Blessings & Rewards of Fasting (Hadith 01)


Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Ramadan (Fazail e Aamaal)

Salmaan (RA) reports, “On the last day of Sha-baan Rasulullah (SAW) addressed us and said, ‘0 people there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made Fasting compulsory by day. And has made sunnah the Taraweeh by night. Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a fardh in any other time. And whoever performs a fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy faraaidh in any other time.

July 30, 2011

The Month of Rajab


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

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).”

June 17, 2010

15TH NIGHT OF SHA’BAN [8TH MONTH OF ISLAMIC CALENDER]


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that the Prophet said: Jibrail came to me just now and told me that it was the fifteenth night of Sha’bân. In this night ALLAH (exalted be He) frees people, from Hell. People equal in number to the hairs of the goats of Bani KAIB (a tribe). However those who associate a partner with ALLAH, those who harbour ill will in their hearts, those discontinue kindness towards their kinsmen,those who trail their garments below their ankles, and those who are habitual drinkers will not be spared. Then he said, ‘Will you allow me to perform Salaah tonight? (Asking for permission was necessitated by the fact that it was unusual for him to pray the whole night. He rather used to devote a part of night with his wives for comforting them and this could not be done that night). I replied, “Yes certainly. My father and mother be a ransom for you.”

April 24, 2010

Piety


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said to Hadrat Abu Zar: ‘l bequeath you to be pious, because piety greatly adorns and improves all your deeds.’ Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) thereupon said, “Some more, Sir”, He said, “Recite the Holy Quran and remember ALLAH as a regular measure because this recitation and remembrance will be followed by you on earth.” Hazrat Abu Zarr requested for some more. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Cultivate the habit of remaining silent and speaking less because this habit wards off Satan and is helpful in matters of faith.” Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) again requested for some counsels. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Give up the habit of laughing too much because it deadens the spirit and dims the light of one’s face. Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) requested for some more counsels. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Speak truth even though it may be unpalatable and bitter.” On request for still more counsels, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said. “Do not care for people’s reproach in the matter of ALLAH Whatever you know about your own self and person, should be enough to hold you back from finding out, and loop-holes of others. [Sha’ab-ul-Aman, Baihaqui, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

January 23, 2010

38) Learning Sacred Knowledge for the Sake of This World, or Concealing It


Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins

Allah Most High says,

{Those truly fear Allah among His servants who have knowledge, for Allah, is Exalted in Might, oft- Forgiving.} (Fatir: 28)

This verse clearly refers to the scholars who are acquainted with Allah, Most High. Ibn ‘Abbas said,

“What is meant, are those who are well acquainted with Allah’s Might, Dignity and Power and (will) fear Him more than all other people.” Mujahid and AI-Sha’bi said, “The men of knowledge are those who fear Allah.”

Al-Rabi’ said further, “Whoever has no fear of Allah, he will never be decreed to be a scholar.”

March 26, 2009

THE SIGHTING OF THE MOON


Fiqh, Kitaab us Saum

(1) The Islamic months, being lunar months, commence with the sighting (rooyat) of the crescent moon (hilal). The principle is the sighting of the hilaI, not the birth of the moon.

(2) It is Wajib (obligatory) for the people to search for the hilal at the end of the 29th day of Sha’ban, i.e. at sunset.

September 11, 2008

THE DAYS WHEN IT IS FORBIDDEN TO FAST


Fiqh, Kitaab us Saum

There are five days during the year on which it is forbidden to fast.

These five days are:

The two days of Eid and the three days of Tashreek viz. 11th, 12th and 13th Zil-Haj. (The 3 days following Eid-ul-Adhaa)

Fasting on these days is not valid.

YAUMUSH – SHAKK (THE DOUBTFUL DAY)

(1) The day after the 29th of Sha’ban is termed Yaumush Shakk or the Doubtful Day because of the possibility of that day being the 30th Sha’baan or the 1st Ramadhan.

(2) It is Makrooh to fast on Yaumush Shakk whether it is a Nafl, Qadha or Nathr Saum.

September 10, 2008

The 15th of Shabaan (Shabe Baraat)


Beliefs & Practices

The virtue of this night established from Ahadith is that from the very beginning of the night Allah Ta’ ala turns with special mercy and attention towards the creation and forgives those who repent and seeks forgiveness. Every Muslim should therefore value this night. Turn towards Allah Ta’ ala with sincere regret and shame over sins committed and make a promise never to return to sin again and seek forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala. Seek forgiveness for oneself and all Muslims, living and deceased. Have firm hope and resolution in the heart that Allah Ta’ ala will surely show mercy and forgiveness.

August 31, 2008

Sha’ban: Merits, Do’s, and Dont’s


Beliefs & Practices

By Mufti Taqi Usmani

Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha’ban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha’ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Some of these are given below:

August 31, 2008

The 27th of Rajab (Lailatul Mairaj)


Beliefs & Practices

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 Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. 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 Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam 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).”

August 31, 2008