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Muharram

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.

The morning of the 10th of Dhul Hijjah is a very special morning. It is a morning unlike any other morning of the whole year. It is a morning of astronomical proportions. It is a morning which should instil awe into the heart of a Muslim. For this is a morning when a Muslim will sacrifice the life of another creation of Allah for Allah.

Says Allah, Most High: “And it is not the flesh, nor the blood, which reaches Allah but the Taqwa that reaches Him from you.”

The environment for Qurbani should be filled with holiness and piety. It should be devoid of intermingling between males and females. Qurbani is not an occasion like the Spanish “bull run” or a festival like “the July Handicap.” There are no fun features in Qurbaani. There is no spectatorship value. Qurbani is not a fashion parade for women. Qurbani is not macho-time for men. Qurbani is Taqwa;  just as Taqwa is Qurbani. Let the environment be free from immodesty, raucous laughter, flirting, videoing, music, bragging and boasting. The occasion is solemn – a life is going to be sacrificed – not for the sake of meat or a meal but for Allah’s Pleasure. And just as Allah Ta`ala listens to the intention in the hearts for whispers of Taqwa, just as Allah watches the environment for scenes of Taqwa, He watches if the animal is what He wants. 

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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).

 

THIRTY FASTS

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).

 

FASTING ON THE DAY OF ASHURA (10TH OF MUHARRAM)

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.

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ISSUE TWO