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The Night of ‘Eid

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 10:05

With the blessed month of Ramadhaan drawing to an end, people’s eyes turn to the skies, seeking the hilaal (new moon) of Shawwaal. As soon as the moon is sighted, a unique sense of excitement permeates the environment as one and all welcome the arrival of ‘Eid.

Those who sat in i’tikaaf will return home to their beloved families, eagerly embracing them after the period of separation. In homes across the globe, families will take out their special ‘Eid clothing in anticipation of the next day. Mothers will be busy in the kitchen, preparing scrumptious meals and treats to enjoy.

While all the scenes depicted above are common, and form some of the cherished memories of ‘Eid that people will fondly remember throughout their lives, we should not forget the MAIN ASPECT of ‘Eid.

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Better than I’tikaaf

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Monday, 10 May 2021 10:49

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was in i’tikaaf in Masjidun Nabawi when a person came to him and sat down after greeting him with salaam. When Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) looked at the person, he observed that he was worried and anxious. He thus asked him, “O so-and-so! I see that you are overcome by grief and worry! (What is the matter?)”

The man replied, “Yes, O cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I owe so-and-so an outstanding debt, and I am unable to settle it (and that is the reason for my worry and anxiety)!” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) offered, “Shall I speak to him on your behalf (requesting him to grant you some form of respite)?” The man replied, “(Yes,) if you wish.” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) thus stood and left the masjid.

As he left the masjid, the man reminded him, “Have you forgotten that you are in i’tikaaf? (i.e. by leaving the masjid, your i’tikaaf has broken.)” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No, (I have not forgotten).”  

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Clearing the Obstructions

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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 10:37

(Du‘aa Series – Part Four)

The driver is seated in his car, but cannot move forward as he is gridlocked in rush hour traffic… The passengers are aboard the aircraft, but it cannot take off due to the runway being obstructed… Indeed, encountering an obstruction or obstacle is among the most frustrating and disruptive experiences that one can suffer.

As discussed previously, by adhering to the sunnah method and etiquettes of making du‘aa, it is more likely that one’s du‘aas will be accepted. However, at the same time, it is necessary to understand that there are also certain obstructions that impede the acceptance of du‘aas.

In one hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained the condition of a person who had undertaken a long, arduous journey. His hair was dishevelled and his clothing was covered in dust. He raised his hands to the sky crying in supplication saying, “O my Rabb! O my Rabb (help me in my difficulty)!” However, his food and drink were haraam, his clothing was obtained from haraam sources, and his body was nourished with haraam. Thus, even though his condition was so pitiable and portrayed such desperation, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “How can his du‘aas ever be answered?” (Saheeh Muslim #2346)

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The Effort to Instil Imaan and Deen

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Monday, 03 May 2021 10:25

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Two)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding the Deen and imaan of her family and progeny. It was out of this concern that she would perform two rakaats of salaah, every day, making du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to safeguard the Deen and dunya of all her children. Likewise, every morning, she would take out some money and set it aside as sadaqah for her children and family.

She would commence teaching her children from a very young age. Hence, one of her children commenced the takhtee (the first stage of learning Arabic letters) and completed learning to recite the Quraan Majeed in just one year, from when the child was four until he was five years old.

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The Sunnah Procedure of Du‘aa

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:08

(Du‘aa Series – Part Three)

Imagine a person who applies for a certain work position. However, when asked to fill in the application form, he does so incorrectly. He writes only his first name and leaves the section for his surname blank. He only writes half his ID number. He is told to write in pen, but instead uses a pencil. Finally, he completes only half the form, submitting it partially completed. Will this person receive the job? Highly unlikely! In fact, it is most probable that his application form will not even be considered, as he failed to adhere to the prescribed procedure when filling in the form.

In the very same way, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us the sunnah procedure of engaging in du‘aa. By adhering to the sunnah procedure, insha-Allah our du‘aas will be received with acceptance. Below follows a brief description of the sunnah method of du‘aa:

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