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The Noble Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:

This day (the Day of Arafah) has within it a tremendous virtue. When he (the Prophet) was asked about fasting on it he said: “It expiates the previous year and the remaining year,” meaning the following year. Fasting (on that day) expiates two years. This indicates the virtue of fasting the Day of Arafah. The expiation for the previous year is clear because it expiates the evil that is present and that which has taken place. However, expiation for the following year and nothing from it has taken place, this has within it a problem (for many regarding its understanding). How can it expiate that which hasn’t taken place? They (the scholars) have said, the meaning of it expiating the remaining year (meaning the following year) is that the person is given the success to keep away from…

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In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful



15 Points of benefit by Fawaz ibn Ali al-Madkhali


Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya


‘An important question,what is your intention when you read the noble Qur’aan?


Fron Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen Abu Hafs Umar bin Al-Khattab,who said:I heard the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam- say:


 إنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى


“Indeed actions are but by intentions and every man shall have that which he intended.”(Collected by Bukhari and Muslim)


Having a great  regard for intentions was the transactions of the hearts of the Companions – Radhi Allaahu anhum – and those who about Allaah and the scholars who raise the people.Indeed they would perform one action and they would have many intentions for that action,so that they could gain great rewards for themselves  with every intention.

Ibn Katheer – rahimahhullaah- said:


النية أبلغ من العمل


“The intention is more profound than the action.1


Here are some of the intentions which are good to have when reading the Noble Qur’aan:


1.By reading the Qur’aan we ask Allaah that the Qur’aan intercedes for us.


The saying of the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam -:


إقرأوا القرآن فإنه يأتي يوم القيامة شفيعا لأصحابه


‘Read the Qur’aan since indeed it will come on the Day of Judgement interceding for its companions.’(Collected by Muslim)


2.We make the intention so we gain increase in good reward.


The Messenger – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said:


من قرأ حرفا من كتاب الله فله به حسنة والحسنة بعشر أمثاله


‘Whoever read a letter from the Book of Allaah,then he will receive a reward for it and every good reward is multiplied  by ten the like of it.’2


3.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a rescue from the Fire.


The Messenger of Allaah – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said:


لو جمع القرآن في أهاب لم يحرقه الله بالنار


‘If the Qur’aan is gathered in a leather skin covering3 then Allaah will not burn it with fire.’(Authenticated by Albaani)4


4.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a foundation for the heart.


The Messenger of Allaah – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said:


الرجل الذي ليس في جوفه شئ من القرآن كالبيت الخرب


“A man who does not have in his inside anything from the Qur’aan is like a house that has no furnishing.’(Collected by Tirmidhi)5


5.We regard reading the Qur’aan with the intention of acting upon every Ayaah we read so that we can acquire the highest levels in Paradise.


The Messenger of Allaah – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said:


يقال لقارئ القرآن اقرأ وارق ورتل كما كنت ترتل في الدنيا فإن منزلتك عند آخر آية تقرأها


“It will be said to the recitor of the Qur’aan,read and ascend [in Paradise] and recite like you used to recite in the Dunyaa,since indeed your place will be at the last Ayaah which you read.”(Collected by Abu Dawood & Tirmidhi)6


6.We regard reciting the Qur’aan as a cure for the sicknesses of our hearts and illnesses of our bodies and a means of mercy descending upon us.


Allaah Ta’ala said:


وننزل من القرآن ما هو شفاء ورحمة


((And We send down from the Qur’aan that which is a healing and mercy)) {Israa:82}


7.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a means  for tranquility for our hearts.Due to the saying of Allaah Ta’ala:


ألا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب


((Verily,in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.)) {Rad:28}


8.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a means of reviving our hearts,and Noor to our sight and distances our sadness and disappearance of our grief so the Qur’aan is like  the season of spring for the believer just like a heavy rain pour is like the season  of spring for the land.


Like the Prophet  – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said in his Dua’:


‘…that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and light of heart and keep away from my sadness,and that my grief goes away.’(Saheeh).7


9.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a means for guidance.


Allaah Ta’ala said:


ذلك الكتاب لا ريب فيه هدى للمتقين


(( This is the Book (the Qur’aan),whereof there is no doubt,a guidance to those  who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous] )) {Baqara:2}


In the Hadeeth Qudsi:


ياعبادي كلكم ضال إلا من هديته فاستهدوني أهدكم


‘O My worshippers all of you are astray except  for the one whom I have guided,so seek  guidance from Me and I will guide you.’(Collected by Muslim)


10.We read the Qur’aan with the intention that we die while  following the Qur’aan.


Just like when Allaah Ta’ala granted Uthmaan –Radhi Allaahu anhu – martyrdom while  he was reading the Qur’aan.


Ibn Katheer –rahimahullaah- said:


“Whoever lives according to something then he dies  upon that and whoever dies upon something then he will be resurrected upon that…based upon  the saying  of Allaah Ta’ala:


أم حسب اللذين اجترحوا السيئات أن نجعلهم كالذين آمنوا وعملوا الصالحات سواء محياهم ومماتهم ساء مايحكمون


(( Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah) and do righteous good deeds,in their present life and after their death?Worst is the judgement that they make.)) {Jatheeya:21}


11.We read the Qur’aan with the intention of hoping for a closeness  to our Lord with love for His Great Speech.


Ads in the Hadeeth:


إنك مع من أحببت


‘Indeed you will be with whom you loved’ (Collected by Muslim)


12.We regard reading the Qur’aan as a great means for the increase of Eemaan.This is due to the saying of Allaah Ta’ala:


وإذا ما أنزلت سورة فمنهم من يقول أيكم زادته هذه إيمانا فأما اللذين آمنوا فزادتهم إيمانا وهم يستبشرون


(( And whenever there comes down a Surah (chapter from the Qur’aan),some of them (hypocrites) say:”Which of you has had his Faith increased by it?”As for those who believe,it has increased their Faith,and they rejoice.)) {Tawbah:124}


13.From our intentions of reading the Qur’aan is that indeed we want to increase  our knowledge about our Lord and knowing about Him by which we can increase our  humility and neediness of Him so that we can seek assistance from Him in every single  moment of ours.


14.From intentions for reading Qur’aan is that we hope by reading it we acquire a great excellence which is that it will be a means for Allaah Ta’ala to choose us to be from His people and those special to Him due to the saying of the beloved  Messenger – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam -:


إن لله أهلين من الناس


‘Indeed Allaah has a certain people from among the people.’


They asked:’Who are they,O Messenger of Allaah?’


He answered:


هم أهل القرآن ، أهل الله وخاصته


“They are the people of the Qur’aan,the people of Allaah and those  special to Him.”(Authenticated by Albaani)8


15.From the greatest of intentions and most important of them and at the forefront of them is that we worship Allaah Ta’ala by reading the Qur’aan.


This is due to the saying of Allaah Ta’ala:


ورتل القرآن ترتيلا


(( and recite the Qur’aan (aloud) in a slow,(pleasant tone  and ) style)){Muzamil:4}


After all what has preceded,have you ever asked yourself what is your intention while you read the Noble Qur’aan.


Taken from:http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=144989%5D


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1.T.N.From Hileeyat al-Awaleeyah 3/70

2.T.N.The complete hadith is:


من قرأ حرفا من كتاب الله فله به حسنة و الحسنة بعشر أمثالها لا أقول : { ألم } حرف و لكن : ألف حرف و لام حرف و ميم حرف


From Ibn Mas’ood who said that the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-  said:


“Whoever read a letter from the Book of Allaah then he will receive a reward for it and every good reward is multiplied by ten the like of it,I do not say that ‘Alif,Laam,Meem’ is a letter but Alif is a letter,and Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.[Collected by Bukhari in Tareekh,Tirmidhi,Halim & authenticated by Albaani in  Saheehah no.3327,’Saheeh al-Jamia’ no.11415 & Saheeh Targheeb no.1416]


3.T.N.Some of the people of Knowledge  have explained  this to mean a person  who memorises the Qur’aan and is attached to reciting it.And Allaah knows best.

4.T.N. The Hadeeth is narrated from Ismat ibn Malik,& declared Hasan by Albaani in  Saheeh al-Jamia’ no.9397

5.T.N.Shaykh Albaani declared this hadeeth to be weak in ‘al-Mishkat’ no.2135&’Da’eef al-Jamia’ no.1524.Albaani also said:..meaning:had not memorized anything of the Qur’aan and I spoke about the hadeeth in al-Mishkat no.2135 which  indicates that it is Da’eef.’(Riyadh as-Saliheen no.388)

6.T.N. Collected in Saheeh Targheeb no.1426 & Albaani declared it Hasan Saheeh &v in Saheeh al-Jamia.

7.T.N. The complete hadeeth is:’Allaah does not afflict a slave with grief nor sadness,except that if the slave says:


O Allaah indeed I am Your slave ,and the son of Your slave ,and the son of Your  female slave,my forelock is in Your Hand,Your command over me is forever executed and Your  decree  over me is just.I ask You with all Your names,which belong to You,which You have named Yourself with,or which You have taught someone from  Your creation or revealed it in Your Book or that which You have taken unto Your self with the knowledge of the unseen with You,that You make the Qur’aan the life  of my heart and light of my breast and keep away from me my sadness,and that my grief goes away  – then Allaah takes away his grief and sadness and replaces it with happiness.”


The narrator said:It was said:O Messenger of Allaah should we not learn it?


He answered:Of course it is necessary for the one who hears  it that he learns it.(From ‘Silsilah Saheehah:199)


8.T.N. Albaani declared the Isnad to be Saheeh in Saheeh Ibn Majah no.179 & Saheeh al-Jamia no.2165.


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Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī on the Impermissibility of Muslims Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar

Questioner:

“Indeed tomorrow corresponds with the fourteenth of February which is recognized as Valentine’s Day in the West, and some of our young men and women have been tempted by this holiday. So do you have a word of advice concerning this?”

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī (hafidhahullaah):

“This was the topic of last Friday’s khutbah (sermon), and perhaps someone from the students of knowledge recorded it, and I do believe that it was recorded in Masjid Amīr Ṣultān. I elaborated on this in detail. In brief, I mentioned that this Valentine’s Day contains seven objects of caution.

First: Its origin goes back to the Romans; it was originally called Cupid’s (Roman god of love) Day; so recognizing it is recognition of idolatry because it is imitation of the idolaters.

Second: It is blind following of the Jews and Christians, and the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) informed us of this, ‘You will follow the ways of those who came before you…’ it was said, ‘The Jews and Christians?’ He said, ‘And what other nation [could I mean] besides those?’[2] and in another wording, ‘The Persians and the Romans.’[3]

Third: It is imitation of the disbelievers in general. The Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stated, ‘Whoever imitates a people, he is from them.’[4]

Fourth: It is an innovation that has been newly introduced by the people, and whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it, it is rejected.[5]

Fifth: It is an abomination, and everything that takes place in its observance is an abomination from the meeting up of young men and women, the correspondence that takes place between them, the sending of heart-shaped Valentine’s and what is similar to this of nonsense. All of this is imitation of the West, and we have been prohibited from imitating [the disbelieving people].

Sixth: Even those who are sensible among them (i.e. the disbelievers) have prohibited celebrating this holiday, until—I believe I heard that the Vatican, the distorted Christian Church, is stern in their prohibition of this matter.

Last: It is based upon a great myth—concerning what is called love and what it leads to from corruption. So love, in their view, is merely fornication and what leads to it. Thus, it is upon us to be wary of imitating these disbelieving people. I believe this answer is adequate, and as I have previously mentioned, I have elaborated on this in the khutbah (Friday sermon). So we will suffice with this, and I commend you [to Allah’s protection] until tomorrow’s lesson. May the prayers and peace be upon the our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), his family and companions.”

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