Aug
15
2011
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What is Zakat?

Lexically, the word Zakah covers two meanings.

1. Purification

2. Growth and increase

In the terminology of the Quran and Sunnah, Zakah is the portion of asset that is made mandatory to be spent in the ways specified by Allah Ta’ala.

Benefits of Zakah

Zakah has two straightforward benefits.

Firstly, the payer himself gets purified from inner germs of the spiritual diseases.

Secondly, Zakah helps those who are not able to fulfill their needs independently. For e.g. orphans, widows, handicaps, poor people etc.

Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Taubah:

Sep
13
2008
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MAKROOHAAT IN SALAAT

1. NOT TO PERFORM A SUNNAT OF NAMAAZ INTENTIONALLY.

2. TO PLAY WITH YOUR CLOTHES OR BODY.

3. TO WEAR UNSUITABLE CLOTHES WHICH ONE WOULD NOT WEAR IN FRONT OF RESPECTABLE PEOPLE.

4. LEANING AGAINST SOMETHING IN NAMAAZ.

5. TURNING YOUR HEAD TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT WITHOUT NEED

6. PRAYING WHILE FACING SOMEONE

7. PRAYING WHILE YOU NEED TO ANSWER THE CALL OF NATURE

8. PRAYING ON LAND OTHER THAN YOUR OWN WITHOUT THE OWNER’S PERMISSION

9. PRAYING FACING A STOVE OR FIREPLACE

Sep
13
2008
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THINGS THAT BREAK SALAAT

1. Not performing a condition from one of the outside conditions of namaaz (shart)

2. Not performing a fard element of namaaz

3. To talk in namaaz whether intentionally or by mistake (forgetfulness)

4. To make a dua in the namaaz similar to the dua of common people for example: O Allah marry me to fulaana. Or to say Oh Allah give me apples to eat I’m hungry.

5. To return salaams to someone with your tongue or shaking hands

6. Amali katheer-performing such an action by which an observer has the impression that one is certainly not performing namaaz

Sep
09
2008
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ADHAN

The adhan and iqamah are sunnah muakkidah for:

Fard salaat and jumah

For ada (on time) and qaza (after time)

For the one who is in his hometown and a musafir (traveller)

For men, but it is makrooh for women

It is makrooh:

To call the adhan in a singing tone;

Call the adhan without being in wudhu or ghusl;

By a boy who cannot understand;

By an insane or drunk person

By a woman;

By a faasiq;

By one sitting

Talking during adhan and iqamah;

Aug
31
2008
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The 15th of Shabaan (Shabe Baraat)

The virtue of this night established from Ahadith is that from the very beginning of the night Allah Ta’ ala turns with special mercy and attention towards the creation and forgives those who repent and seeks forgiveness. Every Muslim should therefore value this night. Turn towards Allah Ta’ ala with sincere regret and shame over sins committed and make a promise never to return to sin again and seek forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala. Seek forgiveness for oneself and all Muslims, living and deceased. Have firm hope and resolution in the heart that Allah Ta’ ala will surely show mercy and forgiveness.

Aug
31
2008
1

OATHS

1. It is an evil habit to take an oath over trivial
matters unnecessarily. In doing this, great disrespect is shown to the name of
Allah Ta’ala. As far as possible, an oath should not even be taken on things
that are true.

2. If a person takes an oath in the name of Allah by
saying: “I swear by Allah”, “I swear by God”, “I swear by the power of Allah”,
or “I swear by the greatness of Allah”, the oath will be considered. It will not
be permissible to go contrary to the oath. If the name of Allah Ta’ala is not
taken, and one merely says: “I take an oath that I will not do such and such
work”, the oath will still be considered.

Aug
31
2008
1

Masa’il Connected to the Imam and Muqtadi

1. It is the duty of the muqtadis to choose the person who possesses the best characteristics from among all those who are present and to appoint him as the imam. If there are several people who are worthy of imaamat and they are all equal, then they should act according to the decision of the majority. That is, they should choose the person whom the majority of the people prefer. If they choose someone who is less capable despite there being a person who is more capable, they will be guilty of abandoning the sunnah.

Aug
31
2008
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The Rules of Jama’at

1. Jama’at is a prerequisite for the salaats of jumu’ah and the two eids. In
other words, these salaats are not valid when offered alone.

Aug
31
2008
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Acts that are Makruh in Salaat

1. Makruh is that act with which salaat does not break
but the reward diminishes and it is sinful.

2. It is makruh to play with one’s clothing, body,
jewellery, or to remove pebbles. However, if one cannot make sajdah
because of the pebbles, he could move them once or twice with his hands.

3. It is makruh to do the following in salaat: to
crack one’s fingers, to rest one’s hands on one’s hips, to turn one’s head and
look to the left or right. However, if one looks at something by glancing
sideways without turning one’s head, then this is not makruh. However, to
do this without any real need is also not good.

Aug
31
2008
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Rules Concerning Recitation of the Quran

1. It is wajib to recite the Quran correctly. Every
letter should be pronounced correctly. Just as there are differences in
pronouncing the “ain” and “hamza”, there are similar differences
in pronouncing the following letters:

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All these have to be pronounced correctly and no letter
should be pronounced in place of another.

2. If a person is unable to pronounce a particular letter
correctly, it is incumbent on him to practise pronouncing it correctly. If he
does not make an effort to pronounce it correctly, he will be a sinner and no
salaat of his will be correct. However, even if he is unable to correct himself
after making concerted efforts, then there is no compulsion.

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