All About Al Israa wal Meraaj

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Dear brothers/sisters, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu.

Every year in the month of Rajab we find Muslims around the world discussing about this unique event that took place in the glorious life of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.

It has become a common ‘belief’ among us that this fascinating episode took place in the month of Rajab while the fact is something else!

This re-post is intended to spread awareness, educating and conveying the truth of the matter.  Continue reading

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Arafah: What a Great Day This Is! Subhanallaah!

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11th September 2016 is the Day of Arafah / 9th Dhul Hijjah 1437.

Presenting here a collection of ahaadeeth on the significance and virtues of the Day of Arafah.

In addition, a few Jumu’ah Khutbahs on Arafah and Eid al Adhaa are also given here. 

Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years:

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)] Imaam at-Tirmidhee said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]

Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day

Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

Forgiveness of the Sins even if they are like the foam on the Sea

As for you staying till the evening in Arafah, then Allaah descends to the sky of the Dunya and He boasts about you to the Angels, and says: ‘My slaves have come to Me, looking rough, from every deep valley hoping for My mercy, so if your sins were equivalent to the amount of sand or the drops of rain or like the foam on the sea I will forgive them. So go forth My slaves! Having forgiveness and for what or who you have interceded for.’ [Reported by at-Tabarani in his book “al-Kabeer” and by al-Bazaar. Shaykh Al-Albani graded it Hassan. Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’. Volume 2,Page 9-10, hadeeth no. 1112]

It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed:

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

Allaah expresses His pride to His angels:

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj:

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj. The crowds should remind you of the Day of Resurrection. Humble yourself to Allaah, manifest your ‘uboodiyyah to Him Alone through du’aa, sincere intention and strong determination to free yourself from the sins of the past and to build up a commitment to rush for doing what is good. Think of becoming a better person when you return. Rid yourself of false pride and showing off because it may ruin what you gain on this day.

Courtesy: The above collection is taken from here

Some Beneficial Links on Arafah:

The DU’AA of Arafah (post)

Things To Do on the Day of Arafah (post)

Excellence of the Day of Arafah (post)

Significance of the Day of Arafah (PDF, Arabic Khutbah)

Significance of the Day of Arafah (PDF, English Khutbah)

The Virtues of the Day of Arafah (post, English Khutbah)

Qurbani aur Ashara Zil Hijja ki Fadhilat (PDF, Urdu)

Yaume Arafah aur Eid al Adhaa (PDF, Urdu Khutbah)

Eid al Adhaa Mubaarak (PDF, Arabic Khutbah)

Farewell Address of the Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam (Doc, Arabic Khutbah)

Sacrifice-related links for Eid al Adhaa:

The Time for Udhiyah

Udhiyah in one’s own country and NOT sending giving money to charity!

Is it Essential to eat from the sacrificial meat?

Division and Sharing the Meat of the Sacrificial Animal

No Fast on 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah:

Not to Fast on the Days of Tashreeq

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam.

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Fateh Makkah: The Great Victory

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A. True or False: (Refer Page 43 of your workbook) Continue reading

The Farewell Pilgrimmage

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Steps in Hajj and Umrah is a short supplementary reader for Year 11 students to understand chapter ‘The Farewell Pilgrimmage’ in a better way, InshaaAllah. Continue reading

The Best Ten Days Are Here…..!

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ذو الحجة Dhul Hijjah 1435 commenced on 25th September 2014. Accordingly, the Day of Arafah will be on 3rd October 2014, and the first day of Eid al-Adhaa will be on 4th October 2014.

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

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Brotherhood in Islam

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1. Questions and Answers:

Q1. What does Mu’aakhah mean?

A1. The bond of brotherhood in Islam is called Mu’aakhah.

Q2. What are the Arabic words for brother, brothers, sister, and sisters?

A2. a. Brother- Akh

b. Brothers- Ikhwah

c. Sister- Ukht

d. Sisters- Akhawat

Q3. Write about a Sahabi who helped his brother in Islam.

A3. Sa’d ibn ur Rabee’ welcomed Abdur Rahman ibn Awf in his house. The Prophet had established brotherhood between the two. Sa’d offered his house and money to Abdur Rahman as he wanted to be a true brother in Islam.

2. Fill in the blanks:

1. The believers are but a single brotherhood.

2. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) established brotherhood between Al-Muhajireen and Al-Ansar.

3. Whoever helped his brother when in need, Allah will help him when he becomes in need.

4. A Muslim does not hurt his brother or sister in Islam.

5. Always look for good brothers and sisters in Islam.

 

How to Perform Umrah

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Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Today I included a new page, alhamdulillah.

Kindly have a look at this page Inshaa’Allah

Jazakallaahu Khayra.

Vassalam.

As the Islamic New Year Begins…..

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May Allah Bless the Ummah with His Choicest Blessings.

Presenting some related articles on the occasion of the Islamic New Year 1435 :)

Islamic New Year

MUHARRAM: Do’s and Don’ts

Muharram: FACTS AND FICTION

Click here for excellent articles on HIJRAH, the basis for the Islamic Calendar

Months of the Islamic Calendar: Meanings

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, his family and companions.

E i D M u B a a R a K :)

Today, 10th Dhul Hijjah/15th Oct, is Eid al Adhaa in UAE and Saudi Arabia, to mention two countries :)

تقبّل الله منّا ومنك

Those celebrating Eid tomorrow (Wed, 16th Oct) please visit thisthis and this if you haven’t visited yet :)

Here are some Eid-related resources:

Eid al Adhaa = Yaum-un-Nahr = Day of Sacrifice = Hajj al Akbar

The Blessed Day of Nahr (Sacrifice) and the Days of Tashreeq

The Goal of Udhiyah (Sacrifice) according to Allah is Sincerity (Tafseer Ibn Kathir)

The Sacrifice Story in the Qur’an

The Du’aa and Conditions for sacrificing an animal

Format of Eid Takbeer

Sunnahs and the Etiquette of Eid

May Allah bring happiness, peace and prosperity in the lives of all those who are the victims of oppression and injustice in the world. Aameen.

May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, his family and companions. Aameen. 

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Dhul Hijjah Mubaarak!

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Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months in Islam, has commenced, alhamdulillah.

Please refer to this Page for amazing resources, Inshaa’Allah:  Continue reading

Steps in Hajj and Umrah

Download Steps in Hajj and Umrah as pdf file

Some Basic Terms/Different types of Hajj:

Tamattu’ HajjTamattu` means performing `Umrah during the Hajj season, and on the Day of Tarwiah a pilgrim gets into the state of Ihram for Hajj.Anyone intending to perform a Tamattu“ Hajj should, on approaching the Miqat, make intention for `Umrah.After fulfilling the Hajj rituals, one should offer a sacrificial animal. Qiran HajjIn this type of Hajj, a pilgrim should declare his intention to perform both Hajj and `Umrah together.Only when he throws at the Jamrah of Al-`Aqabah, gets his hair shaved or cut that he can put off his Ihram.However, he should offer a sacrificial animal. Ifraad HajjIn the Miqat, a pilgrim of Ifrad Hajj declares his intention for Hajj only.He maintains his Ihram up to the Day of Sacrifice. No offering is required from him. UmrahIn Arabic the word `Umrah is derived from I`timar which means a visit. However, `Umrah technically means paying a visit to Ka`bah, performing Tawaf  [Circumambulation] around it, walking between Safa and Marwah seven times.A performer of `Umrah puts off his Ihram by having his hair shaved or cut.

 Steps in Hajj and Umrah:

Steps in

Tamattu’ Hajj
[16 steps]

Steps in

Qiran Hajj
[13 Steps]

Steps in

Ifrad Hajj
[12 Steps]

Steps in

Umrah
[4 Steps]

1. The Miqats 1. The Miqats 1. The Miqats 1. The Miqats
2. Arrival Tawaf 2. Arrival Tawaf 2. Arrival Tawaf 2. Arrival Tawaf
3. Sa`i 3. Sa`i 3. Sa`i 3. Sa`i
4. Haircut
5. Ihram
6. Mina 6. Mina 6. Mina
7. `Arafah 7. `Arafah 7. `Arafah
8. Muzdalifah 8. Muzdalifah 8. Muzdalifah
9. Jamrah of Al-`Aqabah 9. Jamrah of Al-`Aqabah 9. Jamrah of Al-`Aqabah
10. Slaughtering 10. Slaughtering
11. Shaving or Haircut 11. Shaving or Haircut 11. Shaving or Haircut 11. Shaving or Haircut
12. Ifadah Tawaf 12. Ifadah Tawaf 12. Ifadah Tawaf
13. Sa`i
14. Mina 14. Mina 14. Mina
15. Throwing pebbles at Jamrahs 15. Throwing pebbles at Jamrahs 15. Throwing pebbles at Jamrahs
16. Farewell Tawaf 16. Farewell Tawaf 16. Farewell Tawaf