Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah and does not utter any obscene words, nor commits any evil action shall return from it as free from sin as the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari #1521and Muslim #1350 – Mishkaat 1/221)
The 27th of April in South Africa is celebrated yearly as “Freedom Day”. It was the day when South Africa was liberated from Apartheid and all South Africans would be given an equal right and a fair chance in life. It was the first time when all South Africans were allowed to vote for the political party of their choice. It was freedom from the shackles of apartheid and oppression of certain race groups.
It is reported in authentic Ahadith that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to fast in most of the days of the month of Shabaan. These fasts were not obligatory, but Shabaan is the month which precedes the month of Ramadan, and it was done in preparation for this auspicious month. A few Ahadith are cited here regarding fasting in the month of Shabaan:
“Glorified be He (Allah), who took His slave ( Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) for a journey by night from Masjidul Haram (in Makkah) to the farthest Masjid (in Jerusalem – Masjid ul Aqsa), the precincts whereof we have blessed: in order that we might show him (Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) of our signs. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” (17:1)