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Are the wordings of the intention at suhoor sunnah ?

  • Status : NO SOURCE

The following sentence is recited daily at suhoor time in Ramadhan in certain countries in order to make the intention of fasting :

Bi sawmi ghadin nawaytu min shahri ramadan –

‘I intend to keep the fast tomorrow for the month of ramadan’

This is an intention that was worded in Arabic by the scholars as a suggested format, but it never was it narrated in a hadith !

You can formulate niyyah for everything you do in your life, but just don’t think this specific formulation is sunnah or obligatory. making niyyah in your heart would be fine, just like before the prayers.

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Archangel Jibril [عليه السلام] travelled at full speed on which occasions ?

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There is no doubt Angels were sent to assist the Prophet ﷺ whenever Allah intended it, and we do not reject authentic miracles, however do we need baseless report like the following one :

One day Rasulullah ﷺ asked Jibreal عليه السلام, “Have you ever travelled at full speed?” Jibreal عليه السلام said, “Yes, on four occasions.” Rasulullah ﷺ asked, “What were the four occasions?” Jibreal عليه السلام said, “First time was when Ibrāheem عليه السلام was placed in Nimrud’s fire. At the time I was near the Arsh-Throne. Allāh ordered me to cool the fire. I left the Arsh and descended seven heavens in time.

Second time was when Ibrāheem عليه السلام was about to sacrifice his son Ishmael عليه السلام in Mina. Allāh ordered me to replace his son with a lamb, before Ibrāheem عليه السلام struck with his knife.

Third time was when, the brothers of Yusuf عليه السلام threw him into the well. Allāh ordered me to save Yusuf عليه السلام, I rushed and placed my wing underneath Yusuf عليه السلام before he reached the bottom of the well.

And the final time was when you, Ya Rasulallah ﷺ, injured your tooth at the battle of Uhud. Allāh Ta’ala ordered me to stop your blood reaching the ground, otherwise no plant or tree would grow, till the end of the world. Hearing this, I rushed and saved your blood with my wings.”

This particular hadith has simply got no source.

If you found a source post it, however scholars who devoted their lives to ilm and hadith did not.

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Did a jewish lady used to throw trash at the Prophetﷺ’s house ?

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Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had a Jewish neighbour and this person used to every morning throw his garbage at the door step of the Prophetﷺ’s home. The Prophet ﷺ would then pick it up and throw it in the disposal area along with his personal trash. One morning the Prophet ﷺ didn’t see any garbage on his door step and he didn’t really care much about it. The next morning same thing and so on, until a week passed by without any garbage being put on the Prophetﷺ’s door step. So our Prophet ﷺ went to that Jewish neighbor and paid him a visit to check on him. The Jewish neighbor was sick and he was in bed. Our Prophet ﷺ then started taking care of his Jewish neighbor and the Jewish very soon embraced Islam because of our beloved Prophet’s high morals.

The character of the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] was indeed sublime, full of compassion towards muslims; he is even described by Allah Himself as a Mercy to all the worlds.

Unfortunately, there was more than one person who threw refuse and waste on the doorstep of the Holy Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم].

It appears the aforementioned story is widely circulated in order to illustrate the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم]’s -genuine- gentleness. This story however has no basis. How could it be that the Sahabah would tolerate such a daily disrespect when they loved Him the most ?!

There is nonetheless a story narrated in Bukhari by Anas bin Malik about a Jewish boy who used to serve the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم], and he fell sick. The Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] came to visit him; he sat by his head and said, ‘Become Muslim.’ The boy looked at his father, who was present, and he (the father) said: ‘Obey Abu’l-Qaasim ﷺ.’ So he became Muslim, and the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] left, saying, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has saved him from the Fire.’”

Thus the story mentioned at the top has no reference cannot be qualified to be a hadith.

There are many true accounts of abuses which were followed by displays of the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم]’s clemency and noble character and indeed, people’s hearts would change and they would come to faith.

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Is prayer the mi’raj of the believer ?

  • Status : NO SOURCE AS A HADITH

Among the many exhortations to motivate people for the prayer, the following narration (passed as a hadith) is often brought ie :

Prayer is the ascension of the believer
“As salâtu mi’râj-ul-mu’min”

There is no source in the hadith books for this statement and since the chain is untraceable, it will not be suitable to quote it as a hadith.

However, the meaning of the statement is generally supported by other references of the Quran and Hadith that salah is a means of communicating with Allah.

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Difference in the ummah is a mercy, but not a hadith

  • Status : NO SOURCE, but meaning correct

In order to reconcile people, the following hadith is often quoted :

‘The difference among my Ulama/ummah/sahaba is Rahmat (mercy)

This hadith has got no source and is interrupted in its chain of narrators.

Tabarani and Daylami have narrated this hadith in their musnad and in the chain, the narrator Jawaybir is extremely weak and Dahhak has not heard from Ibn Abbas. (Al-Maqsid al-Hasana p 26)

Zarkashi in his al-La’li al-Manthura fi al-Ahadith al-Mashhura writes that Nasr al-Din al-Maqdasi has narrated the hadith in his book Al-Hujjah reaching up to Nabi , but Zarkashi did not provide a chain for it. (Al-Maqsid al-Hasana p 26)

Zaynudin al-Iraqi writes that Adam ibn Abi Iyas narrates without the exact wording the narration which al-‘Iraqi classifies as a weak mursal. (Al-Maqasid al-Hasana p 26)

Imam Bayhaqi also narrates with the similar wording in his Risala al-Ash’ariya, but without a chain. (Al-Maqasid al-Hasana p 26)

In his book Al-Jami` Al-Saghir, Al-Suyuti could not identify a narrator reporting this Hadith with Isnad (a chain of narrations). Al-Munawy albeit writing an extensive commentary on it in, did not mention its origin.

See al-Asraar al-Marfoo’ah, 506; Tanzeeh al-Sharee’ah, 2/402; al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah, 11 for more details.

So as a hadith it cannot be quoted.
However, it can be quoted as a statement since the meaning is alright, as attested by the rightly guided Caliph Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (RA) who once said :

“It does not please me if the Companions of the Messenger of Allah did not disagree [on a particular issue], since if they all agreed on a matter and then a person did not act accordingly, he would be astray. Yet if they differed on a matter, and one person took the opinion of one [of the Companions] and someone else took the opinion of another [Companion], there would be leeway in the matter.”

A scholar once authored a work in difference of opinion, to which Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal (RA) responded, “Do not call it ‘The Book on Disagreement’, but rather call it ‘The Book of the Sunna.’”

This theme was explicitly articulated by many eminent and orthodox imams, both early and late, such as Imams Abu Hanifa, Malik, Khattabi, Nawawi, Ibn Qudama, Ibn Taymiyya, Shatibi and many, many others.

Fiqh doesn’t cause disputes. It’s the people with corrupted hearts and narrow minds which fuel disputes.

May Allah have Mercy on all our scholars.

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First Thing created : The Prophet ﷺ’s Nur ?

  • STATUS : FABRICATED

Here is a version of the report copy-pasted :

“Hadith of Jabir”

It is related that Jabir ibn `Abd Allah said to the Prophet : “O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained (lit. “turned”) in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allah wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, [and from the fourth everything else].”

There is absolutely no sign of this narration, in any book of hadith.
Someone mistakenly attributed it to Abd ar-Razzaq and all others followed, all relying on the first one, thinking that he must have seen it in there !

This is why one will find many senior Ulama of the last few centuries attributing it to Abd ar-Razzaq. Most of them took it from Sharh al-Mawahib, who incorrectly referenced it. None of these Ulama had copies of the Musannaf of Abd ar-Razzaq (they are all excused insha’Allah), to properly ascertain its existence, neither did any of them ever mention a sanad (chain) for it.

Seeing this widespread mis-attribution, a few later-day muhadithin – who went through the musannaf and confirmed its non-existence– had classified it as fabricated, as it quite clear when ones sees the wording of the hadith and adds this to the fact that there is no known sanad for it.

From the great Huffadh, Allamah Suyuti has mentioned that there is no sanad that could be relied upon for this narration.

Those whose most crucial and necessary aqidah is that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)  is present in every atom of this world, thus viewing all that is taking place, would of course never accept it as a fabrication. To these people is then the task to produce any chain for this narration. They also allege that an old part of the Musannaf of Abdul Razzaq has been found aka “the lost juz”, however it remains also a fabrication. They should bring proof to state so.

Do not forget the saying of your Prophet who said : ‘Whoever tells lies about me deliberately, let him take his place in Hell.” (Bukhari), lest you would want to do “good” but in the end be doomed.

Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As (RA) reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger as saying: “Allah ordained the measures (of quality) of the creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, as His Throne was upon water (Sahih Muslim).

Thus even before the Pen wrote all destinies of the Creation, Throne and Water already existed.

WALLAHU A’LAM.

Sources :

“Mufti Husain Kadodia” (I merely copy-pasted his post from a now defunct website)

“Murshid al-Ha’ir” : http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vbe/showpost.php?s=ac0296f48181a6c315c9167da3c584c3&p=3837&postcount=1

“Moulana Haroon Abasoomar” : http://www.alislam.co.za/cms/?question=question-4208

“Islamweb” : http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&lang=E&Id=83805

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‘Dua of tarawih’ (tasbeeh-e-taraweeh) after 4 rak’ahs : Sunnah ?

  • Status : NO SOURCE, CAN BE READ

In tarawih prayers, people recite the following du’a also called Tasbih Taraweeh, thinking it is from sunnah :

Subhana dhil Mulki wal Malakuti, Subhana dhil izzati wal aDhmati wal haybati wal Qudrati,
wal kibriyaa’i wal jabaroot Subhanal Malikil hayyil ladhi, la yunaamu wa layamutu,
Subbuhun, Quddusun, Rabbul malaa’ikati war-rooh La ilaha illal lahu, nustugfirullahi
nas ‘alukul jannati, wa na udhubika min an-naar
Allahumma Ajirnee Minan Naar, Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeer.
As-Salaatu bar Muhammad (saws)

This du’a is posted in many massajid and in fact every one must recite it out loud every 4 rak’ah else you are frowned upon.

Some important points to note :

  • It is mustahab to site for the duration it took to perform the Taraweeh between every four rakats ie the duration which it took to perform four rakaats is the duration of the pause.
  • The words of this dua have been taken from various narrations and have been collected together by scholars for reading in the rest periods during Tarawih prayer.
  • However there is no proof for the dua as a whole in any hadith book and more importantly, no basis for stipulating it as the dua to be recited in tarawih (ie even those narrating this du’a did not say it was specifically a tarawih du’a).
  • The last part of it is really interesting :
    الصلاة بَرْ محمد
    it isn’t even Arabic! Seems more like Farsi (?)
  • Yes, some Fuqaha (like Ibn ‘Abidin (RA)) mentioned it in their books but even they did not classify it as sunnah or mustahab.
  • Why stipulate a tasbih that has no sound basis, when there are so many tasbihat mentioned in the ahadith, through which people could accrue huge rewards.
  • Therefore, it is incorrect to regard the “Tarāwīh Du‘ā’” as sunnah or mustahabb. Although the actual words of the du‘ā’ are not problematic, one should realize that it is simply mubāh (permissible), nothing more. 

However, one should not start a fitna at the masjid and disrespecting the leaders of the mosques.

Issues of this type are very sensitive and need to be handled with wisdom.

Firstly, because those propagating the dua very often are elders or learned ones. If one starts telling people that this is not sunnah, they will most probably not listen to you at all, because their Alim taught them otherwise, or if they listen to you, it will be at the expense of that Alim’s credibility.

Secondly, there are many people who fiercely believe in holding onto whatever was passed down to them from their forefathers, regardless of whether that action has any basis in the Shariah or not.

The ideal plan of action would be for issues of this sort to be brought to the attention of the different Ulama and Imams in a manner conducive to their accepting and not rejecting it, like gently asking the source of this.
They can then undertake the task of educating their respective communities in a suitable manner.

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Entire credit of this post goes to Mufti Husain Kadodia (HA), I merely copy-pasted his posts (from a now defunct website).

Famous "du'a" of Tarawih prayers