Islamic Months

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Muharram & a Muslim’s mindset

The passing of time, the days, the weeks, the months and the years are all reminders for us that our time in this dunya is running out. A man’s life span is like a block of ice in the hot sun outside. With the passing of each second that ice is melting away. Similarly, with the passing of each second, man’s life is melting away. The beginning of the Islamic …

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The Ten days of Dhul Hijjah; a time to become beloved to Allah!

The ten most blessed days of the year have arrived! From the entire three hundred and sixty days of the Islamic calendar, there is no other set of ten days that is more virtues, then the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.468-469)   These are so great, that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘These ten days are the best days in the world.’ (Musnad Bazzar; Targhib, Hadith: 1727) …

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The Blessed Ten days of Dhul Hijjah

From time to time, Allah Ta’ala offers us life-lines and special moments, to give us the opportunity to change our lives for the better. One of these such moments are the first ten days/nights of Dhul Hijjah.   Download my lecture on this topic here.   See here for an article on the Ten days of Dhul Hijjah

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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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