ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 63
29th Dhul Qa'dah 1437 / 02nd September 2016
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The Month of Thul Hijjah
The month of Thul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally it mean “the month of Hajj.” Obviously this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of “Hajj” is performed in this month. For this reason it has a peculiar significance as compared to other months of the year. It is the Second of the four sanctified months (al-ashhur-al-hurum) mentioned in the Qur’an. 
The Ibadahs to be performed particularly in the first 10 days.
1.Performing Hajj and Umrah
Abu Hurairah Radhiyallaahu anhu reported Allah's Messenger () as saying: An Umra is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the next, and Hajj which is accepted will receive no other reward than Paradise. (Saheehul Bukhary – 1683.  Saheehu Muslim - 3355) 
2. Fasting
Generally fasting during the first nine days of this month is Sunnah. And, fasting on the 9th day is Sunnah Muakkadah.
It was narrated from Hunaidah bin Khalid that his wife said:
"One of the wives of the Prophet
(ﷺ) said: "The Prophet (ﷺ) used to fast on the day of 'Aashura, nine days of Dhul-Hijjiah and three days each month: The first Monday of the month, and two Thursday." (Sunanun Nasaai - 2372) 
3. Participating more in Thahleel, Thakbeer and Thahmeeth –
It was narrated from Ibnu Omar RadhiyaThe Fast of Yawmu ‘Arafah
For those not performing Hajj, it is mustahabb(desirable) to fast on this day according to their own calendar. It sometimes occurs that the date of 9th thul Hijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon. In such cases, Muslims of each country should observe ‘Yawmu ‘Arafah according to the lunar dates of their own country.
The fast of ‘Yawmu ‘Arafah’ has been emphasized by the Holy Prophet () as a Mustahabb (desirable) act. According to a hadith,
It was narrated from Abu Qatadah that the Messenger of Allah () said:
“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah, I hope from Allah, expiates for the sins of the year before and the year after.”llahu Anhuma  that the Prophet () said: “There are no days that are greater before Allaah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.”  (Musnad Ahmad) 
Thahleel: لاإله إلا الله
الله أكبر
Thahmeeth: الحمد لله  

4. Udhhiyyah
It was narrated from ’Aishah Radhiyallahu Anha that the Prophet () said:
“The son of Adam does not do any deed on the Day of Sacrifice that is dearer to Allah than giving Udhhiyyah. It will come on the Day of Resurrection with its horns and cloven hoofs and hair. Its blood is accepted by Allah before it reaches the ground. So be content when you do it.”  (Sunanuth Thirmithi)
ACJU Maktab Division conducted Revision Training programs for Maktab Muallims at the following areas:-
29th Aug- Badulla
30th Aug- Gampola  
31st Aug- Akurana
01st Sept- Kandy 

The Ulama Affairs Division conducted a Program on Introduction of ACJU and Ulama Membership campaign at the Jamiah Ibnu Umar, Panadura on the 27th of August, in which more than 100 Ulama participated. 

ACJU Education division conducted a presentation on the topic "Education to all", at an event organised by the Negambo Periyamulla Welfare Association (NPWA) in Negombo on the 27th of August.

A team of Representatives from the ACJU made a visit to Thihariya on 30th of August, following an issue pertaining to the inauguration of Jumu’ah at a Masjid Aboobucker on the 26th of August. More Info:-

A Social Service Project, organized by the ACJU Social Service Division in collaboration with the ACJU Islamic Economics & Finance Division, was successfully initiated by conducting a census at Kirungadeniya, Mawanella on the 30th of August.

A special Training program was conducted for 40 selected Ulama, on conducting Khutbah sermons on 'Motivating parents on the importance of General Education', at the ACJU Head Office on the 31st August  which was organized by the ACJU Education Division.

The Hilaal (crescent) of Thul Hijjah 1437 might be visible today, 02nd September, from 6.18pm Colombo. If sighted inform 0112 432110.
The good deeds done during the first 10 days of Thul Hijjah are much more desired by Allahu Ta’ala.
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas Radhiyallaahu anhuma: 
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying: There is no virtue more to the liking of Allah in any day than in these days, that is, the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah. They (the Companions) asked: Messenger of Allah, not even the struggle in the path of Allah (Jihad) ? He said: (Yes), not even the struggle in the path of Allah, except a man who goes out (in the path of Allah) with his life and property, and does not return with any of them.  [Sunanu Abee Daud - 2440].

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