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  4. 7 Good Deeds For The Day Of Arafat What Is The 'Day Of Arafat'? The day of Arafat (or Arafah) is the 9th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah on the Islamic calendar. It occurs near the end of the Hajj pilgrimage as pilgrims stand on the plain of Arafat to perform prayers, supplications, and acts of worship. Allah perfected the religion of Islam for Muslims on the day of Arafat. It is also the day on which the Prophet (PBUH) delivered his last sermon usually referred to as his Farewell Sermon (in Arabic: Arabic: خُطْبَةُ الْوِدَاع‎, Khuṭbatu l-Widāʿ), in which he affirmed the sanctity of human life and the abolition of racism. This sermon included the Verse of the Perfection of the Religion (in Arabic آیَة إِکْمَال الدِّيْن‎, Āyat Ikmāl ad-Dīn): "This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (Surah Al Ma'idah, 5:3) In normal years, over 2.5 million pilgrims or more visit the plain of Arafat during Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This represents the finale and climax of the Hajj journey, the pilgrims' most important ritual. Abdu Rahman ibn Ya'mar reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) said: "The Hajj is Arafat. Whoever reaches the night of Arafat before the rising of the sun at dawn the next day, has completed his pilgrimage." (Sunan al-Nasa'i) The Prophet compared Arafat Day to a day of celebration (Eid). While it is not technically Eid, it is a celebration since it marks the end of successfully completing the annual Hajj journey. It should be a joyful moment, as well as a time of reverence and dedication. 'Uqbah ibn Amir reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said: "The day of 'Arafat, the day of sacrifice, and the three following days (tashriq) are our celebration for the people of Islam. They are days of eating and drinking." (al-Tirmidhi Blessings of Arafat Day A Release From Hellfire Arafat is one of the most auspicious occasions in Islam because Allah SWT releases more Muslims from Hellfire and forgives more sins on this day than on any other. Arafat is one of the greatest days to strive in worship, good actions, and especially to enhance our supplications for this reason (Dua). Aisha (May Allah Be Pleased With Her) reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said: "There is no day upon which Allah frees more of his servants from the Hellfire than the Day of Arafat. He draws near and then he praises them to the angels, saying: What do they want?" (Muslim) Dua On Arafat Day Is Accepted There are countless instances of Muslims expressing how the dua they made on Arafah day altered their lives completely. The Prophet's (PBUH) companions would prepare the dua they would make on that day from the previous year, indicating how essential it is to them and to Allah SWT. Even if you are not completing Hajj on this day, you can still benefit from the power of Dua (supplication). As said by the Prophet (PBUH) in this Hadith: "The best supplication is the one made on the Day of Arafah." (Tirmidhi) The most vital point is to truly believe that Allah SWT will answer your duas made on that day, no questions asked. Make sure to include all your wishes on that day, while fasting if you can, and to devote some time before starting and then breaking your fast to make dua. Fasting On That Day Erases Sins Fasting on Arafat day is advised for those who are not attending the Hajj pilgrimage, as a way of expiation and cleansing from sin. Fasting itself holds a great position in the sight of Allah SWT, so, imagine fasting on a blessed day like Arafat? In a Qudsi Hadith, Allah SWT says: "All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it." (Bukhari) According to Abu Qatadah, a man approached Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and asked, "What is your opinion about fasting on Arafat?" The Prophet (PBUH) responded: "It will expiate the sins of the previous and upcoming year." (Muslim) The Best Deeds To Do On Arafah Day In order to make the best of Arafah, we should concentrate our efforts to do as many good deeds as we can. These efforts can take the shape of: 1. Fast Never miss fasting on Arafah's Day, unless you are unable to. All your sins from the previous year and the next year would be removed if you fast for one day in the name of Allah SWT. If you cannot fast, still make the intention that you would have fasted if you could, and try to feed a fasting person that day so that you can get the same reward insha'Allah. It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever gives iftaar (i.e. gives enough to drink and eat to satisfy the fasting person) to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest." (At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah) 2. Engage in Dhikr and Dua as much as possible Saying Tahleel: Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah), Takbeer: Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), and Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praise is to Allah) is among the best you can say throughout Arafat Day. Amr ibn Shuayb reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "The best supplication is that which is made on the day of Arafat. The best of it is what was said by myself and the prophets before me: la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharik lah lahu al-Mulk walahu alhamd wahu alaa kulli shay' Qadir" (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) You should also make lots of dua for this life and the hereafter. 3. Give Out Sadaqah (Charity) and Zakat (Obligatory Almsgiving) You can give out Sadaqah or Zakat online through lots of charitable organizations or you can choose to give to people in need who live near you. Asking the local mosque about whether they collect Zakat is also a good idea. 4. Ask For Forgiveness As you make dua, make sure to ask Allah SWT for forgiveness for all of your shortcomings, mistakes and sins you have committed, whether consciously or not. 5. Show Gratitude to Allah SWT Take some time to ponder upon all of the blessings that Allah SWT has showered you with, as well as the difficulties, challenges and tests that have allowed you to grow closer to Him. Show gratitude to Allah SWT by doing the other deeds listed here, and be helpful to those around you. You can also make a list of things you can be grateful for - this is a practice that can be done everyday, and has been shown to help with feelings of anxiety, depression and negativity. 6. Offer Extra Prayers Your priority should be to make sure that you pray your five obligatory prayers on time, and that is the most important you can do to fulfill your obligations towards Allah SWT. If you can, also offer extra, voluntary prayers to increase your good deeds and grow closer to Allah SWT in those special moments of worship. 7. Read the Quran Reading the Quran will bless your day and bring you closer to Allah SWT by reciting His Holy words. Read as much as you can from the Quran on that day and try to also comprehend what you're reading and reflecting on how you can apply those teachings into your life. To conclude, Arafat Day is one of the greatest days of the year in Islam. It marks and celebrates the completion of the Hajj journey and carries so many blessings nd virtues even for those who are not completing their pilgrimage. All Muslims come together on this day in remembrance of Allah, The Almighty. During this time, we should boost our good deeds, Salah, and Dua. If we are unable to be on Arafat, we should fast the day in honor of Allah SWT. If we are on the plain of Arafat, we should conserve our energy for worship and make as many duas as possible for our future selves and the whole Ummah. Source: https://studioarabiya.com/blog/7-good-deeds-for-the-day-of-arafat
  5. Age of marriage in Hinduism

    Today in India, the minimum age of marriage by law is at 18 years for women and at 21 for men. However, according to the official data, more than 12 millions [of which 84% are Hindus] are married below 10 years of age. More than 125 million males were married before the legal age (42% of male population) and more than 102 million females (30% of female population) were married before the legal age in 2011. (source) Historically, there was no minimum age for marriage in India throughout ages. Books considered sacred by Hindus point out that it was common for girls about 6 or 8 years old to be married. The book Manu-smriti “Laws of Manu” that prescribes to Hindus their dharma (obligations) which is, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the most authoritative of the books of the Hindu code (Dharma-shastra) mentions in chapter IX (that concerned with issues related to marriages) a usual custom of marriage of girls 8 years old: 94. A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would (otherwise) be impeded, (he must marry) sooner. (source) The laws of Manu also don't forbid that the girl is married before she attains the age of puberty: 88. To a distinguished, handsome suitor (of) equal (caste) should (a father) give his daughter in accordance with the prescribed rule, though she have not attained (the proper age). The Gautama's Dharmasūtra, which is believed to be the oldest of the four Hindu Dharmasastras, doesn't consider puberty a prerequisite for marriage: 21. A girl should be given in marriage before (she attains the age of) puberty. 22. He who neglects it, commits sin. (source) Indian gods have many stories of early marriages; the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mukyapurana [major puranas], tell us about the marriage of Rāma to a 6 years old girl: 8-9. The bow of Īśvara that was kept in the abode of Janaka, was broken. In his fifteenth year, O king, Rāma married the six-year old beautiful daughter of the king of Mithilā, Sītā who was not born of a womb. On getting Sītā, Rāghava became contented and happy. (source) Another passage tells us about a 8 year old girl: As time passed on she became a girl of eight years. The king recollected the words of the unembodied being and became worried. ‘To whom shall I give this daughter? Who will be the four-armed one?’......“Go ahead, O Kṛṣṇa, O mighty one. Let the jewel of a girl be seized quickly. I shall follow you closely behind causing much havoc unto all these demons.”.On getting the consent of Saṅkarṣaṇa, Keśava, the slayer of Keśin, seized the girl, immediately put her on the chariot and went off.(source) Lately, Indian Prime Minister Modi government has proposed to raise the legal age of marriage of women to 21 from 18 years. According to PM Modi, increasing the legal age of marriage will empower girls and will help in building their careers. https://comparativreligion.blogspot.com/2022/06/age-of-marriage-in-hinduism.html
  6. As-Salaamu 'alaikum everyone, Yesterday I found myself in Slough in the evening and I went to a HMC restaurant near central Slough for, I hoped, maybe a biryani or something. I asked if they'd give me a jug of water and was told they wouldn't. They would only sell me a large or a small bottle of Evian. Their excuse was that the water quality wasn't good enough in the area. I said I didn't believe him, that this was the only place I'd ever heard this nonsense. (Think about it: if the water quality wasn't good enough to drink, it's not good enough to cook rice in either. I doubt they use mineral water for that.) He basically told me the door was over there and to "jog on". I did. So, I then went to another restaurant in Slough and asked for a bottle of plain water. In other branches of the same chain, they will happily give you a bottle of tap water but here, they told me the same story about the water quality and that restaurant staff won't drink local tap water either. They gave me a bottle of mineral water "on the house", though I didn't drink it as I didn't like taking for free something that costs money and I ordered another drink which was enough to go with the food. The drink had ice in it, which I presume was made from tap water. I haven't got sick yet, alhamdu lillah. Is anyone from Slough on this? Do you drink the water from your kitchen tap? Perhaps you filter it, but what about the water you cook rice or pasta in? I can't believe there are whole places in England where the water is not safe to drink, yet you only find out when you ask for a jug of water in a restaurant. It's not even national news. I live in south-west London and have only heard about this in restaurants. Think of how we heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. If you follow enough Americans on Twitter you'll have heard about it. (By the way, boiling water doesn't make hard water soft. It kills germs but increases the mineral content of the water, because water -- H2O -- boils off but the minerals don't. If germs were the issue, it would be a huge scandal as people would be getting ill.) But also, why Evian? Why are they selling French mineral water? Do they not know how the French treat Muslims? They treat us like dirt, especially our sisters. We shouldn't be buying luxury items like mineral water from them, or selling it. If they have to sell mineral water, at least get something from a respectable source. We have British mineral water like Brecon Carreg and Harrogate.
  7. Asalaamu Alaikum brothers and sisters. Just a humble request that on this blessed night please help save these children's lives: The children of Afghanistan desperately need our help. Over 3 million children are suffering from malnutrition of which a million are critical and could die. Help save a life then you gain rewards as if you saved the whole of humanity: "and whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity. (Qur'an:5:32). If tonight is Laylatul Qadr then each £1 is like donating for over 83 years! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakaat eligible - PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200 malnutrition crisis.jfif
  8. *A Million Afghani children at risk of dying of Malnutrition say's UNICEF:* One Nation are on the ground in Afghanistan providing Malnutrition support packs to affected families including Doctor & nurse check ups. Just 52 packs to hit target of 200: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakat-PayPal* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200
  9. *A Million children in Afghanistan are at risk of dying of Malnutrition say's UNICEF:* OneNation are on the ground providing affected families with Malnutrition support packs which includes Doctor & nurse check ups. 130 packs already raised. Just £40 a pack. Please donate generously during these blessed days and nights and help save these children's lives: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakat eligible, PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Registered Charity No: 1156200
  10. Asalaamu Alaikum. During these last blessed days & nights I will be fundraising for a very important cause because 3.5 Million children are suffering from Malnutrition in Afghanistan of which 1 million are at risk of dying unless we help. One Nation are on the ground in Afghanistan providing Malnutrition support packs to families. 68 Packs already raised. Please support, share & donate generously during these blessed days and nights and we hope our donations fall on the most powerful night of the year insha'Allah: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donations policy - Zakaat eligible, Sadaqah, PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Registered Charity No:115620
  11. *21st Night Tonight* Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (Ra) said: "O you who has wasted years of his life, there is nothing that will amend those lost and wasted years except for the night of Al-Qadr, for verily its value is equivalent to that of a lifetime." [Lata'if al-Ma'aarif, p.191] *Don't make this mistake every Ramadan - Life changing* https://youtu.be/Qtp-WS6_6eM *3.5 Million children in Afghanistan are suffering from malnutrition of which a Million are critical. 63 packs already raised. Help save their lives:* https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan
  12. How to make the most of the last 10 nights of Ramadan:
  13. *Dates of Odd Nights in last 10 days of Ramadan 2022:* The best nights of the year have arrived in which there is a night: "better than a 1000 months”[Qur'an: 97:3]. So surely we cannot afford to miss out on such an amazing and valuable opportunity. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Search for this night in the off nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan". (Bukhari) Note: If you started fasting on Sun 3rd April then add 1 night on from: *21st Night: Thurs 21st April - From Maghrib to Fajr* *23rd Night: Sat 23rd April - From Maghrib to Fajr* *25th Night: Mon 25th April - From Maghrib to Fajr* *27th Night: Wed 27th April - From Maghrib to Fajr* *29th Night: Fri 29th April - From Maghrib to Fajr* *Regret Wasting Ramadan so far?* Al Hasan al-Basri (Ra) said: “Improve your performance in whatever time is left & you'll be forgiven for the time which has already passed. Take special care of whatever time you have left as you don't know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.” *Maximise the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan:* http://productivemuslim.com/laylatul-qadr-worship-plan-to-maximise-the-last-10-nights-of-ramadan/ Give generously during these blessed nights: Help save the lives of Malnourished children in Afghanistan where 3.5 Million are suffering from Malnutrition of which a Million are critical and could die. Give generously during these blessed nights and if it's Laylatul Qadr then every £1 is like giving over £30,000: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chaat4yemen *100% Donations policy - Sadaqah, Zakat - PayPal* OneNationUk.org - Registered Charity no: 1156200
  14. 12 Ways To Maximize I'tikaf

    The person who is in i’tikaf keeps away from the sins Ibn Abbas (RA) reported that Rasullullah (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, (about him who engages in i’tikaf), “that he is safe from sin and he also gets that reward which everyone (outside i’tikaf) gets for pious deeds.” (Ibn Majah)
  15. Ramadan Worship Checklist

    Ramadan Self Improvement Checklist: http://1beautyofislam.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/ramadan-check-list.html
  16. Daily Ramadan Worship Timetable

    Daily Planning While planning your schedule, there are two points that should be taken into account. First, do not pile tasks on our schedule and wait till the appropriate minute to fulfill them. Instead, you should allocate an enough time for each task. Second, there are blessed moments in Ramadan that we should not miss by focusing on other tasks. For example, you should not visit people during Tarawih (night Prayer in Ramadan), or watch a religious program right after Fajr when you are supposed to do dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and read the Qur’an. Divide your day into at least 6 parts: – The morning: For sahur (pre-dawn meal) Tahajjud (Night Prayer), Fajr Prayer, reciting Qur’an after Fajr, istighfar (asking forgiveness). – Work: Fasting is not an excuse to be inefficient at work. It does not justify being ill tempered because you miss your coffee or cigarette. Concentrate on dhikr (remembrance of Allah) especially while waiting in traffic, driving to and from work, etc. – From `Asr to Maghrib: 30 minute nap, family time, reciting Qur’an, watching an educational program, reading about the Prophets´ stories, preparing Iftar (breaking the fasting meal) and any other task you planned for. – Breaking fast – `Isha’ and Tarawih: It is unnecessary to spend hours in traffic to go to a mosque with the best sheikh in the city. Choose a masjid in your neighborhood. – Night: This time depends on when you complete the Tarawih Prayers. (Family time, completing other tasks, Qiyam) – Keep each salah as a time interval between tasks, so you can pray at the masjid if possible. – Have intention for i´tikaf (staying in the masjid for a particular time period in the worship of Allah with certain conditions). Monthly Planning – Divide the month into three parts where each part consists of 10 days. This is an efficient way to accomplish your schedule in this blessed month. – Set the goals you want to fulfill in each of the 10 days. Write them in a separate column. You could concentrate on social tasks in the first 10 days, family tasks the following 10 days, du`aa’ and dhikr (personal spirituality) in the last ten days. I do not mean to totally separate your tasks, but give you a rough time period to focus on. – Start dividing these tasks and goals. If your lifestyle is organized with minimal surprises, you can plan these 10 days in advance. If not, try and make a draft for 2 days. Making a draft helps you feel less guilty if something unexpected happens. This does not mean that you get out of your actual task but, you might need to double the effort for the next 2 days. Place an X on completed tasks, to give you a sense of accomplishment. – For the last 10 days of Ramadan, try to intensify all kinds of `ibadat (acts of worship), especially praying at night. – Recite the whole Qur’an. In case you cannot read, listen to it and read the translation. ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Laylat Al-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka `afuwwun, tuhibbul `afwa, fa`fu `anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”(At-Tirmidhi) Last Night of Ramadan After all the effort of planning, helping others, praying, fasting and keeping good intentions, we will reach the last night of Ramadan hoping for the great reward of being saved from the fire and accepted in the Heaven. It is important to trust Allah that He will accept your hard work. At the night of `Eid, the joy is not because we are not supposed to fast the next day. Yet, it is because we have accomplished an act of worship that is most beloved to Almighty Allah. – Supplicate Allah that He accepts all of your efforts done in Ramadan, and that He supports you to sustain your productivity after Ramadan. – Share greetings for `Eid (feast). – Give the kids the joy of `Eid (new clothes, money, decorating the house, gifts, going to the park and making plans for the day of `Eid) – Do not forget to pay Zakat Al-Fitr (the charity paid during the month of Ramadan). It is preferable to delay it to the last days of Ramadan, as reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this concern. However, scholars stated that it is permissible to give it during the whole month. – Do not forget the families with limited income. Although you pay your Zakat Al-Fitr, you are still asked to donate for those people in order to bless them with Ramadan and `Eid. – As soon as the authorities prove it to be the end of Ramadan, start repeating the Takbir (Saying “Allahu Akbar” [i.e. Allah is the Greatest]) and teach it to the young ones. _________________________ Source: productivemuslim.com
  17. Daily Ramadan Worship Routine

    What to recite when lying down in bed: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever reads this when he lies down to sleep will have a guardian from Allah remain with him and Satan will not be able to come near him until he rises in the morning: 'Aamanar-Rasoolu bimaa 'unzila mir-Rabbihi walmu'minoon, kullun 'aamana billaahi wa malaa'ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi, laa nufarriqu bayna 'ahadim-mir-Rusulihi, wa qaaloo sami'naa wa 'ata'naa ghufraanaka Rabbanaa wa 'ilaykal-maseer. Laa yukallifullaahu nafsan 'illaa wus'ahaa, lahaa maa kasabat wa 'alayhaa mak-tasabat, Rabbanaa laa tu'aakhithnaa 'in naseenaa 'aw 'akhta'naa, Rabbanaa wa laa tahmil 'alaynaa 'isran kamaa hamaltahu 'alal-latheena min qablinaa, Rabbanaa wa laa tuhammilnaa maa laa taaqata lanaa bihi, wa'fu 'annaa, waghfir lanaa warhamnaa, 'Anta Mawlaanaa fansurnaa 'alal-qawmil-kaafireen. The Messenger believes in what has been send down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say: "We make no distinction between any of His Messengers," and they say: "We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return." Allah burdens not a person beyond what he can bear. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, and help us against the disbelieving people. (Muslim 1/554) Also reciting the last ten verses in Surah Baqarah at night is said to ward away Shaythaan and calamities, illnesses, worries from ones home so ones whole family is protected that night. Those 10 verses are: The first four ayah’s of Surah Baqarah; Ayat ul Kursi and the two verses following it and the last three verses of the Surah.
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