Help Syed Families this Rabi al-Awwal
Rabi al-Awwal is a great time to start donating towards our ‘Sponsor a Holy Family’ appeal.
Please note that you cannot donate your Sadaqah and Zakat for this appeal. It can only be a gift!
Gift a food pack, water pump or a sewing machine to help a Syed family live a dignified life.
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Poverty, Prophet ﷺ and his family
Aisha (Radhi Allah Anha) narrated:
“The family of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not eat their fill for three successive days till he ﷺ died.” [al-Bukhari]
Have you ever wondered why?
Because he ﷺ always put other people interests before his. He treated the poor with compassion, mercy and kindness. Prophet ﷺ never said no to anyone who asked for help, he gave the poor and the needy whatever he could, although he, himself, was poor. He ﷺ also taught his companions to have mercy upon the poor as well.
He ﷺ said:
“O son of Adam! It is better for you if you spend your surplus (wealth), but if you withhold it, it is evil for you. There is (however) no reproach for you (if you withhold the essentials) for a living. And begin (charity) with your dependents; and the upper hand is better than the lower hand.” [Muslim]
He ﷺ also said:
“If anyone gives as sadaqah (charity) the equivalent of a date from that (earning) earned honestly, for Allah accepts that which is lawful, the Lord would accept it with His Right Hand, and even if it is a date, it would foster in the Hand of the lord, as one of you fosters his colt, till it becomes bigger than a mountain.” (Muslim)
When is Rabi al-Awwal 2021?
Rabi al-Awwal 2021 will begin on 7th October 2021. Rabi al-Awwal is the third month of the Islamic calendar.
What does Rabi al-Awwal mean?
Rabi means Spring
al-Awwal means The First
Therefore Rabi al-Awwal means ‘The First Spring’. This meaning does not have any significance in terms of the calendar as Islamic Calendar is a lunar calendar and it is usually 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. This is why Ramadan like any other month moves back 10 days in terms of the Gregorian year.
What is the importance of Rabi al-Awwal in Islam?
There is no particular significance of Rabi al-Awwal mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Following are key events that happened during the month of Rabi al-Awwal
- The Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was born on the 12th day of Rabi al-Awwal
- Prophet ﷺ migrated from Makkah to Madinah in Rabi al-Awwal
- Prophet ﷺ started the construction of Masjid Quba (first mosque in Islam) in Rabi al-Awwal
- Abu Bakr (Radhi Allah Anhu) was appointed the first caliph of Islam
Make the most of Rabi al-Awwal
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [al-Tawbah 9:36]
Even though there are no particular actions mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah for Rabi al-Awwal, however like any other month a Muslim should strive hard to do as many good deeds as he/she can. Following are some of the actions we should do all the time…
- Spread Salam! – The Prophet ﷺ made spreading salaam a part of faith. Al-Bukhaari (12, 28 and 6236)
- Smile – Speaking to your brother while smiling at him is a good deed (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān)
- Do an act of Sadaqah Jariyah – if Allah has blessed you with wealth then spend some of that wealth on His creation.
- Donate to a charity on a daily basis – The acts most beloved to Allah, are those which are done regularly, even if they are small. (Muslim)
- Try your best to pray all five daily prayers in congregation in Masjid
- Seek even more forgiveness – “Seek forgiveness for your sins and for the believing men and women as well.” (47:19)
- Fast on Mondays and Thursdays – it’s Sunnah
- Increase Dhikr – try your best not to miss morning & evening adhkaar
- Try not to miss your daily portion of nafil prayers (12 Rak’ahs)
The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak‘ahs in a day and night, a house will be built for him in Paradise: four before Zuhr and two after it, two rak‘ahs after Maghrib, two rak‘ahs after ‘Isha’, and two rak‘ahs before Fajr prayer.” [Sunan at-Tirmidhi]
- Increase your Qur’an recitation – a true believer never gets bored of reading the Book of Allah (again and again)
Prophet’s sayings about taking care of others
“He who sleeps on a full stomach whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us.”
“O People, regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord and that He will indeed reckon your deeds.”
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”
“The best of you is he (or she) who is of most benefit to others.”
“A true believer is one who does not hurt others with his thoughts, words or actions.”