19 Nov

Kufr duuna kufr

Imaam al-Bukhaari labeled a chapter in his Sahiih called:


The chapter of kufraan al-'ashiir and kufr duuna kufr


Ibn Hajar related from al-QaaDii 'Abu Bakr bin al-'arabi in his sharh that the intention of the author is to make clear that just like obedience is termed Imaan, disobedience is termed kufr but when kufr is used for it [i.e. for disobedience], it does not mean kufr which takes one out of the fold of Islaam.


وقد بوب الإمام البخاري في جامعه الصحيح

( باب كفران العشير وكفر دون كفر )

ونقل ابن حجر عن القاضي أبو بكر بن العربي في شرحه أن مراد المصنف أن يبين أن الطاعات كما تسمى إيمانا كذلك المعاصي تسمى كفرا ، لكن حيث يطلق عليها الكفر لا يراد الكفر المخرج من الملة


18 Nov

Are the Nawaafil prayers to be prayed in two, three, or four Rak’ah

Imaam al-Shaafi'i and Maalik say that the optional prayer of the night and day are prayed in two Rak'ah. You say Salaam after every two Rak'ah. There evidence is the following hadith:



It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"The night prayer is (to be offered) two by two."

[Sunan Ibn Maajah Hadith No. 1380]



Abu Hanifah says that if you wish you can pray two Rak'ah, three Rak'ah, four Rak'ah, six Rak'ah, or eight Rak'ah without separating between them with a Salaam. His evidence is the Zaahir of the following (a)hadith:



Narrated Abu Salama bin `Abdur-Rahman:

That he asked `Aisha "How was the prayer of Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) in the month of Ramadan?" She replied, "He used not to pray more than eleven rak`at whether in Ramadan or in any other month. He used to offer four rak`at, let alone their beauty and length, and then four rak`at, let alone their beauty and length. Afterwards he would offer three rak`at. I said, 'O Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)! Do you go to bed before offering the witr prayer?' He said, 'My eyes sleep, but my heart does not sleep."'

[Sahih al-Bukhaari Hadith No. 3569]



The above mentioned tradition [this portion does not refer to the hadith above but to the hadith in Sunan Abi Dawud before this one] has also been narrated by Qatadah through a different chain of narrators. This version adds:

He used to pray eight rak'ahs during which he did not sit except in the eighth rak'ah. He would sit, make mention of Allah, supplicate Him and then utter the salutation so loudly that we could hear it. He would then pray two rak'ahs sitting after he had uttered the salutation. Then he would pray one rak'ah, and that made eleven rak'ahs, O my son. When the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) grew old and became fleshy, he offered seven rak'ahs of witr, and then he would pray two rak'ahs sitting after he had uttered the salutation. The narrator narrated the tradition to the same effect till the end.

[Sunan Abi Dawud Hadith No. 1343]



Another group has said that the optional prayer of the night is to be done in two Rak'ah whereas the optional prayer of the day is done in four Rak'ah. 




بداية المجتهد ونهاية المقتصد
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17 Nov

Two Rak’ah Sunnah before fajr

Do you recite loudly or silently in the two Rak'ah Sunnah which you pray before the fajr prayer?


One group has said you recite silently based on the following hadith:


It was narrated that Aishah said:

"I would see the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) praying two rak'ahs of Fajr and making them so brief that I said: 'Did he recite the Umm Al-Kitab in them?'"

[Sunan al-Nasaa’i Hadith No. 946]


The evidence is that had he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited loudly then she (may Allaah be pleased with her) would have known how much he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited.


The second group says that you are to recite loudly based on the following hadith


It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that:

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited: "Say: O you disbelievers" and "Say: He is Allah, (the) One" in the two rak'ahs of [the Sunnah of] Fajr.

[Sunan al-Nasaa’i Hadith No. 945]


The evidence is that Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) could have only known which Suurah were recited had he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited out loud.


05 Nov

Every nation and her Imaam

(And remember) the Day when We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imam. So whosoever is given his record in his right hand, such will read their records, and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least.

[Qur’aan 17:71]


And some of the Salaf said: This is the greatest honor for the 'aSHaab al-Hadiith because their Imaam is the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam).

[Tafsir Ibn Kathiir]


A group of scholars said the Imaam in this Verse refers to the Book which was revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon them all) of every nation. The Qur'aan was revealed to our Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam).

Another group of scholars holds the opinion that the Imaam in the Verse refers to the book of deeds of each person. 

[Tafsir al-Tabari]


Some jaahils think that the Imaam refers to one of the four Imaams. These jaahils of the Ummah are mainly from among the hardcore muqalliduun of this Ummah. They worship their Imaams. They will go to lengths to misinterpret the Qur'aan to defend their falsehood. Stay clear of them. 

01 Nov

They lie

They claim to respect all the Madhaahib. They lie.

There is a tank. It holds 216 liters, or a Qullatain, of water. Two persons, in a state of major ritual impurity, immerse themselves in the tank. The color, smell, or taste of the water does not change. The water will have purified the two persons and still retain its ability to purify. This is the Shaafi'i position on the matter.

I told my Hanafi teacher about the above ruling. He laughed mockingly

An old man recites the dua "Rabbigh fir li" between the two sujuud. This irritates the Hanafi Qaari in the masjid. If you purposefully omit the dua between the two sujuud, your prayer is invalid according to the Hanbali school of thought. 

The Hanbali school considers camel urine to be pure. The Maaliki school agrees with them. My wife posted this on Facebook. The Hanafis lost their minds. They joked and mocked at the ruling. One Hanafi private messaged her. He told her not to act stupid. Urine is impure. It cannot be pure even if it be camel urine. He refused to accept the hadith. He gave it ta'wiil and showed no respect for the other Madhaahib.

They claim to respect all the Madhaahib. They lie.

How true is what Shaikh Sha’arani, author of Mezaan al-kubra and a Shafi scholar born in Qalqanshada, Egypt in 898/1493 who died in Cairo in 973/1565, said: 

"Most of the Muqallideen have very evil thoughts about the other Imams. It has been relayed to us that the Hanafis and Shafis of Wara Nahr abandon fasting in the month of Ramadhan so that they maintain their energy whilst refuting each others evidences and proofs." 

(Meezan al-Kubra 1/43)

He spoke the truth. May Allaah bless him.

He called a spade a spade. May Allaah bless him.


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