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Wednesday, 14 Shabaan 1433 H / 04 July 2012



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The Month of Shabaan is another great month in the life of a believer, closest to Ramadhan in the virtues and benefits it offers. Upon its arrival we must make thanks and shukr to Allah for accepting part of our Dua, “Allahuma barik Lana fee Rajab wa Shabaan wa ballighna Ramadhan… (O Allah grant us barakah in Rajab and Shabaan and allow us to reach (the blessings of) Ramadhan).” Then all we can do is wait for the second half of our Dua to be accepted as we wait for the arrival of Ramadhan. May we all live to taste the fruits of such a beautiful and sacred month. Ameen

With regards to fasting during the month of Shabaan, Sayyadatina Aisha (radhiallahu anha) narrates, “Rasullullah (salallahu alaihi wasalam) used to fast till we would say that he will never stop fasting and he would abandon fasting till we would say that he will never fast. I never saw Rasullullah (salallahu alaihi wasalam) fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadhan and did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Shabaan.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Aboo Dawood & Nasai)

In another Hadith of Nasai it is mentioned that… “Rasullullah (salallahu alaihi wasalam) used to fast the whole month of Shabaan except for a few days.” When he was asked the reason for this, Nabi (salallahu alaihi wasalam) said, “It is a month which people (generally) neglect between Rajab and Ramadhan. It’s a month in which deeds are brought before the Lord of the worlds. Therefore I like my deeds to be raised whilst I am fasting.” (Nasai)

Whilst in one narration it says “Allah (Aza wajal) draws up a list of the persons who will die in the forthcoming year. Therefore I like that my death comes when I am in a state of fasting.” (Nasai) Allah (Subhanahu watala) alone knows if our name is written amongst those destined to leave the world this year and embark on the everlasting life of the hereafter. May we live until it is best for us, and die when death is best for us. May our lives be long so that our deeds are great and our scales are filled with a’maal-e-saalihah. Ameen.

Remember, the blessed month regarding which Nabi (salallahu alaihi wasalam) is talking about should be valued in its entirety as we don’t know how many more times we will have the opportunity to gain such virtues. This might be a perfect time for readers who still have Qadha Salaahs or fasts to perform them before the arrival of Ramadhan. Not only will one be relieving themselves of this great burden but, at the same time, will also receive the reward of fasting in such a blessed month Insha Allah. Of course the main intention should be for Qadha, whilst also hoping for the specific rewards of fasting during the month of Shabaan.

From amongst the nights of this month is a very special night, the blessed night of Baraat - the 15th night of Shabaan. It has been said that Allah (Subhanahu watala) sets free from Hell during this night souls equivalent to the hair and wool of the goats of Banu Kalb (a tribe who possessed the largest number of goats in the whole of Arabia)- Subhanallah! Look at the extensive forgiveness of Allah. Where else would we find a compassionate Master likes ours? May all our brothers and sisters be freed from the terrible Hell fire during this night. Ameen read more

SUNNAH, (PRACTISES OF MUHAMMAD Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)

Sayyadatina Aisha RA narrates that the Messenger of Allah Muhammad (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) told me: "On this night recite this Dua and teach it to others as well, for Jibraeel AS has taught it to me:

"a'oothu bi'afwika min eqaabik wa a'oothu bi ridhaaka min sakhatik wa a'oothu minka jalla waj'huk laa uhsee thanaa'an alayk anta kamaa athnayta alaa nafsik."

TRANS: I seek protection in Thy forgiveness from Thy castigation, and I seek shelter in Thy pleasure from Thy wrath, and I seek safety in Thee from Thee. I cannot fully praise Thee; Thou art have praised Thyself.




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Commemorating Laylatul Meraj – Ml Yusuf Patel – Nurul Islam Masjid – Part 2

Ml Yusuf commenced his discussion with mentioning that we, as mere mortals, could not possibly comprehend and appreciate the true significance of this journey of ascension of Rasulullah SAW to the Seven Heavens. It would be too much for our limited imagination to picture the scene: The host was Allah Almighty Most-Glorious, the guest was the best of creation Prophet Muhammad SAW, the messenger sent with the invitation was the archangel Jibreel AS, the beginning of the journey was Makkah Mukarramah, the stop-over was Masjiul Aqsa and the ultimate destination was the Arsh or Throne of Allah Ta’aala. This is part 2 of 2… Listen

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500g chicken fillet
1 tsp ginger garlic
1 tsp garlic paste
2 tsp green chillies
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp lemon juice
cup flour
2 Tbsp gram flour
2 Large eggs
1 tsp baking powder
Bread crumbs
Olive oil

Cucumber salad:
1 English cucumber
cup olive oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 fresh red chilli
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
5-6 sprigs of mint

Cut chicken fillet into long thick strips. Marinate with spices and leave overnight. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine flour, gram flour, baking powder and add to the chicken. Add eggs to chicken and mix well. Coat each piece of chicken with bread crumbs. Leave in fridge for 30 min. Drizzle olive oil over chicken strips. Bake uncovered for 20 30 minutes until tender

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cut cucumber with the peel into ribbons with a potato peeler. Combine all the ingredients together except for mint. Place cucumber ribbons on a platter and garnish with sprigs of mint.


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