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The blessed days of the Dhul-Hijjah

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Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The best days in this worldly life are the (first) ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” (1)

A short beneficial reminder by shaykh 3Assim Al-Hakeem, on the virtues of Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and examples of good deeds that can be done in these 10 days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8XikQc_FVs&rel=0

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Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah  [New]

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Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

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Preparing For Ramadaan:

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid gave a detailed practical advice about how can we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. He said:

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1. Sincere repentance:

This is obligatory at all times, but because of the approach of a great and blessed month, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allaah says:

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” (1)

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (2)

2. Du3aa’ (supplication):

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them.

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3. Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month:

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and of decisive battles in the history of our religionAllaah says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass”  (3)

4. Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say:

“I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha3baan. (4)

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

From her keenness to do that in Sha3baan it may be understood that it is not permissible to delay making them up until another Ramadaan begins. (5)

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan. (click Ramadaan resources / E-Books)

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship. (click Time Management Tips for Ramadaan )

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the Imaam of the Masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha3baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

It was narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha3baan. (6)

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha3baan? He said:

“That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (7)

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind fasting in Sha3baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha3baan before Ramadaan.

10 – Reading Qur’aan

Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha3baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.

When Sha3baan began, 3Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha3baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

He also said:

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha3baan if you are seeking Ramadaan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

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Fasting In Sha3baan

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Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Prepare for Ramadaan Transcribed lecture by Shaykh Hazim Rajeb

30 Steps to Warm Up for Ramadaan

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References:

(1) Soorah An-Noor 24:31

(2) Narrated by Muslim (2702)

(3) Soorah Yoonus 10:58

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

(5) Fath al-Baari (4/191)

(6) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

(7) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Bismillaah - Copyعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” ما من أيام العمل الصالح فيهن أحب إلى الله منه في هذه الأيام العشر . قالوا ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله !! قال : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله ، إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله ولم يرجع من ذلك بشيء ” أخرجه البخاري 2/457 

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (1)

A beneficial reminder and advice about these 10 days, by shaykh Nabil al-3Awadhi. A worth-watching 4-minute video, highlighting various good deeds that one can do in these days.

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Virtues of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

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Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1 [excellent read]

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

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Reference:

(1) Reported by Al-Bukhaaree, 2/457

A Heart Softening Recitation

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Beautiful recitation of Soorah Qaaf, one of my favorite soorah, by Shaykh Salman Al-3Utaybi from Riyaad.  Read the translation (Subtitles) as you listen to these powerful, heart trembling aayaat (aayaat 16-35).

Suggested Program For 3Arafah

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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)

Maintaining Good Deeds After Ramadaan

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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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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)

Then Cry For Yourself…

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“If you find dust on your Qur’aan, then cry for yourself and the condition that you’re in”.

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The Best Days

قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أفضل أيام الدنيا أيام العشر” رواه البزار من حديث جابر بن عبدالله

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The best days in this worldly life are the (first) ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” (1)

Ibn katheer said: “It has been that in general, the best days of the year are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah- just as the hadeeth says – and that they are far more superior than the last ten days of Ramadaan!  That is because Allaah has legislated prayer & fasting & voluntary charity etc during the month of Ramadaan, however, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are distinguished for having been chosen for the performance of the rights of Hajj.” (2)

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” ما من أيام العمل الصالح فيهن أحب إلى الله منه في هذه الأيام العشر . قالوا ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله !! قال : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله ، إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله ولم يرجع من ذلك بشيء ” أخرجه البخاري 2/457 

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (3)

عن عبد الله بن عمر رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” ما من أيام أعظم عند الله ولا أحب إليه العمل فيهن من هذه الأيام العشر فأكثروا فيهن من التهليل والتكبير والتحميد “ . أخرجه احمد 7/224 وصحّح إسناده أحمد شاكر

3Abdullaah ibn3Umar radi Allaahu 3Anhuma reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illAllaah), Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah)”. (4)

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Dhul-Hijjah Resources

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References:
(1) Reported by Al-Bazzaar, graded saheeh by shaykh Al-Baanee
(2) Tafseer Ibn Katheen, volume 2, page 325 
(3) Reported by Al-Bukhaaree, 2/457
(4) Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shaakir stated that it saheeh
 

How to Spend Ramadaan

Ramadaan is at our doorsteps.  As we prepare for the month of Ramadaan, here are some beneficial advices from Shaykh Muhammad Hassan about how to spend Ramadaan.

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Qur’aan In Ramadaan

Reading Qur’aan during Ramadaan is one of the best and most virtuous of good deeds, because Ramadaan is the month of the Qur’aan.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa says (interpretation of the meaning): “The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)” [soorah Al-Baqarah, :185] 

Jibreel used to come to the Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, every night in Ramadaan, and study the Qur’aan with him. (1).

Abu Hurayrah narrated that Jibreel used to review the Qur’aan with the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam once each year, and in the year in which he died, he reviewed it with him twice. From this it is understood that it is mustahabb to read Qur’aan a great deal and to study it during Ramadaan. (2)

The Salaf & the Qur’aan in Ramadaan

This is the month of the Qur’aan. The scholars used to leave teaching or attending all other classes in Ramadaan in order to devote themselves completely to the Qur’aan. They used to read Qur’aan a great deal during Ramadaan, following the example of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.

Qataadah (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to complete the Qur’aan every seven nights all the time, and every three nights in Ramadaan, and every night during the last ten days of Ramadaan.  

Ibraaheem al-Nakha’i used to complete the Qur’aan in Ramadaan every three nights, and in the last ten days every two nights. (3)

Al-Aswad (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to read the entire Qur’aan every two nights throughout the month. (4)

It was narrated from Mujaahid that he used to complete the Qur’aan every night in Ramadaan.  

Al-Rabee3 ibn Sulaymaan said: al-Shaafi3ee used to complete the Qur’aan sixty times in Ramadaan. 

We & Qur’aan In Ramadaan:

In Ramadaan, don’t simply schedule one or two hours for Qur’aan. Do Qur’aan at every living moment that you have, when you don’t have something necessary to do.

For example, when one is not at work, or is not cooking, and not praying, she should be doing Qur’aan. Before Fajr, after Fajr, after 3Ishaa’, any break in between; if free in the daytimes, then all day; between 3Asr and Maghrib; after taraweeh. I.e. whenever it is humanly possible.

If you are working, do it between coffee/tea break, during free time. Every available opportunity, spend it for Qur’aan. Don’t limit yourself. (5)

How to attain the sweetness of reciting the Qur’aan:

 Some Tips:

  1. Sit in a humble manner; in a state of wudoo’. Imagine you are sitting before Allaah & reciting to Him.
  2. Remind yourself and try to feel that these are the words of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens and earth. And and how blessed we are to have such access to them.
  3. Begin with Istiaadah (seeking refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan).
  4. Read in a slow and melodious way.
  5. When you read/recite aayah (verse) about Jannah, pause and ask for it. When you recite any aayah about the Hellfire, stop & seek refuge from it.
  6. Make sajdah at-tilaawah when you recite a verse of sujood.
  7. If the verse says to make tasbeeh, stop and make tasbeeh (subhaanAllaah).
  8. Imagine that Allaah is personally speaking to you in each and every aayah. If you did not concentrate in an aayah, repeat it. (6)

Suggestions & Tips for non-Arab speakers:

  1. If you can read the Qur’aan, read the aayah in Arabic then the translation in your language.
  2. If you can’t read properly, then listen and repeat each verse after the tape. After completing 1 page, read the translation.
  3. If you cannot recite Qur’aan at all, then beg Allaah to bless you with the ability to recite it fluently. You should listen to a Qur’aan tape/CD, then read the translation and then read the tafseer. (7)

Make Big Goals:

  • If you can finish the whole tafseer (Ibn-Katheer) in Ramadaan, go for it. (its takes around 6 hours to complete the tafseer of one Juzz’).
  • Make a journal & write what you benefit from, write the verses/soorahs that touch/effect you deeply & read the tafseer of those verses.
  • Memorize a Juzz’ or 2 Juzz’ in Ramadaan. [e.g., Juzz’ 3Amma (last part) or 29th Juzz’]
  • Read the whole Qur’aan with translation, verse by verse & write the meanings of the words that you find new or difficult. this will help to improve your vocabulary of the Qur’aan & Arabic inshaAllaah. (8)

Resources: 

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Word to Word Dictionary

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Main Source “Reaping the Fruits of Ramadaan” course & other sources.

References:
(1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268
(2) Al-Bukhaari (4614) 
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/66063
(3) AlSiyar 5/276
(4) Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan by Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) p. 65. 
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/50781
(5)(6)(7) Excerpt from course “Reaping the fruits of Ramadaan”
(8) Based on the above lecture & lecture “How to Benefit from Ramadhaan Practically”

The month of Sha3baan

Sha3baan is the name of the (eighth) month of the Hijri calendar.

Fasting in Sha3baan

 عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ :  كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يُفْطِرُ ، وَيُفْطِرُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يَصُومُ ، فَمَا رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اسْتَكْمَلَ صِيَامَ شَهْرٍ إِلا رَمَضَانَ ، وَمَا رَأَيْتُهُ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha  said: “The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha3baan.”(1)

كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ ، كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ إِلا قَلِيلاً

“He used to fast all of Sha3baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha3baan. (2)

A group of scholars, including Ibn al-Mubaarak and others, thought that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not fast all of Sha3baan, but he fasted most of it. This is supported by a report  narrated from 3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha, who said: “I never knew of him – meaning the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam- fasting for any entire month apart from Ramadaan.”(3)

Ibn 3Abbaas said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not fast any entire month apart from Ramadaan.”(4)

عن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنهما قال : قلت يا رسول الله لم أرك تصوم من شهر من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان ، فقال : ” ذاك شهر تغفل الناس فيه عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان ، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، وأحب أن يرفع عملي وأنا صائم “ رواه النسائي ، أنظر صحيح الترغيب والترهيب ص 425

Usaamah ibn Zayd radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha3baan. He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.'” (5)

Ibn Rajab (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Fasting in Sha3baan is better than fasting in the Sacred Months, and the best of voluntary fasts are those that are (observed in the months) closest to Ramadaan, before or after. The status of these fasts is like that of al-Sunan al-Rawaatib which are done before and after fard (prayers) and which make up for any shortfall in the number of obliagtory prayers. The same applies to fasts observed before and after Ramadaan. Just as al-Sunan al-Rawaatib are better than other kinds of voluntary prayers, so fasts observed (in the months) before and after Ramadaan are better than fasts at other times.

The phrase “Sha3baan is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan” indicates that because it comes between two important months, the Sacred Month of Rajab and the month of fasting, people are preoccupied with those two months and they do not pay attention to Sha’baan. Many people think that fasting in Rajab is better than fasting in Sha’baan, because Rajab is one of the Sacred Months, but this is not the case.

The scholars differed as to the reasons why the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted so much in Sha3baan. Their various opinions were as follows:

1.    That he had been unable to fast three days out of every month because he was travelling or for some other reason, so he made them all up together in Sha3baan. When the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam began to do some naafil action, he would persist in it, and if he missed it, he would make it up later.

2.    It was said that his wives used to make up the days that they missed of Ramadaan in Sha3baan, so he used to fast because of that. This is the opposite of what was reported from 3Aa’ishah, that she used to delay making up days that she had missed in Ramadaan until Sha3baan because she was too busy with the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to fast.

3.    It was said that it was because this is a month which people do not pay attention to. This is the most correct view, because of the hadeeth of Usaamah quoted above, in which it says: “That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan.” (6)

3Aa’ishah used to make the most of this opportunity to make up any obligatory Ramadaan fasts that she had missed because of menstruation; during other months she was too busy with the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to fast.

We should also note here that anyone who has any missed fasts to make up has to make them up before the next Ramadaan comes. It is not permissible to delay it until after the following Ramadaan except in cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues between the two Ramadaans). Whoever is able to make them up before the (second) Ramadaan and does not do so, has to make them up after the (second) Ramadaan and in addition to that, he has to repent and to feed one poor person for each day that he missed. This is the view of Maalik, al-Shaafa3ee and Ahmad.

Another benefit of fasting in Sha3baan is that it is a kind of training for the Ramadaan fast, in case a person finds it difficult to fast when Ramadaan starts; if he fasts in Sha3baan he will have gotten used to fasting and he will feel strong and energetic when Ramadaan comes.

Sha3baan & 3Ibaadah:

Sha3baan is like an introduction to Ramadaan and it has some things in common with Ramadaan, such as fasting, reciting Qur’aan and giving in charity.

قال سلمة بن سهيل كان يقال : شهر شعبان شهر القراء

Salamah ibn Suhayl used to say: “The month of Sha3baan is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan).”

 Habeeb ibn Abi Thaabit used to say, when Sha3baan came, “This is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan).” When Sha3baan came, 3Amr ibn Qays al-Malaa3i used to close his store and devote his time to reading the Qur’aan.

Fasting at the end of Sha3baan

It is makrooh to observe a voluntary fast one or two days before Ramadaan for those who do not habitually fast on those days and who have not previously fasted until the end of Sha3baan.

It may be asked: why is it makrooh to fast just before Ramadaan (for those who do not have a prior habit of fasting)? The answer is that there are a number of reasons why this is so, such as:

Firstly: lest extra days be added to the fast of Ramadaan that are not part of it. Fasting on the day of 3Eed is prohibited for the same reason. For the same reason it is also forbidden to fast on the “day of doubt”.3Ammaar said: whoever fasts on this day has disobeyed Abu’l-Qaasim sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.

The “day of doubt” is a day when people are not sure whether it is Ramadaan or not, when news of the sighting of the crescent moon comes from one whose word cannot be accepted. As for a cloudy day, some of the 3ulamaa’ said that this was also a ‘day of doubt’ and said that fasting was not allowed on this day. This is the view of the majority.

Secondly: to make a distinction between fard (obligatory) fasts and naafil (supererogatory) fasts, because making a clear distinction between fard actions and naafil actions is prescribed in Islam. Hence it is haraam to fast on the day of Eid, and the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam forbade following an obligatory prayer immediately with another prayer unless they are separated by saying salaam or speaking, especially in the case of the Sunnah prayer performed just before Fajr.

Some ignorant people may think that the reason why we do not fast just before Ramadaan is so that we can make the most of eating and have our fill of our desires before we have to deny ourselves by fasting. This is an ignorant mistake on the part of those who think this. And Allaah knows best.

Summarized from an E-book “Month of Sha3baan” By Shaykh Salih Munajjid

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References:
Lataa’if al-Ma3aarif fimaa li Mawaasim al-3Aam min al-Wazaa’if, by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
Al-Ilmaan bi shay’in min Ahkaam al-Siyaam, by 3Abd al-3Azeez al-Raajihi
(1)    Narrated by al-Bukhaari,1833; Muslim, 1956.
(2)    Report narrated by Muslim (no. 1957).
(3)    Saheeh Muslim (no. 1954).
(4)    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 1971, and Muslim, no. 1157.
(5)    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, page 425.
(6)    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, p. 425

Soorah Al-Kahf Resources

Virtues of reading Soorah Al-Kahf on Jumu3ah

“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.”

Word for Word English Translation (pdf)

soorah Al-kahf (Right click & save target as)

Soorah Al-Kahf Tafseer (from Ibn Katheer)

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Verse by Verse Recitation & English Translation

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Word for Word Urdu Translation (pdf) [NEW]

part 1, part 2, part 3 (Right click & save target as)

Verse by verse Recitation & Urdu translation

by Shaykh Sudays & Shaykh Shuraym

Beautiful Recitation (with translation)

by Shaykh Aboo Bakr Al Shatry

Beautiful Recitation

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