By Bint e Aisha
Don't Delay OR Miss Salah
It shows that you lack discipline, internal strength, and integrity to be where you are supposed to be ‘on time’ for your most important appointments of the day, and you are not dependable.
No one likes to say about themselves that they are not dependable or lack discipline, but actions speak louder than words, and being late for salah is the first warning that you are on a slippery slope towards being chronically late in everything else in your life.
Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: "When salah is the least of your concerns, then what is your most important concern? As much as you fix your salah, your life will be fixed. Did you not know that salah was equated with Success: ‘Come to Prayer, Come to Success.’ How can you ask Allah for success when you are not responding to His right upon you?”
If you are wondering why there is a delay in your sustenance, in your marriage, in your work, in your health, look into your salah: are you delaying it?
‘If we truly have faith in the unseen and have faith in the Messenger of Allah telling us that Allah wants us to meet Him 5 times every day in our salah, then we should take salah more seriously.’
“And bid your family to perform Salah and adhere to it yourself. We ask no provision from you. We give provision to you. And the end is in favour of Taqwa.
Qur’an: Chapter 20, Verse 132
Nur al-Idah: The Light of Clarification – by Imam Shurunbulali (d.1069AH)
18 Apr, 2018
This is a translation of Nur al-Idah, A Classical Manual of Islamic jurisprudence. It was translated from the Arabic with Commentary and Notes by Shaykh Wesam Charkawi.
Nur al-Idah is principally a Hanafi text which includes vast areas of jurisprudence, namely, the rulings pertaining to worship. It leaves the student or general reader well prepared to deal with the majority of matters ranging from purification, prayer, funerals, zakah to hajj. It reveals in a small way as to why the Hanafi Madhhab is held in such high esteem from scholars all over the world. It is practical, sensible and can be used as a reference book. This book is based on the teachings of Imam Abu Hanifa (d. 150 AH) and his students, namely Imam Muhammad, Abu Yusuf and Zufar; and it will provide the reader with a brief look as to why the Hanafi Madhhab is the most widely embraced in the world today and in Islamic history.
About the book:
The translation of Nur al-Idah is displayed in bold while the commentary and explanation, the majority of which is from Maraky al-Falah is written in plain text. It has been the translators attempt to prepare the text of Nur al-Idah in a manner that can be read independently without reading the commentary. However, commentary is essential for further explanations of the actual text and for this reason it entails views from other Hanafi sources such as al-Ikhtiyar and al-Hidayah, as well as the position of other schools, such as the Shafi’i Madhhab. This is intended to give the reader a broader perspective on matters and demonstrate the similarity between the various schools of thought.
Referencing the text with evidence, namely, with Qur’an or hadith has been given on most issues and that areas where it is not, is either due to qiyas (analogical reasoning) or because of its unanimous agreement on that particular issue. A translation may simplify many things, though this will still require the complete and concentrated attention of the reader.
Q. Assalamu alaykum I would like to know the ruling on a woman sitting to read salaah in the latter stages of her pregnancy? Is it allowed? (Question published as received) A. In general, a pregnant woman is not exempt from standing and performing Salaah. However, if a pregnant woman experiences severe difficulty in making Qiyaam (standing) and/or Ruku and Sajdah, then she may sit and perform Salaah, irrespective if this occurs during the early or latter stages of pregnancy. (Tahtaawi Ala Maraaqil Falaah 1/400/1) And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
By Bint e Aisha
There are seven characteristics that Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) mentioned about the salaah of the hypocrites:
1) They stand in salaah lazily.
2) They only remember Allaah a little in the salaah.
3) They show off for the people (i.e. they pray to be seen).
4) They don’t fear Allaah.
5) They don’t establish the salaah at its proper time.
6) They don’t perform the prayer in congregation.
7) They don’t have any tranquility in the salaah, instead they peck like a bird.
May Allah free our hearts from hypocrisy. (Ameen)