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Reading from the Mushaf in Taraweeh

There is no harm reading from a copy of the Quran in the night prayer of Ramadan. This is due to what this contains of allowing those who are being led in prayer to hear all of the Qur’an and because the evidences of Islamic law from the book and the Sunnah allude to the sanctioning of reciting theQur’ann in the prayer. This includes reciting it from a written copy and from one’s memory. it has been confirmed from Aishah (Radi Allahu anh) that she ordered her free slave to lead her in night prayer of Ramadan and he was reading from the copy of the Qur’an. (Saheeh Bukhari)

-Shaykh bin Baaz

Forgotten Sunnah – after every Fajr & Maghrib prayer

The Prophet Salla-Allahu-alayhi wa sallam said:

Whoever says the following after Fajr and Maghrib prayer 10 times before he departs and unfolds his legs,

◾Allah will write for him 10 good deeds

◾Allah will erase 10 of his evil deeds

◾Allah will raise him ten degrees.

◾He will be secure from every disliked matter.

◾He will be protected from Satan.

◾No sin will destroy him on that day, except shirk i.e. no sin will be able to destroy him and nullify his deeds except the sin of shirk.

◾He will be the best of people in deeds, except for a man who excelled him and said better than him.”

,لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد يحيي ويميت وهو علا كل شيء قدير

Laa ilaha illa Allahu wahdahu Laa sharika lahu lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay-in Qadeer.

(Reported by Ahmad)

Du’a when retiring to bed

Du’a when retiring to bed

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبَّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ، رَبَّنَا وَرَبَّ كُلِّ شَىءٍ، فَالِقَ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَىَ، وَمُنْزِلَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَالإِنْجِيلِ وَالْفُرْقَانِ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَىءٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهِ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَىءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الآخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَىءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَىءٌ، وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَىءٌ، اقْضِ عَنَّا الدَّيْنَ وَأَغْنِنَا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ

Allahumma Rabbas- Samawaati wa Rabbal-Ardi wa Rabbal ‘Arshil ‘Adheem. Rabbanaa wa Rabba Kulli Shay’in, Faaliqal – Hubbi wan-nawaa, wa Munzzilat-Tawraati wal-Injeel wal-Furqaan. A’ oudhubika min Sharri Kulli Shay’in Anta aakhithun Binaasiyatihi. Allahumma Antal-Awwalu falaysa Qablaka Shay’un, wa Antal-Aakhiru falaysa Ba’daka Shay’un, wa Antal-Baatinu falaysa Doonaka Shay’un. Iqdi ‘annad-Dayn wa Aghninna minal-Faqr.

O Allah… Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the Mangnificent Throne. Our Lord, and the Lord of everything, Revealer of the Tawrah, the Injil and the Furqan (the Qur’an), the Splitter of the grain of corn and the date stone. I seek refuge with You from the evil of everything whose forehead You have control over, O Allah. You are Al-Awwal, nothing is before You; Al-Aakhir, nothing is after You; Adh-Dhaahir, nothing is abive You; and Al-Baatin, nothing is nearer than You. Remove the burden of debt from us and free us from poverty (neediness).” {Muslim}

Can a sin cause you to enter Paradise?

Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله said:

“Indeed a slave commits a sin and enters Paradise through committing it and he performs a good deed and enters the Hellfire through performing it.”

He was asked ‘How is this (possible)?

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله answered:

‘A sin is committed and thus does not cease to be before his eyes (causing him to be) fearful of it, concerned about it frightened and weeping due to his regret of doing it. Feeling ashamed due to this action before his Lord The Most High, with his head lowered between his hands, and his heart broken and despondent due to it.

Therefore that sin will be more beneficial to him than numerous acts of obedience could be. As a consequence these previously mentioned matters are the cause for this slave of Allaah’s happiness and success until that sin will be a reason for him to enter Paradise.

A slave of Allaah performs a good deed and he continues to view it as if he has performed a favour for his Lord and is egotistic due to that good deed, and he is conceited, vain and arrogant due to the sin. So he says I did such and such action (boasting) causing to him to inherit the characteristic of pride, haughtiness and adopting an overbearing attitude.

This becomes the reason for his destruction.

Thus, if Allaah Ta’ala intends good for the needy slave He trials him with something in order to bring him down and to lower his neck in humiliation and to decrease his importance to himself. However if Allaah intended for him (the slave) anything other than good He (Allaah) would have left him alone and his vanity and pride and this is the deception which necessitates his destruction.

See: ‘Al-Waabil as-Sayyib min Kalim at-Tayyib’ By Ibn al-Qayyim, pg. 15

FATWA ◽Pessimism about the month of Safar?

Fatwa of Shaykh Ibn Baz رحمه الله

Question ▫ ️It is known that many people are pessimistic about the month of Safar regarding many affairs. Such people, for example, do not conclude marriage contracts during Safar.

Moreover, many people believe that it is not permissible to break a stick, knot ropes, or entwine fingers when concluding a marriage contract for this leads to failure of the concerned marriage and disharmony between the spouses. Since all the foregoing are beliefs bearing on ‘Aqidah (creed), could you please advise and clarify the ruling on it? May Allah guide us all to all that He loves and is pleased with.

Answer ◻️ Pessimism about Safar is not permissible. It is a characteristic of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance).

Safar – just like all other months – does not bring good or evil, as good is only from Allah جل جلالة and evil is predestined by Him. Moreover, it is authentically reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم annulled the concept of pessimism when he said:

There is no ‘Adwa (contagion, disease transmission naturally by itself not by the Decree of Allah), nor is there any Tiyarah (evil omen), nor is there any Hamah (pre-Islamic superstitious belief that the bones of a dead person turn into an owl), nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jahiliyyah). (Agreed upon by Imams Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The same applies to pessimism about entwining fingers, breaking a stick, etc., when concluding a marriage contract. Such beliefs are false, baseless, and thus they should not be adopted by a Muslim. May Allah grant us all success.

⚫See: Fatwas of Shaykh Ibn Baz رحمه الله

http://alifta.net/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?languagename=en&View=Page&PageID=182&PageNo=1&BookID=10

Al-hijaamah (cupping)

Hijaamah comes from the root al-hajm, which means “sucking”, and is used of the action of draining the breast when an infant is suckled.

Al-hajjaam is the name given to the cupper, and hijaamah is the name given to this profession.

Al-mihjam is the name given to the tool in which blood is collected, or to the knife used by the cupper.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Healing is to be found in three things: drinking honey, the knife of the cupper, and cauterization of fire.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/136).

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping, and he paid the cupper his fee.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/124; Muslim 1202).

With regard to the times when cupping is recommended:

It was reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best times to be treated with cupping are the seventeenth, nineteenth or twenty-first [of the month].”

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever is treated with cupping on the seventeenth, nineteenth or twenty first, will be healed from all diseases.”

(Reported by Abu Dawood, 3861, and al-Bayhaqi, 9/340. The isnad is hasan).

Although the ahaadeeth quoted above are from different sources and may be weak to some extent, they give strength to one another.

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

These ahadeeth coincide with what the doctors agree on, that cupping should be done in the second half of the month, and that the third quarter of the month is better than the beginning or the end. But if cupping is done out of necessity it is beneficial at any time, even at the beginning or end of the month.

Al-Khallaal said: ‘Ismah ibn ‘Isaam told me: Hanbal told me: Abu ‘Abd-Allaah Ahmad ibn Hanbal would be treated with cupping whenever his blood increased, no matter what time it was… They disliked having cupping done on a full stomach, because that could lead to obstruction and grievous diseases, especially if the food was heavy and bad… Choosing the times mentioned above for cupping is an extra precaution, to be on the safe side and to protect one’s health, but when it comes to treating disease, whenever it is necessary it should be used.

It is essential to make sure that you do it properly; cupping should be done by one who is experienced and he or she should use instruments that are properly cleaned and sterilized. The cupper must also ensure that no blood reaches the stomach of the patient.

We ask Allaah to help us and you to follow the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet Muhammed ﷺ

See: Fath al-Baari by Ibn Hajar, 10/149
Sharh al-Zarqaani ‘ala al-Muwatta’, 2/187
al-Mughni by Ibn Qudaamah, 1/184
al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 4/60.

Upholding ties of kinship leads to the Mercy of Allah?

Allaah has warned us against cutting the ties of kinship (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who break the Covenant of Allaah, after its ratification, and sever that which Allaah has commanded to be joined (i.e., they sever the bond of kinship and are not good to their relatives), and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse (i.e., they will be far away from Allaah’s Mercy); And for them is the unhappy (evil) home (i.e., Hell).” [al-Ra’d 13:25]

What punishment could be worse than the curse and the evil home that awaits those who sever the ties of kinship ? They deny themselves the reward for upholding the ties of kinship in the Hereafter, in addition to denying themselves much good in this world, which is a long life and ample provision. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 5986 and Muslim, 2557). Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Allaah created the universe, and when He had finished, kinship (al-rahm) stood up and said, “This is the standing up of one who seeks Your protection from being cut off.” Allaah said, “Yes, would it please you if I were to take care of those who take care of you and cut off those who cut you off?” It said, “Of course.” Allaah said, “Then your prayer in granted.”’” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Recite, if you wish (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship? Such are they whom Allaah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight.’ [Muhammad 47:22-23].” (Saheeh Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi, 16/112).

Once we understand this, we need to ask:

Who is the one who upholds the ties of kinship?

This was explained by the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he said:

“The one who maintains a relationship with his relatives only because they maintain a relationship with him is not truly upholding the ties of kinship. The one who truly upholds those ties is the one who does so even if they break off the relationship.” (Reported by Al Bukhari)

If the relationship is merely one of returning favours and giving like in return for like, and not taking the initiative, then this is not upholding the ties of kinship, it is only responding in kind. Some people follow the principle of giving a gift in return for a gift, and visiting in return for a visit, so if someone does not give them a gift, they do not give him a gift, and if he does not visit them, they do not visit him. This is not what is meant by upholding the ties of kinship at all, and this is not what is required by Islam. This is merely responding in kind, it is not the higher degree which Islam urges us to reach.

A man said to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “I have relatives with whom I try to keep in touch, but they cut me off. I treat them well, but they abuse me. I am patient and kind towards them, but they insult me.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “If you are as you say, then it is as if you are putting hot dust in their mouths.

Allaah will continue to support you as long as you continue to do that.”

(Reported by Muslim with commentary by al-Nawawi, 16/115).

Who could bear to put up with hot dust? We seek refuge with Allaah from cutting off the ties of kinship..