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Wiping Over Socks or Washing Feet?

Bismillah.

Recently, a very interesting question (and consequently, fatwa) came to my attention:

Assume that I satisfy the conditions for wiping over socks. Now, if I’m at home and I can easily wash my feet (while making wudu’u), but I have socks on. Should I wipe or should I wash my feet?

Also, what if I go to sleep wearing my socks and then wake up for Fajr, is it permissible for me to wipe over my socks? What is better, wiping over the socks or washing the feet?

I found a very interesting and (alhamdulillah) useful fatwa that has simplified my life greatly (especially here in bitterly cold Canada):

The majority of scholars, including Abu Haneefah, Maalik and al-Shaafa’i, are of the view that it is better to wash the feet. They said: that is because the basic principle is washing the feet, so that is better.

See al-Majmoo’, 1/502

So far, nothing surprising. However, here comes something very interesting from our beloved Imam Ahmad [RA]:

Imam Ahmad was of the view that wiping over the socks is better. He gave the following evidence for that:

1 – It is easier, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was never given the choice between two things but he chose the easier of the two, so long as it was not a sin; if it was a sin he would be the furthest removed of the people from it. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3560) and Muslim (2327).

2 – It is a concession, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah loves concessions to be taken as He hates sin to be committed.” Narrated by Ahmad, 5832; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 564.

3 – Wiping over the socks involves being different from the people of bid’ah who reject it, such as the Khaarijis and Raafidis.

OK, so 3 of the major Imams said that washing the feet is better whereas 1 of them said wiping over socks is better. So I can’t conclusively say which one is better, Allahu alam.

But generally speaking, should I wipe or should I wash my feet? The answer is in the middle of the two afore-mentioned opinions and (not surprisingly), it comes from the one who placed so much emphasis on the importance of the wasat (middle) path – Shaikh Al-Islam ibn Taymiyya [RA]:

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Revive a Sunnah: Protecting Ourselves with Al-Maani’ah

Bismillah. One of the things we can do to protect ourselves when going to sleep is recite Surah Mulk (67) before sleeping.

  • The Prophet [SAWS] used to do it regularly

Jaabir [RA] reported that the Prophet [SAWS] did not sleep until he had recited Surah Al-Sajdah (32) and Surah Mulk (67).

[Tirmidhi]

  • The Sahabah nicknamed it Al-Maani’ah, meaning that which protects

It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ood [RA] said:Whoever reads Surah al-Mulk every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allaah it is a soorah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.

[Sunan An-Nasa’i]

Surah Mulk

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Build Me a House…in Jannah!

Bismillah. One of the things that I’m trying to do to maintain a steadily increasing level of emaan is making a habit of praying my sunnah prayers regularly. Here’s why:

The Messenger of Allah said,

“Allah will build a house in Paradise for whoever is diligent in observing 12 sunnah rakaat (as follows):
4 rakaat before and 2 after the Dhuhr Prayer,
2 after the Maghrib,
2 after the Isha Prayer,
and 2 before the Fajr Prayer.”

[Reported by Tirmidhi and others]

We all know that if we miss a sunnah prayer, then there is no sin. But what do we lose as a result of missing sunnah prayers regularly?

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Dua Dua'a Duas Hadith sahaba Sunnah

The Dua of Abu Bakr [RA]

Bismillah.

Narrated Abu Bakr As-Siddiq [RA]

I asked Allah’s Apostle [SAWS] to teach me an invocation so that I may invoke Allah with it in my prayer. He told me to say,

The Dua of Abu Bakr

[Sahih Bukhari]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumma innee dhalamtu nafsi dhulman katheera
Wala yaghfiruz zhunooba illa anta faghfirlee
Maghfiratam min ‘indika war hamni innaka
Antal Ghafooror Raheem

What’s so special about this dua?

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Advice Fasting Hadith Life Ramadan Sunnah Tazkiyyah

Be an Orange

This Ramadan…be an orange!

Say what?

The example of a believer, who recites the Quran and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

[Allah’s Messenger [SAWS], reported in Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Subhan Allah!

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Dua Dua'a Duas Hadith Salah Sunnah Tazkiyyah

The Greatest Form of Seeking Forgiveness

Bismillah. The following is known as Sayyidul Istaghfar – the greatest form of seeking forgiveness:

Sayyidul Istaghfar

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Ant
Khalaqatani wa ana ‘abduka
wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu
audhobika min sharri ma sana’atu
abu ooh laka bi ni’matika ‘alayya
wa abu ooh bi zanbi
faghfir lee fa innahu la yaghfiruz zunooba illa Ant

Benefits

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Hadith Hajj Islam Salah Sunnah

As Easy as 1,2,3: A Hajj and Umrah a Day!

Bismillah.

The Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said, “Whoever prays the dawn prayer (fajr) in a group and then sits and does dhikr until the sun rises, then prays two rak’as, shall have the like of the reward of a hajj and an ‘umra.”

Anas [RA] said, “The Prophet [SAWS] said: ‘Completely, completely, completely'”

[Tirmidhi]

First step

Pray Fajr in Jama’ah. The reward for the one who prays Fajr in Jama’ah is that of praying half the night (in Imam Muslim’s narration, praying Fajr in jama’ah has the reward of the entire night’s worship!).

Second step

Don’t rush out of the Masjid after the salah is over! Sit and remember Allah by making dhikr. Dhikr could be reading Quran (the best dhikr) or reading adhkaar found in authentic sunnah (www.makedua.com) or here.

Third step

Before leaving, pray two rak’ah of Doha prayer. It’s the charity for every joint in your body (hadith quoted below). It’s a means of forgiveness of sins:

“Whoever adheres to the Duha prayer shall have his sins forgiven, even if they are like the foam of the sea.”

[Tirmidhi].

1 + 2 + 3 = The reward of a Hajj and Umrah! Every day!

May Allah give us all the tawfeeq to implement this day-in and day-out ’till we meet Him, ameen.

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The Status of the Sunnah and the Preservation of Hadith

Excellent lecture by Sh. Yasir Qadhi, defining the sunnah, what does the sunnah mean to different scholars, its place in the Shariah, its relation to the Quran and the preservation of the ahadith.

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How To Get Rich Quick

Bismillah.

“Whosoever intercedes for a good cause, will have the reward thereof; and whosoever intercedes for an evil cause, will have a share in its burden. And Allah is Ever All-Able to do everything.”
[Nisa:85]

“Whoever guides anyone to goodness, his reward shall be the same as those who follow his guidance without lessening a bit of their reward. And whoever guides anyone astray, his sin shall be the same as the sin of the person who follows him without lessening a single bit of their sin.”

[Rasool Allah saws, reported by Muslim]

Supporting a good act = share in the reward
Supporting an evil act = share in the sin
Therefore, support everything good either by your words (encouragement), your actions (helping out), or your wealth (by donating), and shun everything bad.

Forward this – or anything beneficial anywhere – to a friend, and earn a TON of ajr!! In sha Allah. THAT is how you can get rich real quick 🙂