The biggest take that I have learned from my recent Hajj (Muslim Pilgrimage) experience is not to cut corners in life and to be patient and follow things through in its entirety without missing the essence and blessings of that experience.
Hajj is a journey of a lifetime that our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) took about 1433 years ago. Every single Muslim that performs Hajj is fulfilling the 5th pillar of Islam and following in his footsteps. However, many people do not realize the importance of Hajj and are not always mindful of sticking as close to the Sunnah (the way of the Prophet pbuh) as possible.
In our experience, many of the scholars amongst us were not fully knowledgeable about the optimal way of performing Hajj and found legal ‘loop holes’ in order to make things easier. These ‘loop holes’ or ‘easy ways out’ don’t necessarily invalidate the Hajj…
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As we approach this time, here is a reminder about this day.
Every event in the Prophet’s (pbuh) life has been an important lesson for us to learn from. Yet many of us take for granted the magnificent life and legacy of the one whose sole mission was to teach mankind the purpose of his life.
The journey of Isra wal Miraj was a miraculous journey in his life that not only brought enormous amounts of blessings to him but also to us. This journey was God Almighty’s wonderful response to the Prophet’s (pbuh) sad state in the year which is commonly known as “The year of great sadness”. This was a particularly sad time for Muhammad (pbuh) as his beloved wife Khadija (RA), who was his strongest supporter had passed away. Soon after, his Uncle Abu Talib passed on and left him completely alone, with no protection against the fierce Tribe of Quraish in Mecca.
With no one by his side…
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Rabbi Ul Awwal happens to be the month that God Almightly had blessed this earth with the birth of His most beloved and final messenger Muhammad. (peace and blessings be upon him) According to many scholarly narrations, it is believed that the 12th of Rabbi Al Awwal (third month of the Islamic Lunar Calender) may have been the exact date of his actual birthday. There are some differences of opinion on this matter as some believe that it was on a different date; however the important thing to remember is that he was born, he lived, and the world was never the same after he had graced it with his presence. Shall we not remember him and thank God?(Allah)
There are two types of Muslims, those who choose to remember our Prophet (PBUH) him more during this month and recall his stories, sayings and actions through their…
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Southern California is about to be blessed once again for the Second time! CelebrateMercy proudly presents two amazing programs.
1.Benefit Dinner with esteemed speakers and light entertainment with nasheeds at the Garden Grove Lawns in a tent under a starry night on December 6th 6:30pm onwards.
2. The second program is the”Portrait of A Prophet”, a study of the Prophet Muhammad’s (S) hadith on his personal traits, characteristics and looks. Dec 5th night(7pm-9:30pm) , Dec 6th (9am to 4pm) and Dec 7th( 9am-6pm) also at the Garden Grove Mosque upstairs in their musallah room.
Many of you have asked me what “Shama’il Class” is? Please take a few minutes to read up about it. Before you know it, this weekend will be over and you may regret missing the opportunity to get to know God’s Beloved the way He wanted us to know him.
ABOUT THE COURSE
On December 5-7 in Garden Grove, California, Shaykh Hassan Lachheb will lead students on a beautiful journey: an intimate study of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s). He will read and provide commentary on the famous ‘Shamail of Imam Tirmidhi’, a classical text of nearly 400 hadith describing the Prophet Muhammad (s). Chapters include his physical appearance, his character, how he worshiped, how he spoke, how he ate, and his final moments. Students will be given copies of the text, in Arabic and English; sessions will begin with beautiful songs and poetry by visiting performer like Mouaz Al-Nass. On Sunday, Shaykh Hassan will issue students a formal ijaza: a traditional certification given from teacher to student for over 1,000 years since Imam Tirmidhi. Most importantly, previous students of this course would agree that by the final chapter, you will fall more deeply in love with the Prophet, hopefully painting his Prophetic Portrait in your heart forever.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
SHAYKH HASSAN LACHHEB is completing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Indiana University. In 2000, he completed his Masters with Honors in Islamic Theology, Islamic Legal Theory, and Maliki Fiqh from Dar al-Hadith al-Hassaniyyah in Rabat, Morocco. He also earned a Bachelors degree in Arabic Language and Literature. Shaykh Hassan has extensively studied several Islamic disciplines, receiving many Ijazaat (licenses to teach).
Currently, he resides with his wife and three children in Knoxville, Tennessee where he teaches at the University and serves as the Muslim community’s Scholar-in-Residence.
If this interests you then go to www.celebratemercy.com/register to get your seats now.