Islamic Months

Sha’ban; A time to prepare

The sighting of the Crescent of Sha’ban signals the good news of Ramadan’s imminent arrival. A believer grows in anticipation with the passing of each day. Days like these, are what a believer ‘lives for’. The best month to fast, outside Ramadan Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) would increase his optional (nafl) fast in this month. Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that I never saw Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) fasting in any other …

Read More »

Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) in Ramadan

Generally in ‘Allamah Binnory’s Tarawih, he had the habit of listening to three juz every night. Despite weakness of his feet and difficulty in his knees, Shaykh Binnory stood and performed Salah. When tiredness and pain became unbearable, then according to the need he would sit for a few moments only. He used to say that there is no enjoyment in sitting in Salah. Sometimes after a set of four …

Read More »

Qurbani/Udhiyah, with your own hands

Its a trend nowadays for people to have their Qurbani/Udhiyah animal slaughtered by others, at some far off farm, or even abroad. Whilst there may be justifiable reason for some, one should consider the following: Several Hadiths mention that, On the day of ‘Eidul Adha, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would not eat anything until he returned [from the ‘Eid Salah]. Then he would eat the liver of his own animal …

Read More »

Rabi’ul Awwal has arrived, again…

Allah Ta’ala declares, “There certainly is an example in Allah’s Messenger for he who fears Allah and the last day and remembers Allah abundantly” (Surah Al-Ahzab, verse: 21) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “He who holds firm to my Sunnah when corruption is rampant in my Ummah will attain the reward of a hundred martyrs.” (Al-Bayhaqi fi-Zuhd; “hasan” –sound- according to Hafiz ibn Hajar; see: Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 174) Sayyiduna …

Read More »

Changing the route from the ‘Eid Salah

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that when it was the day of ‘Eid, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would attend and return from the ‘Eid salah using different routes. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 943)   Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) –the famous commentator of Sahih Bukhari- has written twenty reasons as to why Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would have done so: So that either both pathways, or the Angels, inhabitants, and creatures along both …

Read More »

The month of Ramadan

We are on the threshold of the month of Ramadan, a great month in the Islamic calendar. The merits and virtues of the month of Ramadan is highlighted by the narration of Sayyiduna Salman Al Farsi (radiyallahu ‘anhu), in which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) delivered a talk to the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) on the last day of Sha’ban. Here is a bayan delivered by my beloved father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar …

Read More »