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In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful. 

Eid El-Fitr Kuthah (1438 h - 2017 ac)

 

Written by:  Sk Abd-Razzag Taher Farih

Translated by: Dr. Faheem Bukhatwa

 

01 Shawal 1438.

25 June 2017

 

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, no God but Allah.

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar and all thanks be to Allah

All thanks be to Allah who made a feast as the ending of a major deed of obedience. Thanks to Allah who has given preference to this nation over others. We thank Him as it befits His glory and His great majesty. I testify that He is the one and only God who Has no partners, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. Muhammad has regulated for his nation feasts, which makes the nation in no need of the pre-Islamic feasts. He warned against newly innovated feasts. He commanded his nation to hold on tight to the Godly regulations and prophetic methodology. He left us a clear and white way of life that one will be demised if one deviates from it. Allahs peace and prayers upon the messenger, his wives, his folks and his companions and all those who follow him to the last day in this life.

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, no God but Allah.

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar and all thanks be to Allah

O Allah, we thank you for helping us and allowing us to complete our fast and qiam. We ask you with your grace and mercy and your generosity, we ask you to accept our fast and prayers, and that you overlook our shortcomings and our lack of perfectness. You are the most generous and most Gracious.

Dear Muslims, this Eid represents a feeling of delight and happiness because Allah Has enabled him to perform fasting and night worship. It is happiness because the month of Ramadan is over. Month of Ramadan has been like a wonderful guest who has softened the hearts, cleansed sins, and saved the souls from the punishment of hellfire, all with grace of Lord of the worlds. That is one of the greatest mercies of Allah upon Muslims. All this Takbeer that you make out loud, and all the faithful in all corners of the earth, and your meeting this blessed morning is all an expression for your thanks to Allah for the mercy of being guided to being a Muslim. Thanks for enabling you to complete your fasting and night worship and all the other good deeds during the month of Ramadan. Allah says: {And so you would complete the prescribed time, and so you would glorify Allah for His guidance so you may be thankful}.   

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, no God but Allah.

Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar and all thanks be to Allah

You who worship Allah, It is within your right today; that you should feel happy. Today after you have performed your fast and stayed up late in the nights in prayers, and after having your sins forgiven, and your hard work is appreciated.

Slaves of Allah, when a Muslim matures enough to start understanding the lesson and wisdom of his/her existence into this life; he finds that he/she was not created in vane. He has been created for the purpose of worshipping Allah, and for the purpose of employing all effort into obedience of Allah. Worship is not for a particular period, so worship will end oly when time ends. Yes, worship lasts for as long as life itself lasts.

It is noticed that many Muslims who kept up many of acts of obedience during Ramadan, such as remembering of Allah, donating, doing prayers in group, that after the month of Ramadan is over they ignore those acts of obedience. They do not continue doing so after Ramadan.

This is in a complete disagreement with what Allah has commanded us to do; to obey Him continuously until death. Allah says: {Worship your God until time of death} Hijr:99. Allah is worshiped at all times and in all circumstances. Warning to those people who only know and remember Allah during the month of Ramadan.

Worse than that is for one to switch completely back to a life of sin and disobedience. Such as give up prayers completely or ignore it after keeping it up during the month of Ramadan.  Slaves of Allah, Worshipper of Allah, keep on doing good deeds after the month of Ramadan. Remember that your prophet ppbu has also recommended for you the act of fasting six days of the month of Shawal that comes immediately after the month of Ramadan. The prophet ppbu said: {whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and follows it with a fast of six days of Shawal is then as if he/she has fasted the entire time}

Dear Muslims, make sure to strengthen the links of love between you. Your religion commands you to do so. Eid is a good opportunity to mend things with others. Day of Eid is a day of forgiveness and kindness. Do forgive this who did you wrong, do good to those who did evil at you, so Allah will forgive you and will be kind to you.

(final Duaa)

Slaves of Allah, I ask Allah to put love and affection between our hearts, and to unite our resolve.

O Allah, unify our words, unify the resources of the nation, O Allah bring agreement of the nation according to the Quran and Sunnah.

O Allah, dismantle the unity of the enemies.

O Allah, satisfy our souls with the victory of Islam,

O Allah, repent on us so we would repent to you.

O Allah, forgive all sins for every one of our brothers and sisters. And make well every sick person amongst us, and make good each debt any of us have, and put mercy on every dead person of ours, and guide every disobedient of ours, and make firmer and stronger every obedient person of ours. O Allah provide each and every need of ours as long as You are satisfied with it and there it has good for us in it. O Lord; You are the most gracious.

O Allah, mend our fractures, and cover our fails and mistakes, and unchain and free us from what has us captive, O Allah, be in charge of our affairs, and make our final acts full of good deeds.

Slaves of Allah, Allah and His angels pray upon the prophet. You who have faith pray upon him and pay him greetings of peace.

 

 

 

 

Notes:

  1. Adhan - The call to prayer.

  2. Ahmad (Ahmed)- Another name for the messenger Muhammad (PPBU).

  3. Allah - The Arabic word for "god."  It is often used as a name for God in Islam.

  4. Ansar (or Al-Ansar): The inhabitants of the city of Al-Medina that received and supported the messenger (PPBU) when he immigrated from Mekkah in the very early years of Islam.

  5. Assalam Alaikum - The Islamic greeting, literately means: Peace be with you. Used when approaching or leaving. When used during approaching it will be like saying: I bring no harm to you . and when said during leaving somebody it will mean: No harm will come to you after I leave.

  6. Aya (or Ayah): is a verse of the Koran. It also means a miracle or a sign from God.

  7. Arafa (or Arafah or Arafat): is a mountain outside the city of Mecca that represents the climax of the Hajj worship. All doing Hajj must stay at this location on the same day.

  8. Badr - The place of the first significant battle between the Muslims and the pagans of the Quraish. It is located in Saudi Arabia.  

  9. Caliph - A Muslim ruler. See: (Khalifa) 

  10. Dajjal - Antichrist or the False Massiah.

  11. Dawah - The proliferation of Islamic teachings through word and deed.  

  12. Deen (Din) - Religion or way of life. 

  13. Duaa: a prayer in the form of talking to Allah; praising him and asking him for help.

  14. Fatwa - Legal verdict given based on the Qur'an (Koran) and the Sunnah which are the recorded sayings and deeds of Muhammad.

  15. Ferdose: is the highest level of the all the gardens of Eden or paradise.

  16. Fiqh - Religious law.

  17. Hadeeth: is something reported that the messenger have said. It includes all the speeches and ceremonies he gave. It is usually narrated or told by one of his companions. There is a list of hadeeths approximately 14000 that are reported and checked to be genuine. No more hadeeths are acceptably added to this list.

  18. Hajar - The Black Stone set into the corner of the Ka'aba in Mecca. It is said to be a stone from Heaven.

  19. Hajj - The pilgrimage to Mecca which takes place in the last month of the Islamic calendar.  One of the five pillars of Islam.

  20. Hasana or hasanas: is the reward for a good deed. a hasana is a point or a merit for a good deed.

  21. Hadith - The sayings and not deeds of the prophet Muhammad recorded by his followers.  Considered authoritative and perfect.

  22. Hajj: is the worship of pilgrimage.

  23. Hijra (or Hejrah): the event of the immigration of the messenger from Mekkah to Madina. This event marks the start of the Islamic calendar. the Islamic calendar has 12 months based on the lunar cycle, each is 29.5 days. Hijra is also used as a name for the Islamic dating system.

  24. Ibadah - Worship. All the words and deeds with which Allah is pleased. These deeds could be prayer and charity.

  25. Iblis - (Ibleese): On of Satan's names.

  26. Ibn (Ebn): the son of. Used by Arabs as part of an individual's name. Example: Ali whose father is Omar or the son of Omar, would be called: Ali Ibn Omar.

  27. Imam (or Emam)- The leader for a prayer. In the Shiaa sect, an Imam is the individual who has the religious authority.  

  28. Iman: belief or faith

  29. Injil (Enjeel) - The Bible. The book inspired to Jesus for the Christians.

  30. Islam - Submission, the religion of all the prophets of Allah culminating in Muhammad.

  31. Jannah - The heavenly garden, Paradise.  The place of the faithful in the afterlife.

  32. Jihad: is striving in the line of Allah in many forms. Includes a very wide scope varying from improving oneself to fighting a defensive war in protection of Allah's word. The greatest Jihad is the fight one's self against temptations. It also means "holy war."

  33. Jinn - Supernatural, invisible beings race of beings, below angels.  They were made from fire. Like humans, there amongst them are the faithful and the non beleivers and Jinn shall be judged on Judgment Day.

  34. Ka'aba: A cube shaped building in Mecca containing a stone laid there by Abraham and Ishmael. Some say Ka'aba was first built by Adam, and some say by Abraham. It is the holiest place for Muslims. It is where all Muslims face in their daily prayers. Ka'aba also makes a major part of the pilgrimage in a ritual known as Tawaf.

  35. Khalifa: is the Muslim ruler. Head of the Islamic empire. Exact translation: "Successor".

  36. Khutbah  - A sermon given in a Mosque, usually on Friday.

  37. Kufr - Denial or Disbelief. A term Muslims use for anyone who denies existence of Allah or the prophecy of Muhammed.

  38. Koran - Also spelled Qur'an.  The holy book of Islam revealed to Muhammad by Allah through the Archangel Gabriel.  Koran literally means "the recital."  It is the final revelation of Allah given to the prophet Muhammad. It consists of 114 surahs (or chapters.)

  39. Madinah - (Medinah): A city in the Arabian peninsula (in the country known now as Saudi Arabia). A city where the messenger had to immigrate to. Then it was called Yathrib.

  40. Masjid - A center for Muslim activity.  It is referred to as a mosque.

  41. Masiah - A sin, or a sinful act

  42. Mecca or Makkah: is the holiest city for Muslims. It contains the Ka'aba mosque with the famous black cubical shape. Mecca is the birth place of the messenger (PPBU).

  43. Mosque - A Muslim house of worship.

  44. Muhajir - (Muhajireen) Immigrant, one who leaves his home town due to lack of religious freedom. It was first used to describe early Muslims immigrating from Mecca to Median and Ethiopia.

  45. Muhammad - the final messenger and prophet of God whose message abrogated all previous revelations.  He received the Koran through the angel Gabriel over a 23 year period. Born in Mecca and died in Medina at the age of 63. His full name: Muhammad ibn Abd-Allah

  46. Muslim - One who holds faith to the religion of Islam.

  47. Nafilah: a voluntary prayer other than the five obligatory prayers; performed at any time.
  48. Nasara - Christians.  Nasrani: A Christian individual. Nasraniah: Christianity.

  49. Ommah: is the Arabic word for a nation. It usually refers to the Islamic nation unless otherwise specified.

  50. Paradise - Another word for heaven.  A garden of bliss, fruits, rivers and all forms of pleasures imaginable and imaginable. No suffering, disease or death. Service is provided by angels. All live  in it an ever lasting youthful life. Promised by Almighty Allah to all faithful, true Jews, true Christians and True Muslims. Paradise is one of two places every person will go to, either Paradise or Hellfire.

  51. PPBU (P.B.U.H.) : Peace and Prayers Be Upon him. A statement Muslims use any time they mention the name of the messenger or make a reference to him.
  52. Qadar - Fate. Preordainment is the teaching that all things, good and bad, are preordained to occur.

  53. Qadr - (night of Qadr): The night when the first revelation of the Koran took place. Most likely it happened during one of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. Or when the Koran was brought down to the nearest heaven in one go, and from there it was brought down in bits and few verses at a time over a period of 23 years. This night is considered the holiest night for Muslims with tremendous advantages.
  54. Qibla - The direction which Muslims turn for daily prayers, towards Mecca.

  55. Quraish - An ancient Arab tribe to which the messenger Muhammad belonged.

  56. Ramadan - The ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is the month of the fast. The holiest month in the Muslim colander.

  57. Salat - Prayers. Generally it covers all forms of worship, but more specifically refers to the Muslim rituals which is performed to worship Allah five times daily.

  58. Shiaa: A sect of Islam that teaches that a religion leader (Imam) should be the political ruler and must be direct descendants of the messenger (PPBU). Therefore, disapproving of all Muslim leaders who ruled After the messenger (PPBU) except Ali, the messenger's grandson.

  59. Shirk - Associating another god with Allah.  Or associating anyone or anything with Allah. Or using anyone or anything as a medium to Allah. The opposite of Monotheism or Tawheed.  

  60. Siam  or Soam- Fasting

  61. Sunni: is a the title of  those Muslims who are suppose to be following the life style of the messenger. This differentiates them from the Shiaa of Iran.

  62. Sunna (Sunnah): Is how the Messenger PPBU lived, what he did or said. It includes the way he dressed, ate, drank, prayed, interacted with other people and fought. Basically, sunnah is the life style of the messenger PPBU. It is considered the second source of legislation in Islamic laws and it is considered to be an important reference to be used for concluding arguments and disputes. It is also a title give to the main stream Muslims who make 90% if all Muslims.

  63. Surah - A chapter of the Koran.  

  64. Tawaf: part of the pilgrimage (Hajj) ritual. It involves walking round the Ka'aba Mosque in anti-clock wise direction a number of seven circles.

  65. Tauhid - Tawheed - Monotheism, in Islam is the teaching that there is only one God who alone is worthy of worship. The first requirement of becoming a Muslim. It is included in the testimony of faith for new Muslims when declaring that God is one: (No God but Allah)

  66. Taqwah - Proper fear and veneration of Allah.  A divine spark that enables the person to understand God.

  67. Taurat: The old Testaments and scriptures of Mosa.

  68. Ummah - the word means: a Nation. Usually refers to the Islamic nation unless otherwise stated.

  69. Umrah - (Amrah): A mini hajj. A Minor form of pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Hajj which can only be done on the 12th month of the Islamic year, Umrah can be performed at any time.

  70. Wathoo (wadoo): a washing up ritual done by Muslims before each of the five daily prayers known as ablution.

  71. Zaboor - The Psalms

  72. Zakat - The third pillar of Islam.  Alms giving, charity that is given to the poor.

 


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