title: What Is the Ruling of the Prayer of One Who Drinks Alcohol?,
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The Prayer of One Who Drinks Alcohol

Question:

How could I understand the Prophet’s hadith regarding the prayer of one who drinks alcohol?

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.

Ibn Ad-Dailami said: “I entered upon him and said: ‘O `Abdullah ibn `Amr, did you hear the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say anything concerning Khamr (alcohol)?’ He said: ‘Yes, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: If a man among my Ummah drinks Khamr (alcohol ), Allah will not accept his Prayer for forty days.'” (An-Nasa’i)

It was also narrated from `Abdullah ibn `Amr that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever drinks alcohol and gets drunk, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days, and if he dies he will enter Hell, but if he repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks alcohol again and gets drunk, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days, and if he dies he will enter Hell, but if he repents, Allah will accept his repentance…” (Ibn Majah)

It must be noted that drinking alcohol or other intoxicants is a major sin. In order for one to eradicate the sin, one engages in a sincere repentance.

The fact that one’s prayers are not accepted does not mean that they are not valid, or that he should give up praying, rather it means that he will not be rewarded for them. In addition, one does not have to make up the prayers performed if the prayers were valid. “Not accepted” in the hadith means that the prayers are not accepted in terms of reward. 

For more information about such ruling, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.


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title: Neglecting Prayer in Masjid Out of Fear of Coronavirus,
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Neglecting Prayer in Masjid Out of Fear of Coronavirus

Question: 

What is the ruling of avoiding Masjid and Jumu`ah (Friday Prayer) out of fear of coronavirus?

Answer:

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) has released a statement about this issue. Unless there is health advisory announcement you cannot stop going for Prayer or for Jumu`ah to the masjid.

If you have flu like symptoms then it is better for you to stay at home. There is leniency and exceptions for the elderly, those who are more prone to catching this virus and those who have less immunity.

It is recommended to abide by the formal instructions  to avoid catching and spread the new coronavirus. 

Do not miss watching this important talk with Sheikh Ammar AlShukry. 

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Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel. 


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title: Staying with a Husband Who Doesn’t Pray: Allowed?,
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Staying with a Husband Who Doesn’t Pray

Question:

What is the ruling of staying with a husband who does not pray (make salah)?

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.

This is a very frequent occurrence today, but as long as a person does not deny the obligation prayer (salah), he will remain a Muslim. While he is still a Muslim, caring and providing for his wife and family, it is permissible for the wife to remain with him. The wife should encourage him to do righteous deeds and forbid him from evil. 

In addition, a wife should be careful not to raise her voice at her husband, or to nag him so much that he begins to dread coming home to her. Instead, a wife should make the home a relaxing place for the husband, and to make sure that she pray all prayers on time. Also, it is worthy to mention that a wife should keep making du`aa’ (supplication) for husband. Moreover, a wife can request her husband to take her for `umrah, if he ever offers to take her on a vacation.

Do not miss watching this important talk about the ruling of staying with a spouse who does not pray, with Dr. Muhammad Salah. 


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title: Precious Advice to Offer Prayer (Salah) Consistently,
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Prayer (Salah) is Allah’s most favorite form of worship. It creates a direct connection between the Lord and His slave. Offering the five daily prayers every day is an act of loving Allah Almighty not on your own terms but on His.

The daily prayers essentially make up the very backbone of what it means to be a Muslim – it keeps us high in faith every single day. Hence, every Muslim must incorporate the five daily prayers in his/her everyday life. 

Prayer was not ordained by Allah Almighty to burden mankind, but was introduced to serve as a means to help and guide them. It is through Prayer that a person develops a solid relationship with Allah Almighty, which goes beyond just words and oaths. 

It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) declare that Allah the Exalted had said: “I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. And when he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me. and sometimes He would say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. And when he (the worshiper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshiper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.” (Muslim

Do not miss watching this important talk about the virtues and importance of Prayer for the Muslim. 

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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title: Can a Menstruating Woman Enter the Masjid?,
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Can a Menstruating Woman Enter the Masjid?

Question: 

Is it permissible for a menstruating woman to enter the masjid

Answer:

Almighty Allah says:

“O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body].” (An-Nisa’ 4:43) 

The general rule is, when a Muslim woman is on her monthly period, she should not visit the Musallah area. Meaning she should not go where the prayers are offered.

The masajid of today are vast and different. They have various areas apart from the main Musallah area where women can sit and benefit. 

Watch this short talk to get more details about such ruling with Sheikh Navaid Aziz.

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Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel. 


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title: Woman Giving Friday Khutbah and Leading Prayer: Allowed?,
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Woman Giving Friday Khutbah and Leading Prayer

First of all, it must be noted that Islam guarantees the rights of women. Women in Islam are permitted to teach, preach and guide both women and men. They can give fatwas and teach Qur’an and Hadith in schools, colleges, universities and everywhere. Many Islamic organizations, Islamic centers and mosques also have very learned and knowledgeable sisters who participate in their mosques’ boards and involve themselves in administration, teaching, preaching and counseling. 

However, leading prayer or giving Friday Khutbah is restricted to male Imams only when the congregation consists of men and women both, whether the prayer is performed in the mosques or outside mosques, and whether they are daily prayers or Friday and `Eid Prayer. Women are not allowed to lead such prayers.

However, they are allowed to lead a congregation consisting only of women. It is not only permitted for women to do so, rather it may even be considered highly recommended because of the greater rewards of praying in congregation as compared to praying individually.

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leading prayer or giving Friday Khutbah is restricted to male Imams only.

In our prayer we stand very close to each other or as we say “shoulder to shoulder and ankle to ankle” almost touching each other. We stand in straight lines. We make ruku` (bowing)and sujud. We are supposed to pray with sincerity and devotion concentrating our heart and mind towards the prayer. For this reason the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that men and women should have separate lines. The lines of men should be in the front area, then the lines of children and then women. The Imam should stand in front of the congregation and should make ruku` and sajud before the congregation and they should follow the Imam.

The ideal way in this structure of prayer service is to separate men from women and not allow a woman to be ahead of all men and bow and prostrate in front of them. Haya’ is a special character of Islam. It is emphasized that men and women both must observe Haya’ (modesty) always and especially in their places of worship. Prophet’s wife `A’ishah and his Companion Ibn ‘Abbas are reported to have said that a woman leading other women in prayer should not stand in front of them like a male Imam, but in their midst.

Imam Ash-Shafa`i said, “If a woman leads men, women and boys in prayer, then the prayer of the women is valid and the prayer of the men and boys is invalid, because Allah has given men the role of protectors and maintainers of women, and He has not allowed them to be in charge, so it is not permissible for a woman to lead a man in prayer under any circumstances, ever.” 

Al-Hafiz said: “It is as if women are not allowed to say remembrance of Allah because they are enjoined to keep their voices low in prayer at all times, because of the fear of fitnah. If women are forbidden to alert the imam by speaking if he makes a mistake, and should clap instead, so that they will not raise their voice in the presence of men, then how can it be allowed for a woman to lead them in prayer and deliver Friday khutbah to them?

Imam An-Nawawi said: “Our companions are agreed that it is not permissible for an adult man or a boy to pray behind a woman… the prohibition on a woman leading men in prayer applies equally to obligatory prayers, taraweeh and all supererogatory prayers. This is our view and the view of all the scholars from the earlier and later generations – may Allah have mercy on them. 

Moreover if a woman leads a man or men in prayer, the men’s prayer is invalid, but her prayer and the prayer of any women who pray behind her is valid in all prayers, except if she leads them in Jumu`ah prayer, in which case there are two views, the most sound of which is that her prayer does not count. The second view is that it does count and it takes the place of Zhuhr. This is the view of Sheikh Abu Hamid, but it does not amount to anything. And Allah knows best.” (Al-Majmu`) 

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Sources:

1- islamqa.info

2- islamcity.org


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title: What Is the Ruling of Offering Only the Obligatory Prayers? ,
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Offering Only the Obligatory Prayers, the ruling?

Question: 

What is the ruling of offering only the obligatory prayers? 

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.

It was narrated that a Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and said: “Messenger of Allah, direct me to a deed by which I may be entitled to enter Paradise. Upon this he (the Prophet) remarked: You worship Allah and never associate anything with Him, establish the obligatory prayer, and pay the Zakat which is incumbent upon you, and observe the fast of Ramadan. He (the Bedouin) said: By Him in Whose hand is my life, I will never add anything to it, nor will I diminish anything from it. When he (the Bedouin) turned his back, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: He who is pleased to see a man from the dwellers of Paradise should catch a glimpse of him.” (Agreed Upon) 

It is clear form the above hadith that a person will not be hold accountable except only the obligatory acts of worship. Hence, if a person offers only the obligatory prayers (fard namaz), there is no sin on him. However, if one realizes the great reward of offering the sunnah prayers, he will not leave them anyway, rather he/she will be keen to pray witr and Duha prayers. Observing the nafl prayers and offering them regularly is one of the greatest means of earning the love of Allah and it brings Paradise and divine mercy. 

Abu Hurairah narrated : The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Verily Allah Almighty has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafl (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.” (Al-Bukhari

Watch this short video to know more about the virtues of offering the sunnah prayers. 

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel.


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title: The Ruling of Remembering a Missed Prayer upon Offering the Due One,
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I Remembered a Missed Prayer upon Offering the Due One!

Question: 

What should I do if I go to the Masjid to pray a particular prayer and then I remembered that I forgot to pray the previous prayer (salah)? 

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.

If you have prayed the current prayer, then you remember a missed prayer from the same day or a previous day, you should pray it, but do not repeat the current prayer, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever forgets a prayer, let him offer it as soon as he remembers, for there is no expiation for it other than that. Then he recited: “Establish prayer for My (i.e. Allah’s) remembrance.” (Ta-ha 40: 14) (Al-Bukhari

For example, if a person offers the `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer and after finishing that prayer they remember they have not prayed the Zuhr (Noon Prayer), then there is no sin upon them. All they have to do is pray the Zuhr after finishing `Asr.

For more information about such ruling, watch this interesting talk with Sheikh Navaid Aziz. 

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Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel. 


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title: Should We Not Offer Janazah for Someone Who Never Prayed?,
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Janazah for Someone Who Never Prayed?

Question:

Should we not offer the Funeral Prayer (salat al-janazah) for someone who never prayed during his life?

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.

Attending the funeral of a Muslim, i.e., washing him or shrouding him or offering the prayer for him or burying him, is a communal obligation; if there is someone among the Muslims who can do that, then it becomes preferable for you and not obligatory.

There is no hadith that explicitly states that a janazah should not be prayed over someone who never prayed. This question usually arises because of the hadith that the difference between a believer and a disbeliever is the abandonment of Prayer.

If we witness someone leaving Prayer entirely, the last thing we should do is to judge him or her as Muslim or not. Rather, we should advice, assist and encourage them to pray.

For more information about such ruling, watch this short talk with Sheikh Navaid Aziz.

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Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel. 


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title: What Is the Ruling of Missing a Prayer Due to the Traffic Jam?,
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Missing a Prayer Due to the Traffic Jam

Question:

What shall I do if I missed prayer because of the traffic jam? I sometimes stuck in traffic at the time of Zhuhr or Maghrib, which means that I can find no way to pray on time. What are the best solutions in such cases? 

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.

It is important to know that we are not allowed to combine Fajr Prayer with Zhuhr Prayer, or `Asr with Maghrib or `Isha’ with Fajr; rather we are allowed only to combine Zhuhr with `Asr (by praying both of them either at the time of the first Prayer or at the time of the second one). 

Likewise, we are allowed to combine Zhuhr with `Asr and  Maghrib with `Isha’ (by praying them both either at the time of the first or the second).

The permissibility of combining Prayers —besides travel, rain, snow storm, sickness, or war— extends to exceptional circumstances as well. Certain obvious examples are: when one is stuck in a traffic jam, or a surgeon is performing an operation lasting hours, or a person is working in an assembly line and cannot leave his job in time for each prayer, etc.

Praying in cars, planes, trains or other means of transportation, where one cannot face the qiblah (direction of prayer) or pray standing, is permissible only in the case of obligatory prayers if one fears that the time for the obligatory prayer will end before reaching their destination. But if one will reach the destination before the time for prayer is over, s/he should wait until they get there to pray.

For more information about missing a prayer while at the means of transportation and combining prayers, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel. 


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