We urge Muslims to fast "The Day of ^Arafah" which coincides this year on Sunday the 11th of September 2016. This is the day before Eid Al-Adha and is considered the best day of the year in the Islamic Calendar. Scroll down for detailed Videos & Audios about this great event.
In these PowerPoint lectures, Sheikh Bilal Homaysi goes over important topics relating to both Hajj and ^Umrah. First the sheikh explains the integrals of both Hajj and ^Umrah, which if left out or neglected, one's Hajj and ^Umrah would be invalid. The second matter is the requisites of Hajj, which are matters if left out or neglected, one's Hajj is still valid but one is sinful for doing so. These are explained in detail and the Sheikh also highlights other matters relating to Hajj and ^Umrah.
Integrals & Requisites of Hajj - By Sheikh Bilal Homaysi
In this lesson, Sheikh Bilal Homaysi discusses the prohibitions that one must not do during the state of Ihram for both men and women. Then the sheikh discusses a number of recommended deeds to perform before Hajj and ^Umrah.
Prohibitions During Hajj & Umrah and Recommended Deeds - By Sheikh Bilal Homaysi
Udhiyah, which is the offering a blood sacrifice is a great ritual of the religion and an emphasised practice. Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim narrated in their Sahih that the Prophet peace be upon him sacrificed two big white rams which he slaughtered by his own hand and said ‘bismillah Allahu Akbar’. The merit of the one who revives this practice is very great. At-Tirmidhiyy, Ibn Majah and others narrated that the Prophet peace be upon him said:
ما عمل ابن ءادم يوم النحر عملاً أحبَّ إلى الله عز وجل من إهراق الدم وإنه لياتي يوم القيامة بقرونها وأظلافها وأشعارها وإن الدم ليقع من الله عز وجل ' أي من رضاه' بمكان ' أي موضع القبول' قبل أن يقع على الأرض فطيبوا بها نفسًا
This means: 'One of the best deeds the son of Adam would do on the Day of Nahr 'blood sacrifice' which is highly accepted by Allah the Exalted, is to offer a blood sacrifice. Such a person would come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hooves and hair, and its blood that was shed for the sake of Allah would be accepted by Allah the Exalted before it even falls to the ground, so be pleased by this sacrifice with the rewards you receive'.
In another narration through the route of Zayd Ibn Arqam, that the companions of the Messenger of Allah said: O Messenger of Allah what are these sacrifices for? The Prophet answered: “It is the custom of your father Ibrahim”. They said: “O Messenger of Allah, what type of rewards do we acquire for it? The Prophet said: “For every hair there is a reward. They said: “What about the wool O Messenger of Allah? He replied: “For every fibre of its wool there is a reward”. Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Majah.
It is recommended for the one intending to offer a sacrifice, that from the beginning of the month of Dhul-Hijjah one should not clip his nails nor shave or trim the hair of his head, his face or his body until he offers the sacrifice. The wisdom behind this is to be protected from Hellfire with all his body parts.
It should be noted, that the animal to be slaughtered as a sacrifice must be from al-an^am, that is camels, cattle, and sheep/goats. What is sufficient of each type is the following:
1. A sheep that has completed one lunar year or when it's baby teeth fall out.
2. A two-year old goat, which has completed two years and commenced the third year.
3. A two-year old bull/cow 'cattle' which has completed two years of age and commenced the third.
4. A five-year old camel 'male or female', which has completed five years and commenced the sixth.
The Day Of ^Arafah, Udhiya & Eid Prayer - By Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie discusses the blessings of the first Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah and it's benefits and how it is recommended to fast on the 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah. The sheikh then discusses the Qurban (Udhiyyah), what it is, it's history and how it came to be an acceptable practice of Islam today. The Sheikh also shares different sayings amongst the Scholars of Islam regarding the Udhiyyah.