Taken from the lecture: The Quran the Book of Happiness Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq:

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Guidance and happiness are two affairs which go hand in hand; thus whoever is guided then he is happy. And whoever is misguided then he is miserable. Misery is the companion to misguidance which is not separated from it. Therefore whenever misguidance is found misery is found, and whenever guidance is found happiness is found.

SubhanaAllah!! This is an affair which the people perceive. Whoever is distant from Allah and His obedience and being upright upon His legislation and then he becomes guided, he will perceive in his heart a delight which was missing and a sweetness which was nonexistent and a joy which he was not aware of. When Allah honors him, and favors him with guidance he tastes the sweetness and experiences the joy of happiness, the coolness of the eyes, peace of mind, and tranquility of the soul; which he did not find before that.

I will narrate to you on this topic an amazing story. A few years ago a man called me after Asr prayer and he said; ‘I have a question; but before the question I want to inform you about my condition.’

He said: ‘I am twenty-seven years old and I cannot move any part of my body except for my head.’

I said: ‘How long have you been in this condition?’

He replied: ‘For two years.’

I said: ‘What caused that?’

He replied: A car accident.

I said to him: ‘Where are you living?’

He replied: ‘In such and such a place.’

I said: ‘I want to visit you.’ So I visited him the same day. He began to narrate to me his story, and it was a long story. I sat with him for an hour and a half; and most of the time I was listening and benefitting because his life contained a lesson. He said a statement to me which is the point of reference for the story and I will not be lengthy with the details.

He said to me: ‘By Allah, verily now I feel a delight which I walked for a long time on my feet in search of but did not find’. Before the accident I was negligent and after the accident I became one who turns to Allah, with remembrance, praying, and reciting the Quran.

One of the noble brothers brought for him a computer device that works by voice control; because his hands do not move. He tested it in front of me. He spoke to the computer and the Soorah he wanted opened. And he spoke to the computer and the verse he wanted opened. He spoke to the computer and the Tafseer he wanted opened. The Quran was in front of him, he read and memorized, and he read the Tafseer and he did not need to turn the pages with his hand or to call anyone to turn the pages for him. The verse he wanted he would request it directly, and if he wanted its Tafseer he would request it directly.

And he said: ‘By Allah, verily now I feel a delight which I walked for a long time on my feet in search of but did not find.’ Thus let the faithful person take a lesson and take a warning.

Guidance and happiness are only obtained by the Book of Allah the Glorified and Exalted. And whoever seeks it from other than the Book of Allah the Exalted will not attain anything except loss and he will not attain anything except destruction and ruin in his worldly life and his afterlife.

فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُمْ مِنِّي هُدًى فَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ هُدَايَ فَلَا يَضِلُّ وَلَا يَشْقَى

Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery (Soorah Taha 20:123)

And pay attention to His statement here: ‘then whoever follows My guidance’; because that which is necessary as it relates to the Quran is following it, not just the mere recitation and properly pronouncing its letters. The Quran was only sent down to be implemented not merely to pronounce its letters correctly while neglecting its guidelines. For this reason He said: ‘then whoever follows My guidance’. Thus that which results in happiness is following the guidance not merely memorizing the Quran or memorizing the letters of the Quran. And following the guidance of the Book of Allah is a branch of understanding the Quran and pondering over it.

كِتَابٌ أَنْزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. (Soorah Sad 38:29)

Thus this is an affair which is necessary in order to attain happiness; reciting the Quran, reflecting over its verses, working by it, and following its guidance.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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How does one become a Strong Student, Treading the path of Seeking Knowledge?

HOW DOES ONE BECOME A STRONG STUDENT, TREADING THE PATH OF SEEKING KNOWLEDGE?Naseehah (Advice) from the noble Scholar Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Bannaa

(May Allah preserve him and lengthen his life in Ibaadah)

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December 2, 2012 – الأحد 20 محرم 1434
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…….”I asked the Shaykh, how does one become a strong student, treading the path of seeking knowledge? The Shaykh replied, Patience (Sabr). He said this 3 times.

He said patience with Allah, in good and bad times. Patience with yourself, patience with ease and with hardships. Patience with your family and friends. Patience with knowledge. Patience with the Qur’aan. Patience with learning the Arabic language. I thanked the Shaykh and returned to my place of sitting.

After a short while, the Shaykh motioned to me to come to him. He told me, not to waste time. He told me to guard my time from the time wasters. He told me not to waste my time with that which wont bring about any benefit. Guard your time against your desires.

Give knowledge all of your time. Tire yourself with Seeking knowledge. Do not become distracted by those who want to take your knowledge. Once again I thanked the Shaykh and returned to my place of sitting.

After a short period, the Shaykh motioned to me again to come to him. He told me to engulf myself in reading the Qur’aan. He said to read the Qur’aan in abundance. Over and over and over. He said to read the Qur’aan when you wake from your sleep, read the Qur’aan before you go to bed. The more you read the Qur’aan, the better you will become in the Arabic language. So constantly read
the Qur’aan.

He also told me to listen to the tapes of the Ulamaa (major scholars), from the likes of Shaykh Al-Albaanee, Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, and Shaykh Saalih Aali Shaykh.

Later on the Shaykh was asked about the rights of the Qur’aan. Is it better to read it or to memorize it?

He, the Shaykh (may Allah preserve him, and his family) said, one should read the Qur’aan. The Qur’aan is to be read. To memorize it is good. But if it cant be memorized, so read it. Read it in your prayers, before you sleep, when you wake. Before prayer and after prayer. Always have a mushaf (copy of the Qur’aan) near you,
everywhere.”

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Virtues of Fasting during Muharram and Ashura.

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Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Chief of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions.

Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein … “[Al-Qur’an 9:36]

Abu Bakarah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The year is twelve months of which four are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumadah and Sha’ban.” [Reported by al-Bukhari, 2958]

Muharram is so called because it is a sacred (muharram) month and to confirm its sanctity. Allah’s words (interpretation of the meaning):” … so wrong not yourselves therein … ” mean do not wrong yourselves in these sacred months, because sin in these months is worse than in other months. It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbas said that this phrase referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is more serious and good deeds bring a greater reward.

Qatadah said concerning this phrase that wrongdoing during the sacred months is more serious and more sinful that wrongdoing at any other time. Wrongdoing at any time is a serious matter, but Allah gives more weight to whichever of His commands He will. Allah has chosen certain ones of His creation. He has chosen from among the angels Messengers and from among mankind Messengers. He chose from among speech the remembrance of Him (dhikr). He chose from among the earth the mosques, from among the monthsRamadhan and the sacred months, from among the days Friday and from among the nights Laylatul-Qadr, so venerate that which Allah has told us to venerate. People of understanding and wisdom venerate the things that Allah has told us to venerate. [Summarized from the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, may Allah have mercy on himTafsir of Surah at-Tawbahayah 36]

THE VIRTUE OF OBSERVING MORE NAFIL FASTS DURING MUHARRAM

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The best of fasting after Ramadhan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram.’ ” [Reported by Muslim, 1982]

The phrase “Allah’s month”, connecting the name of the month to the name of Allah in a genitive grammatical structure, signifies the importance of the month. Al-Qari said: “The apparent meaning is all of the month of Muharram.” But it was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never fasted any whole month apart from Ramadhan, so this hadith is probably meant to encourage increasing one’s fasting during Muharram, without meaning that one should fast for the entire month.

It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast more in Sha’ban. It is likely that the virtue ofMuharram was not revealed to him until the end of his life, before he was able to fast during this month. [Sharh an-Nawawi ‘ala Sahih Muslim]

ALLAH CHOOSES WHATEVER TIMES AND PLACES HE WILLS

Al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abdus-Salam (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Times and places may be given preferred status in two ways, either temporal or religious/spiritual. With regard to the latter, this is because Allah bestows His generosity on His slaves at those times or in those places, by giving a greater reward for deeds done, such as giving a greater reward for fasting in Ramadhan than for fasting at all other times, and also on the day of ‘Ashura’, the virtue of which is due to Allah’s generosity and kindness towards His slaves on that day … ” [Qawa’id al-Ahkam, 1/38]

‘ASHURA’ IN HISTORY

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’. He said, ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Musa fasted on this day.’ He said, ‘We have more right to Musa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” [Reported by al-Bukhari, 1865] “This is a righteous day” – in a report narrated by Muslim, [the Jews said:] “This is a great day, on which Allah saved Musa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people.” “Musa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: ” … in thanksgiving to Allah, so we fast on this day.” According to a report narrated by al-Bukhari: ” … so we fast on this day to venerate it.” A version narrated by Imam Ahmad adds: “This is the day on which the Ark settled on Mount Judi, so Nuh fasted this day in thanksgiving,” and “commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day” – according to another report also narrated by al-Bukhari: “He said to his Companions: ‘You have more right to Musa than they do, so fast on that day.’ “

The practice of fasting on ‘Ashura’ was known even in the days of Jahiliyyah, before the Prophet’s mission. It was reported that ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The people of Jahiliyyah used to fast on that day … “

Al-Qurtubi said: “Perhaps Quraysh used to fast on that day on the basis of some past law, such as that of Ibrahim, upon whom be peace.”

It was also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast on ‘Ashura’ in Makkah, before he migrated to Madinah. When he migrated to Madinah, he found the Jews celebrating this day, so he asked them why, and they replied as described in the hadith quoted above. He commanded the Muslims to be different from the Jews, who took it as a festival, as was reported in the hadith of Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: “The Jews used to take the day of ‘Ashura’ as a festival[according to a report narrated by Muslim: the day of ‘Ashura’ was venerated by the Jews, who took it as a festival. According to another report also narrated by Muslim: the people of Khaybar (the Jews) used to take it as a festival and their women would wear their jewellery and symbols on that day]. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘So you [Muslims] should fast on that day.’ ” [Reported by al-Bukhari] Apparently the motive for commanding the Muslims to fast on this day was the desire to be different from the Jews, so that the Muslims would fast when the Jews did not, because people do not fast on a day of celebration. [Summarized from the words of al-Hafidh Ibn Hajar – may Allah have mercy on him – in Fath al-Bari Sharh ‘ala Sahih al-Bukhari]

Fasting on ‘Ashura’ was a gradual step in the process of introducing fasting as a prescribed obligation in Islam. Fasting appeared in three forms. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Madinah, he told the Muslims to fast on three days of every month and on the day of ‘Ashura’, then Allah made fasting obligatory when He said (interpretation of the meaning): ” … observing the fasting is prescribed for you … ” [Al-Qur’an 2:183] [Ahkam al-Qur’an by al-Jassas, part 1]

The obligation was transferred from the fast of ‘Ashura’ to the fast of Ramadhan, and this one of the proofs in the field of Usul al-Fiqhthat it is possible to abrogate a lighter duty in favour of a heavier duty.

Before the obligation of fasting ‘Ashura’ was abrogated, fasting on this day was obligatory, as can be seen from the clear command to observe this fast. Then it was further confirmed later on, then reaffirmed by making it a general command addressed to everybody, and once again by instructing mothers not to breastfeed their infants during this fast. It was reported from Ibn Mas’ud that when fastingRamadhan was made obligatory, the obligation to fast ‘Ashura’ was lifted, i.e., it was no longer obligatory to fast on this day, but it is still desirable (mustahabb).

THE VIRTUES OF FASTING ‘ASHURA’

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month, meaning Ramadhan.”[Reported by al-Bukhari, 1867]

The meaning of his being keen was that he intended to fast on that day in the hope of earning the reward for doing so. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976] This is from the bounty of Allah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

WHICH DAY IS ‘ASHURA’?

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “‘Ashura’ and Tasu’a’ are two elongated names [the vowels are elongated] as is stated in books on the Arabic language. Our companions said: ‘Ashura’ is the tenth day of Muharram and Tasu’a’ is the ninth day. This is our opinion, and that of the majority of scholars. This is the apparent meaning of the ahadith and is what we understand from the general wording. It is also what is usually understood by scholars of the language.” [Al-Majmu’])

‘Ashura’ is an Islamic name that was not known at the time of Jahiliyyah. [Kashshaf al-Qina’, part 2, Sawm Muharram]

Ibn Qudamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “‘Ashura’ is the tenth day of Muharram. This is the opinion of Sa’id ibn al-Musayyib and al-Hasan. It was what was reported by Ibn ‘Abbas, who said: ‘The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to fast ‘Ashura’, the tenth day of Muharram.’ [Reported by at-Tirmidhi, who said, a sahih hasan hadith] It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbas said: ‘The ninth,’ and reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast the ninth. [Reported by Muslim] ‘Ata’ reported that he said, ‘Fast the ninth and the tenth, and do not be like the Jews.’ If this is understood, we can say on this basis that it is mustahabb (encouraged) to fast on the ninth and the tenth, for that reason. This is what Ahmad said, and it is the opinion of Ishaq.”

IT IS MUSTAHABB (ENCOURAGED) TO FAST TASU’A’ WITH ‘ASHURA’

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on ‘Ashura’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, in sha Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” [Reported by Muslim, 1916]

Ash-Shafi’i and his companions, Ahmad, Ishaq and others said: “It is mustahabb to fast on both the ninth and tenth days, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on the tenth, and intended to fast on the ninth.”

On this basis it may be said that there are varying degrees of fasting ‘Ashura’, the least of which is to fast only on the tenth and the best of which is to fast the ninth as well. The more one fasts in Muharram, the better it is.

THE REASON WHY IT IS MUSTAHABB TO FAST ON TASU’A’

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “The scholars – our companions and others – mentioned several reasons why it ismustahabb to fast on Tasu’a’:

“The intention behind it is to be different from the Jews, who only venerate the tenth day. This opinion was reported from Ibn ‘Abbas …

“The intention is to add another day’s fast to ‘Ashura’. This is akin to the prohibition on fasting a Friday by itself, as was mentioned by al-Khattabi and others.

“To be on the safe side and make sure that one fasts on the tenth, in case there is some error in sighting the crescent moon at the beginning of Muharram and the ninth is in fact the tenth.”

The strongest of these reasons is being different from the People of the Book. Shaykh ul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade imitating the People of the Book in many ahadith, for example, his words concerning ‘Ashura’: ‘If I live until the next year, I will certainly fast on the ninth day.’ ” [Al-Fatawa al-Kubra, part 6, Sadd adh-Dhara’i’ al-Mufdiyyah ila’l-Maharim]

Ibn Hajar (may Allah be pleased with him) said in his commentary on the hadith “If I live until the next year, I will certainly fast on the ninth day” and “What he meant by fasting on the ninth day was probably not that he would limit himself to that day, but would add it to the tenth, either to be on the safe side or to be different from the Jews and Christians, which is more likely. This is also what we can understand from some of the reports narrated by Muslim.” [Fath, 4/245]

RULING ON FASTING ONLY ON THE DAY OF ‘ASHURA’

Shaykh ul-Islam said: “Fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’ is an expiation for a year, and it is not makruh to fast only that day … ” [Al-Fatawa al-Kubra, part 5] In Tuhfat al-Muhtaj by Ibn Hajar al-Haytami, it says: “There is nothing wrong with fasting only on ‘Ashura’.” [Part 3, Bab Sawm at-Tatawwu’]

FASTING ON ‘ASHURA’ EVEN IF IT IS A SATURDAY OR A FRIDAY

At-Tahawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) allowed us to fast on‘Ashura’ and urged us to do so. He did not say that if it falls on a Saturday we should not fast. This is evidence that all days of the week are included in this. In our view – and Allah knows best – it could be the case that even if this is true (that it is not allowed to fast on Saturdays), it is so that we do not venerate this day and refrain from food, drink and intercourse, as the Jews do. As for the one who fasts on a Saturday without intending to venerate it, and does not do so because the Jews regard it as blessed, then this is not makruh… ” [Mushkil al-Athar, part 2, Bab Sawm Yawm as-Sabt]

The author of Al-Minhaj said: “It is disliked (makruh) to fast on a Friday alone … But it is no longer makruh if you add another day to it, as mentioned in the sahih report to that effect. A person may fast on a Friday if it coincides with his habitual fast, or he is fasting in fulfilment of a vow, or he is making up an obligatory fast that he has missed, as was stated in a sahih report.”

Ash-Sharih said in Tuhfat al-Muhtaj: “If it coincides with his habitual fast – i.e., such as if he fasts alternate days, and a day that he fasts happens to be a Friday, if he is fasting in fulfilment of a vow, etc.” – this also applies to fasting on days prescribed in Shari’ah, such as‘Ashura’ or ‘Arafah. [Tuhfat al-Muhtaj, part 3, Bab Sawm al-Tatawwu’]

Al-Bahuti (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It is makruh to deliberately single out a Saturday for fasting, because of the hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn Bishr, who reported from his sister: ‘Do not fast on Saturdays except in the case of obligatory fasts’ [reported by Ahmad with a jayyid isnad and by al-Hakim, who said: according to the conditions of al-Bukhari], and because it is a day that is venerated by the Jews, so singling it out for fasting means being like them … except when a Friday or Saturday coincides with a day when Muslims habitually fast, such as when it coincides with the day of ‘Arafah or the day of ‘Ashura’, and a person has the habit of fasting on these days, in which case it is not makruh, because a person’s habit carries some weight.” [Kashshaf al-Qina’, part 2, Bab Sawm al-Tatawwu’]

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF THERE IS CONFUSION ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH?

Ahmad said: “If there is confusion about the beginning of the month, one should fast for three days, to be sure of fasting on the ninth and tenth days.” [Al-Mughni by Ibn Qudamah, part 3 – as-Siyam – Siyam ‘Ashur’]

If a person does not know when Muharram began, and he wants to be sure of fasting on the tenth, he should assume that Dhul-Hijjahwas thirty days – as is the usual rule – and should fast on the ninth and tenth. Whoever wants to be sure of fasting the ninth as well should fast the eight, ninth and tenth (then if Dhul-Hijjah was twenty-nine days, he can be sure of having fasted Tasu’a’ and ‘Ashura’).

But given that fasting on ‘Ashura’ is mustahabb rather than wajib, people are not commanded to look for the crescent of the new moon of Muharram as they are to do in the case of Ramadhan and Shawwal.

FASTING ‘ASHURA’ – FOR WHAT DOES IT OFFER EXPIATION?

Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It expiates for all minor sins, i.e., it brings forgiveness of all sins except major sins.” Then he said (may Allah have mercy on him): “Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates for two years, and the day of ‘Ashura’ expiates for one year. If when a person says ‘Amin‘ it coincides with the ‘Amin‘ of the angels, he will be forgiven all his previous sins … Each one of the things that we have mentioned will bring expiation. If there are minor sins for which expiation is needed, expiation for them will be accepted; if there are no minor sins or major sins, good deeds will be added to his account and he will be raised in status … If he had committed major sins but no minor sins, we hope that his major sins will be reduced.” [Al-Majmu’ Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, part 6, Sawm Yawm ‘Arafah]

Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (ay Allah have mercy on himmay Allah have mercy on him) said: “Taharahsalah, and fasting in Ramadhan, on the day of ‘Arafah and on ‘Ashura’ expiate for minor sins only.” [Al-Fatawa al-Kubra, part 5]

NOT RELYING TOO MUCH ON THE REWARD FOR FASTING

Some people who are deceived rely too much on things like fasting on ‘Ashura’ or the day of ‘Arafah, to the extent that some of them say, “Fasting on ‘Ashura’ will expiate for the sins of the whole year, and fasting on the day of ‘Arafah will bring extra rewards.” Ibn al-Qayyim said: “This misguided person does not know that fasting in Ramadhan and praying five times a day are much more important than fasting on the day of ‘Arafah and ‘Ashura’, and that they expiate for the sins between one Ramadhan and the next, or between one Friday and the next, so long as one avoids major sins. But they cannot expiate for minor sins unless one also avoids major sins; when the two things are put together, they have the strength to expiate for minor sins. Among those deceived people may be one who thinks that his good deeds are more than his sins, because he does not pay attention to his bad deeds or check on his sins, but if he does a good deed he remembers it and relies on it. This is like the one who seeks Allah’s forgiveness with his tongue (i.e., by words only), and glorifies Allah by saying “Subhanallah” one hundred times a day, then he backbites about the Muslims and slanders their honour, and speaks all day long about things that are not pleasing to Allah. This person is always thinking about the virtues of his tasbihat (saying “Subhanallah“) and tahlilat (saying “La ilaha illallah“) but he pays no attention to what has been reported concerning those who backbite, tell lies and slander others, or commit other sins of the tongue. They are completely deceived.” [Al-Mawsu’ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 31,Ghurur]

FASTING ‘ASHURA’ WHEN ONE STILL HAS DAYS TO MAKE UP FROM RAMADHAN

The fuqaha’ differed concerning the ruling on observing voluntary fasts before a person has made up days that he or she did not fast inRamadhan. The Hanafis said that it is permissible to observe voluntary fasts before making up days from Ramadhan, and it is notmakruh to do so, because the missed days do not have to be made up straight away. The Malikis and Shafi’is said that it is permissible but is makruh, because it means that one is delaying something obligatory. Ad-Dusuqi said: “It is makruh to observe a voluntary fast when one still has to make up an obligatory fast, such as a fast in fulfilment of a vow, or a missed obligatory fast, or a fast done as an act of expiation (kafarah), whether the voluntary fast which is being given priority over an obligatory fast is something confirmed inShari’ah or not, such as ‘Ashura’ and the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, according to the most correct opinion.” The Hanbalis said that it is haramto observe a voluntary fast before making up any fasts missed in Ramadhan, and that a voluntary fast in such cases does not count, even if there is plenty of time to make up the obligatory fast. So a person must give priority to the obligatory fasts until he has made them up. [Al-Mawsu’ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 28, Sawm at-Tatawwu’]

Muslims must hasten to make up any missed fasts after Ramadhan, so that they will be able to fast ‘Arafah and ‘Ashura’ without any problem. If a person fasts ‘Arafah and ‘Ashura’ with the intention from the night before of making up for a missed fast, this will be good enough to make up what he has missed, for the bounty of Allah is great.

INNOVATIONS COMMON ON ‘ASHURA’

Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about the things that people deople do on ‘Ashura’, such as wearing kohl, taking a bath (ghusl), wearing henna, shaking hands with one another, cooking grains (hubub), showing happiness and so on. Was any of this reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in a sahih hadith, or not? If nothing to that effect was reported in a sahih hadith, is doing these things bid’ah, or not? Is there any basis for what the other group do, such as grieving and mourning, going without anything to drink, eulogizing and wailing, reciting in a crazy manner, and rending their garments?rments?

His reply was: “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Nothing to that effect has been reported in any sahih hadith from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or from his Companions. None of the Imams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four Imams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), nor from the Sahabah, nor from the Tabi’in; neither in any sahih report or in a da’if (weak) report; neither in the books of Sahih, nor in as-Sunan, nor in the Musnads. No hadith of this nature was known during the best centuries, but some of the later narrators reported ahadith like the one which says, ‘Whoever puts kohl in his eyes on the day of ‘Ashura’ will not suffer from eye disease in that year, and whoever takes a bath (does ghusl) on the day of ‘Ashura’ will not get sick in that year,’ and so on. They also reported a fabricated hadith that is falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), which says, ‘Whoever is generous to his family on the day of ‘Ashura’, Allah will be generous to him for the rest of the year.’ Reporting all of this from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is tantamount to lying.”

Then he [Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him)] discussed in brief the tribulations that had occurred in the early days of thisUmmah and the killing of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him), and what the various sects had done because of this. Then he said:

“An ignorant, wrongful group – who were either heretics and hypocrites, or misguided and misled – made a show of allegiance to him and the members of his household, so they took the day of ‘Ashura’ as a day of mourning and wailing, in which they openly displayed the rituals of jahiliyyah such as slapping their cheeks and rending their garments, grieving in the manner of the jahiliyyah……

“The Shaytan made this attractive to those who are misled, so they took the day of ‘Ashura’ as an occasion of mourning, when they grieve and wail, recite poems of grief and tell stories filled with lies. Whatever truth there may be in these stories serves no purpose other than the renewal of their grief and sectarian feeling, and the stirring up of hatred and hostility among the Muslims, which they do by cursing those who came before them …

“The evil and harm that they do to the Muslims cannot be enumerated by any man, no matter how eloquent he is. Some others – either Nasibis who oppose and have enmity towards al-Husayn and his family or ignorant people who try to fight evil with evil, corruption with corruption, lies with lies and bid’ah with bid’ah – opposed them by fabricating reports in favour of making the day of ‘Ashura’ a day of celebration, by wearing kohl and henna, spending money on one’s children, cooking special dishes and other things that are done on ‘Eid and special occasions. These people took the day of ‘Ashura’ as a festival like ‘Eid, whereas the others took it as a day of mourning. Both are wrong, and both go against the Sunnah, even though the other group (those who take it as a day of mourning) are worse in intention and more ignorant and more plainly wrong …

“Neither the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) nor his successors (the khulafa’ ar-rashidun) did any of these things on the day of ‘Ashura’, they neither made it a day of mourning nor a day of celebration …

“As for the other things, such as cooking special dishes with or without grains, or wearing new clothes, or spending money on one’s family, or buying the year’s supplies on that day, or doing special acts of worship such as special prayers or deliberately slaughtering an animal on that day, or saving some of the meat of the sacrifice to cook with grains, or wearing kohl and henna, or taking a bath (ghusl), or shaking hands with one another, or visiting one another, or visiting the mosques and shrines and so on … all of this is reprehensible bid’ah and is wrong. None of it has anything to do with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or the way of the Khulafa’ ar-Rashidun. It was not approved of by any of the Imams of the Muslims, not Malik, not ath-Thawri, not al-Layth ibn Sa’ad, not Abu Hanifah, not al-Awza’i, not al-Shafi’i, not Ahmad ibn Hanbal, not Ishaq ibn Rahwayh, not any of the Imams and scholars of the Muslims.” [Al-Fatawa al-Kubra by Ibn Taymiyyah]

Ibn al-Hajj (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned that one of the bid’ah on ‘Ashura’ was deliberately paying zakat on this day, late or early, or slaughtering a chicken just for this occasion, or – in the case of women – using henna. [Al-Madkhal, part 1, Yawm ‘Ashura’]

We ask Allah to make us followers of the Sunnah of His Noble Prophet, to make us live in Islam and die in a state of faith. May He help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him. We ask Him to help us to remember Him and be thankful to Him, to worship Him properly and to accept our good deeds. May He make us of those who are pious and fear Him. May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

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The scientific signs in Fasting the white days

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In the name of Allah…..

Praise be to Allah who makes the science corresponds to the religion.And peace be upon our prophet Muhammad, -peace and blessings be upon him- the master of Fasting people, and peace be upon his Family, companions and upon all Muslims who Fast the white days……Among the prophetic signs of the best of human beings the recommendation of Fasting the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth days of every lunar month. 

“It’s narrated that the prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- didn’t break his Fast in the white days whether he was travelling or staying [Al-Albani]

«كان رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – لا يفطرأيام البيض في حضر و لا في سفر»

 

It’s also narrated that “the prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- was ordering us to Fast the white days (thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth). [Al-Albani]

«كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يأمرنا بصيام أيام البيض ثلاث عشر وأربع عشر وخمس عشر…»

 

The prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- said “Fasting three days of every month (13th, 14th&15th) is equal to Fasting the life time” [Declared Hasan by Al-Albani]

«صيام ثلاثة أيام من كل شهر صيام الدهر ،وأيام البيض صبيحة ثلاث عشرة ، وأربع عشرة ، وخمس عشرة»

Firstly: what are the white days?

The white days are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth of every lunar month, they were named with this name because the moon becomes full on them and the light becomes strong which makes their nights are completely luminous especially in desert, after that name was used for the days.

Secondly: what’s the wisdom of Fasting the white days?

To answer this question, we have to know the following scientific facts:

First: there is a relevant relationship (proportional) between the Earth and Human body as for (distribution):
· The earth surface consists of about %80 of liquids (seas, oceans and rivers) and about %20solids (lands)
· Also the human body consists of about %80 of liquids and about %20 of solids, (this was proved by sciences).

Second: there is relevant relationship (proportional) between the earth and human body as for (composition):
The earth consists of various elements like calcium, magnesium, sodium, bicarbonate, sulphate, iron….etc. also the human body consists of the same elements.

· For example, if you read the consists of a natural mineral water bottle, you will find that it includes the following elements, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, iron…..etc.
· Whereas the earth is the source of water whether from wells, rivers or by desalination of oceans or seas’ water, and we drink this water so that our bodies consist of the same elements.
· If we also analyzed the components of Vegetables, Fruits and different kinds of food, we would find that They consists of the same previous elements (as they arise from the earth) and whereas we eat them, our bodies consist of the same earth elements (whether liquids or solids)

The foregoing points prove that there is a relevant strong bilateral relationship between the earth and human body.
Notice the Glorious Quran proved that relevant relationship between the earth and human body, as the man was created from clay, Almighty Allah says: “…. And began the creation of man from clay”[Al- Sajdah 32:7]

{…وَبَدَأَ خَلْقَ الْإِنسَانِ مِن طِينٍ}
 

Transliteration: Wa Bada’a Khalqa Al-‘Insāni Min Ţīnin

And the clay is from the earth so the man consequently consists of the same earth elements. The Almighty Allah says ” From the earth We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will extract you another time.” [Taha 20:55]

{مِنْهَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ وَفِيهَا نُعِيدُكُمْ وَمِنْهَا نُخْرِجُكُمْ تَارَةً أُخْرَىٰ}
 

Transliteration: Minhā Khalaqnākum Wa Fīhā Nuīdukum Wa Minhā Nukhrijukum Tāratan ‘Ukhrá

….I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah……

Third: there is also a strong relevant relationship between Moon and Earth, in one side, and Moon with Human body in another side:

· The Moon has gravity on the Earth which causes ebb and flow (as it’s scientifically known).
· The moon also has gravity on the human body, which causes ebb and flow for the Man because the human body -as previously mentioned- consist of the same elements of the earth.
This ebb and flow effect on the earth and human body reaches the peak in the white days; (thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth days of every lunar month) the ebb and flow effect on the earth appears in oceans and seas, while this effect on the man appears as an increase of excitement and agitation (nervosa, tension, confusion and worry), which leads to an increase in crimes ratio.

The greatest evidence for that is the following:-

· As for the earth, if you went to the Sea shore on these days, you would see the ebb and flow reaching the peak.
· As for the Man, if you went to police stations, courts or read newspapers, you would find that the biggest ratio of crimes, suicide, theft, accidents and divorce happened on these days.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Al Bar, reported on his web site, that: Dr. Leber, the psychologist from Miami in USA, said: “there is a strong relation between the completion of Moon cycle and Human violence actions, especially between it and those who are alcoholic, have criminal tendencies and emotional not stability.”

After he had collected the statistics and analyzations from the accidents record in hospitals and police stations and compared their dates with the lunar days, it became clear for him that crimes committing ratio and destructive roads accidents are linked to the moon cycle completion.

Also the Persons who are suffering from psychological disorders, personality dualism and old people are more vulnerable to the moon cycle effect.

His studies also proved that the greatest ratio of divorce and severe disputes take place in the middle of lunar month when the moon is full.

Dr. Leber explains his theory saying:” the human body, like earth surface, consists of %80 of water and %20 of solids, so he believes that the moon gravity is responsible for ebb and flow in both human bodies and oceans, when the moon is full in the white days.

Dr. Al Bar commented on this study saying:” the prophetic medicine for these problem is to fast the three white days, because Fasting reduces the water ratio in the human body during this period, in which the moon effect on the man reaches the peak, and that helps the Man to control his body powers and tendencies, feel with psychological purity, avoid the gravity effect and to have comfort, calmness and health.

……Glory be to Allah…..

The great uses of this discovery (negative effect of moon gravity on the man in the white days):

As this scientific truth was proved, the countries officials and planners should take it into consideration to have the best uses and avoid the greatest dangers.

The following are some examples:

1. On the security status, Policemen should be put on alert to face the probable increase in crimes and violations (at this period of lunar month)

2. As for the traffic level, Traffic police should be put on alert to face the probable increase in road accidents (at this period of lunar month).

3. As for the education level, the exams and interviews shouldn’t be done (at this period of lunar month)

4. As for the health status, the medical staff of emergency section should be put on alert to receive the probable accidents victims (at this period of lunar month).

5. On the maintenance level, the dangerous maintenance for electricity or engines should be avoided (at this period of lunar month)

Benefits of Fasting the white days

Therefore, the recommendation of Fasting the three white days is considered a prophetic sign because of its great uses such as avoiding the horrible crimes accidents and dangerous diseases …Fasting isn’t only a kind of worship, obedience and a great reward for Muslims, but also it’s a kind of mercy, health, protection and happiness for the man.

……Allah is the Greatest……

The prophet Muhammad -peace and blessings be upon him- is really the mercy bestowed upon us by Almighty Allah who says about the prophet Muhammad “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Al-Anbiya’ 21:107]

{وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّارَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ}
 

Transliteration: Wa Mā ‘Arsalnāka ‘Illā Raĥmatan Lilālamīna

Finally: This scientific truth reveals one of the prophet’s miracles that indicates his prophet hood and also asserts that Islam is the true religion revealed from the Creator of the earth and heavens who made the scientific laws of nature. Fourteen centuries ago, nobody knew this scientific truth.

Almighty Allah says about his prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- “Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination, It is not but a revelation revealed” [Al-Najm 53:3-4]

Transliteration: Wa Mā Yanţiqu Ani Al-Hawá (3) ‘In Huwa ‘Illā Waĥyun Yūĥá (4)

Conclusion

May be the aim of this prophetic sign is to remind the Man to be back always to Allah and not to be misled by the arrogance of science and development. The Almighty Allah says He who fears [Allah] will be reminded., But the wretched one will avoid it –”[ Al-A’la]

{سَيَذَّكَّرُ مَن يَخْشَىٰ﴿١٠﴾وَيَتَجَنَّبُهَا الْأَشْقَى﴿١١﴾}
 

Transliteration: Sayadhdhakkaru Man Yakhshá (10) Wa Yatajannabuhā Al-‘Ashqá (11)

In addition to the blessed legislations which call to values, chastity, manhood and virtues like veil, holding beard and shortening the cloth, Islam is calling to learn all branches of science and literature including chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, economy, politics, grammar and eloquence,…etc.

Islam really, is a religion for both individuals and country.

Almighty Allah says “We have not neglected in the Register a thing.”[al-An’am 6:38]
 

{مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِي الْكِتَابِ مِن شَيْءٍ ۚ…}

Transliteration: Mā Farraţnā Fī Al-Kitābi Min Shay’in

Also Allah says: ” And everything We have set out in detail.”[Al-Isra’ 17:12]

{…وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَصَّلْنَاهُ تَفْصِيلًا}

Transliteration: Wa Kulla Shay’in Faşşalnāhu Tafşīlāan

Translated by Wathakker.info website

The Communication Between Men & Women Over the Internet

 

Beautiful advice May Allah allow us to benefit from it.

Compiled by
Abu Ziead al-Athary

Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu

The noble Shaykh Ubayd al-Jabari ý may Allaah protect him- repeats his warning against communication, with mobile phones or over the internet, between men and women while claiming the justification of seeking knowledge or giving Dawah.
In an open question and answer session taking place every Sunday evening in the Paltalk room Salafi Duroos, the noble Shaykh said: Communicating over the telephone is an area and way in which the heart of both the speaker and communicator will become attached to the others!ý
Here is a transcript of what the Shaykh commented on after an answer to a similar question:
ýI would like to bring to attention a dangerous issueý. Which many of the Muslim men and women who they ascribe themselves to knowledge fall into. I have dealt with this issue before but many of the people have refused it and that they have been obstinate and rejected the advice!!
From the news that has reached me of the danger of this issue, a person finds it embarrassing to mention itý. And this is the issue, which is individuals speaking over the phone and communicating via mobile phones.

This matter has overcome many men and women with the justification of Dawaý but this justification is not valid and it is an excuse which is corrupt. It is not hidden from every Muslim man and woman whose heart has been filled with the awe and reverential fear of Allaah, that al-Khallwaa (being alone with a member of the opposite sex with whom there is no relation) is Haraam. The meaning here is that khallwaa is being alone with strange men and women.

As for the evil effects of this, as have been relayed to me, they are more severe than al-Khallwaa (being alone with a member of the opposite sex with whom there is no relation), since al-Khallwaa in a house or in a car causes the people to look at them, as for communicating over the internet and sending and receiving messages over the phone then this is a hidden Khallwaa, which is only known to the Originator of the heavens and the earth and the noble scribes (Angels).
Indeed many women have complained that what has busied their husbands are these conversations and communication and I will mention some of their evil effects for you:

Firstly: if these communications are taking place in a chat room, for example in ýSalafi Duroosý so I say in the name of those supervising ýSalafi Duroosý ýthis type of chatting is a sin upon youý this type of chatting is a sin upon you ý I do not hold it to be permissibleý I say this because I supervise ýSalafi Duroosý so I speak with the ruling of a representative.

Secondly: Chatting like this busies one from learning knowledge, since those who isolate themselves by conversing with whatever they want from conversation, then they busy themselves away from what is transmitted by ýSalafi Duroosý and from other knowledge-based lessons and this is obstruction in the path of Allaah.

Thirdly: Communicating over the telephone is an area and way in which the heart of both the speaker and communicator will become attached to the otherýs! And this is ý I swear by Allaah ý the path of Fitnah and an entrance for shaytaan. It is not permissible for you, O dear Muslim sister, that you spend your time conversing with strangers with the justification of Dawaý. If you have the pressing need to ask a question then ask the people of knowledge to the extent of your need and then turn away.

Further, this communication has in it greetings and gentle speech which is a type of submissive speech which has been prohibited, O Muslim sister. As a result, perhaps you might be a cause of what creeps in between married couples of unrest, quarrels and bad relations between them, the result of which could perhaps be divorce.

I have come to know that in the West and perhaps also in the East, that which is hated has occurred due to this communication and conversing.

This is why I call every Salafi man and woman to leave this terrible action which Shaytaan has opened up to them and beautified in their hearts, using the justification of knowledge and spreading of knowledge and Dawaý. It was not from the practice of the Salaf that men and women would meet up to study together, but rather a woman would ask a scholar about what a woman needs in her Deen. Also, if a female scholar was found then she would sit and listen to the men and women who came to her and would speak to the men in the presence of her guardian from behind a screen.
This is what I wanted to bring to (your) attention and Allaah knows I did not intend anything but advice and I hold that this advice to you is an obligation upon us, O dear Muslims. Allaah is The One Who guides to the correct way.ý

We say JazakAllaahu Khairan O our Shaykh for this fine advice and we ask Allaah -Subhana wa Taýala- that He grants us and all our brothers and sisters the ability to follow the advice of the Shaykh, which he always repeats in his gatherings.
We also advise the brothers and sisters that when the lessons begin, whether they are live or recorded, that they should not busy themselves with talking on the side. We ý and all praise belongs to Allaah ý sacrifice time, effort and wealth for these lessons, to transmit them to you while you are in your homes or offices, so then it saddens us to know that some people attend with their nicknames only, while they are busy chatting on the side – which has no benefit – and Allaahýs aid is sought.
We ask Allaah -Subhana wa Taýala – that He grants us awe and reverential fear of Him in secret and in open and that He grants us sincerity in all our actions, Allaah is The Guide to the correct way.

Your Brother
Abu Ziead al-Athary
www.salafiduroos.net

Istiqamah (Remaining Steadfast) Upon the Sunnah

Shaykh Rabee bin Hadi al-Madkhalee said:

‘Allaah says: And hold firmly to the rope of Allaah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allaah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allaah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided. [Ala’-Imraan: 103]

And Allaah said:Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember. [Araaf: 3]

And He –Tabarak wa Ta’ala- said: Indeed, those who have said, ‘Our Lord is Allaah’ and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying],

‘Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.  We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]. As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.’ [Fussilat: 30 -32]

This is praise from Allaah –Tabarak wa Ta’ala- upon those who remain steadfast (Isteeqamah) upon their Deen. (al-Isteeqamah) Remaining steadfast is being strong upon what Muhammad-sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- came with, rather upon what all the Prophets –alayhim as-Salaam-came with from ‘Aqeedah and Manhaj. The Prophets have a great status with Allaah –Tabarak wa Ta’ala- due to them remaining steadfast upon the true Deen.

Those who say: – Our Lord is Allaah -they are those who have believed in Allaah –Subhanahu wa Ta’ala- with true Eemaan in His Names and Characteristics, and His Lordship, and that He is the true deity to be worshipped, so these people do not worship other than Him. They affirm Allaah’s Lordship, and that He is the Creator of this universe, and its Controller and its Organizer.  He is the Creator, the Provider, He gives and takes life as well as the other Characteristics of Lordship. They affirm Allaah’s Beautiful Names, which befit His Majesty, His Magnificence and His Lordship – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala- which is mentioned in the Qur’aan in the Sunnah.

We believe in them as they have been mentioned, and this enters into this Isteeqamah (remaining steadfast). Likewise they affirm Eemaan that Allaah is the only one deserving of worship; there is no true deity except Him – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

So, we do not worship anything except Him, and we single Him –Tabarak wa Ta’ala- out with sincerity of the Deen. We love Allaah with total love, and we fear Him and have awe of Him with total fear and awe. We desire of what is with Allaah – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala- in the Dunyaa and the Hereafter. We pray to Him and prostrate, we always hasten to turn to Allaah, we give the Zakah, we fast, remember Him and we read Qur’aan and all of that is done to come closer to Allaah – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

All of these aforementioned points are from the means of al-Isteeqamah and the evidences of al-Isteeqamah if we persistent upon these proofs and the rulings of the Deen.

Then these are from the indications that Allaah has given you success – InshAllaah – and that you are from those who are steadfast and those who are rightfully deserving of praise from Allaah -– Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. And that they are deserving of this great promise of this divine protection: – and when will this descent occur?

It will be when the time of the death of Allaah’s slave approaches, and when he is about to leave this world, bid farewell to it and start the journey to the Hereafter, then Allaah sends Angels who give him glad tidings, make him strong, correct him and they remove fear from him.

-Do not fear and do not grieve- : which means not to fear the future of what is in front of you of the Hereafter, since what is in front of you is nothing except the Paradise and Allaah – Azza wa Jal- being pleased with you. Likewise not to grieve about what you left behind of wealth and offspring etc.

These good signs come to those who are strong upon the true Deen of Allaah, at a time of critical circumstances, and this is a very dangerous stage, and some people end up ruining their final ending – and Allaah’s refuge is sought – we ask Allaah to make us all steadfast.’

Ref: ‘Ithbaat ala Sunnah’ p.10-13muslim p

Reasons for Continuous fasting outside Ramadan

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Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

Benefits of Fasting

  1. Fasting is a protection.

Fasting is a shield it is protection between you and the hell fire. The hadeeth of  the prophet salalahu alyhi wa salaam states: Fasting one day for Allah increases the distance between you and the hell fire for 70 years

Narated by Abu said “ i heard the prophet salalhu alyhi wa salaam say: indeed anyone who fasts for one day for the pleasure of Allah, Allah will keep his face away from (hell) for (a distance covered by a journey) for

seventy years. [Bukhari :: book 4 ::  volume 52 :: hadith 93]

2. Its protection against the anger of Allah (Subhan wa ta’ala)

3. Its protection against your own desires which is why the prophet salalahi alyhi wa salaam adviced young men who were unable to get married and afraid of falling to fornication to fast.

4. Its protection against the shaytaan the prophet salahu alyhi wa salaam said “ when one of you fasts it constricts your blood flow, and shaytaan runs in you like blood,so when you fast it restricts shaytaans access to you.

5. Fasting protects you against evil. The prophet salahu alayhi wa salaam said “Fasting is a fortress the fighter takes protection in, after which he does not care which side he is attacked” This hadeeth is powerful because it shows fasting is protection against all evil and every negative thing.

6. We know that the prophet salahu alyhi wasalaam fasted , 13th-15th of each month, Mondays and Thursdays, and sometimes every second or third day of each month.He salalahu alayhi wa salaam would never fast a whole month except in Ramadan.

7. (Joonah) any time jeem and noon form the root letters of a word it implies something is hidden. Therefore Joonah is a (Fortress) , (Jannah) is surrounded by walls because its hidden to the eyes of men. And (Jinn) are always hidden from the eyes of men, and a crazy person is called majnoon because his intelligence is hidden from the eyes of other men.

(Taken from the Sharh i studied of hadith 29 in the Forty Hadith of Imaan al Nawaawi)

The Sunan of Eid

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The Sunan of Eid

Recommended acts to do on Eid Day

1. Making Ghusl

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar used to take a bath on the day of al-Fitr before coming to the prayer-place. [al-Muwatta’]

2. Wearing your best clothes

Ibn ‘Umar used to wear his best clothes on Eid. [al-Bayhaqi]

3. Eating an odd number of dates

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of Eid-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet used to eat odd number of dates.[Bukhari]

4. Making Takbir

Ibn Abi Shaybah reported that al-Zuhri said: “The people used to make takbir on Eid when they came out of their houses until they reached the prayer-place and until the imam came out. When the imam came out, they fell silent, until the imam said takbir, then they said takbir.” [Irwa’]

الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله والله أكبر ولله الحمد

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar wa Lillahi’l-hamd.

Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is none worthy of worship but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great and to all praise is to Allah.

5. To go out by one route and come back by another

Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to vary his routes on the day of Eid. [Bukhari]

6. Greeting one another

Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: “At the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), when people met one another on the day of Eid, they would say, Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minka – May Allah accept from us and from you.” [Ibn Hajar. Fath.]