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The Sunnah is to make the recitations in Fajr longer than in other prayers


The reason why Qur’aan is recited out loud in the nighttime prayers and silently in the daytime prayers

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een (2/91):

With regard to the distinction between the nighttime prayers and the daytime prayers, in terms of reciting out loud and reciting silently, there is great wisdom in that,

Because :

  • the night is a time when voices and movements are stilled, and
  • hearts are focused and have renewed energy.

The day is the time when people are busy with their day-to-day occupations, and

The night is the time when a person can focus with his heart on what he is saying with his tongue.

Hence the Sunnah is to make the recitations in Fajr longer than in other prayers.

  • The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) used to recite between sixty and one hundred verses in them, and
  • Abu Bakr used to recite al-Baqarah in them, and
  • ‘Umar used to recite al-Nahl, Hood, Bani Israa’eel, Yoonus and similar soorahs, because the heart is more free of distractions when it has just been wakened from sleep.

If the first thing that a person hears is the word of Allaah in which there is all goodness, then these words will come to his heart which is free form any distraction, and will thus have a great impact on him.

As for the day, the opposite is the case, so Qur’aan is recited silently unless there is a reason, such as the large gatherings on

  • Eid and
  • Jumu’ah (Friday), and
  • When offering prayers for rain and the eclipse prayer.

On those occasions it is better to recite out loud and that is more likely to achieve the objective and is more beneficial, and because this serves to convey the words of Allaah when there is a large gathering. End quote.

May Allaah increase us and you in beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds.


Can he be alone with a woman to lead her in prayer?


Can he be alone with a woman to lead her in prayer?

It is not permissible for a man to be alone with a woman who is not his mahram.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said:

“No man should be alone with a woman unless there is a mahram with her.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5233) and Muslim (1341).

And he ( Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said:

No man is alone with a (non-mahram) woman but the shaytaan is the third one present.”

Narrated by Ahmad (178) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel (1813).

These ahaadeeth are general in meaning and indicate that it is haraam for a man to be alone with a non-mahram woman under any circumstances, even if that is for the purpose of prayer.

The scholars have stated that this is forbidden.

Al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’ (4/174):

Our companions said:

If a man leads his wife or a mahram of his in prayer, and he is alone with her, that is permissible and is not makrooh, because it is permissible for him to be alone with her when not praying. But

If he leads a non-mahram woman in prayer and is alone with her, that is haraam for him and for her, because of the saheeh ahaadeeth which I shall quote below insha Allaah … then he quoted the ahaadeeth that we have mentioned above. End quote.

It says in al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah (19/267):

The fuqaha’ are unanimously agreed that being alone with a non-mahram woman is haraam.

They said: 

No man should be alone with a woman who is not his mahram or his wife, rather she is a non-mahram, because the shaytaan may whisper to them when they are alone, inciting them to do that which is not permitted. 

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said:

 “No man is alone with a (non-mahram) woman but the shaytaan is the third one present.”

And they said: 

If he leads the non-mahram woman in prayer and is alone with her, that is haraam for him and for her. End quote.

Islam QA

Thus birthdays are not part of the sunnah of the Messenger


What does Islam say about Milad?

First and foremost, the tradition isn’t Islamic, as it was performed by pagans, Christians and other religions as a traditional form of worship.

A birthday is an occasion when a person or institution celebrates the anniversary of their birth. Birthdays are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with a gift, party, or rite of passage.

Many religions celebrate the birth of their founders with special holidays. A primary example of this is the Christmas ceremony itself. In the bible, the following verse explains this:
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Thus birthdays are not part of the sunnah of the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, or of the Caliphs who succeeded him.

Since this is the case, then mawlid is a forbidden innovation, because the Prophet ﷺ has said, “I urge you to follow my sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided Caliphs after me; adhere to it and cling to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented things, for every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah) and every innovation is a going-astray.” [Narrated by Ahmad, 4/126; at-Tirmidhi no. 2676]

The mawlid ceremony is an innovation introduced after the golden era of Islam (i.e. after the first three centuries of Islam) in order to corrupt the religion.

If a person was to do something for the sake of drawing closer to Allah, but this act of worship was not ordained by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and was not performed by the Caliphs who succeeded him either, then this action implies that individual performing such is accusing the Messenger of failing to explain the religion to the people with clarity, and that he disbelieves in the words of Allah, as Allah has said in the Qur’an (before the final revelation was given to the Prophet ﷺ): “This day, I have perfected your religion for you.” [Al-Qur’an 5:3]

Celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ is an imitation of the Christians, because they celebrate the birth of the Messiah, peace be upon him. Thus imitating the kuffar is haram. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ has said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Narrated by Ahmad, 2/50; Abu Dawud, 4/314] He also said, “Be different from the mushrikin.” [Narrated by Muslim, 1/222, no. 259]

In addition to being an act of bid’ah, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ is also a means of unnecessary worship that leads to exaggeration and excess in venerating him. If observed carefully, some these deviated innovators even go as far as calling upon the prophet ﷺ (making du’a’ to him) and seeking help from him, instead of calling upon Allah! They ask him for support, and sing qasidah (odes) of shirk as a means of praising him.

The Prophet ﷺ forbade going to extremes in praising him, as he said, “Do not extol as the Christians extolled the son of Maryam. For I am just His slave, so say, the slave of Allah and His Messenger,” [Narrated by al-Bukhari, 4/142, no. 3445; al-Fath, 6/551]

The commentary for this hadith is as follows – “do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated in praising the Messiah and venerated him until they worshipped him instead of Allah.”

Allah forbade them to do that when he said (interpretation of the meaning), “O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, (“Be!” — and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him.“ [Al-Qur’an 4:171]

Our Prophet ﷺ forbade us to exaggerate concerning him lest the same thing happen to us as happened to them, so he said, “Beware of exaggeration, for those who came before you were destroyed because of exaggeration.” [Narrated by an-Nasa’i, 5/268; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih Sunan al-Nasa’i, no. 2863]

Observing the innovation of the Prophet’s birthday gives pathway to other acts of bid’ah and distracts the individual from following the actual acts of sunnah.

Hence you find that the innovators are very active when it comes to bid’ah and (as a result of this) are very lazy when it comes to adhering to the hadith; they show repulsion towards it and regard those who follow it as enemies.

The innovators within themselves have split into various groups, with each group commemorating the anniversary of a particular Imam’s birth, such as the births of al-Badawi, Ibn ‘Arabi, al-Dasuqi and al-Shadhili. No sooner do they end the celebration of one birthday but they start the celebration of another.

This results in exaggeration concerning these dead people and others, and in calling upon them instead of Allah, believing that they can bring benefit and cause harm, until they deviate from the religion of Allah and go back to the religion of the people of the jahiliyyah of whom Allah says (interpretation of the meaning), “And they worship besides Allah things that harm them not, nor profit them, and they say:

‘These are our intercessors with Allah’,” [Al-Qur’an 10:18] and “And those who take awliya’ (protectors, helpers, lords, gods) besides Him (say): ‘We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah’.” [Al-Qur’an 39:3]

He will punish you for OPPOSING the Sunnah

Praying?? | An Excellent Reply To Mawlid Celebrators

روى البيهقي بسند صحيح عن سعيد بن المسيب أنَّه رأىٰ رجلاً يصلي بعد طلوع الفجر أكثر من ركعتين، يكثر فيها الركوع والسجود ؛ فنهاه ؛ فقال : يا أبا محمد! أيعذبني الله على الصلاة؟! قال : لا ، ولكن يُعذِّبُك علىٰ خِلافِ السُّنـَّة.

Narrated by al-Bayhaqī with a correct chain of narration that Imām Sa’īd b. Al-Musayyib رحمه الله once saw a man praying more than two (Sunnah) Rak’āt after the beginning of Fajr, making bows and prostrations abundantly in it, so he forbade him.

The man said, “O Abū Muḥammad, is Allāh going to punish me for praying?” the Imām replied: “No, but He will punish you for OPPOSING the Sunnah.”

● [المصدر : إرواء الغليل في تخريج أحاديث منار السبيل ٢\٢٣٦]

A golden reply to those who ask “Will Allāh punish us for commemorating the birth of Prophet ﷺ?”, we say YES Allāh will punish those who innovate into His Deen, may Allāh grant us correct understanding of this religion and protect us from all kinds of innovations and misguidance,

Sh. al-Albānī رحمه الله said in its commentary: وهو سلاح قوي على المبتدعة (.. And this narration is a STRONG WEAPON against the innovators).


A Valuble Advice Those Who Celebrate Milad


A Valuble Advice Those Who Celebrate Milad :

See We love the messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam). But our love does not reach the level of the companions.

We want to get closer to Allah. But we will never reach the level of the companions.

We appreciate your enthusiasm and emotion when you celebrate milad because you’re just celebrating the birth of the messenger of Allah. But you have to understand a very simple principle in this religion:

For something to be a part of this religion, we must have a proof from the Qur’an or Sunnah. Why? Because this religion is complete. Sealed. Nothing new can be added.

To demonstrate this point. Imagine if in each century, the Muslims added something new, a new celebration which they all deemed to be good. We would have 14 new eids! Or with each generation the muslims added their own masala to the religion – we would have a very different religion at the end!

The point being – if it wasn’t religion 1400 years ago then it cannot be religion today. Preserve the religion that was sent to you.

As a result, the messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) clearly told us that any new actions in the religion will be rejected. Regardless of how many people do it. Or how good their intention is. Or how much money they spend. If you deviate from the Sunnah then that action is rejected automatically.

So although you have a good intention, sadly you won’t receive reward for celebrating milad. And if you ask, what harm is there? We get together and go to the masjid and read naat shariff and do dhikr?

To answer you, i give you the example of the fajr prayer. We all agree that before the fard, we pray 2 rakahs of sunnah. Yes?
Now suppose i pray 3 rakahs instead of 2…. will that be accepted?

The answer is no.

When i ask you why, you’ll say because you’ve contradicted the sunnah. But listen up. I’ll say, “yes but I’m reading an extra rakah which contains recitation of Qur’an, bowing and prostration, so what’s wrong with that?!?”

Do you see how the theory of “what’s wrong with it” cannot be applied to the religion in this way? Otherwise we’d be following a religion based on everyone’s whims and desires.

The messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said there are two eids. Not three. Two – eid al adha and eid al fitr. Did he forget to mention eid milad an-nabi?

The companions relayed every tiny detail of this religion to the ummah. They relayed the Qur’an. They relayed the sunnah down to even telling us how the messenger relieved himself – yet they forgot something like milad?!?

Come on guys. Wake up. Read the books of history. Milad an nabi was started hundreds of years after the death of the messenger of Allah. Now we have seasonal muslims who activate their emaan two times a year:

1) Ramadhan

2) Mawlid time

Listen and don’t get it twisted. We’re not hippies. We are muslims. Slaves of Allah. Not the masters of our own religion.

Mawlid = innovation = beloved to shaytan
Celebrating milad = innovation = rejected
Innovation = no reward = waste

Upon me is to deliver the message. Allah is the One who guides. But do you want to be guided?


Correctness of Methodology [Manhaj]

Correctness of Methodology [Manhaj]


Does the correctness of a person’s methodology determine Paradise or Hellfire for him?



When a person’s methodology is correct he becomes one of the inhabitants of Paradise.

So when he is upon the methodology of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and the methodology of the Salaf us-Salih, he becomes one of the people of Paradise by the permission of Allaah.

But when he traverses upon the methodology of those who are astray, he has been threatened with Hellfire.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

[Al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah, compiled by Jamal bin Farihan al-Harithi. Translated by Abu `Iyaad Amjad Rafiq]


Sufism, there is no Sufism in Islam, this is an innovation.

Sufism in Islaam
What is the ruling in Islam concerning Sufism?

Sufism, there is no Sufism in Islam, this is an innovation. Sufism is an innovation, it is not from Islam.

Thus it is upon those who have fallen into Sufism to repent to Allah the Exalted.

And it is upon them to return to the Sunnah.

And it is upon them to return to that which the pious predecessors were upon from uprightness and firmness upon the Deen of Allah and following the Messenger, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and following the rightly guided successors.

This is the pure unadulterated methodology.

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings are upon him said:

This nation will divide into seventy three sects all of them will be in the fire except one. They said: Who are they oh Messenger of Allah? He replied: Those who are upon what I and my companions are upon.

Thus there is no safety and security except by following the Minhaj of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and his companions.

And Sufism is not from the Minhaj of the Messenger, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and it is not from the Minhaj of his companions, and it is not from the Minhaj of the virtuous generations; rather it is something newly invented in Islam.

And it (Sufism) contains a great deal of deviations; some of which contains grave worship and shirk with Allah the Exalted and belief in the dead.

Thus Sufism also contains polytheism.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafithahuAllah)
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes ibn Estes Barbee