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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Prohibition on fasting in the second half of Sha’ban

Praise be to Allaah. 
Abu Dawood (3237), al-Tirmidhi (738) and Ibn Naajah (1651) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Sha’baan is half over, do not fast.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 590. 

This hadeeth indicates that it is not allowed to fast after halfway through Sha’baan, i.e., starting from the sixteenth day of the month. 

But there are reports that indicate that it is permissible to fast at this time. For example: 
Al-Bukhaari (1914) and Muslim (1082) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not anticipate Ramadaan by fasting one or two days before it begins, but if a man habitually fasts, then let him fast.” 

Celebrating 15th of Sha'ban

Praise be to Allaah Who has perfected our religion for us, and has completed His Favour upon us. And blessings and peace be upon His Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, the Prophet of repentance and mercy.

 Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):
 “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion [al-Maa’idah 5:3]
“Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not ordained? [al-Shooraa 42:21]

 In al-Saheehayn it is reported from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 
“Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours [Islam] that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” 

In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say in his Friday khutbahs: “The best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The most evil of things are those which are newly-invented, and every innovation (bid’ah) is a going-astray.” 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Biography of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (RA) (9 DVD set) by Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki

This nine-disks DVD PACK features, Sheikh Anwar effortlessly transports the viewer back to a unique place in Islamic history. This epic journey begins with Umar's (RA) early life and conversion to Islam, to his close relationship with Rasoolullah (SAW), to living through Abu Bakr's Khalifah, to eventually succeeding him as Khalifah and concluding with his brutal assassination.

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This series is over 20 hrs long and features UNCUT footage and also Q&A which was not included in the audio release.
We are strictly against preventing people from knowledge - for that pupose we will offer this Series completely for FREE, for the sake of Allah (swt), so that it may reach the hearts of the minds of those who will watch it and it may spread over all the world, so everyone may insha Allah be able to get a taste of this beautiful Seres.
We ask Allah (swt) to accept our efforts and intentions of those who spread this knowledge, support it or who produced this series and especially Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki - may Allah protect him and give him Firdaws Al-Ala. (Amin.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lower Your Gaze - An Amazing Story of a 16 year old Sahabi


This is an amazing story of how one young Sahabi (may Allah be pleased with him) felt when he committed a sin unintentionally. Brothers and sisters, let's be honest with ourselves- how often do we actually lower our gaze? Whether it's on the streets, internet, books, magazines, etc. Do we really fear Allah, our Lord in public and in private? Or are we among the hypocrites that lower their gazes when at the Masjid or Islamic gatherings, but not from non-mahrams on the streets or when we're alone browsing through the internet, magazines, etc. Do we realize the fact that Allah hears all that we say and sees all that we do, and that He knows our intentions and what is in our hearts?

"Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the hearts conceal." (Qur'an 40: 19)

We should also ask ourselves- how often do we sin and once we recognize sins we've committed, whether they're major or minor sins...how does recognizing our sins affect us? Do we stop upon recognition and feel remorse and turn to Allah seeking forgiveness, or are we too busy and heedless to even recognize the sin let alone repent to Allah. And some of us pay so little attention to sins, that we don't even think they're worth thinking about because we assume they're so 'insignificant'. May Allah give us all the ability to recognize our sins, turn to Him in sincere repentance and may He forgive us, Ameen!



For the complete lecture, watch the video below:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fasting in Sha'ban

Shabaan is the name of the (eighth) month, and it is so called because in this month the Arabs used to disperse (tashaaba) in search of water, or it was said that they dispersed to carry out raids and forays. Or it was said
that it is so called because it shaaba (branches out or emerges) i.e., it appears between the months of Rajab and Ramadaan. The plural forms of the word Shabaan are Shabaanaat and Shaaabeen.


Fasting in Shabaan


Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger (saw) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Shabaan. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 1833; Muslim, no. 1956).

According to a report narrated by Muslim (no. 1957). He used to fast all of Shabaan, he used to fast all but a little of Shabaan.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Alim.org

Recently, a new website has been made by the Alim Foundation (formerly ISL Software Corporation). For those of you who have used the Alim software, it is almost an online version of the software with a few extra features. The site can be accessed at  http://alim.org/.
The services on this site are of no charge as opposed to the Alim software. Currently, it is in beta (development) version.
The main features available are various translations of the Quran, a few Hadith books along with some other extra features (such as narrator's list etc.), stories of the Prophets, biographies of the Sahaba, Islamic History and much more. Moreover, users can comment to ask or convey information which they think might be missing.
Following are the details that have been provided by the softwarehouse along with a search box for that site.. Note that since I copied it from their site, 'our' and other such pronouns refer to their softwarehouse.

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