A Sunnah of Immense Reward: 4 Rak‘āt after the Farḍ of ‘Ishā’

Imām al-Ṭabarānī (260 – 360 H) narrates in his al-Mu‘jam al-Awsaṭ:

حدثنا محمد بن الفضل السقطي، قال: نا مهدي بن حفص، قال: نا إسحاق الأزرق عن أبي حنيفة عن محارب بن دثار عن ابن عمر قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

من صلى العشاء في جماعة، وصلى أربع ركعات قبل أن يخرج من المسجد كان كعدل ليلة القدر

Muḥammad ibn al-Faḍl al-Saqaṭī narrated to us: He said: Mahdī ibn Ḥafṣ narrated to us: He said: Isḥāq al-Azraq narrated to us from Abū Ḥanīfah from Muḥārib ibn Dithār from Ibn ‘Umar: He said: The Messenger of Allāh (Allāh bless him and grant him peace) said:

Whoever prays ‘Ishā’ in congregation, and prays four rak‘āt before leaving the masjid*, it will be equal to [praying them on] Laylat al-Qadr.” (al-Mu‘jam al-Awsaṭ, 5:254) Continue Reading

Are Grandnieces one’s Maḥrams?

Question:

Are the granddaughters (son’s daughter/daughter’s daughter) of a man’s brothers or sisters included amongst his maḥrams?

Answer:

Yes, they are his maḥrams. [1]

[1]

فتحرم بنات الإخوة والأخوات وبنات أولاد الإخوة والأخوات وإن نزلن (رد المحتار، دار عالم الكتب، ج٤ ص٩٩

وكذا الأخوات من أي جهة كن وبنات الأخوات وإن سفلن (فتاوى قاضيخان، دار الكتب العلمية، ج١ ص٣١٦

فأما النسب فهو الرحم المحرم وهم أربعة أصناف…والصنف الثالث: الإخوة والأخوات من أي وجه كانوا: لأب وأم أو لأب أو لأم وأولاد جميعهم وإن بعدوا (النتف فى الفتاوى، مؤسسة الرسالة، ج١ ص٢٥

Is it Necessary to Sell Items Above One’s Needs to Perform Ḥajj?

Question:

A person does not have enough money to perform Ḥajj, but possesses gold and silver jewellery which if sold will be enough to cover the expenses of Ḥajj. Is it necessary to sell the jewellery and perform Ḥajj?

Answer:

The preferred view in the Ḥanafī madhhab is that if a sane and able adult Muslim, male or female, who has not yet performed the obligatory Ḥajj, has the wealth and means to safely travel and carry out the rituals of Ḥajj at the time of year when the pilgrims of his or her town normally leave for Ḥajj, it is wājib for him or her to perform Ḥajj in that year and to not postpone it. [1] For a woman, there is the added condition of a husband or maḥram willing to travel with her. Delaying it in such a situation without a valid excuse is regarded as makrūh taḥrīmī, and would amount to a minor sin if done once. However, a delay over several years would amount to a major sin. [2]

If a person of the above description possesses money or items besides his or her basic necessities (like house, conveyance, clothes, furniture etc.), and Ḥajj can be performed with that money or by selling those items, it will be wājib to perform Ḥajj in that year. [3] Gold and silver jewellery do not fall under basic necessities. [4] Hence, if one possesses enough jewellery to perform Ḥajj, it will be necessary to sell it and perform Ḥajj.

[1]

على الفور في أول سنى الوجوب وهو أول سنى الإمكان على القول الأصح عندنا، وهو قول أبي يوسف وأصح الروايتين عن أبي حنيفة (غنية الناسك

الحج واجب على الأحرار البالغين العقلاء الأصحاء إذا قدروا على الزاد والراحلة فاضلا عن المسكن وما لا بد منه وعن نفقة عياله إلى حين عوده (القدوري

فيه إشارة إلى أنه على الفور، قال فى الهداية: هذا عند أبي يوسف وعن أبي حنيفة ما يدل عليه، وعند محمد على التراخي، ورجح دليل الفور، وقال القدوري: وكان مشايخنا يقولون: هو قولهم، واعتمده المحبوبي والنسفي (التصحيح والترجيح، ص٢٠٨

وروى الحسن بن زياد عن أبي حنيفة قال: يجب الحج على كل مسلم موسر من الرجال والنساء إذا كان له ما يحج به – سوى المسكن والخادم ومتاع البيت – دراهم أو دنانير أو عروض يساوي ما يحج به ذاهبا وجائيا راجبا (عيون المسائل، ص٤٣-٤

[2]

التأخير صغيرة لأنه مكروه تحريما، وبارتكاب الصغيرة مرة لا يصير فاسقا بل بالإصرار عليها بحر (غنية الناسك

[3]

 وإن كان له مسكن فاضل لا يسكنه أو عبد لا يستخدمه أو متاع لا يمتهنه أو كتب لا يحتاج إلى استعمالها وهي من العلوم الشرعية وما يتبعها من الآلات العربية أو ثياب لا يحتاج إلى لبسها أو أرض لا يحتاج إلى غلتها أو كرم زائد على قدر التفكه بها أو حوانيت أو نحو ذلك مما لا يحتاج إليها يجب بيعها إن كان به وفاء الحج (غنية الناسك

وكذا في مناسك القارئ، ص١١ والبحر العميق ص٣٨٤ والمحيط البرهاني ج٣ ص٣٩٣ عن القدوري في شرح المختصر الكرخي وفى الهندية ج١ ص٢٤٠ ناقلا عن قاضيخان

[4]

 الحلي مال فاضل عن الحاجة الأصلية إذ الإعداد للتجمل والتزين دليل الفضل عن الحاجة الأصلية (بدائع الصنائع

An Explanation of Tasawwuf and its Practices

The following article is a translation of a section from the Urdu work, Tasawwuf Kiyā He, by Mawlānā Manzūr Nu’mānī. It comprises of a group of essays written by the author on his observations on Tasawwuf and, in particular, the practices (ashghāl) prescribed by the Sūfī guides (mashāyikh). He offers a strong argument for the need for Tasawwuf and a rationale for the specific practices designed by the scholars of Tasawwuf for spiritual reform. Although the original work comprises of essays by other authors, only those by Mawlānā Manzūr Nu’mānī are presented in this translation. His discussion and analysis is concerned mostly with the practical dimensions of Tasawwuf as they have been observed throughout history amongst its orthodox champions and handed down to its true inheritors in the present time. The other essays (which are not included in this translation) deal with Tasawwuf from its historical and academic/philosophical dimensions also. Continue Reading

The Divine Attributes: Ahlus Sunnah vs. Mujassimah

The following introductory essay delineates the basic creedal differences between Ahlus Sunnah wa l-Jamā’ah and the contemporary Salafiyyah on the subject of the divine attributes. It further seeks to support the position of Ahlus Sunnah from the Qur’ān and the statements of the pious Salaf from the first three generations of scholars, including Imāms Abū Hanīfah, Shu’bah, Sharīk, Abū ‘Awānah, Sufyān al-Thawrī, Mālik, Sufyān ibn ‘Uyaynah, Hammād ibn Salamah, Hammād ibn Zayd, Abū Yūsuf al-Qādī and Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybānī (may Allāh have mercy on them all).

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The Meaning of Iman

Muftī Rashīd Ahmad Ludhyānwī

Question:

In a public gathering, Gandhi stated these words while delivering a speech: “I do not understand why I should not recite the kalimah? Why should I not praise Allāh? Why should I not accept Muhammad as His messenger? I have faith in the saints and the prophets of all religions.” Can Gandhi be called a Muslim for saying the aforementioned words? Please attend to the reply quickly, because I have need for it for a religious publication. Explain with proof, may the Most Merciful reward you. Continue Reading

Happy British Muslims Video

QUESTION

There’s been a recent video released and participated in by many notable British ‘practising’ Muslims termed ‘Happy British Muslims’.

Perhaps the most concerning feature (for some of us at least)  is that a prominent UK scholar is featured in it. He has since gone on record to say,”I’m delighted to see the outcome of the Happy British Muslims video, which has unlocked a remarkable tide of goodwill around the world, and significantly tilted the image of Muslims among many sceptics. Islamophobes must be grinding their teeth to see Muslims of different races and age-groups united by happiness. No one will produce a Sharia argument against jumping for joy!”

Could you please explain if there are any ‘sharia arguments’ that are violated in this video? Continue Reading

Question on Qasr and Watn Asli

QUESTION

I was born in a place which is 100 kms away from Hyderabad, then my family migrated to Hyderabad after my birth. The time I stayed at my birth location is not known to me.My family purchased a house in Hyderabad and we all shifted to Hyderababd. I have been there for about 24 yrs (approx). Now I am working in Trivandrum, Kerala which is about 1000 kms from Hyderabad.If I go to Hyderabad for less than 15 days, do I need to perform Qasar in Hyderabad ?

If I go to my birth place for less than 15 days, do I need to perform Qasar? Continue Reading

A Reply to the Essay, “Perspective on Trimming/Shaving beard”

Bismillāhir Rahmānir Rahīm

In the following, we will address a 9-page essay authored by Sheikh Hategekimana Hassan of Botswana called, “Perspective on Trimming/Shaving beard.”[1] Sheikh Hategekimana attempts to show that growing the beard is not a precept of religion or Sharī‘ah, but merely a recommended cultural practice inherited from Rasūlullāh (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam). He further argues that there is no sin in shaving the beard, and the widely-held notion that a person who shaves his beard should not be appointed an imam is an innovation in Islamic thought with no basis in earlier jurisprudential writings. Continue Reading