Abu,Hurayra (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said: “Many of those who fast obtain nothing through such fasting except hunger, and many a one performs “Salaat” by’ night but obtains nothing by it, except the discomfort of staying awake.”
The reason for mentioning the manner in which these saintly ones spent their Ramadhaan is not that we may just read without deriving any benefit or pass a casual remark. It is written with the object that we in our way may build up courage and to the best of our ability endeavor to copy and follow their noble examples. Every pious elders programme had its particular specialty.
How wonderful would it be if those who are not forced by worldly necessities try their utmost to mend their religious life in this one month after having allowed eleven months of the year go by to destroy themselves.
At this point we should ponder over our i’baadah. How much importance do we attach to it in Ramadhaan? How many nafl do we perform? As for fardh deeds, we observe how numerous people who after having eaten sah’ri get back into bed with the result that the Fajr ‘salaah is neglected. Many perform it, but not with Jamaa’ah. It gives the impression that we give thanks to Allah for the food we had eaten for sah’ri by not performing the most important fardh or by not performing it with Jamaa’ah. Such a ‘salaah has been termed defective. Rasulullah (SAW) said that, “There is no ‘salaah for those near the musjid except in the musjid”.
You have mentioned regarding the Khateeb Saheb (Imaam) who does not perform the Sunnats after the Fardh of Jumuah. It is a common trait amongst the Arabs that they attach scant importance to Sunnats and Nafls. In this regard I wish to present a few points:
Firstly, Allaah Ta`ala has ordained the Nawaafil as an expiation for the deficiencies in the Faraaidh. This is the reason why the Shariah has placed much stress on Nawaafil and Sunnan, and the Ahaadith has expounded on its virtues. It is reported in one Hadith that the person who regularly performs twelve Rakaats daily, besides his Fardh Salaat, then Allaah Ta`ala will grant him a palace in Jannat; (the 12 rakaats are) four before Zuhr, and two after, two after Maghrib, two after Esha and two before Fajr Salaat. [Mishkaat, page 103]
Story No. 31: (Episode)
Another saintly person says: “While I was in Madina, I saw a non-Arab person reciting the farewell salaam at the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. As he left, I followed him. At Zul Hulayfah he performed salaah and donned the Ihraam. When he commenced his salaah I did the same and when he departed from there I again followed him. Later he looked towards me and said: “what is your aim?”
I said: “I wish to accompany you.” He refused my wish. I pleaded with all humility. Then he said to me: “If it is your aim to do so, then follow me step by step.” I said: “Very well.”
He went along an unknown route with me behind him. Having traveled for a small part of the night we saw a lamp shining in the dark. He said to me: ‘this is the mosque of Hazrat Aa’isha.R.A at Tan’eem (near Mecca). Now either you shall go ahead or me?”
I replied: “It shall be as you wish.”
He went ahead and I slept there. Early in the next morning before fajr I entered Mecca, to perform tawaaf and saee; and then I went to pay my respects to Hazrat Shaikh Abu Bakr Kattani R.A. around whom I found many saintly persons.
He asked me: “when did you arrive?”
I answered : “I have just arrived.”
He asked : “From where did you come?”
I answered : “From Madina.”
He asked : “when did you leave Madina?”
I answered : “Last night.”
When I said this, the people looked at me in disbelief and surprise. The Shaikh said: “with whom did you travel?” I replied that I had come with a certain saintly person and told the m the story of how I had come walking from Madina to Mecca in a portion of the night.
The Shaikh exclaimed: “That person is Abu Ja’far Hazrat Wamighani R.A. Whatever you have said about him shows that it must be him. For him to have come in that short period of time is a common and minor thing. Come, friends, let us go and search for Shaikh Hazrat Wamighani R.A.”
And to em he said: ‘It is not customary for you to arrive in such a short time. Therefore I had to ask in detail. How did the ground feel under you while you were walking? I replied: “It felt like rolling waves of the sea passing through under my feet.” (Rowdh)
s a punishment for having worshipped the golden calf, Allah Ta’ala had commanded the mass slaughter of those among Bani Israaeel who had indulged in this despicable act of idolatry. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) had ordered a contingent of 12,000 executioners under the command of Nabi Haaroon (alayhis salaam) to fulfil this divinely imposed sentence.
Q. Some People Say that there is no hadith which proves that we should pray 4 Rakaat of Sunnah before the obligatory Prayer of “Isha” . Can you give a hadith proving the point of view that these 4 Rakaat are Sunnah before performing the 4 Rakat of Isha?
A. It is true that there is no Hadith specifically that 4 Rakat before the obligatory prayer of isha is Sunnah . How ever there is hadith reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari and narrated by the Holy Companion Abdullah Ibn Mughaffal (R.A) that the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam) has said
Between Every Two Calls Of Prayers There Is A Prayer For Whomsoever Who Wishes To Perform It ” ( Al-Bukhari,Book X, Chapter 14, Hadith.No.624)
Q. “Can one recite the Holy Qur’an with moderate loudness, when one is offering not in congregation (jama’ah) please elaborate the correct position in the context of Shari’ah”. (Muhammad Yousuf Ghani, Karachi)
A. Yes, it is permissible, rather advisable, to recite the surah al fatihah and other verses of the Holy Qur’an with moderate loudness, when one is offering individually, the salah of fajr, maghrib and Isha’ but it is not allowed to recite loudly in the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. Loud recitation is also available in the nafl Salah which is offered in the night hours, like tahajjud or Awwabin. As for the nawafil offered in daytime, it is also permissible, though not advisable.
1. Hadrat Umar (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated ALLAH’s Messenger as saying, Should anyone falls asleep and fails to the perform supplication such as prayers which he normally made in the night, if he performs it between the dawn and the noon Salaah (Zuhar Salaah) it will be recorded for him as though he had recited it during the night. [Muslim]
2. Bismillah should be said if a (complete) surah is recited after surah al-Fatihah in the Salaah and if only a ruku (part of a surah) is recited, Bismillah need not be said. [Bahishti Zewar]
Hadrat Ali (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: when in the morning the sun was high in the sky as it is at the time of Asr Salaah (after noon), the Prophet used to say two Rakahs as lshraq Salaah and when it is as high in the sky in the east as it is in the west at the time of Zuhar Salaah, he would perform four Rakaats as Chasht Salaah. [Shamail -e- Tirmizi]