Before ablution one should have a definite intention (NIYYAH) that he is performing ablution in order to perform Salaah (this enhances the blessings). One should sit at a raised place facing Qiblah so as to be safe from the spray of falling water then one should commence Wudu saying: (In the name of ALLAH Most Gracious, Most Merciful).
According to some traditions one should say:
1. In the name of ALLAH Most Glorious and praise be to ALLAH for the religion of Islam.
2. Then both hands upto the wrists should be washed three times. Read more... (456 words, estimated 1:49 mins reading time)
Hadrat Abu Haurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said: O Abu Hurairah! When you perform ablution, say Bismillah -Wal- Hamdo Lillah (The result would be that) so long as this ablution would continue (i.e. one would remain in a state of purity), the Kiramun Katibeen (recording angles) would continue to write good deeds in his name. [Mu’jim Sagir – Tabarani, Ma’rif -ul- Hadis] Read more... (184 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Sunnah: (in case exceeding one fist) Taking off some hair off the right and left sides of the beard so that it looks pleasing to the eyes. The beard should not be less than a fist from the bottom of the chin. Shaving the beard or cutting it is not permissible. [Khasail-e-Nabauwa]
The moustache should be trimmed fully (Tirmizi)
Remaining within the permissible limits the hair of the head and beard should be arranged and greased. [Muatta Imam Malik] Read more... (199 words, estimated 48 secs reading time)
(1) Eating or drinking breaks the Saum.
(2) Sexual intercourse even if there is no emergence of semen.
(4) Inhaling smoke by one’s own action, e.g. inhaling the smoke of incense, etc.
(5) Application of medication into the anus.
(6) Swallowing any substance or object which is not normally consumed as food or medicine, e.g. pebbles, paper, a coin, etc.
(7) Pouring oil into the ears.
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The Hanafi position on this issue is crystal clear. All musical instruments including the duff which is used to create music are haraam.
(1) “Verily all musical instruments are haraam.” (Hidaayah)
(2) “The sound of musical instruments, e.g. playing the flute, etc. is haraam.” (Bazaaziyah and Ad-Durrul Mukhtaar)
(3) “Listening to the beating of the duff, the flute, etc. is haraam.” (Shaami)
(4) “Listening to the beating of the duff, flute, singing, etc. are haraam.” (Sharhun Niqaayah)
(5) “Lahw such as beating the duff and flute, is Makrooh Tahrimi.” (Abu Makaarim) Read more... (1479 words, estimated 5:55 mins reading time)