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Points from Khutbah in Arafat by Imam of Baitullah on this Hajj

Long but each point is precious diamond.

WHAT A WONDERFUL KHUTBAH IN ARABIA ON THE DAY OF ARAFAT.

⚫ Surround yourself with Muslims who practice the Deen. They are ur only True Friends in this Life and in the Hereafter.

⚫ Not everybody is out there to judge you, there are some who want the best for you and want to help you get into Al-Jannah, value them.

⚫ Indeed, a friend who doesn’t care about your Aakhirāh is not really your friend.

⚫ Sometimes the hardest person for you to correct is yourself. There is no shame in being wrong, the shame is in choosing to stay on the wrong path.

⚫ Whatever takes you NEAR to Allah, takes you AWAY from Hellfire. Whatever takes you AWAY from Allah, takes you CLOSER to Hellfire.

⚫ We all take tomorrow for granted because we believe tomorrow will always be there. Tomorrow may be there, but we may not!

⚫ Who said “TOMORROW” is guaranteed? Make the use of “TODAY” that you are blessed with!

⚫ Yesterday many thought that they would see today, and today many will think they will see tomorrow.

⚫ Death could be tonight, in the next hour, the next second, yet we live as if we still have so many years to live.

⚫ You may be rich, famous or have a high status in this dunyah, but to the Angel of Death, you’re just another name on the list.

⚫ Our death and meeting with our Creator is approaching and yet our biggest worry is what are we going to wear tomorrow?  #‎in  competition.

⚫ One day you’ll just be a memory for people, and a lesson to others. Do everything you can to please Allah, be a positive lesson.

⚫ Just imagine how many people were here with us last year, but are no longer here again! Even our turn is soon approaching. May Allah forgive us an forgive them.

⚫ We walk with our heads high up in the sky, unaware that one day we’ll be trapped 6′ Feet under the ground.  #‎Reminder

⚫ You look for the latest fashion and designer clothes, but don’t forget O’ Son of Adam! You will end up being wrapped up in just a white shroud.

⚫ Live to please the Creator, not the creation. If Allah is happy with us, what more can we ask for?

⚫ It’s sad how we only begin to appreciate blessings, either materialistic things or good people; only after we lose them. When it’s too late!? Do we really invest to be like them?

⚫ You wouldn’t throw away a diamond to pick up a rock, so in the same way, don’t throw away the Aakhirah (Paradise) by chasing the Dunya (worldly).

⚫ How do you expect to get Al-Jannah (paradise) when you haven’t worked for it in Dunya? That’s like expecting to pass an exam you never took a class for.

⚫ We live in a time where people leave out food in fear of becoming overweight, but cannot leave out sins in fear of Allah!

⚫ For a believer. — you may be penniless, homeless, unemployed, sick and feel like you have nothing. But you have the One thing that money can’t buy: “Allah”.

⚫ Allāh knows what you want, what you need, what you deserve, at what time & what place, trust Him & His decisions (is best for HIS creation), He knows while you don’t.

⚫ If a kaafir celebrity mentioned your name to the world, how happy would you be? Mention Allah in a gathering, and He mentions you to the angels!

⚫ And, make the Qur’an your companion and a part of your life. Don’t let yourself become a stranger to it. The Qur’an is like a friend, the longer the friendship lasts the more you will know of its secrets.

⚫ Don’t praise me because I’m on my Deen, but pray for me because I have faults which you have not seen.

Repent

“Truly, Allah loves those who repent (the prodigal son), and He loves those who cleanse themselves.” ُ[Al-Qur’an 2:222].

May Allah purify our hearts. And peace and blessings of Allah be upon our noble Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his household.

Aameen.

The Significance of Hajj

By Abu Hudhaifa Muhammad Karolia

HAJJ

They come from every distant land
In order to fulfill the Sunnah of Allah’s friend

Chanting the labbaik
They cry for Allah’s sake
Hearts filled with awe
Many cannot believe that they are in front of the Ka’bah’s door

Seven times around the Ka’bah they circumambulate
With Allah’s name does the Haram reverberate

Recalling the plight of Nabi Ismail’s mother
They complete the sa’ee between one mountain and the other

The mutamatti’ then shaves or trims his hair
When paying the barber he must be fair

Now the hujjaaj wait for Dhil-Hijjah’s eighth day
Exercising patience all along the way

The Day of Tarwiyyah finally arrives
An exciting moment in the pilgrims’ lives

Donning simple garments resembling the kafan
They proceed to Minaa thinking of death and dafan

Spent in the valley of ‘Arafaat
The next day is the most important part

Standing in the desert heat
The hujjaaj beg forgiveness for every negligent deed

Muzdalifah is their destination after sunset
Sacrificing their comfortable beds for a straw mat

Collecting their stones
Fatigue is felt in their joints and bones

The following day will be filled with activity
A return to Minaa for the ramy

Which is followed by the slaughter Do not forget to carry drinking water

Observing the sequence of the text
Shaving their heads is the next

Now it’s time to fulfill the Tawaaf-uz-Ziyaarah
For that they go back to the Ka’bah

Thereafter another two days in Minaa will be spent
Remembering Allah and trying to repent
The three jamaraats will they pelt
All along, the spirit of Nabi Ibrahim should be felt

Now all that’s left is the tawaaf of farewell
And filling water from the Zam Zam well  

Of Hajj is this poem a summary Please include me in your du’aas, my dear Haaji

                               _Abu Hudhaifa

The Significance of Hajj

In the concluding aayah of The Bride of the Qur’aan, Surah Rahmaan, Allah Ta’aala describes Himself as Master of Grandeur and Honour. In this light it is observed that the more than ninety-nine names of Allah Ta’aalah belong to two major groups; those which expound Allah’s grandeur and majesty and those which expound His honour. The former are known as the attributes of jalaal while the latter are called the attributes of jamaal. Examples of the former are anger, punishment, might, power, ownership and kingdom. Mercy, compassion, generosity, tolerance, forgiveness, guidance and sustenance are examples of the latter. Because man has been endowed with the potential to do good and bad, to obey and disobey, Allah Ta’aalah constantly reminds him of these two types of His attributes so that he will neither be deceived by only hearing and reading of the attributes of jamaal nor will he become despondent by only thinking of the attributes of jalaal.

For example:

⚫ Inform my servants that I, I am The All-Forgiving, Most Merciful and that my punishment is the painful punishment.

⚫ Whoever does good will receive a better reward than that, and whoever does wrong; their faces will be toppled into the fire.

⚫ …Forgiver of sin, Acceptor of repentance, Inflictor of severe punishment, Possessor of great strength, there is no deity but Him.

The attributes of jalaal demand respect while the attributes of jamaal result in love. When the sincere worshipper is overwhelmed by the attributes of jalaal he displays utmost respect to Allah. Admiration of the attributes of jamaal, however, leads him to ecstatic love for Allah. Thus there are only two types of ibaadah in Islaam; those which are based on respect and those which are based on love. In fact, there are only two primary forms of ibaadah; salaah and haj. Every other form of ibaadah is secondary and a subsidiary or supplement of either salaah or haj. This applies to zakaat and saum as well; zakaat is a supplement of salaat and saum is a supplement of haj.

Salaah – A Display of Respect

Humbled by the greatness of Allah the true worshipper observes utmost respect when offering his salaah. Thus:

⚫ He ensures that his body is clean and free of all types of najaasah; haqeeqi, hukmi, hadath-e-akbar and hadath-e-asghar. He also ensures that his clothes and the spot on which he is standing are not najis.

⚫ Besides covering the private area he avoids wearing clothes which he would never wear in a courtroom, wedding ceremony or any other social function. Just as he never visits people of status wearing grease or paint-stained overalls, he does not perform salaah in such clothes.

⚫ Standing straight he fastens his hands slightly below his navel, lowers his gaze (looking at the place of sajdah while standing, between his feet while in rukoo and his thighs while in tashhud) and he does not look around.

Further indication of humbleness and respect in salaah is found in the following:

⚫ The postures of rukoo, sajdah and tashahhud.

⚫ The statements subhaana rabbiyal a’laa, subhaana rabbiyal ‘adheem and at-tahiyyaat . . . which are read in the rukoo, sajdah and tashahhud respectively.

⚫ The sending of salawaat (durood) upon Rasulullah

⚫ After the recitation of the attahiyyaat at the end of the salaah.

⚫ The du’aa that is made before making salaam at the end of the salaah and the du’aa that is made with raised hands upon completion of the salaah. (Bear in mind that although it is mustahab to raise the hands when making du’aa after salaah, du’aa and raising the hands are actually two separate proofs of humbleness and respect.)

Hajj – An Expression of Love

Amazed at the attributes of jamaal the worshipper proclaimed: “O Allah, I love you!” Allah responded: “Mere lip-service is insufficient. You’ll have to physically prove your love. The three most important issues in your life are your food, your drink and the fulfilment of your carnal desires. If you truly love me, sacrifice all three for me.” Eager to prove his love the worshipper began fasting in the month of Ramadaan. On the twentieth day, however, Allah told him that he wasn’t doing enough. “You only fast during the daytime (from dawn to sunset). During the nights you still eat, drink and fulfil your desires. Therefore leave your house; go to the masjid and stay there (make i’tikaaf) for ten days.” The worshipper enthusiastically complied and as the day of ‘eid drew closer his anxiety to know whether he was going to pass the test increased.

However, the moment the crescent was sighted Allah told him that he had not yet passed. His house must have been to close to the masjid; maybe opposite or behind or around the corner. His sacrifice was therefore still insufficient. “Leave your town and go to Makkah” Allah commanded him. His spirit was not dampened. Instead he was overjoyed; he was going to visit the House of Allah. Thus he left his town and journeyed towards Makkah. When he reached the meeqaat Allah told him that to prove his love he would have to remove his normal clothes and wear two simple, unstitched pieces of cloth (one for the upper half of his body and one for the lower half). “How do you claim that you love me if you are still attached to your clothes?”

When the worshipper changed his clothes for the two pieces of cloth called ihraam, Allah ordered him to verbally declare his love by uttering the talbiyah. The worshipper uttered the talbiyah and continued on his journey towards Makkah. When he eventually reached Makkah his heart almost exploded with joy, tears flowed from his eyes and he cried “Allah, Allah!” He made tawaaf of the Ka’bah even though he did not understand why he had to encircle it seven times instead of five or six. How could he question the wisdom of tawaaf if he claimed to love Allah? He adopted the same attitude when making the sa’ee between the mounts of Safaa and Marwah.

To many observers his example was like that of a person who was looking for something very valuable, something which he treasured and loved. His zeal and devotion while making tawaaf of the Ka’bah and sa’ee between Safaa and Marwah were expressing his restlessness while searching for Allah. Due to intense love for Allah and a burning desire to meet Him it seemed as if he was looking for Allah everywhere.

At that moment Allah suddenly stopped him and said: “Do you think you’ve proven your love for me? Well you haven’t done so as yet! Makkah is a city and city-life is full of distractions. Therefore leave Makkah and go to the desert. Thus the worshipper goes to Arafah. Standing in Arafah, he cries “Allah, Allah!” However, Allah’s response is: “You haven’t proven anything! Why don’t you kill yourself for me? You’ll only pass the test if you kill yourself.” Even at this moment the worshipper is not deterred. Thus he proceeds to Minaa to kill himself for the sake of Allah. As he enters Minaa with the intention of fulfilling this last and final test, Allah congratulates him. “Don’t kill yourself; you have passed the test. Nevertheless, slaughter a camel, cow, goat or sheep. That is symbolic of sacrificing yourself for Allah.” This is the reality of Hajj. Every action aught to be an expression of ones love for Allah.

Quenching the Thirst of Love 

Constant pondering over the attributes of jamaal gradually increases the worshipper’s love for Allah to the extent that a burning desire to meet and see Allah is kindled in his heart. Since this is not possible in the worldly life he develops a desire to visit and see anything that is attributed to Allah. The Ka’bah is attributed to Allah; it is called the House of Allah. Therefore one of the purposes of Haj is to quench the thirst of love. Shah Waliyullah writes in his Hujjatullah-il-Baalighah that: “Man often develops a strong yearning for Allah and needs something to fulfil this yearning. However, he will never find anything other than Haj.”

A Reminder of Death and Thereafter

In some aspects there is a strong resemblance between the Haj journey and the journey to the Aakhirah. Firstly, when Allah commanded prospective hujjaaj to take their own provisions instead of begging from the residents of Makkah and fellow hujjaaj, He added “And undoubtedly the best provision is Taqwa”. Scholars of Tafseer interpret this as a reminder to the would-be hajee that like Haj, death is also a journey – a journey to the Aakhirah – and he’s got to prepare for this journey to the Aakhirah with the same fervour with which he prepared himself for the Haj journey. If you’ve been preparing for Haj for the last so-many months, why haven’t you started preparing for death and Aakhirah?

It is in this light that when the hajee leaves his home he aught to think of the day he will leave this world never to return again. When he purchases the ihraam he should think of the day his kafn will be purchased, when he takes a bath before donning the ihraam he should think of how he would be given a bath after his death and having donned the ihraam he should continuously ponder over his situation when he will be enshrouded in the kafn. When he reaches the Ka’bah he should think of the Day he will reach Allah (the Day of Qiyaamah), when he stands in Arafaat he should imagine that he is standing in the mahshar (place of reckoning) and when he runs between Safaa and Marwah he should visualise himself running between the two pans of the scale of deeds.

A Symbol of Obedience

Viewed differently Haj is also a symbolic representation of our submission and obedience to Allah. Hence the huge sum of money spent to endure the restrictions of ihraam, sleep under the open sky in Muzdalifah and live in tents in Arafaat and Minaa. Tawaaf of the Ka’bah even though we don’t worship it, running between Safaa and Marwah although we’re not looking for water like Haajar did and pelting the jamaraat whereas they are not Shaytaan but the sites where Shaytaan had appeared to Ibrahim in order to deter him from fulfilling the command of Allah all indicate to the same spirit of obedience. The continuous and tiresome movement of the haajee – from Makkah to Minaa, Minaa to Arafaat, Arafaat to Muzdalifah, Muzdalifah to Minaa, Minaa to Makkah and back to Minaa – is based on the same spirit of obedience. His fatigue and desire to rest do not matter at that moment; all that matters is the need to fulfil the command of Allah.

It is for the same reason that no matter how punctual a person may normally be with his salaah, in Muzdalifah he delays the Maghrib salaah until the time of Ishaa and then performs both Maghrib and Ishaa at the same time. As explained by Shaikh Abul Hasan Nadwi, this is because he worships Allah instead of salaah. Similarly he uncovers his head in ihraam despite his normally strict adherence to sunnah attire.

Drawing Allah’s Mercy

Shah Waliullah writes in his Hujjatull-il-Baalighah that one of the most effective methods for drawing Allah’s mercy is the assembly of a huge multitude of pious people at the right place and the right time. This, he explains, is the reality of Haj. There can’t be a more appropriate place for du’aa than the Haram regarding which Allah said in the Qur’aan: “In it are clear signs; (for example) the Muqaam-e-Ibrahim”. Similarly there can’t be a more appropriate time for du’aa than the days of Haj upon which Allah took an oath in Surah Al-Fajr and regarding which Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “There are no other days in which good actions are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”. Shah Sahib explains further that when the hujjaaj assemble in the above manner and exert themselves in du’aa and istighfaar they are not deprived of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. This explains why Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said that Shaytaan is never seen more disgraced and angry than the day of Arafaat.

Earning Forgiveness

Shah Waliullah also mentions that another method of earning forgiveness from Allah is to frequently visit places which were revered by Allah’s special friends. In this regard too, there can’t be a better place than Makkah which was revered by the greatest of Allah’s friends; Nabi Ibrahim, Nabi Isma’il and Nabi Muhammed alaihimus-salaam. Engaging in ibaadah, tawbah and istighfaar in such a blessed place must surely result in forgiveness. Thus Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said that person who performs Haj and abstains from sin, indecency and quarrelling with his companions and others returns home “like the day his mother gave birth to him (without a single sin)”

Show of Strength

Another benefit of Haj is that it is an excellent means of showing the world the strength and size of the Muslim ummah. Although Shah Waliullah raised this point approximately two hundred and fifty years ago, this was never as evident as it is today. There is probably no other religious gathering in the world that receives so much of media coverage as the Haj and it is arguably the largest in the world.

An Interesting Story

Shaikh Zaahid Al-Kawthari writes in one of his Maqaalaat that an elderly Mufti in Bulgaria was approached by a prominent member of his community to officiate the nikaah of his daughter to a former Christian who had just recently accepted Islaam. Hearing his request the Mufti asked the man whether he was really sure about this and suggested that he should reconsider his decision. The man was adamant and spoke highly of this new (or revert) Muslim. However, the more the man praised him, the more the Mufti insisted that they should not be hasty. Noticing that the man was getting annoyed the Mufti then explained: I was born in a Bulgarian Christian home. My parents passed away in my infancy. I was therefore adopted by a Muslim who treated me very kindly and gave me a sound Islamic training and education. He then sent me to Aastaanah (the former name of Istanbul which was a centre of Islamic learning in the Ottoman empire.) to pursue further studies. I gained knowledge from the senior ‘Ulamaa there and upon graduation I was appointed as the Mufti of this town; the post which I hold till today. Practically my whole life from then till now has been dedicated to the service of deen. Despite all of this, the thought would very often pass my mind that ‘maybe my previous religion is actually true, maybe I’m wrong in choosing Islaam because I’m obliged to my adoptive father’. Whenever such thoughts passed my mind I immediately made istighfaar and asked Allah for steadfastness. These evil thoughts never stopped until I performed Haj. When I saw the Ka’bah and the other holy sites and I visited the blessed grave of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam they finally left me. If this was my condition and I was a Mufti for so many years, do you think that a man who accepted Islaam just yesterday ‘will be able to endure the same jihaad’? … In short, if performed correctly, Haj and the visit to the blessed grave of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam are a means of boosting one’s Imaan.

Bibliography:
1. Al-Arkaan Al-Arba’ah, Shaikh Abul Hasan An-Nadwi
2. Hujjatullah-il-Baalighah, Shah Waliullah
3. Iyhaa Uloom-id-Deen, Imaam Ghazzaali
4. Maqaalaat Hakeem-ul-Islaam, Qaari Muhammed Tayyib
5. Maqaalaat Al-Kawthari, Shaikh Zaahid Al-Kawthari

Jamarat’s Obelisk Pillars and the Saudis

By Zubeir Awal

What are the Obelisk?

I’ve being doing a lot of research and this is not conspiracy, if anything it’s the truth. Obelisk today may be known as a monument that points to the sky, here is some academic quotes mentioning the purpose of the obelisk;

One Luciferian author writes that:

“… the lingam [male phallus] was an upright pillar” [W. Wynn Wescott, Numbers: Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues, Theosophical Publishing Society, 1902, p. 33] 

The Egyptians created the obelisk, believing that the spirit of the Sun god, Ra, dwelt in there. [H.L. Hayward, Symbolic Masonry: An Interpretation of the Three Degrees, Washington, D.C., Masonic Service Association of the United States, 1923, p. 207; ‘Two Pillars’ Short Talk Bulletin, Sept., 1935, Vol. 13, No 9; Charles Clyde Hunt, Some Thoughts On Masonic Symbolism, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, 1930, p. 101]

A Masonic author both admit that these pillars of the obelisk were used to represent sex [Hayward, Symbolic Masonry: An Interpretation of the Three Degrees, Washington, D.C., Masonic Service Association of the United States, 1923, p. 206-7 and Rollin C. Blackmer, The Lodge and the Craft: A Practical Explanation of the Work of Freemasonry, St. Louis, The Standard Masonic Publishing Co., 1923, p. 94]

Some of the naysayers might just label this as conspiracy bull but I frankly don’t care as it is not my intention to cater to their likings, what I am surprised with is the significance of this monument and the shape of it in Jamarat likewise. Phallic symbols have been found by archaeological expeditions all over the world, and they are usually interpreted as an expression of the (nafsaani/shaitaani kufr) human desire for reproduction and sex. Phallic worship in ancient Greece centered around Priapus (the son of Aphrodite) and the Orphic and Dionysiac cults. In Rome, the most important form of phallic worship was that of the cult of Cybele and Attis; prominent during the empire, this cult was notorious for its festive excesses and its yearly “Day of Blood, during which the frenzied participants wounded themselves with knives; self-inflicted castration, a pre-requisite for admittance into the priest caste of this phallic cult, took place during the festival. In India, the deity Shiva was often represented by and worshipped as a phallic symbol called the lingam. Phallic worship has also been practiced among the Egyptians in the worship of Osiris; among the Japanese, who incorporated it into Shinto; and among the Native Americans, such as the Mandan, who had a phallic buffalo dance. 

‘Baal’ is just another idol that Iblees la’een crafted for the hell-bounded polytheists to worship, now Iblees himself is a cunning logician and there’s no doubt about that. Every despot nation in the world hosts this symbolic monument, and therefore it’s significance should not go unnoticed, if we are beings of intelligence then surely we should leave every stone unturned. So Iblees the Accursed gave everyone this phallic symbol of a male reproductive organ, here are some of the most famous phallic obelisks in the world;

Washington D.C:

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Ruins of Ancient Egypt:

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St Peter’s Square, Vatican:

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London, (the Obelisk was taken from Alexandria, 1878):

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Paris:

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And it goes on and on. Phallic worship was part of ancient polytheist religions that we Muslims clearly know have heavy satanic influence, what’s surprising is that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordering everyone to stone a Phallic obelisk 7 times during Hajj, stating that you are attacking satan when doing this practice. This was the ‘Jamarat’ before the deconstruction and reconstruction, this small monument was stoned by Muslims for more than a thousand years, its shape is identical to the monuments in the world’s powerful cities (Washington, London, New York, Paris, Rome etc…) 

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What surprised me is that in 2004, the Saudi authorities decided to blow up this obelisk and then replace it with three walls that are to be stoned

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But in the process they have left an obelisk ontop of Arafat as it is, where people enscribe their names and hold onto it like it’s some kind of sacred relic, at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) there was no monument ontop of Arafat, if anything were bid’ah it is the removing of the original jamarat that had the shape of the satanic obelisk and replace it with a wall, but leaving the obelisk ontop of Arafat, that can constitute as a Bid’ah.

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All these hujjaj rushing to touch this obelisk that absolutely has no prevalence when the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stood at this mountain and gave his final sermon, this monument was not there then! So why are they touching it as if it’s the bricks of the Ka’batullah? They were stoning the obelisk and now they are holding it, kissing it and enscribing their names on it.

May Allah guide us to the Right Path. Aameen.

Hajj & the Saud Dynasty

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By Brother Abu Yusuf al-Hanbali

The Saudi’s took the title of Khadim al Harramain ash Sharifayn (custodian of the two noble sanctuaries), a term established by the later Khulafah. They took over the lands after 1924 from the aftermath of the 1916 Arab Revolt and Allies occupation and destruction of Khilafah. They would argue that the Ummah should be grateful to them for the service they provide for the Hujjaj.

Like the Quraish who used to use the same argument and Allah subhana wa ta’ala revealed the verse: “What! do you make (one who undertakes) the giving of drink to the pilgrims and the guarding of the Sacred Mosque like him who believes in Allah and the latter day and strives hard in Allah’s way? They are not equal with Allah; and Allah does not guide the unjust people.” [9:19]

You may think 3.5 million people in one place is a great achievement. It is the biggest international gathering of any sought. Then I remind you that it would be much more! They have deliberately used the visa system and other means to prevent those invited by Allah! Look at the gatherings of the Hindus of Kumbh Mela (60 million), the annual Arba’een Hajj of the Shi’a in Karbala (20 million) and even funeral of traitors like Gamal Abdul Nassir (5 million) and Khomeini (10 million) were more!

Just look at what the Saudi regime has done to the haram! Naming the gates after their Kings, destroying historical sites and building high rise buildings overshadowing the Ka’bah! It is far from what they claim, rather it is the land of Traitors not tawhid! They betrayed the Uthmani (Ottoman) Khilafah by fighting it and they continue to betray Allah, His Messenger (sallal Allahu alayhi wa-sallam) and His deen by allying with the enemy regimes, recently welcoming Trump and saying America and they are together, “steering the world and humanity to the ports of security, peace and prosperity”!

Recently the Saudis, under the leadership in MBS, have opened up Cinemas, theatres and deployed beaches in the Hijaz! To promote tourism like the other Gulf States! It should be clear to the believers’ minds that both the haramain are occupied by these Arab thieves like masjid al aqsa are occupied by the Zionist thieves and it is upon this Ummah to return these sacred lands under the Shade of Allah.

Mother is your Nafl Hajj

By Mujlisul Ulama

A MAN LEFT from the City of Farghaanah (in Central Asia) with the intention of performing Nafl Hajj. When he reached Nishapur, he went to visit Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan Al-Khairi (rahmatullah alayh). He made Salaam, but Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan did not respond. Feeling annoyed, the man reflected in his mind: ‘It is indeed surprising that a Muslim does not respond to the Salaam of another Muslim!’

By kashf it was revealed to Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan what the man was thinking. He commented: “Does a person perform Hajj whilst abandoning his ailing and grieving mother?” Jolted by this truth, the man abandoned his plan for Hajj, and immediately set off to return to Farghaanah. He remained in his mother’s service until her death.

After his mother’s demise he travelled to Nishapur to be in the company of Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan Al-Khairi. When Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan saw the man, he leapt up, embraced and honoured him. He remained in the company of Hadhrat Abu Uthmaan until the latter’s demise.

The rights of a mother, in fact the rights of parents, are sacred. The importance and sanctity of the rights of parents increase with age. The bond of parenthood becomes stronger with time. Even if the son reaches 60 years, he remains a child to his parents and it remains his obligation to keep them happy in all lawful things. It is not permissible for even the adult or elderly son to depart on a journey without the happy consent and blessings of his parents. And a journey in terms of the Shariah is a distance of 77 kilometres or more. Children should not deprive themselves of the wonderful Duas of their parents when they go on a journey. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described the Dua of parents as ‘Mustajaab (readily acceptable), without doubt’. 

Most people indoctrinated with western ideas are oblivious of the Waajib rights of their parents. The western cult of life is the life-style of animals. The parental bond fades into oblivion for animals.

Going for Nafl Hajj??

Question: I have already performed Fardh Hajj. I am yearning to go for a Nafl Hajj. The trip will cost about  R45,000. A friend advised me to rather spend the money on charity, and I will gain more reward. However, my heart is set on Hajj. What would be better for me?

Answer (by Mujlisul Ulama):

Hajj is an important act of Ibaadat of high merit. However, Hajj is no longer compulsory on you. We shall therefore narrate to you the advice of Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) who was among the greatest Auliya in the early ages of Islam. The advice of such an illustrious authority of the Shariah who held an exceptionally elevated pedestal in the spiritual sphere, is infinitely superior to the advice which non-entities like us could proffer.

A man came to Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) and said: “Hadhrat. I have saved 2,000 dinars (gold coins/krugerrands). I yearn to go for (Nafl) Hajj.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “Do you wish to go for Hajj on a sight-seeing tour or to gain thawaab (reward) from Allah Ta’ala.”

The Man: “Most certainly to gain thawaab.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “Distribute the 2,000 dinars to 10 faqeers or to 10 orphans or to ten such men who are struggling to maintain their families. You will then receive the reward of 100 Hajj.”

The Man: “Hadhrat, the desire to go for Hajj is intense in me.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “Now I am convinced that the money which you have earned is not halaal. You will therefore not rest until you spend it in a haraam way.”

The faculty of Baseerat (spiritual wisdom and insight) of the Auliya is perfect. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Beware of the Firaasat (intuitional wisdom and insight) of the Mu’min (i.e. the Wali of Allah), for verily, he looks with the Noor of Allah.” The man’s insistence to go for Hajj despite having been made aware that contributing the money to the needy and destitute would entitle him to the rewards of a hundred Hajj, was evidence of the insincerity of his intention. Although he had claimed that he desired thawaab, he rejected the thawaab of 100 Hajj. Now why would a man reject the thawaab of a 100 Hajj acquired so easily without the difficulties and dangers of a journey, and settle for the thawaab of one Hajj which could only be attained after much difficulty and even danger, and the commission of many sins from the time one departs until the time one returns? It was clear to Hadhrat Bishr that the man’s intention was hollow and insincere. He simply wanted to go for a holiday as most of the prospective hujjaaj do in this age.

From this episode you will or you should understand that it is infinitely better to contribute your R45,000 to Sadqah to aid Muslims in distress. You will then, Insha’Allah, receive the thawaab of a 100 Hajj. Do not allow the nafs and shaitaan to dupe you and to deprive you of greater thawaab. Nowadays, the door of sin is thrown wide open from the very time one departs from home, and the sins go on multiplying even in the Holy Cities, and the sinning continues right until the time one reaches home. At every step of the journey there is sin – sins of the eyes, sins of the ears, sins of the heart, sins of the limbs, mushtabah and haraam food, intermingling of sexes, the fisq and fujoor of airports and planes, and many more, are all ingredients of the journey nowadays. It is unwise and not at all advisable to undertake Nafl Hajj and Umrah in this age.

Muslims in every country are squandering hundreds of millions of dollars on Nafl Hajj and Umrah at a time when the Ummah is lying prostrate in misery. The ignorance and destitution of the Ummah do not justify such massive wastage of funds which could be put to better use in the interests of the Ummah.

THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF ZUL HIJJAH 

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

VIRTUES

Indeed it is a great favour and blessing from Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala that He has awarded the Ummat of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam exceptionally extraordinary and special periods of time within which all virtuous deeds are magnified many times over and Allah manifests His grand mercy, pardon and clemency. One of these opportunistic periods is the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah (the final month of the Islamic Calendar, in which the Hajj is performed). It is upon the followers of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to grab at this occasion with both hands in appreciation to the divine bounties which are showered in this period. We, whose lives are riddled with sin and transgression, whose souls are perforated with evil and filth, are in dire need of such blessed days.

There are many virtues and blessings found in Dhul Hijjah, and the most in the first 10 days. We do not know which of us will be alive to see this month next year. As such, we must fervently and eagerly devote ourselves to the obedience and attainment of the pleasure of Allah Ta’aala.

Allah Ta’aala swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allah says “By the dawn; by the 10 nights” [Surah al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413]

Ibn’ Abbas Radiallahu Anhu says about the Aayah, “Remember Allah during the well known days,” (Surah Hajj) that it refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. [This is related by al-Bukhari]

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days.” The people asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing” (Bukhari).

Narrated Ibn’ Umar Radiallahu Anhu: On the Day of Nahr (10th of Dhul-Hijjah), Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam  stood in between the Jamrat during his Hajj which he performed (as in the previous Hadith) and said, “This is the greatest Day (i.e. 10th of Dhul-Hijjah).” Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam started saying repeatedly, “O Allaah! Be Witness (I have conveyed Your Message).” He then bade the people farewell. The people said, “(This is Hajjat-al-Wada).” [Bukhari 2.798]

Allah Glorified and Exalted be He blessed the nation of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam with opportunities to reap rewards and blessings every day of the year. The last ten nights of Ramadan (the month of fasting) are among the most blessed nights of the year; in particular Laylatul-Qadr (the night of power) is extremely sacred. Similarly, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja (the 12th Islamic calendar month) carry special status during the blessed month of “Pilgrimage.” The above Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam spells out the importance of these ten days in the sight of Allah Glorified and Exalted be He 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-Hijjah 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.

With regards to the noble companion Sa’id bin Jubayr, when the days of Dhu’l-Hijjah began he would strive to increase in good actions with great intensity until he was unable to increase anymore. [Reported by Ad-Darimi]

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?”.

Ibn Hajar (Alayhi Rahmah) says in Fath al-Bari: “The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawat (prayers), siyam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the Hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine.”

The following article will in shaa Allah outline some examples of the acts of worship that will help us gain His pleasure and eternal salvation in shaa Allah.

HAJJ AND SAUM

1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Hajj – one of the five pillars of Islam, which begins on 8th Dhul Hijjah is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. Muslims from all over the globe assemble in Makkah Mukarramah during this five special days for the unique ibaadat of Hajj. Hajj is obligatory on every adult Muslim who has the means to go to Makkah Mukarramah during the Hajj season, whether on foot or by any other means. Females require a suitable willing Mahram to accompany them for the Hajj to become obligatory upon them.

Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The performance of Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ones. And the reward for Hajj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Bukhari)

However, if you can’t make it this year, make the intention during these blessed 10 days to go next year.

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’

Muslims are urged to fast any or all of the first 10 days Dhul Hijjah. Each day in these 10 days, Allah rewards the Muslim who fasts as if they had fasted a whole year. But those who fast on the ninth day (the Day of Arafah) will have their reward doubled: fasting that day will bring a reward as if the Muslim fasted two years.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the Lailatul-Qadr” (Tirmidhi).

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam 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)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arafah: “Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year before (the day of ‘Arafah) and the year after (the day of ‘Arafah).” (Muslim)

The Fast of The Day of ‘Arafah

Those not performing Hajj should fast on this day according to their own calendar. It sometimes occurs that the date of 9thZul Hijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon. Muslims of each country should observe “Youmul ‘Arafah” according to the lunar dates of their own country.

However, whoever is at ‘Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him, as Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, stopped at ‘Arafah to eat.

DHIKR AND TAKBEER

Allah Ta’aala says: “That they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)…” [al-Hajj 22:28]

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “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)

It is Sunnah to say Takbeer (“Allahu akbar”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”), Tahleel (“La ilaha ill-Allah”) and Tasbeeh (“Subhaan Allah”) during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no basis in Sharee’ah for doing this.

Imam Bukhari Rahmatullahi Alayhi said: “Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah, Radiallahu Anhum, used to go out to the markets in the ten days saying the takbeer causing the people to follow them in this action.”

He also said: “‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab Radiallahu Anhu used to say the takbeer in his mimbar in Mina, whereupon the people of the Masjid hearing ‘Umar Radiallahu Anhu, would start to say the takbeer as would the people in the markets until the whole of Mina was locked in glorifying Allah.”

Ibn ‘Umar Radiallahu Anhu used to say the takbeer in Mina during these ten days and after prayers, whilst on his bed, in his tent, in his gathering and whilst walking. What is recommended is to say the takbeer aloud due to the fact that ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, his son and Abu Hurayrah Radiallahu Anhum used to do likewise.

The Takbeer may include the words “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaaha ill-Allah; wa Allahu akbar wa Lillaahil- hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise),” as well as other phrases.

There are a number of ways of making takbeer that have been narrated by the companions and their followers and from these ways is the following:

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar kabirun.

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha illallahu, wallahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillahil hamd.

Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha illallahu, wallahu akbar, Allahu akbar wa lillahil hamd.

Takbeer-ut-Tashreeq after every Fard Salaah

As from the Fajr of the 9th Zul Hijjah upto Asr prayer of the 13th, it is obligatory on each Muslim to recite the Takbeer of Tashreeq in the following words:

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha illallahu, wallahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillahil hamd.

Allah is great. Allah is great. There is no god but Allah and Allah is great. Allah is great and to Allah belongs all praise.

According to authentic Islamic sources, it is obligatory on each Muslim to recite this Takbeer after every obligatory (Fard) salaah. For women also it is commendable, not obligatory. Whether you are performing salaah with Jama’ah (collectively) or on your own (individually) makes no difference, it must be recited. Male Muslims should recite it in a loud voice, while females should recite it in a low voice.

4. Stand the Night in Salaah (Qiyaamul Layl)

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, Glorified and Exalted be He.

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 Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, for His Divine Generosity and Mercy. We should ask Him as Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam 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.”

Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned that Paradise becomes waajib for that person who worships Allah Ta’ala on five nights. i.e. The night of Tarwiya ( 8th of Thul Hijja), the night of Arafah (9th of Thul Hijja), the night of nahr (10th of Thul Hijja), the night of Eid ul Fitr and the night of the 15th of Sha’baan.

Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu relates that the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Lailatul Qadr].” [This is related by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Baihaqi]

5. Make Sincere Repentance

Allah Ta’aala 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. Remember that the repentful sinner is better than the proudful worshipper.

Allah Ta’aala 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 the 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 Ta’aala 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]     

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners…” (Tirmidhi)

8. Make lots of Du’a

Make as much du’a as you can during these blessed days, especially on the day of Arafah. The best du’a is that which is made on the day of Arafah:

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (Radiallahu Anhu) that the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The best of du’a is du’a on the day of ‘Arafah, and the best that I and the Ambiyaa before me said is ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul-mulk wa lahul-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god but Allah alone, with no partner or associate; His is the dominion, to Him be praise, and He has power over all things).” (Tirmidhi)

9. One must perform Qurbaani if Qurbaani is waajib on him.

Aaisha (Radhiallahu Anha) reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “There is nothing dearer to Allah Ta’ala during the days of Qurbaani than the spilling of blood (i.e. the sacrificing of animals). The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Qiyaamah with its horns, hair and hooves (to be weighed) .The sacrifice is accepted by Allah Ta’ala before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, carry out the Qurbaani in a condition that your heart is pleased and happy to fulfil the command of Allah Ta’ala.”

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.