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Happy New Year!

It’s the 1st of Muharram, happy new Islamic year. It has been 1432 years since the Hijra of Rasulullah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam.

May the coming year bring prosperity, health and happiness for all.


‘Arafaa – The Best Day of the Year

*The Best Day of the Year*

For those of us have not been blessed with going on Hajj this year, the
doors of Allah’s mercy are not closed.

Firstly the Messenger of Allah e taught us to fast on the Day of
Arafat (9thDhu’l-Hijja) with the promise that this would wipe away the
wrongdoings of
the previous year and the wrongdoings of the year to come. For this reason
and others it is considered by many to be the best day of the year.  What is
meant by the wrongdoings of the coming year being wiped out? The scholars
mention that it is either protection from falling into them in the coming
year or that if we fall into them we are forgiven. The wrongdoings mentioned
are “minor” sins between a person and Allah, not cases where one person has
wronged another. This is an immense gift from Allah to the Umma of His
Beloved e and it would be ungrateful for any of us not to accept it.

Secondly it is a time to turn to Allah to ask for forgiveness and for our
needs to be answered. There is nothing to stop any of us setting aside a
little time in the afternoon on that day to do so. In doing so we imitate
the people standing at Arafat, to whom forgiveness is guaranteed and we ask
Allah to give to us what he is giving to them.  “The one who imitates a
people is one of them.” Let Allah see our desire for His mercy and His
forgiveness especially at that blessed time and let us have no doubt that we
will be encompassed by His immense generosity.

We should divide this time between reading the Qur’an (especially Surat
al-Ikhlas), spending prayers upon the Prophet e, and other forms of
remembrance, particularly *tahlil*, or proclaiming the oneness of Allah. The
Prophet e said: “The best du‘ā’ is the du‘ā’ of the Day of Arafah. The best
thing which I and the Prophets before me have said is:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ
الْحَمْدُ وَ هَو عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٍ

“There is no god but Allah, alone, He has no partners. To Him belongs the
dominion and all praise and He has power over all things.”

If it is possible to gather with a group of people at that time then the
reward is greater and the chance of acceptance is higher. This was the way
of Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbas and other Companions and it is a tradition
in Tarim where hundreds gather in an open square after Asr to remember Allah
and make dua until Maghrib.

*Eid Takbirs*

The Messenger of Allah e taught us to fill these blessed days and nights
with the remembrance of Allah generally and specifically with the takbir in
which we express Allah’s greatness and transcendence.  We should make the
takbir after every prayer (fard or nafl) from Fajr on the Day of
Arafat (9thDhu’l-Hijja) until Asr on the 13
th, the final day of the three days of *tashriq. *This year the* *Day of
`Arafat in Saudi Arabia is on Monday, Eid is on Tuesday and the final day of
the days of tashriq is Friday. * *We should also fill the night before Eid
with takbir from Maghrib up until the Eid prayer. On this night only the
takbir is not limited to being read after the prayer, but rather it should
be read at all times in our houses and mosques and in the streets (without
causing disturbance). We should read it with our hearts filled with the
greatness of Allah so that we are not merely repeating words without
experiencing their meaning.

It is a sunna to give life to the night before Eid, meaning spending
whatever time we are able to during that night in worship and remembrance
such that the night comes alive. The least we should do is to pray Maghrib,
Isha and Fajr in congregation and then devote whatever time we are able to
Allah. The mosques of Tarim fill in the the second half of the night with
people reading the Qur’an in groups, praying and making takbir together at
intervals. At the end of the night everyone comes together for a khatm and

It is mentioned in the hadith that whoever gives life to the nights before
the two Eids Allah will give life to his heart on the day when hearts die.
What is primarily meant is safety on the Day of Judgement but even in this
life the majority of people’s hearts are dead, starved of the remembrance of
Allah and heedless of the return to Him. Remembering Allah on nights such as
these, however, when most people are busy with other things, will give life
and tranquility to our hearts.

Eid then will be a true celebration, an expression of our gratitude to Allah
for the ability to worship and remember Him in the previous days and nights.
How was the Messenger of Allah e ordered to show his gratitude to Allah for
the immense good that he was given? *So pray to your Lord and slaughter *(Sura
al-Kawthar) which refers to the Eid Prayer and the sacrifice.

May Allah adorn our hearts and tongues with His remembrance and our bodies
with acts of worship. Unite our hearts with those on Hajj, unite the hearts
of this Umma and give relief to those who are suffering and help us all to
return to Him whatever our state may be.

There are different forms of the takbir. Here is one of them:

اللهُ أَكبرُ اللهُ أَكبرُ اللهُ أَكبر , لا إله إلا الله , الله أكبر الله
أكبر ولِلَّهِ الحَمْد (three times)

الله أكبرُ كَبيرا والحمدُ لله كثيرا وسُبْحانَ اللهِ بُكْرَةً وأَصيلاَ .

لا إله إلا الله لا نَعْبُدُ إلا إِيَّاهُ مُخْلِصِين لَهُ الدِّينَ وَلَوْ
كَرِهَ الكافِرون .

لا إله إلا الله  وَحْدَه صَدَقَ وَعْدَه ونَصَرَ عَبْدَه  وأَعَزَّ جُنْدَه
وهَزَمَ الأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَه

لا إله إلا الله واللهُ أكبرْ ولِلَّهِ الحَمْد

“Allah is most great, there is no god but Him, all praise belongs to Him.

There is no god but Him and we worship none but Him in complete sincerity
even if the disbelievers dislike it.

There is no god but Him alone. He fulfilled His promise, gave victory to
His slave, made mighty His forces and He alone destroyed the Confederates.
Allah is most great, there is no god but Him, all praise belongs to Him.”

The scholars say that whenever it is recommended to remember Allah it is
also recommended to mention His Messenger e. Had it not been for him there
would be no `Arafat or Eid or takbir. For this reason we should add, in
honour of our Messenger, his Companions, wives and progeny:

اللهُمَّ صلِّ على سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وعلى آلِ سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وعلى أَصْحابِ سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وعلى أَنْصَارِ سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وعلى أَزْواجِ سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وعلى ذُرِّيِّةِ سَيِّدِنا مُحمد

وسلِّمْ تَسْليماً كثيراً

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