Why do we say Alhamdulillah after sneezing?


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

The narrations of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) encourage us to say “Alhamdulillah” when we sneeze.

“Alhamdulillah” means “All praise is due to Allah”. A rightfully curious mind will wonder why are we supposed to express our gratitude to Allah for the insignificant act of sneezing. On the contrary, sneezing is no insignificant reaction of the body. Sneezing is a great blessing from Allah where various muscle groups come in to play. The muscles of the stomach, chest, neck and eyes are used for this seemingly insignificant reaction of the body.

Some of the reasons for saying “Alhamdulillah” are as follows:

August 4, 2010

Some Instruction about Salaah


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

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]

June 5, 2010

Isha Salaah (Night Salaah)


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

Hadrat Bara narrated that he heard the Prophet recite at the night Salaah (Isha Salaah) surah at – Teen (XCV) and that he had never heard anyone with a more beautiful voice. [Bukhari – Muslim]

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) taught Hadrat Mu’az bin Jabal to recite the sürah al-Shams (XCI), ad-Dahr (XCIII), al-Lail (XCII) and al-Ala (LXXXVII). [Bukhari, Muslim]

May 18, 2010

Recitation (of the Holy QURAAN) in SALAAH


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

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to recite Surah al – Fatihah which was followed by another surah. In Fajr Salaah he would prolong the recitation as long as it would take to recite 6O to 1OO ayat. Some time he would recite surah al-Qaf (L) and sometimes al-Room (XXX) and sometimes he would shorten the recitation. During travel he would recite surah asSajdah (XXXII) in the first rakah and surah ad-Dahr (LXXVI) in the second rakah of Fajr Salaah (morning Salaah). In the Friday Salaah – Jum’ah Salaah he would recite surah al – Mu’minun (XXIII) and sometimes surah – al-Aala (LXXVII) or surah al – Ghashia (LXXX VIII).

May 12, 2010

AYATUS SAJDAH (Sajdah during recitation of the Holy QURAAN)


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

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would offer a Sajdah when during recitation of QURAAN he would come to an ayah where a sajdah is indicated. He would say takbeer and then make prostration. [Za’d -ul- Ma’ad]

Sajdatut – tilawah is wajib

The manner of offering sajdah during recitation is to say Allah-u-Akbar without raising the hands, offer sajdah during which [Subhan-e-Rabbiyal’ala] should be recited three times and then the head should be raised. Note: The pre-requisites for sajdah during recitation are the same as for Salaah i.e. (ablution), neat and clean place, cleanliness of body and dress and facing the Qiblah. [Bahishti Zewar]

May 8, 2010

THE MANNER OF RECITATION OF THE HOLY QURAAN


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

It was usual with the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) to observe tartila (clear and distinct) in the recitation of the Holy QURAAN. He would not recite it rapidly and would utter each and every word clearly and would make a slight interval after reciting an ayah and would stretch out the word bearing the sign of maddah e.g., he would recite RAHMAN AND RAHEEM in a stretched out form and while beginning the recitation of the Holy QURAAN, he would seek refuge from ALLAH from cursed Shaitan (satan) in the following words: “I seek refuge in ALLAH from cursed shaitan”

May 4, 2010

COUNTING OF TASBIHAAT (REMEMBRANCES)


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

Since the tasbihat are required to be said in given numbers, there are two ways of counting. One method is counting by a rosary and the other is to count on fingers. Counting on fingers is borne out by the Prophet himself i.e. he has directed to do so as well as he himself has done like that. As such counting on fingers is more meritorious. [Aurad -e- Rehman]

COUNTING ON FINGERS

May 2, 2010

MASNUN AURAD (ZIKAR) IN THE MORNING AND EVENING


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

Hadrat Muslim bin Hans (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that ALLAH’s messenger has exhorted him specially to recite the following seven times soon after the Maghrib Salaah (sunset Salaah) before talking to any one.

[O ALLAH save me from Jahannum]

In case you recite this supplication after Maghrib Salaah and it so happens that you die that night, you will be saved from the Fire. Similarly, if you make this supplication seven times after Fajr Salaah (morning Salaah) before speaking to any body.

[O ALLAH ! save me from Jahannum]

April 26, 2010