December 2016 Prayer Timetable

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That Moment in Which You Were in Close Acquaintance With Your Lord

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Al-‘Allaamah Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:   “The greatest blessing upon the person is that he is guided to Islaam, as He, The Most High, said: الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي ((This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you)) (Al-Maa-idah: 3) The person whom Allaah has guided to Islaam; there is no one from the people who is the like of him in terms of blessing – except the one upon whom it has been favoured. For in reality; you love Allaah Himself – for His Essence, due to that which He has endowed upon you from blessed favours, and so the love of Allaah is not like the love of the wife or like the love of food or like the love of drink or like the love of attire or like the love of the dwelling or like the love of the motorcar. By no means; for there is indeed nothing that resembles the love of Allaah – and so try – you shall discover, make your heart purely clear one … Continue reading

The Qur’aan – All of It is in Relation to Tawheed

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Al-‘Allaamah Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) said:   “For indeed; every aayah in the Qur’aan – then it comprises of Tawheed, as an attestation of it – a caller to it. Indeed; the Qur’aan is:   Either information (news) regarding Allaah, and of His Names and His Attributes and His Actions, so it is: the Tawheed of knowledge and that which is informative (regarding Him) (at-Tawheed al-‘Ilmee al-Khabaree).[1]   Or either it is a call to worship Him alone – and not attributing any partners to Him, as well as to reject everything that is worshipped besides Him. So it is Tawheed of intention and pursuant action (at-Tawheed al-Iraadee at-Talabee).[2]   Or either it is command and prohibition, and a requisite of having obedience to Him in His prohibitions and His commands. So it is the rights of Tawheed and a completion of it.   Or either it is information regarding the dignified esteem of the people of His Tawheed – and obedience to Him; and that which occurred with them in the life of this world – as well as that which they will … Continue reading

November 2016 Prayer Timetable

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Doubts in the Prayer – Their Rulings & When to Ignore them

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The following compilation of statements and fataawa seek to make clear the common problem of doubts occurring when a person is engaged in prayer: Doubts Are to be Paid No Attention to in Three Situations:   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:   The scholars have stated that doubts are not to be paid any attention to in three circumstances: The First: Is that it is merely an illusion (false impression) with no reality to it, so this is repulsed – and one should not pay attention to it at all. The Second: Is that the doubts become abundant; and so every time the person makes wudhu – he doubts, and every time he prays – he doubts, and every time he does an action – he doubts. This likewise is necessary to repulse it and to not give it consideration. The Third: Is if the doubt occurs after completing the (act of) worship, then he should not pay attention to it for as long as he does not become certain of the affair. An example of that; is that if one … Continue reading

Sincerity; Riyaa and Performing Actions for Worldly Effect – Beneficial Points to Check One’s Intentions

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:   Know that sincerity for Allaah is the foundation of the religion and the essence of Tawheed and worship. It is that the servant intends with his action – in its entirety; The Face of Allaah and His reward and His favour. So he fulfills the six principles of Eemaan as well as the five legislations (pillars) of Islaam, and the realities of Eemaan which is: Al-Ihsaan, as well as the rights of Allaah and the rights of His servants – and so completing (supplementing) them. He intends by way of them The Face of Allaah and the abode of the Hereafter; he does not want to make riyaa (ostentation or showing off in order to be seen or noticed by others) with that, and likewise no sum’ah (seeking repute through being heard of) and no seeking of leadership, and no worldly effect. So with that his Eemaan and Tawheed are complete. From the greatest things which negate this is attempting to show off in order to be seen by the people and performing actions in order to … Continue reading

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Siddeeq Hasan Khan’s Epic Hajj Journey From the Year 1868CE – Part II

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Continuing with the account of his journey; Al-‘Allaamah Siddeeq Hasan Khan (rahimahullaah) said:   However – Allaah had mercy upon us with safeguard until the appearance of dawn – and then we came to witness that mountain in the light of the day. From the oddities which must not remain hidden, is that the seamen; when they would be hesitant in an affair of the vessel; from the inactivity of the wind or its blowing in detrimental contravention – or something from fear over the ship and its people; they would call out in the name of: ‘Shaikh ‘Eedroos’ and other than him from the creation.[1] Seeking rescue and aid from him, and yet they would not mention Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic – at all. Nor would they call upon Him by His Beautiful Names, and when I heard them calling upon other than Allaah and seeking help from the Awliyaa – I feared for the people of the vessel – an immense fear from destruction. I said to myself: O Lord; how strange! How will this vessel along with its people … Continue reading

Siddeeq Hasan Khan’s Epic Hajj Journey From the Year 1868CE – Part I

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Recounting his journey[1] when performing the Hajj; Al-‘Allaamah Siddeeq Hasan Khan[2] (rahimahullaah) said:   I set off on Monday; twenty seven days into the month of Sha’baan in the year one thousand two hundred and eighty five after the Hijrah – salaat and salutation be upon its companion, following the dhuhr prayer from the station of my point of departure; ‘Bhopal’ – upon a wing of safety, seeking to become enriched by every benefit and nobility – intending to perform the Islamic Hajj to the ‘Baytillaah Al-Haraam’. I arrived after traversing seven way stations on the eighth day – at the (railway) line of the steam train known as ‘Al-Babur’, so I loaded my baggage onto it and journeyed on-board it for a day and a night. Then I descended at the city of Mumbai; and it is the sea port which is utilized by the pilgrims, and so I remained there awaiting an opportunity for passage. Therefore in preparation, the voyage increased by twelve days; and then on Thursday the ninth of Ramadhaan; shortly before the time for ‘Asr I boarded a … Continue reading

The Excellence of The First Ten Days of Dhil-Hijjah & How The Salaf Were Within Them

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The Excellence of The First Ten Days of Dhil-Hijjah:   Allaah, The Most High stated: وَالْفَجْرِ وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ ((By the dawn. And by the ten nights)) (Al-Fajr: 1-2)   Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said: “The ten nights; what is meant by it is the ten of Dhil-Hijjah as was mentioned by Ibn ‘Abbaas and Ibn Az-Zubair and Mujaahid and more than one person from the Salaf and those who came later.”[1]   Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said: “Therefore a period of time which is inclusive of the likes of these actions is worthy that The Lord – The Mighty and Majestic should swear an oath by it.”[2]   Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah) said regarding the excellence of these days: “From their excellence is that Allaah swore an oath by them wholly; and by some of it in particular, He, The Most High said: وَالْفَجْرِ وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ ((By the dawn. And by the ten nights))   As for the dawn; then it has been said: He intended the type of dawn, and it has been said: the intent is the appearance of dawn or the dawn prayer or … Continue reading