From Alif Academy’s Facebook Page:
Victory for Alif Academy
I can confirm that earlier today we received the decision from the Planning Inspectorate in regards to our Planning consent. Alhumdolilah the school has been successful in the appeal and has been granted planning permission. The school is required to implement the conditions as discussed in the Inquiry. The school has also been awarded costs for the issues the Council retracted.
The school will now pursue the Council rigorously over the Nursery Education Grant to ensure that we can close this chapter and move on with the development of this school. Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and Dua. I thank Allah and pray that he continues to bless this school. Please continue to remember us in your Dua and please continue to support us with your donations.
Uthman ibn Hakim al-Ansari said: I asked Sa`id ibn Jubayr about fasting in Rajab, and we were then passing through the month of Rajab, whereupon he said: I heard Ibn `Abbas saying:
“The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to observe fast so continuously that we thought he would not break it, and did not observe it so continuously that we thought he would not observe fast.”
*This hadith indicates that it is beneficial to fast in the month of Rajab and that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would sometimes fast so continuously in this month that the companions thought he would fast continuously for the entire month. However, he would also sometime not fast, so much so that the companions thought that he would not observe any fasts in the month of Rajab. Having said this, the fact that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) fasted some of the time in Rajab makes it a virtuous Sunna to follow insha Allah.
Alhamdu Lillah we have just started the month of Rajab, which is one of the sacred months in Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) would begin his preparations for Ramadhan from this month with the following Dua:
“Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha’bana wa ballighna Ramadhan”
Translated as follows:
“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan.” (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).
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