Question:     Can we cut nails on Tuesday?
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Answer:     We should make haste in cutting nails, as the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

Translation of Hadith: Don’t delay good works.

As given Fatawa A'alamgiri, Kitab Ul Karihiyya:

Translation:  An anecdote has been related that one Harun Rashid asked Imam Abu Yousuf (May Allah Ta'ala shower His mercy on him) about cutting nails at night and he said that nails can be cut at night.  Harun Rashid demanded a proof for this.  Hadhrat Abu Yousuf (May Allah Ta'ala shower His mercy on him) said:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: There should be no delay in good works.  (Fatawa A'alamgiri, Kitab Ul Karahiyya)

Thus, regardless of whether it is Tuesday or any other day, if the nails are overgrown, they should be cut.

And Allah The Mighty and The Majestic knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
Question:     Mufti sahab, I benefit a lot from your answers.  I am the Imam of a mosque.  Once in the 1st Raka’at of Salaat Ul Maghrib, I recited Surah Naas.  I was confused as to what to recite in the second Raka’at.  Then I thought that this is the last Surah of the Holy Quran and recited the first few verses of Surah Baqarah.  Was this correct?
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Answer:     If anyone recites Surah Naas in the 1st Raka’at of an Obligatory (Fardh) Salaat and the occasion is not of completing the recitation of the Holy Quran, then that person should recite the same Surah in the second Raka’at as well.  This is because reciting the same Surah in the 2nd Raka’at has less undesirability than reciting the Holy Quran against its proper order.

Thus, if you recite Surah Naas in the first Raka’at of the Obligatory Salaat of Salaat Ul Maghrib or any other Salaat, then you should recite Surah Naas in the next Raka’at as well.

As given in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Kitaab Us Salaat.


And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
Now the word “Rahman,” in which “Alif” and “Lam” are added.  It is accepted unanimously that such additions to the word increase or rather intensify the meaning of the word.  Thus, this word means the One who has more mercy and benevolence.

Rahman” is the first attribute and “Raheem,” is, apparently the second attribute.  Both of them come from “Rahmah,” i.e. mercy, but “Rahman” is for Allah Most High alone and has a certain superiority over “Raheem.”  “Rahman” cannot be used for anyone other than Allah Most High and in terms of its meaning, it is common, as this attribute is present in all creation and “Raheem” is its opposite.

The reason for mentioning these 3 blessed names of Allah Most High is that in the Holy Quran 3 types of people are addressed: One, those who wrong their own selves (i.e. sin), some who are half-hearted and some who take precedence in virtues.  Now, in this verse Allah Most High says: I am Allah for those who take the lead in virtues.  I am “Rahman” for the indifferent and half-hearted and “Raheem” for the sinners.

It also means: I am Allah, the one who grants.  I am “Rahman,” the one who forgives sins.  I am “Raheem,” the one who ignores offenses.

In other words, Allah Most High says in His infinite Mercy:

“I know such secrets of yours that if your parents get to know them, they would separate themselves from you.  If your wife knows them, she will take offense.  If your slave-girl knew of them, she would ready herself to run away from you.  If your neighbors know of them, they would incline towards destroying their home and hearth and bid goodbye to you.  What is interesting here is that I know of all this, but through my benevolence and my attribute of “Sattar,” I keep them hidden and do not take vengeance immediately, so that you know that I am Allah, the “Rahman” and “Raheem”.

[By Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam Imam Muhammad Anwarullah Farooqui (May Allah sanctify his secret), Maqasid Ul Islam, Vol. 4.]

Bravery of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah Kalbi (May Allah be well pleased with him)

On the 10th of Muharram, the supporters of Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) and the army of Yazid were arrayed before each other.  The army of Yazid surrounded the supporters of Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him).  At that time, Hadhrat ‘Abdullah Kalbi (May Allah be well pleased with him) was grazing his sheep.  He asked his mother:  If you permit me, I will go and help Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him).  The mother said:  It’s an honor.  Go and sacrifice yourself for the Imam.

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah Kalbi gave away all his sheep in the path of Allah and came to Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) with his mother.  The mother said:  O Imam!  I have brought my son to sacrifice him for you.  Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) expressed his happiness and prayed for them.

As soon as he came, Hadhrat ‘Abdullah Kalbi (May Allah be well pleased with him) attacked the wretches.  He killed 70 people, came back to his mother and said:  Mother!  I am feeling very thirsty.  His mother said:  Son!  The damsels of paradise are standing with chalices of sherbet.  Go and get martyred.

He returned, killed another 50 wretches.  Then the cowardly army of Yazid surrounded him from all sides and decapitated him and threw his head to his mother.  She picked up the head, kissed it and threw it back at them with great force.  That head struck the head of ‘Imran Dimashqi, who was a great warrior.  His head split open and he fell dead.  Then that old woman picked up a stick and ran towards the army.  Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) stopped her a lot:  O woman!  This isn’t your job.  Sit down, but she refused to listen.  She said:  O Imam!  For the sake of Allah, don’t stop me.  I will not return alive from here, but will get martyred.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) started crying.  She attacked the Yazidis, killed 3 of them and she herself got martyred.

The martyrdom of the Prophet’s Family

Martyrdom of Hadhrat Zaid bin ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him):

Hadhrat Zaid bin ‘Ali sought permission to enter the battlefield.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  You don’t sadden your mother.  Except you, she doesn’t have any other child.  The mother said:  Imam!  Permit my son.  What will we do after you are gone?

Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) embraced him and reluctantly granted permission.  Hadhrat Zaid bin ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him) displayed his martial prowess and got martyred.

Martyrdom of Hadhrat Ja’afar bin ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him)

Then Hadhrat Ja’afar bin ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him) sought permission to enter the battle.  Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  There should be some man in the house.  You don’t do this.  In reply, Hadhrat Ja’afar (May Allah be well pleased with him) recited a couplet:

Translation:       My life is waste without you.

                        Of what use is my living without you?

Persuaded by his insistence, Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) permitted him as well.  He also displayed his ancestral martial prowess and eventually got martyred.

Martyrdom of Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him)

Now Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) requested permission:  Uncle! Permit me as well.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said: My brother, Hasan (May Allah be well pleased with him) asked me to be affectionate with you.  How shall I show my face to your father tomorrow?  Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  Affection is that you don’t leave me alone and take me into paradise with you.  Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) granted permission with tearful eyes. When he was granted permission, it was if a hurricane swept over the battlefield.  Innumerable Yazidis were flung into hell.

After this, Arzaq, who was a great champion, sent his sons to fight with Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Each one fought bravely but didn’t stand a chance before Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Both of them suffered terrible deaths.  Now Arzaq lost all control.  Mad with anger, he himself came to fight Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Here, Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) was supplicating:  O Lord of all worlds!  My Qasim is fighting an experienced enemy.  You please help my Qasim.

The duel between Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) and Arzaq started.  Each one of them displayed great courage.  Whatever move Arzaq would make, Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) would expertly forestall it.  At this moment, Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) remembered the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that it is permissible to deceive an enemy in the battlefield.  Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) told Arzaq:  O Arzaq!  O champion of many fights!  Look!  The stirrup of your horse has loosened.  Very soon, you will land on the ground.  He worriedly peered down.  Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) struck him with his sword.  Arzaq couldn’t block this attack.  His head, severed from the body, fell to the ground.  Even the enemies murmured their admiration on the agility of Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him).

Now, the whole army attacked at once from all sides.  Wherever Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) would turn, they would give way before him as goats give away before a tiger.  At least, arrows were being rained from all sides.  At last, Hadhrat Qasim (May Allah be well pleased with him) too fell to the ground, martyred.

After this, Imam Hussain’s (May Allah be well pleased with him) nephews ‘Aun and Ja’afar (May Allah be well pleased with them) also demonstrated their bravery and passed into paradise.

Martyrdom of Hadhrat ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with him)

Hadhrat ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with him) couldn’t bear to see Hadhrat Sukaina writhing in agony because of thirst.  He cut a path to the River Euphrates through the horde.  He himself got the thought to drink water, but didn’t do so.  He thought: Sukaina is thirsty and how can I drink water.  He was returning with the waterskin when a wretch cut off his arm.  He transferred the waterskin to the other arm.  When that arm was cut off, he held the waterskin with his teeth.  He had not gone even a few paces when the wretches shot the waterskin full of arrows and martyred Hadhrat ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Water couldn’t reach the tents.  Hadhrat Sukaina (May Allah be well pleased with him) was crying: Alas! For the sake of water, I have lost my uncle.

Martyrdom of Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him)

Again the battlefield is in uproar that a tiger is entering it.  Who is it?  There is an uproar that the exact replica of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is coming.  All others have gone.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) stepped forward and requested:  All others have sacrificed themselves.  Only this slave is left.  I can’t see your loneliness.  Permit me as well.

Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  Son!  Will you squander away 18 years of efforts in the plain of Karbala?  Go to Madina.

Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  I will not remain in this world even a moment without you.  Will you leave me in the hands of those oppressors?

When the requests and insistence of Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) increased beyond limits, then Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) himself handed him weapons and granted him permission.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) took his leave and entered the battlefield.  The exact replica of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is coming.  Whenever anybody was reminded of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), they would see Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) and listen to his talk.  Thus, Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) entered the battlefield.

‘Abdullah bin Zyad told a person to ask Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) to unveil his face.  There is a great desire to see the beauty of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) unveiled his face.  The whole army of Yazid started crying on seeing his face.  Wailing was heard from every corner.  Shimar, the accursed, angrily said:  If you had so much affection for him, why did you choose to do this task and why did you kill so many members of his family.  He ordered his army to get ready and gave the command for attack.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) too showed such ancestral martial prowess that he cut down 200 wretches and came back to Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) and said:  Father!  The thirst is very severe. Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) let him suck his tongue.

He again entered the battlefield and demanded an opponent (for duel).  Nobody dared come forward.  He himself fell on the army.  It was a bolt of thunder that struck them. Wherever he turned, cries of “Save us” would be heard.  Dead bodies piled up all around. He again turned back and said:  Father!  This thirst is killing me.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) let him suck the ring of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  The thirst abated a bit.  He again returned to the battlefield.

The commander of the army told Tariq that if he martyrs this son of Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him), he will make him the governor of Mosul.  He took oaths and gave his ring to him.  Only then, out of desire for the governorship of Mosul, did Tariq step forward to fight Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him).  He struck with his spear.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) parried his thrust and speared him with such agility that his spear pierced Tariq’s chest and stuck out of his back.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) spurred on his horse.  Tariq was still stuck to the spear.  In this gallop, Tariq was reduced to shreds and ribbons.

Tariq’s son entered the battlefield and angrily clutched at Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar’s (May Allah be well pleased with him) garments.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) cleanly lifted him off his saddle and slammed him onto the ground. There was an uproar in the army.  Out of fear, nobody dared come forward.

The commander pushed forward Misraa’a.  He also used a spear.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) parried it with his sword with such skill that the spear splintered.  Misraa’a tried to grab the sword, but before he could pull, Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) struck with such skill that along with his saddle, he was cut into two.

Now no one could step forward.  2000 mounted soldiers were ordered to attack all at once.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) seemed like a hungry tiger attacking a herd of goats.  He cut his way to the center of the army.  He again turned back to Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) and complained of thirst. Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  Son!  No worry.  In a few moments you will reach the Houz-e-Kauthar and quench your thirst.

He again entered the battlefield and was attacking all around when Ibn Khumair tricked him and struck him with a spear.  Munqidh, the accursed, struck him with a sword. Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) fell from the horse, injured and called out to his father.

Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) picked him up, brought him inside and laid his head in his lap.  He called him:  The solace of my heart!  Talk to your father.  Hadhrat ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him) opened his eyes.  He saw that he was lying in the lap of his father.  His mother and sisters were all standing around crying.  He said:  Father!  The doors of the heavens are open.  The damsels of paradise are standing with chalices of sherbet in their hands.  He was saying this and his blessed soul left for paradise.

Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  Son!  You have also gone to other world to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

Martyrdom of Hadhrat ‘Ali Asghar (May Allah be well pleased with him)

For Hadhrat ‘Ali Asghar (May Allah be well pleased with him), 3 days had passed without any milk or water.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) thought that the wretches would at least have mercy on the innocent baby.  He took Hadhrat ‘Ali Asghar (May Allah be well pleased with him) to the army.  The mother said:  Don’t lose him like you lost ‘Ali Akbar (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Hadhrat Sukaina (May Allah be well pleased with her) said:  Father!  Bring my brother soon.  Let me drink the water left over by Asghar.

Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) entered the battlefield with the infant in his arms and said:  People!  What crime did this innocent one commit?  This thirst is killing him.  Give him at least a drop of water.  Some wretch shot an arrow which pierced his throat.

The Imam brought Hadhrat ‘Ali Asghar (May Allah be well pleased with him) back to the tents in the same condition.  His mother asked:  Did you get him water to drink?  The Imam replied:  Yes, I have let him drink from the Houz-e-Kauthar.

The martyrdom of Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him)

Hadhrat Shahrbano (May Allah be well pleased with her) told Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him):  Tonight I saw a dream that Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah be well pleased with her) had secured her clothing and was sweeping the plain of Karbala and is removing the stones, pebbles, etc. from there.  I asked her:  What are you doing?  She said:  My son Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) will be martyred tomorrow and will fall on this ground.  I am removing the stones, etc. so that they don’t prick my child.

Hadhrat Shahrbano (May Allah be well pleased with her) then said:  O Imam (May Allah be well pleased with him)!  You are going to the battlefield but this dream is suggesting something entirely different.

Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) held his peace.

Friends!  Look at the women of Egypt.  In the love of a creation they were unaware that they had cut their hands neither did they feel any pain.

What say you about those who are immersed in the love of the Creator?  At that time Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) was absorbed in divine love.  He had been tested with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, loss of produce, everything. Now he will be tested with his life.  He has already been martyred in the Greater Jihad (Jihad Akbar).  Now he will be martyred in the Lesser Jihad (Jihad Asghar).  Everyone is sad, but Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) is happy that since so long he has been suffering from separation, now he will be united (with his Ultimate Beloved).

All his associates have been martyred.  Now there is no one even to hold the reins of the horse.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) comes to the tents and takes his leave.  His youngest daughter, Hadhrat Sukaina (May Allah be well pleased with her) asks:  Father!  Where are you going?  All brothers, uncles have gone and died. You will also go and die.  What pleasure is there in dying, father?  Why is everybody going and dying?

Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) didn’t reply and came to the battlefield.  Yazid’s army said:  You start the battle.  Hadhrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  I feel shy before my grandfather.  If my grandfather asks me tomorrow on the Day of Judgment:  Why did you raise your sword on my Ummah, what reply shall I give Him?  First you strike, then I will be forced to fight back.  Those wretches didn’t value this character also.  This was the character of the Prophet’s Family.

All alone, the Imam (May Allah be well pleased with him) fought with thousands of soldiers.  Arrows, spears and swords are raining from all around.  Only on his face, he got 72 wounds.

At last, he fell down from his horse.  Immediately, Shimar, the accursed, sat on his chest. The Imam asked him:  What is the time?  That accursed wretch answered:  Today is Friday.  The Imam is giving the sermon.  Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said: The Imam is standing on the pulpit and giving the sermon of my grandfather and you are perched on the chest of His grandson, don’t you have any shame?

Shimar wanted to behead the Imam as soon as possible.  He couldn’t cut even a hair. Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) said:  How can you cut my throat. My grandfather has kissed it, it cannot be cut.  Move over, I will offer Salaat and the Imam started offering Salaat.  When Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) prostrated in the course of the Salaat, Shimar cut off his blessed head and Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) left for paradise.

[Excerpted from Shahaadatnama of Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan]
Allah has expressed the superiority and excellence of the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah by swearing by them in these verses of Surah Fajr:

By the Nights twice five; Surah Fajr (89:2)

The clarification about which nights are meant by these is mentioned in the exegesis of the Holy Quran and the Hadith.  There is a Hadith:

Translation: Hadhrat Jabir (May Allah be well pleased with him) narrates from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  The 10 nights mentioned here are the 10 nights of Dhul HIjjah, Witr means 9th Dhul Hijjah, the day of ‘Arafaat and the word “..” means 10th Dhul Hijjah, the day of sacrifice.  (Musnad Imam Ahmad Bin Hambal, Hadith No. 14885)

There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi about the worship of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him) and he narrates from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that He said: The worship of the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah is more liked by Allah than the worship of other days. 1 fast in this month has the reward of fasting for the whole year and worship of 1 night in Dhul Hijjah has the reward of standing up in worship for the whole year.  (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Pg No. 158, Hadith No: 763)

There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:

Translation: Hadhrat Abdullah Bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them) narrates from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  There is no good deed which is superior to the deeds done in these days.  The Companions asked:  What about Jihad?  The answer was:  Not even Jihad except the person who strives in the path of Allah endangering his life and property and does not return with anything.  (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith No. 926)

There is a Hadith in Shu‘abul Iman:

Translation: Hadhrat Harun Bin Moosa says:  I heard Hadhrat Hasan (May Allah be well pleased with him) narrating on the authority of Hadhrat Anas Bin Malik (May Allah be well pleased with him):  Every single day of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah is equal to 1000 days in reward and the day of ‘Arafah is equal to 10,000 days.  (Shu‘abul Iman, Hadith No. 3607)

Ghouse Azam Hadhrat Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah be well pleased with him) has recorded a Hadith in “Al Ghunya Li Talibi Tareeqil Haqqi”:

Translation: Whoever sends a night in worship among the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah will get the reward of performing Haj that year and the reward of performing ‘Umrah for the whole year and whoever fasts for a day in it has as if performed worship of Allah for the whole year.  (Al Ghunya Li Talibi Tareeqil Haqqi, Vol. 2, Pg No. 25)

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

Translation: When the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah start, perform worship of Allah, as these are the days, which Allah has granted superiority and has made its nights sacred like its days.  (Al Ghunya Li Talibi Tareeqil Haqqi, Vol. 2, Pg No. 25)


Some special acts of worship for these 10 days

In these blessed days Haj is performed and those who are performing Haj are in a state of Ihraam.  Thus, to develop some kind of resemblance to them, it is commendable not to cut their hair or trim their nails those people who are performing Qurbani.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has prohibited us from doing so.  There is a Hadith in Sahih Muslim:

Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Umar bin Muslim bin’Ammaar (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says:  I heard Hadhrat Sa‘eed bin Musayyib (May Allah be well pleased with him) say:  I  heard the mother of the believers Hadhrat Umm Salma (May Allah be well pleased with her) say that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  The person who has an animal for slaughtering, on seeing the moon of Dhul Hijjah, should neither remove/cut hair nor cut nails until he performs the Qurbani (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 5236)

From the Fajr of 9th Dhul Hijjah to the ‘Asr of 13th Dhul Hijjah, after every Salaat, every Muslim man and woman should perform Takbeer Tashreeq as well.  As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 152.

To say the Takbeer Tashreeq once is Compulsory (Wajib) and saying it thrice has more excellence.  The Takbeer Tashreeq is this:

Transliteration: Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar Laa Ilaaha Illallaahu Wallaahu Akbar Wa Lillaahil Hamd.

Muslims should also fast in the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah.  At the very least, one should fast on 9th Dhul Hijjah at least, which is recommended by the Sunnah and has much excellence.

Thus, there is a Hadith in Sahih Muslim:

Translation: Fasting 3 days of every (Islamic) month, fasting in one Ramadhan after the last one has reward of fasting for the whole life.  By fasting on the day of ‘Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah), I have hopes that Allah will forgive the sins of the year prior to it and the year following it.  I have hopes that by fasting on the 10th of Muharram, Allah will forgive the sins of the year gone by.  (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 2803)

Those whose wealth reaches the prescribed limits should compulsorily perform the sacrifice of an animal
Allah Most High says in the Holy Quran:

And keep your garments thoroughly clean and pure.  Surah Mudassir (74:04)

and also says:

Did we not create you from a drop of abominable fluid?  Surah Mursalaat (77:20)

and also says:

(Allah Most High created for you) from the wool and fur and hair of animals, household goods and goods of profit for an (appointed) time.  Surah Nahl (16:80)

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  When a dog puts its muzzle in any of your utensils and drinks from it, then empty that vessel (i.e. throw away what that utensil contained) and wash that utensil 3 times.

This is related by Ibn ‘Adi and Daraqutni has also related similarly as a Marfu’ Hadith.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said: When a dog puts it muzzle in any utensil and consumes from it, then throw away what was in that utensil and wash the utensil 3 times.

This is related by Daraqutni in a Mauquf manner and it is mentioned in Nasab ur Raayathat Shaykh Taqiuddin (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) in Al Imam that its chain of narration of this Hadith is well authenticated (Sahih) and Tahawi has also related the same.

It is related on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him) that when a dog would drink from a vessel, Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him) would empty the vessel and would then wash the vessel 3 times.

This is related by Daraqutni with a well authenticated chain of narration.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Mu’ammar (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said that I asked Imam Zuhri (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) about dogs drinking from a vessel and the Imam said that the vessel should be washed thrice.

This is related by ‘Abdur Razzaq.

An impure stretch of ground is purified when it dries up

This is related by Abu Dawood and he does not say anything about the chain of narration of this Hadith which for him is a sign of its authentication.  Bukhari has also related similarly.  Abu Dawood said that this Hadith is evidence that when the ground dries up, it is purified.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Muhammad bin Al Hanaffiya (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says:  The purification of earth is its drying up.

This is related by Ibn Abi Shayba.  In another Hadith of Ibn Abi Shayba, the same is related on the authority of Hadhrat Imam Abu Ja’afar Baqar (May Allah be well pleased with him).

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Qulaba (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said:  The drying up of earth is its purification.

This is related by ‘Abdur Razzaq.  Ibn Abi Shayba has also related similarly and all the narrators in his chain are the narrators of well authenticated narrations.

[Excerpted from Noor Ul Masabeeh, Vol. 1, Kitaab Ut TahaarahBaabu Tatheer un Najaasaa
Blessings of Bismillah




It is given in Sharh Al Mawahib Al Ladunniya that “Allah,” “Ar-Rahman” and “Ar-Raheem” are the Ism-e-A’adham.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Jabir (May Allah be well pleased with him) that when “Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem” was revealed to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the clouds raced towards the east, there was a lull in the winds, there was a tide in the oceans, all the animals were listening carefully, the devils were stoned away from the sky and the Lord Almighty swore by His honor that whoever recitesBismillahir Rahmanir Raheem on something, that will definitely be blessed.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) that whoever wants to be freed from the 19 guards of hell, it is compulsory for that person to recite Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, which has 19 letters.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them) that when a teacher asks the students to recite Bismillah, then deliverance from hell is written (i.e. decreed) for the student, the teacher and their parents.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him) that when a person is stuck in a difficulty, that person should recite Bismillah, as due to its blessings, Allah Most High will turn away as many difficulties as He wants.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him) that any great work started without Bismillah will be defective and incomplete.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Ata (May Allah be well pleased with him) that when the donkeys start braying at night, then Bismillah and A’audhu Billah… must be recited.

It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  Whoever who recites Bismillah, for every letter 4000 virtues are entered into that person’s record of deeds, 4000 sins are wiped out and that person’s status is raised by 4000 stations.  It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that Bismillah is the key for every book.

[To be continued...]