‘ISLAMIC’ RADIOS

Q: IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO LISTEN TO ‘ISLAMIC’ RADIOS?

A: It is not permissible to listen to any of the so-called ‘Islamic’ Radio Stations.

As far as the Shaitaani so-called Islamic Radio Stations are concerned, the following Haraam acts are associated with them:

  • Women on air: According to all the Fuqaha, it is not permissible for a woman to project her voice. The manner in which women speak over these so-called Islamic stations is absolutely Haraam. Only a jaahil opines the opposite of it being permissible. It is a clear exhibition of jahiliyyah prostitution.
  • Discarding and total violation of Hijaab. It is not permissible for a woman to leave her home in order to participate in a radio program as a presenter, etc. Furthermore, these Shaitaani radio and TV stations violate the laws of Hijaab in several ways.
  • Interviewing women and giving mini biographies of women.
  • Indulging in Photography, Videos, etc.
  • Facebook links and linking people to much Haraam.
  • Airing and propagating Baatil views in the name of Islam.
  • Associated with the Ulama e Soo and The Mudhilleen. We can point out that each and every so-called Islamic radio station in South Africa is associated with evil Ulama. Insha Allah, in the future, we will tackle each radio station separately.
  • Participating in Haraam shows, souks, awards, and functions.
  • Associated with the halaal certifiers such as Sanha, MJC, ICSA, NIHT, etc. All of them are faasiq. They know this themselves.
  • Propagating Bid’ah acts such as congregational loud thikr.
  • Engaging in much futility and drivel.
  • The Radio stations of Shaitaan in the guise of Islam are guilty of imitating the Kuffaar in many of their programs. Their emulation and mimicking of kuffaar presenters and broadcasters is indeed very despicable. Tashabbuh is Haraam and dangerous for one’s Imaan. And, this is a million times worse for Muslim women who mimic kuffaar women like clowns in their  They make apes and fools of themselves when they  attempt to capture the natural mannerism of kuffaar women in their voices  when making their devilish  radio presentations and announcements.
  • Advertising and Promoting Haraam.
  • Allowing Shias, salafis, fussaaq and other rubbishes to come on air.
  • Zina of various degrees on the radio station.
  • Allowing women to phone in during programs. The Molvis and Muftis of these stations are indeed very be-hayaa. It makes us wonder – What did their Ustaads even teach them in Madrasah?
  • Women and men cracking jokes together.
  • Women reading out recipes and news. It is difficult to even believe that ‘Ulama’ come on these stations when they know that so many men are listening to the womenfolk. Did Hazrat Ayesha Radhiyallahu Anha read out recipes and news to the menfolk? Those who come on these radio and TV stations are not worthy of the ‘Ulama’ title. They are among the worse
  • And one of their worst acts is their competitions and dramas in Ramadaan. Can these stations ever be termed ‘Islamic’?
  • Treating the great night of Eid like an amusement night when the reality is that this night is greater than even Lailatul Qadr.
  • Haraam Nazms and Nasheeds. According to all four Math-habs, Nazm Jalsahs and singing Nazms, Naats, etc. for a public audience is Haraam. But these shayaateen of the Radio Stations are not interested in the truth. They are experts at presenting lame excuses and spinning baatil so that it appears halaal to the ignorant masses.
  • Justifying all the Haraam they are involved in.

In this way do they destroy the most auspicious Nights of the year, and along with this destruction, do they ruin the Imaan and Morality of the ignorant masses.

The above are merely a few evils and Haraams associated with these so-called ‘islamic’ radios, which are in fact the ‘forces’ of Shaitaan. These stations are flagrantly and openly aiding evil. It is obviously not permissible to increase the listenership of a radio station which promotes and indulges in such open Haraam acts. It is not permissible to listen to even the ‘good’ of these so-called stations. Your Imaan is in danger with these stations. They will always present all their baatil and falsehood as the truth. As a layman, you will fall in their Shaitaani trap.

According to the principles of Fiqh, warding off harm is incumbent and is  given preference over the acquisition of benefit. The harms and evils of these radio stations outweigh the good by far. Thus, it is not all permissible to listen to these so-called ‘Islamic’ stations. The Ahaadith mention about Allah Ta’ala descending to the first Heaven on these nights while the people are ruining themselves by wasting the holy and valuable nights listening to the evil radio stations and participating in haraam radio competitions. Instead of engaging in ibaadat, they listen to the haraam radios broadcasting their shaitaaniyat. Is this how we as Muslims are supposed to behave?

It is Haraam for men to listen to the womenfolk. Likewise it is haraam for women to listen to men singing nazams. It is Haraam to listen to the Nazms, especially for women. There are many more evils associated. They are in fact leading people astray.

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AUSPICIOUS NIGHTS OF RAMADHAAN AND FUTILITY

THE AUSPICIOUS NIGHTS OF RAMADHAN AND INDULGENCE IN FUTILITY AND HARAAM – ESPECIALLY THE SHAITAANI RADIO STATIONS

Why is it that people are not interested in the fatwas of truth of the Shariah? Why are they so biased? Why do they prefer following the Ulama-e-soo’ (evil scholars)? Despite presenting so much proof, some people are not interested in the truth. It is the addiction factor coupled with ignorance and pride which hinder us from the path of Allah. Kindly read the Ahaadith below and then view the remainder of the article for Allah’s sake. The Ummah is becoming more weaker by the day, and we find that the evil Ulama are making things worse with their so-called ‘Islamic’ radio stations of Shaytaan.

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Verily, in Ramadaan there is a Caller who announces after the first third of the night or the last third of the night: ‘Is there anyone asking for something so that he may be given what he is asking for?  Is there any seeker of forgiveness so that he may be forgiven? Is there any repenter seeking repentance so that Allah may accept his Taubah?”

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said: “Allah Ta’ala descends to the first heavens every night and says: ‘Is there anyone asking so that he may be given what he is asking for? Is there anyone seeking forgiveness so that he may be forgiven? This endures until the time of  Fajr.”

Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhu says: “Allah Ta’ala waits in the month of Ramadhaan every night until the first third of the night passes. Then He descends to the first heaven and says ‘Is there anyone asking for something so that he may be given what he is asking for?  Is there any seeker of forgiveness so that he may be forgiven? Is there any repenter seeking repentance so that Allah may accept his Taubah?”

The virtues of the month of Ramadhaan are plenty. The days and nights of Ramadhaan are very auspicious. During Ramadhaan, even that which is Halaal has become Haraam whilst one is fasting. During the day, we are not allowed to eat, drink, etc. When we are not allowed to partake in Halaal, then what does our intelligence tell us about indulgence in that which is Haraam whilst we are fasting!

Fasting from food, etc. is one type of fasting. But the greater fast is abstention from sin. Fasting from sin is the great fast in which many Muslims have failed. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said: “The Fast does not consist of only abstention from eating and drinking. Verily, fasting is from laghw (nonsense/drivel/futility) and vulgarity. Thus if someone should abuse you or act ignorantly (with you), then say:Verily, I am fasting.”

We would unfortunately be wasting another Ramadhaan if we indulge in Haraam. Our fasting would then resemble a self-imposed hunger. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) narrating a Hadith Qudsi said that Allah Tabaarak Wa Ta’ala says:  “He whose limbs do not fast from My prohibitions, there is no need for his abstention from food and drink for My Sake.”

It should be understood that just as the thawaab (reward) for righteous deeds and acts of ibaadat is multiplied manifold in holy places and at times of holiness, so too is the punishment of Allah Ta’ala multiplied manifold for committing reprehensible acts in holy places and holy times such as the Month of Ramadhaan. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “For many a time for the Saa-im (the fasting person) there is nothing in his Fast but hunger.”

Just as the days are very auspicious, we should not be deceived into believing that the nights are not very holy because of one not being in a state of fasting during the night. Many Muslims show disregard for the Holy nights of Ramadhaan. Abstention from sin is necessary also at night. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Many a time for the Qaa-im (the person who stands in Taraweeh) there is nothing in his Taraweeh but abstention from sleep.”

RADIO STATIONS?

The worst of sins which Muslims perpetrate in Ramadhan is viewing Television and listening to the so-called Islamic Radio Stations. Many people wish to argue away the truth by saying that there is much benefit in these Shaitaan Radio stations and Shaitaani so-called Islamic TV Channels such as ‘education’, etc. Confound the benefits of these stations and understand well that there are benefits in pig, beer, gambling and every Haraam act. Despite the benefits, these acts remain Haraam.

The fact that TV is Haraam is clear. It is photography of animate objects. And this is Haraam. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “the worst of people on the Day of Qiyaamah will be the picture-makers.” Thus, watching ITV and its sisters are Haraam. All TV programs are Haraam. It is Haraam to watch Makkah and Madinah Taraweeh. One doesn’t need brains to understand this fact. As far as the Shaitaani so-called Islamic Radio Stations are concerned, the following Haraam acts are associated with them:

  • Women on air: According to all the Fuqaha, it is not permissible for a woman to project her voice. The manner in which women speak over these so-called Islamic stations is absolutely Haraam. Only a jaahil opines the opposite of it being permissible. It is a clear exhibition of jahiliyyah prostitution.
  • Discarding and total violation of Hijaab. It is not permissible for a woman to leave her home in order to participate in a radio program as a presenter, etc. Furthermore, these Shaitaani radio and TV stations violate the laws of Hijaab in several ways.
  • Interviewing women and giving mini biographies of women.
  • Indulging in Photography, Videos, etc.
  • Facebook links and linking people to much Haraam.
  • Airing and propagating Baatil views in the name of Islam.
  • Associated with the Ulama e Soo and The Mudhilleen. We can point out that each and every so-called Islamic radio station in South Africa is associated with evil Ulama. Insha Allah, in the future, we will tackle each radio station separately.
  • Participating in Haraam shows, souks, awards, and functions.
  • Associated with the halaal certifiers such as Sanha, MJC, ICSA, NIHT, etc. All of them are faasiq. They know this themselves.
  • Propagating Bid’ah acts such as congregational loud thikr.
  • Engaging in much futility and drivel.
  • The Radio stations of Shaitaan in the guise of Islam are guilty of imitating the Kuffaar in many of their programs. Their emulation and mimicking of kuffaar presenters and broadcasters is indeed very despicable. Tashabbuh is Haraam and dangerous for one’s Imaan. And, this is a million times worse for Muslim women who mimic kuffaar women like clowns in their  They make apes and fools of themselves when they  attempt to capture the natural mannerism of kuffaar women in their voices  when making their devilish  radio presentations and announcements.
  • Advertising and Promoting Haraam.
  • Allowing Shias, salafis, fussaaq and other rubbishes to come on air.
  • Zina of various degrees on the radio station.
  • Allowing women to phone in during programs. The Molvis and Muftis of these stations are indeed very be-hayaa. It makes us wonder – What did their Ustaads even teach them in Madrasah?
  • Women and men cracking jokes together.
  • Women reading out recipes and news. It is difficult to even believe that ‘Ulama’ come on these stations when they know that so many men are listening to the womenfolk. Did Hazrat Ayesha Radhiyallahu Anha read out recipes and news to the menfolk? Those who come on these radio and TV stations are not worthy of the ‘Ulama’ title. They are among the worse
  • And one of their worst acts is their competitions and dramas in Ramadaan. Can these stations ever be termed ‘Islamic’?
  • Treating the great night of Eid like an amusement night when the reality is that this night is greater than even Lailatul Qadr.
  • Haraam Nazms and Nasheeds. According to all four Math-habs, Nazm Jalsahs and singing Nazms, Naats, etc. for a public audience is Haraam. But these shayaateen of the Radio Stations are not interested in the truth. They are experts at presenting lame excuses and spinning baatil so that it appears halaal to the ignorant masses.
  • Justifying all the Haraam they are involved in.

In this way do they destroy the most auspicious Nights of the year, and along with this destruction, do they ruin the Imaan and Morality of the ignorant masses.

The above are merely a few evils and Haraams associated with these so-called ‘islamic’ radios, which are in fact the ‘forces’ of Shaitaan. These stations are flagrantly and openly aiding evil. It is obviously not permissible to increase the listenership of a radio station which promotes and indulges in such open Haraam acts. It is not permissible to listen to even the ‘good’ of these so-called stations. Your Imaan is in danger with these stations. They will always present all their baatil and falsehood as the truth. As a layman, you will fall in their Shaitaani trap.

According to the principles of Fiqh, warding off harm is incumbent and is  given preference over the acquisition of benefit. The harms and evils of these radio stations outweigh the good by far. Thus, it is not all permissible to listen to these so-called ‘Islamic’ stations. The Ahaadith mention about Allah Ta’ala descending to the first Heaven on these nights while the people are ruining themselves by wasting the holy and valuable nights listening to the evil radio stations and participating in haraam radio competitions. Instead of engaging in ibaadat, they listen to the haraam radios broadcasting their shaitaaniyat. Is this how we as Muslims are supposed to behave?

It is Haraam for men to listen to the womenfolk. Likewise it is haraam for women to listen to men singing nazams. It is Haraam to listen to the Nazms, especially for women. There are many more evils associated. They are in fact leading people astray.

It is thus only a very unfortunate person who is deprived from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala during this month of Ramadhaan in which Allah Ta’ala sends down his special mercy as is mentioned in the Hadith. Indulgence in sin especially by listening to these radio stations or by watching TV is depriving one’s self of the blessing of Ramadhaan. One is depriving one’s self of the special Rahmat of Ramadhaan. This deprivation is  a sign of Allah’s curse on  the radios of shaitaan and on those who waste the holy nights listening to the haraam and the muck of these shaitaani radio stations.

A sinner deprives himself due to his addiction to Haraam. Despite the Shayaateen being chained, we find Muslims indulging, speaking, listening and viewing much Shaitaaniyat during the Holy month of Ramadhaan via these shaitaani radio stations and TV channels. Such a sacred and valuable month, but yet we remain deaf, dumb and blind…

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WOMEN REMAINING AT HOME!

PURDAH -HIJAAB 

The following is an interesting dialogue between a modern lady and an intelligent young girl (15 years) on the purdah topic.

MODERN LADY: Your father is keeping you imprisoned in the four walls of the house. Don`t you feel that you are in a jail?

PURDAH-NASHEEN GIRL: They keep criminals under lock and key in a jail while they keep diamonds and gold in a safe. I am Papa`s diamond which he keeps in this holy sanctuary (the home-safe). Furthermore, a jail is always locked and under guard while our home is open. The prisoner wants to flee from prison. The prisoner is frustrated and full of grief in prison while I am at peace and rest inside our home. The thought of escaping does not arise in my mind. While prisoners cherish the idea of breaking out of prison to gain freedom, I cherish the safety and peace of these four walls of the home. A fish is at rest inside water, not outside.

NAZM JALSAHS AND YOUR FAVORITE NAATS

SINGING AND LISTENING TO NAZMS AND NAZM/NAAT/QASEEDAH JALSAHS

This article has been written for those who follow the four Math-habs – those who subscribe to the Waajib doctrine of Taqleed. Those who pretend that they have a right to refer directly to the Hadeeth for proofs are not really targeted in this article. We are Muqallideen and our target is Muqallids – neither is our aim the plastic Mujtahids nor the salafi coprocreeps (Ahle-Hadath – the so-called Ahle Hadeeth).

The issue of singing is simple. It is recorded in the books of all four Math-habs in much detail. There is simply no need for a real Muqallid to bypass the Fuqaha of the four Math-habs in order to ascertain the ruling of singing songs, Nazms, Nasheeds, Qaseedahs, etc. Bypassing the Fuqaha and directly referring to Hadeeth for a Mas’alah is a salient trait of all ignoramuses such as modernists, liberals and the ghair-Muqallideen.

“And the mas’alah indicates that singing alone (without musical instruments) is sinful and likewise listening to it.” (Badaaius Sanaai) – This is the opinion of many Fuqaha despite the fact that some have given permissibility to sing alone in order to banish loneliness – not for entertaining others!

“And the Shahaadat (testimony) will not be accepted of that singer with whom people associate and he gathers people (for his singing Jalsahs).” (Mabsoot) – gathering people for singing (such as Nazm Jalsahs) is very sinful and Haraam! This is mentioned in many kutub.

As far as the rejection of the Shahaadat of a female singer is concerned, it is mentioned:

“because they have perpetrated a major sin due to Nabi Alayhis Salaatu Was Salaam’s prohibition on two repulsive/vile sounds/voices: the Naaihah – the female mourner (not the one who mourns upon her own calamity) and the Mughanniyyah – the female singer…The word ‘Mughanniyyah’ is used in general terms, so it (the prohibition) includes the woman who sings for herself as raising her voice is Haraam contrary to the singing of a man as the prohibition of a man’s singing is when he sings for an audience.” (Bahrur Raaiq)

There is absolutely no difference of opinion among all Authorities of all Math-habs, from the era of the Sahaabah, that singing for an audience is haraam. Such a singer is Mardudush Shahaadah (i.e. his testimony is not acceptable in the Shariah). Explaining this issue, Allamah Ibn Nujaim states the reason: ‘because he gathers people for a major sin’ – Bahrur Raaiq. Professional singing is Haraam according to all four Math-habs.

“The apparent meaning is that singing is a major sin, even if it is not sung for an audience, but even for one’s self in order to banish loneliness and this is the view of Sheikhul Islam” (Bahrur Raaiq)

“The Mashaaikh have explicitly mentioned that to sing for enjoyment/pleasure or to earn some money is Haraam without a difference of opinion” (Fathul Qadeer and other kitaabs) – What are Nazm Jalsahs for? Fun? Enjoyment?

If a person sings to himself in order to ward off loneliness, then it is permissible on condition that one does not sing to one’s self even for enjoyment. The song may not consist of immoral statements, and it should not develop into a habit. This is understood by studying the views of Allamah Sarakhsi, Allamah Kaasaani, Allamah Ibn Humaam, Allamah Aini, Fataawaa Hindiyyah etc.

It is explicitly mentioned in our Hanafi kutub that it is not permissible to attend gatherings of sin. One is not allowed to attend gatherings of sin. Allamah Margheenaani and other Fuqaha. explain this mas’alah very clearly. It is thus confirmed that to attend Nazm Jalsahs is not permissible. The magnitude of this major sin multiplies manifold when this haraam practice is perpetrated inside a Musjid as has become the practice nowadays. There are many more texts of our Fuqaha which prove that Nazm Jalsahs are Haraam. What the Fuqaha have stated, is in fact the view of the Qur’aan and Hadeeth.

NAZM JALSAH INGREDIENTS 

The following evils are attached to Nazms and Nazm Jalsahs which are in fact qawwaali clowning functions.

  • Singing for an audience which is Haraam.
  • Attending a Haraam function.
  • Listening to haraam.
  • Defiling the sanctity of the Masjid.
  • Professional Singing which is Fisq.
  • Honouring Fussaaq such as the so-called Hafez Abu Bakr, Ziyad Patel, Zain Bhika, etc.
  • Gatherings of Fussaaq.
  • The presence of women even if it is in a so-called ‘Purdah’ facility/section.
  • Female emergence from the home for this haraam function is Haraam.
  • Women listening to males singing which is Haraam.
  • Justifying the Haraam misdeeds – the trademark  quality of the Mudhilleen & Ulama e Soo’.
  • Broadcasting over radio or TV the Haraam Jalsah. Women also listen to it.
  • Singing for enjoyment and entertainment which is Haraam even in privacy.
  • Haraam tunes and back-ground sounds.
  • It is in conflict with All Four Math-habs, i.e. the Shariah of the Qur’aan and Hadeeth.

THE RULINGS OF THE FUQAHA

As far as the Ummah is concerned, the final word in any matter of the Shariah is the ruling of the Fuqaha (the Jurists) of Islam, the highest of whom were the Aimmah-e-Mujtahideen such as Imaam Abu Hanifah, Imaam Maalik, Imaam Shaafi and Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayhim). These were the greatest authorities of the Shariah after the Sahaabah.

The Qur’aan and all the Ahaadith pertaining to an issue were in front of them. It is the height of stupidity, insolence and absurdity for any one in this belated age to attempt to negate and refute the rulings of these illustrious Fuqaha by citing certain Ahaadith which ostensibly conflict with their rulings. It is kufr to refute the rulings of the Shariah which the illustrious Fuqaha have formulated on the basis of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. No one can ever hope to understand the Qur’aan and Sunnah better than the Aimmah Mujtahideen and the Fuqaha in general.

Ignoramuses, zindeeqs and mulhids see contradictions between the rulings of the Fuqaha and the Qur’aan and Hadith. It is the kufr and nifaaq lurking in their hearts, which impels them to refute the rulings of the Fuqaha of Islam.

On the issue of singing and music, there exists a consensus which is as old as Islam. This consensus of the Fuqaha cannot be scuttled by the nafsaani corrupt opinions of the modernist deviates and ignoramuses of this age.

A FINAL STUPID ARGUMENT

We are sorry to say this, but we find even Ulama/Sheikhs of the Idaarahs/Darul Ulooms and Jamiats condoning such Haraam by quoting the Hadith of Hazrat Hassaan Bin Thaabit Radhiyallahu Anhu. We doubt such ‘Ulama’ being true Ulama as they don’t even understand the meaning of Taqleed and they don’t seem to appreciate or even understand the value and role of the Fuqaha.

Hadith is not the function and playing field of a Muqallid. Only Mujtahideen are allowed to pasture in the Field of Hadith. It is deviation (dhalaal) for a muqallid to present daleel from Hadith. It is Waajib for the Muqallid to present daleel only from the statements of the Fuqaha of the Math-hab.

Nowadays, this diversion from this acknowledged principle displays the unprincipled way of argument of the present-day Ulama. Whilst it is permissible to cite a Hadith for a bayaan on moral issues, it is not permissible for a muqallid to attempt to substantiate his case on the basis of Hadith. This unprincipled way of arguing becomes more abhorrent when a stupid muqallid who has become too big for his boots presents a case in conflict with the Fuqaha of the Math-hab.

It is indeed lamentable to observe that in this entire argument of Nazm Jalsahs, Mowlood, halqah and bid’ah thikr, and all other Bid’aat, the votaries of these practices have left out the Fuqaha in entirety. They cite and distort what the Sufiya have said. The Fuqaha are the Physicians of the Ummat. They are extremely far-sighted. They understand the basis and purpose of the Ahkaam. They penetrate to the depth of the Ahaadith, extract the true illat (rationale) of the commands and prohibitions. Then they extend the law of prohibition wherever they detect the presence or the development of fitnah (corruption). They therefore prohibit all forms of singing be it without musical instruments in order to close the avenue of future corruption and moral turpitude. Hence, in any clash of opinion between the Muhadditheen and the Fuqaha, or the Sufiya and Fuqaha, the word of the latter is the Law of the Shariah.. It is the verdict of the Fuqaha which is final and binding.

Such Ghair-Muqallid type of arguments are rejected. The votaries of these bid’ah practices should  present the dalaail of the Fuqaha of the Math-hab whom we are following. Singing which has become an occupation and a profession is not permissible. Such unlawful singing is a predominant feature of nazam-singing which the satanic radio stations run by misguided Muslims have introduced. It is not permissible to listen to the radio-qaseedahs on account of it having become an occupation, entertainment and a money-making profession, and also because of the haraam kuffaar musical tones which accompany the futility of nazams.

The English nazams are particularly evil and haraam due to the kuffaar style and tune of the singing. Nazms with musical instruments/tunes or accompanied by music is much worse and obviously Haraam as Music is Haraam!

One of the most effective tools of enticement which Dajjaal will offer will be music and singing with which he will lure, entrap and destroy people in the cauldron of kufr he will boil for them. May Allah Ta’ala save His servants from this captivating snare of Dajjaal.

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IFTAAR

IFTAAR – AN AUSPICIOUS OCCASION

The following acts should be carried out:

  1. Engage in Dua before Iftaar.
  2. Break the fast as soon as the sun has set.
  3. Break the fast with dates and water – stay away from pies, etc. at Iftaar time.
  4. Engage in Iftaar while the Athaan is called.
  5. After Athaan, engage in Dua and Thikr.
  6. Abstain from worldly talk and do not bring any cooked food, juices or Haraam soft-drinks to the Musjid nor destroy your Fast, spiritual and physical health with haraam and mushtabah food, e.g. carrion chickens.

For a Mu’min, there are two occasions of delight mentioned in the Hadeeth:

  • Delight/happiness at the time of Iftaar
  • Delight/happiness at the time of Meeting his Rabb.

Iftaar is a very great Sunnah. In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Allah Ta’ala says: “Verily, the most beloved servants to Me are those who are the quickest in Iftaar.” (Note: A salient feature of the shiahs is to delay Iftaar) According  to  the  Hadith,  the  moments  of  Iftaar  are  most auspicious. Love for Allah is in following the Sunnah as the Qur’aan says.

Furthermore, Iftaar should be made in the way Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) instructed us to observe Iftaar. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever finds dates should break the fast with it, and whoever has no dates, should make iftaar with water.”

In another Hadith  it is mentioned:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to break the fast with three dates or with something which the fire did not touch (i.e. it was not prepared or it was an uncooked item).”

The Sunnah way of Iftaar is in dates and water – not in feasting.  Pies, samoosas, badjyas, moons, spring-rolls, haleem, daltjies, pakoras, chips, and the balance should all be consumed after Maghrib Salaah, i.e. after the Awwabeen Salaah. Sad to say, we do not show interest in Nafl Salaah in the month of Ramadaan whereas one receives the thawaab of a Fardh when one performs a Nafl in Ramadaan. There is much virtue in Awwabeen Salaah after Maghrib, Tahajjud, Chaasht and Ishraaq Salaah. We should not discard these Nawaafil, especially in Ramadhaan.

By having pies and samoosas, etc. at Iftaar time, one will be discarding the Sunnah. And discarding a Sunnah is a major crime. In addition to discarding the Sunnah, the health is harmed with the sudden ingestion of an abundance of food in a contracted stomach. Whatever the Deen has ordered us is for our benefit – spiritual and physical benefit. In fact, it is much worse in Ramadhaan. Reviving the Sunnah brings about Nur. The whole day we were fasting, thus we should end off our fasting in the best of ways. And the best of ways is the Sunnah.

We should not be greedy and impatient at Iftaar time. Furthermore, we should make it a point to abstain from all soft drinks, at least in Ramadaan. These drinks are  Haraam.

Perform Maghrib Salaah and Awwabeen calmly and with concentration and then enjoy the samoosas and pies thereafter at home.

The occasion of Iftaar is a time of great barkat and Maqbooliyyat. Duas are quickly accepted at this time. According to the Hadith, at least  one  dua  made  at  the  time  of  Iftaar  is  assured  of acceptance.  The  time  of  Iftaar  should,  therefore,  not  be squandered in feasting. Iftaar is not the time for feasting and filling the stomach. Break the fast lightly with dates the Sunnah Way.

Spend a few minutes before Iftaar and the couple of minutes after Iftaar (before Maghrib Salaat) in Dua or Thikr. Come to the Musjid a bit earlier and make niyyat of Nafl I’tikaaf thereby deriving maximum benefit and thawaab. Engage in Dua or Thikr until the Athaan. Break the fast with dates as soon as the Athaan goes or as soon as the time of Iftaar is confirmed, even before Athaan. The fast may be ended as soon as the sun has set. It is not necessary to wait for the Athaan. But be sure of sunset. By the time the Athaan has ended, your Iftaar Ibaadat will have been completed.

Observance of the Sunnat Way of Iftaar allows you to be in the Musjid before the Athaan. You gain the thawaab of Nafl I’tikaaf and the benefit of the holy minutes to spend in Dua and Thikr. You are saved from rushing to Musjid, from missing a raka’t or part of the first raka’t, and from panting in your Salaat due to having rushed to Musjid. The Sunnat Way enables you to perform your Ibaadat in a dignified and calm manner. Remember that Iftaar is not the time for feasting.

After Maghrib, there is no need to rush from the Musjid. Perform at least four raka’ts Salaatul Awwabeen, preferably six rakaats, after the Sunnat and Nafl of Maghrib. Ramadhaan is the opportunity for increasing your stock of ibaadat and for fortifying your Rooh and for weakening and neutralizing your nafs.

May Allah Ta’ala bestow to us all the taufeeq to perform our ibaadat correctly in accordance with the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

AWWABEEN SALAAH

Rasulallah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) has said that the one who performs six Rak’aahs after Maghrib without uttering an evil word between these rak’aahs, then these six rak’aahs will be equivalent to 12 years ibaadat for that person. (Tirmizi)

Sayyiduna Ammaar ibn Yaasir (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Whosoever performs 6 Rakaats after Maghrib Salaat, all his sins will be forgiven even if they equal the foam of the sea.’ (Tabrani)

IFTAAR PARTIES

We mentioned above the Sunnah method of breaking one’s fast, i.e. with dates or water. There is no need for  sumptuous dishes at the time of Iftaar. We should understand that Ramadhaan is not a time for merrymaking and futility. It is not a time for inviting friends and family for silly Iftaar feasts. Such Iftaar feasts are in conflict with the Shariah especially due to the abandonment of Hijaab. There is no proper Hijaab nowadays when friends and families get together. They massacre and murder the laws of Hijaab in Ramadaan and on Eids day and then they are unable to understand why there is so much difficulty in their lives. Let us also remember that wasting is much worse in Ramadaan. The Bid’ah Iftaar Parties and ‘Ramadaan Braais’ are undoubtedly Haraam.

Haleem Bid’ah feasting and feasting in the Musjid at Iftaar time are amongst the most despicable Bid’ahs in Ramadaan. The sanctity of the Musjid is defiled with the smell of all the savouries.

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VIRTUES OF SEHRI

THE VIRTUES, BLESSING AND BENEFITS OF PARTAKING IN SEHRI

Amongst the most significant virtues and most praiseworthy blessings of Sehri is that Sehri/Suhoor is Masnoon/Sunnah for the fasting person.  It rejuvenates and energizes a person for the  fast which will soon commence upon the termination of the Sehri time which is at Subh Saadiq. Sehri serves and plays a great role in creating the enthusiasm and determination for one to observe the day’s fast.

Sehri assists one in fasting for the day as Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: Seek aid with the food of Sehri for the fast of the day, and with qailulah for the Salaat of the night (Tahajjud).” It is not merely getting up or waking up for Sehri, but one should partake of something even if it is lightly such as a glass of water or a few dates. However, those who are aware that their day would be long and a bit tough should eat more in order to gain strength for the fasting day, which is ahead.  (Qailulah is a short mid-day nap).

In addition to it being a noble act of following the Sunnah, Sehri is an act in which we would be opposing the way of the Christians and Jews. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Verily, the difference between our Saum and the fasting of the Ahle-Kitaab (Christians and Jews) is the partaking of the Sehri meal.”

The Sehri should be delayed to its latest – but not to the extent where one would be eating after the time of Sehri has elapsed. The time when Sehri ends, is a crucial time, which demands that all eating and drinking stop well before its expiry time such as terminating one’s meal approximately five minutes before the actual time when Sehri ends. One has to be very sure and extra careful in this regard. Thus, it is also a Sunnah to have Sehri a few minutes prior to the ‘five minutes’ which precede Subh Saadiq. It should not be after Esha. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Three things are from the Sunan/Akhlaaq of the Mursaleen (The Prophets/Ambiyaa that were sent to Mankind by Allah):

  1. Delaying of Sehri
  2. Not to delay the Iftaar (but to make haste in Iftaar)
  3. Placing the right hand over the left hand below the navel in Salaah.”

It would be very sad if we intentionally and neglectfully abandon such a meritorious Sunnah act. Deliberate abstention from Sehri is sinful. It is not permissible to abandon a Sunnah act without valid reason. Whilst we are not saying that people should have seven course meals at Sehri time, a light meal will suffice at Sehri.

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Partake of Sehri, for verily, there is Barakah in Suhoor/Sahoor (the partaking of Sehri).”

In this Hadith, many benefits of Sehri are mentioned:

  1. Following the Sunnah. Sehri is in conformity to the Sunnah.
  2. One opposes the ways of the Kuffaar by participating in Sehri.
  3. By observing Sehri, one obtains the blessing/barkat of ease. It assists a person in his fast.
  4. One will not be questioned about Sehri as mentioned in a Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu that Hisaab (reckoning) will not be demanded on three acts: the food of Sehri, The food of Iftaar, and the food eaten with a guest.
  5. One gains strength for the A’maal of the day as well as for the fasting.
  6. A Hungry man is an angry man. By eating Sehri, the hunger is removed. And this in turn repels anger which is sometimes associated with hunger.
  7. If anyone else joins you in Sehri, it will be a means of Sadaqah.
  8. The time for Sehri is a very auspicious time. It is a time when Duas are accepted.
  9. It enables one to perform Tahajjud Salaah.
  10. It makes it easy for a person to perform his Fajr Salaah with Jamaat.
  11. It reminds one of making the Niyyat of fasting if one had not as yet made a Niyyat for the fasting.

TAHAJJUD SALAAH

The benefits and virtues of Tahajjud are plenty. An entire book could be compiled on the virtues and rewards of Tahajjud. Tahajjud is that Salaah which Allah Ta’ala loves as mentioned in the Ahaadeeth. In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Allah Ta’ala said: “I am pleased with one who rises in the night and supplicates to Me (i.e. makes dua). He has abandoned his wife and the warmth of his bed for My sake.” Missing Tahajjud during the month of Ramadaan is a great misfortune.

The following incident indicates the importance of Tahajjud:

Abdullah Bin Ghaalib (rahmatullah alayh) was martyred in Jihad. After he was buried, a wondrous fragrance of  musk spread out in all directions from his grave. Every friend who saw him in a dream enquired: “Where is your abode?” He replied: ‘In Jannat.’ They then asked: ‘What is the cause of the wonderful fragrance from your grave?’ He answered: “It is the fragrance of the Qur’aan and Tahajjud.”

Tahajjud has a special Noor. Someone asked Hadhrat Hasan Basri (rahmatullah alayh): “What is the speciality of the people of Tahajjud? Their faces are more radiant than the faces of others.” Hadhrat Hasan (rahmatullah alayh) said: “They adopt solitude with Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala therefore cloaks them with the garment of Noor.”

Hadhrat Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahmatullah alayh) said that he had discovered five things in five things:

  1. The Barkat of Rizq in Chaasht (Dhuha) Salaat.
  2. Light for the Qabr in Tahajjud Salaat.
  3. Answers for the questions of Munkar and Nakeer in the Qur’aan.
  4. Crossing the Siraat (in Qiyaamah) with ease in Saum and Sadqah.
  5. The Shade of the Arsh in solitude.

Whilst according to the Shaafi’ and Hambali Math-habs, Tahajjud Salaat in Jamaat is permissible. According to the Hanafi Math-hab, it is not permissible. Hanafis should not perform Nafl Salaat with Jamaat. One should also abstain from the Shabeenah custom which has reached Bid’ah proportions. May Allah Ta’ala grant us Tawfeeq to wake up for Sehri, perform Tahajjud and may He accept all our Duas. Ameen.

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