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Reflections on Hajj and the Day of Arafat

Best Dua be said on Arafah…

The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

(( خَيرُ الدُّعَاءِ : دُعَاءُ يَومِ عَرَفَةَ ، وَ خَيرُ مَا قُلْتُ أَنَا وَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِنْ قَبْلِي : لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ ، وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ المُلكُ ، وَ لَهُ الحَمدُ ، وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٌ ))

“The best du’aa is the du’aa on the Day of ‘Arafah, and the best thing that I and the Prophets before me said is:

‘Laa ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-Mulku
wa lahul-hamd, wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shayin qadeer’.”

(There is nothing that deserves to be worshipped in truth except Allaah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things).

(At tirmidhi,declared Hasan by Sh Albaani).

Benefits of Hajj

Benefits of Hajj
Source: Islam qa
Praise be to Allaah.
Allah, may He be exalted, in His wisdom has prescribed a variety of acts of worship for mankind in order to test them and show which among them are the best in deeds and most righteous.

 For people differ in their character and attitude. One of them may favour one type of worship because it suits him, but he may not favour another type because it does not suit him. So you will find that he does the former quickly and readily, but he does the latter slowly and reluctantly. The true believer is the one who submits to whatever will please his Lord, not what is in accordance with his whims and desires.

Among the varieties of worship are the various pillars of Islam. Some of them are purely physical, requiring effort and movement of the body, as in the case of prayer; some of them are physical but require refraining from things that are liked, as in the case of fasting; some of them are purely financial, as in the case of zakaah; and some of them are both physical and financial, as in the case of Hajj.

Hajj combines both physical and financial expenditure. Because it involves travel and more effort than other kinds of worship, Allah has only enjoined it once in a lifetime, and has stipulated that one must be able to do it. Being able to do it is a condition of an action being obligatory in this case and in others, but this condition of being able to do it is emphasized more in the case of Hajj more than in other cases. Hajj has great benefits, including the following:

1. It is undertaking one of the pillars of Islam without which it is not complete. This is indicative of its importance and shows that Allah loves it.

2. It is a kind of jihad for the sake of Allah; hence Allah mentions it after the verses of jihad. And it is proven in al-Saheeh that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) when she asked him whether jihad is obligatory for women, “Yes, for them there is a jihad in which there is no fighting, Hajj and ‘Umrah.”

3. There is an immense reward for the one who does it in the prescribed manner. It is narrated in a saheeh report that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “An accepted pilgrimage brings no less a reward than Paradise.” And he said: “Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or commit any evil will go back (free of) sin as on the day his mother bore him”. And it was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (ra) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The pilgrims performing Hajj and ‘Umrah are the guests of Allah; if they call upon Him He will answer them, and if they ask Him for forgiveness He will forgive them.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i and Ibn Maajah.

4. In Hajj, remembrance of Allah is established, He is venerated and some rituals are carried out, such as reciting the Talbiyah, circumambulating the Ka‘bah (tawaaf), going between al-Safa and al-Marwah (saa‘i), standing in Arafat, staying overnight in Muzdalifah and stoning the Jamrah, along with what accompanies that of dhikr (remembrance of Allah), takbeer (proclaiming His greatness) and venerating Him. In the hadeeth it is narrated that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Circumambulation of the Ka‘bah, going between al-Safa and al-Marwah and stoning the Jimaar have only been prescribed to establish the remembrance of Allah.”

5. During Hajj, Muslims from all parts of the world come together and show their love for one another and get to know one another. That is also accompanied by exhortations, guiding towards truth and encouraging people to adhere to it.

6. The Muslims demonstrate unity in time, place, actions and appearance. All of them stand in the different locations of Hajj at the same time, doing the same actions, wearing the same clothes (the izaar and rida’), with humbleness before Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.

7. The season of Hajj brings a great deal of good in both spiritual and worldly terms, as the Muslims may benefit by coming together, learning from one another and doing business. Hence Allah, may He be exalted, said (interpretation of the meaning): “That they may witness things that are of benefit to them” [al-Hajj 22:28]. This includes both spiritual and worldly benefits.

8. It includes offering both obligatory and mustahabb sacrifices, which demonstrate respect for the rituals prescribed by Allah, and eating from the meat and giving some in charity to the poor.

The benefits and hidden wisdoms of Hajj are many.

End quote from Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 24/239.

Relish Eid ul fitr

    • Relish Eid ul fitr

      By Guest author Nourin Ibrahim

      Allhamdullilah! We have crossed one more Ramadan in our life, which would definitely take us very much closer to Jannah, Insha ‘Allah.

      The most awaited festival, Eid ul fitr is approaching us.

      We all are so excited and delighted to welcome the special day after a month long fasting for Allah (swt).
      The fragrance of mehendi, new clothes, early morning rush to the mosque, spreading wishes, sharing gifts and the smell of special dishes from the kitchen makes it complete.

      As Muslims do not celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s day, valentine’s day etc., Eid should be taken as an opportunity to make up for all the occasions.

      Let us use this day to send greetings to our relatives and friends who are away from us, lets buy gifts for kids in the family, lets make our parents happy by buying them something they longed for or by simply giving them a cozy hug, lets make our spouse feel special by buying him/her a bouquet of red roses or cooking their favorite dish, and the list goes on.. Not to forget our neighbours, Muslims and not yet Muslims.

      Allah has allowed Muslims with two main festivals, of which one is Eid ul fitr and the other Eid ul ada.

      Eid ul ada coincides with the Hajj. It is to remember the time when Prophet Ibrahim(as) was going to sacrifice his own son to prove his obedience to Allah.

      There are some people who take Eid casually, they don’t bother to buy new clothes, go to mosque, cook special meals, or treat the day in a way it should be treated.

      When Allah has allowed us a day on which we are supposed to rejoice after a month long sacrifice in all forms, it is our duty to make use of the golden opportunity to make ourselves and people around us happy.

      Just take care to have fun in halaal ways so that we don’t lose the reward of all the spiritual deeds done in Ramadan.  We say its Eid and we are allowed to do everything as we want, that’s true, but not in the ways which Allah would not be pleased with. Breaking crackers, going for a movie, hanging out in places which is haraam with an excuse it’s Eid is not the right way to approach the day (reminder for me as well).

      I am so very thrilled about Eid and i believe every person reading this own almost the same feeling.

      Insha ‘Allah, may we gain more reward and love from Allah by celebrating Eid!!

      This is ISLAM..we gain reward for all deeds done for Allah..even celebrations….

The Micro Planned Waqfs……How Our Early Generations Did Social Service? by Nisaar Y. Nadiadwala

 When Salahuddin Ayyubi ruled Egypt, he started a pakage system of lunch for the students of Madarasas. It included lunch clothes and other things. This continued even during the famine that Egypt  faced. Salhuddin also distributed liquid sugar free of charge as a facility for the common citizens.

IN the early Islamic days, there was hardly any Companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him), who did not contribute to general welfare even if it was a small item.

There were many services included in the form of waqfs. Can you guess what were the services included? In Makkah, there was a waqf board exclusively for widows. This waqf runs even today.

In the early days of Khilafa, many generous Arabs started waqfs for micro needs of the people.  Minute needs were considered.

 For travellers who passed through hot deserts, there were tents for their resting and also hay for their horses. The travellers were also offered the facilities of even needle and thread in case their clothes got torn.

 Some people started a waqf in Makkah and hired people on full time salary to drive away dogs from entering Makkah. A unique service.

Some people floated a waqf to contribute in helping  the slaves and slave girls who damaged or broke up utensils of their masters !

  In Baghdad there was a Waqf Board which appointed two polite and courteous people on salary basis. Their job was to visit a hospital and sit beside those people who were terminally ill. Then they talked among themselves about the good health of the patient who could hear. They did it to lift up the morale of the sick.

 In Hijri 1352, that it around 90 years ago, Abdul Gani Dada , an Indian went for Hajj and started a waqf for the orhpans of Madina. The waqf still runs. In India, Hafiz Hafizullah started a waqf  called Darul Hadith for the students of Ilm e deen and the faclitiy also included hostel to stay. There were people who sponsered the entire scholarships of all the students and Madrasas.

 These are only a few examples, of course it is a matter of pride.

But for how long shall we keep on listening  and relistening to the legends of our past and remain like a stagnant water pond ? How about getting involved in some good works to send in advance to Allah’s Treasure and take it back when we reach there and meet him.

After all that is what the Qur’an says : “That was a generation that has passed away, for them are the fruits of what they did and for you are the fruits of what you did.. you are not going to be asked of things that they did… ” (Surah Al Baqarah- verse 121).

 

 Make a list of the things you can do even if nobody joins you and start doing them even if some one discourages you.

 If you don’t have money even then you can go  to a Municipality hospital general ward and talk to a lonely sick person.

Invite your poor neighbour or a relative for a dinner, quietly pay the  school fees or medical expenses of some one whom you know. Look around, every day hundreds of opportunities wait for you but we still wait for something big to happen to us and only then we do some social service… Let me become richer .. let my salary increase…Tomorrow never comes.. it is today in which we live…

 

Author : Nisaar Nadiadwala speaks and writes on Islama and Muslims .He can be reached at nisaar_yusuf@yahoo.com

To Me, Religion Can be a Lifestyle- A Personal Discovery to the Meaning of Faith

By Mallaly Momand

My eighteen months old daughter knows that I make her brush her teeth every night

As time went by and I started to grow out from the teenage years, I realized that my religion is not just a religion to be kept in my heart.

before bed. I’m quite sure that she doesn’t know why she has to brush her teeth every night, as she grows she will have a better understanding of what her parents do for her is for her own best. As for every child the belief and trust in parents grow as the child grows.

I compare my understanding of my religion to the growth of my child’s understanding of life. I remember when I was a child I knew the five elements of Islam by heart. I was told that as a Muslim I had to believe and know these five elements. But did I honestly know the meaning of these elements; did I really know why we had to live accordingly to that? No, growing up in the west I would separate my religious belief and my personal lifestyle/opinions.

“My religion is in my heart” was one of my favorite lines.

I’ve also been wrong separating my religion from my lifestyle. I now compare my understanding of my religion to the growth of my child’s understanding of life.

Entering the adult life I had developed my “own routines”. I came up with special way of washing face, hands and feet before going to bed and every morning, I had my own routine of performing yoga a few times a day, and I had read that meditation had a positive result for seeking inner peace.

In the beginning this was “my life style” and I would separate it from my religion. As time went by and I started to grow out from the teenage years, I realized that my religion is not just a religion to be kept in my heart. The more I knew about Islam the more I realized that my religion is and should be my lifestyle.

I don’t have to come up with own ways of keeping me clean, healthy and look for ways to strengthen my personality. It’s given to us.

I’m still learning, inshAllah one day I will have better understanding about the fifth element – Hajj to Makkah– and will involve it into my life. In my mind going to Makkah has always been the action to be performed later in life. Then again I’ve also been wrong separating my religion from my lifestyle. I’m very thankful to have had the opportunities to brighten up my knowledge about this great and peaceful lifestyle and I pray I get to know even more about the flawless way of living.

I’m sure that one day my daughter will brush her teeth because she will know its good for her not only because her mother has told her. Also I will have a better understanding of why one doesn’t have to wait to grow old to go to Makkah and perform Hajj.

I wish my beloved parents who have been in Makkah together with millions of other pilgrims from around the world – a blessed life. May all their prayers be accepted. Amen.

Why Do Muslims Rejoice Slaughtering Animals?

Question

Why do Muslims rejoice while killing a beast and shedding its blood, during their pilgrimage? Is it meat or blood that pleases your God? Who is the prophet who was to be the sacrifice? Please don’t take my words to be attacking you. I need to understand.-Richard

Answer: By Dalia Salaheldin

Thank you for your question. It is really interesting and peculiar.

I think I need to clarify that offering a sacrifice marks the completion of Hajj (pilgrimage). It is simply to celebrate the completion of the devotional course of Hajj. It is also to feed the poor so that they may feel the universal joy of the Eid.

Pilgrims are not the only ones who undertake this duty, but all Muslims, in every corner of the globe, simultaneously practice it. I guess all peoples around the world do eat something in their feasts. Meat is usually listed on the menu and I presume you have no problem with any other nation?

Well, the question of sacrifice and what it actually symbolizes is the idea behind my answer to you.

By offering the sacrifice, Richard, the Muslim society collects the due contributions to religious brotherhood and social responsibility.

Contributions are paid in the form of mutual love, sympathy and concern through remembering the needy and extending a hand of help. During the Eid day, every member of the Muslim society ought to be gaining some merits or collecting some revenue in one-way or another.

It is the point in time when God gives infinitely, especially to those who are sincerely concerned with the general welfare of their fellow believers. Those beneficiaries who cannot give are ought to receive, along with God’s enormous grants, the contributions of their fellow benefactors.

The haves and have-nots are all supposed to enjoy the providence of God in a most plural fashion.

Thus, the Eid day should indeed be a good harvest day.

It is not meat or blood then that pleases God.

 In addition to the points mentioned above, sacrifice is considered an expression of thankfulness to God, in relation to that historic event, when Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was ordered to offer his son in sacrifice.

It was a divine order, which both–the father and son–were ready to obey unquestioningly. However, the son’s life was spared and ransomed by a ram.

The story of sacrifice is recorded in the Quran in the following manner:

*{Then when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “Oh my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!” (The son) said: “Oh my father! Do As thou art commanded: Thou wilt find me, if Allah so wills one practising patience and constancy!” So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), We called out to him, “Oh Abraham! Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was obviously a trial and We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice.}* (As-Safat 37:102-107)

Thus, the offering of the sacrifice has become an annual celebration to commemorate the occasion and thank God for His favours. In this, is a clear and direct admission of the link between Islam and the Father of all prophets, Prophet Abraham.

Was it Isaac or Ishmael?

There have been two versions of which one of Abraham’s sons was to have been sacrificed, Isaac or Ishmael. Some say it was Isaac, but others confirm it was Ishmael.

Muslims believe that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, who was to be sacrificed in response to God’s command. There are at least twenty arguments in support of this belief.

However, none of these is meant to belittle the historical role of the descendants of Israel. In addition, none is meant to demean the light and wisdom delivered to them by Prophet Moses (peace be upon him), as the Quran points out in numerous statements.

So, the idea is much simpler than you thought. In fact, it is actually more logical and fits in with Islamic ethics, which call for social unity and spreading peace and happiness to all mankind.

My only puzzle, when I read your question, was that I asked myself: “Why didn’t anyone ever regard Thanksgiving’s turkey as being a turkey massacre?”

Also, you will find that the Quran makes it clear why God has prescribed the sacrifices of the pilgrimage:

*{The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the symbols from God: in them is [much] good for you: then pronounce the name of God over them as they line up [for sacrifice]: when they are down on their sides [after slaughter], eat ye thereof, and feed such as [beg not but] live in contentment, and such as beg with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful. It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches God: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify God for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right.}* (Al-Hajj 22:36-37)

Anyways, thanks dear friend for your question. I hope I was able to clarify the matter for you. Please keep in touch.

Salam.

Islamic Reminders- “Building the Kaaba and Asking Allah to accept This Deed”

And (remember) when Ibrâhim (Abraham) and (his son) Ismâ’il (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the house (the Ka’bah at Makkah), (saying),

“Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us.

Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”

(Al-Baqarah 2:127)

“Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manâsik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage – Hajj and ‘Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.

(Al-Baqarah 2:128)

The Prophets Ibrahim and Isma`il  (peace be upon them both) were performing a good deed, yet they asked Allah to accept this good deed from them.