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Dear Brothers / Sisters in Islam,

 Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

(May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you!)

You are most welcome at my Facebook Page. Two events have been made recently. First one is "Muslim Brotherhood/2012 Group", secondly an AD "HELP! Islamic Aid / Donations for the poorest and Orphans of Bangladesh".

The true fact is- All of us were created from Adam and Eve. All people, black or white, Arab or non-Arab, rich or poor, are their descendants. The most unnatural idea of all is that Allah would create all people from one common source and yet their ultimate destinies and purposes would be completely different. For this reason, Islam has taken every necessary measure to preserve humanity from division and discord.

A Muslim is not really a believer if he eats his full while ignoring the plight of hungry neighbors. How could a believer then participate in economic sanctions designed to starve his own people to death?

Charity is highly encouraged in Islam and made obligatory for the wealthy Muslim to give a portion of their savings to his poor Muslim brothers and sisters. It is obviously aimed at making the rich of the community take care of the needs of its poor.

For the betterment of millions of destitute poorest old aged people, terminally ills and orphans, infants, abused, abandoned handicapped children, I, Muhammed Saidal Amin Tuhin, Chairman, Islamic Education Foundation Trust, Tangail, Bangladesh, invite people to uplift the development of the Muslim Ummah by joining hands and participating in the “Islamic Aid /Donation”, Whatever amount it is, and open up an effective horizon of hope for our many underprivileged Muslim brothers and sisters of Bangladesh, Muslim World.

In Islam, all are equal; only one who is more righteous is better in the sight of Allah, and Allah alone will decide who is really righteous. In addition, forwarding helping hands to those Muslims who are wealthy enough must perform this charity in order to purify their wealth in the eyes of Allah (swat). In other words, Allah blesses us with wealth; it is therefore our duty to give some of this back to those most needy, which purifies the rest of our wealth.

A strong, devoted Muslim is more entitled to the love of the believer. The Messenger(S) said in a Hadeeth narrated by Tirmidhee: "What accounts the most for leading people into paradise is the taqwa of Allah and good character." So, our relationship should be built on cooperation and meeting each other's needs in both comfortable and difficult times.

Imam Hassan Al-Banna explained that you must acquaint yourself with the financial situation of your brothers and they should know your financial situation in order for the takaful (mutual support) to be fully realized in the proper way. This ensures that one brother does not live in abundance and happiness while another lives in poverty and distress.

A brother who is in debt or cannot pay his rent is ashamed during the day and worried at night. It is your responsibility to stand by and support him. Be aware that charity to your brother takes precedence over charity to the poor. Ali, May Allah be pleased with him, said: "I would much rather give twenty dirhams to a brother in Allah than spend 100 dirhams on the needy. This is because of the right your brother has upon your wealth."

A Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) says: "Whoever relieves a believer from a distress of this life, Allah will relieve him from a distress on the Day of Judgment. Whosoever brings ease to a believer who is in difficulty, Allah will bring ease to him in both this life and the next. Whosoever conceals the shortcomings of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his shortcomings in this world and the next. Allah will always help a servant as long as that servant helps his brother."

In least of all, I cordially appeal to all Muslims through this message to MUSLIMPLACE Blog - “Let’s we all try to establish and explore our Muslim Brotherhood Identity”. Please share with your family members, relatives, friends, all known Muslims, who are wealthy enough to contribute a little amount of money for the running project –“Nurani Home for Orphans”.

I would like to offer a very warm welcome to IEF, blending the values and practices of Islam that we are committed to- May Allah (swt), grants all our dynamic and careful efforts, activities and initiatives in the cause and paths of ISLAM.

Eagerly looking forward to your kind and positive response, InshaAllah.

 Yours brotherly in the humanitarian services of Islam


Note: If anybody wishes to contribute any amount, send money (Islamic Aid / Donations) by Cheque /Demand Draft /Cash to: Muhammed Saidul Amin Tuhin, Islamic Education Foundation Trust, Jahanara Manjil, Biswas Betka, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh. Via Bank Transfer--Account Number:  Savings Account Number-  23688,  Janata Bank Ltd., Tangail Main Branch, Tangail-1900, BangladeshOr, Account Number: Mudaraba Savings Account Number- 9209, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., Tangail Main Branch, Tangail, Bangladesh. Kindly confirm by Email: muhammed.tuhin.3@facebook.com Or, Phone: 880-1756983061 (SMS/Direct Calling)

 

All Praise be to Allah

               Islamic Education Foundation, Bangladesh

ZAKAAT FOR UNITED ISLAMIC AID

 

Dear Brother / Sister in Islam, (living in Muslim World)

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

(May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you!)

 

The word zakaah means 'purity' or 'to purify' and it represents charity; all Muslims who are wealthy enough, must perform this charity in order to purify their wealth in the eyes of Allah (swt). In other words, Allah blesses us with wealth; it is therefore our duty to give some of this back to those most needy, which purifies the rest of our wealth.

 

As Zakaat is one of the five pillars of Islam, it is an obligation upon all believing Muslims. It helps provide economic justice in society. Allah (swt) and His Messenger Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) instruct us that Zakaat perifies our wealth, so that it may increase in a Halaal way. Your needy Muslim brothers and sisters deserve your Zakaat. A pair of hands can support but a few. But when hundreds of thousands of helping hands come together they can transform the face of society.

 

We, at ISLAMIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION (IEF), invite people of revolutionary vision to uplift the state of the Muslim Ummah by joining hands and participating in the “United Islamic Aid”, a ‘Baitul Maal’, to club our Zakaat money systematically and open up an effective horizon of hope for our many underprivileged Muslim brothers and sisters.

 

We do not ask for huge amounts or all of the Zakaat that you should give, but just a commitment of a minimum sum of only Bangladesh Taka BDTs 10,000/- to 50,000/- or US Dollars 125/- to 625/- or Indian Rupees 7,000/- to 35,000/- or Saudi Riyals 600/- to 3,000/- or British Pounds 80/ to 400/ or Euro 100/- to 500/- or an equivalent amount or more per year to become a supporting member of the “United Islamic Aid”, for uplifting our fellow Muslims.

 

With this unique, well-organized central treasury, a type of “Baitul Maal’ called the “United Islamic Aid” that will be run under my personal supervision, we can effect a change in the lives of countless unfortunate Muslims for the better in a more dynamic and organized way.

 

Send your Zaakat by

 

Cheque /Demand Draft /Cash to:

 

IEF United Islamic Aid

Jahanara Manjil, Biswas Betka, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh

(Kindly confirm by Email / Telephone)

 

Email: [email protected]  OR

           [email protected]

 

Via Bank Transfer

 

(Within Bangladesh to)

IEF United Islamic Aid

Account Number:  Savings Account Number-  23688,

 Janata Bank Ltd., Tangail Main Branch, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh.

 

(From Outside Bangladesh to)

ISLAMIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Account Number: Mudaraba Savings Account Number- 9209,

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., Tangail Main Branch, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh.

 

IEF is highly committed about Islamic Da’wah - the proper presentation, understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing misconceptions about Islam - amongst less aware Muslims and non-Muslims. IEF 's activities and facilities provide the much needed understanding about the truth and excellence of Islamic teachings - based on the glorious Qur'an and authentic Hadith,  as well as adhering to reasons, logic and scientific facts..

 

The IEF children’s Wing caters to the specialized needs of inculcating true Islamic ideals and practices in Muslim Children, at their level of grasping. The IEF Ladies’ Wing strives exclusively for and amongst the ladies, Alhamdulillah, with activities and programmes for Islamic Da’wah and understanding, as well as practicing and promoting the message of Islam pragmatically.

 

Some Aid projects initiated by the UIA include:

 

(1) “100% Educational Scholarship Fund” for deserving

Muslim students for their primary, secondary, undergraduate and

post graduate studies,  including professional courses like Medicine,

Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Engineering,

Business Administration and other Diploma Courses.

 

(2) “ Islamic International School” in the Holy City ‘Sylhet’ District of Bangladesh, where Hazrat Shahajalal (R) and some Muslim Mystics (a sect of Muslim devotees) & Islamic Scholars died, and their graveyards located there. The school which is going to be started from 2013 Academic Session to provide Muslim potential but disadvantaged/unprivileged children excellent quality education for their proper all-round development. The schools’ curriculum blends British and National Curriculum combining with the Islamic Studies (Quran, Tawheed and Fiqh). Subjects of the school has English as the medium of instruction, with Arabic as a compulsory language.

 

In addition to formal subjects such as:

 

    English           Mathematics     Science       History

 

    Geography     Language     Computing     Bangladesh Studies

 

Its curriculum also includes Islamic Studies subjects, namely

 

 Arabic Language     Tajweed and Qir'at      Hifz of the Qur’an      Tafseer of the Qur’an

 

Hadith Studies          Seerah of the Prophet         Shari'ah and Da’wah

 

Formal subjects will be taught with an Islamic understanding too, thus enabling the students to relate to the world from an Islamic perspective.

 

They will also be taught moral values, self-discipline, responsible,

being well-informed, productive and skills to face the dynamic challenges and opportunities of life with care, confidence and commitment, to prepare students for leadership in the Muslim community around the world.

 

(3) “100% Free primary Health Care Centre” providing

completely free primary health care of High quality and Reliability,

 including Medical Examination, Diagnosis and Medicines.

 

(4) “Help Thyself” Upliftment Aid to carefully selected and deserving

enterprising Muslims with talent and ability to stand up on their own feet, rather than remain deprived and ask for support every year for their family.

 

(5) “Needy Da’wah Work” Aid which spreads the good word of

Allah (swt) in the light of Qu’ran & Hadith and removes misconceptions and misled hate about Islam in this world.

 

(6) “Nurani Home for Orphans” which helps all qualified Muslim orphans and poor without prejudiced of their educational  background or discipline before they’re taken into the care centre.

 

The Home only accepts the children less than 12 years of age unless they have other siblings aged more than 12 years, they all will be accepted. Nurani Home makes sure every orphan child who is under the care get proper affection & attention to ensure the child to always feel the attention and affection given to them. It provides the best academic and religious education to the children until they achieve at least a diploma and will be monitored them until the age of 21 years old. 

 

IEF’s Orphan Programme is aimed through a comprehensive and integrated one-to-one orphan sponsorship programme that takes care of the needs of orphans i.e. health, education and social welfare. IEF initially targets 800 children within the programme by 2015. With your help, we can continue to give these vulnerable children the care they need, providing them with food, shelter, healthcare, Islamic quality education and emotional support.

 

The Orphan Endowment Fund (OEF) will have to provide and foster a self-sustaining source of funds to support orphans and vulnerable children in Bangladesh. By investing in the Fund, you directly invest in the future of infants, orphans, abused and abandoned children as well as children with terminally ill parents.

 

In favour of “IEF’s Nurani Home for Orphans (ISLAMIC AID / DONATION)”,

Account Number: Mudaraba Savings Account Number- 9209, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., Tangail Branch, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh.

 

With every donation, any kind of amount you give, you can secure and increase the Fund’s commitment to these children. Donations are invested to sustain the fund and maximise the benefits to the impoverished orphans and vulnerable children, imparts the Islamic helping context in an Islamic terminology. After a certain period each and every child will be provided a handsome amount of money on the basis of endowment policy.

 

(7) “Jahanara Old Age Home” providing real home facilities to sick old men and women who are unhealthy and helpless. Poor and unloved, they are shunned by those who think of them as a burden. Bangladesh has innumerable sick and deprived old men and women who are hopeless at the ending period of their lives. Such aged people are everyone's responsibility.

 

 

Remember the time you were a child? Your parents, grandparents, uncles,

 aunts, elder - they all took care of you. They showered you with unbridled

 affection. They sacrificed for you. Have you done enough for them? You

may have for your own old ones. But, what about those who are too

handicapped to take care of themselves?

 

Jahanara Old Age Home managed by IEF Trust is a trusted organization with a mission. Touched by the sufferings of the old, it has finally decided to dedicate to their welfare. Though it may be hampered by lack of funds, Alhamdulillah, plunge into the project with a prayer to Almighty Allah (swt). Miraculously, IEF will find many who will be willing to take up the cause along with the home. InshaAllah, this project unflinchingly will be moved on and established the foundation of a highly noble project.

 

The home will be for an exclusive class of sick, old men and women. Those suffering from disease or debility will be taken in. Many of them suffer mental illness and schizophrenia. A good many are afflicted with various diseases and some are terminally ill.

 

A few of the facilities provided by The Home can be listed as below:

 Freely eligible aged people will be received

 Give a second childhood

 Provide a real home

 A nursing home will be attached to the institution, managed by qualified physicians & paramedical personnel and is equipped with basic infrastructural facilities. The patients will be offered free treatment and medical attention.

 The patients at Jahanara Old Age Home will be made to feel at home. They will never be allowed to feel lonely or neglected. They will be offered ample scope for physical and mental relaxation. In addition to, they will be provided Islamic CD-ROMs use, DVD Player / TV and Audio systems for viewing DVD and listening to audio DVDs / CD’s.Audio as well as for the reading of books and magazines in English, Bengali and other Languages on Islam and Comparative religion. The staff will have been trained to treat them with love, respect and care. Most of them will choose to spend their last days here and upon their demise, the Home will arrange for their last rites

 Jahanara Old Age Home authority will organize seminars, debates, workshops, group and panel discussions, Islamic skits, etc. They will be promoted by offering, Alhamdulillah, with activities and programmes for Islamic Da’wah and understanding, as well as practicing and promoting the message of Islam.

 Home authority will operate extra-curricular events for their recreation and enjoyment in light of Islamic values on Fridays and Saturdays between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

 Jahanara Home for aged will pledge to take up the cause of these hopeless souls and care for them as best it can.

 

This goes out to all individuals and organisations. Please do contribute your mite to all alleviate the suffering of these of these old children of Allah (swt). Every bit will go a far way in reducing their pain, misery and despair Cheques and Demand Drafts may be made out in favour of Jahanara Old Age Home, Payable at Tangail, Bangladesh. Let us not fail them; it’s not only our bounded duty, but a privilege. 

 

In favour of “IEF’s Jahanara OLD Age Home (ISLAMIC AID / DONATION)”, Account Number: Current Account Number- 2103, Pubali Bank Ltd., Tangail Akur Takur Para Branch, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh.

 

Wouldn’t you like to be a member of this ‘Baitul Maal’ revolution to help our deserving and needy Muslim brothers and sisters more efficiently and effectively?

 

If so, you and your family members can become members of the “United Islamic Aid” by contributing your Zakaat by Cheque/ Demand draft/ Cash to “IEF Islamic United Aid”, Jahanara Manjil, Biswas Betka, Tangail-1900, Bangladesh, or by Bank transfer (kindly inform us of the same by Email). You may have a phone-call on 880-1756983061 or 880-1193075146 for any clarifications or questions you may have about UIA.

 

I would like to offer a very warm welcome to IEF, blending the values and practices of Islam that we are committed to- May Allah (swt), grants all our dynamic and careful efforts, activities and initiatives in the cause and paths of ISLAM.

 

Eagerly looking forward to your kind and positive response, InshaAllah.

 

Yours brotherly in the humanitarian services of Islam

 

 

Muhammed Saidul Amin

-Servant of Allah

Muhammed Tuhin Aug 13 '12 · Comments: 1
The Holy Quran called us – Why don't we promote to learn Arabic from very young age, and to stress on Islamic teachings and inspires to strengthen our IMAN (Manarat).

Can't we create a sense of purpose in this rapidly changing world both within and outside our country by providing opportunities of global education combining Islamic Studies (Quran, Tawheed and Fiqh) for Muslim learners to meet the future with confidence, being well-informed, responsible, skilled, critical thinking, disciplined, creative and productive globally?

Being Muslim, we should be proud of, and our duties as well in promoting Islamic Da’wah - the proper presentation, understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing misconceptions about Islam - amongst less aware Muslims and non-Muslims. Our way of Life through our activities should be provided the much needed understanding about the truth and excellence of Islamic teachings - based on the glorious Qur'an and authentic Hadith, as well as adhering to reasons, logic and scientific facts.

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The last ten days of Ramadan


Though all parts of Ramadan are full of blessings and rewards, its last ten days hold a special status reflected in the recommendations and practices of the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and his companions. I will focus here on three major practices of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and his companions during these days.


1-Praying in the last ten nights of Ramadan


Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from 'Aishah that during the last ten days of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah would wake his wives up during the night and then remain apart from them (that is, being busy in acts of worship). A narration in Muslim states: "He would strive [to do acts of worship] during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time."


Aisha reported that With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]


2-Performing I`tikaf in the Masjid (seclusion in the Mosque)


Before going to the essential of this last section, let us stop by one of the great Imam of ahl Assunnah wal jama`ah, one of the greatest revivers of the Da`wah and the methodology of the Salaf, Shaikhul-Islam Shamsuddeen Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah who will give us a brain storming admonition.


He says (rahimahu Allah) in Zaad al Ma`aad fi hadyi khairi al `ibaab :


"Since the hearts' rectitude and firmness upon the path towards Allah the Most High, rests upon directing it solely upon Allaah and causing it to turn and give all its attention to Allaah the Most High. Since the disorder of the heart cannot be rectified except by turning to Allaah the Most High, and its disorder will be increased by eating and drinking too much, mixing with the people excessively, speaking profusely and sleeping too much. These will cause it to wander into every valley, and cut it off from its path to Allah, weaken it, divert it or put a halt to it.


>From the Mercy of the Mighty and Most Merciful is that He has prescribed for them fasting , which will cut off the excesses of eating and drinking, and empties the hear of its desires which divert it on its journey to Allah the Most High. He prescribed it in due proportion as will be appropriate and will benefit the servant, with regard to this world and the Hereafter, and does not harm him, nor damage what is beneficial for him.


He also prescribed i`tikaf for them, by which is intended that the heart is fully occupied with Allah, the Most High, concentrated upon Him alone, and cut off from preoccupation with the creation. Rather it is engrossed with Him alone, the One free of all defects, such that remembering Him, loving Him and turning to Him takes the place of all anxieties of the heart and its suggestions, such that he is able to overcome them. Thus all his concerns are for Him. His thoughts are all of remembrance of Him, and thinking of how to attain His Pleasure and what will cause nearness to Him. This leads him to feel contented with Allah instead of the people, so that prepares him for being at peace with Him alone on the day of loneliness in the grave, when there is no one else to give comfort, nor anyone to grant solace except Him. So this is the greater goal of I'tikaf"


The book Zaad al Ma`aad as well as all other books of Ibn al-Qayyim are just peaces of art that every Muslim should read. Al-hamdu liLLAH there is a great effort among the followers and revivers of the methodology of the Salaf in translating these books into English. Some of them or part of them are already available. You may want to contact the bookstore of al-Qur'an was-Sunnah Society of North America [USA] or al-Hidaya Publishing in UK.


I`tikaf is the seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of becoming closer to Allah. This was the practise of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, during the last ten days of Ramadan especially. He would do it during other months as well.


'Aisha reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan" [Bukhari]


Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu said: "Allah's Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to perform i`tikaf for ten days every Ramadan, then when it was the year in which he was taken (died), he performed I`tikaf for twenty days. [Bukhari]


'Aisha reported that the Prophet,salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice I`tikaf after him. [Bukhari]


`Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha also reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, "Used to perform i'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic, took him. [Bukhari and Muslim]


Al-Bukhari records from Abu Said that the Prophet (S) said: "Whoever makes I`tikaf with me is to make I'tikaf during the last ten [nights]."


This Sunnah of the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, has been abandoned by many Muslims and it is worth reviving it in this era.


Sayyid Sabiq says in Fiqhus-Sunnah :


The sunnah or preferred i`tikaf has no specific time limit. It can be fulfilled by staying in the mosque with the intention of making i`tikaf for a long or short time. The reward will be according to how long one stays in the mosque. If one leaves the mosque and then returns, he should renew his intention to perform itikaf.


Ya'la ibn Umayyah said: "I secluded myself in the mosque for some time for I`tikaf." 'Ata told him: "That is I`tikaf, as long as you secluded yourself there."


One who is performing Sunnah (like in Ramadan) i'tikaf (i.e. not the obligatory one that is made after a vow) may end his i`tikaf at any time, even if it is before the period he intended to stay.


'Aishah related that if the Prophet intended to make itikaf, he would pray the morning prayer and begin it. One time he wanted to make i`tikaf during the last ten nights of Ramadan, and he ordered his tent to be set up. Aishah reported: "When I saw that, I ordered my tent to be set up, and some of the Prophet's wives followed suit. When he [the Prophet] prayed the morning prayer, he saw all of the tents, and said: "What is this?" They said: "We are seeking obedience [to Allah and His Messenger]." Then he ordered his tent and those of his wives to be taken down, and he delayed his i`tikaf to the first ten days [of Shawwal]."[Bukhari]


The fact that the Messenger of Allah ordered [his and] his wives' tents to be struck down and [he himself left and] asked them to leave the i`tikaf after they have made the intention for it shows that they discarded the i`tikaf after they had begun it. ([] in this small paragraph are some additional comments to clarify things).


It is preferred for the one who is making I`tikaf to perform many supererogatory acts of worship and to occupy himself with prayers, reciting the Qur'an, glorifying and praising Allah, extolling His oneness and His greatness, asking His forgiveness, sending salutations on the Prophet, upon whom be peace, and supplicating Allah - that is, all actions that bring one closer to Allah. Included among these actions is studying and reading books of tafsir and hadith, books on the lives of the Prophets, upon whom be peace, books of fiqh, and so on. It is also preferred to set up a small tent in the courtyard of the mosque as the Prophet did.


Permissible Acts for the Mu`takif (the person performing I`tikaf)


The following acts are permissible for one who is making I'tikaf


(1) The Person may leave his place of I`tikaf to bid farewell to his wife and a Woman can visit her husband who is in I`tikaf}


Safiyyah, radhiya Allahu `anha said : The prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, was making i`tikaf [in the last ten nights of Ramadan], so I came to visit him at night [and his wives were with him and then departed]. I talked with him for a while, then I stood up to leave, [so he said:"Do not hurry for I will accompany you",. He stood along with me to accompany me back -and her dwelling was in the house of Usaamah Ibn Zayd [until when he came to the door of the mosque near the door of Umm Salamah], two men of the Ansaar were passing by, when they saw the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, they hastened by, so the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : "Be at your ease for she is Safiyyah bintu Huyayy." So they said:" 'SubhanAllah, O Messenger of Allah! [we did not have any doubt about you].' He said: "Indeed Shaytan circulates in the son of Adam just as blood circulates, and I feared that he would insert an evil thought" -or he said : "something - into your hearts" [Bukhari and Muslim, in [] are additional narrations from Abu Dawud]


(2) Combing and cutting one's hair, clipping one's nails, cleaning one's body, wearing nice clothes or wearing perfume are all permissible. 'Aishah reported: "The Prophet was Performing itikaf and he would put his head out through the opening to my room and I would clean [or comb in one narration] his hair. I was menstruating at the time." [al-Bukhari, Muslim, and Abu Dawud].


(3) The person may go out for some need that he must perform. 'Aishah reported: "When the Prophet Performed I`tikaf, he brought his head close to me so I could comb his hair, and he would not enter the house except to fulfill the needs a person has." [al-Bukhari, and Muslim].


Ibn al-Mundhir says: "The scholars agree that the one who performs itikaf may leave the mosque in order to answer the call of nature, for this is something that he personally must perform, and he cannot do it in the mosque. Also, if he needs to eat or drink and there is no one to bring him his food, he may leave to get it. If one needs to vomit, he may leave the mosque to do so. For anything that he must do but cannot do in the mosque, he can leave it, and such acts will not void his itikaf, even if they take a long time. Examples of these types of acts would include washing one's self from sexual defilement and cleaning his body or clothes from impurities."


(4) The person may eat, drink, and sleep in the mosque, and he should also keep it clean.


Actions that Nullify the I`tikaf


If a person performs one of the following acts, his I`tikaf will be nullified:


(1) Intentionally leaving the mosque without any need to do so, even if it is for just a short time. In such a case, one would not be staying in the mosque, which is one of the principles of I`tikaf.


(2) Abandoning belief in Islam, as this would nullify all acts of worship. If you ascribe a partner to Allah, your work will fail and you will be among the losers.


(3) Losing one's reason due to insanity or drunkenness, or the onset of menstruation or post-childbirth bleeding, all of which disqualifies a person for itikaf.


(4) Sexual intercourse. Allah says [in meaning]: "But do not associate with your wives while you are in seclusion (I`tikaf) in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah. Approach not nigh thereto. Thus does Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint. [al-Baqara; 2:187]


I`tikaf is not restricted to men only, women also can do it :


'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice I`tikaf after him.[Bukhari]


Dear Sister! when reading this do not forget the modesty and the Hijab of the wife of the Prophet (S) that you should observe if you intend to perform I`tikaf.


3-Seeking Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree)


It is the greatest night of the year like the Day of `Arafah is the greatest day of the year. It is a night about which Allah reveled a full Surah, Suratul-Qadr [97:1-5] and the 3rd to the 6th verses of Surat ad-Dukhan [44:3-6]


It is the night when the Qur'an was reveled.


It is the night when the Message (the Final and seal of all messages) sent to Mohammad, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, started


It is the night when the light, that would illuminate mankind to the end of life, started


It is the night when every matter of ordainment is decreed


Allah says in what can be translated as :


"Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'aan) down in the Night of Decree (Lailatul-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (ie. Jibreel [Gabriel]) by Allaah's Permission with all Decrees, Peace! until the appearance of dawn." [97:1-5]


and in Surat ad-Dukhan :


"We sent it (this Qur'aan) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur'aan or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [44:3-6]


A person who misses Laylatul-Qadr is really a deprived person!


Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said " The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month] which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. [Ahmad, an-Nisa'i and al-Bayhaqi]


One who misses this blessed night then he has missed much good for no one misses it except one from whom it is withheld. Therefore it is recommended that the Muslim who is eager to be obedient to Allaah should stand in Prayer during this night out of Eemaan and hoping for the great reward, since if he does this, Allaah will forgive his previous sins (1).


What happens to the person who witnesses Laylatul-Qadr? and what should one do?


Abu Hurairah Radhiya Allahu `anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : "Whoever stands (in prayer) in Lailatul-Qadr out of Eemaan (faith and sincerity) and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven". [Bukhari]


It is recommended to supplicate a lot during this night, it is reported from our mother 'Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha, that she said: "O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?" He said.- "Say.- (Allahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee.)


"O Allaah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.". [at-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah with a Sahih Isnad]


When is Laylatul-Qadr ?


It is preferred to seek this night during the last ten odd nights of Ramadan, as the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam,, strove his best in seeking it during that time. We have already mentioned that the Prophet would stay up during the last ten nights, would wake his wives, and then would remain apart from them to worship.


Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet,salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan ,' on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively)." [Bukhari]


`Aishah radhiya Allahu `anha said: "Allah's Messenger used to practice I`itikaf in the last ten nights and say: 'Seek out Lailatul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten of Ramadan." [Bukhari and Muslim]


However if the servant is too weak or unable, then he should at least not let the last seven pass him by, due to what is reported from Ibn 'Umar, who said: Allah's Messenger said: "Seek it in the last ten, and if one of you is too weak or unable then let him not allow that to make him miss the final seven.' [Bukhari and Muslim]


This explains his saying: "I see that your dreams are in agreement (that it is in the last seven) so he who wishes to seek it out then let him seek it in the last seven.' [Bukhari and Muslim]


It is known from the Sunnah, that knowledge of the exact night upon which Lailatul-Qadr falls was taken up because the people argued, 'Ubaadah ibn as- Saamit, radiyalloahu 'anhu, said: The Prophet came out intending to tell us about Lailatul-Qadr, however two men were arguing and he said: "I come out to inform you about Lailatul-Qadr but so and so, and, so and so were arguing, so it was raised up, and perhaps that is better for you, so seek it on the (twenty) ninth and the (twenty) seventh and the (twenty) fifth.'[Bukhari]


Some of the ahadeeth indicate that Lailatul-Qadr is in the last ten nights, while others indicate that it is in the odd nights of the last ten, so the first are general and the second more particular, and the particular has to be given priority over the general. Other ahadeeth state that it is in the last seven - and these are restricted by mention of one who is too weak or unable. So there is no confusion, all the ahadeeth agree and are not contradictory.


In conclusion: The Muslim should seek out Lailatui-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten: the night of the twenty-first, the twenty-third, the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth. If he is too weak or unable to seek it out in all the odd nights, then let him seek it out in the odd nights of the of seven: the night of the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth And Allah knows best. (1)


What are the signs of laylatul-Qadr?


Allaah's Messenger , salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, described the morning after Lailatul-Qadr, so that the Muslim may know which day it is. From Ubayy, radhiya Allahu 'anhu, who said: that he, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: "On the morning following Lailatui-Qadr the sun rises not having any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up."[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmithi and Ibn Majah]


Abu Hurairah, radhiya Allahu 'anhu, said : "We were discussing Lailatul-Qadr in the presence of Allah's Messenger so he said : 'Which of you remembers [the night] when the moon arose and was like half a plate?... [Muslim]


Ibn 'Abbaas, radhiya Allahu 'anhuma, said: Allaah's Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: "Lailatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun arises on its morning being feeble and red." [at-Tayaalisee, Ibn Khuzaimah and al-Bazzaar with a Hasan Isnad]


We pray to Allah All Mighty Most Merciful to bless us this Ramadan by witnessing Laylatul-Qadr

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A lot of muslims fast (alhamdoe lilah) but don't really know why or just think we fast to feel hungery and thirsty. Below a more comprehensive explanation why we should fast.


Ramadan has been enjoined on us so that we may become pious. A pious Muslim and Muslimah does whatever Allah and His Messenger have  told them to do. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):


"O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for

you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become 

Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)? [al-Baqarah 2:183]


And Allah says in a hadeeth qudsi:


Fasting is for Me and I will reward for it. He gives up his desire and his food 

and drink for My sake." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7492; Muslim, 1151.


The purpose of fasting is not to just get hungry and thirsty but it is to become pious.

 

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and false actions and ignorance, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6057.


He also (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "A fasting person may get nothing from his fast except hunger and the one who prays at night may get nothing from his qiyaam but a sleepless night." Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 1690; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.


Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting is not just (abstention) from food and drink, rather fasting is (abstention) from idle and obscene talk.” Narrated by al-Haakim and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (5376).


So one should stay away from Un-Islamic things such as:

- Getting angry

- Using Bad language

- Back biting and gossip

- Arguing and fighting with Muslims.

- Promoting Un-Islamic ideologies such as democracy and socialism.

- Being rude and impolite

- Looking, touching , flirting with non-mehrems of the opposite sex.

- Lying and cheating

- Engaging in riba (interest, usury)

- Women wearing improper dress.

- Men shaving beards and having cloths below ankles

- Allying with the enemies of Islam against the Muslims

- Anything that is Haram

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In this blog i will descripe how to perform wudu. 


Wudu is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body using water for prayers. The Qur'an says "For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.


Follow the next steps to perform wudu.


1) Recite bismillah and have the Intention of performing wudu.

2) Wash your right and left hand from fingertips to wrist. Start with the right hand (3x).

3) With your right hand, take water and rinse out your mouth (3x).

4) With your left hand, take water and rinse out your nose (3x). 

5) With both hands, wash your face from ear to ear, chin to forehead (3x).

6) Wash your right and left hand from your fingertips to your elbow. Start with the right hand (3x). 

7) Then do "Masah" which is: Move the palm of the wet hand over the head, starting from tye top of the forhead to the back and pass both hands over the back of the head to the neck.Then, rub wet fingers into the grooves of both ears and holes and also pass the wet thumbs behind the ears.Pass the backs of the wet hand over the back of the neck. 

8) Then, wash your right and left foot. Start with the right foot (3x). 

9) Reciting the shahadah.


You have performed the wudu and are ready to pray.

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Any one who wants to perform only the Umrah, he should put on Ahram from Meeqat or any place before Meeqat. It could be from your house or airport. 

The Niyat (Intent) of Umrah, he should offer two rakats of Nafil with - the -intent or Niyat of Ahram and recite the dua of Ahram; 

(O Allah! I intend (to perform) for Umrah, so make it easy (convenient and practicable) for me and accept this Umrah from me and I wish to observe sanctity of this (Umrah) with all sincerity (and humility) for ALLAH The Almighty and Supreme). 

Another prayer is this: 

( O Allah! I beseech Your Pleasure and I seek Your Refuge from Your wrath and the Fire (of He'll).

After intention he should pray Talbiyyah there times: ‘LABBAIK ALLAHUMMA LABBAIK, LABBAIKA LAA SHAREEKA LAKA LABBAIK, INNAL HAMDA WANNE’MATA LAKA WALA MULK, LAASHAREEKA LAK’.

Now he should avoid doing anything which are forbidden for a pilgrim wearing Ahram.

Now you are in Ehraam and you should keep praying Talbiyyah as much as you can.

If you are going to Madinatul Munawwarah 1st then you can put your Ehraam on from the Meeqaat of Madinah.

When you arrive at Makkatul Mukarramah, settle down, eat if you are hungry, rest if you are tired, and then make your way to Masjidul Haraam. If it is possible, enter Masjidul Haraam from the gate “Baabul ‘Umrah”; keep your gaze lowered, recite Talbiyyah as much as possible, remember Allah and remember that you are going to see the very same House of Allah which you used to only think of whenever you would pray namaaz in your country. As you get closer to the Holy Ka’aba, just before Mataaf (where people do  Tawaaf), raise your gaze, look at the House of Allah and recite Takbeer (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar). You should then make dua for the Muslim Ummah and for yourself and your family.

Now you must perform Tawaaf.

Method of Tawaaf:

Go to the corner of the Holy Ka’aba where the Hajre Aswad (Black Stone) is, making sure the Hajre Aswad is to your right whilst you are facing the Ka’aba. Unclothe your right shoulder, take the Ehraam from under your arm and place it on your left shoulder. This is called “Iztibaa”. Make the intention of Tawaaf: “O Allah! I am doing Tawaaf of your house, make it easy for me, and accept it.” Then, kiss the Hajre Aswad, if it is possible to do so. If it is not, just raise your hands in the direction of the Hajre Aswad then kiss your hands.

Now, turn so that your left side is towards the Holy Ka’aba (you should not have your back to it) and begin your Tawaaf. In the first three circles of Tawaaf, you must do Raml (to walk stiffly and quickly). One full circle (chakkar) is completed upon passing the Hajre Aswad. In each circle, when you arrive at the Hajre Aswad, raise your hand and kiss it without turning your front towards the Ka’aba. You are required to do seven circles.

After completing the Tawaaf, you arrive at the Multazam, where the door of the Holy Ka’aba is. Stand in between the door and the corner of the Holy Ka’aba; this is the place where seventy thousand Angels of Allah say ‘Aameen’ to every dua you make. Rub your face, your chest, your arms on the Multazam and ask Allah for His forgiveness for all of your sins and make dua.

Then, stand anywhere behind the Maqaam e Ibraheem and perform two raka’ats Waajib of Tawaaf.

You must now do Sa’ee. Before you do Sa’ee, however, it is better to drink as much ZamZam water as you can, standing up, facing the Qibla. Make dua before drinking the water.

Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam used to recite “Rabbi Zidni ‘Ilmaa” (O Allah, increase me in my knowledge).

Then go to Mount Safa through Baabus Safa. Don’t go very high if possible. Face the Ka’aba and make the intention, ‘O Allah, I am performing Sa’ee for your sake, accept it.’ Start walking from Safa to Marwa. When you get to the green light, it is preferred to jog, if possible, without pushing others, to the next green light. When you get to Marwa, this is counted as one chakkar. Now go from Marwa to Safa in the same method; this is your second chakkar. You should complete seven chakkars, finishing at Marwa.

After your Sa’ee, men should shave or trim their hair; females should cut approximately one inch of their hair. Your Umrah is now complete. You can come out of your Ehraam and you can perform additional (optional) Tawaaf on behalf of others. Also, you can perform Umrah again, if you so wish. For that, you will have to go to Masjid e Aisha or “Tan’eem” in the state of Ehraam, perform two raka’ats of Ehraam, and make the intention of Umrah. Come back to Masjidul Haraam and complete your Umrah as above-mentioned.

It is compulsory to be in the state of Wudhu throughout the duration of Tawaaf (not for the entire Umrah).  

Things which are Haram in Ahram.  

(1) Sexual intercourse with a woman (wife) (2) Kissing (3) Touching her body (4) embracing or hugging her (5) behavinglike her (6) describing the woman (wife) in front of other women (to excite passion) (7) obscenity (8) committing act of indecency or sin (9) involving in worldly embroilment (10) hunting in the jungle (11) to point and to some one else at the animal of hunting (12) or suggest this in other way (13) to supply gun, bullet, knife to some one to slaughter the animal (14) to break the eggs of the bird (15) to pluck the quill of the bird (16) to milk the animal (17) to cook the meat (18) or the egg of animal (19) roasting (20) selling (21) purchasing (22) eating (23) clipping of one own nail or of others (24) cutting any hair from head to foot (25) to cover face (26) head with any cloth (Note:covering of face by a woman is permissible, rather it is obligatory to cover the face in the namaz and before any stranger (na'mahrum). However covering face is also haram for a woman, but he should some thing like hand fan on her face before a stranger.) (27) placing the bundle of cloth on the head by men (the woman can) (28) to wear turban (amama) (29) wearing veil (30) hand gloves (31) socks which cover the middle of the sole. If the foot wear (boot/shoe) is not there to the cut the sock wear all these foot - things is not allowed (32) to put on stitched cloth. To use perfume for (33) hair (34) body (35) clothes (36) To wear newly coloured clothes when the smell is coming one due to dampness (37) pure smelling musk, amber, saffron, javitri (mace), clove, cardemoms (Ilaichi, cinnamon (darchini), dry ginger (zan jabeel) (38) To tie any wet smelling thing with any corner of the head cover (dopatta) such as musk, ambar, wasma or mifrtle (mehndi or henna), saffron to wash hair with some highly incensed thing to kill the lice (39) To use hair dye (40) To set the hair with any sticky substance like gum (41) to use olive or til oil even they be non smelling (42) to shave some one's head (even if he be without Ahram (43) to kill lice, throw it or ask some one to do it (44) to wash clothes in order to kill the lice (45) to spread the cloth in the sun (46) to use mercury in the hair. All the things /activities are earned on to kill the lice, or destroy them. 

These things are MAKROOH in Ahram.

(1) To remove the dirt from the body (2) to wash the body or hair with the non smelling soap or oil cake (3) Tom comb the hair (4) to scratch (to remove the itch) in such a way which my pull off the hair (5) To put shirt etc on the shoulders (instead of wearing) while moving out (6) To put on the clothes which have been exposed to smelling smoke (dhooni) which still retain the smell (7) to smell the saint or perfume intently even the sweet smelling fruit or leaf is also makrooh such as lemon, orange, mint leaves (podina) (8) to sit in the shop of perfume seller to have the perfume etc intentionally (9) to tie a strap of cloth on the head and (10) on the mouth (11) to put the head or the face in the Ghilafe Kaaba in such a manner that it touches the body which is forbidden in the Shariat (12) To cover the nose or any part of the face with the cloth (13) to eat or drink anything which contain smell of any sort, which has neither been cooked nor washed is remove the smell (14) to wear a cloth which is stitched, darned or has a patching (15) to lie up side down with a pillow over the face (16) to touch the fragrance/smell by hand which does not soil the hand, (when it soils the hand) it becomes haram (prohibited) (17) to put on amulet (Taweez) on the neck or the upper arm, even if it is stitched in a piece of cloth (18) to tie a piece of cloth on any part of the body when it is not necessary due to any excuse or necessity (19) make-up or any kind of adoration (20) to tie a knot in the corner of the head cover (do patta) in such a way the head remains open (otherwise it is haram) (21) to tie both the ends of the tahband (long cloth used to cover the lower half of the body) with a knot or make it tight with a piece of rope or Kamar-bund used in shalwar or pajama .

PROBLEM:- Things which are not permissible in Ahram if committed or breached unintentionally would not amount to sinning, but they would entail penalty which has to be paid whether the error is willful or unintentional or forced by some one or it may occur during sleep. 

Madinatul Munawwarah

Madinatul Munawwarah is situated in the north of the Hijaaz. The sacred city of Allah’s beloved Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam was also known as Yathrib before the migration. Madinah is an important centre of religious learning. The focal point is the Prophet’s Masjid (Masjid-un-Nabvi); it also has the resting place of the beloved of Allah, as well as Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat ‘Umar Radi Allaho Anhuma, the first two Khalifas.

To visit Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam in Madinah is close to necessary. If one has the strength and means but only goes to Makkatul Mukarramah and does not attend Madinatul Munawwarah, it is a great shame and pity. The Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam has said, “Man Zaara Qabri Wajabat Lahoo Shafaa’ati” (Whoever visits my grave, my intercession is a necessity to them).

Other Ahadith regarding Madinatul Munawwarah and visiting Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam are as follows:

“With the exception of Masjid e Haraam, one prayer offered in my Mosque is better than a thousand prayers in other Mosques.

”“Whoever, despite having the ability, did not visit me has committed an act of oppression against me.” 

Throughout your stay in Madinah, try to confer Salaam and recite Durood on Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam as much as possible. We must bear in mind that we have left our families and pleasures. Remember, it is the Sunnah of Almighty Allah Himself to send Durood on His Beloved Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qu’an, “Verily Allah and His Angels confer Salaah on the Nabi, O you who believe, confer Salaah on him, and send Salaams increasingly on him.”

After reaching Madinatul Munawwarah

When visiting, only make the intention of visiting the Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam. Imam Ibn Humam said that do not even make the intention of entering the Mosque (Masjid-un-Nabvi). On the way, engage yourself in reciting Durood and Salaam and Dhikr as this increases love of Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam.

As the Haram (Masjid-un-Nabvi) draws nearer, it is better to become sincere and cry whilst lowering your head and your gaze, reciting Durood in abundance. Walk bear-footed if possible. When your gaze falls on the blessed resting place, increase in reciting Durood and Salaam.

After your entry in to Madinatul Munawwarah, settle down, do ghusl or wudhu, clean your teeth using a miswaak, wear the best of your (Islamic) clothing, groom your hair, cut your nails, wear itr (males only) and proceed to the Haram. On your way, recite plenty of Durood and give Sadqa to the poor if possible, as this cools Allah’s Anger.

It is recommended that one enters from Baabe Jibraail if possible. Make the intention of I’tikaaf, then proceed to the blessed court with the utmost sincerity and devotion. Visit all parts of the Masjid, including Riyaadhul Jannah. At this place (Riyaadhul Jannah), offer two cycles of Tahiyyatul Masjid, making sure it is not Makrooh time. Then send Durood and Salaam and wait for some time and ask for permission to visit the court. Recite Bismillah and enter with devotion and sincerity with the right foot. Free your mind, heart, eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet from all thoughts. Do not look at the structure and the beauty of the Mosque and do not divert your attention from the Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam and keep your heart devoted to him. Never say a word that it not important as we have the deepest faith and belief that Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam is still alive as true, real, physical qualities that he possessed when he lived in his worldly life. Imam Muhammad ibn Haaj Makki states in his book ‘Madkhal’ and Imam Ahmad Qastalani in his ‘Mawahib Ladunniyah’ and other scholars in their books state:

“There is no difference in the death and life of the Messenger of Allah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam, in respect of his observation of his Ummah; he is aware with their condition and their intentions, their determination and their hearts contents and all these are so manifest before that no covering can hide them.”

Now proceed with respect with your head and gaze lowered in reverence and utmost humility, remembering your sins, relying on his mercy; proceed from the eastern side in the presence of the Prophet’s resting place and the Qibla behind, the Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam’s attention will be towards you and this is enough for you in both worlds.

When standing in front of the golden gates, stand at a distance of at least four arms length and do not go any closer. Do not attempt to touch or kiss the golden gates as this is against respect. Then, in a quiet voice, with sincerity and modesty, recite Salaam. Then, moving an arm’s length on the right, or the west, facing Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Radi Allaho ‘Anh, give salutations. Then moving in the same manner to the right facing Hazrat ‘Umar Farooq Radi Allaho ‘Anh, give salutations. Then move back to face Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam, and as long as your tongue, heart and mind can endure, recite Durood and Salaam, praying for forgiveness and prosperity for yourself, your parents, your family and the entire Ummah. Then convey Salaams on behalf of the persons who have requested; this must be done as it is a legality in Islam.

You can then offer prayer near the Mimbar (pulpit). Then offer two raka’ats of Nafl, if it not Makrooh time, in Jannat ki Kiyaari. Similarly, offer two raka’ats of prayer at some pillars of the Holy Mosque and make dua (there are eight pillars that have more significance). Note: it is desirable and not Fardh to offer prayer at these pillars and places.

As long as one stays in Madinatul Munawwarah, do not waste any time; most of your time should be spent at the Mosque with respect, reciting Durood and Salaam in abundance, and refraining from any worldly talk. At least try to complete a full recital of the Holy Qur’an during the stay in Masjid-un-Nabvi. To look at the blessed resting place of Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam is also worship, as well as looking at the Holy Ka’aba and the Holy Qur’an, try to do this as much as possible as well as reciting Durood and Salaam. Give Salaam after each Salaah or at least twice daily, in the morning and evening, at the Holy Court. In the city or outside, whenever the Dome or the resting place come in to sight, face it and recite Durood and Salaam and make sure you never pass by without praying Durood and Salaam as it is very disrespectful. Never keep your back to the resting place of the Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam, even while offering Salaah. Do not perform circuits (chakkar/tawaaf) around the resting place, nor do Sajdah or Ruku’ or anything equal to these.

Visit Jannatul Baqi as this is Sunnah, especially on Fridays if possible. According to Imam Malik, there are approximately ten thousand Sahaba buried here, as well as Tabi’een, Taba Tabi’een, Saints, Scholars and pious persons. When one enters the graveyard, first intend to pray for all the departed souls. Pray Durood and recite Surah Fatihah and Ayatul Kursi and Surah Ikhlas etc.; whatever you can pray and offer the rewards. Then visit the graves among the Dwellers of Baqi, visiting the famous and most dignified Hazrat Usman e Gani rAdi Allaho ‘Anh and offer salutations.

It is Sunnah to visit Masjid e Quba each Saturday. You should also visit the other Masjids if possible. Visit the Martyrs of Uhud and visit the Mountain of Uhud as Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam has said, “Uhud keeps me as a friend and I keep it as a friend too” and he said that, “When you go to Uhud, eat something of its trees even if it be a thorn.” It is better to go to Uhud on a Thursday morning, first visiting the grave of Hazrat Hamza Radi Allaho ‘Anh and offering salutations.

If you can find someone to take you for Ziyarah (of the wells) then go visit, perform wudhu and drink the water from the well as the Prophet Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam drank some water and left his blessed saliva in the well. There are approximately 17 wells in Madinah of which the Prophet used water.

On the departure from Madinatul Munawwarah, present yourself in front of Rasoolullah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam and ask for visiting continuously, and all the respects of coming back to the Holy Ka’aba; make dua with sincerity that Allah give us death with Iman and with the Sunnah to die in Madinah and be buried in Jannatul Baqi. Make dua that may Allah make your journey easy and you return home safely.... more

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