|(1) Islaamic History||The Khilaafah of Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA)|
|The Khalifah whose name is taken with great adoration after the Khulafaa Raashideen was Umar the Second, Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA). He became the Khalifah in the year 99 A.H. when the previous Khalifahs of the Umayyad dynasty had completely veered away from the manner in which the Khulafaa Raashideen had governed. It was a time when tribalism and prestige had become the order of the day and rather than good deeds being done to please Allaah, it was done for recognition and fame. The coffers of the state treasury were treated like the private wealth of the Khalifah and even music was rife. The succession of the Khilaafah within the Umayyad family had sealed the doors to reform. However, all this changed when Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA) became the Khalifah and established the Khilaafah upon the teachings of the Qur’aan and the Ahadeeth. So successful was he in transforming the government that people began to say that the Khulafaa Raashideen are not four but five; Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA), Hadhrat Umar (RA), Hadhrat Uthmaan (RA), Hadhrat Ali (RA) and Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA).|
|(2) Allaah’s Power||Fingerprints|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “We have the power to perfect even his fingertips”.
[Surah Qiyaamah, verse 4]
In this verse, Allaah points towards His tremendous power in that the fingertips of every person is unique and unlike those of any other person. If we combine the fingerprints of millions of people, we will be surprised to note that each one of them is different from the other. You will not find any pair of people whose fingerprints match. How great is the power of Allaah that He has created every person’s fingerprints different and will even recreate them to the exact match when people are resurrected on the Day of Qiyaamah!
|(3) A Fardh||Wuqoof at Muzdalifah|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “When you leave Arafaat, then remember Allaah at the Mash’arul Haraam (“The Sacred Monument” – referring to Muzdalifah)”.
[Surah Baqarah, verse 198]
It is compulsory to be at Muzdalifah from between dawn and sunrise on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Forsaking this will necessitate a penalty.
|(4) A Sunnah||Trimming the moustache|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) trimmed his moustache and mentioned that this was the practice of Hadhrat Ibraheem (AS).
[Tirmidhi 2760, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
|(5) An Important Act and its Virtue||The virtue of Hajj|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “The intercession of the Haaji will be accepted in favour of 400 families and he himself will be purified of sins as the day he was born.”
[Targheeb wat Tarheeb 1595, from Hadhrat Abu Moosa Ash’ari (RA)]
|(6) A Sin||The consequences of cursing|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When a person curses another, the curse rises to the heavens, but the doors to the heavens are shut before it can enter. It then returns to the earth, but the doors to the earth are also shut before it can enter. It then tries to exit to the right and left, but when it eventually cannot find any escape, it heads for the person it was intended for. It then afflicts him if it finds him deserving of it, otherwise it returns to afflict the person who had made it.”
[Abu Dawood 4905, from Hadhrat Abu Dardaa (RA)]
|(7) This World||The best of the abstinent people|
|A person once asked Rasulullaah (SAW) who the most abstinent of all people are. Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “He is the one who does not forget the grave and its decomposition. He forsakes the luxuries of this world and gives preference to the eternal life of the Aakhirah over this temporary world. He does not regard tomorrow as his own and counts himself amongst the dead.”
[Targheeb wat Tarheeb 4553, from Hadhrat Dahhaak F ]
|(8) The Aakhirah||The bounties of the people of Jannah|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “The people of the right, how excellent are the people of the right! They will be (enjoying themselves) in (gardens of) thornless lotus trees and (trees resembling) banana trees (which will be) laden (with fruit). (They will be enjoying all these bounties) In extensive shade (the environment will be without harsh sunshine. Although they will have ample light, they will feel comfortable like a person who is shaded). And (enjoying the refreshing) flowing water and an abundance of fruit (of all types) that will not come to an end (because another fruit will immediately grow in the place of a plucked one) and will not be restricted (they will have as much as they please). And (they will be reclining on) elevated thrones. Indeed We have created these damsels (whom the “people of the right” shall marry) very specially (without any impurities in their bodies or their behaviour). We have made them all virgins most beloved (every facet of their appearance and behaviour will be pleasing to their husbands) and of equal age for the people of the right”.
[Surah Waaqi’ah, verses 27-38]
|(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW)||The benefits of Zamzam|
|Hadhrat Jaabir (RA) reports that that Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “The water of Zamzam will have the effect it is drunk for.”
[Ibn Maajah 3062]
|(10) Qur’aanic Advice|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “O you who have Imaan, do not follow the footsteps of Shaytaan (do not do what he wants you to do). Whoever follows the footsteps of Shaytaan, then (such a person should remember that) verily he (Shaytaan) commands (people to engage in) immoral (indecent) behaviour and evil”.
[Surah Noor, verse 21]