Praying behind the Traveller
Question: What should the resident do if he prays behind the traveller?
Response: If the resident prays behind the traveller [leading the prayer] – who has shortened his prayer, then the resident’s prayer behind him is correct; So when the [traveller] imaam completes the prayer, then the resident must stand and complete the remaining two rak’ahs of the prayer.
Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee
al-Fataawa as-Sa’diyyah – Page 126, Question 8 source: fatwaonline.com
Not knowing exactly when to enter state of ihraam whilst in an airplane
Question: A man wanted to perform the Hajj or ‘Umrah and put on the ihraam clothing on the airplane. Then he did not know the place of the meeqat, so should he delay entering the state of ihraam once he reaches Jeddah or not?
Response: If he intended the Hajj or ‘Umrah (whilst arriving) by air, then he should take a bath in his home and wear the izaar and ridaa (ihraam clothing), if he wishes. So if there is only a little time before approaching the meeqat, he should enter the state of ihraam according to what he intends, whether the Hajj or the ‘Umrah, so there is no difficulty in this. And if he does not know about the meeqat, then he should ask the pilot of the airplane, one of the hostesses or one of the passengers whom he trusts and who has some experience in this.
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising –
Allah (all glory be to Him) tells us in the Holy Quran about Ramadan that, “(He wants you) to complete the prescribed period (of fasting), and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.” (2:185)
Many benefits, in addition to the spiritual, result from completing this prescribed period of fasting. This article attempts to explain those related to our biological rhythms.
The Stages of Sleep
The background activity of the brain is called the electroencephalogra m (EEG) and can be recorded by the use of scalp electrodes. The dominant frequency and amplitude characteristic of the surface EEG varies with states of arousal. Continue reading
Ablutions (Wudu') 1.137: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The prayer of a person who does Hadath (passes urine, stool or wind) is not accepted till he performs the ablution." A person from Hadaramout asked Abu Huraira, "What is 'Hadath'?" Abu Huraira replied, " 'Hadath' means the passing of wind." 1.138: Narrated Nu`am Al−Mujmir: Once I went up the roof of the mosque, along with Abu Huraira. He perform ablution and said, "I heard the Prophet saying, "On the Day of Resurrection, my followers will be called "Al−Ghurr−ul−Muhajjalun" from the trace of ablution and whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing ablution regularly).' " 1.139: Narrated `Abbas bin Tamim: My uncle asked Allah's Apostle about a person who imagined to have passed wind during the prayer. Allah' Apostle replied: "He should not leave his prayers unless he hears sound or smells something." 1.140:
Every Muslim must perform the Pilgrimage to Makka at least once in their lifetime if they have the ability (physical, financial, etc.) to do so. Pilgrimage becomes obligatory when the ability first is obtained. To delay the Pilgrimage at all past that point is a sin.
When you make your intention to perform the pilgrimage to Makka, start with tauba (repentance), returning anything which is not rightfully yours, undoing any acts of oppression against others, pay off all of your debts, prepare all expenses for all those it is your obligation to support until your planned time of return and return any trusts to their rightful owners. In other words, with the exception of the support of dependents, leave for Makka as if you are never going to return. Continue reading
The prayer of a person who is ill (Salatul Marid)
Whoever has some excuse due to illness and cannot stand during the fard salah is allowed to pray sitting. If he cannot pray in a sitting posture, he may pray while on his side by making gestures. In such a case, his gestures for sajdah should be lower than those for his ruku’. This principle is based on Allah’s words: “…And celebrate Allah’s praises, standing, sitting, and lying on your sides.” Continue reading
2. All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
3. The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
4. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)
5. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).
6. Guide us to the Straight Way.
7. The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace , not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger  (i.e. those who knew the Truth, but did not follow it) nor of those who went astray (i.e. those who did not follow the Truth out of ignorance and error). , 
Shaqeeq al-Balkhee said:
((The sign of repentance (is): weeping at what has preceded, fear of falling into sin, leaving evil company and maintaining the company of the good)).
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Volume 9, Page 315
Muhammad ibn Waasi’ (rahima-hullaah) used to say:
((If sins had an odour then nobody would be able to sit with me)).
The Evil of Craving for Wealth and Status – Imaam ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee
((Beware of sins which are treated as being minor, just like a people who encamp in the centre of a valley, so someone brings a stick of firewood and someone else brings a stick until they are therefore able to bake their bread. Likewise sins which are treated as being minor and for which the person is taken to account will destroy him)).
Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad – Volume 5, Page 331 and others
Every Muslim, male or female, who, at the end of the year, is in possession of approximately fifteen dollars or more, in cash or articles of trade, must give Zakah at the minimum rate of two and one-half percent. In the case of having the amount in cash the matter is easy. But when a person has wealth in business stocks or trade articles, he must evaluate his wealth at the end of every year according to the current value and give Zakah at the same rate of two and one-half percent of the total value of the wealth. If his investment is in immovable property like revenue buildings and industries, the rate of Zakah should go by the total net of the income, and not of the total value of the whole property. But if he puts up buildings and houses for trade or selling, Zakah rate should go by the total value of the entire property. Also if someone is a creditor and the indebted person is reliable one should pay Zakah for the amount he has lent because it is still a portion of his guaranteed wealth.
The Prophet (saas) relieved Muslims of difficulties
|The Prophet (saas) lifted burdens from the faithful, and was a guide to them in tasks that they failed to understand properly, which were otherwise had been too difficult. People are easily prone to making their lives difficult, and to imposing rules upon themselves, by which they falsely believe they have solved their problems. This particular human characteristic is one of the reasons why the religion has been distorted through the years. Many societies have dreamed up rules that did not actually exist in the religion, and then made themselves and others believe that they would only be truly god-fearing when they adhered to them. One of the Prophet (saas)’s most important qualities was the way he lifted such burdens that people had imposed on themselves. Allah speaks of that quality of the Prophet (saas) in a verse: