Moon Sighted

There were reports of moon being sighted in San Diego, CA. Darul Uloom Canada has accepted those reports and will commence the first day of Ramdhan 1443 on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022.

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Dua- 15th Sha'ban

Aisha (ra) narrated that once the Prophet (saw) remained in Sajdah for so long during this night that she became scared and touched his foot to make sure he was still alive. He (saw) moved his foot and she heard him reciting this dua.

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Daylight Savings

This weekend we lose an hour of sleep. It is time to roll forward hour clocks for daylight saving. The Salah times at the masjid of Darul Uloom have changed and the prayer times table has been updated.

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Significance of Sha'baan

The eighth month of the lunar calendar, Shaaban, is significant for many reasons. It is the month that precedes Ramadan, the holy month most beloved to Prophet Mohammed ﷺ. The Muslims start getting ready for the month of Ramadan in Sha'baan. Allah, the All-Mighty ordered the Messenger ﷺ to change the Qiblah in the middle of Sha'baan. Qiblah, the direction towards which Muslims face when they pray, had been in the direction of Masjid Al-Aqsa for thirteen years in Makkah and for nearly eighteen months in Madinah. Verses of the Quran were revealed instructing him ﷺ and all Muslims to turn from Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem towards the Holy Kaabah in Makkah. Most interpretations date this incident to the middle of the month of Shaaban. Narrations of the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ show that it is recommended to fast during Shaaban. It is narrated by a well-known companion, Anas bin Malik RA, that Prophet Mohammed ﷺ was asked: “Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasting of Ramadan?” He ﷺ replied, “Fasting of Shaaban in honor of Ramadan.” The deeds done in Shaaban are like mental and physical training for Ramadan. Many of us may experience difficulty when they start the fast in Ramadan, however those who start in Shaaban, their bodies may get used to fasting and not feel so lethargic and weak when Ramadan begins. Shaaban is like an introduction and it has some things in common with Ramadan, such as fasting, reciting Quran and giving to charity. It is reported by Aisha RA that “The Messenger of Allah used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of God fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Shaaban.” Usamah ibn Zaid RA has narrated, “I said to the Prophet ﷺ, ’O Messenger of Allah! I did not see you fasting in any month as you do in the month of Shaaban.’ To which he ﷺ said, ‘People neglect this month which is between Rajab and Ramadan. In this month the actions of the people are presented to Allah, the Most-Merciful, so I like my deeds to be presented while I am fasting.’” Though fasting is made obligatory in Ramadan, fasting in Shaaban is beneficial in a number of ways as it offers a chance to start preparing for Ramadan. In Shaaban, many Muslim scholars and others used to consistently recite and read the Holy Quran along with fasting, which also helps in getting our routines of worship in place for the coming month of Ramadan. If we begin increasing acts of worship a month in advance, we will enjoy the fruits of our efforts in the holy month of Ramadan.

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The crescent moon to start the month of Rajab 1443 AH was not sighted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022. We will complete 30 days of the month of Jumada-Al-Thani 1443 AH. The 1st day of Rajab 1443 AH will be Thursday, February 3rd, 2022.

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Rajab: one of four

The Islamic calendar year is twelve months, four of which are sacred. All the four months were divinely designed to allow pilgrims safe passage to and from Makkah. Dhul-Qa‘dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Al-Muharram come in succession and are considered the Hajj season. The fourth sacred month is Rajab, which comes in between Jumada (ath-Thani) and Sha‘ban’, the seventh month of the lunar year and stands apart from the other sacred months. It is called ‘Rajab al-Fard’ or ‘Rajab the Separate One’ and Allah (swt) made it sacred in order to preserve people’s safety during ’Umrah, the minor pilgrimage. The sacred month of Rajab has been chosen by Allah Subhanahu wa Tala above other months to be sacred, so it is important that we get acquainted with its virtues, and make the most of this time. Rajab has three main virtues: 1)month of Allah. - The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha‘ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah’. [Suyuti] 2)miraculous Night Journey and Ascension, 27th night of Rajab, three divine gifts during Al-Isra’ wal-Mi’raj: a) five daily prayers b) last two ayat of Surah Baqarah c) Allah’s announcement to the believers: Whoever dies believing in Allah and not associating anything with Him, will enter Paradise. [Nasa’i] d) also known as Rajab al-Asamm, meaning silent Rajab as fighting is prohibited in this month. seeking forgiveness from Allah, Rajab is a great opportunity. The Prophet said Rajab is the month of absolution, so seek forgiveness from Allah. This month is also called ‘Rajab al-Asabb’ or ‘the Pouring Rajab’ in Islam, referring to the flood of divine mercy. Anyone who prays to the almighty during this time with a pure heart and asks for mercy is pardoned. e)observing fast during this month brings rewards and virtues. It is believed that the great Prophet said any person who fasts for a day during Rajab will be rewarded from Ridwan, an angel in heaven. For such people, the doors of hell will close, and from them, the wrath of God will be distanced. Rajab is a month of cultivation, so plant your seeds: Abu Bakr b. al-Warraq al-Balkhi used to say: “In the month of Rajab, you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban, you irrigate them, and in Ramadan, you reap the harvest.” - ready for Ramadan and to maximise on its blessings and virtue. a) Set personal goals for Ramadan b) Reflect on last year and explore what you need to do differently c) Start fasting on the Sunnah days d) Increase your Dhikr and re-kindle your relationship with Allah e) Recite the Quran f) Increase your acts of charity Doing this now will allow you to fully reap the benefits of the blessed month of Ramadan, Insha’Allah.

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