May 30, 2018 § Leave a comment
Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said about Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah’s death, “And the funeral prayer in absentia was performed over him in most of the Muslim lands, both near and far, even up to Yemen and China. And travellers related that the call for his funeral prayer was hailed in the remotest corners of China on the day of Jumu’ah [proclaiming]: ‘The funeral prayer for the Interpreter of the Quraan!’”
Dhail Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah, vol. 2, p. 407.
May 28, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked: Here in Kuwait we have a reminder after four rak’ahs during the night prayer, is that allowed? And if it is, how is this reminder to be conducted?
Uthaimeen: I hold that it should not be done. Firstly, because it isn’t from the Salaf’s guidance. Secondly, because some people like to come to tahajjud and then leave to go home [as soon as it’s finished]. Having a reminder hinders them, bores them, and forces them to stay to listen to it.
If a reminder is not received well then its harm is more than its benefit, and that is why the Prophet ﷺ used to look after his Companions by preaching to them at suitable times and wouldn’t make it burdensome for them or repetitive. So I hold that leaving it is more correct. And if the Imaam does intend to preach to the people then let him do it at the end, when the prayer has completely finished.
Uthaimeen on the Innovation of Giving Reminders Without a Need During Taraweeh and Imprisoning People by Doing So
May 27, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What is the ruling on always giving reminders between the Taraweeh prayer or at the middle of praying them?
Uthaimeen: As for reminders, then no, because this is not from the Salaf’s guidance, but he can admonish them if there is a need for it or after the Taraweeh, and if his intention in doing that is that it is an act of worship then it is an innovation, and the sign which shows whether it is an act of worship is that he does it every night. Additionally, I say, why, my brother, are you giving the people a reminder?
Maybe some people have something they need to do, and they are eager to finish the Taraweeh along with the Imaam and then depart with him so that they will have implemented the saying of the Prophet ﷺ, ‘Whoever stands in prayer with the Imaam until he leaves then it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.’
And if it is the case that you love reminders and half the people do too, or even three quarters of the people do, then don’t imprison the other quarter due to the love those three quarters have for it. Didn’t the Prophet ﷺ say, “When any one of you leads the people in prayer, he should be brief for behind him are the young, the aged, the weak and the sick,” or words to that effect ﷺ, i.e., don’t gauge the people according to yourself or to other people who love talks and reminders, [rather] gauge them according to what will give them relief—lead them in Taraweeh and then when you’ve finished and have ended your prayer and the people have too, then say what you want.
Liqaa al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 118.
May 22, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said about Ibn Baaz, “He never knew vacations: His Eminence, may Allaah have mercy on him, never took a single vacation during his entire working life, which lasted more than sixty years! In fact, the work he would do on Thursdays and Fridays [which was the weekend in Saudi Arabia] and [his work] during official holidays [like Eed etc.] was probably more than his work during official working days.”
Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam Abdil-Azeez ibn Baaz, p. 162.
May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Muhammad al-Musa said, “Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, would be the one to wake his children up for Fajr and also the people working for him in his house. And it was mentioned to me that he would call eleven phone numbers to wake them up for Fajr, and when one of them would answer he would give salaam and say:
‘All praise is for Allaah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.’”
Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam Ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah, p. 74.
May 19, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr, may Allaah protect him, said, “If a person squanders the first part of the day which is the time of blessing, of being early, of excellence and the time when sustenance is sent down, then his day will be wasted, and whatever he does at its beginning will be true of and applicable to the rest of it, that is why it is imperative that a Muslim not waste the first part of the day by being sluggish, lazy or indifferent [to it].
The Salaf never knew sleep after Fajr, such that Ibn al-Qayyim said that if they were on a journey all night, in difficulty and hardship they would [still] not sleep after Fajr but would wait until the sun had risen and then sleep, doing all that in order to protect this excellent time which is after Fajr until just before the sun rises, this is a blessed time, an excellent time, and a time for the remembrance of Allaah تبارك وتعالى. The Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, would not spend it sleeping or being lazy or being half-hearted and such, but would persist in their adhkaar, in remembering Allaah, especially the tasbeeh [i.e., saying, ‘Subhaanallaah’] and other words of remembrance which have been reported in the Legislation.
And it has been reported in Sahih Muslim from Abu Waa’il Shaqeeq ibn Salamah that he said, ‘We went to Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood one morning after we had prayed Al-Ghadaah [i.e., Fajr] and we greeted him at the door, and he granted us permission (to enter). We stayed at the door for a while, then the slave girl came out and said, ‘Will you not enter?’ So we entered and found him sitting, reciting Tasbih. He said, ‘What kept you from entering when permission had been given to you?’ We said, ‘Nothing, except that we thought that some of the people of the household might be sleeping.’ He said, ‘Do you think there is idleness among the family of Ibn Umm Abd? [i.e., do you think Abdullah ibn Mas’ood’s family are heedless at that time and not remembering Allaah?]’ Then he went back to reciting Tasbih until he thought that the sun had risen and he said, ‘O girl, look and see whether it has risen.’ She looked and saw that it had not risen. Then he went back to reciting Tasbih until he thought the sun had risen and he said, ‘O girl, look and see whether it has risen.’ She looked and saw that it had risen. He said, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins.’”
Pay attention to this sentence, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins,’ when Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said it, had the day finished or was it still at its very beginning?
Notice that as soon as the sun rose and while he was saying tasbeeh, saying Subhaanallaah, he then praised Allaah by saying, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …’ most of the day still remains to come, he’s only at its beginning, so why did Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, say, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …?’ Why did he make that statement?
I think the answer is clear to us all: he did so because whoever guards the start of the day then the rest of the day will be guarded for him, and that is why he said … even though he had only guarded the first part of the day with dhikr and tasbeeh until the sun rose and then he praised Allaah with this wording, saying, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …’ even though the day is still ongoing, there is still a long time remaining, Duhaa time is still to come, Dhuhr time, Asr, a very long time still remains, only a very short time has passed, and yet he says, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins.’
From this we can derive a significant and important point of benefit: that whoever guards the first part of the day, the rest of the day will be guarded for him, whoever preserves the first part of the day the rest of it will be preserved for him. This is the reason the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, would protect it and not waste it, the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, knew the value of that part of the day and so they would attach great importance to it.
People in recent times don’t know the value of this time and so they are in a different state concerning it—in this day and age maybe the best time for most people to sleep is after Fajr, such that a person cannot miss it at all even if just for half an hour, even if he has to work, he must sleep for half an hour even though it does nothing to benefit him, makes his body slack, weakens it, doesn’t make him active, has no benefit attached to it, but [as we said] results in slackness, laziness, sluggishness, and yet along with that you will find that he never misses it, even though it is this time that the dhikr of Allaah تبارك وتعالى should be maintained.
So the point is that the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, recognised the value of this excellent time and knew its standing, they knew its rank and so would guard it by remembering Allaah تبارك وتعالى.
Based upon that I say that all of us should learn the legislated adhkaar which have been reported and are established from our Prophet ﷺ and which it is recommended for us to say during the early morning and we should accustom ourselves to saying them everyday until it becomes something normal and habitual and which a person then feels he can’t break away from or leave, he should get himself used to that and stick to it always and by doing so he will be from those people who protect their remembrance of Allaah تبارك وتعالى at the start of the day.”
May 18, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: How can a person protect his fast?
Al-Khudair: When a person visualises the excellence of fasting and the many rewards associated with it, and the greatness of opening the fast especially when it is an obligatory one, when he pictures that, then there is no doubt that he will strive to guard his fast from things that ruin it, and the Salaf used to guard theirs by staying in the mosque, since when a person is in his house or the place where he sits or mixes with other people he might be susceptible to things that could harm his fast, intentionally or unintentionally, but when he sits in the mosque—and the mosque is the house of every person who is conscious of Allaah—you can’t imagine him backbiting anyone, because he is conscious that it is a place of obedience and not sin, just as he will protect himself from harming himself in relation to things connected to his wife for example, because he is in the mosque etc., for this reason it was reported from the Salaf that they would guard their fasts by staying in the mosque.