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Prohibition Celebrating Kuffar Festivals like Christmas

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It is not permissible for the Muslim to join the kuffaar in their festivals and to express joy and happiness on these occasions, or to take the day off work, whether the occasion is religious or secular, because this is a kind of imitating the enemies of Allaah, which is forbidden, and a kind of co-operating with them in falsehood. It was proven that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
Whoever imitates a people is one of them. And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):


Help you one another in Al?Birr and At?Taqwa (virtue,  righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

It is well known that  the Muslims do not have any festival apart from Eid al-Fitr and Eid  al-Adha, and the weekly Eid which is Friday (Yawm al-Jumuah).  Celebrating any other festival is not allowed and is either of two things:  either it is an innovation (bidah), if it is celebrated as a means of  drawing close to Allah, such as celebrating the Prophets Birthday  (Mawlid); or it is an imitation of the kuffaar, if it is celebrated as a
tradition and not as an act of worship, because introducing innovated festivals is the action of the people of the Book who we are commanded to
differ from.

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Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying A happy festival to you or May you enjoy your festival, and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bidah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah.”

Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not aceept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you. . .” [al-Zumar 39:7]

This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion . . .”
[al-Maaidah 5:3]

So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are ones colleagues at work or otherwise.

If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Aal Imraan 3:85]

It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.

Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak.”

Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.

Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.

The word Christmas is derived from the Old English Cristes maesse, “Christ’s Mass.” :

( There is no certain tradition of the date of Christ’s birth. Christian chronographers of the 3rd century believed that the creation of the world took place at the spring equinox, then reckoned as March 25; hence the new creation in the incarnation (i.e., the conception) and death of Christ must therefore have occurred on the same day, with his birth following nine months later at the winter solstice, December 25).

According to a Roman almanac, the Christian festival of Christmas was celebrated in Rome by AD 336…

( The reason why Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25 remains uncertain, but most probably the reason is that early Christians wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the “birthday of the unconquered sun” ) (natalis solis invicti); this festival celebrated the winter solstice, when the days again begin to lengthen and the sun begins to climb higher in the sky. The traditional customs connected with Christmas have accordingly developed from several sources as a result of the coincidence of the celebration of the birth of Christ with the pagan agricultural and solar observances at midwinter.

In the Roman world the Saturnalia (December 17) was a time of merrymaking and exchange of gifts. December 25 was also regarded as the birth date of the Iranian mystery god Mithra, the Sun of Righteousness. On the Roman New Year (January 1), houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the poor. Food and good fellowship, the Yule log and Yule cakes, greenery and fir trees, and gifts and greetings all commemorated different aspects of this festive season. Fires and lights, symbols of warmth and lasting life, have always been associated with the winter festival, both pagan and Christian. Since the European Middle Ages, evergreens, as symbols of survival, have been associated with Christmas…

So as any rational person can see, there is no sound basis for Christmas, nor did Jesus (peace be upon him) or his true followers celebrate Christmas or ask anyone to celebrate Christmas, nor was there any record of anyone calling themselves Christians celebrating Christmas until several hundred years after Jesus. So were the companions of Jesus more righteously guided in not celebrating Christmas or are the people of today?

So if you want to respect Jesus, peace be upon him, as Muslims do, don’t celebrate some fabricated event that was chosen to coincide with pagan festivals and copy pagan customs. Do you honestly think God, or even Jesus himself, would approve or condemn such a thing? If you say approve, then obviously you are not interested in the truth.

We ask Allaah, the One, Singular God, with no partners or sons, the God of all creation and mankind, to guide us all to the path of guidance and sincerity.


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A Woman of Honor: Khadija

A Woman of Honor: Khadija

Imm al-Madna al-Munawarrah ‘Abdul Muhsin Ibn Muhammad al-Qsim

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his household and companions. Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah as He should be feared. Fear of Allaah is a reminder for His devoted servants and it is safety from His punishment.

Dear brethren! Muslim woman attains prosperity by following the path of the best women who lived in the best generation and got nurtured in the house of Prophethood.

They are women of high status and outstanding estimation. Allaah praises them in the Quraan where He says [translation of meaning]….

O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allaah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner. (Al-Ahzaab 33:32)

They are blessed and great women. Foremost among them is that intelligent and wise woman, Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, the religious and noble woman. She grew up upon virtuous characters and manners. She was chaste and gracious. She was known among Makkah womenfolk as the pure woman. The Messenger of Allaah married her and she became an excellent wife for him. She supported him with her life, wealth and wisdom. During his sorrowful days, he would seek shelter with her and confide in her.

When the first revelation came to him he went to his wife frightened, and he said, O Khadeejah, I fear for myself. But Khadeejah responded to his fear with a firm heart. She told him, By Allaah, Allaah will not disgrace you.

Islaam started in her house and she was the first person to embrace it. Ibn al-Atheer said,Khadeejah was the first person to embrace Islaam, according to the consensus of the Muslims. No man or woman ever embraced Islaam before her.

At the beginning of the Prophets mission, he was faced with many tribulations. But she stood by him compassionately and supported him with her outstanding intelligence. Whenever he heard any undesirable words from the people and came to her, she would strengthen and console him.

The Prophet said about her:
She believed in me when people denied me, she trusted me when people belied me; she supported me with her wealth when people refused to support me and I was blessed with children by her when I was denied children by other women. (Ahmad)

Khadeejah was a great and dutiful wife to her husband and an affectionate mother to her children. She gave birth to all the Prophets children except Ibraaheem. She was extremely good-mannered. She never argued with her husband and she never bothered him. The Messenger of Allaah said:
Angel Jibreel came to me and said: Give Khadeejah the good tidings that she will have a palace made of hollowed pearls in Paradise and there will be neither noise nor any trouble in it. (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

As-Suhaylee said, She was given the glad tiding of a house in Paradise because she never raised her voice over that of the Prophet and she never bothered him. She was pleased with her Lord and Allaah is pleased with her.

The Prophet said, Angel Jibreel told me:
When you come to Khadeejah, convey my Lords greetings to her and mine as well.
(Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)
Ibn al-Qayyim said, Khadeejah was the only woman known to have this honour.

Allaah loved Khadeejah, so did His angels. The Messenger of Allaah also loved her so much. He said:
I am blessed with her love. (Muslim)

Whenever the Prophet remembered her, he would mention her in glowing attributes and would show gratitude for her companionship. Aaishah said, Whenever the Messenger of Allaah remembered Khadeejah, he would never be tired of praising her and invoking Allaahs forgiveness for her. He appreciated her love and sincerity and he would honour her friends after her death. Aaishah said:
He would often slaughter a goat, cut it into parts and distribute it to Khadeejahs friends. And whenever I asked him, Are there no other women in the world except Khadeejah? He would say, She was this and that and she bore me children. (Al-Bukhaaree)

After her death, Allaahs Messenger heard her sisters voice. He them became sad and said, She reminded me of Khadeejah.

Khadeejah was perfect in her religion, wisdom and conduct. The Prophet said:
Many men attained perfection, but only three women attained it: Maryam, daughter of Imraan [Jesus mother], Aasiyah, Pharaohs wife and Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid. (Ibn Mardooyah)

She preceded the women of this Ummah in righteousness, nobility and splendour. Allaahs Messenger said:
Maryam [Mary, Jesus mother] was the best woman of her time, and the best woman of this Ummah is Khadeejah. (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Khadeejah was righteous and made her home righteous. She reaped the fruit of her labour and she and her daughter became the best of the women of the worlds in Paradise. The Prophet said:
The best f the women of Paradise are: Khadeejah, Faatimah, Maryam [Mary] and Aasiyah. (Ahmad and An-Nasaaee)

She occupied a great place in the Prophets heart. He did not marry any woman before her neither did he marry any woman or have any concubine while she was still with him until she died. He was extremely distressed with her death. Adh-Dhahabee said, Khadeejah was intelligent, gracious, religious, chaste and noble. 

She is one of the dwellers of Paradise.

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How to Erase Our Sins

Following is a compilation of Ahadth that speaks of ways in which we can erase our sins, InshaAllh! 

Repenting

A servant [of Allh’s] committed a sin and said: O Allh, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O Lord, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O Lord, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for sins. Do what you wish, for I have forgiven you. [Hadth Qudsi] 

O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it. [Hadth Qudsi] 

Ab Bakr radhiAllhu `anhu reported: 

“I heard the Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam saying: ‘Allh forgives the man who commits a sin (then feels ashamed), purifies himself, offers a prayer and seeks His forgiveness.‘ Then he recited the ‘ayyah: ‘And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allh and implore forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allh? – and will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did. The reward of such will be forgiveness from their Lord, and gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever- a bountiful reward for workers.”‘ [al-‘lmrn: 135-136]. [Ab Dawd, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, al-Baihaqi, and at-Tirmidh who calls it hasan.] 

Performing Wudh

Narrated Ab Hurayrah radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: 

When a bondsman – a Muslim or a believer – washes his face (in course of ablution), every sin he contemplated with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with water, or with the last drop of water ; when he washes his hands, every sin they wrought will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have walked will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water, with the result that he comes out pure from all sins. [Sahh Muslim] 

Narrated Uthmn ibn AffnradhiAllhu `anhu: 

The Messenger of Allh sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: He who performed ablution well, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails. [Sahh Muslim] 

Performing Prayer

Narrated Uthmn ibn Affn radhiAllhu `anhu: “I heard Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam say: 

When the time for a prescribed prayer comes, if any Muslim performs ablution well and offers his prayer) with humility and bowing, it will be an expiation for his past sins, so long as he has not committed a major sin; and this applies to for all times. [Sahh Muslim] 

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: “Allh’s Apostle said, 

“The congregational prayer of anyone amongst you is more than twenty (five or twenty seven) times in reward than his prayer in the market or in his house, for if he performs ablution completely and then goes to the mosque with the sole intention of performing the prayer, and nothing urges him to proceed to the mosque except the prayer, then, on every step which he takes towards the mosque, he will be raised one degree or one of his sins will be forgiven. The angels will keep on asking Allh’s forgiveness and blessings for everyone of you so long as he keeps sitting at his praying place. The angels will say, ‘O Allh, bless him! O Allh, be merciful to him!’ as long as he does not do Hadath or a thing which gives trouble to the other.” The Prophet further said, “One is regarded in prayer so long as one is waiting for the prayer.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Narrated Ab Hurayrah radhiAllhu `anhu: 

“The Messenger of Allh sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: He who purified himself in his house, and then he walked to one of the houses of Allh for the sake of performing a fard (obligatory act) out of the Fara’id (obligatory acts) of Allh, both his steps (would be significant) as one of them would obliterate his sin and the second one would raise his status. [Sahh Muslim] 

Attending the Jumu’ah Salh

Narrated Ab Hurayrah radhiAllhu `anhu: The Messenger of Allh sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: 

Five prayers and from one Friday prayer to (the next) Friday prayer is an expiation (of the sins committed in between their intervals) if major sins are not committed. [Sahh Muslim] 

Narrated by Salman Al Farsi radhiAllhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allh has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Doing good deeds

Narrated Ibn Masud radhiAllhu `anhu: A man kissed a woman and then came to Allh’s Apostle and told him of that, so this Divine Inspiration was revealed to the Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam: 

“And offer Prayers perfectly at the two ends of the day, and in some hours of the night; (i.e. (five) compulsory prayers). Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (small sins). That is a reminder for the mindful.” (Qur’aan : 11.114) The man said, Is this instruction for me only?” The Prophet said, “It is for all those of my followers who encounter a similar situation.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Performing Umrah and Hajj

Narrated by Ab Huraira : The Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“Whoever performs Hajj for Allh’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radhiAllhu `anhu narrated that the Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: 

“Alternate between Hajj and ‘Umrah (regularly), for these two remove poverty and sins just as the blacksmith’s bellows removes all impurities from metals like iron, gold and silver. The reward for Hajj Mabrur is nothing short of Paradise.” [Nasa’i and Tirmidhi, who regards it a sound hadth ] 

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“(The performance of) ‘Umra is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allh) is nothing except Paradise.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Saying ‘?mn’

Narrated by Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“When the Imm says ‘Aamn’, then you should all say Aamn, for the angels say ?mn at that time, and he whose ?mn coincides with the ?mn of the ange
ls, all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Fasting and performing prayers in the night of Qadr in Ramadn

Narrated by Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadn out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allh, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allh, then all his previous sins will be forgiven .” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Sending salutations

Ab Talha Al Ansari radhiAllhu `anhu said, “The Prophet, sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam, woke up one day cheerful and beaming. His companions exclaimed, ‘O Prophet of Allh, you woke up today cheerful and beaming.’ He replied, 

‘Yes! A messenger of Allh, the Mighty and the Glorified, came to me and said, “If anyone from your ummah sends you a salutation, Allh will record for him ten good deeds, wipe off ten of his sins, and raise him thereby ten degrees in rank, and He will return his salutation with a similar salutation”.’ [Ahmad] Ibn Kathr considers this a sound hadth ] 

Being kind to animals

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, ‘This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. So he (went down the well), filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and watered the dog. Allh thanked him for his (good) deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allh’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?” He replied, “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“A prostitute was forgiven by Allh, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allh forgave her because of that.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Leaving grey hair

Amr ibn Shu’aib related on the authority of his father from his grandfather that the Prophet sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“Do not pluck the grey hairs as they are a Muslim’s light. Never a Muslim grows grey in Islam except that Allh writes for him, due to that, a good deed. And he raises him a degree. And he erases for him, due to that, one of his sins.” [Related by Ahmad, Ab Dawd, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah] And Anas said, “We used to hate that a man should pluck out his white hairs from his head or beard.” [Sahh Muslim] 

Some simple supplications through which we can erase our sins, Insha’Allh!

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle said, 

“Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allh wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Narrated Ab Huraira radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said, 

“Whoever says: ‘La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,’ one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [Sahh Al-Bukhari] 

Narrated Ab Hurayrah radhiAllhu `anhu: Allh’s Apostle sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam said: 

If anyone extols Allh after every prayer thirty-three times [SubhanAllh], and praises Allh thirty-three times [Alhamdulillah], and declares His Greatness thirty-three times [Allh hu Akbar], ninety-nine times in all, and say to complete a hundred: “There is no god but Allh, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him to praise due, and He is Potent over everything,” his sins will be forgiven even if these are as Abndant as the foam of the sea. [Sahh Muslim] 

Ab Hurairah radhiAllhu `anhu reported that the Prophet, sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam, said, 

“If anyone sits in an assembly where there is much clamor and says before getting up to leave, “Subhanaka Allhumma wa bihamdika, ashadu an-la illaha illa-anta, astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayka” (Glory be to You, O Allh, and I begin with declaring all praise is due to You, I testify that there is no god but You; I ask Your pardon and turn to You in repentance), he will be forgiven any sin that he might have committed while in that assembly. [Tirmidhi and Al-Baihaqi, (Kitab ad-D’wat Al-kabir)] 

Mu’adh b. Anas radhiAllhu `anhu reported that the Prophet, sallAllhu `alayhi wa sallam, said,

“If anyone wears a new garment and says, “Alhamdu lillahillazi kasaabi hazaa wa razakabehi min ghairi hawlin minna walaa kuwwata” ‘All praise be to Allh, Who clothed me with this garment and provided it for me, with no power or strength from myself’ Allh will forgive all his previous sins.” [Ab Dawd, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah] Continue reading

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The status of prayer in Islam

Praise be to Allaah.
Prayer occupies a great status in Islam that is not shared by any other act of worship. This is indicated by the following:
1 It is the pillar of the religion, which cannot stand without it.
According to a hadeeth narrated by Muaadh ibn Jabal (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Shall I not tell you of the head of the whole matter and its pillar and top? I [Muaadh] said, Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said, The head of the matter is Islam, its pillar is prayer and its top is jihad. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2616; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2110.
2 It is second in status to the Shahaadatayn (twin testimony of faith) as further proof of the soundness of a persons belief and as visible evidence of the beliefs that reside in the heart.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Islam is built on five [pillars]: the testimony that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, establishing prayer, paying zakaah, performing pilgrimage to the House, and fasting Ramadaan. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 8; Muslim, 16.
Establishing prayer means performing prayer in full with all its words and actions, at the appointed times, as it says in the Quraan (interpretation of the meaning):
Verily, As-Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours
[al-Nisa 4:103]
i.e., at defined times.
3 Prayer occupies a special position among other acts of worship because of the way in which it was enjoined.
It was not brought down to earth by an angel, rather Allaah wanted to bless His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by taking him up to heaven and addressing him directly concerning the obligation of prayer. This is something that is unique to prayer among all the rituals of Islam.
Prayer was enjoined on the night of the Miraaj [Prophets ascent to heaven], approximately three years before the Hijrah.
Fifty prayers (per day) were enjoined at first, then the number was reduced to five, but the reward of fifty remains. This is indicative of Allaahs love of prayer and its great status.
4 Allaah erases sins by means of prayer
Al-Bukhaari (528) and Muslim (667) narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said and in the hadeeth of Bakr it is narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say What do you think if there was a river by the door of any one of you and he bathed in it five times a day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him? They said, No trace of dirt would be left on him. He said, That is like the five daily prayers, by means of which Allaah erases sin.
5 Prayer is the last part of religion to be lost, and if it is lost the whole religion is lost.
It was narrated that Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Between a man and shirk [associating others with Allaah] and kufr [disbelief] there stands his giving up prayer. Narrated by Muslim, 82.
Hence the Muslim should be keen to perform the prayers on time, and not be lazy or take the matter lightly. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
So woe unto those performers of Salaah (prayers) (hypocrites),
Those who delay their Salaah (prayer from their stated fixed times)
[al-Maaoon 107:4-5]
And Allaah warns those who cause their prayers to be lost by saying (interpretation of the meaning):
Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salaat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salaat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell
[Maryam 19:59]
6 Prayer is the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection:
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: The first deed for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayer. If it is good then he will have prospered and succeeded, but if it is bad then he will be doomed and have lost. If anything is lacking from his obligatory prayers, the Lord will say, Look and see whether My slave did any voluntary prayers, and make up the shortfall in his obligatory prayers from that. Then all his deeds will be dealt with likewise. Narrated by al-Nasaai, 465; al-Tirmidhi, 413. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 2573.
We ask Allaah to help us to remember Him, give thanks to Him and to worship Him properly.
Reference: al-Salaah by Dr. al-Tayyaar, p. 16; Tawdeeh al-Ahkaam by al-Bassaam, 1/371; Taareekh Mashrooiyyat al-Salaah by al-Balooshi, p. 31.
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Praise be to Allaah. 

Prayer occupies a great status in Islam that is not shared by any other act of worship. This is indicated by the following: 

1 It is the pillar of the religion, which cannot stand without it. 

 
According to a hadeeth narrated by Muaadh ibn Jabal (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Shall I not tell you of the head of the whole matter and its pillar and top? I [Muaadh] said, Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said, The head of the matter is Islam, its pillar is prayer and its top is jihad. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2616; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2110


2 It is second in status to the Shahaadatayn (twin testimony of faith) as further proof of the soundness of a persons belief and as visible evidence of the beliefs that reside in the heart. 

 
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Islam is built on five [pillars]: the testimony that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, establishing prayer, paying zakaah, performing pilgrimage to the House, and fasting Ramadaan.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 8; Muslim, 16. 

Establishing prayer means performing prayer in full with all its words and actions, at the appointed times, as it says in the Quraan (interpretation of the meaning): 

Verily, As-Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours

[al-Nisa 4:103] 
i.e., at defined times. 

3 Prayer occupies a special position among other acts of worship because of the way in which it was enjoined. 

It was not brought down to earth by an angel, rather Allaah wanted to bless His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by taking him up to heaven and addressing him directly concerning the obligation of prayer. This is something that is unique to prayer among all the rituals of Islam. 
Prayer was enjoined on the night of the Miraaj [Prophets ascent to heaven], approximately three years before the Hijrah. 

Fifty prayers (per day) were enjoined at first, then the number was reduced to five, but the reward of fifty remains. This is indicative of Allaahs love of prayer and its great status. 

4 Allaah erases sins by means of prayer 

Al-Bukhaari (528) and Muslim (667) narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said and in the hadeeth of Bakr it is narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say What do you think if there was a river by the door of any one of you and he bathed in it five times a day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him? They said, No trace of dirt would be left on him. He said, That is like the five daily prayers, by means of which Allaah erases sin. 

 
5 Prayer is the last part of religion to be lost, and if it is lost the whole religion is lost. 

It was narrated that Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Between a man and shirk [associating others with Allaah] and kufr [disbelief] there stands his giving up prayer. Narrated by Muslim, 82. 

Hence the Muslim should be keen to perform the prayers on time, and not be lazy or take the matter lightly. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

So woe unto those performers of Salaah (prayers) (hypocrites),
Those who delay their Salaah (prayer from their stated fixed times)

[al-Maaoon 107:4-5] 

And Allaah warns those who cause their prayers to be lost by saying (interpretation of the meaning): 

Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salaat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salaat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell
[Maryam 19:59] 

 
6 Prayer is the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection: 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: The first deed for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayer. If it is good then he will have prospered and succeeded, but if it is bad then he will be doomed and have lost. If anything is lacking from his obligatory prayers, the Lord will say, Look and see whether My slave did any voluntary prayers, and make up the shortfall in his obligatory prayers from that. Then all his deeds will be dealt with likewise. Narrated by al-Nasaai, 465; al-Tirmidhi, 413. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 2573. 

We ask Allaah to help us to remember Him, give thanks to Him and to worship Him properly. 

Reference: al-Salaah by Dr. al-Tayyaar, p. 16; Tawdeeh al-Ahkaam by al-Bassaam, 1/371; Taareekh Mashrooiyyat al-Salaah by al-Balooshi, p. 31.

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sometimes he feels too lazy to pray what is the remedy?

Question:

I am a young Muslim man who believes in Allaah and His Messengers and His Books, praise be to Allaah. But sometimes I feel too lazy to pray. I am looking for a solution and a way to make me not be so lazy. Please note that this is what I want but the tricks of the Shaytaan are too strong.

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah. 

If a person truly believes in Allaah, His Messengers and His Books, and believes that prayer is obligatory and is the greatest pillar of Islam after the Shahaadatayn, we cannot imagine that he would neglect to pray or be careless in performing the prayers. Rather he would never feel at ease unless he performs this important ritual regularly. 

The more a persons faith increases, the more he will be concerned to do that which Allaah has enjoined upon him, and this is also because of his strong faith. Hence the way to make you pray more regularly may be summed up as follows: 

1 You should believe firmly that prayer is obligatory and that it is the greatest pillar of Islam. You should realize that a stern warning is issued to the one who neglects prayer, and he is a kaafir who is beyond the pale of Islam according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions, based on a great deal of evidence, such as the hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer. Narrated by Muslim, 82. 

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The covenant that stands between us and them is prayer; whoever gives it up is a kaafir. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2621; al-Nasaai, 463; Ibn Maajah, 1079; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi. 

2 You should understand that delaying prayer beyond the time when it is due is a major sin, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salaah (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salaah (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell

[Maryam 19:59] 

Ibn Masood said concerning al-Ghayy [translated in the verse quoted above as Hell): This is a valley in Hell which is very deep and foul. 

And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

So woe unto those performers of Salaah (prayers) (hypocrites),

5. Those who delay their Salaah (prayer from their stated fixed times)

[al-Maaoon :4,5] 

3 You should strive to offer the prayers in congregation in the mosque, and not neglect any of them, knowing that praying in congregation in the mosque is obligatory according to the more sound of the two scholarly opinions, based on a great deal of evidence, such as the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Whoever hears the call to prayer and does not respond, his prayer is not valid unless he has an excuse. Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 793; also by al-Daaraqutni and al-Haakim, who classed it as saheeh; also classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah. 

Muslim (653) narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: A blind man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not have anyone to guide me to the mosque, and he asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to give him a dispensation allowing him to pray in his home and he allowed him that, then when he turned away he called him back and said: Can you hear the call to prayer? He said, Yes. He said: Then answer it. 

4 There is the hope that if you adhere to that, you will be included among the seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade (on the Day of Resurrection), among whom is a young man who grew up worshipping his Lord and a man whose heart was attached to the mosque. Al-Bukhaari, 660; Muslim, 1031. 

5 You will earn the great reward for prayer, especially prayer in congregation. In al-Saheehayn it is narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: A mans prayer in congregation is twenty-five times better than his praying in his house or marketplace, because when he does wudoo and does it well, then goes out to the mosque, only going there to pray, he does not take a single step but he is raised in status and a sin is erased thereby. When he prays, the angels continue to send blessings upon him so long as he is still in the place where he prayed, (saying), O Allaah, send blessings on him, O Allaah have mercy on him. And one of you is still in a state of prayer so long as he is waiting for the prayer. 

Al-Bukhaari, 647; Muslim, 649. 

Muslim (232) narrated that Uthmaan ibn Affaan said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: Whoever does wudoo for prayer and does wudoo well, then walks to (perform) the prescribed prayer, and offers the prayer with the people or with the congregation or in the mosque, Allaah will forgive him his sins. 

6 You should read about the virtue of prayer, and the sin of those who are careless or too lazy to pray. We advise you in particular to read the book Al-Salaah, limadha (Prayer why?) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ismaaeel al-Muqaddim; and listen to the lecture, Limadha la tusalli (Why dont you pray?) by Shaykh Muhammad Husayn Yaqoob, as these will be very beneficial for you in sha Allaah. 

7 You should choose good friends who are keen to pray and pay attention to that, and keep away from those who are the opposite, because a person is influenced by his friends. 

8 Keep away from sin in all aspects of your life, and adhere to the rulings of shareeah in your dealings with others, especially with women, because sin is one of the things that most distract a person from doing acts of worship and increase the Shaytaans influence on him. 

We ask Allaah to make us and you among His righteous slaves and those who are close to Him. 

And Allaah knows best.

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