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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:46

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah - Part Four

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Virtues of the Muazzin

• It was the desire of Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to call out the azaan and they desired that their children also call out the azaan.

عن علي رضي الله عنه قال ندمت أن لا أكون طلبت إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فيجعل الحسن والحسين مؤذنين رواه الطبراني في الأوسط وفيه الحارث وهو ضعيف (مجمع الزوائد #1836)

It is reported that Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “I feel remorseful over the fact that I did not request Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding my two sons, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) that he appoint them as muazzins to call out the azaan (during his mubaarak life).”

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:45

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part Three

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Virtues of the Muazzin

• Those who call out the azaan have been described in the Hadith as being from the best servants of Allah Ta‘ala.

عن ابن أبي أوفى قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إن خيار عباد الله الذين يراعون الشمس و القمر و النجوم و الأظلة لذكر الله (المستدرك للحاكم #163)

Hazrat ibn Abi Aufaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Certainly the best servants of Allah Ta‘ala are those who discharge their ‘ibaadaat upon observing the rising and setting of the sun, the moon, the stars and the (length of the) shadows for the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. they fulfill their ‘ibaadaat in its proper time according to the command of Allah Ta‘ala while keeping an account of time through observing the sun, moon, stars and the length of the shadows as explained in the Ahaadith. Hence, the muazzin accordingly calls out the azaan of each salaah upon its proper time.)

Sunday, 06 November 2016 04:51

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part Two

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Virtues of the Muazzin

• From the creation, all those who hear the voice of the mu,azzin calling out the azaan will testify on his behalf on the day of Qiyaamah.

عن عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن بن أبي صعصعة الأنصاري ثم المازني عن أبيه أنه أخبره أن أبا سعيد الخدري قال له إني أراك تحب الغنم والبادية فإذا كنت في غنمك أو باديتك فأذنت بالصلاة فارفع صوتك بالنداء فإنه لا يسمع مدى صوت المؤذن جن ولا إنس ولا شيء إلا شهد له يوم القيامة قال أبو سعيد سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم (صحيح البخاري #609)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Abdir Rahmaan bin Abi Sa’sa’ah relates that on one occasion, Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “I see that you like being with your livestock (i.e. grazing them) in the open fields. When you are amongst your livestock or in the open fields and the time of salaah comes and you wish to call out the azaan, then you should raise your voice and call out the azaan, for certainly jinn, human or any other creature that hear the voice of the muazzin as far as it reaches will testify on his behalf on the day of Qiyaamah.” Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter said, “I heard this from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Sunday, 06 November 2016 04:45

Sunnats of Azaan and Iqaamah – Part One

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Azaan is among the salient features of the Deen of Islam. Islam has afforded great honor to all those who call out the azaan, inviting people towards salaah. On the day of Qiyaamah, people will admire those who used to call out the azaan in the world on account of their esteemed position and lofty status in the Hereafter. Numerous Ahaadith highlight the great virtues and immense rewards in store for those who call out the azaan.

Virtues of the Muazzin

• The position of the Mu’azzin on the day of Qiyaamah.

عن معاوية رضي الله عنه قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : المؤذنون أطول الناس أعناقا يوم القيامة (صحيح مسلم #387)

Hazrat Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Verily the mu’azzins will have the “longest necks” on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

In this Hadith, the literal meaning is not intended. Rather, the meaning of having “long necks” is that they will occupy distinct positions of honor.

Saturday, 05 November 2016 13:56

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Eleven

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26. Do not mess the toilet area, thus inconveniencing others.

27. When ascending any place, one should recite Takbeer (الله اكبر) , and when descending one should recite Tasbeeh (سبحان الله)

قال جابر رضي الله عنهما : كنا إذا صعدنا كبرنا , وإذا نزلنا سبحنا ( صحيح البخاري #2993 )

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiallahu ‘anhuma) reports that the Sahaabah (radhiallahu ‘anhum) would recite takbeer while ascending, and recite tasbeeh while descending.

28. When ascending any high place, one should recite the following du‘aa:

اَلَّلهُمَّ لَكَ الشَرَفُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَرَفٍ وَلَكَ الحَمْدُ عَلَى كُلِّ حَال

 

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان إذا علا نشزا من الأرض قال اللهم لك الشرف على كل شرف ولك الحمد على كل حال (مسند أحمد #13504 )

Hazrat Anas (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would ascend onto a high ground, he would recite the following du‘aa:

اَلَّلهُمَّ لَكَ الشَرَفُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَرَفٍ وَلَكَ الحَمْدُ عَلَى كُلِّ حَال

Saturday, 05 November 2016 13:14

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Ten

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24. When entering the town or city, one should one should recite the following du‘aa thrice:

اَللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْه

O Allah, grant us barakah in this place

Thereafter, one should recite the following du‘aa:

اَللَّهُمَّ ارْزُقنَا جَنَاهَا وَحَبِّبنَا إِلَى أَهلِهَا وَحَبِّبْ صَالِحِيْ اَهلِهَا إِلَينَا

O Allah, give us of its produce and make us beloved to its people and make the pious of its people beloved to us.

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال كنا نسافر مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فإذا رأى القرية يريد ان يدخلها قال اللهم بارك لنا فيها ثلاث مرات اللهم ارزقنا جناها وحببنا إلى أهلها وحبب صالحى اهلها إلينا ( المعجم الأوسط للطبراني #4755 )

Hazrat ibn ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that the Sahaabah would travel with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw a town which he intended entering, he would recite the above-mentioned du‘aa.

Monday, 17 October 2016 13:46

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Nine

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15. One should adopt a gentle approach when dealing with one’s companions and engage in light-hearted discussions while on the journey. One should not adopt a serious approach.

16. Do not undertake a journey unnecessarily. If one has a need then one should undertake the journey, and upon completing one’s need one should hasten to return home.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال السفر قطعة من العذاب يمنع أحدكم طعامه وشرابه ونومه فإذا قضى نهمته فليعجل إلى أهله ( صحيح بخاري #1804 )

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Travelling (i.e. its difficulty is like) a portion of the difficulty of the punishment of Jahannum which prevents one from his food, drink and sleep. Thus, when one completes his work, he should hasten back to his family.”

Sunday, 09 October 2016 03:54

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Eight

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12. One should not inconvenience any of his companions in any way during the journey.

المسلم من سلم المسلمون من لسانه ويده وفي رواية لأحمد : من سلم الناس ( صحيح بخاري #6484 )

A perfect Muslim is he who does not inconvenience any person through his tongue or his hand.

13. One should not discuss controversial topics or enter into arguments, etc, with one’s companions during the journey.

14. If during the journey any unpleasant or unforeseen circumstance comes about, then one should exercise patience and not lose oneself, thereby causing pain and inconvenience to others.

Monday, 03 October 2016 14:28

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Seven

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9. If you are leaving behind your dependants e.g. wife and children etc. then ensure that sufficient arrangements are made for their needs and requirements before leaving.[1]

10. While on journey, ensure that you remain in pious company. Remaining in pious company will motivate one towards righteousness.

عن علقمة قال قدمت الشأم فصليت ركعتين ثم قلت اللهم يسر لي جليسا صالحا فأتيت قوما فجلست إليهم فإذا شيخ قد جاء حتى جلس إلى جنبي قلت من هذا قالوا أبو الدرداء فقلت إني دعوت الله أن ييسر لي جليسا صالحا فيسرك لي ( صحيح البخاري #3287 )

Hazrat ‘Alqamah (rahimahullah) says, “I proceeded to Syria (on a journey) and I performed two rakaats of salaah. I then made Du‘aa, “O Allah, allow me to sit in the company of a pious person.” I then found a group of people and sat by them. After a while, an elderly man entered and sat by my side. I enquired as to who this person was, and the people told me that this was Hazrat Abu Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), (the Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)). I then told him, “I made Du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to grant me a pious companion, and (Allah Ta‘ala answered my Du‘aa) by allowing me to sit in your company.”

Sunday, 02 October 2016 06:12

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Six

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8. The following Du‘aa should be recited when bidding someone farewell at the time of him departing on a journey:

اَستَودِعُ اللهَ دِينَكَ وَأَمَانَتَكَ وَخَوَاتِيمَ عَمَلِكَ

I place your deen, your trust (wife, children and subordinates) and your final actions (at the time of death) in the care and trust of Allah Ta‘ala

عن سالم أن ابن عمر كان يقول للرجل إذا أراد سفرا ادن مني أودعك كما كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يودعنا فيقول استودع الله دينك وأمانتك وخواتيم عملك ( ترمذي #3443 )

Hazrat Saalim (rahimahullah) reports that Hazrat ibn Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) would address a person embarking on a journey saying, “Come close to me, I will bid you farewell in the manner that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would bid us farewell. He would say:

اَستَودِعُ اللهَ دِينَكَ وَأَمَانَتَكَ وَخَوَاتِيمَ عَمَلِكَ