May 2016 Prayer Timetable

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Matters Which Distinguish the Optional (Nafal) Prayers From the Obligatory Prayers – and Some Rulings Pertaining to Them

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) mentioned a list of distinguishing points of difference between the optional (Nafal) prayers and the obligatory prayers – as listed below. As a point of note, in a few of the later points; due to a difference of opinion between some of the people of knowledge in the matter the Shaikh mentioned the point of difference between the two prayers, but stated that there is no difference in that particular issue between the two prayers. The Shaikh said:   1 – The obligatory prayers were obligated on the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) whilst he was in the Heavens on the night of Al-Mi’raaj. In contrast to the Nawaafil, for they are just as the other legislations of Islaam are.   2 – It is forbidden to exit from the obligatory prayers without an excuse; contrary to the Nawaafil.   3 – The one who leaves off the obligatory prayer is sinful, contrary to the Nawaafil.   4 – The obligatory prayers are limited in number, in contrast to the Nawaafil, for they are unlimited.   5 … Continue reading

What Virtues Does the Religion of Islaam Command With?

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The following illustrations by two scholars of Islaam cite the virtuous characteristics and noble mannerisms which the religion of Islaam commands with and calls to;   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:   “So the religion; its origin is having belief in Allaah; and its fruits are to proceed in all that He loves and pleases Him and having sincerity in that for Allaah. Can it be imagined that there could be a religion more excellent than it? And more esteemed and better? The religion has commanded with having belief in all of that which the Prophets were given, as well as to testify and affirm to their Messengership and to acknowledge the truth which they came with from their Lord. Likewise to not make distinction between them; and that they are all truthful Messengers of Allaah, and His sincere trustworthy ones. It is impossible that any remonstration and reproach could be leveled at Him. So it (the religion) commands with every truth; and acknowledges every truth, and determines the religious realities which have a dependence/reliance upon the revelation of Allaah to His Messengers. It … Continue reading

The Warnings of Scholars of Islaam Against Suicide Bombings & Engaging in Acts of Terror

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The strict Islamic forbiddance on suicide attacks   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: “I see that acts of suicide are haraam (forbidden), due to His saying, The Most High: وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ ((And do not kill yourselves…)) (An-Nisaa: 29)   And that the one that commits suicide is killing himself so is deserving of being punished in Jahannam (the Hell-fire) with that which he has killed himself with – as has come in the Sunnah. Likewise it is incorrect to make an analogy of his action to that of the one who plunges in the rows of the disbelievers (in battle) despite the likely assumption that he will die, because this individual could survive – as has occurred many times. As for the one that commits suicide; then he is dead – without doubt, as well as if he (the individual in battle) is killed; then he is killed with the weapon of other than himself, whilst the one that commits suicide is the killer of his own self – by way of his own weapon.”[1] The Shaikh said likewise: “The saying … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Revival of the Salafi Methodology Throughout the Ages

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad Amaan bin ‘Ali Al-Jaami (rahimahullaah) said:   “From the era of the Abbasids until this day of ours; many of the people have diverged in the principles of the religion – as well as in the issue of worship, since the idolatry of tasawwuf entered into the worship of Allaah, The Most High. Hence other than Allaah was worshiped along with Allaah, and other than Allaah was supplicated to along with Allaah as has preceded. In the issue of the Names and Attributes (of Allaah) the negation of the Attributes became the initial origin of Tawheed with them, hence negating the Attributes became known as Tawheed and rebellion against the rulers became known as enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. When the tribulations intensified during the rule of Ma-moon Al-‘Abbaasi and Mu’tasim Billaah and Al-Waathiq Billaah, Allaah destined for this Ummah the Imaam of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah as well as the subduer of innovations – Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullaah) who was harmed and beaten and so tolerated (the burdens) in the path of Allaah and then in order … Continue reading

The Levels of the People in Relation to Sicknesses & Some Words of Encouragement for Those Afflicted With Illnesses

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said when speaking of the levels of people in relation to sicknesses:   “The first level: the level of annoyance/embitterment In that one is annoyed with this which Allaah has decreed, and the sign of being annoyed is that he utters an abominable form of speech, or that he commits an abominable action. An example of a form of speech; is that he says: O woe unto me! And calling out with ruin (to wail or burst into loud laments) and that which resembles that from the statements which announce annoyance/embitterment. As for an abominable action, then it is in the like of striking the cheeks and tearing the garments/pockets and to pull out the hairs as well as to leap/jump – such that he falls to the earth – and that which resembles that. This is annoyance/embitterment in action, and it is due to this that the Prophet (‘alaihi salaatu was salaam) said: ((He is not from us; who strikes the cheeks, and tears the garments and calls out with the calls of Jaahiliyyah [the … Continue reading

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Benefits From Tafseer: Referring Back to the Scholars in Matters of Importance

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said in his explanation of the saying of Allaah, The Most High:   وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ ۖ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَىٰ أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ ۗ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لَاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا ((And when there comes to them a matter of security or fear, they spread it around. If only they had referred it to the Messenger and to those charged with authority among them, then those of them who can extract [correct conclusions from] it would have known about it. And were it not for the favour of Allaah upon you and His Mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.)) (An-Nisaa: 83)   “This is a discipline from Allaah for His servants from this unbefitting action of theirs, and that it is a requisite for them when there comes to them a matter from the important issues as well as the common welfare of the masses – which relates to the peace and the happiness of the believers, or that which … Continue reading

Performing the Optional Prayer Before the Friday Sermon – An Opportunity to Attain Great Reward

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Some hadeeth pertaining to praying the optional (nafl) prayer before the Friday sermon and their understanding:   On the authority of Aboo Hurairah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:   ((Whoever takes a bath, then comes to Al-Jumu’ah;[1] then prays that which was decreed for him, then remains silent until he [the Imaam] finishes his sermon, then he prays along with him, that which is between it and between the next Jumu’ah will be forgiven for him – and an excess of three days.))[2]   Shaikh Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said in his explanation of this hadeeth: “In it is that whoever attends before the prayer; then he can pray that which is decreed for him without any restriction, as this is from the optional (forms of worship) which are unrestricted. Hence the person prays what he wishes from the raka’aat (units of prayer), and the least of them is two rak’ahs, and if he prays up until the Imaam attends for the khutbah then that is better. This is contrary to that which comes after the … Continue reading