The Day of Eid-ul-Adha


By E-Islam Team

 

The Day of Eid ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) is an important occasion celebrated by Muslims globally on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah to honor the willingness of ʾIbrāhīm (Abraham)(peace be upon him)  to sacrifice his son Ismā’īl (Ishmael)(pbuh) as an act of obedience to Allah Ta’ala, before Allah Ta’ala intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

 It reminds us how obedience to our Lord Allah Ta’ala is the answer to everything. This means surrendering your life, your whole being, all that you are, all that you have and all that you identify with to and only for Allah Ta’ala.

When you sacrifice everything that you identify with to Allah, He gives to you your authentic and eternal self. That is the spiritual “secret” so many of us seek. Both Eid-ul-Adha and Hajj serve as a special occasion that definitely gets one in touch with this “secret”.

Eid-ul-Adha is a day on which a Muslim should bring himself or herself closer to Allah by means of doing good deeds—such as Prayers, Qurbani(sacrifice),caring for the poor and the needy, visiting the sick people, helping those who are in need and refraining from evil practices such harming people and severing ties of kinship.

In short, `Eid Al-Adha is a model for the Muslim community which maintains love, care, brotherhood and sisterhood, beauty, and solidarity. `Eid has significant social, educational, devotional, and spiritual messages that Muslims should grasp and translate into a complete way of life.

 

SUNNAH (Practices of The Noble Messenger of Allah-peace be upon him)

ON THE DAY OF EID-UL ADHA                                       

 

  • To rise as early as possible
  • To make Ghusl (Take a bath)
  • To use the Miswaak (brush our teeth)
  • To apply Itr (perfume)
  • To wear one’s best clothes (not necessarily new), ensuring that it conforms with Sharia (Islamic code of dressing)
  • For Eid-ul-Adha is like Eid-ul-Fitr in every sense except for that in Eid-ul-Adha it is desirable not to eat anything before prayer, if you have eaten then there is no harm
  • To go to the ‘Eid Gah’ (Place of Eid Prayer) as early as possible.
  • To perform Eid Salaat on the ‘Eid Gah’ rather than the Masjid. There is no harm for aged and the sick to perform their Eid Salaat in the Masjid. Rain is also an excuse for performing Eid Salaat in the Masjid.
  • To choose a separate route when returning from the Eid Gah.
  • To walk to the Eid Gah. However, there is no harm in using any means of conveyance if the Eid Gah is a distance away.
  • Recite the following takbir in abundance: Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. La ila-ha ill-lallah.Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. Wa-lilahill hamd. (Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is Greatest, Allah is Greatest. And all praises are for Allah)
  • If we have the means than Qurbani(Udhiyya) should be done

 

We at E-Islam wish you a pleasant and joyous Eid-ul-Adha. Let us Celebrate the Day of Eid by caring for the weak, oppressed and needy in our community, discharging our Qurbani and by upholding the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad(Peace be upon him) . Please do remember the entire Ummah in your duas(prayers).

 

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Christopher Bohar – USA/Satanist+Christian Conversion to Islam


Assalaamu alaiykum

My name is Christopher Bohar, my Islamic name is Muhammad Al-Amin after Our Beloved Prophet (PBUH). I am a 17 year old Sunni Muslim from Pennsylvania. I had no real interest in any type of Religion or Philosophy until about 4 years ago. At this time I was in Middle School and obviously I felt the need to experiment with certain things. I don’t know how it happened but I got involved with the wrong crowd, they were Satanists, not the kind who are Devil-Worshippers but the kind who believe they are their own Gods-more or less Humanists. Their Philosophy seemed to make so much sense and I became a Satanist. At first I had the false sense of power but then it became Hell! I felt empty inside and became depressed, my grades dropped in school and friends came and went which made me feel even worser than before! After over a year of this I converted to Christianity for the first time-since it is a God-based Religion I began to feel God in my Life but I still felt as if something was missing-I seen all the hipocrisies that the Bible makes and I made a concious decision that this could NOT be the True Word of God. I only spent maybe three or four months in the Christian Faith but I still could not grasp the idea of a “Trinity” so I dropped Christianity and fell back into hating God and fell back into Satanism. Then September 11th happened. This event horrifed me and when the Media said the hijackers were Muslims I became upset, I cursed Islam and God, and became extremely anger at everything Islam. After I calmed down which took two or three weeks I actually began to take an-depth study of Islam-to get a feel for it’s Beliefs and Practices. I studied Islam here and there for about two months after September 11th-I read the Quran on the Internet and I learned that Islam is what I was looking for all along! I learned that Islam is not a Religion of Violence or Terrorism but a Religion of Understanding, Peace, Love, and Harmony with God and others. Only a few days after Ramadhan began I took the Shahada and dedicated myself to Islam and God and rejected my old Satanic Beliefs. I realized I was not my own God and I realized that God was definetly real-just looking at His Glourious Creation is enough to convice any True Thinker of that! I participated in Ramadhan and read the Quran front to back and began to read the Sunnah/Hadiths-what the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said made so much sense to me! Islam didn’t judge me or condemn me like Christianity tends to do but it embraced me to become a better Muslim which was really Inspiring to say the least! The Quran taught me the Value or performing Good Deeds and having Faith and Worshipping God without Partner. As my Faith grew I started making Dahwah (Preaching Islam) over the Internet (mostly to Christians) and I was surprised to learn how close-minded many were to Islam even though both Islam and Christianity have SO MUCH in common with one another! I have made it MY DUTY as a Muslim to get through to Christians to at least accept the fact that we Worship the same God-a God who has taught me and is teaching me His Ways and now I can honestly look forward to Paradise and even if we get depressed or downed we can always really on God to bring us back up when necessary! All Praise is due to Allah for leading me to His True Religion!

Wa’salem Alikam Wa Ramatuh Allah Wa Baraktuh!,

-Christopher Bohar

a.k.a.

-Muhammad Al-Amin

(Ex-Satanist, Ex-Christian, Sunni Muslim for Life)

Taken from trueislam
Courtesy: www.everymuslim.net 

Eight Lessons Learnt in 33 Years


Hatem Asem(Rahmatullah Alayh) was the student of Shaqiq Balakhi(Rahmatullah Alayh) for a considerable period of time.

Shaqiq Balakhi(Rahmatullah Alayh) once asked Hatem: “How long are you in my company?”
Hatem said: “For the last 33 years.”
Shaqiq enquired: “What have you learnt from me during this period?”
Hatem said: “I have learnt only eight things.”
Shaqiq said: “You have not learnt anything except eight things!”
Hatem replied: “Yes, O dear teacher, I have learnt nothing except eight things. I don’t wish to speak falsehood.”
Shaqiq said: “Describe those eight things to me. Let me hear them.”
Hatem began to describe them.

 

First, I looked around and beheld that every man has got an object of love and he lives with that thing, until his death. When he goes to the grave, it becomes separate from him. I pondered over the following words of God: “We are from God and to Him we shall return.” So I have made good deeds as my object of love. When I will go to the grave, my good deeds will accompany me to the grave. The sage Shaqiq said: O Hatem, you have done well.

 

Secondly, I have pondered over the following words of God “As for one who fears the majesty of his Lord and refrains his soul from lust, Paradise is his resting place” – {79: 40 Qur’an}. I have come to know that the words of God are true. I have tried my utmost to suppress my lust and remained satisfied with obeying the injunctions of God.

 

Third, I looked around the people and found that everyone values what he possesses. Then I turned to the following words of God: “What is with you will end and what is with God will last” – {16:98 Qur’an} Then I began to give unto God whatever valuable things fell into my hands.

 

Fourth, I looked around and saw that everyone puts his trust in his wealth and properties, his name and fame and his honour and glory and found that there is nothing in them. Then I looked towards the following words of God: “The most honourable of you to God is one who is the most God-fearing among you” – {49: 13 Qur’an}. Then I intended to accept God-fear in my life till I am honoured by God.

 

Fifth, I looked around the people and found them slandering and cursing one another because of envy and hatred and then I looked towards the words of God: “It is I who distributed their subsistence among them in this world’s life” – {43: 31 Qur’an}. So I gave up envy and hatred and I realised that subsistence comes from God and then I disliked the people no more.

 

Sixth, I looked to the people and found them ungrateful to one another and even some of them kill others and then I looked towards the following word of God: The devil(shaytaan) is your foe and so take him as foe” – {35. 6 Qur’an}. So I took the devil(shaytaan) as a foe and ceased to have enmity with the people.

 

Seventh, I turned to the people and found everyone seeking his livelihood and for that debasing himself and committing unlawful things and then I looked towards the following words of God- “There is no living Creation on earth of which the provision is not upon God” – {11 : 6 Qur’an}. Finding that I am one of the Creation whose provision is upon God, I turned towards the duties prescribed by God and entrusted my fate unto Him.

 

Eighth, I turned to the people and found that everyone placed his trust in something created, some in his wealth, some in his profession, some in his industry and some in the health of his body and then looked towards the following words of God: “If a man relies on God, He is sufficient for him” – {65: 3 Qur’an}. Then I relied on God and He is sufficient for me.

 

On hearing Hatem’s replies, Shadiq(Rahmatullah Alayh) exclaimed; Hatem, may Allah, Our Creator prosper you. I examined the Torah, the Injeel(orignal Bible), the Zabur (Psalms) and the Glorious Qur’an and found that all these centre around these eight things and he who puts them into practice follows these four books(in their ORIGNAL form).

 

SUMMARY OF THE LESSONS:
“We are from Allah and to Him we shall return.” {2:56 Qur’an}.
“As for one who fears the majesty of his Lord and refrains his soul from lust, Paradise is his resting place” – {79: 40 Qur’an}
“What is with you will end and what is with Allah will last” – {16:98 Qur’an}
“The most honourable of you to Allah is one who is the most God-fearing among you” – {49: 13 Qur’an}.
“It is I who distributed their subsistence among them in this world’s life” – {43: 31 Qur’an}.
The devil(shaytaan) is your foe and so take him as foe” – {35: 6 Qur’an}.
“There is no living Creation on earth of which the provision is not upon Allah” – {11 : 6 Qur’an}
“If a man relies on Allah, He is sufficient for him” – {65: 3 Qur’an}.

 

Source: Ihyaa-ul-Uloom: Imaam Ghazzali

The Price Of Kindness


••• KINDNESS •••
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:

“PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK….

(Signed)
Dr. Howard Kelly.”

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love is shed abroad through human hearts and hands.”

The Midday Nap (Siesta)


MID-DAY NAP
Known as Qailulah in Islam

A short mid-day nap (Qailulah) is a Sunnah.  The value of this mid-day nap in total body relaxation has been appreciated recently by scientists.

Not only does a mid-day nap give relaxation to the body in day time but it is also very conducive to sleep at right.

Relaxing once during the day is very conducive to total relaxation and sleep.

It should be appreciated that insomnia is a “powerful stressor in itself”.   The Sunnah of short mid-day nap may, therefore, be practiced as a remedy for sleeplessness.

Furthermore, the sunnah is not necessarily to sleep during the day but to lie down for some time to relax.  This is exactly what is required for proper relaxation according to the modem scientific investigations.

So Why Nap?
reduce stress! Siesta-loving persons are more relaxed. They usually score better on stress tests than others who don’t take a shortnap during the day.
The risk of heart disease is shown to be greatly reduced by regular 30 minute naps.
-Naps greatly strengthen the ability to pay close attention to details and to make critical decisions.
-Naps taken about eight hours after you wake have been proved to do much more for you than if you added those twenty minutes onto already adequate nocturnal sleep.


Timing Is Everything!
A nap should be about 15 to 30 minutes in duration. If you nap longer than thirty minutes, your body falls into deep sleep, which is difficult to wake from and when you do, you’ll feel groggy

If you are severely sleep-deprived and must nap longer than 30 minutes, then you shouldn’t sleep less than an hour and a half, which is a complete sleep cycle. WARNING: Don’t expect to be fully alert until at least an hour after that nap.
A 15 minute nap is enough time to turn the nervous system off and can recharge the whole system!
If you are going to nap in the middle of the day, BE CONSISTENT and make a habit of napping everyday. An irregular napping schedule might disrupt your internal body clock. Napping only on weekends is like dieting or exercising only on weekends to make up for a week of overeating.
Brief naps taken daily are healthier than sleeping in or taking very long naps on the weekend. Be careful about taking that long nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon- you may find it hard to get to sleep that night and getting up on Monday to start the new week.
Late afternoon napping isn’t healthy- it delays your falling asleep time in the evening and begins to shift your biological clock.

Is There An Inborn Tendency To Nap?
Research indicates that the human body is inclined to rest in the middle of the afternoon as well as at night, even after adequate nocturnal sleep. A heavy lunch does not make you sleepy, it simply unmasks the physiological sleepiness that’s already in your body. The “post-lunch dip” in alertness occurs whether or not food is consumed. Our natural sleep pattern is biphasic: We have a significant drop in body core temperature and alertness at night, and a similar but smaller drop in the middle of the day. It’s then that you need a nap the most, especially if you have slept poorly the night before.

 

SLEEP POSTURE

The posture one adopts while sleeping reveals a lot about the personality of the person, his attitude towards life and so on.

Lying down in bed relaxes the muscles of the body and the degree of relaxation is determined by the sleep posture adopted by the person.

In the semifoetal position the person lies on his side with arms and legs partially folded.  The limbs are not kept in an exactly opposed position.

In terms of physical comfort, in this position it is possible to turn from side to side without undoing the set configuration of the body position.  It is supposed to be the best position in terms of physical comfort.  It has, therefore, been considered as the best position for relaxation.

According to an old proverb the kings are known to prefer to sleep on their back, the rich man on his stomach and th ewise man on his side.

These abovementioned observations bear testimony to the superiority of sleeping in semi-flexed position on one side.

The sleep position which was adopted by Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is a Sunnah and is scrupulously adopted by devout Muslims.  He used to lie on his right-side with limbs slightly flexed, right hand below his cheek and facing towrds Kaba Sharif.  This position is similar to the semi-foetal position described above, and, obviously in the light of the existing knowledge about sleep posture, is the position adopted by a highly balanced person psychologically.  It is also the best posture for relaxation, both physical and psychological.  Adherence to this sleep posture should therefore, contribute a lot to total body relaxation.

Islam is a complete religion- A way of life- No wise person would live without it….The sunnah of Muhammad [Peace be upon him] is a complete guidance to life!!!!