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)
There are certain times Dua is more likely to be accepted by Allah (SWT) as mentioned by Prophet (pbuh). Some of these times are as follows:
1. THE LAST THIRD OF THE NIGHT
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “When it is the last third of the night, our Allah (SWT), the Blessed, the Superior, descends every night to the heaven of the world and says, ‘Is there anyone who invokes Me (demand anything from Me), that I may respond to his invocation; Is there anyone who asks Me for something that I may give (it to) him; Is there anyone who asks My forgiveness that I may forgive him?” (Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 333) Read more... (373 words, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
Kaab bin Ujra relates, “Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Come near to the mimbar”. And we came near to the mimbar.
When he ascended the First step of the mimbar he said “Aameen”. When he ascended the second step of the mimbar he said, “Aameen”. When he ascended the third step he said, “Aameen”. Read more... (185 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Q. Respectable Mufti Saheb : Kindly forgive me for intruding on your precious time and specially during the Holy Month of Ramadan when you will be too busy. Also please forgive me in addressing this letter in English as perhaps I may not be able to express myself more clearly in Urdu.
You have been making research on various Islamic laws and principles which remain not clear in minds of people like me who have no knowledge or study of matters. As a learned scholars and having vast experience and knowledge of both Islamic Laws and practices of modern period, I hope to get a rely of my query from you. Matter is the same old one- what is the position of bank interest or profit – by whatever name it is called according to Shariah. To express whatever I understand I give below my feelings:- Read more... (1284 words, estimated 5:08 mins reading time)
Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet . It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha’ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:
“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).” Read more... (3398 words, estimated 13:36 mins reading time)
Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar Hijrah Calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Quran says, “The number of the months according to Allah is twelve (mentioned) in the Book of Allah on the day He created heavens and the earth. Among these (twelve months) there are four sanctified.”
These four months, according to the authentic traditions, are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. All the commentators of the Holy Quran are unanimous on this point, because the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in his sermon on the occasion of his last Hajj, declared: “One year consists of twelve months, of which four are sanctified months, three of them are in sequence; Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram, and the fourth is Rajab.” Read more... (1702 words, estimated 6:48 mins reading time)
Ibn Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated the Holy Messenger of ALLAH said, Religion is the sum total of five things (all of them are fundamental) none of them is tenable without the other in the sense that it may completely relieve one from the Hell: testifying that there is no deity but ALLAH, belief in His angels, His Messenger, Paradise and Hell and that the dead will be raised to render their accounts. This is one of the things. Then there are five Salaah (daily) which constitute one of the pillars of Islam. Without Salaah ALLAH will not accept even Eeman (faith). Zakat is atonement for sins. Without Zakat ALLAH, will not accept Eeman and Salaah. Read more... (233 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
An elderly Arab lady was sitting alone at the trunk of a tree and Abdullah bin Mubarak also happened to pass that way. Seeing this lady in distress, he spoke to her. The discussion is recorded as follows:
Abdullah bin Mubarak: Asalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah.
The lady: The word from a merciful Lord is peace [Ya Sin 36/58]. She meant that the reply of salaam is from Allah, Most High, Himself. She said further: Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for them. [Araaf 7/186]. She meant that she had lost her way. Read more... (1132 words, estimated 4:32 mins reading time)
In order to maximise our time and perform our 'ibaadat with ease, we should try to follow a set routine or timetable.
1. We must wake up for suhoor as it is a Sunnah of our Rasool (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). He has informed us that the food of suhoor is full of Barakah: "Eat suhoor, because in it lie great blessings." (Bukhari,Muslim)
We should arrange our time for suhoor in such a way that we are also able to perform at least 4-8 rak'at of tahajjud together with du'a for about 15 minutes or more. Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said that the du'a in the darkness of the night (after tahajjud) is readily accepted by Allah. (Tirmizi) Read more... (1403 words, estimated 5:37 mins reading time)