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Virtues of Ramadan

Reminder of the virtues of Ramadan through Prophetic Traditions, Hadeeth

 


Three people whose “Du’aa” is not rejected

Abu Hurairah (Radhiallaahu anhu) reports: Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said: “There are three people whose “Du’aa” is not rejected;

  1. the fasting person until he breaks the fast,
  2. the just ruler,
  3. and the oppressed person, whose ‘Dua’ Allah lifts above the clouds and opens unto it the doors of heaven, and Allah says: “I swear by My honour, verily I shall assist you, even though it may be after some time.”

(Ahmad & Tirmidhi)


 

5 GIFTS the Ummah was given for the month of Ramadan

Abu Hurayrah relates that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “My Ummah were given five things for Ramadan which were not given to anyone except them. For them,

  1. The smell from the mouth of a fasting person is more sweeter to Allah than the fragrant smell of musk.
  2. On their behalf the fish in the sea seek forgiveness for the fasting persons until they break their fast.
  3. Allah prepares and decorates a special garden in Jannah everyday and then says (to it), “The time is near when faithful servants shall cast aside the great trials of the world and come to you”.
  4. In this month (for them) evil-minded Shaytaan is chained so as not to reach unto those evils to which they normally reach during other months besides Ramadan.
  5. On the last night of Ramadan they are forgiven”. The Sahaabah R.A. thereupon enquired, “0 Messenger of Allah, is that last night Laylatul Qadr? Rasulullah (SAW) replied, “No. But it is only right that a servant should be given his reward on having completed his service”.

Reported by Ahmad, Bazzaar and Bayhaqi


4 Things to do in abundance in Ramadan

We hope you and your family are enjoying the month of Ramadan. Are YOU aware of the four things you should perform or do in abundance throughout this holy month? If so, have you been practising upon this recommendation?

The 4 things are:

  1. Recite the Laa llaaha illallaah in abundance
  2. Beg Allah’s forgiveness by reciting Astagirfirul-laah in abundance
  3. Beg of Allah to ensure your entrance into paradise
  4. Ask refuge in Allah from Jahannam.

While walking, driving, relaxing, cooking, doing chores, one may easily observe these four practises.

This advice of Al-Nabi (saw) was reported to us in Ibn Khuzayma (ra) Saheeh


 

 

Rewards in Ramadan

Salmaan (RA) reports, “On the last day of Sha-baan Rasulullah (SAW) addressed us and said, ‘0 people there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made Fasting compulsory by day. And has made sunnah the (Taraaweeh) night prayer. Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a fardh in any other time. And whoever performs a fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy faraa-idh in any other time.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah ( paradise. It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast at sunset, for the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (hell}, and for such feeder shall be the same reward as the one who Fasted (who he fed) without that persons reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon we said, “0 messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can give a fasting person to break his fast.” Rasulullah (SAW) replied, “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk.”

“This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness and the last of which brings emancipation from the fire of Jahan-nam.”

“Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (bonds-men) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam.”

“And in this month four things you should continue to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the Kalimah Tayyibah Laa llaaha illallaah) and make much Istighfaar beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astagirfirul-laah).” And as for those without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into paradise and ask refuge in Him from Jahannam.”

“And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from My fountain, such a drink where after that person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah.”
Reported by ibn Khuzaimah in his ‘Saheeh.

COMMENTARY
All the points which this Hadith draws attention have been further emphasized in numerous other Ahaadith on the great virtues of Ramadhaan. Quite a number of important points are brought to our notice. Firstly, it should be noted that Rasulullah (SAW) delivered this sermon at the end of the month of Sha-baan the obvious reason being that he intended to put into our minds the great importance of Ramadhaan so that we could remember and not allow one second of this month to go by without giving it the full importance it deserves. Thereafter attention is drawn to Laylatul Qadr, about which more is said later. Then attention is drawn to the fact that fasting has been made compulsory by Allah who also made sunnah the Taraaweeh ‘salaah by night.

From this Hadith it is noted that the command for Taraaweeh prayers too comes from Allah Himself. Besides this in all the Ahadith wherein Rasulullah (SAW) says, I have made it sunnah”, is mainly to emphasize its importance. All the authorities of the Ahlus sunnah wal Jamaa’ah are agreed upon the fact that Taraaweeh is sunnah. )


Importance of Gaining Forgiveness in Ramadan

Kaab bin Ujra relates, “Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Come near to the pulpit”. And we came near it.

When he ascended the first step of the pulpit he said “Aameen”.

When he ascended the second step of the pulpit he said, “Aameen”.

When he ascended the third step he said, “Aameen”.

When he descended we said, “0 Rasul of Allah, we have heard from you today something which we never heard before”.

He said, “When I ascended the first step Jibra-eel A.S. appeared before me and said, “Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadhaan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness“, Upon that I said, “Aameen””.

“When I ascended the second step, he said “Woe to him before whom thy name is mentioned and then does not send blessing (salaat alan Nabi) on you”. I replied “Aameen””.

“When I ascended the third step he said, “Woe unto the person in whose presence both parents or one of them attain old age, and (through failure to serve them) is not allowed to enter Jannah” I said “Aameen””.
(HAKIM)


 

Night of Qadr and What to Recite

Ubaadah bin Saamit (Radhiallaho anho) reports that he asked the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) about “Laylatul Qadr”.

He replied: “It is in Ramadhan, during the last ten days, on the unevenly numbered nights, either the 21st 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan. Whosoever stands in “Ibaadah” on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.

“Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the “Shayateen” on that night; it lasts until the break of the dawn.

“Another sign is that at morn, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in it’s fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the “Shayateen” from rising up with the Sun.”

In another Hadeeth, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said:

Transliteration:
Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’

‘Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'”

[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi].

Sadaqat-ul-Fitr

Sadaqat-ul-Fitr

by Shaykh Ibrahim Madani
August 31, 2009

Sadaqat ul-Fitr is also called Zakat-ul-Fitr. Almighty Allah (swt) has established certain rights and obligations in regards to wealth. From among these is paying Sadaqat ul-Fitr by every Muslim who owns a minimum of 19.75 Troy oz. of silver, or its equivalent in the form of money, stocks, jewelry, or commodities beyond ones normal needs. This Sadaqat ul-Fitr must be paid on behalf of himself & his children before the Eid prayer.

The wisdom behind the payment of Update Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is narrated in a hadith of Abu-Dawood and Mustadrik-Hakim: Ibn Abbas (ra) narrates, “The Prophet (saw) declared the payment of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr as obligatory, as it (Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) purifies the fasting person from his errors, sins (i.e. backbiting, lying etc), and is a source of feeding the poor.”

Two reasons are stated in the above Hadith. The first reason is that paying Sadaqat ul-Fitr may serve as a compensation for the mistakes and errors which occurred during the fast. It is obvious that fasting is a very important form of worship in Islam. The majority of us do not fast the way we ought to fast. It is for this reason Sadaqat-ul-Fitr has been established, so that it Rajab may compensate for our mistakes and errors.
Shaikh Wa’qee Ibn Jarah states, “Sadaqat-ul-Fitr for the month of Ramadaan is exactly like sajdah sahoo (remedial prostration due to forgetfulness) in salah. Just like sajdah sahoo compensates for the errors preformed in salah; likewise Sadaqat ul-Fitr compensates for the sins and mistakes occurred during Adab? the fast.”

The second reason for the payment of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is that it gives the poor an opportunity to celebrate Eid in a decent manner; taking benefit from the money (Sadaqat ul-Fitr) which they are entitled to receive.

 

THE AMOUNT OF SADAQAT UL-FITR

Just like the Prophet cheap nfl jerseys of Allah (saw) prescribed a specific amount of Zakat, likewise he (saw) prescribed a specific amount of Sadaqat ul-Fitr. As no one is allowed to change the amount of Zakat, similarly, it is impermissible to change the amount of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr. Nowadays, a type of corruption [fitnah] has spread as different mosques around North America prescribe different amounts of Sadaqat ul-Fitr. Some wholesale nba jerseys prescribe five dollars while others prescribe seven, eight, ten, fifteen etc. However, the following hadith clearly outlines the amount of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr prescribed by the Prophet (saw).

Hasan raheemullah narrates from Ibn Abbas (ra) that once, in the city of Basrah, he delivered a sermon towards the end of Ramadan. He (ra) said, “Pay charity (Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) on behalf of your fasts!” From among the congregation, no one knew how much to pay. Ibn Abbas(ra) asked, “Is their anyone from Madinah? If so, stand up and inform your brothers DESCARGAR as they do not know how much to pay!” Thereafter Ibn Abbas (ra) stated, “The messenger of Allah (saw) has made obligatory the charity of Rabi’-Ul-Awwal fitr- one sa’a of dates or barely, or half a sa’a of wheat upon every free man or slave, male or female, young or old.” (Abu Dawood)
One sa’a of wheat is equivalent to 7.7 pounds (3.50 kg). Thus half a sa’a is 3.85 pounds (1.75kg). This directly proves that the (minimum) amount of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is 3.85 pounds (1.75kg) of wheat, which is equal to approximately $2.50 (according to the price of wheat nowadays in North America).

Say for example, a person has a big family and is not able to give Sadaqat-ul-Fitr according to the amount given to him. This person’s sins will be upon those shoulders that told him the wrong amount. Nevertheless it has been observed that the masjid in which laborers go to offer their prayers, Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is Account $2.00; whereas an “upper class” masjid in which professionals go to, cheap mlb jerseys Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is $10.00. There is no discrimination in Islam as Islam is a religion which believes in the concept of equality. However if this type of behavior or conduct continues, we as a collective Ummah may and will face great consequences. May Allah (swt) save us from this! Ameen.

Looking at the hadith of the Prophet of Allah(saw), we can come to the conclusion that the Prophet (saw) wanted Muslims to pay Sadaqat-ul-Fitr. It is for this reason that masters are encouraged (ordained) to pay on behalf of their slaves and parents on wholesale jerseys behalf of their children. Likewise, if a child is born before Infinite the break of dawn on the day of Eid, the parents also have to pay on behalf of the newborn. Shari’ah has prescribed such a minimal amount so that a number of cheap mlb jerseys people may be able to give wichtige and afford this form of charity. Please keep in mind that this is for the minimum amount of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr. There is no limit for the maximum. ( The price would also differ according to the product e.g. dates, barely etc)

The Month of Rajab

The Month of Rajab

by Mufti Taqi Usmani
June 24, 2009

Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha’ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:

“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”

Yet no specific way of worship has been prescribed by the Shari’ah in this month. However, some people have invented some special rituals or practices in this month, which are not supported by reliable resources of the Shari’ah or are based on some unauthentic traditions. We would like to explain here the correct position about them.

1. Celebration of Lailatul Mi’raj
It is generally believed that the Steps great event of Mi’raj (ascension of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam to the heavens) took place in the night of 27th of Rajab. Therefore, some people celebrate the night as “Lailatul- Mi’raj” (the night of ascension to heavens).

Indeed, the event of mi’raj was one of the most remarkable episodes in the life of our beloved Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. He was called by Almighty wholesale mlb jerseys Allah. He traveled from Makkah to Baitul-Maqdis and from there he ascended the heavens through the miraculous power of Allah. He was honored with a direct contact with his Creator at a place where even the angels had no access. This was the unique honor conferred by Allah to the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam alone. It was the climax of the spiritual progress which is not attained by anybody except him. No doubt the night in which he was blessed with this unparalleled honor was one of the greatest nights in the history of this world.

But, Islam has its own principles with regard to the historic and religious events. Its approach about observing festivals and celebrating days and nights is totally different from Can’t the approach of other religions. The Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam did not prescribe any festival or any celebration to commemorate an event from the past, however remarkable it might have been. Instead, Islam has prescribed two annual celebrations only. One is Eid-ul-Fitr and the other is Eid ul-Adha. Both of these festivals have been fixed at a date on which the Muslims accomplish a great ‘ibadah (worship) every year. Eid-ul-Fitr has been prescribed after the fasts of Ramadan, while Eid-ul-Adha has been fixed when the Muslims perform the Hajj annually. None of these two eids is designed to commemorate a particular event of the past which has happened in these dates. This approach is indicative of the fact that the real occasion for a happy celebration is the day in which the celebrators themselves have accomplished remarkable work through their own active effort. As for the accomplishments of our ancestors, their commemoration should not be restricted to a particular day or night. Instead, their accomplishments must be remembered every day in the practical life by observing their teachings and following the great examples they have set for us.

Keeping this principle in view, the following points should be remembered with regard to the “Lailatul-mi’raj”:

POINT 1

We cannot say with absolute certainty in which night the great event of mi’raj took place. Although some traditions relate this event to 27th night of the month of Rajab, yet there are other traditions that suggest other dates. Al-Zurqani, the famous biographer of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has referred to five different views in this respect: Rabi-ul-Awwal, Rabi-u-Thani, Rajab, Ramadan and Shawwal. Later, while discussing different traditions, he has added a sixth opinion, that the mi’raj took place in the month of Zulhijjah.

Allama Abdulhaq Muhaddith Dehlawi, the well-known scholar of the Indian subcontinent, has written a detailed book on the merits of Islamic months. While discussing the ‘Lailatul-mi’raj’ has mentioned that most of the scholars are of the view that the event of mi’raj took place in the month of Ramadan or in Rabi-ul-awwal.

POINT 2

It is also not known in which year the event of Mi’raj took place. The books of history suggest a wide range between the fifth-year and the twelfth year after the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam was entrusted with prophethood.

Now, if it is assumed that the event of Mi’raj took place in the fifth year of his prophethood, it will mean that the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam remained in this world for eighteen years after this event. Even if it is presumed that the mi’raj took place in the twelfth year of his prophethood, his remaining life-time after this event would be eleven years. Throughout this long period, which may range between eleven years and eighteen years, the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam never celebrated the event of mi’raj, nor did he give any instruction about it. No one can prove that the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam ever performed some specific modes of worship in a night calling it the ‘Lailatul-mi’raj’ or advised his followers to commemorate the event in a particular manner.

POINT 3

After the demise of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam also, no one of his companions is reported to celebrate this night as a night of special acts of worship. They were the true devotees of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam and had devoted their lives to preserve every minute detail of the sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam and other Islamic teachings. Still, they did not celebrate the event of mi’raj in a particular night in a particular way.

All these points go a long way to prove that the celebration of the 27th night Rabi’-Ul-Awwal of Rajab, being the lailatul-mi’raj has no basis in the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam or in the practice of his What noble companions. Had it been a commendable practice to celebrate this night, the exact date of this event would have been preserved accurately by the Ummah and the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam and his blessed companions would have given specific directions for it.

Therefore, it T?vla is not a Sunnah to celebrate the Lailatul-mi’raj’. We cannot declare any practice as a sunnah unless it is established through authentic sources that the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam or is noble Companions have recognized it as such, otherwise it may become a bid’ah about which the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has observed in the following words: “Whoever invents something in our religion which is not a part of it, it is to be rejected.”

Being mindful of this serious warning, we should appreciate that the 27th night of the month of Rajab is not like ‘Lailatul-qadr’ or ‘Lailatul-bara’ah’ for which special merits have been mentioned expressly either y the Holy Qur’an or by the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
However, all the recognized modes of ‘ibadah (worship) like Salat, recitation of the Holy Qur’an, dhikr, etc. are commendable any time, especially in the late hours of night, and obviously the 27th night of Rajab is not an exception. Therefore, if someone performs any recognized ‘ibadah in this night from this point of view nothing can stop him from doing so, and he will be entitled to the thawab (reward allocated for that recognized ‘ibadah insha-Allah.) But it is not permissible to believe that performing ‘ibadah in control this night is more meritorious or carries more thawab like ‘Lailatul-qadr’ or ‘Lailatul-bara’ah’, because this belief is not based on any authentic verse or on a sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Similarly, it is not a correct practice to celebrate this night collectively and to invite people to special ritual congregations.

POINT 4

Some people suggest some special modes of cheap jerseys free shipping worship to be performed in this night. Since no special mode of worship is prescribed by the Shari’ah in this night, these suggestions are devoid of any authority and should not be acted upon.

It is believed by some that the Muslims should keep fast on 27th of Rajab. Although there are some traditions attributing special merits to the fast of this day yet the scholars of hadith have held these traditions as very weak and unauthentic reports which cannot be sufficient to establish a rule of Shari’ah. On the contrary, there is an authentic report that Sayyidna ‘Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, used to forbid people from fasting on this day, rather to compel them to eat if they had started fasting.

It should be borne in mind here that a “nafl” fast can be observed any day (except the six prohibited days of the year); therefore, fasting on 27th of Rajab is not prohibited in itself. What is prohibited is the belief that fasting on this day is more meritorious than fasting in other normal days. One should not fast in this day with this belief. But if someone fasts therein, believing it to be a normal nafl fast, there is no wholesale nfl jerseys bar against it.

What is Adab?

What is Adab?

March 16, 2009
Courtesy of adabinislam.blogspot.com

The word adab is not fully translatable from Arabic to English. It encompasses all the good things a Muslim must do. Adab linguistically means to invite people for food. The Arabic word Ma’duba is a word derived from the word Adab, and means to invite all or many Пишу people for all types of food, or a gathering around a table. Adab hence includes all that is good; every noble characteristic, habit, or trait that is included within the scope of adab.

Ibn Al-Mubarak said, “Mukhlid Ibn al-Husayn once said to me,‘We are more in need of acquiring adab than learning Hadith’”.

This highlights that knowledge alone is insufficient to build a sound and balanced Islamic personality. Imam Zakariya al-Anbari once said: ‘Knowledge without Adab is like fire without wood, and Adab without knowledge is like a spirit without a body’.

So, vast amounts of knowledge and severe lack in adab, means a person is little more than a donkey laden with books. What use are the books to that donkey without being able to read? Similarly, what use is knowledge to a 9001 Muslim, without the practical mannerisms and etiquettes that really define us as Muslims?

Traditionally, adab was not taught but acquired and embodied between interactions cheap MLB jerseys between people. It has been narrated Rabi’-Ul-Awwal that Imam Ahmed would have had up to 5000 attendees at his gatherings, maybe 500 would write and learn; the rest (4500) would simply learn from his actions, his adab. This has such importance that we learn by what we see, whether that is good or bad, hence it is essential and somewhat detrimental that we teach only that which is good, as the bad habits are perhaps the easier to acquire.

Looking at other classical examples from our pious Ulema; the wholesale jerseys mother of Imam Malik would place an imama on his head and send him to his teacher Rabi’ah ibn Abdurrahman (nicknamed: Rabi’ah Ar-Rai’), to learn first from his manners, his adab and then his knowledge. Indeed the deen of Islam is itself manners, where anyone that surpasses you in manners, is better than you in deen (Ibn al-Qayyim). Abu Huraira (RA) narrated, that the Prophet (SAW) said:

I have not been sent as a Messenger, except to perfect character (Akhlaaq)

He also said that:

The nearest of you to me on the Day of Judgement will be the one who is best in character.” (Bukhari)

All the books of Hadith have chapters on Adab. For example:

  1. Muwatta’, Imam Malik: The book of good behaviour
  2. Sahih al-Bukhari: The électrification book of manners
  3. Sahih Muslim: The book of dutifulness, ties of kinship and manners.
  4. Sunan Abi Dawud: The book of manners
  5. Sunan at Tirmidhi: The book of manners, and the book of dutifulness and ties of kinship.
  6. Sunan Ibn Majah: Chapters on Manners.

The book Al Adab Al Mufrad was separated by Imam Bukhari because he was aware of its great importance in everyday living. When we talk about Adab we must first begin with our Adab with Allah (SWT) in terms of akhlaaq, sincerity, actions, avoiding shirk etc. We must qualify our respect for Allah (SWT) and His attributes, His signs, His Symbols (the Quran, the Masãjid and everything connected to Him). Then we must purify and qualify our Adab with the Prophet (SAW). In quantifying, wholesale jerseys Allah (SWT) tells us 社区电商是母婴行业的下一个金矿吗? in the Quran that in His (SAW) manners and style, the Prophet (SAW) was a perfect example:

“Truly, you have the best of manners”
(Quran BOURBON Al Qalam: verse 4)

Rabi’-Ul-Awwal

Rabi’-Ul-Awwal

March 4, 2009

The month of Rabi’-Ul-Awwal is considered to be amongst the most special and significant months, because mankind was blessed with the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). Regarding this special event Allah (swt) has stated in the Holy Quran “We have sent him (Muhammad saw) as a source of mercy for the A’alimeen (humans, jinns and all else that exists),” (Surah 21.Al- Anbiya: Verse 107).

Muhammad (saw), the master of the prophets was born in wholesale jerseys the holy city of Mecca on Monday morning, the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th of Rabi’-Ul-Awwal. Ibn Sa’d reports that Muhammad’s (saw) mother, Aamina, stated regarding the birth of her son “When He (saw) was born, there was a light that issued out of my pudendum and lit the palaces of Syria.” (Mukhtasar Seerat-ul-Rasool)

As is mentioned above Allah (swt) has stated in the Glorious Qur’an: “We have sent him (Muhammad saw) as a source of mercy for the A’alimeen.” Not only was Rasulullah (saw) a source of numerous blessings after receiving the task of prophethood, but from his birth up to his death and until the day of judgment billions of people have and will continue to benefit from his blessings. A clear example of this is when Halimah, the daughter of Abu Dhu’ayb who was accompanied by her husband Harith and a new born son of their own, decided to undertake a journey from a small village situated south east of Mecca to the actual city of Meccah Mukarramah. This was in order to acquire a nursling. She narrates: “It was a year of drought, and we had nothing left. I set forth on a gray she camel of mine, and we had an old she camel with us which could not even yield one drop of milk. We were kept awake all night by our son who was crying due to hunger, for I didn’t have enough in my breast to feed him; and that she camel of mine was so weak and emaciated I often keep the others (Tribe of Bani Sa’d Ibn Bakr) waiting.”

Once everyone began looking for nurslings, Rasulullah’s (saw) mother Aamina offered her son first to one and then to another until finally she had tried them all and cheap jerseys they had all refused. “That” said Halimah, “was because we hoped for some compensation from the child’s father.” “An orphan” we said, “what will his mother and grandfather tenue be able to do for us?” Not that they would have wanted direct payment for their service, since it was considered dishonorable for a woman to take a fee for suckling a child. The recompense they hoped for, though less direct was of a far wider scope. For example, creation connections and links with people from the city.

On the other side, though the foster-parents were not expected to be rich, they must not be too poverty-stricken, and it was evident that Halimah and her husband were poorer then any other of their companions. Whenever the choice lay between her and another, the other was preferred and chosen; and it was not long before everyone of the Bani Sa’d cheap jerseys women except Halimah had been entrusted with a baby. Only the poorest nurse was without a nursling; and only the poorest nursling was without a nurse.

“When we decided to leave Mecca,” said Halimah, “I told my husband: ‘I hate to return in the company of my friends without having taken a baby to suckle. I shall go to that orphan and take him.’ ‘As you wish’ he said. ‘it may be, that God will bless us through him.’ So I went back and took him, for no reason except that I could find no baby but him. I carried him back to where our mounts were stationed, and no sooner did I put him in my bosom, my breasts overflowed with milk. He drank his n fill, and with him his foster-brother drank likewise, his fill. Then they both slept; and my husband went to that old she camel of ours, and amazingly her udders were full. He milked her and drank of her milk and I drank with him until we could drink no more and our hunger was satisfied.

We spent the best of nights, and in the morning my husband said to me: ‘by God, Halimah, it is a blessed creature that you have taken.’ ‘That is indeed my hope,’ I said. Then we set out, and I rode my camel and carried him with me on her back. She outraced the whole troop, nor could any of their camels keep pace with her. ‘Wow!’ They said to me, ‘Wait for us! Isn’t that the same camel you came on?’ ‘Yes by God,’ I said, ‘She is the very same.’ ‘Some amazing thing has happened to her,’ they said.

We reached our tents in the Bani Sa’d, and I know of no place on God’s Earth more barren than that. But after we brought him to live with us, my flock would come home to me and would be full of milk. We milked them and drank and when others had no milk; our neighbors would say to their shepherds. ‘Go graze your flocks where he has grazed his’, meaning my shepherd. But still their flocks came home hungry, yielding no milk, while mine came well fed, with plenty of milk; and we ceased not to enjoy this increase and this bounty from God until the baby’s two years passed.”

During the pre-Islamic days of Arabia, everyone including the Romans and Persians were in the midst of ignorance and darkness. They were amongst the most uncivilized people the world had seen. Not only were they indulged in evils and vices such as adultery, fornication, Change incest, rape, stealing and murder they went to the extent of burying their baby daughters alive! Allah (swt) has stated in the Holy Quran “And when the news of the birth of a female child is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief! He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the Earth? Certainly their decisions are evil.” (Surah 16. An-Nahl: verse 58-59)

Nevertheless the Holy Prophet (saw) was sent to this world with the light of monotheism, eradicating all ignorant and uncivilized customs, rituals, practices and beliefs. Allah (swt) has stated in the glorious Quran “Indeed Allah conferred a great favor on the believers when he sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad saw) from among themselves, reciting unto them His verses, (The Quran) and purifying them, (from sins by their following him) and instructing them (in) the Book (Quran) and Al-Hikmah, (the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet saw) before that they had been in manifest error,” (Surah 3. Al-Imran: Verse 164).

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