Thursday, 5 September 2013

Islamic New Year, Constantly Thanking Allah, Wounds and Wudhu, Fasting on Ashura and Duah of Pharoh's Wife Asiyah

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Islamic New Year;
Allah (Subhanawa taála) says in His Perfect Word, “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…”
[al-Tawbah 9:36]

And in his final sermon before his death, the Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, among other things,"With Allah the months are twelve; four of them are holy; three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumaada and Sha'ban."

The commencement of the month of Muharram marks the beginning of a new year in the Islamic calendar. While as Muslims we do not traditionally celebrate our New Year, we do acknowledge the passing of time, and therefore reflect on our mortality. Setting ourselves new years resolutions is not a practice we follow, as correcting oneself so infrequently would be insufficient. But we know from the hadith narrations that the angels assigned to us record and report our actions to Allah (Subhana wa taála) on a daily basis, after Fajr and Asr. Hence we should make a continuous, persistent effort on a regular basis to rectify our faults and weaknesses.

As is confirmed by the above given aayah and hadith, Muharram is one of the four sacred months, and we should endeavour to make the most of its virtues by increasing in our good deeds during this month, and refraining from indulging in anything that may displease our Lord (the Mighty and Sublime).

May Allah (Subhana wa taála) bring success to the Ummah in this, and all proceeding years, and cement in our hearts a firm resolve to strive in His way to win His pleasure, Ameen.  

Pearls of Wisdom – Constantly Thanking Allah; 
´The greatest manifestation of wisdom is in continuously thanking Allah for everything that He has bestowed upon you.´
[Imam Rafique Mehdi, Imam of Masjid al-Imaan in Fort Lauderdale, US, and leading daaée in Florida]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. How should one complete wudhoo/perform ghusl (bath to remove ritual impurty) over a bandage/wound?

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

If there is a wound in any part of the body, then this wound is either uncovered or it is covered with a dressing or bandage.

If it is covered with a dressing or bandage, then he should wash the healthy parts of the body, then he should wet his hand with water and wipe over the dressing. If he does this then he does not need to do tayammum.

There are ahaadeeth which speak about wiping over splints, but they are all da’eef (weak), but that has been proven from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).

Al-Bayhaqi said:

Nothing has been proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on this topic… rather this is the view of the fuqaha’ among the Taabi’een and those who came after them, as well as what we have narrated from Ibn ‘Umar. He mentioned with his isnaad that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) did wudoo’ when his hand was bandaged, and he wiped over it and over the dressing, and he washed everything else. He said: This is saheeh from Ibn ‘Umar. End quote.  Al-Majmoo’, 2/368.
But if the wound is uncovered, then it must be washed with water if possible, but if washing it will harm it, and he can wipe it then he should wipe it. If that is not possible, then the wound should be left without washing or wiping, then when the person has finished doing wudoo’, he should do tayammum.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (1/169)
The scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) said: Wounds and the like are either uncovered or covered.
If the wound is uncovered then it must be washed with water. If it is not possible to wash it with water then it should be wiped over. If it is not possible to wipe over it then he should do tayammum. This is in order of preference.

If it is covered with some kind of appropriate material, then it can only be wiped. If wiping will harm it even though it is covered, then he should do tayammum, just as if it was uncovered. This is what was stated by the fuqaha’ (may Allaah have mercy on them). End quote.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

If it has a dressing over it, he should wipe over it; if it is uncovered then he should do tayammum for it. End quote. Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 10/118 

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) was asked:
After the washing that the doctor did for me, some blood came from my hand, from the site of the injection, so he put a bandage over it. If I take it off it starts to bleed and would not stop until night. This bandage is still wrapped around my left hand. Is it permissible for me wipe over it when I do wudoo’ even though I was not taahir when it was put on, rather it was put on when there was bleeding; and how should I wipe over it?
He replied: 

You should not take off the bandage which is over your wound, especially since taking it off will harm you and make it bleed. It is not permissible for you to take it off in this case, because that poses a danger to you. So leave it where it is, and when you do wudoo’ wash the part of the hand where there is no bandage, and for the part where the bandage is, it will be sufficient for you to wipe over the outside of it by wetting your hand with water and moving it over the outside of the bandage. This will suffice for you instead of washing what is beneath it for as long as it needs to stay, even if that is for many prayer times or for several days. It is not essential that the bandage have been put on when you were taahir, rather you may wipe over it, according to the correct view, even if you were not taahir at the time when it was put on and even if there is blood underneath it at the site of the injection or wound.

Conclusion: There is nothing wrong with you leaving the bandage on; rather you have to leave it on because it is in your interests. You can wipe over the outside of it when you wash the part of your hand that is not covered. End quote. Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al-Shaykh al-Fawzaan, 5/15

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.


Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Fasting on Ashura;
Fast the Day of Ashura...

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Fasting the day of `Ashura’ (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year”

Also, fasting the 9th of Muharram is highly recommended by the Sunnah. Imam At-Tirmidhi reported that Ibn `Abbas (radiAllahu anhuma) used to say: “We should fast on two days: the 9th and 10th of Muharram to distinguish ourselves from the Jewish community.”

We should take advantage of this concession of Allah (Subhana wa taála) and ensure that we fast these two days in order to have our minor sins forgiven. It should be noted that accordingly to the majority scholarly opinion, the 10th and the 11th can also be fasted to fulfil the recommended Sunnah.

Muharram is still to come after the month of Hajj but nothing wrong with attaining the knowledge for it now.

Dua of the Week;
Dua of Firáun´s (Pharoh´s) Wife, Asiyah (radiAllahu anha):

Transliteration: “Rabbi ibni lee ‘indaka baytan fee aljannati”

Translation: ‘My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise’
[al-Tahrim, 11]

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