Undesirability of Wearing One Shoe or Sock

29 07 2009

It is forbidden to put shoes on whilst standing, because of the discomfort that this entails, especially with laced shoes that need to be tied. It is forbidden to walk in only one shoe, because the Shaytaan walks in only one shoe.

Allaah’s Messenger , said: “You should not walk wearing one shoe. Either walk barefoot or wear both of them together.” [Al-Bukhaari]

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) forbade a person wearing (tying up) his shoe while standing.”

[Abu Dawud with a good Isnad].


Always be in a state of wudhu

13 07 2009

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).’ ”  Sahih Bukhari

Reviving the Sunnah – Etiquettes of Eating

11 06 2009

Islam is a deen–a complete, total, and comprehensive way of life. Islam teaches us everything, from how to worship Allah (سبحانه وتعال), to how to eat, sleep, socialize, govern a state, perform financial transactions, everything!

What, then, are some of the etiquettes of eating?

Umar bin Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم), said to me, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah before you start eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”

From this hadith, we deduce three etiquettes:

  1. Say bismillah before you start eating
  2. Eat with your right hand
  3. Eat what’s closest to you–don’t grab that tasty tidbit from the opposite side of the plate!

But what if you forget to say bismillah? What should you do then?

‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, “When any of you wants to eat, he should mention the Name of Allah in the beginning, (i.e., say bismillah). If he forgets to do it in the beginning, he should say: Bismillah fiy awwalihi wa akhirihi (I begin with the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end).”

May Allah (سبحانه وتعال) allow us all to understand and comprehend the greatness and completeness of our perfect and eternal deen, ameen! Read More…

Reviving the Sunnah – The Duha Prayer

26 05 2009
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  said: “In the morning charity is due from every joint of your body. Every tasbeeh (saying glory be to Allaah) is charity. Every tahmeed (saying all praise is due to Allaah) is charity. Every tahleelah (saying none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah) is charity. Every takbeerah (saying Allah is the Greatest) is charity. Enjoining the good is charity. Forbidding the evil is charity; and performing two rak’ah of Duha suffices all of this.”
Shaikh Ibn `Uthaymeen -rahimahullaah- said, as occurs in ‘Majmoo`ul-Fataawaa’ (14/306/no.875): ”The time of the Duha Prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, i.e. approximately a quarter or a third of an hour after having risen; until ‘just before the zawaal’, and ‘just before the zawaal’ means between ten and five minutes (prior to it)..”
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Reviving the Sunnah-Prohibition on Isbaal

19 04 2009

Ruling on wearing trousers below one’s ankle

Al-Bukhaari reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever of the izaar (lower garment) is below the ankles is in the Fire.” (al-Bukhaari, no. 5787)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three whom Allaah will not look at or praise on the Day of Judgement and theirs will be a painful punishment: the one who wears his garment below his ankles, the one who reminds others of his favours, and the one who sells his product by means of making false oaths” (reported by Muslim, no. 106)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Isbaal (wearing one’s garment below the ankles) may apply to the izaar (lower garment), the shirt or the turban. Whoever allows any part of these to trail on the ground out of arrogance, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (reported by Abu Dawud, no. 4085, and al-Nisaa’i, no. 5334, with a saheeh isnaad).

Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah will not look at the one who wears his lower garment below his ankles.” (Reported by al-Nisaa’i in al-Mujtabaa, Kitaab al-Zeenah, Baab Isbaal al-Izaar).

Hudhayfah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) took hold of the muscle of my calf (or his calf) and said, ‘This is where the izaar should stop; if you insist, it may be lower, but it should not reach the ankles.’” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, who said this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth; see Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 1783)

All of the ahaadeeth quoted above speak against isbaal, whether or not the intention is to show off; but if a person does this deliberately out of arrogance, there is no doubt that his sin is greater. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah will not look at the one who trails his izaar on the ground out of pride.” (al-Bukhaari, no. 5788)

Jaabir ibn Sulaym said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: ‘Beware of wearing one’s lower garment below the ankles, because this is a kind of showing-off, and Allaah does not love showing-off.’” (Regarded as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2722).

No one is able to be completely free of pride and arrogance, even if he claims that this is so. Such a claim is unacceptable, because by saying it, he is praising himself. Only in the case of those whom the wahy (revelation) testified that they were free of pride do we believe that this is the case. For example, there is a hadeeth which states that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” Abu Bakr said to him, “O Messenger of Allaah, my izaar slips down if I do not pay attention to it.” He said: “You are not one of those who do it out of pride.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, no. 5784)

What indicates that isbaal is prohibited even if it is not done out of pride is the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The lower garment of the Muslim should come down to mid-calf, but there is nothing wrong if it is between that point and the ankles. Whatever is lower than the ankles is in the Fire. Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allaah will not look at him.” (Reported by Abu Dawud, no. 4093, with a saheeh isnaad.)

These ahaadeeth describe two different deeds, for which there will be two different punishments:
Imaam Ahmad reported that Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Ya’qoob said: “I asked Abu Sa’eed: ‘Did you hear anything from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning the izaar (lower garment)?’ he said, ‘Yes, listen! ‘The izaar of the believer should come to mid-calf, although there is nothing wrong if it comes between there and the ankles, but whatever is lower than the ankles is in the Fire,’ and he said it three times.”

Ibn ‘Umar said: “I passed by the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and my izaar had slipped down. He said, ‘O ‘Abdullaah, pull up your izaar!’ so I pulled it up. He said, ‘More!’ so I pulled it up more, and always made sure it was pulled up properly after that.” Some people asked, “To where did you pull it up?” He said, “To mid-calf length.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 2086; al-Dhahabi, Kitaab al-Kabaa’ir, 131-132)

The issue of isbaal applies to women just as much as it applies to men. This is indicated by the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allaah will not look at him.’ Umm Salamah said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, what should women do with their hems?’ He said, ‘Let them go down a handspan.’ She asked, ‘What if their feet show?’ He said, ‘Let them lengthen it by a cubit, but no more.’” (al-Nisaa’i, Kitaab al-zeenah, Baab dhuyool al-nisaa’).

The punishment for showing off may come to pass in this world, not in the Hereafter. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whilst a man was walking arrogantly admiring himself and his clothes, Allaah caused the earth to swallow him and he is suffering in it until the Day of Resurrection.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 2088).


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Reviving the Sunnah – Beard

1 04 2009


The commands of the Prophet (SAW) clearly indicate that the beard should be completely spared. Furthermore, our beloved Prophet (SAW) and companions had full and large beard. There are no authentic reports whether Prophet (SAW) trimmed or cut short his beard. However, there are authentic reports from a number of the sahabah – particularly, Ibn-Umar, Abu Hurayrah, and Ibn-Abbas(may Allah be pleased with all of them), indicating that they used to cut what extended beyond a fist-lenght.

When Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both), went for Hajj or Umrah, he used to hold his beard with fist and cut whatever extended beyond his fist. [Al-Bukhari]

Hadith – Bukhari 7:781, Narrated Ibn ‘Umar
Allah’s Apostle said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).”

Hadith – Muslim, Narrated AbuHurayrah
The Messenger of Allah said: Trim closely the moustache, and grow beard, and thus act against the fire-worshippers.

Hadith – Bukhari 9:651, Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri
The Prophet said, “There will emerge from the East some people who will recite the Qur’an but it will not exceed their throats and who will go out of (renounce) the religion (Islam) as an arrow passes through the game, and they will never come back to it unless the arrow, comes back to the middle of the bow (by itself) (i.e., impossible).” The people asked, “What will their signs be?” He said, “Their sign will be the habit of shaving (of their beards).” (Fateh Al-Bari, Page 322, Vol. 17th)

Hadith – Muwatta 51.7
Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that Ata ibn Yasar told him that the Messenger of Allah was in the mosque when a man came in with dishevelled hair and beard. The Messenger of Allah motioned with his hand that he should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of Allah said, “Isn’t this better than that one of you should come with his head dishevelled, as if he were a shaytan?”

Islamic Violation – Shaving the beard

1. Disobediant to Allah
2. Disobediant to Messenger (SAW)
3. Deviation from the Guidance of the Messenger (SAW)
4. Deviation from the way of believers
5. Imitation of the Disbelievers
6. Changing Allah’s Creation without Permission
7. Imitation of Women
8. Ridiculing the Deen

No Excuses

1.Some men claim that growing their beard causes to the severe skin irritation and scratching. this cannot result from abiding by the pure fitra, but would result from neglect of proper cleaning and washing with wudu as instructed in the Sunnah.

Even if he has unusual skin problem, he must consult a muslim doctor to find the way to treat his problem and preserve his beard intact.

2. Some men assert that their jobs require shaving the beard, and that they would lose their jobs if they do not shave. Usually, this is not true. If one provides evidence that the beard is a religious requirement, the employer cannot force a man to shave it.

If it becomes most likely that one would lose his job if he grew his beard, then he should do that which is most pleasing to Allah. Any thing you sacrifice for the sake of Allah,Insha Allah, you will be rewarded in this dunya, may be with a better job or in akhira.

Other Hair

Men are supposed to trim their moustaches. Trimming is done by cutting them level with the upper lip.

Facial Hair
Except for the moustaches, it is prohibited to pluck or shave the facial hair.

“Allah curses… those who pluck the facial hair and those who have their facial hair plucked,….”(Bukhari and Muslim)

Hair of the head
A women’s hair may not be shaved or cut short so to resemble that of the men.

A man’s or women’s hair may not be cut or done in a way resembling that of the sinners, disbelievers etc.,

Armpit and Pubic Hair
Removing the hair of the armpits, the pubic hair and clipping the nails is among the qualities of fitrah. It should be done at least once in every forty days.

My dear brothers in islam, If you’ve been shaving your beard all these years, STOP NOW, receive your blessing and wear the sign of the believers.