The Obligatory (Fard) Salat

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The Importance Of The Obligatory (Fard) Salat     Allah, the Exalted, says: "Guard strictly (the five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e., the best prayer - `Asr).'' (2:238) "But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then leave their way free.'' (9:5) Ibn Mas`ud (radiallahu anh) reported: I asked the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wasalam): "Which act is the … [Read more...]

The Importance Of The Sunnah Salah

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The Importance Of The Sunnah Salah     A person who leaves out the Sunan-e-Muakkadah Salaah out of carelessness, or habitually leaves them out, is considered a Faasiq (open transgressor). The following ruling is written in Tahtaawi, "A person who leaves out Sunan-e-Muakkadah is a Faasiq, a person who denies it is an innovator, and it is stated in Talweeh that leaving it out is close to Haraam."(Malfoozhaat Faqeehul Ummat, Vol. 1, … [Read more...]

Taraweeh – 20 Rakah or 8 Rakah?

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Taraweeh – 20 Rakah or 8 Rakah? With the commencement of Ramadan, the time to argue over matters established by the pious predecessors has arrived once again. The topic of argument is whether taraweeh consists of 20 or 8 rak’ah. Scholars have written myriad of books on this topic with overwhelming evidence, yet our ghair muqallideen brothers and sisters try to insist that it is 8 rak’ah.     It is … [Read more...]

The Feet in Salaat

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The Feet in Salaat Introduction In this fourteenth century of the Islamic era, a recently mushroomed sect known as the Salafis, has invented some new rules which they believe are the Sunnat teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Inspite of their views being in conflict with the teachings of the Salf-e-Saaliheen belonging to the Noblest Ages of Islam (Khairul Quroon), they obstinately cling to their misguided opinions. Their … [Read more...]

How To Perform Salaat

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HOW TO PERFORM SALAAT Introduction Salah is a pillar of Din. Doing it just right in accordance with Sunnah is the responsibility of every Muslim. Unfortunately, we go about performing the cardinal dictates of Salah in a carefree manner following our whims, hardly caring to see that those dictates have to be carried out in the manner they were passed on to us by the Holy Prophet This is why most of our Salah offerings remain deprived of the … [Read more...]

Importance Of Straightening The Saffs

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IMPORTANCE OF STRAIGHTENING THE SAFFS (in Salaat) The Qur’aan and Ahaadith are replete with advices of maintaining unity among Muslims. Almighty Allah advises us, ‘And hold firmly the rope of Allah and do not disunite.’ (Surah Aale-Imraan Aayat103) One way of enhancing unity and avoiding disunity is straightening our Saffs in Salaat. Consider the following Ahaadith: Nu’maan ibn Bashir (radhiallaahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah … [Read more...]