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  1. Head Covering While Praying

    Assalamu Alaykum Question: Is putting on hijab a condition of reading Qur’aan? What are the rituals before reading the Qur'aan? And, does a sister have to be covered (full hijab) when reading it? Answer: Praise be to Allaah. It is not obligatory for a woman to put on hijaab in order to read Qur’aan, because there is no evidence to indicate that this is obligatory. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said that reciting Qur’aan does not require covering the head. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in his comments on sujood al-tilaawah (prostration required when reading certain verses of the Qur’aan): “Sujood al-tilaawah is to be done when reading Qur’aan. It may be done in any state, even with the head uncovered, etc., because this prostration is not subject to the rulings on prayer.†(Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/249. See also Question no. 4908) “With regard to reading Qur’aan, it is not permissible for one who is in a state of janaabah (impurity following sexual activity) to read Qur’aan either from the Mus-haf or otherwise until he has done ghusl, because it was narrated that nothing prevented the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from reading Qur’aan except janaabah. But if a person has broken his wudoo’ (minor impurity), then it is permissible for him to recite Qur’aan from memory because of the general meaning of the evidence.†(Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 10/150) It is better, and is mustahabb, to do wudoo’ before reciting, because this Qur’aan is the Word of Allaah. So it is better to do wudoo’ before reading it as a sign of respect. But touching the Mus-haf is not permissible unless one has done wudoo’, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Which (that Book with Allaah) none can touch but the purified†[al-Waaqi’ah 56:79] (Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 10/150) And Allaah knows best. With regard to women who are menstruating or bleeding following childbirth, see Question no. 2564. Islam Q&A Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
  2. The 3 Word Story

    , yet also forgetfulness.
  3. "fight In Allah's Cause"

    Assalamu Alaykum If people teach that Jihaad at a battle is lesser jihaad then I object it, but I if the hadeeth is correct then it probably speaks about something else not about battle but the physical part of jihaad in contrast to the mental/spiritual part. During Taraweeh prayers for example, sometimes my feet hurt while the long standing (physical component of the jihaad). When may khushoo is good and strong then I don't feel my feel and I don't even pay attention, but when my khushoo was weak I felt my feet and I had to move my feet and it became a bother. Another example is a soccer or tennis match. Mostly, the athletes are equally strong physically, but usually those who have good mental strength win the match. Sometimes, a weaker team win against a strong team, because the athletes of the strong team get nervous or they become overconfident and do mistakes. The Jihaad in the Ghazwa is the Highest Jihaad because the struggle is most severe. In Ghazwah, you don't just fight against the enemy, but also against your natural instincts (which tells you to run away) and Shaytaan. You need to be strong in mind and in spirit and in faith, besides the physical strength. Remember, that Goliath lost against Dawood because Goliath (Jaloot) was mentally weak because he assumed arrogantly that a boy like Dawood alayhissalam could never win against him. The faith and the mental strength was superior for Dawood and the physical superiority of Jaloot did not help Jaloot at all. He was killed because his mental weakness. Goliath was a giant and Dawood was a boy. Because Dawood did his action for the sake of Allah and sincerely for him and fought the battle against his nafs and Shayateen, so Allah helped him to win against the physically superior, but mentally inferior Goliath. Hope you know what I mean. Now, I go to my vacation.
  4. 12 Sex Reasons "why I Am Not A Muslim"

    To understand you have to believe that life continues after death. If you don't believe and understand in life after death then you cannot understand the issue of worldly punishment and what effect and impact it can have for the life after death. For the victim: If they get kill wrongfully then God Almighty will judge between them and the oppressors/those who killed them wrongfully. If they get killed according to the Divine Law and she was guilty of adultery then she will be forgiven in the life after death, because she receive the worldly punishment and she receive the punishment already in this world. Usually, God Almighty does not combine two punishments. If the punishment is done in this world then there is not punishment in the Hereafter. If the punishment is not in this world then God may either forgive or punish. For the killer: If they kill wrongfully then God will judge them or forgive them if they repent and regret. If they kill according to Sharee'ah then Allah knows what he Will do. On the Day of Judgement everything will be judge, every tiny account between people, animals, and jinni will be settled and no one will be wronged and everyone will receive what they did. We will even see a deed which is a small as an atom. If you return a person his money and you omit a penny you will see that one the day of judgement. The life after death must be included in the equation.
  5. "fight In Allah's Cause"

    Wa 'alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullahee wa barakatu To do something for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is very important and it is also a duty upon us that we continuously examine our intentions, because riyaa/show off is a dangerous disease. One way to increase the purity of your intention is to learn about Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala Himself. Because we sometimes learn about Prophet and other things, but we don't study the names of Allah or his mercy, but also his punishment. The more we learn about Allah subhaanahu wa ta'ala the more we purify our intention and the more we love him and fear him and increase our hope for his mercy. Another way to train oneself to purify the intention so that we worship Allah with sincerity is to sometimes do acts of worship in seclusion. It is good to balance socialization (congregation) with seclusion (Qiyamu-Layl). Beware of Shaytaanir Rajeen when you examine your intentions. Even examining your intention can be a trial. Remember, there are two extremes: Extreme 1: You do the deeds or acts of worship for a worldly benefit or to be seen by people which is show off (riyaa) Extreme 2: Shaytaan prevents your from doing the good deeds because he causes you to be "riyaa-phobic" (my invented word). Shaytaan makes you think that when you do this or that good deed in public then you commit riyaa. It is not riyaa when you do deeds in public. You may do something in public and your intentions are pure and you may invite others to do the same good deed. You will receive a share of their reward because you initiate the good deeds and other follow your good.example. (I have planned to have a break posting at this forum, because I feel kind of drained and burned out and my posting seem to get heavy for my mind and fingers. I'll have a break for a longer time.) Salam
  6. The 3 Word Story

    who licked lotion (sorry for posting many in the row. I will cease posting here for a while, because I am going to take a break from posting in IF)
  7. The 3 Word Story

    seeing his dog
  8. The 3 Word Story

    Drowsy he awoke...
  9. The 3 Word Story

    the neighbor's dream.
  10. The 3 Word Story

    All this was...
  11. The 3 Word Story

    pleasant to me.
  12. "fight In Allah's Cause"

    Assalamu Alaykum The following is something I figured out while studying the important topic of Jihaad Fi Sabilillah: 1. When I was still new to Islam, I used to avoid this topic a lot as if Jihaad does not exist. But while progressing in Islam, I eventually decided to look deeper into this issue. I don't say I am already an expert because I am still searching on the Fiqh of Jihaad. There are so many groups of people (not necessarily parties) who have different stances when it come to jihaad. I also find out that many are very impatient and what to immediately start jihaad which is actually a good sign and I hope we will receive the opportunity soon. 2. Every act of Ibadah and every good deed needs to be done for the cause of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for it to be accepted and show off can even lead to hellfire. There is also a hadeeth that shows us that Islam may gain victory by the hand of a wicked person. There was a Muslim soldier who was wounded during a battle and later on committed suicide because he was not patient enough to endure his injury and the pain. This guy may have fought only for the sake of the spoil or other reasons, or he had been a bad person before this fight already. 3. I have seen that people are discussing if Adolf Hitler was good or bad. Maybe the media just turned him into a monster, but the fact that he committed suicide is enough proof that he was wicked, because a good person would not have this kind of death. All would let him be killed by the enemy or in any other honorable fashion. I don't really know what this has to do with your question, but I just felt to give that information. If something is not for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala even if he might fight in the battle ferociously like a hero, then Allah will not accept it, but may let him die a dishonorable death such as suicide or other. Or if not then on the Day of Judgement this warrior won't gain any reward for this jihaad except hellfire unless Allah bestows mercy on him. 4. I often hear Muslims speak about Lesser Jihaad and Major Jihaad. Lesser Jihaad is the jihaad in the battlefield which is physical fighting and the major jihaad is the Jihaad against oneself and Shaytaan. However, I the context they describe it, I would not agree with that. I would also make another distinction between Higher Jihaad and Lower Jihaad. The lesser and major jihaad refer to the components of Jihaad, but not to Jihaad itself. The most superior jihaad is the jihaad against the nafs and then the jihaad against the Shaytaan and then the physical jihaad. This does not mean that fighting in battle is lesser than staying home fighting against own desires. They are different things. It just says that in either during a battle or during dawah or during other struggles that may appear in our lives, the first we should focus on is changing ourselves and to change ourselves to fit in Islam, before we start the jihaad against Shaytaanir Rajeem. The jihaad against Shayateen comes before the physical component such a pain or laziness. However, the greater the struggle the Higher the Striving for the Sake of Allah. It is common sense that the struggle in a battlefield is more severe that the struggle not to eat the haram cake in front of you. In a battle when you see the enemy approaching in a powerful manner you might feel an natural human feeling in your heart which could cause you to run away from battle. In this case, during a situation like this you fight against your own desires/nafs. If you don't fight the fear of dying in your heart or the fear of painful injury then you might run away. If you mastered you nafs and don't run away, Shaytaanir Rajeem may whisper in your ears that you will never win against his enemy and you should run away. You fight jihaad against Shaytaan so that you don't get distracted and so that you don't really run away. I believe that if the nafs is strong then the Jihaad against Shaytaan is easier, because Shaytaan usually attacks a weak mind and if someone is strong in the intentions and good deeds then Shaytaan cannot do much to deceive that person. That is why I would call the Jihaad against the false desires more superior to the Jihaad against the Shaytaan. Shaytaan may also whisper in you mind that if you fight the enemy you are a terrorist or commit a great crime. Shaytaan may also make you remember your children home etc. If you win the fight against Shaytaan then you should be fine. You might have a painful injury already and this may cause you to give up or to run away. Or you get lazy to get up because you don't want to expose your body to danger too much. Preparing yourself physically is also Jihaad and part of Jihaad. The physical jihaad is the actual fighting with your hand. This part is lesser than the other because if you don't fight the desires or Shaytaan then you might not fight in the first place or you may fight for the wrong reasons and without Ikhlaas, Pure Intention Sincerely for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. The mental suffering can be more severe than the physical and if the mental struggle is not solved then it is not beneficial for the physical part of the struggle or the physical suffering. The person who committed suicide in the above example did it because he was failing in the first two jihaads against shaytaan and against his own desires. He was good in the physical part only, but this did not do him any good because his mental part failed and he committed suicide after fighting a great fight. 5. Offensive Jihaad is not to make the people Muslims and it is not against the people, but it is to establish Islamic Rule. The rule must be Islamic. The jihaad is against the governments (melek), but not against the regular people. 6. I am not sure if Jizya is just for those whom the Muslims fought against or if it is also for the people in general. There is a process of offensive jihaad. The Muslim army does not just enter the country, but first they write a letter to the Melek of the country and then the following action depends on their reaction.
  13. Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu We love to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala because we love to please Allah and we fear his punishment if we don't do it knowing that Allah is the Most Severe in Punishment and we hope that bestows Mercy on us and rescues us from Severe Punishment and admits us into Jannah. We do the good deeds with the intention of loving our Creator. We do the good deeds with the intention of hoping that this may please Allah and that Allah bestows Mercy on us and grants us Jannatul-Firdaws. We do the good deeds and avoid the bad deeds and fulfill the obligatory because we love Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and love to Please him and we hope that we stand before him and He is Pleased with us and rescues us from the burning fire of hell, and we fear that otherwise it may lead to our demise in hellfire - the severest punishment by the Most Severe in Punishment. We have to balance fear and hope. If we have too much hope then this may lead to indifference and heedlessness and laziness, but too much fear may lead to despair and giving up. We worship Allah out of fear so that we try to avoid the forbidden and we worship Allah with love to not be negligent toward the Obligatory acts of worship and way of life and we have great expectations, because we know that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is the Most Merciful. This hope leads us to do asking Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for forgiveness and make istighfar and put our trust in Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.
  14. What Is Love?

    Assalamu Alaykum Awe is a feeling that can be in our hearts and it can be a sign of love, but it is not necessary to feel awe when you feel love. Love can appear in different ways. A father may get very angry out of love toward his child, because he sees the child going like a blind old man and in front of him is a pit. The child does not see the pit, but the father recognizes it. This means that worry is part of love. Fulfilling each other duties is also love. When spouses claim that they love each other then they have to follow this lipservice with actions that prove this claim such as fulfilling their rights of the spouse and fulfilling our obligations toward them. To give up a right for a spouse is also part of true love. I think there is a difference between love and obsession. Someone told me long time ago: "The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference"
  15. What Is Love?

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Love is a feeling but also an action. We worship Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala with fear, hope, and love. Fear, hope, and love needs to be combined to achieve the fruits of worship. We fear that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is the most severe in punishment and that he might punish us for our crimes. We hope for Allah's Mercy that he may grant us Jannah and rescue us from the Hellfire and Punishment in the Grave, since Allah is Ar Raheem. We also hope for Allah to answer our call and give good in this world as well, because we know that Allah subhaanahu wa a'ala is Ar Rahman. Fear prevents us from doing bad deeds and hope encourages us to do the good deeds. We love to worship Allah because we love to Please Him. We want to show that we love Him by performing all the commandments. I would say that hope leads us to do good deeds. I would say that fear leads us to refrain from bad deeds. But I would say that love leads us to sacrifice and giving up something that we love in this world. For giving up something we love in this world and to give a sacrifice for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala be it time, things, or behaviors love is necessary. Iyyaka na9budu = You alone we worship = Because we fear Allah's Punishment. Iyyaka nasta9een = You alone we ask for help = Because we hope for Allah's help and mercy. Ihdinas Siratal Mustaqeem = Show us the Straight Path = Because we want to show that we love Allah through our actions.
  16. The 3 Word Story

    ...repenting from witchery...
  17. The 3 Word Story

    ...became God-fearing women...
  18. 12 Sex Reasons "why I Am Not A Muslim"

    God created you and you are so ungrateful to Him who created you. He created you to worship him and to submit to him without questioning. God exists and God is One God is true and his promise is true and his speech is true God's Oneness is true God is free from any imperfection Hellfire is true and paradise is true The existence of God Almighty is the inevitable truth.
  19. About Time

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu All I know is that Allah called the Day of Judgement Al-Aasifa (I don't know if this is the right transliteration). Al Aasifa means that something is right here or something is about to happen shortly. This means that the Day of Judgement is very close and it will happen very soon. For us the times seem very long, but for Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala it is very short. Compared to the time period since Adam creation it is very short time. There is a hadeeth which explains that all of us fell from the back of Adam in a form we don't know and we had light at our eyes. When he saw Dawood he asked who he were. He was said that this descendant of him is a descendant of him who will appear toward the End of Time. When Dawood is already towards the end of time then how close are we now?
  20. Happiness In This Life

    Wa'alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu Jazzakallah Khayr! We need to remind ourselves that we receive rizq from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala as a trust and that we have to treat them according to His instructions. Money is not an evil. In fact, money is given good titles such as khayr etc. It is a tool and a blessing to the same time. However when we have a lot of money the we have to purify it otherwise it will be against us. Purification of money is done through spending it in righteousness and receiving it through halal means. Seeking rizq should not be condemned, but the bad thing is to compete in this world over this world and this can destroy us. In fact, this competition over dunya matters is was keeps the Ummah down. The cure against this is to remember death: 1. If we remember death then we hasten the repentance 2. If we remember death then we are content with whatever Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala bestows upon us be it much or less. 3. If we remember death then we don't compete in this world over this world and that will bring tranquility in our hearts. All what I wrote are meant as general reminders, not as a criticizm of a previous post whatsoever. Salam
  21. Intention And Riyaa

    Assalamu Alayikum I was thinking for some time already to make this poll, but finally I have the time to do it. Mnaan is someone who always reminds a person of his favors. He might tell a person: "Remember, I gave you ten bucks last week, come please give me a ride or pay this for me or do me this or that favor." I made a mistake at the second question. It was supposed to be a multiple answer question, yet I forgot to check the appropriate box.
  22. How To Become A Speaker

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu I think that age can be a problem at the University of Madeenah? What if I am a new Muslim who is over the age of 25? If I studied in Madeenah I would first study: 1. Arabic and Ahlaak. 2. Then I continue with study of Qur'an/Sunnah and Fiqh. 3. I try to follow the path mentioned by Imam Al Shafi'ee raheematullah: a) The one who obtains knowledge of languages becomes well mannered. That is why I mentioned Arabic and Ahlaak/Adab together. b) The one who learns Qur'an/Sunnah strengthens his spiritual status. c) The one who obtains knowledge in fiqh becomes noble. d) The one who writes hadeeth/books obtains powerful logic. e) The one who learns mathematics obtains unerring judgement. This would also include Computer Science and Programming nowadays. Therefore, my goal is to expand my knowledge significantly in these categories of knowledge to achieve the qualities Imam Al Shafi'ee raheematullah mentioned. I. I would start with learning of languages starting with Arabic which could help me to become a well mannered person. Learning languages is therefore connected to Ahlaak and behaviour. Arabic also opens the door to Knowledge in Qur'an/Sunnah/Fiqh. Other languages are also important because if I knew Indonesian or Melayu or other languages I would be able to go to problem regions such as Aceh or other and help them through my hand. Another language a Muslim should know nowadays is Signed Language. This knowledge will give me peace of mind and akhlaq and opens the door for the other knowledges. 2. Then I will, insha'Allah, continue with the other knowledges mentioned to obtain this knowledge to teach and to be able to speak and to gain such important personal qualities which are actually the main reasons of learning. Qur'an and Fiqh are next. 3. Alongside I would write my own literature to check my knowledge and for dawah purposes and to strengthen my memory and also to gain the important quality of having powerful logic. 4. Alongside, I also would deepen my knowledge in mathematics and computer science/programming/web design to have something practical and to gain the important quality I personally lack right now immensely and that is unerring judgement. This is the path, I would take and hopefully it is a good path. I also would take this path because I love brother Imam Al Shafi'ee and I wish the he gains high reward because of my pursuing knowledge following his suggestion.
  23. The 3 Word Story

    to the island
  24. Could The Prophet Tell The Future? Also

    Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahee wa Barakatu 1. He himself was not able to see the future events. He even did not know what happened in the past with the other Islamic Nations such as the Nation of Musa alayhissalam and other prophets. This is the proof that he received the revelations. The revelations informed him what will happen in the future. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not speak on his own but recited what was revealed to him by Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala through the Holy Spirit of Truth, the angel Jibreel - Rooh Quddus. Later on I will present you three examples. 1. The first that shows that Muhammad could not see the future unless it was revealed to Muhammad. 2. The second should show the Muhammad did not know what happened in the past. 3. The third shows about a situation in the present which show that Muhammad did not know everything and Sahabi may have a better solution.
  25. The 3 Word Story

    So we flew...