If mankind were to cultivate their souls upon this, they would have found within this a paradise in the Dunya.

Shaykh Sulaiman ar-Ruhaylee:

The believer, the one who’s been granted success, wakes up before Salaat al-Fajr so that he gains the benefit in the last part of the night. He prays what Allaah wills for him in it (last part of the night) and remembers Him. If mankind were to cultivate their soul upon this, they would of found within this a paradise in the Dunya.

Some worshippers of Allah that we know today, they attain delight by standing in the night (for prayer) by making Wudhu, and then (establishing) the prayer in the last part of the night up until Saalat al- Fajr; they find within this a great pleasure.

It is compulsory upon every believer to wake up for Salaat al-Fajr. If he is a man, it is compulsory upon him to wake up for Fajr and to pray it in congregation with the Muslims whenever they are called to it. If she is a woman, it is compulsory upon her to pray it on time.

It is compulsory for a believer to take the means which will aid him in waking up for Salaat al-Fajr. To take the means which will help him avoid that which leads to over-sleeping during Salaat al-Fajr. Be alert O’ brothers! The scholars say it is not permissible for a person to wake up for the night prayer if he knows from his own situation that if he prays at such time it will cause him to over sleep during Salaat al-Fajr.

So what about he who stays awake all night upon other than the obedience of Allaah?! It’s upon him that he takes the means that will aid him in waking up, and if after that tiredness still overcomes him whilst this not being from his (day to day) custom, then he is excused. However there should not be carelessness in sleep. So whoever sleeps over Salaah or forgets it then let him pray it when he remembers, there is no expiation expect that.

As for the careless one then there is no excuse for him for his sleep, rather O’ slaves of Allah, some of the people of knowledge hold, whoever intentionally allows the time for Salat al-Fajr to pass by whilst not taking the means that will aid him in waking up, he becomes a Kaafir due to this.

The affair is severely dangerous, and severely great. So it is binding upon us O’ slaves of Allaah that we give the Salaah it’s due right. Give it a great importance and prepare for it with a utmost preparation. For verily it is our most important action and our best action.

(The prayer) is the most important and best action that we do. The key to success in our actions is the prayer, so whoever preserves it then he is upon those like him; most preserved. Whoever wastes it then he is upon those like him; most wasted. Allah knows best.

Translation by DaarutTawheed


*Golden advice* The condition of the Salaf before, during and after Ramadan | Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan



 What was the condition of the Salaf us-Saalih [the Righteous Predecessors] – May Allaah be pleased with them – in relation to the approaching of this great Month [Ramadhaan]? What was their guidance, their conduct and their way of welcoming [Ramadhaan]?

Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him):

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

و عليكم السلام ورحمة الله و بركاته

May Allaah bless you, and also [bless you] for that which you have pointed out;  these two great questions. The first question, relating to the situation of the Salaf in the month of Ramadhaan as it is recorded in the narrated books by trustworthy narrators [about them]. They used to ask Allaah – The Exalted, The Majestic, to reach Ramadhaan before it enters [upon them].

They would ask Allaah to allow them to reach the month of Ramadhaan, for that which they know from the great goodness and the many benefits it contains. So once Ramadhaan enters [upon them] they would ask Allaah to aid them upon righteous actions during it, and once it finishes they would ask Allaah to accept it from them,

Allaah – The Exalted, The Majestic, says:

“And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (whether their alms and charities, etc., have been accepted or not), because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning). It is these who race for the good deeds, and they are foremost in them [e.g. offering the compulsory Salat (prayers) in their (early) stated, fixed times and so on].” 

[Surat Al-Muminoom Verse 60/61]

They [the Salaf] used to strive in [righteous] actions and thereafter were afflicted with worry upon carrying out righteous actions; ‘Is it or is it not going to be accepted [by Allaah]?” This was due to their vast knowledge of the Greatness of Allaah – The Exalted, The Majestic; and their knowledge of that which Allaah does not accept. Except that which is sincerely done seeking His Face and is in accordance to the Sunnah of His messenger ﷺ, [this is] in relation to the actions one carries out.

So you’ll find that they never used to praise themselves but rather feared that their actions would become void; to such an extent that they would show more importance in their actions being accepted, rather having to strive to perform more [good] deeds.

Due to the statement of Allaah – The Exalted, The Majestic:

“Verily, Allaah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” 

[Surat al-Maeda Verse 27]

They would devote themselves in the month of Ramadhaan as previously mentioned in the worship of Allaah, they would lessen from [carrying out] worldly related actions, and they would put aside time to sit in the houses of Allaah – The Exalted, The Majestic, and say: “Let’s preserve our fast and not backbite anyone.” They would also bring the Qur’aan and study it.

They would preserve their time by not wasting it; they never used to be neglectful and forsake it. As this being the situation of many today, but would rather [they prefer to] preserve their time. During the night, they stand in prayer, during the day they fast, read Qur’aan, remember Allaah and perform righteous actions.

They would not be neglectful of a minute of their time or even a second, except that they would carry out a righteous action during it.

Translated by Markaz DaarutTawheed


#2 Giving talks between Raka’aat of Taraweeh? | Shaykh Saalih Ibn al-Uthaymeen



What is the ruling on an Imaam (who) always gives a talk in the middle of Salaatul-Taraweeh?


Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Uthaymeen:

What is he saying? is he saying straighten up and even up?





Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Uthaymeen:

If he notices after standing from the second Tasleem that the rows have become uneven, or there’s a seperation, or within them there’s a gap; let him say ‘Istaaw and Taraasuuw’.



He’s delivering a speech…


Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Uthaymeen:

As for giving a talk then NO! This is not from the Manhaj of the Salaf. However, if their is a need for it then let him do it after the Taraweeh.



Is this an innovation?


Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Uthaymeen:

If he intends by it worship then it is an innovation! A sign of intention in worship is by him doing it every night. We say to him why do you exhaust the people? Some might have work; they would like to finish the prayer and leave so that they may act upon the Hadeeth of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” Whoever stands with the Imam until he leaves it is written for him the reward of night prayer”.

If you are from those who love giving talks; which half the people do also. You are from those who exhaust the people.  (words unclear)   Didn’t the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم say: ” If one of you leads than let him lighten it upon the people for verily their is the weak, the sick and people who have things to do amongst them…”.

Meaning don’t compare people with yourself or like others who love these talks. However, act in accordance to that which makes it easy for them. Lead the prayer. If you finished the prayer and departed and the people have also departed; then say that which you wish. Understood?

Translation by Markaz DaarutTawheed


#1 Giving talks between Raka’aat of Taraweeh? Shaykh Naasirudeen al-Albaani


A Fiqh related question if you don’t mind? Is it permissible for the Imam of the Masjid or a caller to Allah that leads the people for Salaatul -Taraaweeh whereby there is a little break between the Raka’aat. He gives them reminders related to certain issues such as the Virtues of Prayers, following of the Prophet (peace be upon him), refuting innovation and shirk related affairs. Basically, things which one must be aware of?


Shaykh Naasirudeen al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy upon him):

The answers (falls into) permissible or not permissible.  If the admonition, warnings, commandments and prohibitions are done in response then this compulsory. As for it being taken as a procedure or as a habit between the four Raka’aat, or if its longer or less, in which the Imam delivers a talk then this is in opposition to the Sunnah.

If the affair is unplanned then this is compulsory. As for taking it as a habit, Salaatul-Taraweeh is an act of Worship which solely directs a muslim to Allah, through all his limbs, mind, intellect and heart. This is the purpose of Salaatul-Taraweeh, Salaatu-Ramadan. As for taking a sitting in between the two or four Raka’aat as a fixed action then this is not what the Prophet was upon ‘Alayhis Saalutu was-Salaam.

Translation by Markaz DaarutTawheed


What is your advice for the Muslims with regards to the approaching of Ramadan? (Full) Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

What is your advice for the Muslims with regards to the approaching of Ramadan? (Full) Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Question: What is your advice for the Muslims with regards to the approaching of Ramadan?

Shaykh Saalih Fawzaan: That which is obligatory upon the Muslim is to ask Allaah to enable him to reach Ramadan and to aid him upon fasting, standing (in prayer) and performing righteous actions during it (Ramadan). As it is a good opportunity in the life of a Muslim, “Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and expectation [of reward], his previous sins are forgiven him.” [Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i]

 “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 So this is a good opportunity in the life a Muslim, perhaps it (Ramadan) may never return to him again.

 Therefore the Muslim rejoices with the approaching of Ramadan, and becomes joyful and happy upon it’s coming. He makes use of it (Ramadan) upon the obedience of Allah; during the night he Stands (in prayer) and throughout the day he fasts, recites the Quraan and remembers Allaah. For verily this is a great benefit and advantage for the Muslim.

 As for those who enter upon Ramadan whilst preparing corrupted programs, places of amusement , TV series, competitions and things of no benefit so that they keep the Muslims busy with such affairs, then such people are from the army of Shaytaan. Shaytaan is their partner, and due to that it’s upon the Muslim to be aware from such people and to warn against them. Ramadan is not a time for mere amusement, play, TV series, competitions, (giving out) awards and wasting time.

Translation by Markaz DaarutTawheed



They say: “We are upon the same Manhaj as Shaykh Ibn Baaz” but they sit with the people of Innovation.


Shaykh Ali al-Hadaadi (may Allah preserve him):

May Allah be good to you. This questioner asks; some callers have appeared who say “We are upon the methodology of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy upon him)” and at the same time they sit with the people of Desires, Innovation and partisanship for many years. So was this from the methodology of Shaykh Ibn Baaz?”

Shaykh Saalih Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him):

The methodology of the Shaykh – may Allah have mercy upon him – is known from his books and by those who sat with him. From them were his students who know his methodology, it was not from his methodology that which this man (questioner) has ascribed to him. This is falsehood and lies upon the Shaykh.

Translation by Markaz DaarutTawheed


How do we distinguish between the callers to Sunnah and callers to Bid’ah?


Shaykh Ali al-Hadaadi (may Allah preserve him):

May Allah be good to you. This question has been repeatedly asked many times in various different ways and the summary of this question is; how do we differentiate between the callers to Sunnah and the callers to bid’ah?

 Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him):

We differentiate between them by the different types of things they call to. So if they are calling to the Sunnah and the Aqeedah of the Pious Predecessors, and likewise the Aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wa al-Jamaa’ah whilst traversing upon the correct methodology, then they truthful in their call.

However if they ascribe themselves to calling to Allah (by Da’wah), and they spread ideologies that are in opposition to calling to Allah, then they are the callers to misguidance and it’s Waajib (obligatory) to warn against them!


Translated by Markaz DaarutTawheed


Groups that establish the Islamic punishment upon the spies?



Here in Iraq, we have armed groups that establish the Islamic punishment on the spies. So they kill them because they have apostates. Do they have a right to do this?

Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abbaad (may Allah preserve him):

Who is this group that is establishing the Islamic punishment upon them (spies)? Perhaps they are like them or even worse. Particularly if they are from the Takfiris; those who rage Takfeer (declaring other to be non-muslims) upon the people and spread their corruption on the earth…


The whispers of the Shaytaan have increased in my prayer


The whispers of the Shaytaan have increased in my prayer


The whispers (of Shaytaan) have increased in (my) prayer. Does it invalidate my prayer?


No, it does not invalidate your prayer. However, it lessens the reward; and the reward of the prayer is not written for you except in that part in which I your heart was present.

Question answered by the Esteemed scholar Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan.

Source: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14835


Celebrating the Mawlid


Celebrating the Mawlid (birthday of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ)


Is the celebrating of the Prophet’s birthday a Sunnah or Bid’ah? When did this celebration become known? When did it begin?

Answer by Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al Jaamee (Rahimahullaah)

Before we speak about the of rhetorical speech and the sects, it is incumbent upon us to know when this celebration began in the name of “Mawlid an-Nabi”. All of us know when the Prophet ﷺ was born, how long he lived for and when he passed away.

celebrating his birthday, when did it begin? When was the first time the Prophet’s birthday was celebrated? This is the question. If we go back to history – according to my knowledge; the first celebration took place by the name of Mawlid an-Nabi then that which followed was the birthday of Ali bin Abi Talib then Fatimah (may Allaah be pleased with them both), then for Hassan and Hussain (may Allaah be pleased with them both). Likewise for the Caliph that was present in that time. Six celebrations. When did this all begin?

It began during the reign of the Ubaidites from the Fatimite dynasty – upon the most correct of statements; The Ubaidis were a people that wanted to raise themselves above what they actually were. They claimed that they are Fatimites (individuals that go back to Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet) and they wanted to affirm this fabricated ascription by flattering Ahlul-Bayt and from flattery was reviving these celebrations.

If we go back to history, with researching the meaning behind this celebration and its intent. If the intent of celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ is showing his love then as believers we all believe that there ceases to have existed an individual that loved the Prophet more than Abu Bakr as-Sidiq (may Allaah be pleased with him), his companion in the cave.

Abu Bakr, the one whom you know his virtues and biography. The believers were granted firmness by Allaah through this individual after the passing away of the Prophet ﷺ. After the believers [unclear] from his death until Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him)  said; “He went to speak to his Lord and he will return and whoever says he is dead, then his head will be cut off with my sword!”

Astonishment overcame them to this degree, but Allaah kept firm the companion of the cave. That very same man, the solemn Shaikh, Allaah kept him firm and kept the believers firm and steadfast through him.

Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) didn’t celebrate and these are some of his attributes, neither did Uthmaan, nor Ali or did the Sahabah altogether. As well as the Taabi’een or their successors.

The four Imaams that leadership (of this religion) was witnessed to, didn’t  know of celebrating the birthday (of the Prophet) . The rightly guided Khulafaa, and the Caliphs of Banu Umayah and the Abasi dynasty altogether up until the time of the Ubaidis, didn’t know such a thing of celebrating (Prophets birthday).

Therefore it is an Ubaidi innovation or Fatimite innovation. (According to what they call themselves because they are the ones who called themselves this.)

A questioner may ask; we don’t want anything else, all we want is remembrance. The Sahabah didn’t celebrate because they were close (to the Messenger) in terms of time, as for us after this long history, we want to remember, remember the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

We begin to ask:

“When did the Muslims begin forget the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ to a degree that we need to hold celebrations in his remembrance by coming together upon food, drink and scents on the 12th night of Rabi’ al Awal annually?

Did the Muslims forget the Messenger of Allaah? Is it permissible for them to forget him?”


Not a Mu’athin from amongst them (Muslims) gives the Athaan and say; “I bear witness that there is no Diety worthy of worship except Allaah’


“I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”

A Muslim does not enter a Masjid except that he says;

“Bismillaah was Salaatu was-Salaamu Alaa Rasulilaah”

Whoever prays much other than the obligatory prayers, in every prayer he sends prayers of peace  upon the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

A student of Knowledge doesn’t read his lesson and a teacher does not teach except that he sends prayer of peace upon the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

In one lesson or numerous times, therefore speaking of the favours of Allaah we have not forgotten the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ nor have the rest of the Muslims. Hence why we are not in need of what is called ‘Rememberance of Birthday’

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