Its here again!

The special day in which nothing can come between you and Allahs mercy or prevent your duas from getting answered. That golden opportunity to get many of your previous sins completely wiped and even those sins that are yet to be committed [may Allah (swt) distant us from all sins, ameen].

The prophet (saw) said about the day of arafat, 9th dhul hijjah, tomorrow:
There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those, and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

As for fasting on the day of Arafaah for those not performing Hajj:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.”. [Muslim, No 1162]

And coincidentally, this great day falls on a friday, friday been the best day of the week, the day which has in it an hour that all duas are answered, and the only friday within these great 10 days.

All Glory be to Allah, for it is indeed a great blessing to be given the opportunity to witness such a day.

So pour your heart out to Allah in dua, don’t cut short your dua list no matter how long,
repeat words of praises of your Lord, read the Qur’an and most importantly fast on the day of arafat.

May Allah (swt) spare our lives to see tomorrow, and make us of those who will reap the blessings that comes with it, ameen.

~Advice to the seeker of knowledge

In his book ‘Risaalat ilaa taalib-ul-‘ilm (Advice to the seeker of Knowledge)’, Sheikh Sultan Al ‘Utaybi says

“Beware of self admiration and being deceived (by self pride and conceit) for verily it is how righteous people arr destroyed.

“Indeed, humility is a prerequisite for the sincere quest for knowledge. Be not of those whose knowledge becomes the cause of their destruction.And know, O seeker of knowledge, that it is not enough that ‘you know’. Tho knowledge is the foundation, it is only potential power. It is knowledge in action that is power.

Imaam Bukhari (Rahimahullah) says: “Al-‘ilm, Qablal Qauli wal Amal-Knowledge precedes speech and actions.” As Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, what is translated as; “So know! that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and seek forgiveness for your sins.”So, He began by mentioning knowledge before speech and action.

Advice is first to he who renders it before it is to he to whom it is rendered. May Allah have mercy on the student of knowledge. Walk the path that was paved by the salaf-us-saalih (pious predecessors) with the humility they had. Let not your striving be rendered vain by self-conceit and arrogance. Let not the knowledge you seek be the cause of your destruction.

Be critical and cautious of Taqlid (Blind followership) and pray as those who did after guidance had come to them; “Rabbana, Laa tuzigh Quluubanaa, ba’ada idh hadaitanaa, wa hablana, min la dunka rahmatan, innaka anatal wahhaab- Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate after you have guided us and grant us mercy from You: Truly You are the Bestower.” {Q3:8}

And all good is undoubtedly from Allah!