THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SITTING OF THE IMAAM BETWEEN TWO SERMONS

Questioner: What is the significance of the sitting of the Imaam between the two sermons on the Days of Jumu’ah?

Dr Sharof: The significance is that we do so following the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Na’am!

[SOURCE: “Explanation of Baabu Solaat al-Jumu’ah (Buluughul Muroom); Tape 2”]

Transcribed by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey

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THE ADVERSITY OF SOME OF THE IMAAMS OF THE YORUBA LANDS

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”

THE NULLIFICATION OF THE PRAYER OF THE ONE STANDING ALONE ON A ROW IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE WOMEN

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”

HOW TO PRAY MOGRIB BEHIND A CONGREGATION PRAYING ‘ISHAA

Questioner: Assalaamu ‘alaykum

Dr Sharof: Wa’alaykumu ssalaam

Questioner: If one gets to the Masjid while a joint prayer is going on (due to a legitimate reason), and one joins the congregation (with the intention of Moghrib) not knowing that they are praying ‘Ishaa, but one gets to knows when they (rise) after the third Rak’ah, how should one go about it?

Dr Sharof: As for the one who enters the Masjid on a day when rain is falling and meets the congregation on prayer, if he thinks they are praying Moghrib but it is actually ‘Ishaa and he joins the prayer with the intention of Moghrib, and then he discovers that the congregation is praying ‘Ishaa because they rise for the fourth Rak’ah, what should he do? He should remain sitting till the Imaam finishes the fourth Rak’ah and when he (the Imaam) is done (with the fourth Rak’ah) he should say the Tashahhud with him and then say the salutation of peace. Na’am!

[SOURCE: “Trading and its etiquette; Tape 6”]

Transcribed by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey

DID PROPHET ‘EESA MAKE A MISTAKE?

Questioner: Did Prophet ‘Eesa (‘alayhi ssalaam) make a mistake?

Dr Sharof: What do you want to derive from this kind of question? We have explained that all the Prophets and Messengers of Allaah do not engage in the major sins, but they may engage in minor sins. And whenever they mistakenly fall into the minor sins, Allaah will quickly make them know so that they seek repentance and Allaah overlooks it. That is it.

[SOURCE: The tape, “Explanation of Ma’aarijul Qabuul” at Ibadan]

Transcribed by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey

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: 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”

WOMEN CAN RECITE THE QUR’AAN WITHOUT COVERING THEIR HEADS

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”

IS THERE ANY DHIKR AFTER TAYAMMUM

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”

PRAYING WITH THE ONE WHO IS MAKING UP HIS CONGREGATION PRAYER BEHIND THE IMAAM

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”

PRAYING JUMU’AH BY 9AM OR 10AM

Questioner: Can we pray Jumu’ah in the morning, by 9am or 10am?

Dr Sharof: Yes you can, but it is not appropriate. This is because your question is not considered a (befitting) question in the Sharee’ah. You can pray it. If someone asks if it is possible to celebrate Masquerade (festivals), of course it is possible, but it is not appropriate. What is in line with the Sharee’ah is to ask (the question), ‘is it permissible or not’? Is it permissible to pray Jumu’ah in the morning? It is not permissible. Why? Continue reading “PRAYING JUMU’AH BY 9AM OR 10AM”