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LIVING ISLAM

I’tikaaf

I’tikaaf means to devote oneself for the worship of Allah by secluding oneself in a part of the House of Allah (Masjid) with the intention of i’tikaaf. I’tikaaf affords us the opportunity to purify the …

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Welcome Ramadaan 1435

Today is 28 June 2014 coinciding with Islamic date 29 Sha’baan 1435 AH. The hilaal has been sighted. We pray the first taraweeh here in South Africa tonight and fast our first sawm tomorrow in-shaa-Allah. …

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Ihraam

The literal meaning of Ihraam is to make haraam (forbidden). Once a pilgrim (Haaji) makes the intention (niyyah) of Hajj and ‘Umrah and says the Talbiyyah (labbaik), certain things which normally would be permissible to …

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5 Gems from Surah Nisaa’

Al-Awfi reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said that Surah An-Nisa’ was revealed in Al-Madeenah. Ibn Marduwyah recorded similar statements from ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr and Zayd bin Thabit (RadiyAllaahu ‘annum). In his Mustadrak, Al-Haakim recorded …

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Muharram 1435 AH- Ahlann!

The month of Muharram is the first month of the Arabic year, and it is one of the four sacred months of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):  “Verily, the number of months with …

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Keeping the Humanity Alive

While we lay in our comfy warm beds tonight, Syrian people wait. Each day they wait. They wait for the help of the Almighty to reach them. Those in the frontline, the ones protecting their …

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Virtue of Takbeer Tashreeq

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are venerated days. Allah takes an oath by them in the Qur-aan, and swearing by a thing is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allah says (interpretation of …

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Meeqaats (Boundaries) for Ihraam

The meeqaats (places for donning ihraam) are five: Dhul Hulaifah, Al-Juhfah, Qarn-ul Manaazil, Yalamlam and Dhaatu ‘Irq. They are for those who live there and those who pass by them intending Hajj or ‘Umrah. If …

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Time for Ud-hiyyah (Qurbani)

The days of Ud-hiyyah (Qurbani) are the tenth, eleventh and twelfth of Dhul Hijjah. The first day is better than the second, and the second is better than the last. After Hijrah, Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi …

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Six Days of Shawwal (fasting)

Fasting six days of Shawwaal after the obligatory fast of Ramadaan is Sunnah Mustahabbah, not waajib. It is recommended for the Muslim to fast six days of Shawwaal, and in this there is great virtue …

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