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‘Eid Mubaarak!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:51

It was the last day of Ramadhaan and the madrasah classroom was bubbling with excitement with every child discussing what pretty outfits they were going to wear, where they will be spending their ‘Eid, and what they were expecting for eidy (‘Eid presents). The echoes of “Eid Mubaarak” were heard all over the class.

‘Aaishah was a shy little girl who wouldn’t speak much. However she had an enquiring mind and would try to understand everything correctly from her Apa Raheemah. She asked unexpectedly: “Apa! What does ‘Eid Mubaarak mean?” The Apa locked the kitaab cupboard, smiled at her and said: “May your ‘Eid be blessed.” “But how does it become blessed, Apa?” She asked. “Is it just by saying ‘Eid Mubaarak’ or do we need to do certain things?”

Apa Raheemah replied: “I like that question ‘Aaishah! You are 100% correct. It does not become blessed just by saying ‘Eid Mubaarak,’ rather it is by us spending our ‘Eid in a way that makes our Allah happy. I can only explain to you three very important things which will please our Allah Ta‘ala and make our ‘Eid a blessed one. We only have twenty minutes left to go home and Zahraa never read her sabaq yet:

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Allah is Watching!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:51

There was once a maid who worked for a family of Sayyids (descendants of Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). She was totally ignorant regarding the laws of Deen and would not even offer her salaah. When she aged, this family would take care of her because they felt indebted to her for all the service that she had rendered to them. As her last moments came close, she began to say something which no one could understand. Finally a learned person was called and he realised that she was saying: “laa takhaafee walaa tahzanee” (don’t fear and don’t grief). He told them to inquire from her why is she saying this. After much difficulty she replied: “There is a group of angels present who are repeating these words.” Then he inquired: “Do you understand what is being told to you?” She replied: “I cannot understand it, but I can sense that they are consoling me.” He then asked: “On what action are you being blessed in this way?” After some time she replied: “These angels are saying: ‘You haven’t done much good deeds in your life. However, there is one deed of yours which Allah Ta‘ala really liked. Once you bought some ghee (clarified butter) from a shop. When you came home and boiled it, a gold coin came out from inside. Initially you thought of keeping it for yourself since no one was aware of it. Then the thought came to your mind that “Allah is watching”, because of which you returned it to the shopkeeper. It is on account of this deed that you are being comforted in this way.’” (Jawaahir Paare vol. 1, pg. 156) 

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Cleaning the Heart for Ramadhaan

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2016 14:06

Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel

Weekly Ladies Program

Date: 2016-05-03

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I’tikaaf Q&A

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:58

1. Manner of I’tikaaf for Women:

Q: How should a woman carry out i’tikaaf in her home?

A: She should specify a place in her home where she will make i’tikaaf. Thereafter she should not leave the place of i’tikaaf except with the intention of wudhu, fardh ghusal and fulfilling the necessities of life.

2. Women making I’tikaaf in the Musjid: 

Q: I was reading something on one of the Islamic forums on the net. They were talking about their musjid not having facilities for women’s i’tikaaf. When I mentioned that as far as I know, women are supposed to observe i’tikaaf at home, a lady replied: “If a woman wishes to perform i’tikaaf, then she should do so in a musjid, so long as there is no danger in that (such as free-mixing and complacency regarding the hijaab, etc.)”. Please explain if this is correct.

A: The abundance of dangers in this time is absolutely clear. Hence, they should make i’tikaaf in the confines of their homes in the place that is reserved for salaah.

3. What to Do in I’tikaaf:

Q: What is the best ‘ibaadat to make whilst in i’tikaaf and what should be avoided? 

A: In the month of Ramadhaan, the recitation of the Quraan Majeed supersedes all other deeds. One should not engage in worldly activities. 

   

The Month of the Quraan

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:54

The Month of Ramadhaan is synonymous with the recitation of the Quraan Majeed. Apart from it being revealed in this month, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would revise the Quraan Majeed with Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) in the Month of Ramadhaan as well.

This dedication to the Quraan Majeed in the Month of Ramadhaan thereafter became the practice of the Aslaaf (pious predecessors). Hereunder are a few examples of this:

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