Ibn al-Qayyim, “Seek Out Your Heart in Three Places …”

February 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Seek out your heart in three places: when listening to the Quraan, in the gatherings of [Allaah’s] remembrance, and when [alone] in privacy, and if you do not find it in these places, then ask Allaah to grant you a heart – for verily, you do not have one.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 479.

Uthaimeen on Visiting the Sick

February 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “It is fitting that someone who visits an ill person reminds him of repentance and of the obligation upon him of having a will and that he should fill his time with Allaah’s remembrance, the Mighty and Majestic, because a person who is ill is in need of such things, and if he is at death’s door and the person who is by him is certain that death is upon him, then it is right that he should prompt him to say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah,’ as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered.”

Fataawaa fis-Salaati wal-Janaa‘iz, vol. 2, p. 72.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Being Content

January 26, 2013 § 1 Comment


Ibn al-Qayyim said, “Contentment is the paradise of this world.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 172.

Shaikh Fawzaan Asked About the Ruling on Entering Mosques with Mobile Phones that have Ringtones, Pictures and Music?

January 26, 2013 § Leave a comment


Questioner: What is the ruling about entering a mosque with mobile phones that have ringtones, pictures and music?

Al-Fawzaan: That is not allowed, not in a mosque or elsewhere, but [doing so] is even more severe in a mosque, because it is obligatory to respect it, it is a place of worship and remembrance of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى, [a place of] prayer and recitation of the Quraan, and the Angels and Muslims assemble in it. So these wrong actions [munkaraat] are not permitted in it, not the ringtones, not the music and nor the pictures.

Al-Farq Bainan-Naseehah wat-Tajreeh, p. 39.

The Muhaddith of Yemen, Shaikh Muqbil, on Whether The Friday Bath [Ghusl] is Obligatory for a Woman

January 26, 2013 § 2 Comments


Questioner: Whether she prays at home or in the mosque, is the Friday bath [ghusl] obligatory for a woman?

The Muhaddith of Yemen, The Allaamah, Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee [d. 2001], may Allaah have mercy on him, replied, “What is apparent is that it is obligatory [waajib], because it has been reported in the Saheeh [Bukhaari no. 858 and Muslim that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم] said, “Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty,” and it has also been reported that, “It is a right upon the Muslims that they should take a bath every week …” or something with that meaning [i.e., the Shaikh is quoting from memory so he is saying maybe the exact wording of the hadith is different; here is the wording from Bukhaari which the Shaikh was referring to, “It is Allaah’s right on every Muslim that he should take a bath (at least) once in seven days,” no. 898].”

Ghaaratul-Ashritah ‘alaa Ahlil-Jahl was-Safsatah, vol. 2, p. 500.

Uthaimeen on How to Submit to Allaah’s Commands

January 26, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Good manners with Allaah is that you receive His Legislative Judgements with contentment and submission, that you have no discomfort towards them and that you are not fed up with them.  So when Allaah, the Most High, orders you to pray, to give zakaah, to fast and other such things, then you accept that with an open heart [lit. expanded breast].”

Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 324.

More Reward if You Lengthen the Sunnah of Fajr or Keep them Short?

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “Conforming to the Sunnah is better than an abundance of actions: [so] if, for example, someone were to say, ‘I want to lengthen the two Sunnah rak’ahs of the Fajr prayer due to the excellence of that time and to increase [my] actions.’  We would say to him, ‘You are not correct, because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to keep them short.’”

Fataawa fit-Tahaarah was-Salaah, vol. 1, p. 172.

Ibn Taymiyyah on How to Acquire Knowledge

September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Purifying the soul, acting upon knowledge, and fearing Allaah have a tremendous effect on obtaining knowledge.”

Mowqif Ibn Taymiyyah minas-Soofiyyah, vol. 1, p. 357.

Which is Better, Fasting the Six Days of Shawwaal or Fasting Mondays and Thursdays?

August 26, 2012 § 1 Comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “Which is better, fasting the six days of Shawwaal or fasting Mondays and Thursdays?” So he replied, “Each of these days has its merit. So fasting the six days of Shawwaal–when a person fasts Ramadaan and then follows it up with these six days he will be like someone who has fasted a lifetime, and this is a merit which is not obtained by fasting Mondays and Thursdays. But if a person fasted the Mondays and Thursdays of the month of Shawwaal and through that intended that it was part of the [fasting of] the six days of Shawwaal too, he will obtain the reward.”

Fataawaa Nurun-alad-Darb, CD.

Uthaimeen Asked About Someone Who Missed Months of Ramadaan and then Started Practicing, Should He Make Up Those Months?

August 24, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked that if a person never fasted Ramadaan for months after having reached the age of responsibility but then he started practicing, is it then incumbent upon him to make up those missed Ramadaans? So he replied, “The strongest opinion from the statements of the people of knowledge is that it is not incumbent upon him to make up those months which, without an excuse, he had left, based upon the fact that worship is scheduled [to be performed at certain times] and when a person delays it beyond its legislatively appointed time, then it is not accepted from him, and making it up later will not benefit him at all.”

Fiqhul-Ibaadaat, pp. 256-257.

Uthaimeen: Finish Any Fasts You Have to Make Up for Ramadaan [Qadaa] Before Fasting the Six of Shawwaal

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Sunnah is that a person fasts the six days of Shawwaal after finishing the make-up fasts [qadaa] of Ramadaan not before.  So if he had some fasts to make up [due to having missed some in Ramadaan] but he fasted the six days of Shawwaal before the make-up fasts, he will not obtain their reward [i.e., the reward of the six of Shawwaal], because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan …” and it is not correct to say about a person who has some fasts from Ramadaan still incumbent upon him that he has fasted Ramadaan, rather he has only fasted some of it.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 6, p. 466.

Uthaimeen on The Wisdom Behind Fasting the Six Days of Shawwaal

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The wisdom behind fasting the six days of Shawwaal is the same as the wisdom regarding other optional acts which Allaah has ordained for His Servants in order to make the obligatory actions complete.  So fasting the six days of Shawwaal is like the supererogatory Sunnah prayers [ar-Raatibah] which are performed after the obligatory prayers in order to complete any deficiencies in them.  And from Allaah, the Most High’s, Wisdom is that He made Sunnah [prayers] for the obligatory ones in order to complete them and raise them [in rank], so fasting the six days of Shawwaal has this great benefit.”

Fataawaa Nurun-Ala-Darb.

Uthaimeen on Eed

August 19, 2012 § 2 Comments


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “From Islaam’s qualities is this happy Eed, which Allaah crowned the month of fasting with and which He opened the months of Hajj to His Sacred House with, and it is the day during which the Muslims go out, pleased with the blessings of having completed the fasting and prayer which Allaah bestowed upon them, performing the Eed prayer in glorification of Allaah and to establish His Remembrance, and as a demonstration of the love and thanks their hearts have for Him, and they make good their thoughts of their Protector, because He is as His Slaves think of Him.”

Ad-Diyaa’ul-Laami minal-Khutabil-Jawaami’, vol. 1, p. 398.

Uthaimeen Asked About a Person Who Is Employed but Whose Father Gives the Zakaatul-Fitr on Their Behalf

August 18, 2012 § 2 Comments


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “’I’m employed but my father gives the Zakaatul-Fitr on my behalf every year, am I sinful for not giving it myself from my own wealth?’  He replied, ‘As long as you are happy that your father gives it on your behalf then there is no sin on you even if you have your own income from a wage or elsewhere.’”

Fataawaa Fiz-Zakaati Was-Siyaam, p. 222.

Uthaimeen On Zakaatul-Fitr

August 18, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Zakaatul-Fitr is obligatory and like all other obligatory actions each individual person him/herself is being addressed with this order. So you give the Zakaatul-Fitr on your own behalf even if you have a father or brother [who could give it for you] and likewise the wife gives it on her own behalf even if she has a husband, but if the family’s guardian wants to give it on behalf of his family then there is no harm in that. So if there is a father who wants to spend on his son’s behalf and who wants to give the Zakaatul-Fitr for him, there is no harm in that.”

Fataawaa Fiz-Zakaati Was-Siyaam, p. 221.

Uthaimeen on Leaving the Prayer Due to The Du’aa Performed in Tarawih Upon Completing the Recitation of the Quraan

August 18, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Some brothers who are eager to implement the Sunnah pray behind Imaams who perform a supplication upon completing the recitation of the Quraan [in tarawih], [and so in their eagerness to implement the Sunnah and avoid innovations] when the last rak’ah comes they leave it and part from the people using the argument that the supplication at the end of the completion of the recitation is an innovation [and it is but] this [i.e., leaving the prayer] is something which should not be done due to the discord created between the hearts and the alienation that occurs and because it is in opposition to what the Imaams held, for Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to say that when a person prays behind an Imaam who performs Qunoot in the Fajr prayer he should follow him and say aameen to his supplication.”

48 Su’aal fis-Siyaam, p.54.

Uthaimeen on the Obligation Upon Everyone, Male or Female, to Go and Pray the Eed Prayer

August 18, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Regarding the two Eed prayers the Shaikh of Islaam IbnTaymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, chose [the view] that it is obligatory [fard ain] on everyone and that all Muslims must pray it and that whoever remains behind is sinful, and in my opinion this is the closest opinion [to the truth] and the strongest one.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 5, pp. 114-116.

Uthaimeen on Specifying the 27th Night to Perform Umrah

August 12, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “I want to point out a mistake that many people in the present time fall into when they seek out the twenty-seventh night [of Ramadaan] to perform umrah, for you will find that on it the Masjid al-Haraam is crammed with people.  Singling out the twenty-seventh night for Umrah is an innovation since Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم did not, in his actions or statements, earmark it for [performing] umrah.”

Tafseer Juzz, p. 278.

Going to Pray Tarawih in the Masjid al-Haraam if One is an Imaam in Another Mosque

August 11, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “There’s no harm in a person going to the Masjid al-Haraam [in Makkah] to pray tarawih in it, since it is one of the places that one is allowed to travel to, but if someone is employed as an Imaam in a mosque then he is not to leave his job or his position as Imaam to go to pray in the Masjid al-Haraam, since praying in the Masjid al-Haraam is a sunnah and performing the compulsory duties of one’s job is obligatory, so it is not possible that an obligatory action can be left in order to perform a Sunnah one.”

48 Su’aal fis-Siyaam, p. 22.

Why is it Called Lailatul-Qadr?

August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Lailatul-Qadr is given that name for two reasons.  The first is because the actions of the children of Aadam and other things that will happen in that year are decreed, due to His Saying, the Most High, “Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night.  Indeed, We were to warn [mankind].  Therein [i.e., on that night] is made distinct every precise matter …” [Dukhaan 44:3-4] i.e., explained in detail and made clear.  The second reason is that it is a night of honour because of its immense value/rank, and His Saying, the Most High, shows that, “Indeed, We sent it [i.e., the Quraan] down during the Night of Decree.  And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?  The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” [al-Qadr 97:1-3]

Riyaadus-Saaliheen, vol. 1, p. 1367.

Uthaimeen Asked About Seeking Knowledge During I’tikaaf

August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “Does someone who is performing i’tikaaf negate its spirit by seeking knowledge?”  He replied, “There is no doubt that seeking knowledge is obedience to Allaah the Most High, but i’tikaaf is for specific forms of worship like prayer, dhikr, reciting the Quraan and things like that.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 6, p. 501.

Uthaimeen Asked When I’tikaaf Starts?

August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked when i’tikaaf starts so he replied, “The majority of the people of knowledge are of the opinion that it starts from the night of the twenty-first and not from fajr of the twenty-first, even though some scholars held the view that it starts from fajr of the twenty-first using the hadith of Aishah as proof, ‘So when he prayed the morning prayer he entered his place of i’tikaaf,’ but the majority [of the people of knowledge] answered that by saying that the Prophet عليه الصلاة السلام withdrew himself from the people in the morning but that the intention for i’tikaaf was from the start of the night.”

Fataawaz-Zakaati was-Siyaam, p. 855.

Uthaimeen on the Last Ten Nights of Ramadaan

August 7, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The last ten nights of Ramadaan are the best part of Ramadaan and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to single them out for i’tikaaf seeking Lailatul-Qadr and he صلى الله عليه وسلم  [also] used to single them out by standing to pray all night. So during these ten nights a person should be eager to stand for prayer at night and should extend the recitation, bowing and prostration in it, and if he is [praying] with an Imaam he should stay with him until he departs.”

Fataawaa Nurun alad-Darb.

Uthaimeen on a Person Who Eats While Being Doubtful as to Whether Fajr Has Emerged

August 5, 2012 § 1 Comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The fast of a person who eats something while being doubtful as to whether fajr has emerged is correct, and this can be of five types:

1) That he is sure that fajr has not emerged in which case his fast is correct.
2) That he is sure that fajr has emerged in which case his fast is spoiled.
3) That he eats while being doubtful as to whether fajr has begun or not and he thinks that it is more likely that it has not, such a person’s fast is correct.
4) That he eats and drinks while thinking that fajr is emerging, here his fast is also correct.
5) That he eats and drinks whilst having an uncertainty which does not give him a view as to which is more likely, in this case his fast is correct.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 6, pp. 394-395.

Women Whose Periods Finish at the End of the Night Should Fast Even if They Take a Ghusl After the Emergence of Fajr

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Some women’s periods finish at the end of the night and they know that they have become clean but they don’t fast that day under the assumption that if they do not take a ghusl their fast will not be correct–but that is not the case, their fast is correct even if they didn’t take a ghusl except after the emergence of fajr.”

Fiqhul-Ibaadaat, p. 254.

Ibn Baaz on How to Achieve Forgiveness and Freedom from the Fire During Ramadaan

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is obligatory for the fasting person to beware of everything that Allaah has forbidden for him and to safeguard everything that Allaah has made obligatory upon him, and by doing so it is hoped that he will be forgiven and freed from the Fire and that his fasting and standing to pray will be accepted.”

Vol. 15, p. 15.

Ibn Baaz on How Ramadaan Ought to Be Received

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is legislated that the Muslim receive this noble month with true and sincere repentance and by being prepared to fast and pray throughout it with a righteous intention and true conviction.”

Vol. 15, p. 9.

Ibn Baaz on Ramadaan and Seizing the Opportunity

August 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The believer should seize this opportunity, [this opportunity] being the favour that Allaah has given him in allowing him to come by the month of Ramadaan, so he should hasten to acts of obedience and beware of evil ones, and strive to execute what Allaah has made obligatory upon him—especially the five prayers, for they are the pillar of Islaam and the greatest obligation after the two shahaadahs.”

Vol. 15, p. 13.

Ibn Baaz on the Purpose of Fasting

August 2, 2012 § 3 Comments


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The purpose of fasting is to be obedient to Allaah, subhaanah, and to honour what He has forbidden, and to fight against the souls desires in obedience to its Patron [Mawlaa], and to make it accustomed to being patient regarding those things that Allaah has forbidden. The purpose [of fasting] is not just to leave food and drink … the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, and ignorance then Allaah has no need for him to leave his food and drink.’”

Vol. 15, p. 15.

Ibn Baaz on the Impetus for Fasting and Praying in Ramadaan

August 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “What is obligatory upon a Muslim is to fast out of faith and in the hope of receiving Allaah’s reward, not for showing off or to be heard or just to blindly follow the people or to follow his family or the people of his city, rather what is obligatory upon him is that the impetus for fasting be his faith that Allaah has made it obligatory upon him and [also] his hope for the reward that is with his Lord for doing so, and this applies to standing for prayer in Ramadaan [too], the Muslim should do it out of faith and hoping for Allaah’s reward from it, not for another reason.”

Vol. 16, p.15.

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