Islamic Months

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Ramadan; a divine opportunity for our reformation

‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah) writes: ‘From the beginning of time, Allah Ta’ala selected the month of Ramadan as the season for abundant blessings and divine light (tajalliyat). Whenever Allah Ta’ala sent any gift from the sky for the reformation of humanity, Allah selected the month of Ramadan. The famous books and scriptures of the previous Ambiya were also revealed in this month culminating with the revelation of the …

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The Significance of the 15th of Sha’ban

The 15th of Sha’ban, which is commonly referred to as “Laylatul Bara-ah” (refer: Tafsir Razi and Ruhul ma’ani, Surah 44. Ayah: 3) is one of the significant nights in the Islamic calendar. Ibnul Haj (rahimahullah) states: “The salaf (pious predecessors) would sanctify this night and prepare themselves for it in advance” (Al-Madkhal, vol.1 pg.299) Some people, due to being ill-informed actually refute the auspiciousness of this occasion. The following paragraphs serve …

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Ramadan Reminders

The month of Ramadan, in addition to being known as the ‘month of the Quran’ is also the ‘month of du’a’ There are several du’as that pertain to this month. Hereunder are a few of them: Du’a at the beginning of Ramadan Sayyiduna ‘Ubaadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) used to teach the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) the following du’a when the blessed month of Ramadan would arrive: …

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What We Need to Know about the 6 Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year” Commentary The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are …

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How to Clean The Heart

The sin of malice and discord is serious. Even on auspicious occasions despite Allah’s abundant mercy, we always find one particular class of people that are deprived; those who harbour ill-feelings in their hearts towards others. In addition to this, some narrations state that such people’s salah is not accepted by Allah. (At-Targheeb, vol.3 pgs.455-462) Hereunder are a few prescriptions (from the hadith and advice of seniors) to remove ill-feelings from …

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Preparation for Ramadan

This book is an english translation of a discourse delivered by the Honourable Mufti of India, Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (may Allah protect him and allow us all to benefit from him) An ideal read as a prelude to Ramadan. The translator has kindly given consent to share this valuable work. May Allah Ta’ala reward him and may He allow us all to benefit. Ameen. View and download here  

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Du’a when Ramadan arrives

Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) use to teach the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) the following Du’a when the Blessed month of Ramadan would arrive: اَللّٰهُمَّ سَلّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضانَ وَسَلّمْ رَمَضانَ لِيْ وَسَلّمْه لِي مُتَقَبَّلا (رواه الطبراني في الدعاء والديلمي ، وسنده حسن- كنز العمال 8/584)   Allahumma sallimni li Ramadhana, wa sallim Ramadhana li, wa sallimhu li mutaqabbala. Translation: O Allah! preserve me for Ramadan, safeguard Ramadan for …

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At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to see” various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer “lives for” and yearns to witness sacred days like these.   Rajab Du’a Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication …

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