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Taking stock

Taking stock   On the last day of February, businessmen and their staff will be armed with pens and stock-sheets to take stock of their businesses. The final analysis will reveal whether a profit has been earned or a loss incurred. Firstly, transform this arduous task into an Ibadah. This …

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Martyrdom

Martyrdom   The tenth of Muharram is observed by many as the day of Shahadat-e-Husain Radiyallaahu Anhu. Special gatherings are held wherein the heart-rending incident of the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain Radiyallaahu Anhu is mentioned. This aspect is discussed in this article. To lay down one’s life for the cause …

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Zul Hijjah: Part 3

Hajj  The most important way of worship performed in this month is “hajj”, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Muslims from every part of the world assemble in Arabia to perform this unique way of worship. Hajj is a worship, which requires at least five days to be …

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Zul Hijjah: Part 2

 Sacrifice or Qurbani: Philosophy and Rules  The Urdu and persian word Qurbani (Sacrificial slaughter) is derived from the Arabic word Qurban. Lexically, it means an act performed to seek Allah’s pleasure. Originally, the word Qurban included all acts of charity because the purpose of charity is nothing but to seek …

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Zul Hijjah: Part 1

Zul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally, it means “hajj.” Obviously, this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of “hajj” is performed in this month, which gives it special significance. Some specific merits and rules relevant to this month are mentioned below: …

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Dear Haji. . .

General advice from the writings of the Ulama for those who intend to perform Hajj  Actions are judged according to the intention. Therefore one must sincerely intend only to perform Hajj to fulfill the command of Allah Ta’aala and earn His pleasure. Let there be absolutely no worldly motive in …

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Qurbani and the Battlefield of Faith!

“Certainly there is a profound lesson for you in the life of Hazrat Ebrahim Alayhimus Salaam”  Ebrahim Alayhimus Salaam abandoned his life of solitude to confront a world steeped in tyranny and rebellion against Allah. He boldly challenged the icons of power and openly denounced falsehood, which pitted him in …

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Am I being watched?

Am I being watched? AM I BEING WATCHED? Cruising down the national freeway, exceeding the speed limit, one almost instantaneously steps on his brakes and decelerates. Why? He catches sight of an RTI official and is well aware that HE IS BEING WATCHED! A person in a supermarket, whose intention …

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Another Chance

Another Chance Allah Ta’ala, through His grace and bounty, has afforded mankind numerous opportunities of gaining closeness to Him and turning to Him in repentance. These opportunities enable man to undo the wrongs which he may have committed since his last repentance. There is a famous Hadeeth in which Rasulullah …

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Exclusively for this Ummah

Exclusively for this Ummah Hadrat Abu Hurayra Radiyallaahu anhu narrates that Rasulullaah Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam has said, “ My Ummah was given five things for Ramadaan which were not given to anyone except them. (They are): 1.     The smell emanating from the mouth of a fasting person is  sweeter …

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