Rules Of Purification And Prayers

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Abdur-Rahman Murad
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 77 | Size: 4 MB

All praise is due to Allah, Whose aid we implore, and Whose forgiveness, guidance and protection against our own evil sinful acts we seek. He Whom Allah guides aright none can lead astray, and whom He leads astray none can guide aright.

I testify that there is no true god worthy of being worshipped except Allah, Who has no partner and I testify that Muhammad (PBUH) is the slave of Allah and His Messenger. May Allah exalt his mention and render him, his household and his Companions safe from all evil.

This is a short, but beneficial treatise on purification and Prayers.

I will state general guidelines concerning each matter and clarify common mistakes that are made during the Wudhu and Prayer.

Salaat (Prayer) is one of the main obligations which Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has ordained on His servants. It is the first act of worship decreed on the Muslim Nation (Ummah) by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and was ordained on the night of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) ascension to the seven heavens. It is the second of the five pillars of Islam after the proclamation of the “Shahada” (the words of witness).

I ask Allah, the Exalted, to bless this work and to make people benefit from it. Ameen Continue reading

How To Perform Wudu And Prayer And Its Proof

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Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Marzooq
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 26 | Size: 1 MB

This is a summarized study according to the texts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah on ablution (ritual purification with water), and some rulings concerning prayer.

Contents:

ABLUTION (Wudu)

* How to Perform Ablution
* Sand Ablution (Tayammom)
* Rubbing Over Socks or Boots
* Total Ablution (Ghosl)

PRAYER (Salat)

* How to Perform Prayer

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A Guide To Prayer In Islam

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Muhammad Abdul Karim Saqib
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 65 | Size: 3 MB

A Guide to Prayer in Islam: Each worship has a quality and manner demonstrated by Allah or by His prophet peace be upon him. So the writer of this message said in the introduction: “This is a brief about the manner of praying of the prophet introduced to each Muslim to try hard to follow him. Continue reading

Concerning Taraaweeh

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Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 55 | Size: 1 MB

All praises are for Allah who, out of His infinite Mercy, has giving us countless opportunities to remit our past sins, draw near to Him. And seek the reward that He has reserved for the believers.

And may His Peace and Blessings be on His Messenger, our Imaam, who showed us every way possible to draw near to Allah and Al-Jannah without any shortcoming, and upon all his family and companions, and whoever treads their path until the Day of Recompense.

Indeed one of the greatest opportunities Allah (SWT) has given this Ummah (nation) is the month of Ramadaan, in which He revealed His Book as a Guidance Criterion, and has attributed to this month many merits not attributed to others.

And from these opportunities is also he Taraweeh, of which the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever stands [in prayer] in Ramadaan with Eeman and hoping to attain reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Truly in praying Taraweeh, the servant feels khushoo’ and rejuvenates his Eeman, drawing him nearer and nearer to Allah. But what is so unfortunate is that instead of the praying being utilized in this fashion, it sometimes is made a tedious chore where one does not feel khushoo’, but rather looks forward to its conclusion.

Also, due to a lack of understanding of what is permissible in the Taraweeh and what is not, the prayer may even become a matter of tension; differences become apparent and views are expressed. Personal ideologies start to interfere with the general benefit of the people, and thus, the whole purpose of the prayer is destroyed.

So we deemed it to be in best interest to publish this small but extremely beneficial treatise, as a series of fataawah by our late beloved sheikh, Sheikh Abdul-Azeez bin Baaz, may Allah raise him amongst the prophets and righteous. This treatise clearly demonstrates his wisdom in dealing with affairs which may be points of dispute in the Taraaweeh. He sheds light upon many issues in respect to their permissibility, and one may even find that some issues have much more flexibility than is perceived.

We request all who read this book to study its meanings well and put them into practice, leaving behind any misconceptions they may have had about this blessed prayer in this blessed month, hoping that we can gain the fullest out of it, and Ramadaan be what it was intended to be, a month to remit our sins and achieve the station of Taqwa. Continue reading

Before You Pray By Anas Al-Gawz

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Anas Al-Gawz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 38 | Size: 1 MB

The Book Of Prayer: Salaat (Prayer) is one of the main obligations which Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has ordained on His servants. It is the first act of worship decreed on the Muslim Nation (Ummah) by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and was ordained on the night of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) ascension to the seven heavens. It is the second of the five pillars of Islam after the proclamation of the “Shahada” (the words of witness).

We are presenting you a book which is, though, very small in size but is very big in its concept. Salat is the first obligation upon a Muslim after his testification of Allah‘s Oneness and Muhammad‘s (peace be upon him Messengership. Salat is the contentment of the heart of a Muslim and the eminence of a Believer. Salat is much more emphasized in Qur‘an than any other act.

You may have seen many books on Salat but this small book, which has a specific mention in relation with the matters before the Salat, is very useful and effective. The original book is in Arabic and is written by our friend captain Pilot Anas bin Abdul-Hameed Al-Gawz. More than 30,000 copies of this book have reached in the hands of the people, who appreciated it very much. The English translation of this book has been made by Mr. Abdul Karim Shah, former translator of Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh, for which I am thankful to him.

Dar-us-Salam feels great pleasure and honour in publishing the book according to its high traditions and standards. I am specially thankful to Mr. Shakil Ahmed As- Salafi, Hafiz Abdul Matin Rashid, Mr. Azmat Ullah, and Mr. Saeed-ud-Din for the special tasks of composing, proof reading and checking it with the original Arabic book. Now this beautiful and valuable present is in your hands, please read it and pray for us all. Continue reading

Laylat Ul-Qadr (The Night Of Power)

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Anonymous
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 18 | Size: 1 MB

In each of the daily prayer we offer, we solemnly declare to Allâh, “Iyyaka na’budu” (You alone do we worship). While the intelligent and committed believer realizes that his very lifestyle spells worship, he knows, remembering the words of our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that “Du’aa’ (supplication) is worship” [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawûd] Allâh, the Most Merciful, has encouraged the believers to take advantage of certain times during the year to make du’aa’. Such an occasion presents itself annually during Ramadhân — especially on the Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power. On this night, the single most important event in human history unfolded as, after the Glorious Qur’ân was preserved in the Protected Tablet, Jibril descended with the blessed book to reveal it, upon Allâh’s command, to His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Accentuating its significance, Allâh says “and how would you know (the value of the) Night of Qadr” [97:2]

“Allâh’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights.” [Muslim]

So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the Qur’ân devotes a special Sûrah to it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3] This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadhân. The fact that the exact night is unknown reflects Allâh’s will in keeping it hidden. Indeed, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was prevented from telling us its precise time. One day, he came out to tell the  companions the exact night. On the way he saw two men arguing with each other. By the will of Allâh,  he sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam forgot and subsequently remembered it. Afterwards the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was instructed not to divulge this information. “Had I been allowed,” he sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam remarked once, “I would have told you (of its exact time).” [Ahmad] The Almighty in His wisdom kept this hidden from us for many reasons (wa Allâhu ‘Alam). Perhaps He wants us to strive hard in our worship during the last ten days of Ramadhân so that we don’t become lazy, worshipping hard on just that one night and denying ourselves the benefit of doing the same on the other nights. “Had people not left their salah except for that (one) night, I would have informed you (of  its exact date).” [Al-Tabarani] The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins and phases of neglect in his life patiently awaits the onset of Ramadhân. During it he hopes to be forgiven by Allâh for  past sins, knowing that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam promised that all who bear down during the last ten days shall have all their sins forgiven. To achieve this, he remembers the Prophet’s sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam advice in different sayings wherein he used words like “seek”, “pursue”, “search”, and “look hard” for Lailatul Qadr (see tomorrows Post).  Moreover, Allâh and His Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam provided us some signs of its occurrence.

Allâh subhanahu wa ta’ala describes the night as “..peace until the rise of the morn.” [97:5] In various sayings, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam described the night as serene, tranquil, and peaceful. The sun at sunrise would appear reddish and without its normal blazing and sharp rays. Ubayy radiallaahu ‘anhu said : “On the morning of the night of Qadr the sun would rise without any beams; (it is like) a wash basin until it raises.” [Muslim]

Abu Hurairah radiallaahu ‘anhu said : “We mentioned the night of Qadr to the Messenger of Allaah (S) and he said: “Which of you remembers when the moon rises and it is like half a bowl.” [Muslim]

Ibn Abbaas radiallaahu ‘anhu said that the Messenger of Allaah (S) said : “The night of Qadr is a night of generosity and happiness, it is not hot and neither is it cold. The sun comes up in its morning weak, reddish.” [Tabaranee, Ibn Khuzaimah and Bazzaar]

The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam added that “the angel of earth on that night of Qadr will be more numerous than all the pebbles of the earth.” Continue reading

Are You Neglecting The Fajr prayer

Perform As­Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) from mid-day till the darkness of the night (i.e. the Zuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, and ‘Isha’ prayers), and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels in charge of mankind of the day and the night). [17:78] Continue reading

Salah: The Programming Towards Righteousness

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Dr. Zakir Naik

Did you ever wonder why, at the exact moment when you stand for prayer, you wonder where you left your car keys? or, going into Ruku’, you realize you haven’t trimmed your toenails in a while? Seems silly, but this problem plagues the Ummah. Why? Basically, human beings have way more control over their physical bodies than their minds. It is very possible for us to complete the physical act of prayer perfectly while our minds wander. What, then, is the solution? Dr. Zakir Naik shows how filling one’s mind with the understanding of the Quran as well as memorizing more of the Quran will lead to a better control during prayer. Most Muslims recite the same surahs over and over, and do so in a mechanical fashion. They repeat the ayah without having to think about what they are saying, let alone understanding the meaning. Muslims must learn how to program their minds to be conscious of every word uttered in Salah. After all, Salah is more than merely a form of physical exercise. Continue reading

Step By Step Guide To The Prayer

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Performance of Salah

1-Intention (it is a determination in the heart that you are performing a particular Salah; not to be uttered).
2-Face the direction of the Qiblah (Sacred House in Makkah Known as Ka’bah). Raise your hands to the level of the shoulders, or earlobes, and say

ALLAHU AKBAR

3-Place the right hand over the left on the chest. Look at the place of prostration without lowering your head:

4- Recite the Opening Invocation (du’aa) for Salah:

] سبحانَكَ اللهمَ وبِحَمدِكَ تَباركَ اسمُكَ وتَعالَى جَدُّكَ ولا إلَهَ غيرُك [

[Subhanaka Allaahumma wa bihamdika tabaarakas muka wa ta’aalaa jadduka wa laa ilaaha ghairuk.]

O Allaah! I declare You far removed from above all imperfection, and that You deserve all Praise.  Blessed is Your Name. Your Majesty (Glory and Might) is Exalted., and there is no true God Worthy of Worship Except You. Continue reading

Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens Of The Righteous) – Vol. I & II

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Imam Abu Zakaria Mohiuddin Yahya An-Nawawi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 291 | Size: 2.5 MB


The book was compiled by Imam An-Nawawi who was the great scholar of Hadith and Fiqhof his time. Commentaries on the Ahadith have been added by Hafiz Salahuddin Yusuf of Pakistan who had originally executed them for the Urdu edition of this book. The English translation of the book and the – commentaries was performed by Dr. Muhammad Amin and Abu Usamah Al-Arabi bin Razduq who have performed their task with utmost care and profound interest.

Contents:

1. Chapter on Sincerity and having an intention for all actions, words and states, outward and inward
2. Chapter on Repentance
3. Chapter on Steadfastness
4. Chapter: On Truthfulness
5. Chapter: On Watchfulness
6. Chapter: On Fearful Awareness of Allah (Taqwa)
7. Chapter: Certainty and Trust in Allah
8. Chapter: On Going Straight (Istiqama)
9. Chapter: Reflecting on the immense creation of Allah Almighty, the passing of this world, the terrors of the Next World, and other matters. On the  negligence of the self, disciplining it and forcing it to go straight
10. Chapter: On hastening to perform good actions, and on encouraging the one who intends to do something to go ahead and do it with diligence and not to  hesitate
11. Chapter: On Striving (Mujahada)
12. Chapter: On the encouragement to increase good actions in the later part of one’s life
13. Chapter: On the clarification of the many paths of good
14. Chapter: On Moderation in Worship
15. Chapter: On perserverance in actions
16. Chapter: On the command to follow the Sunna and its adab
17. Chapter: On the Obligation to obey the judgement of Allah, what is said by those who are summoned to that, and commanding the right and forbidding the  wrong
18. Chapter: On the prohibition against innovations and new matters
19. Chapter: On the one who makes a good or bad sunna
20. Chapter: On showing the way to good and calling to guidance or misguidance
21. Chapter: Helping one another to goodness and fear of Allah
22. Chapter: On Good Counsel
23. Chapter: On commanding the right and forbidding the wrong
24. Chapter: On the harsh punishment of someone who commands right or forbids wrong while his own actions contradict what he says
25. Chapter: On the command to deliver trusts
26. Chapter: On injustice and the command to make restitution in cases of injustice
27. Chapter: On respecting the sacred things of the Muslims, clarification of their rights and having compassion and mercy forthem
28. Chapter: Veiling the faults of Muslims and the prohibition against divulging them without necessity
29. Chapter: Taking care of the needs of the Muslims
30. Chapter: Intercession
31. Chapter: On Putting things right between people
32. Chapter: On the excellence of the weak, poor and obscure Muslims
33. Chapter: Kindness to orphans, girls, the weak, the very poor, and the downtrodden. Treating them well, compassion towards them, humility with them, and  gentleness towards them
34. Chapter: Treating women well
35. Chapter: On the rights of a husband from his wife
36. Chapter: Spending on one’s family
37. Chapter: Spending out of what one loves and spending what is excellent
38. Chapter: On the obligation to command one’s family and children and whoever is in one’s care to obey Allah, and to forbid them to oppose Him, teaching  them proper behaviour and preventing them from committing what is prohibited
39. Chapter: The right of the neighbour and treating him well
40. Chapter: On dutifulness to parents and maintaining ties of kinship
41. Chapter: On the prohibition of disobeying parents and severing ties of kinship
42. Chapter: The excellence of dutifulness shown to the friends of one’s father and mother, relatives, wife, and others whom one
should honour
43. Chapter: Honouring the people of the family of the Messenger of Allah and their clear excellence
44. Chapter: Respect for people of knowledge, the great and people of importance, and putting them ahead of others, raising
where they sit and showing their rank
45. Chapter: On visiting the people of virtue, sitting with them, keeping their company, loving them, seeking visits and supplication
from them, and visiting places of virtue
46. Chapter: The excellence of love for the sake of Allah and encouraging it, and a man who loves another informing him of that
and what he says to him when he informs him
47. Chapter: On the signs of Allah’s love for His slave and urging that it be taken on and that one should strive to obtain it
48. Chapter: On cautioning against causing injury to the righteous, the weak and the poor
49. Chapter: Judging people according to the outward while leaving their secrets to Allah Almighty
50. Chapter: On Fear Continue reading