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The Month of Muharram

by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Glorious Qur’ān:

Lo! The number of the months with Allāh is twelve months by Allāh’s Ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them...(9:36)

The specification of these four sacred months is stated in a hadīth narrated by Abū Bakrah radhiyallāhu ‘anhu that Rasūlullāh sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said,

Verily time has completed its cycle and returned to its original stage as it was on the day Allāh created the heavens and the earth. The year consists of twelve months, four of which are sacred. Three of them occur consecutively; Dhul Qa‘dah, Dhul Hijjah and Muharram, (the fourth being) Rajab of Mudar (named after the tribe of Mudar as they used to respect this month) which occurs between Jamādi‘ul Ākhir and Sha‘bān." (Bukhārī)

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Al-Muharram: A Common Misconception

by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Islām is a way of life sent by Allāh ta‘ālā for the guidance of mankind, and it is the key to success in both worlds. Something that holds such significance holds great importance; hence, it is of great value and therefore needs to be protected at all costs.

For the protection of the religion of Islām, scores of Muslim individuals have contributed through their wealth, their lives, and many other ways and forms, the like of which cannot be found in history. Thousands have sacrificed their lives for the protection of this sacred religion. Islamic history is filled with the names of martyrs, and for the irrigation of Islamic values, much blood of Muslims has been shed.

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Istighfār; Formulae for Seeking Forgiveness from the Glorious Qur'ān

Istighfār (seeking forgiveness from Allāh ta‘ālā) has many virtues and benefits besides the greatest benefit, which is the forgiveness of Allāh ta‘ālā. The Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam said,

“Whoever holds fast to istighfār, Allāh will create for him an exit from every difficulty and freedom from every sorrow and provide him from where he had not even imagined.” (Abū Dāwūd)


…It occurred to the respected Shaykh hafizahullāh to make a compilation of all the formulae of istighfār that appear in the Qur’ān, so that we may seek Allāh’s forgiveness using those most eloquent of words too…

 

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Words of Wisdom

Upon observing a speed camera, a driver immediately slows his car, because he is aware that he is being watched; he fears the consequences of speeding. Likewise a person who undergoes spiritual training will always feel the presence of Allāh ta'ālā and will always remember, wherever he may be: ‘Allāh ta'ālā is watching me!’


Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh


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