Archive for November, 2010

Eid Card Campaign

November 11, 2010

Yet another Eid will pass with hundreds of Muslims brothers and sisters behind bars. Show them they are not forgotten by sending an Eid card or message to them.

The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.” [Bukhari]

What to Do

  • Buy/make an eid card or write a letter of support to a Muslim prisoner.
  • A list of prisoners can be found here.
  • Advice on how to write a letter can be found here.
  • For more information please email: deen_leeds[at]live.co.uk

Revive a Sunnah: Takbeer During the 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 10, 2010

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying La ilaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and Tahmed (saying Alhamdu Lillah),” or similar words. [al-Musnad]

 

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) used to go out to the market-place on first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people used to recite Takbeer because of their Takbeer. [Bukhari]

The First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 6, 2010

Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” They said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” [Bukhari]


Making the most of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

1. Performing Hajj if you have the means

The reward of the Hajj which is accepted by Allah, the Most High, is nothing but Paradise. [Bukhari]


2. Fasting

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and the day of ‘Ashura’, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays. [al-Nasa’i]

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) was asked about fasting on the day of `Arafah (9th Dhul-Hijjah). He said, “It is expiation for the sins of the preceding year and the current year.” [Muslim]


3. Saying the Takbeer

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “There aren’t any days greater, nor any days in which deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah, the Most High, than these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah), so, increase in them the saying of tahleel (la ilaaha illa Allah), and takbeer (Allahu akbar) and tahmeed (alhamdulillah)” [Ahmad]

It is as follows:

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa Ilaaha illa Allah Wa Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Wa lillahil-hamd.


4. Increase in good deeds

Prayer, reciting Qur’an, charity, qiyam al-Layl (night prayer)

5. Udhiyah – Slaughtering of a Sacrificial Animal

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said: “The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) stayed in Madina for ten years, offering sacrifice (every year on Eid).” [Ahmad]

Action Points

  • Increase in good deeds – recite more qur’an, remember all your adhkar, give in charity, perform the night prayer and make lots of dua.
  • Fast – try to fast during the first 9 days of Dhul-Hijjah, if this is too difficult than at leas ton the day of Arafah (9th Dhul-Hijjah).
  • Perform the sacrifice (udhiyah) on the day of Eid.

Wa bil walidayni ihsana

November 5, 2010

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ

كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ

الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ

إِن تَكُونُوا صَالِحِينَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.”Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance. [Surat al-Isra, 17:23-25]

The Best Provision is at-Taqwa

November 3, 2010

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ ۚ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ ۗ وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ۚ وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah (taqwa) . And fear Me, O you of understanding.

[Surat al-Baqarah, 2:197]