As-Siyaamu Junnah, by the esteemed and noble shaykh, Aboo Shehaab Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Bannaa (may Allah preserve him upon good).
Chapter: In Regards to the Merits of Laylatul-Qadr and Searching for it in the Last Ten Nights.
Narrated by Emaam Ahmed (may Allah bestow His great and enormous mercy upon him): From him (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) said: ((Whoever stood (in prayer) during Ramadhaan with Eemaan (firm belief)and Ihtisaab (contentment), he will be forgiven for what proceeded him of sins. And whoever stood (in prayer) during Laylatul-Qadr with Eemaan and Ihtisaab, he will be forgiven for what proceeded him of sins)).
Narrated by Emaam Ahmed: from Abee Bakrah that he heard Allah’s Messenger (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) say: ((Search for it in Al-Asharaul-Awaakhir (the last ten) in Al-Witr (the odd) of it)). A narrator said: Aboo Bakrah used to pray in the first ten days of Ramadhaan like he would pray in the rest of the year; however when he enter in the last ten he would strive harder.
Also extracted by Ahmed: from Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), she said: Oh Prophet of Allah, if I was to meet Laylatul-Qadr, what do I say? He said: You say: ((Allhumma Innaka Affuwwun Tuhibbul-Afwa Fa’fu Anniyy)) . ((Oh Allah, Indeed You are The One Who Pardons, You love pardoning, so pardon me)).
Some added notes from our father, our shaykh, Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Bannaa (may Allah preserve him and his family upon good).
Laylatul-Qadr is better that 83 years and 4 months and we are to search for it in 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 nights of Ramadhaan. Allah’s Messenger (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) would increase during these last ten nights in Ibaadah (Worship), in Adhkaar (Remembrances of Allah), in Du’aa’ (Supplicating to Allah) and in Qiraa’atul-Qur’aan (Reciting Al-Qur’aan).
Translated by: Al-Faqeer to my Lord, Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb.
As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh. May Allah have mercy upon me, you and all of the Muslims. Ameen.
(This happened some years back but I decided to share it).
I hope and pray that all is well with each and everyone of you. A some time ago I had the opportunity to have lunch with our father, our Shaykh, Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa, may Allah preserve him. His wife invited my wife and myself to eat with them and their family at their home. Maa Shaa Allah. When we arrived at the the home of the Shaykh (actually its his son’s home, but the Shaykh and his wife stay there, its easier for them), which is on the 5th floor, I thought about how he gets up and down these stairs. Mind you the Shaykh is 85 (88 now) years young, may Allah preserve him.
When we finally made it up the stairs and knocked on the door, the Shaykh opened the door and greeted us with a smile and kind welcoming words, the Shaykh hugged me and I kissed his forehead. My wife went to an area where his wife and daughter in-law were waiting for her. I went into another room with the Shaykh, who already had 2 visitors. Mind you that this was after Salaatul-Jumu’ah. I greeted the visitors and they returned their greetings. I sat on the side of the Shaykh and I never took my eyes off of him. I watched how he listened attentively to his guests and how he wouldnt interrupt them while they were speaking. He would quietly sit and wait until they were finished, before he would speak. I asked him some questions about becoming a man in Islaam and being a better husband to my wife. He encouraged me to read the Qur’aan and to read about the life of the Messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him. He told me to read Saheehul-Bukhaaree, often.
When it was time to eat. I watched this 85 (88 now) year old ”inheritor of the Prophet(s)”, serve his guests with the vigor and energy of a young man. I watched him bring in trays of food from his wife and refuse anyones help. All the while his lips never stopped praising Allah. I noticed that whenever the Shaykh was silent in speech, his lips would be moving in the remembrance of Allah. Glorifying Him, Praising Him, Extolling Him, Honoring Him. He was always reminding himself of his Lord. I watched all of this.
I watched how he didnt touch his food until after we began to eat. I watched as he would feed his two small grand-daughters, with his hands. He would always remember to put food in their mouths when he would feed himself. I watched how he would pick up any morsel of food which fell to the floor and eat it. When the guest finished eating, I was still working. So the Shaykh took the food and put it in-front of me and told me to eat. I didnt disappoint him (how could I, he’s a Shaykh. I gotta listen). When I finally finished, he took my plates and ate whatever was left within them. I watched him cleaning the plates with his fingers and licking his fingers after that (I thought of a brother named
Abdur-Rahmaan Yoosuf after seeing this, knowing that I learned of this sunnah from him during one Ramadhaan night back in Kentucky, in the basement of the 4th. Street Masjid. May Allah reward him with good and greet him). I watched him not leave any food for the shaytawn. I watched him wipe his grand-daughters hands with the peel/skin of an orange. He told me that the acid in the skin would kill germs on their hands, Allah knows best. He said you can do this if no water is present. Just a little tip. Maa Shaa Allah.
When the call of prayer was heard, I watched how the Shaykh prepared himself to go to the masjid. He didnt sit around like we do, and continue to talk or waste time. He made it clear that we are leaving now, and are heading for masjid. The Mother of the Believers, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her said, “when the Messenger heard the Adhaan, he leave from whatever he was doing with us, as if he didnt know us and prepare himself to go to the masjid for prayer”. We Gloryfied Allah as we made our way down the five flights of stairs. I held the Shaykh’s hand going to the masjid, as well as when we returned. Upon returning, I was taught a lesson in patience. Now as I told you the Shaykh is 85 (88 now) years young and he lives on the 5th floor. We all walked behind the Shaykh as we walked up each stair, one at a time. Al-Hamdulillah. The Shaykh told me that he has had this apartment for at least 60 years. He said, when he was a young man, he would run up the stairs, after saying that we both laughed.
Back in the house, I watched the Shaykh continue to be in the service of his family. Never complaining like we do. When the guests had left. I felt like the Shaykh was tired and I told him that my wife and I were leaving. The Shaykh’s wife wanted us to stay longer. But he looked like he needed rest and I didnt want to oppress him (plus I want to return). The Shaykh said, may Allah bless me for this. Ameen. Upon leaving I gave the Shaykh a gift we had purchased for him, my wife presented his wife with a gift as well. The Shaykh once again hugged me and I kissed his forehead again.
Then the Shaykh reminded me of somethig I had told him, over 3 1/2 (almost 8 years now) years ago. I told him that I had a dream that I visited a shaykh in his home and I ate with him. I didnt know who he was, but I knew that he was a shaykh, Allah knows best. The Shaykh reminded me that I told him this over 3 1/2 (almost 8 years now) years ago. Then he tells me, see Abdur-Raqeeb, dreams do come true. Dont disbelieve in dreams. That was the end of my visit. I called the Shaykh a few days ago, and he was sick with a minor, small cold. So make du’aa that Allah cures him and returns him to a better condition. May Allah preserve him and greet him and us all. Ameen.
Aboo Abdur-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
I love each and eveyone of you in the path of Allah.
Ramadhaan Advice from Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Bannaa (May Allah preserve him and his family upon good).
Question: What advice do you have for our fasting brothers in America? Advice in regards to the drawing closer to Allah during this blessed month.
Answer: This is Shahrul-Qur’aan (the month of Al-Qur’aan). This is Shahrul-Qur’aan. Read Al-Qur’aan in abundance. Indulge in reading Al-Qur’aan. This is Shahrul-Ibaadah (the month of worship) and Shahrul-Qiyaamah (the month of standing in prayer). Increase in worship; in obedience to Allah. Increase in standing in prayer. Increase in prayer. Pray the night prayer with the jamaa’ah if you are able to, or pray in your homes and it is not a problem if you hold the Mushaf (copy of Al-Quraan) in your hands while you pray.
Read Al-Qur’aan with understanding and reflection. But if one cannot understand it, still read it. Increase during this month in reading Al-Qur’aan. Shahul-Qur’aan.
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
Jaabir (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated, that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessing upon him) said, ((Our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic said: As-Siyaamu Junnah, it protects by it the servant from hell fire.))
As-Sawmu Junnah (The Fast is Protection), this statement has been affirmed to the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessing upon him), from many directions. Taken from “As-Saheehayn”, Saheeh Al-Bukhaariyy and Saheeh Muslim (May Allah bestow His enormous mercy upon them both), from a Hadeeth narrated by Aboo Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him)said, as well as being taken from Emaam Ahmad (May Allah bestow His great mercy upon him) with an addition, that ((As-Siyaamu Junnah, and it fortifies by making one impervious to hell fire.))
Taken from the Hadeeth of Uthmaan Ibn Abiyy Al-’Aas (May Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) said, ((As-Sawmu Junnah from hell fire, just as a shield is for one of you in battle.))
Compiled and translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
Question: Is it obligatory upon the woman to be in the service of her husband in the house; such as cooking and cleaning?
Answer: There are differing opinions in regards to this affair. Some of the Fuqahaa’ (Scholars of Fiqh) say, that the woman is not obligated to service her husband in these affairs; such as cooking and cleaning. This is the opinion of some of the Fuqahaa’ and Allah knows best.
But if we return to the Hadeeth of our Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) he says, “Every woman is Raa’iyyah (a shepherdess/caretaker) in her husband’s home and is responsible for her flock(those and that under her responsibility)…”
Therefore, the woman takes the responsibility of what is within her husband’s home upon her neck. She takes upon her neck the responsibility of what must be maintained within her husband’s home and cooking and cleaning fall under this responsibility.
But once again, this is an affair in which our Fuqahaa’ differ. May Allah bless and reward you all.
Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (May Allah preserve him upon the good).
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.
This a reminder taken from today’s khutbah by Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (May Allah, The Most High preserve him upon good).
The Shaykh said, Everyone of us will die. Everyone of us will cease to exist. Everyone of us will pass away. We know this without a doubt. We read this in the Book of Allah and in many narrations from our Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him). We all will day. This is something that is known. Everything will come to an end and return to Allah. Everything will pass and return to Allah.
The Shaykh continued by saying, Since we know this, than what are we doing? How are we living our lives? Are we living a noble life based upon good? Or are we living a life based upon what we can obtain from this Dunyaa (the life of this world)? No doubt, we must take from this Dunyaa what is necessary for us; for our living. The Dunyaa is to be grasped within the hand, not in the heart. The Dunyaa is to be held within the hand, not in the heart. Take from it what is needed; what is necessary but do not hold it within your heart.
We must busy ourselves in preparation for our graves. We must learn, while living in this Dunyaa that which will aid us in our graves. Who is your Lord? What is your Deen (Religion)? Who is your Lord and what is your Deen? We will be asked this; all of us will be asked these questions.
We must know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah. We must know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah. Many of the Muslims do not know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah. Many do not know that Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah means, Laa Ma’booda bihaqqin siwaa Allah (None is worthy of worship in truth except Allah). Many do not know this meaning.
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
Translator’s note: In the grave we will be asked three questions. Who is your Lord? Who is your Prophet? What is your Religion? These are the three question for which we must prepare ourselves to be asked. In shaa Allah and Allahu A’lam.
The following is a summary of Sheikh Raslan’s Khuttbah:
1- The first thing you should know about prayer: You stand in absolute desperation for it; why?
It’s the one thing most beloved to Allah, it represents the ultimate expression of obedience to Allah, and nothing gets you closer to Allah than Salah. It purifies the heart and the soul, it sharpens ones humility (Khushoo’) to Allah, and it restructures your understanding of life.
2- The finest sense of prayer: Humility is the heart of well-performed prayer. You must enter Salah with an attentive heart. At this point, sheikh Raslan made a very interesting comment quoting an early scholar, “Your heart must be hungry for prayer in order to achieve humility otherwise if your heart were full of earthly distractions, it would have no room for humility to Allah.” Each element that makes up prayer is an expression of true obedience; standing, kneeling, prostrating, and placing your forehead and your nose on the floor would express your submission to Allah. Nothing is more delicious than submission to Allah; it arouses the feeling of Freedom.
Humility in Salah is a must condition otherwise Salah is useless; imagine you’re bringing a dead pet as a present to a king, how his reaction would look like because he thinks you mock him?! Therefore, Salah without humility is dead with Zero benefit.
Summarized by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.
As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh brothers and sisters.
I was walking home tonight from Salaatul-Ishaa’, when I walked pass a group of children playing but what caught my attention was a conversation between a small girl and boy. The girl was probably 9 or 10 years old, while the boy was a little smaller. The little girl had within her hands a small bag, which the boy was very interested in.
She said to him, no I will not give you any. Your Lord provided for you plenty today. Firstly, He provided you with 1 pound. Then, He provided you with 1 pound and a quarter. Then, He provided you with 4 pounds. That’s 6 pounds and a quarter, that your Lord has provided you with.
I just smiled as I walked pass them. Only in the lands of Islaam and Tawheed.
Transmitted by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb