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Why do we make Qurbaani?

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Saturday, 18 July 2020 13:35

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was a very great and special Nabi – he was known as ‘Khaleelullah’ which means ‘the special friend of Allah Ta‘ala’.

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) always wanted to have children, but for years and years and years, he did not have any children. Finally, when Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had waited for a long, long time, and he was now 86 years old, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with a beautiful baby boy – Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam).

A few years later, when Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) was no longer a small baby, but was now a young boy, running around, playing and helping his father, Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had a dream. In his dream, he saw that he took a knife, placed it on the throat of his beloved son, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) and slaughtered him!

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Upholding the Spirit

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Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:00

Without a doubt, the year 2020 will be remembered in history as the year of the Coronavirus. Not only has this disease continued to dominate the headlines for months, but it has brought in its wake drastic lifestyle and societal changes which have left no person unaffected.

While many of these changes are tolerable or even beneficial, such as the need to avoid leaving the home unnecessarily, there are some changes that should cause the heart of each and every Muslim to bleed with pain. Chief among these changes is the cancellation of hajj for people worldwide in 2020.

The pillar of hajj holds a special and unique position of love in the heart of every Muslim. Hence, it is noticed that even people who are outwardly not very committed to Deen will spend their lifetime saving money for hajj, and eagerly anticipate the day that they will be able to call out “Labbaik!” before the Baytullah. When they finally hold their ticket in their hand, they are accompanied to the airport by scores of people, all wishing them well and requesting them for du‘aa. Likewise, on their return, they enjoy a reception afforded to people on only the most special of occasions.

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Blaming Allah for Our Faults

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Wednesday, 15 July 2020 08:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

A certain person asked me the following question, “Why does Allah cause marriages to end in divorce if divorce is the most detested by Him?” How should I respond to this question?

Jazakallah

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Modesty – No Matter What!

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Monday, 13 July 2020 09:10

When the Battle of the Trench broke out, the Banu Quraizah, a clan of Jews near Madeenah Munawwarah, broke their peace treaty with the Muslims. At this crucial juncture, they decided to oppose the Muslims and side with their enemy, the Quraish. After the Quraish returned to Makkah Mukarramah without victory, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to march on the Banu Quraizah due to their betrayal and treachery.

It was during this expedition against the Banu Quraizah that a Jewess named Bunaanah flung a rock from a hilltop, striking Sayyiduna Khallaad bin Suwaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and causing his martyrdom.

On their return to Madeenah Munawwarah, the mother of this Sahaabi, Sayyidah Ummu Khallaad (radhiyallahu ‘anha), came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to enquire regarding her son’s reward and status in the Hereafter. However, despite the tragedy of just losing her beloved son, she was not unmindful of her modesty and thus ensured that she kept her niqaab on, concealing her face. Noticing her commitment to niqaab, even in these moments, a Sahaabi exclaimed, “You have come to enquire about your son (who was martyred) yet you have still covered your face (in this tragic moment)?” She replied, “I may have lost my son, but I have not lost my hayaa (modesty).”

(Sunan Abi Dawood #2488, Bazlul Majhood vol. 4, pg. 197 and Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 530)

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