When should we look out for Laylatul Qadr

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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*When should we look out for Laylatul Qadr❓*

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah – رحمه الله – was asked this very question while in captivity in the year 706 Hijri…

…To which He responded:

*Laylatul Qadr occurs during the last ten (nights) of Ramadhan*. This is what is authentically established from the Prophet ﷺ, that he ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ)).

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

[Hadeeth Aishah : Bukhari & Muslim]

And In the version of Bukhari, he ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْوِتْرِ مِنَ الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ)).

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr *during the odd nights* of the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

▫However, it is important to note that *there are two ways of calculating the odd nights:*

*THE FIRST:*

*By counting the days that have already passed*; such that Laytul Qadr could fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or the 29th night of Ramadhan.

or

*THE SECOND:*

*By counting the days that remain*, just as the Prophet ﷺ said:

((الْتَمِسُوهَا فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي تَاسِعَةٍ تَبْقَى، فِي سَابِعَةٍ تَبْقَى، فِي خَامِسَةٍ تَبْقَى)).

“Look out for the Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan, *on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain* (out of the last ten nights of Ramadan).”

[Hadeeth Ibn Abbas : Bukhari]

*This means that if Ramadhan was 30 days – and only Allah knows if this will be the case – Laylatul Qadr will fall on one of the even nights*, because the 22nd will be the night when nine remain, the 24th will be when seven remains and the 26th will be when five remains.

This is the understanding of Abu Sa`eed Al-Khudri رضي الله عنه:

Muslim reported that Abu-un-Nadhr enquired:

يَا أَبَا سَعِيدٍ! إِنَّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِالْعَدَدِ مِنَّا‏.‏ قَالَ: أَجَلْ! نَحْنُ أَحَقُّ بِذَلِكَ مِنْكُمْ.‏ قَالَ: قُلْتُ: مَا التَّاسِعَةُ وَالسَّابِعَةُ وَالْخَامِسَةُ؟ قَالَ: إِذَا مَضَتْ وَاحِدَةٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا ثِنْتَيْنِ وَعِشْرِينَ وَهْىَ التَّاسِعَةُ، فَإِذَا مَضَتْ ثَلاَثٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا السَّابِعَةُ، فَإِذَا مَضَى خَمْسٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا الْخَامِسَةُ.

“O Aba Sa’id, you know more than us about (these) numbers. He said: Yes, indeed we have better right than you. I said: What is this ninth, seventh, and fifth? He said: *When 21 (nights are over) and the 22nd begins, it is the ninth, and when 23 (nights) are over, that which follows (I.e. The 24th) is the seventh, and when 25 nights are over, what follows it (I.e. The 26th) is fifth”.*

If, however, Ramadhan consists of 29 days, these two forms of calculations will be exactly the same.

*This being the case, it is befitting that the Believer works hard throughout the last ten nights of Ramadhan*, just as the prophet ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ))

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

[Hadith Aisha : Bukhari & Muslim]

This is also proven by the practice of the prophet ﷺ, just as Aisha رضي الله عنها said:

كَانَ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ – أي العشر الأواخر من رمضان – شَدَّ مِئْزَرَهُ، وَأَحْيَا لَيْلَهُ، وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ‏.‏

“With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ﷺ used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and he would also wake his wives.”

[T.N: this is not the exact word for word translation, for more information refer back to the original Reference: “Majmu’ul Fatawa”: (25/284)]

Translated by Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Al-Barawi

Shaykh Muhammad Hizaam حفظه الله | Making du’aa within sujood in a language other than Arabic

Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Hizaam was asked the following question,

‎سؤال: هل يجوز الدعاء في السجود بغير اللغة العربية كالصومالية لمن لم يحسن اللغة العربية؟

Question: Is the du’aa in prostration permissible in other than the Arabic Language, like Somali for the one who isn’t proficient in the Arabic Language?

‎الجواب: نعم. يجوز الدعاء بذلك ولكن التسبيح

‎ يسبح باللغة العربية سبحان ربي الأعلى فهو سهل وليس فيه مشقة يسبح باللغة العربية ثم إذا أراد أن يدعوا دعا بلغته التي يستطيع أن يدعوا بها, فلا بأس عليه في ذلك .

Answer: Yes, the du’aa (of another language within prostration) is permissible, however the tasbeeh is made in the Arabic Language (i.e “Subhana Rabiyal’Alaa”), for this is easy and isn’t difficult – He makes Tasbih in the Arabic Language. Then if he wants to make du’aa in his language which he is able to -he makes du’aa in it. So, there is nothing wrong upon him in that.

http://sh-ibnhizam.com/wfatwa-details.php?DID=52&ID=179

Translated by Abu Eesa Yunus

*Advice to the Fasting Person – Shaikh Abdullah al-Iryaani حفظه الله*

*Advice to the Fasting Person – Shaikh Abdullah al-Iryaani حفظه الله*

_The Shaikh حفظه الله said:_

“And in the end, we advise with having Taqwa of Allah, the Exalted, seriousness and striving in the obedience of Allah, worship, obtaining understanding of the religion, holding fast to reading, and reciting the Noble Qur’an.

Beware of four matters:

*First:* Beware of heedlessness, for the month of Ramadan is not a month of amusement, games, staying up at night and following Television series, and competitions. Rather it is a month of obedience and hastening to the pleasure of the Lord of the creation.

*Second:* Beware of being preoccupied with a large diversity and variety of food from striving in standing for prayer and increasing in the recitation of the Quran. For Ramadan is not a month to make ‘Itikaaf in the kitchen, busying with travelling, and wedding banquets. Rather, it is a month for the Muslim male and female to reach the level of one fasting and praying.

*Third:* Beware of being negligent at the end of Ramadan from continuing to recite the Quran, striving in supplication, and silent supplication to Allah. For verily actions depend on the end. For many people, unfortunately, are preoccupied from Layltul-Qadr and its blessing with Eid clothing, going from market to market, and exhibition to exhibition. The guidance of the Prophet is doing ‘Itikaaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and seeking Layltul Qadr in it.

*Fourth:* Beware of procrastination. For how many people are in heedlessness, so when month of Ramadan ends they feel remorse and loss. Then he makes contracts, promises, and covenants that if Allah allows him to reach the next Ramadan that he will strive in Ramadan and make time for Ramadan from the beginning. When that promised Ramadan comes to him, he is in that same heedlessness and negligence. Like this, in Allah aid is sought, he is consistent in procrastination every year.

So you Oh slave of Allaah have made many promises that you have broken, many contracts you have nullified, is it not now that you should be truthful with Allah? Is it not now that you should fulfill your covenant with Allah? Then this is Ramadan that you have reached so there is nothing upon you except to be truthful to Allah and seek His assistance in righteous actions“.

_[Durus ar-Ramadaaniyyah pg. 26-27]_

*Translated by:*

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan Abu Sulaymaan

Source:

http://darussaafi.com/?p=3218

‘Have You Forgotten That You’ll Be Questioned About Your Family?’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. الحمد لله الخبير.

‘Have You Forgotten That You’ll Be Questioned About Your Family?’

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ

(Interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded.”

[Al-Qur’aan 66:6].

Hadeeth Ma’qil ibn Yasaar, may Allaah be pleased with him:

مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ اسْتَرْعَاهُ اللَّهُ رَعِيَّةً، فَلَمْ يَحُطْهَا بِنَصِيحَةٍ، إِلاَّ لَمْ يَجِدْ رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّةِ

(Translated meaning):

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Any man whom Allaah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will be deprived of the fragrance of Paradise.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, No. 7150].

Hadeeth ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar Ibnul-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with them:

كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٌ وَ كُلُّكُمْ مَسْؤُوْلٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ

(Translated meaning):

“All of you are shepherds and all of you will be asked about your flock.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

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The Statement: Material Cannot be Created Nor Destroyed – Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan

*The Statement: Material Cannot be Created Nor Destroyed – Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan*

Question: May Allah reward you, what is the refutation of the expression which is taught in schools: “that material does not perish nor is it created from nonexistence“, knowing that Allah is the Originator of the Heavens and Earth?

Answer: “This is the speech of the naturalists. Those who say that [the world and its affairs] are natural [occurrences]. They do not affirm a Creator. The truth is everything exists from nonexistence and ends after its existence except for Allah, the Exalted. For He does not have a beginning nor end:

كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ – وَيَبْقَى وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلْـلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ فَبِأَىِّ ءَالاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever [55:26-27]

[Sharh Usool us-Sittah pg. 45]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Supplication For Seeking A Cure From Ailments

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Supplication For Seeking A Cure From Ailments

حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ سُفْيَانَ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ، عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُعَوِّذُ بَعْضَهُمْ يَمْسَحُهُ بِيَمِينِهِ ‏ “‏ أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ، وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي، لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ، شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا ‏”‏‏.‏ فَذَكَرْتُهُ لِمَنْصُورٍ فَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ بِنَحْوِهِ‏.‏

(Translated meaning)

Narrated ‘Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to treat some of his wives by passing his right hand over the place of ailment and used to say, “O Lord of the people! Remove the difficulty and bring about healing as You are the Healer. There is no healing but Your Healing, a healing that will leave no ailment.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, No. 5750].

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Looking generates thoughts | Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:  

Looking generates thoughts, then thoughts generate ideas, then ideas generate desire, then desires generate will, then the will grows strong and resolves to do the deed, and then the deed will inevitably take place unless there is something to prevent it. Concerning this it was said that patience in lowering the gaze is easier than patience in bearing the pain that comes afterwards. End quote. 

Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi (p. 106). 

If there was someone amongst you who would take your speech to the ruler… | Sufyan Ath-Thawree

تدبر هذا الأثر وانظر أين أنت منه :

ﻗﺎﻝ ﺳﻔﻴﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺜﻮﺭﻱ ( ﺭﺣﻤﻪ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ) ﻷﺻﺤﺎﺑﻪ :

ﻟﻮ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻌﻜﻢ ﻣﻦ ﻳﺮﻓﻊ ﺣﺪﻳﺜﻜﻢ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺴﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﺃﻛﻨﺘﻢ ﺗﺘﻜﻠﻤﻮﻥ ﺑﺸﻲ ﺀ -يعني يغضبه – ؟ !

ﻗﺎﻟﻮﺍ : ﻻ ..

ﻗﺎﻝ : فإن معكم من يرفع ﺣﺪﻳﺜﻜﻢ-يعني الملائكة ﺇﻟﻰ ﺭﺑﻜﻢ .

سير أعلام النبلاء (7/268)

Sufyan Ath Thawree said to his companions:

If there was someone amongst you who would take your speech to the ruler would you say anything which will get him angry?

they said:

No

he said:

Indeed their is with you (meaning the angles) those who raise the speech to your lord.

Siyaar A’alaam An Nubalaa 7/268

Majid Jawed Al Afghanee

Concise advice from our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Beautiful Concise Advice

عَنْ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ، قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ عَلِّمْنِي وَأَوْجِزْ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏ “‏ إِذَا قُمْتَ فِي صَلاَتِكَ فَصَلِّ صَلاَةَ مُوَدِّعٍ وَلاَ تَكَلَّمْ بِكَلاَمٍ تَعْتَذِرُ مِنْهُ وَأَجْمِعِ الْيَأْسَ عَمَّا فِي أَيْدِي النَّاسِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

(Translated meaning)

Abuu Ayyuub Al-Ansaaree, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allaah, teach me something, but make it concise.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When you stand for your prayer, then pray as if you are saying farewell. Do not say anything for which you must apologize, and abandon any desire to acquire what other people have.”

[Sunan Ibn Maajah, No. 4171. Graded ‘Saheeh’ by Shaykh Al-Albaanee].

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