Tag Archives: Sacrifice

There is no honour except by Islam

The Leader of the Believers, Umar bin Al-Khattaab (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "We are a nation whom Allah has honoured by Islam. Whenever we seek honour through other than it, Allah will humiliate us. There is no honour except by Islam, and there is no affiliation except to Islam." Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "My father is Islam, I have no father other than it, When they pride themselves with Qais or Tameem" Thus, to affiliate to and seek honour through other than Islam is from the acts of ignorance. When the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) heard some of the people saying, ‘we are with the Ansaar’ and others Read more ...

The Lofty position of Mothers

The position of my mother remained unknown to me, until I contemplate what my Lord revealed through His prophet – That I worship none but Him and be kind to my parents and say not a word of contempt in the least bit (uff) and obey in all their orders unless it’s something which Allah has forbidden. And address them in honor and abstain from what they forbid and provide them, serve them and raise not voice in front of them nor fix glance upon them or call them by their names. And be patient with them and out of kindness lower to them the wings of humility and say – My Lord! Bestow on them your mercy as they cherished me in childhood. One Read more ...

If Allah will, you shall find me of As-Sabirin!

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. "And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what you think!" He said: "O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha' Allah (if Allah will), you shall find me of As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)." Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the side of his forehead for slaughtering); And We called out to him: "O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun Read more ...

Slaughtering for other than Allah

Allah the Exalted said: "Say: Verily my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims." (Surah Al An'am 6:162,163) Allah the Exalted also said: "Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only)". (Surah Al Kawthar 108:2) Muslim reports that Ali bin Abi Talib (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) informed me about four Judgments (of Allah): (1) Allah's curse is upon the one who slaughters (devoting his sacrifice) to anything other than Allah; (2) Read more ...

The Story of Ibrahim’s Sacrifice

The Story of Ibrahim's Sacrifice Brothers and Sisters, all of us know the story of Ibrahim's sacrifice and we say that it was a test by Allah (ta'ala). But do we really understand what Ibrahim went through ? Do we appreciate what it was like to be Ibrahim ? Can we grasp in thought what happened ? Why is it that we regard Ibrahim as the father of faith ? What was it that he achieved ? Ibrahim (alaihi as-salam) is distinguished in the Quran with the title of khalil-ul-Allah (the intimate friend of Allah). In surah al-Nisa, Allah says : "For Allah did take Ibrahim for (an intimate) friend " (Surah Al Nisa' 4:125) He is also described in surah al-Nahl as Read more ...

Picture Perfect : Cattles for Sacrifice

Allah says in the The Holy Quran, Surah Al Hajj [22:28] ""That they may witness the benefits (provided) for them, and celebrate the name of Allah, through the Days appointed, over the cattle which He has provided for them (for sacrifice): then eat ye thereof and feed the distressed ones in want." Also Read : Picture Perfect : It is your Piety that reaches Him Read more ...

The Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah - From Islamic Newsletter 'As-Sunnah' Issue no: 10 Compiled by Shawana A. Aziz The month of Dhul-Hijjah is a season of worship, and seasons of worship bring along blessings, benefits and opportunities to correct one's faith and make up for shortcoming. Every one of these special opportunities involves some kind of worship, which brings the slave closer to his Lord. And Allah bestows His blessings and Favours on whom He wills. The fortunate person is he who makes good use of these special months, days, and hours, while worshiping Allah. He is most likely to be touched by the blessings of Allah. [Ibn Rajab, al-Lata'if pp. Read more ...

What would be your decision?

A group of children are playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child is playing on the disused track, the rest on the optional one. The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing at the disused one would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way? Lets pause to think what decision we would eventually make... Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one lone child. You may think the same Read more ...

Picture Perfect : It is your Piety that reaches Him

The Holy Quran, Surah Al Hajj, 22:36-37 "The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the symbols from Allah: in them is (much) good for you: then pronounce the name of Allah over them as they line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such as (beg not but) live in contentment, and such as beg with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful. It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to Read more ...

The Story of Ibrahim (alaihis salaam)

The Story of Ibrahim - (alaihis salaam) Extract from Islamic Newsletter 'As-Sunnah' Issue no: 10, Compiled by Sister Shawana A. Aziz The story of Ibrahim (AS) is greatly associated with Hajj because the origin of Hajj is as old as the Kaaba, which was built by Ibrahim (AS) and his son, Ismail (AS). Every act of Hajj reminds us of the noble family of Ibrahim (AS) since every act of Hajj refers back to the righteous actions and struggle of either Ibrahim (AS), his wife Hajrah or his son Ismail (AS). The history of this family teaches spiritual lessons of complete devotion to Allah and sincerity to Him. It holds an enlightening message for everybody, Read more ...