Meaning Of Hajj-E-Akbar


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “What is the correct term “Hajj-e-Akbar”? It is generally presumed that the Hajj performed on Friday is called “Hajj-e- Akbar” and it is a superior kind of Hajj as compared with the Hajj performed on other days of the week. What is the correct position in Shariah?” (Ibid)

A. The term used in the Holy Quran is “al-hajj-al-Akbar”. But it does not mean a Hajj performed on Friday, as generally alleged by ignorant people. The Holy Quran has used this term for the Hajj performed by the Muslims under the supervision of Sayyidna Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A.) in the year 9 A.H.i.e. one year earlier to the last Hajj of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam), and this Hajj (the Hajj of 9 A.H.) was not performed on Friday. Still, the Holy Quran has called it “al-Hajj-al- Akbar”. It is clear from this that this term has no reference to Friday.

September 7, 2010

Hajj Becoming Mandatory After Performing Umrah


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “It is commonly heard that if one performs Umrah once, then performing Hajj becomes mandatory (Wajib) for him. Please clarify this point.
(Yousuf Ghani, Karachi)

A. This is not correct. Merely performing Umrah does not make Hajj mandatory. But if a person who did not perform Hajj before he reaches Makkah for any reason in the month of Shawwal or anytime thereafter before the 10th of Zilhijjah and he has resources to stay there upto the days of Hajj, only in that case it becomes obligatory on him to perform Hajj either that very year or in any subsequent year.

May 25, 2010

Shaving The Head After Hajj Or Umrah


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “Is it obligatory to shave all the hair of the head after performing Hajj or Umrah, or a part of the hair can be cut? Please guide us with the detailed information according to Fiqh-e-Hanafi.”
(Muhammad Ashraf, Karachi)

A. It is not obligatory to shave one’s head or to cut all his hair at the conclusion of Ihram in Umrah or Hajj. One can also cut his hair instead of shaving it. The minimum requirement for coming out of ihram, according to fiqh-e-Hanafi, is to cut one’s hair at least to the measure of a fingertip from all sides of one’s hair. If one has cut his hair to this extent, he can come out of Ihram. However, if one’s hair are too short, and he cannot cut them to the measure of a fingertip, he will have to shave his head without which he cannot come out of Ihram.

May 21, 2010

40 Prayers In Madinah


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “Is it mandatory, according to Shariah, to complete 40 prayers in Masjid-i-Nabawi when one visit Madinah Munawwarah?”
(Ibid)

A. No, it is not mandatory. Even the visit of Madinah Munawwarah is not mandatory, nor is it a part of Hajj.

However, the visit of Madinah is very desirable, its visitor deserves much reward in the Hereafter and the person who can
afford this visit should not make himself devoide of this reward, yet it is not as obligatory as the Hajj itself.

When the visit of Madinah itself is not mandatory how can it be said that performing 40 prayers is mandatory?

March 28, 2010

Branches of Imaan


Jihad, Understanding Jihad (The Mujahid's Guide)

There are more than 70 branches of Imaan in the Revered Ahaadeeth of Allah’s  Last Rasool SallalLahu-`alayhi Wasallam. They were collected and compiled by  Imam Baihaqi (RahimahulLahu) in his book of the Revered Ahadeeth Sh’ubul Imaan in detail.

We present to the Mujahideen a list of these Seventy Branches of Imaan in brief. So they could start acting upon each of them, which will enhance and strengthen their Imaan. Some of the 70 branches are those without which one cannot become a Muslim, while other branches relate to the completion of Imaan and the enhancement of Imaan.

February 24, 2010

CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH GHUSAL IS MASNUN


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “It is the duty of every Muslim to take bath once a week (i.e. on Friday), washing his head and body.” [Bukhari, Muslim, Marif -ul- Hadis]

Hadrat Samura bin Jundab (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said: If any one performs ablution on Friday, well and good; but if any one takes bath, bathing is more excellent. [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmizi, Marif -ul- Hadis]

February 21, 2010

Sunnah and Bid’ah


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

The Straight Path has been laid out. Our job is only to follow it, not to try to discover new paths.

By Khalid Baig

Once some Jewish scholars said to Sayyidna Umar bin Khattab, Radi-Allahu unhu, “The Qur’an contains a verse that if it had been revealed to us, we would have designated a day to celebrate its revelation.” Upon enquiry they mentioned the verse: “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Al-Maida 5:3] “Yes, I know, the time and place when it was revealed,” he replied.

January 29, 2010

The month of Muharram


Beliefs & Practices

Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar Hijrah Calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Quran says, “The number of the months according to Allah is twelve (mentioned) in the Book of Allah on the day He created heavens and the earth. Among these (twelve months) there are four sanctified.”

These four months, according to the authentic traditions, are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. All the commentators of the Holy Quran are unanimous on this point, because the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in his sermon on the occasion of his last Hajj, declared: “One year consists of twelve months, of which four are sanctified months, three of them are in sequence; Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram, and the fourth is Rajab.”

January 25, 2010

Madinah – The city of the Prophet


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Dawah & Tabligh, Hadith & Seerah, History & Biography

Friends have invited me to give a talk on Madinah, describing what I saw there, and I have readily agreed. As a Persian poet has said: “To talk of the beloved is no less pleasant than to meet him.”

I do not know when I first heard of Makkah and Madinah. Like all Muslim children, I was brought up in an environment in which Hijaz (Arabia) and Makkah and Madinah were household words. I, distinctly, remember people saying Makkah, Madinah together as if these were the same. When they took the name of one of them, they, generally, mentioned that of the other as well. I, thus, came to imagine that Makkah and Madinah were not two different places, but one, and learnt to appreciate the difference only as I grew up. It, then, became clear that these were two different towns separated from each other by over 300 kilometers.

January 21, 2010