Eid al Adha Mubarak

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Eid Al Adha

Millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most anticipated celebrations. It is known as the Feast of Sacrifice and is one of the two major religious festivals of Islam. The other, Eid al-Fitr, occurs at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Eid al Adha commemorates the Quranic story that describes Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah. Before he could carry out the sacrifice, Allah provided a ram as an offering instead.

Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, Arabic for “sacrifice,” by slaughtering livestock and distributing the meat to the poor, as a symbol of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son. Observers are also required to make charitable donations.

Eid al Adha marks the climax of Hajj, the sacred journey to Mecca undertaken by more than two million Muslims each year. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and should be completed by every able bodied and financially capable Muslim.

Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr are times of celebration and happiness, it is not just another normal day. We should put on our best clothes, go to the mosque, pray and thank Allah for his endless bounties and celebrate! Make your families feel special, come together to feast and have a good time we need to revive the culture of celebrating Eid the way it should be.

 

Eid Mubarak to you all!

May Allah swt reward us all.

Fasting the Day of Arafat

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Fasting the day of Arafat

The day of Arafat is the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which is the 12th and final month of the Islamic Calendar. This is the day where Millions of pilgrims stand on the plain of Arafat to pray and ask Allah for forgiveness. It is highly recommended for Muslims who are not performing Hajj to fast on the day of Arafat.  

The prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever fasts the day of Arafat, Allah will forgive their previous year and their current year of sins”

(Muslim)

Fasting the day of Arafat is a fantastic opportunity to please Allah, thereby absolving sins. 

If you think about it, by fasting the day of Arafat, just one day a year, you can wipe away years of sins, and this is all through the Mercy of the Most Merciful. So on this glorious day of blessing, fast for the sake of Allah. Don’t let laziness prevent you from receiving a share of His Mercy.

Watch and share the reminder!

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Getting Ready for Hajj

Getting ready for Hajj

At this very moment, millions of Muslims from across the globe are undergoing preparations to visit the Holy City of Makkah, to undertake the epic Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place every year.

Hajj is one of the five central pillars of Islam, upon which the religion is founded. It is an obligation upon every able-bodied and financially capable Muslim, both male and female, to be completed at least once in a lifetime.

The entire journey takes place over a period of several days in the Islamic lunar month of Dhul Hijah and includes a series of symbolic rites and rituals.

“And complete the Hajj and ‘umrah for Allah…”

Quran 2:196

As you get ready for Hajj, remember to pack lots and lots and lots of patience with you.

This journey will not be easy, and you will be tested in every way. It is at times physically, emotionally and mentally challenging and Allah specifically urges Muslims in the Quran to exercise patience during the days of Hajj by avoiding any arguing and sinful behavior.

Hajj is also a long-awaited opportunity for you to obtain forgiveness for any lifelong sins and to return back home with a cleansed heart. On the Day of Arafat, the most important day of the pilgrimage, you will stand from noon to sunset begging for God’s mercy, forgiveness, and pleasure.

As you’re about to do this, remember to ask forgiveness from the people around you before you leave. If you have harmed anyone in any way possible, meet up with them and ask for forgiveness.

And as expected, the rewards for completing a Hajj pilgrimage are absolutely immense in the eyes of Allah.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, in fact, informed us that:

The one who performs Hajj properly, by abstaining from sexual intimacy, avoiding sin and leaving off argumentation; then he shall return from Hajj pure and free from sin, just as the day his mother gave birth to him.”

Al-Bukhari

The Prophet ﷺ also informed us that:

“The reward for an accepted Hajj is nothing less than Paradise.”

Ibn Majah

We ask Allah to accept the Hajj of all pilgrims this year and that He makes their journey safe, blessed and accepted. We also ask Allah to grant us all the opportunity to fulfill this journey of a lifetime.

Celebrity Fan Culture & Sheikhs

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Celebrity Sheikhs and Fan Culture

In the age of social media, it seems even the Muslim community have fallen into the celebrity fan culture.

A lot of us who came here to watch this episode of Living Muslim came to listen to brother Mohamed Hoblos, which isn’t a problem however, when our intentions and sincerity are not correct it can be wrong. This occurs with a lot of Sheikhs and learned brother/sisters who give talks about the religion and the problem is sometimes we go to events or watch YouTube videos or listen to lectures, because their our favourite speaker, not because of the message they are giving.

It was narrated by Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Religion is sincerity, religion is sincerity (Al-Nasihah), religion is sincerity.” They said, “To whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the imams of the Muslims and to their common folk.”

(Sunan Al-Nisa`i).

There is no problem with having a favourite sheikh or scholar, but when learning from these people your intention should always be for the sake of Allah, and the lessons that you take should be implemented in your daily life. The love that we have for the sheikh or scholar, should be separated with our love for Allah, as it should be your priority, and our love should not be for the way he/she talks or he/she are such great motivators, but we should love these people because they carry the sunnah and the Quran.

With the knowledge you gain, it should be connected to your practice, “You can’t practice if you don’t have knowledge, and when you have knowledge it mandates your عمل (actions), ” says Sheikh Sajid Ahmed Umar. Imam Bukhari dedicates a whole chapter to speech knowledge called, the Chapter of Knowledge before and Speech and Action.

You must learn from these people and listen to them, but you must put what you learn into practice, but you shouldn’t just listen to one speaker, have a variety of speakers that can assist you in your search for knowledge, because different speakers have different specialties, for example, brother Mohamed Hoblos, great at motivating, whereas Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan can increase your knowledge in understanding the Quran, but we shouldn’t just stick to these people to learn from. Ensure that you renew your sincerity when seeking knowledge, and performing actions for the sake of Allah.

 “And he who has come with sincere (faith) and has sincere faith in it, those are they who are pious.”

Quran (39:33)