15 Common Mistakes in Ramadan

 

Common Mistakes

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Errors committed regarding the rules and regulations of fasting

  1. The most common is that the Muslims- many a times- they don’t do Niyyah for fasting.Intention is very important; without Niyyah, without intention, the fasting is not accepted. Hence, making intention is obligatory.
  2. Many Muslims continue eating their Sehri even after the Fajr Adhan has started; and they think that the end of the Suhoor time is only at the end of the Fajr Adhan. In fact, the moment the Fajr Adhan starts, the moment the beginning of Dawn starts, the Suhoor time ends. So, this is error which normally nullifies or invalidates the fast.
  3. The third error is that many people delay paying their Zakat-ul- Fitr; and many a times, they pay that after Eid-ul-Fitr Salah. If we pay the Zakat-ul- Fitr after Eid-ul-Fitr, then it is like normal charity, it does not come under the Zakat-ul- Fitr.

Errors contradictory to the Sunnah of fasting

  1. Many people skip the Suhoor.
  2. Some people have an early Suhoor i.e. they have the suhoor one or two hours before the Fajr time; in fact the Suhoor is a blessing- every Muslim should have it. And, the Prophet (sa) said: “You should delay the Suhoor as much as possible.” Thus, you can have Suhoor till just before the Fajr time.
  3. The third mistake committed by Muslims in this category is that they delay opening their fast- that is they delay their Iftar. Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: ‘The people will be good, as long as, they hasten in breaking their fast. That means immediately after sunset, they should have their Iftar.
  4. Many Muslims read unauthentic Dua during Iftar. The most authentic Dua for Iftar is:

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Meaning: “My thirst is quenched, the veins are moistened, and the Ajr is near Insha’Allah (God willing the reward is near).”

  1. Some people when they read this Dua for breaking the fast, they say it before breaking the fast. Before they put the date in their mouth, they say this Dua; and its contradictory to its meanings- that my thirst has been quenched, and the veins have been moistened- thirst cannot be quenched before breaking the fast. So normally, it should be said after you eat the date, after you have water, and you are satisfied- may be some minutes after you break the fast, you can read this Dua.
  2. Many Muslims eat excessively during Iftar, and many of them, even eat throughout the night.
  3. They are negligent, as far as, Taraweeh are concerned. Because Taraweeh is not a Fardh-they think there is no problem if a Muslim misses Taraweeh. Though Taraweeh is not a Fard, but it’s a very important Sunnah; and a Muslim who misses Taraweeh, is missing a great reward.
  4. Many Muslims who perform Taraweeh, they read very fast- 100 miles per hour. They try to finish it in short time, and they defeat the purpose; in fact, they should read it in the moderate pace so that people understand, and they grasp the words of Allah (swt).
  5. Those who go for Itikaf in the mosque, many of them socialize during Itikaf- as though it’s the time to meet people and friends- which is totally contrary to the Sunnah.
  6. Many Muslims think that the Laylatul Qadr is on the 27th night of the Ramadan, and they only worship Allah (swt) on this night. In fact, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “Search for the laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last 10 days (the last Ashra).” Therefore, Laylatul Qadr can either fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th Hence, this is one of the common errors made by Muslims.
  7. They spend their time during Ramadan in unproductive work rather than engaging in Dhikr, and worshiping Allah (swt). They must rather spend time offering the Nawafil (the voluntary Salah) – the Sunnah Salah besides the compulsory Salah.
  8. They should do a lot of Dua.
  9. Ask for forgiveness; this is the month of forgiveness.
  10. They should read the Quran- as much as possible- to get blessing of Allah (swt).
  11. They fast and they keep themselves hungry; but basically, they are not mentally prepared for the fast. And, it is as though, they are staying hungry. But, the main purpose of fasting is to acquire Taqwa which is not obtained.

Transcribed for Hiba Magazine by Hira Naqi

Tips for Healthy Eating in Ramadan

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This video provides useful tips on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan

 

When you have a sip of water after a day, when you have been quite thirsty because you are Fasting, the Dua says:

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The Dua when you are opening your fast at the end of the day, we are appreciating the gift of Allah (swt) for having quenched our thirst with what? With water, this is why the Sunnah of Muhammad (sa); either Dates or water or both, to open the fast at the end of the day.

And if, we have opened the fast, and we have this water, don’t you feel so good Subhan’Allah? That wetness has gone down, and the veins, and all the system has now achieved wetness of the water after a day when we kept ourselves hungry for the sake of Allah (swt)- so you appreciate the quenching of your thirst Alhamdulillah! And, you had beautiful water, you appreciate water, Subhan’Allah!  (We are not yet talking about Fruit juice we only started with water.)

Imagine in Ramadan, we are spoilt where we have juices, fruit juices and fries, and so many things. Some of them are actually unhealthy- do you know that? Very unhealthy, the worst way to break your fast is with savouries- do you know that? Do you know what savoury is? Samosas and pies and fries- that’s the worst way to break your fast –worst from a health perspective!

I am not saying it’s prohibited- No!

Go Back to the Sunnah! Look at the health benefits of the dates and benefit of the water Look at the benefit of these things Subhan’Allah, it’s healthy- Remain within the health boundaries.

There is another big problem that we have during the month of Ramadan. Do you know what it is?

At night, we do the Qadha of what we missed in the day, sometimes with food.

We will eat all night until we dropped in, I don’t know, if you have seen the cartoon, I think it is done by Abu Productive, if I am not mistaken. But, where it shows a man fasting during the day, and he eats so much at night that he cannot read Taraweeh, and he is just like a dead person, and he is waiting for the next day, and he is enjoying it so much- in fact the belly grew in Ramadan. People gain weight in Ramadan, May Allah (swt) protect us. Ameen.

Remember it’s about discipline, it’s about your health Allah (swt) has blessed you with. From now, cut down a little bit on your food –  فَثُلُثٌ لِلطَّعَامِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلشَّرَابِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلنَّفَسِ

 

Translation: Then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air (Sunan Ibn Majah)

The Prophet (sa) has taught us how to have a nice meal, Subhan’Allah! Do you really want to eat healthy?

Remember the best way of doing it is: a third of solids, a third of liquids and a third of air. When you get up from the laid table cloth, you would still have one third of air in your system; you are not totally full Subhan’Allah! You are not totally full because we are not living to eat. Remember this- we are eating to live. There is a difference.

And, we are not saying do not enjoy food, enjoy food. Masha’Allah, people like tasty food, people like so many different things by the help of Allah (swt) – enjoy them! Thank Allah (swt) but within limits. Within limits meaning: I am not saying thank Allah (swt) within limits, Thank Allah (swt) unlimited, but eat within limits. Because, for example: you like Samosas, and the ones which have the mince meat in it, because sometimes you see a beautiful Samosa, you bite into it and you see all the veggies in it, and you just say, “Oh no man, it should have something better inside!”

Long time back they dint have all these veggies inside it, but say you like the mince meat one , and you have 1,2, and 5 and 10 and 20, what will happen to you? You will get sick …why? Not because the Samosa was bad, it was very good. The way you ate it was bad, how you chose to eat was bad. Like red meat people say is bad. No!  Sometimes you need it but the way you eat is bad. You have a little piece Alhamdulillah. But you want to eat the whole cow .There is a problem.  May Allah (swt) safeguard us. Ameen.

Remember the discipline of food and drink during Ramadan should extend beyond Ramadan.

You eat and drink after Ramadan also- but hang on, remember to reach out to those who don’t have, even if it is with 1 Riyal / 1 Dollar. Remember to reach out to them wherever, and however you can- even with small amount.   اتَّقُوا النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشِقِّ تَمْرَةٍ ‏”

You know the Prophet (sa) encouraging us to do good, He says: “Fear the fire even if it is by a portion of the date. So remember this- when we eat, sometimes we are wasteful. You might have different mechanism that work to help the needy , but at the same time, the point is- don’t be wasteful- it’s very tempting to be wasteful.

When the food is remaining on that table after people have finished eating. Remember, do something constructive with it because there are others who do not have food, there are others who are hungry for that food May Allah (swt) safeguard us. Ameen. There are others who are busy eating that which otherwise would not be permissible Allahu Akbar!

There are people across the globe in different places who are busy picking little grains, and putting them in their mouths. We are sitting here with so much, and it’s just thrown away.

If that is the case, I believe, we can do a lot better Insha’Allah! Let’s not waste respectfully.

We can actually do something; and remember,  where there is a will there is a way. If you are really serious about not wasting, you will manage. If you are really serious about it, you will succeed- something good will come out of it. And, this is what we are taught as Muslimeen with the help of Allah (swt). We hope from now to hold back a bit on your food Insha’Allah. If you already have the discipline, then Alhamdulillah; if not, try to have  a healthy meal in a healthy manner.

This is for myself, the day I have eaten a lot, I feel lazy, very lazy. I think my system is busy digesting, and so on. And,, by the time it’s over, I am tired, because my system is working without me working- even I am just sitting, I start yawning I start feeling lazy, and you want to sleep and so on. It’s your system operating but the minute or the day I have eaten slightly less, I feel very active, I want to do something, I eat a bit less and I have chosen healthy food, Remember this, May Allah (swt) protect us; may He grant us good health, and may He cure all those who are sick and ill. Ameen.

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Sick of Acidity in Ramadan? There is Ease in Nabeez!

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One of the common complaints in Ramadan is that of acidity. In most parts of the world, the fasts are going to be ranging from 15-18 hours (even more). To combat this, I recommend a drink Nabeez. I have been making it since last Ramadan. I’m reposting so that others who suffer from acidity may benefit. The write up below gives details, and the history about Nabeez.

Historical significance and health benefits

Nabeez’ (Nabidh) was one of the drinks consumed by the Holy Prophet (sa). In his time, it was typically made with dates or raisins and water.

It is an alkalizing tonic, having the tendency to remove acidity from the stomach and digestive system; and it also helps to remove other metabolic wastes from the body. It improves digestion- as it’s high in soluble fibre, and it strengthens the memory. It assists the spleen function, liver, throat, chest and prostate, and so is particularly good for men. Nabeez will also benefit patients of Arthritis and elevated levels of Uric Acid (gout).

How to prepare Nabeez?

Making Nabeez is just as simple as soaking the dates (or raisins/sultanas) overnight, and drinking the water in which they were soaked in the morning.

The idea behind soaking dates or raisins in water is so that they sweeten the water, and become softened. Softened dates/raisins release their vitamins and minerals more easily and are easier to digest.

‘Ajwa’ (a variety of date) are the best variety to use if making Nabeez with stone less dates and ‘Manaqqa’ is the best variety of raisins for making it with raisins, but black raisins can also be used. These colours were not created without reason- so it is always preferable to keep changing our diets with new colours, and trying new varieties.

At night, soak around 100 grams of dates or raisins in one litre of drinkable / healthy water, and keep the utensil covered with a plate. Ensure the water is kept cool.

Sip it all!

Next morning, you can drink the water, and eat the soaked fruit- as this was the traditional method; or just use your blender (water + soaked fruit) to obtain a beautiful cloudy Nabeez.

And if, you soak the fruit in morning, drink it in the evening. Nabeez should be consumed within 12 hours of soaking time, but if it is kept air tight inside the refrigerator, it will not spoil for two to three days.

Caution!

Nabeez must never be left for more than two to three days, otherwise it may start to ferment, which is the start of the alcohol brewing process. This is forbidden to consume.

Never mix raisins and dates together; their Nabeez should be made separately.

Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Religious Studies

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  1. Give it priority. Make time for Islamic studies and Quran recitation every day, and make that time important and special. Don’t let yourself and your children get distracted by the demands of hectic daily routines. Let them know that learning about their religion is important, even more important than housework or school homework! Value their achievements in reading or memorizing the Quran more than other academic achievements.
  2. Be an example. It’s hard to expect your children to spend lots of time reading the Quran or learning Duas, if they hardly ever see you doing that. If you want your child to become a Hafiz, why don’t you start studying together? If you can find an excuse not to, so does your child. 

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Address your stress- Learn to help yourself!

stressStress is the most common problem humanity has to deal with. Every single being is under the spell of stress; he might be a poor teenager or an old millionaire, he will be consumed in ferocious storm of stress and depression. We all are victims of this battle; some might win, but most will perish. Stress has this power, not just to manipulate minds, but squander the body and soul altogether. Increased number of stress relief medications, enhanced therapeutic technologies, modified stress releasing machinery, escalating demand of psychiatrists, and psychologists show how our stress is becoming the ultimate victor of this battle.

Pressing the issue of increased suicidal rate in Muslim community is posing a big question mark on the lifestyle of a religion-oriented nation. It is unfortunate that Muslims are not very considerate about ‘dealing with stress’ issue on a massive scale. A special homework must be done in the scientific and therapeutic fields in the Muslim world, in order to design techniques which are compatible to Muslim mind set and lifestyle; rather than mindless application of the contrastive work of western scholars on Muslims. Meanwhile, we can try to win over the stress within our individual power frame. Usually, people run towards music, party, drinking, smoking, or drugs etc. to get rid of stress; but good news is that there are many alternative Halal (permissible) ways to beat stress. I have enlisted simple, yet powerful tips, which can help overcome stress.

1. Dhikr (rememberance of Allah (swt))

As a Muslim our very first source to beat stress is Dhikr. Allah (swt) said,  “Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.”  (Ar-Rad 13:28)

Now what is this Dhikr? Dhikr literally means to “hold something in conscious mind” and in Islamic terms it means “the remembrance of Allah”. He also said,
“And men who remember Allah greatly and women who remembers (Allah greatly)- Allah holds in store for them forgiveness and a great reward” (Surah Ahzab 33:35)
We find examples of Dhikr in the Quran and narrations of Prophet (sa). Quran itself is the best kind of Dhikr. The psychology behind Dhikr is very interesting. When a person calls his Creator and Sustainer in his conscious mind then he ‘unconsciously’ starts developing a sense of belonging- where he starts trusting his Creator and becomes contented with what is given or taken by Him. This contentment is the key to the door of happiness, and this sensation of felicity beats stress.

2. Follow the Sunnah
Muslims already have a set pattern of life style provided by our prophet (sa). The more you practice Sunnah, the more you beat the stress. Anyone can get those guidelines, anywhere, at any time, just by contemplating over the life of prophet (sa). Allah (swt) said in the Quran, “Say (O Muhammad) onto them that if you love Allah SWT than follow me. Allah will love you and forgive your sins”

When one is loved by Allah (swt) then there is nothing in this entire universe that can harm him/her, or even cause any discomfort. Living a sinless life, gives a great comfort to one’s heart and mind which helps beat stress.

3. Fulfil your obligations/responsibilities

Every adult has to deal with some specific responsibilities. As Prophet (sa) said: “Every one of you is a Shepherd (responsible) and every one of you is accountable for the ones you are responsible for.” In fact, the ever mounting stack of unfulfilled responsibilities and obligations are the cause of depression and stress. Hence, when one fulfils his/ her obligations sincerely on a daily basis then there is nothing to worry about at the end of the day.

4. Develop a habit of physical exercise

Study of Harvard Health shows that regular exercise enhances the action of chemicals in our body, known as Endorphins. These chemicals help in building immunity and serve to improve our mood. Walking briskly for 35-thirty five minutes daily, shows to have a significant influence on mild to moderate symptoms of depression. On the other hand, our Islamic tradition strongly recommends physical exercise where Prophet (sa) used to motivate Muslims to practice different types of sports. Develop a habit of daily exercise, and participate in your favourite sport, so that you can ward off boredom and stress.

5. Provide a helping hand

Helping others gives ultimate happiness. If we observe the poor or destitute closely, we develop a sense of thankfulness; and when we will be thankful to Allah (swt) for His bounties, He will give you more- that is His promise. Hence, start helping others. Find a welfare organization in your area, and participate in community service to beat your stress.

6. Find your vision/mission

Everything in this universe has a purpose of its existence. The tragedy of Muslims nowadays is the lack of vision in their lives; they are confused and negligent of their purpose of creation. Existence of vision in one’s life instils fun, trill and enduringness in it which is a very helpful component in beating stress.

7. Organize yourself
Organization of oneself is one of the most important things in one’s life. If you ponder upon the system of this universe, you will see that everything has its specific time of happening. Nothing falls off the set schedule. Similarly, humans are also designed to organize their lives, or else they will fall from the divine dignity. Start your organization from little things like cleaning your messy cupboard, your book shelf and room, office desk then move up and design your daily routine, manage your events, and make a timetable. Rest assure- the more you organize yourself, the more you beat the stress.

8. Be Patient

Sabr (patience) makes it easy to deal with depression and stress. When a person thinks that everything belongs to Allah (swt), and He has complete authority to give and take any of His bounties whenever He wills; only then, he will experience true peace. Allah (swt) the Almighty knows what is best, and if one is patient at the time of calamity, Allah (swt) rewards him in this world and hereafter. One should try to practice patience, and be contented for what Allah (swt) has ordained for him for He is not unjust.

9. Let Go

Psychology tells us, when a person experiences, or senses something- it immediately goes into his short term memory, and when, it is repeated few times, it becomes long term memory where it resides for a long time. So, when you experience something unlikely and depressive- try to let go of it. It might be extremely depressing, but thinking about it over and over again will just make it worse, and ultimately, lead you to severe depression. Letting go needs a lot of practice and patience as it involves the training of your brain.

Practice these tips and God willing, you will regain your strength to fight stress. May Allah (swt) grant us all the peace of heart and mind. Ameen.

Supplications from the Sunnah for the Day of Arafah

Day_of__Arafa_backProphet Muhammad (sa) said: “The best supplication is the supplication of the Day of Arafah.” (Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Malik and others; Al-Albani graded this Hadeeth as Hasan)

Following are some supplications with their Arabic text as mentioned in authentic Ahadeeth. These are the Duas taught by the Prophet (sa) to be recited on different occasions. These are general supplications that can be recited throughout the year.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ اَلْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

O Allah, You are the Pardoner and You love to pardon, so pardon me. (An-Nasai, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad and Al-Hakim)

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَارْحَمْنِي وَاهْدِنِي وَارْزُقْنِي

O Allah, grant me pardon, have mercy upon me, direct me to the path of righteousness and provide me sustenance. (Muslim)

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ بِنِعْمَتِكَ وَأَبُوءُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي إِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

O Allah! You are my Lord; there is no god but You, You have created me, and I am Your servant and hold to Your covenant and promise as much as I can; I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done: I acknowledge Your favour to me, and I acknowledge my sin; pardon me, for none but You pardons sins. (Abu Dawood)

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ اَلْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي, وَدُنْيَايَ, وَأَهْلِي, وَمَالِي, اَللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي, وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي, وَاحْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ, وَمِنْ خَلْفِي, وَعَنْ يَمِينِي, وَعَنْ شِمَالِي, وَمِنْ فَوْقِي, وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي

O Allah! I ask you for pardon and well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth. O Allah! Cover my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay. O Allah! Preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above, and I seek refuge with you lest I be swallowed up by the earth.” (An-Nasai and Ibn Majah)

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ

O Allah guide me among those You have guided, pardon me among those You have pardoned, befriend me among those You have befriended, bless me in what You have granted, and save me from the evil that You decreed. Indeed You decree, and none can pass decree, and none can pass decree upon You, indeed he is not humiliated whom You have befriended, blessed are You our Lord and Exalted. (At-Tirmidhi)

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً، وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! (Al-Baqarah 2:201)

Sunnah Steps to Perform Hajj

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The eighth of Dhul-Hijjah is the first day of Hajj, which starts after the Maghrib prayers of the seventh of Dhul-Hijjah.

Steps to perform Hajj as per Sunnah

Ihram and Niyah: Ihram literally means to make Haram (forbidden). When a Hajj pilgrim pronounces the Niyah (intention) of Hajj and Umrah and says Talbiyah (Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik…), certain Halal (permissible) things become Haram for him. This combined action of Niyah and Talbiyah is called Ihram. The two sheets that a pilgrim wears are symbolically known as Ihram, but the Ihram is actually the Niyah and Talbiyah.

Departure to Mina: Pilgrims proceed towards Mina after the sunrise. They utter the Talbiyah, as often as they can. Pilgrims have to offer Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha prayers and spend the night of eight Dhul-Hijjah (first day of Hajj) in Mina.

Departure to Arafat and performing Waquf: After offering Fajr prayer in Mina on the Ninth of Dhul-Hijjah (second day of Hajj), pilgrims leave for Arafat. Wuquf-e- Arafat starts at declining of sun and ends at the sunset. It is better (Afzal) to do Wuquf while standing, but it is allowed to sit as well. This whole time is spent reciting Talbiyah, repenting on sins, uttering supplications and asking Allah (swt) for His forgiveness. Zuhr and Asr prayers are offered combined at Zuhr time, if prayed in Masjid-e-Namrah, and offered separately, if away from Masjid-e-Namrah.

Departure to Muzdalifah: When the sun sets, pilgrims proceed to Muzdalifah, without offering Maghrib prayer, reciting supplications and Talbiyah. Maghrib and Isha prayers are offered together at Isha time. There is one Iqamah and one Adhan for both prayers. Night in Muzdalifah is a blessed night, which is spent in reciting supplications, Quran and Talbiyah. Pebbles of the size of chick peas are collected in order to perform Ramy (stoning the Shaytan) in Mina. Two Rakah Sunnah are offered at Fajr prayer before Fard and Waquf is performed. Pilgrims proceed to Mina when sun is about to rise.

Perform Ramy (stoning the Shaytan) in Mina: On the tenth of Dhul-Hijjah (third day of Hajj), pilgrims hit Jamrah-Aqabah with seven pebbles one after the other. Talbiyah is stopped, when pilgrims throw the first pebble. After Ramy, pilgrims leave Mina to perform the sacrifice (Qurbani).

Offer a sacrifice: Three days are designated for sacrificing an animal: the tenth, eleventh and twelfth of Dhul-Hijjah. It can be done anytime during day and night.

Get your hair cut (Qasr) or shaved (Halq): Halq or Qasr is done after the sacrifice (Qurbani). If the sacrifice is postponed, Halq or Qasr will be postponed too. It is also a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (sa). After Halq or Qasr, prohibitions of Ihram are lifted, except private relations between husband and wife, which are permissible after Tawaf-e-Ziarah only.

Perform the Tawaf and Sai: It can be done any time, day or night, from tenth of Dhul-Hijjah to the sunset of twelfth Dhul-Hijjah.

Repeat Sai after Sundown on the Fourth and Fifth days: Pilgrims perform Sai after Tawaf-e–Ziarah. It is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (sa) to make sure that your Wudu is intact.

Return to Mina: Pilgrims return to Mina after performing Sai, where they spend the night.

Ramy of Jamarat: Pilgrims throw pebbles on each of the tree Jamarat on eleventh and twelfth of Dhul-Hijjah after Zawal (decline of the sun).

Tawaf-e-Widah: After Hajj, it is obligatory on pilgrims to perform Tawaf-e-Wida (Farewell Tawaf). This is performed when pilgrims are leaving Makkah for their homeland.

Eid-ul-Adha – The Tenth of Dhul-Hijjah: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims offer Eid prayers any time after the sun completely rises but before the  Zuhr time. The Sunnah of preparation for Eid-ul-Azha prayer includes- making Wudu, offering Fajr prayers and wearing best clothes available. It is a Sunnah of Allah’s (swt) messenger Ibrahim (as).

Allah (swt) mentions in The Quran, “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad (sa)) to the Muhsinun (doers of good).” (Al-Hajj 22:37)

Slaughtering animal with one’s own hands and distributing the meat among family and Mustahikeen (deserving people) is a Sunnah of Allah’s (swt) Messenger (sa). (Bukhari)

Dhul-Hijjah is a month of great importance for all Muslims. Besides Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, it is a great opportunity for Muslims to do as many good deeds as possible in the prescribed days of this sacred month.

Ibn Abbas (ra) has narrated that:the Prophet (sa) said: “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those on these (first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” Then some companions of the Prophet (sa) said, “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 (swt) sake) and does not return with any of those things.” (Bukhari)

May Allah (swt) make us the people of Taqwa and prevent us from falling into the footsteps of those, who failed before us. Ameen.

Our Kids, Our Sadaqah-e-Jariah

islami parenting- 1We always think about what will happen to us when we die? But have we ever thought about what will happen to our kids when they die? Are you confronting troubles in raising them into a productive Muslim and a Sadaqah-e-Jariah for yourself?

Here are some easy parenting tips to follow.

Inculcate Islamic routine and habits
Ever wondered how much emphasis do we put on Islamic routine? What should be our primary focus?

Make an Islamic routine for your children which may include:
a.      Teach them to stay awake after Fajr prayer (depending on the Salah times during the year).
b.      Make them read/memorize a portion of Quran daily.
c.      Make them reflect on a verse of Quran or some Hadeeth every day.
d.      Teach them to be charitable- even by smiling.
e.      Prioritize that they perform their Salah on time.
f.      Inculcate the habit of reading the Duas that Prophet (sa) used to read before going to bed, after waking up from sleep, eating etc.

Cheers for chores

We know, as Muslims, that cleanliness is half of our faith. If being clean is a large part of us being a Muslim, why not cultivate this into our children at an early age and teach them how to maintain their home and own space?  In their development, we all must play an effective role to keep both our external and internal environment clean. Someone taught a girl not to litter the ground. When she was asked why, she replied , “Why litter the ground we will be sleeping in one day?” I found her words extremely beautiful.

Make them follow Sunnah

Try to make Prophet (sa) their role model and the one whose footsteps they need to follow even while doing little tasks. Bring out positivity in them by reading to them the stories about Sahaba, and making their image everlasting in their minds. In this way, they will be able to understand our Islamic history more profoundly; they will respect our heroes and will try to act like them in their own lives as well.

Walk the talk

You cannot expect your kid to sit and learn Quran while the dad’s watching T.V and mummy’s browsing on her I pad. With the love of Quran exemplified in the parents, a young child will be attracted to sit and learn. So, first act upon what you teach them, and make them your Sadaqah-e-Jariah- the only way to earn rewards even after death.

Etiquettes of Sneezing and Yawning – 2

largeProphet’s (sa) instruction for yawning

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Yawning comes from the Shaytan, so if one of you feels the urge to yawn, let him suppress it as much as he can, for if one of you says ‘ha’ (the sound made when yawning), the Shaytan laughs.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

It was proven in the Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Allah (swt) likes the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning, so if any one of you sneezes and praises Allah (swt) (says “Alhumdulillah”), it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say to him, “YarhamukAllah (may Allah (swt) have mercy on you).”

As for yawning, it is from the Shaytan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, he should suppress it as much as he can, for when any one of you yawns, the Shaytan laughs at him.” (Bukhari)

Various phrases to be used by the “Sneezer” to praise Allah (swt) 

Alhumdulillah (praise be to Allah (swt))

Alhumdulillah ‘Alakullihaal (Praise be to Allah (swt) in all situations)

Alhumdulillah Rabbil-‘Aalameen (Praise be to Allah (swt) the Lord of the Worlds)

Various phrases to be used to pray for mercy for the sneezer

YahdeekumAllah-wayuslihu-balakum (May Allah (swt) guide you and rectify your condition)

YaghfirAllahu-lana-walakum (May Allah (swt) forgive us and you)

‘AafanaAllah-waiyyakum-min-al-nar, YarhamukumAllah (May Allah (swt) save us and you from the Fire; may Allah (swt) have mercy on you)

YarhamunaAllahu-waiyyakum-wayaghfirlana-walakum (may Allah (swt) have mercy on us and you, may He forgive us and you)

All of the above narrations are “Saheeh” and a Muslim may choose whichever of them he wants.  And Allah (swt) knows best.

The Prophet (sa) stated that yawning comes from the Shaytan (Satan), and he told us to suppress yawning as much as we can, but if yawning overtakes us, then he told us to put our hands over our mouths.

1. It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (rta) said: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “If one of you yawns – according to another report: whilst praying – let him suppress it as much as he can, for the Shaytan comes in.” (Muslim)

2. It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Yawning comes from the Shaytan, so if one of you feels the urge to yawn, let him suppress it as much as he can, for if one of you says ‘ha’ (the sound made when yawning), the Shaytan laughs.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Ruling on saying “Alhumdulillah” after sneezing when praying:

It is prescribed for him/her to say Alhumdulillah, because it is proven in the Saheeh Hadeeth that the Prophet (sa) heard someone say Alhumdulillah after sneezing and he did not rebuke him, rather he said: “I saw such and such a number of angels, all of whom were hastening to write it down.” And because praising Allah (swt) is akin to the phrases of prayer, and is not contrary to it.”

(Majmoo’ Fataawa al-ShaykhIbnBaaz)

Conclusion:

Muslims should submit to the authentic Islamic texts and act accordingly, without trying too hard to understand precisely why a text commands or forbids something. They should believe that Allah (swt) is the Wise and Aware, Who does not prescribe anything for His slaves- unless it is in their best interests, in this world and the next; even though it may not cross their minds and some people may understand part of the wisdom behind it, whereas others will never know. The Muslim’s basic rule is to follow the commands, and if he has some knowledge of the reason behind the commands, then praise be to Allah (swt).

May Allah (swt) make us from those who obeyed Him and made Him happy. May He make us from those whom He forgave, and bestowed upon His mercy. May He bless us the best of both worlds – Ameen.

Etiquettes of Sneezing and Yawning – 1

tissuesLet’s begin with the name of Allah (swt), The Creator of everything in existence. Let’s pray, may Allah (swt) help us in gaining the correct knowledge, and may He make it beneficial to whoever hears it – Ameen.

Our religion Islam is complete in every manner Alhumdulillah (Praise be to Allah). Be it a big issue like marriage, or a small issue such as entering a house, yawning or sneezing; a complete code of conduct is prescribed for all types of matters and situations – Praise be to Allah (swt).

There are certain etiquettes (manners) that should be observed in times of yawning and sneezing. The best and the only way for us (Muslims) is the way suggested by Allah (swt) and His Prophet Muhammad (sa).

Three words are of great importance in Islam when doing any action; “Ikhlas” (Sincerety), “Ihsan” (being in a state of awareness that Allah (swt) is watching me at all times) and “Ikhlaq” (manners/etiquettes). If a deed is done in a state of Ihsan with proper etiquettes for the sake of Allah (swt) with Ikhlas in it, it will never go unrewarded. Insha’Allah (if Allah (swt) wills)

There are certain manners and supplications that were practiced by our Prophet Muhammad (sa) when he sneezed and yawned. A good deed must comprise of the following two components:

1. It is for Allah (swt) only.

2. It is done as prescribed by Allah (swt) and/or Prophet (sa) .

Once our deeds, irrespective of their size, are encapsulated in the above two components, they will be readily accepted by our Creator in the best way – Insha’Allah.

Our Prophet Muhammad (sa) was sent to us by Allah (swt) as the best living example for the mankind.

Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad (sa) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21)

There are certain etiquettes and various supplications for “Sneezing” and “Yawning” that are present in various (authentic) “Saheeh Ahadeeth”, which are important to be remembered and performed when someone sneezes or yawns. Many of us may think sneezing and yawning is a small thing, and why should we give importance to this level of subject. Whereas, the reality for the believers is, that we need, as many good deeds as possible, in our account, since we do not know which of the tiniest good deed may land us in Jannah (Heaven) on the Day of Judgement.

Prophet’s (sa) instruction for sneezing

Al-Bukhari narrated from Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “When one of you sneezes, let him say, ‘Alhumdulillah (Praise be to Allah (swt)),’ and let his brother or companion say to him. ‘YarhamukAllah (May Allah (swt) have mercy on you).’ If he says, ‘Yarhamuk-Allah,’ then let (the sneezer) say, ‘Yahdeekum-Allah-Wayuslihu-Balakum (May Allah (swt) guide you and rectify your condition).’”

[To be continued Insha Allah]

Powerful Tips for Last Ten Nights

How should we spend the last ten nights of Ramadan? What are the ways to make the most of these blessed nights. Following is an infograph based on tips by Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury. Illustrated by Owh So Muslim.

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Our Ummah

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Here we are
Here we stand
Away from start
Lead to our state

A community of the just
A middle course
From the down throbbing
From being harshly erratic

With the precedence of righteousness
With precedence of justice
For the benefit of the people
Goodness to the masses

In closeness to God
Far from greed
As every matter is reversed to creed
Mindful gaze on the hereafter

Here we are
Here we stand
Away from the start
Lead to our state

There set in distraction
From the worldly beauties
Frivolities and excess indulgent
Diseases against heart ailment

Rightly guided Caliph set the pace
To live in a godly space
The kingdom set the stage
For the alien to place

Strayed from the crux
Lost at the cross road
Tainted with desires
Aspiration for the Dunya

Here we are
Here we stand
Away from start
Lead to our state

Wealth accumulation
With the divide and rule notion
Driven with a plot of nationalisation
A call to Jahiliyah in motion

Who is better than I?
His is the Qiya’ Madhab
Not the Madinah school of thought
Sects and violence prevail

Extremist views not entail
From name call and Kaffarah rending
Ayah and Ahadeeth bending
To suit cases they detail

Here we are
Here we stand
Away from start
Lead to our state

A civilisation of patience and constancy
That wouldn’t ride on hatred and war mongering
Perseverance is its teaching
And, the key the Ummah back its footing

The moon longs for those days
When the Ummah’s radiance sweeps evil
When worldly desires dwindle not trust
Fear of Allah (swt) kindles man to be just

And, sovereignty is for the Lord
That grants man freewill and love
To channel the world to goodness
And not love the world to stupor

We know where we are
We should move away from where we stand
Closer and not away from the start
Closer to Quran and Sunnah guidance
Leading to a better state.

[Twins of Faith Karachi] Family Matters by Br. Adnan Rashid

familyAllah’s (swt) greatest gift to Muslims is Iman (faith). Something they never pursued and were awarded effortlessly. But what is Iman? It is belief and action combined together based on the Ilm (knowledge) one has acquired. Yes, it’s a pre-requisite that Ilm must be followed up by Amal (action); otherwise, Ilm is not even considered to be Ilm.

Iblees (Satan) is most knowledgeable. He maybe is more learned than all the Ulema of the world collectively. Why? Because he has been around the longest. He was there even before Allah (swt) created Adam (as). And he worshipped Allah (swt). So where did he fail? How did he become Rajeem (the cursed and rejected one)? Significantly, because he failed to act upon the knowledge he earned. He recognized Allah (swt) to be the Supreme Creator, Who solely deserved to be worshipped, but blinded himself to His divine guidance. Hence, Ibless became a Kafir. Ilm without action is a recipe for Jahannum.

Numerous orientalists and non-Muslims have studied Hadeeth and Aqueedah in more depth than many Muslims on Earth. But it doesn’t save them. Knowledge and action are intertwined. One is vain and useless without the other. If we are granted knowledge and we do not act upon it, we are considered to be hypocrites. If we do not have knowledge and we act as per our desires, we can cause Fitnah and perform Bidats (innovations in Deen).

Abu Hurairah (rta) once saw an old man with a young boy. He advised the lad about the Islamic Adab: “Do not walk ahead of your father and do not sit before him.”

We need to approach our families with the knowledge of the Quran and the Sunnah, especially when delivering their rights upon us. Family is one of the greatest blessings from Allah (swt). It is an important opportunity to please Allah (swt) and enter Jannah. As Muslims, we must recognize who is who in the family. It is essential to understand the value and status of your parents, spouse, children and extended family.

Orphans are the ones, who know the true importance of having a family. Once, our beloved Prophet (sa) was travelling along with his companions (rta). Suddenly, he came to a halt and began to weep. His companions (rta), unable to see his grief, cried along with him, until Umar ibn Al-Khattab (rta) asked him: “Ya Rasool Allah (sa), why are you crying?” He replied: “My mother is buried here.”

Why did Allah (swt) place Jannah beneath the mother’s feet? Because it can only be attained by serving her. After mentioning Shirk as an unforgivable sin, Allah (swt) places disobedience to parents next in line. They can either be our doors to Jannah or gateway to Jahannum.

Once, the Prophet (sa) descended the pulpit thrice, and each time he uttered: “Ameen”. The companions (rta) asked him, why he did so? The Messenger (sa) explained: “Gabriel (as) visited me and informed me: ‘Woe to the person, who finds Ramadan but doesn’t enter Paradise.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ Then he said: ‘Woe to the person, who, upon mentioning your name, doesn’t send Salawat upon you.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ Lastly, Gabriel said: ‘Woe to the person, who finds his parents in their old age and fails to attain Jannah.’ I said: ‘Ameen.’ ”

Appreciate your ties with the kith and kin and pave your way to Jannah.

Abu Hurairah (rta) once saw an old man with a young boy. He advised the lad about the Islamic Adab: “Do not walk ahead of your father and do not sit before him.”

Many times kids do not out-rightly misbehave with their parents, but it’s that one shrug of shoulders, gesturing of the eyes or wrinkling with their forehead that does it all. The Quran doesn’t even permit us to utter ‘uff’ to them. If a word shorter than that would have been known, that would also have been forbidden to say against one’s parents.

How Allah (swt) defends the honour of a mother? When Maryam (as) gave birth to Isa (as) and brought him to her people, she was falsely accused. At the moment she pointed to Isa (as,) who was still an infant in the cradle. He spoke for his mother as a miracle. Allah (swt) granted him the power to do so. Isa (as) confirmed to the people that he was special. He was most importantly a slave of Allah (swt), He had been given a book (Injeel) from Allah (swt), he had been made a prophet of Allah (swt) and he was obedient to his mother.

I see the Western society collapsing from within. I have seen kids curse their parents. It’s an unbelievable phenomenon. Their family institution has disintegrated. On the other hand, Islam is great. It gives the right to people they deserve. Appreciate your ties with the kith and kin and pave your way to Jannah.

Transcribed by Rana Rais Khan from Br Adnan Rashid’s talk at Twins of Faith Karachi, organized by Mercy Mission.