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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