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ISLAM 101: The Day of Arafah and its Merits

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the Day of ‘Arafah, since it is on this Day the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ‘Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. In fact, one hadith says that ‘Hajj is Arafah’ (Abu Dawud). This means Arafah is the sum and substance of Hajj. The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah have been classified as the best 10 days of the year, and the Day of ‘Arafat, on which Allah perfected His religion has been classified as the best day of the year according to some scholars

The day of Arafah is also significant because this amazing ayah was revealed on this day:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Holy Qur'an, al-Ma'idah 3)

Arafah was the Day on which Allah perfected His religion, completed His favours upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wa sallam), and approved Islam as a way of life!

“Imam Ahmad recorded that Tariq bin Shihab said, “A Jewish man said to `Umar bin Al-Khattab, `O Leader of the Believers! There is a verse in your Book, which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration.’ `Umar bin Al-Khattab asked, `Which is that verse?’ The Jew replied:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.”

Umar replied, “By Allah! I know when and where this verse was revealed to Allah’s Messenger. It was the evening on the Day of `Arafah on a Friday.”

The day of Arafah is also significant because Allah swore by this Day in Surah al Burooj. It is known that Allah swears by nothing except that which is great and mighty! So the Day of Arafah is great significant:

“By the sky containing great stars. And [by] the promised Day. And [by] the witness and what is witnessed” (85: 1-3)

It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (radiallahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of ‘Arafaah, and the witnessing day is Friday.” (Tirmidhi)

It is a recommended sunnah of the Prophet (saw) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (saw) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, so he said:

“It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (saw) also said:

“There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on 'Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Muslim)

Things to Do on the Day of Arafah

1. Fasting on the Day of Arafah:

Fasting is highly encouraged and recommended for those not going on hajj.

“Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” (Muslim)

2. DU'A OF ARAFAH: Saying this du'aa very often:

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

“The most excellent dua is the dua on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the prophets before me have said, is "There is nothing that deserves to be worshiped in truth except Allaah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things.’” (Muwatta)

3. Making Tahleel, Takbeer, Tahmeed and Tasbeeh:

Its is a sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh) to recite the Tahleel, Takbeer and Tahmeed as many times as possible on the day of Arafah, and also on the days of Tashreeq (11, 12 and 13th of Dhul Hijjah)

Tahleel is to say “Laa ilaaha il-lal-laah”

Takbeer is to say “Allahu Akbar”

Tahmeed is to say “Alhamdulillaah”

Tasbeeh is to say “Subhanallaah”.

4. Seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah:

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

“On this day, Allah, the most Exalted, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His servants on the earth and says to those in heavens, look at My servants, they have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek my Mercy. Even if their sins are as much the sand or the froth of the sea, I shall forgive them.”

anonymous asked:

so I am just curious (as a Christian) what your beliefs are. a lot of your religion is clouded by the extremist and what's going on in the political world, but surely there must be something special about being a Muslim....enlighten me please.

Hi there! :)

First off, I’m so glad that you want to know about Muslim beliefs and understand that extremists do not represent Islam! :D

I think these 30 facts about Islam might help (God willing):

1) “Islam” means “Peace through the submission to God”.

2) “Muslim” means “anyone or anything that submits itself to the will of God”.

3) Islam is not a cult. Its followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide. Along with Judaism and Christianity, it is considered to be one of the three Abrahamic traditions.

4) There are five pillars of practice in Islam. These practices must be undertaken with the best of effort in order to be considered a true Muslim:

A) Shahadah - declaration of faith in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God.

B) Formal prayer five times a day.

C) Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan.

D) Poor-due “tax” - 2.5% of one’s savings given to the needy at the end of each year.

E) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once, if physically and financially able.

5) There are six articles of faith in Islam. These are the basic beliefs that one must have in order to be considered a true Muslim. They are belief in:

A) the One God. B) all the prophets of God. C) the original scriptures revealed to Prophets Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad. D) the angels. E) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter. F) the divine decree (or destiny).

6) Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, social, political, economical, intellectual, etc.

7) Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. To become Muslim, a person of any race or culture must say a simple statement, the shahadah, that bears witness to the belief in the One God and that Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet of God.

8) “Allah” is an Arabic word that means “God”. Muslims also believe that “Allah” is the personal name of God.

9) Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation. Just because people refer to God using different terms does not mean that they are different gods. Spanish people refer to God as “Dios” and French people refer to God as “Dieu”, yet they are all the same God. Interestingly, most Arab Jews and Arab Christians refer to God as “Allah”. And the word Allah in Arabic appears on the walls of many Arab churches.

10) The Islamic concept of God is that He is loving, merciful, and compassionate. But Islam also teaches that He is just and swift in punishment. Nevertheless, Allah once said to Prophet Muhammad, “My mercy prevails over my wrath.” Islam teaches a balance between fear and hope, protecting one from both complacency and despair.

11) Muslims believe that God has revealed 99 of His names (or attributes) in the Holy Qur’an. It is through these names that one can come to know the Creator. A few of these names are: the All-Merciful, the All-Knower, the Protector, the Provider, the Near, the First, the Last, the Hidden, and the Source of Peace.

12) Muslims believe in and acknowledge all the prophets of old, from Adam to Jesus. Muslims believe that they brought the message of peace and submission (islam) to different peoples at different times. Muslims also believe that these prophets were “muslims” because they submitted their wills to God.

13) Muslims neither worship Muhammad nor pray through him. Muslims solely worship the unseen and Omniscient Creator, Allah.

14) Muslims accept the original unaltered Torah (the Gospel of Moses) and the original Bible (the Gospel of Jesus) since they were revealed by God. However, none of those original scriptures are in existence today, in their entirety. Therefore, Muslims follow the subsequent, final, and preserved revelation of God, the Holy Qur’an.

15) The Holy Qur’an was not authored by Muhammad. It was authored by God, revealed to Muhammad, and written into physical form by his companions.

16) The Holy Qur’an has no flaws or contradictions. The original Arabic scriptures have never been changed or tampered with.

17) Actual seventh century Qur’ans, complete and intact, are on display in museums in Turkey and many other places around the world.

18) If all Qur’ans in the world today were burned and destroyed, the original Arabic would still remain. This is because millions of Muslims, called Hafiz (or “preservers”) have memorized the text letter for letter from beginning to end, every word and syllable. Also, chapters from the Qur’an are precisely recited from memory by every Muslim in each of the five daily prayers.

19) Muslims do not believe in the concept of “vicarious atonement” but rather believe in the law of personal responsibility. Islam teaches that each person is responsible for his or her own actions. On the Day of Judgment Muslims believe that every person will be resurrected and will have to answer to God for their every word, thought, and deed. Consequently, a practicing Muslim is always striving to be righteous.

20) Islam was not spread by the sword. It was spread by the word (Islamic teachings) and the example of its followers. Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion (the Holy Qur’an 2:256 and 10:99).

21) Terrorism, unjustified violence and the killing of innocent people are absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to a society, whether its people are Muslim or not. The extreme actions of those who claim to be Muslim may be, among other things, a result of their ignorance or uncontrolled anger. Tyrant rulers and those who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are simply not following Islam. These people are individuals with their own views and political agendas. Fanatical Muslims are no more representative of the true Islamic teachings than Timothy McVeigh or David Koresh are of Christianity. Extremism and fanaticism is a problem that is common to all religious groups. Anyone who thinks that all Muslims are terrorists should remember that the famous boxer Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most celebrated person of our era, is a practicing Muslim.

22) The word “jihad” does not mean “holy war”. Instead, it means the inner struggle that one endures in trying to submit their will to the will of God. Some Muslims may say they are going for “jihad” when fighting in a war to defend themselves or their fellow Muslims, but they only say this because they are conceding that it will be a tremendous struggle. But there are many other forms of jihad which are more relevant to the everyday life of a Muslim such as the struggles against laziness, arrogance, stinginess, or the struggle against a tyrant ruler or against the temptation of Satan, or against one’s own ego, etc.

23) Women are not oppressed in Islam. Any Muslim man that oppresses a woman is not following Islam. Among the many teachings of Prophet Muhammad that protected the rights and dignity of women is his saying, “…the best among you are those who treat their wives well.” (Tirmidhi)

24) Islam grants women numerous rights in the home and in society. Among them are the right to earn money, to financial support, to an education, to an inheritance, to being treated kindly, to vote, to a dowry, to keep their maiden name, to worship in a mosque, etc., etc.

25) Muslim women wear the head-covering (hijab) in fulfillment of God’s decree to dress modestly. From a practical standpoint, it serves to identify one as attempting to follow God in daily life and, therefore, protects women from unwanted advances from men. This type of modest dress has been worn by righteous women throughout history. Prominent examples are traditional Catholic Nuns, Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

26) Arranged marriages are allowed in Islam but are not required. Whereas “forced” marriages, usually stemming from cultural practice, are forbidden. Divorce is permissible, however, reconciliation is what is most encouraged. But if there are irreconcilable differences then Islam permits a fair and just divorce.

27) Islam and the “Nation of Islam” are two different religions. Islam is a religion for all races and enjoins the worship of the one unseen God who, orthodox Muslims believe, never took human form. The “Nation”, on the other hand, is a movement geared towards non-whites and teaches that God appeared in the form of Fard Muhammad in 1930 and that Elijah Muhammad (a man who died in 1975) was a prophet of God. These beliefs clearly contradict the basic Islamic theology outlined in the Qur’an. The followers of “the Nation” adhere to some Islamic principles that are mixed with many other teachings that are alien to Islam. To better understand the difference between the two, read about Malcolm X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and his subsequent comments to the media. Islam teaches equality amongst all the races (Holy Qur’an 49:13).

28) All Muslims are not Arab. Islam is a universal religion and way of life which includes followers from all races of people. There are Muslims in and from virtually every country in the world. Arabs only constitute about 20% of Muslims worldwide. Indonesia has the largest concentration of Muslims with over 120 million.

29) In the five daily prayers, Muslims face the Kaaba in Mecca, Arabia. It is a cube-shaped stone structure that was originally built by Prophet Adam and later rebuilt by Prophet Abraham. Muslims believe that the Kaaba was the first house of worship on Earth dedicated to the worship of one god. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba. It serves as a central focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus and direction. Interestingly, the inside of the Kaaba is empty.

30) The hajj is a simultaneous pilgrimage to the Kaaba made by millions of Muslims each year. It is performed to commemorate the struggles of Abraham, Ishmael and Hagar in submitting their wills to God.

(Source: islamondemand.com)

Please feel free to let me know if you have any further questions or concerns! Thank you! :)

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Your relationship should not define you. You should be who you are with, or without the person that you’re with. They should not be changing the things in your life that make you who you are. When they’re gone, if you see yourself changing things in your life back to how you want them to be - or how they were before the entry of your partner - there’s a big sign. Instead of a fake relationship and life, seek a companion who compliments your character; bringing out the best version of yourself that you can possibly be - supporting, loving and helping you build your strengths, aiding you in your flaws - and accepting them. Your flaws shouldn’t be hidden at the risk of your partner leaving. They should love you for your good, bad and ugly..

If nothing can console you or convince you that you’re not worthless, console your heart with the knowledge that God has chosen to guide you to Islam, the way of life He has chosen for us, which is truly the greatest blessing in this temporary world. You’re never worthless to Him and all that matters at the end of the day is His pleasure. You’re still breathing, it’s never late to fix your relationship with Him, so run to Him and hold onto Him while you still can. He is always close.

anonymous asked:

Salam! Why do you believe In islam?

W/Salaam!

Wow, SubhanAllah what a big question. Thank you for asking. I’m going to start with telling you straight away, I don’t feel I will give this question a worthy answer but I pray that Allah accepts my efforts and helps others understand my reply…

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My friend send to me this,

And I feel guilty at all.

You WILL know you are getting attached to the DUNYA when:

1. You dont plan your time around salah time

2. A whole day or two passes and you dont open your Quran because you are too ‘busy’

3. You care so much about what people say about you

4. All you care about is how to accumulate more and more wealth

5. You argue unnecessarily when you are told something you
are used to doing is haram

6. You keep on delaying good deeds -i’ll do it tomorrow,or the next, etc’

7. A new gadget comes out and you’re already thinking what you’re going to sell to obtain it

8. The lives of celebrities interests you

9. The life style of the rich impresses you and you crave for such

10. You want to be the centre of attention

11. You compete with each other for worldly things

12. Your thirst for power and glory cannot be quenched

13. You fall into depression each time you dont get what you want

14. Minor sins dont really mean anything to you

15. You arent able to stop the haram immediately and keep on procrastinating and delay taubah

16. You arent ready to displease people to please Allah

17. You care alot about whats in vogue(You want to belong)

18. You plan far far ahead into the future

19. Seeking for islamic knowledge comes secondary (thats if it ever comes) after pursuing your future career

20.Your friends arent the type that remind you of Allah

21. You regard people as successful according to their status in this world

22. A whole day passes without you thinking of death

23. You can afford to waste so much of your time doing things that wont benefit you in the hereafter

24. Doing acts of ibadah becomes very difficult for you

25. You cant seem to be able to change your extravagant lifestyle despite knowing Allah dislikes the extravagant

26. You love visiting the lands of the kuffar

27. You are told about the dangers of consuming riba yet you argue that this is the only way you can survive. You add that if you find a better halal income you’ll change


28. You want to live life to the fullest

29. You care so much about your physical appearance

30.You believe the end of time is still far far away

31. You see things happening to others and you dont stop to think it could happen to you too

32. You bury the dead yet you dont learn anything from it

33. You want to ‘make ends meet’ by all means
34. You are always in a haste to finish your prayer and continue with what your doing

35. You don’t think that today could be your last day

36. You are solely comforted by luxury (not by the remembrance of Allah)

37. You don’t ask Allah for paradise the way you ask for your dunya..


I am not also free of some of these. All we need do is to evaluate our deeds and actions cos Allah forgives and He is truly merciful. May he continue to be our guide ISLAM IS A WAY OF LIFE

The path to Jannah is so easy..

We recite this verse so many times in  our prayers  but we never pay heed to the meaning of this wonderful Ayah and the significance of what we are asking for…

We keep asking for guidance in each prayer,and each Rakah of every prayer.But what are we really doing to stay on the right path.

We often think its difficult to stay on the right path because we have this mistaken idea that  we need to to give up too many things  to be a good Muslim. We forget that once you truly devote yourself to Allah,you realise you never needed those things in the first place. And Allah swt eases the path to guidance for those who sincerely strive to change themselves for His sake.

The word Mustaqim in this verse means to stand upright. It comes from the root “to make stand”. When something is sitting, the body is crooked at an angle. When it is standing, however, it is straight and upright.It is the quickest (direct) shortest path to the pleasure of Allaah. It’s like getting on a train. Once you are on the track, you don’t have anything to do afterwards except recline to have it take you to your destination. It is a smooth, easy ride. There is effort in attaining the ticket and catching the train, but once you’re on it, life becomes easy, smooth sailing. Likewise, It takes effort be on the right path, but from there Allaah will take us the rest of the way.

Islaam and “Cultural Appropriation” my PERSONAL thoughts.. I am sure some of you will accuse me of being insensitive etc. and to you I say, ASK ME why I think what I think, or why I say what I am saying. Islam is a complete way of life! And if more of us would understand that, we would be less likely to fall into the traps of shaytan, at be bickering over such silliness! The way to keep people from uniting is to keep them distracted with pettiness! And yes!!! THIS IS PETTY! When you stand before Allaah, will any of this matter?! No seriously?! Will it?! We are brothers and sisters! We should want for each other what we want for ourselves! With that said, loving you all for the sake of Allaah..

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“There’s something amazing about this life. The very same worldly attribute that causes us pain is also what gives us relief: Nothing here lasts. What does that mean? It means that the breathtakingly beautiful rose in my vase will wither tomorrow. It means that my youth will neglect me. But it also means that the sadness I feel today will change tomorrow. My pain will die. My laughter won’t last forever but neither will my tears. We say this life isn’t perfect. And it isn’t. It isn’t perfectly good. But, it also isn’t perfectly bad, either.”  

“After years of falling into the same pattern of disappointments and heartbreak, I finally began to realize something profound. I had always thought that love of dunya meant being attached to material things. And I was not attached to material things. I was attached to people. I was attached to moments. I was attached to emotions. So I thought that the love of dunya just did not apply to me. What I didn’t realize was that people, moments, emotions are all a part of dunya. What I didn’t realize is that all the pain I had experienced in life was due to one thing, and one thing only: love of dunya.”  

- Yasmin Mogahed

SAYA TAHU SAYA TAK CANTIK

Saya tahu saya tidak cantik.. Tapi, walaupun saya tidak cantik, saya tetap ada kelebihan..

Kerana saya tidak cantik, saya tidak jadi mangsa gangguan lelaki-lelaki yang rosak akhlaknya.

Kerana saya tidak cantik, saya dapat pelihara diri saya daripada pandangan bernafsu lelaki yang tidak menjaga pandangannya.

Kerana saya tidak cantik, saya selamat daripada menjadi senjata iblis mencairkan iman lelaki.

Kerana saya tidak cantik, saya tidak mendapat fitnah dan cemburu daripada wanita-wanita lain.

Kerana saya tidak cantik, saya tidak mengharapkan pujian daripada mana-mana lelaki dan wanita.

Dan kerana saya tidak cantik, akhirnya saya menemui insan yang ikhlas mencintai saya seadanya. Kerana saya tahu..

Saya tidak cantik pada pandangan manusia.. Maka saya akan berusaha agar kelihatan cantik pada ALLAH.. Kerana bukan kecantikan dunia yang saya kejar… Tapi KECANTIKAN di akhirat kelak..