By Sheikh Bassam Obeid
Dear brothers and respected sisters, our ummah today is still living the environment of Al-Hajj. It’s still living in the season of Al-Hajj. The theme of the season of Al-Hajj, the theme of this rukoon of Arkanul Islam is at takbir. Allah (swt) made two eid for us, prescribed two eid for us for Muslims, Eidl-Fitr wa Eidl-Adha. If you recognize after each heavy active worship, Muslims celebrate a lot. Eidl-Fitr comes after Ramadhan, after a whole month of fasting. Eidl-Adha comes after a great rukoon of Al-Islam, Al-Hajj Wa’l Tajj, as Rasoolullah SWAS said. In both the theme of two eids is at takbir Allahu Akbar. For Ramadhan, Allah (swt) said, what can be translated as, “Allah intends for you ease, and does not intend for you hardship, and wants from you to complete that period, that means the days of Ramadhan, the whole month of Ramadhan, and to glorify Allah, and to say “Allahu Akbar.” To mention this kind of dhikr, Takbirullah, to say “Allahu Akbar” right after you finish Ramadhan, and what comes after we finish Ramadhan but Eidl-Fitr? “For that to which He has guided you and perhaps you will be grateful.” For Eidl-Adha in Suratul Hajj, Allah (swt) said, (Quran – 22:37) . “Thus have We subjected them the cattles and Al-Ulhiya, We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah to say, “Allahu Akbar” for that which He has guided you and give good tidings, bushra, to the doers of good.”
From our interview with Sheikh Kemal El Makki
Sheikh Kemal El Makki is one of Al Maghrib Institute’s best loved instructors and Imams. Originally from Khartoum in Sudan, he is well known across the United States as he brings lessons laced with a light-hearted presentation that people love. He is well known expert in dawah, and shares his thoughts with us on certain issues.
The hardest part of Giving Dawah
Speaking to people is not difficult, whether I am speaking with a Christian, and Atheist, or anyone else it is essentially the same. I don’t find that one group of people is more difficult than another. This is because I am not making anything up, everything I say comes from Allah (SWT) and from His divine revelation. The Qur’an can crumble solid mountains, so I know that it can affect someone’s heart.
By Duston Barto
Labbaika Allahumma, Labbaik, Labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik. Innal-Hamda wanni’mata laka wal mulk La shareeka lak Labbaik.
(Translation: Here I am, O Allah, here I am! There is none comparable to You and to You I have come, Here I am! Verily all Praise and Grace are Yours and the Kingdom. Most Beloved are You, without a partner. In my Heart there is room for none, only You. Here I am, O Allah, here I am!)
In the 13 years since my Hajj I have heard these words echo in my mind many times. They remind me to make good on my promises of Hajj, to remember the lessons and to continue walking in the footsteps of the Prophets.