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Haj without a visa!

Since Hajj is among the most virtuous deeds in Islam, & not everyone can afford it (especially on a continuous basis) Allah Ta’ala has attached the reward of optional Hajj to certain other deeds for the benefit of all.

Hereunder is a collection of such deeds.

It should be noted that these deeds are labelled as being more virtuous than nafl (optional) hajj, & not the fard (obligatory) hajj.

  1. Wudu at home before proceeding for Salah with Jama’ah.
  2. Salatul Ishraq.
  3. Going to the Masjid to acquire or impart Knowledge.
  4. Umrah in Ramadan.
  5. To recite “Subhanallah” 100 times in the morning and evening.
  6. Serving one’s Parents.

All of the above have been derived from the Hadiths of Nabi ﷺ.

Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al-Hambali (rahimahullah) has quoted the following deeds that yield the reward of Hajj from various Predecessors (i.e, not necessarily from the Hadith).

  1. Attending the Jumu’ah Salah.
  2. Attending the Eid Salah.
  3. Esha Salah in Congregation.
  4. The fulfillment of all obligations (fard deeds) is better than Nafl Haj.
  5. Abstinence from the haram (forbidden) acts are also more virtuous than Nafl Hajj etc.
  6. Any act of Good during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.⏳

The following is an addition to what Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has cited:

  1. Spending on a student of Islamic Knowledge.
    (Ma’alim Irshadiyyah of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah, pg.35)

Notes:

✏The promises of gaining the same reward as Hajj that are mentioned above, are restricted to the reward only. It does not mean that one upon whom Hajj is obligatory can merely suffice on these deeds.

✏The purpose here is not to discourage one from the actual Hajj. (That is why it is being circulated now, when the Hajis have already begun to depart) Like they say: There’s nothing like the real thing..

May Allah ﷻ‎ grant us all the tawfeeq (ability) to practice on the above, as well as afford us the opportunity to perform the real Hajj repeatedly. Ameen.

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Deeds that equal the reward of Hajj

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Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah was not a forger!

Question

There are people who doubt the high number of Ahadith that Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reported.
Some even accuse him of forgery!
Please answer this objection.

Answer

This claim is absolutely untrue and a grave accusation against the Ummat’s foremost Hadith Master; Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu)❗

Some experts have managed to find almost every Hadith that he reported to have also been reported by other Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum).
This effectively means that none of the Hadiths that Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reported were made up.
They were all backed up by other Sahabah.

My Honourable Teacher; Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah Ta’ala protect him) once mentioned that the renowned Shaykh Muhammad Muntasir Al-Kattani (rahimahullah) conducted a study in to the Hadiths of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) that appear in Musnad Ahmad – which is among the biggest collections of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah’s Hadiths today-.

He found that all of them were corroborated by reports of other Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) besides three or four.

This sufficiently rebuts the flimsy allegation that Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) had made up Hadiths just to gain popularity.

✅ In one Narration of Sahih Bukhari, Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) even says that there are several more Hadiths that he hadn’t quoted [for fear of them being misunderstood or misused]. If his concern was popularity, he wouldn’t have hesitated to add to the numbers of his Hadiths, irrespective of the fear of being misunderstood….

May Allah ﷻ‎ save us from such foul accusations against those who were chosen by Allah ﷻ‎ for the companionship of Rasulullah ﷺ.

One should remain vigilant against such drivel❗

Note: I subsequently asked my Beloved Shaykh ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him) if this study was ever printed. He replied in the negative.

And Allah ﷻ Knows best,

See another detailed answer here:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah’s (radiyallahu’anhu) Hadith tally


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Proof for not removing hair, nails etc for the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

Question

A Muslim doing Qurbani should not clip his nails or remove hair from the beginning of Dhul Hijjah, is this correct?
Please provide the proof from Hadith for this.❓

Answer

Sayyidatuna Ummu Salamah (radiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Nabi ﷺ said:

When Dhul Hijjah begins and a person intends to make udhiyah (slaughter on Eid day), then he should not remove hair nor clip his nails.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5090)

✅ Based on the above Hadith, the Hanafi Jurists say that it is mustahab (preferable) for a person intending to do udhiyah, not to remove hair or clip his nails from the beginning of Dhul Hijjah until after his animal is slaughtered.

Note 1: This should not be considered binding.Therefore those who do not practice on the above are not to blame.

Note 2: Those who choose to practise on this should only remove their hair etc after their animal is slaughtered & not before that.

Note 3: If one hasn’t cut his nails or removed body hair for up to forty days, and by practicing on the above, he will be exceeding the forty day limit, he should not delay.
In this case, he is instructed to rather remove the hair/nails etc instead of waiting till after slaughter. This is because Shari’ah instructs us to remove unwanted hair/nails once every forty days.
(Refer: Badhlul Majhud, under Hadith: 2791)

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

❗This year (2016) in most countries, Dhul Hijjah shall commence at Maghrib on Friday 2 September.

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10 Points on the day of ‘Arafah

The day of ‘Arafah is the most important day for a Haji. Whilst only a select few of the Ummah are chosen by Allah ﷻ‎ to physically be on the plains of ‘Arafat on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, there are several virtues and deeds mentioned regarding the day of ‘Arafah which apply to those afar as well. Hereunder are ten of them:

The Virtue of the Day
1. The day of ‘Arafah is one of the best days of the year,
Sayyidna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:
“The day of ‘Arafah equals 10 000 days in virtue”!

  1. “On the day of Arafah, Allah frees from jahannam even those who are not physically in Arafah. Therefore the next day is Eid for all.”
  2. The Day of ‘Arafah has also been labelled as “Yawmul Eid” by Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) as its the day in which Allah Ta’ala announced the perfection of Islam.

Deeds for this Day
4. DO on the Day of ‘Arafah:
✅1. Fast
✅2. Recite kalimah shahadah a lot
✅3. Excessive Du’a
✅4. Sadaqah

  1. DON’T:
    ❌Persist on Sin (i.e, rather make tawbah -repent- from all sins)

❌ Be arrogant

These 2 types of people are deprived on this blessed day.

  1. Dhikr on the Day of ‘Arafah
    Rasulullah ﷺ would recite the following abundantly on the day of Arafah:

“لاإلٰه إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد بيده الخير وهو على كل شئ قدير“

La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul mulku walahul hamdu biyadihil khayru wahuwa ‘ala kuli shayin qadir

  1. Sayyiduna ‘Ali’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) dua on the Day of ‘Arafah

اللهم أعتق رقبتي من النار، وأَوسِعْ لِيْ مِنَ الرّزقِ الحلال، وَاصْرِفْ عني فَسَقة الجن والإنس

Allahumma a’tiq raqabati minan nar wa awsi’li minar rizqil halal, wasrif ‘anni fasaqatil jinni wal ins

Translation: O Allah! Free me from the fire, increase my lawful sustenance, and keep away the transgressive Jin and humans from me.

  1. “Fasting on the day of Arafah will expiate the sins of the past and future year.”
  2. Rasulullah ﷺ said:
    “He who protects his ears, eyes and tongue on this day (Day of ‘Arafah) will be forgiven”

Shaytan’s Humiliation
10. The day of ‘Arafah is the day when Shaytan is most humiliated (due to Allah’s extensive forgiveness)

Conclusion
All of the above will have real significance to us if we implement it and not just share it.

May Allah ﷻ‎ grant us all the tawfiq (ability) to practice on all the above and may He bless us with repeated opportunities of physically being on the plains of ‘Arafat.

For references and full article see here:

10 Points about the Day of ‘Arafah

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Du’a when slaughtering

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that when Rasulullah ﷺ made the animal he was slaughtering face the qiblah, he recited the following du’a and then slaughtered the animal:

إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ عَلَى مِلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيم حَنِيفًا وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ إِنَّ صَلاَتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذَلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ مِنْكَ وَلَكَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدٍ وَأُمَّتِهِ بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏

Inni Wajjahtu Wajhiya lilladhi fataras samawati wal arda, ‘ala millati Ibrahima hanifaw wa ma ana minal mushrikin. Inna Salati wa nusuki wa mahyaya wa mamati lillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin. La sharika lahu wa bidhalika umirtu wa ana minal Muslimin. Allahumma minka wa laka ‘an Muhammadin wa ummatih, Bismillah wallahu akbar

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2788, & others.
Declared authentic by Imams Ibn Khuzaymah,Hakim & Dhahabi)

Notes:

1) The du’a has been reported with variation in the wordings. I have cited the version recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud.

2) The text in bold, translates as ‘from Muhammad and his Ummah’. One may use one’s own name instead.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

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A du’a before slaughtering [udhiyah]

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Before retweeting, re-sharing, broadcasting etc check the authenticity

Unfortunately, in our era, people hardly ever bother to verify the information they receive or pass on. This has fatal consequences. We shouldn’t be so naive as to accept everything that is thrown at us, unless the sender is a reliable authority in the field that pertains to that piece of information…

We most definitely need to check the status of whatever we are reading, be that in a book, on a screen or on social media. This applies to information of any kind…

The Social Media Pitfall
Social media has undoubtedly put a world of information literally at people’s fingertips. In addition to its benefits, mass-misinformation is just one of its many pitfalls.

Many of us are gullible, and believe whatever we read.
Some of us merely see the sender, and suffice with that. As if to mean that the one who sent it is the original source!

The sender probably also thought the same when he/she received it…

The ‘Copy & Paste’ trend
It’s no secret that people ‘copy and paste’ all the time without quoting their original source. This is wrong in itself. You may read a full article on it here:

Academic Theft!

Just one evil outcome of the ‘copy and paste’ trend is that by the time it reaches the third or fourth hand, the original source is forgotten, thus removing real credibility from that statement. That is if the source is really credible. But how would we know that?

❗That message could just be some bogus drivel…

Therefore, we are cautioned: ❌ Do not believe everything you read!!

That really seems difficult in our era, especially since many are in the habit of having conviction on whatever is thrown at them! May Allah Ta’ala grant us the true realisation of the above. Ameen.

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Spending on one’s family on ‘Ashura day

Rasulullah ﷺ is authentically reported to have said:
‘Whoever expands his spending on his family on the day of ‘Ashura, Allah ﷻ‎ will inflate his sustenance for the rest of that year.’
(Shu’abul Iman & Al-Istidhkar)

Tried & Tested
Several narrators of this Hadith have echoed the following testimony:
‘We have tried this, & have found it to be accurate.’
(Al-Istidhkar, 10/140)

In fact, one narrator of this Hadith, a great Muhaddith and Faqih, Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) said:
‘I have been doing this for fifty to sixty years and have always seen its benefit.’
(Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.113)

Source and Authenticity
This Hadith has been reported by several Sahabah (radiyallahu ’anhum), among them are the following:
1⃣ Sayyiduna Jabir
2⃣ Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah
3⃣ Sayyiduna Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudry
4⃣ Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud
5⃣ Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar
6⃣ This has also been reported with a good chain as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar.
(radiyallahu ’anhum)

Authentic
There are several legitimate practices in Islam that have been wrongfully deemed as innovations!
In an era of religious melt-down, we cannot afford such incorrect assertions.‼
One such deed is: Spending on one’s family on the day of ‘Ashura (The 10th of Muharram)

There are approximately ten Hadith Masters that have declared this Hadith as reliable.

‘Allamah Al-‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has authored a detailed treatise on this Hadith in which he has proven its acceptability beyond a shadow of doubt.

See here for full details:

Additional Spending on ‘Aashura Day

Notes
• This is not restricted to food only.
• One can spend in any form that is deemed most appropriate.
(Al-Hadiyyatul ‘Alaiyyah, pg.311)
• Lastly, this Hadith provides an ideal solution during these times of global financial constraint. Try it & see the difference insha Allah!
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What to do on ‘Ashura day?

1 Fast
➡ 1 year’s (minor sins) will be forgiven.
(preferably also fast 1 day before or after)

2 Spend extra on the family
➡ Barakah in one’s earnings for the next year.

3 Additional istighfar (seek forgiveness)
➡Allah ﷻ‎ forgives many on this day.
Therefore also: ⤵

4 Abstain from sin
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What to do when receiving the 1st Fruit of the Season

Several Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) have
reported that when the first fruit of the season used to be brought to Rasulullah ﷺ he would kiss it, touch it to his eyes & recite the following du’a [among others]. He ﷺ would then give that fruit to the smallest child that was in his presence:

اللهُمَّ كَمَا أَرَيْتَنا أَوَّلَه أَرِنا آخِرَه

Allahumma kama araytana awwalahu, arina akhirahu

Translation: O Allah! just as You have shown us the first of it, allow us to see the last of it.

(Abu Dawud in his Kitabul Maraseel, Ibnus Sunni & Tabarani)

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narration of Tabarani as sahih (authentic).

Explanation
The reason for giving it to the child is
1⃣ Either because of the similarity between the two that both are new in the world or
2⃣ because of the extreme joy that a child experiences through this.

The reason for Rasulullah ﷺ kissing the fruit and touching it to his eyes is because it has been newly created by Allah ﷻ‎. Just as he ﷺ would go out in the rain and open his chest [so the rain may touch him] & he would say: ‘Verily it [the raindrops] have only recently arrived from my Rabb !’

Another Lesson
The above also teaches us that: the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) would bring the first produce of their orchards to Rasulullah ﷺ to acquire Barakah
✅ Nowadays some people do -admirably-emulate this in a way, by presenting their first produce to their teachers, seniors, elders of the family etc for Barakah.

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Blessed Fruits


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Don’t be Robbed of your Good Conduct

Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him) once mentioned a story about his senior teacher, Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah), which is worth sharing for its profound message and immense inspiration:

➡There was an instigator in Aleppo (may Allah Ta’ala‎ alleviate the suffering therein currently).
This person falsely reported Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) to the authorities for which Shaykh (rahimahullah) was imprisoned.

A year later when Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) was released, the locals came to visit, congratulate and welcome him at his residence.
Among those that came was the initial trouble maker too. Realising his mistake he probably came to plead for forgiveness. He was however, scared to face Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah.

When people told Shaykh (rahimahullah), he responded, ‘Allow him in’:

نحن نعامل الناس بأخلاقنا لا بأخلاقهم

‘We display our own character to the people, not their’s.’

-end of incident.

Subhaanallah!
In other words, despite his disrespect and lack of akhlaq, I will display to him my akhlaq by being better to him.

Moral
People have different standards in their conduct. Don’t let their misconduct set your standard!

May Allah Ta’ala inspire us to implement this sublime moral code.
Ameen.
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