Thursday, 3 January 2013

Congregational Prayers, Duahs Are Answered, Excessively Moving During Salah, Have A Laugh With Your Friends, Supplication For General Well-Being/Marriage

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Congregational Prayers;

Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) says in the Qur'an:

“And perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah), and give Zakaah, and bow down (or submit yourselves with obedience to Allaah) along with Ar-Raaki‘oon (those who bow)”
[al-Baqarah 2:43]

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) that our beloved Prophet (SAW) said, “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I was thinking of ordering that wood be gathered, then I would have ordered that the call to prayer be given, then I would have told a man to lead the people in prayer, then I would have gone from behind and burned the houses of men who did not attend the (congregational) prayer down around them. By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if any one of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two sheep’s feet with meat in them, he would have turned up for the ‘Isha’ prayer.” 
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 618; Muslim, 651]
There is a majority consensus amongst the Ulema, after considering comprehensive evidence from within the Qur'an and the Hadith collections, that offering salah in congregation is obligatory on Muslim men, and contains much greater reward than praying individually. However, many of us do not give it the importance that it warrants, and undermine the emphasis that is placed on establishing salah in Jama'ah, which is clear from the above ayah and hadith. Insha'Allah brothers should do their utmost to facilitate this opportunity in their workplaces and fulfil their obligations by trying to make Jama'ah as often as possible at work and at their home locations. Obviously, for sisters the case is different, as congregation is permissible but not mandatory upon them, which has been outlined in various ahadith from the Prophet

Pearls of Wisdom – Duahs Are Answered; 
‘If you make intense supplication and the timing of the answer is delayed, do not despair of it. His reply to you is guaranteed; but in the way He chooses, not the way you choose, and at the moment He desires, not the moment you desire. ’
[Ibn Ata’Allah]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. What is the ruling on excessively moving during the salah?

Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

The Sunnah is to focus on one’s prayer with proper humility, body and soul, whether it is an obligatory prayer or a naafil prayer, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salaah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness”
[al-Mu’minoon 23:1-2]

He must pray in a tranquil and dignified manner. This is one of the most important pillars and obligations of prayer, because the Prophet (SAW) said to one who prayed badly and was not tranquil and dignified in his prayer: “Go back and pray for you have not prayed.” And he did that three times. Then the man said: “O Messenger of Allaah, by the One Who sent you with the truth, I cannot do any better than this, teach me.” The Prophet   said: “When you stand up to pray, do wudoo’ well, then turn to face the qiblah and say takbeer, and recite whatever you can of Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then raise your head until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are sitting up straight and are at ease in sitting. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then get up until you are standing up straight. Then do that throughout your prayer.” (Agreed upon).  According to a version narrated by Abu Dawood, he said: “Then recite the Essence of the Qur’aan (al-Faatihah) and whatever Allaah wills.”

This saheeh hadeeth indicates that being at ease in the postures is a pillar or essential part of the prayer, and an important obligation, without which prayer is not valid. Whoever pecks out his prayer (by moving too rapidly), there is no prayer for him. Khushoo’ (proper focus and humility) is the essence of prayer. It is prescribed for the believer to pay attention to that and strive to achieve it.

With regard to defining the movements that contradict this ease and focus in prayer and limiting them to three movements, there is no hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to support this idea. Rather that is the suggestion of some scholars for which there is no reliable evidence.

But it is makrooh to fidget during the prayer, such as touching one's nose, beard or clothes and being distracted by that. Fidgeting a great deal invalidates the prayer. But if it is done a little, according to what is customary, or is done a great deal but is not continuous, then the prayer is not invalidated thereby. But it is prescribed for the believer to maintain proper focus and humility, and to avoid fidgeting a little or a lot, and to strive to make his prayer perfect.

The evidence that small movements, or repeated movements that are not continuous, do not invalidate the prayer is the report which says that the Prophet (SAW) opened the door for ‘Aa’ishah (radiAllahu anha) one day whilst he was praying.
[Narrated by Abu Dawood, 922; al-Nasaa’i, 601; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 601]

And it was proven in the hadeeth of Abu Qataadah (may Allaah have mercy on him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) led the people in prayer one day when he was carrying Umaamah the daughter of Zaynab. When he prostrated he put her down and when he stood up he picked her up.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Have a Laugh with Your Friends;
Contrary to the common perception having a laugh and joking is not impermissible in Islam, as long as the boundaries of humour and its implications are borne in mind.

An example of the Sahabah's sense of humour, which made the Prophet laugh, is the report given by Imam Ahmad from Umm. Salamah (radhiallahu `anha).
Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) went to do business in Busra, and with him were Nu'ayman and Suwaybit ibn Harmalah (radhiallahu `anhuma), both of whom had been present at Badr.
Suwaybit was in charge of food on the journey, and Nu'ayman said to him, "Feed me!" Suwaybit said, "Not until Abu Bakr (radhiallahu `anhu) comes."
Nu'ayman was a fun-loving man with a sense of humour, so he went to some people who had brought livestock with them, and said, "Will you buy a sturdy Arab slave from me?"
They said, "Yes." He said, "He has a big mouth, and he may tell you that he is a free man. If that means that you do not want to take him, then forget the matter, and do not cause trouble for me with him."
They said, "No problem, we will buy him."
So they bought him for ten young she-camels. Nu'ayman brought the animals back, and told the people: "There he is!" Suwaybit said: "I am a free man!" They said, "He has already told us all about you," and put a rope around his neck and led him away!
Then Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) came, and was told what had happened. He and his companions went and returned the animals and took Suwaybit back. They told the Prophet   what had happened, and he and his Sahabah would laugh about the story for a year afterwards.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for General Well-Being:

"Rabbi Inni Lima Anzalta Illayya Min Khairin Faqeer"

"My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!"
[al-Qasas, 24]

This du'a was recited by Musa (alayhis salam) for general well-being, and as a result he was almost immediately granted marriage by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala). It can be used when supplicating on a variety of matters, and is often associated with marriage.

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