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Friday, 23 November 2007

Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal!

Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal!

On 15 November 2007 Cyclone Sidr swept through the Bay of Bengal with winds of over 150mph triggering a five metre high tidal surge. Current reports have confirmed over 3,000 people dead and millions have been left homeless. The death toll could reach 10,000 and thousands are injured and missing. The best thing you can do is make Dua and donate money.

Most mosques if not all, had collection boxes today during Jummah, if you want a make a contribution please check to see if your local mosque is still collecting donations. If not you can donate online via various Islamic charity organisations e.g.

The Qur'an encourages the Muslim to donate their funds:
'the likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain that sprouts seven spikes. In every spike there are 100 grains, and Allah multiplies for whom He will' (2:261).

The Prophet said:
'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim. ' He was asked: 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied: 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.' The Companions asked: 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said: 'He should help poor and needy persons.' The Companions further asked 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said 'He should urge others to do good.' The Companions said 'What if he lacks that also?' The Prophet said 'He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity.'

Monday, 19 November 2007

Hajj & Umrah mentioned in the Qur'an

Taken from freewebs.com/hajjlessons. (The website is very useful and has a vast amount of information on Hajj)

The Noble Qur'an

Al-Baqarah - 2:128
"Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manasik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage - hajj and 'Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.

Al-Baqarah - 2:158
Verily! As-Safa and Al-Marwah (two mountains in Makkah) are of the Symbols of Allah. So it is not a sin on him who perform hajj or 'Umrah (pilgrimage) of the House (the Ka'bah at Makkah) to perform the going (Tawaf) between them (As-Safa and Al-Marwah). And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allah is All-Recogniser, All-Knower.

Al-Baqarah - 2:196
And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Muhammad ), the hajj and 'Umrah (i.e. the pilgrimage to Makkah) for Allah. But if you are prevented (from completing them), sacrifice a Hady (animal, i.e. a sheep, a cow, or a camel, etc.) such as you can afford, and do not shave your heads until the Hady reaches the place of sacrifice. And whosoever of you is ill or has an ailment in his scalp (necessitating shaving), he must pay a Fidyah (ransom) of either observing Saum (fasts) (three days) or giving Sadaqah (charity - feeding six poor persons) or offering sacrifice (one sheep). Then if you are in safety and whosoever performs the 'Umrah in the months of hajj, before (performing) the hajj, (i.e. hajj-at-Tamattu' and Al-Qiran), he must slaughter a Hady such as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, he should observe Saum (fasts) three days during the hajj and seven days after his return (to his home), making ten days in all. This is for him whose family is not present at Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (i.e. non-resident of Makkah). And fear Allah much and know that Allah is Severe in punishment. (Al-Baqarah 2:196)

Al-Baqarah - 2:197
The hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. the 10th month, the 11th month and the first ten days of the 12th month of the Islâmic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). So whosoever intends to perform hajj therein by assuming Ihram), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the hajj. And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allah knows it. And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.). So fear Me, O men of understanding!

Aali Imran - 3:97
In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqam (place) of Ibrahim (Abraham); whosoever enters it, he attains security. And hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka'bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for one's conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves [i.e. denies hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah), then he is a disbeliever of Allah], then Allah stands not in need of any of the 'Alamin (mankind and jinns).

Al-Ma'idah - 5:1
O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations. Lawful to you (for food) are all the beasts of cattle except that which will be announced to you (herein), game (also) being unlawful when you assume Ihrâm for hajj or 'Umrah (pilgrimage). Verily, Allâh commands that which He wills.

Al-Ma'idah - 5:2
O you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlanded people or animals, etc. [Marked by the garlands on their necks made from the outer part of the tree­stems (of Makkah) for their security], nor the people coming to the Sacred House (Makkah), seeking the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when you finish the Ihram (of hajj or 'Umrah), you may hunt, and let not the hatred of some people in (once) stopping you from Al­Masjid­al­Haram (at Makkah) lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help you one another in Al­Birr and At­Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.

Al-Ma'idah - 5:95
O you who believe! Kill not game while you are in a state of Ihrâm for hajj or 'Umrah (pilgrimage), and whosoever of you kills it intentionally, the penalty is an offering, brought to the Ka'bah, of an eatable animal (i.e. sheep, goat, cow, etc.) equivalent to the one he killed, as adjudged by two just men among you; or, for expiation, he should feed Masakin (poor persons), or its equivalent in Saum (fasting), that he may taste the heaviness (punishment) of his deed. Allah has forgiven what is past, but whosoever commits it again, Allah will take retribution from him. And Allah is All­Mighty, All-Able of Retribution.

Al-Ma'idah - 5:96
Lawful to you is (the pursuit of) water­game and its use for food - for the benefit of yourselves and those who travel, but forbidden is (the pursuit of) land­game as long as you are in a state of Ihram (for hajj or 'Umrah). And fear Allah to Whom you shall be gathered back.

Al-Ma'idah - 5:97
Allah has made the Ka'bah, the Sacred House, an asylum of security and hajj and 'Umrah (pilgrimage) for mankind, and also the Sacred Month and the animals of offerings and the garlanded (people or animals, etc. marked with the garlands on their necks made from the outer part of the stem of the Makkah trees for their security), that you may know that Allah has knowledge of all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and that Allah is the All­Knower of each and everything.

Al-Hajj - 22:25
Verily! Those who disbelieve and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah, and from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) which We have made (open) to (all) men, the dweller in it and the visitor from the country are equal there [as regards its sanctity and pilgrimage (hajj and 'Umrah)]. And whoever inclines to evil actions therein or to do wrong (i.e. practise polytheism and leave Islamic Monotheism), him We shall cause to taste a painful torment.

Al-Hajj - 22:27
And proclaim to mankind the hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform hajj.

Al-Hajj - 22:28
That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the Name of Allâh on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah), over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice) (at the time of their slaughtering by saying: Bismillah, Wallahu-Akbar, Allahumma Minka wa Ilaik). Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (Al-Hajj 22:28)

Al-Hajj - 22:29
Then let them complete the prescribed duties (Manasik of hajj) for them, and perform their vows, and circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka'bah at Makkah).

Al-Hajj - 22:30
That (Manasik prescribed duties of hajj is the obligation that mankind owes to Allah), and whoever honours the sacred things of Allah, then that is better for him with his Lord. The cattle are lawful to you, except those (that will be) mentioned to you (as exceptions). So shun the abomination (worshipping) of idol, and shun lying speech (false statements).

Al-Hajj - 22:67
For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies [e.g. slaughtering of the beast of cattle during the three days of stay at Mîna (Makkah) during the hajj (pilgrimage)] which they must follow; so let them (pagans) not dispute with you on the matter (i.e. to eat of the cattle which you slaughter, and not to eat of cattle which Allâh kills by its natural death), but invite them to your Lord. Verily! You (O Muhammad SAW) indeed are on the (true) straight guidance. (i.e. the true religion of Islamic Monotheism). (Al-Hajj 22:67)

Ash-Shu'ara - 26:218
Who sees you (O Muhammad SAW) when you stand up (alone at night for Tahajjud prayers).

Al-Munafiqun - 63:10
And spend (in charity) of that with which We have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says: "My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while (i.e. return to the worldly life), then I should give Sadaqah (i.e. Zakat) of my wealth, and be among the righteous [i.e. perform hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah)].

Al-Muzzammil - 73:6
Verily, the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allah).

Some Ahadeeth regarding Hajj and Umrah

Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani (Rahimullah)

1- 1527 - On the authority of Zaid bin Khalid al-Juhanee, on the authority of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam - who said:

‘Jibraeel came to me and said: O Muhammad! Order your Companions to raise their voices with the Talbeeyah (proclamation for Hajj or Umrah), since it is from the [characteristics- mark – sign – distinguishing features] of Hajj.’No. 830

2- 1528 - On the authority of Ibn Abbas in a narration ascribed to the Prophet: -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

‘Be continuous (in another narration: follow up) the Hajj and the Umrah since they negate poverty and sins, just as the furnace separates the slag from the iron.’No. 1185 & 1200

3- 1531 – On the authority of Ibn Abbas who said that the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

‘If you stone the Jamaar (pillars) it will be like light for you on the Day of Judgement.’ No. 2515

4- 1533 – On the authority of ‘Aeysha in a narration ascribed to the Prophet: -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

‘When you have completed your Hajj then you should hasten your journey to your family, since it is greater in its reward.’No. 1379

5- 1536 – On the authority of Ibn Abbas: that the Quraish said: Indeed Muhammad and his Companions have been weakened by the fever of Yathrib (Madina). So when the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam came in the year that he performed Umrah he said to his Companions: ‘Walk briskly around the House (Ka’ba) so the Mushrikeen can see your strength.’

So when they walked briskly, the Quraish said: They have not weakened.’No. 2573

6- 1537 – The Messenger - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

‘Stone the Jamarah with pebbles like that of chick peas.’No. 1437

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Powerpoint: Hajj presentation

Here are a few PowerPoint presentations I had managed to pick up from various websites ...

By far the BEST and most detailed Hajj PowerPoint presentation on the web was forwarded by brother Omar Bellal. It can be downloaded from the Islamic Society of East Bay website.

NOTE: The presentation is 50 MB, therefore please save it on your computer and then open the presentation and run as a slide show. Download will take approximately 6-8 minutes depending on the speed of your computer but it is WORTH the wait.

Other presentations...

(1) Here is a quick, simple introduction to Hajj on PowerPoint:

(Please copy and paste the above URL into your browser!)
Source: primaryresources.co.uk

(2) The following three presentations have been taken from Masjid E-Quba (Stamford Hill, London)

Hajj and Umrah Practical Guide Part 1.

Hajj and Umrah Practical Guide Part 2.

Visiting Madinah.

(3) A Guide to Hajj in English (Source: idauk.org)
Lectures on Hajj by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah

Please visit http://idauk.org/dawah/hajj_english.html to licten/ download for your convenience.