title: Can I Make Duaa in My Own Language in Sujud?,
Making Duaa in One’s Own Language in Sujud
Is it allowed to make duaa (supplication) in my own language during sujud (prostration) of prayer?
Almighty Allah says:
And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible. (Ghafir 40:60)
Abu Huraira narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said that Allah thus stated: “I am to my servant as he thinks of Me and with him as he calls Me.” (Muslim)
An-Nu`man ibn Bashir narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed, supplication is worship.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).” (Muslim)
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Glorify your Lord in ruku` (bowing posture) and exert yourself in supplication in prostration. Thus your supplications are liable to be accepted.” (Muslim)
It is recommended for every one to make supplication while offering sujud in prayer. If he/she does not know how to make supplication in Arabic, then it is permissible to make supplication in their own language. There is a comprehensive supplication mentioned in the Qur’an which is preferred to be invoked:
“Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Al-Baqarah 2:201)
To know more about the rulings of making du`aa during prostration, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.
title: Can I Depend on the Adhan Notification of My Smart Phone?,
Can I Depend on the Adhan Notification of My Smart Phone?
I live in Qatar and I have a digital hand watch which notifies me of the adhan (call of prayer) at the times of prayer, can I rely on this notification?
Dr. Muhammad Salah begins his answer by shedding the light on the large number of mosques are there in the Arab countries. There is no excuse for a Muslim who lives in an Arab country for not attending the congregational prayer with Muslims at the mosque. Yet, if the Masjid is far a way and one has a car or there is a mean to reach there, then one has to drive to the mosque and offer the prayer in congregation.
If one lives among a group of Muslims but they do not have a mosque around, then they may find a place for prayer and perform it in congregation while making the adhan and iqamah before offering prayer.
On the authority of Uqbah ibn `Amir (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “Your Lord delights at a shepherd who, on the peak of a mountain crag, gives the call to prayer and prays. Then Allah (glorified and exalted be He) say: Look at this servant of Mine, he gives the call to prayer and performs the prayers; he is in awe of Me. I have forgiven My servant [his sins] and have admitted him to Paradise.” (An-Nasa’i)
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “If people came to know the blessing of calling Adhan and the standing in the first row, they could do nothing but would draw lots to secure these privileges.” (Agreed Upon)
To know more about the rulings of calling Adhan, you can watch this interesting Fatwa with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.
title: How and When Should I Ask My Children to Perform Prayer?,
When Should My Child Perform Prayer?
Sabrah bin Ma`bad Al-Juhani (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Teach a boy Salah (the prayer) when he reaches the age of seven, and punish him (if he does not offer it) at ten”. (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)
Prayer will be first thing about whom one will be questioned on the day of judgment. It is a pillar of Islam. A Muslim parent may wonder at what age should he or she start teaching their child prayer and it’s importance? As parents, we want our children to offer and experience the beauty of the daily obligatory and optional prayer. Through prayer every parent wants their child to build an unbreakable relationship with Allah and their faith.
What method should parents use? Should they be strict? Should they be lenient? When is the right time? And what is the right method? Watch this interesting video to get the answer with Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim.
Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel.
title: How can One Encourage Their Spouse to Pray?,
Encourage One’s Spouse to Pray
“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones….” (At-Tahrim 66:6)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects, the man is a guardian of his family, the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husband’s house and his offspring; and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Praying as we know is one of the pillars of Islam. Your spouse’s praying is a critical aspect. How can one encourage them to do pray? Watch this interesting Video to get the answer with Dr. Waleed Basyouni.
Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel.
title: What Are the Things That Don’t Invalidate Ablution?,
One of the conditions of wudu (ablution) is washing all the parts in close sequence. Thus, if a person forgets to wash a limb required in wudu, or even a small part of it, and remembers it while performing wudu or immediately after finishing but while the washed parts are still wet, they may wash the part they forgot and the subsequent limbs only.
`Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said that a person performed ablution and left a small part equal to the space of a nail (unwashed). The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saw that and said: “Go back and perform wudu well. He then went back (performed ablution well) and offered the prayer.” (Muslim)
To know more about the validity conditions of wudu, you can watch this interesting video with Dr. Waleed Basyouni.
Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel.
title: How Can One Make up for Years of Missed Prayers?,
Making up for the Missed Prayers
Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam, and one of the most important obligation in Islam. Every Muslim, man or woman, has to perform it and observe its requirements with regard to purification, directing to Ka`bah and other requirements. Muslim must not miss any obligatory prayer, and all prayers should be performed in their prescribed times. Almighty Allah says,
Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times. (An-Nisaa’ 4:103)
Mu`adh (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) sent me (as a governor of Yemen) and instructed me thus: “You will go to the people of the Book. First call them to testify that ‘there is no true god except Allah, that I am (Muhammad the Messenger of Allah.’ If they obey you, tell them that Allah has enjoined upon them five Salat (prayers) during the day and night.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Those who deliberately leave out the prayer are undoubtedly sinned. Sheikh Ibn Taymiyah said: “The scholars who say that (the one who does so) should make up for the prayer do not mean that by doing so one is absolved of sin, rather they say that by making up for it one’s burden of sin is reduced, but the sin of missing and delaying the prayer beyond its prescribed time is like any other sin, it needs either repentance or good deeds that will erase it or other things that will waive the punishment.” (Minhaj As-Sunnah)
To know more about the ruling of making up for the missed prayers, you should watch this interesting video with Sheikh Yasir Birjas.
Source: Faithiq Youtube Channel.
title: What Is the Ruling of Discharge After Performing Ghusl?,
The Ruling of Discharge After Performing Ghusl
After having an intimate relationship, I performed ghusl (ritual bath) and then I went to the mosque to offer prayer. Afterwards, I used the bath and I found some sperm or discharge came out. Would that invalidate my prayer or my ghusl? Do I have to repeat the prayer?
Ghusl means washing the whole body with pure and clean water. It is known as the major ablution as opposed to wudu’ which is a minor ablution. Ghusl is an act of worship which includes purifying oneself from ritual impurity caused by sexual intercourse, discharge of semen, menses,….etc.
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is an obligation to perform Ghusl if the man’s and woman’s private parts touch each other (i.e. the husband inserts his penis).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
If a person performs ghusl after having a sexual intercourse or a wet dream, then he finds discharge or something comes out of him without a feeling of pleasure, he doesn’t have to perform ghusl again. Ibn Qudamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “If a person has a wet dream or has intercourse, and ejaculates, then he does ghusl, then some semen comes out of him, the well-known view narrated from Ahmad is that he does not have to do ghusl again.”
To know more about the ruling of the discharge that comes out after ghusl, watch this interesting video with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda TV Channel.
title: Is It Allowed to Make Duaa in My Own Language During Prayer?,
Make Duaa in My Own Language During Prayer
Can I make duaa (supplication) during prayer in my own language or is it only during sujud (prostration)?
It is a fact that the vast majority of the Muslims around the world are non-Arabs. It is worthy to know that communicating with Allah Almighty is not restricted to a certain ethnicity or a certain language. Rather, it is for every one. If one is well versed in Arabic and can make prostration in Arabic, then it is not permissible to make it in any other language. But if one is unable to make prostration in Arabic, then there is no harm in making prostration one’s own language. What is necessary during the prayer is to say the opening takbir, Al-Fatihah (the Opening Chapter) and other adhkar in Arabic.
Yet, a Muslim may want to take advantage of the closeness of Allah during prostration and make prostration. In such case, it is okay to invoke Allah Almighty in your mother tongue.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended making supplication during prostration as it is the best time of supplication, Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The closest that any one of you may be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a lot of duaa (supplication) at that time.” (Muslim)
It is also recommended to make supplication after the tasleem at the end of the prayer:
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “He who recites after every prayer: Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection) thirty-three times; Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) thirty-three times; Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times; and completes the hundred with: La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent), will have all his sins pardoned even if they may be as large as the foam on the surface of the sea.” (Muslim)
To know more about the ruling of prostration during prayer and the ruling of making prostration in languages other than Arabic, you can watch this interesting video with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda TV Channel.
title: What Should You Do If Your Awrah Is Exposed in Prayer?,
There is a consensus among jurists that covering the awrah for both men and women in prayer, is obligatory. The Almighty Allah says in the Quran,
O Children of Adam, take your adornment (by wearing proper clothing) for every mosque. (Al-A`raf 7:31)
Salamah ibn Al-Akwa` (may Allah be pleased with him) said to the Prophet (peace be upon him): “O Messenger of Allah, may I pray in a long shirt?” He said: “Yes, but button it, even with just a thorn.” (Al-Bukhari)
Ibn Abdul Barr said: “Scholars have agreed upon the invalidity of the prayer of one who prays naked while he is capable of wearing clothes” or something similar. So, covering the awrah is from the conditions of the validity of the prayer if he is able.
Sheikh Waleed Basyouni highlights the cases that awrah might be exposed during prayer and what could one do in such situation?
Source: Faithiq Yourube Channel.
title: Prayer of the Solar and Lunar Eclipse (Salat Al-Khusuf),
The scholars agree that the prayer of the eclipses is a confirmed sunnah which is to be performed by both men and women. It is recommended to pray it in congregation although the congregation is not a condition for it. The sunnah is to be performed in a mosque as the Prophet (peace be upon him) went to the mosque immediately after the solar eclipse appeared. It’s also permissible for women to attend the congregation of the solar and lunar eclipse as `A’ishah and Asmaa bint Abi Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them) prayed with the Prophet at the mosque.
The people are called to it by announcing As-Salatu jami`ah “prayer in congregation.” The majority of the scholars hold that it is to consist of two rak`ahs (unit of prayer)and that in every rak`ah one is to perform two bowings (ruku`) instead of the customary one.
`A’ishah narrates: “There was a solar eclipse during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)and the Prophet went to the mosque, and he stood and made the takbir (saying Allah is greatest), and he put the people in rows behind him, and he made a lengthy recital during the Prayer. Next, he made the takbir and made a long bowing, but it was not as long as the recital. Following that, he raised his head, saying: ‘Allah hears him who praises Him. And to You, our Lord, belongs the praise.’ Afterward, he stood and made another long recital but it was shorter than the first one. Again, he made the takbir and made a bowing that was shorter than the first one. Then, again he said: ‘Allah hears him who praises Him. And to You, our Lord, belongs the praise.’ After this, he prostrated. He did the same in the next rak`ah and finished four bowings and four sujud (prostration). The sun appeared again before he finished. Finally, he stood and addressed the people and praised Allah as He deserves it and said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to someone’s death or life. If you see them occurring, hurry to pray.'” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “There was a solar eclipse during the life time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he prayed with a long standing, similar to what it takes to recite Surat Al-Baqarah. Then, he made a long bowing. After which, he stood and made another long recital but shorter than the first one. Again he went into bowing, but for a shorter time than in the first one. Following this, he made sajdah [twice]. Next he made another long standing (qiyam) which was also not as long as the first. After that, he made another lengthy bowing but it was not as long as the first one. Again, he made another long standing [and recital] but it was not as long as the first one. After which, he made another lengthy bowing but it was not as long as the previous one. Following this, he went into prostration [and so on]. When he had finished, the sun had appeared. He concluded his prayer and said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from the signs of Allah, and there is no eclipse due to the death or life of anyone. If you see it, make remembrance of Allah.'” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim observes: “The authentic, clear, and considered sunnah concerning salat Al-khsuf is that the bowing is to be repeated [twice] in every rak`ah. This is based on the hadith from `A’ishah, Ibn `Abbas, Jabir, and others.
They all report that the Prophet repeated the bowing in one rak`ah. Those who mention the repeating of the bowing are more in number, weightier, and closer to the Prophet than those who do not mention it.” This is the opinion of Malik, Ash-Shafi`i, and Ahmad.
Abu Hanifah is of the opinion that salat Al-Khusuf consists of two rak`ahs, similar to salat Al-`Eid and jumu`ah, based on the hadith of An-Nu`man ibn Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him) who says: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) prayed Salat Al-khusuf with us like one of your prayers. He went into bowing and performed prostration, praying two rak`ahs by two rak`ahs, and supplicated to Allah until the sun reappeared clearly again.” In the hadith from Qabsah al-Hillali, the Prophet said: “If you see that [i.e., an eclipse], pray as you pray the obligatory prayer.” (Ahmad and An-Nasa’i)
The reciting of Surat Al-Fatihah is obligatory in each rak’ah, and one may recite whatever one wishes to, after Al-Fatihah. It is allowed to make the recital audible or silent, but Al-Bukhari says: “Audible recital is more proper.”
Source: Quoted with slight modifications from Sayyid Sabiq’s Fiqh As-Sunnah.