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Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Muslim Jesus

The Muslim Jesus
TV Documentary - shown on Sunday 19 August 2007 on ITV1, UK

Islam and Christianity have been portrayed as mortal enemies for 1400 years. Locked in combat until the end of time when finally on the day of judgement God will announce the winner. This so called 'clash of civilisations' has defined Christian and Muslim relations from the wars of the crusades to the current 'war on terror'.

But there is another story. It’s a story that revolves around one man. The man whom a billion Muslims and 1.2 billion Christians call the Messiah but who is seen by both in very different ways – Jesus.

The Muslim Jesus uses the Quran and other Islamic texts to explore the differing ways in which Christian and Muslim faiths both acknowledge Jesus. Scholars, teachers, parents, rappers, poets and historians come together for the one hour special narrated by Melvin Bragg.  Full text - Click here

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Fasting the Day of `Ashura’

The Ninth and Tenth day of Muharram… a Blessed Fast
Taken from islamonline.net

Q: What is so important about 9th and 10th of Muharram, known to be Tasu`ah and `Ashura'? Why do Muslims fast on these days?

Answered by Shahul Hameed
Thank you for your question.

Muharram is the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar, known as the Hijrah calendar. This month is marked by the fasting recommended for Muslims on the 9th (Tasu`ah) and 10th (`Ashura').

These fasts are not obligatory like the fast of Ramadan. Yet, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has laid great emphasis on them, as his hadith shows.

For example, upon his arrival in Madinah, he found the Jews observing fast on the day of `Ashura' When asked about this, they said:

"On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa [Moses] fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah."

Prophet Muhammad responded:
"We have more right and closer connection with Musa (peace be upon him) than you have." So, God’s messenger observed fast on the day of `Ashura' and taught us to observe it. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet also said:
"If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram [as well].” (Reported by Muslim.)

As it is evident from the above hadiths, the two days are important to us. This is because we Muslims are the real inheritors of the tradition of Moses, a great prophet of Islam. In fact, the Qur'an narrates the story in details, as to how Allah delivered Prophet Moses and the Children of Israel from the tyranny of the Pharaoh and his hordes.

Moses is one of five great prophets known to be Ulul-`Azm (The Resolute Ones). These are Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all), as mentioned in the Qur'an. So there is no wonder that the day of `Ashura' that commemorates the liberation of the Children of Israel, is important for the followers of the final Prophet too.

Thus, fasting on the day of `Ashura' is a sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. A believer who follows the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard gets a great reward, as in following him in other aspects of sunnah. Fasting day of `Ashura', expiates for the sins of the past year.

The Prophet said,
"Fasting the day of `Ashura' (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year" (Muslim).

It is noteworthy in this connection that there are some unfounded ideas about `Ashura', prevailing among some Muslims. For example, this is like the belief that the Judgment Day will take place on the Day of `Ashura'. Such fanciful beliefs have no basis in authentic Islamic sources.

There is also the idea that the importance of `Ashura' is due to the martyrdom of the Prophet’s grandson Al-Husain (may Allah be pleased with him) at Karbala. This was a real tragic episode in the history of Islam.

Yet, to attribute the sanctity of `Ashura' to the martyrdom of Al-Husain is wrong. This, as it was the Prophet himself who established its significance for Muslims, long before the birth of his grandson.

The same idea is associated also with the belief that the month of Muharram is an unlucky month! So, some people avoid holding marriage ceremonies throughout this month. This is definitely a superstition opposed to the teachings of Islam.

We may notice on these days, people organizing elaborate lamentation and mourning ceremonies in memory of the martyrdom at Karbala. There is no doubt that the martyrdom of Karbala was one of the most tragic events in our history, as mentioned before. Yet, the processions and pageants held in that connection are far from Islamic; rather they are redolent of the jahiliyya (mental ignorance of truth) customs.

The Qur'an and Prophetic Sunnah teach us that in the event of a person’s death, we should be patiently forbearing and say: *{to Allah we belong and to Him is our return).}* (Al Baqarah 2:156).

So, there is no question of “celebrating” such an occasion. In fact, it is a practice that crept into the community after the time of Prophet Muhammad and has no basis in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

We as Muslims are enjoined to follow the explicit commands and prohibitions of the Qur'an and Sunnah in our life. Let us pray to Allah Almighty to help us all and guide us to be His sincerely obedient servants.

Further reading:

Friday, 1 September 2017

A Convert’s Letter to Born Muslims Before Eid

An excellent reminder for us all...

Dear Muslims (born into Muslim families),

Do me a favour...especially those of you who consider yourselves active in da'wah...if you have a revert friend please invite them over on Eid.

Eid is the loneliest and most depressing day for many reverts and many of us don't have any Muslim family to celebrate or share our joy with.

Walking back to our car after Eid prayer is the worst.

On the long walk back to our cars we witness Muslim families posing for pictures, smiling from ear to ear and spreading glad tidings amongst themselves. While reverts don't have any Muslim family to celebrate with, oftentimes we are alone before, during and after Eid prayer.

Families and congregants speak to each other in their mother tongues, forgetting that we, the revert, don't speak or share their language and don't understand what they are saying. Making us feel like outsiders in our own community.

Others shriek with joy as they bump into old friends and extended family members. They embrace warmly and make oaths to reconnect. While we know no one. Many of our previous friends and family members stopped speaking to us since our conversion.

Children are running around wildly with balloons, candy and money. We know in that very moment we are witnessing a precious childhood memory in the making. For a second we share their joy and think to ourselves how lucky this kid is to have such a wonderful experience. At the same time, we can't help but wonder if our (future) children will ever experience the same joy.

We watch other families frantically rush off to partake in their traditions such as Eid breakfast, gift swapping or house hopping from party to party. While we sit in our cars, with our hands on the steering wheel wondering what we can do by ourselves for the remainder of the day...

Unfortunately, the aforementioned is the reality for many reverts on Eid. With a community as large as we have, NO ONE should be lonely on a day that should be full of congregational-communion, love, laughter and breaking of bread.

Born Muslims, do me a favor and call your revert friend and invite them over on Eid.

It means more to us than you'll ever know 🙂


Eid on Friday

Due to Eid being on a Friday, brothers have three options:

– Praying one of the Eid prayers and Jumuah as normal
– Praying one of the Eid prayers, and praying Zuhr (4 Raka’ah) instead of Jumuah
– If Eid prayer is missed, Jumuah is compulsory.

Eid ul-Adha Prayer Times 2017

The East London Mosque and London Central Mosque has agreed that The Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah starts on Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 31st August will be the day of Arafat. Eid ul-Adha will be on Fiday 1st September 2017.

Sunnah acts on the day of Eid al-Adha
To wake up early in the morning
To clean one's teeth with a miswak or brush
To take a bath
To put on one's best available clothes
To use perfume
Not to eat before the Eid prayer (differs from Eid al-Fitr, when it is Sunnah to eat something sweet, preferably dates, before the Eid prayer)
To recite the Takbeer of Tashreeq in a loud voice while going to the Eid prayer

Below is just some prayer times for Eid Jammat. Please double check the date and time with the mosque in case there are any inaccuracies.

If you have not done so don't forget Quarbani!


London Central Mosque (Regents Park Mosque, NW8 7RG)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 7:00am
2nd Prayer: 8:00am
3rd Prayer: 9:00am
4th Prayer: 10:00am
5th Prayer: 11:00am
Website: http://www.iccuk.org/

East London Mosque (Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Prayer: 7:00am
2nd Prayer: 8:00am
3rd Prayer: 9:00am
4th Prayer: 10:00am
5th Prayer: 11:00am
Website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/

Brick Lane Jamm Masjid (59 Brick Lane, E1 6QL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Jamat: 8am
2nd Jamat: 9am
3rd Jamat 10am
4th Jamat: 11:30am
Website: http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk

Holborn Muslim Community Association (33 Brookes Court, Baldwin Gardens, EC1N 7RR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30am and 9:30am
Website: http://holbornmosque.org/

Masjid & Madrasah al-Tawhid (Leyton, E15 2BP)
Eid Prayer Times:  7am, 8:30am and 10am

Qur'ani Murkuz Trust (South Woodford, E18 1ED)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details

Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (West London, W10 5YG)
Eid Prayer Times:

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre (367 Wellington Rd, TW4 5HU)
Eid Prayer Times:
1. 7.30am -   Hafiz Akber Ali
2. 9.00am -   Imam Rafique Ahmed Misbahi
3. 10.00am - Imam Jafar Bilal Barakati
4. 11.00am - Imam Asif AliTel: 020 8570 0938

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre (Brent View Road, NW9 7EL)
1st Prayer: 6:45 am Sheikh Yusuf Arabic / English
2nd Prayer: 7:30 am Sheikh Shu'ayb Arabic / English
3rd Prayer: 8:15 am Sheikh Shamsur-Rahman Arabic / English
4th Prayer: 9:15 am Sh Muhammed al Badry Arabic
Finchley Mosque (Islamic Association of North London, N12 0DA)
Fajr Jama'ah on Eid day will be at 5:30am
Eid Prayer Times:
1st     6:30am     Imam Oussama
2nd     7:30am     Imam Shokat
3rd     8:30am     Imam Elyas
4th*     9:30am     Imam Hamid
5th*     10:30am     Imam Dr. Sufi

For the 9:30am and 10:30am prayers the Basement will also be reserved for the Sisters (additional space).
Prayers may start earlier than stated if the Masjid becomes full to relieve congestion inside and outside the Masjid.Website: http://www.ianl.org.uk/

Muslim Community and Education Centre (Palmers Green, N13 5JL)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st: 7:30
2nd: 8:45
3rd: 10:00
4th: 11:00

Masjid E-Quba (North London, Stamford Hill, N16 6AA)
Eid Prayer Times: awaiting details

Harrow Central Mosque (Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ)
Eid Prayer Times:
No.    Prayer        Time        Imam
1    First Prayer    7:00 am        Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said [English]
2    Second Prayer    8:00 am        Maulana Mustakim Ali [Bengali/English]
3    Third Prayer    9:00 am        Allama Shafiudin [English]
4    Fourth Prayer    10:00 am    Imam Hafiz Akram [Urdu/English]
5    Fifth Prayer    11:00 am    Qari Kashmir Khan Hamat [Pashtu/Persian]

Rest of UK

Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (164 Spital, AB24 3JD)
Eid Prayer Times: 9:00AM and 10:30AM
Venue: Eid prayers will take place at the Beach Leisure Centre, Sea Beach,
Aberdeen AB24 5NR
Brothers and Sisters are requested to bring Individual Prayer Mats.
Please arrive 30 minutes before Jamat
Separate Ladies area

Belfast Islamic Centre (Belfast, BT9 6DN)
Venue: S13 building (old B&Q) on the Boucher Road (BT12 6HR)
Eid Prayer Time: Arrival at 9am, prayer at 10am.
Website: http://www.belfastislamiccentre.org.uk/

Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12 0XS)
Eid Prayer Times:
  1. 7am      Arabic                led by Sheikh M. Jumma
  2. 8am     Urdu                   led Hafiz Muhammad Ismail
  3. 9am     English               led by Allama Muhammad Asad
  4. 10am   Urdu                   led by Hafiz Ahmad Ibrahim Patel
  5. 11am    English              led by Sheikh Qari Muhammad Ismail Al-Rashid

Birmingham - Masjid Hamza (Church Road, B13 9AE)
Eid Prayer Times: 
Urdu talk will begin at 7:30 AM         Jamaat will begin at 8:00 AM
English talk will begin at 8:30 AM     Jamaat will begin at 9:00 AM
Websiite: http://www.masjidehamza.co.uk/

Blackburn - Jamme Masjid Islamic Cultural Centre (BB1 1JP)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.jaamemasjid.org/

Blackburn - Masjid-e-Anisul Islam (Troy St, BB1 6NY)
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.anisulislam.com/

Other mosques in Blackburn: http://www.jaamemasjid.org/localmasjids.html

Bolton - Taiyabah Masjid (BL1 8HD)
Eid Prayer times: 8:30am
Website: http://taiyabahmasjid.co.uk

Other mosques in Bolton:

Cambridge - Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque (Mawson Road, CB1 2DZ)
Eid Prayer Times: Please come in wuzu and bring your prayer mats.
7:30 AM at Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque
8.00 AM at Petersfield Park
9.30 AM at Kelsey Kerridge 
10.30 AM at Kelsey Kerridge
* Brothers: Park at level 6,7 and 8 and walk to level 7 for prayers
* Sisters: Park at level 8,9 and 10 and walk to level 9 for prayers



Dundee Central Mosque (DD1 5BZ)
Eid Prayer Times:
1st Eid Salaah - 8am
2nd Eid Salaah - 10am
Tel: 01382 220765
Website: http://www.dundeecentralmosque.org.uk/

Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (EH8 9BT)
Eid Prayer times:
Website: http://www.edmosque.org

Essex - Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre (IG3 8TD )
Eid Prayer times:
1st: 7am
2nd: 8am
3rd: 9am
Website: http://www.masjidansar.com/

Exeter Mosque & Cultural Centre (EX4 6PG)
Eid Prayer Times:    
1st Jammah at 8:30am
2nd Jammah at 9:30am

Website: http://www.exetermosque.org.uk/


Glasgow - Al-Furqan Mosque (G4 9AJ)
Eid Prayer Times:
8:00 - Urdu 
9:00 - English
10:00 - English
Prayer facilities for brothers & sisters.
Website: http://www.alfurqanmosque.com/ 

Glasgow - Central Mosque (G5 9TA)
Fajr Jamaat at GCM will be at 6am.
The Eid prayer times are as follows:
- 6.45am (preceded by a talk in Urdu)
- 8.30am & 10.15am (each preceded by a talk in English and Urdu)

Gloucester - Masjid e Noor (GL1 4LY)
Fajr Jammat: 5:55AM
Eid Prayer times: 7:30AM (bayaan) -  Eid Jammat: 8:00AM 

Ipswich Mosque (32-36 Bond Street, IP4 1JB)
(also known as Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque)
Eid Prayer times:
1st Eid Prayer at 8:00 am
2nd Eid Prayer at 9:00 am
3rd Eid Prayer at 10:30 am (** Ladies Entrance via Upper Orwell Street)
T: 01473 226879

Leeds Grand Mosque (LS6 1SN)
Eid Prayer Times:  7:30 am and 9:30 am

Leeds Makkah Masjid (LS6 1JY) 
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting details

Other mosques in Leeds:

Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre (LE2 0JN)
Eid Prayer times:
Early Salaah 7:00 AM - Leicester Mosque (Sutherland St)
Main Salaah 9:00 AM - Central Mosque (Conduit St)
Late Salaah 10:00 AM - Leicester Mosque (Sutherland St)
Website: http://www.islamiccentre.org/

Leicester - Masjid Umar (Evington Muslim Centre, LE5 5PF)
Eid Prayer times:
 1st Jamat Fajr 4:30am 
Bayan After Fajr, Namaz 5:10am **** 2nd Jamat Bayan 8:45am Namaz 9:30am

Liverpool - Al Rahma Mosque (Hatherley Street, L8 2TJ)
Eid prayer times:
Tel: 0151-709 2560
Source: http://www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk
Website: http://www.alrahma-mosque.com/

Maidenhead Mosque (SL6 8AW)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaitng Details
Website: http://www.maidenheadmosque.org/

Manchester Central Mosque (also known as Victoria Park Mosque, M14 5RU)  
Eid Prayer times: Awaiting details

Manchester - Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre (2 Eileen Grove, Rusholme, M14 5WE)
Eid Prayer times: 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am
Website: http://www.shahjalalmosque.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shahjalal.Mosque.Manchester 

Manchester - Makki Masjid (125 Beresford Road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 0TA)
Eid Prayer times:
1st Prayer - 8am - in Urdu         By Maulana Qasim Munir
2nd Prayer - 9am - in English   By Br Abdul Nasir
3rd Prayer - 10am - in Arabic   By Br Jamaan az-Zafari
Tel: 0161 257 2491
Website: http://www.makkimasjid.org.uk/

Milton Keynes Jamee Masjid (Duncombe Street MK2 2LY)
Eid Prayer times: 8am and 9:30am

Other mosques in Milton Keynes: http://www.mkmuslims.org/index.php?p=1_24

Milton Keynes Muslim Association (Rubys garden, Coffee Hall MK6 5HA)
Only a single Eid Prayer. 
Door open at 6:30 am. Prayer will start at 7:30 am Sharp and finish by 8 am
Please bring prayer mat (Musallah) and a bag to keep your slippers/shoes

Oldham Muslim Centre (Neville Street, OL9 6LD)
Eid Prayer Times:
• 7:00am
• 10:00a
Khutba will be delivered in Arabic, Bengali and English.
All welcome, including women and children!
Website: http://www.oldhammuslimcentre.com/

Newcastle Central (Bilal) Mosque (NE4 6SU)
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details
Website: http://www.newcastlecentralmosque.org.uk/

Nuneaton - Nuneaton Masjid (CV11 5RB) 
Eid Prayer Times: Awaiting Details

Reading - Central Jamme Mosque (Waylen Street, Reading, RG1 7UR)
Eid Prayer Times: 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM
We advise you to join us half an hour before the prayer starting times to listen to the lecture.
Website: http://www.readingmosque.com/     http://www.bagr.co.uk/

Reading Islamic Centre (South Street RG1 4QU)
Eid Prayer Times:
Venue: Reading Islamic centre 50/52 south street
1st sermon 9am
2nd sermon 10am

Venue: Pakistani community centre London Road
1st sermon 9am
2nd sermon 10am

Sheffield Islamic Centre - Madina Masjid Trust (Wolseley Rd, Sheffield, S8 OZU)
Prayer Timetable: 10am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madina-Masjid-Sheffield/163579475567 Website: http://www.madinamasjid.org.uk/

Southampton - Abu Bakr Masjid (Argyle Road, SO14 0BQ)
Eid Prayer Times: first Jamat will be at 7:30, the second at 8:30 and the third at 10am.
Website: http://www.abubakrmasjid.net
Southampton Medina Mosque (Compton Walk, SO14 0BH) 
Eid Prayer Times: 1st Jamath 8am; 2nd Jamath 9:30am
Website: http://www.medinamosque.org.uk/

Stoke On Trent - Markaz At-Tawheed (Rectory Road, ST1 4PW) 
Eid Jama’ah Times: Awaiting Details
T: 01782 204106
– https://www.facebook.com/MarkazTawheed 
  Website: http://www.markaztawheed.co.uk/

Swansea Mosque, St Helens Road,  Swansea, SA1 4AW
Salah will be prayed promptly at the following time
1st Prayer Starts at 08:00 am
2nd Prayer Starts at   09.00 am
Please ensure you are in the Masjid at least 20 minutes before the start time of prayers
Website: http://www.swanseamosque.org/

Woking: The Shah Jahan Mosque (149 Oriental Road, Woking GU22 7BA)
Eid Prayer times: 
  • 7:00am - Hafiz Muhammad Akram
  • 8:30am - Imam Saeed Hashmi
  • 10:00am - Shaykh Naveed Arif

Wolverhampton Mosque Trust (197 Waterloo Road, WV1 4RA)
Eid Prayer Times: 7:00am and 9:30am

If there are any Eid prayer timetables out there please let me know simply by adding a comment below (no registration required) or email me at info@al-islam.co.uk.
Please ensure you also provide the date the Eid prayer will take place. Jazak'Allah Khair

Happy Eid. May ALLAH (swt) grant all of us happiness and forgiveness.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

According to East London Mosque website: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1438 is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The day of Arafat is on Thursday 31st August. Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday 1st September 2017. Eid-ul-Adha is almost here, insha'Allah.

Please check your local mosque for confirmation of dates.

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah
Taken from yaseen.org

Thanks to Amin Rahman for forwarding this article

Why do they matter?
Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of this month are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah's forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship.

So sacred are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah that Allah swears an oath by them when He says in the Quran: "By the dawn; by the ten nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Swearing an oath by something indicates its importance and great benefit.

What kinds of worship should be performed?
While any good deed done for the sake of Allah according to the way He approves will be rewarded immensely during the first ten days, InshaAllah, some of the more specific actions mentioned in the traditions of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah.

In terms of fasting, it is particularly encouraged to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah, known in Arabic as Yawm Arafah. The Prophet used to fast on this day [an Nisai and Abu Dawud]. Fasting on this day will expiate a Muslim's sins for two years.

Abu Qatadah reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: Fasting the Day of Arafah will be credited with Allah by forgiving one's sins of the previous year and the following year.[Muslim]

One of the wives of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: Allah’s Messenger used to fast the (first) nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Ashura, and three days of each month.[Sahih Sunan Abu Dawud #2129]

The day of Arafah is the day when the pilgrims stand in worship on the Mountain of Arafah. It is the best day of the Whole Year.

Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years: a past one and a coming one. And fasting the day of Ashura expiates the sins of the past year. [Muslim]

There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire as He does no the day of Arafah. He comes close (to those standing on Arafah) and then revels before His angels, saying: "What are these people seeking?"[Muslim]

The verbal remembrance of Allah is another meritorious act during these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. "And mention the name of Allah on the appointed days"[12:28].

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) encouraged Muslims to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and Takbeer (Allahu-Akbar) during this time.The Takbeer may include the words "Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah; wa Allahu akbar wa Lillahil-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise)," as well as other phrases.Men are encouraged to recite these phrases out loud and women quietly.

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer individually when they heard them.

Good Deeds
Generally, all good deeds are rewarded highly at this blessed time. These actions include praying, reading Quran, making Du'a (supplication), giving in charity and being good to our families, and other voluntary (nafl) righteous deeds of worship. These are amongst the deeds that are multiplied in these days.

Seek Allah's Forgiveness and Repentance
In addition, seeking Allah's forgiveness (istighfar) and Tawbah (repentance) at this time is also encouraged. This means more than just a verbal statement of sorrow for past misdeeds. It also requires a firm resolution to avoid making the same mistakes in the future by giving up bad habits, and behavior while sincerely turning to Allah.

The slaughtering of a sacrificial animal (Adhiyah) is also legislated for the Day of Sacrifice (10th) and the Days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th).

The tenth of Dhul-Hijjah is Eid ul-Adha or the day of an-Nahr (slaughtering). It marks the conclusion of the major rites of Hajj, and commemorates Allah’s bounty on Prophet Ibrahim (alayhis salam), when He gave him a ram to sacrifice as ransom for his son.

It is repoted that Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) slaughtered (sacrificed) two horned rams, black and white in colour, and said Takbeer (Allahu Akbar), and placed his foot on their sides (while slaughtering them). [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

'The day of al-Fitr [Eid ul-Fitr], the day of an-Nahr, and the days of Tashreeq are Eid days for us Muslims. They are days of eating and drinking.' [Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, sahih al-Jami' #8192]

The people asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing [Sahih al-Bukhar].

Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) has said about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah: There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days."

What is Qurbani?

According to East London Mosque: The 1st of Dhū Al-Hijjah 1438 is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The day of Arafat is on Thursday 31st August. Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday 1st September 2017.

Eid-ul-Adha is almost here

So if you have not done this already then it's is time to start preparing for Quarbani......

What is Qurbani?

Taken from Hidaya Foundation, USA

Qurbani during Eid-ul Adha is an act to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice as mentioned in the Quraan.

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. And We called out to him: "O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun (good-doers).Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice (i.e. a ram). And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times. (Sura Saffat, verses 102-108.)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught Muslims the way of remembering the act of Ibrahim. He stayed 10 years in Madina and performed sacrifice at Eid-ul-Adha. (Tirmidhi)

Qurbani in Islamic terms means the slaughtering of an animal with the intention of getting close to Allah (SWT) by giving some or all of the meat to the poor and destitute. Animals that can be sacrificed are goats, cows and camels. They are sacrificed on the day of Eid-ul-Adha and also on the three days after (the 11, 12 and 13th of Dhulhijjah).

Benefits of Qurbani
Doing charity to the poor by contributing and distributing the meat to them and the destitute. These acts would spread happiness and cheers amongst them especially during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha where Muslims are in the spirit of festivities.

Who should give Qurbani
Person who possesses Nisab (zakatable asset) should give Qurbani. It is not obligatory (fard) but is highly recommended (wajib)*, according to the Hanafi school of thought. However, Qurbani is a Sunnah act according to the Shafi, Hanbali, Maliki, and Jafari schools of thought.

*Wajib, in the Hanafi school, is an obligation which is almost Fard, except that there is some (margin of uncertainty, which may occur in the form of counter-evidence, which suggests non-obligatory nature of the deed), and the scholars have therefore refrained from pronouncing a decisive verdict of "fard" on it. Nevertheless, for purposes of action, a wajib is treated like a fard, in that it should not be deliberately discarded, and it must be made up if it was missed for some reason. For this reason, 'wajib' of the Hanafi school is also known as "fard `amali" (i.e. an 'action fard') as opposed to fard i`tiqadi ('belief fard'), the normal fard, which one is required not only to act upon, but also to believe with full certainty and conviction that it is without doubt a duty.

Requirements of Qurbani
The animals to be slaughtered must be a goat, sheep, cattle (cow, ox, water buffalo), or camel. Goats and sheep have to be at least one year old. For cows the age must be at least two years old. Camels must be at least five years old. Goats and sheep count as one share per animal. Cattle and camels count as seven shares per animal.

They must be free from any form of handicap such as blind, sick, limp and undernourished. It also must be free of any defects such as a cut-off ear, tail, broken teeth,or broken horn. However, the goat/sheep can be used if only a few teeth are broken and most teeth are still intact. In addition, if its horn is broken midway and not from the root, it is persmissible to use such an animal. Injuries sustained during the qurbani do not invalidate the qurbani.

The animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate humane ways. It has to be done by a Muslim adhering to the Islamic way of slaughtering the animal.

Time of Qurbani
The time for Qurbani starts from sunrise after the performance of the Eidul Adha prayers which falls on the 10th of Zhulhijjah till the sunsets on the 12th of Zhulhijjah. The best time is to perform the acts of Qurbani immediately after the completion of the Eid-ul-Adha prayers.

It was reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: The first thing that we do on the day of Eid is to perform the prayers. Then we go home and carry out our Qurbani.Thus whoever does those acts has conformed to our sunnah. And for those who slaughtered before it, then the meat is for the family members and not as an act of Qurbani. (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 15, Number 82)

Distribution of the Qurbani meat It is preferable that the meat from Qurbani be divided in three equal parts: one for the home, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. The meat from qurbani can be distributed to the poor, rich, Muslim or non-Muslim.

Prophetic Qurbani (taken from an e-mail I receievd from Muslim hands & Penny Appeal) 

‘Say, [O Muhammad], "If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful”’. (Qur’an 3:31)  

The Prophet (saw) said:
“There are no days on which righteous deeds
are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” 

The rewards for doing good deeds in these days are increased and fasting on these days, especially on the 9th day, is also recommended.  One good deed, which is obligatory for Muslims, is to give a sacrifice of an animal (Qurbani) and give the meat as a gift to the poor before the days of Eid.
This Eid al-Adha our goal is to feed one million hungry people across the world, but we can only achieve this with your generous support. One way we can ensure this is by following the blessed practice of the Prophet (ﷺ) himself and offering a Prophetic Qurbani.  

The Prophet (ﷺ) not only sacrificed in his own name, but also on behalf of those in his Ummah who could not afford to offer their own Qurbani. This act of generosity reveals the true spirit of Eid al-Adha and the opportunity it gives us to share our blessings with our brothers and sisters around the world. As the Prophet (ﷺ) himself said, 'Charity does not decrease wealth'. 

Additional Information

(1) Concept of Animal Sacrifice in Islam - Islam Online 20/03/2005
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“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” [Bukhari]

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