We will soon enter our seventh month Rajab, one of the four sacred months in Islam (‘Arba‘atunn Hurum). Rajab should be a reminder for preparation for Ramadaan. Sha’baan, another one of the four sacred months, follows Rajab. So lets begin the spiritual preparation. 01 Rajab 1434 AH should be coinciding with the gregorian date- 12 May 2013 here in South Africa In-shaa-Allah. Let us commence this month with this du’ā... It has been … [Read more...]
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Muharram the Islamic New Year of 1434 AH has begun! Subhaanallah! I hope many resolutions to good are on our lists. Some rushing to buy food for the 10th of Muharram, many are going through crisis like our brothers and sisters in Syria and Palestine but to name a few. We ask Allah to ease their suffering and to eradicate their oppression in this new year! It is very meritorious to fast on the 9th, 10th, 11th of Muharram depending which days … [Read more...]
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It is the 11th Dhul-Hijjah 1433 AH (coinciding with the 27th October 2012) and the Haajis are at Mina stoning all three stone pillars (Jamaraat). After a night under the stars at Muzdalifah on the 9th night of Dhul-Hijjah, collecting pebbles and in prayer, till just after the Fajr prayer, the Haajis (pilgrims) left for Mina on the morning of the 10th Dhul-Hijjah. They would have pelted the Jamaratul 'Aqabah and then sacrificed their animals … [Read more...]
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The following masa a-il are for those who follow the Ahnaaf (Hanafī) school of thought. 1. It is preferred (Mustahab) that the person who is performing Ud-hiyyah, does not clip their hair or nails from the 1st to the 10th of Dhul Hijjah until such a time that the animal has been sacrificed. This is not Waajib. [Muslim vol2, p160/ Kitabul Masail vol2, p254]. Please refer to the Ruling of clipping the hair and nails in Dhul-Hijjah. 2. To … [Read more...]
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Animals eligible for Ud-hiyyah are goats, sheep, cattle and camels, male or female. No other type of animal is allowed for Ud-hiyyah. Below are a few conditions for the sacrificial animal: Castrated animals may be used for Ud-hiyyah. Barren animals may be used for Ud-hiyyah. Goats and sheep have to be at least one year old. However, a healthy sheep that looks one year old may also be used, provided it is above six months old. Cattle … [Read more...]
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Yawm-un-Nahr (Day of sacrifice) is also known as 'Eid al-Adhaa' meaning the Festival of Sacrifice and it is one of the two festivals which Allah has granted to the Ummah of Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam). Anas (RadhiyAllahu 'anhu) narrated, “Allah's Messenger (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam) came to Madeenah and the people of Madeenah in the days of Jahiliyyah had two days of play and amusement. So, Allah's Messenger (Sallallaahu … [Read more...]