aburayyaan:

If a man shakes hands with his wife or kisses her, or she kisses him, that does not invalidate the wudoo’ of either of them, even if it is done with desire, so long as nothing is emitted.

That is because of the report narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) kissed one of his wives, then went out to pray and did not do wudoo’. [Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 86; an-Nasaa’i, 1/104; Ibn Maajah, 502]

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The correct scholarly view is that it does not invalidate wudoo’ at all. If man touches his wife or kisses her, it does not invalidate his wudoo’ according to the most correct opinion, because the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) kissed one of his wives, then he prayed and did not do wudoo’. Also, the basic principle is that wudoo’ and purity (tahaarah) remain intact, and it is not permissible to say that it has been invalidated by something unless there is proof to that effect, with no counterproof. In this case there is no proof to indicate that wudoo’ is invalidated by touching one’s wife at all.

End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 17/219

attarandilm:

The Prophet [ﷺ] said:

“The best dhikr is: ‘لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ’

and the best shukr is: ‘الحمد لله’.”

[As-Sahīhah, (No. 1932)]

attarandilm:

The Prophet [ﷺ] said:

“The best dhikr is: ‘لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ’

and the best shukr is: ‘الحمد لله’.”

[As-Sahīhah, (No. 1932)]

storiesofthesahabah:

Have we truly lost contact with Allah? Go and ask yourselves._____I’ve been getting a lot of questions with this issue for the past week, indeed salah is a continuing struggle for us to maintain and this is not to be denied, everyone had and is having problems with keeping it up.But do not let the thought of it stay in your hearts, tell me what does it make you feel after you have performed salah?Some may say I feel better, I feel at home, alhamdulillah these are just some of the wonderful effects that salah leaves in us but today I want to address the “I don’t feel anything, it’s okay, it’s obligatory that’s why or that my parents says so answers.”_____Before this becomes an issue about salah, it was an issue about your niyyah [intention].Why do you pray? Why do you do that? Reflect!If you have a problem from this phase then is it just gestures that you are doing and at the end you tell I’ve give up salah because Allah doesn’t answer my prayers. Astagfirullah.We blame Allah for every prayer not yet to be answered or prayer that was null? Why not look at ourselves, do we have the correct niyyah, the correct way? We don’t even have khushoo in our salah because the moment we stand there we think of all the things we need to do after the salah. Astagfirullah.Then you come and say you stopped praying because my prayers were not answered?_____Countless times, I have posted stories here that connects to the power of dua after the salah is made. The du’a of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for rain, the du’a of Al’Ala Ibn Hadrami Radiyallahu Anhu for their camels to come back, these are just examples. But I’ll tell you something that really works, and that is the remembrance of death, it’s quite fascinating that this thought works wonders on a person rather than the remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jall. Whatever the reason is, we pray its for the best. Once, Abu Ayub Radiyallahu Anhu came to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam telling him about his prayer problem, so he told and advised Abu Ayub by saying:"When you stand up to pray, pray [as if it were] a farewell prayer."My brothers and sisters in Islam, how can we be at eased like this when we know how we are doing with our salah? Does it not come to you, for a moment, that maybe the adhan you just heard may be the last adhan you’ll hear? How will you answer Allah when he asks you why did you not pray? When you know in yourself that you were given so many chances?_____It hurts the heart so much of realizing how much we have disconnected ourselves from Allah Azza Wa Jall. Yes, we may be doing a lot of dawa’ah work, speaking infront of people or inspiring people to do good and all but at the moment we are alone and we think to ourselves, how?How could we tell people and advise them to pray when we ourselves are not doing so? Astagfirullah. _____Prayer is a gift, and we told not to refuse any gift out of mercy and kindness that we should accept every gift because it is a gift, then why do you refuse to pray?The problem is not the society, nor your peers, it is yourself, it is your own self, that is the problem, so concentrate there not on other people. Remember that Islam doesn’t stay in Makkah only, it is where there is a Mu’min, as long as there is a heart that recognizes and obeys the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jall then Islam is here._____So before I end this, I would like to leave this Hadith Qudsi for all those who are having problems with their salah, I want to let you know that indeed Allah Azza Wa Jall answers you and this is one of the many things that will justify it:The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:"Allah Azza Wa Jall has said: I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave: into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.When he says: Alhamdu lillahi rabbi al’Alameen [Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds] Allah says: My slave has praised Me.When he says: Ar Rahman Ar Raheem [The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy]Allah says: My slave has extolled me.When he says: Maliki yawmi adeen [Master of the Day of Judgement]Allah says: My slave has glorified me.When he says: Iyyaka na Abudu wa iyyaka nastaeen [It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help]Allah says: This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.When he says: Ihdina assirata almustaqeem, sirata allatheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghdubi ‘alayhim wala adalleen [Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who have incurred Your anger, nor those who have gone astray]Allah says: All these are for My slave, and my slave shall have what he asked for.”_____And that is the excellence of Al Fatihah, and that my brothers and sisters in Islam, has been there and is there and will always be there whenever you pray salah. 
Usually, this is what I tell people who are having problems with their salah, they have to be reminded of the excellence of the prayer they are saying, in this case the grandeur and rewards that is there in Al Fatihah._____And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall enlighten our hearts. AminZohayma_____Stories were taken from:• Ahmad, Vo. 5, p. 412, Sahih Al Jami, Hadith no, 742• Sahih Muslim, Book of Prayer

storiesofthesahabah:

Have we truly lost contact with Allah? 

Go and ask yourselves.
_____

I’ve been getting a lot of questions with this issue for the past week, indeed salah is a continuing struggle for us to maintain and this is not to be denied, everyone had and is having problems with keeping it up.

But do not let the thought of it stay in your hearts, tell me what does it make you feel after you have performed salah?

Some may say I feel better, I feel at home, alhamdulillah these are just some of the wonderful effects that salah leaves in us but today I want to address the “I don’t feel anything, it’s okay, it’s obligatory that’s why or that my parents says so answers.”
_____

Before this becomes an issue about salah, it was an issue about your niyyah [intention].

Why do you pray? Why do you do that? Reflect!

If you have a problem from this phase then is it just gestures that you are doing and at the end you tell I’ve give up salah because Allah doesn’t answer my prayers. Astagfirullah.

We blame Allah for every prayer not yet to be answered or prayer that was null? Why not look at ourselves, do we have the correct niyyah, the correct way? We don’t even have khushoo in our salah because the moment we stand there we think of all the things we need to do after the salah. Astagfirullah.

Then you come and say you stopped praying because my prayers were not answered?
_____

Countless times, I have posted stories here that connects to the power of dua after the salah is made. The du’a of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for rain, the du’a of Al’Ala Ibn Hadrami Radiyallahu Anhu for their camels to come back, these are just examples. 

But I’ll tell you something that really works, and that is the remembrance of death, it’s quite fascinating that this thought works wonders on a person rather than the remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Whatever the reason is, we pray its for the best. 

Once, Abu Ayub Radiyallahu Anhu came to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam telling him about his prayer problem, so he told and advised Abu Ayub by saying:

"When you stand up to pray, pray [as if it were] a farewell prayer."

My brothers and sisters in Islam, how can we be at eased like this when we know how we are doing with our salah? Does it not come to you, for a moment, that maybe the adhan you just heard may be the last adhan you’ll hear? 

How will you answer Allah when he asks you why did you not pray? When you know in yourself that you were given so many chances?
_____

It hurts the heart so much of realizing how much we have disconnected ourselves from Allah Azza Wa Jall. Yes, we may be doing a lot of dawa’ah work, speaking infront of people or inspiring people to do good and all but at the moment we are alone and we think to ourselves, how?

How could we tell people and advise them to pray when we ourselves are not doing so? Astagfirullah. 
_____

Prayer is a gift, and we told not to refuse any gift out of mercy and kindness that we should accept every gift because it is a gift, then why do you refuse to pray?

The problem is not the society, nor your peers, it is yourself, it is your own self, that is the problem, so concentrate there not on other people. 

Remember that Islam doesn’t stay in Makkah only, it is where there is a Mu’min, as long as there is a heart that recognizes and obeys the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jall then Islam is here.
_____

So before I end this, I would like to leave this Hadith Qudsi for all those who are having problems with their salah, I want to let you know that indeed Allah Azza Wa Jall answers you and this is one of the many things that will justify it:

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:

"Allah Azza Wa Jall has said: I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave: into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.

When he says: Alhamdu lillahi rabbi al’Alameen [Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds] 
Allah says: My slave has praised Me.

When he says: Ar Rahman Ar Raheem [The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy]
Allah says: My slave has extolled me.

When he says: Maliki yawmi adeen [Master of the Day of Judgement]
Allah says: My slave has glorified me.

When he says: Iyyaka na Abudu wa iyyaka nastaeen [It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help]
Allah says: This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.

When he says: Ihdina assirata almustaqeem, sirata allatheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghdubi ‘alayhim wala adalleen [Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who have incurred Your anger, nor those who have gone astray]
Allah says: All these are for My slave, and my slave shall have what he asked for.”
_____

And that is the excellence of Al Fatihah, and that my brothers and sisters in Islam, has been there and is there and will always be there whenever you pray salah. 

Usually, this is what I tell people who are having problems with their salah, they have to be reminded of the excellence of the prayer they are saying, in this case the grandeur and rewards that is there in Al Fatihah.
_____

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall enlighten our hearts. Amin

Zohayma
_____

Stories were taken from:

• Ahmad, Vo. 5, p. 412, Sahih Al Jami, Hadith no, 742
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Prayer

The Muslim Woman: Her Status in the Ummah

By Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz (d.1420H) (rahimahullaah) [1]

This small article was a response to a particular question concerning the position and status of Muslim women, and has been taken from his Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah (3/348-350).

The status of the Muslim woman in Islam is a very noble and lofty one, and her effect is very great in the life of every Muslim. Indeed, the Muslim woman is the initial teacher in the building of a righteous society, providing she follows the guidance from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Since adherence to the Qur’an and the Sunnah distances every Muslim male or female from being misguided in any matter. The misguidance that the various nations suffer from, the path of Allah the Most Perfect, the Most High, and from what His Prophets and Messengers, may Allah’s peace and prayers be upon them all, came with.

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“I am leaving behind two matters, you will not go astray as long as you cling to them both, the Book of Allah and my Sunnah.” [2]

The great importance of the Muslim woman’s role – whether as wife, sister or daughter – and the rights that are due to her and the obligations due from her have been explained in the noble Qur’an, and further details of this have been explained in the purified Sunnah.

The secret of her importance lies in the tremendous burden and responsibility that is placed upon her, and the difficulties that she has to shoulder. In terms of responsibilities, some of which not even a man can bear. This is why from the most important obligations upon a person is to show gratitude to the mother, and kindness and good companionship with her. And in this matter, she is to be given precedence over and above the father.

Allah the Most High, says:

“And We have enjoined upon man to be dutiful and good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness upon weakness and hardship upon hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Show gratitude and thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination.”

[Al-Qur’an 31:14]

Allah the Most High, said:

“And We have enjoined upon man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship, and she brings him forth with hardship. And the bearing and the weaning of him is thirty months.”

[Al-Qur’an 41:15]

A man came to Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

O Messenger of Allah! Who from amongst mankind warrants the best companionship from me.

He replied:

“Your mother.”

The man asked: Then who?

So he replied:

“Your mother.”

The man asked: Then who?

So the Prophet replied again:

“Your mother.”

The man then asked: Then who?

So he replied:

“Then your father.” [3]

So this necessitates that the mother is given three times the likes of kindness and good treatment than the father.

As regards the wife, then her effect in making the soul tranquil and serene, has been clearly shown in the noble ayah (verse), in His – the Most High’s – saying:

“And from amongst His Signs is this: That He created for you wives from amongst yourselves, so that you may find serenity and tranquility in them, And He has put between you love and compassion. Indeed, in this are signs for those who reflect.”

[Al-Qur’an 30:21]

Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer (d.774H) – rahimahullaah – said, whilst explaining the terms mawaddah and rahmah which occur in the above verse:

“Al-mawaddah means love and affection, and ar-rahmah means compassion and pity, since a man takes the hand of a woman either due to his love for her, or because of compassion and pity for her; by giving to her a child from himself…” [4]

And the unique stance that the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wife Khadeejah – radiallaahu ‘anha – took, had a huge effect in calming and reassuring Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when the angel Jibreel – ‘alayhis salaam – first came to him in the cave of Hiraa. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) returned to Khadeejah with the first Revelation and with his heart trembling and beating severely, saying to her,”Cover me! Cover me!” So she covered him until his fear was over, after which he told Khadeejah – radiallaahu ‘anha – everything that had happened, and said: “I fear that something may happen to me.” She said to him: “Never! By Allah! Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good ties with relations, you help the poor and the destitute, you serve your guests generously and assist those who have been affected with calamities.” [5]

And do not forget about ‘Aaishah – radiallaahu ‘anha – and her immense contribution. Even the eminent Sahabah (Companions) used to take knowledge of Hadeeth from her, and many of the Sahaabiyaat (female Companions) learnt the various rulings pertaining to women’s issues from her.

And I have no doubt that my mother (may Allah shower His mercy upon her) had a tremendous effect upon me, and has a great excellence over me, in encouraging me to study, and she assisted me in it. May Allah greatly increase her reward and reward her with the best of rewards for what she did for me. And there is no doubt also, that the house in which there is kindness, gentleness, love and care, with the correct Islamic tarbiyah (education and cultivation) will greatly affect the man. So he will become, if Allah wills, successful in his affairs and in any matter whether it be seeking knowledge, trading, earning a living, etc. So it is Allah alone that I ask to grant us all success and to guide us all to that which He loves and is pleased with. And may the prayers and peace of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his Family, his Companions and his followers.

Source: Al-Istiqaamah , Issue No.1 – Dhul-Hijjah 1416H / May 1996

Notes:

  1. He is the exemplary Scholar: Abu ‘Abdullaah, ‘Abdul-’Azeez bin ‘Abdullaah bin Baaz. He was born in the city of Riyaadh (Sa’udi Arabiah) on the 12th Dhul-Hijjah in the year 1330H. He began seeking knowledge by first memorising the Quran before reaching the age of maturity. He then went on to study the various Islamic sciences, such as ‘Aqeedah (Beliefs), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Usoolul-Fiqh (Fundamentals of Jurisprudence),Hadith (Prophetic Narrations), Faraa’id (Laws of Inheritance), Nahw (Grammar) and Sarf (Morphology) – even though the Shaykh became permanently blind at the age of seventeen. He studied these sciences under some of the most prominent Scholars of Riyaadh and Makkah of his time, including Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Lateef ibn Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Hasan and also the former grand-muftee and noble scholar, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem – whom he studied under for ten years. He is eighty-six years old, mild, generous and forbearing in nature, whilst firm, yet wise, when speaking the truth. He is a zaahid (one who abstains) with respect to this world and is one of the foremost Scholars of Ahlul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’at in this present age. The noble Shaykh has – by Allah’s grace – devoted his whole life to the cause of Islam and its people, authoring many books and booklets, teaching and serving the masses, along with being very active in the field of da’wah. May Allah protect our noble father and Shaykh, and may He continue to benefit the Ummah with him.
  2. Hasan: Related by Malik in al-Muwatta (2/899) and al-Hakim (1/93), from Ibn ‘Abbas radiallaahu ‘anhu. It was authenticated by al-Albaani in as-Saheehah (no.1871).
  3. Related by al-Bukhari (no. 5971) and Muslim (7/2), from Abu Hurayrah radiallaahu ‘anhu.
  4.  Tafseer Qur’aanul-’Adheem (3/439) of Ibn Katheer.
  5. Related by al-Bukhari (1/22) and Muslim (1/139), from the lengthy narration of ‘Aaishah radiallaahu ‘anha.
 
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