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Tawbah or Repentance in Islam
Written by Adbul Karim (diomandy)
Sunday, 22 April 2012 20:58
Tawbah or Repentance in Islam
After committing a sin, a person who fears Allah and give high respect to Him would feel a sense of despondency and despair thinking, "How will God forgive me for this sin?" However, it is noteworthy that despairing of God's mercy is in itself one of the major sins in Islam for God is ever merciful, ever forgiving.
As He says in the Qur'an:
"Do not despair of God's mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins”. Qur’an (39:53).
Hajj or pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam, which consists in travelling to the Holy City of Makkah, with the intention to worship Allah. Like the other four pillars of Islam, Hajj has been made compulsory by Allah upon all the Believers not only to better their behaviours but also with the view to teaching them two Islamic cardinal values known as humility and modesty. In this regards, Allah said: “And it is a duty to people towards Allah to perform the pilgrimage in the House of Allah. And whoever disbelieves.... certainly Allah does not stand in need of all creatures”.S3,V97.
Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years. :
The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)]
Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) - rahimahullaah – said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]
Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day
Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]
HAJJ TO MAKKAH: thousands of Muslims reply to the Call of their Lord
As usual thousands of thousands of Muslims are to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca this year. They will travel from all around the world to meet in one place: The holy House of God. They do so as a reply to the Call of our forefather Ibrahim (A.S), as Allah's recommendation. The pilgrimage to the House of Allah is the fifth and last pillar of Islam. This journey has been made compulsory for every believing man and woman who has the means to undertake it. As it can be understood, the accomplishment of Hajj is an obligation at a specific period in the Muslim calendar. Allah (S.W.T) says in this regard: “And the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House of Allah (Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses; and whoever disbelieves (denies hajj to makkah, then he is a disbeliever to Allah), Allah does not stand in need of any of the Alamin (mankind, Jinn and all that exists)”S3, V97.
The Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the five pillars of Islam. Pilgrimage is not undertaken in Islam to the shrines of saints, to monasteries for help from holy men, or to sights where miracles are supposed to have occurred, even though we may see many Muslims do this. Pilgrimage is made to the Kaaba, found in the sacred city of Mecca in Saudia, the ‘House of God,’ whose sanctity rests in that the Prophet Abraham built it for the worship of God. God rewarded him by attributing the House to himself, in essence honoring it, and by making it the devotional epicenter which all Muslims face when offering the prayers (salah). The rites of pilgrimage are performed today exactly as did by Abraham, and after him by Prophet Muhammad, may God praise them.