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The blessed days of the Dhul-Hijjah

bism (2)قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أفضل أيام الدنيا أيام العشر” رواه البزار من حديث جابر بن عبدالله

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The best days in this worldly life are the (first) ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” (1)

A short beneficial reminder by shaykh 3Assim Al-Hakeem, on the virtues of Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and examples of good deeds that can be done in these 10 days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8XikQc_FVs&rel=0

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The Best Days

Virtues of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Making the Best of these 10 Days:

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah  [New]

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

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Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan (2)

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(continued from part 1)

Skipping Suhoor

Some of us are too lazy or sleepy to eat Suhoor or just don’t think it’s important. Even if you don’t feel like having a lot of food, just eat something little; a few dates, even a glass of water. That’s because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Eat suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing” (1)

It was narrated from Jaabir that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Whoever wants to fast, let him eat something for suhoor.” (2)

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Stopping Suhoor at ‘Imsaak’

Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe ‘Imsaak’. They think they cannot eat beyond that time and that it would be wrong if they did.

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen was asked about some timetables which give the time of imsaak as being approximately one-quarter of an hour before Fajr. He said:

This is a kind of bid3ah (innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the Sunnah is to do the opposite. Allaah allows us to eat until dawn: “and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)” [al-Baqarah 2:187]

And the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “….eat and drink until you hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not give the adhaan until dawn comes.”

This ‘imsaak’ which some of the people practice, is an addition to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:
“Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed.” (3)

Not fasting if they missed Suhoor

Sometimes, our alarm doesn’t go off on time and we miss the time for eating, just barely waking up with the adhaan. I’m sure this has happened to all of us one time or another. In this situation, there are some people who are too scared to fast if they miss Suhoor. They think they will feel too weak during the day or that, by default, missing Suhoor automatically means NO fast that day.

But, if you think about it, unless a person has a genuine health problem, it is not such a big deal after all. What if you missed a few morsels of food? You’ll be fine in-shaa’-Allaah. Alhamdulillaah most of us have enough fat stored in our bodies to keep us going for several days without food!

Remember, obedience to Allaah takes precedence over everything. 

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid said: “If a Muslim does not eat suhoor or does not wake up for Fajr, this is not counted as a reason for him not to fast.” (4)

Saying the intention to fast ‘out loud’ or saying a specific dua to start fasting

The intention is an action of the heart. We should resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow. That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shari’ah for us to say out loud, “I intend to fast”, “I will fast tomorrow” or other phrases that have been innovated by some people.

Also, there is no specific du3aa’ to be recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct Sunnah. Whatever du3aa’  you may see on some papers or Ramadaan calendars, etc. is not from sunnah.

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Delaying breaking fast

Some people wait until the adhaan finishes or even several minutes after that, just to be ‘on the safe side’. However, the Sunnah is to hasten to break the fast, which means breaking fast whenever the adhaan starts, right after the sun has set. Aa3ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha said: This is what the Messenger of AllaahSallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam used to do.

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.” (5)

Al-Nawawi said: 

This hadeeth urges us to hasten to break the fast as soon as it is established that the sun has set. What this means is that the ummah will continue to be in a sound state and they will be fine so long as they continue to adhere to this Sunnah. (6)

Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up

Some people put so much food in their plates when breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert, drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is obviously not right.

What one should do is to hasten to break the fast by eating small morsels that will calm one’s hunger, then get up to pray, then if one wishes, one may come back and eat more.

 This is what the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam used to do. (7)

Missing the golden chance of having your Du3aa’ accepted

The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be accepted at the time of breaking fast. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

 “There are three whose du3aa’ will not be rejected, …………..the fasting person when he breaks his fast…” (8)

Instead of sitting down and making Du3aa’ at this precious time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are too busy frying ‘samosas’, talking, setting the food, filling their plates and pouring drinks into their glasses and they lose this golden opportunity.

Think about it…. Is food more important than the chance to have your sins forgiven or the fulfillment of your Du3aa’?

Not fasting because of exams or work

Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by the Shari3ah to not fast. You can do your studying and revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz was asked about that and he replied: 

It is not permissible for an adult of sound mind to break the fast during Ramadaan because of exams, because that is not one of the excuses permitted in Islam. Rather he has to fast and do his studying at night if it is hard for him to do it during the day. Those who are in charge of exams should be kind to the students and arrange the exams at a time other than Ramadaan, so as to serve two purposes: the purpose of fasting and that of giving students time to prepare for the exams.

The Standing Committee said: 

It is not permissible to break the fast for the reason you mentioned, rather that is haraam, because it is not included among the excuses for which it is permissible to break the Ramadaan fast. (9)

Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allaah is much more important than ‘good grades’. Besides, if you will fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study, Allaah will make it easy for you and help you in everything you do.

“Whosoever fears Allaah, He will appoint for him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect, Allaah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust in Him.” (Soorah at-Talaaq, v: 2-3)

Fasting and not wearing Hijaab

Women’s observing hijab in front of non-mahram men and covering their faces is something that is obligatory as is indicated by the Book of our Lord and the Sunnah of our Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam. (10) The correct view is that a woman is obliged to cover her entire body, even the face and hands. (11)

If a woman does not wear hijab, then she is disobeying her Lord thereby, but her fast is still valid, because sins, including not wearing hijab, do not invalidate the fast, but they detract from its reward (12)

Lavish Iftaar parties

Although inviting each other for breaking fast is something good and encouraged, some people go to extremes with lavish ‘Iftaar parties’ with all sorts of disobedience to Allaah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes and hijaab-less women, to show-off and extravagance, to heedlessness to Salaah and Taraaweeh, to even music and dancing.

Mixing fasting and dieting

DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us make, especially the sisters.

Fasting is an act of worship and should only and only, be for the sake of Allah alone. Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may become a form of (minor) Shirk. Sure, there are always added benefits of obeying Allaah, one of them being, losing weight while fasting. That comes in automatically, so reap the benefits but don’t make it part of your intention. If the side benefits come, they come. If they don’t, that shouldn’t stop you from obeying Allaah and fulfilling your duty.

Fighting over the number of Raka3ah of Taraweeh

There is no specific number of rak’ahs for Taraweeh prayer, rather it is permissible to do a little or a lot. Both 8 and 20 are okay.

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Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen said:

“No one should be denounced for praying eleven or twenty-three (rak3ah), because the matter is broader in scope than that, praise be to Allaah.” (13)

What is really important, my brothers and sisters, is the command to observe night prayers during Ramadaan, which is encouraged without specifying a particular number. As long as we are praying our Taraaweeh, it shouldn’t be a matter of dispute or disunity whether it is 8 or 20 or even more. And of course, what really counts is that Allaah accepts it from us, even if it is two rak3aat, right?

Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th

Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“Seek Laylat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” (14)

Wasting the last part of Ramadhaan preparing for Eid

Some people waste the entire last 10 days of Ramadaan preparing for 3Eed, shopping and frequenting malls, etc. neglecting 3Ibaadah and Laylatul Qadr, although, the Prophet SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam used to strive the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in worship and not in shopping.

3Aa’ishah Radi-Allaahu 3Anha said:

“When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu Alayhi wa Sallam would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.” (15)

May Allaah guide us to practice what we learn, spend Ramadaan as is pleasing to Him and may we reap the fruits of Ramadaan and may Allaah accept our Ramadaan. Aameen.

By Asma bint Shameem

Edited & modified by TowardsHuda

Read part 1 here

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References:

(1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095

(2) Narrated by Ahmad, 14533; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2309

(3) http://islamqa.info/en/12602 and http://islamqa.info/en/1155

(4) http://islamqa.info/en/37943

(5) Al-Bukhaari (1957) and Muslim (1098)

(6) http://islamqa.info/en/50019

(7) http://islamqa.info/en/13999 and   http://islamqa.info/en/366

(8) al-Tirmidhi (2525), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

(9) Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 10/240. http://islamqa.info/en/60296

(10) http://islamqa.info/en/11774

(11) http://islamqa.info/en/21536

(12) http://islamqa.info/en/107624

(13) Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 1/407

(14) Bukhaaree & Muslim

(!5) Bukhaaree & Muslim

Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

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Preparing For Ramadaan:

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid gave a detailed practical advice about how can we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. He said:

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1. Sincere repentance:

This is obligatory at all times, but because of the approach of a great and blessed month, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allaah says:

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” (1)

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (2)

2. Du3aa’ (supplication):

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them.

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3. Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month:

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and of decisive battles in the history of our religionAllaah says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass”  (3)

4. Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say:

“I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha3baan. (4)

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

From her keenness to do that in Sha3baan it may be understood that it is not permissible to delay making them up until another Ramadaan begins. (5)

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan. (click Ramadaan resources / E-Books)

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship. (click Time Management Tips for Ramadaan )

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the Imaam of the Masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha3baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

It was narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha3baan. (6)

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha3baan? He said:

“That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (7)

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind fasting in Sha3baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha3baan before Ramadaan.

10 – Reading Qur’aan

Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha3baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.

When Sha3baan began, 3Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha3baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

He also said:

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha3baan if you are seeking Ramadaan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

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Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

Fasting In Sha3baan

Ramadaan Related Posts:

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Prepare for Ramadaan Transcribed lecture by Shaykh Hazim Rajeb

30 Steps to Warm Up for Ramadaan

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References:

(1) Soorah An-Noor 24:31

(2) Narrated by Muslim (2702)

(3) Soorah Yoonus 10:58

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

(5) Fath al-Baari (4/191)

(6) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

(7) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

Dhul Hijjah Checklist

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The month of Dhul-Hijjah is just round the corner. The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year. Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about these days:

There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, 

“Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.”

Let’s make the best of these superior days.  Please watch 4-minute advice by shaykh Nabil Al-3Awadhi or read this excellent article to get the maximum benefits from these 10 days.

Attached herewith is the checklist for many good deeds, that can be done daily during these days. Download and print it and lets try to do as much as possible. 

Do make du3aa’ to Allaah to help us and give us tawfeeq to do good deeds, seeking His Pleasure only.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

 “O Allaah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.”

Dhul Hijjah Checklist (rightclick & save target as)

(with all authentic ahadeeth about the rewards of good deeds)

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Suggested Program For 3Arafah [New]

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Bismillaah - Copyعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” ما من أيام العمل الصالح فيهن أحب إلى الله منه في هذه الأيام العشر . قالوا ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله !! قال : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله ، إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله ولم يرجع من ذلك بشيء ” أخرجه البخاري 2/457 

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (1)

A beneficial reminder and advice about these 10 days, by shaykh Nabil al-3Awadhi. A worth-watching 4-minute video, highlighting various good deeds that one can do in these days.

Related Posts:

The Best Days

Virtues of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Make the Best of These 10 Days:

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1 [excellent read]

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

More Dhul-Hijjah resources =>> Here <<=

3Arafah & Udhiyah Rulings:

Rulings for One Who Wants to Offer A Sacrifice (Must Read)

Some Rulings on Udhiyah [Sacrifice]

Suggested Program For 3Arafah [New]

More 3Arafah resources =>> Here <<=

Reference:

(1) Reported by Al-Bukhaaree, 2/457

The Ultimate Ramadaan Du3aa’ List

bismillaah1Beautiful authentic du3aa’s from Qur’aan & sunnah that Brother Navaid 3Aziz, posted on his facebook page (1) last Ramadaan. This du3aa’ list will be beneficial for everyone in-shaa’-Allaah.

Here is the message & full post by Brother Navaid, with slight modification & references. I have also added a pdf version of the du3aa’.

Brother Navaid 3Aziz wrote,

Assalaamu 3Alaykum everyone, I looked at the greatest needs we have in this day and age and selected 7 du3aa’s from the Qur’aan and Sunnah that I feel would be in the best interests of every Muslim.

It would be ideal to print this list (or have it on your phone) and keep it handy at the time of Iftaar. Likewise, please add to your list anything else that you would like, especially that which your heart desires.

For your convenience I have included the Arabic, English transliteration, and English translation.

I pray Allah accepts from us all, and makes us from those who are forgiven and pardoned this Ramadaan and entered into Al-Firdaws in the hereafter. Aameen.

Du3aa’:

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(2) اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال

Allaahumma inni a3udhubika min al-hammi wal huzani,wal 3ajzi wal kasali, wal bukhli wal jubni, wa dala’ad-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal.

“O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men”

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(3) رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Rubbanaa aatina fid-dunya hassana,wa fil aakhirati hassana, waqina 3adhaaban-naar

“Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire”

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رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ
(4) رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ

Rubbi j’alnee muqeem as-salati wa mindhuriyyati. Rubbana, wa taqabbal du3aa’. Rubbana ighfir lee wa liwaalidayya wa lilmu’mineena yawma yaqoom ul-hisaab

“My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication. Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established”

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اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَأَهْلي وَمَالِي اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي (5)   ااااااا  

 

Allaahumma inni as-alukaal-3afiyata fid dunya wal aakhira. Allaahumma inni as-aluka al 3afwa wal 3aafiyata fee deeni wa dunyaya wa ahlee wa malee. Allaahumma ustur 3awrati wa amin row3atee. Allaahumma ahfadhnee min bayni yadayya min khalfi wa 3an yameeni wa 3an shimali wa min fowqi wa a3oodhu bi3adhmatika an aghtaala min tahtee.

“O Allaah, I ask You forwell-being in this life and the next. O Allaah,I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth. O Allaah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay. O Allaah, preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above, and I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth.”

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(6) اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَرِزْقًا طَيِّبًا وَعَمَلًا مُتَقَبَّلًا

Allaahuma inni as-aluka 3ilman nafi3an wa rizqan tayyiban wa 3amalan matqaballa

“O Allaah, I ask You for knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance which is good, and deeds which are acceptable. [to be said after giving salam for the fajr prayer]”

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  (7) اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

Allaahuma a3inni 3ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni 3ibaadatik

“O Allaah, help me to remember You, to thank You, and to worship You in the best of manners.”

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  (8) اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ

Allaahuma inni as-aluka al-jannata wa a3udhubika min an-naar.

“O Allaah, I ask You to grant me Paradise and I take refuge in You from the Fire.”

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References:

(1) Facebook post

(2) Saheeh Bukhaaree (6369)

(3) Soorah Al-Baqarah, verse 201

(4) Soorah Ibraaheem, verse 40-41

(5) Sunan Abu Dawood & ibn Majah, Classed as Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Baani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

(6) Classed as Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Baani in ‘Saheeh Ibn Maajah’

(7) Classed as Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Baani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

(8) Classed as Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Baani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan (1)

Some Common mistakes in Ramadaan

Taking Ramadaan as a ritual:

For many of us Ramadaan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of 3Ibaadah. We fast from morning to night just because everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that it’s a time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil….we forget to make du3aa’, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive us and ask Him to save us from the Fire of Hell. Sure we stay away from food and drink but that’s about all. Although the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Jibreel said to me, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person to who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not forgiven,’ and I said, ‘Ameen’….” (1)

Fasting but not praying

Realize that the fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr as the Prophet Sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer.” (2)

In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted; rather, they are all annulled. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Whoever forsakes ‘Asr prayer, his deeds are in vain.” (3)

This hadeeth indicates that in the case of one who does not pray, Allaah will not accept any deed from him, so the one who does not pray will not benefit at all from his deeds, and no good deeds of his will ascend to Allaah. (4)

Too much stress on food and drink

For some people, the entire month of Ramadaan revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food, instead of concentrating on Salaah, Qur’aan and other acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD, so much so that they turn the month of ‘fasting’ into the month of ‘feasting’. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting, and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of learning to control them.

And remember, too much food is also a kind of waste & extravagance.

وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“…..and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)” [soorah al-A3raaf , v:31]

Spending all day cooking

Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired to even pray 3Ishaa’, let alone pray Taraaweeh or Tahajjud; too exhausted to even read Qur’aan.

This is the month of mercy and forgiveness, du3aa’ and 3Ibaadah, to increase in your taqwa and to improve your relationship with Allaah. And how can you do that if you spend all your time in the kitchen cooking? So turn off that stove and turn on your Eemaan!

(read here Ramadaan cooking tips for sisters)

Eating too much

Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not feel hungry during the day and some people eat at Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to ‘make up for the food they missed.’ However, this is completely against the Sunnah. Remember, moderation is the key to everything.

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air. (5)

Besides, too much food distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship, makes him lazy.

Sufyaan al-Thawri (may Allaah have mercy on his) said: If you want your body to be healthy and to sleep less, then eat less.  

Eating too much also makes the heart heedless. It was said to Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him):

Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full?

He said, I do not think so.” (6)

Sleeping all day

Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of it) ‘sleeping away their fast’. Is this what is really required of us during this noble month?

These people are also missing the purpose of fasting and just falling prey to laziness and lethargy. All it needs is to exert a little self-control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is nothing, but negligence on his part.

The Standing Committee said regarding this: “For a fasting person to spend most of the day asleep is a kind of negligence on his part, especially since the month of Ramadaan is a special time and the Muslim should strive to benefit from it by reading Qur’aan a great deal, seeking provision and acquiring knowledge.” (7)

Fasting but not giving up evil

Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing, fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto tickets, selling alcohol, committing fornication, etc. and all kinds of impermissible things without realizing that the purpose of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink; rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” [soorah al-Baqarah 2:183]

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it and ignorant conduct, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (8)

In another narration:

Whoever does not give up obscene talk and lying, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (9)

Ramadhaan highway Code  - Dos And Donts

Wasting time

The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so much so that Allaah calls this month أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ

“Ayyaamum Ma3doodaat” (A fixed number of days) (10)

Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allaah so that we can make the most of this blessing. However, there are some of us who waste away their day playing video games, or worse still, watching TV, movies or even listening to music.

Subhaan Allaah! Trying to obey Allaah by DISOBEYING him!

Make the best of this Ramadaan (see here & here). who knows this could be our last Ramadan.

Smoking

Smoking is haraam (forbidden) in Islaam whether during Ramadaan or outside of it (11) as it is one of al-Khabaa’ith (evil things). And this includes ALL kinds of ‘smoking material’ whether it is cigars, cigarettes, pipes,’Sheesha’, hookah or even worse than that. (12)

وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ

“He allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al Khabaa’ith (all evil and unlawful things) (13)

Smoking is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the ones around him. It is also a means of wasting one’s wealth.

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There should be no harming or reciprocating harm.”

& Smoking invalidates the fast. (14)

To be continued…..part 2

By Asma bint Shameem, edited & modified by TowardsHuda

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References:

(1) Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani

(2) Narrated by Muslim, 82

(3) Bukhaaree, 553

(4) http://islamqa.info/en/37820

(5) Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2380; Ibn Maajah, 3349. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1939

(6) http://islamqa.info/en/11153

(7) Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah, 10/212

(8) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6057

(9)Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Sagheer and al-Mu’jam al-Awsat. Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb

(10) Soorah Al-Baqarah, v:184

(11) http://islamqa.info/en/37765 and http://islamqa.info/en/10922

(12) http://islamqa.info/en/7432 –

(13)  Soorah al-A3raaf :157

(14) http://islamqa.info/en/106450 and http://islamqa.info/en/37765

The Likeness of Ramadaan and Prophet Yoosuf

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The month of Ramadaan to the other months is like Yoosuf to his brothers. So, just like Yoosuf was the most beloved son to Ya3qoob, Ramadaan is likewise the most beloved month to Allaah.

A nice point for the nation of Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to ponder over is that if Yoosuf had the mercy and compassion to say (“There is no reproach for you today…” [soorah Yoosuf, v: 92]).

Ramadaan is likewise the month of mercy, blessing, goodness, salvation from the Fire, and Forgiveness from the King that exceeds that of all the other months and what can be gained from their days and nights.

Another nice point to think about is that Yoosuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadaan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allaah!

We hope that in Ramadaan, we are able to make up for our shortcomings in the other months, to rectify our mistakes, and to cap it off with happiness and firmness on the Rope of the Forgiving King.

Another point is that Ya3qoob had eleven sons who were living with him and whose actions he would see at all times, and his eyesight did not return because of any of their clothing. Instead, it returned due to Yoosuf’s shirt. His eyesight came back strong, and he himself became strong after he was weak, and seeing after he was blind.

Likewise, if the sinner smells the scents of Ramadaan, sits with those who remind him of Allaah, recites the Qur’aan, befriends on the condition of Islaam and faith, and avoids backbiting and vain talk, he will (by Allaah’s Will) become forgiven after he was a sinner, he will become close after he was far, he will be able to see with his heart after it was blind, his presence will be met with happiness after it was met with repulsion, he will be met with mercy after he was met with disdain, he will be provided for without limit or effort on his part, he will be guided for his entire life, he will have his soul dragged out with ease and smoothness when he dies, he will be blessed with Forgiveness when he meets Allaah, and he will be granted the best levels in the Gardens of Paradise.

So, by Allaah, take advantage of this greatness during these few days and you will soon see abundant blessing, high levels of reward, and a very long period of rest and relaxation by the Will of Allaah.

By Allaah, this is the true relaxation…”

From Ibn al-Jawzi’s “Bustaan al-Wa3idheen wa Riyaad as-Sami3een” [page 213-214]

Translated by Abu Sabaya

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Taqwa – Fear of Allaah

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يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

“O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” [soorah Al-Hashr, v:18]

A beautiful, heart softening reminder by Shaykh Salih Al-Maghamsi, that will make you cry. 

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How to Achieve A Good Ending

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Beautiful story of a brother’s good end and some beneficial advice on how to have a good end,  from Shaykh Salih Maghamsi.

Shaykh Al Maghamsi is the Imaam of Masjid Al-Quba in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia. He is one of the most well known scholars of tafseer.

may Allaah grant us Husn al-Khatimah. Aameen

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The Hour will fall on a Friday

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 The Hour will Fall on a Friday (Jumu3ah):

 عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “‏ خَيْرُ يَوْمٍ طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ أُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ وَفِيهِ أُخْرِجَ مِنْهَا وَلاَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ إِلاَّ فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ ‏”

Abu Hurayrah reported the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam as saying:

The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created. on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he was expelled from it. And the last hour will take place on no day other than Friday. (1)
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Every Creature Fear the Day of Friday:

 وعَنْ أَبِي لُبَابَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْمُنْذِرِ قَالَ : قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :  إِنَّ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ سَيِّدُ الأَيَّامِ ، وَأَعْظَمُهَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ ، وَهُوَ أَعْظَمُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ يَوْمِ الأَضْحَى وَيَوْمِ الْفِطْرِ ، فِيهِ خَمْسُ خِلالٍ : خَلَقَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ آدَمَ ، وَأَهْبَطَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ آدَمَ إِلَى الأَرْضِ ، وَفِيهِ تَوَفَّى اللَّهُ آدَمَ ، وَفِيهِ سَاعَةٌ لا يَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ فِيهَا الْعَبْدُ شَيْئًا إِلا أَعْطَاهُ ، مَا لَمْ يَسْأَلْ حَرَامًا ، وَفِيهِ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ ، مَا مِنْ مَلَكٍ مُقَرَّبٍ وَلا سَمَاءٍ وَلا أَرْضٍ وَلا رِيَاحٍ وَلا جِبَالٍ وَلا بَحْرٍ إِلا وَهُنَّ يُشْفِقْنَ مِنْ يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ 

It was narrated that Abu Lubaabah ibn 3Abd al-Mundhir said: The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

Friday is the master of days, and the greatest of them before Allaah. It is greater before Allaah than the day of al-Adha and the day of al-Fitr.

It has five characteristics: on this day Allaah created Adam, on it He sent Adam down to the earth, on it Allaah caused Adam to die, on it there is a time when a person does not ask Allaah for anything but He gives it to him, so long as he does not ask for anything haraam, and on it the Hour will begin.

There is no angel who is close to Allaah, no heaven, no earth, no wind, no mountain and no sea that does not fear Friday.” (2)

Al-Sanadi said:

“They fear Friday” means they fear the onset of the Hour. This indicates that all created beings are aware of the days and they know that the Day of Resurrection will come on a Friday.

Every Living Being Fear the Day of Friday Except Human & Jinn:

In a lengthy Hadeeth, narrated from Abu Salamah ibn 3Abd al-Rahmaan that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. On it Adam was created, on it he was sent down (to earth), on it his repentance was accepted, on it he died and on it the Hour will begin.

There is no living being but it is in a state of apprehension on Friday from dawn until sunrise fearing the onset of the Hour, except jinn and mankind……” (3)

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “I went out to At-Tur and met Ka3b. He and I spent a day together, when I narrated things to him from the Messenger of Allah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam and he narrated things to me from the Tawrah. I said to him: The Messenger of Allah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:
The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. On this day, Adam was created, on this day he was sent down, on it repentance was accepted, on this day he died, and on this day the Hour will begin. There is no living creature on Earth that does not listen out from Friday morning until the sun rises, fearing the onset of the Hour, except the son of Adam…” (4)

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References:

(1)  Saheeh Muslim Book 7, Hadeeth 27

(2) Ibn Maajah, 1084; classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami3, no. 2279

(3) Sunan Abi Dawood (1046), al-Tirmidhee (491) and al-Nasaa’i (1430). It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani]  Read the full hadeeth here

(4) Sunan Al-Nasaa’i, The book of Jumu3ah, Vol. 2, Book 14, Hadeeth 1431 [Classed as Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Baani]

Arabic link: المحدث: الألباني المصدر: صحيح النسائيالصفحة أو الرقم:1429

خلاصة حكم المحدث: صحيح

Got A Grudge?

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مسلم (2565) عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ

تُفْتَحُ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ يَوْمَ الِاثْنَيْنِ وَيَوْمَ الْخَمِيسِ فَيُغْفَرُ لِكُلِّ عَبْدٍ لَا يُشْرِكُ بِاللَّهِ شَيْئًا إِلَّا رَجُلًا كَانَتْ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ أَخِيهِ شَحْنَاءُ فَيُقَالُ : أَنْظِرُوا هَذَيْنِ حَتَّى يَصْطَلِحَا ، أَنْظِرُوا هَذَيْنِ حَتَّى يَصْطَلِحَا ، أَنْظِرُوا هَذَيْنِ حَتَّى يَصْطَلِحَا

It was narrated from Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wassallam said:

The gates of Jannah are opened on Mondays and Thursdays, and every slave (of Allaah) who does not associate any partners with Allaah is forgiven, except a man between whom and his brother there is some grudge (1)

It is said, “Wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile.’” (2)

Ibn Raslaan said:

It seems that if one of them seeks to reconcile with the other but he does not accept it, the one who seeks reconciliation will be forgiven. (3)

عَنْ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ

لَا يَحِلُّ لِمُسْلِمٍ أَنْ يَهْجُرَ أَخَاهُ فَوْقَ ثَلَاثٍ يَلْتَقِيَانِ فَيَصُدُّ هَذَا وَيَصُدُّ هَذَا وَخَيْرُهُمَا الَّذِي يَبْدَأُ بِالسَّلَامِ

It is narrated from Abu Ayyoob radiAllaahu 3Anhu that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wassallam said:

It is not permissible for a Muslim to forsake his brother for more than three days, each of them turning away from the other when they meet. The better of them is the first to greet the other with salaam.” (4)

imagesAl-Nawawi said:

“The better of them is the first to greet the other with salaam” – this is the evidence for the view of al-Shaafa3ee and Maalik and those who agree with them, that the greeting of salaam ends the forsaking, and removes sin from the person (5)

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Reference:
(1) Grudge: A feeling of ill will or resentment  ((Arabic word الشَّحْنَاءُ : الحقْدُ والعداوةُ والبغضاءُ ))
bitterness, rancor, malevolence, enmity, hatred. Grudge, malice, spite refer to ill will held against another or others. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong
 
(2) Saheeh Muslim, Book 45, Hadeeth Number 2565, Darussalam Publishers [English Translation]
(3) Sharh al-Zarqaani 3ala al-Muwatta3 (4/335)
(4) Al-Bukhaari (6237) and Muslim (2561)
(5) in Sharh Muslim
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