Salaatul Duha- How many Sunnah have we missed, and how many shortcomings do we have in our Obligatory Salaah! Allaahul Musta’aan

Let’s increase in Reward O Slaves of Allaah- How many Sunnah have we missed, and how many shortcomings do we have in our Obligatory Salaah! Allaahul Musta’aan

One of the optional prayers is Salatul Duha. It is a Sunnah Mu’akkadah (supererogatory).

Abu Dharr Radhiallahu ‘anhu reported: The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint of the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity, every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha ill Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of declaration of His Power (i.e. saying Allah Akbar); and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ats of Doha Prayers which one performs in the Forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim]

•Its time•

Its time is from about 20 minutes after the sunrise till about 15/20 mins before Salatul Dhuhr. 

The time for Duha prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise, until just before the sun passes its zenith (and the zenith is when the time for Zuhr prayer begins). What is meant by just before the sun passes its zenith is ten to fifteen minutes before it reaches the zenith, i.e. before the time when it is forbidden to pray begins. End quote. Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), (14/306). 

Ibn Muflih (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The time for (Duha) is from when the time when it is forbidden to prays ends, until the sun reaches its zenith. What is meant – and Allaah knows best – is just before the sun passes its zenith, because it is forbidden to pray at that time. End quote from al-Furoo’ (1/5670.

 

The best way to approach this insha’Allah, when you wake up after going to sleep after fajr, make your wudul and pray your 2, 6, 4 or 8 rak’ats for Salatul Duha. 

subhaanAllah, how easy is that?

when starting out start with praying 2 raka’ah, when you get used to praying this Salah then insha’Allah you can increase the number of Rak’ah that you pray in it. 

 Abu Huraira Radhiallahu ‘anhu said : “My Khalil (friend) (the Prophet Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam) advised me to observe three things and I shall not leave them till I die:
1. “To observe Saum (fasting) three days every (lunar) month;
2.” To offer the Duha prayer;
3. To offer Witr prayer before sleeping.”
[Bukhari & Muslim]

so insha’Allah T’ala, this is a simple Sunnah Mu’akkadah that we can easily begin to implement.

so in sha Allaah lets make the intention, if we cannot pray it today, to start from tomorrow to observe this prayer! Baarak Allaahu feekum – Share this in shaa Allaah with others

The means that will help a Muslim to wake up for Fajr prayer- Ibn Baaz Rahimahullaah

Question: What are the means that will help a Muslim to wake up for the morning prayer? Bearing in mind that he goes to bed early, but does not wake up until after the sun has risen.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)­: It is an obligation upon every Muslim to fear Allaah, and to pray the five prescribed prayers at their appointed times in the Masjid along with the Muslim congregation. He must be vigilant in carrying out all of the means that will aid him upon this. And from the ways that will help him stand for the Fajr prayer with the congregation are:

1) He (should) sleep early;

2) Set an alarm clock to the appropriate hour so that he gets up for the prayer on time and attends it in congregation; and

3) He must strive in imploring Allaah for success and assistance.

He should also repeat the legislated words of remembrance before he goes to sleep. By doing so, Allaah will grant him success – in shaa` Allaah – in rising up for the prayer on time, and performing it with the rest of the Jamaa’ah.

[Majmoo` Fataawaa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawi`ah, vol. 8.|Translated by: Umm Sufyaan Fatimah]

Hadeeth on Salaat – Pray your optional Prayers O Muslims!!

Pray your optional Prayers O Muslims

The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

The first thing to be taken account of from the deeds of the slave of the Day of Judgement will be the Salat. If it is satisfactory, he will be successful and pass; and if it is not so, he will fail and lose, and if something is deficient in his obligatory prayers, the Lord will say:
انظروا هل لعبدي من تطوع

‘Check if my slave has an optional Salat to his credit.’

The deficiency will be made good from that. After that, the rest of this deeds will be examined in a similiar way.”

[Reported by Tirmidhi and others as authentic]

How Does One Behave Toward a Relative Who Does Not Pray?

Question:

I have a brother-in-law who rarely prays. I live with my husband’s family and [ the female members of] his family sit with him even if the Imam is praying. What should I do? I am not one of his relatives (mahram). Is there any sin upon me since I do not have the ability to advise him?

Answer:

If he does not pray, then he is deserving to be boycotted. You should not greet him nor should you respond to his greeting, until he repents. This is because not praying is a greater form of kufr [that takes one out of the fold of Islam]. This is true even if a person does not deny that it is obligatory. This is according to the most correct opinion among the scholars. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) said,

“The covenant that is between us and them [the disbelievers] is the prayer. Whoever abandons it has committed blasphemy.” This was recorded by Ahmed and the compilers of the Sunan with a sound chain.

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) said, “Between a man and disbelief and polytheism is the abandoning of the prayer.” This is recorded by Imam Muslim in his sahih.

However, if a person denies the obligation of the prayers, then he is a disbeliever according to the consensus of the scholars.

Therefore, it is obligatory upon his family to advise him and to boycott him if he does not repent. It is obligatory to take his matter to the ruler for him to be asked to repent. If he repents,[that is accepted from him]. If he does not repent, he is to be killed. This is because Allah has said in the Qur’an,

“But if they repent and offer prayer perfectly and give zakat, then leave their way free.” (at-Tauba: 5)

Also, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) said,

“I have been prohibited from killing those who pray.” [1]

These evidences show that one who does not pray is not to have his “way left free” and there is no prohibition against killing him if he is taken to the authorities and he does not repent. And Allah is the One who provides guidance.

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[1]. Recorded by Abu Dawud. Some of the narrators in the chain are unknown. However, due to supporting evidence, al-Albani has called this hadith sahih.See Muhammed Nasir al-Din al-Albani,Sahih Sunan Abu Dawud (Riyadh: Maktaba al-Tarbiyah al-Arabi li-Daul al-Khaleej,1989), vol. 3 p. 931. He discusses it in some detail, although without mentioning that it is recorded by Abu Dawud, in Muhammed Nasir al-Din al-Albani,Silsilat al-Ahadith al-Sahiha (Riyadh: Maktaba al-Maarif,1991), Vol. 5, p. 493

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz

Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women – Darussalam Pg.34-36

HUSBANDS: BEAUTIFY YOURSELVES FOR YOUR WIVES AND HELP IN THE HOME – By Umm Salamah [Sh.Muqbils Wife]

HUSBANDS: BEAUTIFY YOURSELVES FOR YOUR WIVES AND HELP IN THE HOME

Allah says:

“And the women have the same rights as those that are over them from what is reasonable.”
[Sooratul-Baqarah 2: 228]

Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer in his explanation of this verse said:
“It means that they have rights over the men similar to the rights that the men have over them. So giving each other their mutual rights is obligatory from what is reasonable…

Wakee’ said on the authority Basheer ibn Sulaymaan, on the authority of ‘Ikramah, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas who said:

“Verily I love to beautify myself for my wife just as I love my wife to beautify themselves for me because Allah says:
“And the women have the same rights as those that are over them from what is reasonable.”
[Sooratul-Baqarah 2: 228]

If a man beautifies himself, it helps the woman in lowering her gaze and it helps to bring the hearts close together.
Some men go to their wives and they are unkempt, dirty, and foul smelling. He bathes and perfumes himself to go out with his friends, but when he returns he is as I mentioned earlier which causes dislike in the heart and disgust in the soul.
Just as you ask your wife, when she is in front of you, to be beautiful looking and pleasant smelling, she also asks this of you. She has feelings just as you do, and she has senses just as you do. Men, fear Allah in yourselves and in your women.”
Helping her with housework

‘Aa’ishah (radiallaahu anha) was asked, “What does the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) do with his family?” She said: “He was busy with his family until it was time to pray and then he prayed.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

On the authority of al-Qaasim, on the authority of ‘Aa’ishah (radiallaahu ‘anhaa) that he asked, “What did he Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) do in his house?” She said: “He was a man among men, he cleaned his garment, he milked his sheep and he served himself.” [Ahmad with an authentic chain]

On the authority of ‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr, on the authority of ‘Aa’ishah (radiallaahu ‘anhaa) that he asked, “What did the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) do in his house?” She said: “He mended his garment, patched his shoes and he did in his house what men do in their houses.” [Ahmad with an authentic chain]

The female student of Islamic knowledge especially needs her husband’s help in raising the children and caring for them, in order for her to study from the Qur’an and Sunnah what is needed for her to practice her religion and assist her in bringing up her children in a proper and sound way. We ask Allah to guide our men

Source: Umm Salamah as-Salafiyyah – Excerpt from her book: Supporting the Rights of Believing Women 

Prayer: [THE OBLIGATION OF PREVENTING ANYONE TRYING TO PASS IN FRONT OF YOU, EVEN IN THE SACRED MOSQUE IN MAKKAH]

[THE FORBIDDANCE OF PASSING IN FRONT OF A PERSON WHO IS PRAYING, EVEN IN THE SACRED MOSQUE IN MAKKAH (AL-MASJIDUL-HARAM)]

It is not allowed to pass directly in front of a person who is praying if he has a sutrah infront of him. There is no difference in this between al-Masjidul-Haram and other mosques. The forbiddance applies equally to all of them, due to the generality of his salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam saying, ”If the one who passes directly in front of a person knew the (sin) that was upon him, then he would rather stand and wait for forty than pass in front of him.” Meaning, passing in between him and the place of his sutrah.

[THE OBLIGATION OF PREVENTING ANYONE TRYING TO PASS IN FRONT OF YOU, EVEN IN THE SACRED MOSQUE IN MAKKAH]

It is not allowed for a person praying towards a sutrah to allow anyone to pass in front of him, due to the previous hadeeth, ”…and do not let anyone walk in front of him…” and his salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam saying, ”If one of you prays towards something that screens him from the people, and someone wants to pass in front of him, then let him repel him by pushing him on the chest, and let him repel him as much as he can… [and in a narration: …then let him fight him, for he is a devil].”

[MOVING FORWARD TO PREVENT SOMEONE PASSING]

And it is allowed for him to take a step or more forwards in order to prevent an animal or a child from passing in front of him, so that they pass behind him.

[THAT WHICH BREAKS/DISRUPTS THE PRAYER]

From the importance of the sutrah in Prayer is that is prevents the person’s prayer being nullified by the passing of that which will disrupt it. Contrary to the one who prays without a sutrah, since his Prayer will be nullified if an adult woman or likewise a donkey, or a black dog passes in front of him.

[Pages 11-12 | The Prophets Prayer Described | Shaykh Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee Rahimahullaah]

Which is better for the Muslim woman- Seeking Knowledge or Taking care of the house?- Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Question: Which is better for a Muslim woman, taking care of her house and husband, or devoting her time to seeking knowledge, and bringing a servant to take care of the house?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to strive to understand her religion as much as possible, but serving her husband, obeying her husband and raising her children are also important obligations. She should make time to learn every day, even if it is only a little. Or she should put aside some time for reading and then the rest of her time will be for her daily work. In this way she will not be neglecting learning and she will not be neglecting her work and children and leaving them to a servant to look after. Seeking balance in this matter, by setting aside time for learning, even if it is a little, and time for her housework, will be sufficient for her.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan – al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1085