Ten Days Of Dhul Hijah (Book And Brochure)

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Website of Rasoulullah (peace be upon him)
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In the name of Allah, All praises be to Allah, All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Election is one of Allah’s enactments in this universe. Allah (SWT ) elected some prophets, angels, months and days to be better than others. For example, Allah (SWT) elected the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah to be better than any other days. Let us know their virtues and the best righteous deeds we can do during them.

First: Their virtues mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah

1) Allah (SWT)1 says in the Noble Qur’an what can be translated as:

“And (by) the dawn and (by) the ten nights .” (TMQ , Surat al-Fajr 1-2) Ibn-Kathir said: “The ten nights are the first ten nights of Dhul-Hijjah as stated by Ibn-Abbas, Ibn-al-Zubair, Mujahid, and many others scholars, both past and present.”

2) Ibn-Abbas reported that the Prophet (SAWS )2 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 (SAWS) said, “Not even jihad (struggle)?” 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.” (Related by al-Bukhari)

3) Jabir reported that the Prophet (SAWS)3 said: “The best days are the (first) ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” (Related by Ibn- Habban and Abu-Ya’la and ranked as hadith sahih by al-Albani)

Second: Recommended Righteous Deeds

There have been many narrations that indicate the worshipping efforts exerted by our predecessors during these days. Said ibn-Jubair “exerted his best efforts in worship once the first ten days Dhul-Hijjah started until he almost could not.” He used to advise people not to sleep a lot during these nights and spend them in prayer.

The following are the most important righteous deeds that can be done during these days:

1) Fasting

Hunaydah ibn-Khalid reported from his wife on the authority of one of the wives of the Prophet (SAWS) who said, “The Prophet of Allah (SAWS) used to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the Day of `Ashura’ (10th of Muharram) and three days of every month, that is, the first Monday (of the month) and Thursday.” (Related by Abu-Dawud and ranked as hadith sahih by al-Albani)

Fasting on the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah) is particularly important:

Abu-Qatada al-Ansari (RA ) reported that the Prophet of Allah (SAWS) was asked about … fasting on the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah), whereupon he said, It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year.” (Related by Muslim)

2) Remembrance of Allah

Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an what can be translated as: “That they may witness (things) profitable to them and mention the Name of Allah on days well-known.” (TMQ, Surat al-Hajj 28) Ibn-Abbas said that the “days well-known” are the first ten days of Dhul- Hijjah while the “prescribed number of days” are the Days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah). Ibn-Omar and Abu-Hurairah used to go to the marketplace reciting takbir (saying: “Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]”) and people followed their example.

3) Sacrifice

Abu-Hurairah reported that the Prophet (SAWS) said, “The one who is able to offer a sacrifice but he does not should not attend our mosque.” (Related by Ibn-Majah and ranked as hadith hasan by al-Albani)

4) `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage)

In his tafsir (interpretation) book, Ibn-Jarir mentioned that Ibn-Omar said he would like to perform `umrah in Dhul-Hijjah better than in the twenty (that is the last ten days of Ramadhan and the first ten days of Muharram).

5) Du`a’ (supplication)

In his book The Two Eids al-Firyabi mentioned that Abu-Musa al-Ash’ari said that the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the “days well-known” mentioned in the Noble Qur’an and supplications are granted during them.

The Prophet (SAWS) said, “The best thing Allah likes is supplication.” (Related by at-Tirmithy and ranked as hadith hasan by al-Albany)

One should be certain that he will never be deprived of the goodness of supplication. The Prophet (SAWS) said, “The Muslim whose supplication does not include sin or break of kinship ties shall be granted one of three things: his supplication is granted, kept for him in the hereafter or protects him of bad things the equal of which.” The companions then said, “We shall supplicate more and more.” “Allah is more,” said the Prophet (SAWS). (Related by Ahmad and ranked as hadith hasan sahih by al-Albany) Continue reading

Modesty & A Sound Heart In The Last Days

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Abdullah Hakim Quick

IISNA 2010 Islamic Revival Tour, Melbourne, Australia. Modesty in Islam is known as haya, a word which describes both shyness and a deeper modesty that is based on faith. A sense of haya should affect a Muslim’s conduct before God, before others and even when one is alone. In the Holy Qur’an, God says: “O children of Adam, We have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God’s signs, that they may take heed.” (Al-A`raf 7:26) Continue reading

The Dajjaal – (Al-Maseeh Al-Dajjaal)

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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There are over fifty scholarly comments on the meaning of the word Maseeh (Messiah). They said that this word is applied both to the Truthful One [True Messiah, i.e., ‘Eesa (Jesus)] and to the misleading liar [the “antichrist” or Dajjaal]. The Messiah is the Truthful One, ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus the son of Mary), the Messiah of guidance, who healed those who were born blind and lepers, and brought the dead to life by Allah’s Leave. The false messiah (al‐maseeh al‐dajjaal) is the liar who leads people astray, the messiah of misguidance who will tempt people by means of the signs that he is given, such as bringing down rain, reviving the earth to bring forth vegetation, and other “miracles.”

So Allah has created two messiahs, who are opposites of one another. The scholars said that the reason why the Dajjaal is called maseeh (a “messiah”) is because one of his eyes is mamsooh (lit. “wiped”; smooth or abraded, i.e., he will be blind or defective in one eye). Or it was said that it is because he will survey or travel throughout the earth (yamsah) in forty days… The former view is more correct, because of what was said in the hadeeth narrated by Muslim (no. 5221) from Anas ibn Maalik, who said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: ‘The Dajjaal will be blind ( mamsooh) in one eye, and between his eyes will be written ‘kaafir’…’”.

The word Dajjaal is taken from the expression “Dajala alba’eer (he smeared the camel)”, referring to when they covered it with tar. The root dajala means to mix. The word dajala is used to mean deliberately confusing matters and being vague and ambiguous, The Dajjaal is the one who speaks in vagaries, who tells many lies and deceives many people. The word “Dajjaal” became a title given to the lying, one‐eyed, false messiah. The Dajjaal is so called because he will conceal his kufr from the people by lying to them, deceiving them and confusing them.

The Dajjaal will be a man from among the sons of Adam. He will have many attributes which were described in the ahaadeeth to acquaint people with him and to warn them of his evil. So when he comes, the believers will know him and will not be misled by him. They will know his features which
the Truthful One (the Prophet) (PBUH) has told us about. These features will distinguish him from other people, so that no one will be deceived by him except those who are ignorant and whose doom has already been decreed. We ask Allah to keep us safe and sound.

Among these attributes are: He will be a young man with a ruddy complexion, short, with thick curly hair, a wide forehead, and broad upper chest, blind or defective (mamsooh) in the right eye. This eye will be neither prominent nor sunken, and will look like a floating grape. His left eye will be covered with a thick piece of flesh growing at the edge of his eye. Written between his eyes will be “Kaaf faa’ raa’،(ك,ف,ر) (K‐F‐R)”, in separate (Arabic) letters, or “kaafir ,”(كافر) with the letters joined. This will be read by every Muslim, literate or illiterate. Another of his characteristics will be that he will be sterile, with no children born to him. The following are some of the saheeh ahaadeeth in which the above attributes are mentioned. These ahaadeeth form part of the evidence (daleel) concerning the emergence of the Dajjaal: From ‘Abd‐Allah ibn ‘Umar (RA), who said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

‘Whilst I was sleeping, I saw myself performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah, when I saw a dark man with straight hair, standing between two other men, with water dripping from his head. I asked: “Who is this?” They said: “The son of Maryam.” Then I turned and saw a ruddy‐complexioned man, well built, with curly hair, blind in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape. I asked: “Who is this?” They said: “This is the Dajjaal.” The person who looks most like him is Ibnu Qatan.’” (Narrated by al‐Bukhaari, no. 6508; Ibn Qatan was a man from Banu Mustalaq from Khuzaa’ah). Continue reading

The Difference Between Advising And Condemning

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Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
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In this classic treatise, Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah) discusses the differences between Advising and Condemning, which is an extremely important topic since it is very common that the two are confused for one another. For the most part, his talk revolves around the dealings and affairs of the scholars, and how it was from their way to advise and accept the truth from one another. And he shows how condemning was not from their characteristics, but rather from the signs of the evil and wicked people who held hidden goals and objectives.

This book is especially important in these days due to the widescale confusion that exists on this subject amongst the Muslims. So today when we find scholars of the Sunnah refuting weak opinions of other scholars from the past, they are quickly accused of hating those scholars of the past and just condemning them, when in fact they are really advising the ummah and warning the Muslims against following a man in his error. At the same time, we have people who present themselves as defending these scholars of the past (who were criticized) and who seek to “àdvise” the ummah, when in fact they are just trying to defame a scholar and belittle his status. So, we hope that these matters become clear to the reader upon studying this treatise and that he is able to distinguish those who are truly advising from those who are just condemning. Continue reading

The Two Eids And Their Significance

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Abdul Majeed Alee Hasan
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‘The Arabic word “Eid” refers to something habitual, that returns and is repeated, thus stands  literally for a recurrent event. It also implies a place often visited by people, and the period of time in which a particular act is regularly performed. Likewise, each gathering that assembles regularly comes under the category,  ‘Eid’. Eids or festivals are symbols to be found in every nation, including those that are based on revealed scriptures and those that are idolatrous, as well as others, because celebrating festivals is something that is an instinctive part of human nature. All people like to have special occasions to celebrate, where they can come  together and express their joy and happiness.’ Continue reading

33 Ways Of Developing Khushoo’ In Salaah (Prayer)

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Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
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Salaah is the greatest of the practical pillars of Islam, and khushoo’ in prayer is required by sharee’ah. When Iblees, the enemy of Allaah, vowed to mislead and tempt the sons of Adam and said “Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left…” [al-A’raaf 7:17, interpretation of the meaning], one of his most significant plots became to divert people from salaah by all possible means and to whisper to them during their prayer so as to deprive them of the joy of this worship and cause them to lose the reward for it. As khushoo’ will be the first thing to disappear from the earth, and we are living in the last times, the words of Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) are particularly pertinent to us: “The first thing of your religion that you will lose is khushoo’, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is salaah. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the mosque and not find anyone who has khushoo’.” (al-Madaarij, 1/521).

Because of what every person knows about himself, and because of the complaints that one hears from many people about waswaas (insinuating thoughts from Shaytaan) during the salaah and the loss of khushoo’, the need for some discussion of this matter is quite obvious. The following is a reminder to myself and to my Muslim brothers, and I ask Allaah to make it of benefit.

This book talks about on how to develop Khushoo in prayers, rulings on Khushoo, the means of developing Khushoo, knowing the advantages of Khushoo in prayers and etc. Continue reading