4. Lifelong commitment
This principle deals with the question of effectiveness how can we insure that our tazkiyah efforts bear their expected fruits, help us achieve piety, and fulfill our purpose in this life? Allah Almighty gave a hint: "Take what We have given you with determination and remember what is in it, that perhaps you may become righteous&q.. More
Principles of Tazkiyah
As shown earlier, tazkiyah is a fundamental part of Prophet Muhammad's mission, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his life constitutes a unique example of it. Together with his teaching, this example was responsible for altering the lives of his Companions to such an extent that they became the pinnacle and paradigm generation.. More
Lexically, the Arabic word `tazkiyah' means purification and development—of anything—to the level of perfection. As a Quranic term, it expresses a way of ridding ourselves of flawed tendencies and leanings as well as providing one with the means to attain piety and to help our souls develop to become as perfect as humanly possible. In other.. More
1- One should not raise his hands with the Takbeers
This is the opinion of the Maaliki scholars as stated in ‘Aqd Al-Jawaahir.
They argued that there is no authentic tradition stating that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, used to raise his hands with the Takbeers. Maalik, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “One should.. More
Days pass by and hours lapse quickly. It seems as if it was just yesterday that we received a dear guest, but today we will bid it farewell. Just a few days ago, the crescent of the month of Ramadan appeared and today it is about to fade away.
Other nations take pride in their days of celebration and festivals, giving them false attributes, exaggerated.. More
This is a series of brief answers to some questions about the extra Takbeers [the words'Allahu-Akbar '(Allah is The Most Great)] of the ‘Eed prayer:
When are Takbeers [Allahuakbar (Allah is The Most Great)] of the ‘Eed prayer said?
There are two opinions regarding the timing of the Takbeers:
1- After the Istiftaaah.. More
We would like also to draw your attention to some violations that unfortunately take place on the day and night of ‘Eed. It is astonishing to see some Muslims concluding their worship with sins, while others replace the Istighfaar (asking for forgiveness) that should be made following any good deed with frivolity.
These violations include the.. More
Ramadan is a level playing field wherein people compete with each other in good deeds and benevolence. During this blessed month, souls are trained in virtue and accustomed to dignity, they learn to disdain vices, sins and acquire all good attributes.
Whoever witnesses this month without gaining any of its rewards is indeed poor, and nothing cripples.. More
1- Prepare yourself for the 'Eed prayer by taking a bath and wearing your best clothes. Imaam Maalik, may Allaah have mercy upon him, narrated in his Muwatta’ on the authority of Naafi', may Allaah have mercy upon him, that, “Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to bathe on the day of 'Eed Al-Fitr before heading to the prayer.&rdq.. More
Muslims fulfill the obligation of fasting in the month of Ramadan and conclude this month by performing a great act of worship that culminates their commendable acts of worship and righteous deeds in this blessed month. This act of worship symbolizes a great pillar of the pillars of Islam—Zakah—and it is represented in the month of Ramadan.. More
Furthermore, Zakah is a practical expression of brotherhood in Islam and is a realistic application of the morals of the Muslims on the part of the giver of Zakah. In addition, paying Zakah plays a great role in achieving security and stability. When the poor person obtains his right and what secures his life, he avoids causing any troubles or disorder.. More
Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of Allah’s ways—one of His most beloved ways—to teach us to love Him Almighty and His Messenger sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and to see beyond ourselves and find Allah. It helps us come into communion with Allah directly by making us realize His blessings and His presence, but also indirectly, by.. More
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of Heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Another version reads: “When.. More
The greatness of Islam is clear in all the rites, acts of worship and obligations that Allah imposed upon His slaves. These obligations include the third pillar of Islam which is paying Zakah. Since the blessed month of Ramadan is the month of generosity, kindness, spending, charity and feeding the needy, it is suitable to speak about the obligatory.. More
In a Hadeeth on the authority of Sahl ibn Sa‘d, may Allah be pleased with him, he said that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called Ar-Rayyaan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
In another narration, the Prophet,.. More