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The Benefits of the Daily Kitaab Reading

2019-03-20T08:31:10+00:00

Bismihi Ta’ala
At the beginning of the academic year, after the long vacation, a parent brought her child to a maktab on the first day of Madrasah and requested to meet her child’s Apa. After chatting a while with the Apa, she mentioned to her, “I don’t know what you have done to my child. We come from a fairly affluent background. My husband and I are both professionals and work late almost every day. In December, we went to the sea side for a week’s break. I was surprised to note that at the time of every salaah, my son made sure that we all performed our salaah on time. He put an alert tone on the Salaah App to alert us and would wake up himself at the time of Fajar to call out the azaan loudly in the room.”

Saying this, the mother left her child and went on her way. The Apa thanked Allah Ta’ala for what she heard and at the end of the day called the child to speak to him. She praised him for performing all his salaah on time and asked him what prompted him to do so.

“Apa, I was motivated by that book you read to us every day,” he said pointing to the Fazaail-e-Aamaal on the shelf. “When you read to us the stories of the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the pious and how punctual they were on their salaah, I also felt encouraged to read my salaah on time and encouraged my parents and siblings to do the same.”

Every day at the maktab, the Apa reads out a section from the Fazaail-e-Aamaal to encourage and motivate the children to perform salaah, recite Qur-aan Shareef, make zikr, etc. Reading the Ahaadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam from these books is one of the most effective ways of moulding the mind of a Muslim child.

Our senior Ulama and pious elders are stressing the importance of reading the “Fazaail-e-A’maal” and Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat” written by Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi Saahib (rahmatullahi alayh). These books have been written with lots of sincerity and sacrifice by one of the greatest saints of his time. Reading the advices of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) most definitely will leave its mark on the hearts and minds of these little children.

A time should be allocated daily for the entire family to sit together and read these books. This will create a desire in our hearts to practice on our Deen and to refrain from sins.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the taufeeq to diligently read these books daily.

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The Day of Jumu’ah

2019-02-14T08:52:26+00:00

Bismihi Ta’ala

The day of Jumu’ah is a very special and mubaarak day for a Muslim. Allah Ta’ala showers His special Blessings and Mercy upon us on this great day. Every Muslim should take special care to reap the great rewards that Allah Ta’ala has promised us for Jumu’ah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has mentioned, “Certainly Friday is the leader of all days. It is a day greater and more honoured by Allah Ta’ala than the two Eids (Eidul-Adha and Eidul-Fitr).”

A day of Eid

One Friday, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said to the Sahaabah Radiyallahu Anhum: “O Muslims! Allah Ta’ala has made this day a day of Eid. So have a bath on this day, whoever has itr (perfume) should apply it, and also use the Miswaak.”

The Best Day

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “The best day on which the sun has risen is the day of Jumu’ah. On this day, Hadhrat Aadam Alayhis Salaam was created. On this day he was granted entry into Jannah and on this very day he was removed from Jannah.”

Forgiveness of sins

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates in another Hadith that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “The person who makes wudhu properly and then comes for Jumu’ah, listens attentively and doesn’t speak during the khutbah, all the sins that he committed between this Jumu’ah and the next Jumu’ah plus another three days will be forgiven.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said, “The five daily Salaah, One Jumu’ah to the next and one Ramadhaan to the next wipes out the sins committed between them so long as a person stays away from committing major sins.”

Reciting Surah Dukhaan on a Thursday night

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasululah  Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever reads Surah Haa Meem Dukhaan on a Thursday night (Surah No. 44, Page 686), his sins will all be forgiven.”

Acceptance of duas

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu says that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam once mentioned about the day of Jumu’ah, “There is a moment on this day wherein if a Muslim asks Allah Ta’ala for anything, Allah Ta’ala will grant it to him.”

Hadhrat Jaabir bin Abdullah Radiyallahu Anhuma reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “There are 12 moments wherein a Muslim will ask Allah Ta’ala for anything and Allah Ta’ala will grant it to him. Look for this special moment in the last part of the day after the Asar Salaah.”

Hadhrat Faatima Radiyallahu Anha, the daughter of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam, used to be very particular of this blessed time. Her servant use to inform her of the time just before sunset. She would then leave all her duties and become engrossed in dua and repentance to Allah Ta’ala.

Sunnats of the Day of Jumu’ah

  1. To wake up early.
  2. To have a bath.
  3. To apply oil on one’s head.
  4. To apply itr (males only).
  5. To make miswaak.
  6. To wear clean clothes.
  7. To remove unwanted hair.
  8. To clip the finger and toe nails.
  9. To recite abundant durood shareef.
  10. To recite Surah Kahaf.
  11. To go early to the masjid. (males only)
  12. To go walking to the masjid.
  13. Burn some incense like ’Ood on a Thursday night at home.

Reward for walking to the Masjid (Males only)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said: “Whoever takes Ghusl (bath) on a Friday, goes early to the masjid, sits close to the Imaam and listens attentively to him, then for every step he takes, he will be rewarded with the reward of fasting for one year and performing salaah for one year.”

Virtue of reading Surah Kahaf on a Friday

Hadhrat ‘Ali Radiyallahu Anhu says that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever reads Surah Kahaf on a Friday will be saved from all fitnahs (trials and difficulties) for 8 days. Even if Dajjal had to appear, he will be protected from him.”

Hadhrat Abu Sa‘eed  Khudri Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever recites Surah Kahaf on a Friday, a special nur (light) will be illuminated from beneath his feet till the skies which will be a means of brightness for him on the day of Qiyaamah, and he will be forgiven between the two Jumuahs.”

Warning for not attending Jumu’ah Salaah

It is reported from Hadhrat Ibn Umar Radiyallahu Anhu that he heard Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam saying, “People should stop leaving out Jumu’ah or else Allah Ta’ala will seal their hearts. They will then be counted among the neglectful.” (Muslim)

In another Hadith it is mentioned that if a Muslim misses out three Jumu’ahs in a row, he will become a disbeliever.

Recitation of Durood Shareef

Among the rewarding acts to be done on the Day of Jumu’ah is the excessive recitation of durood shareef. Every Muslim should, to the best of their ability, recite as much durood shareef as possible on the day of Jumu’ah.

Hadhrat Aws bin Aws As Saqafi Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Recite durood upon me in abundance on a Friday. Indeed your durood shareef is presented to me.”

In another Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said: “Recite Durood Shareef in abundance upon me during the eve (Thursday night) and the day of Jumu’ah. Whosoever does so, I will be his witness and will intercede for him on the day of Qiyaamah.”

80 years of sins forgiven

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said, “One who recites the following Durood Shareef after Asar Salaah on a Friday, without moving from his place, will have 80 years of his sins forgiven and he will receive the reward of 80 years ibaadah.”

أَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدِ ۨالنَّبِيِّ الْاُمِّيِّ وَعَلٰى اٰلِهٖ وَسَلِّمْ تَسْلِيْمًا

 A Palace in Jannah

It is mentioned in a Hadith, that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “One who recites Durood Shareef 1000 times on a Friday will most certainly see his palace in Jannah before his death.”

Hundred needs fulfilled

Hadhrat Anas Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever recites durood on me on a Friday, or on a Thursday night, for him Allah Ta’ala shall fulfil one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta’ala appoints an angel who brings that durood to me by my grave in the same manner as you people have gifts presented to you.”

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The Blessings of a Child who went to Maktab

2018-10-24T06:20:45+00:00

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

O ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam)! This servant led a life of disobedience and sin, and he has thus been engulfed in punishment from the time he passed away. However, when he passed away, he left a wife who was expecting a child. After the child was born, she raised him and saw to his upbringing until he grew into a young boy. She then made him over to the maktab (elementary madrasah) teachers. After entering the madrasah, the teacher made the child recite “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem”. I thus felt ashamed to punish my servant with fire within the earth while his son is taking My name above the earth.

(At-Tafseerul Kabeer vol. 1, pg. 143)

Lessons:

1. One of the greatest investments for any parent is a pious child. As the parents were the means of the child entering the world, they have a share in all his good works and righteous deeds and are rewarded accordingly. However, for this investment to bear fruit, the seeds of piety and righteousness will have to be planted and nurtured in the child.

2. In order for the seeds of righteousness and piety to be planted in the child, it is essential that the child be enrolled into a maktab madrasah. It is in the maktab madrasahs that the children are taught the basics and fundamentals of Imaan and Islam, such as the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), how to make wudhu, how to perform salaah, how to recite the Quraan Majeed, etc. Since many parents are unable to teach their children themselves (due to lacking the time or knowledge), enrolling the children into a maktab is a proven solution to ensuring that they are not deprived of the teachings of Islam.

3. We should regularly make du‘aa for the forgiveness of all those who have passed on with imaan, especially our parents, grandparents, asaatizah (those who taught us Deen), etc.

The Blessings of a Child who went to Maktab2018-10-24T06:20:45+00:00

Advices of Hadhrat Haji Ahmad Nakooda of Madinah Munawwarah

2018-10-20T06:53:27+00:00

For a person to become a perfect believer, he has to have Taqwa (i.e. piety).

Taqwa is gained when a person is purified from spiritual maladies like pride, malice, etc. This is achieved by making zikr, reciting lots of Durood Shareef daily, and protecting the seven parts of the body from sin:

The seven parts of the body are as follows;

  1. THE EYES: Casting lustful glances at Na-Mahram Men or Women is committing adultery of the eye. This makes the heart filthy and ruins it. Without sincere taubah (repentance) ones Imaan can be ruined. Viewing of pornographic material, photographs, television, films, etc. is also adultery of the eyes.
  2. THE TONGUE: Backbiting and speaking lies destroys the heart. If it becomes a habit, it ruins a person’s Imaan, unless a person repents (i.e. makes taubah) sincerely.
  3. THE EARS: Listening to music: This is very harmful as it breeds hypocrisy in the heart, and it leads to immodesty.
  4. THE STOMACH: If one morsel of haraam food enters the stomach then the dua’s of such a person is not accepted for 40 days. One should abstain totally from all haraam transactions, especially that of ribaa (interest).
  5. THE HANDS: To unjustly take away someone’s possession even if it is just worth half a cent. One will have to repay the oppressed person with 700 Maqbool (accepted) Namaaz’s of his on the Day of Judgement. To hit one’s children over the limit is cruelty, the result of which is very disastrous in both the worlds.
  6. THE LEGS: One should totally abstain from going to evil places.
  7. THE PRIVATE PARTS: One should protect one’s private parts and totally abstain from adultery (zina). Just as music and wine are causes of earthquakes, so does adultery. It also causes the harmful disease aids.

Hence one has to achieve Taqwa to safeguard one’s Imaan and to be saved from the calamities of this world and the hereafter.

The following three deeds are prescribed by our great Ulama:

  1. Daily Kitaab Reading – Mainly Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat (virtues of charity).
  2. Remembering death – the grave, judgement day, crossing of the pul siraat etc.
  3. Zikr- Istighfaar, First and Third kalimah and abundant Durood Shareef and Tilaawat of the Quraan Shareef
Advices of Hadhrat Haji Ahmad Nakooda of Madinah Munawwarah2018-10-20T06:53:27+00:00

A Maktab Apa’s Passion to Teach Deen

2018-10-19T07:21:25+00:00

Bismihi Ta’ala

In this day and age, teaching little children in a primary makatb is not amongst the easiest of tasks. Teachers are faced with major challenges in the classroom. Often the Apa goes back home at the end of the day tired and dejected. The question that keeps on ringing in her mind is, “Are we winning?”

Each day brings about new challenges for the maktab Apa. The children in her classroom are so different. Some are from broken homes, others from mixed marriages and yet some from foreign backgrounds who don’t even understand our language. Then, we are faced with the challenge of technology. Children are addicted to the X-Box, smart phone, T.V. games, and the list goes on. Their attention span is so low that it lasts for a maximum of five minutes for the day. At times, whilst taking a child’s sabak, you may find him suddenly taking his kitaab, using it as a steering wheel and speeding off as if he is the driver of a formula 1 taking part in a Kyalami race.

The major intake of junk by children today further stunts their progress and understanding. Every other child is diagnosed with ADD and ADHD whereas this was something never heard of in the past. How does an Apa cope in her classroom? She isn’t getting a fantastic salary to motivate her to carry on. Maktab Apas get paid paltry salaries. If the elephant cried when he heard how much the Moulana was earning, it would probably die when it hears how much the Apas are receiving. Some Apas are teaching for years and haven’t received any increments, yet they continue teaching with the same passion and enthusiasm without any complaint. Then what prompts her to carry on and embrace each day as it comes?

It’s her deep love for Deen and the Sunnah of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] that prompts her to keep going. As she walks to madarasah daily, she treads carefully on the ground knowing full well that she is walking on the wings of the Malaaikah. She is the representatives of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] on this earth. Every now and again, as she walks to madrasah, she glances at the skies above and her eyes catch hold of a bird in the distance. The Apa smiles to herself knowing full well that that bird is busy engaging in dua for HER forgiveness. Whilst other professionals may boast of their professions and their degrees, she knows without doubt that she is amongst the best people walking on the face of the earth. She is among the best since she is teaching the Qur-aan and Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] has said, “The best of you is the one who learns the Qur-aan and teaches it.”

She is unconcerned about the meagre salary she earns because she has full conviction in the fact that Allah Ta’ala will reward her far more than what any person can pay her in this temporary world. She knows that Allah Ta’ala will reward her with that which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard off and no heart can ever imagine. She knows that my Allah will reward me with the highest position of Jannah because I am in the profession of my beloved Nabi [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] who once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum), “Allah Ta’ala sent me as a Mua’llim (teacher).”
Below is an incident that occurred in a maktab in (KZN). It was really inspirational to hear this story and the need was felt that it must be shared with all teachers, hoping that it will inspire one and all. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the taufeeq to also act in the same manner. Sometimes we are quick to write off a student. We feel that he is not capable and thus ask him to leave the Madrasah. Think for a moment, how will we answer to Allah Ta’ala if He asks us, “A child came to your door searching for ME and you turned him away. Why?” How will we answer? May Allah Ta’ala forgive us.

NOTE: The names of the children and the madrasah have been changed.
At the beginning of 2018, a new child enrolled at Madrasah Atfaal. He seemed to be very disturbed. What was really surprising about this boy was his violent behaviour. No child could pass him without being punched, slapped or kicked. The other children in his class were terrified of him. By the third day, four children left the madrasah and the Apa was now going crazy in her class. No one could control this boy. He was extremely disturbed and his behavior was beyond anyone’s control. By the fourth day, the Apa was ready to hand in her resignation saying, “Either he remains in the class or I remain. The way things are going, it seems as if all the children in the class will leave. Some drastic action has to be taken immediately.” The poor Apa could not be blamed for this, since most others in a similar situation would have probably done the same.

The principal phoned his mother and asked her if she could come in immediately. When she arrived half an hour later, her son’s behaviour at the madrasah was spelt out to her. She burst into tears saying, “I don’t know what to do with him anymore. The school principal expelled him last week. His father has a terrible temper and beats me up at home. He sees his dad behaving in this manner. What you are seeing him doing is an imitation of what he sees his father doing.”

“I’m sorry, we won’t be able to keep him in the madrasah,” said the principal. “He’s going to chase all the students away from here.” A senior Apa at the Madrasah happened to overhear this conversation. She came forward and said softly, “How can we send a child away from our madrasah when he came here to learn the knowledge of Deen? How will we answer to Allah Ta’ala for this? Let me take him in my class and I will try my best to work with him.”

The next day she took the little boy into her class and made dua to Allah Ta’ala to help her with this child. The first thing the Apa did was contact the mother. She said to her, “We are going to fight this battle together, and we are going to win Insha Allah. But we have to do this together. Are you prepared?” The mother assured her co-operation. The Apa then gave her the following guidelines;
“Firstly,” said the Apa, “I want you to wake up every night at the time of Tahajjud and make dua for your son. Remember, the duas of a mother are readily accepted. I will also wake up at the time of Tahajjud and make dua for him.”

“Secondly, I’m going to give you a book. It’s written by a great Aalim, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA). The name of the book is Fazaail-e-Aamaal. Every night sit with your son and read to him the Ahaadith contained in this book. This book contains valuable advice. Reading the Hadith of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] in your home will bring about great peace and barkat in your home and in your life. Try to practice on whatever you read.”

“Thirdly, I’m going to give you a CD of Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel (rahmatullahi alayh). The CD contains Hadhrat Moulana’s zikr. Play the CD at home every night and sit with your son on the musalla. With full concentration make the zikr of Allah Ta’ala in your home.”

“Fourthly, I want you to take him to an educational psychologist for an assessment. Because of his unsteady childhood, he may need some medical help as well.”

With the above four advices from the Apa, the little boy’s mother undertook the arduous journey with her son to try and rectify the situation. Every night after the Esha Salaah, they sat together reading the advices from Fazaail-e-Amaal and making zikr of Allah Ta’ala. At the time of Tahajjud she would awake from her bed and make special dua for her son. Can we imagine the effect of this dua. The dua of a mother and that too, at the time of Tahajjud.

Its six months since that day and the young boy is a completely different child. He sits quietly in his class and learns his sabak every day. He adores his Apa and has all the time in the world for her. His mother says that when he comes home, the only thing he speaks about is “My Apa told me this and my Apa told me that.” He doesn’t speak anything about school or the sports he plays at school. The thing he really enjoys in life is his time at the Madrasah.

On the last day of the madrasah term before the children could leave for the holidays, his Apa bought burgers for all the children in her class as a treat for them. One child commented, “Apa you only bought us a burger. Where is the coke?” The little boy was very upset with this statement. He immediately retorted, “That’s being ungrateful. You should at least say JazakAllah to Apa for buying us a burger.”

This is the power of a maktab Apa. Outwardly it may seem that she has only 15 children in front of her whom she can make an effort on, but in reality, she has 15 families before her. She can make that difference in the homes of all these children. That is why our elders tell us that when we sit in the classroom, make niyyat (intention) for the hidaayat (guidance) of the entire mankind. Who knows that through one child Allah Ta’ala will cause the winds of hidaayat to blow on the entire mankind.

In this instance, the Apa managed to introduce ta’leem and zikr in the home of that child and also got the mother to wake up for Tahajjud daily.

No child is a Write-off. We cannot chase any child away. As a teacher, YOU can make that difference in the life of that child.

May Allah Ta’ala inspire us all to be an inspiration for our students in the classroom and guide us to be a true reflection of our beloved Rasul [sallallahu alayhi wasallam].

A Maktab Apa’s Passion to Teach Deen2018-10-19T07:21:25+00:00

The Maktab

2018-09-08T22:25:04+00:00

The Lifeblood of the Community………… It is an indisputable fact that the Ummah is currently passing through a phase of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance). The global onslaught upon the Ummah is on many fronts. However, the most dangerous and unfortunately the most effective is the silent battle that is waged on the hearts and minds of our innocent children. The battle is waged with smiling faces, alluring fashions, deceptive articles and even “exciting” toys which leave subtle messages in the hearts of children. Eventually, Muslim children with Muslim names but western hearts and minds grow up without any spirit of Islam in their lives. Apart from a few practices which they perform in a ritualistic manner, their lives centre on materialism and chasing “fun.” The true purpose of our existence in this earth is then completely lost. Thus it is imperative that we recognise the harm of this battle that is being waged on the hearts and minds of the Ummah. Having recognised it, steps must be taken to safeguard ourselves and our children from the onslaught.

One of the most vital efforts in this regard is the effort of the Makaatib. It has become the means of stemming the tide of kufr in many parts of the world. Indeed, it is only by inculcating the awareness of Allah Ta’ala together with a sound knowledge of at least the fundamentals of Deen that will serve as a protection for our children.

In the current conditions of fitnah and fasaad (mischief and corruption), lack of Deeni knowledge, Taqwa and a general mindset of materialism, the role of the primary Madarasah, The Maktab has become more important and vital than ever before. In numerous countries of the world, and indeed in our own country, the Makaatib have become a means of saving the Imaan of thousands and reversing the tide of Irtidaad (reneging from Islam). It is not possible to fully appreciate the fundamental function that these Makaatib fulfill in watering the seeds of Imaan which will later flourish, Insha Allah.

Every parent should regard it as his/her incumbent duty to find a suitable maktab for their child to attend daily. Parents should be firm on sending their children to learn the Qur-aan as well as other basic tenets of Deen.

In this regard, the Jaimatul Ulama (KZN) is trying to the best of their ability to set up makaatib in every area thus making it easy for the Muslims in KZN to send their children to maktab daily. If you are finding difficulty for any reason finding a suitable madrasah for your child, please contact us on 031 9122 172 or via e-mail at <info@talimiboardkzn.org>

May Allah Ta’ala accept us, guide us, protect us and always be pleased with us. Aameen.

The Maktab2018-09-08T22:25:04+00:00

The First Ten Days of Zul Hijjah

2018-09-07T19:11:00+00:00

By the break of the day. By the ten nights [S:89 V:1-2]

Commentary:
The Mufassireen (commentators of the Qur-aan-e-Kareem) are of the opinion that the ten nights upon which Allah Ta’ala has taken an oath in this Surah refer to the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. These ten days, after the month of Ramadhaan, are regarded to be amongst the most significant days in the Islamic calendar. The following Ahaadith of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam clearly explain the great significance these ten days hold in Islam.

Clipping of Nails and Trimming of Hair

ُHadhrat Umme Salamah radiyallahu anha reports that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: “When the ten days [of Zul Hijjah] commence and any of you intend to make Qurbaani then he should not remove his hair or trim his nails.” [Muslim: # 1977]

Any person performing Qurbaani should refrain from clipping his nails and trimming his hair until he has completed his Qurbaani. Hence, before the crescent of Zul Hijjah is sighted, a person should trim his nails and remove his hair to practice on this Hadith. Thereafter, for the ten days of Zul Hijjah, he should not trim his hair or cut his nails until he has completed performing his Qurbaani. This act, according to the Fuqaha, has been declared as Mustahab.
During the days of Haj, people from all over the world gather in Makkah Mukarramah to uphold this great pillar of Haj. People equalling millions in number gather around the Baitullah in the state of Ihraam. At this particular time, the special Mercy and Rahmat of Allah Ta’ala descends on the Hujjaaj. The Shariah has imposed many restrictions on the Hujjaaj whilst in the state of Ihraam. They cannot apply itr, wear stitched garments, clip their hair or nails, etc. Those who are not privileged to perform Haj have been commanded to also leave their nails unclipped and their hair untrimmed in order to resemble the Hujjaaj and also join in the special Mercy of Allah Ta’ala. In this way they will also attain some similarity to the millions of Hujjaaj that have gathered in Makkah Mukarramah.1

Zikr of Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, Takbeer and Tahleel

Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has encouraged us in these days to recite Tasbeeh (Subhanallah), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), Tahleel (Laa-ilaha illallah) and Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) in abundance.
In these ten days one should, as far as possible, keep the zikr of the third kalimah on his tongue. Recite this zikr as
much as possible. Whilst walking, working, driving, lying down, etc. keep on reciting this kalimah. You will be rewarded immensely for this. For a detailed discussion on the rewards of reciting this kalimah, refer to Fazaail-e-Zikr written by Sheikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyyah ̨. 1 Islaahi Khutubaat Vol. 2 Page 135

Aamaal-e-Saalihah (Good Deeds)

Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas radiyallahu anhuma narrates that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said; “There are no days wherein good deeds are more beloved to Allah Ta’ala than on these ten days [of Zul Hijjah]. The Sahaabah radiyallahu anhum enquired, ‘O Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam , not even Jihaad in the path of Allah.’ He Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam replied, ‘Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah except for that person who went out with his life and his wealth and did not return.’” [Bukhaari #969]

Fasting and staying awake at night Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said; “There are no days wherein Allah Ta’ala loves that He be worshipped, more than the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. Fasting on one day (in these ten days) equals the fasting of one year and staying awake at night [in Ibaadah] equals the Ibaadah of Laylatul Qadar.” [Tirmizi # 758]

From this Hadith we understand the importance of dedicating our time and effort during these days in the Ibaadah of Allah Ta’ala. Who has the ability of fasting for so many years? If a Muslim makes an effort to fast on these mubaarak (blessed) days, he will receive the reward of fasting for so many years.

We try our best to find Laylatul Qadr in the last ten days of the mubaarak month of Ramadhaan. People all over the world sit in I’tikaaf with the hope of finding this mubaarak night. At the end of Ramadhaan discussions ensue as to which night of Ramadhaan they felt was Laylatul Qadr. However, the exact night of Laylatul Qadr is known only to Allah Ta’ala. In the above mentioned Hadith, Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa Sallam is clearly telling us that ibaadah done on these ten nights equals to the ibaadah performed on Laylatul Qadr. How unfortunate will we be if we do not take advantage of this great opportunity and gain great sawaab? May Allah Ta’ala bless us with the taufeeq (ability) of spending our time profitably in these ten days. Aameen.

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The First Ten Days of Zul Hijjah2018-09-07T19:11:00+00:00