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Hafez Muhammed Yunus Patel -  Khalifa of Arif Billa
Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar Saheb (RA)

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Khanqah Ashrafia Akhtaria is a spiritual center providing a facility for Islah-e-Nafs (Self Reformation). Following the traditions of the Ehl-e-Haq (Truth Bearers), Khanqah revives the rare traditions of Sulook, Tazkia, & Tassawuf while staying clear of all kinds of Bidda’hs (innovations in the religion) and complies strictly with the rules and boundaries prescribed by the Sharia.

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South Africa - Sep 2014


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The month of Muharram enjoys certain specific virtues, as compared to other months. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has described the fasts of this month in the following Hadith: “The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadhaan is the fasting of Allah’s month of Muharram, and best of Salaahs besides the fardh (obligatory Salaah) is the Tahajjud Salaah (performed after midnight) (Sahih Muslim).



Every fast in the month of Muharram is rewarded manifold by Allah Ta’ala. It is reported by Ibn Abbas (R.A.) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “He who fasts on the day of Arafat, his fast will be a compensation for the sins of two years and the one who keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast (in the sacred month) (At-Targheeb Wat Tarheeb - Vol.2, pg.114).



The tenth of Muharram, known as the day of Ashoora, is a very important and significant day in the Islamic calendar. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has exhorted the Ummah to fast on this day. Some Ulama are of the opinion that before the fasts of Ramadhaan were prescribed, the fast of Ashoora was compulsory upon the Ummah. However, once the fast of Ramadhaan became obligatory, the compulsion of the fast of Ashoora was abrogated.

Once Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked regarding the virtue of fasting on the tenth of Muharram. He replied: “It is a compensation of the sins of the past year (Sahih Muslim).” However, together with fasting on the tenth of Muharram one should also try to fast a day before or after it as well. This is to avoid resembling the Jews who also fasted on the tenth of Muharram.




Rabi'ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, not only the Arabian peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest.


The Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, came with the eternal truth of Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), the only faith which provides a firm basis for the real concepts of knowledge, equity and peace. It was this faith which delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread the light of true knowledge all over the world.



Islamic Celebrations

Thus the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was the most significant and the most remarkable event in human history. Had there been room in Islamic teachings for the celebration of birthdays or anniversaries, the birthday of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, would have undoubtedly deserved it more than the birthday of any other person. But that is against the nature of Islamic teachings.


That is why, unlike Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, there are very few festivals in Islam, which provides for only two Eids (Eidul-fitr and Eidul-Adha) during the whole year. The dates of these two Eids do not correspond to the birthday of any of the outstanding persons of Islamic history, nor can their origin be attributed to any particular event of history that had happened in these dates.


Islam has not prescribed any festival for the birthday of any person, however great or significant he may be. The prophets of Allah are the persons of the highest status amongst all human beings. But the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, or his noble companions never observed the birthday or anniversary of any of them.


Even the birthday of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, which was the most happy day for the whole mankind was never celebrated by the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself, nor by his blessed Companions.