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2 cultures – 2 different goals for Taraweeh

August 3, 2012 14 comments

As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah

I hope everyone is taking much advantage of this month of Ramadhaan as they should be. I, for one, am not doing as much as I should be during the daytime before Taraweeh.. may Allah put barakah in our time so we are able to do more good inshaAllah during the day as well.

So this post is about Taraweeh specifically and how 2 different cultures have two totally different goals it seems for Taraweeh…

It seems like any masjid that you go to, you will either find them to be on one side of the fence or the other…

On one side you have the DESI masjid.. their primary goal is to finish the Qur’aan by the 27th night for the most part… and they are used to reciting in such a hasty manner that even the Arab brothers don’t understand what is being recited, and thus they can not contemplate upon the words of the Qur’aan.

Allah tells us in the Qur’aan to recite the Qur’aan with tarteel… but most of the DESI Imaams do not seem to follow this in the month of Ramadhaan and tarteel goes out the window…

So to recap: the goal at the DESI masjid is to finish the Qur’aan by the 27th night, even if that means reciting it at super fast speeds so even the brothers who are able to follow and understand the Qur’aan are not able to do that… obviously it doesn’t help that usually, the person reciting does not even know what he is reciting.. which makes their goal easier to be achieved.

And then on the other side of the fence, we have the Arab masaajid and the masaajid that are upon the Sunnah or close to the Sunnah. At these masaajid, it seems that the goal is different. Their goal is to recite the Qur’aan properly so that it is comprehended by the listeners and so that it affects the hearts. It just feels so good to pray Taraweeh in these masaajid because the essence of Taraweeh is understood better here than the DESI masaajid.

Not to be sarcastic, but it just seems like they want another reason to hand out sweets and eat “gulab jaman” (for the non-desis, this is a type of delicious sweet.. looks like a brown small ball.. if you have never tried one, I suggest you try it on ‘Eid)   {smile}

I’m sharing below an audio clip of a Qari at one of the masaajid where the Taraweeh is performed with the correct goal in mind. Alhamdulillah, it has a strong effect on the heart when Islaam is followed properly and the instructions of the Qur’aan are followed properly mashaAllah.

We ask Allah that He gives us the tawfeeq to do more ibaadah during the remaining month of Ramadhaan and helps us to catch Laylatul Qadr. Ameen.

Audio clip from Taraweeh at Al-Minhaal Academy in South Plainfield NJ

Important Disclaimer from admin staff of TheClearSunnah Blog: We do not endorse or are making tazkiyah (praise) of any particular academies or any of its members. We do not recommend anyone unless we know what the senior scholars and the elders of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah have mentioned about them.

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Where will you be praying Taraweeh?

Assalamu ‘alaykum,

“Where will you be praying Taraweeh then?” A common question that is often repeated throughout this blessed month. However, many are oblivious to the fact there is in fact some ‘fiqh’ behind this question as will soon be very evident….

“Muhammad bin Bahr said regarding the prohibition of searching and attending Masaajid due to the beauty of the recitation of the Imam (as quoted in Badaa’i al Fawaa’id 4/111):

‘ I saw Abu Abdullah (i.e. Imam Ahmad) in the Ramadhan and Fadl bin Ziyaad was leading him in Taraweeh. He had beautiful recitation and thus many mashaayikh and many locals gathered together until the mosque was full. Then Abu Abdullah climbed the staircase of the mosque and looked to the congregation and said:

“What is this! Why are you all leaving your [local] mosques and attend other mosques?”

Thereafter, [Fadl] lead them in prayer for a few more nights and then [Abu Abdullah] stopped him from leading the prayers due to disliking what he saw, i.e. the emptying of other mosques. Thus it is upon the neighbour of a mosque pray in his local mosque.’ [End of quote from Badaa’i]

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The Muslim Woman Increases More In Worship Than The Man In Ramadan By Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee,

Questioner inquires: What is the Muslim Woman’s agenda in Ramadan so that she can worship Allah by way of it and at the same time complete the services of the people of her household?

Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhaylee, may Allah preserve him, answers: We say that the Muslim Woman’s agenda is that of the (Muslim) Mans. However the Muslim Women increases in worship. That is because when the women strives in the service of her h…usband and the members of her household and she prepares food for them that which will sufice them, then she is in obedience to Allah, ‘azza wa jall, provided that she seeks the reward from Allah. Therefore, in this is a reward for her and also an increasement for her good deeds. And it is befitting for the Muslim Women when she is preparing the food that she busy’s her tongue with the rememberance of Allah. So while she is cooking she glorifies Allah, while she is cooking she is saying tahleel (Laa ilaaha illa Allah/ None has the right to be worshipped except Allah), while she is cooking she is remembering Allah and in that she will have a tremendous reward. (Like this) preparing food will never divert her from the obedience of her Lord, Glorified is He, during the day of Ramadan. So congratulations to the Muslim Women who services her husband and the members of her household and she seeks the reward from Allah, ‘azza wa jall, and by that she does not become heedless concerning the rememberance of Allah and she performs what she is capable of doing from the different acts of worship during the day of Ramadan. For indeed she has achieved a great success.

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Sermons during the Taraweeh

Sermons During the Taraweeh

Al ‘Allaamah Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked:

In Kuwait, we have a sermon after four Rak’ahs of Salaatul Qiyaam, is this permissible? If it is permissible, how should this sermon be given?

He responded:

My opinion is that you should not do it.

Firstly: It is not from the guidance of the Salaf.

Secondly: Some people may want to pray Tahajjud and return home, and doing so may be a hindrance for them because it forces them to listen to the sermon. If a sermon is not accepted, its harm is greater than its benefit, this is why the Prophet – صلى الله عليه وسلم – used to draw the companions he used to give sermons to, he wouldn’t burden them and be repetitive.

So I see that leaving it is better. If the Imaam would like to give a sermon, he should give it at the end, when the prayer is finished.

He was also asked: What is the ruling of constantly giving a sermon in the midst of Salaatul Taraweeh?

The Shaykh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, responded:

As for giving a sermon then no, because this is not from the guidance of the Salaf. But the Imaam may give a sermon if needed or if he would like to, after the Taraweeh. If he intends worship by doing so it is an innovation, and the sign that he intends worship by it, is that he continues doing it every night.

Furthermore we say; why my brother, are you giving a sermon to the people? Some people may have work to do and would like to finish the prayer so that they may have implemented the saying of the Messenger:

“Whoever stands in prayer with the Imaam until he finishes would receive the reward of a whole night in prayer.”

If you yourself love to give a sermon, and half of the people in the Masjid also love this, rather three quarters of them do, do not constrain one quarter of the people for the sake of three quarters. Didn’t the Messenger – صلى الله عليه وسلم – say:

“If one of you were to lead the prayer then make it light, for indeed there are weak, ill and people with needs praying behind you.”

Or as was stated by the Messenger – صلى الله عليه وسلم, meaning do not compare the people to yourself or to others who love the sermon, compare the people with what makes them at ease. Pray the Taraweeh with them, and if you finish and the people finish, then say what you wish.

We ask Allaah to bless us and you with beneficial knowledge, and righteous actions.

[Liqaa al baab al Maftooh: 118]

Al ‘Allaamah al Albaanee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked: Is it permissible for the Imaam of the Masjid to give a sermon between Rak’ahs during Salaatul Taraweeh?

He responded: It can be permissible and it can be impermissible. If it is concerning drawing people’s attention to an immediate issue, warning them, ordering with good and forbidding from evil concerning it, then it is an obligation. As for it being taken as a habit that is always practiced, then this is contradictory to the Sunnah.

[Silsilat al Hudaa wan Noor: 656]

He also said: The night prayer during Ramadaan was legislated in order to draw closer to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic with prayer, this is why I do not see that Salaatul Taraweeh should be mixed with knowledge or teaching and so on, Salaatul Qiyaam should be the only worship performed. As for knowledge, then it has its time, and it is not specified to any specific time, rather the best interest of the students should be taken into consideration.

This is the basis, and I intend by is to clarify that whoever makes a habit out of teaching people between every four Rak’ahs during Salaatul Qiyaam for example, then this is a newly innovated matter that contradicts the Sunnah.

[Silsilat al Huda wan Noor: 693]

Umm yahya bint Muhammad Ali

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Falling into Sujood to make Du’a

March 10, 2010 2 comments
Falling into Sujud to make Du’aa

A questioner asked Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Al ‘Aqeel (hafidahullah) that they have read that Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah), if he wanted something, he would fall into prostration and supplicate to Allaah. Is this action legislated?

Answer by Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Al ‘Aqeel (hafidahullah):

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Yes, this is legislated because of the hadeeth of the Messenger salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam: The closest that a person comes to his Lord is when he is in sujood [so say a great deal of du’aa in sujood]. {Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu); Saheeh Muslim}
It is also mentioned that Imam Al-Bukhari (rahimahullaah) would not place a hadeeth in his book except after praying two units (raka’at) of prayer. Thus, this action is permissible and there is no problem in doing it.

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The Difference Between Men and Women in Islaam

February 17, 2010 6 comments

Have you wondered what are the differences between men and women in Islaam? In worship, in character, in leadership, in marriage, etc?

Now you will find those answers inshaAllah. An amazing post. Hope it will be beneficial to all!

The Difference between Men and Women in Islam
By Shaykh Yahya ibn Ali Al-Hajuri (may Allah preserve him)

Character and Creation:

  1. Man was created from dirt and the woman was created from the rib.
  2. Allah has decreed the menstrual cycle for the woman and not the man.
  3. Men grow beards women don’t, but if she does it’s permissible for her to shave it.
  4. Women are deficient in their intellect and religion. i.e A woman witness = ½ a man and during menses she doesn’t pray and fast.
  5. The men have been given strength over women.
  6. A man’s semen is white and a woman’s is yellow.
  7. It’s an obligation to circumcise the man and its sunnah to circumcise the woman.
  8. Ear piercing is permissible for women and not for men.

Purification:

  1. The urine of the woman is stronger and more dirtier than the man’s
  2. It’s legislated for man to redo Wudu if he intends to have relations with his wife a second time in the same setting.

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The Door of Tawfeeq has been closed on the people..


Ibn ul Qayyim Al Jawziyah (Rahimahullah) mentioned in his monumental book

“Fawaa’id ul Fawaa’id” on the authority of Shaqeeq Ibn Ibrahim (Rahimahullah),

 


Who said:The door of Tawfeeq (i.e. success) has been closed on the people because of six things:

The First: Because they (i.e. the people) busy themselves with the Ni’mah (i.e. blessing) bestowed upon them and
forget about the gratitude they should express to Allah, the One who bestowed the favor on them.

The Second: Because they have an ardent desire for knowledge however, they abandon acting upon it.

The Third:  Because they hasten to commit sin but delay repentance for the sin.

The Fourth: Because they are deceived by the companionship of the righteous but fail to emulate their actions.

The Fifth: Because the life of this world is behind them but they are insistent on chasing after it.

The Sixth:  Because the hereafter is in front of them but they turn away from it.

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