Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj
Shawwal is the first of the three months named as “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj). Although the major acts of Hajj are normally performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah, yet the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Zulhijjah is held to be the period of Hajj because some acts of Hajj can be performed any time during this period. For example, the Tawaf-ul-qudum, followed by the Sai’ of Hajj cannot be performed before Shawwal, while it can be performed any day after the beginning of Shawwal. Similarly, an ‘Umrah performed before Shawwal cannot be treated as the ‘Umrah of Tamattu: while the ‘Umrah performed in Shawwal can be affiliated to the Hajj, making it a Hajj of Tamattu: Moreover, ihram of Hajj should not be started before Shawwal, because it makruh. For these reasons these three months have been named as the ‘months of Hajj’ and the month of Shawwal has the distinction of being the first of these. Read more... (1989 words, estimated 7:57 mins reading time)
In conclusion, I would like to list a few things which the Ulama of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat have branded as Bid`ah. All Muslims of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat must necessarily abstain from such acts. Those who practice these acts are not from the Ahle Sunnat, rather they belong to the Ahle Bid`ah:
To have all sorts of functions and festivities at the gravesites.
To solidify the graves.
To construct domes at the graves.
To drape sheets (Chadars) over the graves.
To prostrate at the graves.
To make Tawaaf there. Read more... (404 words, estimated 1:37 mins reading time)
Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) not only forbade the lighting of lamps and lanterns at the gravesides, in fact, he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) cursed the perpetrators of such actions. Hadhrat Abdullaah Bin Abbaas (radhiAllaahu anhuma) states:
“Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) has cursed those women who go the graveyard, and those people who make the graves a place of worship and those who light lamps there.” [Mishkaat, page 71]
Allaamah Hadhrat Ali (radhiAllaahu anhu) Qaari (rahmatullahi alaih) mentions in the commentary of this narration: Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
“(Remember) When the Hawaariyyeen said: “O Isaa, Son of Maryam! Can your Rabb send down for us a Maa-idah from the sky?’ He (Nabi Isaa) said: “Fear Allah if indeed you are Believers.” They said: “We wish to eat from it to satisfy our hearts and so that we know that you have been truthful to us, and so that we become witnesses to it.”
Isaa, the Son of Maryam said:”O Allah! Send down to us a Maa-idah from the sky so that it becomes a festival (Eid) for those of us present and for our posterity, and a sign from You. And feed us. You are the best of sustainers. Read more... (684 words, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
It has been narrated by Hadrat Nu’man bin Bashr that ALLAH’s messenger used to recite at the two Eidain (Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha) and in Jumah Salaah, surah al Ghashia (LX)O(VII) and Surah al-Ala (LXXVIII) and when an Eid and a Friday coincided, he recited them both at the two Salaah. [Muslim]
In other traditions, recitation of surah at-Qaf (L) and Surah al-Qamar (LIV) has been reported.
Allah SWT has revealed Islam as a complete and perfect religion. Thus accordingly, it has its own unique traditions as well as its very own celebrations. Islam’s festivals are so sublime and fulfilling that not only do they consider human temperament but also assure a Muslim’s advancement in the Afterlife. If they are a means to derive pleasure, these festivals also pave ways for us to gather happiness in the Hereafter. Read more... (187 words, estimated 45 secs reading time)
His principle in the matter of dress was convenience and informality. He would put on what was available and was not at all formal about it, i.e. he never cared for any particular kind or quality of clothing and under no circumstances, for fine and expensive one. He contented himself with what ever met the need for clothing. His dress consisted generally of a wrap or mantle and an IZAR (lower garment) made of coarse cloth. He is reported to have worn woolen clothing also. It has been narrated that his wrap was full of patches. He used it and would say, I am only a servant, and dress myself like one.” [Tradition from Shaikheen] Read more... (777 words, estimated 3:06 mins reading time)
When Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam emigrated from Makkah Mukarramah to Madinah Munawwarah, he learnt of the two days of festivity which the people had inherited from the time of Jahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic era). These two days of festivals were days of sport and amusement associated with evil and immoral customs. Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam then announced to the Muslims, “Allah Ta’ala has most certainly substituted these two days for you with two better ones, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha.” [Sunan Nasai #1556] Both these days have been reserved as days of festivity and celebration; such festivity and celebration that would be within the limits prescribed for joy by the Shariah. It is for this reason that the Úlama state that, expressing one’s delight and joy on these days is not only meritorious but in fact forms part of the salient features of Islam. [Fathul Bari #950]
Greeting and congratulating one another with special wordings is another aspect which enhances the joy of this day. This has been the practice of the honorable Sahabah radi allahu anhum, Tabieen رحمهم الله as well as those coming thereafter. There are several narrations which support this practice of theirs. A few of these are quoted below: Read more... (578 words, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
The preparation for the Eid day and salaat should begin the day befor Eid. Fasting on the day before Eid (9th Zulhijja) will fetch the reward of Allah removing our sins from the past year and the upcoming year. When maghrib arrives on that night, this represents the night of Eid. The night of Eid is an auspicious night. It says in hadith: “He who keeps alive the nights of both Eids (Eidul-Fitr and Eidul-Azha), convinced of its reward, then his heart will not die when hearts (of other people) will die.”
In another hadith it is stated: “If anyone keeps alive five nights (through zikr and other worship) then he is assured of entry into paradise. (the five nights are) eighth, ninth, and tenth of zul Hijja, the night of Eidul Fitr, and the fifteenth of Shabaan.” Read more... (1192 words, estimated 4:46 mins reading time)
I’tikaf of the last ten days of Ramadhan is the only Masnoon I’tikaf. This Masnoon I’tikaf is Sunnatul Muak-kadah alal Kifayah. If a few or even just one person observes this I’tikaf in a particular area/neighbourhood, the duty will be discharged on behalf of the entire community of that locality. On the otherhand, if no one observes this I’tikaf, the whole community will be guilty of neglecting a Sunnatul Muakkadah obligation. Such neglect is sinful.
(1) The Mu’takif (the one who observes I’tikaf will enter the Musjid before sunset of the 20th day of Ramadhan. Read more... (141 words, estimated 34 secs reading time)