Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Feminism and enjoining good & forbidding evil

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

There is this notion that guidance given to a woman by a man is almost inherently misogynistic. Many times I find women offended at the very idea of a man offering guidance and it’s even more so if his guidance relates to a women’s issue or command that is particular to women. We, the majority of people (male and female) have ego problems that make us view advice as intrusive, uncalled for and generally, rude. We need to actively seek to overcome our Nafs in this regard. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on following the Imaam even if he exceeds 11 Rak`aat

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on praying Taraaweeh with two Imams in one Masjid even if they pray more than 11 Rak`aat.

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION (806): What about the one who prayed Taraweeh with the first Imaam and leaves and says: “I will receive the reward for praying the whole night because of the Hadeeth: If a man prays with the Imaam until he leaves, that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer, because I had started with the (first) Imaam and finished with him?

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله replied:
As for his statement: “Whoever prays with the Imaam until he leaves, that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer”, then this is an authentic which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said when the Companions had asked him to lead them the rest of the night in prayers. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had led them in prayer till the middle (or half) of the night had passed, the Companions said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Why don’t you lead us in prayer for the remainder of the night?” So he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Indeed whoever prays with the Imaam until he (the Imaam) leaves, then that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer.
[Sunan al-Tirmidhee (806), Sunan Abu Dawood (1375), Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (1364, 1605), and Sunan Ibn Maajah (1327) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

But are the two Imaams in one Masjid considered as independent of each other or each of them is considered as the deputy of the other?

What would seem to be correct is the second understanding – that each one of them is the deputy of the other and is complementary to him. So based on this, if in a Masjid two Imaams lead the prayers, then these two Imaams will be considered as if they are one Imaam. So, the person should stay (and offer prayer) with the second Imaam till he finishes, because the second Imaam is carrying out the duty of the first one.

Based on this, I advise my brothers to follow the Imaams in (Masjid) al-Haram (Makkah) till they completely finish (the prayers). Even though there are some brothers who leave after they have prayed 11 (eleven) Rak`aat and say: “this is the number of Rak`aat that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم used to offer. So limiting oneself (to the number of Rak`aat that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to offer) is better and there is no doubt about this, but I see that there is nothing to prevent one from praying more. This is not on the basis of turning away from the number of Rak`aat chosen by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, but on the basis that this is part of the Khair (goodness) in which it is prescribed to seek more of. When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked about the description of the night prayers, he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Prayer during the night should consist of pairs of Rak`aat (i.e. pray two Rak`aat at a time and then two and then two and so on), but if one of you fears that dawn (i.e. the time for Fajr) is near, then he should pray one Rak`ah which will make his prayer an odd number for him.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (472, 473, 990, 995, 1137) and Saheeh Muslim]

So this is from the matters in which there is scope for doing more, and it preferred that a person should not leave the congregation, but rather he should follow it. In Mina, when `Uthmaan رضي الله عنه offered and completed the (Dhuhr and `Asr) prayers as four Rak`aat, some of the Companions رضي الله عنهم objected to it, yet when they prayed behind him, they used to offer it as four Rak`aat.

[TN: Ibn `Umar رضي الله عنهما narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم offered a two Rak`aat prayer at Mina. Abu Bakr and `Umar did the same. `Uthmaan during the early years of his caliphate followed the same practice, but later on he started praying the full prayer (i.e. offered four Rak`aat). When Ibn `Umar prayed with the Imaam, he said four Rak`aat, but when he prayed alone, he offered it as two Rak`aat.”
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Saheeh Muslim and the wordings are his]]

So they offered the extra two Rak`aat so that they are in conformity with the congregation, and that they are united upon one word, and that there is no difference between them.

Agreement or uniting upon something is of major importance. Therefore, one should not follow his Madhhab and isolate himself from the congregation, while saying to others: “Either you are with me or you are with so-and-so.” This is wrong.

Based on this, as long as (difference of opinion in) the matter is acceptable (based on evidences), and as long as it does not go against the Sharee`ah, then being in compatible with the congregation should not lead to grudges and hostility against one another, as long as the matter is broad in scope, as has been reported numerous times from the Salaf al-Saaleh (Pious Predecessors), as mentioned by Imaam Ahmad and Shaikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمهم الله.  The Salaf have already preceded us in this regards, then we should not deviate. I repeat my call towards harmony and agreement and against division in matters (in which there is valid) reason for difference of opinion based on Ijtehaad.

[Majmoo` Fataawa of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (14/206-208)]


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله also said:
As for their saying: The Sunnah is to pray eleven Rak`aat.

We say: Yes, when you pray alone, then the Sunnah is not to exceed eleven Rak`aat, or if you were an Imaam, then the Sunnah is not to exceed eleven Rak`aat. But if you are praying behind someone in congregation, then pray as the Imaam does and follow him. If he prays twenty-three or thirty-three or thirty-nine Rak`aat, then follow him and that is better, and (following the Imaam) is in accordance with the Sharee`ah, because the Sharee`ah encourages towards uniting the Muslim Ummah and in harmonizing them, and is against division and discord. And this is in accordance with the general statement of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: Indeed whoever prays with the Imaam until he (the Imaam) leaves, then that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer.

Moreover, the Companions, even though they opposed it, yet they followed the Ameer al-Mu’mineen, `Uthmaan Ibn `Affaan رضي الله عنه, when he offered the prayers in full in Minaa (i.e. when he prayed four Rak`aat instead of two). They did this for the sake of unity and in avoiding division (within the Ummah).

[Majmoo` Fataawa of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (14/191)]

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Was Aadam عليه السلام a Prophet or not?

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد


If Aadam عليه السلام was a Prophet, then why was Nooh عليه السلام mentioned first in the following Aayah:

﴿إِنَّا أَوْحَيْنا إِلَيْكَ كَما أَوْحَيْنا إِلى نُوحٍ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ﴾

{Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Nooh and the prophets after him.} [Surah al-Nisaa’ (4): 163], while Aadam عليه السلام was not mentioned?


#1: The reason for the revelation of this Aayah:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weakness of the Hadeeth: to say "Baarak Allahu feek" when a child sneezes

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Before proceeding, please note that this post is only to discuss the weakness of the Hadeeth and nothing further. Please do not assume that this post is against Shaikh Saaleh al-Fawzaan حفظه الله.

It is being circulated that Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan (May Allaah protect him and elevate his status) said:

As for the young (child), if he sneezes, it is not said to him: “May Allaah have mercy on you” (Yarhamuka-llaah) rather the person supplicates for him with blessings. Therefore it is said (to the child): “Baarak Allaahu Feek” (May Allaah bless you) because a young child sneezed in the company of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and he said: "Baarak Allaahu Feek".

As collected by Al Hafidh As Salafee

And he (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) commanded the young child to praise Allaah whenever he sneezes from the viewpoint of teaching.

[شرح منظومة اآلداب الشرعية (280)]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Scrutinize before narrating

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is reported on the authority of Yazeed bin Mujaalid al-Mu`abbarah: I heard Yahya bin Ma`een رحمه الله saying:

When you write, gather (everything); and when you narrate, scrutinize (verify it before narrating).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anger Management

Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and his family and companions.

To proceed:

The discussion for today is regarding one of the many characteristics which have an apparent (and direct) effect on how we deal with others and for which one needs to control (before it causes) harm. Our discussion is about anger, which is one of the characteristics of a human being, and it is divided into two categories:

1. Anger which is Praiseworthy
2. Anger which is Blameworthy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Two dangerous philosophies affecting the Ummah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

1) Denying the authenticity of the Texts when it goes against them:

Like what Shaikh al-Albaanee رحمه الله said about Yusuf al-Qaradhawi (May Allaah guide us and guide him):

He (Qaradhawi) issues Fataawa to the people which opposes the Sharee`ah. He also has a very dangerous philosophy. If something comes to him that is prohibited in the religion, he gets rid of the prohibition with his statement: “There is no conclusive evidence that forbids it.” So therefore he made music Halaal.

2) Permitting everything under the umbrella of “Difference of opinion”.

There is no denying that there are genuine issues where the scholars – past and present – have differed and there is valid difference of opinion, each group supported by evidence.

Then there are people like Yasir Qadhi, Suhaib Webb and others, who permit things by going against the Texts and about which the scholars had clearly warned against, like: permitting the Muslims to wish the Christians on Christmas.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Three Ways the Blessings are Taken Away

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In this materialistic world, whenever the word “Barakah” (Blessing) or “Ni`mah” (Favor) is mentioned, many people only compare it with monetary gains or possessions. For them, if a person has lots of wealth, then he is blessed. Moreover, when it is said that the Barakah or Ni`mah is not taken away except due to sins and is not returned except through repentance, the first thing that comes to their mind is financial losses. Indeed financial losses is one of the aspects, but Barakah is not limited to wealth only, nor is having more of the wealth means there is Barakah in it.

There are three ways in which Barakah is taken away from a person and this we will study with the example of rainwater.