Degrees of Worship

In a group that I belong to, I saw a post that I was actually thinking about recently.

لَّا يَسْتَوِي الْقَاعِدُونَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ غَيْرُ أُولِي الضَّرَرِ وَالْمُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ الْمُجَاهِدِينَ بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ عَلَى الْقَاعِدِينَ دَرَجَةً وَكُلًّا وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْحُسْنَىٰ وَفَضَّلَ اللَّهُ الْمُجَاهِدِينَ عَلَى الْقَاعِدِينَ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.

Qur’an 4:95

بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

اخوتي واخواتي

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today’s posting is a reminder about the Masjid.

The Masjid is the most special place in a Muslim’s life, it’s so special that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلام) said, “ He wish he could appoint someone to lead the Salah and go burn the houses of the Men that don’t come for the prayer in Jamaa’ah”….

Obviously Sisters, this should be your attitude if you have Muslim males in your house, you should encourage your Men to develop prayer in a dedicated facility dedicated to Allah, besides your homes.

Brothers, having read that verse of the Qur’an, we should begin to examine the many virtues of why our Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلام) wanted us to come and pray in the Masjid.

First and foremost, it’s the place that Allah has set aside “ his special time “ to grant us the maximum reward. For example, if you read the verse, he said “Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home)”. This is a tremendous reminder that the greater reward is in the Masjid.

Imaam Muslim ( يرحمه الله) collected the following narration on the authority of “ ABU HURAIRAH”, ( رضي الله عنه ) in the book of

“ The Masjid”:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ أَحَبُّ الْبِلَادِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا وَأَبْغَضُ الْبِلَادِ إِلَى اللَّهِ أَسْوَاقُهَا

671 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الْمَسَاجِدِ وَمَوَاضِعِ الصَّلَاة إذا صلى الفجر جلس في مصلاه حتى تطلع الشمس حسنا

“ The most beloved of places to Allah are the mosques, and the most hated places to Allah are the markets.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 671

It’s always important that any time Allah’s “LOVE” is mentioned in anything, we need to make that place or thing a priority above everything else to us.

Outside of the material aspect of things, there’s something metaphorical going on in anything that Allah’s “ LOVE” is attached to.

Part of the reason why our hearts are divided is because we have not recognized the obvious, Allah loves those who come out in his cause and receives some hurt, above those that sit @ home and receive no hurt.

May Allah bless us to realize the tremendous benefit of hurting for him, امين….

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A grandmother that competed the Qur’an at age 82!

An Interview with Umm Saalih

A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur’an at Eighty-Two Years Old

As Read by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

You can download the below as PDF here

Al-Hamdulillaah (All-Praise is due to Allah), the One Who said (what means): “And in truth We have made the Qur’aan easy to remember; but is there any that remembers?” Surah 54: 32

Many all over the world memorize the Qur’aan, and it is not strange to see the youth memorizing the Noble Qur’aan and an early age. Al-Hamdulillaah, the One who made the Qur’aan easy for remembrance, had made it easy for Umm Saalih age 82. In an interview with Umm Saalih, she was asked the following questions:

Q1: “What was the reason that drove you to memorize the Qur’aan after so many years?”

She said, “I always hoped to memorize the Qur’aan from the time I was young. My father always used to invoke Allaah for me to become one of the memorizers of the Qur’aan, like himself and like the elder brothers of my family who memorized it. So I memorized in the beginning about three parts and then after I completed the age of thirteen, I got married and became busy with the household and the children. After I had seven children, my husband died. They (the children) were all young so I took the time to raise them and educate them, and then after they grew up and got married, I had more time for myself. Therefore, the first thing I directed myself to focus upon was the Qur’aan.

Q2: “Tell us about your journey with the Noble Qur’aan.”

She said, “My younger daughter was going to high school and she was the closest of my children to me and the most beloved, because she stayed with me after her older sisters got married and got busy with their lives, and because she was a quiet girl, upright, loving, and good. In addition, she was interested in learning the Noble Qur’aan, and her teachers encouraged her.

Furthermore, she was very enthusiastic and always told me of many women who were driven by this great motivation to memorize the Qur’aan, and this is where I started.”

Q3: “Tell me about your way of memorization.”

She said, “We assigned ten verses (meaning her and her daughter who was going to high school). So each day after Asr, we used to sit together. She reads and I repeat after her three times. Then she explains the meaning to me, and after a while, she repeats that three times. On the next morning, she repeats them to me before she goes to school.

She recorded also the recitations of Ash Shaykh al Husary, Rahimuhullaah, repeating each verse three times and thus I continued to listen most of the time. Therefore, the next day we would go to the next ten verses if my memorization was good. Otherwise, we would postpone taking additional verses until the day after. Moreover, we assigned the day of Friday to review the memorizations of the entire week. And this was the journey from the beginning.”

Then she said, “Over four years and a half, I memorized twelve juz” according to the way I described to you. Then this young daughter got married. When her husband knew of our task concerning the memorization, he rented a house close to me, close to my house, so that he could allow the continuation of the memorization. In addition, he, May Allah reward him used to encourage us and sometimes sit with us listening, explaining and teaching.

Then after three years of her marriage, my daughter got busy with the children and the household and our schedule was interrupted, but that did not make her give up. To the contrary, she sensed that my eagerness for the memorization was still established so she looked for a special good teacher to continue the journey under her supervision. So, I completed the memorization by the success of Allaah and my daughter is still working to finish the memorization of the Glorious Qur’aan. She has a little left, In Shaa Allaah Ta’aala.

Q4: “This motivation of yours, did it have an effect on other women around you?”

She said, “It really had a good strong effect. My daughters and stepdaughters were all encouraged and worked on learning and teaching the Qur’aan to their children and learning it themselves.

Q5: “After finishing the Noble Qur’aan, don’t you think about working on memorizing hadith?”

She said, “Now I have memorized ninety hadith and In Shaa Allaah I will continue the journey. I depend, in my memorization, upon the tapes and upon the Qur’aan radio station. At the end of each week, my daughter comes and checks for me the memorization of three hadith, and I am trying now to memorize more.

Q6: “Over this period of memorization of the Qur’aan, did your life change? Was it affected in one way or another?”

She said, “Yes, I went through a major change and I tried always, all praise is due to Allaah, to obey Allaah before I started the memorization. However, after I started the task of memorization, I began to feel a self-comfort, a great self-comfort and all worries began to move away from me. I even reached the stage of freeing myself from all these excessive worries concerning fearing for the children and their affairs, and my morale was boosted.

I had a noble objective to work for and this is a great Ni’mah (Favor) from Allaah . upon me, since we know that some women, when they get old and they do not have a husband, and their children got married, may be destroyed by the empty time, thoughts, worries, and so forth. But, AlHamdulillaah, I didn’t go through this and I made myself busy with a great task and a great objective.

Q7: “Didn’t you think at one point, to join one of the circles focusing on teaching the Noble Qur’aan?”

The answer was, “Yes, some of the women suggested this to me, but I am a woman who got used to staying at home, and I don’t like to go out everyday, and Al Hamdulillaah, my daughter sufficed me from all difficulty and I was so happy while I was learning from her. My daughter had set an example in goodness and righteousness which we rarely find in our days.

She started this task and journey with me while she was an adolescent and this is a critical age many people complain of. She used to pressure herself so that she could have spare time to teach me, and she used to teach me with kindness and wisdom. Her husband was a good help to her and he exerted a lot of effort. I ask Allaah . to give them success and to bring their children up on uprightness.”

Q8: “What do you say to a woman of your age who wishes to learn and memorize the Qur’aan yet she is worried about it and feeling unable to?”

She said, “I say to her there their shall be no despair with the firm, sincere and truthful determination. Begin with sincerity, firm determination and dependence on Allaah at each time. And remember that at this age you should have the time for yourself. However, do not use your time to only go out or to sleep and so forth. Rather, busy yourself with righteous work.

Q9: “Now what would you say to a woman who is still young? What would you advise her?”

She, may Allaah preserve her, said: “Preserve Allaah and He will preserve you. Make use of the favor of Allaah bestowed upon you from health and ways and means of comfort. Use that to memorize the Book of Allaah. This is the light which enlivens your heart, your life and your grave after you die.

And if you have a mother then exert the effort to teach her, and there is no better favor upon a mother than one of her righteous children aiding her to be close to Allaah.”

Presented on the 1st of Muharram 1426, Feb 10th 2005. Originally published in Ad-Da’wah Magazine, no.1552, 17th of Rabee’ Al-Awwal 1417,corresponding to Aug 1, 1996.

Eclipse Prayer

The fifth question of Fatwa no. 9527

Q 5: How many Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) are there in Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse)? And what is to be recited in them?

A: Salat-ul-Kusuf (Prayer on a solar eclipse) and Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse) are each comprised of two Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer). Recitation in both Salahs (Prayers) is performed out loud. In each Rak‘ah, there are two Ruku‘s (bowing), the second of which is always shorter than the first, and there are also two recitations. After the Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: “Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]” upon starting Prayer), Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited. After the first Ruku‘, Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited, which is shorter than the preceding recitation. There are two Sujuds (Prostrations) in each Rak‘ah. This is the most authentic report mentioned regarding this Salah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Deputy Chairman     Chairman

`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify     `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Changing diaper and breaking your wudhu

Question:

If one is changing the diaper of a child and he/she touches the private parts of the child, is his wudhu broken?

Answer:

Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee rahimahullah was asked:

Question:

Does touching the private parts of a child while washing him break the wudu or not?

Answer:

“What is apparent is that it nullifies wudu because it was reported [in the Hadith]:

ومس الفرج

And touches the private parts

And the private parts include the private parts of the young one and the old”.

[Reference]

Shaikh Fawzan hafidhahullah was asked:

Question:

What is the ruling on touching the private parts of a child, while I am in a state of wudu, when I am washing his private parts or changing his clothes which requires touching his private parts. Does this break the wudu or not?

Answer:

“Yes, touching the private parts of a child, front or back, without a barrier breaks wudu. It is like touching the private part of one who is old due to the statement of the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam:

من مس ذكره فليتوضأ

He who touches his private part should perform ablution“

[Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 181]

[Mu’alafaat al-Fawzan (8/122)]

This is also the opinion of Shaikh Raajihi hafidhahullah.

Translated and Answered by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Learning Arabic :Kitaab Al Asaasee

المحوّلة:

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Knowing your reality

Knowing your reality

Some women choose the same type of person, but their situation changes,

They keep listening to what these so-called friends say, like they’re religious sages;

They know that in the beginning, they had a certain type of man that was right for them at that time, like you’re looking up jobs with only particular wages,

But when people come along later on in her life with qualities she currently needs, it’s like these brothers are rabid dogs, though she’s went through different stages.

Some people should choose a different person because they are no longer that person,

Some people look for the same person with a different face, knowingly setting themselves up for failure like you need a pimple popped so you go see a surgeon;

If you like a single brother for you, but you have little kids at home, then you should choose a different version,

Because a man who’s qualified to be a good husband, may not be a good step-father and your present condition may even worsen.

Do not marry the sister who don’t want to cover properly at this point in her life, when your current wife already does it,

You’re giving your kids different view points in their heads, when only one is necessary for them to love it;

Kids pick up on what they see quicker than what they hear, so be careful to choose wisely on every topic,

And if your first wife properly covers, then know that there is a clear difference between the one who covers correctly and the one who may just tightly wrap it.

Knowing the reality of your affair may bring some sort of wisdom to those who are looking,

Do not delude yourself in the look of things, when you know you need more than one who is just good-looking,

Allaah blesses the one who is very attractive to one’s eyes, for anybody who is out there really looking,

It’s the one who can stimulate you on a level that you need, inside and out, and not one who is just there only good for looking.

I can understand that we want what we want, but what we need in our lives is what is best,

A sister who is 19 and still a virgin may need the bare necessities more or less;

She is not like the sister who has kids and requires more, so this younger sister definitely requires less,

But why does the one who needs more confuses herself more and just only settle for less?

When do you have your situation set correctly, and you only go for what is best for you?

You know yourself better, so stick with what will only work for you;

If your kids need a real man in the house, then look for that primarily, because that is what’ll be best for you,

Instead of only looking for that one particular man from when you were only in charge of yourself, no, sister, that definitely won’t do for you.

One companion was asked by the prophet why he didn’t marry a virgin, salallaahu alayhi wa sallam,

He said that his father had died and had left him with younger sisters to take care of, so a virgin like himself was not wise to be chosen;

He recognized that an older experienced woman with good character for his younger sisters was a more appropriate token,

She was a definite prize for him, because of his present condition.

Also you may see sisters with mental issues that may make an inappropriate choice,

I say mental issues, oh my brothers, because we’re the ones who created these internal sounds in their heads, each one hearing her own mental voice;

She should choose a brother who can handle her specific affair, instead of burying it behind a curtain she could easily hoist,

That may one day cause havoc in her current relationship, be it a past mental, sexual or even physical abuse that plagues her like her body being probed with a wooden joist.

Asadullah Abu Muwahhid At-Tarinidadi

Are you having your menses?

“Are you having menses?”

Kharshah bin al-Hurr رحمه الله narrated that ‘Umar bin al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه saw a man with his ‘Izaar dragging below his ankles, so he said:

أحائض أنت، فقال يأمير المؤمنين وهل يحيض الرجل؟ قال: ” نعم لما أسبلت إزار لك – لأن إسبال الإزار لا يكون yإلا للنساء

“Are you having menses?” The man replied: “O Ameerul-Mu’mineen, does a man have menses?” He said, “Yes, if you hang your ‘Izaar down – because ‘Isbaal (wearing garments below the ankles) is only for the women.” Kharshah (the narrator) then said:

فأتى عمر بمشبط مقص وقص ما ذاد عن الكعبين “. قال خرشه بن الحر: فكأنى أنظر إلى خيوط الإزار على عقبيه

“So ‘Umar came with blade or scissors and cut what trailed from the ankles.” Kharshah then said: “It is as if I’m seeing the threads of the ‘Izaar hanging from his ankles (right now).” [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 8/393]

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