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                                                                                                 HAJJ --A PILLAR OF ISLAM

 

     The Hajj is an Arabic term used for  the Pilgrimage to Makkah. It is one of the “five pillars of Islam". Every  Muslim  who can afford to do so is obliged to make the pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in his/her lifetime.  It is performed during the  Islamic Month of Zul Hajja in the city of Mecca. When the pilgrim is about ten kilometers from Mecca, he must dress in Ihram Clothing, which consists of two white seamless sheets. Rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba,  touching the Black Stone, running seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina. The pilgrim, or the hajji, is honored in his or her community, although Islamic teachers say that the Hajj should be an expression of devotion to God instead of a means to gain social standing.

 

QURANIC VERSES THAT GIVES DETAILED INSTRUCTONS ON HOW  HAJJ SHOULD BE PERFORMED:

Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) for Allah. And if ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination. And whoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom of fasting or almsgiving or offering. And if ye are in safety, then whosoever contenteth himself with the visit for the pilgrimage (shall give) such gifts as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find (such gifts), then a fast of three days while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye have returned; that is, ten in all. That is for him whoso folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment. (2:196)

The pilgrimage is (in) the well-known months, and whoever is minded to perform the pilgrimage therein (let him remember that) there is (to be) no lewdness nor abuse nor angry conversation on the pilgrimage. And whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it. So make provision for yourselves (Hereafter); for the best provision is to ward off evil. Therefore keep your duty unto Me, O men of understanding. ( 2:197)

It is no sin for you that ye seek the bounty of your Lord (by trading). But, when ye press on in the multitude from 'Arafat, remember Allah by the sacred monument. Remember Him as He hath guided you, although before ye were of those astray. (2:198)

Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hasteneth onward, and ask forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (2:199)

And when ye have completed your devotions, then remember Allah as ye remember your fathers or with a more lively remembrance. But of mankind is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world," and he hath no portion in the Hereafter. (2;200)

And of them (also) is he who saith: "Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and guard us from the doom of Fire." (2:201)

For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which they have earned. Allah is swift at reckoning. (2:202)

Remember Allah through the appointed days. Then whoso hasteneth (his departure) by two days, it is no sin for him, and whoso delayeth, it is no sin for him; that is for him who wardeth off (evil). Be careful of your duty to Allah, and know that unto Him ye will be gathered. (2:203)

 


 The Night of Qadr:  A Night Better than A Thousand Months!
By Peer o Murshid Hazrat Maulana Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla 
   
           Many Scholars have tried to translate the Qur’anic term Lailatul Qadr in many ways. They called it the Night of Power, the Night of Decrees, the Night of Majesty, the Night of Destiny, the Night of Almightiness and the Grand Night etc. etc. However, the real sense of the word Qadr could not be conveyed.

 The Arabic word Qadr used in the Surathul Qadr (chapter of Qadr) in the Qur’an consists of several shades of meaning. There is no single word in English, which can be used as an alternative of Qadr. Therefore, let us call it the Night of Qadr as it is. Human life is a limited span of time. If one amongst us lives for more than 80 years, it is said that he lived a full life.

                                                                      Tahiyatul Wudu - Ablution Greeting Prayer
                                          

            Wudu (Ablution) is an obligatory requirement for prayer and for touching the Holy Qur’an. If it is performed properly and with care, it carries lots of reward (swab) from Allah, the Most High. Since Wudu qualifies a faithful to say prayer, he/she should say two rakaats of prayer by way of thanks giving after performing Wudu. This prayer is called "Salatul Tahiyatul Wudu."

                       All Muslims believe that intoxication is forbidden in Islam and try to keep away from them. However, some people express their doubts about their being forbidden. They ask a tricky question by playing with the Arabic word “HARAM” which means FORBIDDEN. They challenge us to show a single verse-AYAH in the Qur’an which says that wine is Haram (forbidden) for the Muslims. They make this demand only after ascertaining and satisfying themselves that there is no verse in the Qur’an which forbids the use of liquor using the word “HARAM”. They wrongly assume that to forbid Muslims from doing something, it is necessary to use the term “HARAM” expressly. They ignore the fact that anything can be forbidden by God by using the other words by simply ordering Muslims to “Give-up” or to “Keep-away” from something. Read the verses below and decide for yourself if God has forbidden the use of intoxicants!

 Islam is an Arabic term which means complete submission to the will of Almighty God and is derived from a word peace. It is the religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness, the same religion of truth which  the Almighty has revealed through all His Prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus & Muhammad (blessing of Allah and peace be upon them). But Almighty Allah’s final message to mankind, an affirmation of all that has been sent before, was revealed to the last of the Prophets Muhammadpbuh through Gabriel.

 

 

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