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A Waqf is an endowment of one’s original property that he has set aside whilst having the intention that its fruitions will be donated to benefit the Muslims; thereby seeking nearness to Allah. It is an ongoing charity that will benefit a person after his death.
E.g. setting aside land as a Waqf for the Muslims to bury their dead.
E.g. building a Masjid as a Waqf for the Muslims to pray in.
Original property refers to a property whose benefits may be derived while its essence remains, such as donating a building to be used as a mosque, renting a house and spending its rent on the needy, using it to print Islamic books, etc.
The benefits refer to its yield, such as crops, rent, provision of shelter, etc. that comes from the original property.
Establishing a Waqf is a highly recommended Sunnah (سنة مستحبة).
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The First Level: To fast the 9th , 10th and 11th. This is the highest rank. This is based on the Hadeeth reported by Ahmad “Fast a day before it and a day after it to oppose the Jews.” And because by fasting the three days, one will get the virtue of fasting three days of this blessed month.
The Second Level: Fasting the 9th and the 10th. This is based on the statement of the prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) “If I remain alive till next year, I shall also observe fast on the 9th Muharram (meaning 9th and 10th) to be different form Jews.” He (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) loved opposing the Jews,
The Third level: To fast the 10th and the 11th.
The Fourth level: To fast the 10th alone. Some scholars said it is Mubaah(allowable) and some said it is Makrooh(disliked). Those who said it is allowable based it on the general statement of the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “It is expiation for the sins of the previous year.” Without the mention of the 9th. While those who said it is disliked, said so because the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “fast a day before it and a day after it.”
This obligates one to add a day to it for the sake of differentiation. Therefore opinion that states it is disliked is the strong opinion. Accordingly we see that one should fast the 9th or the 11th along with the tenth.
Source: Liqaa’ Al Baab Al-Maftooh (95) by Shaikh ibn Uthaimeen
It is a Sunnah (Supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) to observe Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ for the authentic Ahadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated so. The Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned that the Jews used to observe Sawm on that day because it was the day on which Allah (may He be Exalted) rescued Musa (Moses, peace be upon him ) and his people and destroyed Pharoah and his people. our Prophet Muhammad thus, observed Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ to express his gratitude to Allah, advised Muslims to do so, and directed us as well to observe Sawm on the day preceding or succeeding it. However, observing Sawm on the ninth and tenth is better than doing so on the tenth and eleventh. The latter form is also sufficient for it contradicts the practice of the Jews as well. One may also observe Sawm on all three days, i.e. the ninth, the tenth and the eleventh of Muharram as is reported in some narrations: Fast a day before(the Day of ‘Ashura’) and a day after it. But, it is Makruh (reprehensible) to observe Sawm on the Day of ‘Ashura’ only, i.e. without accompanying it by the preceding or the succeding the day. May Allah grant us success!
Source: Fatwas of Ibn Baz
In the congregational prayer the Imam recites loudly in Fajr, Maghrib and Ishaa. Many women think that if she is praying alone at home she can’t pray loudly.
Ibn Baz was asked about the ruling of a woman praying or reciting the Qur’ân aloud in the Jahriyyah prayers. He answered: Allâh prescribed for his servants to recite aloud in the Fajr prayer, the first and second Rak’ah of Maghrib and Ishaa prayers. This ruling is general for men and women. This is because the legal rules are general, except for what has been specified by proof to be for men apart from the women.
This is a Sunnah. It is not obligatory. If you leave it it’s fine, but you are neglecting a Sunnah act. Whoever acts upon the Sunnah of the Prophet will be rewarded.
Shaykh bin ‘Uthaymeen was asked the same question to which he answered, “One should consider the following: Whichever case makes her more energetic and more submissive then let her do that. If it is better for her Khushu’ (submissiveness and humbleness) in the Salât to recite quietly, then she will recite quietly and if it is better for her Khushu’ to offer aloud then she recites aloud.
This is the case if there was no one around her who can hear her of other than her mahram, otherwise she should recite silently, because it is not permissible for the woman to raise her voice in the presence of men. His evidence is the following hadith: The Prophet said, “The Tasbeeh (saying سبحان الله) is for men, and clapping is for women” in another narration, “during Salaat” (Al Bukhaari and Muslim)
This is also the answer to those who question why ladies can’t give lectures to men. It causes fitnah for the men. He is following the opinion of the Hanbali’s. How much should she raise her voice? The limit is in the middle, not very high and not very low. The minimum is hearing herself and the maximum is the people in the same room can hear her.
Shukr (gratitude) basically is confession of the blessings with tongue, approving it with heart, and standing in obedience to the Bestower with limbs.
You believe with tongue that the blessing is from Allaah and you utter that with your tongue. Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat ad-Duha (93:11):
وأما بنعمة ربك فحدث
And proclaim the Grace of your Lord
You thank Allaah by your limbs by acting upon His obedience. Therefore, some scholars explained Shukr (gratitude) that it is obedience to the Bestower.
Allaah’s blessings and favors are innumerable, as Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat Ibraheem (14:34):
وإن تعدوا نعمت الله لا تحصوها
And if you count the blessings of Allaah, never will you be able to count them.
An example for some of these blessings is breathing which is repeated sixty times in a minute. If this breath is held back man would perish. It is a great blessing which we will never be able to count it. Similarly the health and the well-being, the blessings of hearing and sight, food and drinks and even the urination and defacation, are all great blessings; but they are continuous and on going blessings. If one is asked to prostrate for ongoing blessings, he would spend his whole life prostrating out of gratitude.
However, there are new, obvious blessings come such as being blessed with a child, or being made easy for one the marriage, or attaining money, or the return of an absent loved one, or victory over an enemy, and something a like; in such case it is Mustahabb (recommendable) to prostrate to Allaah out of gratitude. [Sharh Riyadhus-saliheen by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen]
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