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Lighten It Up

Salam,
Bismillah.

They’re ambitious, they’re struggling. They are sincere. They’re selfless. They want the best for their nation. They want change. They want to do something for that change. They get motivated. They get inspired. They generate. They create. They plan. They execute. They protect boundaries. They work hard. They drain their energies. They just do it, no matter what it is. They want to see some results. They hope to gain them. They hope to get satisfaction.

BUT they won’t! They won’t get satisfaction because they’re lost. They’re lost on a path which is not in darkness apparently. The path is “gray”, yes gray. They know religion is the solution. They say they have faith in God. But do they know who is God? They don’t. They live by the saying of their elders. They live by what environment taught them. They live by what their friends fed them…

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Eid – Enjoying and Being Happy (Hadith No. 768)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 15, Number 768:

Narrated Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) came to my house while two girls were singing beside me the songs of Buath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the Ansar, the Khazraj and the Aus, before Islam). The Prophet (p.b.u.h) lay down and turned his face to the other side. Then Abu Bakr came and spoke to me harshly saying, “Musical instruments of Satan near the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ?” Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) turned his face towards him and said, “Leave them.” When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I signalled to those girls to go out and they left. It was the day of ‘Id, and the Black people were playing with shields and spears; so either I requested the Prophet (p.b.u.h) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (p.b.u.h) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, “Carry on! O Bani Arfida,” till I got tired. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) asked me, “Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?” I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave.

  • Girls = little girls who haven’t reached the age of puberty. Such girls can sing in the presence of men. If it’s a gathering with females only, then it’s no issue.
  • Music. Asataghfirullah!
  • When it comes to singing songs/nasheeds, lyrics are of the utmost importance. They should be decent and nice.
  • This incident where Ayesha (RA) enjoyed a show of black people resting her chin on Prophet (SAW)’s shoulder is discussed in this post and very beautifully explained in this video of AbdelRahman Murphy. <3
  • Enjoy your Eid. Be happy. And spread happiness.

 

 

The etiquette of Eid also includes the congratulations and good wishes exchanged by people, no matter what the wording, such as saying to one another Taqabbala Allaah minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you” or “Eid mubaarak” and other permissible expressions of congratulations.

It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) met one another on the day of Eid, they would say to one another, “May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you.” Ibn Hajar said, its isnaad is hasan. Al-Fath, 2/446.

Offering congratulations was something that was well known among the Sahaabah, and scholars such as Imam Ahmad and others allowed it. There is evidence which suggests that it is prescribed to offer congratulations and good wishes on special occasions, and that the Sahaabah congratulated one another when good things happened, such as when Allaah accepted the repentance of a man, they went and congratulated him for that, and so on.

Undoubtedly these congratulations are among the noble characteristics among the Muslims.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: What is the ruling on offering Eid greetings and is there a particular wording to be used?

He replied:

It is permissible to offer greetings and congratulations on Eid, and there is no specific greeting. Rather the greetings that people customarily use are permissible so long as no sin is involved.

He also said:

Some of the Sahaabah offered greetings and congratulations on the occasion of Eid. Even if we assume that they did not do that, it has now become something customary that people are used to doing, congratulating one another on the occasion of Eid and on completing the fast and qiyaam.

And he was asked: what is the ruling on shaking hands, embracing and congratulating one another after the Eid prayer?

He replied:

There is nothing wrong with these things, because people do not do these things as acts of worship intended to draw them closer to Allaah, rather they do them because they are customary, and to honour and show respect to one another. So long as there is nothing in sharee’ah to indicate that a custom is forbidden, then the basic principle is that it is permissible.

[Taken from IslamQA]

P.S. this video here is nice:

Wassalam.

Valentine’s Day

A SPECIAL message for the Youth of Today. 

Give this to your wife in sha Allah!

Give this to your wife in sha Allah!

I don’t understand the “Muslims” of today;

Celebrating with joy, the Valentine’s Day;

Don’t you understand that it’s Shaitaan’s way?

Who’s ALWAYS trying to lead you astray!

We ALL KNOW where he wants to take us;

Into hell, and from the heaven AWAY!

So STOP following that coward’s footsteps;

Be strong and bold, have the courage to say,

“I’m a MUSLIM! I live and die for ALLAH alone!

Your whispers are useless, no matter WHAT you say!”

 

You don’t NEED to go to a date to make your day;

A spouse who helps you to Jannah, THAT’S what you should pray;

Remember the truth of this world; don’t forget;

A temporary enjoyment could be forever’s regret;

Your duty to Allah you should never neglect;

Do good deeds so in JANNAH you can FOREVER stay!

 

Our society with such evils is being eaten away!

Our mothers and daughters put on DISPLAY!

We say we are Muslims but do we have any FEAR?

Spending Millions and Millions on gifts each year

While our brothers die from hunger and we don’t shed A TEAR?!

We don’t even feel comfortable in an Islamic Atmosphere!

While a gathering full of EVIL is what should cause DISMAY!

 

So decide NOW whose side are you on?

It’s just fear; take a step, and it’ll be gone!

This world isn’t the place where you truly belong;

Be firm on your beliefs! Don’t EVER sway!

 

This feeling isn’t true, what you seem to call LOVE;

All tricks of the one, who was REJECTED above;

If you can learn to control and shun your DESIRE;

Allah has promised not to throw you WITH him, in the fire;

On the day of judgement, you would have special attire;

In sha ALLAH I pray, we ALL see that day!

Eid – Wearing New Clothes (Hadith No. 767)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Book of the Two Festivals (Eids) starts today.

Volume 2, Book 15, Number 767:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:

Umar bought a silk cloak from the market, took it to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Take it and adorn yourself with it during the ‘Id and when the delegations visit you.” Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) replied, “This dress is for those who have no share (in the Hereafter).” After a long period Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) sent to Umar a cloak of silk brocade. Umar came to Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) with the cloak and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You said that this dress was for those who had no share (in the Hereafter); yet you have sent me this cloak.” Allah’s Apostle said to him, “Sell it and fulfill your needs by it.”

This Hadith shows us that the Prophet (SAW) refused to wear that new cloak – not because it was new, but because it was made of silk. Silk is not allowed for men to wear.

Coming to the next point, should we wear ‘new’ clothes on Eid, or the ‘best’ clothes? Well, in many narrations, we get to know that the Prophet (SAW) used to wear his best clothes on Eid – not necessarily new.

It was narrated that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had a cloak which he would wear on the two Eids and on Fridays.

Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 1756.

Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a saheeh isnaad (authentic chain of narrators) that Ibn ‘Umar used to wear his best clothes on Eid.

Imam an-Nasafi says in Kanz ad-Daqa’iq:

The Sunnah is to wear one’s best clothes on Eid.

If one can afford new clothes, then he may wear them. Nothing wrong about that as long as we don’t make a fuss about it every other Eid. Getting my point? :P

P.S. wearing your best clothes is good. But going out like that is good for men only. Women should observe the proper rulings of hijaab and cover their zeenah (beauty) while going out. Eid or not.

Ibn `Uthaymeen in his Majmoo` Fatawa:

You should wear your best clothes – this is for men. With regard to women, they should not wear beautiful clothes when they go out to the Eid prayer-place, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Let them go out looking decent” i.e., in regular clothes that are not fancy. It is haraam for them to go out wearing perfume and makeup.

Must read point no. 5 here.

Similar Hadith discussed here.

Wassalam.

All About the Fear Prayer (Ahadith 762 – 766)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

First and last post from Kitaab Salat-ul-Khawf [Book of Fear Prayer].

Volume 2, Book 14, Number 762:

Narrated Shu’aib:

I asked Az-Zuhri, “Did the Prophet ever offer the Fear Prayer?” Az-Zuhri said, “I was told by Salim that ‘Abdullah bin Umar had said, ‘I took part in a holy battle with Allah’s Apostle in Najd. We faced the enemy and arranged ourselves in rows. Then Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) stood up to lead the prayer and one party stood to pray with him while the other faced the enemy. Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) and the former party bowed and performed two prostrations. Then that party left and took the place of those who had not prayed. Allah’s Apostle prayed one Raka (with the latter) and performed two prostrations and finished his prayer with Taslim. Then everyone of them bowed once and performed two prostrations individually.’ “

Volume 2, Book 14, Number 763:

Narrated Nafi’:

Ibn Umar said something similar to Mujahid’s saying: Whenever (Muslims and non-Muslims) stand face to face in battle, the Muslims can pray while standing. Ibn Umar added, “The Prophet said, ‘If the number of the enemy is greater than the Muslims, they can pray while standing or riding (individually).’ “

Volume 2, Book 14, Number 764:

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

Once the Prophet (p.b.u.h) led the fear prayer and the people stood behind him. He said Takbir (Allahu-Akbar) and the people said the same. He bowed and some of them bowed. Then he prostrated and they also prostrated. Then he stood for the second Raka and those who had prayed the first Raka left and guarded their brothers. The second party joined him and performed bowing and prostration with him. All the people were in prayer but they were guarding one another during the prayer.

Volume 2, Book 14, Number 765:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

On the day of the Khandaq Umar came, cursing the disbelievers of Quraish and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I have not offered the ‘Asr prayer and the sun has set.” The Prophet replied, “By Allah! I too, have not offered the prayer yet. “The Prophet then went to Buthan, performed ablution and performed the ‘Asr prayer after the sun had set and then offered the Maghrib prayer after it.”

Volume 2, Book 14, Number 766:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) offered the Fajr prayer when it was still dark, then he rode and said, ‘Allah Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. When we approach near to a nation, the most unfortunate is the morning of those who have been warned.” The people came out into the streets saying, “Muhammad and his army.” Allah’s Apostle vanquished them by force and their warriors were killed; the children and women were taken as captives. Safiya was taken by Dihya Al-Kalbi and later she belonged to Allah’s Apostle go who married her and her Mahr was her manumission.

Salat-ul-Khwaf or the Prayer of Fear or the Supererogatory Prayer is offered during times of fear and danger. Prophet (SAW) is reported to have prayed it during times of battle. Allah talks about it in the Qur’an:

And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten As-Salat (the prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may put you in trial (attack you etc.), verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies.

When you (O Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) are among them, and lead them in As-Salat (the prayer), let one party of them stand up [in Salat (prayer)] with you taking their arms with them; when they finish their prostrations, let them take their positions in the rear and let the other party come up which have not yet prayed, and let them pray with you taking all the precautions and bearing arms. Those who disbelieve wish, if you were negligent of your arms and your baggage, to attack you in a single rush, but there is no sin on you if you put away your arms because of the inconvenience of rain or because you are ill, but take every precaution for yourselves. Verily, Allah has prepared a humiliating torment for the disbelievers.

[An-Nisa: 101 – 102]

Ibn Kathir says in his Tafsir:

The Fear prayer has different forms, for the enemy is sometimes in the direction of the Qiblah and sometimes in another direction. The Fear prayer consists sometimes of four Rak`ahs, three Rak`ahs, as for Maghrib, and sometimes two Rak`ah like Fajr and prayer during travel. The Fear prayer is sometimes prayed in congregation, but when the battle is raging, congregational prayer may not be possible. In this case, they pray each by himself, facing the Qiblah or otherwise, riding or on foot. In this situation, they are allowed to walk and fight, all the while performing the acts of the prayer. Some scholars said that in the latter case, they pray only one Rak`ah, for Ibn `Abbas narrated, “By the words of your Prophet , Allah has ordained the prayer of four Rak`ah while residing, two Rak`ah during travel, and one Rak`ah during fear.” Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah recorded it. This is also the view of Ahmad bin Hanbal. Al-Mundhiri said, “This is the saying of `Ata’, Jabir, Al-Hasan, Mujahid, Al-Hakam, Qatadah and Hammad; and Tawus and Ad-Dahhak also prefered it.” Abu `Asim Al-`Abadi mentioned that Muhammad bin Nasr Al-Marwazi said the Fajr prayer also becomes one Rak`ah during fear. This is also the opinion of Ibn Hazm. Ishaq bin Rahwayh said, “When a battle is raging, one Rak`ah during which you nod your head is sufficient for you. If you are unable, then one prostration is sufficient, because the prostration is remembrance of Allah.”

More detail on the ways of performing Salat-ul-Khawf is given in the book Fiqh-us-Sunnah.
What is Fiqh-us-Sunnah, you ask? Here’s an introduction.

And some interesting background given in the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir. Do read!

Wassalam.

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