Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Recitation Of Fajr Is Ever Witnessed


Recitation Of Fajr Is Ever Witnessed;
“Establish salah at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of fajr (dawn). Indeed, the recitation of fajr (dawn) is ever witnessed.”
[Surah Al-’Isra’ 17:78]

Quran at Fajr (Taken From Nouman Ali Khan’s Reminder)

As-Salaam Alaikum Quran Weekly.

In a couple of minutes I wanted to share with you a small reflection from one of the very beautiful passages of Surah Al-Isra. Surah al-Isra being surah number 17 of the Quran, in which Allah talks about the value of the Quran itself, and really the institution that helps us experience the Quran. You know it’s one thing to learn the language of the Quran, another to study its tafseer, its recitation and memorize it, but Quran is actually really experienced in salah itself.

So, Allah says (translated):
“ Establish prayer at the decline of the sun until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn…”

Establish the salah from the time the sun starts getting “loose” and it starts sinking, meaning around Maghrib time, you know make sure you make the Maghrib salah exactly on time. All the way at the end towards when the sun is completely gone and it’s the depth of the night. He did not call it salat al-Fajr, like establish the prayer at Maghrib, establish the prayer at Isha when it’s really dark at night. But when it came to Fajr, He did not even call it salat al-Fajr, He says Quran al-Fajr, “The Quran of Fajr.”

One of the benefits of that is that we should recite extra Qur’an at Fajr, but there’s something special about me as a person, me as a Muslim developing a relationship with the Qur’an especially at Fajr. And so the advice I give myself, and the advice I’m sharing with all of you, is that if you can make Fajr an institution in your life, set time aside for make good Fajr salah. Young men that are listening to this, go make salah at the masjid.
And the days that you do, and you sit there, and you recite Qur’an a little bit, if you can dedicate that time and make that a time in your life, then you will notice the spiritual benefits, and the worldly benefits of doing that immediately.

Allah says (translated): “…Indeed the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.”

Allah says that the Quran of Fajr, in the same ayah, no doubt about it, it is witnessed. It’s such a beautiful thing to say. The word مشهودا means that which is witnessed, so the Fajr of Qur’an, the recitation of Qur’an, the prayer that you recited, that you attended, is witnessed.

The question is, witnessed by who? You know, that’s an hour of the day when most people are asleep. So even if someone is walking to the prayer, or driving to the prayer, nobody sees them. But Allah says that is the time that is witnessed. Usually, things that are witnessed are the middle of the day. Popular times, popular places, but the masjid is not a popular place at Fajr time, not for most of us.
This salah is not a popular time, for most of us. It’s not a time when you see a lot of people around you, but Allah says there is no doubt about it, it is witnessed. The question is then witnessed by who? Not by other people that are sleeping, not by the people of heedlessness, but rather by the angels that are recording our deeds. Rather by Allah Himself, who’s making note of these slaves that are coming and leaving their sleep for Him and His word.

So this is a very powerful thing. And so tied to this advice, for myself again and for all of you, is that if we can make a really good habit of going to sleep early, which is easy to say and so hard to do, I know. We always have things to do and they pile up and we start getting around to them in the evening, of course shaytaan gets a little extra active in the evening too, so our distractions come. You know, you’re sitting there watching videos, hopefully not this one at two in the morning, and you’re doing all of this late, late at night, and your Fajr is basically like getting it out of the way. You’re half asleep and you pray a couple of rakahs, you don’t even know what you prayed. Your wudu was when you were half asleep, your prayer was when you were half asleep, and you go about your day, and that’s if you’re among those who wake up.

So if we can make a real habit in our lives of going to sleep early, and as a result waking up early, and really having the Quran of Fajr being given its right.

Quran Al-Fajr is one of the few idaafahs in the Qur’an. I don’t know of any other places in the Qur’an where the word Qur’an is associated directly like this, with this kind of construction, except with Fajr.

So I pray that I’m able to take advantage of that, and all of you are. I can guarantee you, I know I’ve experienced this personally in my life, and I can guarantee you’ll experience this for yourselves. Once you make a habit out of this, or you try to implement it even a little bit, you will start seeing its benefits immediately. You’re going to start seeing your days are different, your mood is different, what you can accomplish is different, the baraqah in your time is different.

I pray that Allah makes us people of the Qur’an, and people that are really able to take advantages of the times that Allah offers his special assistance to us, and His special lessons to us.

Barak’Allahu Walykum, Wa Salaamu Alaikum Quran Weekly.

Please note this transcript has been edited for readability purposes.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Disputing Matters of Deen, Dunya, Istikhaarah, Imam Ahmad, Seerah & Duah of Yusuf


Weekly Hadith – Disputing Over Matters Of The Deen;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Qur’an,
“And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirun (the patient).”
[Surah Anfal, 46]

‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar (radiAllahu anhu) reported: I went to Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) in the morning and he heard the voices of two persons arguing with each other about a verse (of the Quran).
Allah’s Apostle (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) came to us (and) the (signs) of anger could be seen on his face. He said: “Verily, the (peoples) before you were ruined because of their disputation in the Book.”
[Reported by Muslim]

The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) wants us to understand that when people start arguing and speaking about subjects they have little or no knowledge of leads to dispute amongst themselves and they become divided. Today unfortunately we see that many Muslims do not hesitate to speak about Islam or express their opinions in certain affairs of the religion without having the slightest knowledge of the deen. In contrast, if such issues were to be asked to Umar bin Al-Khattab, he would have gathered the sahabah to consult with them. So each of us should refrain from speaking about that which we do not know, and instead let the people of knowledge speak about the deen.
 May Allah (Subhanahu wa ta`ala) guide us to the straight path, the path of the correct knowledge.

Pearls of Wisdom – Dunya; 
"Detachment [from this dunya] is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you"
[Ali ibn Abi Talib (radi Allahu anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Can istikhaarah prayer be performed at the time when prayer is not allowed?

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

The scholars differed concerning istikhaarah prayer and whether it is regarded as a prayer for which there is a reason, or not.
The correct view is that if istikhaarah is done for something that is immediate and cannot be delayed, then this prayer may be performed at a time when prayer is not allowed, such as if a person wants to travel after ‘Asr prayer. But if the matter is not immediate and the prayer can be delayed until after the time when prayer is not allowed is over, then it should not be performed at that time.

[Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said in al-Fataawa al-Kubra (5/345):
Regular Sunnah prayers may be made up, and prayers for which there is a reason may be done during the times when prayer is not allowed. This is one of the two views narrated from Ahmad, and is the view favoured by a number of our companions and others. Istikhaarah prayer may be performed at the time when prayer is not allowed with regard to something that is immediate and cannot be delayed until the time when prayer is permitted.
It is mustahabb to offer two rak’ahs immediately after doing wudoo’, even if that is at a time when prayer is not allowed. This is the view of al-Shaafa’i. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: Can a person pray istikhaarah at a time when prayer is not allowed?
He replied: If istikhaarah has to do with an immediate matter that cannot be delayed until the time when prayer is not allowed is over, then it may be done. If it is for something that may be delayed, then it must be delayed. End quote.
[Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 14/275]

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Did You Know?
Al-Imam Ahmad reported in his book, Al-Musnad, almost forty thousand hadiths which he chose from the seven hundred fifty thousand hadiths he had memorized!

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Learn about the life of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam);
It is essential for every Muslim to know about the life of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam). The following link gives a detailed outline of the events before, during and up to the death of the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam). We should use this as a tool to improve our knowledge of the Seerah, and share it with others.

Dua of the Week;
Dua of Yusuf (Joseph, A.S) for Allah to make him die as a Muslim:

Transliteration: “Fatira alssamawati waalardi anta waliyyee fee alddunya waalakhirati tawaffanee musliman waalhiqnee bialssaliheena”

Translation: The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous."
[Surah Yusuf, 101]

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Excellence of the Remembrance of Allah

The Excellence of the Remembrance of Allah

Allah, the Exalted, says:
"And the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) of Allah in prayers]'' (29:45)
"Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you.'' (2:152)
"And remember your Rabb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words, in the mornings and in the afternoons, and be not of those who are neglectful.'' (7:205)
"And remember Allah much, that you may be successful.'' (62:10)
"Verily, the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam) men and women... (up to)... And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e., Jannah).'' (33:35)
"O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and `Asr prayers].'' (33:41,42)