Eid Ul Adha is upon us ! This is how to celebrate !

How to celebrate Eid ul-Adha.

Want to celebrate Eid Ul-Adha, but not sure how to ?

 

Here are a few tips on how to celebrate Eid Ul-Adha.

 

Muslims all around the world will be celebrating Eid Ul Adha soon. It is a very joyous and significant occasion to commemorate the exemplary sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and his firm submission to God’s commands. The Prophet Muhammad SAW highly encouraged all Muslims to celebrate and gather together in unity and in remembrance of Allah swt. Here are 7 ways you and your family can celebrate.

Wake up early and perform Ghusl. The Prophet ﷺ used to do ghusl on the day of ‘Eid.

Wear your most beautiful and clean garments to go out to pray. The Prophet Muhammad used to wear his most beautiful garments to go out to pray.

Attend the morning Eid Prayer in congregation at the masjid or other public place such as the musallah or park. Follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad. He used to go out to the ‘Eid prayer walking and come back walking. And he used to vary his route on the day of ‘Eid, he would go by one route and come back by another.

On your way to Eid prayer, another sunnah is to say the takbeerat;

“Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha illAllah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillaah il-hamd

(Allah is Most Great, Allah is most Great, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise)”.

The Prophet SAW used to praise and glorify Allah  and remind the Men and Women to obey Allah SWT and to give in charity.

 After offering Eid prayer, visit family and friends and exchange dua, greetings and gifts with others.

Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Give gifts and you will love one another.”

The Prophet encouraged Muslims to eat from the meat of their sacrifices on Eid Ul Adha.

It was narrated from Aisha that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Eat some, store some and give some in charity.” (An-Nasa’i, 4436).

`Abdullah bin `Umar said, “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Eat of the meat of sacrifices (of `Id al Adha) for three days.”

The history of Eid ul-Adha goes back to prophet Ibrahim AS.  Remember the story of Prophet Ibrahim, his sacrifices and reflect on his character and life. Share his story with others and read the verses about him in the Quran.

“Eid Mubarak to all our brothers and Sisters around the world.

Fasting on the day of A’rafah

Here’s how you can make the most out of the day of Arafah

The incredible day of Arafah is right around the corner. Allah has promised to extinguish a lifetime worth of sins for the pilgrims. However for those who don’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage, Allah has promised an alternative reward. By simply fasting the day of Arafah, Allah removes two years worth of sins from that individual who indeed fasted on that day.

So with the day of Arafah around the corner is to come Eid Al-Adha, the second of the two Islamic festivals. Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the Hujjaj, the pilgrims performing the Hajj, from Mount Arafat.

To learn more about Arafah read What is the Day of Arafat?

From the OnePath Network team, we wish you a Happy Eid.

What is the day of Arafat and how to gain rewards?

 The Blessed Day of ‘Arafat

The Day of ‘Arafat falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah. On this day the pilgrims gather on the plain of  Mount ‘Arafat, praying and supplicating to Allah.

But do we really understand the importance of this day?

It is the day on which Allah took the covenant from the progeny of Adam.

You and I, and all of the humanity had taken a covenant before Allah in Na’maan (i.e. Arafat) and we testified that Allah is our Lord.

On this day “Allah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on The Day of Repentance and Acceptance of Supplications, about the people of Arafat. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” (Sahih Ahmad)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Hajj is Arafat’

(Abu Dawud).

But many believe that the virtues of this blessed day are reserved for people performing Hajj.

This is not true for this day should be celebrated by Muslims all around the world.

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion

(Quran 5:3).

So how can we reap the benefit of this rewarding day, the best of days?

Fasting

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)  was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafat. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Imagine all our sins from last year and the coming year, forgiven?

What more do we want?

Making Dua

The best of supplications is the supplication on the day in which Allah (ﷺ) perfected the religion of Islam.

Make dua’ for our Ummah.

Make whatever dua’ you wish for

Seize this moment where Allah opens his doors and answers all supplication!

And Remember this specific D’ua as well:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ ، وهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

“None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without a partner. To Him belongs sovereignty and all praise and He is over all things omnipotent.”

arafat
Making dua on this blessed day

May Allah Accept our good deeds!

Why do Muslims go to Hajj?

Why do Muslims go to 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.

But in case your wondering what exactly is the Hajj and why do Muslims embark upon this journey every year; this should explain.

Well to begin, Hajj is, in fact, 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 Thull Hijah and includes a series of symbolic rites and rituals. Many of which were in fact initiated by the great Prophet Abraham and then laid out directly by the Prophet Muhammad himself.

The center point of Hajj is the Kaabah, also known as God’s sacred house in Makkah. It was originally built by Prophet Abraham at a time where Makkah was nothing more than a secluded desert in the middle of nowhere. God nevertheless promised Abraham in the Quran that this desolated House would soon receive visitors from around the world in their masses, and today it’s quite clear to see that this promise is nothing short of a reality.


And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [saying], “Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who perform Tawaf (circumambulation) and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate. And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass.”

Quran 22:27

 

The overall journey is said to be a purifying process by which a Muslim becomes closer to God through patience, perseverance, submission, and servitude.

The pilgrimage at times can also be physically enduring and God specifically urges Muslims in the Quran to exercise patience during the days of Hajj through avoiding any argumentation and sinful behavior.

Nevertheless, it is also an extremely humbling experience for pilgrims and one of the biggest life lessons on human equality. In its pure form, Hajj makes no distinctions between the rich and the poor; all people regardless of their social status are required to complete the same rituals under the same guidelines under the same hot sun. This includes all men being limited to two unstitched pieces of cloth and all pilgrims being prohibited from perfume, intimacy and many other luxuries of life.

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

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

The Prophet Muhammad , 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.”

(Bukhari)

The Prophet 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. And we ask Allah swt to grant us all the opportunity to fulfil the pillar of Hajj – this journey of a lifetime.

 

What is the Qurban?

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What you need to know about the Qurban!

The Qurban is a sacrificial animal slaughter to be made after the Eid prayers on Eid Al-Adha until just before the sunsets on the 13th of Thull Hijjah.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said “Whoever offers a sacrifice after the (Eid) prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.”

(Bukhari)

Qurban is performed by all sane and mature Muslims who have wealth beyond their needs and aren’t travelling.

Scholars have differed as to whether the Qurban sacrifice is Wajib (obligatory) or Mustahabb (highly recommended).

The eligible animals for sacrifice are sheep, camels, cattle and goats. All must however be above a certain age and at a certain level of physical health.

As Muslims, we are advised to show mercy in all actions and this ritual is no different. An animal should not be frightened or suffer during this process.

Through this sacrifice we intend to come closer to Allah by following in the footsteps of the great Prophet Abraham.

Prophet Abraham embodied the meaning of servitude to God and this sacrifice is a powerful demonstration of our submission to God.

It is advisable to hasten to perform the Qurban as soon as possible. Many charity organisations offer to distribute your Qurban to those most in need for you.

You can pay for your Qurban today by visiting Human Appeal Australia

May Allah accept from you all.

 

Are your prayers harming your neighbours?

Are your prayers harming your neighbours?

In this eye-opening skit, Steve Dabliz highlights the importance of looking after your neighbours, particularly those surrounding the mosque. It’s inexcusable to harm your neighbours when attending the Mosque, not only are your jeopardising your own prayers but you are also harming the stability of the Mosque in the Community.

The Prophet, (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: “By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer.’’ It was asked, “Who is that, O Messenger of Allah?’’ He said, “One whose neighbour does not feel safe from his evil”

(Sahih Bukhari).

Jumu‘ah time is known and so it is best to prepare for it in advance to take full advantage of its reward and blessings, and avoid the expected rush of Muslims and those arriving late and resorting to parking violations just to attend. Islam places such a big emphasis on the manner and timing of our arrival to Jumu‘ah, that we should pay the same respect to it.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever does ghusl on Friday like ghusl for janābah, then goes to the prayer (in the first hour, i.e., early), it is as if he sacrificed a camel. Whoever goes in the second hour, it is as if he sacrificed a cow; whoever goes in the third hour, it is as if he sacrificed a horned ram; whoever goes in the fourth hour, it is as if he sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour it is as if he offered an egg. When the imam comes out, the angels come to listen to the khuṭbah.”

(Sahih Bukhāri and Sahih Muslim)

Parking may seem like something trivial to stress about, but it is vital to follow in the footsteps of our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in every matter. Ideally, we should strive to park a little farther from the masjid and reap the rewards of every step taken towards the House of Allah.

Scientific secrets behind the Prophet’s Duaa for grief

“Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is a research institute which aims to instill conviction and inspire contribution based on mainstream Islamic texts.”

Below is an in-depth look at the scientific and spiritual secrets behind the Prophetic supplication for anxiety and grief.

‘Oh Allāh, certainly I am your slave, the son of your male slave and the son of your female slave. My forehead is in Your Hand. Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just. I ask You by every Name that you have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You, to make the Qurān the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.’

(Musnad Imam Ahmad Sahih)

  1.  Oh Allah certainly I am your slave, the son of your male slave and the son of your female slave.

By emphasizing your servitude to God, you are acknowledging your absolute submission and reliance upon Him. This effectively shifts all your concerns to a higher source and can therefore be both protective and therapeutic in the context of mental health.

  1.  My forehead is in Your Hand. Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just.

This is an acknowledgement of everything being in the decree of God (Qadr), and it is fundamental to moving on from past mistakes and calamities.

Through decree, we learn that there is wisdom and meaning in all God does. For instance, it is in our times of pain and desperation that we truly come to realize our neediness and dependence upon God.

3.  I ask You by every Name that you have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You.

The previous sections reassured us of our servitude and reliance upon God, while this section instills hope in our hearts by reminding us of the power of God to deliver us from whatever affliction we may be in.

God has a name and attribute to deliver us from all of our affairs. He is the Provider Al-Razaq for our financial burdens and the Al-Qadir the All Powerful for the times we are overwhelmed.

4.  Make the Qurān the spring of my heart, the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.

As our heart was once filled with sadness and stress, it now needs to be replaced with comfort and solace. And there is nothing like the Quran in this regard.

Allah has labeled the Quran a source of “guidance”, “mercy” and “glad-tidings for the believers”. Our relationship with the Quran will transform our former pessimistic mindset into a cognitive worldview of optimism, hope, and meaning.

 

Read more in

Islamic Spirituality and Mental Well-Being by Zohair Abdul-Rahman

The Virtues of Thull Hijjah

The virtues and blessings of Thull Hijjah

The month of Thull Hijjah is just about to begin, and now, not only does this signal the launch of the long-awaited Hajj pilgrimage but it also signifies the beginning of the best ten days of the year.

In fact, the first ten days of this month are so special that Allah Himself takes oath by these very days in the Quran.

“By the ten nights”.

Quran 89:2

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ even taught us that “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”.[1]

So if you want to know how to make the most out of these ten days before they leave us, here are a few tips to get you started.

First and foremost, get your intention in place. Make a sincere intention to worship Allah during these days to the best of your ability. Start thinking about how you will put in the best effort you possibly can to seek Allah’s pleasure.  A great way to start is to find out when the first ten days of Thull Hijjah are and to mark them on your phone calendar and start setting a plan today.

One of the greatest deeds that can be done during these ten days is to visit the sacred House of Allah and perform the Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam obligatory upon every capable Muslim. The reward for performing an accepted Hajj is no less than Paradise as the Prophet ﷺ informed us.

“The reward for an accepted Hajj is no less than Jannah”.

Bukhari and Muslim

It is also recommended that those that aren’t attending the Hajj Pilgrimage fast on the first nine days of Thul Hijjah, placing particular importance on the 9th, which is the blessed day of Arafah. In fact, fasting this day alone will expiate sins for two entire years, the preceding year and the current year.

Therefore try your best to fast as much as you can within these ten days, but if you can’t then at least fast the 9th day, the day of Arafah.

It is also a virtuous Sunnah to recite Takbeer (Allahu Akbar), Tahmeed (Alhamdulilah), Tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) as much as you can during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

Recite them abundantly wherever you are and remind everyone around you to say them too. There is a sound report that Abu Hurayrah and Ibn Umar would even go to the market places reciting Takbeer encouraging others to join in with them.

And of course, the best of Athkaar one can make this month is to recite the Quran.

Reading Quran outside of these days attracts endless rewards, one can only imaging the rewards it will receive within these exceptionally beloved days to Allah. Remember you are not only rewarded for every word you read, but rather for every letter that comes off your tongue.

Another very important action Muslims must perform this month is the Qurban sacrifice. This sacrificial slaughter is a great Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah to be completed on the day of Eid Al Adha.

Nevertheless, all good deeds within this month are virtuous and are multiplied in numerous folds, so we should try our best to engage in all acts of goodness from all aspects of our faith. Whether it includes giving in charity, enjoining kindness to our parents, praying our voluntary prayers, maintaining ties of kinship, making supplication for ourselves and those around us, giving Dawah to the path of Allah and of course repenting to Allah from our previous sins and making active effort to change our lives for the better. In fact, one of the best times to repent is when you follow it up with good deeds as we hope to be doing so this month.

Last but not least we ask Allah to accept from us all our deeds this month, make them heavy on our scales and may He enter us all into the gardens of Paradise with those whom He loves.

Asalamu’Alaykum.

Responding to hostility and racism against Muslim women

Muslim Woman Responds to Pauline Hanson’s Outrageous Racist Behavior.

The following is an excerpt from an interview taken with Umm Jamaal Ud-Din, a teacher and Islamic scholar from Sydney in response to the recent hostility and provocations faced by Muslim women daily by both mainstream media and politicians.

Okay, what I’d say is yes Muslim women need to be liberated but not from Islam and not from wearing the Hijab and Niqab.

If anything I believe that Muslim women need to be liberated from the growing sense of fear and intolerance that’s been projected towards Muslim women in this country.

Who are the scapegoats of this fear and hostility that has been perpetrated by media and politicians?

It’s Muslim women because we’re the most visual out there in society.

Already we’ve seen a number of attacks taking place.

 

I’ve personally had students who’ve been walking along minding their own business in shopping centers and being spat on by men.

So we notice that it’s not really Muslim men that have been suffering the repercussions of this constant hostility projected towards Muslims, it’s Muslim women who are actually suffering from all of this.

I think it’s a sad day when in particular young Muslim women cannot feel safe to express themselves and to identify themselves with their own religion.

Where a young Muslim woman has to compromise her Hijab out of the fear of the repercussions of wearing her Hijab.

We all know that Australia is supposed to pride itself on being a free and democratic society where people are supposed to feel safe, but unfortunately for a lot of Muslim women, that’s just not happening.

 

They’re not feeling that safety; in fact, they are feeling the fear of going out about their daily lives.

And I don’t think anybody should have to experience that in Australia.

How well do you know Khadija?

How well do you know Khadijah, the wife of Prophet Muhammad?

She is the daughter of Khuwayled, who was considered royalty in Mecca.

She was married and widowed twice and was nicknamed “Attahira” (The Pure One)

Khadijah managed her father’s trading business and after he passed she was able to turn his caravan into one of the biggest in Mecca at the time.

The Prophet (ﷺ) started leading caravans and he was a great tradesman. Khadijah (RA) was intrigued by his honourable  reputation and therefore offered him a job.

Although she was 15 years his senior, Khadijah RA was charmed by the prophet’s honesty and noble character, that she proposed to him, indirectly, through her friend Nafisah.

Before the revelation of the Quran the Prophet (ﷺ) used to go to the cave of “Hira’a” where he’d stay in seclusion for days. Khadijah was very supportive of her husband, and it is reported that she used to climb the mountain and bring him food.

When Jibreel AS came down to the Prophet (pbuh) with revelation, He (ﷺ) seeked comfort in Khadijah (RA) saying “Zammelooni” “Embrace me and cover me up”

Khadijah reassured him and told him, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you; You keep good ties with kinship, tell the truth, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.”

These words describe the love and respect Khadijah RA had for her husband.

Therefore, her memory stayed with the Prophet () his whole life, he kept his connection with her family and friends and used to send some of them presents.

Her support to the prophet () didn’t go unnoticed.

Allah was pleased with Khadijah (RA) so much so that He sent her salam by means of an angel. Jibreel (AS) not only conveyed this exalted salam, he also sent his own greetings to Khadija.

Allah also promised Khadijah “a house in heaven where there is no noise or weariness.”

May Allah make us from the followers of the path of Khadijah (RA) and all the righteous!