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Reciting Takbir, Qur’aan And The ‘Athkaar Silently (In Salaah), By Sh. Mashhur Hasan Aal-Salmaan

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Reciting Takbir, Qur’aan and the ‘Athkaar silently (In Salaah)

By Sh. Mashhur Hasan Aal-Salmaan

One of the most common mistakes when performing Salaat is reciting Takbir, Qur’aan and ‘Athkaar by heart [silently] as if Salaat consists of only mere acts with no verbal actions!! Abu Bakr Al-Asamm and Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyaynah(1) held this view and considered that Salaat is valid even without articulating Takbir!!

They both built their opinion on Allaah’s (swt) verse that says: ‘And perform Salaat’. They considered the order in the ‘Aayah as a general one which the prophet (saw) explained through his hadith: ‘Perform your Salaat as you have seen me performing it’(2) and that which can be seen and perceived is only the acts not words.

Consequently, Salaat is a proper noun that refers to the acts done in it. According to this point of view, the one who is physically unable to do Salaat does not have to perform Salaat at all, and the dumb who is physically well must do it. This view is, however, an odd one which contradicts the rulings of the pure Shari’ah tests; Allāh (swt) said:

‘So recite as much of the Qur’aan as may be easy for you’.(3)

The order in this ‘Aayah is a general one which must be followed in accordance with the specification indicated in the following hadith; the prophet (saw) said: ‘Unless Faatihah is recited in one’s Salaat, it is considered null and void’.(4)

As for the prophet’s (saw) hadith: ‘Peform Salaat as you have seen me performing it’, the act of seeing here refers to all of the prophet’s (saw) actions not the physical ones only. When the purport of all the previous texts are joined together, it is easily concluded that Qur’aan must be recited in all our Salaat – as all ‘Ulamah and the Sahaabah before them held’.(5)

Were reciting Qurn’aan in Salaat secretly valid, the prophet (saw) wouldn’t have told the Sahaabi – who did his Salaat improperly- to recite whatever he wishes of the Qur’aan, for reciting necessitates the movement of the tongue literally and in shar’; Allaah (swt) said:

‘Move not your tongue concerning (the Qur’aan, O Muhammad (saw) to make haste there with’.(6)

On the basis of this view, Some ‘Ulamh – who believe in the prohibition of reciting Qur’aan when one is in his/ her post sexual intercourse state, allowed such persons to recite it only by heart.

An-Nawawi said: ‘The one in post sexual intercourse state, the woman in her menstrual period and in her post partum state are permitted to read the Qur’aan only by heart without articulating it, so is the case with reading from the Mus-haf’.(7)

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Do Not Tie The Truth To Men – The Humility Of Ibn Uthaymeen

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Do Not Tie The Truth To Men – The Humility Of Ibn Uthaymeen

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Brief Encounter On Facebook Leads To Love

Posted in Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna, Marriage, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Brief Encounter On Facebook Leads To Love

Q) I have male friends on facebook, and for a number of months I have been talking to a male friend and we have fallen in love. We haven’t met in person but have contemplated it. I feel bad but I feel so attached to him. Am I sinning? What do I do?

A) Thank you for the question. You mentioned that you have some male friends on facebook, and that you formed a relationship with a male friend and that relationship has transformed to loving that person. You also mentioned that you have contemplated meeting that person and you feel bad and do not know what to do.

First and foremost, we should know that there are certain etiquettes all Muslims have to adhere to when engaging with the opposite sex on facebook, forums etc. Among the manners are: When talking or writing there must not be any flirtation. Exchanging photos of each other should be completely avoided unless it was for the reasons of marriage and with the consent of one’s parents or guardians. Talking in private chat rooms etc should be avoided.

Secondly, falling in love is natural. Allah said in regards to the relationship between the husband and wife that He, ‘ordained between you love and mercy’ (30:21). Therefore, falling in love is not a sin because in shari’ah ‘whatever feelings overcome one’s heart without his or her choice, then no sin is deemed to have been committed. Indeed, feelings of love and hate which overcome one’s emotions inadvertently are not considered sins, unless they drive that person to act upon those feelings in an unlawful manner.

Allah (jallah thana uh) said in the Holy Quran: “Allah does not overburden a soul with what it cannot bear” (2:286).

The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) stated in the authentic Hadith: “Allah Almighty has forgiven for my Ummha what they have concealed in their hearts, unless they act accordingly or speak aloud”.  (Bukhari, Muslim)

However, a man and woman must not indulge in any acts which would cause such emotions to overcome their hearts, as this may lead to sinful acts being committed. (excerpts taken from an ECFR fatwa)

Thirdly, you mentioned that you have both fallen in love. You have to ask yourself, is it love or is it something else. Love comes with time and knowing and spending quality time with a person. One has to be extremely vigilant of the tricks of the Shaytan (Devil), he beautifies bad things and whispers in to the ears of human beings to lead them to disobey Allah.

Fourthly, you mentioned that you have contemplated meeting that person. I urge you not to do that as this will open the doors for the ShaytaAn and may lead you to disobey Allah. At this immediate instance, the best thing you can do is to halt any communication with this person and pray to Allah to give you strength.

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