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Oh Dear there’s an Odour!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:35

Imagine that it’s your only brother getting married. Excitement is in the air and all are eagerly anticipating the marriage. The day of the waleemah arrives and you sit surrounded by your beloved family on this most joyous occasion. As the food arrives, however, your heart sinks and your face drops.

“Oh No!” you think in dismay. The caterers, as usual, have made the food literally “swim” in oil. In fact, it seems that they were even more liberal with the oil than usual. The word “swimming” didn’t do justice; the food was drowning in oil. After 4 months of intense dieting and strict discipline, you had finally begun shedding those extra kilos of puppy fat that had always haunted you. You did NOT want four months of effort to be spoilt by a weekend bingeing on biryani.

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Witness it Being Slaughtered

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:26

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to his beloved daughter, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), on the day of ‘eid, “O Faatimah! Stand and witness your sacrificial animal (being slaughtered), for verily you will receive forgiveness for every sin the moment the very first drop of its blood is spilt. Behold! Its flesh and blood will be brought (on the Day of Qiyaamah) and placed on your scale, (multiplied) 70 times (in weight).” Abu Sa‘eed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Is this (virtue) for the family of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) alone, for they are indeed worthy of virtue which is bestowed to them alone, or is it for all Muslims in general?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “For the family of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) especially and for all Muslims in general (as well).” (At-Targheeb wat Tarheeb vol. 2 pg. 154)

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The Greater Qurbaani

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

The immense rewards of qurbaani are mindboggling. One’s sins are forgiven before the first drop of blood of the animal falls onto the ground. A person’s reward will be equivalent to the number of strands of hair or fibre of wool on the animal he is slaughtering. Likewise many other great rewards have been promised for this very great ‘ibaadah. Hence, can you imagine a reward greater than this? Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala loves something even more than sacrificing animals and blesses the one who undertakes it with greater rewards. Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that once on the day of ‘Eid-ul-Adha Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said : “There is no action more virtuous than the spilling of blood (qurbaani) on this day, except the joining of family ties (that have been severed).” (at-Targheeb 2/154)

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An Accepted Qurbaani – How?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 September 2015 07:06

When Sayyiduna Aadam and Hawwa (‘alaihimas salaam) came to live in the world and started having children, it so happened that they had twins from every pregnancy, one of the two being a boy, while the other, a girl.

When the issue of marriage came, since there was no one other than brothers and sisters - and a brother cannot be married to his sister - Allah Ta‘ala instructed that the boy born from one set of twins should marry the girl born from the other set of twins and vice-versa. But, the girl born with the first boy, Qaabil, was beautiful while the girl born with the second boy, Haabil, was unattractive. When the time of marriage came, the unattractive girl born with Haabil fell to the lot of Qaabil according to the law. This enraged Qaabil. He turned hostile to Haabil and started insisting that the girl born with him should be given to him in marriage.

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Ten Best Days

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 September 2016 09:53

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “On no day is the worship of Allah Ta‘ala more beloved than in the first ten days of Zul-Hijjah. The fasts of each of these days are equal to the fast of an entire year, and the worship of each of these nights is equal to the worship of laylatul qadr (the night of power).” (Sunan Tirmizi #758)

Imagine being told that if you work on a particular day, you will receive an entire year’s salary! No one will let such an opportunity pass by. Instead he/she will “grab it with both hands”. Here we are afforded the good fortune of receiving an entire years fasting for each day that we will fast. To crown it all, we are guaranteed the worship of laylatul qadr by night, whereas in Ramadhaan we need to search for it. It is now for us to take advantage of this golden opportunity and earn the maximum benefit.

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