3Umrah. So do not waste it! (7)

9. If you’re able to stay awake by all means, do so and do not waste a single minute. If you need to sleep, take a nap for an hour with the conscious intention of energizing yourself for the worship of Allaah, so that even your sleep will be rewarded!

10. When you wake up, make wudoo’ and pray at least 4 rakaat of Duhaa. (8)

11. Then recite lots of Qur’aan and make the dhikr mentioned above in breaks in between.

(Make dhikr after Dhuhr as you prepare food or as you do whatever responsibilities are absolutely necessary).

12. After 3Asr, say the evening adhkar. Then recite Qur’aan again till about an hour before Maghrib.

13. At that point, make LOTS of du3aa’ till Maghrib, while having Yaqeen (certainty) that Allaah will answer. (Preparing a du3aa’ list ahead of time helps!)

Beg that the day will not come to an end except that Allaah has forgiven you all your sins and written you of those He has freed from the Fire. Don’t forget du3aa’ for the Muslims suffering all over the world.

14. Remember as you break your fast that your du3aa’ at that moment is accepted.

May Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala grant us all Tawfeeq on that day. Aameen

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References:

(1) Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllaahu 3anhu: Allaah’s Apostle sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “When a bondsman – a Muslim or a believer – washes his face (in course of ablution), every sin he contemplated with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with water, or with the last drop of water ; when he washes his hands, every sin they wrought will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have walked will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water, with the result that he comes out pure from all sins.” [Saheeh Muslim]
(2) 100 verses written as
(3) du3aa is accepted in sujood
(4) “And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness,”  (Soorat Adh-Dhaariyaat, v:18)
(5) The Messenger of Allah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “Du3aa is not rejected between the adhan and iqamah, so engage in du’a (supplication).” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 212; Abu Dawood, 437; Ahmad, 12174. Classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 489).
(6) Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The best of du3aa’ is du3aa’ on the day of 3Arafah, and the best that I and the Prophets before me said is:لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له ، له الملك ، وله الحمد ، وهو على كل شيء قدير‘
(7) Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allaah until the sun rises, then prays two rak3aat, will have a reward like that of Hajj and 3Umrah, complete, complete, complete.” (Tirmidhi (586), from Anas ibn Maalik- classed as hasan was al-Albaani  in Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhi)
(8) Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays two rak3aat of Duhaa will not be recorded as being among the heedless,and whoever prays four rak3aat (of Duhaa) will be recorded among the worshipers..” (Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as Hasan in Saheeh At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb)

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Fasting On Jumu3ah (Friday):

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he said: “I heard the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam say:

“None of you should fast on a Friday unless he fasts the day before or the day after”.’ (1)

Fasting on 3Arafah if It Coincides with Friday:

Shaykh 3Abdul-3Azeez bin 3Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaykh was asked the following question:

Q: If the day of 3Arafah (the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah) was to coincide with Friday is it permissible to single it out with fasting (i.e. by not fasting a day along with it)? May Allaah reward you with good.

He replied:

Fasting Friday is forbidden if the intent is the day of Friday itself;  i.e. singling out the day of Friday; so one must fast a day before it or a day after it.

As for it (Friday) coinciding with a day that is obligatory to fast, or (if Friday coincided) with fasting the six days of Shawwaal, or with fasting the 9th or 10th day of Muharram, or with fasting the day of 3Arafah, then there is nothing to prevent him from that (fasting Friday by itself); as long as he is not in a state of Ihraam performing Hajj. ” (2)

Shaykh ibn Baz (rahimahullaah) was asked:

Q: The day of 3Arafah came on Friday, and I fasted on Friday which was the day of 3Arafah, but I did not fast on Thursday; so is there any sin upon me?

He answered:

We hope there is no sin upon you. This is because you did not intend to single out this day for fasting; rather you only fasted this day because it was the day of 3Arafah.

But if you would have fasted Thursday along with it, it would have been safer and less doubtful.

This is because the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam prohibited singling out Friday for fasting as it relates to the one observing and optional fast. And you were observing an optional fast. Therefore if you would have fasted Thursday along with it, with would have been safer and less doubtful even if your intention was to fast because it was 3Arafah.

But for the believer to investigate so he can be in agreement with the commands of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is safer and less doubtful.

As for fasting (Friday) intending to do so because it is a virtuous day, then this is not permissible because the Messenger prohibited that.

But if you fast this day because it is the day of 3Arafah then we hope there will be nothing upon you. But if the person takes precaution and fast on Thursday along with Friday, this will be safer. (3)

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ was asked:

Q: Is it permissible to observe Sawm on the Day of 3Arafah alone if it happens to be on a Friday? Or, should a person observe Sawm on a day preceding or succeeding it, bearing in mind that the former case conflicts with the Hadeeth prohibiting the observance of Sawm on Friday alone?

They replied:

It is permissible to observe Sawm on the Day of 3Arafah alone if it happens to be on a Friday without observing Sawm on a day preceding or succeeding it as the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is authentically reported to have urged people to observe Sawm on this day highlighting its superiority and the great reward for observing Sawm on it.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: Fasting the Day of 3Arafah forgives the sins of two years: the previous and the following…”

This Hadeeth specifies the general meaning of the Hadeeth that readsNone of you should fast on Friday unless he fasts a day before or after it”.

Accordingly, the general prohibition understood from this Hadeeth should be understood in the context of observing Sawm on Friday for it merely being Friday.

However, observing Sawm on Friday for another purpose recommended by Shari3ah is permissible and not prohibited even if Sawm is observed on Friday alone. If Sawm is observed on a day preceding or succeeding it, it will be a more precautionary implementation of the two Hadeeths which will have the effect of the increase of the reward. (4)

Ibn Hajar said in Fath Al-Baari:

(after mentioning the prohibition of singling out Jumu3ah for fasting)

“Excluded from this prohibition is one who fasts the day before or after, or if it coincides with days that he habitually fasts, such as one who fasts al-Ayyaam al-Beed (the 13th, 14th and 15th of each hijri month), or who has the habit of fasting a specific day such as the Day of 3Arafah,  and it coincides with a Friday…. (5)

Similarly, if 3Ashoorah or 3Arafah coincides with a Friday, he may fast, because his intention is to fast 3Ashoorah or 3Arafah, not to fast on a Friday. (6)

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Announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia regarding the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah 1435H (2014).

Saudi Arabia has declared that  tomorrow, Thursday, 25th September 2014 will be the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah.

1 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 = Thursday, 25th September 2014

9 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (3Arafah day) = Friday, 3rd October 2014

10 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (3Eed Al-Adhaa) = Saturday, 4th October 2014

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Bismillaah - CopyAnother beautiful inspiring story.

He may not be able to read Arabic, but he can recite the Qur’aan, his voice is confident when answering questions about the Qur’aan verses.

The extraordinary little guy is Fajar Abdurokhim Wahyudiono, 10 years old from Indonesia.

What makes him so special was that he has memorised the entire Qur’aan, despite the difficulties he faces. His ambition is simple and noble: to become an Imaam of Masjid al-Haraam, Makkah.

Fajar suffers from spastic cerebral palsy (CP), a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.

“Fajar loves the challenge of completing or looking for a specific verse. Not so much with reciting,” said his mother Heny Sulistiowati,  at their house in Karanganyar, Central Java, Indonesia.

Heny and her husband, Joko Wahyudiono believe that the Qur’aan is the cure for all ailments. When their son was born prematurely on October 2, 2003, they regularly played him recordings of the Qur’aan. Because of his low birth weight of only 1.6 kilos, Fajar had to remain in intensive care. When they came to bring him breast milk, Heny and Joko also brought along a recording for the nurse to play.

“I told the nurse to play the cassette once in a while for my child. At that time, the NICU usually played music.”

Playing recordings of the Qur’aan continued after Fajar was brought home. Heny and Joko were very selective as to what he was allowed to listen. It’s also why they decided not to have a TV and or listen to music at home.

“A child has to listen to good things. Everything from the Qur’aan is good, so that’s the best thing,” Heny said.

Up until he was two months old, Fajar was just like other babies. It was only when he turned three months that Heny realised there was something different about him: his development was slow. After consulting a pediatrician, they discovered that Fajar had CP. The doctor said it could have been caused by his premature delivery, as parts of his brain had not fully developed.

Together with physical therapy, Heny continued with the cassette recordings.

At age 3, when Fajar showed interest in images, Heny bought an interactive CD of the Qur’aan. And that was how he learned the Arabic alphabet.

He first spoke around the age of 3, and the first thing out of his mouth were snippets of Qur’aan verses. At first, his parents could only make out the end of the verse Fajar was trying to recite. Later, they could hear the beginning and the end, and finally they could make out the complete verse.

When he was almost 4 years old, he had memorised the entire Qur’aan. Then, he began to ask his mother to find a verse for him. Not a hafiz herself, Heny was overwhelmed and found for him a female Qur’aan teacher.

“Six months into it, the teacher said that Fajar had memorized 80-90 percent of the Qur’aan, although not in order,” she said.

He changed teachers twice and in December 2012, at the age of 9, Fajar had finally memorized the entire Qur’aan in order.

Fajar with his mother

Fajar with his mother

What’s more, the regular listening to the Qur’aan seems to be improving his condition, according to Heny.

A brain test at age 3 showed that his brain was experiencing seizures. Recent tests showed that these had vanished. A MRI test revealed empty spaces in Fajar’s brain, which usually indicates hydrocephalus, a condition where the brain swells from excessive fluid. However, Fajar does not have this condition. Today he even goes to public school, while his motor and cognitive skills are improving.

“This is the miracle of the Qur’aan, it wakes sleeping brain cells. Alhamdulillaah, Fajar is experiencing the blessing of the Qur’aan,” said Heny.

Indeed, from the miracles of the Qur’aan.

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ

“And We have certainly made the Qur’aan easy to understand & remember, so is there any who will remember? [soorah Al-Qamar, v:17]

may Allaah grant this boy complete shifaa’ and attach our hearts to the Qur’aan and grant us the memorization of His Book. Aameen.

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A heart-touching video of a young man that will make you cry.  

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The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallaam mentioned in a hadeeth, those whom Allaah will shade on a Day when no shade but His. Among them is:  “………….a person whose heart is attached to the Masjid……. (1)

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “If people knew what blessings lie in the Adhaan and the first row, and they could not achieve this (distinction) by casting lots, they would certainly do so..” (2)

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Here are 6 practical advices on maintaining & sustaining good deeds after Ramadaan. Reflect on the virtues of these good deeds & lets compete with each other to Jannah inshaa’Allaah. 

1: Guard your Prayers:

# Don’t miss the Congregation:

It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah SallAllahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “A man’s prayer in congregation is twenty-five times better than his praying in his house or marketplace, because when he does wudoo’ and does it well, then goes out to the mosque, only going there to pray, he does not take a single step but he is raised in status and a sin is erased thereby. When he prays, the angels continue to send blessings upon him so long as he is still in the place where he prayed, (saying), ‘O Allaah, send blessings on him, O Allaah have mercy on him.’ And one of you is still in a state of prayer so long as he is waiting for the prayer.” (1)

3Uthmaan ibn 3Affaan said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah SallAllahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam say: “Whoever does wudoo’ for prayer and does wudoo’ well, then walks to (perform) the prescribed prayer, and offers the prayer with the people or with the congregation or in the mosque, Allaah will forgive him his sins.” (2)

# Save yourself from the Fire!

Prophet  SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays for forty days with the congregation, always being present for the first takbeer, it will be written that he will be safe from two things: he will be safe from the Fire and safe from hypocrisy.” (3)

# Pray  As soon as the Iqaamah is called (for sisters)

Narrated 3Abdullaah: “I asked the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam: “Which deed is the dearest to Allaah?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” (4)

2: Never miss the Regular Sunnah ((Sunnah mu’akkadah):

This is the first wall Shaytaan breaks to break your castle of Salaah.

# Buiilt A house in Jannah:

“Whoever prays twelve rak3ahs during the night and day, a house will be built for him in Paradise: four before Dhuhr and two after, two rak3ahs after Maghrib, two rak3ahs after 3Ishaa’ and two rak3ahs before Fajr prayer.” (5) see footnote for another narration.

# The Sunnah of Fajr:

“The two rak3ahs of Fajr are better than this world and everything in it.”(6). The one who misses the Sunnah prayer before Fajr may offer it after Fajr prayer.

3: Get up 1 (or half an) hour before Fajr and Pray Tahajjud:

# The Best Prayer

“The best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” (7)

# Don’t be a Negligent:

The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays Qiyaam reciting ten verses will not be recorded as one of the negligent. Whoever prays Qiyaam reciting one hundred verses will be recorded as one of the devout. Whoever prays Qiyaam reciting one thousand verses will be recorded as one of the Muqantireen.” (8)

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The closest that the Lord is to His slave is in the later part of the night, so if you can be one of those who remember Allaah at that time, then do so.”(9)

# Get all your needs answered by Allaah:

Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu reported that the Prophet  SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?'” (10)

4: Have A Daily Qur’aan Sitting,

Have a daily relationship with the Qur’aan. Don’t leave it for next Ramadaan.

Sit for half an hour after Fajr or whenever it will be convenient for you.

Prophet  SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: Read the Qur’aan, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection interceding for its companions.” (11)

Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will have one hasanah (good deed) for it, and the hasanah (good deed) brings a tenfold reward. I do not say that ‘Alif-Laam-Meem’ is a letter; rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” (12)

# Having Difficulty in Reading:

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “A person who recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And a person who exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.” (13)

5: Continue Fasting:

# Mondays & Thursdays

Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu narrated that the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Deeds are shown (to Allaah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” (14)

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha said: “The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.” (15)

# Fasting 3 days of every month:

Jareer ibn 3Abd-Allaah radi Allaahu 3Anhu narrated that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (16)

Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: “My close friend [the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam] advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: Fasting three days of each month, praying Duha, and sleeping after Witr.” (17)

# Ayyaam Al-Beed

Abu Dharr radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to me: “If you fast any part of the month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (18)

6: Perform Dhikr:

a) Morning & Evening Adhkaar:

Allaah says:

وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا

 “And glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting”  [soorah Ta-Ha, v:130]

وَاذْكُرْ رَبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعًا وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنْ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ

“And remember your Lord within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings and in the afternoons” [soorah Al-A3raaf, v: 205]

Read after Fajr & 3Asr salaah, it will only take 10-15 minutes.Make your day productive.

# These Adhkaar are Protection.

The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“Reciting ‘Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad’ and al-Ma3wadhatayn [the last two soorahs of the Qur’aan] three times in the evening and in the morning will protect you against everything.” (19)

“If a person says, every day in the morning and every night in the evening:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

‘Bismillaah alladhi laa yadurru ma’a ismihi shay’un fi’l-ardi wa laa fi’l-sama’ wa Huwa al-Samee’ al-‘Aleem

(In the name of Allaah with Whose name nothing can cause harm on earth or in heaven, and He is the All-Seeing, the All-Knowing); 

three times, nothing will harm him.” (20)

# Sayyid al-Istighfaar 

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever says this during the day, believing in it with certainty, then dies on that day before evening comes, will be one of the people of Paradise, and whoever says it at night, believing in it with certainty, then dies on that night before morning comes, will be one of the people of Paradise.” (21)

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b) Adhkaar Before Sleeping:

# Reading soorah Al-Mulk

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “A soorah from the Qur’aan containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the soorah Tabaarak Alathi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e., Soorat al-Mulk].” (22)

3Abd-Allaah ibn Mas3ood said: “Whoever reads Tabaarak Alathi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e., Soorat al-Mulk] every night, Allaah will protect him from the torment of the grave.

At the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allaah it is a soorah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. (23)

# Reciting Aayat-ul-kursi

“When you go to your bed, recite Aayat al-Kursiy, for there will remain with you a guardian from Allaah, and no devil will approach you, until morning comes.” (24)

# Last 2 Aayaat of soorah Al-Baqarah

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever recites the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him.” (25)

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Compiled by TowardsHuda
References:
(1) Al-Bukhaari, 647; Muslim, 649
(2) Muslim (232)
(3) Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 200
(4) Saheeh Bukhaari
(5) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 380; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6362.
Another narration:
“Allaah will build a house in Heaven for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak’aat (as follows): 4 Rak’aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer.” Hadith sahih narrated by at-Tirmidhi No. 379 and by others. Hadith No. 6183 in Sahih al-Jaami
(6) Narrated by Muslim, 725.
(7) Narrated by Muslim, 1163.
(8)Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1398; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
(9) Reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nisaa’i)
(10) Bukhari and Muslim
(11) Narrated by Muslim (804)
(12) Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 2910. classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.
(13) Bukhaaree
(14) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041.
(15) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 745; al-Nasaa’i, 2361; Ibn Maajah, 1739; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1044
(16) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2420; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1040.
(17) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1124; Muslim, 721.
(18) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 761; al-Nasaa’i, 2424; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1038.
(19) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Da’waat, 3499. It was classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 2829
(20) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Da’waat, 3388, Al-Albaani said in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, it is hasan saheeh. No. 2689) 
(21) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Da’waat, 6306) 
(22)Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2891; Abu Dawood, 1400; Ibn Maajah, 3786.
Al-Tirmidhi said, this is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 22/277, and by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah, 3053.
(23) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 6/179; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1475.
(24) Saheeh al-Bukhaari (2311)
(25)Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5009) and Muslim (2714)

Alaas!.. it is here… Its the time for parting.

The countdown that marked the arrival of Ramadaan, the excitement of the coming month of boundless mercy, now turns to wistfulness and grief as the last fleeting days of Ramadaan passed away.

The question is… did we make an effort to gather the uncountable blessings from Allaah that this month brings in?

The question is.. did we do enough?

Allaah blessed us with the month of Ramadaan, and bestowed His favor upon us with the fasting of its day and the praying of its night.

I ask Allaah that He accepts from us our fasting, our standing in prayer, our recitation of the Qur’aan and that He makes us from the people who are saved from Hell Fire.

As we bid farewell to this blessed month..this beloved, noble guest, it is a good time to remind ourselves…and to take a moment to reflect upon our actions during Ramadaan, our motives and perhaps even chart a course for the continuity of our good deeds. We should ask ourselves a few questions for which we need to find some honest answers.

An answer, it is said, is only as good as the question that precedes it. For it is only when we frame a query searching enough, searing enough, that we can hope to find a reply that is comprehensive and just. It is these answers that may have a chance to awaken us from our absent-mindedness, our heedlessness and help us remain steadfast and virtuous.

These questions are in their utmost simplicity:

Who did you fast for??
Why did you fast??
What is to be done after Ramadaan?

Yet, the answers are only the bare truth. Why, nothing else could be clearer! I fasted for Allaah alone, to worship Him, seeking the rewards from Him alone.

Yes, these answers are correct and clear. But, what about those of us who fasted the month of Ramadaan as a tradition and not as an act of worship?

Do we not know of someone who got used to fasting this month because they inherited it from their parents and their societies and they do not want to go against their traditions? Do we see someone fasting because everyone around them, their family, peers and colleagues are fasting, and they want to belong?

Perhaps a part of us also does the same?

Are we among those people who abstain from all sorts of permissible food and drink during the long hours of the day, only to fall upon the food and drink at iftaar, unmindful of what is unlawful during the nights and days of the rest of the year? This is because of the feeble self-control over overwhelming desires of the nafs (soul), that is not bothered to be reined-in, except for mighty efforts during the days of Ramadaan.

Have we not observed someone we know, who fasts meticulously as if fasting is a habit that has been inherited, and yet does not pray? Have not we, at some time or the other, fasted as if a bag was tied to a camel’s mouth to prevent it from eating until dusk, because we have not prayed nor observed the limits set by Allaah, achieving nothing out of it except hunger or thirst?

Certainly, the obligation of fasting is one of the pillars of Islaam, but the greatest pillar of Islaam is the Salaah. The five daily prayers are greater than fasting. Some people regularly fast the month of Ramadaan, but do not regularly pray. Some do not pray at all.

The One who prescribed fasting is the same One who prescribed Salaah. The One who said, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you..”(1) is the same One who said, “..Perform salaah, Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed time.”(2) 

Does Allaah deserve to be worshiped during the month of Ramadaan by fasting, then He does not deserve to be worshiped in the five daily prayers?

Similarly, we see people staying away from lying, backbiting and cheating during Ramadaan, only to go right back to their evil ways, the very evening the moon is sighted for Shawwaal!

Will we do the same??

Will we go right back to the way were before Ramadaan??

Or have we changed for the better??

Will we abandon the Qur’aan, the Word of ar-Rahmaan, that we recited so whole heartedly during Ramadaan and replace it with music, the words of as-Shaytaan? ??

Will we forget all that we learnt from this blessed month in the blink of an eye?

Will we run straight back into the haraam that we worked so hard to stay away from during Ramadaan??

We all prayed Tahajjud/Fajr Salaah but sadly now we will pray only when we get time.

We scarificed our daily evening routine for 1 hour of 3Ishaa’ and Taraweeh Salaah.. and now if we are to ask to devote 1 hour for salaah, we would think twice.

Does Allah deserve to be worshiped only in the month of Ramadaan, but not in the rest of the year?

Its far easy to keep fasting in Ramadaan (as everyone is fasting) but now because we have got the habit, lets first start continue fasting for next 6 days of Shawwaal followed by sunnah fasting of Mondays and Thrusday and 13th, 14th, 15th of every month.

Has this month of fasting become more of a tradition for us than anything else…going from one Khatam to another, trying to catch the blessing of Khatmul-Qur’aan, yet when it comes to our practical every day lives, this very Qur’aan lies dusty upon our shelves, having no impact on our lives, having no change in our attitude and with no effect on our submission to Allaah.

Did we really learn nothing from this blessed month?

Or did we???

Rather, this month should be a starting point for further piety because from the signs of Allaah’s acceptance of our fasting is that He helps us to become steadfast in the Deen after Ramadaan.

Today, even with the imminent departing of Ramadaan, let us be able to say: “Verily, my Salaah, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.” (3)

It is a farewell, but also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a positive change, and with the Will of Allaah, also our labor’s end and its just recompense.

(Adapted from an article on the internet)
By Asma bint Shameem
 

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What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

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References:
(1)  soorah Al Baqarah, v:183
(2) soorah An-Nisaa, v:103
(3)  soorah Al-Anaam, v:162-163
 

1 imagesIn a few days time, we will enter the last 10 days of Ramadaan. It seems as Ramadaan slipped from our hands like sand. Its time to sprint and make the best of these last days.

Time to roll up our sleeves:

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better. Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet!

Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night!

Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any Masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah!

The Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

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5. Memorize and keep asking the du3aa’ taught by Rasool-Allaah sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

“Allaahumma innaka 3Affuwwun tuhibbul 3Afwa fa3fu 3Anni”

“O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me”

dua of night of Qadr

6. Prepare a short du3aa’ list.

Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allaah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny!

Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 3Ishaa’. Do not delay!

After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family!

Rasool-Allaah sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up at least for sometime!

Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude.

Keep your mus-haf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. This is not the night to tweet pics or update FaceBook statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allaah!

Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb!

So switch off those phones, WiFi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-3Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship.

Alternate between Qiyaam, heartfelt du3’aa, reading the Qur’aan. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key:

The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm Sabr.

Think how Allaah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might never come again in your life again.

If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important:

Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allaah (good expectations from Allaah).

When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem!!

by Tawfique Chowdhury

Taken from Preparing for Ramadaan

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“Knowledge International University”  is offering online Ramadaan lecture series, starting from 5th July 2014. The series is free & there is no registration required.

Ramadaan Lectures:

A New Beginning – Welcoming Ramadaan

By Shaykh Ihsan Hannan

Date : Saturday,  5th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Relationship between Taqwa & Fasting

By Shaykh Ahmad 3Abdul-wahab

Date : Sunday, 6th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Night of Power – Laylat-ul Qadr

By Shaykh Sajid 3Umar

Date : Saturday 12th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Final Third – Maximising from the Last 10 Nights

By Shaykh Ahsan Hanif

Date : Saturday, 19th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

Celebrating Eid and Distributing the Alms

By Shaykh  Mohammad Qahtani

Date : Sunday, 20th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

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