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10 DAYS Q 6.162; Q9.36; Q89.1-3


The final month in the Islamic Calendar will be here soon, in sha Allah and it is one of the sacred months.

There are a number of recommended acts during these days because they have been selected by Allah as the best days in the Islamic year.

Narrated Ibn Abbas, the Prophet (SAW) said: No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).
Then some companions of the Prophet (SAW) asked, ‘Not even jihad?’ He replied: Not even jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things. – Sahih Bukhari 969

Here is a list to help:
Pilgrimage: Fulfilling the 5th pillar of Islam for those who can afford and are capable of undertaking the journey would be the best act of ibaadah during these first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah
Fasting (for non-pilgrims): This is another recommended act during the first 9 days of the month. It is not an obligatory fast so ladies, remember to inform your husband of your intention to fast. The fast can also be limited to the 9th only – the Day of Arafah
Reciting tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer : that is Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, laailahailallah, Allahu akbar.
Sincere repentance.
Adhkaar
: Everyone can join in. No pregnancy, breastfeeding or illness as an excuse 🙂
Read Al Qur’an
• Giving Charity
• Nawafil and Tahajjud
• Pray Eid in congregation
: on the Day of Eid.
Udhiya: After salatul Eid on Day 10, if you can afford it. The meat should be consumed by the family, neighbours and distributed to the poor. For those intending to perform the sacrifice, avoid cutting your hair, or beard and clipping your nails until after the sacrifice.

Umm Salma reported the Messenger of Allah (SAW) as saying:If anyone of you intends to offer sacrifice, then he should not get his hair cut or nails trimmed.- Sahih Muslim 1977

May we make the most of the coming days, in sha Allah.

UPDATE: Saudi Authorities have declared tomorrow (25th Sept. 2014) as the 1st of Dhul Hijjah 1435H so Eid-ul-Adha will be on 4th Oct. 2014 in sha Allah.

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SITTA SHAWWAL Q3.31

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (SAW) as saying: He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal, it would be as if he fasted perpetually. – Sahih Muslim 1164

It was the sunnah of the Prophet to fast it and to love Allah is to follow the example of the Prophet (SAW).

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, (Allah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied (at least) ten times.” – Sahih Bukhari 1894

So if the fasts in Ramadan are rewarded multiplied by ten (at least), that will be 290 or 300 good deeds. Adding the six days in Shawwal makes it 350-360 good deeds which are roughly equivalent to the number of days in a year.
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It is acceptable to fast the next 6days after Eid, or to spread them out throughout the month in no particular order with care not to single out Fridays. They could also be made to coincide with the white days (13th, 14th and 15th) of the month or Mondays and Thursdays.

If we have some days we missed in Ramadan, we can make them up before we commence the 6 of Shawwal.

May Allah guide us to what is good and make it easy to comply.

RAMADAN 101

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[Qur’an in Ramadan 1: Q1.01-Q2.141]

Ohkay! It is finally here! That much anticipated month that we can never get enough of. It may begin tomorrow for some based on moon sightings but for us in Nigeria, it begins today. Ramadan comes every year but we do not tire of eagerly expecting it and welcoming yet another chance to get closer to Allah.

It is the 1st of Ramadan! Alhamdulillah, we are alive to witness it. We’ve got to gird our loins and make the most of it before it leaves us in a jiffy. Wouldn’t it be a shame if we allowed the benefits of this month fritter away like desert sand between our fingers?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar in which it is compulsory for mature, sane Muslims to fast. A pre-dawn meal is taken before the morning Fajr prayer and the fast begun from dawn till sunset when the fast ends for the day.

The month is not only 29 or 30days of abstinence from food, water and sex from dawn to sunset; it is a month where the tongue, eyes, ears, hands, feet and indeed the entire body also abstain from evil. The purpose of the fast is to make us of the Muttaqun (those who have piety and God-consciousness).

Crucial to our fast in Ramadan is the intention which is between Allah and us. You will agree with me that the intention changes everything. You could abstain from food the entire day but
intending to fast for Allah’s Sake changes a mundane non-rewardable action to an act of Ibadah (worship). Let us embark on this spiritual journey with the right intention, and not just because we would like to shed a few pounds. If we need to drop shed some kilos, it should be off our scale of bad deeds. Whatever deed we perform in this month and beyond, it should be done to gain Allah’s Favour and to increase our good deeds on the scale. With the right intention, we end up achieving more than we thought possible because Allah blesses and multiplies the reward for us.

At Iftar, let us remember to break our fast with an odd number of dates &/water after saying Bismillah and ‘Dhahabazzama’u wabtalaati-l-urooqu wathabata-l-ajru in sha Allah’ meaning ‘The thirst is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills.’ Remember to break your fast with only halal food gotten through halal means!

I am going to commence a series in a few days’ time, in sha Allah. This series will be called NOT ONLY IN RAMADAN (NOiR). They are a list of challenges to be carried out this Ramadan but are by no means supposed to be restricted to the Holy Month alone. Also, in parentheses is the quota of Qur’an to be recited daily if you intend to complete the Holy Book within 29 days. I hope you will join me on this journey to make the most of Ramadan.