08 Dhul Hijjah 1433 | Hadith of the Day | Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah


The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Fasting the Day of `Arafah expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming.”

[Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah]

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* Arafah this year is on Thursday 25 October 2012

07 Dhul Hijjah 1433 | Hadith of the Day | The Virtues of Hajj


The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whoever does Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not have sexual relations (with his wife), commit sin, or dispute unjustly during the Hajj, will come back like the day his mother gave birth to him.”

[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1449; Muslim, 1350]

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Chapter Three: Decisions, Decisions


Chapter Three: Decisions, Decisions

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Amjad checked that the door to his room was securely shut. He didn’t want his mum, or anyone else for that matter, suddenly walking in on him.

His bedroom was the first room at the top of the stairs. It had a single bed against one wall with a computer desk next to it. On the other wall was a double wardrobe with mirrored doors, housing all his clothes and bits and pieces. There was a floating shelf above the desk with various miscellaneous items including a toy replica BMW car and some sports trophies. Continue reading Chapter Three: Decisions, Decisions

06 Dhul Hijjah 1433 | Hadith of the Day | The Rewards for the Sacrifice


Zaid bin Arkam (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him:

“Oh Prophet of Allah, what is this sacrifice?” He said: “it is the way of your fore father Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him).” They asked: “what (reward) is for us therein?” He replied: “There is a reward for every hair.” They asked: “For the wool, Oh Prophet of Allah?” He replied: “There is one reward for every strand of wool.”

[Related by Ahmed and Ibn Majah]

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Chapter Two: First Encounters II


Chapter Two: First Encounters II

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“Assalamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah”, “Assalamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah” Whispered Afsana whilst turning her head first to the right and then to the left. She had just completed the two Rak’ah Salatul Istikhara (the prayer for Guidance). She sat on the prayer rug, completed her Tasbih and then made the following Du’a (Supplication): Continue reading Chapter Two: First Encounters II

03 Dhul Hijjah 1433 | Hadith of the Day | The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah


The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days.” He was then asked, “Not even jihad in the path of Allah?” He replied, “Not even jihad in the path of Allah, except for a person who goes out with his self and his wealth, and comes back with nothing.”

[Al-Bukhari and others]

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Chapter One: First Encounters I


Chapter One: First Encounters I

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Introduction

The following is a fictitious tale that I am writing to explore some themes that are floating around in my head at the moment. Characters and situations are completely made up and do not resemble any real life events. I hope that there will be a good moral to the story but I have yet to develop it to that detailed stage.   Continue reading Chapter One: First Encounters I