HAJJ - The Lover's Journey “HAJJ EK AASHIQ KAA SAFAR” The Shahadah is a declaration (eilaan) and a proof of ishq-e-Ilaahi (love for Allah) and Ta’luk (connection) with Allah. The ishq in the heart of the person who makes this declaration makes it compulsive upon him to stand in front of Allah five times a day. Sacrificing sleep, work, family etc he is ready to stand in the presence of his beloved. In fact if it were not for the duties … [Read more...]
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Dhul Hijjah Zulhijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally, it means "hajj." Obviously, this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of "hajj" is performed in this month, which gives it special significance. Some specific merits and rules relevant to this month are mentioned below: First Ten Days The first ten days of Zulhijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Holy … [Read more...]
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EID GREETINGS! 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 … [Read more...]
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The Excellence Of Good Deeds Done During The First Ten Days Of Dhul-Hijjah Ibn `Abbas (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).'' He was asked: "O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?'' He (saw) replied, "Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth … [Read more...]
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The first 10 days of Zhul Hijjah: Why They Matter Zhul Hijjah: The days of Hajj There are so many virtues in this month, and more specifically the first 10 days, that we should hold on to tightly and practice our Deen with a passion, InshaAllah. Who can guarantee that we will be alive to see next year's Zhul Hijjah? For those who have been invited to Almighty Allah's House (the Bayt Allah/Ka'bah in Makkah al Mukarramah), may Allah Almighty … [Read more...]
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Virtues of visiting the Raudha Mubaarak: Presenting oneself in the court of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam is one the greatest acts of worship, for which great rewards and virtues have been promised in the Ahaadeeth. Hereunder are a few virtues: “My intercession becomes necessary for the one who visits my grave.”(Daaraqutni/Bayhaqi) “Visiting me after my death is akin to … [Read more...]