title: What Is the Ruling of Making Sujud Ash-Shukr during Menstruation?,
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Making Sujud Ash-Shukr During Menstruation

Question:

Is it permissible to make sujud ash-shukr (prostration of thankfulness) or sujud at-tilawah (prostration of recitation) during menstruation period? 

Answer:

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.

Most scholars are of the opinion that one who is physically unclean (because of sex, or menstruation, or post childbirth, etc.) should not physically touch the Glorious Qur’an. This is based on a hadith from Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), in which he stated that nothing kept the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) from touching the Qur’an save being sexually impure.

Also all the scholars see that it is permissible for a woman, who is experiencing her normal or post childbirth menstruation, to recite the Qur’an from memory, or make supplications, or praise and glorify her Lord Most High, Most Exalted; but it would be best if she would abstain from physically touching the Glorious Qur’an with her bare hands.

In case a woman experiencing her menstruation happens to listen to the Glorious Qur’an and comes across a verse of Sujud at-tilawah, she should make the required prostration as normal as it is not part of prayer.

For more information in this regard, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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title: How Could One Offer Prayer While Sitting On Plane?,
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Prayer While Sitting On Plane

Question

I asked the fly attendant if there was a place or room to offer prayer while standing and face the qiblah (direction of prayer) on the plane, but she prevent me. How could I offer prayer as the time of prayer will expire? 

Answer:

It is well-known that standing and facing the qiblah during prayer are two of the validity conditions of prayer, without which the prayer is invalid unless there is a valid excuse. Among the excuses is traveling on a plane where one is unable to stand or face the qiblah, if one is afraid that the time of prayer will expire upon landing. 

The Standing Committee was asked: If I am travelling by plane and the time for prayer comes, is it permissible for us to pray in the plane or not?

They replied: If the time for prayer comes and the plane is continuing its journey, and there is the fear that the time for prayer may end before it lands in an airport, then the scholars are unanimously agreed that it is obligatory to offer the prayer as best as one is able to, bowing, prostrating and facing the qiblah if one can, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can”. (Al-Taghabun 64:16)

Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When I command you to do a thing, do as much of it as you can.” (Muslim)

For more information on this regard, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad salah. 

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title: Making Tasleem along with the Imam in Prayer: Allowed?,
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Making Tasleem along with the Imam

Question:

What is the ruling of making tasleem along with the imam (leader of prayer) in Congregational Prayer

Answer:

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.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The Imam is (appointed) to be followed. So do not differ from him, bow when he bows, and say, “Rabbana-lakal hamd” if he says “Sami`a l-lahu liman hamidah“; and if he prostrates, prostrate (after him), and if he prays sitting, pray sitting all together, and straighten the rows for the prayer, as the straightening of the rows is amongst those things which make your prayer a correct and perfect one.” (Al-Bukhari

It is unlawful (haram) for the follower (ma’mum) to precede the imam or even go along with the imam in the actions of prayer. The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned severely of that by saying: “Does he who raises up his head before the Imam not fear that Allah will turn his head to that of a donkey, or turn his appearance into that of a donkey?” (Agreed upon)

To know more about the rulings of following the imam, watch this important talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.


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title: Moving The Index Finger In Tashahhud During Prayer,
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The Index Finger In Tashahhud

Wa’il bin Hujr said: “I am going to watch the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon  him) and see how he prays. So, I watched him.” And he described (his prayer): “Then he sat and lay his left foot on the ground, and placed his left hand on his left thigh and knee. He put his right elbow on his right thigh, then he made a circle with two fingers of his (right) hand, then he raised his finger and I saw him moving it, supplicating with it.” (An-Nas’i)

Therefore, it is a sunnah to point one’s index finger and move it during the tashahhud. 

It is also a sunnah to point towards the qiblah (direction of prayer). 

It was narrated from `Abdullah ibn `Umar that: He saw a man moving pebbles with his hand while praying. When he finished, `Abdullah said to him: “Do not move the pebbles while you are praying, for that is from Satan. Rather do what the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to do.” He said: “What did he used to do?” He said: “He would put his right hand on his right thigh, and point with the finger that is next to the thumb toward the Qiblah, and he would look at it, or thereabouts.” Then he said: “This is what I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) doing.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani) 

To know more about the Prophet’s guidance in pointing his index finger whenever he sat down for tashahhud during the prayer, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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title: Does Oral Sex Necessitate Ghusl (Ritual Bath)?,
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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.

Almighty Allah says:

Your wives are a place of sowing of seed for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish and put forth [righteousness] for yourselves. (Al-Baqarah 2:223)

In the Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “In man’s sexual intercourse (with his wife) there is a charity.” They (the Companions) said: “O Messenger of Allah, is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual need among us?” He said, “You see, if he were to satisfy it with something forbidden, would it not be a sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to satisfy it legally, he should be rewarded”. (Muslim) "Does

It is permissible for a husband and his spouse all forms of sexual pleasure provided there is mutual agreement between the spouses and there is nothing brings harm to either of them; except for anal sex, and during menses and post natal bleeding.

Touching ones spouses private parts or vice versa with mouth is what is known as oral sex. Such an act is obviously unnatural, unhealthy, unhygienic, unclean, impure and this act is not found even in any of the lower animate creations! 

But since the permissibly / impressibility of this specific act of what is known today as oral sex is not mentioned by name or act anywhere in the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the Allah-fearing and the pious amongst the scholars in Islam have abstained from declaring it haram (unlawful); the most they have said is that the act is from the khabaith (impure) and thus closer to the haram than to the halal (permissible), and the believers should fear Allah and abstain from it.

As far as Taharah (purification) from male secretions is concerned, ghusl (ritual bath) is obligatory only in two cases: ejaculation of sperm and sexual intercourse. Any other thing that does not end in ejaculation of sperm or having sex does not require ghusl.

If one releases Madhi (pre-seminal fluid or ejection), then wudu’ (ablution) is only obligatory. In case of sexual intercourse, ghusl is obligatory even if one does not ejaculate sperm.

If nothing is discharged, it is better for them to make wudu’ because of touching the private parts as well as to avoid the potentiality of the discharge of madhi or wadi during the oral sex.

As for the wife, she is not required to perform a ghusl unless she has an orgasm and discharges sperm by merely practicing oral sex on her husband, in which case she is required to perform a ghusl, or discharges fluid [without an orgasm], in which case she is required to perform ablution. She must also wash her mouth thoroughly if fluids come into contact with her mouth.

In the case of a husband performing oral sex to his wife (cunnilingus), if the latter reaches sexual climax (has an orgasm) and discharges sperm, a ghusl becomes necessary on her. If she discharges fluid not sperm, then only ablution is required.

As for the husband, he is not required to perform anything unless he ejaculates sperm by merely practicing oral sex on his wife, in which case he is required to perform ghusl, or releases the pre-ejaculation fluid (madhi), in which case he is required to perform ablution.

However, couples should bear in mind that it is impermissible to intentionally swallow sexual fluids or introduce them into the mouth.


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title: Praying `Isha’ Early during Summer Time: Allowed?,
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Praying Isha’ Early during Summer Time

Question:

Can I offer `Isha’ Prayer early during summer time? 

Answer:

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.

Almighty Allah says:

Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times.” (An-Nisa’ 4:103) 

Um Farwah – and she was one of those who gave pledge of allegiance to the Prophet – narrated: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked: ‘Which deed is the best?’ So he said: ‘Prayer in the beginning of its time.'” (At-Tirmidhi)

There are northern locations where `Isha’ (Night Prayer) ends at 11:15 pm and Fajr (Dawn Prayer) comes in at 3 am. The general ruling is that Fajr starts at 1 hour and 30 minutes or 1 hour and 20 minutes before sunrise. Remember this to make the situation better.

If a person has it tough because of work or genuine difficulty then it is allowed on a case by case basis to combine Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) and `Isha’ and not as a general ruling. You should not take this lightly and be very careful about it. 

Watch this short talk to know more about such ruling with Sheikh Abu Eesa.

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Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel.


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title: What Is The Ruling Of Praying With Bare Shoulders?,
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The Ruling Of Praying With Bare Shoulders

Question:

What is the ruling of offering prayer (salat) without covering one’s shoulders? Is it permissible while making sujud ash-shukr (prostration of forgetfulness)? 

Answer:

Covering the `awrah is one of the validity conditions of prayer. Covering the `awrah while praying for both men and women is obligatory due to unanimous agreement of the jurists . Therefore, prayer without covering the `awrah is invalid. Almighty Allah says:

O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid… (Al-`Araf 7:31) 

“Covering the `awrah from view with something that does not show the skin is obligatory and is a condition of prayer being valid.” This is the view of Ash-Shafa`i.

Ibn Hajar said: “The majority are of the view that covering the `awrah is one of the conditions of prayer.” (Fath Al-Bari)

Regarding covering the shoulders, It is not obligatory for a man to cover his shoulders or shoulder while praying, but it is mustahab to do so as an adornment and out of respect for the prayer and the fact that he is standing before his Lord, may He be glorified and exalted; but if he prays with his shoulders or shoulder blade bare, his prayer is valid. 

To know more about such rule, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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title: Hearing the Adhan of Fajr while Praying Witr: What To Do?,
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Hearing the Adhan of Fajr while Praying Witr

Question:

What Shall I do if I head the adhan (call of prayer) while offering the witr prayer? If I intended to pray witr three rak`ahs then I heard the adhan, could I just offer the witr only one rak`ah?

Answer:

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 jurists are of the view that the time of witr prayer starts from the time after praying `Isha’ until the beginning of the time of Fajr (Dawn Prayer). However, if someone is prevented from performing it due to sleep or forgetfulness, until the time of Fajr started before he had prayed the witr prayer, he may perform it before praying Fajr as long as he does not fear that the prescribed fixed time of the Fajr prayer is over. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever sleeps through witr prayer (and misses to perform it) or forgets to perform it, he should perform it as soon as he wakes up or remembers it.” (At-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah)

At the same time, if one intends to pray certain number of rak`ahs of a sunnah prayer, one cannot change it at the middle of the prayer.

To know more about the rulings and time of offering the witr Prayer, Watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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title: What Is the Maximum And Minimum Period Of Postnatal Bleeding?,
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Period Of Postnatal Bleeding

Question: 

What is the maximum and minimum period of postnatal bleeding (nifas)? 

Answer:

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.

There is a dispute among scholars regarding the maximum period of postnatal bleeding, but the most predominate opinion is that the maximum period is forty (40) days. This due to that narration of Um Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) in which she said, “The woman having bleeding after delivery (postnatal or puerperal blood) would refrain (from prayer) for forty days or forty nights; and we would anoint our faces with an aromatic herb called wars to remove dark spots.” (Abu Dawud)

Al-Tirmidhi reported: “It is unanimously agreed upon among  scholars from the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) and tabi`un (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) that the nufasa’ (woman in the postnatal bleeding period) does not pray for forty days unless she sees tuhr (blood stoppage) before the end of the forty days period. She should then perform ghusl (ritual bath) and she resumes praying. The majority of the religious scholars say that a woman does pray even If she continues to notice blood after the forty days period expires and this is the opinion of the majority of jurists among whom Sufian Ath-Thawry, Ibn Al-Mubarak, Ash-Shafi`i, Ahmad and Ishaq.” 

To know more about the rulings of postnatal bleeding, watch this short video with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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title: How to Complete the Remaining Raka’hs of a Congregational Prayer?,
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How to Complete the Remaining Raka’hs of a Congregational Prayer?

Question:

If I joined the congregational prayer later while the Prayer has already started, so they prayed one or more rak`ah (unit of prayer), how could I complete my prayer? 

Answer:

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.

One who could not  join the imam in the first rak`ah is called masbuq (latecomer). So, masbuq is a person who joins the congregational prayer in the second rak`ah or tashahhud of a two-raka`h prayer; in the second, third, fourth rak`ah or in the last tashahhud of a four-rak`ah prayer; in the second, third rak`ah or the last tashahhud of a three-rak`ah prayer.

If one arrives late and the prayer has been started, it is recommended for him/her to join it, rather than praying alone. 

Counting a raka`h is by catching up ruku` (bowing) with the Imam, which means that if you reached after it, then the missed raka`h must be repeated. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “When the Iqamah are pronounced, do not come to it running, you should walk calmly with tranquility to join the congregation, then join what you catch up and complete what you miss.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Watch this important video with Dr. Muhammad Salah to learn more about the rulings of the latecomer or masbuq in prayer.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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