1. Mas’la: Whenever one intends to do something, one should take guidance from ALLAH. Seeking guidance from ALLAH is called istikharah. This has been exhorted in a number of traditions the Prophet has said that not seeking guidance from ALLAH through lstikhara is nothing but ill luck and wretchedness. So before taking a decision on a proposal for marriage or before setting out on a journey or undertaking any other important assignment, one should seek guidance from ALLAH through lstikharah Salaah. [Raddul Mukhtar]
Hadrat Umm Salama (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that the Prophet used to perform two Rakaats after Witar Salaah. Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) and Hadrat Abu Umama (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) have also narrated a similar tradition. [Ma’rif – ul- Hadis]
After Witar Salaah, the Prophet used to offer two simple rakahs of Salaah and used to recite surah al Zalzal (XCIX) and surah al-Kafirun (CIX). [lbn Majah]
It has been narrated by Hadrat Nu’man bin Bashr that ALLAH’s messenger used to recite at the two Eidain (Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha) and in Jumah Salaah, surah al Ghashia (LX)O(VII) and Surah al-Ala (LXXVIII) and when an Eid and a Friday coincided, he recited them both at the two Salaah. [Muslim]
In other traditions, recitation of surah at-Qaf (L) and Surah al-Qamar (LIV) has been reported.
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).
Hadrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that he never saw the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) observe a Salaah out of its proper time with the exception of two, the sunset (Maghrib Salaah) and the night Salaah (Isha Salaah), which he combined, and the dawn Salaah (Fajar Salaah) which he observed that day (i.e. at Muzdalifa) before its proper time. [Bukhari, Muslim]
Hadrat ‘Abdullah – bin ‘Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated to have said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) combined the sunset (Maghrib Salaah) and the night (Isha Salaah) Salaah. [Bukhari]
The intention is that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) also used to purify himself with water after using the mud etc. after that he would first rub his hands on the ground and wash them and then perform WUDU (ablution). As is clear from this tradition that it was usual with the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that he would perform WUDU (ablution) after answering a call of nature and doing ISTINJA. But in order to indicate that performing WUDU (ablution) is only a commendable and excellent practice he has occasionally omitted it, as is related in Sunan Abu Dawud and Sunan Ibn MAJAH on the basis of the following traditions from Hadrat Aishah.
It has been reported from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that he said,
“I am leaving behind you such a thing that if you hold it fast, you would not go astray. One is the Book of ALLAH (QURAAN -e- Majid) and the other is Sunnah i.e. Traditions”.
It is mostly said that if love builds up before marriage, than the marital life gets to be successful. However, all the surveys of the world conducted in this regard have yielded results entirely contrary to this belief. I received a survey done in Cairo conducted throughout the world. Its report said that 88% of marriages based on pre-marriage love are unsuccessful, while only 12 % of such couples end up living together as husband and wife. In comparison to this, marriages that are conducted according to the traditions of the Islamic principle, their success rate is 78%.
It has been reported in traditions that knowledgeshould be acquired on Monday. This facilitates the acquisition of it. Same is mentioned about Thursday while in some traditions Wednesday appears. The learned author of Hidayah used to commence a book on Wednesday and used to say that whatever is begun on Wednesday renders its completion.” [Sharah Talmul Muta’ -alum, Bahishti Zewar]
It has been reported from the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) that he said, “Whoever transmits forty of my traditions to my Ummah, I shall make special recommendations for him”. [Jame Khabre]
So my friends, Muslims have their own celebrations but because our education is not ours anymore, our media is not ours and as a result of the environments of which our children are now becoming a part, their thinking is not theirs any longer, and parents too do not give them that atmosphere at homes where their roots of Emaan would have strengthened, they would acquire a sense of religious honour and they would be able to discern as to what are our traditions, what really are our festivals, and what are our celebrations.