The Sahaba Eating Beetroot

Hadhrat Sahl bin Sa’d Saa’idi radhiyAllahu anhu narrates:

There was a woman amongst us who had a farm and she used to grow beetroot on her farm. On Fridays she used to pullout the beetroot from its roots and put the roots in a utensil. Then she would put a handful of barley over it and cook it. The roots if the beetroot were a substitute for meat. After finishing the Jumu’ah salaah, we used to greet her and she would give us the food, which we would eat with our hands and because of that meal we used to look forward to Friday.”

[Bukhari -Hadith 928]

  • Desiring sustenance or food that is blessed is better even if it be less.
  • We are able to gauge the level of contentment of the Sahaba that they were satisfied with very little.

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Conditions for the acceptance of Du’aa

Six Times of Acceptance:

  1. The final portion of the night
  2. At the time of Adhaan
  3. Between Adhaan and Iqaamah
  4. After Fardh Salaah
  5. When the Imam ascends the Mimbar on Jumuah until the end of the Salaah on that day
  6. Last portion (on Jumuah) after Asr

Then this slave of Allah raises his hands with humility in his heart, broken hearted -ness infront of his Rabb, with humility and softness, the caller faces the Qiblah, he is in the state of purity, and he raises his hands to Allah, and he begins by praising Allah and glorifying Him, then He praises Allah’s slave and Messenger Muhammed salAllahu alayhi wa salam, then he begins by making taubah and istighfaar before presenting his need, then he (the kitab mentions the word دخل علي الله which literally would translate as “he entered upon Allah” i think the most appropriate meaning would be, that he begins pouring his heart out to Allah. I stand to be corrected)

And he persists in asking and he calls to Allah with yearning and desire and he uses Allah’s Names and Attributes as a waseela (O Allah, You are Rahmaan, so have mercy on me), he also gives charity before du’aa, then such a du’aa is not close to be rejected ever.

Source: Al Jawaabul Kaafi by Ibnul Qayyim Al Jawziyyah

Sunnahs and Aadaab of Zul Hijjah

Taken from: http://www.darulihsan.com

1. Zul Hijjah is from the four sacred months of the Islamic Calender. The four sacred months are Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijja, Muharram and Rajab. The rewards of any good deed done in these months are multiplied, and the sins committed in these months are also regarded as more serious.

The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year), so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; from among them  four are sacred.

2. One should exert oneself in ibaadat during the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. Great rewards have been mentioned regarding the ibaadat made during these ten days.

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “There is no virtuous deed carried out in any day of the year that can be equal to the reward of (that  virtuous deed) carried out in these ten days of Zul Hijjah”. The Sahabah asked, “Not even Jihaad?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied, “Not even Jihaad, except for the one who endangers his life and wealth (in Jihad) and does not return with anything (i.e. the Jihad carried out in the ten days of Zul Hijjah is more virtuous than Jihad during the rest of the year except for that Mujaahid who gains martyrdom).

3  One should fast during the first ten days.  By fasting any of the first ten days of Zul Hijjah (besides the tenth), one will get the reward of fasting the entire year.

4. One should endeavour to make as much ibaadat as possible in the first ten nights of Zul Hijjah. Making ibaadat on these nights earns one the reward of making ibaadat on Laylatul Qadr.

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “There are no days in the year wherein the worship of Allah Ta’ala is more beloved to Him than the ten days of Zul Hijjah. The fast during these days (excluding the tenth) is equivalent to the fast of an entire year and standing up in ‘ibaadah during these nights is equivalent to the reward of the night of Qadr (power).”

5. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned that Paradise becomes waajib for that person who worships Allah Ta’ala on five nights. i.e. The night of Tarwiya ( 8th of Zul Hijjah), the night of Arafah (9th of Zul Hijjah), the night of nahr (10th ofZul Hijjah), the night of Eid ul Fitr and the night of the 15th of Sha’baan.

Hadhrat Muaadh ibn Jabal (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who enlivens five nights of the year with ibaadat, Jannat becomes compulsory for him. The night of Tarwiya ( 8th of Zul Hijjah), the night of Arafah (9th of Zul Hijjah), the night of nahr (10th of Zul Hijjah), the night of Eid ul Fitr and the night of the 15th of Sha’baan

6. It is sunnah for one (who is not in the state of ihram) to fast on the day of Arafah i.e. 9th of Zul Hijjah. Apart from receiving the reward of one year’s fast, two years sins will also be forgiven.

Hadhrat Abu Qataadah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that once a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), what is the reward of the person who fasts on the day of Aashurah?” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied, “It carries the reward of fasting for an entire year. The Sahaabi then asked: “What is the reward of fasting on the day of Arafah. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “It expiates the (minor) sins of the present year and the previous year.”

7. It is sunnah for those intending Qurbaani not to clip their nails nor trim their hair from the beginning of the month of Zul Hijjah till their qurbaani animal is slaughtered.

Hadhrat Umme Salamah (Radhiallahu Anha) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever intends making Qurbaani, then he should refrain from cutting his hair and clipping his nails from the time the crescent (of Dhul Hijja) is sighted till he completes his Qurbaani.

8. Takbeer-e-Tashreeq should be recited by both males and females from the Fajr of the 9thof Zul Hijjah till Asr on the 13th of Zul Hijjah. The males will recite it audibly while the females will recite it softly after every Fardh salaah. The Takbeer-e-Tashreeq is as follows:

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It is reported from Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) that he would recite the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq from the Fajr salaah on the day of Arafa (9th Zul Hijjah) till the Asr salaah on the last day of Tashreeq (13th Zul Hijjah).

Valuable Pearls

I found a beautiful message with priceless advises and I would like to share it with you: 

May Allah give us the taufeeq to make practice on these valuable pearls! Aameen. 

Request for du’as. 

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sahib imparted to me many priceless gems during the journey. Hereunder are some,

  • Do not disregard any student even if he is weak. The challenge is to educate a weak student.
  • Make dua that Allah Ta’ala take the work of Fatawa from you till your last breath.
  • Your parents have spent a hefty sum on you. They have dreams of what you will become in the future. Do not ever let their dreams be shattered by doing actions which may displease them.
  • Guard yourself at all times against your nafs.
  • Never ridicule a student of Deen.
  • Always show love and respect to your students.
  • Do not pay attention to negative comments about you. Carry on doing your work for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
  • Never disregard your zikr at any point in your life.
  • Never hold any past grudges in your life.
  • Respect to your elders should never be compromised.
  • If wealth is lost nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost but if character is lost all is lost.
  • Always take the duas of your elders.
  • Never ever impose your opinion on others.
  • Respect the opinion of others. Do not undermine their academic capabilities.
  • You will always come across people having jealousy and ill feelings and being intimidated by you. Give them a smile and pursue your objective.
  • Don’t focus only Qaabilyyat (academic capabilities). Be concerned about Qubuliyyat (divine acceptance)

Taubah

Someone said that the Taubah of Hadhrat Adam alayhis salaam was accepted because of five things. The Taubah of shaytan was rejected due fo five things. 

The following are the five reasons for the acceptance of Hadhrat Adam alayhis salaam’s Taubah: 

  1. Hadhrat Adam alayhis salaam acknowledged his mistake
  2. He was ashamed of it
  3. He hastened to repent
  4. He condemned his nafs
  5. He never lost hope in the mercy of Allah Ta’ala 

(These five things are necessary for the acceptance of Taubah. May Allah give us the reality of it!) 

The following are the five reasons for the rejection of shaytaan’s Taubah: 

  1. He did not acknowledge his sin (In fact, until the end he said: “I am better than Adam alayhis salaam”) 
  2. He was not ashamed of his action
  3. He did not condemn his nafs
  4. He did not hasten to make Taubah
  5. He lost hope in the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an: “…It is He who accepts the repentance of His slaves…”

We should always remember to make dua that Allah gives us sincere repentance before death (Taubatan Nasooha). 
May Allah grant us the reality of Taubah! May Allah grant us sincere repentance before death. 
Aameen!