Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah
As is his usual practice at the beginning of Ramadhān each year, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh talks to his congregation about the blessings, virtues and benefits of the blessed month of Ramadhān, explaining how they should value this blessed month and spend it with utmost care in order to acquire the Nearness and Pleasure of Allāh ta'ālā.
One of these talks was transcribed and published as two separate articles in the monthly journal, Riyādul Jannah, of which Shaykh is also founder and editor.
As Ramadān 1420 approached, it seemed an appropriate time to bring together these articles and publish them in the form of a booklet, thereby making these wise and beneficial advices available to a much wider audience.
We begin the booklet with another article of Shaykh entitled "The Blessed Month of Ramadhān" and, on his instruction, include some important directives given by Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Badre 'Ālam rahimahullāh, a great scholar in the field of Hadīth. The booklet finally concludes with rules regarding fasting, compiled by Shaykh himself and previously published and distributed as a leaflet and a colour poster (available free of charge from the IDA).
We ask Allāh ta'ālā to give us the tawfīq to adopt these advices so that we can all Profit from Ramadhān. Āmīn.
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By Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
The Night of 'Īd
The nights of both 'Īds are described in the hadīth as amongst the great and sacred nights in the Muslim calendar. To remain awake on the nights of 'Īd and perform 'ibādah is a source of great virtue and reward.
Our children attend madrasahs every evening, yet we as their parents do not attach much significance to them, regarding them merely as places that look after the ummah's infants. We hold them on a par with nurseries, as places of elementary learning. We should realise though, that as long as we fail to attach importance to them, we will remain ignorant of our children's development and progress.
Islām is a way of life, which guides and assists mankind through every situation. For dealing with moments of grief too, Allāh ta'ālā has conveyed instructions through His Messenger sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam. There can be few instances that cause greater grief than the death of a loved one. Following the instructions brought by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam will help lessen the grief and sorrow of the bereaved immensely, and make those who console them worthy of great reward. This is done through the Sunnah of ta'ziyah.
Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Glorious Qur'ān,
Lo! The number of the months with Allāh is twelve months by Allāh's Ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them... (9:36)
Whenever Allāh sent a Nabee (Prophet), he provided various signs which served as proof that the Nabee was authentic in his claim. These signs took forms of various unusual and wonderful feats being performed by the Nabee by the Will, Power and Command of Allāh. These signs are called mu'jizāt (miracles). The miracles of the Prophets 'alayhimus salām were of such unique nature that no one else was able to perform them, no matter how hard he tried, and he was thus rendered reluctant and helpless and had to admit that the Nabee in question is a Divine Messenger. The word mu'jizah literally means "that which renders powerless or helpless", and a miracle of a Nabee is called mu'jizah because the feat performed by him cannot be emulated by anyone and disbelievers are therefore left helpless.
Many Muslims, nowadays appear to share the misconception that material progress and prosperity rather than moral grit are the most expedient means to success. This concept has become so popular today that it is accepted even by the people who are otherwise pious or stand for religious revival.
The Significance of Sha'bān
Sha'bān, the eighth Islamic month is second only to Ramadān in virtue, blessings and greatness. It is due to this virtue and greatness that the Prophet sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam used to emphasise its importance not only verbally but practically too.
Once again more than two million believers were honoured to become the ‘Guests of Allah’ and through Divine Guidance have completed the rituals of Hajj with great love and enthusiasm. How fortunate are these souls who are blessed with the following words from Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam:
Whoever performs Hajj for the Pleasure of Allah and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it (free from sin) as the day on which his mother gave birth to him. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
Verily there shall be no reward for a Mabroor Hajj except Jannah. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
A compilation of three editorials by Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh encouraging the reverence and etiquettes of the Haramayn and also highlighting some important errors and inappropriate conduct people have become accustomed to:
Reverence and Love for the Haramayn Sharīfayn
The Mobile Phone, Photography and the Haramayn Sharīfayn
Adab of the Haramayn Sharīfayn
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