title: Nearness to Allah Is on the Top of the Benefits of Prayer,
Nearness To Allah
It is customary for kings to promise reward and nearness to those whom they are pleased with. The magicians said to Pharaoh,
“Is there indeed for us a reward if we are predominant?” (Ash-Shu`ara 26: 41)
and he answered that they would be rewarded and be among those near to him, saying:
“Yes, and, [moreover], you will be among those made near [to me].” (Al-A`raf 7: 114)
The example of the first type is like a man who entered the abode of the king but was unable to gain entrance to him as there was a barrier standing between him and the king, hence he was unable to see him or gain access to this person.
The barrier is an embodiment of his desires and lusts as well as the smoke screen of his hopeful wishes in this life; his heart is sick and his self is wrapped up in what it desires wanting only its immediate share in this life.
It is for these reasons that all the while they pray they are in an unhappy state wherein they are not only unable to obtain any comfort, but are also empty of feelings of fear and hope in Allah, which makes prayer a suffering for them that only ceases when they finish praying, as only then are they able to return to that in which they find their comfort (i.e. worldly affairs and pleasures).
The example of the second type is like a man who entered the house of the king upon which the barrier screening him from the king is removed; thus he is able to find delight in looking at the king and being at his service and in his obedience. In return, the king lavishes upon him every form of grace and brings him near to himself.
For all these reasons, he is unable to bear leaving the house and wishes to remain standing before him to enjoy the sweetness of being close to him, the tranquility that he experiences from it, and being held in esteem by Allah while he basks in His good Words (i.e. Qur’an).
He also enjoys being in such a state of humbleness and humility before Him, for which he invokes Him more and more while he is being showered with His graces from every direction, not to mention the calmness that his soul experiences while his heart and limbs are fully attentive to his Lord. He is pleased and comfortable, worshiping Allah as if he sees Him, for He manifests Himself to him through His Words (i.e. Qur’an).
It should thus come as no surprise that the most distressing thing for him is to have to leave all that (i.e. conclude the Salah). And Allah is the Guide and the Helper.
Source: The Inner Dimensions of Prayer’s Book.
title: Taking Pills to Delay or Stop Menses for Hajj: Okay?,
Taking Pills to Delay or Stop Menses for Hajj
What is the ruling of taking pills such as birth control or hormone tablets to delay a woman’s period (menses) in order to perform Hajj?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.
The majority of the contemporary jurists are of the view t hat it is permissible for a woman to take such pills to stop or delay her menses. From a medical perspective, a woman should consult a specialized doctor before taking such pills on condition that they are not harmful and that they have no religious prohibits.
title: How to Perform the `Eid Prayer,
The `Eid Prayer consists of two rak`ahs (units of the Prayer). In the first rak`ah, one makes Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar [i.e. Allah is the Greatest]) seven times other than the opening Takbir. In the second rak`ah, one makes Takbir five times other than the Takbir of standing.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are seven Takbirs in the first rak`ah and five Takbirs in the second rak`ah of the prayer offered on the day of the breaking the fast and then recitation of the Qur’an after the opening Takbirs.” (Abu Dawud)
What are the etiquettes of `Eid Prayer? What is the Prophet’s guidance in performing `Eid Prayer?
Follow us on this interesting talk with Dr. Zakir Naik to find the answers to these questions and know more details about the etiquettes of the `Eid
title: Rulings of the `Eid Al-Adha Prayer,
The word “`Eid” means a recurring festival. The name of `Eid Al-Adha means the Feast of Sacrifice. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah.
Here, Dr. Islam Rajab talks in detail about the rulings that should be performed during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. He begins his talk by mentioning the merits and the time to start making takbir which starts from the first day of Dhul-Hijjah. There is a specific takbir that is made after each obligatory prayer starting from the Down Prayer of the ninth day, that is `Arafah, until the Afternoon Prayer of the thirteen’s day of the same month.
Then, he goes on explaining the exact time of Both `Eid Al-Fitr and `Eid Al-Adha according to the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Follow us on this fascinating talk with Dr. Islam Rajab to learn more about the etiquettes and recommended acts that should be done during the `Eids.
title: `Eid: Etiquette and Rulings,
`Eid: Etiquettes and Rulings
`Eid in Islam is a day of joy, thanksgiving, worship, brotherhood, solidarity, and morality. A Muslim should take the advantage of this day to bring himself nearer to Allah, Most High.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival.” Here, he referred to the fact that these two `Eids are exclusively for Muslims.
Muslims have no festivals apart from `Eid Al-Fitr and `Eid Al-Adha. Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came to Al-Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet asked the Ansar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told them: “Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of `Eid Al-Fitr and `Eid Al-Adha.” (Abu Dawud)
These two `Eids are among the signs of Allah, to which we must show consideration and understand their objectives.
Rulings of `Eid
1- Fasting: It is haram to fast on the days of `Eid because of the hadith of Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) in which he said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) forbade fasting on the day of Fitr and the day of Adha. (Muslim)
2- Offering `Eid Prayers: Some of the scholars say that `Eid Prayers are obligatory, this is the view of the Hanafi scholars and of Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah. Some scholars say that `Eid Prayer is Fard Kifayah (a communal duty, binding on the Muslims as a group, and it is fulfilled if a sufficient number of people perform it, thereby absolving the rest of sin). This is the view of the Hanbalis. A third group say that `Eid Prayer is a confirmed sunnah. This is the view of the Malikis and Shafi`is.
3- Offering Supererogatory Prayers: There are no supererogatory prayers to be offered either before or after the `Eid Prayer, as Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to come out on the day of `Eid and pray two rak`ahs, with nothing before or after them. This is the case if the Prayer is offered in an open area. If, however, the people pray the `Eid Prayer in a mosque, then they should pray two rak`ahs for Tahiyat Al-Masjid (greeting the mosque).
4- Women Attending the `Eid Prayers: According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) everyone is urged to attend `Eid Prayer, and to co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety. The menstruating woman should not forsake the remembrance of Allah or places of goodness such as gatherings for the purpose of seeking knowledge and remembering Allah – apart from mosques. Women, undoubtedly, should not go out without the Hijab.
Etiquette of `Eid
1- Ghusl (taking a bath): One of the good manners of `Eid is to take bath before going out to the Prayer. It was reported that Sa`id ibn Jubayr (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Three things are Sunnah on `Eid: to walk (to the prayer-place), to take a bath, and to eat before coming out (if it’s `Eid Al-Fitr).”
2- Eating before Coming out: One should not come out to the prayer-place on `Eid Al-Fitr before eating some dates, because of the hadith of Anas ibn Malik who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would not go out in the morning of `Eid Al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… and he would eat an odd number.” (Al-Bukhari)
On `Eid Al-Adha, on the other hand, it is recommended not to eat until after the Prayer, when one should eat from the meat of one’s sacrifice.
3- Takbir on the Day of `Eid: This is a great Sunnah of this day. Ad-Daraqutni and others reported that when Ibn `Umar came out on `Eid Al-Fitr and `Eid Al-Adha, he would strive hard in making Takbir until he reached the prayer-place, then he would continue making Takbir until the Imam came.
4- Congratulating one Another: People may exchange congratulations and good greetings on `Eid, no matter what form the words take. For example they may say to one another, “Taqabal Allahu minna wa minkum (may Allah accept from us and from you our good deeds!)”. Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: “At the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) when people met one another on the day of `Eid, they would say, ‘Taqabal Allahu minna wa minka.’” (Ibn Hajar)
5- Wearing one’s best Clothes for `Eid: Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) had a Jubbah (cloak) that he would wear on `Eid and on Fridays.” Al-Bayhaqi reported that Ibn `Umar used to wear his best clothes on `Eid, so men should wear the best clothes they have when they go out for `Eid.
6- Changing Route on Returning from Prayer-place: Jabir ibn `Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that: “the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to change his routes on the day of `Eid.” (Al-Bukhari)
title: How Can We Make Eid Fun?,
`Eid is a time for spending time with the family. How did the Prophet (peace be upon him) celebrate his Eid?
Sheikh Waleed Basyouni gives us the details.
Source: Faithiq Facebook Page.
title: Does Touching a Woman Invalidate Wudu?,
Touching A Woman & The Wudu
Does touching a non-mahram woman invalidate one’s wudu (ablution)?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.
This is a controversial issue among the jurists whether touching a woman breaks ones’s ablution or not. However, the most dominant view is that touching a woman without lust does not break ablution.
`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray for long hours at night in their apartment, and that she used to sleep in front of him. Because the room was small, when the Prophet used to make sujud (prostration) he would tap her calf with his hand and she would retract her legs so he could make sujud. And when he stood up she would allow her feet to return to their original position.” (Al-Bukhari)
This is the view favored by Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, Sheikh Ibn Baz, Sheikh Ibn `Uthaymeen and many others.
For more information about the validity of ablution after touching a woman, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.
title: Those Who Have Abandoned the Prayer,
- O You who have abandoned the prayer, what is left of your Islam after you have abandoned them?! Do not you know that it is the backbone of Islam and an indication of your belief?!
- You who have abandoned prayers! All creatures prostrate to Allah except for you, while Allah Almighty says:
“See you not that whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, Ad-Dawab [moving (living) creatures, beasts], and many of mankind prostrate themselves to Allah?! But there are many (men) on whom the punishment is justified.” (Al-Hajj: 18)
If you do not pray, then you will be among those on whom the punishment is justified.
- O you who have abandoned prayers! Do not you know that abandoning it is an act of disbelief, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The pledge between us and them is (expressed by their performance of) the prayer; whosoever abandons it has disbelieved.” (Ahmad)
- O you who have abandoned prayers! Do not you know that slackening in it is a form of hypocrisy?! Allah says:
Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little.” (An-Nisa’: 142)
Do you not see that the hypocrites during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) would pray, although to be seen, while you don’t pray at all?!
- O you who have abandoned prayers! Do not you know that abandoning it causes heedlessness and hardness of the heart, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Let the people stop abandoning the Friday prayer, or else Allah will surely seal their hearts, and they will become of the heedless.”” (Muslim)
- O you who have abandoned prayers! Do not you know that this leads to the punishment in Hell, as Allah says:
[And asking them], “What put you into Saqar? They will say, “We were not of those who prayed. (Al-Muddaththir: 42-43)
- O you who have abandoned prayers! Do not you know that abandoning it causes worry, disorder and a difficult life, Allah says:
And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [ Allah ] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” (Ta-ha: 124-126)
What a pity and a waste! How is it that the years of your life are passing, and your heart is veiled from worshiping Allah; how can you depart this life and you did not taste the best of it?! Indeed the best of this life is worshiping Allah, mentioning Him and expressing your gratitude to Him.
- O you who have abandoned prayers! What remains to be important to you in your religion if you give no importance to your prayer? Do not you know that one who abandons prayer finds it easier to abandon other acts of worship?!
Repent, O heedless one, to Allah, before death comes to you while you have abandoned the prayer.
O you who have slackened in your prayer!!
What are you going to do after you learned about the great virtues of prayer?
What are you going to do after knowing the abundant awards set for those who pray?
What are you going to do after you learned about the punishment awaiting those who abandon it?
Are you going to continue slighting and neglecting your prayer?
Will you still insist to sleep through your prayers or delay them after their prescribed times?
Dear brother! Where is your ambition? Where is your strong determination? Where is your readiness for Paradise? Where is your adherence to the prescribed timings for prayers? Where is your early arrival for the Friday and congregational prayers?
Source: Respond to the Call of Prayer’s Book.
title: The Fruits and Virtues of Prayer,
The Fruits and Virtues of Prayer
1- It was prescribed in the heavens the night the Prophet (peace be upon him) ascended to the heavens, while the commands for the remaining acts of worship were revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him) on earth. This indicates its great importance, sacredness and status.
3- It is the one of the most virtuous and most beloved of deeds to Allah as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “…know that the best of your deeds is the prayer, and only a true believer maintains the state of ablution.” (Ahmad)
4- It is the backbone of Islam, and brings pleasure to the eyes of pious. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The most important of all matters is Islam, its backbone is the prayer, and its highest level is Jihad for the sake of Allah.” (Ahmad)
5- It is a proof of one’s Islam, a sign of belief, and it preserves a person’s blood from being shed. Allah says what means “But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism], perform Prayer (Iqamat-as- Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion.” (At-Tawbah: 2)
6- It is a sign of honesty and frees a person from hypocrisy. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whosoever prays forty days with the congregation, attending the initial (Allahu Akbar) of the prayer will be free of two things: Hellfire and hypocrisy.” (Ahmad)
7- It is the best issue to be occupied with, the most profitable business, and the most likely amongst all acts of worship to cause a person to become humble and submissive. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Prayer is the best thing to be occupied with, so whoever is able to perform much of it then let him do so.” (Ahmad)
8- It is a command from Allah, an advice of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and a feature which distinguishes the people of Islam and faith. Allah Almighty says what means, “Guard strictly (five obligatory) As- Salawat (the prayers) and stand before Allah with obedience.” (Al-Baqarah: 238)
9- It elevates the ranks and expiates sins, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Tell me, if there were a river in front of one’s house in which he would bath five times a day, would any dirt remain on him? They said: “No dirt will remain on him.” He then said, “That is the example of the five daily obligatory prayers, for through them Allah erases sins.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
10- It secures one from the Hellfire, protects against danger, and makes a person win Paradise. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The one who prays before sunrise (Fajr prayer) and before sunset (`Asr prayer) will not enter the Hellfire.” (Muslim)
11- It is a sign for success and victory and an indication of being accepted. Allah Almighty says, “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness,” (Al- Mu’minun: l-2) and also, “…and those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawat (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.” (Al-Mu’minun: 9-11)
12- It is the first thing for which the slave will be held accountable. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The first thing for which the slave will be held accountable for on the day of Resurrection is his prayer; if it is good (by performing it properly and on time), then the rest of his deeds will be good, and if it is ruined (by neglecting it), then the rest of his deeds will be ruined.” (At-Tabarani)
13- It is a provision for the way, a comfort for the soul and body, a light for the heart, purification for the soul and a sign for salvation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O Bilal! Call the Iqamah! Bring us comfort by it!” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud)
14- It frustrates Satan and the disbelievers. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “When the son of Adam recites a verse which recommends him to prostrate and he does, Satan starts crying and says, ‘Woe to me, the son of Adam followed what he was commanded and he will get Paradise as a reward, while I was commanded to prostrate and refused and will enter Hell.” (Muslim)
15- It is a form of expressing appreciation and gratitude, as well as being a treasure full of magnification of Allah glorification and praise of Him. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about the reason behind his excessive prayer, he (peace be upon him) said, “Shouldn’t I be a thankful slave?!” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
16- It protects against following desires, evil sins and cures from sicknesses, as Allah says, “Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha‘ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed)” (Al-`Ankabut: 45).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Pray the optional night prayer, for it is the way of righteous before you; it brings you close to your Lord, prevents you from committing sins, expiates your sins and cures you from sicknesses.” (At-Tirmithi)
Source: Respond to the Call for Prayer’s book.
title: Can I Make Duaa after the Obligatory Prayer?,
Ruling on Making Duaa after the Obligatory Prayer
What is the ruling of making duaa (supplication) immediately after obligatory prayer?
There are several hadiths from the Prophet (peace be upon him) regarding the duaa (supplication) that he used to make after his prayers. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in making supplication after offering prayer rather it is recommended on condition that it is made in private not collectively.
Abu Umamah narrated, “It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which supplication is most likely to be listened to?’ He said: ‘(During) the last part of the night, and at the end of the obligatory prayers.’” (At-Tirmidhi)
Thauban (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “Whenever the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) concluded his prayer, he would beg forgiveness from Allah thrice and then would recite: “Allahumma Antas- Salamu, wa minkas-salamu, tabarakta ya Dhal-Jalali wal-Ikram (O Allah, You are the Grantor of security, and security comes from You. You are Blessing, O You Who have majesty and nobility)!” (Muslim)
For more information about making supplication after the prescribed prayer, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.