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Moon To Commence Dhul Hijjah 1437 AH – Seen

The moon to commence the month of Dhul Hijjah 1437AH has been confirmed sighted locally and regionally. The Darul Uloom has accepted these reports and has declared that the first night of Dhul Hijjah is the night of Friday 2nd September 2016 and the first day is the day of Saturday 3rd September 2016.

Mufti Kahiam Hosein
On behalf of
DARUL ULOOM Moonsighting Committee

SADAQATUL FITR By Mufti Waseem Khan (Hafizahullah)

SADAQATUL FITR By Mufti Waseem Khan (Hafizahullah)

 

Sadaqatul Fitr is a compulsory charity which is given at the end of Ramadhan to the poor and needy.  It is given to help them particularly on the day of Eidul Fitr and also serves as a purification for the giver against mistakes made while fasting.

Sadaqatul Fitr is incumbent on every Muslim male and female who is sane, has reached the age of puberty and possesses the Nisaab of Zakaah on the day of Eidul Fitr beyond the basic necessities of life. Some scholars have mentioned that Sadaqatul Fitr is compulsory on every Muslim who possesses approximately 4 3/4 lbs. of barley, raisins or dry cottage cheese which is not needed as a basic food for himself or his family for the day of Eidul Fitr. To be precautious in this matter, every Muslim who may not even be well to do must also pay the Sadqatul Fitr (or Fitrah).

Those who have the means to do so must pay on behalf of themselves and those under their care. For example, a father must pay on behalf of his wife, children- both minor and adult, as well as those under his care such as adopted children or others maintained by him. However if the wife owns an income or has sufficient means to pay Sadaqatul Fitr then she should pay on behalf of herself. Similarly if adult children have sufficient means to pay Sadaqatul Fitr then they should pay on behalf of themselves.

Sadaqatul Fitr can be given in the following items: dates, barley, raisins, cottage cheese, wheat, corn or flour or money. The amount to be given is one Saa’ which is equivalent to 2.174 Kg.  or  4  3/4 lbs. or its value in money.

Sadaqatul Fitr becomes compulsory on the day of Eid and should be given before the Eid Salaah. If however one did not give it before the Eid Salaah then he must give it after the Salaah. To delay its payment after the day of Eid is Makruuh and against the Sunnah but must still be given if it was not given before. It is also permissible to give it during the month of Ramadhan.

Sadaqatul Fitr should be given to the poor and needy i.e. those who are entitled to receive Zakaah. Those who cannot receive Zakaah are also not entitled to receive Sadaqatul Fitr. However poor and needy non-Muslims can be given the Sadaqatul Fitr.

LAILATUL QADR – THE NIGHT OF POWER By Mufti Waseem Khan (Hafizahullah)

 LAILATUL QADR –

THE NIGHT OF POWER By Mufti Waseem Khan (Hafizahullah)

“We have indeed revealed this (message) on the Night of Power

And what will explain to you what is the Night of Power?

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Therein comes down the Angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission on every errand.”                (Quraan, Chapter 97)

            Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reports that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “Whoever stands in prayer and worship on the Night of Power, with complete faith and with sincere hope of gaining reward, all his previous sins are forgiven.” (At-Targhiib from Bukhaarii and Muslim)

            The Night of Power is one of the most blessed nights in the month of Ramadhan. According to different traditions, this night has been given as a special gift to the Muslim nation and has not been granted to any other nation before this. In a tradition, it is reported that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) once mentioned about a man from among the Israelites who devoted his life to the cause of Allah for a thousand months. The companions were amazed and impressed, but were saddened because they knew there was no way that they could reach this status of devotion. Upon this Allah granted this Ummah the Night of Power, which is equal to a thousand months.

            The night (being so great) should be spent diligently in devotion, recitation of the Quraan and supplication. As stated in the above-mentioned Hadiith, Allah grants forgiveness of all the previous sins of  a  person who spends the night in prayer. In another tradition reported by Anas (R.A.) he says, “Once when Ramadhan commenced the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “A month has verily dawned over you wherein lies a night better than a thousand months. Whoever misses such a night has indeed been deprived of all that is good and none is deprived of it, except he who is really unfortunate.” (Ibn Maajah)

            Based upon these traditions, it is known that the Night of Power (LaIlatul Qadr) occurs in the month of Ramadhan. However, the exact night is not given. Instead, the Prophet (S.A.) is reported to have said, “Seek it on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan.” (Bukhaarii) In another tradition, he (the Prophet) (S.A.W) said, “Seek the night in the last ten days and if any of you is weak or can’t observe it he should not miss the remaining seven days.” (Muslim) It is therefore recommended that  a person should seek the night among the last ten odd nights i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th of Ramadhan.

TAKBEERUT TASHREEQ

TAKBEERUT TASHREEQ

اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ لَا إِلهَ اِلَّا اللهُ وَ اللهُ اَكْبَرُ اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ وَ لِلّهِ الْحَمْد

Al-laahu akbar Al-laahu akbar, Laa ilaaha il-lal-laahu wal-laahu akbar, allahu akbar wa lil-laa hil hamd

It is wajib upon males and females to recite this takbeer once after every fard salaah from after the Fajr salaah of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until after the fard of Asr salaah of the 13th.

The takbeer should be recited whether the salaah is performed individually or with Jamaah. Males will say it in a moderate voice while females will recite it softly.