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BismiLLah…

Bought this book few years back, before I entered the medical school. But just finished reading it after i finished my legal medicine posting. A very practical novel for a medical student indeed.

my_sisters_keeper

A story about Anna, a 13-year-old girl who was conceived via in-vitro fertilization technique and was genetically designed to match Kate, her leukaemic sister. Since birth, she had undergone multiple procedure to donate cord blood, blood and bone marrow for her sister’s survival. It was when Kate’s kidney began to fail, Anna refused the ‘obligation’ to donate a kidney to her sister and sued her mother.

Judi Picoult had successfully raised a few medical ethical issues;

– Is it ethical to genetically design a future ‘perfect’ baby according to parents’ wishes?
– To save one child by sacrificing the other?
– To what extent does parents have the right to decide for their child?
– Should a procedure be carried out if the child refuse, but the parents had given their consent?
– etc.

The story had been adapted into a film, which was released in June 09. A must-watch (if you are too lazy too read =P).

Watch the trailer:

or visit the official site: http://www.mysisterskeepermovie.com/

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Gerhana~

BismiLLah…

Saya sedang berkalut2, bersiap-siap untuk ke sekolah (baca: kolej) bila terdengar pembesar suara daripada masjid berdekatan berbunyi-bunyi. Saya gagal menangkap butir-butir bicaranya, tapi kata kawan saya, dia mendengar disebutkan tentang tatacara solat. Mungkin imam masjid ingin mengajar berkenaan solat dhuha, tapi untuk memperdengarkannya melalui pembesar suara itu agak kurang boleh diterima akal. Lagi-lagi, ini pagi Rabu. Jarang benar hari-hari bekerja begini ada program sedemikian rupa.

Kira-kira jam 9 pagi, saya masih kelam-kabut bersarapan. Terdengar suara imam mengalunkan ayat suci al-Quran. Mana mungkin tiba-tiba bacaan solat sunat Dhuha dibaca secara jahr (kuat/jelas)? Solat 2 raka’at, diikuti dengan khutbah. Adakah saya telah hilang orientasi hari dan masa? (Maklumlah, baru saja tamat ‘bergelumang’ dengan pesakit2 yang hilang orientasi hari, masa dan orang). Saya melihat jam, hari ini 22 Julai 2009. Saya mengingat-ingat, ya, hari ini akan ada peristiwa besar berlaku. Gerhana Matahari! (Dan ada khabar-khabar angin tanpa-asas yang mengatakan Tsunami akan berlaku). Astaghfirullah, macam mana saya boleh lupa?

SubhanaLLah, WalhamduliLLah, WaLLahu Akbar.

Khutbah Gerhana Matahari

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Khutbah Pertama

الحمد لله الذي خلق السموات والأرض وجعل الظلمات والنور ثم الذين كفروا بربهم يعدلون . اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلى عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُوْلِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِيْنَ

أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَيَا أَيُّهَا المُؤْمِنُوْنَ اتَّقُوْا اللهَ أُوْصِيْكُمْ وَإِيَّايَ بِتَقْوَى اللهِ وَطَاعَتِهِ فَقَدْ فَازَ المُتَّقُوْنَ

MARILAH kita sama-sama meningkatkan keimanan dan ketaqwaan kita kepada Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala dengan sebenar-benar taqwa, iaitu istiqamah dalam mengerjakan segala suruhan-Nya dan meninggalkan segala larangan-Nya. Dengan yang demikian, mudah-mudahan kita akan menjadi umat yang terbaik dan unggul serta mendapat keredaan Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala di dunia dan di akhirat.

Muslimin / muslimat yang dirahmati Allah,

Firman Allah dalam ayat 5 -6 surah Yunus :

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالْقَمَرَ نُورًا وَقَدَّرَهُ مَنَازِلَ لِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَ ۚ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ ذَٰلِكَ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ ۚ يُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ  إِنَّ فِي اخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَمَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَّقُونَ

Dia lah yang menjadikan matahari bersinar-sinar (terang-benderang) dan bulan bercahaya, dan Dia lah yang menentukan perjalanan tiap-tiap satu itu (berpindah-randah) pada tempat-tempat peredarannya masing-masing) supaya kamu dapat mengetahui bilangan tahun dan kiraan masa. Allah tidak menjadikan semuanya itu melainkan dengan adanya faedah dan gunanya yang sebenar. Allah menjelaskan ayat-ayatNya (tanda-tanda kebesaranNya) satu persatu bagi kaum yang mahu mengetahui (hikmat sesuatu yang dijadikanNya). Sesungguhnya pada pertukaran malam dan siang silih berganti, dan pada segala yang dijadikan oleh Allah di langit dan di bumi, ada tanda-tanda (yang menunjukkan undang-undang dan peraturan Allah) kepada kaum yang mahu bertaqwa.

Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala Maha Berkuasa dan Maha Mengetahui akan segala kejadian. Dialah juga yang menjadikan apa yang ada di bumi seperti manusia, jin, tumbuh-tumbuhan dan haiwan serta menjadikan apa yang ada di langit seperti bulan, matahari dan sebagainya. Iaitu sebagai bukti keterangan yang nyata tentang kudrat, iradat, ilmu, kebijaksanaan serta pengurniaan nikmat dari Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala yang banyak dan luas yang mendorong supaya makhluk-Nya memuji dan bersyukur serta mengabdikan diri sebagai hamba dengan khusyuk dan tawaduk kepada Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

Umat Islam mestilah percaya dengan penuh yakin bahawa Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala pentadbir seluruh alam, segala peredaran cakerawala, bumi, bulan, matahari dan seumpamanya adalah di bawah kekuasaan Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala yang menggerakkannya. Peredaran bulan dan matahari yang teratur setiap hari secara berganti-ganti, matahari beredar di waktu siang, manakala bulan beredar di waktu malam adalah atas kudrat dan iradat Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala jua dan ia-Nya mempunyai hikmat dan tujuan tersendiri, Maha Suci Allah, Pentadbir seru sekalian alam.

Muslimin / muslimat yang diberkati Allah,

Firman Allah dalam Surah Ibrahim ayat 33:

سَخَّرَ لَكُمُ الشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ دَائِبَيْنِ ۖ وَسَخَّرَ لَكُمُ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ

“Dan Dia juga yang menjadikan matahari dan bulan sentiasa beredar untuk kepentingan kemudahan kamu dan yang menjadikan malam dan siang bagi faedah hidup kamu.”

Sesungguhnya Allah menjadikan malam dan siang adalah sebagai tanda kekuasaan atau bukti kekuasaan-Nya, keduanya (malam dan siang) akan mengakibatkan perubahan dan perbezaan cuaca, masa dan waktu. Begitu juga dengan kejadian gerhana, adapun gerhana itu terbahagi kepada dua iaitu gerhana matahari dan bulan. Gerhana itu ialah suatu perubahan, suatu kejadian, suatu keagungan dan kebesaran tuhan yang berlaku pada matahari dan bulan, di mana kejadian ini adalah suatu perkara yang amat mudah bagi Allah Subhanahu Wata’la melakukan-Nya.

Oleh itu jika berlaku kejadian gerhana matahari atau bulan, ianya bukanlah merupakan suatu tanda akan timbul suatu kejadian yang aneh dan mengkhuatirkan, tetapi gerhana itu berlaku atas sifat wajib bagi Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala iaitu berkehendak dan berkuasa atas segala sesuatu yang tidak dapat dihalang oleh apa jua kekuatan pun di dunia ini, sebagaimana hadis Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam:

“إن الشمس والقمر آيتان من آيات الله لا ينكسفان لموت أحد ولا لحياته فإذا رأيتموهما فادعوا الله وصلوا حتى ينكشف ما بكم (رواه البخاري ومسلم)

Sesungguhnya matahari dan bulan adalah 2 bukti daripada tanda-tanda kebesaran Allah Ta’ala. Kedua-duanya tidak akan gerhana kerana kematian atau hidupnya seseorang. Maka apabila kamu melihat gerhana keduanya itu maka berdoalah kepada Allah, dirikanlah sembahyang sehingga hilangnya tanda gerhana daripada kamu

Muslimin / muslimat yang diberkati Allah,

Apabila berlaku gerhana, kita sebagai umat Islam adalah dianjurkan oleh Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam supaya bersegera untuk melakukan perkara-perkara yang berkebajikan seperti berdoa, berzikir, bersembahyang, bertakbir, bersedekah dan beristighfar.

Di samping itu, marilah kita melakukan perkara-perkara yang berkebajikan dan menghindari daripada melakukan perkara-perkara mungkar dan maksiat serta perbuatan syirik yang bercanggah dengan ajaran agama Islam. Mudah-mudahan kejadian gerhana bulan ini akan menimbulkan keinsafan, menambah serta menguatkan lagi keimanan dan ketaqwaan kita kepada Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

Firman Allah dalam Surah Ali ‘Imran ayat 190 – 191:

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ  الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

“Sesungguhnya pada kejadian langit dan bumi dan pada pertukuran malam dan siang, ada tanda-tanda kekuasaan, kebijaksanaan dan keluasan rahmat Allah bagi orang-orang yang berakal: Iaitu orang-orang yang menyebut dan mengingati Allah semasa mereka berdiri dan duduk dan semasa mereka berbaring mengiring dan mereka pula memikirkan tentang kejadian langit dan bumi sambil berkata: Wahai Tuhan kami! Tidaklah engkau menjadikan benda-benda ini dengan sia-sia, Maha Suci Engkau maka peliharalah kami dari azab neraka.”

بَارَكَ اللهُ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ فِي القُرْآنِ العَظِيْمِ وَنَفَعَنِي وَإِيَّاكُمْ بِمَا فِيْهِ مِنَ الآيَاتِ وَالذِّكْرِ الحَكِيْمِ وَتَقَبَّلَ مِنِّي وَمِنْكُمْ تِلاوَتَهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيْعُ العَلِيْمُ وَاسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيْمَ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ وَلِسَائِرِ الُمْسِلِمْينَ وَالمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوْهُ فَيَا فَوْزَ المُسْتَغْفِرِيْنَ وَيَا نَجَاةَ التَّائِبِيْنَ

Khutbah Kedua

الحَمْدُ ِللهِ الَّذِى خَلَقَ الشَّمْسَ ضِيَاءً وَالقَمَرَ نُوْرًا  , وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سَيِّدَنَا مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ , اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلى عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُوْلِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِيْنَ

أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَيَا أَيُّهَا المُؤْمِنُوْنَ اتَّقُوْا اللهَ أُوْصِيْكُمْ وَإِيَّايَ بِتَقْوَى اللهِ وَطَاعَتِهِ فَقَدْ فَازَ المُتَّقُوْنَ

Firman Allah dalam surah al-Qiyamah ayat 6-12

يَسْأَلُ أَيَّانَ يَوْمُ الْقِيَامَةِ  فَإِذَا بَرِقَ الْبَصَرُ  وَخَسَفَ الْقَمَرُ  وَجُمِعَ الشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ  يَقُولُ الْإِنْسَانُ يَوْمَئِذٍ أَيْنَ الْمَفَرُّ  كَلَّا لَا وَزَرَ  إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْمُسْتَقَرُّ

Dia bertanya (secara mengejek): “Bilakah datangnya hari kiamat itu?” Maka (jawabnya: hari kiamat akan datang) apabila pemandangan menjadi terpendar-pendar (kerana gerun takut), Dan bulan hilang cahayanya, Dan matahari serta bulan dihimpunkan bersama, (Maka) pada hari itu, berkatalah manusia (yang ingkarkan hari kiamat): “Ke manakah hendak melarikan diri?” Tak usahlah bertanya demikian! Tidak ada lagi tempat perlindungan! Pada hari itu, kepada Tuhanmu lah sahaja terserahnya ketetapan segala perkara

إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَاأَيُّهَااَّلذِيْنَ آمَنُوْ ا صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا  اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وعلى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا إِبْرَاهِيْمَ فِي العَالَمِيْنَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَجِيْدٌ

اللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَالمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ الأحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَالأمْوَاتِ إِنَّكَ سَمِيْعٌ قَرِيْبٌ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعَوَاتِ وَقَاضِيَ الحَاجَاتِ  وَأَلِّفْ بَيْنَ قُلُوْبِهِمْ وَأَصْلِحْ ذَاتَ بَيْنِهِمْ وَانْصُرْهُمْ عَلَى عَدُوِّكَ وَعَدُوِّهِمْ , اللّهُمَّ لا تُسَلِّطْ عَلَيْنَا مَنْ لايَخَافُكَ وَلا يَرْحَمُنَا , اللّهُمَّ انْصُرِ المُجَاهِدِيْنَ الَّذِيْنَ يُجَاهِدُوْنَ فِي سَبِيْلِكَ فِي كُلِّ زَمَانٍ وَمَكَانٍ ,  اللّهُمَّ أَعِزَّ الإسْلامَ وَالمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَأَذِّلَّ الشِّرْكَ وَالمُشْرِكِيْنَ وَدَمِّرْ أَعْدَاءَ الدِّيْنِ وَانْصُرْ عِبَادَكَ المُؤْمِنِيْنَ رَبَّنَا لاتُزِغْ قُلُوْبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الوَهَّاب رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

عِبَادَ اللهِ ! إِنَّ اللهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالعَدْلِ وَالإ حْسَانِ وَاِيْتَآءِ ذِيْ القُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالمُنْكَرِ وَالبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُوْنَ فَاذْكُرُوْا اللهَ العَظِيْمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوْا عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ وَاسْأَلُوْهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ يُعْطِكَمْ وَلَذِكْرُ اللهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُوْنَ

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exam lagi~

BismiLLah…

End of psychiatry rotation exam

Monday 20th July 2009
– Long Case
– MCQ
– Problem based Question & Short notes (MEQ)

Tuesday 21st July 2009
– OSCE

Semoga cemerlang~

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Mencabar Kemampuan Diri

BismiLLah…

Lagi artikel salin-tampal. Selamat Membaca.

Mencabar Kemampuan Diri

Oleh: Ustaz Muhammad Fauzi

Muslim yang melakarkan sejarah secara umumnya adalah manusia yang melakukan sesuatu di luar kotak pemikiran biasa manusia lain. Tetapi apabila seseorang terperangkap dengan realiti yang menyelubunginya, tiada harapan untuknya melakukan perubahan.

Perubahan hanya akan berlaku apabila sesuatu luar biasa dilakukan. Ia memerlukan wawasan yang jauh, kemampuan merealisasikan wawasan ke alam nyata, keberanian untuk mempertaruhkan untung nasib dan tawakkal yang tinggi kepada Allah.

[teruskan membaca]

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BismiLLah…

Month of Rajab: Names & Merits

Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, states:

Al-Hafidh Ibn `Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Hajar Al-`Asqalani, an eminent scholar, wrote a detailed study entitled “Tabyeen Al-`Ajab bima Warada fi Fadl Rajab.” Ibn Hajar included in this study almost all the hadiths reported about the merit of Rajab and the rewards entailed by observing fasting and optional Prayer during it, classifying these hadiths into either weak or fabricated ones.

He also mentioned that Rajab has eighteen names, the most famous of which are these: Al-‘Asamm (“the Deaf Month”). It was called so because no rattle of weapons was heard during it, it being one of the sacred months in which fighting is prohibited. It was called also Al-Asabb (“the Poured-in Month”), because [it was believed that] mercy is poured on people during it. It was called also “the Iron Remover.” In this regard it was reported that Abu Raja’ Al-`Utaridi said,

“We used to worship stones [before Islam]. But when we found a better stone than the first one, we would throw the first one and take the latter. If we could not get a stone then we would collect some earth (soil), then bring a sheep and milk that sheep over it, and perform Tawaf around it. When the month of Rajab came, we used (to stop the military actions), calling this month the Iron Remover, for we used to remove and throw away the iron parts of every spear and arrow during it” (Al-Bukhari).

The merit of Rajab is like the merit of the rest of the other sacred months. Allah Almighty says: (Lo! the number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them) (At-Tawbah 9: 36).

The names of these sacred months are mentioned in an authentic hadith said by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in the Farewell Pilgrimage. According to this hadith, the sacred months are four, three in succession—that is, Dhul-Qi`dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram—and the fourth is Rajab, which comes between Jumada Thani and Sha`ban.

According to the above verse, Allah Almighty has ordered the Muslims not to wrong themselves (or others), especially in these sacred months. So no fighting between tribes was to be waged during these months, so that people would guarantee that the way to the Sacred House be safe. This is indicated by Almighty Allah’s saying in another verse: (Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them) (At-Tawbah 9: 5).

Another manifestation of not wronging oneself in the sacred months is to avoid committing sins or wronging others. Some scholars derived from Almighty Allah’s ordering Muslims not to wrong themselves especially in the sacred months that the blood money paid in the case of killing a person by mistake is to be increased by one third if this act is committed during the sacred months. But it is to be noted that the fatwas of those scholars are not based on direct evidence from the Qur’an or Sunnah.

Observing voluntary fasting in the sacred months, including Rajab, is recommended. In this regard, Abu Dawud reported on the authority of Mujibah Al-Bahilyyah that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to her father or uncle,

Observe fasting for some days in the sacred months and leave fasting for other days.”

He (peace and blessings be upon him) said this three times, folding three fingers of him and then unfolding them each time. The Prophet’s using three fingers here is meant to assert his recommendation of fasting during these months, and not to indicate the number of the days to observe fasting therein.

Hence, doing good deeds, including fasting, in Rajab is generally praiseworthy like doing so in the rest of the sacred months. According to Ibn Hajar, there is no hadith, whether authentic or good, reported to the effect that observing fasting in Rajab entails a special reward.

Among the weak hadiths circulated about the special rewards entailed by fasting in Rajab is this: “There is a river in Paradise called Rajab; its water is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. He who observes fasting of a day from the month of Rajab is like him who observes fasting for a whole month; he who observes fasting of seven days from it will be given refuge against the seven gates of the Fire; he who observes fasting of eight days from it, the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him; and he who observes fasting of ten days from it, his bad deeds will be turned into good ones.”

There is another long hadith reported in this regard, in the context of which it is reported “Rajab is Almighty Allah’s month, Sha`ban is my month, and Ramadan is my Ummah’s month.” This hadith was said to be fabricated. It was also mentioned in Al-Jami` Al-Kabir by As-Syuti that this hadith was reported by Abu Al-Fat-h ibn Abu Al-Fawaris in his book Amali as a mursal hadith (a hadith which a Successor has directly attributed to the Prophet without mentioning a Companion).

Of the fabricated hadiths reported about the praiseworthiness of offering special Prayers during Rajab is this: “He who performs the Maghrib Prayer in the first night of Rajab, and then offers twenty rak`ahs, two by two, reciting in each rak`ah surat Al-Fatihah and surat “Qul huwa Allahu Ahad,” Allah Almighty will guard him, his family, his wealth, his children; he will also be given refuge against the punishment of the grave and will pass over the bridge above Hell like lightening without being brought to account or exposed to punishment (in the Hereafter).”

Ibn Hajar dedicated in the study referred to above, a whole chapter for the hadiths reported about prohibiting fasting the whole month of Rajab. He then said, “This prohibition applies to the person who observes fasting during it out of following the pre-Islamic tradition of sanctifying this month. But if he observes fasting in this month for Allah’s sake without obligating himself to fast certain days from it, or to offer night vigil Prayer in certain nights of it, there is nothing wrong in this. The prohibition meant here is analogous to the prohibition referred to in the Prophet’s hadith ‘Do not single out the night (preceding) Friday among the nights for Prayer and do not single out Friday among days for fasting.’

As for him who observes fasting in Rajab, believing that fasting during it is more praiseworthy than fasting in the other months, this is controversial among scholars, but Ibn Hajar was of the opinion that this is not permissible.

Ibn Hajar also quoted Abu Bakr At-Tartushi as saying in Al-Bida` wa Al-Hawadith, “It is not recommended to observe fasting in Rajab if this is done out of one of three intentions, one of which is to do so out of believing that its fasting is obligatory like the fasting of Ramadan, or it is a regular act of Sunnah, or that its fasting is more rewarded and praiseworthy than fasting in the other months. If anything of the kind had been true, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would have clarified it. According to Ibn Dihyah, fasting in general is a good act, but it should not be observed in Rajab out of believing that it entails special rewards then. `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) would not recommend fasting in Rajab out of this belief.”

Concerning visiting graves in Rajab, many people, especially women, are used to visiting graves on the first Friday of Rajab. There is nothing in Shari`ah that recommends such an act, and doing so does not entail a reward better than that entailed by visiting graves on any other ordinary day.

Muslims should, rather, remember the important events that took place in the history of Islam during this month, such as the Night Journey and Ascension, the Battle of Tabuk, and the liberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the crusaders at the hands of Salah Ad-Din Al-Ayubi (AH 538). Muslims should derive lessons from this glorious history, so that they may reunite and seek to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque anew from its recent brutal occupiers.

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