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Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:49

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Four

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7. One should recite the following before retiring to bed:

a) Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi i.e. 33 times Subhaanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah, and 34 times Allahu Akbar.

عن علي رضي الله عنه أن فاطمة رضي الله عنها أتت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم تشكو إليه ما تلقى في يدها من الرحى وبلغها أنه جاءه رقيق فلم تصادفه فذكرت ذلك لعائشة فلما جاء أخبرته عائشة قال فجاءنا وقد أخذنا مضاجعنا فذهبنا نقوم فقال على مكانكما فجاء فقعد بيني وبينها حتى وجدت برد قدميه على بطني فقال ألا أدلكما على خير مما سألتما إذا أخذتما مضاجعكما أو أويتما إلى فراشكما فسبحا ثلاثا وثلاثين واحمدا ثلاثا وثلاثين وكبرا أربعا وثلاثين فهو خير لكما من خادم وفي رواية قال علي فما تركته منذ سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قيل له ولا ليلة صفين قال ولا ليلة صفين (صحيح بخاري #5361)

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion Hazrat Faatimah (radhiallahu ‘anha) went to the house of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to complain about the difficulty she was experiencing while using the handmill. The news reached her that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had received some slaves (so she had thought that she would request Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for a slave to assist her in her daily chores). However, (upon reaching the home) she did not find Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) present, hence she informed Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiallahu ‘anha) of her reason for coming. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) reached home, Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiallahu ‘anha) informed him regarding the request of Hazrat Faatimah (radhiallahu ‘anha). Subsequently, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then came to our home at the time we were retiring to bed. (Upon seeing him) we intended to wake up (out of respect for him), but Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told us to remain as we were. He then came and sat between us until I could feel the coolness of his feet on my stomach (i.e. due to being seated so close to us in between, his mubaarak feet touched the side of my body). He then said: “Should I not show you something better than what you had requested (i.e. better than me giving you a slave to assist you in your daily chores)? Before retiring to bed, then recite Subhaanallah 33 times, Alhamdulillah 33 times and Allahu Akbar 34 times, for certainly this is better for you (in assisting you in your daily chores) than acquiring a slave. (According to another narration) Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiallahu ‘anhu) further said: “I did not leave out this practice from the time I heard it from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” Someone present asked: “Not even on the night of Siffeen (i.e. the night of the battle of Siffeen)?” He replied: “Not even on the night of Siffeen.”

Monday, 27 March 2017 14:27

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part Three

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5. One should not while away one’s time after the Esha Salaah in vain talk. Instead, one should try to sleep as early as possible so that one can wake up for Tahajjud Salaah and perform his Fajr Salaah on time. However, if there is a valid need e.g. participating in a Deeni program, discussing Deeni masaa’il, an important mashwarah, etc, then it will be permissible for one to engage in discussions after Esha.

عن أبي برزة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يكره النوم قبل العشاء والحديث بعدها (صحيح البخاري #568)

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked one to sleep before Esha, and to engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need).

Saturday, 25 March 2017 13:26

Sunnats of Sleeping - Part Two

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3. One should cleanse one’s mouth by making miswaak before sleeping.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا ينام ليلة ولا ينتبه إلا استن (مجمع الزوائد #2568 وقال الهيثمي رواه الطبراني في الأوسط وفيه من لم أجد ذكره وقد رواه أحمد من فعل أبي هريرة وفيه محمد بن عمرو وهو ضعيف مختلف فيه)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) retired to bed at night or awoke, he would use the miswaak.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:56

Sunnats of Sleeping – Part 01

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1. It is sunnah for one to sleep in the state of Wudhu.

عن معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما من عبد بات على طهور ثم تعار من الليل فسأل الله شيئا من أمر الدنيا أو من أمر الآخرة إلا أعطاه (سنن ابن ماجة #3881)

Hazrat Mu‘aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who sleeps in the state of wudhu, and thereafter wakes up during the night (or turns from one side to the other), and asks Allah Ta‘ala for anything of this world or the Hereafter, Allah Ta‘ala will surely grant it to him.”

Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:38

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - -Part Seventeen

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Replying to the Iqaamah:

One will reply to the iqaamah in the same way as one would reply to the azaan. However, when replying to Qad Qaamatis-Salaah, one will say:

أَقَامَهَا الله وَأَدَامَهَا

May Allah Ta‘ala establish (salaah) and preserve it.

عن أبي أمامة أو بعض أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن بلالا أخذ في الإقامة فلما أن قال قد قامت الصلاة قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أقامها الله وأدامها (سنن أابي داود #528)

Hazrat Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was calling out the iqaamah. When he reached the words ‘Qad Qaamatis-Salaah’, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied by saying ‘Aqaamahallaahu wa Adaamahaa’.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:29

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - -Part Sixteen

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Sunnats and Aadaab of Iqaamah:

1. Call out the iqaamah with hadr (i.e. reciting it in a swift manner)

عن جابر رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لبلال إذا أذنت فترسل وإذا أقمت فاحدر (سنن الترمذي رق#195)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saying, “When you call out the azaan, then call it out with tarassul (gradually with pausing after each sentence), and when you call out the iqaamah, then call it out quickly.”

2. Each part of the words of the iqaamah will be recited in sets of two. One will join each set of the words of iqaamah and will not pause in between each set (i.e. after completing the set, one will pause).

Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:13

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - -Part Fifteen

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Words of Iqaamah:

The words of the iqaamah are the same as the words of azaan. However, after حَيَّ عَلَى الْفَلاَح (Hayya `alal-Falaah) one will say:

قَدْ قَامَتِ الصَّلاَة قَدْ قَامَتِ الصَّلاَة

The salaah has been established

عن عبد الله بن زيد قال كان أذان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم شفعا شفعا في الأذان والإقامة (سنن الترمذي #194)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that the azaan and iqaamah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were in sets of two.

Monday, 30 January 2017 09:13

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - Part Fourteen

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Du‘aa at the time of the Maghrib azaan:

One should recite the following Du‘aa after the azaan of Maghrib.[1]

اللّهُمَّ إِنَّ هَذَا إِقْبَالُ لَيْلِكَ وَإِدْبَارُ نَهَارِكَ وَأَصْوَاتُ دُعَاتِكَ فَاغْفِرْ لِي

O Allah! The night is entering and the day is leaving, and these are the voices of Your servants calling out to You in du‘aa, forgive me.

عن أم سلمة رضي الله عنها قالت علمني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أن أقول عند أذان المغرب اللهم إن هذا إقبال ليلك وإدبار نهارك وأصوات دعاتك فاغفر لي (سنن أبي داود #530)

Hazrat Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught me to recite the following du‘aa at the time of the Maghrib azaan:

اللّهُمَّ إِنَّ هَذَا إِقْبَالُ لَيْلِكَ وَإِدْبَارُ نَهَارِكَ وَأَصْوَاتُ دُعَاتِكَ فَاغْفِرْ لِي


[1]الظاهر أن يقال هذا بعد جواب الأذان أو فى أثنائه (مرقاة)

Saturday, 28 January 2017 09:27

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - Part Thirteen

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Du‘aa after the azaan:

One should also recite the following Du‘aa:

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبًّا وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولاً وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا

I bear testimony that there is no god except Allah who is alone and there is no partner for Him. And Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and messenger. I am pleased with Allah as my lord, Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as a messenger and Islam as my religion.

Saturday, 28 January 2017 09:19

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - Part Twelve

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Du‘aa after the azaan:

After the azaan, one should recite durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and recite the following du‘aa:

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْقَائِمَةِ آتِ مُحَمَّدًا الْوَسِيْلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَامًا مَحْمُودًا الَّذِي وَعَدْتَّهُ إنَّكَ لاَتُخْلِفُ الْمِيْعَاد

O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and of the established salaah, bestow upon Hazrat Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) the ‘waseelah’ (stage in Jannah) and ‘Fadheelah’ (special grace), and grant him the “Maqaam Mahmood” (the honor of interceding to Allah Ta‘ala to commence the reckoning for the entire creation on the day of Qiyaamah) which you promised him, indeed you do not go against your promise.

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