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  1. Ramadan has almost gone & most of us are in utter regret for the time we have wasted this Ramadan. However we must not give up hope! A few blessed days and nights still remain & it is the opinion of most of the Sahaba and majority of scholars is that Laylatul Qadr is most likely to be on the night of the twenty-seventh. It was reported, in a hadith narrated by Ahmad from Ibn 'Umar, and a hadith narrated by Abu Dawud from Mu'awiyah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Laylat al-Qadr is the night of the twenty-seventh." [Musnad Ahmad and Sunan Abu Dawud, 1386] .

    Ubayy ibn Ka'b (Ra) used to assert, without saying "insha'Allah", that it was the night of the twenty-seventh. Zurr ibn Hubaysh said: I said: What makes you say that, O Abu'l-Mundhir? He said: by the signs of which the Messengers of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told us: that the sun rises that morning with no visible rays. [Narrated by Muslim,2/268] .

    Many marfu' ahadith were narrated which said that it was on this particular night. Ibn 'Abbas also stated that it is the night of the twenty-seventh. He reached this conclusion by means of an amazing process. It was reported that 'Umar gathered the Sahabah together and included Ibn 'Abbas even though he was very young. They said, "Ibn 'Abbas is like one of our children. Why have you brought him here with us?" 'Umar said: "He is a youth who has a good mind and who asks lots of questions." Then he asked the Sahabah about Laylat al-Qadr, and they agreed that it was one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. He asked Ibn 'Abbas about it, and he said: "I think I know when it is: it is the night of the twenty-seventh." 'Umar said, "What makes you think that?" He said, "Allah made the heavens seven, and the earths seven, and the days seven, and He created man from seven, and He made Tawaf seven (circuits), and al-Sa'i seven, and the stoning of the Jamar seven." So Ibn' Abbas thought that it was the night of the twenty-seventh because of this analysis. This has been soundly reported from Ibn 'Abbas.

    Therefore we must give it our all in this blessed night. We may not see another Ramadan or Laylatul Qadr like many who have passed away before Ramadan. We know we can be seized by death at any moment so surely we must ensure that we pass away whilst doing good and not whilst in sin. So this night must be a night that we change ourselves and strive to get closer to Allah and live for the Hereafter not this temporary life.

    May Allah enable us to make the best of the nights that remain. Ameen


  2. Alhamdulillah we are almost half way to providing a home for a Widow & 3-4 Orphans in war-torn Syria.

    Who wants be next to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah for taking care of orphans?

    If its Laylatul Qadr tonight then each pound you donate will be worth more than £30,000! Allahu Akbar!

    So please donate to have a share of these immense rewards:

    https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/orphanhomesinsyriafarrukh

    100% donation policy. Zakat eligible. Pls forward to all.


  3. Ibn al-Jawzi said: "When the race horse knows that it is nearing the
    end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not
    allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are
    judged by their conclusions. So if you didn't do well with welcoming
    Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell."

     

    Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a
    thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it."

     

    Hasan al-Basri said: "Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will
    be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of
    the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be
    turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”


    So let us learn from what has passed and make the best of the present
    for any second may be our last and we may not see another Ramadan!


  4. Have we just wasted the whole of Ramadan?


    Many of us are feeling right now that we have wasted the whole of Ramadan.
    We feel we could have read more Qur'an, done more dhikr, done more
    prayers, made more Dua's. We also feel that we have done a lot of sins
    and that we have been lazy and have procrastinated much.

    However all is not lost! A Muslim does not give up near the last few
    hurdles! There are still 7 days and nights to go and many scholars state
    that Laylatul Qadr is more likely to fall within the last seven nights:

    Ibn 'Umar reported that a man among the companions of the Prophet (peace
    be upon him) was shown Laytal al-Qadr in a dream, and that it was one
    of the last seven nights. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
    said: "It seems that your dreams agreed
    that it is one of the last seven nights, so whoever wants to seek it,
    let him seek it in the last seven nights."
    [bukhari, 1911; Muslim, 1165] . Muslim reported: "Seek it in the last ten nights, and if any of you are weak or unable to do that, then let him not miss the last seven."

    So we still have hope. We can still redeem what we lost of Ramadan so
    far. Therefore let us pray 2 raka'h Salaatul Tawbah and beg of Allah for
    forgiveness and for him to pardon us and then make a firm conviction
    that we will fulfill all of our obligatory duties upon Allah and leave
    our bad and sinful ways. Let us ask of Allah to bring us closer to him
    and for us to be guided to the straight path like those of whom he has
    favoured.

    From this moment let us recite as much of the Qur'an as we can with the
    meanings, pondering and implementing them into our lives . Let us
    remember and glorify Allah as much as we can. Let us make much Dua
    especially 20 minutes before fasting ends and before Suhur. Let us pray
    all the Taraweeh with the Imaam until he finishes. Let us open up to
    Allah and ask of him and beg of his mercy and forgiveness and be
    thankful, appreciative slaves of his. Let us ask of Allah to be saved
    from the punishment of the grave and Hellfire. Let us be obedient to
    parents and the best towards them, our partners, children, siblings,
    families, Muslims and non Muslims. Let us adopt the best manners like
    that of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and fully implement his
    Sunnah into our lives.

    If we do not change now then when will we change? If we do not pray our
    prayers on time and have bad habits and are committing sins that are
    having a detrimental affect to our lives then there is no better
    opportunity to change like now!

    So let us grab this opportunity so that we can be successful in this
    world and the next! Let us walk towards Allah so that he runs towards
    us. Let us get closer to Allah for he has been waiting for us to go
    towards him patiently.

    If we do not grab this opportunity it may never come to us again as death may sieze us and then it will be too late!


  5. The following are 11 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can recite throughout last 10 nights:

     

    Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum.

     

    1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

     

    2. Subhaanallah

     

    3. Alhamdulillah

     

    4. Allahu Akbar

     

    5. Laa ilaaha illallah

     

    6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

     

    7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

     

    Or short version: Asthaghfirullah

     

    8. SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI SUB-HAAN'Allah-IL ADHEEM

     

    Or short version: SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI

     

    9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

     

    10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

     

    Or the shortened version:

     

    Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

     

    11. Radeetu billahi Rabban Wa bil Islami deenan Wabi Muhammadin Nabiyyan

     

    We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.

     

    Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim


  6. Worship on the Night of Power is better than 1000 months of worship (Over 83 years).

     

    For eg prayers, Qur'an, Dhikr, charity etc.

     

    Charity on the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr) is equal to an act of giving to charity for a 1000 months = 83.33 years x 365 days = over 30,415 days. 

     

    So giving just £10 to charity equals to £300,000! 

     

    Each letter of the Quran is worth over 300,000 good deeds (10 rewards each letter × 30,415 days = 304,000 good deeds)

     

    So these are the best nights to gain rewards amounting to a lifetime of worship.

     

    Tonight is the 23rd Night & may well be Laylatul Qadr as can each of the remaining nights of Ramadan.

     

    So do not waste a second during these nights from Maghrib to Fajr. Take care to leave 15-20 minutes before Suhur ends for sincere Dua.


  7. Worship on the Night of Power is better than 1000 months of worship (Over 83 years).

     

    For eg prayers, Qur'an, Dhikr, charity etc.

     

    Charity on the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr) is equal to an act of giving to charity for a 1000 months = 83.33 years x 365 days = over 30,415 days. 

     

    So giving just £10 to charity equals to £300,000! 

     

    Each letter of the Quran is worth over 300,000 good deeds (10 rewards each letter × 30,415 days = 304,000 good deeds)

     

    So these are the best nights to gain rewards amounting to a lifetime of worship.

     

    Tonight is the 23rd Night & may well be Laylatul Qadr as can each of the remaining nights of Ramadan.

     

    So do not waste a second during these nights from Maghrib to Fajr. Take care to leave 15-20 minutes before Suhur ends for sincere Dua.


  8. Dates for last 10 Nights of Ramadan & Laylatul Qadr - UK - 2016


    So valuable is Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) that the Quran devotes a special surah to it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3]

    Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim).

    Not only does the worship of this one night surpass the value of 30,000
    nights which is over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP but an entire lifetime of sins
    wiped out in this unique and blessed night! Subhanallah! There is no way
    we can afford to miss out on such a blessed night!

    According to authentic narrations Laylatul Qadr can be found in any of the last ten
    nights of Ramadan. Therefore we should try our utmost to worship in all
    of the last ten nights of Ramadan. If one cannot worship the whole of
    the last ten nights then one should strive to worship in as many of the
    last ten nights as is possible in order to gain these immense rewards.
    Surely to miss out on such rewards will be a source of huge regret on
    the day of Judgement.

    It is also said that Laylatul Qadr moves around the last ten nights of Ramadan and that it is more likely to be
    found in the odd numbered nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan: 21st
    night, 23rd, 25th, 27th & 29th nights. So if we cannot worship the
    whole of the last ten nights of Ramadan then we should at least worship
    the last odd nights. If we still cannot do that then we should worship
    the 27th night but there is no guarantee that this will be the
    auspicious night of Power. So in order to catch this night then we must
    worship all the last 10 nights or as many as we can possibly manage.


    The Dates for the last ten nights of Ramadan In the Uk 2016 are as follows:


    NOTE: If your not from the UK then check with your local Masjid or Islamic Centre


    21st Night - Saturday 25th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    22nd Night - Sunday 26th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    23rd Night - Monday 27th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    24th Night - Tuesday 28th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    25th Night - Wednesday 29th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    26th Night - Thursday 30th June - From Maghrib until Fajr

    27th Night - Friday 1st July - From Maghrib until Fajr

    28th Night - Saturday 2nd of July - From Maghrib until Fajr.

    29th Night - Sunday 3rd July - From Maghrib until Fajr

    30th Night - Monday 4th July - From Maghrib until Fajr.


    If Ramadan is 29 days then Eid Ul Fitr will be - Tuesday 5th July.


    If Ramadan is 30 days then Eid ul Fitr will be on - Wednesday 6th July Insha'Allah



    Remember: We can gain 83 years of worship reward and forgiveness for an entire
    lifetime of sins for worshipping on this one special night. So we CANNOT
    afford to miss out. If we are working on the days after those nights
    and we can take those days or go work later on that day then we should
    try to, even if it means we to work go tired on those days, so be it as
    it is only once a year whre this opportunity comes and we may NEVER get
    such an opportunity again as we may not be alive next year!

    So make the commitment!

    So we should all make a firm commitment to devote ourselves in worship on
    all of the last 10 nights, if not then on the odd numbered nights, if
    not then at least on as many nights as we can. If we still cannot do
    that then at least on the 27th night. We should worship Allah with full
    sincerity, hope for immense reward, forgiveness and mercy from Allah for
    an entire lifetime of sins.

    We should also make a firm commitment to Allah that we will change ourselves for the better for the
    rest of the year as Ramadan is for life not just for one month. We must
    remember that our time is very short and that this may well be our very
    last Ramadan as it was the last Ramadan for so many who thought they
    would make it!

    So let us grab this opportunity with both hands! If we walk towards Allah then he will run towards us!


    These threads will help to make the best of the last ten days & nights of Ramadan:


    Worship Plan to Maximise Laylatul Qadr

    http://www.gawaher.com/topic/741036-worship-plan-to-maximise-laylatul-qadr-night-of-power/


    10 ways to Maximize the Last 10 Days of Ramadan


    http://www.gawaher.com/topic/739328-10-ways-to-maximize-the-last-10-days-of-ramadan/


    5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr


    http://www.gawaher.com/topic/733206-5-things-to-do-on-laylatul-qadr/



    May Allah enable us to make the best of the last 10 days & nights of
    Ramadan and enable us to gain the maximum rewards from this special,
    unique and auspicious night. Ameen



  9. I'tikaf for Women

    The same way it is advisable for women to perform her salah at home, it is also better that they do their itikaf there as well.

    Saaidah Aaisha Radiallahu Anha reports that when the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam decided to observe itikaf he prayed in the morning and then went to the place of his itikaf, and he commanded that a tent should be pitched for him, and it was pitched. He Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam decided to observe itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadhan. Saaidah Zainab (the wife of the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam commanded that a tent should be pitched for her. It was pitched for her accordingly. Some other wives also commanded that a tent be pitched for them. It was pitched for them too. When the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam saw so many tents thereupon said; what is the virtue that these (ladies) have decided to acquire? He commanded his tent to be struck and abandoned itikaf in the month of Ramadhan and postponed it to the first ten days of Shawwal. (Sahih Muslim p.371 v.1)

    A woman should do itikaf in that place where she normally reads her prayers. If that is not possible then she should designate a place and observe her itikaf there. (Maariful Hadith p.119 v.4)

    With regards to your question that are there any ahadith clearly saying that women can do itikaf in their homes or somewhere besides the masjid.

    Saaiduna Ibn Abi Mulaikah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that Saaidah Aaisha Radiallahu Anha would perform itikaf in a place between the mountains of Uhud and Thubair and her slave would come and lead her in the prayer. This hadith can be found in Musanaff Abdur Razzaq p.350 v.4.

    Only Allah Knows Best

    Mohammed Tosir Miah

    Darul Ifta Birmingham

    Source: http://daruliftabirmingham.co.uk/hadith-on-women-doing-itikaf-at-home/


  10. 12 Ways for a Woman to Maximise I'tikaf
     
     
    I'tikaf is not just for men. Women are also allowed to do I'tikaf as long as they have permission from their husbands.

    `A'ishah (Ra) reported: "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to perform I`tikaf in the last 10 days of Ramadan until he passed away; then his wives performed I`tikaf after he died." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
     
    Where can a Woman do I'tikaf?

    At the Masjid?

    There is a difference of opinion on whether women are allowed to do i'tikaf at the Masjid. The majority of scholars state that women can only do i'tikaf at the Masjid. That is of course if the facilities are available to them and as long as they have been given permission by their husbands.

    However according to the Hanafi Madhab it is not acceptable for a woman to perform i`tikaf in the Masjid, where congregational Prayers are held, as the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) abandoned the I`tikaf in the Masjid when he saw the tents of his wives pitched inside the Masjid; he then said to them, "Is it righteousness that you intended by doing so?"

    Are women allowed to do I'tikaf at her home?

    There is a difference of opinion whether a women can do I'tikaf at a designated place at her home. The Hanbalis, some Shafi's & some Malikis say that a woman can only sit I'tikaf at the Masjid, whereas the Hanafi's, some Shafi's & some Malikis say it is permissible for a women to do I'tikaf at a designated place in her home because if her prayer is preferred at home then surely her I'tikaf should also be preferred at home.

    They opine that the place of i`tikaf for women is that preferred by them when they perform their daily Prayers, because, unlike men's Prayer, women's Prayer at home is better than their Prayer in the Masjid. Accordingly, the place of i`tikaf for women should be their own musalla at home. Abu Hanifah and Ath-Thawri (Ra) stated, "She [i.e., a woman] can perform i`tikaf in her own musalla at home. It is better for her to do so, as her Prayer at home is better than [her Prayer] in the Masjid."

    In addition, as a woman's own musalla at home is the most preferred place for her to offer Prayers; hence, her place of i`tikaf [(which is the musalla] ) is like the Masjid for men where men are to perform i`tikaf.

    They state that a woman sitting I'tikaf at home can perform her domestic duties in her designated room for I'tikaf for e.g.. cooking, ironing etc. But it is best if she takes care of all her responsibilities so that she can devote as much time as possible to worship. They should perform I'tikaf in the room set aside for prayer inside their homes. Where, however, no such room exists, and the desire to observe I'tikaf is present, the room where Salah is normally performed should be set aside for this seclusion. If Salah is performed in the bedroom, I'tikaf could be performed there. The domestic duties should be carried out by the daughters or servants while the person in I'tikaf remains constantly in 'ibadah in her room.

    They may not leave her designated room unless it is absolutely necessary. The same rules apply to women sitting I'tikaf as they do for men. They can do i`tikaf there at any time, even for a brief period of time, [Radd al-Muhtar] and attain the great rewards mentioned in the hadiths for i`tikaf (as long as they fulfill their other worldly and religious duties, as is the case for men).

    The full communal Sunnah i`tikaf is for the entire ten days (in the Masjid, for men). This is not expected of those working or housewives, for that matter. If one is able to arrange things, and one’s husband agrees, one may perform I`tikaf for the entire 10 days.

    However, the fiqh principle is that, “If something cannot be done completely, it should not be left completely.”

    Thus, whenever free of pressing responsibilities, women should go to their place of worship, intending i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), even if only for a short amount of time, and keep themselves busy as much as possible in worship.

    Such an I`tikaf is valid (and recommended) even outside Ramadan for women. In fact, it is best for them to intend i`tikaf every time they enter their place of worship (musalla) even for their daily prayers.

    It is not valid for men to do i`tikaf in other than a Masjid. [Durr]

    Can women on their menses do I'tikaf at home?

    Some scholars of the Hanafi Madhab state that a women on menses are permitted to sit I'tikaf at her designated place at home. She can do everything except read the Qur'an and pray Salaah. So she can make Dhikr, Dua, listen to Qur'an recitation & read, learn & ponder over the translation and explanation of the Qur'an.

    However many scholars other state that If, during the I'tikaf, the woman has her hadith (monthly menses) or nifas (bleeding after child birth), the I'tikaf is nullified. She has to observe make-up of the remaining days after she is pure again. This is if the I'tikaf was a wajib or Sunnah, in which the vowed number of days was fixed. In the case where the Itikaf was a wajib in which the days vowed for were not fixed in number, she will have to observe make-up of the full I'tikaf.


    Other rules that apply to women:

     a. A woman may perform I'tikaf in the room that is used for her daily Salah.
     b. A woman must have the permission of her husband for I'tikaf. Once the husband has consented to his wife's I'tikaf, he then cannot withdraw his permission.
     c. If there is no person to serve her meals during I'tikaf, the woman is allowed to go to the kitchen to prepare a quick simple meal.


    The Virtues of I'tikaf:
     
     
    The benefits & rewards for sitting I'tikaf are immense:
     

    Ali Ibn Hussain (RA) narrates from his father that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who observes the ten days I’tikaf during Ramadhan will obtain the reward of two Hajj & two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi)
     
    Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) reported that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “Whosoever for Allah’s sake did even one days I’tikaf, Allah would keep him away from Jahannam by trenches.” (Tabarani)
     
    What an amazing opportunity for us to gain such immense & abundant rewards as well as closeness to Allah. We can also take this opportunity to strengthen & boost our Imaan (faith) for the rest of the year.
     
     
    The following are 12 ways for a Woman to Maximize I'tikaf:
     
     
     
    1. Purifying intentions
     
     
     
    "Verily actions are judged by intention." [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
     
    It is crucial that we purify & correct our intentions before doing any act of worship. This is because we may have other underlying intentions in our hearts without even realizing it. Like for e.g. we may have in our hearts that we will sit I'tikaf to have fun with friends or to look good in front of others & family etc.
     
    So before doing any good deed we need to correct our intentions so that we are more sincere in our worship. The better our intentions, the greater the rewards for whatever good we are doing.
     
    Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: "Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, & maybe a great action is made small by its intention."
     
    So for I'tikaf we should make as many good intentions as possible like for example we are sitting I'tikaf to draw closer to Allah, to strengthen one's Imaan, to correct one's heart & purify oneself etc.
     
     
    2. Schedule & Monitor Daily Worship
     

    What better way to maximise our worship during I'tikaf than to plan & schedule our time so that we can spend it as effectively as possible. By setting ourselves daily targets we can ensure that we are more likely to achieve them.
     

     
    3. Exerting oneself in worship during last 10 night's
     
     
    Allah's Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim).
     
     
    Aisha (RA) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) & used to pray all the night, & used to keep his family awake for the prayers. (Bukhari)
     
     
    The last ten days & nights of Ramadan are the most blessed. Therefore the person sitting I'tikaf should exert themselves in worship in each night of the last ten nights particularly the last ten odd numbered nights: 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.
     
    By worshipping in as many of the last ten nights as possible there is more chance we will catch The night of power & gain the reward of over 83 years of worship! Subhanallah! that's longer than an average human life!
     
     
    4. Reciting Qur'an abundantly
     
     
    The Qur'an was revealed on the night of Power, so we should increase our recitation even more during the last ten days & nights. The pious predecessors used to increase the amount of Qur'an they recited during the last ten days & nights.
     
    Remember: The reward for reciting each letter of the Qur'an during Ramadan is 700 good deeds or more. But to recite it during Laylatul Qadr is immeasurable! Subhanallah!
     
    So we should make a target during I'tikaf using the scheduler provided of how much Qur'an we will recite each day & night. We should aim to complete at least one whole Qur'an if not more by the end of I'tikaf.
     
    Along with recitation we should also read & learn the meanings of the Qur'an. We should contemplate & ponder over the verses & implement what we read & learn into our daily lives.
     
    Note: We should try & recite Surah Ya-sin everyday particularly after Fajr time. We should also recite Surah Mulk before we going to sleep & Surah Kahf every Jumma. Other very rewarding Surahs we can recite much of are Surah's Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun & Al Ikhlas
     
    Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)

     
    It is not permissible for Woman on Menses to recite the Qur'an:

    Scholars state that It is not permissible to touch Qur’an without Wudhu’. In case of IPad and phones, one will need to flip the pages by touching the screen, and in doing so one will touch the Quranic inscription as well. The same ruling of impermissibility will apply to these devices as well.

    They say If a woman has memorized the Quran, and there is fear of her forgetting the Quran, due to not being able to recite during the menstrual period, then she has two options:

    She may use a cloth to hold the Quran and recite in her mind without moving her lips.
    She may listen to someone reciting the Quran, or she may listen to a CD recording of the Quran.


    Therefore a woman on her menses should read the translation, meaning as and explanation of the Qur'an and can also listen to the Qur'an until they in a state of purity.

    5. Nawafil (Voluntary) prayers
     
     
    What better way of drawing closer to Allah during I'tikaf than by praying the voluntary prayers:
     
    Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
     
    ....And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [bukhari]
     
    Does anyone want the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah? Then increase in praying the Nawafil prayers:
     
    Rabi'ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nawafil prayers)." (Muslim)
     
    The reward for praying fard prayers outside of Ramadan is the greatest a Muslim can gain but in Ramadan we get the same reward for praying a Nawafil prayer. Subhaanallah! What other time of the year are Nawafil prayers rewarded equal to that of a fard prayer?
     
    Therefore we should strive to pray as many Nawafils as possible during I'tikaf so we can get closer to Allah, gain the company of the Prophet(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah as well as gain the rewards of a fard prayer for each nawafil prayer!
     
     
    Sunnah & Nawafil prayers to pray during I'tikaf:
     
     
    1. Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib
     
    Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim)
     
    2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 mins after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins)
     
    So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise & pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday.
     
    'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats & it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)
     
    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
     
    3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nawafil of Dhuhr
     
    Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi)
     
    4. 4 Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr
     
    The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said:"May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer."(Abu Dawud)
     
    5. Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid
     
    Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a Masjid, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
     
    6. Tahiyyatul Wudu - 2 Raka'ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution)
     
    Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)”
     
    7. The MOST REWARDING Nawafil Prayer of all is Tahajjud
     
    Allah Most High said: “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, & (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.” (Qur’an, 17: 78-79)
     
    Imam Abu Sa'id al-Khadimi said, "There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer." [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya]
     
     
    The scholars derived the following in regards to Tahajjud from the Qur'an & Prophetic Hadiths:
     
    1. The minimal night vigil prayer is 2 Rakaats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
     
    2. Its optimal recommended amount is 8 Rakaats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
     
    3. Lengthier recitation of Qur'an is superior to a larger number of Rakaats prayed. [Durr al-Mukhtaar, Radd al-Muhtar]
     
    If one has not memorized much of the Qur'an then one should recite whatever they know or recite Surah Ikhlas 3 times after Surah Faathiha in each rakah to gain reward of reciting entire Qur'an.
     
    4. It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short Rakaats, because of the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "If you get up for night prayer, start with two short Rakaats." [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
     
    Whilst in I'tikaf we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night in the last 10 nights. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can particularly in the nights of the 21,23,25,27 & 29.
     
    One should wake up a little earlier for Sehri, making Wudu & pray a minimum of 2 Raka'ahs of Tahajjud. It is best to pray at least 8 Raka'ahs.
     
    Abu Hurayrah (RA), related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth & proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, & I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything & I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, & I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).
     
    The last third portion of the night is the most blessed & Dua's are readily accepted at this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere Dua, repenting for our sins past & present & to crying & asking of Allah for whatever we want.
     
    If we cannot cry due to the hardness of our hearts then we should at least make the face as if we are crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quicker & more promptly when it is crying in the same way Allah tends to his servants quicker when they are crying.
     
    Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) was asked, "I cannot pray at night." He said, "Your sins have prevented you."
     
     
    6. Excessive Remembrance of Allah
     

    Whilst in I'tikaf we should spend as much time as possible in the remembrance of Allah, keeping our lips moist in his glorification & praises. Surely we will have utter regret in the hereafter for each second wasted without remembering Allah:
     
    Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (Ra) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah." Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513)
     
    The highest rank in Jannah are for those who remembered Allah the most:
     
    Abu Sa`id (Ra) narrates the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked, "Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of resurrection?" He said: "The ones who remember him much."I said: "O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?" He answered: "Even if he strikes the unbelievers & Mushrikin with his sword until it broke, & becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, & Bayhaqi)
     
    Therefore we should remember Allah as much as we can & glorify him night & day, not just in Ramadan or in I'tikaf but until our very last breath. What better time to start remembering Allah more than during I'tikaf when we can sit in seclusion remembering Allah:
     
     
    The following are 12 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can recite throughout the duration of I'tikaf:
     
     
    Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum.
     
    1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.
     
    2. Subhaanallah
     
    3. Alhamdulillah
     
    4. Allahu Akbar
     
    5. Laa ilaaha illallah
     
    6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM
     
    7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay
     
    Or short version: Asthaghfirullah
     
    8. SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI ADADA HALQIHEE, WA RIDA'A NAFSIHEE WA ZINATA ARSHIHEE WA MIDADA KALIMATHIH

    9. SUBHANALLAHI WABIHAMDIHEE SUB-HAAN'Allah-IL ADHEEM

     
    Or short version: SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI
     
    10. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
     
    11. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr
     
    Or the shortened version:
     
    Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer
     
    12. Radeetu billahi Rabban Wa bil Islami deenan Wabi Muhammadin Nabiyyan
     
    We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.
     
    Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim
     
     
    7. Making Excessive Dua & Repentance
     
     
    What better opportunity to repent & make long & sincere Dua's to Allah than whilst devoting oneself to Allah in his house.
     
    Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an:
     
    "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]
     
    The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268].
     
    Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance, so repent unto him sincerely as much as possible:
     
    Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance... (Qur'an 2:222)
     
    Many of us rush our Dua’s & quite often our hearts are not present whilst we are making dua to Allah. That is why we lose out on much of the benefits & blessings of Dua. Therefore we should not let our minds wonder whilst in Dua & we should concentrate more, making sure our hearts are present whilst asking of Allah. Whilst we are in dua we should imagine Almighty Allah in front of us & so we should humble ourselves in front of him in a state of meekness & humility.
     
    It may also help if we made a list of what we want to ask Allah during our dua’s. We can then refer to this list as a reminder so that we can cover everything we need to ask him, which may help in making our Dua’s longer & more sincere. This is because we will not always remember everything we want to ask Allah unless we note it down & refer back to it when we need to.
     
    The times when Dua's are most accepted during I'thikaf are:
     
    1. The third portion of the night shortly before sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. After Qur'an recitation. 8. The Night of Qadr
     
    Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness:
     
    Rasullullah (sallahu’ ‘alaihi wasallam) said: ...the angel Jibra’il appeared before me & said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan & let it pass by without gaining forgiveness...’ Upon that I said: ‘Amin.’ (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani)
     
    We should ask of Allah whilst in I'tikaf to accept all of our good deeds & efforts throughout Ramadan & be hopeful that Allah will accept it from us. We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the hereafter. We should accept his decree for he knows best in all matters.
     
     
     
    8. Practising the Sunnah
     
     
     
    Following the Sunnah is a command from Allah:
     
    "Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran & the Sunnah), Allah will love you & forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran: 3:31)
     
    Almighty Allah says: “There certainly is an excellent example in Allah's messenger for he who fears Allah & the last day & remembers Allah abundantly” (al-Ahzaab 21)
     
    By following the Sunnah in every aspect of our daily lives, everything we do will become worship, even going to the toilet, having a bath, dressing & undressing etc.
     
    Annas (RA) reports Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised, “Whoever cherishes my Sunnah, indeed he cherishes me & whoever loves me will be with me in Jannah.” (Tirmidhi: 2678: Ibid)
     
    We should practise & implement the Sunnah throughout the duration of I'tikaf like for e.g. the Sunnah's of awakening, using Miswak, of eating, drinking, going to the toilet, before sleeping etc. Then EVERYTHING we do whilst in I'tikaf will become worship & reward. Doing voluntary good deeds in Ramadan carrys the reward of FARD! Subhanallah!
     
    Reviving the Sunnah:
     
    Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi)
     

     
    9. Refraining from sin & idle talk
     
     
     
    Women sitting in I'tikaf must take extra care & attention to ensure that they refrain from committing any sins. That includes guarding the ears, eyes, tongue, privates & heart, thus deriving the maximum benefit from I’tikaf & attaining a special closeness to Allah & an increase & strengthening of imaan (faith).
     
    The mu’takif (person sitting I'tikaf) should remember that they are the guest of Almighty Allah so therefore they should be extremely vigilant of their behaviour.
     
    They must also avoid getting into idle discussions, debates & arguments which will be of no benefit but cause more harm than good.
     
    Remember: Time will go quick & if we waste our precious time during I'tikaf then surely we will regret it forever. So let us use this valuable time wisely as this may be our last I'tikaf so let us treat it like our very last.
     
     
     
    10. Avoiding over eating & sleeping
     
     
     
    Excessive eating & sleeping during I'tikaf is a major factor in stopping a person from maximizing their I'tikaf.
     
    Ibrahim al-Nakha’i (RA), one of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three characteristics: too much talking, too much eating, & too much sleeping.”
     
    Ash-Shafi’I (RA) said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep & makes one weak for worship.
     
    It used to be said: Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds.
     
    So a person must ensure that they do NOT over eat or over sleep during I'tikaf. Doing so will make a person feel heavy,tired & lazy resulting in that person not being as productive as they should be during I'tikaf.
     
    Remember: Set yourself limits & stick to them. Stay focused on your main goals & purpose for sitting in I'tikaf & what you hope to achieve out of it.
     
     
     
    11. Not leaving designated place of I'tikaf unless necessary
     
     
     
    It is not permitted for a woman to leave the designated place of I'tikaf unless:
     
    1. To answer the call of nature.
    2. To pass wind.
    3. To make Wudhu.
    4. To take an obligatory bath.
        
    However if a woman is performing Nawafil (voluntary) I'tikaf then she may come and leave her designated place of I'tikaf as she pleases.
     
    12. Searching for the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr)
     
     
    So valuable is the Night of Qadr (Power) that the Quran devotes a special surah to it: “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3]
     
    This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. It may also occur on any of the even nights.
     
    Therefore we should strive to stay up & worship on all of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. If we can't do that then we should at least worship the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we still can't manage that then let us pray on whatever nights we can, minimum on the 27th night.
     
    There is NO doubt that if we pray on all of the last ten nights of Ramadan then we will catch this auspicious night & gain the rewards of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhaanallah! Most do not live upto such an age!
     
    The following dua should be recited as much as possible during the last 10 nights of Ramadan:
     
    Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said Say:
     
    "Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee
     
    Trans: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning & You love to pardon, so pardon me.' " (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, & Tirmidhi).
     
     
    May Allah enable us to make the best of the last ten days & nights of Ramadan. May Allah enable us to find the night of power & may he accept our I'tikaf & make it a salvation for us on the day of judgement. Ameen


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  12. We are now half Way through Ramadan and many of us are regrettful of what has passed without doing many good deeds. But fear not there is still time. A Muslim continues to strive until the end!

     

    The best of days and nights are yet to come. The first of the blessed 10 nights begins this Saturday from Maghrib and the first day on Sunday from Fajr:

     

    Ibn al-Jawzi said: "When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn't do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell."

     

    Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it."

     

    Hasan al-Basri said: "Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”

     

    So let us learn from what has passed and make the best of the present for any secind may be our last and we may not see another Ramadan!


  13. Important Reminder: Fasting 9th & 10th Muharram (Ashura) on Fri 23rd & Sat 24th Oct 2015

     

     

    The sacred month of Muharram:

     

    Allah's sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

     

    "Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein … " (Al-Qur'an 9:36)

     

    Abu Bakarah (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Waallam) said:

     

    "The year is twelve months of which four are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhul-Qa'dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumadah and Sha'ban." (Al-Bukhari, 2958)

     

    The Day of Ashura (10th Muharram) a great day:

     

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said regarding the 10th of Muharram (The Day of Ashura):

     

    "It is a great day when Allah saved Musa (As) & his people & drowned Pharaoh & his people" [Muslim]

     

    "Fasting on it expiates the previous year of sins." [Muslim]

     

    Fasting the 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram:

     

    It is recommended to fast the 9th & 10th of Muharram.If one does not fast the 9th then the 10th and 11th. This is in order to differ from the Jews who only fasted on the day of Ashura & because the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) intended to fast the 9th & 10th of Muharram.

     

    The best fasting after Ramadan is fasting in the month of Muharram:

     

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also says, "The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night." [Muslim 1163]

     

    We should make the best of the immense rewards available for optional fasting during this sacred month and fast on the Sunnah days of fasting which include each Monday and Thursday as well as the white days in which it is Sunnah to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month. The 13th, 14th and 15th of Muharram will fall on Tuesday 28th (13th), Wed 29th (14th) and Thurs 30th (15th) Oct.

     

    We should not miss out on such opportunities to gain immense rewards and forgiveness of sins because on the day of Judgement we will beg one another for a single good deed even our own Mothers but NO ONE will give us any because we will all be in need on that day so we must grab whatever we can of good deeds now before it is too late!

     

    May Allah enable us to act upon this and fast on these days in order to gain the good deeds and forgiveness of sins that come with it. Ameen


  14. Dates of the Blessed first 10 Days & Nights of Dhul Hijjah 2015


    Dhul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar and also the sacred month of Hajj. So blessed are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah that according to a large group of commentators of the Qur’an, Allah swears by these 10 days in Surah Fajr:


    Allah the Most High & Exalted says: By the Dawn; By the ten Nights; (89:1-2)

    The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days:

    "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked , "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing." (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

    Many great scholars say that the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are even more superior than the days of Ramadan. It is clear then that these 10 days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these 10 blessed days & nights in intensive worship & virtuous acts. How can we possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards for surely we would be of those in utter regret in the Hereafter!

    The following are the confirmed dates of the blessed first 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah 2015:

    The first of the 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah begin on Monday 14th Sept from Maghrib

    The first of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah begin on Tuesday 15th Sept from Fajr.

    The Day of Arafat – 9th*Dhul Hijjah – will be on Wednesday 23rd Sept from Fajr.

    Eid Ul Adha – 10th*Dhul Hijjah - will be on Thursday 24th Sept from Fajr



    Refer to the following link in order to Maximise these blessed 10 nights & days of this auspicious month:


    4 Things to do to Maximise the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah:

     

    http://www.gawaher.com/topic/742363-4-things-to-do-on-the-blessed-10-days-of-dhul-hijjah/


  15. ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT***

    The Best days of the year have arrived:

    Dhul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar and also the  sacred month of Hajj. So blessed are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah  that Allah swears by these 10 days in Surah Fajr:

    By the Dawn; By the ten Nights (89:1-2)

    The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days:

    "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days...(Al-Bukhari)

    Many scholars say that the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are more superior than the days of Ramadan.

    It is clear that these 10 days & night possess tremendous blessings  and excellence. So we should spend these 10 days & nights in  intensive worship & virtuous acts.

    The following are the confirmed dates of the blessed 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah 2015:

    The first of the 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah begins (Tomorrow night) on Monday the 14th September from Maghrib.

    The first of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah begins this Tuesday the 15th of September from Fajr. So the first fast is on Tuesday 15th Sept.

    The day of Arafat – 9th Dhul Hijjah is on Wednesday the 23rd of September from Fajr.

    Eid Ul Adha – 10th Dhul Hijjah is on Thursday the 24th of September from Fajr.



    So let us not miss out on gaining these huge rewards otherwise we will  be of those who will be utterly regretful on the day of Judgement!


  16. 4 things to do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah


    Dhul Hijjah is the sacred month of Hajj. So blessed are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah that according to a large group of commentators of the Qur’an, Allah swears by these 10 days in Surah Fajr:


    Allah the Most High & Exalted says: By the Dawn; By the ten Nights; (89:1-2)

    This oath substantiates the greatness and sacredness of these ten nights in the eyes of Allah. This is an extra ordinary oath; it is very reliable and significant and the wise men can understand that by this oath, Allah too attaches great importance and value to the ten nights of Dhul Hijjah.

    The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days:

    "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked ,  "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing." (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

    It is clear then that these 10 days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these 10 blessed days & nights in intensive worship & virtuous acts. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards otherwise we will definitely be in utter regret in the Hereafter!


    The following are recommended acts to do during the blessed 10 days and Nights of Dhul Hijjah:


    1. Fasting the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah:



    It is recommended to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l Hijjah, especially the 9th which is the blessed day of Arafah. Allah’s Messenger (Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah; and indeed fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ (Al-Bukhari)

    Note: The 10th of Dhul Hijjah is the Day of Eid ul Adha and is prohibitively disliked and sinful to fast on this day.

    Forgiveness for 2 years of sins (Minor sins) for fasting on the day of Arafah:

    Abu Qatada (Ra) related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Fasting the Day of `Arafah (f: 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah) expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming. And fasting the Day of `Ashura (f: 10th of Muharram) expiates for the past year.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah]

    Therefore we should try our utmost to fast all the blessed 9 days of Dhul Hijjah particularly the 9th oh Dhul Hijjah which is the day of Arafah. If not then we should at least fast as many as we can possibly can as we may not get this opportunity again next year as life is uncertain and we should never procrastinate on doing good actions.

    Tip 1: Eat light & hydrate well: If you will be staying up until Fajr, then the more you eat, the harder it will be for you to stay up and the less productive you will be! Keep some water with you at all times. This will help you stay up, feel energised and refreshed and have a clearer mind.


    2. Reciting Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, Tahleel & Takbeer abundantly:
     

    It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (Allahu-akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. These words should be recited abundantly in the masjids, homes, streets and in every place where it is permissible to remember & glorify Allah.  

    ‘That they may witness things that are of benefit to them  (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).  (22:28)
     
    Reciting the Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah:

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.

    Translation: "Allah is the greatest, Allah  is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah  and Allah  is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only."

    It is Waajib (compulsory) for men to recite the above after every Fardh Salaat from Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah audibly. Women should recite it silently.

    Tip 2: Remember & Glorify Allah no matter what you are doing: This is particularly easy as one can remember Allah anywhere and at anytime whether it is during work or any daily activity.


    3. Doing the Qurbani (Sacred sacrifice of a livestock Animal):


    The Qurbani is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid ul-Adha. It is the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (As). It is a means of getting closer to Allah. It is obligatory upon every sane adult who is not a traveller and can afford it (Wealth equal to or more than nisab). It is performed on the days of sacrifice which is the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah. One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded or considered a Qurbani. Therefore the Qurbani is a sacred act which can only be done during the 3 days of Dhul Hijjah as specified. Regarding the Qurbani, Allah says in the Qur'an:

    "It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, It is their piety that reaches Allah" (22:37)

    The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) says regarding the Qurbani:

    “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbaani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horn, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” (Tirmidhi V1 pp275, Ibne Maajah V1 pp226)


    Tip 3: Doing Qurbani is very easy nowadays: Doing Qurbani during the days of sacrifice is a means of getting closer to Allah and gaining immense rewards. Nowadays it is much easier for us to fulfil this sacred act by the mere click of a button over the internet where we can buy an animal to be sacrificed on the various established Muslim charity websites.


    4. Doing more good deeds than usual:


    The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah)." (Bukhari)


    Therefore we should increase the amount of good deeds we do in order to take advantage of this blessed time where good deeds are increased significantly.


    Tip 4: Complete all tasks beforehand & do not waste this precious time: Make arrangements to clear as many of your pending tasks as possible or make a plan for tackling them later. This way, one is free to worship during the 10 days and nights without being distracted by worldly tasks. We must make a firm intention that during these blessed 10 days, we will not take part in idle talk, watch TV, play computer games or spend time on the social media. There are 355 days in the year for all that – if you really cannot resist. This is just 10 days! There will be indeed an utter loss and regret for those of us who waste these blessed 10 days.


    The following 7 deeds are amongst the best actions we can do during these blessed 10 days:


    1. Reciting the Qur’an abundantly:



    Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well. (At-Tirmidhi)

    So if one letter of the Qur'an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter during these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah!

    Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)

    Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can during these 10 days and nights and aim to finish at least one Qur'an if we can. After that we should continue reciting the Qur'an throughout the rest of the year, for there is no better worship of Allah than to recite the Qur'an!

    Note: It is also very relevant to read the story of Ibrahim (As) which will give one a deeper understanding of the rituals of Hajj & the Qurbani.


    2. Showing exemplary character:

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [At- Tirmidhi].

    So we must aim to be the best in character during these blessed days and nights and continue to do so for the rest of the year. We must not argue, swear, backbite, slander or gossip.


    3. Giving much to charity:

    As the rewards of doing good deeds during these days are increased significantly then we should also give as much as we can in charity.

    Allah promised forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to the poor and needy. He honoured our charity and described it as a “ beautiful loan to Allah “ to emphasise that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He himself will pay our loan back to us doubled:

    "If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing." At-Taghabun 64:17


    4. Respecting & honouring our parents:


    Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one's parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause.

    It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas'ood (Ra), who observed: "I asked Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) which deed was the best." He (the Holy Prophet) replied: 'The Prayer at its appointed hour.' I (again) asked: "Then what?" He (the Holy Prophet) replied: 'Kindness to the parents.' I (again) asked: "Then what?" He replied: 'Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.' I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. (Sahih Muslim: 120)


    5. Doing many Nawafil (Superogatory) Prayers:


    Rabi'ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alehi wasallam) said:"Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers)." (Muslim)


    The following are Sunnah & Nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:


     - Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib

     Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim)


     - Salaatul Duhaa: - (Can be prayed from 20 minutes after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr  begins)

     So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise & pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday.

    'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats & it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)

     The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

     - 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nawafil of Dhuhr:

     Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi)

     - 4 Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr:

     The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said:"May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer."(Abu Dawud)

     - Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid:

     Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a Masjid, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

     - Tahiyyatul Wudu: - 2 Raka'ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution)

     Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)”


     - Tahajjud prayer: (The Night Vigil prayer) - Can be prayed straight after Isha up until the break of Dawn


    Imam Abu Sa'id al-Khadimi said, "There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer." [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya]

    The Most virtuous Nawafil (Voluntary) prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it enables one to get closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It can be prayed after Isha’ until just before Fajr begins. The best recitation of the Qur’an is done during Tahajjud prayer. You should recite as much of the Qur’an as you have memorised. In the long prostrations, beg Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for forgiveness and mercy and surely He will never turn away his slaves who beg of him during this prayer.

    Note: During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can. When fasting during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah one should awaken a little earlier for Suhur, make Wudu & pray between 2-12 Raka'ahs of Tahajjud. The last third portion of the night is the most blessed part of the night in which Dua's are more readily accepted during this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere Dua, repenting for our sins past & present & to beg, cry & ask of Allah for whatever we want.


    6. Increase in glorification & remembrance of Allah:

    As his creations we should all remember & glorify our creator as much as we possibly can, but even more so during these blessed days:
     

    The following are some easy and very beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout these Blessed Days and Nights:


     - Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd

     - Subhanallah

     - Alhamdulillah

     - Allahu Akbar

     - Laa ilaha ilallah

     - LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH

     - Asthaghfirullah

     - SUB-HAN'Allah HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM'DIHI,

     - Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

     - Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

    Or the shortened version:

     - Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

    One can also recite the durood that one recites towards the end of one's Salaah or the shortest durood: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim


    7. Making much Dua:


    Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an:

    "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]

    The place of duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268].


    Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is Du'a." [sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]


    We should busy ourselves in Dua during these 10 blessed days and nights particularly on the night and day of Arafat which is the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Duas are also readily accepted during fasting, especially just before Suhur ends and just before breaking the fast.


    Tip 5. Making life changes: We should make the necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than during these blessed 10 days where we can change our lives forever. We must internalise these changes and make a firm commitment to Allah (glorified and exalted be He), and maybe that he will wipe off our sins until we become newborn babies, In sha Allah.


    Finally:


    Therefore let us make the best of these blessed days and make the necessary changes so that we may live a life devoted to Allah. We should aim to rectify our condition and live for the Hereafter rather than living for this world which can end at any second for any one of us. Allah tells us In the Qur'an to enter fully into our deen (Way of life) and not partly:

    O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy.... (Surah Al-Baqara, Ayah 208-210)

    So then will we not make Islam a FULL part of our lives? This is our best opportunity and if we don't grab it now and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for ETERNITY! Surely there is no logic in putting all of our efforts into a short, temporary life which can end at any second and neglect that which will last forever. Knowing this then why do we put everything into this life and neglect the Hereafter? Time is passing us by and we are blinded by the deception of this life. Time is not on our side. This life is very short indeed. It is like a quick passing phase. It is a short stopover in our journey to the eternal Afterlife.

    This short life is our only one opportunity to build our Hereafter. In the Hereafter we will want to be taken back to this life in order to live it again so that we can worship Allah. But we will not be able to. So let us prepare for the Hereafter and our inevitable death before preperations are made for our funerals.


    May Allah enable us to make the best of these blessed days and Nights and make it a means of our success in this world and the Next. Ameen


  17. Fasting 6 days of Shawwal : The Reward of an entire year of fasting:

     

     

    Abû Ayyûb al-Ansârî (Ra) relates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) says: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwâl, it will be as if he had fasted the year through." [sahîh Muslim (1163)]

     

    The month of Shawwâl is singled out for the observance of extra fasts, since this month follows immediately after Ramadan. The six days of voluntary fasting are to the obligatory fast of Ramadan what the Sunnah prayers are to the obligatory prayers.

     

    Al-Nawawî (Ra) observes: Scholars have explained that it is like observing a year of fasting because the reward of one's good deeds are multiplied tenfold. Therefore fasting the month of Ramadan is like fasting for ten months and fasting six days in the month of Shawwâl is like fasting for two months.[sharh Sahîh Muslim (8/56)]:

     

    Subhaanallah! How generous is Allah who loves to give abundantly to his slaves.

     

    Fast the 6 days on Mondays, Thursdays and the white days:

     

    It is even more rewarding to fast on the days where it is Sunnah to do voluntary fasts such as each Monday and Thursday and the White days (13th, 14th & 15th of each Islamic month).

     

    The 3 white days during the month of Shawwal will fall on: 13th Shawwal will be on Wednesday 29th July, 14th Shawwal will be on Thursday 30th July and 15th Shawwal will be on Friday 31st July.

     

    Fast consecutively?

     

    Most scholars state that one does not have to fast these 6 fasts consecutively as they may be fasted in any order throughout the month of Shawwal.

     

    Make up obligatory fasts first?

     

    Many scholars state one must make up for the obligatory fasts before fasting any voluntary fasts for there is no guarantee how long one may live. Other scholars state one may fast obligatory fasts later on and fast these 6 fasts first if there are too many to make up for or if the days are long etc.

     

    Combine intention of fasts?

     

    Many scholars state It is valid to combine the intention of making up missed Ramadan fasts with the sunnah of fasting the six days of Shawwal, though the main intention must be to perform the Qadha fasts although performing both separately is greater in reward.

     

    Do not delay in doing good deeds:

     

    We may not get such an opportunity again so we should not delay in doing good deeds lest we are taken by Death and our good deed accounts get closed forever. So the opportunity to do good is NOW as we may not have a tomorrow.

     

    We have until Friday 14th August to keep the 6 fasts which is when the month of Shawwal ends.

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