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 …

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A Simple Format for ‘Ibadah on Auspicious nights

Our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has mentioned: “Indeed your Rabb has reserved certain special moments in time (in which He emits abundant/special mercy). Be sure to avail yourselves for these opportunities.” (Majma’uz Zawaid) We are usually aware of the significant occasions that present themselves each year. The crucial thing is how do we “avail ourselves” and maximise our benefit from these blessed nights? Here under is a suggested format …

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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 …

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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 …

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