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31
Aug

Some Resources for Studying Tawheed

Assalamu Alaikum.

A sister reminded me that I had promised to post a few resources on tawheed so here goes:

[Note: This is a short list for now. Insha-Allah, I’ll be posting lots more resources after Ramadan.]

[I’ve mentioned many of these sites before.]

1. http://www.qsep.com/ – Wonderful stuff.

2. http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com/ – There are quite a few free short courses here. Some of them are about tawheed.

3. http://www.calltoislam.com/ – Lots of tawheed resources on this website.

4. http://understand-islam.net/site/ – HUGE amount of information.

5. http://www.islamlecture.com/ – Detailed explanation of many of the major books of Aqeedah (creed).

6. http://thefiks.org/ – Some of it is free and some is paid. Either way, this is an excellent place to learn.

7. http://www.albaseerah.org/ – They have live audio lectures with scholars (real ones). The forums are really useful as well.

That should be enough for now.

Hope that helps, insha-Allah.

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31
Aug

Some Health and Fitness Tips for Ramadan and beyond: Part 2

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Part 1.]

[My apologies to anyone who might have been waiting for Part 2.]

Okay, I know this is quite late but it might be of benefit to someone out there.

In Part 1, I uploaded a health guide which mentioned the common problems that occur to those who are fasting. As I’ve suffered from some of them, I thought I’d share my experiences.

[Note: Please spare me your sympathy.]

Before I list the various problems, let me just point out one thing. No one should say that there is “no permanent cure” for a problem. This is not a statement that should come out of a Muslim’s mouth.

Allah can do ALL things and He has made a cure for every disease.

So, the first thing that we should do is turn to Him and ask Him to cure our bodies. The next thing is to use what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) has prescribed.

Believe me, I used so many medicines. The three things that actually solved my problems were:

1) Dua

2) Black seed oil

3) Cupping (hijamah)

That’s it. Only the Prophetic remedies worked for me, subhan Allah.

[By the way, we are allowed to use other types of medicines. I’m just saying that they never really worked for me.]

[As I’m short of time, this is a summarised account of my experiences.]

The Problems:

1) Gastritis / Acidity / Heartburn:

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31
Aug

Resources for Itikaf

Assalamu Alaikum.

The first night that one should do itikaf (if they can) is the 21st (which was yesterday night for most of us). [My apologies for not posting this yesterday.]

1) Where do you do itkaf?

In the masjid.

– What about for women?

The majority opinion is that they are allowed to do it only in the masjid and NOT at home. And this is what the evidence shows.

– What if the women live in a country where there is no women’s section in masjids? Can they do it at home?

Huh? Don’t you think that this is a bit like asking “I can’t afford to go for Umrah. Can I do it at home?”

2) How and when do you do itikaf?

Lots of itikaf fatwas can be found here:

http://www.islamqa.com/en/cat/469

http://www.fatwa-online.com/worship/fasting/fas013/index.htm

A short article about Itikaf: Concerning the Itikaf by Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah)

4) What do you need to take with you?

– Lots of Patience

Other things:

[Please note: it all depends on how long you’re staying in the masjid. If you’re going for one night, you obviously won’t take so much. If you’re going for seven days, then you need to really make sure you don’t miss anything.]

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30
Aug

A Guide to the Last Ten Days

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Okay, I’m just putting up the remaining information so I had to think of a fancy title.]

Here we go:

1) Actions Specific to the Last Ten of Ramadan

Check out this article. Here’s another translation of this article.

Two points:

a) The Sunan that they are both referring to (about bathing between Maghrib and Isha) has been discussed here. There seems to be a dispute over its authenticity of this narration.

b) Women are NOT allowed to wear perfumes in front of non-Mahram men and especially not when going to the masjid.

Please read the following two fatwas (read the ahadeeth carefully):

http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/102329

http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/7850

2) Innovations During the Last Ten Days

Check out this article.

3) Laylatul Qadr and the dua to be said therein

Please read this (it seems to be a compilation of many articles. Unfortunately, they didn’t credit the authors!).

Also, here’s a nice article on the meaning of the famous dua that is said during Laylatul Qadr.

4) Tips for Qiyam Al-Layl in these last 10 nights

a) If you aren’t going to the masjid, then try to pray with a mushaf.

Why? So that you can lengthen your prayers.

b) For those going to the masjids, please don’t waste time.

I) By not staying silent in rukoo and sujood.

You can repeat the rukoo (bowing) duas. If all you know is “Subhana Rabi Al-Adheem”, then keep saying that until the Imam raises his head.

Scholars differed over whether you can do dua in a language other than Arabic  in sujood (prostration).

Many of the fatwas that I checked said yes. Someone asked my Imam and he said “What can you do if you don’t know Arabic?” That seems quite obvious especially as we are closest to Allah at this time.

However, if you take the opinion that you cannot do dua in a language other than Arabic, fine. Just keep repeating whatever duas you know until the Imam raises his head.

II) By not staying silent in between the prayers or by chatting.

Try to just do as much adkhar (remembrance) as you can. Say “Subhan Allah”, “Alhamdulillah”, “Astaghfirullah”, etc. Don’t just sit there and stare at the carpet.

III) If you go to the masjid early, then take your mushaf with you.

You can read some Quran while you wait for the prayer to start.

c) If the Imam is giving a lecture and you don’t understand what he’s saying (because it’s in Arabic), then please don’t use this time to catch up with your old friends.

Those of us who CAN understand Arabic would like to listen to the Imam. [This happens every year in my masjid.]

d) Please don’t go to the masjid with a sulky face. Take your smiley face with you.

Smiley face + Kind words = Is from the Sunnah + May cause someone to pray FOR you.

Sulky face + Rude words = Is NOT from the Sunnah + May cause someone to pray AGAINST you.

Brothers and Sisters, knowing the fiqh of prayer is not sufficient to be a righteous person. Having good manners is required as well.

I’ll put up some resources for itikaf in another post, insha-Allah.

30
Aug

“There is no Itikaf except in the three Masjids”

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, there is an authentic hadeeth that states this.

So, is itikaf only allowed in the three masjids (i.e. Masjid Al-Haraam, Masjid An-Nabawi, and Masjid Al-Aqsa)?

Firstly, here is a treatise which shows that this is an authentic hadeeth: Clarifying the Evidence in Referencing and Verifying the Hadeeth “There is no Itikaf except in the three Masjids” by Shaikh Muhammad Al-Wasaabee.

[It’s a bit hard core.]

Secondly, this is not how most of the scholars understood it. The following article explains the issue:

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“There is no i’tikaaf except in the three mosque”

I heard a hadeeth which says that i’tikaaf is only valid in al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah), al-Masjid al-Nabawi (in Madeenah) and al-Masjid al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem). Is this hadeeth saheeh?

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The hadeeth to which the questioner is referring was narrated by al-Bayhaqi (4/315) from Hudhayfah, who said to ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him): I saw some people who were observing i’tikaaf between your house and the house of Abu Moosa (i.e., in the mosque) and I know that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no i’tikaaf except in the three mosques: al-Masjid al-Haraam…” ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: Perhaps you forgot and they remembered, or you made a mistake and they were correct.

This was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah (2876).   Secondly:   With regard to the ruling on this matter, the majority of scholars are of the view that it is not essential for i’tikaaf to be observed in one of the three mosques. They quoted as evidence for that the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):   “And do not have sexual relations with them (your wives) while you are in I‘tikaaf (i.e. confining oneself in a mosque for prayers and invocations leaving the worldly activities) in the mosques” [al-Baqarah 2:187]   The word masaajid in this verse includes all mosques, except those of which the evidence states that i’tikaaf is not valid therein, such as mosques in which prayers are not held in congregation, if the person who is observing i’tikaaf is one of those on whom prayer in congregation is obligatory. See question no. ( 48985 )   Imam al-Bukhaari referred to the general meaning of the verse. He said:

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30
Aug

Lecture: Rulings and Virtues of Itikaf

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Yes, you’re right. I’m trying to get you to do itikaf. Was it that obvious?]

Rulings and Virtues of Itikaf by Said Rageah

30
Aug

Lecture/Article: Repentance in Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

I think many people dream of being religious one day, or at least that’s what I understood after talking to many sisters.

The key word here is “dream”. Many of us dream. So we think that one day, it will all fall into place and we’ll be great slaves of Allah and we’ll go to Paradise.

Brothers and Sisters, we can’t sin day and night and barely remember Allah  and then expect to get that house in Paradise.

Paradise is earned. And who will earn it? The ones who strove hard for it.

[Note: We do not get into Paradise solely through our good deeds, but rather through the Mercy of Allah.]

Let’s all ask ourselves a few questions:

1) Have we changed at all in the last few years?

-Do we have more tawheed than before?

– Are we more conscious that Allah is watching us?

– Do we pray more?

– Are we more attached to the Quran? Do we apply it more?

– Do we have more knowledge of Islam?

– Do we have better manners?

– Do we give in charity more?

– Are we more modestly dressed than before? [This applies to both men and women.]

– Do we control our tongues more? Do we use them more for the remembrance of Allah or for the remembrance of this worldly life?

– Do we sin less? And if we sin, how long does it take us to ask for Allah’s Forgiveness?

We should all try to ask ourselves in which areas we have improved.

2) If we didn’t change at all or didn’t change much, then why not?

Are we really in it to please Allah? Or are we still worried about what created beings have to say?

Created beings who, like us, fall ill, need to go to the bathroom, will get old and will die (and when buried, will rot in the ground).

Are we attached to them* more than we are to Allah?

[*Them = Spouses, children, family, friends, colleagues, celebrities, you name it.]

And saying “no” doesn’t prove we aren’t. Our actions are what will prove if we are or are not attached to them.

3) When is the time for change going to come?

Allah says:

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (this Quran), and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture before (i.e. Jews and Christians), and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were Faasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” [Surah Al-Hadid (57) :16]

Isn’t it way past time?

Here are two resources that talk about repenting in Ramadan. Don’t we want to be different people in Shawwal than we were in Shaban?

Here’s the article: Repentance in Ramadan.

Repentance in Ramadan by Said Rageah

30
Aug

Lecture: Making the Most of the End of Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Another day, another reminder.

Making the Most of the End of Ramadan by Abu Saifillah Abdul Qadir

30
Aug

When is Laylatul Qadr?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

This is a common question, isn’t it?

And there are so many answers….

Do you know what the correct answer is?

Let me tell you: It doesn’t matter when it is.

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