Questioner: …If one enters the Masjid and one discovers that all the people on a row are standing towards the right instead of starting the row from the middle behind the Imaam, and one stays at the middle as one joins the prayer, what is the ruling on (the prayer of) such person?
Dr Sharof: One enters the Masjid and discovers that the people standing on the row one joins are ignoramuses, so they all align themselves towards the right, and there is no one at the centre where the row is supposed to be started; and since one knows that the row is to be started from the middle so one stays at the middle and one finishes one’s prayer at that position, what is the ruling on such prayer? Your prayer is valid. This is because; firstly, you are not the only one standing alone on the row, there are other people on the row but the only problem is that there is a space in between you and them, and the reason for the space is their ignorance. We hope Allaah forgives them for their ignorance. That is it; your prayer is valid. When your prayer will be regarded as invalid is when you are standing alone on the row. That is what is regarded as “Al-Munfaridu khal fa Ssoff” (the one praying individually on a row). Continue reading “FROM THE ISSUES OF PRAYER”
Questioner: Is it from the Sunnah to say ‘In shaa Allaah’ (if Allaah wills) after ablution?
Dr Sharof: (You can say it) if you are discussing with someone. As for the supplication after ablution, we all know it. Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaLlaah wahdahu laa shareekalah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rosuuluh (I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped but Allaah (alone), and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger)! There is a narration in Bukhaareey and Muslim which states that if one recites the supplication (after performing ablution) the eight gates of Al-Jannah will be opened for one and one may enter through any gate one wishes. There is a narration which states that one of the gates is as wide as the distance between Makkah and San’aa. Makkah to San’aa which is the capital of Yaman, this is not comparable with the gates of this world. The eight gates will be opened for you to enter via anyone you like. This is a great bounty for the Muslims. For this reason, do not die except as a Muslim. Continue reading “SAYING “IN SHAA ALLAAH” AFTER ABLUTION IS NOT FROM THE SUNNAH”
Questioner: Is it permissible to invite a scholar during ‘Aqeeqah so that the people may derive benefits from his sermon?
Dr Sharof: What benefit do they want to derive? Are they not contented with the religious discourse they hear every day? In addition you invited the people to dine with you, is it an invitation for a lecture? How does Waleemah become transformed to Muhaadoroh? Are they similar? The one who wants to listen to a lecture should go to where such is held. This can even make some people say, “The day I did my Waleemah the discussion was lengthy while it was light during yours because of ‘so and so’”. Iro lasan! May Allaah look after our children!” Continue reading “IS SERMON FROM THE OBLIGATIONS OF ‘AQEEQAH”
Question: The Imaam who led the congregational prayer said “Wa laLlaaaleen” at the end of his recitation of Sooratul Faatihah. Is it appropriate to say Aameen after such recitation?
Dr Sharof: Perhaps the person who asked this question was dozing while the Imaam was reciting Sooratul Faatihah and he became awake when the Imaam finished the recitation. Do you know why (I am of this opinion)? This is because the Imaam who said “Wa laLlaaaleen” would have earlier said “Ghoyril-mongloobi”. Continue reading “THE ADVERSITY OF SOME OF THE IMAAMS OF THE YORUBA LANDS”
Questioner: As for the rows for the women (during prayer), we said that the last one is the best especially if men are praying with them. If one of the women enters (the Masjid) and stands on the first row, then another one enters knowing that the last row is the best; can she (the latter) pray alone on the last row or should she join the one who is already standing on the first row?
Dr Sharof: All (perfect) praise is for Allaah (alone). A woman enters a Masjid wherein men are praying alongside women without a barrier between them and sees a person (a woman) standing on the first row, and she knows that standing on the last row is the best, should she stand alone on the last row, or stand with the one who entered before her, or pull her backwards?
What she should do is “Amr bil Ma’ruuf” (Enjoining what is right). She should pull her backwards so that both of them will stand on the back row, and she (the one standing on the first row) should not be obstinate to follow suit; then she should explain to her after the prayer. Continue reading “THE NULLIFICATION OF THE PRAYER OF THE ONE STANDING ALONE ON A ROW IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE WOMEN”
Questioner: Assalaamu ‘alaykum warahmotuLlaah
Dr Sharof (hafidhohuLlaah): wa’alaykumu ssalaamu warahmotuLlaah
Questioner: A car killed three rams and became damaged. The owner of the car insisted that his car be fixed, so we said we would fix his car with the condition that he brings back the lives of our rams. He said we have no right to make such declaration because we have sinned against Allaah with such statement. He insisted that we must fix his car, but he will never pay a penny for the rams he killed.
Dr Sharof: (He insisted) that his car be fixed. Continue reading “A CAR KILLED THREE RAMS AND BECAME DAMAGED. THE OWNER OF THE CAR INSISTED THAT HIS CAR BE FIXED, SO WE SAID WE WOULD FIX HIS CAR WITH THE CONDITION THAT HE BRINGS BACK THE LIVES OF OUR RAMS. HE SAID WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH DECLARATION BECAUSE WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST ALLAAH WITH SUCH STATEMENT. HE INSISTED THAT WE MUST FIX HIS CAR, BUT HE WILL NEVER PAY A PENNY FOR THE RAMS HE KILLED”
Questioner: Can a woman recite the Qur’aan without covering her head?
Dr Sharof (hafidhohuLlaah): Yes, she can recite the Qur’aan without covering her head. There is a narration (some) people mention to prove otherwise, (but) we do not know (the authenticity of) that narration. That is it. Continue reading “WOMEN CAN RECITE THE QUR’AAN WITHOUT COVERING THEIR HEADS”
Questioner: Is it permissible to say “Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaLlaah wahdahu laa shareekalah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rosuuluh…” after making Tayammum?
Ustaadh Ibraaheem bn ‘Abdur-Rauf (hafidhohuLlaah): Where is the evidence? If you say yes, (then) where is the evidence? Because what he [the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam)] told ‘Ammaar Ibn Yaseer and ‘Umar Ibn al-Khottoob is that, “This (Tayammum) would be sufficient…” And he rubbed his hands and his face. They did not say after it (that) he said “Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaLlaah…” So Allaah knows best. There is no any “Ash-hadu”. When you rub your hand and your hand for your Tayammum, (you should) go. He didn’t say make “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaLlaah…”. If you say “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaLlaah…”, it is simple; just ask where is the proof! That’s all. When you provide the proof it ends. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading “IS THERE ANY DHIKR AFTER TAYAMMUM”
Questioner: Assalaamu ‘alaykum
Dr Sharof: Wa’alaykumu ssalaam
Questioner: If there is a person who prayed with the congregation but did not catch up with all the rak’aat, by the time he stands to make up for the missed rak’aat, can I join him (with the intention of praying an obligatory prayer) so that he becomes my Imaam?
Dr Sharof: Yes, some of the scholars opine that there is nothing wrong about it, but we hold that it is wrong; do not join him. If you are in that position and a person joins you, tranquilly push him aside to make him understand. The reason is that he started the prayer as a Ma’muum praying behind the Imaam; when the Imaam finished the prayer he became a Munfarid (the one praying individually without an Imaam), so how will he suddenly become the Imaam? Continue reading “PRAYING WITH THE ONE WHO IS MAKING UP HIS CONGREGATION PRAYER BEHIND THE IMAAM”
Questioner: Can we give our children names like ‘Ayinde’, ‘Asamu’, ‘Ajape’, ‘Ajala’ (and so on)?
Dr Sharof: Scrutinize the meaning of the names. This is because the Yorubas (who make use of these names) do not utter empty words. What is the meaning of ‘Ayinde’? What is the meaning of ‘Ajape’? What is the meaning of ‘Ajala’? If the meanings of these names Continue reading “RULING ON NAMES LIKE ‘AYINDE’, ‘AJAPE’, ‘AJALA’ AND ‘ASAMU’”