Reminder: The Virtues of Reciting Surah Al Kahf on Friday

29 02 2008

There are saheeh ahaadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning the virtues of reciting Soorat al-Kahf during the day or night of Jumu’ah (Friday). These include: 

(a)                    From Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, who said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).”

(Narrated by al-Daarimi, 3407. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6471) 

(b)                   “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249. Ibn Hajar said in Takhreej al-Adhkaar that this is a hasan hadeeth, and he said, this is the strongest report that has been narrated concerning reading Soorat al-Kahf. See: Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/198. It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6470) 

(c)                    It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’”

Al-Mundhiri said, this was narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Mardawayh in his Tafseer, with an isnaad with which there was nothing wrong.

(al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/298) 





Current List of Live Islamic Classes Offered Free Online

27 02 2008

This is the current list of free, live online  DAILY Islamic classes offered at Al Quran Wa Sunnah Site of Learning. The schedule is updated often and new classes are added frequently. So, to keep up to date check the schedule at:

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Islamic Rulings and Views on Solar/Lunar Eclipses

21 02 2008

So, tonight (February 20, 2008) a total lunar eclipse has been forecast. Allahu Alim (Allah knows best). You can read the article here: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/080220-eclipse-news.html

When I saw this on the local news, I thought that it would be nice to post the Islamic rulings and views on solar/lunar eclipses. Insh’Allah this will be benefitial if any of us ever find ourselves in this situation. However, note, that we do not have to do anything unless we actually see an eclipse with our own eyes or if reliable witnesses have seen it. We do not do the eclipse prayer,etc just because an eclipse has been forecast by astronomers. You can read more on that here: http://www.islam-qa.com/special/index.php?ref=20368&subsite=14&ln=eng

Ok, so on to the rulings:

Praise be to Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for it stages that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allaah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayaat in detail for people who have knowledge.” [Yoonus 10:5]

“And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun” nor to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to Allaah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him” (Fussilat 41:37)

  1. Salaat al-Kusoof is Sunnah mu’akkadah (a confirmed Sunnah) according to the consensus of the scholars. The daleel (evidence) for this is the Sunnah reported from the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
  2. Eclipses are signs from Allaah by means of which Allaah makes His slaves afraid. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of destruction)” [al-Israa’ 17:39]
  3. When the sun was eclipsed at the time of the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), he went out rushing nervously to the mosque, dragging his cloak behind him, and led the people in prayer. He told them that the eclipse was one of the signs of Allaah, with which Allaah makes His slaves afraid, and that it may be the cause of punishment coming upon the people. He commanded them to do that which could prevent the punishment, so he commanded them to pray when an eclipse happens, and to make du’aa’, seek His forgiveness, give charity, free slaves and do other righteous deeds so that the punishment would go away and not befall the people. So the eclipse is a reminder to people, making them afraid so that they will turn back to Allaah and pay attention to Him.

During the Jaahiliyyah, people used to believe that eclipses happened to mark the birth or death of a great person, but the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) declared this belief to be false and explained the divine wisdom behind the occurrence of eclipses:

Imaam al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated that Ibn Mas’ood al-Ansaari said: “the sun was eclipsed the day Ibraaheem the son of the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, and the people said, ‘The sun is eclipsed because of the death of Ibraaheem.’ The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The sun and the moon are two signs from Allaah, and they do not become eclipsed for the death or the birth of anyone. If you see that, hasten to remember Allaah and to pray.’”

According to another hadeeth in al-Saheehayn: “Call on Allaah and pray until [the eclipse] is over.”

It is reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari that Abu Moosa said: “These signs that Allaah sends are not for the death or life of anyone, but Allaah makes His slaves afraid through them, so if you see anything of that [eclipses], then hasten to remember Allaah and call on Him and seek His forgiveness.”

Allaah causes eclipses to happen to these two mighty signs, the sun and the moon, to teach His slaves and show them that these things are created and are subject to imperfections and changes just like any other created entities. Thus He shows them His perfect ability and that He alone is deserving of worship, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun” nor to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to Allaah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him” (Fussilat 41:37)

  1. The time for Salaat al-Kusoof lasts from the beginning of the eclipse until it is over, because the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you see that, then pray.” (Agreed upon). According to another hadeeth, “If you see anything of that, then pray until it is over.” (Reported by Muslim).
  2. Salaat al-Kusoof should not be done once the eclipse is over, because the time has gone. If an eclipse ends before one knows about it, one does not have to pray, because the reason for this prayer is no longer there.
  3. The way in which Salaat al-Kusoof is done is to pray two Rak’ahs in which Qur’aan is recited aloud, according to the correct one out of the two scholarly opinions. In the first Rak’ah, one should recite al-Faatihah and a long soorah such as Soorat al-Baqarah or the equivalent, then do a long rukoo’, then raise one’s head and say, “Sami’a Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa laka’l-hamd (Allaah listens to the one who praises Him; our Lord to You be praise)” after standing upright, as in other prayers. Then one should then recite al-Faatihah and another long soorah, shorter than in the first recitation, equivalent in length to Soorat Aal ‘Imraan. Then one should do another long rukoo’ shorter than the first, and when raising one’s head, say, “Sami’a Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa laka’l-hamd hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan fih, mal’ al-samawaati wa mal’ al-ard wa mal’ ma shi’ta min shay’in ba’d (Allaah listens to the one who praises Him; our Lord to You be praise, much good and blessed praise, filling heaven and earth and whatever You will besides that).” Then he should do two lengthy sujoods, without making the sitting between them too long. Then one should pray the second rak’ah like the first, with two long rukoo’s and two long sujoods, as he did in the first rak’ah. Then he should recite the Tashahhud and say the salaam.

    This is the description of Salaat al-Kusoof as prayed by the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as was reported with a number of isnaads. Some of these reports are in al-Saheehayn, including the hadeeth narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her): “The sun was eclipsed at the time of the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out, stood up and said Takbeer (‘Allaahu akbar’), and the people formed rows behind him. The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recited a lengthy recitation and did a lengthy rukoo’, then he raised his head and said, ‘Sami’a Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa laka’l-hamd.’ Then he stood upright and recited another lengthy recitation, shorter than the first. Then he said ‘Allaahu akbar’ and did another lengthy rukoo’, shorter than the first. Then he said, ‘Sami’a Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa laka’l-hamd.’ Then he did sujood. Then in the second rak’ah he did likewise, until he had completed four rukoo’s and four sujoods, and the eclipse was over before he had finished.” (Agreed upon).

  4. It is sunnah to pray Salaat al-Kusoof in jamaa’ah (congregation), because this is what the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did, but it is permissible to pray it individually, as with all other naafil prayers. However, praying it in congregation is better.
  5. It is sunnah for the imaam to address the people after the prayer, and to warn them against negligence and being led astray, and to tell them to make lots of du’aa’ and ask for forgiveness. In al-Saheeh it is narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) finished his prayer then addressed the people and started by praising Allaah then he said, “The sun and the moon are two of the signs of Allaah, and they do not become eclipsed for the death or the birth of anyone. If you see that, then call on Allaah, perform salaah, give charity…”
  6. If the prayer ends before the eclipse does, then remember Allaah (dhikr) and call on Him (du’aa’) until the eclipse ends. The prayer should not be repeated. If the eclipse ends before the prayer, then the prayer should be completed quickly, but it should not be stopped or cut off abruptly, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “and render not vain your deeds” [Muhammad 47:33]. The prayer should be at the time of the eclipse, because the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “… until it (the eclipse) is over…” and he also said, “… until what you are going through is over …”
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: “Sometimes eclipses last for a long time, and sometimes for a short time, depending on how much of the sun or moon is eclipsed. The entire sun or moon may be eclipsed, or only half of it, or one-third. If it is a total eclipse, then the prayer should last long enough for all of al-Baqarah or something of similar length to be recited in the first rak’ah, and in the next rak’ah a shorter recitation is made. There are saheeh ahaadeeth narrated from the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as we have mentioned, and it is prescribed to shorten the prayer if the reason for it [i.e., the eclipse] is no longer there. So if it is known that the eclipse will not last for long, or if it started to get less, one should still pray, but the prayer should be shortened. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars, because this prayer is prescribed for a specific reason, and if the reason is no longer there and the eclipse is over, one should not pray.”
(source: www.islamqa.com Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid)





A List of Some of My Favorite Islamic Sites and Resources Online

18 02 2008

I thought that I would compile a list of Islamic sites that I have found particularly useful throughout my journey as a Muslimah.  Here you will find Islamic video, audio, and written articles and info (mostly in English).  Some of these I have stumbled upon myself and others have been suggested to me. 

It’s Oprah’s favorite things, Muslimah style!

Enjoy! 😀

Video (FREE):

www.islamictube.net (excellent, mash’Allah!)

http://thedeenshow.com/show.php (insh’Allah check it out!)

http://tubeislam.com/ (Formally youtubeislam by Yusuf Estes. Many Various Islamic videos.)

http://www.isyoutube.com/index.php (a large selection of Islamic videos)

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=khalifahklothing (very good full length lectures from various scholars. I especially like this one because new videos are uploaded very frequently.)

http://www.lightuponlight.com/islam/

http://www.aswatalislam.net/ (Video, live streaming tv (in both english and arabic), islamic articles, and many audio lectures to choose from)

http://www.halaltube.com/ (islamic audio and video, very well organized! Mash’Allah)

www.muslimvideo.com(you have the option of watching live islamic tv or watching/uploading videos Be sure to check out the group Sunnahfollowers.Net)

www.muxlim.com (Be sure to check out Sunnahfollowers Channel!)

http://www.nasheedtube.com/ (nasheeds9ik]=’

http://www.idca.org.au/content/view/34/59/

 

Free Islamic TV Streaming Online:

Huda TV (English):

http://www.huda.tv/defaultN.aspx?rt=15

ShareIslamTV, PeaceTV, Huda, Taraweeh, and Islam Channel (Click on the red drop down menu to choose a channel)

http://watchislam.com/tv4/

Free Islamic Classes and lectures online:

www.sunnahfollowers.net (offers a 2 week guarantee join for 2 weeks consistantly and your iman should grow. Also offers live classes held everyday. Some of the speakers are:  Sister Laila Nasheeba,  Shaykh Mustapha Morsey,Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali, Shaykh Hasan Khalil, Brother Muhammad Shameem, and the list is ever growing!  Plus, they play benefitial lectures and videos from various scholars and speakers between class times. So, the rememberance of Allah is always ongoing! I can personally attest to the benefit of this site. As you can see, I can’t say enough about it. I highly recommend it!)

www.chatislam.com (offers several classes).

Islamic Audio (some of these sites also contain Islamic articles and videos) ALL ARE FREE:

http://www.islamicmedia.com.au/index.php

www.dremali.com (articles and lectures given by Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali)

http://www.ibadarrahman.org/ (contains audio from khutbahs and lectures given at Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman Masjid in Durham, NC by the imam and others)

http://www.islamactive.net/ (contains articles, video, and audio from various scholars and lecturers)

http://www.audioislam.com/?whatsnew (alot of audio files from various speakers and scholars)

http://www.islaam.com/Lectures.aspx (audio lectures and islamic articles by various scholars and lecturers)

http://nadeem.lightuponlight.com/ (free downloads of lectures,videos, nasheeds, screensavers, islamic ebooks, etc)

http://www.aswatalislam.net/  (I put this in the video category but I’m also going to put it here because this site contains a large selection of audio (lectures, nasheeds, Quran, and misc)

Qur’an Online (FREE):

http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/quran/

http://quranicaudio.com/index 

http://www.quranexplorer.com/

www.searchtruth.com

Ebooks and Articles(FREE):

http://www.islamworld.net/ (tafsir, Qur’an, hadiths, ebooks, articles, for non muslims, new muslims, and old muslims, very good site!)

http://abdurrahman.org/ebooks.html

http://www.geocities.com/kkhaan/books.html

http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/index.htm

http://www.islamqa.com/index.php?pg=articles&type=1&ln=eng

http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?setfilter=all

http://www.jannah.org/articles/

http://www.soundvision.com/info/ (articles and islamic online store)

http://www.alminbar.com/ (khutbahs)

http://alhidaayah.net/books.html

http://imaan.net/

http://seerah.net/

For the Kids (FREE):

http://www.kidsmedia.net/

Some Other Sites:

http://www.sultan.org/ (great list of islamic resources and sites)

www.islamhouse.com (very good site with Audio, video, books, and articles in over 70 different languages).

www.whyislam.org  (very good daw’ah site with well written articles and free pamphlets and Qur’ans)

http://www.survivorsareus.com/ (Full of great info, mash’Allah!)

http://www.life-islam.blogspot.com/ (articles written by an American convert to Islam now living in Saudi, very insightful, motivational, and educational, must read!)

http://alqamardesigns.com/

www.islamweb.net (In English, Arabic or French. Contains audio and articles and current events. Also has a really nice kids section)

Some Favorite Islamic Shopping Sites:

http://www.desertstore.com/ (very nice clothing for men, women, and children as well as a selection of other things. Very fashionable quality clothing that still covers properly.  Pretty decent shipping prices…Ships from Saudi)

http://essenceofblack.com/

http://www.islamicboutique.com/default.asp

http://www.alhediya.com/ (great islamic apparel from Kuwait but ships worldwide! I’m soooo sad that it is going out of business but they’re having a HUGE SALE! so stock up!)

http://www.al-ikhlas.com/ (nice selection of hijabs, abayas/sets, salwar kameez, tunics, caftans, and more. Ships from US, very good prices.

http://www.al-muminat.com (islamic clothing for women)

http://www.quickbizsites.com/desertboutique ( Also located in Kuwait but ships worldwide! islamic clothing, accessories, home decor, jewelry, audio, and  more)

http://www.modestyisbeautiful.com

http://www.dar-us-salam.com/ (great prices on books, audio, etc)

http://www.astrolabe.com/ (large US based online Islamic store offering, audio, games, videos)

www.soundvision.com

Hmmm……this is all that I can think of for now. Insh’Allah I will update as I discover new sites. Feel free to email me your own favorite sites if you would like to have them added.

May Allah accept our efforts, forgive us our sins, and make these links be of benefit to many. ameen!

**”I have never had any problem with any of these sites. However, use these sites at your own discretion. I am in no way responsible for anything that occurs at these sites. I do not necessarily agree with the content on external sites. I do not own any of them and all rights are reserved to the proper owners.**





Hasbi Allahu Wa Ne’mal Wakil!

9 02 2008
 “Hasbi Allahu wa ne’mal wakil.”

“Allah is sufficient for me and is the best trustee of affairs.”

 Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: HasbunAllah wa Ni’mal Wakil“:Allâh (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” (173) So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allâh. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allâh. And Allâh is the Owner of Great Bounty. (174) It is only Shaitân (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends ,so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.

(English translation of the Qur’an 3:172-175)
Allahu Akbar!