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The Month of Shawwal and Six Days of Fasting

Fasting in Shawwal
Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stated that:

“Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan, and then follows it by (fasting) six days of Shawwal, it is as though he has fasted the whole year.” (Reported by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)

Usama (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated about fasting in Shawwal that: “He used to fast in the haram (forbidden) months. Messenger of Allah told him: “Observe your fast in the month of Shawwal. Thereafter he left fasting in the forbidden months. Besides, he never left fasting in Shawwal till his death.” (Ibn-i Maja)

Sufyan Sawree (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated about the importance of fasting in Shawwal that:
“I have dwelled in Makkah al-Mukarramah for three years. A Meccan used to come to Haram al-Sharif, circumambulate the Kaaba, perform prayer and thereafter give salutations to me and leave. Then, I met him. One day he called me and said: “When I die, you yourself wash me, perform my prayer and bury me. That night, don’t leave me and spend the night in my grave. Inspire me “tawhid” (oneness of Allah) at the time of the questions of Munkar and Nakir. I accepted to do his wills and did as he said. I spent the night in his grave.

That night, when I was in a half awake half asleep state I heard a voice saying “O Sufyan! I don’t need your protection and your inspiration any more. “I asked: “How did you reach this blessing?”

He replied me: “This blessing is because I performed my Ramadan fasting and added six days from Shawwal.” At that time I woke up.

I couldn’t see anyone by me. I took wudhu, prayed, slept; in this way I saw (the same dream) three times. (So) I knew that this is not a satanic dream, it is a divine dream. Then I left the grave and prayed:

“O my Lord! Make me succeed in fasting in the holy month of Ramadan and the six days of the month of Shawwal.” Allah (swt) made me succeed. ” Amin!

(source: http://askaquestionto.us/question-answer/blessed-days/importance-of-fasting-in-the-month-of-shawwal)

Three blessed months



اللهم بارك لنا في رجب وشعبان وبلغنا رمضان  

‘Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha’bana 
wa ballighna Ramadhan’

 “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan”


Seven

There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day of Judgement when there is no shade except His Shade:

-  a just ruler;

- a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah;

- a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that;

- a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: 'I fear Allah', 

-a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and

- a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'






* Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (english trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248

Enthralling Beauty and Attracting Magnificence of a book...just sit back and live it(!)



Assalamu 'alaikum dear all,

Peace and blessings of God be upon you...

It's been some time I couldn't find much time to post, and now I have found a break in between and wanted to post a precious one. I'm sure you'll all like it. 
Please enjoy the enthralling beauty and magnificence of the Word of God, The Holy Qur'an...

Recitations


(Source:  http://quranicaudio.com/ ).

Good intention counts


Abdullah bin `Abbas (May God be pleased with them) reported:

Messenger of God (PBUH) said that God said:

"Verily, God has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then God records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, then God the Exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then God writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, God writes it down as one bad deed". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Eid Mubarak - Adha Saeed - Happy Eid

Happy Eid !!! 
Eid Mubarak to you all !!!

Eid Mubarak - Greetings - Gift - Eid Pictures


Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

"The prayers (duas) in those five nights are not denied: 
The night of Raghaib (first Friday night of Rajab), 
15th night of Sha'ban, 
Friday, Eid al-Fitr and 
Eid al-Adha
 nights.

Ibn Asakir






What is Eid al-Adha

Introduction to Eid al-Adha

In Arabic it is Eid al-Adha, non-Arab Muslims in general call it as different forms. Sacrificed animal is called udhiyya in Arabic, and Qurbani in Turkish, Urdu and others. It is incumbent upon sufficiently wealthy Muslims to sacrifice a qurbani.


Background of Sacrifice


Many of you know the story of sacrificing animal told in the Bible. People were strictly prescribed to sacrifice animal but like many other rituals and commandments they left or forgot to follow (eg: fasting, prostrating, male circumcision, prohibition of pork), unfortunately Christians don't have this anymore. In Islam, Muslims follow the practice of Prophet Abraham (may peace be upon him).

The meaning of sacrifice is to obey God's command. Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) (peace be upon him) was among the best examples of servanthood to God. He never hesitated to obey what God ordered and as a matter of fact he was rewarded. God wanted Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismaeel) and he just took his son to the place to observe that ritual and he just touched the knife on the throat of Ismaeel (peace be upon him) but it didn't work, he tried on and on but no. It did not work. God Almighty sent down a sheep for him and saved his son. That was an examination for Prophet Ibrahim and he passed it successfully. From then on, people do sacrifice beasts to observe the same ritual of total submission to God and it is now much easier to submit with a sheep than your son, is it not?

It needs tens of pages of explanation, it is sufficed to say that we present our gratitude to God as Muslims and do what He asks from us. We submit to God's authority. Desire to be a good Muslim, we love God, we do good deeds, and want to go to paradise, and as we fear God and want to be saved from the torment of hell fire, we try to be away from disobeying his commands. May God save us from hellfire and accept us into the paradise. Amin. 

Festival Time

What to do in this month?

DHU'L-HIJJAH

It is Sunnah to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, especially the day of `Arafah, for those who are not performing Hajj. This is confirmed by the following hadiths:

1. Abu Qatadah (may Allah be pleased with him) is reported to have said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Fasting on the day of `Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of `Ashurah is an expiation for the year preceding it." (Reported by "the group," except for Al-Bukhari and At-Tirmidhi)

2. One of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Allah’s Messenger used to fast the [first] nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of `Ashurah, and three days of each month." (Reported by Abu Dawud).

Cambridge Exhibition



The Cambridge Central Library - Explore Islam & Muslim Culture Exhibition


Explore Islam & Muslim Culture @ The Cambridge Central Library

What is Islam? Who are Muslims? What are their Beliefs, Practices & Cultures?

Here's your chance to explore Islam & Muslim Culture within a magnificent 7-day exhibition filled with a wide range of exciting events & activities at the Cambridge Central Library. You will also have the opportunity to speak to Muslims & share your thoughts while enjoying delicious ethnic food from around the world.

Special features:
Talks & Presentations | Delicious Ethnic Food | Children's Activities

WHEN: Monday 26th Sept - Sunday 2nd Oct 2011
WHERE: 3rd Floor, Central Library, 7 Lion Yard, Cambridge CB2 3QD
TIME: Mon-Fri 10AM-7PM | Sat 9AM-6PM | Sun 12-4PM

The exhibition is inaugurated by Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith, the Mayor of Cambridge.

For further information please contact Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC) on 01223 655223 or mail@meoc.org.uk.
You can view some videos of last year's event at: http://vimeo.com/21986025





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DO YOU FEEL ILL? read this, please.



Illness... Sooner or later, it catches us... 
Fever, flu, headache, toothache, and the like, 
if not cancer or AIDS. 
If somebody tells you that "illness itself is a medicine". 
What would you say to him? 
Illness is something we suffer from. Can it be a cure? Well, if you wonder how can an illness be a cure, let's read this article together, see different perspectives of illnesses and decide 
whether it is a gift or not. Here we go: 

Does God exist?
Many beings are invisible to human eyes. Although we are not able to see them, we have the ability to understand their existence through their actions or through the results of their action. Similarly, we may not see the God, but we know the existence of God in the same manner.

For example, when we see dense black smoke clouding the sky, we understand that it is coming from a stubborn fire beyond the mountains. We don’t need to see the fire itself. The smoke and its quality are enough to ponder upon.

When we see a beautifully designed and nicely decorated house with paintings on the walls with cute illustrations, we understand that this house is a work of a brilliant, skilful and great architect. Although we don’t see him, we know that the house was once built by the architect.

We are amazed by the art in the exhibition showcasing

Help a good cause

Help a good cause
"Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: 
And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: 
And Allah hath power over all things." 
(Qur'an, 4:85)

What excellent companions these are!



"Whoever obeys God and the Messenger 
will be among those He has blessed: 
the messengers, 
the truthful, 
those who bear witness to the truth, 
and the righteous- 
what excellent companions these are!"
(Quran, 4:69)

Is envy permitted?


1377. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Envy is permitted only in two cases:

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