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*The Sacred Month of Muharram*

*The Sacred Month of Muharram*

The month of Allah Muharram is a great and blessed month. It is the first month of the Hijri year and is one of the sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”
[Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]. 
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said, concerning the words of Allah “so wrong not yourselves therein” [Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]: (The command not to wrong yourself) applies in all months, then Allah singled out four months and made them sacred, and emphasised their sanctity, and He made sin during these months more grave, and He made righteous deeds and the reward thereof greater. 
👉Qatadah said: Allah has chosen elites from His creation: from among the angels He chose Messengers, from among mankind He chose Messengers, from among speech He chose remembrance of Him (dhikr), from among spaces on earth He chose the mosques, from among the months He chose Ramadan and the sacred months, from among days He chose Friday (Jumu‘ah), and from among nights He chose Laylat al-Qadr. 
So venerate that which has been chosen by Allah, for people of understanding and wisdom respect that which has been chosen by Allah. (End quote Ibn Khatir)
*Recommended Deeds*
1. *Fasting on Tasu’a (9th) and Ashura (10th)*
“I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month, meaning Ramadhan.”Reported by Al-Bukhari, 1867
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976] 
☆ *Why fast Tasu’a*
Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased withu them both) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on ‘Ashura’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, in sha Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” [Reported by Muslim, 1916]
👉An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
📚”The scholars – our companions and others – mentioned several reasons why it is mustahabb to fast on Tasu’a’: 
🖊The intention behind it is to be different from the Jews, who only venerate the tenth day. 

🖊This opinion was reported from Ibn ‘Abbas …

🖊The intention is to add another day’s fast to ‘Ashura’. This is akin to the prohibition on fasting a Friday by itself, as was mentioned by al-Khattabi and others.

🖊To be on the safe side and make sure that one fasts on the tenth, in case there is some error in sighting the crescent moon at the beginning of Muharram and the ninth is in fact the tenth.”
2. *Fasting on other days of the month*
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah Muharram.”
One should therefore try to fast alot of nawafil fasts seeking reward in this holy month. The one already given to fasting twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) as the prophet (saw) used to can make it thrice a week, while others can try to cultivate the sunnah or try to fast once every week (4 times a month) at least fast on the white days (13th, 14th and 15th) as also recommended by the prophet (saw). 
3. *Refraining from bad deeds and increasing in good deeds*
Engaging in bad deeds at any time of the year is sinful and a righteous believer should always try to refrain from it. But muharram being a holy month, sins committed in it are more gravious as mentioned by our righteous predecessors.
So an extra effort should be made to desist from sinful acts while increasing in the performance of good deeds-Nawafil prayers, charity, saying words of praise, teaching and reminding one’s sister or brother about the deen e.t.c since alhamdulillah, they too, incur a greater reward from Allah (swt). 
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O Allah (swt), make us of the doers of good this month and accept it from us, ameen thumma ameen.


Loved by Him

Loved by Him

Deen reminder: Loved by Him
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah gives worldly things to those He loves and to those He does not love, but He gives eeman (faith) only to those He loves, so he who is given eeman by Allah, has been loved by Him.” [Ahmad, Bayhaqiy]
The most priceless treasure on earth is eeman. This is the currency that will buy you eternal happiness and all the riches you want to keep forever. Thus, whoever is given the treasure of eeman is among the most beloved people to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
If something is not in your share in this worldly life (e.g. car, house, nice clothes, good food), it makes no difference. The duration of this life compared to the life that starts after this, is so short, that it will be as though it never happened.
Material riches in this life could also be the lot of him/her who ends up for eternity in the Fire of Hell. Again, this life is so short compared to the Hereafter, that despite having every luxury in the world, a person who ends up in the Fire of Hell will say that they never experienced anything good.
Thus, the only thing of real value is eeman, as this will take one to Jannah. This treasure is only given to the one whom Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) especially loves.
So if you have been blessed with iman (faith), know that it’s your most precious possession and hold on to it tight, get deeper into it, work hard to retain it and strive to achieve more as if you don’t value it, it might escape from you before even you notice.
Have high goals in your ibadah. Set yourself higher aspiration. The higher the aspiration the more the body will be ready to exert in contentment to accomplish those goals. Set yourself goals now.
يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك
O Allah, make my heart steadfast in (adhering to) Your religion].’
Ibn majah
اللهم مصرف القلوب صرف قلوبنا على طاعتك‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏.‏
Allahumma musarrifal-qulubi, sarrif qulubana ‘ala ta’atika (O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience).”

Develop Love for Allah

Develop Love for Allah

We all want to love Allah (swt) like we ought to. Like He (swt) rightfully described in His book…”and those who believe are severe in their love for Allah” (Q2:165)

Below are some ways that we can that can help us revive our hearts to love and prefer Him (swt) more than ourselves, anyone and anything in shaa Allah.
10 Ways of developing love for اللَّهُ   Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) says:“The reason which cause mahabbah (love) of اللَّه سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to develop, are ten:
> First: Reciting the Qur’aan, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.
> Second: Drawing closer to اللَّهُ – the Most High – through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.
> Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of اللَّهُ , with the tongue, the heart and the limbs – under all circumstances. The more continent the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.
> Fourth: Giving precedence to what اللَّهُ loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
> Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of اللَّهُ .
> Sixth: Recognizing and remembering the favours and bounties of اللَّهُ – both manifest and hidden.
> Seventh: To be humble and submissive before اللَّهُ – and this is the greatest matter.
> Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’aan, during that time in which اللَّهُ descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking اللَّهُ forgiveness and repenting to Him. 
> Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of اللَّهُ , reaping the fruits of their speech & not to speak except if there is benefit in it & that you know that such talk will increase u in goodness & that it will benefit others as well”
> Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from اللَّهُ – the Mighty and Majestic.
O Allah (swt) bless our hearts with loving you as it should and let that pave for us a way to jannah. Ameen thumma ameen.



Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله تعالى :



“It is upon the woman who fears Allah and the hereafter to stay away from what many of the women are doing today such as being lackadaisical with the hijab and easy-going with wearing decorative garments when going outside and being lax with using perfume when going out of the house and intermingling with men and joking with them.


Allah, the Most High, said to His Prophet’s wives:


يَا نِسَاءَ النَّبِيِّ لَسْتُنَّ كَأَحَدٍ مِّنَ النِّسَاءِ إِنِ اتَّقَيْتُنَّ فَلاَ تَخْضَعْنَ بِالْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ الَّذِي فِي قَلْبِهِ مَرَضٌ وَقُلْنَ قَوْلاً مَّعْروفاً


*“Then do not be soft in speech, lest he in whose heart there is a disease (of fornication) should be moved with desire. But rather speak in an honorable manner.” [Ahzaab: 32]*


If a woman has a need to speak to a man that is not one of her mahaarim, she may speak to him, but with a casual tone that has no softness or gentleness in it, and not in a joking or laughing manner.


Rather her speech must be ordinary and in accordance with what necessity dictates – i.e. a question and an answer – as per the need only.


She must not speak in a tone that appears friendly, laughing or teasing, or in a mellow or beautiful voice, thus stirring the desire of the one who has a disease in his heart. This is based on Allah’s saying:              
 وَقُلْنَ قَوْلاً مَّعْروفاً


*“But rather speak in an honorable manner.” [Ahzaab: 32]*


So the Muslim women of today must fear Allah with respect to themselves and their societies.”
[Taken from ‘Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling’ Chapter: Advice3 To Muslim Women by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, p. 72]



*Recite the name of Allah during the given number of days (Quran 2: 203)*

… *And recite Allah’s name in specified days* (Quran 22: 28)
Ibn Abbas commented on the two verses: They refer to Ayyamu Tashreek(11-13 th of Dhul-hijjah) and the first 10days of Dhul-hijjah respectively. (Tafseer ibn katheer)

_Ibn Umar narrates from the Prophet SAW :There are no days greater in the sight of Allah ,nor are deeds more beloved to Him therein than those done in these ten days (of Dhul-hijjah). Do much of Tahleel (Lailaha illa llah),Takbir (Allahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alihamdulila) (Sahih ,collected by Ahmad 5446, )_


*Fiqh of the Takbirat*
• *_It can be said aloud_*
_Ibn Umar and Abu Hurairah used to go to the Market in the days 10 days of Dhul-hijjah,Both of them would say Takbeer and people would say Takbeer with their Takbeer .(Bukhari)_
• *It can be said individually and in Unison*
Some of our scholars said that the Takbeer should not be done in unison. Some others do not see any problem with this because of the hadith on the action of the Abu Hurayra, Ibn Umar and other Sahabah mentioned in the hadith above

 Al-Bukhari also recorded: “_
_During ‘Umar’s stay at Mina, he would say takbirat in his tent [so loud] that the people in the mosque would hear it and then they would start doing it also and the people in the market place would do the same and all of Mina would resound with the takbirat_

_*The women used to say takbirat behind Abban ibn ‘Uthman and ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdulaziz along with the men in the mosque during the days of tashriq*. These reports clearly show that they did it together because there is no way that women can be said to be doing takbirat with men if they are not doing it in Unison_.
  ~*Hence ,this should not create any unnecessary argument*~

*NB :Women should lower their voice if raising it will lead to fitnah.*

*When should we begin to say it*?
_From the verses of the Quran and the hadith quoted earlier . It can be seen the takbirat should start from the beginning of Dhul-hijjah. We should however increase it from the day of Arafah till the Asr of day 13th Of Dhul-hijjah_.
*Wordings of Takbeer*
_Samrat bin Jundub narrates from the Prophet: The most beloved statement to Allah is SUBUHANALLAH WALHAMDULILAH WALAILAHA ILLA LLAH WALLAHU AKBAR,It will not harm you if you begin with any of them_ (Sahih Jaamih 173)
However, we have reports from Different companions how they did takbeer on these days and we should prefer theirs to ours.
. ‘Abdurrazaq recorded from Salman, who said: “They made takbirat with: ‘* *Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar kabeera*.”‘ From ‘Umar and ibn Mas’ud the following is related:

” *Allahu akbar. Allahu akbar. La ilaha illallah. Allahu akbar. Allahu akbar wa lillahil-hamd*.”

Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no God but Allah. Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. All praise bbelongs to Allah. 

*How often should we say it?*
*_Ibn ‘Umar used to say the takbirat, during those days of Mina, after the prayers and while on his bed, in his tent, while sitting and while walking during all of those days. Maimuna would say the takbirat on the day of sacrifice.” Al-Hafiz ibn Hajar said: “These reports show that the takbirat are made during all the times of these days, after salah and all other times_*_.
Brethren ! 
Let’s start saying it from now on
🗣 *Say it everywhere, every time* 
*_Allahu akbar. Allahu akbar. La ilaha illallah. Allahu akbar. Allahu akbar wa lillahil-hamd_.*



🍁Poetic Saturday 🍁*Shared*
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? You come to me with beautiful songs of marriage, dangling colorful petals of sunnah words before my eager ears but days pass by and you grow silent!_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? Your looks are so trustworthy as you garner yourself with lovely sunnatic looks that get me bouncing my heard in eager compliance to your proposals but days pass by and you say what? “Let’s get to know each other?”_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? The righteous predecessors you claim to follow, how many “got to know each other” before their marriages?_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? Why raise my hopes and then tell me you can’t afford to marry me now? If you were not financially ready, why did you approach me first? You tell me to wait till after a year; what shall we be doing until then, dear brother?_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? Why make demands of me that you would be ashamed to make in public, when you know I am not yours halaally? Would you really not fear The One Who knows the secret of your heart, whether or not you declare your thoughts or hide them?_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? How unfair you are! My heart dances so easily to your words which are venom to my Imaan and I feel myself slowly drifting from the protective alcove of my Rabb. Lost in disobedience, placing your pleasure above His, how lost I am on a path that guides!_
_O you that call me to zinaa, do you not fear Allah? Why do you water your tongue with words of jahliyyah, dragging me to its depth? Why, dear brother? I want to blame you for everything… Every single thing but I can’t because I bear the burden of my ignorance and the weight of my little faith rests heavily upon these slump shoulders_
_So, o you that call me to zinaa, fear Allah! I did not leave jahliyyah to endure another jahliyyah with the face of righteousness! Fear Allah, O you that call me to zinaa unless you can defend yourself before our Rabb!_
*To My Sisters*

_O sisters, take responsibility for your actions today so you don’t regret on the morrow. When you trust Allah, no fear or insecurity or desperation will ever push you to the point of placing Him last in your decisions! Fear Allah even in your most desperate times! Know that, you will never get what you want by disobeying Him rather you will be humiliated like those of past times. May Allah protect us and grant us from among the best in this world and the hereafter. Aameen_

☆ Best 10 Days of The Year 

☆ Best 10 Days of The Year 

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh sisters.
Today’s deen reminder is going to be on the best 10 days of the year in shaa Allah.
The 1st of Dhul Hijjah commences on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017 In sha Allah, may Allah enable us to excel in serving Him then and always and  we be among the blessed ones, Ameen.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari
The above Hadith of the Prophet SAW spells out the importance of these ten days in the sight of Allah SWT and the amplified reward for all good deeds during this blessed season.
Just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best ten nights out of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other time.
So, the questions we should be asking ourselves are, “How do we make the most of this season of blessings?”, “What deeds can I perform to attain His pleasure?”. The following are some examples of the acts of worship that will help us gain His pleasure InshaAllah.
1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.
2. Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’
The Prophet SAW said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
The prophet (saw) said about arafah: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)
3. Perform Dhikr and Takbeer
 “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (saying Alhamdu Lillaah).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)
Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (Bukhari)
Takbeer at this time is a Sunnah that has mostly been forgotten, especially during the first few days. So say it in the masjid, in your home, on the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah. Revive the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten and earn great rewards for doing so.
The Prophet SAW said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi- Hasan)
4. Stand the Night in Prayer

Seeking Allah’s forgiveness and humbling ourselves in front of Him in supplication and prayers during the latter part of the night is an act of worship that is very beloved to Allah.
Allah Almighty calls out to His servants in the latter part of the night: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Bukhaari, Muslim)
We should seize this opportunity and beg Him for His Divine Generosity and Mercy. We should ask Him as our Prophet SAW taught us “Our Lord, bless us with the best of this world and the best of hereafter and save us from the fire of Hell.”
5. Make Sincere Repentance
Allah SWT loves those who repent to Him in complete submission. The act of sincere repentance to Allah with intention to never return to His disobedience and sin is very dear to Him. Return to Allah by giving up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes. Be regretful of your sins and disobedience and resolve to never return to sin and to firmly adhere to the path which Allah loves.
Allah says, “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [Al-Qasas 28:67]
6. Return to Book of Allah (The Quran)
It is time to dust off your copy of the Quran. Establish a beautiful new relationship with the book of Allah starting in these ten days of Dhul-Hijja. Recite its verses and you will reap its blessings. Understand its message. Implement the commandments of this book in your life.
This relationship with the Quran will open for you the doors of wisdom and happiness in your life. This will ultimately lead to guidance and success in this life and the Hereafter.
7. Increase in doing ALL good deeds
If you are not able to perform Hajj this year, occupy yourself during these blessed days by any and every possible good deed. Every act that is done with sincerity for the pleasure of Allah SWT will bring you closer to Him.
“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; and whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.“[Al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]
8. Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat (Sacrifice)
Ibn Umar said: “The Prophet SAW lived in Madeenah for ten years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” (Ahmad-Saheeh by al-Albaani)
9. Attend Eid prayers
Attending Eid prayers is from the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet SAW. We should be keen on practicing this Sunnah and performing it according to the teachings of our Prophet SAW. Eid is a time of joy and happiness and we should be inclusive of all of our brothers and sisters who may not be as fortunate to have enough to enjoy this blessed occasion.
10. Thank Allah
One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allah is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who blessed you with all that you have. In fact, you wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for the Mercy of your Creator.
So thank Him for ALL that He gave you: the blessing of Islam, the blessing of life and every blessing you possess. Thank Him for the opportunity to experience these ten days. Ask Him for His mercy, forgiveness and guidance.
Alhamdulillah, there is much to be gained in these coming days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it.
“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death).” [Al-Hijr 15:99]