The Middle Path Volume 4 Issue 3 Newsletter Date: Tuesday 1st December 2009 14th Dhul-Hijjah 1430

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The Middle Path
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “We are closer to Musa than you are (The Jews).” He fasted on that day (10th Muharram) and commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari).
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Muharram and the Day of Ashura
Fasting on 10th Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on 10th Muharram and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said, “This is a blessed day.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “We are closer to Musa than you are.” He fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari). The following year, Allah commanded the Muslims to fast the month of Ramadan, and the fasting of Ashura became optional. It is also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) intended to fast on the ninth and tenth. Ibn `Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah fasted on the day of Ashura and ordered the people to fast on it. The people said, "O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that the Jews and Christians honour." The Prophet said, "When the following year comes, Allah willing, we shall fast on the ninth." The death of the Prophet came before the following year. (Muslim and Abu Dawud). The reason why it is mustahabb to fast on Tasu’a (9th Muharram) is An-Nawawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said: "The scholars – our companions and others – mentioned several reasons why it is mustahabb to fast on Tasu'a and the intention behind it is to be different from the Jews, who only venerate the tenth day - this opinion was reported from Ibn 'Abbas. Also Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said: The strongest of these reasons is being different from the People of the Book. "The Prophet, peace be upon him, forbade imitating the People of the Book in many ahadith, for example, his words concerning 'Ashura: 'If I live until the next year, I will certainly fast on the ninth day.' " [Al-Fatawa al-Kubra]. Ibn Hajar, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his commentary on this hadith: "What he meant by fasting on the ninth day was probably not that he would limit himself to that day, but would add it to the tenth, either to be on the safe side or to be different from the Jews and Christians, which is more likely. This is also what we can understand from some of the reports narrated by Muslim." [Fath, 4/245] The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) 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). But this expiation of minor sins comes only if you avoid major sins. It is a big mistake to rely on fasting a single day to “wipe your slate clean.” If you neglect your daily Prayers or the fast of Ramadan, or if you backbite, lie, commit adultery or other major sins, fasting on Ashura alone will not atone for your sins. The great scholar Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyya wrote: “This misguided person does not know that fasting in Ramadan and praying five times a day are much more important than fasting on the Day of Arafah and the Day of Ashura, and that they expiate for the sins between one Ramadan and the next, or between one Friday and the next, so long as one avoids major sins. But they cannot expiate for minor sins unless one also avoids major sins; when the two things are put together, they have the strength to expiate for minor sins.” Among those deceived people may be one who thinks that his good deeds are more than his sins, because he does not pay attention to his bad deeds or check on his sins, but if he does a good deed he remembers it and relies on it. This is like the one who seeks Allah’s forgiveness with his tongue (that is, by words only), and glorifies Allah by saying “subhan Allah” one hundred times a day, then he backbites about the Muslims and slanders their honor, and speaks all day long about things that are not pleasing to Allah. This person is always thinking about the virtues of his saying “subhan Allah” and saying “la ilaha illa Allah” but he pays no attention to what has been reported concerning those who backbite, tell lies, and slander others, or commit other sins of the tongue. They are completely deceived. (Al-Mawsu`ah Al-Fiqhiyyah, part 31, Ghuroor) You may hear of some customs associated with `Ashura’ such as cooking and eating certain foods on that day, wearing kohl or henna, or even merrymaking. Others consider this a day of mourning, wailing and beating themselves in the honour and mourning of the Prophet’s grandson Al-Husayn, who was killed in battle on that day. Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah stated that all of these are bid`ahs (reprehensible innovations) that should be avoided. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring yourself closer to Allah on in the month of Muharram by fasting and praying for forgiveness by following the authentic sunnah.
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PEARLS OF WISDOM “The role of a mind”
A man came to Iyas Ibn Mu'awiyah, a Muslim judge famous for his wisdom, and the following conversation took place between them: Man: What is the Islamic ruling regarding wine? Judge: It is Haram (Forbidden). Man: How about water? Judge: It is Halal (Permissible). Man: How about dates and grapes? Judge: They are Halal. Man: Why is it that all these ingredients are Halal, and yet when you combine them, they become Haram? The Judge looked at the man and said: If I hit you with this handful of dirt, do you think it would hurt you? Man: It would not. Judge: How about if I hit you with this handful of straw? Man: It would not hurt me. Judge: How about a handful of water? Man: It surely would not hurt me. Judge: How about if I mix them, and let them dry to become a brick, and then hit you with it, would it hurt you? Man: It would hurt me and might even kill me! Judge: The same reasoning applies to what you asked me!!!!!

Indeed successful are the believers who perform prayers with complete devotion
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Indeed successful are the believers who perform prayers with complete devotion
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PRAYER TIMETABLE
Dhul-Hijjah - Muharram 1430 | December 2009

FAJR
Islamic month

ZUHR
Jamat Sunrise Start Jamat Start

‘ASR
Jamat

MAGHRIB
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‘ISHA
Jamat

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st

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6.08 6.09 6.10 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.26 6.27 6.27 6.28 6.28 6.28 6.29 6.29 6.29 6.29 6.29 6.29

7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15

7.46 7.48 7.49 7.51 7.52 7.53 7.54 7.56 7.57 7.58 7.59 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.06 8.07 8.07 8.08 8.08 8.08 8.09 8.09 8.09 8.09 8.09 8.09

12.01 12.01 12.01 12.02 12.02 12.02 12.04 12.04 12.04 12.05 12.05 12.05 12.06 12.06 12.06 12.08 12.08 12.08 12.09 12.09 12.09 12.11 12.11 12.11 12.12 12.12 12.12 12.14 12.14 12.14 12.14

1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00

2.08 2.08 2.08 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.05 2.07 2.07 2.07 2.08 2.08 2.08 2.10 2.10 2.10 2.12 2.12 2.12 2.12

2.45 2.45 2.45 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.30 2.45 2.45 2.45 2.45

3.54 3.54 3.53 3.53 3.52 3.52 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.51 3.52 3.52 3.53 3.53 3.54 3.54 3.55 3.56 3.56 3.57 3.58 3.59 4.00

3.59 3.59 3.58 3.58 3.57 3.57 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.56 3.57 3.57 3.58 3.58 3.59 3.59 4.00 4.01 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05

5.19 5.19 5.18 5.18 5.17 5.17 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.16 5.17 5.17 5.17 5.19 5.19 5.19 5.21 5.21 5.21 5.24 5.24 5.24 5.24

7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15 7.15

AL-JALAL MASJID ACTIVITES FOR DECEMBER 2009
- Children Madrasah: Monday to Friday-5.00 pm to 7.00 pm - Quran classes for adults: Every Tuesday & Wednesday after Zuhr Jamat, 1.30 pm - Women Circles (in Bengali): Every Wednesday at 11.00 am - Riyadh Us Saliheen Reflections: Every Wednesday after Isha jamaat - End of December Holiday period events: Dates & Times to be confirmed. (Please check our website and/or announcements in the Masjid)

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