The best way to see Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail; a 2.5-mile redbrick trail that stretches from Boston Common to Bunker Hill and covers a variety of attractions including 16 sites pertaining to the Revolutionary War. This number one attraction is the easiest way to see many of Boston’s famous sites and is therefore an absolute must. The trail weaves through Boston, thus allowing tourists the opportunity to see historically significant attractions like the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Granary Burial Ground, and the USS Constitution in addition to numerous others. Visitors can either discover the rich history of the American Revolution by taking a free guided tour dressed up in Revolutionary garb, or by exploring the Freedom Trail at their own pace. ...more

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The best way to see Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail; a 2.5-mile redbrick trail that stretches from Boston Common to Bunker Hill and covers a variety of attractions including 16 sites pertaining to the Revolutionary War. This number one attraction is the easiest way to see many of Boston’s famous sites and is therefore an absolute must. The trail weaves through Boston, thus allowing tourists the opportunity to see historically significant attractions like the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Granary Burial Ground, and the USS Constitution in addition to numerous others. Visitors can either discover the rich history of the American Revolution by taking a free guided tour dressed up in Revolutionary garb, or by exploring the Freedom Trail at their own pace. 

Ticket Price

Not applicable

Opening Hour

The numerous attractions found on the trail have different operating hours

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the USS Constitution 

Prayer Facilities

The city of Boston is home to a sizeable Muslim population, which means that there will be quite a few mosques in the city. While exploring the Freedom Trail, tourists will come across numerous open natural areas where they could offer their prayers, or they could ask to be directed to the nearest mosque when needed. Some of the mosques in the city include Masjid al-Qur'an, the Islamic Center of Boston and Masjid Al Noor.

Halal Food

Tourists exploring the Freedom Trail will definitely come across numerous fantastic restaurants. Most of these restaurants may not be Halal certified but they are sure to serve vegetarian and seafood dishes suitable for Muslims. There are also quite a few Halal restaurants in the city that serve a variety of cuisines ranging from Turkish and Afghani to Indian and Pakistani. 

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  • Do You Struggle to Wake Up For Tahajjud? We've Got Some Tips For You!

    What is Tahajjud? Abu Hurayra radhiallahu anhu (ra) reports that the Prophet SAW said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.” (Source: Muslim) Tahajjud refers to the night vigil prayer. The time for performing Tahajjud is after the obligatory Isha prayer until Fajr, but on condition that the person has slept. It is believed that the Tahajjud prayer is when Allah SWT answers your prayers and forgives your sins. Indeed, Tahajjud prayer is the best way to get closer to Allah SWT.Prophet SAW said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’” [Bukhari and Muslim] In this article, we will provide you with some useful tips on how to wake up for Tahajjud and not miss its blessings!   1) How to Wake Up For Tahajjud Credit: Avi Chomotovski from Pixabay  a) Make intention for Allah SWT Credit: Dean Moriarty from PixabayUmar ibn al-Khattab ra said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah saw say, ‘Indeed, actions only go by intentions. Everyone gets what they intend. Anyone, therefore, who emigrates to Allah and His Messenger, his emigration is indeed to Allah and His Messenger. But anyone who emigrates to gain something of this world or to marry a woman, his emigration is to that to which he emigrated.’ ” (Source: Sahih Bukhari, Iman, 41: Sahih Muslim, Imara, 155).The first thing to do before praying Tahajjud is to make the intention to wake up for Tahajjud for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa taala (swt) (the most glorified, the most high). When you put Allah swt first and you sincerely do it for His sake, in shaa Allah (Allah wills), He will make it easy for you to wake up and perform Tahajjud prayers.    b) Dzikir  Credit: OranFire Blade from Pixabay Dzikir is remembrance of Allah swt. Dzikir can be in the form of uttering praises and glorifying Allah swt or reciting the Al Quran. Dzikir can also be recited out loud or silently. Remembering Allah is the foundation of good deeds. The more we remember Allah, the closer we will get to Him. Dzikir can be done throughout the day as we go about doing our daily activities. In fact, it will be good to recite some Dzikir right before going to sleep so that it becomes easier for you to wake up for Tahajjud.   c) Take ablution before sleeping  Credit: vargazs from PixabayThe Messenger of Allah saw said, “When you go to bed, you should perform the ablution for the prayer, and then lay down on your right side. Then say, ‘O Allah, I have turned my face to You and I have surrendered myself to You and I have committed my back to You out of fear and desire for You. There is no place of safety or refuge from You except with You. I have believed in Your book which You revealed and Your Prophet whom You sent.’” (Source: Sahih Bukhari). When you take the ablution before sleeping, you are in the state of purity. When you sleep in this state, in shaa Allah, Allah swt will ease your desire to wake up for Tahajjud. After taking the ablution, you could recite Al-Fateha followed by Surah Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, An-Nas then ayatul Kursi and lastly recite the Dua before sleeping. After that, make the intention to wake up for Tahajjud for the sake of Allah swt.   d) Psychological  Credit: VSRao from PixabayWhen it is time to sleep, you sleep.Many people use their smartphones before going to sleep. They read online articles or even scroll through their social media pages right before going to sleep. Instead of doing so, it is best that when it is time to sleep, you sleep. Jeanne Duffy, a neuroscientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, suggests that there are several reasons which cause people who use devices to lose sleep. The typical reason would be light from electronic devices suppress secretion of melatonin which is the sleep-regulating hormone. On top of that, the human body's 24-hour circadian clock is "very sensitive" to the blue light that electronic devices give off. Therefore, instead of reaching the alpha state (for resting), people might be in the beta state (concentration state) and find it more difficult to sleep. Sleeping later results in difficulty to wake up early as your body is exhausted.   e) Relax  Credit: congerdesign from PixabayBefore sleeping, calm your mind. Stop thinking about work and other things that can cause your body to feel anxious. Instead, do some breathing exercises which makes it easier for you to sleep. When you sleep in a calm state, your mind and body are relaxed. Then, you might find it so much easier to wake up easily and fresh for Tahajjud!    f) Train your body clock Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay Every person’s body is unique. Some people can survive on 6 hours of sleep while others need 8 hours of sleep. Regardless of the number of hours your body require, ensure that you have a consistent number of hours each night. This would train your body clock to sleep around the same time and wake up also around the same time as your body is now attuned to the regular hours of sleep.   2) What to Do After Tahajjud  Credit: Mücahit Yıldız from Pixabay   a) Light exercises during the day  Credit: Daniel Reche from Pixabay Spend as little as 10 minutes during the day to do some light exercises. Exercising releases endorphins which are chemicals that interact with brain receptors to reduce perception of pain. So this mood boosting chemicals will help improve your body condition and ensure that you are not extremely sleepy during the day.   b) Do not overeat  Credit: mohamed Hassan from PixabayHave a light dinner and try not to have heavy meals that can cause your body to work overnight to digest them. A human body requires around 4 hours to fully digest food in your system. So either you eat 4 hours before you go to bed or eat a light meal if your dinner is less than 4 hours to your bedtime.   c) Drink lots of water  Credit: Somchai Chitprathak from PixabayKeep your body hydrated at all times. Dehydration can cause harm to your body and hence break your cycle of Tahajjud and doing your everyday activities (school, work etc).The most important thing is to keep a balanced lifestyle. Most of us have responsibilities to carry out during the day. The most beneficial thing to do is to plan your time well. Waking up half hour before Fajr prayer in order to do Tahajjud suffices, especially if your day starts very early. This is to ensure that you are not exhausted during the day after doing Tahajjud. Tahajjud is a means for us to have a spiritual connection to Allah swt. However, understand your body well and plan your time so that you will not discard your daily responsibilities after doing Tahajjud.  ...

  • Rumour Has It These Are Your Best Bet For Some Authentic Italian Cuisine

    What is your go-to comfort food? Mine has to be anything pasta-related! That carb-loaded goodness should be enjoyed in moderation but boy do they satisfy your soul after a long week of work. via GIPHY This staple Italian food is rightfully enjoyed and savored worldwide and we are lucky that we have access to really authentic ones right here in Singapore. If you’re like me, or just really craving for some authentic pasta, head down to these 7 Halal Italian restaurants for your fix! 1. Positano Risto Credit: Positano Risto on Facebook This place needs no introduction. This is the most authentic Italian restaurant in Singapore that is suitable for Muslims. Ever since they open their doors a few years back, this place has been bustling with repeat customers. Yes, it’s that good. Indulge in their Signature Boston Lobster Fettucine or bite into some crispy Roman-style Margherita Pizza. Address: 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479Contact: 6292 1866Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Sun-Thu)                                  11.30AM to 11PM (Fri & Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram 2. Kucina Credit: Kucina Italian Restaurant on Facebook The east of Singapore is always more favored for some reason because we have access to more halal eateries. If you happen to be in the east, drop by Kucina Italian Restaurant! This authentic and hearty Italian restaurant is perfect for date nights and family dinners. They have an extensive menu boasting items that are usually found in authentic Italian restaurants, except they are all halal! Some must-try dishes here include their Gnocchi, Risotto, and here, you have a choice of making your own pizza! Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Kinex Mall, Basement 1 - #09/10, Singapore 437157Contact: 6493 2154Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Daily)Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Tipo This newly launched pasta restaurant is the perfect addition to the halal food enclave in Bugis. They make all their pastas from scratch and you get to customize your own pasta! Take a pick from their premium ingredients (like truffle and caviar) and savour it once you are served. Check our their lunch menu for affordable lunch deals! PS they make their own desserts too. Address: 785 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198753Contact: 8768 0785Operating Hours: 12PM to 10PM (Sun-Thu)                                  12PM to 11PM (Fri & Sat)Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. Bravery Café Credit: @_thebravery_ on Instagram This café is nestled in the heart of Jalan Besar and it is the perfect place for a lazy weekend. They not only serve all day brunches, but they also serve classic Italian-style fare too! Take your pick from the range of pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and mains. I highly recommend indulging in their Boston Mornay Lobster dish and their Traditional Fish and Chips! Address: 66 Horne Road, 209073Contact: Website: thebraverycafe.comOperating Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Sun-Thu)                                  9AM to 10PM (Fri & Sat)Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Krave Credit: Krave on Facebook If you’re into Italian food but don’t really want to stray too much from your Asian roots, Krave is the place for you! This charming café offers classic Italian dishes like pasta and pizza but with an Asian twist. Try their Cremoso Champignon Deluxe pasta and their Spicy Beef Pizza. For dessert, you should check out their Cempedak Crème Brulee. Address: 28 Bali Lane Singapore 189864Contact: 9856 4249Operating Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Tue-Thu, Sunday)                                  11.30AM to 11PM (Fri & Sat)                                  Kitchen Closed from 4.30PM to 6PM                                  Closed on MondaysFacebook | Instagram 6. I Am Café Credit: I am on Facebook I Am Café is another restaurant that needs no introduction thanks to their well-known figure in the halal f&b industry. I Am Café may be dutch-inspired but they do offer a wide range of pasta and pizzas so there’s always something for everyone. Indulge in their Oriental Crab Meat Pasta, Simply Margherita Pizza, and their extensive list of Steak and Ribs! You will definitely be spoilt for choice. Oh, yes they have brunch too. Address: Haji Lane 674 North Bridge Road Singapore 188804 & Various LocationsContact: 6295 5509Operating Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Mon-Thu)                                  9AM to 1PM (Friday)                                  8AM to 1AM (Saturday)                                  8AM to 10PM (Sunday)Website | Facebook | Instagram 7. Royz et Vous Credit: Royz et Vous This is my go-to place for special occasions! Prices run steep here but it is so worth it for the quality and portions. Have a go at their Signature Prawns and Crayfish Pasta, Brazen Beef, and Smoked Duck! Then wash it all down with some halal wine if you like. Guaranteed a fulfilling meal. Address: Viva Business Park                  750 Chai Chee Road #01-16, Singapore 469000                  Telok Ayer                  137 Telok Ayer Street #01-01, Singapore 068602                   (Opposite Thiam Hock Keng Temple)Contact: 6293 0270Operating Hours: Viva Business Park                                  11AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri)                                  12PM to 11PM (Sat & Sun)                                  Telok Ayer                                   11AM to 10PM (Mon-Thu)                                   11AM to 11PM (Friday)                                   12PM to 11PM (Saturday)                                   12PM to 10PM (Sunday)Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • Getting Married? - Who To Contact For Nikah services

    What Is The Meaning of Nikkah? Picture Credit -   Nikkah is the Islamic marriage ceremony that occurs between a Muslim man and Muslim woman, combining their lives as partners going forward. It is a personal contract as well as a social announcement of such a contract. Getting married is said to “complete half of somebody's deen” and is an act that is strongly encouraged by Qur'an and Sunnah. "And one of His signs is that He has created for you, spouses from amongst yourselves so that you might take comfort in them and He has placed between you, love and mercy. In this, there is surely evidence (of the truth) for the people who carefully think." - [Al-Qur'an: Surah 30, Verse 21] The Prophet Muhammed (saw) said: “Marriage is my Sunnah. Whosoever keeps away from it is not from me.” - [Sahih-Al-Bukhari]   Steps to Getting Married in Islam   The stages of a Muslim Nikah ceremony are as follows:   1. Consideration Picture Credit - This is the first step of a Muslim wedding. Usually, the elders in the family will seek a suitable partner for their children through friends, family, or marriage consultants. The proposal for marriage is then sent to either the bride or the groom's parents. Alternatively, a young man may approach the father or guardian (wali) of the woman he wishes to marry and ask for her hand.   “A woman may be married for 4 reasons: for her property, her family status, her beauty and her piousness in religion, blessed are those that marry her because of her deen (piousness).” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari & Sahih-al-Muslim]   Note: There is no intermingling of two non-mahrams or “dating” allowed before getting married. The bride and the groom are however allowed to meet and talk in a controlled setting with a mahram (father/brother/guardian) present.   2. Consent Picture Credit - The sought out party will then accept the proposal after receiving consent from the man/woman who is to get married. This is a very important step as there is no moving forward if there is no consent. Any conditions/ terms of marriage must be agreed upon before moving further as well (e.g. moving to another country after marriage, etc.)   Khansa bint Khidam Al-Ansariya narrated that her father gave her in marriage when she was a matron and she disliked that marriage. So she went to Allah's Apostle and he declared that marriage invalid. - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   3. Nikah Picture Credit -   Then comes Nikah, which is the actual ceremony of marriage. There are few things that are involved in the Nikah being valid. They are:   - Mahr: The groom must present the bride with “mahr”, a marriage gift or dower. It may be in the form of money, jewellery, or other things of value, or even a simple act. There is no specified amount or description for mahr, it depends on different people and their cultures. Mahr may be paid upfront, promised at a later date, or a combination of both.   “And give the women (on marriage) their dowry as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, take it and enjoy it with right good cheer.” - [Qur'an 4:4]   Sahl bin Sad (rali) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said to a man, "Marry, even with (a Mahr equal to) an iron ring." - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   - Ijab-o-Qubool: Then comes “Ijab” expressing the willingness to get married and “qubool” acceptance of the offer. Qubool is usually granted by the wali on behalf of the bride. A written contract (Aqd-Nikah) is then signed by the bride, groom, and two witnesses of sane mind (two males, or one male and two females). The wali must also be present, otherwise, the marriage is invalid.   - Khutbah: The Imam (or any other knowledgeable Muslim) will then address the people gathered at the Nikah ceremony and the bride and groom with a sermon, most often about Islamic marriages and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saw).   4. Waleema Picture Credit -   Once the Nikah is over, a wedding banquet called the “walima” is held by the groom. One of the main purposes of a walima is to let the community know that a marriage has taken place between two people, this is important as secret marriages are discouraged and a marriage is only said to be valid if it is made known.   The other purpose of a waleema is to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. It is also very important that the poor people of the community are invited to the banquet along with everyone else. It is better when the ceremony isn't extravagant or wasteful, as the Prophet (saw) has said:   “The most blessed nikah is the one with the least expenses.” - [Al-Bayhaqi]   He (saw) also said: “The worst food is that of a wedding banquet (walima) to which only the rich are invited whilst the poor are not invited. And he who refuses an invitation (to a banquet) disobeys Allah and His Messenger (saw).” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   Narrated by Anas: “The Prophet did not give a better wedding banquet on the occasion of marrying any of his wives than the one he gave on marrying Zainab, and that banquet was with (consisted of) one sheep.” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   Where to Find Nikah Services Picture Credit -   There are many agencies around the world that provide Nikah services. Think of them as a matchmaking platform, only that these Muslim wedding services are completely Halal. Some of them exist purely offline, but most are taking their platforms online to keep up with the modern world. Of course, the process will depend on the particular country and the particular agency (even though the process of Nikah is well defined and exact, the process of finding a partner is not).   There are many places that offer Nikah services that do not include the process of finding a match but do guide you through everything else, i.e. registration, overseeing of the ceremony, etc. If you are unsure of where to go for Nikah services in your country, your closest mosque would be the best bet. Even if they themselves do not provide such services, they will be able to direct you to those who do.   Here are some places where you can find Nikah services and other useful information in a few countries around the world:   Singapore   Sultan Mosque (65) 6293 4405 / 6293 4043   Masjid Al-Islah 6312 5174   Online:   Registration of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) – Singapore Government   Nakkahwin - Malay Muslim Marriage Portal   WannaGetMarried – Chinese, Indian, and Western Marriage Portal   Malaysia   Masjid Wilayah 03-6201 8791/8767/8780   Online:   SingleMuslim   Find Your Muslim Partner   Indonesia   Masjid Agung Sunda Kelapa (Jakarta) +62 21 31934261   Istiqlal Mosque (Jakarta) +62 21 3811708   Sri Lanka   Wekanda Jumma Masjid (Colombo) 011 2320355   Online:   Sri Lanka Nikah Service   Nikah Lanka   India   Kathija Nikah Muslim Matrimony Services (Chennai) +91 9941697533 / 9941697956   Marriage Solutions (Delhi) 9868219296   Nikah Qubool (Bangalore) +(91)-80-23536177   Nikah Matrimonial Service (Mumbai) +(91)-22-23742687   Humsafar Marriage Bureau (Kolkata) +91 97484 33019   Hyderabad Nikah (Hyderabad) +91 1800 121 4787   Online:   Nikah In Kerala   Nikahnamah – Muslim Matrimonial   Rishta Matrimonial   Register Marriage   Taqwa Marriage   United Kingdom   Al-Ihsan Marriage Service (London) +44 20 7650 3026   Swansea Mosque and Islamic Community Center (Wales)   London Central Mosque (London) +44 20 7724 3363   Birmingham Central Mosque (Birmingham) +44 121 440 5355   Epsom and Ewell Islamic Society (EEIS) (Surrey) 01372 210 828   Leeds Grand Mosque (Leeds) 01132468789   Online:   Nikah Services   The United States of America   Frisco Masjid, Inc. (Dallas) (469) 252-4532   EPIC Islamic Center (Texas) 214 7443 786   Jamaat Ibad-ar-Rahman (North Carolina) (919) 683-5593   New York Qazi Office (New York) (718) 864-4803   Islamic Institute of Boston (Boston) 617-365-7427   IMAN Center (Washington) (206) 202-IMAN (4626)   Taqwa Islamic Center (California) (510) 894-4684   Canada   Masjid Bilal – Muslim Society of Cumberland (Ontario) (613) 841-0786   Winnipeg Central Mosque (Manitoba) (204) 783-6797   Australia   Auburn Gallipoli Mosque (New South Wales) +61 2 9646 5972   Hisham Obeid (Perth) 041 888 1321   Islamic Society of South Australia (Adelaide)   Mustafa Arja - Authorised Islamic and Civil Marriage Celebrant (Sydney) 0405 664 402   Worldwide– Online   Worldwide Islamic Marriage Bureau   Muslim Matrimonials   Muslim Nikah Services   Nikah Explorer   Way To Nikah  ...

  • 7 Prayers of Tawaf

    Tawaf is the act of a pilgrim seeking forgiveness by circling the Kaaba seven times, counter-clockwise. Circling of the Kaaba is known as Shawt. Completing the whole ritual guarantees a place in heaven as well as the title of Hajji (a person who has performed Hajj). The purpose of this ritual is to remind all pilgrims of their duty and loyalty towards Allah (SWT). Our existence revolves around him and our lives are in his hands. Tawaf is the second of the obligatory rituals of Hajj after doing the Ihram.   The Conditions of Performing Tawaf Picture Credit -   - One must be a Muslim - The Niyyat (intention) - Performing the Tawaf inside Masjid al-Haram   There are no preset Duas when doing Tawaf. You can make as many supplications to Allah (SWT) as possible for your own benefit. Below are prayers recited as a form of indicator in each of the seven rounds;   1) The First Shawt (circuit)   Picture Credit -   “Allahumma as’aluka bi ismikal ladhi yumshi bihi ‘ala talilil mai kala yumshi bihi ‘ala judadil ardhi; as’aluka bi ismikal ladhi yahtazzu lahu ‘arshuka; wa asaluka bi ismikal ladhi tahtazzu lahu ‘arshuka; wa as’aluka bi ismikal ladhi tahtazzu lahu aqdamu mala’ikatika; wa asaluka bi ismikal ladhi da‘aka bihi Musa min janibit tūril ayman, fastajabta lahu walqayta ‘alayhi muhabbatan minka; wa as’aluka bi ismikal ladhi ghafarta bihi li Muhammadin la taqaddama min dhanbihi wa ma ta’akkhara wa atmamta ‘alayhi ni‘matuka – an tarzuqani khayrad dinya wal akhirah.”   "O, Allah! I call on Thee by Thy name, by which it is walked on the waves of the seas as it is walked on the roads of the land, And I call on Thee by Thy name, for which Thy throne shakes, And I call on Thee by Thy name, for which the feet of Thy angels tremble, And I call on Thee by Thy name by which Moses prayed to thee from the side of the Mountain (of Toor) and Thou accepted his prayer and conferred Thy love on him, And I call on Thee by Thy name by which Thou pardoned Muhammad, peace be upon him and his household, all his previous and future sins, and completed all thine blessings for him To provide me with the best of this world and the hereafter."   2) The Second Shawt Picture Credit -   “Allahumma inni ilayka faqirun wa inni kha’ifun mustajirun, fa la tughayyir jismi wa la tubaddil ismi; Sa’iluka faqiruka miskinuka bi babika; fa tasaddaq ‘alayha bil jannah; Allahumma, al-baytu baytuk, wal haramu haramuk, wal ‘abdu ‘abduk, wa hadha maqamul ‘a’idhu bikal mustajiru bika minan nar, fa a‘tiqni wa walidayya wa ahlii wa wuldi, ikhwaniyal mu’minin minan nar, ya jawadu ya karim.”   "O, Allah! I am Thy dependent servant, and I am fearful and take refuge in Thee; so do not alter my body nor change my name. I am your beggar, your poor destitute servant at your gate; so grant me mercifully your paradise. O, Allah! The House is Thy House, and the sanctuary is Thy sanctuary, and the servant is Thy servant, and this is the station of him who turns to Thee and takes refuge with Thee from Fire; so save me and my parents, my children and my faithful brethren from Fire, for Thou art the Generous, the Gracious.   3) The Third Shawt   Picture Credit -   “Allahumma adkhilniyil jannah wa ajirni minan nar bi rahmatika, wa ‘afiniy minas suqmi wa awsi‘ ‘alayya minar rizqil halal, wadra’ ‘anni sharra fasaqatil jinni wal insi, wa sharra fasaqatil ‘arab wal ‘ajam; Ya dhal manni wat tawli; ya dhal jūdi wal karam; inna ‘amali dha‘ifun fa dha‘ifhu li; wa taqabbilhu minni; innaka antas sami‘ul ‘alim.”   "O, Allah! Grant me the paradise by Thy mercy, and give me refuge from Fire by Thy mercy, and heal me from disease, and enlarge Thy lawful bounty for me, and keep me safe from the evil of the dissolute among the genies and men and the evil of the Arabs and non-Arabs. O Thou bountiful, mighty and munificent! My deed is little, so multiply it, and accept it from me; verily Thou art the All-hearing, the All-knowing."   4) The Fourth Shawt Picture Credit -   “Ya Allahu, ya waliyyal ‘afiyah wa khaliqal ‘afiyah wa raziqal ‘afiyah wal mun‘imu bil ‘afiyah wal mutafaddilu bil ‘afiyah ‘alayya wa ‘ala jami‘i khalqika, ya Rahmanad dinya wal akhirah wa Rahimahuma, salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa Al-I Muhammad war-zuqnal ‘afiyah wa tamamal ‘afiyah wa shural ‘afiyah fid dinya wal akhirah. Ya arhamar rahimin.”   "O, Allah! The owner of well-being, the creator of well-being, the bestower of well-being, the granter of well-being, and the conferrer of well-being on me and on all Thy creatures, O, Thou the merciful of this world and the hereafter and their compassionate God, Bless Muhammad and his household, and bestow on us well-being, full well-being, and thanks giving on well-being in this world and the hereafter, by Thy mercy, O Thou most merciful."   5) The Fifth Shawt Picture Credit -   "Allahumma atina fid dunya hasanatan wa fil akhirati hasanatan wa qina ‘adhaban nar.”   "O our Lord, Grant us Thy blessing in this world and Thy blessing in the other world, and save us from the pain of Fire."   6) The Sixth Shawt Picture Credit -   “Allahummal baytu baytuka, wal ‘abdu ‘abduka, wa hadha maqamul ‘a’idhi bika minan nar. Allahumma min qablikar rūhu wal faraju wal ‘afiyah. Allahumma inna ‘amali dha‘ifun, fa dha‘ifhu li; waghfir li mat-tala‘ta ‘alayhi minni wa khafiya ‘ala khalqika; astajiru billahi minan nar.”   "O, Allah! The House is Thy House, and this is the station of him who takes refuge with Thee from Fire. O, Allah! All blessing, relief, and well-being come from Thee. O, Allah! My deed is little, so multiply it for me, and forgive all that Thou knowest of me but has been hidden from Thy creatures. I take refuge with Allah from Fire."   7) The Seventh Shawt   Picture Credit -   “Allahumma ‘indi afwajan min dhunūb wa afwajan min khataya; wa ‘indaka afwajun min rahmatin wa afwajun min maghfirati; ya manis-tajaba li-abghadhi khalqihi idh qala andhirni ila yawmi yub‘athūna, istajib li. Allahumma qanni‘ni bima razaq-tani, wa barik li fima ataytani.”   "O, Allah! I bear crowds of sins and crowds of faults, and with thee are crowds of blessing and crowds of forgiveness. O Thou Who granted the request of Thy most hated creatures when he said “give me respite until the day they are resurrected,” grant me my request. When he said,” Give me time to the day of resurrection, accept from me. O, Allah! Make me content with what you have provided me with, and bless me with what you have given me."   ...

  • 5 Benefits of The Hajj

    The importance of Hajj is indisputable; after all, it is one of the pillars of Islam. But of all five of them, it is the hardest to achieve and therefore becomes obligatory to a smaller group of Muslims than the others obligations.   Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (S.A.W) said during a sermon: “O people, Allah has enjoined Hajj upon you so do Hajj.” -[Sahih-al-Muslim]   Not only is Hajj an emotional and spiritual journey, it is also a physically exhausting endeavor. The pilgrim will have to experience extreme heat and bodily strain, which means it is not suited for the weak and disabled. Hajj also requires air travel (for most) and a whole host of other expenses that come with international travel, which most people cannot afford. These and a number of other factors are what prevent many Muslims from completing Hajj, and Allah will not hold it against them as He is the one who has given them their health and wealth.   Nevertheless, if you are fit and able to afford it, there are no reasons for you to put it off, as we must make pleasing our creator the highest of our priorities. For all the trials and tribulations that you will have to face, there are many benefits to be gained; as individuals and as a community; as Muslims and as human beings.   Here are a few of the objectives and benefits of Hajj.   1) Social Impact of Hajj Picture Credit - Hajj is the largest annual gathering of people anywhere in the world. People of all colors, backgrounds, and wealth come together as equals in front of their creator. Once you're there, there is no white, brown, or black; there's no rich or poor; there's only Muslim. Everyone wears the same ihram to signify that no one is better than his Muslim brother. This creates unity among the Muslims of the world, it fosters brotherhood and love for the sake of Allah.   2) Spiritual Benefits of Hajj Picture Credit - As Muslims, we need to always remember Allah in all stages of our life. We must remember him in our homes, our businesses, and even just walking down the street. But most of us give in to the pressures of the Dunya (world) and fail to remember our creator. Hajj is the ultimate reminder of Allah.   3) Seek Absolution from Sins   Picture Credit -   We are all sinners, there is no denying that. One of the most important reasons to perform Hajj is to seek forgiveness from Allah. The best part is that the sins of a believer who's Hajj have been accepted is wiped clean entirely. How merciful is our Lord!   Abu Hurayrah (rali) narrates that he heard the Prophet (S.A.W) say, ‘Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any Rafath (obscenity) or Fusooq (transgression), he returns (free from sin) as the day his mother bore him’”. - [Sahih-al-Bukhari]   4) Significance of Hajj in One's Character Picture Credit - We talked about how Hajj is a physically and emotionally trying time for the pilgrim. And at the end of it, you would have moved closer to Allah, and have had all your sins forgiven, Masha Allah! This is an experience that is sure to change you for the better. Hajj teaches you patience, discipline, and strengthens the bond between you and your fellow Muslims stronger.   5) The Ultimate Benefit of Hajj Picture Credit - As Muslims, there is one goal that we all strive towards for the entirety of our life times. We believe that this world is not a resting place, but just a passing phase and we must do whatever we can to guarantee our place in the highest of heavens. And that's the ultimate reward for Hajj.   Abu Hurayrah (rali) narrated that Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) said that: “An accepted Hajj has no reward except Paradise.” - [Sahih-al-Bukhari & Sahih-al-Muslim] ...

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