بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Yes, they’re almost upon us – the best nights of the year.
No more napping. We need to take some action.
This Ramadan, I haven’t posted many resources because I did that last year.
I thought I would just link to the useful ones:
[All of these link to the post which contains the resource.]
Last Ten Days, Laylatul Qadr, Itikaf, Zakaatul Fitr and Eid
Articles / Books
1) When is Laylatul Qadr? [Don’t forget to read this one!]
6) Resources for Itikaf – Umm Muawiyah’s very own guide as to what you REALLY need for itikaf.
[Note: It seems that some people get confused between Zakaah and Zakaatul Fitr. They are two totally different things.]
Is this the last post for this Ramadan, you ask?
I wish but no. A few more to go, insha-Allah…
Which masjid is that, you ask?
The farthest one, of course.
“Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” [Surah Al-Israa (17) : 1]
Masjid Al-Aqsa actually means the farthest masjid.
One of the things that really makes me sad is the non-interest of the majority of the Muslims in reclaiming Masjid Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem from the hands of the Jews. Many seem to think that this is a “Palestinian issue”, which of course is complete nonsense.
It is a MUSLIM issue.
Here are various short videos from previous Ramadans showing taraweeh, qiyam al-layl and Eid Al-Fitr at the third greatest masjid on this planet.
Please watch them so that you can remind yourself that this is OUR masjid, and that the Jews shouldn’t be let anywhere near it:
Yes, Ramadan is over and I’m back.
Taqabalallahu minnee wa minkum (may Allah accept from me and from you).
I had already put up some Eid resources. However, there are some more:
[Click on the title to go to the website or download the article.]
1. Eid 101 Flash Presentation by Muhammad Al-Ahareef – Very nice indeed (especially for those who moan about lack of time).
2. Eid Greetings, Cards and Gifts by Muhammad Al-Jibaaly.
3. When Eid and Jumuah (Friday) coincide by Various Scholars.
4. What should be done if Eid coincides with a Friday by Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan.
A few points:
[Note: The time on Friday when duas are accepted is either the time between the two khutbahs (lectures) in the Friday prayer or in the last hour of Friday (i.e. the hour before Maghrib on Friday). There is an authentic hadeeth that shows that it is the latter but the former is still a good time to do dua as well.]
– Eid is a big test for all of us. Sadly, it’s easy to forget about Ramadan on this day. So what do we do? Well, we should try to do the following:
1) Do the things prescribed for Eid e.g. ghusl, Eid prayer, et.
2) Turn the good acts into ibaadah e.g. visiting relatives and taking care of guests are acts of worship if we do it with the intention of pleasing Allah.
3) Don’t miss the fard prayers no matter what.
4) Don’t sleep without at least reading one page of the Quran. As most people will be busy entertaining the guests throughout the day or visiting friends and relatives, try to do this early in the morning or at night (before sleeping).
5) Try to recite Surah Al-Kahf. The time is from Maghrib on Thursday to Maghrib on Friday,
6) Don’t forget the morning and evening duas. Even if you say them a bit late, make sure that you say them! Also, don’t forget to do dua the hour before Maghrib.
7) Try to stay away from sin. If you mess up, do istighfar ASAP.
8) Try to remember Allah as much as you can throughout the day. Is it befitting that you struggled to remember him for 30 days and then promptly forgot about him on the 31st day?
Have a good Eid.
PS. The Shawwal fasts can be done from the 2nd of Shawwal onwards. We don’t have to do it from then but we can. I’ll post more on this tomorrow, insha-Allah.
Resources for Eid, you ask?
Yes, of course. The days of Eid (Al-Fitr and Al-Adha) are part of the shariah. Therefore, there are certain etiquettes to be followed within those days.
Too early, you say? Well, I’m planning to stop blogging for the next week so…
A note to all my brothers and sisters: Let’s analyse ourselves on the Day of Eid. If we forget about Allah on that day, and we go back to being the same way that we were before Ramadan, and we carelessly commit all sorts of sins (not praying on time, not safeguarding our tongues, free mixing with the opposite sex, wasting money, etc) on the Day of Eid on the pretext that it is a day of celebration*, then we should know that this is a big sign that our Ramadan did NOT get accepted.
[*Is this how we “celebrate” a month of obedience to Allah? By disobeying Him the day after that month ends? Allahul mustaan.]
Yes, because that is one of the ways to know if a deed got accepted or not – by seeing how we behave AFTER it. So, if a person goes for Hajj, and comes back and doesn’t pray his 5 prayers, then this is a sign that his Hajj was not accepted.
If you’re worried about not being able to obey Allah after Eid, then why don’t you turn to him in this blessed month and ask for His support and help in this matter?? Ask Him to make you obedient on the Day of Eid and beyond that.
Note: There are some differences between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. For example, in Eid Al-Fitr, the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) ate some dates before the Eid prayer. In Eid Al-Adha, he did not eat anything until after the prayer.
[I messed it up a few years on Eid Al-Adha. I told my mother that I had followed the sunnah and eaten some dates before the prayer. I expected a pat on the back. All I got was “Hmm? I read that you were supposed to eat the dates after the prayer?” Oh well…]
Books / Treatises:
Ruling concerning the Two Eids from the Purified Sunnah – Shaikh Ali Hasan Al-Halabi
The Two Eids and their Significance – Abdul Majeed Alee
Eid Etiquettes and Rulings – Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Praying Eid in the Musalla is the Sunnah – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
Ramadan: A Reminder of Unity – Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)
I should have put this up at the beginning of Ramadan because it pertains to the beginning and end of Ramadan.
I remember a sister from London telling me about the “fitnah of Eid” and I was like “Huh? What fitnah?”. She meant that the non-Muslim kids used to get confused when half of the Muslim kids didn’t show up on one day (because they were celebrating Eid) and the other half didn’t show up the next day (because they were celebrating Eid on a different day).This was because of a lack of unity amongst the Muslims on when Eid was, which resulted in the non-Muslims having an unfavourable opinion about Islam.
The Meaning and Reality of Holidays in Islam – Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jamee (rahimahullah)
The Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) Guidance Regarding the Eid Prayer – Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)
Variations for the Eid Takbeer – Various Scholars
Some of the Manners of the Eid Day by Abu Taubah.
View it here.
I discovered another Ramadan e-book in my e-library: The Fast of Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Jameel Zino.
Some points that I noted as I quickly browsed through the book:
1) It’s very simple but he has covered just about all the topics related to Ramadan.
2) It’s extremely well-organised.
I remembered something as I browsed through it: the greater and more knowledgeable the author, the simpler the book. Don’t believe me? Just take a few books of the top scholars* of today and compare them to the books of the students of knowledge and you’ll see what I mean. The scholars have a simplicity to their writing that will really touch you.
[Unfortunately, this word is overused in our time. There are very few scholars in the world. For example, the UAE has NO scholars – although there are many people of knowledge here, alhamdulillah.
Who decides who is a scholar and who isn’t? Well, the scholars themselves. decide. When the scholars accept a person as a scholar, well then, he is a scholar.]
Don’t we all just love Islam Q and A?
[Okay, I don’t know about you but I love it.]
Two points to note:
1) The first part of the book is a book in itself. It’s called Seventy Matters Related to Fasting and I’ve already mentioned it.
2) Make sure that you get other opinions. I’m not saying that there are mistakes in the book. Regardless of whether the book is completely accurate or not, one should get in the habit of checking from more than one source. Otherwise, it becomes a case of blind following.