The Merits Of Islam

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Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
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A question answered by Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid regarding: “There are many religions. Why do Muslims think that Islam is true. Is there any factual basis?”

Praise be to Allah. This is a reasonable enough question for one who has not entered Islam, but one who believes in and practices this religion already knows the blessings which are his because of this religion.

There are many reasons for this, which include the following:

The Muslim worships One God, Who has no partner, and Who has the most beautiful names and the highest attributes. Thus the Muslim’s focus and aim is concentrated, focused on His Lord and Creator; he puts his trust in Him and asks Him for help, patience and support; he believes that Allah is able to do all things, and has no need of a wife or son. Allah created the heavens and earth; He is the One Who gives life and death; He is the Creator and Sustainer from Whom the slave seeks provision. He is the All-Hearing Who responds to the supplication of His slave, and from Whom the slave hopes for a response. He is the All-Merciful and All-Forgiving, to Whom the slave turns in repentance when he has committed a sin or fallen short in his worship of Allah. He is the Omniscient and All-Seeing, who knows all intentions and what is hidden in people’s hearts. The slave feels ashamed to commit a sin by doing wrong to himself or to others,because his Lord is watching over him and sees all that he does. He knows that Allah is All-Wise, the Seer of the Unseen, so he trusts that what Allah decrees for him is good; he knows that Allah will never be unjust to him, and that everything that Allah decrees for him is good, even if he does not understand the wisdom behind it.

The effects of Islamic worship on the soul of the Muslim include the following:

Prayer keeps the slave in contact with his Lord; if he enters it in a spirit of humiliation and concentration, he will feel tranquil and secure, because he is seeking a “powerful support,” which is Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.For this reason, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: “Let us find relaxation and joy in prayer.” If something distressed him, he would hasten to pray. Everyone who finds himself faced with disaster and tries prayer finds strength, patience and consolation, because he is reciting the words of his Lord, which cannot be compared to the effect of the words of a created being. If the words of some psychologists can offer a little comfort, what do you think of the words of the One Who created the psychologist?

Now let us look at Zakat, which is one of the pillars of Islam. Zakat purifies the soul from stinginess and miserliness, and accustoms people to being generous and helping the poor and needy. It will bring a great reward on the Day of Resurrection, just like other forms of worship. It is not burdensome, like manmade taxes; it is only 25 in every thousand, which the sincere Muslim pays willingly and does not try to evade or wait until someone chases him for it.

Fasting involves refraining from food and sex. It is a form of worship, and a way in which one can feel the hunger of those who are deprived. It is also a reminder of the blessings of the Creator, and it brings rewards beyond measure.

Hajj is the Pilgrimage to the sacred House of Allah, which was built by Ibrahim (Abraham, upon whom be peace). By performing Hajj one is obeying the command of Allah and the call to come and meet Muslims from all over the world.

Islam commands all kinds of good and forbids all kinds of evil. It encourages good manners and proper treatment of others. It enjoins good characteristics such as truthfulness, patience, deliberation, kindness, humility, modesty, keeping promises, dignity, mercy, justice, courage, patience, friendliness,

contentment, chastity, good treatment, tolerance, trustworthiness, gratitude for favours, and self-control in times of anger. Islaam commands the Muslim to fulfil his duty towards his parents and to uphold family ties, to help the needy, to treat neighbours well, to protect and safeguard the wealth of the orphan, to be gentle with the young and show respect to the old, to be kind to servants and animals, to remove harmful things from the road, to speak kind words, to forgive at the time when one has the opportunity to take revenge, to be sincere towards one’s fellow-Muslims, to meet the needs of the Muslims, to give the debtor time to repay his debt, to prefer others over oneself, to console others, to greet people with a smiling face, to visit the sick, to support the one who is oppressed, to give gifts to friends, to honour his guest, to treat his wife kindly and spend on her and her children, to spread the greeting of peace (salaam) and to seek permission before entering another person’s house, lest one see something private that the other person does not want one to see.

Some non-Muslims may do these things out of politeness or good manners, but they are not seeking reward from Allah or salvation of the Day of Judgement.

If we look at what Islam has prohibited, we will find that it is in the interests of both the individual and society as a whole. All these prohibitions serve to safeguard the relationship between the slave and his Lord, and the relationship of the individual with himself and with his fellow-man. The following examples demonstrate this:

Islam forbids the association of anything in worship with Allah and the worship of anything other than Allah, because this spells doom and misery. Islam also forbids visiting or believing soothsayers and fortune-tellers; magic or witchcraft that may cause a rift between two people or bring them together; belief in the influence of the stars on events and people’s lives; cursing time, because Allah is directing its affairs; and superstition, because this is pessimism.

Islam forbids cancelling out good deeds by showing off, boasting or reminding others of one’s favours; bowing or prostrating to anything other than Allah; sitting with hypocrites or immoral people for the purposes of enjoying their company or keeping them company; and invoking the curse or wrath of Allah on one another or damning one another to Hell.

Islam forbids urinating into stagnant water; defecating on the side of the road or in places where people seek shade or where they draw water; from facing the qiblah (direction of prayer) or turning one’s back towards it when passing water or stools; holding one’s penis in one’s right hand when passing water; giving the greeting of salaam (peace) to one who is answering the call of nature; and putting one’s hand into any vessel before washing it, when one has just woken up.

Islam forbids the offering of any nafl (supererogatory) prayers when the sun is rising, when it is at its zenith, and when it is setting, because it rises and sets between the horns of Shaytaan (Satan); praying when there is food prepared that a person desires; praying when one urgently needs to pass water, stools or wind, because that will distract a person from concentrating properly on his prayer.

Islam forbids the Muslim to raise his voice in prayer, lest it disturb other believers; to continue offering supererogatory prayers at night when one feels drowsy – such a person should sleep then get up; to stay up all night in prayer, especially one night after another; and to stop praying when there is doubt as to the validity of one’s wudoo’ – unless one hears a sound or smells an odour.

Islam forbids buying, selling and making “lost and found” announcements in the mosque – because it is the place of worship and remembrance of Allah, where worldly affairs have no place. Continue reading

Rulings Pertaining To Ramadaan – A Collection Of Works By Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid

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Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 175 | Size: 5 MB

A compilation of five works dealing with fasting, Taraaweeh, I’tikaaf, Zakaat-ul-Fitr, and Eid.

Contents:

1. Seventy Matters R elated to Fasting 9

Introduction 10
The Definition of Siyaam (Fasting) 13
Ruling on Fasting 13
The Virtues of Fasting 14
The Benefits of Fasting 17
Etiquette and Sunan of Fasting 18
What should be done in this Great Month 23
Some Rulings concerning Fasting 24
How is the Onset of Ramadan Determined? 25
Who is Obliged to Fast? 26
Travelers 28
The Sick 32
The Elderly 36
Niyyah (intention) in Fasting 37
When to Start and Stop Fasting 40
Things that Break the Fast 42
Rulings on Fasting for Women 52

2. The Night Prayer in Ramadan 59

Laylat Al-Qadr and its Timing 60
Praying Qiyaam in Congregation 61
Why did not the Prophet (PBUH) Continually Lead the Prayer in Congregation? 62
Women may Pray Qiyaam in Congregation 63
Number of Rak‘ahs of Qiyaam 63
Reciting Qur`aan in Qiyaam 64
The Timing of Qiyaam 66
Recitation during Three Rak‘ahs of Witr 68
Du‘aa al-Qunoot 69
What Should be Said at the End of Witr 71
Two Rak‘ahs after Witr 72

* Selected Verdicts regarding the Taraaweeh 73

– The Number of Rak‘ahs in Taraaweeh 73
– Completing with the Imaam 77
– Reciting the Entire Qur`aan in Taraaweeh 78
– The Imaam Holding a Mushaf 79
– One of the Followers Holding a Mushaf 79
– Supplication after the Completion of the Qur`aan 80
– Qunoot in the Witr and Fajr Prayers 82
– Raising the Hands in the Qunoot 83
– Joining the Taraaweeh with the Niyyah of ‘Ishaa 84
– Reading Qur`aan or Praying Nawaafil? 85
– Adding Another Rak‘ah to the Imaam’s Witr 86

3. I’tikaaf 87

Definition 88
The Benefits of I’tikaaf 88
The Connection between Fasting and I’tikaaf 90
With the Prophet (PBUH) in his I’tikaaf 91
His Guidance Concerning I’tikaaf 96
The Aims of I’tikaaf 99
Different Types of I’tikaaf 100
The Ruling on I’tikaaf 100
The Conditions of I’tikaaf 101
The Pillars of I’tikaaf 103
The Place, Time and Starting Point of I’tikaaf 104
The Aadaab (Etiquette) of I’tikaaf 105
Things which are Forbidden in I’tikaaf 108
Educational Aspects of I’tikaaf 109 Continue reading

Ruling On Celebrating The Middle Of Sha’baan

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Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Monajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 08 | Size: 1 MB

There are some hadiths that speak about the Middle of Sha`ban and its night. However, the scholars of hadith say that most of the hadiths concerning this night are not authentic. They are weak (da`if) according to the criteria of the narrators and scholars of hadith. In this book Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid takes us through these hadith giving rulings on their authenticity. Continue reading