thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Maintain Ties For Allah’s Sake;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Glorious Quran: "And give to the relative his right."
[Surah al-Isra, verse 26]
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Whosoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day let him keep the ties of relations."
Relatives are those who are related to you through blood and close-ties; such as the brother, the uncle, the aunt, or their children. Everyone who has a tie of relation with you has certain rights upon you, in accordance with how closely they are related to you. Unfortunately, many people do not fulfil this haqq (right) and transgress the bounds concerning this.
Some of them do not seek to join ties with relatives or show kindness to them; neither through wealth, nor through good behaviour, nor through the giving of occasional gifts and presents, nor through rendering help to them in their times of need. Indeed, many days or months may pass without even seeing or visiting them. And sometimes, rather than seeking to join ties of relations, some people even intend to severe such ties, by seeking to harm their relatives - either through words, or action, or both.
Such people only even keep close lies with those who are not relation, yet cut-off ties with relatives. Some people only keep ties of relations with those who maintain ties with them, but cut off from those who cut off from them. So such people are not truly the waasils (those who keeps ties of relations), but rather they are those who do so based upon tit for tit. So they will only keep ties with those who keep ties with them -whether relatives, or other than them.
However, the true waasil (one who keeps ties of relations) is the one who keeps ties of relation for the sake of Allaah - regardless of whether his relations keep ties with him or not.
May our Rabb, al-Wudood, put love and concern in our hearts for our relatives for His sake, and enable us to fulfil their rights comprehensively, Ameen.
Pearls of Wisdom – Knowledge And Comfort;
“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions."
[Mu`aadh ibn Jabal (radiAllahu anhu)]
Q. With regard to the words al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm (prayer is better than sleep), is it to be said in the first adhaan before Fajr, or in the second adhaan? What is the evidence for saying them? What should the one who hears them say after the muezzin?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
The Sunnah is to say these words in the second adhaan after dawn has broken, as is narrated in the hadeeth of Abu Mahdhoorah and the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), which indicate that the muezzin used to say them in the second adhaan after dawn broke. ‘Aa’ishah said: Then the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would get up and pray two rak‘ahs, then he would go out to pray after the first call, which was the second adhaan in relation to what is called the first adhaan, and is the first adhaan with regard to the iqaamah, because it may also be called “adhaan.”
The Sunnah is to say these words in this adhaan which is the second one after dawn has broken, and is the first in relation to the iqaamah. With regard to the first adhaan, as people customarily call it, this is to alert people. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said concerning it: “So that those of you who are praying qiyaam can rest and those of you who are sleeping can wake up.” This is the adhaan that alerts people so that those who are asleep can wake up and those who are praying qiyaam can rest, i.e., not make their prayers too long, because dawn has come. In the hadeeth of ‘As’ishah, the later adhaan clearly called the first adhaan in relation to the iqaamah, because the iqaamah is a second adhaan, and the later adhaan may be called the second adhaan, in relation to the first adhaan, the purpose of which is to alert people.
What is meant by the words “prayer is better than sleep” is that the obligatory prayer that Allah has enjoined is better than sleep, and what people should do is get up for it. With regard to the naafil prayers at the end of the night or during the night, they are not obligatory, and sleep may be better than prayer if being sleepy is going to affect his prayer. [In that case] he should sleep and have his share of rest so that he will be able to pray properly. But the obligatory prayer is something that is required and is better than sleep in all cases; the individual has to get up for it and do what will help him to perform the prayer mindfully and do it well and properly.
The one who hears this phrase should repeat it, “al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm (prayer is better than sleep)” because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “When you hear the muezzin, say what he says.” So the one who is responding should say “Al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm”, just as he repeats “Allahu akbar (Allah is most great)” and “Ashhadu an la ilaaha ill-Allah (I bear witness that there is no God but Allah)”; this is the same, he should say “al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm.” But when the muezzin says “Hayya ‘ala al-salaah, hayya ‘ala al-falaah (come to prayer, come to prosperity)”, he should say, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (there is no power and no strength except with Allah).” This is what is prescribed.
When the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) heard the muezzin say “Hayya ‘ala al-salaah (come to prayer)”, he would say, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billah (there is no power and no strength except with Allah).” When the muezzin says, “Hayya ‘ala al-falaah” say “La hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billah,” because no one knows whether he will have strength or not, or whether that will be easy for him or not, so he should say Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah, meaning I do not have the power to respond to the muezzin and come to the mosque and perform the prayer except by the help of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted; and I do not have the strength to do that except by the help of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted. The call of the muezzin is a call to good: “Hayya ‘ala al-salaah, hayya ‘ala al-falaah (Come to prayer, come to prosperity).” So he has to respond and say, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billah (There is no power and no strength except with Allah).” This is what is prescribed, meaning: I have no power or strength to respond to the muezzin or perform the prayer on time with the congregation, or to do anything, except with the help of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.
And Allah is the source of strength; may Allah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) and his family and Companions (radiAllahu anhuma).
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Be Happy When It Rains;
We often complain about the UK being host to miserable weather, with rain dominating the forecasts all year round. But we should count ourselves as fortunate, and remind ourselves of the hadith of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam), in which he said, “Two duas will not be rejected, the one during the call of prayer (Adhaan) and when it rains”
[Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah]
Hence we should bear this in mind and make as much du'a as possible when we see the rain coming down.
Dua of the Week;
Duah Said As It Rains:
اللَّهُمَّ صَيِّبَاً نَافِعَاً
”Allahumma sayyaban naafi'a"
O Allah make it plentiful and beneficial".