This is a beautiful piece on Tawheed by Shaykh Fawzan Al Fawzan:
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.
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
If one is changing the diaper of a child and he/she touches the private parts of the child, is his wudhu broken?
Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee rahimahullah was asked:
Does touching the private parts of a child while washing him break the wudu or not?
“What is apparent is that it nullifies wudu because it was reported [in the Hadith]:
And touches the private parts
And the private parts include the private parts of the young one and the old”.
Shaikh Fawzan hafidhahullah was asked:
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?
“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
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*REGARDING SOME WOMEN WHO ARE EASY GOING AND FREE WHEN TALKING TO MEN*
Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله تعالى :
“It is upon the woman who fears Allah and the hereafter to stay away from what many of the women are doing today such as being lackadaisical with the hijab and easy-going with wearing decorative garments when going outside and being lax with using perfume when going out of the house and intermingling with men and joking with them.
Allah, the Most High, said to His Prophet’s wives:
يَا نِسَاءَ النَّبِيِّ لَسْتُنَّ كَأَحَدٍ مِّنَ النِّسَاءِ إِنِ اتَّقَيْتُنَّ فَلاَ تَخْضَعْنَ بِالْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ الَّذِي فِي قَلْبِهِ مَرَضٌ وَقُلْنَ قَوْلاً مَّعْروفاً
*“Then do not be soft in speech, lest he in whose heart there is a disease (of fornication) should be moved with desire. But rather speak in an honorable manner.” [Ahzaab: 32]*
If a woman has a need to speak to a man that is not one of her mahaarim, she may speak to him, but with a casual tone that has no softness or gentleness in it, and not in a joking or laughing manner.
Rather her speech must be ordinary and in accordance with what necessity dictates – i.e. a question and an answer – as per the need only.
She must not speak in a tone that appears friendly, laughing or teasing, or in a mellow or beautiful voice, thus stirring the desire of the one who has a disease in his heart. This is based on Allah’s saying:
وَقُلْنَ قَوْلاً مَّعْروفاً
*“But rather speak in an honorable manner.” [Ahzaab: 32]*
So the Muslim women of today must fear Allah with respect to themselves and their societies.”
[Taken from ‘Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling’ Chapter: Advice To Muslim Women by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, p. 72]
The Shaytan comes to you like a hustler in the street,
He bombards you with what you normally wouldn't notice, with types of things enticing you like a child being bribed with some sweets;
It's like you're walking down the street one day and the next thing you know you're being offered some kind of treat,
The only problem is that he only wants you to eventually be destroyed by what he is offering, so consider this gift as though he's telling you that it's gluten-free, but it has gmo-type wheat.
He wants you destroyed, to be precise, my brother,
He'll distract you from worshipping Allaah, the true Lord, Who is above any other;
He wishes you to be an ungrateful slave, even if you commit sins like tattooing your body or be a fornicator,
He will show you to cause the destruction of marriages and friendships, like being an adulterer or backbiter.
Nothing of his call is true, it should not be listened to at all,
The best hope you have is in the Qur'aan and in adhering to the muaddin's call;
Follow the true ahaadeeth that have been brought to us with the proper understanding and not interpret it according to our desires, most of all,
Because it benefits us most when we put those who know better first, after all.
If you see him coming at you to share partners with Allaah, don't answer,
It's this type of thing that'll cause you to end up in the Hell Fire;
He may then come with overdoing the permissible, letting you lose out in what may be better,
Think about innovation for a bit, because if you are on a way which is wrong but you think is right, you may never repent from your incorrect ways since you think your way is proper.
This call is the way of those who were actually there amongst the revelation coming down to our blessed prophet,
These people knew Islaam best, and were tested the hardest from the onset;
All will enter the Hell Fire except those who follow the prophet who was Al Islaam's closest adherent,
And the Salafus-Saalih, from the last of them to the ones who were there from Al Islaam's advent.
You can never find peace except that you end up in the end with your Lord being pleased,
With the way you lived your life so He eventually granted you Paradise which are only for those who truly believed;
None but those He knows truly deserve it will be made to have this action completed and achieved,
So contemplate, dear human, all are called to take account of the life that you are living, do not be of those who were deceived!
Abu Muwahhid Asadullah At-Tarinidadi
Allaah, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth has spoken about the topic of fertility,
He mentioned that He is the One that chooses if the choice of fertility can ever be a possibility;
Or if the one that gets pregnant will actually carry out the term of a potential boy or girl in its entirety,
Once again Islaam brings wisdom of this particular situation, which can be found in surah 42 verses 49 and 50 for clarity.
So the body of a person is one by which much gain can be achieved,
And by that I mean the things that Allaah permits us to use it for, once you are clear what was sent and of it you believe;
I am not speaking about abortions that were carried out after casual play and enjoyment brought about a child that was conceived,
But using this vessel that was given to you by the One Who created it Who one day may show you in a book that'll mention the open and as well as the concealed.
Many women would literally die just to have one child naturally, one that can come from their eggs,
And they are appalled at the callous way many women are, who frivolously throw away fetuses, after they willingly opened up their legs;
Some may be upset at these words because it hits home too close, since they aborted the results of what happiness they enjoyed in their beds,
And unfortunately, others won't care because they take the morning after pill, or can care less because permission to go to a clinic was given to them by the Feds.
Man can never give you permission to do what God has not allowed,
Take a look at these people who change Allaah's creation or they marry the same sex laughing with joy today aloud,
You were created to worship your Lord, and in that you find obedience to Him, the Most High, and we should not be so proud,
In disobeying Him ever, because children is a direct result of a man and a woman in a union of marriage, and not any other way, which is crazy, wow.
Not rape and not things that are out of a female's control I speak,
It's the other speeches that is given, that in reality is weak;
Infertility is a real thing that many are afflicted with, so you can check the Internet that is replete,
With a plethora of information about PCOS and other conditions that people stumble upon when it is a child initially that they seek.
So just like we are mindful of the less fortunate if food is thrown away,
Know that we are too careless with our sperm and eggs during the night or day;
Consider that it is not you who chooses to have kids later rather than now, it is a gift from your Lord, no matter what you may say,
So worry about the next time you choose to have sex, that it is an act of worship towards your Lord Who created each of you and may reward you now or it may be delayed.
How Perfect my Lord is, Who created all of us,
It is not just women who are afflicted, but us men may have our faith tested, as such;
We are patient nevertheless, and we love our Lord very much,
Because the goal is to worship Him, whether we are free and allowed to have many kids or it seems as though we're in a handcuff!
Abu Muwahhid Asadullah At-Tarinidadi