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Salah In Its Finest Sense

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.

Important Fatwa

What is the legal ruling on replying to salutation and respond to the sneezer (i.e., by saying to him: Yarhamuk-Allah after he says: Al-hamdu lillah) during the Khuttbah of Jum’ah ?

The answer: this is impermissible because it’s generally considered to be speaking, which is impermissible during the khuttbah. And because greeting in this situation is impermissible in the first place; therefore, replying to it is automatically impermissible.

Also, the sneezer is not allowed to speak out “alhamduillah” during the khhuttbah; thus, replying must not take place.


Majmoo’ fatawa sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Uthaymeen : volume 16/ chapter: Juma’ah prayer.

Is It A Must To Observe The Prostration of Recitation Whenever It Comes Across?

Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen was asked:

Question: Is it a must to observe the prostration of recitation (Sujood at-Tilawah) whenever one comes across verses marked with this prostration?

The answer:

First: in regards to the phrase “is it a must”, it’s actually not an obligation to observe this porstration; it’s rather a sunnah no matter how many times one comes across verses marked with this prostration. This statement is supported by Umar’s observance of this particular prostration at one incident during a Jumaa prayer, at which he came across a verse in Surat al-Nahl marked with Sujood and prostrated. In a similar incident, he came across the same verse but he didn’t observe this prostration; he commented, “Allah left us the choice in observing this prostration and didn’t obligate it.”

As for the repetition of this prostration, observing it once is sufficient for who recites the Qur’an regularly and he is not required to repeat it every time.

Source : The series of al-Bab al-Maftooh: number: 62.

Translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.


I just read an interesting quote written by a modern influential Egyptian writer, whose name is Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti. So I thought I’d share it with you.

He said, “The cause of misery one may have lies in the heart of one’s own consciousness. Come to think of it, the person who harbors envy feels the constantly evolving pain every time the one envied is at his sight, the one who bears malice feels the ravaging pain every time he recalls his painful memories of being powerless to exact revenge on whom he hates, the greedy feels the pain when he cannot reach what he craves, the adulterer feels the pain whenever his conscious blames him for his sin, the oppressor feels the same when he hears the prayers and the supplications of the one he inflicted oppression against, and the same case applies for the liar, backbiter, and whoever harbors an immoral or shameful traits.

Happiness is rightly pursued in embodying the virtuous and righteous consciousness otherwise one will live in misery for the rest of one’s life even if one is in possession of all the money in the world.”

Translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran.

Remember To Do This Before You Sleep

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When any of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheets because he does not know what might have fallen on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: ‘Bismika Rabbi wada’tu janbi, wa bika arfa’uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ‘ibadakas-salihin [With Your Name, my Rubb, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against which You guarded Your pious servants].”‘

[Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

Sheikh Raslan commented, “People, unfortunately, are not aware of the Prophet’s life; he taught us every little thing. However, those bestowed with success strive to investigate the Prophet’s life (peace be upon him); the follow the knowledge they acquire and implement it, and thereby they are rewarded with the best of rewards. On the other hand, those who claim loving the Prophet (peace be upon him) while being ignorant of his life and how did he managed to live it; their claim must be revisited and reconsidered.

The reason for shaking off the bedsheets lies in the potential possibility that there could be something harmful on the bedsheets  you’re not aware of its presence; this thing could harm you. However, the Prophet (peace be upon him) teaches you to check your bedsheets before you go to sleep. He guides you towards what is best for you even in this life. Not only you get to benefit from doing so, but also top this with the benefit Allah confers upon you as a reward for the Dhikr (remembrance) you recite when you get to sleep.”

Source: Sunnan Mahjoorah [Deserted Sunnan of the Prophet (?)] by Sheikh Muhammad Said Raslan: pages: 27-28.

Put Your Full Trust in Allah

Read the following quote and you will be staggered how we confine ourselves to the shackles of our limited conception of “al-Tawakul” trust in Allah. We cripple our life with our own ignorance of the essence of trust in Allah, which will necessarily elevate us, if observed, to the frontier and elite position in this world, that we supposedly should have seized. The following quote is meant to provide you with a penetrating and boundless insight that empowers you to see through your limited conception of this concept “Trust in Allah”. Get on any sort of work you do, recall the image of this quote in your mind, and let it triggers your full power. You should always have this combination whenever you engage in any type of action: Trust in Allah and simultaneous and exploiting every efficient and potential mean that gets you to achieving your goals of this life and the next one.

Imam ibn al-Qayyim observed, “If a person were to put his full trust in Allah in order to move a mountain and he was ordered to do so, he would certainly move it.”

The source: Madarij as-Salikeen: (1/81).

Commentary and translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Khutbah: “Don’t Have Ill Thoughts Of Allah”

Sheikh Muhammad Raslan discussed in his Khuttbah today a very critical topic: “Having Good Thoughts Of Allah” He began his Khuttbah, “We live in a time where disobedients, innovators, and immoral individuals have polluted this life and left us in a disgusting swamp. Nothing is left for us to adhere to than having good thoughts in Allah. We ask Allah to bless us with entertaining good thoughts in Him.”
   He noted that plenty of the Muslims entertain ill thoughts about Allah. They blame al-Qadr (pre-destination) and hang their failures on it. Others misunderstand the wisdom of Allah in that they believe if they are obedient, they deserve a better life financially. However when they see the disobedient ones whom Allah has tested with an abundant life and authority, they start entertaining ill thoughts of Allah; like believing, but not necessarily speaking about it like, “Why the disobedient one blessed with a better life than mine?! There must be something wrong.” Such belief is a stark accusation of Allah’s wisdom.
The Sheikh quoted ibn al-Qayyim’s speech that eloquently addresses this topic followed by a list of ahadiths like the following one:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Allah the Exalted says: ‘I am as my slave expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (i.e., in the assembly of angels).”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

A brief of the Sheikh Raslan’s khuttbah; the audio of this khuttbah will be uploaded on the sheikh’s official website later today inshaallah.

Summarized by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.


The Religion Centers On Four Hadiths

Imam Abu Dawud observed, “I have studied hadiths that are supported with chains of narration; I came to the conclusion that they are numbered 4000 hadiths. All of them center on four hadiths only:

1- An-Nu’man ibn Basheer narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The lawful is clear and the unlawful is clear, and between that are matters that are doubtful (not clear); which many of the people do not know whether they belong to the lawful or the unlawful. So whoever leaves it to protect his religion and his honor, then he will be safe, and whoever falls into something from them, then he soon will have fallen into the unlawful. Just like if someone grazes (his animals) around a sanctuary, he would soon wind up in it. Indeed for every king is a sanctuary (pasture), and indeed Allah’s sanctuary is what He made unlawful.”

2- The hadith, “Actions are tied by their intentions…”

3- The hadith, “Whoever brings forth a practice not authorized by the Prophet (peace be upon him), he shall have it rejected.”

4- The hadith, “A sign of man’s good observance of Islam (his piety) is to keep away from that which does not concern him.”

A similar statement were maintained by many scholars such as Ahmad ibn Hanbal, but excludes the last hadith, and other early scholars. The Muslim should study, understand, and observe these hadiths due to their critical significance in the lives of Muslims.

Don’t Spit In Front Of You During Prayer

The Prophet (peace be upon him) says, “When any one of you prays, he must not spit in front of him, for Allah is in front of him when he is engaged in prayer. But he should do so on his left or down his feet.”  [agreed upon]

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen comments, ” This hadith has decisive proof that Allah is in the front of the person who prays. As for spitting to one’s right side,  it’s not preferable because an angel is reported to be on one’s right side; this leaves out the left side or under the feet.

We can extract from this hadith that Allah is in front of the person who prays; however, we must know that Who said so is the same One who declared Himself to be in the heavens. There is no contradiction as we can reconcile between these two texts from three aspects:

1- The Islamic law contains both reports and it’s impossible for it to contain any contradictions.

2- Logically, a thing could be up in the sky while being right in front of you simultaneously; consider the sun which lies in front of you but higher than you. Therefore, since such fact is applicable for created objects, it’s obviously and undoubtedly applicable for the Creator Himself.

3- Even if we suppose this is not applicable for created objects, it wouldn’t be the same case for Allah; who there is nothing similar or comparable to Him.”


Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.