Praying In The Dark


There is nothing wrong with praying in darkness.
۩ Narrated Abu Salama. Aisha the wife of the Prophet (ﷺ) said, "I used to sleep in front o Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and my legs were opposite his Qibla and in prostration he pushed my legs and I withdrew then and when he stood, I stretched them.' `Aisha added, "In those days the houses were without lights."
Sahih al Bukhari, Book of Prayers ﴾8﴿, hadith - 382.
۩ Shaykh Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr said:
“If the conditions of prayer are fulfilled and the essential parts or pillars of the prayer are completed, then the prayer is valid. Light is not an essential condition of prayer or an obligatory part of the prayer. But if the darkness is a cause of fear which disturbs a person to the point that he cannot have the necessary presence of mind and humility (khushoo’) in prayer, then it is makrooh for him to pray in the dark.”

Women Wearing Rings Of Metals Other Than Gold And Silver

Praise be to Allaah.
It is permissible for women to wear rings of gold or silver with diamonds or other precious stones such as emeralds, rubies and carnelians, or of iron if they wish, because the basic principle is that they are permissible and there is no text to suggest that any of that is not allowed. 
It is not makrooh to wear a ring of iron.
۩ Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is permissible for women to wear jewellery of gold, silver and gemstones according to their customs and traditions, such as bangles, anklets, earrings and rings, and what they wear on their faces and on their necks, arms, feet, ears and so on. End quote.
Al-Mughni, 2/324. 
It is stipulated that there be no extravagance involved in that. 
۩ Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Our companions said: All kinds of jewellery are permissible for women; it is only permissible so long as there is no obvious extravagance involved. End quote.
 Al-Majmoo’, 5/523. 
And Allah knows best.

Can Two Prayers Be Joined Because Of Sickness?


There is a person who is sick with stomach cancer, and an opening has been left in his body at the stomach level for fluids and waste products to come out. He is asking whether it is permissible for him to join prayers.

Yes, it is permissible for him to join prayers, so he may join Zuhr and ‘Asr, and Maghrib and ‘Isha’, at the time of the earlier or later prayer, depending on what is easiest for him. Difficulty caused by sickness is one of the excuses which make it permissible to join prayers. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) granted a concession to the woman who suffered from istihaadah (non-menstrual bleeding), and he allowed her to join prayers. Narrated by Abu Dawood (287) and al-Tirmidhi (128);classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Istihaadah is a kind of sickness, and Imam Ahmad quoted as evidence for it being permissible for a sick person to join prayers the fact that sickness is worse than travel. He was treated with …

Advice Of Ibn Qayyim On Mistakes Of Scholars

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim (d. 751 H.) said: “(It is important to) know the virtues of the scholars of Islam and their various levels and abilities and the rights due to them. (It is also important to know) that their knowledge and their virtues and their sincerity to Allah and His Messenger does not obligate us to accept everything that they say, or to accept mistakes in their fataawa about issues that the texts (from the Qur'aan and Sunnah) had not reached them, so they said what they thought was correct based on what they knew, however the truth was something different. (If that happened) it is not obligatory to throw away everything that they have ever said, nor is it obligatory to defame them or diminish them.

There are two unjust extremes (i.e. accepting everything that the shaykh says or rejecting everything that he has ever said because of a mistake) and the correct path is between them. We do not shun (him because of his mistake) nor do we regard him as infallible. Whoever has som…

Different Names - A Deviation!

Narrated Al-Harith Al-Ash'ari that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: "And I command you with five that Allah commanded me: Listening and obeying, Jihad, Hijrah, and the Jama'ah. For indeed whoever parts from the Jama'ah the measure of a hand-span, then he has cast off the yoke of Islam from his neck, unless he returns. And whoever calls with the call of Jahiliyyah then he is from the coals of Hell." A man said: "O Messenger of Allah! Even if he performs Salat and fasts?" So he (ﷺ) said: “Even if he performs Salat and fasts. So call with the call that Allah named you with: Muslims, believers, worshipers of Allah.”
Sunan Tirmidhi, Chapters on Parables, ﴾44﴿, hadith 2863. Classed as Hasan Sahih Gareeb by Imam Tirmidhi.
۩ Shaykh ibn Taymiyya said:
“Another case of sectarianism resulted over the Imams, causing people to classify each other in a way not ordered by Allah or His Messenger ﷺ. Like when someone is asked, “Are you Shukayki or Qar…

Strangers To The Sunnah

From the Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
❝Islaam began as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being something strange. So glad tidings to the strangers.❞
[Saheeh Muslim (270)]
۞ Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen said (paraphrased):
❝During its advent in Makkah, Islaam was a stranger. In the beginning and for a long time, there were only ten companions; then they gradually increased in numbers. Similarly, at the end of times, it (Islaam) will return back to its state of being a stranger.
This decrease may not necessarily mean the decrease in numbers, as there are more than a Billion Muslims in the world. It may not necessarily mean that during the end of times there will be only ten or twenty Muslims left. It may mean that the Muslims might be in their hundreds or in their thousands, but they will be strangers to the Sunnah (i.e. very few will be following and implementing the Sunnah in their lives as compared to the total Mu…

Ruling On Using The Masbahah (Prayer Beads)

Praise be to Allah !
Some scholars say that it is permissible to use the masbahah (prayer beads), but they say that it is preferable to do tasbeeh (count praises) on one’s fingers; others say that it is bid’ah (reprehensible innovation).
I would like to present the fatawa of Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen, which i find the most balanced and authentic view point.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen was asked whether using the masbahah for tasbeeh is bid’ah, and his reply was:

“It is better not to do tasbeeh with the masbahah, but it is not bid’ah, because there is a basis for it, which is the fact that some of the Sahabah (Companions) did tasbeeh with pebbles. But the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us that tasbeeh with the fingers is better, as he said, ‘Count with the fingertips, for they will be made to speak.’ Doing tasbeeh with the masbahah is not haram (impermissible) or bid’ah, but it is better not to do it, because the one who does tasbeeh with the masbahah ha…