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Islam and Purity

70 Major sins in Islam every Muslim must avoid

Major sins in Islam are defined as what is forbidden by Allah and His Messenger in the Qur’an and the Sunnah in addition to what is narrated on the authority of early Muslims. Allah promised that whoever avoids the major sins, He will expiate his minor sins. Allah says:

If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise). Quran 4:31

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“The five prescribed Prayers, and from one Friday prayer to another and from Ramadan to another entail forgiveness for what is between them as long as you do not commit the major sins.”

We are obliged to learn about what the major sins are in order to avoid them. Scholars of Sacred knowledge are of different opinions about the number of major sins. It is argued that they are only seven owing to the Prophet’s (pbuh) saying,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins: Worshipping others with Allah, sorcery, taking a life which Allah has made sacred except in the course of justice, devouring usury, appropriating the property of the orphan, fleeing from the battlefield, and charging believing women, unmindful though innocent, with adultery.”

Ibn Abbas holds that they are likely counted as seventy, not seven.

That is a good point of view because enumeration is not intended in the Hadith.

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As a matter of fact, any sin entailing either a threat of punishment in the Hereafter explicitly mentioned by the Qur’an or Hadith, a prescribed legal penalty is called a major sin. We have to bear in mind that some major sins are most heinous than another. Below is the list of the 70 major sins in Islam.

  1. Ascribing Associates to Allah, The Most High (Shirk)
  2. Killing a Human Being
  3. Sorcery
  4. Not Performing the Prayer
  5. Not Paying Zakat
  6. Breaking One’s Fast During Ramadan without an Excuse
  7. Not Performing the Hajj When Able to do so
  8. Showing Disrespect to One’s Parents
  9. Severing the Ties of One’s Relatives
  10. Adultery
  11. Sodomy
  12. Accepting Usurious Gain
  13. Wrong Consuming an Orphan’s Property
  14. Lying About the Prophet
  15. Fleeing From the Battlefield
  16. The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, the Tyrant, and the Oppressor
  17. Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity, and Haughtiness
  18. Bearing False Witness
  19. Drinking Alcohol
  20. Gambling (Qimar)
  21. Accusing a Woman of Adultery
  22. Misappropriating Spoils of War, Muslim Funds or Zakat
  23. Theft
  24. Highwaymen Who Menace the Road
  25. The Engulfing Oath
  26. Taking People’s Property through Falsehood
  27. Collecting Taxes
  28. The Consumption of Haram
  29. Suicide
  30. Telling Lies
  31. The Dishonest Judge
  32. Bribery
  33. Women Imitating Men and Vice Versa
  34. The Pimp and the One Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate
  35. Marrying Solely to Return to the Previous Husband
  36. Not Freeing Oneself of All Traces of Urine
  37. Showing off in Good Work
  38. Learning Sacred Knowledge for the Sake of this World or Concealing It
  39. Breach of Faith
  40. Reminding Recipients of One’s Charity to Them
  41. Disbelieving in Destiny
  42. Listening to the People’s Private Conversations
  43. The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity between People
  44. Cursing Others
  45. Breaking One’s Promise or Pledge
  46. Believing Fortunetellers and Astrologers
  47. A Wife’s Rebellion against Her Husband
  48. Picture-making
  49. Loudly Lamenting For the Dead or When Afflicted With an Adversity
  50. Excess Against Others
  51. Overburdening and Arrogance against Others
  52. Hurting One’s Neighbor
  53. Hurting or Reviling Muslims
  54. Harming the Servants of Allah
  55. Dragging the Hem of One’s Garment Out of Conceit
  56. Men Wearing Silk or Gold
  57. Fleeing of the Slave
  58. Slaughtering in Other Than Allah’s Name
  59. Falsely Claiming Someone is One’s Father
  60. Arguing, Picking Apart Another’s Words, and Quarreling
  61. Withholding Excess Water from Others
  62. Stinting When Weighing or Measuring Out Goods and Similar Merchandise
  63. Feeling Secure From Allah’s Devising
  64. Despairing of the Mercy of Allah and Losing of Hope
  65. Forgoing the Congregational Prayer to Pray Alone Without a Legal Excuse
  66. Constantly Missing the Friday and Congregational Prayer without a Valid Excuse
  67. Bringing Loss to the Bequest
  68. Deception and Evil Schemes
  69. Spying on the Muslims and Revealing Their Weaknesses
  70. Disparaging the Companions of the Prophet

May Allah forgive us our sins and protect us from all kind of sins.

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Dua

Quranic Dua to Remove Fear and Anxiety

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Anyone who is terrified of his enemy or fears the approach of a calamity should recite the verse bellow excessively. His fears will disappear Insha-Allah and any possible calamity will be averted with Allah’s Help.

فَاللَّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظًا ۖ وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ (Quran 12:64)

“… But Allah is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful.”

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Hajj

First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah: Its Importance and Facts

What you would learn about the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

  1. Virtues  (Importance) and Facts of the First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
  2. How to prepare for these days!
  3. Preferable deeds to perform in these 10 days

Verily, Islam and Muslims have been blessed by Allah[swt] with many merits and special characteristics.

One of the special characteristics that Allah[swt] has blessed the Ummah with are the times of the year, during which, the obedience or acts are extremely beneficial.

Likewise, He has blessed us with special places where forgiveness and mercy may be sought and where righteous deeds may be performed.

At these times and at these places, Muslims strive to obtain the pleasure of Allah[swt] and (perhaps even) compete with others in doing things that bring them closer to the Rahmah of Allah[swt].

These seasons or times of the year are (in fact) gifts from Allah[swt]. And He [swt] has given it to the Ummah since they are generously rewarded for relatively small good deeds. These are times of the year with great opportunities.

One of the times of opportunities is the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

The virtues and importance of these ten days of Dhul Hijjah have been mentioned in the Noble Quran and in the authentic Sunnah.

Let’s explore them Insha-Allah[swt]!

Virtues and facts of the First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

Outlined below are the virtues and facts of the first 10 days of Dhyl Hijjah:

Allah swore by those days in the Holy Quran.

“By the down. And by ten nights (of Dhul Hijjah)” – (Al-Fajr: 1-2).

Ibn Katheer in his commentary on this verse:

“The intending meaning of the ten nights is the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah as has been stated by Ibn ‘Abbas, Ibn Az-Zubair, Mujahid, as well as others from the Pious Predecessors and those who came after them”

Allah Completed Islam during one of these ten days.

“This day I have perfected for you, your religion and completed My favors upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Quran, Al-Maidah:3)

These 10 days fall at the end of the well-known months of Hajj

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah fall at the end of the well-known months of Hajj.

Righteousness in these days comes with great rewards

Righteous deeds performed during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are, as we have already discussed, more beloved to Allah[swt] than those deeds performed during other regular days.

The first 10 days of Dhyl Hijjah are generally considered the best days of the year.

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are considered the best days of the year because the Prophet[saw] said:

“The best days in this worldly life are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.”

Pilgrimage to Mecca is performed during these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.

Another virtue (importance) of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah is that the pilgrimage to Mecca is performed during them (which is one of the pillars of Islam).

Arafat also falls on one of these days

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah also contains the blessed day of Arafat. This day is a great day during which Allah[swt] frees many of His worshippers from the fire of Hell.

Yawm-un-Nahr also falls on one of these blessed days

Another virtue of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah is that Yawm-un-Nahr falls on one of them.

Yawm-un-Nahr is also called “The greatest day of Hajj” (i.e. because several important rights of Hajj must be performed on that day such as slaughtering the sacrificial animal, shaving the head (for men) or shortening the hair (for women), stoning all their jamarat, and the Tawaf of Hajj)

First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah: How to prepare for it!

We should prepare for the times of the year, during which, acts of obedience are extremely advantageous by doing the following things:

Sincere Repentance.

We should prepare for this time with sincere repentance to Allah[swt].

Further Reading: How to repent sincerely: Step by Step guide

Learn the conduct and act of worship for this time of the year

We should also prepare by learning about the conduct and various acts of worships for this time of the year.

For example, learning about legal rulings concerning the first ten days of the month.

This is such that every Muslim can worship Allah[swt] upon knowledge. It will prevent falling into bid’ah (newly invented matters in religion) which are now associated with certain seasons and times of the year.

Remembrance of Allah and performing righteous deeds

Seek to get closer to Allah[swt] by remembering Him, obeying Him, worshiping Him, and reading the Quran.

Also by serving Him and helping His religion (Islam) by defending the Quran and the Sunnah of His Prophet[saw], and helping Muslims as much as you can.

Thanking Allah

Thanking Allah Almighty during these days

We should also welcome this blessed days by thanking Allah[swt] for providing us with such an opportunity to obtain the generous rewards for the righteous deeds performed during this season or time of the year.

And for allowing us to live to see another season during which we may obtain a great mass of rewards, especially in light of the fact that many people were denied this opportunity either by death or illness or thru negligence.

Preferable deeds in the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

It is preferable to increase all types of good deeds during these blessed days of the month, because of the superiority of performing righteous actions.

However, there are some preferable deeds to perform during these days, or on some of them. They are as follows:

Increase the rememberance of Allah (SWT)

In surah Al-hajj, Allah[swt] encourages the believing once to remember Him during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah as stated below:

… and mention the name of Allah[swt] on known (specific) days…”

Frequently saying ‘Al-hamdu Lillah’, ‘La ilaaha illAllah’, ‘Allahu Akbar’

It is Sunnah to say the Takbeer during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah and to say it loudly in the mosque, the home, the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah[swt] and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allah[swt].

Fasting during the first 10 days.

It has been authentically narrated that the Prophet[saw] used to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah. Hunaydah Ibn Khalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said:

“Some of the wives of the Prophet[saw] told me that the Prophet[saw] used to fast the Day of Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, and three days out of every month”

Standing the Nights in Prayer.

This is one of the righteous deeds that is preferable to perform during these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.

However, it is important not to specifically choose the night of Eid for night prayers while not doing so for the other nights of the first ten days of the month.

Fasting the Day of Arafat.

If you can fast all the first nine days of the month, then you automatically will fast on this day. But if you can’t fast all the days, then it is preferred to include the day of Arafat in your fasting days among the 10. The Prophet[saw] said:

… fasting the day of Arafat is an expiation for (all of the sins of the previous year, and an expiation for all the sins of the coming year.”

So, my beloved brothers and sisters, if it difficult for you to fast all the nine days of the first 10, then at least do not deny yourself the great and generous reward for fasting the Day of Arafat!

Attending the Eid Prayer

The Prophet[saw] always attended the Eid prayers and never left them off. Likewise, he [saw] commanded all the people to attend the Eid prayers, even elderly women, widows still in their period of seclusion after the death of their husbands, and even menstruation women, although he [saw] ordered them not to pray and to stay away from the place of prayer.

All of which is evidence that attending the Eid prayer is either a stressed Sunnah or an obligatory act of worship.

Slaughtering and distributing the meat of a Sacrificial Animal

Sacrificing an animal on the day of Eid-ul-Adha which is the last of these ten days is a Sunnah of Prophet Ibraheem (peace and blessings of Allah[swt] be upon him) and a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad [saw]. Every Muslim whom Allah[swt] has given the ability should fulfill this duty as Allah[swt] says:

Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.” (Al-Kawthar 108:2)

It is reported that:

the Prophet[saw] never missed slaughtering a sacrificial animal. He always slaughtered two rams, always sacrificing them after the Eid prayer, and he said: “Whoever slaughters before the Eid prayer then it is not a sacrifice, it is simply considered meat that he has given to his family.

And Abu Hurayrah (may Allah[swt] be pleased with him) reported that Allah[swt]’s Messenger[saw] said,

“Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place or prayer.” (Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Majah).

It is necessary for the one who intends to offer the sacrifice that he/she does not remove any hair, nail or skin from the sunset on last day of Dhul- Qa’dah until the sacrifice is done on the Eid day.

This hadith is reported by all the famous Muha-dit Heen apart from al-Bukhari.

Further Reading: The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha”

Performing Hajj and Umrah

It is preferable for anyone who has already performed the obligatory Hajj and Umrah to again perform as often as it is easy for him to do so, because of what has been mentioned (in the authentic Sunnah) about the reward for frequently performing Hajj and Umrah. Ibn Mas’ood [ra] said that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said:

“Make the Hajj and the Umrah follow each other closely for they remove poverty and sins just as a blacksmith’s furnace remove impurities from iron, gold, and silver. And there is no reward for a Hajj which is accepted except Jannah.”

So, part of the greatest deeds that you can spend your time doing during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, is to join the ranks of those performing Hajj and Umrah.

Contained in the last 10 days of Dhul Hijja are lots of acts of worship, remembrance, submissiveness, and so many open displays of our complete dependence upon Allah[swt].

May Allah[swt] enable us to make the best of these blessed days and nights and make it a means of our success in this world and the next!

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Islamic Wisdom

Health Benefits of Honey in Islam – (Quran and Hadith)

“There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” (Soorah Al-Nahl, 16:69)

This heavenly declaration of Noble Qur’an is enough for the endorsement that there is healing for people in honey.

With the passage of time, even the doctors are now in an agreement that there are many benefits of honey, and a number of experiments and different kinds of researchers have testified its advantages.

Before proceeding to its qualities, general usage and consumption in medical science, let’s have a quick overview of its composition.

Composition of Honey

Honey has nineteen 19 vital nutrients that are vibrant and beneficial for the human body. These includes:

Proteins: Which gives energy and helps muscles to grow.

Carbohydrates: It contains carbohydrates in the form of sugars that are easy to digest.

Vitamin B1: It is beneficial in cases of nerve paralysis and numbness of the extremities.

Vitamin B2: It is used in the treatment of skin diseases, mouth ulcers, cracked lips, infection and redness of the eyes.

Vitamin B6: It is used to treat convulsions in children and some skin diseases.

Nascin: Its deficiency in the human body leads to pellagra.

Vitamin H: Its deficiency leads to infertility in both women and men.

Phosphorus: Helps to calm the nerves in cases of psychological and nervous disturbance.

Calcium: Help children to walk and promote the growth of teeth. It also strengthens the bones.

Iron: strengthen the blood and increase the levels of hemoglobin in its cells especially in children and convalescents

Natural honey also contains Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Copper and Sulphur and some other traces.

So here, we can say that the honey has a big number of the essentials nutrients and minerals that are required by the human body on a daily basis.

Even some of us pay a lot of money for these nutrients in the shape of supplements.  You cannot find a better substitute for natural honey in any regard.

Wondered, how honey is so rich in nutrients? It is all because of the bees who made it.

The bee, which produces delicious honey, does not produce it until after it has moved among flowers and plants, which produce good nectar and beautiful fragrances, and it keeps away from all poisonous plants. The bee works hard to collect nectar and keeps away from filth. It has a system and a kind of self-pride.

After the bee has sucked the nectar from the flower, it pulls out its tongue while returning to the hive, to expose it to the rays of the sun, which helps to vaporize the water from it and concentrate the nectar.

When the bee reaches the hive, it begins the process of making honey. It discharges enzymes in its saliva, which turn it from sucrose to laevulose and dextrose.

Thus, it saves man the task of digesting these sugars, as they are already digested in honey. That may not be so important for healthy individuals who are able to digest sugar easily, but it is very important for those who are sick, weak or convalescing because it is more easily digested and more rapidly absorbed by the body.

The bee also performs another process which is more important, namely preserving the vitamins in honey and preventing them from being thinned.

One bee produces almost 10 g of honey each day; this requires it to fly back and forth 60 times. Producing 1 kg of honey requires approximately 300 bees to make 40 trips.

Health Benefits of Honey

Health Benefits of Honey

Regardless of the fact that honey has a high level of sugar, studies have shown a great difference between normal sugar and honey in nutrition.

Sugar that is extracted from honey does not cause fermentation or the growth of germs, hence children who are treated with honey have less need for antibiotics than those who do not use it.

Therefore, it is clear that honey is one of the best medicines for treating stomach pain and cases of severe diarrhea. It is easily digested and quickly absorbed, hence the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) told that man to give his brother honey to drink and to carry on giving more doses of it until he was healed by the will of Allah (SWT).

Honey as an antibiotic

Dr. Sackett, a germ specialist, and researcher in the Colorado Agricultural College carried out tests to find out the efficiency of honey against germs. He put germs that cause different diseases in test jars of pure honey, and he found that all the germs died including the germs that cause typhus, which died after 48 hours; the germs that cause typhoid fever, which died after 24 hours; and the germs that cause dysentery, which died completely after 10 hours.

It has also been found to work as an antibiotic when used topically on wounds and burns.

Anaemia and rickets in breastfed infants

Doctors advise giving the child a spoonful of honey every day, beginning in the fourth month, by adding it in milk. This will also minimize the risk of deficiency in iron and calcium in the mother’s milk.

Bedwetting

The child who is suffering from this problem, which is usually due to psychological or nervous causes, is to be given a small spoon of honey just before bed, which will have a positive effect in relaxing his nervous system, which will help the bladder to relax and expand while he is sleeps; the amount of sugar in honey also absorbs water from his body.

Treating stomach and duodenal ulcers

Honey is alkaline in nature, it reduces the acidity of the stomach and takes away the pain of ulcers. It also reduces the vomiting and stomachache that result from ulcers. In order for the remedy to be effective, it must be taken 1 to 2 hours before food by mixing it in warm water.

Remedy for colds, flues and throat infections

Honey may be inhaled after making a solution composed of 10 percent honey in water. Alternatively, it may be inhaled for five minutes to treat flu, throat infections, and coughs.

Treating chronic liver infection

Honey increases the liver’s store of glycogen by increasing the glucose in the blood, thus helping the liver to perform its functions and reduce its burden.

Healing eye infections

This is done by using cream of honey and sulphonamides (with a ratio of 3% sulphonamides) and applying it to the affected eye several times a day.

Undoubtedly, the healing effect of honey on diseases of the surface of the eye is astounding and calls for a great deal of pondering and points to the power of Allah, the Almighty, may He be Glorified and Exalted, as Allah has not created it in vain.

Studies have shown that applying pure local honey to the lower conjunctiva led to a temporary burning sensation in the eye and caused the eye to water accompanied by redness in the eye, but this quickly disappeared.

Honey in cosmetic skin preparations

The mixture that contains honey, lemon, and glycerin is considered as one of the best ancient medical prescriptions for treating cracks and roughness in the skin, infected lips, cracked lips, and as a remedy for skin spots and sunburn.

Treatment of muscle spasms

Honey may be used as a remedy for muscle spasms resulting from any sports activity and offers similar benefits for the muscles of the face and eyelid. These may be relieved by taking a large spoonful of honey after every meal for three days.

In order for honey to have its healing effect, it requires some time. The length of this time may vary from one patient to another. All we need is the pure intention and faith in the words of Allah (SWT) and in the hadith of our Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) while taking honey as a remedy.

Source: Darussalam Blog

May Allah grant us good health!

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How to perform ablution (wudu) | Step by Step

What is Wudu (Ablution)?

According to Sharee’ah, Wudu is the using of clean and cleansing water upon certain parts of the body in a way prescribed and explained by Allah (swt) and His Messenger (pbuh).

Wudu as defined above is an obligatory act for every Muslim. Without a complete and correct ablution, a person’s Salaat can never be considered valid. Wudu is therefore a very important pillar of Salaat which is also part of the important pillars of Islam.

What did the Quran say about Ablution (wudu)?

O you who believe! When you stand (intend) to offer the Salah (the prayer), then wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. (Quran – 5: 6)

From the above verse from the Quran, Allah (swt) commanded performing Wudu before Salaat. This is a command of obligation in the case of impurity, and in the case of purity, it is merely a recommendation.

Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported the Prophet (pbuh) to have said,

The prayer of anyone of you breaching purification is not accepted unless he makes wudu. [Muslim (no.225) and many others]

All the above narrations are just to prove the obligation of ablution before performing Salaat. Despite the fact that we perform ablution each day for Salaat or reading the Quran, a lot of Muslims really doesn’t know how to perform ablution the right way.

I am talking about the kind of ablution our beloved Prophet (pbuh) and His companions use to perform. This fact has interest me a lot to do a wonderful research for fellow Muslims and dear new Muslims who doesn’t know how to go about wudu the correct way.

I sincerely advise all Muslims to read this to the end so that we can check whether we were really doing the right thing.

  • Declaration of Intention

Don’t start to perform ablution until you clearly made your intention. This is the first step for performing ablution. In fact, declaring intention is the first step of doing every good deed in Islam. And intention is not by word of mouth. It is rather in the heart.

Ibn Taimiyya (ra) said:

“The place of the niyyah (intention) is the heart and not tongue in all forms of ibaadah – and that is agreed upon by all the Muslim scholars – Purification, Prayer, Zakat, Sawm, Hajj, Jihad, etc. they all begin with intention.

If He were to express with his tongue other than that which he intended in his heart – then what he intended is counted, not what he said.

If he voiced the intention with his tongue and the intention was not in his heart, that will not count – (by total agreement of all the scholars of Islam) – so the niyyah is the firm intention and resolve itself.”

Actions are judged by their intentions, and each person will earn what he intended. (Prophet Muhammad)

Therefore, the Niyyah is the firm resolve of the heart to perform wudu in obedience to the order of Allah (swt) and His Messenger (pbuh).

  • Begin in the name of Allah’s

Just like the intention, starting in the name of Allah is also recommended before performing any Deed.

It is recommended before starting any action for instance, Bislmillah is recommended before starting a Khutbah (speech), before eating, before reading, before doing anything.  There is a Hadith concerning this practice.

Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported that Rasuulillah (pbuh) said: “There is no wudu (Ablution) for him who does not mention Allah’s name upon it.” [At-Tirmidhee (no.26) and others]

Thus, it is obligatory as we have shown, however, the one who forgets should mention Allah’s name as soon as he remembers.

  • Wash Your Hands three times

After you declare your intention and mention to start in Allah’s name, you should then begin by washing your hands up to the wrist three times.

Humraan (ra) narrates that ‘Othman called for water to perform ablution and washed his hands three times… then said: I saw Rasuulillah (pbuh) perform ablution just as I have made ablution. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

  • Wash your Mouth and Nose together with one handful (of Water)

At this stage of the wudu, you should not wash your mouth, after which you then wash your nose or vice versa. Rather, with a handful of water, wash both your mouth and nose together up to three times.

You don’t understand? OK

What is meant here is that, with the same hand full of water, rinse your mouth with some of the water and use the remaining to clean your nose.

To clean your nose, enter water into it and then expel it. Do this up to three times.

Al-Imam an-Nawawi says: And in this hadeeth is a clear proof for the correct opinion that the Sunnah in washing the mouth and nose is that it should be with three handfuls of water – washing the mouth and nose (together) with each of them.

What should be clear here is that washing the mouth and the nose is an obligatory part of Wudu. Thus, the most important thing is for you to wash the mouth and the nose respectively, the recommended is washing them together as stated above.

It is recommended to use the right hand when rinsing the mouth and nostrils, i.e. when putting water into them. And use the left hand when rinsing the nostrils out i.e. clearing them from dirt. This is based on the behaviour of Ali ibn Abi Talib (as).

  • Wash your face up to three times

The face includes the front part of the head, where the nose, mouth eyes and other features are.

It includes everything between the beginnings of the hair down to the cheeks and the chin, and up to the start of the ears including that which is between the beard and ear.

Wash the face. Washing it once is the minimum. It is best to wash it three times by pouring water on the face. The face must be covered with water from the top, where hair grows, down to the bottom of the chin or beard, and from right to left earlobe.

Washing the face is an obligatory part of ablution hence should never be left out as stated in the Quran “…then wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows…” (Quran – ch. 5: vs. 6)

  • Wash your arms and elbows (three times)

At this stage, the part to be washed includes the tips of the fingers up to the elbows (including the elbows).

Wash the hands up to the elbows once as minimum, however, three times is the best as practiced by the Prophet (pbuh).

It is recommended to start with the right hand, then the left, and move the ring and watch (if any) so that water will reach under them.

I saw Abu Hurayrah make wudu – he washed his face and completed the wudu, then washed his right hand until he reached the upper arm, then his left hand till he reached the upper arm” – then in the end of the hadith he said: “This is how I saw the Prophet (pbuh) make wudu” (Muslim, 1/246).

There are scholarly difference regarding washing the arms including the elbows – Some says that the elbows must be included in the washing, and others says this is not so.

This difference in opinion is as a result of their disagreement over the meaning of the word “ilaa” in the verse. Does it mean up to (until) or up to (including) the elbows.

We are not scholars, so let’s not worry so much about these terms; rather, let’s find the proof from authentic source as follows:

Humran Ibn Aban reports: Othman (ra) called for water for wudu and mentioned the Prophet’s way of making wudu – and Humraan said: then he washed his right arm including the elbow three times, then the left in the same way. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Therefore, my dear reader, it is very clear from the above hadith that the Prophet (pbuh) used to wash the elbows further, he used to increase upon that and was part of the upper arm.

  • Wipe your head and ears with wet hands

Wipe your head once with wet hands from the front to the back then the other way round. Then wipe your ears once from the inside with your index fingers, meanwhile, with your thumbs, wipe the outer part of the ears.

It was reported that “The Prophet (pbuh) wiped his head and entered his two forefingers into his ears and wiped the backs of his ears with his thumbs.”

In another description of the Prophet’s wudu’, it was mentioned that: He wiped his head (with water) only once”. (Agreed upon).

When you are wearing a turban?

Well, if your turban is covering the whole part of your hair which you don’t want to remove, then you can wipe your wet hands over the turban.

It was reported that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) made wudu and wiped over his forelock and over the turban and leather socks.” (Reported by Muslim, 1/159)

But remember that with a cap or hat on the head, you cannot wipe over because there is no difficulty in their removal and also, they do not cover all of the head normally, nor are they tied around it.

As for the woman’s head cover – it is permissible to wipe over it as Umm Salamah used to wipe over her head cover – as reported by Ibn al-Mundir.

  • Wash your right and left feet and ankles

Wash the feet up to the ankles. The ankles should be included in washing. It is better to wash them three times from the toes up to the ankles. However, washing them once is the minimum.

Begin by washing the right foot first then follow by the left one.

It was reported that Othman (ra) called for water for wudu and then mentioned the wudu of the Prophet (pbuh) – then Humran said: Then he washed his right foot to the ankle three times and then his left foot to the ankle three times.

  • Du’a to recite after performing Ablution

After you finished the ablution as it is, it is advised to recite the following supplication:

Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallah, wa ash-hadu anna Mohammadan Abdoho wa Rasoolah. Allahomma aj’alnee minattawwabeen, waj’alnee mottatahhireen.

This means:

I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship, but Allah, He has no partner, and I bear witness that Mohammad is His servant and His Messenger. O Allah, make me of those who repent for their sins, and of those who keep themselves pure.)

Useful facts about ablution:

  • It is permissible after both wudu and ghusl to dry the body-parts. And the evidence is what Aisha (ra) reports, she said: Rasuulullah (pbuh) had a cloth which he used to dry himself with after making wudu.
  • You can perform more than one prayer with one ablution.
  • It is desirable to use miswaak at any different times as it is established from the prophet (pbuh) that he used to use the siwaak at every prayer, and before reading the Quran, and before sleeping and when waking, and when the breath changes – whether fasting or not, whether at the start of the day on in the afternoon, and it is a form of worship which is easy. O my Muslim Brother, observe it!

Ablution is invalidated by the happening of any of the following:

  • Natural discharges; i.e. urine, stools, gas … etc.
  • Falling asleep
  • Losing sense; i.e. becoming unconscious for any reason such as madness, sickness, drunkenness or by taking drugs
  • Eating camel meat

This is what Allah (swt) has made easy for us to gather together about wudu and its rulings. We hope from Allah the Most High that we have been able to do justice to the subject.

Please any brother or sister who comes across anything in this post which is incorrect, I trust him or her to cover up and give sincere advice in the comments bellow. It is Allah (swt) who grants success.

Thanks very much for stepping by and having a look. Don’t forget to leave a comment if you have a question, suggestion or corrections to make. Let’s also use the power of social media to do the work of Allah. I appeal you to share this to your friends. May you succeed in everything you do.

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9 Benefits of reciting Surah ad-Dukhan (The Smoke)

Sūrat ad-Dukhān (Arabicسورة الدخان‎, “Smoke”) is the 44th chapter (sura) of the Quran with 59 verses. The first verse is one of Quran’s Muqatta’at, the letter combinations that appear in the beginning of some chapters. Verse 37 mentions the people of Tubba, interpreters explain that this refers to the people of Sheba. The word dukhan, meaning ‘smoke’, is mentioned in verse 10.

  1. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is recited at night, then seventy thousand angels pray to Allah (S.w.T.) to forgive the sins of the reciter.
  2. If recited on Thursday nights, all sins are forgiven and houses are built for the reciter in Jannah.
  3. The reward for reciting each letter of this Surah is equal to that of freeing a thousand slaves for seeking the pleasure of Allah (S.w.T.).
  4. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that whoever recites Surah ad-Dukhan in his faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) will be protected from the torment of the Day of Judgement and will easily be able to give his accounts. His book of deeds will also be given to him in his right hand.
  5. If kept in one’s possession, this Surah acts as a protection from the plots of Shaitan. 
  6. If kept under one’s pillow before sleeping at night, there will be no suffering from nightmares and one will always get good dreams.
  7. Keeping this Surah in a place of business makes the trade prosper.
  8. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that keeping this Surah as a talisman ensures protection from the authorities and makes people fond of the wearer.
  9. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a cure for all ailments related to the stomach.

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5 good benefits of reciting Surah al-Quraysh

Sūrat Quraysh (Arabic: سورة قريش‎, “The Quraysh“) is the 106th chapter of the Qur’an. It is a Meccan sura consisting of 4 ayat. The Surah has been so entitled after the word Quraish in the first verse.

  1. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will get the reward of ten times the number of people performing Tawaaf and I’tekaaf.
  2. The recitation of Surah al-Feel and al-Quraysh in the compulsory prayers carries great reward.
  3. If this Surah is recited on food, its ill effects are removed.
  4. Those with heart conditions should recite this Surah and then gently blow into some drinking water and drink it.
  5. If a poor person recites this Surah before sunrise, Allah (S.w.T.) will make it easy for him to get his sustenance.

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What is “Four Quls (4 qul)” and its Benefits

The four Qul surahs are four selected surahs in the Holy Quran known as protection surahs.

Why it is called four Qul is due to the fact that they all start with the Arabic word “Qul” which means “say“.

Below are the four Qul surahs in action along with translations.


Chapter 109 – Surah Al-Kafiroun ( The Unbeliever )

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ – 109:1

لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ – 109:2

وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ – 109:3

وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ – 109:4

وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ – 109:5

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ – 109:6

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ya ayyuhal-Kafiroun
La ‘a-budu ma ta’-bu-doun
Wa la antum ‘abidouna ma ‘a-bud
Wa la ana ‘abidum-ma ‘abadttum
Wa la antum ‘abiduna ma ‘a-bud
Lakum deenukum wa li-ya deen “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “O disbelievers.

2. I do not worship what you worship.

3. Nor do you worship what I worship.

4. Nor do I serve what you serve.

5. Nor do you serve what I serve.

6. You have your way, and I have my way.”


Chapter 112 – Surat Al-Ikhlas ( The Purity )

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ – 112:1

اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ – 112:2

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ – 112:3

وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ – 112:4

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul Huwa-llahu ‘Ahad
Allahus-Samad
Lam Yalid Wa Lam Yulad
Walam Yakul-La-Hu-Kufuwan ‘Ahad “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “He is God, the One.

2. God, the Absolute.

3. He begets not, nor was He begotten.

4. And there is nothing comparable to Him.”


 

Chapter 113 – Surah Al-Falaq ( Dawn )

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ – 113:1

مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ – 113:2

وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ – 113:3

وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ – 113:4

وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ – 113:5

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ‘A’udhu Bi-Rabbil-Falaq
Min Sharri Ma Khalaq
Wa Min Sharri Ghasiqin ‘Idha Waqab
Wa Min Sharri-Naffathati Fil-‘Uqadi
Wa Min Sharri Hasidin ‘Idha Hasad “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “I take refuge with the Lord of Daybreak.

2. From the evil of what He created.

3. And from the evil of the darkness as it gathers.

4. And from the evil of those who practice sorcery.

5. And from the evil of an envious when he envies.”


Chapter 114 – Surah An-Nas ( Mankind )

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ – 114:1

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ – 114:2

إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ – 114:3

مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ – 114:4

الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ – 114:5

مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ – 114:6

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ‘A’udhu Bi-Rabbin-Nas
Malikin-Nas
Ilahin-Nas
Min-Sharril-Waswasil-Khan-Nas
Al-Ladhi Yuwas-wisu Fee Sudurin-Nas
Mina Al-Jinnati Wan-Nas “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.

2. The King of mankind.

3. The God of mankind.

4. From the evil of the sneaky whisperer.

5. Who whispers into the hearts of people.

6. From among jinn and among people.”


Below is also a video of the four Qul in Action:

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Benefits of reciting Surah al-Kahf (The Cave)

Surah al-Kahf has 110 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that whoever recites this surah will be protected from fitna (evil) for eight days.

If a person recites the last verse of Surah al-Kahf before sleeping at night, Allah (s.w.t.) creates a Noor (light) from his sleeping place up to the Holy Ka’bah and in this light are angels who continually pray for the reciter until he wakes up.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that if a person wishes to wake up at a particular time, he should recite the last ayah of this surah and then make the intention that he will wake up at a certain time and he will be able to  wake up at that time INSHAALLAH.

Read Also: Benefits of reciting Surah Rahman

He (a.s.) also said that if a person recites this surah every Thursday night, he will die the death of a martyr. Keeping this surah (written) in the house becomes a means of protection

He (a.s.) also said that if a person recites this surah every Thursday night, he will die the death of a martyr. Keeping this surah (written) in the house becomes a means of protection

He (a.s.) also said that if a person recites this surah every Thursday night, he will die the death of a martyr.

Keeping this surah (written) in the house becomes a means of protection from poverty and debts.

 

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Benefits of reciting Surat Yusuf (Quran Chapter 12)

Surat Yusuf has 111 ayaat and was revealed in Makkah.

It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that whoever recites this surah and teaches his family members how to recite it also, Allah (s.w.t.) will make the final moments before his death (sakaraatul mawt) easy for him to bear and will remove jealousy from his heart.

It has been narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recited this surah daily, he will be raised on the day of Qiyamah with the handsomeness of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) and he will be protected from the fear and discomfort of this day. He will be raised among the pious servants of Allah (s.w.t.).

See Also some of the benefits of reciting Surah Yasin

This surah also keeps one’s  heart safe from illegitimate lustful desires.

The sixth Imam  (a.s.) has also said that if a person drinks the water in which this surah has been dissolved, then his sustenance will be easier to reach and he will be made from the people of Jannah.

 Jazakallah Khairan Katheeran!