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O my Lord which of your slaves are the most pious?


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قال (موسى) : يا رب ! أي عبادك أتقى ؟ قال (الله) : الذي يذكر ولا ينسى..

(Mūsā) said: “O my Lord which of your slaves are the most pious?”, (Allāh) said: “The one who remembers (Me) and does not forget..”

● [المصدر : سلسلة الأحاديث الصحيحة ٣٣٥٠ ، أخرجه ابن حبان]

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Can fasting the six days of Shawwaal be done on Mondays and Thursdays?


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Can fasting the six days of Shawwaal be done on Mondays and Thursdays?


Is it valid to fast the six days of Shawwaal on Mondays and Thursdays, so that I may attain the reward of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays?

Praise be to Allah

Yes, there is nothing wrong with that, and there will be recorded for you the reward of fasting the six days (of Shawwaal) and of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

If it so happens that the fasting of these six days is done on Mondays and Thursdays, then the person will attain the reward of fasting on a Monday with the intention of attaining the reward for fasting the six days, and the intention of attaining the reward for fasting on a Monday or Thursday, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Actions are but by intentions, and each person will have but that which he intended.” End quote.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him).

Fataawa Islamiyyah (2/154)

If you fall into a hardship that is hard to be free from


Shaykh Ibn aj-Jawzee (rahimahullaah) says:

“If you fall into a hardship that is hard to be free from, you can’t (do anything) but make du’aa and take refuge in Allaah, after repenting from sins, because sins necessitate punishment, so if they disappear by repentance from them, the reason (for punishment) is lifted.

So if you repented and made du’aa, and did not see any trace of response, then look into your affair.

Maybe the repentence was not sound, so correct it then make du’aa and don’t become tired of making du’aa.

Maybe the good is in delaying the response, and maybe the good is not in responding, so you will be rewarded and responded by being referred to what benefits you, and it would be beneficial for you to not be given what you requested, but rather to be given other than it as a replacement.

So if iblees comes and says: ‘How much did you call upon Him and did not see any response?’ Then say: ‘I worship (Allaah) by making du’aa, and I am certain that the answer will come.

But maybe its delay is due to some good, and even if it doesn’t happen, worship and humility takes place.’ So take care not to ask for something except by combining it with asking for that which is good, because the occurance of many a wish from the dunyaa was a cause for destruction.”

Source: Sayd ul-Khaatir; Chapter 249, p. 343

Is there a specific du’aa’ to be recited after each two rak’ahs of Taraaweeh?.


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Is there a specific du’aa’ to be recited after each two rak’ahs of Taraaweeh?.

Praise be to Allaah.  Dhikr is a kind of worship, and the basic principle concerning acts of worship is that they are not allowed unless there is evidence to indicate that they are obligatory or mustahabb. It is not permissible to invent a dhikr to be done with an act of worship or before or after it.

The Prophet (Sallallahu A’alaihi wa sallam) prayed qiyaam with his Companions at night, and the Sahaabah prayed qiyaam individually and in congregation, during his lifetime and after his death, and there is no report that they remembered Allaah by reciting a specific du’aa’ after each tasleem.

The scholars did not narrate any report of a dhikr recited in unison between each two rak’ahs of taraaweeh by the Sahaabah or those who came after them.

This indicates that that did not happen, because the scholars used to narrate that which was more hidden and subtle than this outward, obvious matter.

The best of guidance is in following the Prophet (Sallallahu A’alaihi wa sallam) and following his companions in matters of worship, by doing what they did and avoiding what they avoided.

But there is nothing wrong with a worshipper supplicating Allaah (du’aa’) or reciting Qur’aan, or remembering his Lord (dhikr), without singling out specific verses or soorahs or dhikrs to be recited between the rak’ahs, and without that being recited in unison, led by an imam or anyone else, because that is not narrated in sharee’ah.

The basic principle is to accept what is narrated in sharee’ah concerning acts of worship, how often they are done, how they are done, when they are done, where they are done, the reason why they are done and the way in which they are done.

Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Abdari ibn al-Haaj said in his book al-Madkhal: Chapter on Dhikr after each two rak’ahs of Taraaweeh prayer:

He – the imam – should avoid what has been innovated of reciting dhikr after each two rak’ahs of Taraaweeh prayer and raising the voice in that, and reciting it in unison.

All of that is bid’ah. It is also forbidden for the muezzin to say after the dhikr following each two rak’ahs of taraaweeh, “Al-salaah yarhamukum Allaah (Prayer, may Allaah have mercy on you),” because this is also an innovation and innovation in religion is forbidden.

The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then the four caliphs who came after him, then the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all), and it is not narrated that any of the salaf did that, and we should be content with what was sufficient for them.

Al-Madkhal, 2/293, 294.

For more information please see questions no. 10491 and 21902 

And Allaah knows best.

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What is the factor by which the reward for righteous deeds in Ramadan is multiplied?


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What is the factor by which the reward for righteous deeds in Ramadan is multiplied?


What is the factor by which the reward for righteous deeds in Ramadan is multiplied?

Praise be to Allah

Because Ramadan is of such a high status, acts of obedience during the month are of immense virtue and earn a greatly multiplied reward, and the sin of acts of disobedience during this month is greater and more serious than sins at other times.

So the Muslim should make the most of this blessed month by doing acts of worship and righteous deeds, and giving up bad deeds, in the hope that Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, will bless him by accepting those deeds and will enable him to adhere to the truth.

But the bad deed always incurs an equal burden of sin, and is never multiplied, either in Ramadan or at other times, whereas a good deed receives a multiple reward, tenfold up to many times more than that.

End quote from Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (15/447)

The multiplication of reward for good deeds – in Ramadan and at other times – is multiplication in terms of quantity and quality. What is meant by quantity is the number, so a good deed earns a more than tenfold reward. What is meant by quality is that the reward is made greater and more abundant. As for the bad deed, it is multiplied in terms of quality only, in other words the level of sin and the punishment is greater.

Please see the answer to question no. 38213

Secondly:

Islamic teachings explain these multiplications with regard to some deeds and some times.

With regard to Laylat al-Qadr, Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months” [al-Qadr 97:3]. That is, worship on that night is better than worshipping for a thousand months.

Shaykh as-Sa‘di (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

That is, it is equal in virtue to one thousand months, so a deed that is done on that night is better than a deed that is done for one thousand months without Laylat al-Qadr. This is something that is utterly astounding and dazzles the mind, as Allah, may He be Blessed and exalted, has bestowed upon this ummah, which is weak in terms of strength and resolve, a night on which a good deed is equal to and exceeds one thousand months, when the lifespan of a long-lived man is only eighty odd years.

End quote from Tafseer as-Sa‘di (p. 931)

With regard to performing ‘Umrah in Ramadan, it was narrated that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “ ‘Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent (in reward) to Hajj – or to Hajj with me.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1863) and Muslim (1256).

Al-Qaari (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“equivalent (in reward) to Hajj” means: it is equal in terms of reward.

End quote from Mirqaat al-Mafaatih (5/1742)

Undoubtedly the reward for Hajj is many times greater than the reward for ‘umrah, and Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam. There are some hadiths that speak of this superiority, but they are da‘eef (weak) hadiths and cannot be taken as evidence. One of them is the hadith that says: “O people, there has come to you a great month, a month in which there is a night that is better than a thousand months. Allah has made fasting this month obligatory, and has made prayer during its nights voluntary. Whoever draws close to Him by doing a good deed, it will be as if he had done an obligatory deed at other times, and whoever performs an obligatory deed during it will be like one who performed seventy obligatory deeds at other times.”

Al-Albaani said in ad-Da‘eefah (871): It is munkar (odd). See the answer to question no. 21364.

There are reports from some of the salaf (early generations) which speak of the factor by which the reward is multiplied, and they are reports that may be quoted but cannot be taken as evidence.

Abu Bakr ibn Abi Maryam narrated from his shaykhs that they used to say: When the month of Ramadan comes, then spend generously during it, because spending during it brings a multiple reward, like spending in Allah’s cause, and saying tasbeeh in it is better than saying a thousand tasbeehs at other times.

An-Nakha‘i (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Fasting one day in Ramadan is better than fasting a thousand days, and saying tasbeeh in it is better than saying a thousand tasbeehs, and one rak‘ah in it is better than a thousand rak‘ahs.

End quote from Lataa’if al-Ma‘aarif by Ibn Rajab (p. 151)

Ibn Abi ad-Dunya narrated in Fadaa’il Ramadan (p. 51) that az-Zuhri said: One tasbeeh in Ramadan is better than saying a thousand tasbeehs at other times. End quote.

Conclusion:

With regard to the factor by which the reward for good deeds in Ramadan is multiplied, Islamic teachings do not say anything in detail, but the Muslim should strive hard to do righteous deeds in Ramadan so that he may attain those virtues.

And Allah knows best.

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