Does Reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays Prevent One from Falling Under the Category of Having Abandoned the Quraan? Do I get Reward for Listening to the Quraan while Cooking?
April 4, 2020 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What is the definition of abandoning the Quraan? And does reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays prevent one from falling under the category of having abandoned the Quraan? And do I get reward for listening to the Quraan while cooking or anywhere at home?
Al-Khudair: Abandoning the Quraan is to desert reciting it and reflecting upon its meanings, taking heed from it and acting upon it, so abandoning it is done through such things. [Like I said] either by leaving off reciting it such that a long time passes without reading it. Or to leave reflecting over it, which is to abandon its meanings, taking heed from it, and pondering and benefitting from it, and to leave acting upon it, [all this] is to abandon the reason it was sent down, [and] all of this comes under the threat:
وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَا رَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا
“And the Messenger will say, ‘O my Lord! Lo! My people took this Qur’aan as [a thing] abandoned.’” [25:30]
Reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays does not remove one from having abandoned the Quraan, since what is meant by, ‘The Quraan,’ is the Quraan in its entirety—so one has to read it all—reciting some of the Surahs and restricting yourself to them alone, as was mentioned in the question concerning Surah Kahf, does not remove a person from having deserted it.
There is no doubt that by listening to the Quraan on the radio or from someone reciting it one obtains the reward as one does with reciting it, “And when the Qur’an is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, that ye may obtain mercy,” [7:204] so the one listening is like the one reciting, just as the person saying, ‘Aameen’ to someone’s du’aa is like the one [actually] making the du’aa.
Some people benefit more by listening than by reciting it, especially when they listen to an articulate reciter whose recitation is invigorating, for a person might recite the Quraan but his heart is preoccupied and thus he does not reflect over it but when he listens to a reciter whose recitation is enthusing it might benefit him more—but even so, he should recite the Quraan himself, and listen to it recited sometimes.
He should also vary the types of recitation he does too. At times reciting to get the reward for reading each letter, and each one has ten rewards. At others reciting so that his heart can benefit from it as ordered by reflecting over it with a slow, considered, measured, recitation of it.
The point is a Muslim needs to think about the pact he has with his Lord. The Shaikh of Islaam [Ibn Taymiyyah] says that reciting the Quraan as has been prescribed gives a believer’s heart knowledge, certainty, faith and tranquility which can only be envisaged or grasped by someone who has [actually] done so.”
March 31, 2020 § Leave a comment
March 29, 2020 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Saleh Sindee said, “It’s not the physical deaths due to an epidemic that I am fearful of, since the number of deaths due to car accidents is much greater, what I worry about is the death of one’s heart:
وَلَقَدْ أَخَذْنَاهُم بِالْعَذَابِ فَمَا اسْتَكَانُوا لِرَبِّهِمْ وَمَا يَتَضَرَّعُونَ
‘And indeed We seized them with punishment—but they humbled not themselves to their Lord, nor do they supplicate in humility.’” [23:76]
March 28, 2020 § Leave a comment
Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is not right for morning or evening to come upon a believer except that he is in a state of repentance, because he does not know when death might surprise him. [Will it be] in the morning or the evening? Or will his soul be taken when he is performing an act of obedience or disobedience? So whoever comes upon morning or evening not in a state of repentance then he is in danger, since it is feared that he will meet Allaah not repenting and thus be gathered alongside the company of oppressors.”
Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, p. 458.
March 23, 2020 § Leave a comment
From ’Uqbah ibn ’Aamir al-Juhani, who said, “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! What is the means to salvation?’ He replied, ‘Withhold your tongue, let your home be sufficient for you, and cry over your sins.’” Tirmidhi, no. 2406, declared authentic by al-Albaani.
March 23, 2020 § Leave a comment
From Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet ﷺ would say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِْ الْأَسْقَامِ
Allaahumma innee a’uthubika minal-Barasi, wal-Junooni, wal-Judhaami, wa min sayyi’il-Asqaam
“O Allaah! I seek refuge with You from leprosy, and from madness, and from paralysis, and from evil diseases.” [Reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawud and an-Nasaai’i, Al-Albaani declared it to be Saheeh]
March 22, 2020 § Leave a comment
Here is an amazing app to help with memorising the Qur’aan.
- Click on a blank space to have its corresponding word appear temporarily.
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- Swipe over a number of words/verses at any one time to have them all appear temporarily.
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March 21, 2020 § Leave a comment
Allaah said, “And We send not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid [of destruction].” 17:59
Qataadah said in explanation of the above verse, “And verily Allaah causes the people to become frightened with whichever signs He wants—so that they might take heed, so that they might remember, so that they might turn back [to Him].”
Jaami’ul-Bayaan, of Imaam at-Tabaree, under the tafseer of 17:59.
March 20, 2020 § Leave a comment
The most noble Taabi’ee, Masrooq ibn al-Ajda’ al-Waadi’i, may Allaah have mercy on him, would stay at home during the plague and say, “Days of keeping oneself busy—so I love to devote myself to worship,” and then he would retreat and betake himself to it. His wife said, “Many a time I would sit behind him, crying, because of what I would see him do to himself—he would pray until his feet would swell.”
At-Tabaqaat of Ibn Sa’d, vol. 6, p. 81.
March 20, 2020 § Leave a comment
Please note the website address for the Shaikh Albaani posts has changed from TheAlbaaniSite.com to TheAlbaani.Site.
March 19, 2020 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq ibn Abdul-Muhsin al-Badr, may Allaah protect him, said, “This is helpful advice connected to the state of fear that people are in these days regarding the Corona epidemic. I ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, that He removes every harm and trial, hardship and adversity from us and the Muslims wherever they are, and that He protect us all with that which He protects His righteous servants with, He is the only One who can grant that, the Only One able to do so.
1—What is to be Said Before a Calamity Befalls You
From Uthmaan ibn ’Affaan, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ say, ‘Whoever says:
بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَىْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
[Bismillaahilladhee laa yadurru ma’a ismihee shai’un fil-ardi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa huwass-Samee’ul-Aleem
In the Name of Allaah with Whose Name nothing can harm on earth or in heaven, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.]
three times, he will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until morning comes, and whoever says that when morning comes, [then] he will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until evening comes.’” [Abu Dawud, no. 5088, Sahih]
2—Increasing How Much You Say, “There is no deity worthy of worship except You! Exalted are You! Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
[Laa ilaaha illaa anta, subhaanaka innee kuntu minadh-Dhaalimeen
There is none worthy of worship but You, glory is to You. Surely, I was among the wrongdoers.]
Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:
“And [mention] the man of the fish [Prophet Yunus, alaihis-salaam], when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, ‘There is no deity worthy of worship except You! Exalted are You! Indeed—I have been of the wrongdoers.’ So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.” [Anbiyaa 21:87-88]
In his tafseer, Al-Haafidh Ibn Kathir, may Allaah have mercy on him, said about Allaah’s Statement, “And thus do We save the believers,” “Namely, when they are in the midst of calamities and call upon Us, turning to Us Alone, and especially when they supplicate using this du’aa during a trial.”
Then he mentioned a hadith from the Prophet ﷺ where he said, “The supplication of Dhun-Nun (Prophet Yunus) when he supplicated, while in the belly of the whale, was: ‘There is none worthy of worship except You! Glory to You! Indeed, I have been of the transgressors.’ No man supplicates with it for anything, ever, except that Allaah responds to him.” [Imaam Ahmad and Tirmidhi, Sahih]
The Allaamah, Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in his book, Al-Fawaa’id, “None of life’s adversities are repelled with anything like tawheed, and for this reason the du’aa said at times of distress is one of tawheed, and the du’aa of Dhun-Noon, which no afflicted person supplicates with except that Allaah delivers him from his distress, is one of tawheed. Nothing throws one into major calamities except shirk, and nothing saves you from them except tawheed—it is creation’s refuge, its asylum, its fortress and succourer [i.e., aider in times of need] and with Allaah lies all success.”
3—Seeking Refuge from the Difficult Moments of a Calamity
From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, “Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ used to seek refuge from the difficult moments of a calamity, and from being overtaken by wretchedness in the Hereafter or destruction and from being destined to an evil end, and from the malicious joy of enemies.”
From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, from Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ, that he said, “Seek refuge with Allaah from the difficult moments of a calamity, and from being overtaken by wretchedness in the Hereafter or destruction and from being destined to an evil end, and from the malicious joy of enemies.” [both reported by Bukhaari]
[So one would say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلاَءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الأَعْدَاءِ
Allaahumma innee a’uthubikaa min Jahdil-Balaa, wa darakishaqaa, wa soo’il-qadaa, wa shamaatatil-a’daa.
Oh Allaah! I seek refuge with You from the difficult moments of a calamity, and from being overtaken by wretchedness in the Hereafter or destruction, and from being destined to an evil end, and from the malicious joy of enemies.”]
4—Always Remembering to Say the Du’aa for Leaving One’s Home
From Anas ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet ﷺ said, “When a man goes out of his house and says:
بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللهِ
[Bismillaah. Tawakkaltu alallaah, laa hawla, wa laa quwwata illaa billaah.
In the Name of Allaah. I rely upon Allaah, there is no power and no strength except with Allaah.’]
then it is said, ‘You have been guided, defended and protected!’ And the devils go far away from him, and another devil says, ‘What can you do with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?’” [Abu Daawud, no. 5095, Sahih]
5—Asking Allaah for Well-being in the Morning and Afternoon
From Abdullah ibn Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ never used to leave these words of supplication in the morning or evening:
اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَ العَـفْوَ وَالعـافِـيةَ في الدُّنْـيا وَالآخِـرَة
اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أسْـأَلُـكَ العَـفْوَ وَالعـافِـيةَ في ديني وَدُنْـيايَ وَأهْـلي وَمالـي
اللّهُـمَّ اسْتُـرْ عـوْراتي وَآمِـنْ رَوْعاتـي
اللّهُـمَّ احْفَظْـني مِن بَـينِ يَدَيَّ وَمِن خَلْفـي وَعَن يَمـيني وَعَن شِمـالي، وَمِن فَوْقـي
وَأَعـوذُ بِعَظَمَـتِكَ أَن أُغْـتالَ مِن تَحْتـي
Allaahumma innee as’alukal-afwa wal-aafiyata fid-dunyaa wal-aakhirah.
Allaahumma innee as’alukal-afwa wal-aafiyata fee deenee wa dunyaaya, wa ahlee, wa maalee.
Allaahummastur awraatee, wa aamin raw’aatee.
Allahummah-faznee mim-bayni yadayya, wa min khalfee, wa an yameenee, wa an shimaalee, wa min fawqee.
Wa a’oodhu bi azamatika an ughtaala min tahtee.
‘O Allaah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in this life and the next.
O Allaah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth.
O Allaah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay.
O Allaah, preserve me from the front and from behind and on my right and on my left and from above.
And I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth.’] [Ahmad and others]
6—Making Lots of Du’aa
From Ibn Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Whomsoever of you the door of supplication is opened for, the doors of mercy have been opened for him. And Allaah is not asked for anything—meaning: more beloved to Him—than being asked for Al-Aafiyah [well-being].” And the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Supplication benefits against that which strikes and that which does not strike, so hold fast, O worshippers of Allah, to supplication.” [Tirmidhee, no. 3548]
7—Safeguarding Oneself from the Places where the Plague Is
From Abdullaah ibn Aamir, may Allaah be pleased with him, that, “Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, went to Shaam and when he reached Sargh, he received news that an epidemic (of plague) had broken out in Shaam. Abdur-Rahman bin Auf told him that Allaah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, ‘If you hear that it has broken out in a land, do not go to it, but if it breaks out in a land where you are present, do not go out in order to run away from it.’” [Bukhaari, no, 5730]
And from Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “The ill should not be taken to the healthy.” [Bukhaari and Muslim]
8—Doing Good Deeds and Helping Others
From Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Good works protect [one] from falling into evil, from calamities and diseases, and different types of destruction. The good people in this world are the good people in the Hereafter.” [Al-Haakim]
Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Some of the greatest cures for illnesses are: doing good deeds and helping others, remembering Allaah, making du’aa, humbling oneself [before Allaah], earnestly supplicating to Allaah [Ibtihaal], turning to Him in repentance—these things have an effect in repelling these sicknesses and obtaining a cure, even greater than natural medicines, but are dependant on how prepared a person is, on his acceptance [of these things], his belief in them and in their benefit.”
9—Standing to Pray at Night [Qiyaam al-Layl]
From Bilaal, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Hold fast to praying at night [Qiyaam al-Layl], for it is the practice of the righteous before you, and indeed Qiyaam al-Layl is a means of nearness to Allaah, a means of prevention from sin, an expiation for bad deeds, and a barrier for the body against disease.” [Tirmidhi, no. 3549]
10—Covering up Vessels and Tying up Water-skins
From Jaabir ibn Abdullah, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said, “I heard Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ saying, ‘Cover the vessels and tie up the water-skins, for there is one night in the year when pestilence descends, and it does not pass by any vessel that is not covered or any water-skin that is not tied up except that some of that pestilence descends into it.’” [Muslim]
Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “And this is a point which the knowledge of doctors and their acquaintances cannot attain.” [Zaadul-Ma’aad]
To conclude, it is upon every Muslim to entrust his affairs to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, hoping for His Bounty, longing for His Gifts, trusting in Him, since all matters are in His Hands and under His Direction, subservient to Him, and that he strive to face what misfortunes may come his way through patience and hoping for reward from Allaah, for He, the Mighty and Majestic, has promised a great reward for the one who does so, saying, “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.” [Zumar 39:10]
And from Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, that she asked the Prophet ﷺ about the plague, so he ﷺ said, “The plague was a punishment which Allaah used to send on whom He wished, but Allaah made it a blessing for the believers. None [among the believers] remains patient in a land in which the plague has broken out and considers that nothing will befall him except what Allaah has ordained for him, but that Allaah will grant him a reward similar to that of a martyr.” [Bukhaari]
And I ask Allaah that He grant us all success in doing righteous actions and uttering beautiful speech that pleases Him, for verily He says the truth and guides to the right path.”
June 29, 2019 § Leave a comment
“Al-Hasan al-Basree, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, ‘Is it sunnah to love Abu Bakr and Umar?’ He replied, ‘No—it’s obligatory.’”
Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, no. 188.
May 5, 2019 § Leave a comment
Umar ibn al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, “A supplication is suspended between the heavens and the earth, none of it ascending—until you send salaah on your Prophet ﷺ.”
Saheeh at-Tirmidhi, 403.
The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Sending salaah on the Prophet ﷺ before supplicating, in the middle
of it and at the end is one of the strongest means by which it is hoped that all of the supplication will be accepted.”
Iqtidaa’us-Siraatil-Mustaqeem, p. 675.
March 16, 2019 § Leave a comment
“Abu Qilaabah Abdullaah ibn Zaid al-Jurmi said, ‘If you hear something about your brother which you dislike then exert yourself in making an excuse for him. And then if you can’t, say to yourself, ‘Maybe he has an excuse I don’t know about.’’ [Al-Hilyah, 2/285]
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr said, ‘What a difference there is between someone who strives to find an excuse for his brother and someone who invents lies and fabrications against him and twists what he says or does.’”
At-Tuhaf bil-Ma’thoor ’anis-Salaf, p. 11
March 11, 2019 § Leave a comment
“’Ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, saw a man supplicating to Allaah while holding a stone, so he said, ‘When you beseech your Lord for some good then don’t ask Him while you have a stone in your hand.” Az-Zuhd of Ibn Mubaarak, 84.
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr said, ‘Such things in their hands would weaken their devotion when supplicating. What have mobile phones done to the hearts then and how much have they turned away and hindered people from the Knower of the Unseen?’”
February 15, 2019 § Leave a comment
The Shaikh of Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The greatest pleasure in the Hereafter is seeing Allaah, سبحانه, as occurs in the authentic hadith, ‘And so He will have not given them anything more beloved to them than looking at Him,’ and it [i.e., seeing Him] is the fruit of knowing Him and worshipping Him in this world.
So the best thing in the worldly life is knowing Him and the best thing in the Hereafter is seeing Him.”
Majmoo al-Fataawaa, vol. 14, p. 163.
December 28, 2018 § Leave a comment
“Allaah said, “They stained his shirt with false blood. He said, ‘Nay, but your minds have made up a tale (that may pass) with you, (for me) patience is most fitting: Against that which ye assert, it is Allaah (alone) Whose help can be sought.’” [12:18] And He said, “Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly). Then come ye (here) to me together with all your family.” [12:93]
Yusuf عليه السلام sent his shirt from Egypt to his father because it was the reason for the start of his grief when they brought it to him [before], stained with blood, “And they brought his shirt stained with false blood,” so Yusuf عليه السلام wanted the end of his father’s grief to be from the same place it started, “Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly).”
So the grief in the story started with the shirt and ended with it.”
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.
May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What words of advice do you direct to the Islamic Ummah concerning the month of Ramadan?
Ibn Baaz: بسم الله، والحمد لله، وصلى الله على رسول الله، وعلى آله وأصحابه، ومن اهتدى بهداه، أما بعد
Concerning the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadaan for this year 1414H/1993 I advise my brother Muslims in all places to fear Allaah, and to race to all that is good, to exhort one another to truth and to be patient in that, cooperating upon righteousness and taqwaa, being wary of everything that Allaah has forbidden, of all sins in all places, especially during this precious month, for it is a great month in which righteous deeds are multiplied, and the sins of the people who fast and stand in prayer during it out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allaah are forgiven, due to the saying of the Prophet ﷺ, “Whoever prays during the night in Ramadaan out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allaah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim] And his saying ﷺ, “When Ramadaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” And his saying ﷺ, “Fasting is a shield. When any one of you is fasting, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor raise his voice. If anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say, ‘I am fasting.’” And his saying ﷺ, “Allaah the Exalted and Majestic said: ‘Every act of the son of Adam is for him, the reward of every (good) deed of a person is multiplied tenfold, except fasting which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it. He has abstained from food and drink, and sexual pleasures for My sake. The one who fasts experiences two pleasures: he feels pleasure when he breaks his fast and he will be joyful when he meets his Lord, and surely the breath of someone fasting is better smelling to Allah than the fragrance of musk.”
And he ﷺ used to give his Companions the joyous news of Ramadaan’s arrival, saying to them, ‘The month of Ramadaan has come to you, a month of blessings, Allaah sends down Mercy in it, wipes away sins, answers supplications, boasts of you before His Angels, so show Allaah good from yourselves, for the wretched one is the one who is deprived of Allaah’s Mercy in it.’ And he ﷺ said, ‘Whoever does not give up evil and ignorant speech, and acting in accordance with it, then Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink,” reported by Bukhaari in his Saheeh and the hadiths about the excellence of Ramadaan and the encouragement to do extra [good] deeds in it are numerous.
So I advise my brother Muslims to remain steadfast during its days and nights and to compete [with each other] in all good deeds, amongst which is increasing in ones recitation of the Noble Quran with reflection and understanding and increasing how much one says Subhaanallaah … alhamdulillaah … Laa ilaaha illallaah … Allaahu Akbar … and astaghfirullaah and in how much one asks Allaah for Paradise and seeks refuge from the Fire and in all good supplications [in general].
Just as I also advise my brothers to increase in giving in charity, and in consoling the poor and needy, paying attention to producing one’s zakaah and giving it to those who deserve it, along with paying attention to calling to Allaah سبحانه, educating the ignorant, enjoining the good and forbidding evil with gentleness, wisdom and a good manner, whilst being careful of all sins and sticking to repentance and remaining steadfast upon the truth, doing so due to His Saying, ‘And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed,’ [24:31] and His Saying, ‘Indeed those who say, ‘Our lord is Allaah,’ and then follow the straight path there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.’ [46:13-14]
May Allaah grant everyone success in doing that which pleases Him, and may He grant refuge to all from trials that lead one astray, and from the whispers of the Devil, indeed Allaah is the Magnanimous, Most Generous.