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  1. 1. Aim of Imam Hussain (AS)’s Revolution The aim of my revolution is to reform the society and revive the true teachings of Islam (Tuhaf al-Uqul, p.243) 2. Being Free-spirited If you don’t believe in any religion, at least be free-spirited and honest in your actions (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 45, P. 51) 3. Revolt against Tyranny I never revolted in vain, as a rebel or as a tyrant; rather, I rose seeking reformation for the nation of Islam (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 44, P. 329) 4. Patience in the Journey toward What Is Right On the Day of Ashura, he addressed his companions: “Be patient, you noble ones. Death is only a bridge which takes you from misery and loss to the vast Paradise and the eternal graces”. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 44, P. 297) 5. Peacemaking and Preventing from War O’ people! Listen to my words and don’t hasten to start a war, so that I clarify the reason behind my revolution (al-Shaykh al-Mufid, al-Irshad, p.253) 6. Being a Just Leader On the night of Ashura, he gathered his followers in his tent, put out the light and said: “Beware that I give you permission to leave this place; there is no obligation on you anymore, and you can all leave.” However, not even one of them left his side…. (al-Shaykh al-Mufid, al-Irshad, p. 250) , 7. Being a Steadfast Seeker Be steadfast and firm in the way toward what is right, even if your journey is full of pain and challenges. (Usul al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 28) 8. Preserving Human Dignity Death with dignity is better than a life of abasement. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 44, P. 192) 9. Being Courageous By God, I will never surrender to my enemies like a humiliated person and never pledge allegiance to them like slaves (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 45, P. 7) 10. Martyrdom for What is Right To me, death for the sake of what is right, is nothing but happiness, and living under tyrants nothing but living in a hell (Tuhaf-al- Uqoul, P. 245) 11. Importance of Praying The most incapable person is the one who can’t pray. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol.81, p.257) 12. Generosity The most generous person is the one who gives to those who do not expect his help. (Kashf al-ghumma, vol.2, p.30) 13. Competing in Good Deeds Try to compete with one another in good deeds and hurry to seize the opportunities, and forget the good deeds that you haven’t hastened to do. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol.57, p.121) 14. Being Religious People are slaves of this world. Religion is just what they say. They use it as long as it provides them with their living. When they are tested, there remain only a few true religious ones. (Tuhaf al-Uqul, p.245) 15. Worshiping Allah If you worship Allah the way He deserves to be worshipped, He will fulfill all your wishes, and bless you much more than what you deserve. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 68, p.184) 16. Helping Others God will help the person who cares about other people’s needs, both in this world and the hereafter. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol.75, p.121) 17. Having Faith in Allah O’ Allah! What has gained the one who has not found You, and what has lost the one who has found You? (Bihar al-Anwar, vol.95, p.226) 18. Don’t be an Oppressor Avoid oppressing the one who does not have any supporter against you, other than the Almighty God. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 118) 19. Allah’s Bounties When Allah chooses to favor someone, makes him/her the source of satisfying other people's needs. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol.74, p.205.) 20. Beware of Your Own Sins Beware! Do not be among those who are concerned about the sins of others while neglectful of their own sins. (al-Kafi, vol.8, p.49, Hadith #9) 21. A True Friend One who reveals your faults to you like a mirror is your true friend, and one who flatters you and covers up your faults is your enemy. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 128) 22. Satisfying People, while Disobeying Allah Whoever seeks the satisfaction of people through disobedience of Allah; Then Allah subjects him to people. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 126) 23. Follow the Truth Wisdom will not be gained, unless through following the right path. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 127) 24. Say Good Things Say what you like to be said about you, in the absence of your fellow believer. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 127) 25. Don’t Commit What is Wrong Avoid doing things that would make you apologize; since a believer won’t commit a wrong action that would make him/her sorry. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 120) 26. Actions should be done for Allah If you lead your actions through committing sins and disobeying Allah, your intentions won’t be fulfilled and will be caught in what you fear most. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 120) 27. Kindness and Faithfulness Kindness elevates human beings, and faithfulness is the sign of decency. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 122) 28. Extremism and Abject People Extremism is like going down in a swamp, and keeping company with abject and corrupt ones will bring evil and misery for you. (Kashf al-ghumma, vol.2, p.30) 29. Knowledge Seeking knowledge will lead you toward wisdom and elevation. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 128) 30. Visiting Relatives Visiting relatives and keeping in touch with them will bring you a longer and more substantial life. (Al-Shaykh al-Saduq, Oyoun Akhbar Al-Ridha, vol.2, p.44) 31. The Most Generous The most generous person is the one who forgives while in power. (Kashf al-ghumma, vol.2, p.29) 32. Maintaining Family Ties The best way of maintaining family ties is through visiting the ones who have cut ties with you and haven’t visited you for a while. (Kashf al-ghumma, vol.2, p.29) 33. Helping Your Fellow in Religion Whoever helps his/her fellow in religion for the sake of Allah, He will compensate for him/her and eliminate the hardships from his/her life. Also, whoever relieves a believer’s grief, Allah will free him/her of his/her pains and sufferings in this world and the other world. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 121) 34. Trusting Others Only trust those who believe in Allah and are afraid of His questioning on the Day of Judgement. (Al-Shaykh al-Saduq, Jameh al- Akhbar, p.97) 35. Paying the Debts While on his way to Karbala, Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) said: “I cannot have whoever owes a debt in my company. Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&HP) used to say: ‘whoever dies while owing to other people, his/her good deeds will be void in the hereafter.’” (Kalimat al-Imam al-Hussain (عليه السلام) (Words of Imam Hussain), p.417) 36. People’s Praise and Blame Gain people’s praise with your efforts and successes, and do not expose yourself to people’s blames through laziness and lethargy. (Kashf al-ghumma, vol.2, p.29) 37. Gaining Experience Long and numerous experiences strengthens your mind. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 128) 38. A Scholar’s Sign One of the signs of a scholar is criticizing his/her own words and thoughts and being aware of different viewpoints. (Bihar-al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 119) 39. Beware of What You Say Do not say something which would undermine your self-worth. (Muhammad Baqer al-Majlisi, Jala’a al-Oyoun, vol.2, p.205) 40. Physical Health Observe your physical health in your lifetime. (Tuhaf al-Uqul, p.239)
  2. Have you ever thought about sacrificing what you love most? How would you feel then? What if you lose that to gain a better thing; something that would make you a better person, more worthwhile? If you can sacrifice what you love most, to give it away or leave it behind, and if you do that to get near to your merciful sustainer, Allah, then you can feel the spirit of eid al-Adha with all your heart. In what follows, we will delve more into one of the most significant occasions in the Islamic calendar, eid al-Adha. What Is Eid al-Adha? When Is It Celebrated? Eid al-Adha or eid al-Qurban is the second greatest feast among Muslims which is celebrated on the tenth of Dhu al-Hijjah every year around the world. This day, also marks a part of Hajj rituals at a place called Mina near Mecca, where the pilgrims are supposed to offer a sacrifice to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&HP) act in submitting to Allah’s will and sacrificing his son, Ishmael ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), for His sake [1]. We will recount Abraham’s ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) moving challenge in the following paragraphs. What Do Muslims Do to Celebrate Eid al-Adha? Doing Ghusl (ritual bath): Doing Ghusl on the day of Eid al-Adha is highly recommended (mustahab). Eid Prayer: This prayer is precisely the same as the Eid al-Fitr prayer . Offering a Sacrifice: It is compulsory upon those participating in Hajj whether Hajj al-tammattu or Umrah. This act is also recommended for the Muslims who haven’t been attended the Hajj rituals. It is also recommended to share the sacrificial meat with other people, especially those in need so that everyone would have a part in the joy of this day. Reciting Takbirs of this Eid: Those who are present in the desert of Mina on this day must recite these Takbirs after daily prayers, starting from the noon prayer on the day of Eid and ending in dawn prayer of the 13th of Dhu al-Hijjah. However, those who are not present in the desert of Mina on Eid's day should recite the Takbirs after ten daily prayers, starting from noon prayer of Eid's day, to the dawn prayer of the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah. These Takbirs are as follows: اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ، لا اِلـهَ اِلاَّ اللهُ وَ اللهُ اَكْبَر اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ، و للهِ الْحَمْدُ اَللهُ اَكْبَرُ عَلی ما هَدانا ااَللهُ اَكْبَرُ عَلی ما رَزَقَنا مِنْ بَهیمَةِ الانعامِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ عَلی ما أبْلانا "Allah is great, Allah is great, there's no God but Allah and Allah is great, To Allah be the praise, Allah is great for He has guided us, Allah is great for he has given us sustenance from cattle, Praise be to Allah for He has tested us." [1] Recommended Supplications: Some of the supplications recommended for this day include Du'a al-Nudba, 48th supplication of al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya, which starts with: “O God, this is a blessed and fortunate day …”, and the 46th supplication of this book as well. Forbidden Actions: Note that fasting (Sawm) on this day is forbidden (Haram), just like Eid al-Fitr. What Does Eid al-Adha Mean? The Arabic word “eid” literally means, “to go back” and generally is a name given to special Islamic celebrations, such as eid al-Fitr, eid al-Mab’ath, eid al-Ghadir, etc. In other words, the Islamic celebrations are in essence a reminder for Muslims to stop and look back at their actions so far, repent from their sins and promise to follow Allah’s lead which has been brought to them by Prophet Muhammad and his progeny (PBUT). Al-Adha roots back to the word “Dhuha” in Arabic meaning “the time when the sun is rising before noon.” This word refers to the time when the pilgrims are supposed to offer their sacrifices, which is at the sunrise. Al-Qurban, however, which means “sacrificing,” refers to the act of offering a sacrifice done by pilgrims on this day. What Is the History behind this Eid? At his old age, Prophet Abraham ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&HP) saw in a dream that he had been sacrificing his beloved son, Ishmael ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), his first child, after many years of being deprived of one, for whose birth he married Hagar and dearly prayed to Allah. He knew that this dream was a message from Allah, and there was no way for him to disobey his Lord. He retold the dream to Ishmael, and he, despite his youth, surrendered to Allah’s will and said, “Father! Do whatever you have been commanded. If Allah wishes, you will find me to be patient” (37:102). It wasn’t a simple task for a father, for sure. But Abraham’s ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) unbending faith in Allah gave him the strength to pull himself together and follow the command. He took Ishmael to an altar and was about to cut his throat when the glad tidings came from Allah that, “You have indeed fulfilled your vision! Thus indeed do We reward the virtuous! This was indeed a manifest test.”(37:105-106). Abraham’s ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) submission, patience, and trust in Allah were, thus, rewarded and a heavenly ram was sent to him to sacrifice instead. Therefore, every year, Muslims celebrate Prophet Abraham’s ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) success in sacrificing what he held dearest for the sake of his dear Lord, leaving no doubt in his sincere love and submission to Him. What Is the Philosophy behind this Eid? Abraham ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) made a sacrifice to remove any barrier between himself and Allah and get as close to Him as possible. Thus, Eid al-Adha is the day to sacrifice anything, which has separated us from Allah and has deprived us of feeling His presence in our lives. The reason behind the commemoration of this day and the significance of Abraham’s story is to remind us that one should ignore his/her whims, sacrifice his/her inclinations and attachments to this world, the dearest of which children and the loved ones, for the sake of Allah and His Will. In other words, Abraham’s adherence in following Allah’s command, despite the pain he felt and all the fluctuations he might have faced on his way to perform this duty, shows us that for a person who desires to be among the chosen creatures in Allah’s regard, nothing gets in the way between him/her and his/her Lord’s decrees. Nothing is dearer for this person, not even his/her family and children than his/her beloved Creator, Allah. Thus, His will, no matter how hard and painful it may be, goes beyond the love for family and children. In fact, we do not sacrifice for Allah, since He is self-sufficient and not in need of our sacrifices. About sacrificing an animal the Qur'an says: “It is not their flesh or blood that reaches Allah; rather, it is your piety that reaches Him. Thus has He disposed them for your benefit so that you may magnify Allah for His guiding you. And give good news to the virtuous.” (22:37) We sacrifice for ourselves, to be a better version of ourselves, to reach perfection. On the path toward perfection, one is always faced with tests and hardships. Trials are signs for us to realize that Allah has seen us worthy of becoming one of His desired creatures. And in every trial, one is required to make a sacrifice; this can be sacrificing your wealth, your life, your selfishness, your grudges, anger, etc. [3]. Notes: Eid prayer consists of two rak'as. After Sura al-Fatiha in each rak'a another sura from the Qur'an is recited; however, it is better to read Sura al-Shams in the former and Sura al-Ghashiya in the latter or Sura al-A'la and Surat al-Shams respectively. After reciting sura in the first rak'a, there are five takbirs followed by five qunuts and in the second rak'a, four takbirs with four qunuts. Any supplications or prayers will suffice in the qunuts, like the other prayer, but it is better to read a special supplication [4]. References:
  3. The moving and inspiring story of Hagar and her journey to Mecca is one of the repeatedly told accounts in Islamic sources, especially the Holy Qur'an. The following comics illustrate the efforts of the faithful wife of Prophet Abraham ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and her firm hope and faith in the mercy of Allah. On this first part, the incidents that led to Prophet Abraham's ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) marriage and the birth of Ishmael are retold. https://salamislam.com/gallery/comic/life-giving-walk-Prophet-abraham-(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)-and-hagars-marriage After the birth of Ishmael, Sarah, the first wife of Prophet Abraham ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) couldn't bear the presence of Hagar and her son, thus Allah commanded Abraham to send his wife and child away. On the second part of this comic, you will trace the journey of Abraham and his second wife to the barren land of Mecca. https://salamislam.com/gallery/comic/life-giving-walk-hagar-and-Prophet-abrahams-journey-mecca
  4. salam, ameen . may Allah grant you this holly journey .
  5. Unity between Muslims is considered as a crucial matter in Islam. Thus, the Qur'an compares discordance and disunity among Muslims to “a pit of the Fire”: "And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided...And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it." (3:103). Looking at the former nations, we find them honored and glorious when they were united, but disgraced and vulnerable when they fell apart [3]. Hajj, as one of the obligatory rituals in Islam, is one of the ways which encourages unity among Muslim nations. Let’s see how. Every Muslim is Welcomed to Hajj, No Exception! There is no other ritual, social, or political program in Islam greater than Hajj, where every Muslim from any corner of the world finds the chance to approach others and communicate with them freely. Besides, it provides the opportunity to strengthen the emotional, social, and religious bonds with other Muslims. Hajj is a social kind of worship that represents the glorious Islamic unity through its numerous participants of various nationalities, skin colors, languages, and sects who are like brothers (49:10). They have left behind the religious conflicts, and follow the same intention, perform the same actions, and wear the same outfit. Hajj Brings Muslims Power In Surah Ma’idah, it is stated that coming together around Ka’aba makes Muslims powerful (5:97). In other words, the aim of Hajj for Muslims is not just performing some physical actions. It is to bring Muslims of different races and origins together to get acquainted, communicate with each other, initiate political, economic and cultural relations, and find themselves closer to each other despite their many differences. Besides, Islam calls “every” Muslim to Hajj, which means that everyone, regardless of origin and skin color, is invited to the land of Allah. It reminds us of what the Qur'an says; that there is no superiority except rightfulness and the most righteous, is the noblest in the sight of Allah (49:13). This is an important message, especially for the less powerful Islamic nations, causing them to feel more confident and encouraging them to communicate with other Muslims, which ultimately results in a more united Muslim society. Muslims Are Like the Hands which Help Each other In a discourse that Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&HP) has given during one of his Hajj pilgrimages, he described Muslims as brothers, and like a single hand (a united community) when facing the enemies [2]. Emphasizing brotherhood among Muslims during Hajj shows that this ritual was a good representation of unity. Thus, Muslims are expected to support each other and be close to each other as they are during Hajj. Two Axes of Solidarity in Hajj During Hajj, Muslims learn and practice solidarity in two main areas: 1. Ideology and Principles During Hajj, Muslims can exchange ideas with Muslims of other sects. In the early years of Islam when non-Muslims also went to Mecca for their religious rituals, Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&HP) took this opportunity to introduce Islam to them and exchange ideas with them to spread his message and find followers in other cities, too. In Hajj, many misunderstandings and ideological conflicts can be discussed among Muslims, and the real beliefs of different sects about the others can be clarified. Hence, the wrong prejudgments and hostilities can be rectified. According to Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام), Hajj is a means to gather all Muslims from east to west to let them get acquainted with each other and achieve consensus [3]. 2. Social and Political Matters Through the communications that Muslims have during Hajj, they find out the social achievements and national advances in other Muslim nations and might decide to follow their path. They also learn about the social problems and deficiencies of others and might find solutions by further cooperation. Moreover, they become aware of the real political situations of other Muslim countries, especially the difficulties that sometimes other countries impose on them. For instance, one of the goals of Hajj is to announce the support of Muslims for Palestinians and those oppressed in the world. This helps Muslims to become more united against common enemies of Islam. To summarize, Hajj is a time that a Muslim finds him/herself in the accompaniment of millions of others who wear as simple as him/her and who repeat the same words as him/her as they move around Ka’aba. This is where “one” is transformed into the totality of ‘people’, establishing the universality of the Islamic community with the goal of approaching Allah. References:
  6. Another year has come around and another Hajj (holy pilgrimage) period has started for Muslims from all around the world. Those who have decided to take part in this year’s Hajj may have already made some preparations for this holy journey or are in the process of gathering their stuff and making arrangements. But even when we think we are more than ready, we find ourselves saying: “Oh, I forgot that!” right on the way to the airport! Here we have 14 tips for you to get ready for the best journey of your life and never feel unprepared. Before You Decide Hajj is a journey that every Muslim is required to participate and loves to do so. However, according to Islamic principles, before deciding to take part in this occasion, you should ask yourself these three questions: 1. Can you afford Hajj financially? (This includes buying tickets, hotel expenses, and your expenses during your stay in Mecca and Medina, etc.) 2. Are you physically able to perform Hajj rituals? [ii] 3. Is the route to Mecca and Medina (to which I recommend you to travel and have a plan for it) safe and open? [iii] If you are positive about all the above questions, you are considered to be Mustati (I.e., obliged to take part in Hajj) [1]. Then you can start preparing yourself for this journey. If not, don’t get disappointed. Pray to Allah to give you the necessary abilities for participating in the next year Hajj. Let’s Get Ready 1. Know your Intention Hajj is first and foremost a spiritual journey. A journey to the depth of your soul. If you don’t know why you are taking all these difficulties, then your effort will lose its meaning. Like any other action in Islam, you should perform Hajj with the intention of Allah’s satisfaction and surrendering to His will. 2. Find a Reliable Travel Agency Search for a travel agency which offers various Hajj packages and consult with them about the necessary documents you need in order to ask for visa from Saudi Arabia. You can also visit the website of Saudi Arabia‘s Ministry of Hajj for more information. You can also ask your friends or acquaintances who have taken this journey before about the best travel agency for Hajj. Or you can visit the nearest mosque or Islamic center in your city, and ask the Muslims there about travel agencies. Either way, make sure you know about the date, duration, accommodation, your representative there, and the type of transportation your agency offers within Mecca and to Medina. You can find some useful questions to ask from travel agencies on this website. 3. Get Some Maps and Information about Mecca and Medina The best way is to google it. Try to have a clear view of all the places you will visit during Hajj such as Mina, Arafat, etc. You can download a map and see the locations. Also make sure you check the weather, to know which clothing best suits you. Typically Saudi Arabia is hot during Hajj rituals so be ready for a hot and sunny journey! 4.Visit a Doctor and Get Necessary Medicines Since Hajj rituals take much energy and need a healthy body to complete the tasks before everything visit your doctor and have a check-up. If there are any medicines that you should use during your journey, make sure you get the prescription from the doctor and buy the medicines beforehandedly. 5. Go Shopping! Hajj is a one-month journey, so you will need many things during this time. Here is a list of some necessary or useful things to pack in your baggage for Hajj: Clothing and Accessories: Ihram [iv] An extra set of clothing (white underwear, trousers, hijab, white socks, etc.) Waist Pouch (Fanny Pouch) slippers (flip-flops, thongs), sneakers towels (2 large, 2 small) Suitcase elastic eye-glass holder sunglasses (or clip-on sunshades) travel alarm clock Toiletries / Hygiene: Medication [v] A scent-free lotion or Vaseline A scent-free sun protection free A medical face mask toothbrush and toothpaste scent-free soaps disposable razors toilet paper shaving cream small mirror comb napkins small shampoo bottle deodorant some plastic bags nail clipper small scissors a sheet inflatable pillow Documents and Money: Saudi Arabia’s Money (Rials) Passport Ticket Guidelines for Hajj pen, pencil, notebook Religious stuff: A praying mat A small copy of Qur'an, prayer and Dua books, Tasbeeh Food: Foods/Snacks/Water (some light food, like biscuits, cereals, nuts, dried fruits, etc.)[vi] can opener 6. Stay in Shape During Hajj rituals you will walk a lot. You should walk around Kaaba, walk the distance between Safa and Marva, etc. So, it’s important to have enough strength and be physically in good condition to be able to keep up with this endeavor. Try to do some exercises and eat healthier food sometime before embarking on your journey to Mecca. 7. Write your Will Yes, you need to write a will! Even if you are 25! But don’t worry it doesn’t mean that you won’t come back home. It’s just a way to make sure you have arranged all your worldly concerns properly, and you can start a spiritual journey with light and free soul. Make sure you consult with your lawyer after writing your will and legalize it. 8. Find a Proper Way of Communication with Your Family Back Home You remember what happened at Mina two years ago, right? Many families were worried about their children, husbands, wives, etc. but they couldn’t reach out to them. So, it is very important to predict a proper way of communication with your hometown. This can be a Saudi Arabia SIM card or even any other SIM Cards that work abroad. You can also ask the hotel staff for their WIFI information. 9. Know What You Want to Do and Why Have an idea of the actions you need to perform during Hajj. Salam Islam has a complete guide to these rituals: Hajj, The Holy Pilgrimage. You can also buy a booklet or download an ebook about these rituals to have it with you during the journey. Then, understand the reason behind those actions. You can read our Philosophy of Hajj Rituals, to get a better grasp of the reason behind these rituals. This way, you will remember them more easily. 10. Work on Your Time Management Most of the rituals during Hajj are time-bound. For example, you have only a few hours to perform stoning Jamarat. Also, the process of Ihram and actions in the Arafat need to be done during a certain time. So, you need to work on your time management so that you won’t lose any of those actions. 11. Work on Your Patience Hajj is not an easy journey. It is not a summer vacation. It is an Islamic obligation and a life-changing journey. During this time, you will face many difficulties, and sometimes you may find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of interesting yet difficult physical activities or prayers you are required to do. However, think of it as a chance to be purified and as an opportunity to strengthen your patience. For, every precious reward comes after consistency and patience. 12. Respect the Differences As you are well aware, Muslims are not just of a certain nationality or country. In every country and with every nationality, you can find people who believe in Islam. Hajj is a chance for this huge community to gather together and be unified despite their differences. So, during your journey, you may encounter people with different colors, languages, outfits, etc. Try to be respectful and modest toward everyone, no matter where they come from or how they look. 13. Learn Group work During Hajj you might have to join a group. And you will be with them every day of this one month period. You will accompany them in every ritual and action. So, try to prepare yourself for more cooperation and sacrifice. Sometimes you may need your roommate’s help, and in return, he/she may need yours. Try to be nice and generous. 14. Try to Be Better than Before After all, you want to participate in Hajj for a good reason: Self-awareness. This is a journey to find out who we are and why we are here. So, practice on the good in you and try to improve them. Be the best you can be. And prove that you deserve Allah’s invitation. Notes: One of the requirements for Hajj to be obligatory for a Muslim is financial ability – I.e., you have enough money to support yourself and your family on your journey [1]. [ii] Another requirement for performing Hajj is physical ability- I.e., Hajj is not obligatory for the sick, the old or those who are either unable or would face severe hardship [1]. [iii] Another requirement for obligatory Hajj is Sirbi ability - I.e., the route is open and safe [1]. [iv] To buy Ihram you can follow these links: https://www.amazon.com/Ahram-Ihram-Towels-Hajj-Umrah/dp/B005IHH2VK https://www.amazon.com/Ihram-Thick-Towels-44x90-Inches/dp/B009HEPVCC http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Piece-Ihram-Ehram-Ahram-White-Towel-Adult-Size-Cloth-Waist-Belt-Hajj-Umrah-/121445719313 https://www.amazon.com/Hajj-Ihram-Women-Size-XL/dp/B0108VELQ4 [v] Make sure about the kinds of medications you are allowed to have with you according to Saudi Arabia’s airport costume. [vi] Make sure about the rules of Saudi Arabia with regard to carrying food in your packages at the airport. References: [1] Hajj, The Holy Pilgrimage, https://www.salamislam.com/content/Hajj-holy-pilgrimage/6
  7. How Do We Define Patience in Islam? The death of a loved one, the problems at home or work, and even maintaining the Islamic regulations and orders might sometimes be challenging for us. In all these cases and many others, the patience to which Islam has invited can be enlightening for a Muslim. This patience is not merely passive waiting. Instead, patience in Islam directs us toward bearing things in a more steadfast and hopeful way...... read more read more
  8. salam . indeed. we have to imitate the Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) especially Imam Ali and lady Fatimah.
  9. agree. but do you think they have some duties and right toward each other?
  10. salam. you are right, read this article and share it if you like
  11. When you hear this question the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the following: “Do husbands have rights too?” and "What are husband's rights in Islam?" In today’s modern societies whenever the issue of rights is discussed, particular groups are considered; mainly women and children. However, it seems that men’s or husband's rights have been neglected or never talked about since no one thought it was necessary! Here we want to pay our attention to MEN and specifically those men who are involved in family life, say husbands! Husband’s Status in Family Since in Islam, the family is seen as an essential entity of the society, the wife-husband relations, their responsibilities and rights over one another is to be seen in the light of their status in the family. When a man is called ‘husband,’ it means so much to him. He has to provide, has to fulfill his wife’s needs emotionally and economically. There are so many responsibilities that a man as a husband has towards his wife, and when it comes to Islamic culture and teachings, it is even more demanding. The only provider in Islam is considered to be the husband, and wife has no responsibility whatsoever to provide for the family, unless she works and earns money only for her own pleasure (She may voluntarily, however, support the family financially. As it is the case in many Muslim families nowadays). The Prophet (PBUH) said: 'Man is the guardian of his family and every guardian has responsibilities towards those under his guardianship' [1]. Also, it is mentioned in the Quran that the husband is the ‘manager’: ‘Men are the managers of women, because of the advantage Allah has granted some of them over others, and by virtue of their spending out of their wealth...’ (4:34) A modern reader of this verse may wonder why men should be the managers. One of the reasons mentioned in the above verse is due to his financial role in the family: ‘and by virtue of their spending out of their wealth...’ However, one may argue that, in today’s societies, this is not always the case. Today both men and women work, both earn money, both are educated, and they both have the same virtues. Then, what feature(s) of men has made them capable of being in charge of the family? 1. Husband’s Rights: Respect and Obedience ‘Righteous women are obedient..’ (4:34) What does it mean to be obedient? Can it be applied to today’s societies in which men and women are considered the same? Modern thinkers have mainly focused on the similarities between men and women to defend women’s rights. They have strived to show that women have the same power as men to build the history [2]. At the end of the day, however, they are two ‘unique’ creatures of God, each of them possessing their beauty and strengths that fit well with his or her purpose of being. This is well addressed in the following verse: ‘And of His signs is that He created for you mates from your own selves...’ (30:21) The word ‘mate’ in the above verse refers to the fact that man and woman are incomplete on their own, and they need each other [3]. In other words, men are created to be fathers, the same way that women are created to be mothers! Is it not enough to understand their different duties, rights, and responsibilities? Islam advocates the priority of neither gender; rather it allows every person to fulfill their potentials, without any discrimination. Alexis Carrel, the well-known French physiologist, and biologist admits the fact that men and women have been made differently according to the law of creation and he also confirms that these dissimilarities make their duties and rights dissimilar [2]. When Islam introduces husband as the manager, it means he is fully responsible for all family affairs. Accordingly, one of his rights is to be obeyed by family members including his wife and children. What is primarily important here is that there should be a balance between rights and duties for each member of the family. When a family is seen as a big picture in which every member has their own role, different rights and duties of husband, wife and children can be easily explained. 2. Husband's Rights: Sexual Availability Parallel to his duties and responsibilities, a husband also has some rights over his wife. Sexual satisfaction is one of them. A wife has to sexually submit herself to her husband unless during the wife’s state of menstruation: ‘They ask you concerning [intercourse during] menses. Say, ‘It is hurtful.’ So keep away from wives during the menses, and do not approach them till they are clean’ (2:222) This is indeed one of the advantages that Islam gives to women to protect them. One might argue why sexual availability is considered as a duty for the wife and one of the husband's rights? An examination of the philosophy of marriage in Islam will be helpful to find the answer [4]. In Islam wife is considered as husband’s mate towards whom husband take comfort as you can see in the following Quranic verse: ‘And of His signs is that He created for you mates from your own selves that you may take comfort in them, and He ordained affection and mercy between you...’ (30:21) From the Islamic point of view, if a man is sexually and emotionally satisfied at home he will be protected against corruption outside. Same goes for women of course; hence we have many instructions for men on how to care for their wives and pay attention to their sexual needs. Last word... We can never talk solely about husband's rights or wife’s rights. They are members of one social unit called ‘family’; a unit that is of high value and importance in Islamic teachings. Husband, like the wife, has his own rights and duties. As for his duties, he is considered as the only provider for the family, and as the guardian, he has to take care of his wife and children. As for husband's rights, he has to be sexually and emotionally satisfied by his wife. Also, as the manager of the family, the husband is to be obeyed. Wife and children must recognize the role of man in the family for the family to stay on the right track. However, man is to provide whatever means possible to fulfill his wife's and children’s needs emotionally and economically. References: [1] Mustadrak, vol 2, p 550. [2] Mutahhari Murtadha, The Rights of Women in Islam, available at https://www.al-islam.org [3] Almizan, Tafir, Vol 16. Sura Rum, verse 21. http://www.aviny.com [4] The Importance of Marriage in Islam’, available at https://www.salamislam.com
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