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Fasting removes the ills of the chest!

Fasting removes the ills of the chest!

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah was Salātu Was Salāmu ‘Alā Rasūlillah

Ammā Ba’d:

In addition to the many benefits fasting has in relation to the development of taqwa and suppressing the desires of the fasting person, fasting also has another benefit mentioned in the following authentic hadith:

Upon the authority of a man from the companions of the prophet (ﷺ) who said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: Continue reading

The Salaf and the practice of Wisaal (Continuous Fasting)

Bismillahi wal hamdullillah was salaatu was salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa ba’d:

From the issues related to fasting that arises often is a question connected to the affair of Al Wisaal (Continuous fasting). Wisaal is that a person continues to fast past maghrib. It may continue in some instances for two days and in some accounts from certain individuals from the salaf that they did so for three day continuously. The messenger – Sallallahu alaihi Was Salam prohibited the practice as occurs in the hadeeth of Abdullah Ibn Umar – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu who said that the prophet – Sallallahu alaihi Was Salam prohibited Al Wisaal so the companions said: “but you practice wisaal” So he said: “I am not like you, indeed I am fed by my lord and given drink, so carry out actions you are able to perform!” (Agree upon) Continue reading

Ahaadeeth that are popular, Widespread and Weak (Part 5 – Concerning the day of Aashooraa)

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Ammaa Ba’d:

In continuing with this series, since today is the day of Aashooraa we mention here a number of weak ahaadeeth regularly quoted upon this blessed day. Continue reading

The virtues of giving Sadaqah – 2

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Ammaa Ba’d:

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu who said: That the Messenger of Allah said:

The servant says: “My Wealth! My Wealth! While he only possesses from his wealth three things, that which he has eaten and so it is consumed, or that which he has worn (from garment) and it is worn out, and that which he has given (in sadaqah) and so he has stored it away (i.e. for his hereafter)” Continue reading

The Virtue of Giving Sadaqah – Part 1

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Upon the authority of Uqbah Ibn ‘Aamir – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu from the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam who said:

“Indeed Charity puts out the heat of the grave for its people, and certainly the believer will take shade under his charity on the day of Judgement”

(Collected by By At Tabaraani in mu’jam Al Kabeer (14207) and Al Baihaqi in ‘Shu’abul Imaan (3347) and it is from the ahaadeeth that Shaikh Albaani made ‘Dha’eef’ then later declared it ‘Saheeh’ in As Saheehah (3484))

Upon the authority of ‘Uqbah Ibn Aamir who said: “I heard The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam said:

Every individual will be under the shade of his Sadaqah until the people are judged between (on the day of Judgement)”

(Collected by Ibn Hibaan (3299) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Albaani)

Upon the authority on Buraidah who said the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam said:

No man gives anything from sadaqah except after the jaws of seventy devils attempt to deter him”

(Collected by Haakim (23012) and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Albaani in ‘Saheehul Jaami’ (5814))

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu Anhu who said: The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu alaihi Was Salam who said:

There is no morning the servant rises in except that two angels descend. One Angel say ‘Oh Allah give the one who spends (in the way of Allah) a goodly substitution and the other says: “Oh Allah give the one who withholds (from giving) destruction”

(Agreed Upon – Bukhaari (1347) and Muslim (1010))

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah who said: Upon the authority the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam who said:

Indeed there is an Angel upon a door from the doors of Jannah who says:

Whoever gives a loan today will be recompensed tomorrow!”

and another Angel at another door who says:

Oh Allah give the one who spends (in the way of Allah) a goodly substitution and give the one who withholds (from giving) destruction

(Collected by Ibn Hibbaan (3323) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Albaani)

Imaamul Aajurry on the Characteristics of the People of the Qur’aan

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Ammaa Ba’d:

From the many people who claim to call to the Qur’aan and implementing it in these times, few are those whos call is in accordance with that which we saw the Salaf of this Ummah upon, in regards to following it and ‘truly’ adorning oneself with its Continue reading

Addressing Anjem Choudhury Part 3

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillah

Ammaa Ba’d:

Under Point 2 The Document mentions:

02: THERE IN NO SUCH THING AS MODERATE OR RADICAL OR EXTREME ISLAM

Under this point he begins with the statement:

“The terms extremist, moderate, terrorist, radical etc… have no place in Islam whatsoever.”

He also claims: “..These terms have been introduced into the vocabulary by the British regime and the media in order to isolate Muslims who practice their deen and thereafter to demonize them and eventually to bring in laws to silence them hoping that the other Muslims will not speak up in their defence..”

This statement of his is again either one of ignorance concerning the statements of Allah and his Messenger (May Peace Be Upon Him), or a continuation of the ongoing fabrications we see coming from this man and his group.

Regardless of how these terms are used by the Non-Muslims, it is falsehood to reject the fact that these concepts have been mentioned in the Book and the Sunnah. If Anjem is ignorant of the presence of these affairs in the book and Sunnah, then he has no place speaking on behalf of any Muslim until he learns the religion (or perhaps he is working with the previous principle of his ‘anyone of them (the Muslims) may represent them all!’) or he knows of them, and he intentionally hides that which is in the book and the Sunnah, which is a worse calamity!

Allah mentions in the Qur’aan

Thus have we make you a balanced nation (i.e. moderate) that you may be witnesses over mankind
(Suratul Baqarah Vs 143)

The Messenger (May Peace Be Upon Him) also said:

“Be aware of extremism (Al Ghuloo) for indeed those who came before you were destroyed by extremism
(Sunan An Nasaa’ie Hadeeth No. 3057)

Thus we clearly have references to extremism and moderation in Islamic text. We have the encouragement with one, and a warning against the other.

As far as the term ‘Terrorist’ then, while the issue of striking terror in the heart of the enemy during ‘legislated’ and ‘legitimate’ warfare is a desired affair among all nations, to use murder, kidnapping and other such methods as a means for change, political or otherwise, is the evil path of the first of the innovators who appeared within this Ummah, those who assassinated Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu, the khawaarij. Thus the Scholars of Ahlus Sunnah consider the terms ‘Irhaab/Irhaabi’ (Terrorism/Terrorist) as accepted terms referring to a well known group of individuals.

Shaikh Abdul Azeez Ibn Baaz mentions: “At-Tattarruf (Extremism) is (a methodology based upon) taking (innovated) allowances that have no legitimate substantiation and no evidence supporting them. Terrorism is that one attacks or kills individuals without right or evidence, in fact upon ignorance and devoid of insight. They then, are referred to as ‘Terrorists’ (Irhaabiyoon), those who kill people without right and without shariah proof. They affect the security of the people and cause problems between then and within their country, they are Terrorists.

(From the tape: Verdicts of the scholars concerning Jihaad and Suicide missions and terrorism)

In this section we see other examples of Choudhurys ignorant generalisations. He states:

“The Messenger (May Peace Be Upon Him) Muhammad (saw) said: “Whatever is not based upon my teachings will be rejected

Again here we see an example of his untrustworthiness in narration, if he cannot be trusted when narrating from the Messenger of Allah (May Peace Be Upon Him) then he undoubtedly will be even less trustworthy with the speech of anyone else!

The Messenger (May Peace Be Upon Him) said in the hadeeth of Aisha:

Whoever brings about in this affair of ours that which is not from it then it will be rejected

(Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim) And in a variant narration:

Whoever carries out an action in this affair of ours that is not from it will have it rejected
(Collected by Muslim)

These two narrations are the closest authentic hadeeths carrying that which resembles the meaning of the text that Choudhury has quoted. No doubt though, we observe that the meanings of the authentic narrations revolve around innovations ‘in the religion’ while the wording Choudhury sites is broader and encompasses much more than the actual hadeeth.

The authentic hadeeth mentions specifies the issues of religion, while his version would appear to carry the meaning that there is nothing that may be carried out by the Muslim at all, unless there is text to substantiate it. While this is true as it relates to acts of worship and issues of belief, it does not hold true in relation to worldly affairs. The principle that our scholars mention regularly is that the worldly affairs are all permissible unless there are clear-cut texts prohibiting a particular action. This principle they base upon the statement of Allah the most high:

It is he who has created for you all that is on the earth” (Suratul Baqarah Vs 29)

And other such texts which indicate that Allah has given us these things to enjoy as we will, as long as we do not partake in prohibited matters.

It is important then that we observe well, the inaccuracies we observe in this document, since they form the basis of much of their warped view and extreme methodology as we will go on to see inshallah.

Abu Hakeem

The changing of the adhaan during difficult weather

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

A while ago one of my noble brothers requested from me the authentic wordings that the Messenger of Allah added to the adhaan during adverse weather.

After writing it for him on paper he suggested that I should perhaps produce it as a small article in order to make the benefit more general for all. Thus since we are now (in the UK) experiencing some severe cold weather, I saw that this would be a good enough time as any to respond to my brothers request, may Allah reward him with good.

Shaikh Al Albaani mentions in Ath thamar Al Musta’taab Vol 1 page 133-137:

If there is extreme cold or rain then he (the Mu’adhin) adds after his statement ‘Hayaa ‘alal Falaah, or after the adhaan itself ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ (pray in your abodes) or he says ‘Wa man Qa’ada fa laa Haraja ‘alaihi’ (he who remains at home then there is no harm upon him)

Shaikh Al Albaani then goes on to mention a number of narrations establishing this near abandoned sunnah.

From those ahaadeeth:

The Hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas that was narrated by Abdullah ibnil Haarith who mentioned:

Ibn Abbaas delivered a sermon to us on a rainy day. When the Mu’adhin reached (the statement) ‘Hayyaa ‘alas Salaah’ he (Ibn Abbaas) commanded him to call: ‘As Salaatu fir Rihaal’ ((establish) prayer in your abodes), so the people looked at each other, so he said: ‘This was done by one who is better than me (meaning the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam) and indeed it is Azmah (binding upon you)”

(Collected by Bukhaari (2/77-78) and Muslim (2/148))

(Trans: This narration was in reference to Jumuah as the following version makes clear)

Abu Daawood narrated it with the following wording:

“Ibn Abbaas said to his mu’adhin on a rainy day when you say I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’ then do not say ‘Hayyaa ‘alas Salaah but say ‘Salloo fee Buyootikum’ (pray in your houses). Then it was as though the people disliked that so he said:This was done by one who was better than me. Indeed Jumuah is azmah (I.e Compulsory upon you when you hear the call to it) and I do not wish to cause you any harm due to you walking in mud and rain

This was also one of the versions collected by Bukhaari (2/307) and Muslim also Ibn Maajah collected a similar narration (300))

2. The hadeeth of Ibn Umar narrated by Naafi’

Ibn Umar called the adhaan on a cold night in (a place on the outskirts of Makkah known as) Dhajnaan then he said: ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ (Pray in your Homes) for indeed we were informed that the messenger of Allah used to command a mu’adhin to call his adhaan then say at the end of it ‘Alaa Saloo fee rihaalikum’ Will you not pray in your homes’ on a cold night or a rainy night while on a journey’

(Collected by Bukhaari (2/89-90) and muslim (2/147))

3. The narration of Amr Ibn Aws who said:

We were informed by a man from (the tribe of) Thaqeef that that he heard the prophets caller say (in his call) on a rainy night while they were upon a journey hayyaa ‘alas Salaah Hayaa ‘alal Falaah, Saloo fee rihaalikum’

(Collected by Nasaa’i (106-107) and Ahmad (5/373))

4. The Hadeeth of Nu’aym Ibn Nahhaam who said:

I heard the Mu’adhin of the prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was sallam on a cold night while I was between my sheets, and I wished he would say ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’. So when he got to ‘hayaa ‘alal Falaah he said ‘ Saloo fee rihaalikum (pray in your abodes). I Later asked him (the mu’adhin) about that and he said the prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was sallam commanded him to do so

(Collected by Ahmad (4/320) the narrators of this isnaad are all narrators from the six books other than the sheikh that was not named, but the narration has a variant version with varying wording…)

5. Upon the authority of Nu’aym also who said:

“The call for the dawn prayer was made on a cold day and I was wrapped up in my wifes’ thick sheet. I said: If only he would say: ‘man qa’ada fa laa haraja alaihi’ (whosoever remains (at home) then there is no harm upon him) so the caller of the prophet announced at the end of his adhaan ‘Man Qa’ada fa laa haraja alaihi'”

(Collected by Ahmad 5/320)

The shaikh then mentions a version in the Mu’jam al Kabeer of Imaamut Tabaraani that mentions in it:

‘..so when he said ‘As Salaatu Khairan minan nawm’ he said (after it) wa man qa’ada fa laa haraj’ (whoever remains in their abode then there is no harm)

The Sheikh thereafter mentions an important note, he states:

Note: The second version of the first hadeeth indicates that the mu’adhin removes the hay’alatain (i.e the two statements ‘hayyaa ‘alas Salaah Hayyaa alal Falaah) and mentions in their place ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’. This is a position that was held by some of the scholars of hadeeth, since Imaam Ibn Khuzaima, who was followed by imam Ibn Hibbaan then Imaam Al Muhib At Tabari (all) placed as a chapter heading upon this hadeeth ‘The removal of Hayaa ‘alas Salaah on a rainy day’. This is that which the hadeeth would necessitate, if only the narrations being raised and attributed to the messenger (himself) was apparent. If that was established then the mu’adhin would have the choice between removing it, due to this hadeeth or leaving it, due to the other ahaadeeth and Allah Knows best.

6. The Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah that states:

The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi was Salam used to, if it was a cold or rainy night, command his mu’adhin to call the first Adhaan then when he was finished he would call ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’ or ‘Fee Rihaalikum

(Collected by Abu Ahmad Ibn Adi as was mentioned in ‘Tarhu Tathreeb fee sharhit Taqreeb’ of Al Haafidh Al Iraaqi 1/319 but he did not mention anything about its chain of narration)

From these ahaadeeth and this discussion of the Shaikh we conclude the following:

1. That due to the principle in the shar’iah of the alleviation of harm we have this ruling that establishes ease for the believers.

2. That the announcement is made during cold, difficult and/or rainy weather

3. That the announcement has a number of wordings all of them permissible to use and they are:

  1. ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ – (Pray in your abodes)
  2. ‘Saloo fir Rihaal’ – (Pray in the houses)
  3. ‘Alaa Saloo fir Rihaal’ – (Will you not pray in your abodes)
  4. ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’ – (The prayer (will be established) in the abodes
  5. ‘Saloo fee buyootikum’ – (Pray in your houses)
  6. ‘Wa man Qa’ada Falaa Haraj’ – (and whoever remains (at home) then there is no harm)
  7. ‘Wa man Qa’ada falaa haraja alaihi– (and whoever remains (at home) then there is no harm upon him)

4 . That the call is made either after the statement ‘Hayaa ‘alal falaah’ or it is made at the end of the adhaan

5. That to remove the hay’alatain (I.e Hayaa ‘alas Salaah and Hayaa alal Falaah) and to replace them with this announcement, though it was held permissible by some of the scholars of hadeeth, it is not present in a narration attributed to the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam. Those who hold the position argue that the two terms are opposed to each other, so they hold that by virtue of the meaning of the wording, the call to come to salaah should be removed. The command to do so is authentically attributed to Ibn Abbaas – Radhiyallahu Anhumaa

6. The ease that is present in the Sunnah

May Allah grant us the tawfeeq to revive these near abandoned sunan of the Messenger – Sallallahu alahi was Sallam

Wallahu A’lam

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A Tremendous Dua!

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillah

Indeed the meaningful duas of the Messenger – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam are many (and all of his supplications are meaningful) but the following is one many im sure will find relavant to our trying times Allahul Musta’aan

اللهمَّ إني أعوذ بكَ من جارِ السُّوءِ ، ومن زوج تشيِّبني قبلَ المشيبِ ، ومن ولد يكونُ عليّ رَبّاً، ومن مالٍ يكونُ عَليّ عذاباً ، ومن خليلٍ ماكرٍ عينُه تراني ، وقلبُه يرعاني ؛ إنْ رأى حسنةً دفنَها ، وإذا رأى سيئّئةً أذاعَها

Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu anhu said:

From his (The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu alaihi wa Salam) supplications was:

Oh Allah! I seek refuge in you from an evil neighbour;

and from a wife that causes me to grow old before old age;

and from a son who will become a master over me;

and from wealth that becomes a punishment for me

and from a cunning friend whose gaze is upon me and whose heart is plotting and planning against me, such that if he sees something good, he buries it, and if he sees something bad he spreads it

(The transliteration of which is: “Allahumma innee a’udhu bika min Jaaris Suu, wa min zawjin tushayyibunee qablal masheeb, wa min waladin yakoonu alaiyya rabban, wa min maalin yakoonu alaiyya ‘adhaaban, wa min khaleelin maakirin, ‘ainuhu taraanee, wa qalbuhu yar’aanee, in yaraa hasanatan dafanahaa, wa in yaraa sayyi’a’tan adhaa’ahaa

(Collected by At Tabaraani in ‘Ad Dua’ (3/1425/1339) and its chain is declared ‘Jayyid’ (Good) by Shaikh Al Albaani in silsilatul Ahaadeethus Saheehah (No#3137)

Wallahu A’lam

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Seal Ramadhān with Istighfār!

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salātu Was Salāmu ‘alaa Rasūlillahi

Ammā Ba’d:

With this the final day of the blessed month of Ramadhān, no doubt it grieves us to see it end with such quickness. And it the likes of this rapid movement of time that we witness that brings to mind the like of the statement of the Sahaabi Al Jaleel Abdullah Ibn Mas’ūd – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu who said:

I have not grieved over anything the way I grieve over a day that the sun sets, my determined period shortens, and I have not increased in my actions

But keep in mind constantly that the affairs are by ones final actions (as occurs in an authentic hadeeth), so let the end of this month of Ramadhān be with Istighfār (seeking forgiveness) from Allah and Taubah (repentance).

For certainly Istighfār is the seal of righteous actions.

Allah the most high said to his Messenger – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam at the end of his life:

When comes the help of Allah and the conquest (of Makkah),
And you see that the people enter Allah’s religion in crowds,
Then glorify the praise of your lord (declare him free of imperfections) and seek his forgiveness.
Verily he is the one who accepts the repentance and forgives.”

(Suratun Nasr)

Allah the most high similarly commands the Hujaaj (Pilgrims) when they have finished their rites to make istighfār

Then depart from the place whence all the people depart and ask Allah for his forgiveness. Truly Allah is Oft Forgiving Most Merciful

(Suratul Baqarah Vs 199)

And the examples of this are many.

Likewise the Salaf of this Ummah would fear their actions being rejected after their performance, as Allah informs us:

And those who give (in charity) that which they give, with their hearts full of fear (whether their charity has been accepted or not) because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning)”

(Suratul Mu’minūn Vs 60)

Where are such feelings within us as this month comes to an end?

As Ali – Radhiyallahu anhu mentioned:

Be as ardent upon your actions being accepted as you are upon the performance of the action, have you not heard the statement of Allah:

Indeed Allah accepts only from those who are muttaqūn (God-fearing)”

(Suratul Maa’idah Vs 27)

May Allah accept our Fast, our salaah and our righteous actions and grant us a blessed Eid

Wa Sallallahu Alaa Nabiyinā Muhammad Wa ‘Alaa Aalihi Was Sahbihi Ajma’een

Abu Hakeem

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