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Bismillahir Rehmanir Rahim – In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The Story of 3 Men of Banu Israel – The Leper, the Bald and the Blind

Once the Holy Prophet (SAW) told his companion that there were three men of Banu Israel. One of them was leper, the other bald and the third blind. Allah, in order to test them, sent an angel to them. First of all the angel came to the leper and asked him what he desired most. The leper replied that he wanted fair colour, beautiful skin and to be relieved from that disease due to which people hated him and kept him away. The angel passed his hand over the body of the leper and immediately the disease disappeared. The angel then asked him which wealth we liked most. The leper named camel. So the angel gave him a pregnant she-camel and prayed to Allah to bless his wealth.

Then the angel went to the bald man and asked him what he liked? The bald man replied that he wanted good hair and to be cured from baldness. The angel passed his hand over the head of the bald man and immediately good hair cropped up on his head. Then the angel asked him which wealth he desired. The man asked for a cow. The angel gave him a pregnant cow and blessed his wealth.

In the end the angel went to the blind man and asked him as to what he wanted. The blind man replied that he wished Allah to cure his blindness so that he might see others. The angel passed his hand over his eyes and immediately his eyesight was restored by Allah. The angel asked him which wealth he desired. The man desired for a goat. The angel gave him a goat and blessed his wealth also.

The animals of the three persons flourished and prospered to such an extent that their respective parts of the land were full of them.

After some time the angel again came to them under orders of Allah. First he went to the ex-leper and posed before him as traveller and said that all of his provisions of the journey had exhausted and was left with nothing to return home. He asked for a camel in the name of Allah, who had cured him of leprosy. The ex-leper scolded & snubbed him coldly saying that he had other responsibilities and could not spare a camel for him. The angel reminded him of his former position as a leper and that Allah, by his Benevolence has cured his disease and blessed him with all the wealth. The man replied bluntly that he had inherited the wealth from his fore-fathers. Thereupon the angel cursed him to return to his previous position as he was a liar.

Then the angel went to the ex-bald man and asked him the same question. He, too, replied in the same manner as the leper had done. The angel cursed him also.

In the end the angel went to the ex-blind man and relating his misfortune begged him for a goat in the name of Allah. The man replied. “Of course I was blind. Allah has blessed me with eye-sight. Take as many goats as you like. By Allah! I will not refuse. “The angel replied that he only wanted to test him.

Moral:

Look! Due to their thanklessness and ungratefulness the first two persons were deprived of the blessings of Allah and were reduced to their former position and were cursed in this world and the Hereafter.

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Sunnah to follow before Eid Prayers

Eid Prayers

  1. Eid-ul-Fitr
  2.  Eid-ul-Adha

Masala 1: The first day of the month of Shawwal is called Eid-ul-Fitr and the tenth day of the month of Dhul-Hijja is called Eid-ul-Adha. These two days are of great rejoicing in Islam.

Masala 2: All the essential requisites of Jumu’a Prayer are also applicable to the prayer of both Eids except the Khutba which is obligatory and imperative in Juma prayer and is delivered before the prayer. But the Khutba is not obligatory in Eid prayer. It is Sunnah in Eid prayers and is delivered after offering the prayer. Listening of the Khutba of both Eids are also governed by the same rules as that of Juma prayer i.e. talking, praying etc. during the Khutba is prohibited.

Masala 3: The following acts and things are Sunnah on Eid-ul-Fitr.

(1)    To adorn oneself as permitted by Sharii’a

(2)     To take a bath

(3)    To clean teeth with Miswak

(4)    To wear best clothes that one has

(5)    To use perfume

(6)    To rise very early in the morning

(7)    To go to Eidgah very early

(8)    To eat some sweet like dates before going to Eidgah

(9)    To give away Sadaqatul-Fitr before going to Eidgah

(10) To offer Eid prayer in Eidgah, that is, not to offer it in the mosque of the locality without any legitimate excuse.

(11)  To go to Eidgah by one way and to come back home by the other

(12)To go on foot

(13)To recite the following on way to Eidgah in low voice

Takbir-e-Tashriq

(Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La-ilaha ilal-lah Wal-lahu-Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walil-lahil-hamd)

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The Hajj (Pilgrimage)

The fifth and the last pillar of Islam is Hajj.  It means to make up one’s mind to visit the Holy Ka’ba.  It is a duty of a Muslim to perform pilgrimage to the House of Allah once in lifetime if he possesses the means to undertake the journey to Makka. He who has the means to perform Hajj and fails to do so, will be a sinner. The Holy Quran says:

Chapter 3 – Verse 97

The Holy Prophet  has said, “One who is not held back by some genuine need or excuse or by a tyrant ruler and still does not go for the pilgrimage, it makes little difference whether he dies a Jew or a Christian.

“One who goes on the pilgrimage of the House of Allah and in its course neither commits any sensual act nor any other sin, he returns from the journey as a newborn child.”

“One who performs this sacred duty properly which is free from sins and defects, is rewarded with nothing less than Paradise.”

In the same way very great reward has been promised for performing Umra also. The prophet  has said that both Hajj and Umra absolve sins as a furnace purifies the iron.

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