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Hadeeth Alert: “Whoever is the First to give another person the news…”

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Hadeeth Alert:

The below hadeeth has been circulating on the net, social sites & forums for many years and now it has become wide-spread on facebook, twitter and WhatsApp. Please be aware of the following famous hadeeth, it is FABRICATED.

“Whoever is the first to give another person the news about the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the fire of hell is Haraam for them”.

This fabricated hadeeth is wide-spread in English, Arabic & other languages with different versions (same wordings but for different months).

مبروك عليكم شهر جمادى الأول. قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من يبارك الناس في هذا الشهر الفضيل، يحرم عليه النار” كل عام وأنتم بخير

شهر ربيع الأول :  من يبارك الناس بهذا الشهر الفضيل ، يحرم علية النار    

Whoever is the first to give another person the news about the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the fire of hell is Haraam for them”

“Today is 1st Rajab. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said “Whoever 1st to give another person the news of this month, hell fire is haram for him/her.”

Another version: “Whoever offers congratulations to people for this blessed month, the Fire will be forbidden for him”

And about Ramadaan: “GOOD NEWS!!! In sha Allah!! Ramadhan will likely start on June 6 (depending on moon sighting),…. which is only 140 days from today. The Holy Prophet Mohammad, SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam, says if one informs another about Ramadhan first, hellfire will become haraam for that individual. I have done my duty by forwarding it to you.”

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Shaykh salih Al-Munajjid (islamqa.info) was asked about this hadeeth. He said:

We do not know of any source for the hadeeth mentioned, and it is clearly fabricated. Hence it is not permissible to attribute it to the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, because that comes under the heading of telling lies against him, and telling lies against him is haraam and is a major sin. (1)

The Fatwa section of Islamweb.net was asked about this hadeeth and they replied:

We not find this Hadeeth in the resources that we have at hand. (2)

And another question, they replied:

There is no origin (basis) in the books of sunnah we know. Shaykh 3Alwee As-Saqaaf mentions this hadeeth under section “widely-spread on internet” that this hadeeth is a LIE on the prophet.”  (3)

Telling lies about the Prophet:

Telling lies about the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is a great evil and a serious sin, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Telling lies about me is not like telling lies about anyone else. Whoever tells lies about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hell.” (4)

And the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Do not tell lies about me, for whoever tells lies about me will enter Hell.”  (5)

Ruling on one who fabricates things about the Prophet:

He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Whoever narrates a hadeeth from me that he thinks is false is one of the liars.” (6)

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

This is a stern warning against lying, which it indicates that whoever thinks it most likely that what he is narrating is false but still narrates it is a liar. How can he not be a liar, when he is narrating something that did not happen? (7)

A number of scholars are of the view that the one who deliberately tells lies about the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is a kaafir. 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) discussed this matter at length and mentioned the ruling on one who tells lies about the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam verbally, the ruling on one who tells lies about him in a report and the ruling on one who narrates a hadeeth knowing it to be false. He was of the view that the one who tells lies about him verbally is a kaafir. (8)

Warning for those who circulate fabricated Ahadeeth:

Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge, e-mails containing false information and fabricated ahadeeth are widely circulated. The creators of such e-mails as well as those who forward them to others should take heed of the severe warning of Rasool-Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam. He said:

Whoever tells lies about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hell.

It is therefore, necessary that one should be cautious, when one receives e-mails of such a nature wherein there is no authentic reference mentioned. Such e-mails or pieces of information should be referred to reliable and learned scholars for verification.

& Allaah knows best.

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Lying In Joke (Jest)

Ruling on Telling Lies that Do not Harm Anyone

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References:

(1) https://islamqa.info/en/215135

(2) Islamweb.net

(3) Islamweb.net

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1229

(5) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 106 (https://islamqa.info/en/34725)

(6)  Narrated by Muslim

(7) Sharh Saheeh Muslim (1/65) (https://islamqa.info/en/215135)

(8) al-Saarim al-Maslool ‘Ala Shaatim il-Rasool (2/328-399)

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RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters

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RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters

For the sisters who will be cooking this Ramadaan, don’t cook anything extra, in fact meals should be more simple. Simply put, the whole aim of Ramadaan is gaining Taqwa and you can’t do that if you don’t feel the pain of hunger. Don’t waste your precious time standing for hours in the kitchen.

Tips for Time Utilization in relation to food:

1- Search fun, simple and quick recipes now and save them for Ramadaan. It took me a long time to find quick, simple and good recipes but it was time well spent.

2- Try and do meals that depend on putting something in the oven or slow cooker that doesn’t necessarily need you standing there.

3- Limit frying as much as possible. It wastes time and is not healthy anyway.

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4- Kids breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day should be healthy but choose no cooking options. Plenty of raw fruit and veggies, healthy smoothies, sandwiches etc.

5- Limit extra sweets, so you don’t cook more and more importantly so we actually feel what poor people go through.

6- Minimize extravagant outings, meals at restaurants etc for the same reason above, save the money towards giving charity.

Ramadaan isn’t about more food , it should be the opposite. We should hardly care about it except to give us energy to continue.

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7- Explain your plan to your husband/kids so everyone knows what to expect, ask for their support and to make this Ramadaan about Jannah NOT the kitchen.

8- If your husband is that kind of demanding husbands, do not make him upset, cook the food that he likes and keep dhikr on your tongue. Keep repeating and pondering on the meaning.

9- Minimize having guests over or going to dinner, and if you do, make it One-Dish (everyone makes a dish)  so not one person is left with all the cooking to do.

If you have gatherings, try and get some spiritual benefit out of it even if you just share one hadeeth with them. [You can share this hadeeth (“Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray…?”) or choose (from here)

10- Don’t forget to have an intention while cooking that you are making Iftaar for a fasting person, even if it is your husband and children.

11- Make the quantity little more and prepare a plate for any deserving /poor worker for his Iftar.

12- Listen to a lesson or Qur’aan while cooking. You can review the soorah, that you have memorized, play it on mobile/CD player and keep reciting it with the shaykh. Or simply just make any Dhikr, try not to waste any time.

13- Cook meals now and freeze them if possible. Even if it’s something simple.

[for example you are making a meal with mince, make extra and freeze half. Later on just boil some spaghetti, add red sauce and the frozen mince and you have a meal].

14. You can also do the samoosa/roll filling ready now, prepare the filling, wrap the samoosa/rolls or such, freeze them and in Ramadaan, just take those out and fry.

15- Don’t waste any food, eat leftovers and don’t cook any new meals unless you have finished the previous one.

16- Try not to cook every day and cook for at least 2 days in advance. Remember it’s NOT about the food.

We do not know, if we will be able to see this Ramadaan & live to its fullest. I personally know people who passed away recently and missed out on this opportunity to start over and reconnect with Allaah.

May Allaah let us witness Ramadaan and may we reap the benefits from it, Aameen

Forwarded message with some addition & modification by me

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Welcoming Ramadaan  [Must read]

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Ruling on Telling Lies that Do not Harm Anyone

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The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ was asked a question:

Q. What is the ruling on Telling lies that do not harm anyone?

They replied:

Lying is absolutely Haraam (prohibited) except in the cases that are excluded by Shari3ah (Islaamic law), which does not include what is mentioned in the question.

This prohibition is based on the general meaning of evidence, such as Allaah’s Statement:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

 “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)”(1)

Moreover, it is related on the authority of 3Abdullaah ibn Mas3ood radi Allaahu 3Anhu that the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alahy wa sallam said:

Adhere to telling the truth, for telling the truth leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Jannah (Paradise). A person will keep on speaking the truth and seek to speak the truth until they are recorded with Allaah as a truth-speaker.

Beware of lying! For lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hellfire. A person will keep on telling lies and seek to tell lies until they are recorded with Allaah as a liar.” (2)

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It is also narrated that 3Abdullaah ibn Mas3ood radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: “Telling lies is wrong whether in earnest or in jest, read if you wish: “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).”  He read the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) and said: 

فهل تجدون لأحد فيه رخصة؟
“Do you find any Rukhsah (concession) allowing anyone to tell a lie?” (3)

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References:

(1) Surah at-Tawbah, (9:119)

(2)  Al-Bukhari and Muslim. These words are from Muslim (2607)

(3) Fatwa Source: Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, Fatwa no. 6355, Part 26; Pages 51-52 (http://islamqa.info/en/105477)

Taraweeh Reminder [A must read]

bismillah (2)A timely reminder for all brothers & sisters.

During Ramadaan, a similar scene is witnessed every day in the Masjid. Despite daily reminders by the care takers of the Masjid, or a kind Naseehah by the Imaam, the same thing is repeated almost every day, both in Men & women’s prayer area/hall.

Please make sure to “Turn off” your Mobiles or make them on “Silent Mode” when going for Taraweeh

Please Respect the House of Allaah. It is very distracting & causes annoyance to the worshipers, specially if it is Musical ring tone.

Some Tips:

  • Turn off/ your mobile or Turn it on Silent mode before going for Taraweeh.
  • Inform your friends, family, not to call you after 3Ishaa’ as you will be going for Taraweeh in Ramadaan.
  • Keep the Ringing volume on the lowest volume (in case you forget to make it silent)  (or Leave your mobile phones at home.
  • Sisters, please keep your mobile phones in your hand-bags.
  • Change the (musical) Ring tone to the Normal old styled phone Ring bell.
  • Do NOT check or reply to SMS messages after every 2 rak3ah of taraweeh. This doesn’t let the person to concentrate as the mind is constantly thinking about the message/ reply etc.
  • If you can, print a poster (Turn off your mobile) and hang it on the wall of the Masjid.

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And a reminder to sisters, please cover the feet when going outside the house or for Taraweeh. Its fard to cover the feet during salaah.

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Lying In Joke (Jest)

Bismillah1Allaah says in the Qu’raan:

مَا يَلْفِظُ مِنْ قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].” (1)

عن أبي أمامة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أنا زعيم ببيت في ربض الجنة لمن ترك المراء وإن كان محقا، وببيت في وسط الجنة لمن ترك الكذب وإن كان مازحا، وببيت في أعلى الجنة لمن حسن خلقه وحسنه الألباني

 The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

I guarantee a house in Jannah for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.” (2)

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The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: 

Woe to the person who lies in his talking to make people laugh, woe to him, woe to him”. (3)

3Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Laylaa said: “The companions of the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam told us that they were travelling with the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam. A man among them fell asleep and some of them went and took his arrows.

When the man woke up, he got alarmed (because his arrows were missing) and the people laughed. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “What are you laughing at?”

They said, “Nothing, except that we took the arrows and he got alarmed.”

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

It is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim.” (4)

It is narrated by 3Abdullaah ibn as-Saa’ib ibn Yazeed radi-Allaahu 3Anhu that Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

None of you should take the property of his brother in amusement (i.e. jest), nor in earnest. If anyone takes the staff of his brother, he should return it.” (5)

Shaykh Albaanee was asked: Is there a difference between intentionally lying and jokingly lying? And is it permissible for a person to lie jokingly?

Response: No, it is not permissible.

Question: “(So) all of it is judged (regarded) the same?”

Response: Yes (it is) haraam. The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) only spoke the truth. (6)

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April Fool (wathakker flyer)

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References:

(1). [soorah Qaaf, verse: 18]
(2) [Abu Dawood, declared Hasan (good) by shaykh Al-bani
(3) Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaai, declared authentic by shaykh Al-bani
(4) Abu Dawood (5004), and Musnad Ahmad. Authenticated by Shaikh al-Albanee in Saheeh al-Jamee (7658)
(5) Sunan Abu Dawood (5003) and graded as “Hasan” by Shaikh al-Albaanee
(6) al-Haawee min Fataawa ash- Shaykh al-Albaanee- Page 390-391

An Inspirational True Story & a Resolution

flower bismAn Inspirational true story happened to a Qur’aan teacher in Egypt & narrated by her colleague to her students.

A Qur’aan teacher always advised her students to live by this aayah:

وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

“and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased.”
[soorah TaaHaa, v:84]

She told them, “This aayah is what moves me. When I hear the Adhaan and I’m in occupied and the middle of something, I remind myself of this aayah and so I get up to pray.”

“When my alarm goes off at 2:00 am (Tahajjud) and I want to go back to sleep I remember: “and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased” and so I get up.

Her husband had the following arrangement with her: on his way home from work he would call her so she will get the food hot & ready; so he can come home and eat &  sleep.

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One day he asked her to make Mahshi (stuffed grape leaves with rice – very time consuming. You wrap many of them and put the pot of them on the stove to cook).

She had 3 more to wrap then she had to put them on the stove to cook.

But the Adhaan came in…

So she left the 3 remaining grape-leaves (which would have taken her 5 minutes) and went to pray.

Her husband kept calling & calling but there was no answer. He came home and found her in Sujood and food not ready. He saw there were only 3 grape-leaves left. So he was upset & said:

“You could have just finished them & put the pot to cook then pray!”

No response.

He went to her to discover she had died in her Sujood!

SubhaanAllaah, had she waited like any of us to “finish whats in her hand”, she would have died in the kitchen!

But a person dies upon what they lived on and by, & they are resurrected on what they died on. (*)

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said : “‘Every person will be resurrected in the manner that he died.’” (1)

Resolution: (*)

Let’s make a resolution:

*For sisters, leave everything, get up & pray as soon as the adhaan calls in, [maximum after 20 minutes (iqaamah time)]

3Abdullaah narrated: “I asked the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam: “Which deed is the dearest to Allaah?”

He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” (2)

*For brothers, as soon as you hear the Adhaan, do wudoo’ & go to the Masjid.

keep reminding yourself:

وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

“and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased.”

* True story shared by a sister, who also suggested the resolution.May Allaah accept it from her and may it be a source of sadaqah-e-Jaariyah for her. Aameen

References:
(1) Narrated by Muslim, 2878
(2) Saheeh Bukhaari

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

Imagine.

Someone really, really important is coming to visit you. Surely, you would cook, clean, shop, prepare and plan everything for them, well ahead of time. You would make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. You would ascertain that everything is perfectly ready and adequately in place before they arrive.

Now imagine someone coming to visit you that is even more important than that….more precious, more valuable, more honorable. Wouldn’t you prepare even more and give it the best you got?

Well, the best month of the year, the most blessed and most precious, is coming up. The month that brings the fragrance of Jannah and the sweetness of Eemaan….the tears of Tawbah and the forgiveness of your Lord. And it’s bringing with it a night that is equivalent in worship and reward, to more than a thousand months.

Wouldn’t you want to prepare for that?

Wouldn’t you want to be ready for it with all your heart and soul so that you don’t miss this great opportunity?

They say the more prepared you are for something, the easier it is for you to handle it and the greater the chances that you will be successful at it.

And what better opportunity to prepare for something than preparing for the blessed month of Ramadaan.

This is a month of Rahmah and Barakah, a month of tawbah and istighfaar, a great opportunity for training oneself… to give up your bad deeds and build on your good ones.

So what to do?

Prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for this great month.

The first thing to do is to purify your niyyah from now. You are going to fast because it is the order of Allaah and NOT because it is culture or your family does so, or even because you want to lose weight.

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwaa”.  [soorah al-Baqarah, v:183]

Next, be really excited for this upcoming month and be absolutely determined to do your utmost best and exert yourself for this magnificent month of Forgiveness and Mercy from your Lord.

Race with one another and compete with each other for it.

Be excited. Be energized. Get electrified.

Get all pumped up and feel vitalized.

This is a time when the gates of Jannah are all open. W I D E open.

And all the gates of Jahannum are closed. Yes, alhamdulillaah CLOSED.

And here is a chance for you to get all your sins forgiven.

Get invigorated and motivated. Realize that the month of Ramadaan is a month of amazing 3ibaadah and intense du3aa’. astounding khushoo3 and remarkable hope, sincere tawbah and extraordinary istighfaar.

And it is NOT a month of laziness or sleeping, cooking and feasting, or just being plain grouchy and irritable.

Don’t let the thought of the heat or the long day get to you or dampen your spirit. It is only the Shaytaan trying to play with your mind and spoil this wonderful time for you.

Have full intention from now, to read as much of the Qur’aan as you can.

Love the Qur’aan. Build a close relationship with it. Realize that these are the Words of your Lord….Words that will take you to Jannah, your Ultimate Goal.

Don’t just read it with your eyes. Read it with your heart. Let it sink in your soul. Savor the joy and cherish the delight in reading the Book of Allaah. Taste the sweetness of Eemaan. Don’t be in a rush to quickly finish the reading. Rather, take your time to ponder over the words and understand the meanings.

Don’t think…”when am I going to finish this Soorah? Rather….when am I going to implement this in my life?”

Remember, nothing is sweeter and more pleasurable than the aayaat of the Qur’aan that you can understand.

Prepare yourself to do plenty of sujood… long, drawn out sujood, in Taraaweeh and Tahajjud.

Feel close to your Rabb when you do that sajdah. Realize that this is most honorable position for you…placing the thing you value most, your head, on the ground, humbled before your Creator.

You are the slave and He is the Master. You are the 3abd and He is your Owner.

Resolve from today, to make a lot of du3aa’. Make a du3aa list.

Prepare it from now. And when you sit down to break your fast, or when you stand in front of your Creator in Salaah, in Taraaweeh or in the middle of the night, or any time during the night or day, spread out those hands and ask al-Kareem, the Most Generous, the One Who gives to one and to all.

Make sincere, heartfelt du3aa’ whenever and wherever you can. Don’t let a moment slip by. And don’t forget to be thankful to the One Who gave you everything.

Be ready from now to do abundant istighfaar, lots and lots of it. Do it every single day.

In the darkness of the night, when the whole world is asleep, have full realization, that this is no ordinary time, no time to waste away sleeping.

Ar-Rahmaan is calling. Wouldn’t you want to respond??

So knock on the door of the Almighty. He is al-Ghafoor, the Oft-Forgiver and you are nothing… Just a weak and sinful human being. Bend your head with shame, and cry. Cry like you’ve never cried before.

Ask for His forgiveness. Make firm resolve never, ever, to go back to your sins…never, ever to do those bad deeds again. Go ahead, spread out those hands and be sincere and then be certain He will surely respond.

And most importantly, have firm determination from this moment on, to continue all the good deeds and habits that you will develop during Ramadaan to continue even after Ramadaan is over. Remember, you are not a good Muslim just during a special month of the year.Rather you are a Muslim throughout the three hundred and sixty five days. Use the upcoming month of taqwa and training to coach and develop your nafs, to cultivate virtuous deeds and actions and to give up your bad ones.

Tell me, are you going to let all that hard work of fasting, waking up in the middle of the night, reading all that Qur’aan, standing up for Taraaweeh and prayers, and all that du3aa’ go to waste???

Other tips:

1. Get to know the rules of fasting from now, so that your fasting can be closest to the Sunnah and thus be more beloved and acceptable to Allaah.

2. Clarify any doubts that you may have and don’t be afraid to ask a scholar.

3. Cleanse your heart of any anger, hatred, grudges, etc from now. And forgive everyone. That’s because forgiveness is delayed for the one who has anger and grudge against his Muslim brother/sister.

The Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday, and everyone who does not associate anything with Allaah is forgiven, except a man who has had an argument with his brother. It is said: ‘Wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile.” (Muslim)

4. Finish up on your Ramadaan and 3Eid preparation, cooking, shopping, etc. from now so that you can free up all the time during Ramadaan for 3Ibaadah.

5. If you are like most people who give their zakaat during Ramadaan, get it all calculated and worked out before the month starts.

To conclude, think positive and have firm resolve. Strive with all your effort to do your best so that this will be an amazing, hair-raising, awe-inspiring, heart-stopping experience of a lifetime.

Your best Ramadaan ever.

Set your goals at the highest.

Don’t settle for anything less than Jannah

And Allaah knows best.

By Asma bint Shameem

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3Eed Prayer For Women

3Eid prayer for women is Sunnah 

3Eed Prayer is not obligatory for women, but it is Sunnah. Women should offer this prayer in the prayer-place with the Muslims, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam enjoined them to do that.

Umm 3Atiyah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “We were commanded (and in one report it says, he commanded us; meaning the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) to bring out to the 3Eed prayers the adolescent girls and the women in seclusion, and he commanded the menstruating women to avoid the prayer-place of the Muslims.” (1)

According to another report: “We were commanded to come out and to bring out the adolescent girls and those in seclusion.” (2)

Better for woman to go out to the 3Eed prayers or to stay at home

It is better for women to go out to the 3Eed prayer. Umm 3Atiyyah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:  The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam commanded us to bring them (women) out on (3Eed) al-Fitr and (3Eed) al-Adha, and to bring out adolescent girls, menstruating women and virgins, but the menstruating women were to stay away from the prayer, but were to witness goodness and the gathering of the Muslims.

I said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what if one of us does not have a jilbaab?”

He said: “Let her sister lend her a jilbaab.”  (3)

Al-Haafiz said: This shows that it is mustahabb for women to come out and attend the 3Eed prayers, whether they are young or not.

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen was asked: what is better for a woman, to come out to the 3Eed prayer or to stay at home?

He replied: “It is better for them to go out to 3Eed prayer, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam enjoined that the women go out to the 3Eed prayer, even the adolescent girls and virgins – i.e., women who do not ordinarily go out. He commanded them to go out, and he told the menstruating women to go out but to keep away from the prayer-place. So menstruating women should go out with other women for 3Eed, but they should not enter the place where the Eed prayer is offered, because the 3Eed prayer-place is a mosque and it is not permissible for a menstruating woman to stay there, but it is permissible for her to pass through or to take something she needs from it, without staying there. Based on this we say: women are commanded to go out to the 3Eed prayer and join the men in this prayer, because of the goodness, dhikr and du3aa’ they may experience there.” (4)

He also said:

“But they must go out looking decent, not wearing adornment, makeup or perfume, so that they may combine following the Sunnah with avoiding fitnah”. (5)

Related Posts:

Aadaab al-3Eed (3Eed Etiquettes)

Rulings about Covering the Feet  (Must read for sisters)

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References:
(1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1/93; Muslim, 890.
(2) http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/26983
(3) Al-Bukhaari (324) and Muslim (890)
(4) Majmoo3 Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen, 16/210.
(5) http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/49011
 

Laylatul Qadr & Menstruating Women

What can a woman who is menstruating do on Laylat al-Qadr?

A woman who is menstruating may do all acts of worship apart from praying, fasting, circumambulating the Ka3bah and doing i3tikaaf in the mosque.

It was narrated that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to stay up at night during the last ten nights of Ramadaan. It is narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “When the last ten nights of Ramadaan came, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would refrain from marital relations, stay up at night and wake his family up.” (1)

Staying up at night is not only for prayer, rather it includes all kinds of acts of worship. This is how the scholars interpreted it. 

Al-Haafiz said: “Staying up at night” means staying up to do acts of worship. 

Al-Nawawi said: spending the night staying up to pray etc. 

He said in 3Awn al-Ma’bood: i.e., in prayer, dhikr and reciting the Qur’aan. 

Praying qiyaam is the best act of worship that a person can do on Laylat al-Qadr. Hence the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (2) 

Because the woman who is menstruating is not allowed to pray, she can spend the night in doing other acts of worship apart from prayer, such as:

1- Reading or reciting Qur’aan.

2- Dhikr – such as saying Subhaan-Allaah, La ilaaha illa-Allaah, al-Hamdu Lillaah, etc. She can repeat the words “Subhaan-Allaah wa’l-hamdu Lillaah, wa laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar (Glory be to Allaah, praise be to Allaah, there is no god but Allaah and Allaah is Most Great)” and “Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdihi, subhaan Allaah il-3Azeem (Glory and praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allaah the Almighty)” etc.

3- Istighfaar (praying for forgiveness), by repeating the phrase “Astaghfir-Allaah (I ask Allaah for forgiveness).”

4- Du3aa’ (supplication) – she can pray to Allaah and ask Him for what is good in this world and in the Hereafter, for du3aa’ is one of the best acts of worship. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “Du3aa’ is 3ibaadah (worship).” (3)

The woman who is menstruating can do these acts of worship and others on Laylat al-Qadr.

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References:

(1) Al-Bukhaari (2401) and Muslim (1174)
(2) (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1901; Muslim, 760)
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/26753
(3) Al-Tirmidhi, 2895; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2370).

Do Not Delay or “Get It Over With”

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar!

The sound of the adhaan echoed throughout the neighborhood.

“Oh, its 3Asr already?!”

She absentmindedly thought in her head as she flipped channels with the remote.

“I ‘ll pray as soon as this show is over.”

she mumbled to herself, as she settled down to watch her favorite TV program.

And before she knew it, it was another show and then yet another, when all of a sudden, she realized how late it was…..the light outside had turned yellowish orange…..the birds were chirping loudly…. …the sun was almost about to set.

She hurriedly got up, made wudoo’ and did 4 quick rak3aat of 3Asr as fast as she could, so that she could ‘get it over with’.

Subhaan Allaah, how many of us are guilty of something like that?

Okay, may be it’s not television for all of us. For some of us, it’s cooking and cleaning, ‘busy’ with the kids. And for some it’s video games and play stations; while for others it’s talking on the phone, chatting on the internet, shopping, sleeping, you name it. Or it may be for just no reason at all.

We delay our prayer….and delay our prayer until the time for it is almost over and then we quickly peck the floor with our heads, thinking we are absolved of the obligation. In other words, we ‘just get it over with’.

But, Brothers and sisters, do you realize what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam called such a prayer? He called it the ‘prayer of the hypocrite’!

قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ تِلْكَ صَلاةُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يَجْلِسُ أَحَدُهُمْ حَتَّى إِذَا اصْفَرَّتْ الشَّمْسُ فَكَانَتْ بَيْنَ قَرْنَيْ شَيْطَانٍ أَوْ عَلَى قَرْنَيْ الشَّيْطَانِ قَامَ فَنَقَرَ أَرْبَعًا لا يَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ فِيهَا إِلا قَلِيلا . رواه أبو داود 350

Anas ibn Maalik said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam say: “That is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites, that is the prayer of the hypocrites. One of them will sit until the sun turns yellow, and is between the horns of the Shaytaan, or on the horns of the Shaytaan, then he will get up and peck out four (rak3aat), in which he does not remember Allaah except a little.'” (1)

And its not just 3Asr. We tend to do that with all our prayers, delaying it until its time is almost up for no valid reason, except that we are just plain old lazy. Allaah says in the Qur’aan that laziness in prayer is a characteristic of the hypocrites.

“And when they stand up for al-salaah, they stand with laziness” (2)

So woe unto those performers of Salaah (hypocrites);those who delay their Salaah” (3)

3AbdAllaah ibn 3Abbaas said: (This means) those who delay their prayers from the proper time. (4)

In fact, do you know what the best deed in the site of Allaah is? Its prayer at its time.

The Prophet (SalAllaahu Alayhi wa sallam) was asked: “Which deed is best?”

He said: “Prayer done on time.” (5)

And yet we delay it, without thinking much of it. And obviously when we delay the prayer, we rush through it, not paying attention to the rukoo’ or sujood or the proper etiquette of prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer”. he was asked: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer?’ He said, ‘By not doing rukoo’ and sujood properly.”(6)

And he SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The one who does not do rukoo3 properly, and pecks in sujood, is like a starving man who eats only one or two dates; it does not do him any good at all.'” (7)

Subhaan Allaah!

And where are we with our Salaah?

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to move at a measured pace during salaah, allowing every bone to return to its place with each movement. And he commanded those who were not doing their prayer properly to do the same.

Remember the hadeeth about the person who rushed through his prayer? The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) told him three times: “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” Then he told the man: “When you go to pray, say takbeer, then recite whatever you can of the Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then rise until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are at ease in sitting. Then do that throughout the entire prayer.” (8)

Obviously if we wait till the last few moments to pray, we will not be at ease or be able to pay attention to what the Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) has instructed to do. Obviously, we will end up ‘stealing’ from the prayer.

And you know what, we may just rush through the Salaah, ‘getting it over with’, as some of us like to say, but who knows how much of it was even accepted by Allaah? For the reward that one gets for Salaah is in proportion to the degree of khushoo he has in the prayer.

The Prophet SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “A slave may pray and have nothing recorded for it except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter, or a third, or a half.” (9)

We, as Muslim must hasten to prayer and with khushoo’, if we want to increase our Eemaan and good deeds. This is one of the attributes of the believers whose hearts are attached to their prayers. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would be attending to his family’s needs, then when he would hear Bilaal give the adhaan, he would stop whatever he was doing and rush to pray.

He SalAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to say, “Let us relax with it [the prayer], O Bilaal.”

He did not say, ‘Let us get it over with.’

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Five prayers which Allaah has made obligatory. Whoever does wudoo’ properly for them, prays them on time, does rukoo3 properly and has perfect khushoo3, it is a promise from Allaah that he will be forgiven, but whoever does not do this, has no such promise – if Allaah wishes, He will forgive him, and if He wishes, He will punish him.” (10).

Those of us who are lazy and do not pray until the time is up for no valid reason…those of us who just want to ‘get it over with’, should remember what our deeds will say to us when we are in our grave:

“for the believer’s deeds will say to him in his grave: “By Allaah, I only saw you quick to obey Allaah and slow to disobey Him.” But in the case of the munaafiq (hypocrite) and faasiq (evildoer), his deeds will say: “By Allaah, I only saw you slow to obey Allaah and quick to disobey Him.” (11)

written by Asma bint Shameem

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Are you neglecting the Fajr prayer?

Salaah Is the Foundation

References:

(1) Abu Dawood
(2) soorah An-Nisaa’, v:
(3) soorah Al-Maa3oon, v:4-5
(4) Tafseer al-Qurtubee
(5) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(6) Ahmad and al-Haakim–saheeh by Albaani
(7) Tabaraani- hasan by al-Albaani
(8) Bukhaaree, Muslim
(9) Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaami
(10) Abu Dawood, Saheeh al-Jaami’
(11) Ahmad – saheeh by al-Albaani

You Are The Author…

“You are the author of your own book. So make sure its worth reading on the day of judgement.” 

Quote by anonymous

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“And We have fastened every man’s deeds to his neck, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a book which he will find wide open. (It will be said to him): “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day”.  

You Will Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Fasting The First Nine Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

عن هنيدة ابن خالد عن امرأته عن بعض أزواج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قالت “كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يصوم تسع ذي الحجة ، ويوم عاشوراء ، وثلاثة أيام من كل شهر : أول اثنين من الشهر وخميسين “صحيح أبو داود وصحيح النسائى

Hunaydah ibn Khaalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said: “Some of the wives of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam told me that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast the Day of 3Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, and three days out of every month*….” (1)

(*13th, 14th, and 15th of every month)

Imaam An-Nawwawee said with reference to fasting the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah: “It is extremely preferable to do so”.

Shaykh 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) was asked about fasting the first [nine] days of Dhul-Hijjah?

He replied: “Fasting the first [nine] of Dhul-Hijjah is from the righteous actions without doubt. And the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihaad in Allaah’s cause?”

He said: “Not even jihaad in Allaah’s cause,Except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either.”

So fasting is included in the general context of this hadeeth. And there appears a hadeeth stating that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast the first ten of Dhul-Hijjah, not counting the 3Eed [in other words, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah].

And Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal rahimahullaah takes this position and it is authentic. Fasting in the first ten [of Dhul-Hijjah, excluding the 3Eed] is sunnah. Yes.”

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid says: “It is Sunnah for the Muslim to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, because the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and fasting is one of the best of deeds, which Allaah has chosen for Himself as it says in the hadeeth qudsee: “Allaah says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.” ( 2) (3)

Making up Missed Ramadaan Fasts & 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah:

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about combining making up a missed obligation and doing something that is mustahabb (such as fasting the day 3Aashoora’ which coincides with making up a missed Ramadaan fast)?

He replied: “With regard to obligatory and voluntary fasts, what is prescribed in sharee3ah and what makes sense is to start with the obligatory fasts and then do the naafil ones, because the obligatory fast is a debt which must be paid. But if a person observes a voluntary fast before making up what he owes then the correct view is that his voluntary fast is valid so long as there is still enough time to make up the missed fasts, because a person may make up missed Ramadaan fasts so long as there is still enough time for him to do so before the next Ramadaan comes.

But if he has the intention of fasting this day to make up for a missed Ramadaan fast, he will have two rewards – one for the day of 3Arafah or 3Ashoora’ and another for making up the missed fast. (4)

Compiled by towardshuda

Download as pdf Fasting the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah

 
References:
(1) Ahmad, An-Nasaa’ee
(2) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1805.
(3) http://islamqa.com/en/ref/49042
(4) Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn 3Uthaymeen, 20/438
[http://islamqa.com/en/ref/41901]
 
 
 

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