Monday, August 21, 2017

The Virtues of the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah – by Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




The Virtues of the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah – by Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen 

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Translated by:Abu Abdullah Naasir Hussain حفظه الله|Courtesy of Brother Bilal Nahim حفظه الله  of Manhaj ul-Haqq (You Tube Channel)  Twitter @almanhajulhaqq

Ten Points for the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful


الحمد الله والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد و على آله و سلم

Ten Points for the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

1.The first ten days are actually nine days with the addition of the day of Eid.It is called the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah,but only nine of it is for fasting as the tenth day is the beginning of Eid.It is impermissible to fast on the day of Eid,this is a consensus amongst the people of knowledge.

2.It is impermissible to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah with the last day being the day of Arafah for those not doing Hajj.The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said in a hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما  (in at-Tirmidhi):”There are not any days that good deeds are more beloved to Allah than those done in these ten days.”

3.In these days,it is recommended that there is a lot of remembrance of Allah سبحان و تعالى – this is for all of the ten days.

4.In these days,it is recommended that one makes takbir of Allah (saying Allahu akbar) – this is for all of the ten days.

5.In these days,it is recommended to read the Qur’an as much as possible and give charity – this is for all of the ten days.

6.The ninth day is the day of Arafah.The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said in an authentic narration:”Verily on the day of Arafah there is expiation of sins for the year before and the year after.”(narrated by Abi Qatada رضي الله عنه,reported in Sahih Muslim and At-Tirmidhi).So therefore it is a great day,so it is recommended to fast that day for those not doing Hajj.Fasting is only permissible for the first nine days as the tenth day is the day of Eid.

7.Allah تعالى said:”That they may witness  things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter,and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the name  of Allah on appointed days (i.e. 1oth,11th,12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah),over the beast  of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).(Surah al-Hajj:28).Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما said:”The appointed days are the days of Arafah (9th),an-Nahr (10th) and  the days of Tashreeq (11th,12th,13th).

8.Whoever wishes to slaughter in these days it is not allowed to cut or remove any hair from his body or his nails,but this does not apply to his family,only the head of the family who is doing the slaughtering.

9.The ruling regards to slaughtering

a.An individual who slaughters from his own wealth on behalf of himself and his family – It is not permissible for this individual to shave any hair from his body,remove any part of his skin or cut his nails.

b.An individual who slaughters from his own wealth for others e.g. he  wishes to slaughter for his father or his mother – He too must not cut his hair,take from his skin or cut his nails.

c.Anybody who wishes to slaughter with someone else’s wealth,for somebody else.e.g.He has been entrusted by someone else to slaughter cattle for him – This individual is  allowed to cut his hair,nails and skin etc.

10.Eid Al-Adha is four days in total:the tenth (the day of Eid prayer) and  the days of tashreeq (the eleventh,twelve and thirteenth days of Dhul-Hijjah).It is impermissible to fast in these days for those not performing the Hajj.The Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه و سلم  said:”The days of Tashreeq are days for eating,drinking and remembering  Allah عز و جل (narrated by Abi al-Maleeh رضي الله عنه,reported in Sahih Al-Muslim).Allah سبحان و تعالي said:”And remember Allah during the appointed Days.”(Surah Al-Baqarah:203)

والحمد الله رب العالمين

Taken from the works of Al-Imam Al-Baghawee,Al-Alaamah bin Baz and Al-Alaamah Ibn Uthaymeen,may Allah have mercy on them all and all the scholars of the Sunnah.

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Compiled by:Ustaadh Abu Abdur-Rahman Uways Taweel (hafidhahullaah)|Twitter @uwaysT for www.masjidbinbaz.co.uk

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cold-hearted Silent Devil!

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) stated:

“What religion and what good is in a person who witnesses Allah’s prohibitions being violated,His limits being neglected,His religion abandoned,and the Sunnah of His Messenger desserted,while he remains cold-hearted and silent;a mute devil.Just as the person who utters falsehood is a speaking devil!

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Source:I’lam al-Muwaqi’in,volume.2,page.198|Translated by:Ustaadh Mustafa George DeBerry (hafidhahullaah) (@Mustafa_george – twitter account) of www.knowledgeofislamblog.wordpress.com

Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




The Prophet said:

“From the signs of the Hour are that knowledge will be taken away,ignorance will prevail,alcohol will be drunk & promiscuity will become widespread.”[Al-Bukhari,80]

Ignorance,innovations in religious matters,and sins are the cause of corruption in the Earth.The more Muslims indulge in these misdeeds,the weaker they become and the greater their humiliation.And when these affairs become widespread,the Hour is close.So beware of being ignorant when you have the ability to learn.Beware of innovations and callers who oppose the Path  of the Companions.Abandon sins and turn to your Lord in repentance and He will give you success in this life and the next.Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.”{Ar-Ra’d:11}

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Written by:Ustaadh Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Wahid 'Alam (hafidahullaah) (@AbuKhadeejahSP –twitter account) of www.abukhadeejah.com

Utilise your Time in Beneficial Matters & Keep away from Qeela wa Qaal- Shaykh Uthaymeen رحمه الله

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




The Fourth Legacy

I advise you all to safeguard your time and to occupy yourselves in that which is beneficial.You should know that time is more precious than wealth,as Allaah – the  Most Blessed,the Most High – said:

“Until when death comes to him,he says:”O my Lord!Give me respite so that I may then do righteous actions.”{Soorah al-Baqarah 2:333}

Time is such that when it departs it does not return,whereas wealth,when it departs,then it is possible to replace it.So time is of the utmost importance.This is why I advise you to safeguard your time,and to occupy yourselves in that which benefits.Keep away from qeela wa qaal (gossiping) – that so and so said such and such about this and that person – because the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in an authentic narration:”Indeed Allaah hates qeela wa qaal  (gossip mongering),asking too many questions,and wasting one’s wealth.”4 Unfortunately,many of the youths  - after returning to the correct path,and uniting their hearts and unifying their word – have become disunited and fragmented into many factions,and this is due to the whisperings of Shaytaan amongst them and the disuniting of their word.So  I advise the brothers to utilize your time in beneficial matters,and to keep away from qeela wa qaal.Indeed,time is a like a sword;either you strike it,or it will strike you!

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4 Related by Muslim (no.1715),from Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu)

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Source:Al-Istiqaamah Magazine,Issue no.5 – Ramadan 1417/January 1997|Excerpted from Very beneficial article:A Concise Legacy – Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen|https://abdurrahman.org/?p=44138

The Manner of Offering Salat-ul-Kusuf - Fatwas of Ibn Baz

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful


Question:How should Salat-ul-Kusuf (Prayer at the time of a solar eclipse) and Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse) be performed?Is there any difference between them?What is the opinion on the reports published by the papers about the solar timings of a solar or lunar eclipse?

Answer:There are authentic Hadiths in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) showed how Salat-ul-Khusuf can be performed.He (peace be upon him) ordered that people should be called to it by announcing As-salatu Jami’ah “Gather for Prayer”.

The most authentic reports concerning this Salah show that it consists of two Rak’ahs (units of prayer),and in each Rak’ah one should make two recitations and perform two Ruku’s (bowings) and two Sujuds (prostrations).The person should make lengthy recitation,Ruku’ and Sujud.In the meantime,the first recitation and Ruku’ should be longer than the second ones.The person should make Ruku’ in the second Rak’ah for a shorter time than the two Ruku’s in the first one.During the second Rak’ah,the person should make the second  recitation and Ruku’ for a shorter time than the first in the same Rak’ah.

As for the two Sujuds,it is a Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) to be lengthy provided that this does not cause any difficulty to the Ma’mums (people being led by an Imam in Prayer) because this was the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) way.Upon completing the Salah,the Imam (the one who leads congregational Prayer),if he is knowledgeable,is allowed to deliver a  sermon and tell the people that the solar and lunar eclipses are two signs of Allah (Exalted be He) by which He frightens  His  Servants.The Muslims,upon seeing it,are prescribed to offer Salah,remember Allah (Exalted be He),make Du’a  (supplication) and  Takbir (saying:”Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]”),give in charity, and emancipate a believing  slave until the end of the eclipse.The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:<<Verily the sun and the moon are two signs among the signs  of Allah  by which He frightens His Servants and they do not eclipse on account of the death or birth of anybody.So  when you see either of them,observe Prayer,and supplicate to Allah (Exalted be He) till it is cleared from you.>> Another narration reads:<<So whenever you see them,haste to remember Allah,invoke Him and ask Him for forgiveness.>>

It is narrated in some Hadiths that the person should give in charity and emancipates slaves.The astronomical reports about the timing of the eclipse must not be taken as a the basis for offering Salat-ul-Kusuf.Some people of knowledge ,including Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and his knowledgeable  disciple Ibn Al-Qayyim  (may Allah be merciful to both of them) supported this view saying that the astronomers may sometimes be wrong;thus,these reports can not  be reliable,and people should not offer Salat-ul-Kusuf depending on them.Rather,they have  to offer the Salah upon seeing the eclipse  when it is happening.

The publications of the astronomers’ reports about the timing of eclipse should be banned by the Ministry  of Information,lest some  people should be deceived by them.These publications may make people less frightened upon seeing the eclipse.Allah (Exalted be He) has made them to frighten the people.Therefore,they remember,fear,invoke Allah,and treat His Slaves  properly.May Allah grant us success.

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Source:Fatwas of Ibn Baz,Volume 13,Part no.13,page no.35-36|Salat-ul-Kusuf|www.alifta.net

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shaikh Saleh al-Fowzan:It is mandatory to investigate the teacher!

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Shaykh Saleh al-Fowzan (حفظه الله تعالى) stated:

The individuals who ascribe themselves to (giving) da’wah,it is mandatory that they be investigated:

Where did they study?
Where did they take knowledge from?
Where were they reared?
What are their beliefs?

Their action must be investigated,their effects upon the people,along with what good they have brought about.

What rectification has their actions produced?

Their affairs must be investigated before (the people) are misled by their statements and what is apparent from them.This investigation is mandatory,especially during the present time in which the callers to fitnah are many.

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Source:Al Ejabaat al Muhimah fil Mashakil al Mulimah,page.34|Translation by:Ustaadh Mustafa George Deberry (hafidhahullaah) of www.knowledgeofislamblog.wordpress.com