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Delayed Funeral Prayer (Hadith No. 1110)


Volume 2, Book 23, Number 411:

Narrated ‘Amir:

Ibn Abbas (who was at that time a boy) said, “Allah’s Apostle came to a grave and the people said, ‘He or she was buried yesterday.’ ” Ibn Abbas added, “We aligned behind the Prophet and he led the funeral prayer of the deceased.”

Prophet (SAW) prayed for the deceased person one day after he/she died. Question is, how long can a funeral prayer be delayed?

Some fuqaha’ did not allow offering the funeral prayer over graves at all, and some of them limited it to one month or three days, but there is no evidence for this restriction.

Ibn Hazm (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Muhalla (3/366):

With regard to restricting the funeral prayer to within one month or three days, it is clearly wrong because it is restricting it with no evidence. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (5/436):

The correct view is that we may offer the funeral prayer over graves even after one month, but some of the scholars imposed an interesting restriction, and said: That is subject to the condition that the person who is buried died at a time when the one who is praying was able to pray.

For example: If a man died twenty years ago, and a man who is thirty years old goes out to pray for him, that is valid, because when he died the one who is praying was only ten years old, so he could have offered the prayer for the dead man.

Another example: If a man died thirty years ago, and a man who is twenty years old goes out to pray for him, that is not valid, because the one who is praying did not exist at the time when the man died, so he could not have prayed for him.

So it is not prescribed for us to offer the funeral prayer at the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and we do not know of anyone who said that it is prescribed to offer the funeral prayer at the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or at the graves of the Sahaabah, rather we should just stand and say du’aa’. End quote.

For more information please see al-Umm (1/425), al-Majmoo’ (5/208-210), al-Mughni (2/194-195), Badaa’i’ al-Sanaa’i’ (1/315) and al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah (16/35).

[Taken from IslamQA]

Detailed answer here.


Come for Prayer with Calmness (Ahadith 608-609)


The Adhaan has been pronounced. You’re thinking: ‘getting up in two minutes..’. You get late. The jama’ah (congregation) has started and you just reached the masjid. You run to join in.. STOP right there!

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 608:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said, “While we were praying with the Prophet, he heard the noise of some people. After the prayer he said, ‘What is the matter?’ They replied ‘We were hurrying for the prayer.’ He said, ‘Do not make haste for the prayer, and whenever you come for the prayer, you should come with calmness, and pray whatever you get (with the people) and complete the rest which you have missed.”

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 609:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “When you hear the Iqama, proceed to offer the prayer with calmness and solemnity and do not make haste. And pray whatever you are able to pray and complete whatever you have missed.

If you joined in a congregation late (in the second/third rak’ah), you need not worry. Join the jama’ah and do as the rest are doing. For example, if they’re in ruku’, join them directly in ruku’ after saying your Allahu Akbar. When the Imaam says salam at the end, don’t say salam, stand up and complete the number of rak’aat you have missed. You’ll get the reward for praying with congregation even if you joined it in the last rak’ah. Mind you, don’t make it a habit! :)


Sleeping Before ‘Isha: Exception (Ahadith 544-545)


Volume 1, Book 10, Number 544:

Narrated Ibn Shihab from ‘Urwa:

‘Aisha said, “Once Allah’s Apostle delayed the ‘Isha’ prayer till ‘Umar reminded him by saying, “The prayer!” The women and children have slept. Then the Prophet came out and said, ‘None amongst the dwellers of the earth has been waiting for it (the prayer) except you.” Urwa said, “Nowhere except in Medina the prayer used to be offered (in those days).” He further said, “The Prophet used to offer the ‘Isha’ prayer in the period between the disappearance of the twilight and the end of the first third of the night.”

Those who were gathered for prayer had to wait for so long that sleep overcame them –> exceptional situation. Prophet (SAW) didn’t do that everyday.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 545:

Narrated Ibn Juraij from Nafi:

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “Once Allah’s Apostle was busy (at the time of the ‘Isha’), so the prayer was delayed so much so that we slept and woke up and slept and woke up again. The Prophet came out and said, ‘None amongst the dwellers of the earth but you have been waiting for the prayer.” Ibn ‘Umar did not find any harm in praying it earlier or in delaying it unless he was afraid that sleep might overwhelm him and he might miss the prayer, and sometimes he used to sleep before the ‘Isha’ prayer. Ibn Juraij said, “I said to ‘Ata’, ‘I heard Ibn ‘Abbas saying: Once Allah’s Apostle delayed the ‘Isha’ prayer to such an extent that the people slept and got up and slept again and got up again. Then ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab I, stood up and reminded the Prophet I of the prayer.’ ‘Ata’ said, ‘Ibn ‘Abbas said: The Prophet came out as if I was looking at him at this time, and water was trickling from his head and he was putting his hand on his head and then said, ‘Hadn’t I thought it hard for my followers, I would have ordered them to pray (‘Isha’ prayer) at this time.’ I asked ‘Ata’ for further information, how the Prophet had kept his hand on his head as he was told by Ibn ‘Abbas. ‘Ata’ separated his fingers slightly and put their tips on the side of the head, brought the fingers downwards approximating them till the thumb touched the lobe of the ear at the side of the temple and the beard on the face. He neither slowed nor hurried in this action but he acted like that. The Prophet said: “Hadn’t I thought it hard for my followers I would have ordered them to pray at this time.”

Prophet (SAW) cared so much about us. He didn’t want us to feel burdened or go through hardships. He personally liked to offer ‘Isha late, but didn’t make it compulsory for the followers.

Note how Ibn ‘Abbas used to observe Prophet (SAW) so closely, even the way his hand moved on a particular occasion. SubhanAllah!


Fix the Leaks…


How many times have you rushed

because it was getting LATE? :(
because it was almost TIME OUT? :(

How many times you just wished that you had SOME MORE TIME? :(

How many times have you delayed what you really wanted to do just because other stuff was piling up and you were unable to FIND TIME :(

TURN BACK Oh! plz turn back

Time time.. Clocking time

Turn back oh! Please turn back!

So let’s take one step with me in order to fix these leaks in time and save some to invest it where WE REALLY WANT. :)

“Fix the leaks” is a one week initiative to fix the time wastage from our lives. Imagine the time that you have in hand is supplied through a pipe and through this exercise we will inspect it for some MAJOR LEAKS. :)

It is a 3-step program and I will disclose the details with TIME… So let’s start with the first. :)



The task is simple. All we have to do is TIME ourselves whenever we have to WAIT.
All those tic-tocs. Just list them like:


Computer booting                                              2min

Waiting for someone to open the door       3min

File downloading                                                 5min

Waiting inline for your turn                         10 min

Waiting for the class to start                         10 min

TOTAL LEAKAGE                                               30 min


So until SATURDAY, time yourself every second you have to wait and list them. In the end post in your LIST.



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