Daripada Abu Hurairah r.a, beliau berkata : Rasulullah S.A.W bersabda, “Umatku akan ditimpa penyakit-penyakit yang pernah menimpa umat-mat terdahulu.” Sahabat bertanya, “Apakah penyakit umat-umat terdahulu itu?” Nabi S.A.W menjawab, “Penyakit-penyakit itu adalah : Terlalu banyak berseronok Terlalumewah Menghimpun harta sebanyak mungkin Tipu-menipu dalam merebut harta benda dunia Saling memarahi Hasud menghasud sehingga jadi zalim-menzalimi [ […]
The call to prayer (adhān), which can be heard here, rings from mosques throughout the world everyday five times a day. When the early Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of adhān for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call the people to prayer.
It has been one year since I departed on my journey to Hajj. I felt anxiety, fear, and self-doubt but also excitement, anticipation, and honor all at once. This trip was the most important one in my life. It fulfilled the fifth pillar of Islam, and I did not want to mess it up.
Leading up to the departure date, I meticulously packed and re-packed. Writing my list, checking it twice. I did not want to leave anything essential behind. I would be over 6,000 miles away from home. At the same time, I also had to pack light.
In day to day conversations, during lectures, and even in online posts, Muslims use many different terms from the Arabic language. These can be confusing for someone looking into Islam for the first time or even for a new Muslim, and understandably. This Hajj season, WhyIslam wants to help increase understanding regarding the numerous special and seasonal terms that will be used often in these blessed days.
The twelfth and final month of the lunar calendar, which is the calendar Islam follows. The 8th through 13th of this month are when the Days of Hajj occur.
Before praying, Muslims must perform a washing of their hands, face, head, and feet. This washing is called ablution. The purpose behind it is to ensure physical purity before standing in front of God. However, the ablution also reminds one of the need to be spiritually pure. As one washes their limbs, they remember the sins they might have committed with those limbs. The Prophet peace be upon him said: “When a Muslim washes his face for prayer every sin he has committed with his eyes is washed away from his face along with the water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin they wrought is erased from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet walked is washed away with water, or with the last drop of water, with the result that he comes out cleansed of all sins” (Sahih Muslim).
In 2017, over two million Muslims from around the world traveled to Makkah for Hajj. People from within Saudi Arabia come for the Hajj, as well as from outside continent. Whether by air, land, or sea, millions gather to fulfill this obligation every year. One finds Muslims from Malaysia to their right, Sudan to their left, England behind, India in front, and the list of countries goes on and on. It is quite the scene to take in, witnessing people of all colors, ages, and walks of life coming together for one common goal.
Islam has two primary holidays, the first is called Eid al-Fitr (Holiday of the Feast). This holiday takes place at the end of the month of Ramadan. The second holiday is called Eid al-Adha (Holiday of Sacrifice) and is considered the holier of the two holidays. Eid al-Adha takes place on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja in the Islamic calendar. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the pilgrimage that takes place in Mecca known as Hajj. Every year, 2-3 million Muslims from throughout the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca during a one-week period.
As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we take a look at how everyday Muslims celebrated in the United States. Here are ten photos capturing the spirit of the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Honestly, I cannot recall too much the first Ramadan but I know that the “no food or drink” part took a little while to get used to. At the same time, my brother and I were so hyped about being Muslim that we helped each other get through it.
As time went on the struggles of food/drink became easier as others became more apparent – i.e. not getting angry, doing more good, being more patient, etc. This was also because at first, when learning about Ramadan, the food and drink part is the first thing we were taught/learned.
The question that is found in the title of this post is actually answered directly in the Quran. Below is the translation of Chapter 97 of the Islamic Holy Book:
“We have sent it [the Quran] down in the Night of Qadr. And what may let you know what the Night of Qadr is? The Night of Qadr is much better than one thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend in it, with the leave of your Lord, along with every command. Peace it is till the debut of dawn” (Q.