Monthly Archives: October 2011
This story is extracted from the book “Enjoy Your Life” by Dr. Muhammad Al-’Arifi. I hope you can benefit from this story of our beloved prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم
You can sometimes notice the different ways in which people deal with children. When a person enters a public gathering with his son, he shake everyone’s hands one by one, while his son follows suit. Among the people are those who would completely ignore the child, others would barely shake his hand, and others would warmly shake hid and saying, “Welcome, young man! How are you today?” It is the love of that person that will be engraved in the heart of the chold, as well as in the hearts of his parents.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would display the best form of treatment with children. Anas bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him – had a younger brother; and the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) would play with him and nickname him Abu ‘Umayr. The child had a small bird that he played with. Whenever the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) would meet him, he would joke with him saying, “O Abu ‘Umayr, what happened to al-Nughayr?” meaning, the bird.
He would be kind and playful with children. Whenever he would meet Zaynab bint Umm Salamah, he would playfully say to her, “O Zuwaynib! O Zuwaynib!” Whenever he passed by children playing, he would greet them. Whenever he visited the Ansaar, he would greet their children and place his hand on their heads out of compassion. Upon the return of the Muslim army from Mu’tah, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) along with the rest of the Muslims and their children met them on their way back to Madinah. When the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) saw the children he said, “Take the children and carry them, and please pass me Ibn Ja’far.” They passed ‘Abdullah Ibn Ja’far on to him and he held him in his arms.
One day as the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was performing ablution, there came to him Muhammad bin al-Rabi’ who was only five years old. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) took some water in his mouth and jokingly blew it out in his face. (al-Bukhari)
Generally, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) was lively and merry with everyone. He would always try to make people happy. He would always be easygoing with everyone so that people would not become bored in his company Read the rest of this entry »
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by Shaikh Muhammad As-Salih Al-Uthaimeen
In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Universe. May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the last of the prophets and messengers, and upon his family and esteemed companions. Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him-with. A servant’s religion is incomplete without it. A form of worship is only acceptable when the following is true.
One devotes it to Allah alone, with a desire for the Hereafter. It cannot be done with the intention of being seen among people or for worldly gain.
One follows the Prophet’s example, in words and deeds. This cannot be accomplished except by gaining knowledge of the Sunnah.
There are three forms of Hajj: Tamattu’, Ifraad and Qiran.
Tamattu’: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when a pilgrim reaches Makkah, he/she makes Tawaf and Sa’yi for Umrah. Then shaves or clips the hair. On the day of Tarwiya, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim puts on his Ihram for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.
Ifraad: A pilgrim wears Ihram for Hajj only. When he reaches Makkah, he performs Tawaf for his arrival and Sa’yi for Hajj. He doesn’t shave or clip his hair as he doesn’t disengage from Ihram. Instead, he remains in Ihram till after he stones Jamrah Al-Aqaba on the Eid day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa’yi for Hajj until after his Tawaf for Hajj.
Qiran: A pilgrim wears Ihram for both Umrah and Hajj or he wears Ihram first for Umrah, then makes intentions for Hajj before his Tawaf for Hajj. The obligations on one performing Ifraad are the same as those on one performing Qiran, except that the latter must slaughter whereas the former is not obligated to do so. The best of the three forms is Tamattu’. It is the form that the prophet-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him encouraged his followers to perform.
Even if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifraad he is allowed to change his intentions to Tamattu’; he can do this even after he has performed Tawaf and Sa’yi.
When the Prophet – may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- performed Tawaf and Sa’yi during the year of the Farewell Hajj with his companions, he ordered all those who hadn’t brought sacrificial animals to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for Umrah. cut their hair, and disengage from Ihram till Hajj. He said, ” If I hadn’t brought the sacrificial animal, I’d have done what I’ve ordered you to do.”
If a pilgrim wishes to be ritually pure for Umrah, he should shed his clothing and bathe as he would after sexual defilement, if convenient. He should perfume his head and beard with the best oil he can find. There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.
Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women, including menstruating women and those experiencing postnatal bleeding. After bathing and preparing himself, a. pilgrim, other than those menstruating or experiencing post- natal bleeding, prays the obligatory prayer, if it is time. Otherwise, he makes his intention by praying the two Sunnah Rakass whichare made each time Wudhu is performed. Read the rest of this entry »
Tripoli : Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years after coming to power in a coup, was killed Thursday by National Transitional Council fighters in his hometown Sirte.
Gaddafi, 69, begged for mercy as the fighters advanced menacingly.
“Don’t shoot,” cried Gaddafi who cowered in a hole in which he was hiding.
Television channels flashed images of a bloodied Gaddafi who was leaning against a fighter.
Gaddafi died of his wounds Thursday, a National Transitional Council (NTC) field commander told Xinhua.
The commander, Mohemmed Buras Ali Al-Maknee, had earlier said that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi, who had been severely injured.
He had been injured in both his legs during the fierce battle at Sirte.
Al-Jazeera TV quoted Abdel Hakim Belhaj, NTC’s military chief in Tripoli, as confirming that Gaddafi had been killed.
As soon as the news of his capture spread, people were overjoyed. Ecstatic Libyans honked horns and celebrated on the streets.
But his death has not yet been officially announced by the NTC high-ups.
The US too said that it was unable to confirm about Gaddafi’s death. Read the rest of this entry »
In order to gain proper concentration in Prayer, it is important to keep one’s mind free of all pre-occupations with worldly affairs. Since our minds tend to dwell on the things which we are currently absorbed with, it is important to break the hold of this world upon our minds by conditioning ourselves to think consistently of Allah and the Last Day. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A true believer is one who has made all of his thoughts subservient to the bigger thought: Allah.”
Another important point to remember is that often because of our indulgence in major sins, we may be deprived of true joy in Prayer as a penalty for these sins. Such sins include displeasing one’s parents, fornication or adultery, indiscriminate mingling and mixing with members of the opposite sex, unethical conduct and behavior in financial dealings, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »
HAJJ – The Great pilgrimage
The word “hajj” means pilgrimage or holy visit but according to the shariat, it means the great annual pilgrimage in Makkah shareef which every muslim having the means must accomplish at least one time during his lifetime. It is the fifth pillar of Islam.
The hajj is a great ibaadat which comprises many points and details, but we put here only a short summary of the principal moments of the pilgrims. Generally speaking, such a voyage is a great moment of one’s life which must be prepared carefully. One prepare it morally and spiritually with an expert (`Aalim) or specialized group, documents etc…till the great day of departure. During all the hajj, the haajees are plunged in ibaadates (prayers) and recitations.
The pilgrims of the world converge towards holy Mecca (Makkah shareef) to achieve Umrah (the little pilgrimage), while waiting for the 7th day of the month of pilgrimage (Zil-Hijjah) to begin the program of hajj. They penetrate the sacred perimeter in a state of Ihraam, white pieces of cloth unsewn, like a uniform in the form of the poor, cause in the enclosure of the sacred house of Allah, one is presented in the form of the needy (faqeer). All muslims coming from any part of the globe wear the same dress in the surrounding of the ka’bah. They begin the activities of the hajj around holy the ka’bah by making its circombulation (tawaaf) in 7 rounds. They make a blessed stopover near the “Maqaam-e-Ibraheem” station of Hazrat Ibraheem (a.s) by making a special namaz. They drink the blessed water of zamzam (pure and miraculous water source at the foot of holy the ka’bah). They make the “Sa’i”, 7 courses of running on foot between the hills of Swafa and Marwah. Then they shave the head or cut hair only symbolically for instence (the ladies only cut the end of the hair length of an inch). Read the rest of this entry »