Powerful dua for cure from all your sickness

This dua was sent to me by a frequent reader

Prayer of Release from the Powers of Witchcraft

Ya Rabb, in Your Glorious Name, I bind and break all witchcraft, curses, spells, and all powers associated with it. By Your power, I destroy the works of every witch, warlock, wizard, sorcerer, and all other powers of darkness.
by Your Power and Might, I break their powers including the influences of witchcraft, evil powers, spells, hexes, vexes, voodoo, hoodoo, roots, potions, or any such things off me, my family, and all future generations. Ya Allah, You have redeemed me and my family from the curse of the law that I may receive Your eternal blessings .

Through Your might, power and love, I also rebuke, bind up and destroy all the spirit-guides, helps, and shields of these workers of evil, and leave them without any strengths – stripped of their evil powers and influence.

Thank you Allah for delivering me.

Ameen.

Prayer against those Involved in Witchcraft

In the name of our powerful Allah, I come against the evil spirit . I bind the strongman in the name of Almighty Allah.
In the name of allah, Al Malik, I paralyze you and silence you, forbidding you from influencing or strengthening [them or name the witch or witches if known] in the name of Al Qawi [the most powerful], right now!
In the name of the Magnificent, We are destroying your very works: the spirits of hate, bitterness and murder, spirits of wizardry, sorcery and all your co-spirits, your works, your powers, all your influences are destroyed in the name of Allah!
I come against the spirit of blindness, binding the spirits of bondage and heaviness, fear and hate and break your power in the name of Allah, the Supreme

I pray, Ya Rabb, that You will open their eyes so they can see Your glory. Open their hearts so that they can hear Your voice. Break the yokes in their lives and give them liberty in their souls, that they may be free to repent. Show them every evil work and every evil deed they are guilty of, and Ya Rabb, convict their hearts unto repentance. Bring these souls out of darkness; save these souls so that You may have the glory.

Satan and all demons, I silence you in the name of the All Powerful Allah, binding all your interference. You will not interfere with these souls, and they will have their own free will choice so as to make up their own minds if they want to repent. They will do it without your interference.

Also, Lord, I pray that you will release warring angels to wage war against any demonic activities, and create fear in their hearts Ya Rabb.
Alhamdulillah Ya Allah for delivering me.

Ameen.

Faith Exercising Prayer Over Witchcraft

Ya Allah, I have repented of any and all sin in my life and in the life of my ancestors that have resulted in a curse especially in the areas of witchcraft, idolatry or any occult involvement. Allow me your forgiveness YA Rabb and protect me from all forms of evil.

Every day I take authority over and break any and every curse upon my life in the name of Allah. Islam is true. Allah s words are true. I exercise my faith and loose myself and my descendants from any and every curse. I claim my deliverance and freedom right now in Allah s name.
Ameen.

I break all curses of destruction in my family and bloodline in Your Name Ya Rabb

I renounce all pride that would open the door for destruction

Rescue my soul from destructions

Send Your Word, and deliver me from any destruction Ya Rabb
The destroyer cannot come into my life or family in the name of Almighty Allah

The destroyer cannot destroy my prosperity

I am delivered from destruction that wastes away in the morning

I rebuke all destruction from my gates in Your Noble name, Ya Rabb. I reject all forms of shirk, Ya Rabb so protect me and cure me right now, ya Allah, please never allow our enemies to have the upper hands over me and destroy me. As I grow older day by day, shower Your Mercy upon me Ya Rabb Ya Rabb Ya Rabb

Thank you Lord for delivering me, Ya Rabb. Protect me forever. Ya Allah, have mercy upon me as You have promised to protect the Believers from the accursed evil. His plans are certainly weak. Protect us Ya Allah against their tricks and their manipulations. Cure us Ya Allah. Cure us from all pains and give us strength to stand up and do our daily activities, Ya Rabbul Alameen

Ameen.

Ya Allah, give me power and authority to battle against the attack of controlling powers of witchcraft, inYour precious name . I bind every negative, unscriptural word against my life. I break the power of confusion, torment, fear, control and manipulation. I take captive every vain imagination and high thought that is contrary to the word of God in my life
I submit my will, thoughts and life to Your Lordship , so bless my soul, body and mind. Protect me as well as all believers in this world who are struggling against all evil.

I break the power of witchcraft’s deception, seduction, sorcery and intimidation, knowing that at Your Divine Name, every soul must bow.

I decree freedom from dark powers, false teachers, false prophetic words, controllers, manipulators, sorcerers, witches, counterfeits, soul ties, spiritual folly, soothsayers, lying spirits, lying dreams and visions.

I repent of sin, both known and unknown, and submit myself thoroughly to Your Lordship
I clothe myself with God’s armour and take up the weapons of my warfare that are not carnal, but mighty in the pulling down of strongholds.

I dedicate myself to your will for the rest of my life. help me to love You above anyone else

I repent of rebellion, pride, arrogance, control, manipulation, vain desires , and shirk

InYour name, Ya Allah, I renounce to all sins

Lord, Your Word says: “If I confess my sins You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.”

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You have problem because you do not read enough of the Qur’an

”Study the Qur’an (regularly), for it will act as an intercessor and entreat for its readers on the day of Judgement.” Prophet Muhammad 

Many Muslims live as unbelievers. They want a blessed life without Allah. Astaghfirullah.

Allah says: “What! do they then feel secure from Allah’s plan? But none feels secure from Allah’s plan except the people who shall perish”.  surah Yunus 7, verse 99

They want a successful life, having respectful children but they themselves do not entertain any relationship with Allah and His Words. They provide a materialistic environment to their children, praising their academic levels while ignoring to give them their right to study the Qur’an

When they are in difficulty, they prefer to spend huge sum of money with medical doctors or to visit fortunetellers. The easiest thing to do has become the biggest problem. Their soul which has been imprisoned by their love for this world, is chained. So, they have eyes but they do not see the Truth. They have ears but they do not hear the truth. They have hearts yet they do not comprehend Truth. They have become more astray than the atheists. They are like cattle as explained in Surah 7 verse 179 of the Glorious Qur’an.

La yazalu lisanuka ratban min dhikrillahi ‘azza wa jall

Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah. -Ibn Majah 

If you want to come closer to Allah and protect your children and yourself from the torment of the next world, then take the Quran as your guide

 

 

 

Can women go to masjid? is there any law forbidding women to attend the masjid for prayer?

As salam alaykum dear readers,

confusion is rampant in our Muslim community: some women do not go to the masjid even if they are travelling and prayer time is in; they prefer to do ‘kaza’ which means, postponing their prayer until they reach home.

Postponing prayer is a sin when there is no serious reason for not doing it on time!!!

I have found this article interesting and in sha Allah it can shed light to many queries

Muslims should know that the Quran and the sunnah are the first and foremost legislation of law. No one can dispute what the prophet [peace be upon him] stipulated as law. so, when anyone decides to follow one of the four sunnis imams, their fatwas should not contradict the Quran nor the Sunnah

Having said so, see the articles below:

Reminder: the article has been chosen simply because of the subject matter.

 

Did Umar (ra) ban women from mosque?

Regarding the question: Did the Commander of the Believers `Umar ibn al-Khattab – Allah be well-pleased with him – prevent women from attending the mosque? The answer is: Yes, but only those who stayed there for loitering/relaxation (istirwah), not those attending fard Salat.

Khawla bint Qays said: “We were women, in the Mosque [in Madina al-Munawwara], who may have mixed with the men at times and perhaps even flirted (ghazalna) and even harmed themselves in this intermixing; so `Umar said: ‘I swear I shall make free women of you again.’ So he brought us out (akhrajana) of the Mosque.” Kanz al-`Ummal #23131 from Ibn Sa`d’s Tabaqat.

`Umar (RA) never prevented nor forbade women from attending the mosque for the five obligatory prayers nor Tarawih.

This general permission and conditional prohibition is how he understood the meaning of the hadith of the Prophet : “Do not forbid the bondswomen of Allah from [going to] the mosques of Allah.”

It is also related that he allowed them to pray Tarawih prayers in the Mosque at Madina far from the men and ordered Sulayman ibn Abi Hatma to be Imam for them, at the far end of the Mosque. Al-Muhalla (3:139).

In fact `Umar himself narrated that the Prophet  said more explicitly, “If your women ask permission to go out to Salat, do not forbid them!” Musnad Ahmad (1:40).

To that end `Umar made sure they had a separate entrance and exit to the Mosque, which he forbade men from using, and separate ablution facilities. Al-Muhalla (3:131 and 4:119).

Yes, `Umar *disliked* for women to go the mosque.

`Atika bint Zayd the wife of `Umar would ask `Umar permission to go to Salat in the Masjid and he would remain silent. She would continue, “I swear I will go out unless you forbid me.” She used to go out for Salat al-`Isha and Salat al-Fajr. She was asked once: “Why do you go out like that, knowing how jealous he is?” She replied: “And what prevents him from forbidding us?” Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba (1:106).

`Umar once said to her: “I swear that you know very well I dislike it.” She said: “By Allah! I shall not stop until you forbid me.” `Umar replied: “I truly do not forbid you.” And the day `Umar was stabbed to death in the mosque, she was present. Al-Muhalla of Ibn Hazm (3:139).

It is `A’isha – Allah be well-pleased with her – that tended to forbid the women from going to the mosques, including for the five prescribed prayers let alone Tarawih. She gave her reason in the famous statement: “If the Messenger of Allah had seen what the women of our time do, he would have forbidden them to go to the mosques just as the Israelite women were forbidden.” Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and the books of Sunan.

The majority of the Ulema if not their Consensus agree – and Allah knows best – that if women go to mosques – for obligatory prayers or otherwise – then there should be (1) a separate entrance for them and (2) space for prayer and facilities they can use in isolation from mixing with and view by the men. And Allah knows best.

In conclusion: You are right that in the time of the Prophet  there was no curtain separating men from women. The men prayed directly behind the Prophet , then the boys, then the women starting behind the last row of the boys. But not having a curtain in the mosque today in not a sunna in the sense of “something not obligatory but carrying reward, the leaving which does not constitute sin.”

Furthermore, the curtain is not against the Sunna but on the contrary is a way to prevent fitna, which prevention is fard and a pre-requisite of obligatory and recommended practices. There is a basic principle that “the prevention of evil take precedence over the obtainment of good.” Such prevention, in other words, applies before everything.

In view of this, the Prophet  said that the best place for a woman’s Salat is in the privacy of her house, and in another narration: in the privacy of her room. If something approaching the function and purposes of this private space can be reduplicated in the mosque, it should be welcome as something close to Wajib, not fought.

So the curtain should be accepted, allowing men and women to pray on alternate sides if space does not allow front rows for men and back rows for women, which is a better arrangement. Together with this there should be separate facilities and, if possible, separate entrances.

This conclusion reunites the basic stipulations of the texts on the issue of women praying in the Mosque, not on the allegation that “`Umar banned women from the mosque” but in order that believing men and women can obtain the benefits of Jama`a without Shaytan interfering with them. Wallahu a`lam.

Hajj Gibril

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[2000-06-21] from the site: living islam

 

Stop gender discrimination among Muslims

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/06/triple-talaq-gender-equality-justice-and-economic-rights-as-perceived-in-courts-and-society/ [reblog]

Triple Talaq: Gender Equality, Justice And Economic Rights  As Perceived In Courts And Society

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The whole issue of triple talaq is resounding with conversations on gender equality and rights of women and minorities. There is sudden “awakening” about women’s rights and gender equality. It cannot be mere coincidence that this matter was chosen to be heard by Supreme Court in vacation while delaying equally important issues of right to privacy and threatened surveillance by government through mandatory nature of Aadhar card which is likely to be fate accompli by 30th of June 2017.

In Court there are many voices arguing from different locations on both sides of the case. There are apparent “defenders of women’s rights” who have continuously excelled at violations of rights of women and minorities. There are those that are speaking of minority rights by speaking of privileges of men at the cost of women. And then there are others who unequivocally talk about rights of women and minorities in an unequal society, but differ in political perspectives and understanding.

Since everyone is articulating the rights of Muslims or women, as a collective that has been concerned with issues of patriarchy, majoritarianisms of all kinds, and all kinds of structural injustices and inequalities, we write this article to bring forth more nuanced points in the debate.

First of all even though we do engage with law reform very often we wish to state that we believe that law reforms are not substitute for revolution/bringing in drastic changes,  and court battles cannot replace movements for justice and equality. The struggle for equality before courts is only one small measure in the overall struggle for justice, equality or even economic rights. And yet we do believe it is vital and we come to it later.

We would like to begin with unravelling the four major contending arguments put before the court and analyse them in the present political and cultural context because court proceedings also have to be understood within it.

The first argument is put forth by the current ruling party and its government, which claims to argue on basis of gender equality while in practice encourages and promotes and harbors  injustice and inequalities. . This is the most ironical moment when they dare to speak of protection to Muslim women. This government has not stood for justice for anyone ever, let alone women from minorities. This attempt at hitting at minorities or marginalized community by targeting the women through sexual violence or by feigning to support gender rights is not going to fool any of us in the movement, who come from different religions, castes or genders, and even those who do not practice any religion. Even if the court cannot, we must call the bluff of this government to their face.

This government’s lawyers have set free in various courts through STF and NIA perpetrators of crimes against Muslim minorities (whether accused Pragya or Aseemanand), have never provided any relief to survivors of communal carnage and sexual violence, whether in Gujarat 2002, or Muzaffarnagar in 2013. Through promotion of vigilante groups either as gorakshaks or Romeo squads acting against love jehads and for so called gharwapsi, they have not only supported lynching of people from marginalized sections, but they have attacked Muslim women in particular. They have imposed upper caste, Brahmanical food habits on entire populations through beef ban, and particularly destroyed Muslim and Dalit people’s livelihood and right to food. This is the same government which refuses to set aside IPC section 377 which criminalizes and denies equal rights to non-heteronormative citizens and now want us to believe that they stand for rights of Muslim Women.

Enough of crocodile tears by this government which is directly and indirectly deliberately causing pain to Muslim women by putting them under a constant insecurity of being from a minority that has to undergo deprivation of opportunities of education, occupation, infrastructure, or face the all time nightmarish experience of raids and getting falsely identified as terrorist or anti-national and never respected as valid citizens whose human rights need to be protected.

The other set of arguments from the opposite end and in the interest of minority rights are from the view point of AIMPLB who claims to represent entire Muslim community and promises to voluntarily do away with instantaneous triple talaq through use of social boycott, but considers itself the divine authority to lord over all women in the Muslim community. And therefore prays that Courts should not interfere in realm of personal laws which are part of religious faith. In keeping minority rights confined to those of men, they act against the women of the Muslim community thus marginalising them even further.

Between these two opposites, both being as concerned about rights of Muslim women are the others who truly work with Muslim women.

BMMA makes an attempt of supporting gender rights by arguing that the unilateral triple talaq in one sitting is not integral part of religion and hence has to be done away with. It still does not challenge the unilateral nature of the triple talaq, given in multiple sittings, neither does it want to challenge discriminatory religious practices arguing within a constitutional framework and for realisation of gender justice.

It is the fourth view point coming from various women’s organizations working with Muslim community, represented by Bebaak Collective and others, rooted in human rights, which is demanding equal rights guaranteed by Constitution of India. It is based on the understanding that all religions are necessarily patriarchal in nature and exercise gender discrimination in various degrees. Personal lives and rights of persons and citizens in family and community cannot be ruled by such religious practices and hence all personal laws need to be tested against the equal rights guaranteed by the constitution of India.

Apart from these direct arguments for and against judicial intervention in the issue of triple talaq (since the court refused to hear on other matters like halala and polygamy) there was also the argument put forth by Flavia Agnes (which incidentally is being carried forward by AIMPLB counsel Kapil Sibal in the print media) which contends that:

“What was most intriguing was that the core concern of the entire litigation — protection of economic rights of women — did not get foregrounded in the marathon discourse…….There was a presumption even among those espousing the feminist cause that the fundamental rights of women under Article 21, the right to a life with dignity, will be protected if the violent and abusive marriage lingers on until a civil divorce on fault grounds is secured.”

To this we respond emphasising that

The struggle for economic rights of marginalized in society, will only be weakened if  the unilateral decision making authority of the power wielding sections is not challenged.

By not challenging unilateral nature of talaq, we in fact leave women bereft of any bargaining power in the institution of marriage, which is based on inequality. If marriage is broken down irretrievably then it is not in anyone’s interest to prolong the same. But we can agree to irretrievable break down of marriage only if economic obligations arising out of this unequal marital contract are full filled. We also believe that not only men but women too have equal right to no fault divorce irrespective of which religion they come from (again conditional upon fulfilling economic obligations).

Even in today’s “developed” India marriage is seen as job for many women, especially those who have been denied education and opportunity to earn their own living through other social labour. The institution of marriage is an integral part of the hetero normative, capitalist and casteist, patriarchal society where marriage is defined in religious context and cannot be seen simply as ontract between equals. We have to recognize that in the contract of marriage women have unequal bargaining position, defined by their gender, and hence glorifying the fact that marriage is a contract does not by itself give justice to women. Just like in cases of contract labour we need to provide affirmative laws and ensure rights of workers, we need to extend the same principles to this “domesticated” institution of marriage, irrespective of religion. One only needs to see in practice what happens to contract workers, who can be fired at whims of their employer.

In the early 20th century the Supreme Court of USA struck down all legislations which were beneficial to the labour on the ground that these legislations interfered with the freedom of contract of both labour and capital. It was only in 1930s that the US supreme court recognized that labour and capital are unequal parties in a contract and therefore State intervention through laws and policies is needed in order to reduce the disparity of the contracting parties. It is with this recognition that eight hour working day and provision of minimum wages came about.

In other religions where unilateral nature of talaq does not exist women continue to be exposed to economic deprivation and violence, and hence women’s rights activists have fought to bring in remedies through DV Act, sections like 498A. This legal course of action is available to all women irrespective of religion. Thus by doing away with unilateral talaq one is not lingering abusive marriages but strengthening the bargaining power of women to fight back the inequality embedded in religious practices.

Today for enforcing any kind of economic rights associated with institution of marriage or family whether it is maintenance, matrimonial property rights, or inheritance in disputed cases women, including Muslim women need to approach judiciary. It is true that majority of women irrespective of religion are unable to access judicial system effectively, just as workers do find it difficult to access courts and get verdicts of economic entitlements in their favour. But in the absence of such laws, even sections of marginalized who can access the courts and get justice in their favour would be denied this legitimate avenue of establishing their rights and getting justice.

Lastly we would like to emphasis that as rightly put forth by Senior Counsel Indira Jaising this is a battle for equality on behalf of almost half the citizens of India. To call it anything else would be to divide marginalized sections in their struggle for equality on basis of religion, caste or gender, a great disservice to humanity at large.

 

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Forum Against the Oppression of Women,  ‘FAOW’ is an autonomous, voluntary women’s campaign group, consisting of women from varied backgrounds. FAOW was formed in 1979 as a platform to respond to an extremely unjust judgement in the Mathura rape case. The Forum Against Rape as it was initially called, changed its name in 1980 to the present one to encompass all forms of women’s oppression. FAOW is a one of the leading women’s groups in Bombay, and functions as a discussion and campaign group, actively networking and campaigning around all issues concerning discrimination and violence against women, while occasionally fighting individual cases.  FAOW has co-organised and participated in 7 National Conferences of Women’s Movements in India from the 1980s held at Bombay (twice), Patna, Calicut, Tirupati, Ranchi, Kolkata, which bring together women from across various states and regions of India. FAOW was part of the campaign to bring about changes in rape laws, which arose out of the Mathura rape case.

Their campaign ultimately resulted in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1983, which introduced several changes in the laws concerning rape. Continuing the campaign reviewing rape laws in the 1990s, 30 years later in 2013, members of FAOW continued to participate in the deliberations of women’s rights activists who contributed to the Verma Committee Report that was set up following the Delhi Rape Case of 2012.  The Group puts forward an intersectional understanding of women’s lives that foregrounds caste, class, religion, sexuality, and regional realities of women’s oppression in campaigns and struggles.   Email: faowindia@yahoo.co.in

Fitnas in the masjids [mosques]

As the end of times is nearing, fitnas are increasing.

People are going back to the jahiliyah period [days of ignorance]. People come with huge make-ups and men come half naked. Fashion can be a terrible thing to follow especially if you are narrow-minded and you tend to follow the masses without the ability to differentiate right to wrong!!!

It is a good thing to pray and to stop your worldly activities to come to masjid and pray to Allah. The question is : how do you pray to Allah? the way you want or the way He commands you to pray? 

You cannot decide for yourself which is best. You have a Book called Quran and you have a collection of hadith which explain how you should pray and how to dress up before Allah Azzawajal. You can pay a pair of trousers for thousands of rupees yet you look shabby, very poor among those who are decent. A small tight t-shirt with your jeans that slip and almost fall under your under pants [often more than the under pants] and bowing and prostrating in front of YOUR RABB, Subhan Allah, and showing this cinema to all the musallis who are disgusted to see that !!! You should sit and meditate and ponder if you are being smart or ridiculous.

It is weird when you go to the masjid, that women [because I stand among the women, I do not know on men’s side] neglect the standing in a proper row called saff.

Some say: “I dont want anyone to stand close to me, because i feel hot”

Another say: “I want to stand under the fan and I don’t anyone near me” – so that person stands directly under the fan dividing two groups of people, one group on her right and one group on her left

Some are not even aware that the feet and the shoulders have to be close to their neighbours

When they bow in ruku, their feet do not meet while they close their feet together, Subhan Allah

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PRAYING STYLE FOR WOMEN – MEN AND WOMEN MUST PRAY ACCORDING TO THE SUNNAH OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD [PEACE BE UPON HIM]

Anyone who says that she does not prostrate as men out of respect, is contradicting the sunnah of our beloved prophet [peace be upon him]

I advise you to listen to this video

 

Hence, love is decreasing and hatred is increasing. People go to the masjid but they do not want to be united. They get angry when being advised because they still worship their egos. Whatever mistakes they do, they like to stay in their confusion and they like to show to the world that their mistakes are qualities and fashionable. We pray that women who go to salah learn the adaab of praying in congregation, listen carefully to the khutbah without talking and smiling and looking at every comer. We pray that they learn the meaning of saff [row] and its importance. Education is obligatory upon men as well as women.

Then they wonder why they get so many problems and difficulties in their lives. They question everything but they do not question their own acts

A saff is a very important point to start salah. If you miss your saff, you commit a big mistake.

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Is straightening the rows in congregational prayers obligatory in the sense that the worshippers are sinning if they do not make their rows straight?

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Islam pays a great deal of attention to the rows of worshippers, as it has enjoined straightening the rows and speaks clearly of the virtue and importance of straightening them.

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Straighten your rows, for straightening the rows is part of perfecting prayer.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 690; Muslim, 433. According to another report narrated by al-Bukhaari (723): “Straighten your rows, for straightening the rows is part of establishing prayer.”

It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to touch our shoulders when we were praying and he would say: “Make the rows straight and do not differ, lest your hearts differ.” Narrated by Muslim, 432.

It was narrated that al-Nu’maan ibn Basheer (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to straighten our rows, as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow, until he saw that we had learned it. Then he came out one day and was about to say the takbeer, when he noticed a man whose chest was sticking out from the row. He said: “Slaves of Allaah! Make your rows straight or Allaah will cause discord among you.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 717; Muslim, 436.

Al-Nawawi said in Sharh Muslim:

With regard to the phrase “[he] used to straighten our rows, as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow”, the qadaah is the wooden shaft of the arrow where it is pared and trimmed, i.e., he paid such great attention to straightening the rows, as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow, because they were so straight. End quote.

These texts clearly show that it is obligatory to straighten the rows. Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Saheeh: “Chapter: The sin of those who do not complete the rows”, in which he narrated with his isnaad from Bushayr ibn Yasaar al-Ansaari from Anas ibn Maalik that he came to Madeenah and it was said to him: What do you find has changed in us since the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? He said: I do not find anything except that you do not straighten your rows. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 724.

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari: This is to be understood as meaning that al-Bukhaari understood it to be obligatory from the form of command in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Straighten your rows,” and from the general meaning of his words, “Pray as you have seen me praying,” and from the warning issued against failing to do that. So in his view, on the basis of this evidence,  Anas was criticizing a failure to do something that is obligatory, although a criticism may also come for failing to do something that is Sunnah. Although straightening the rows is obligatory, the prayer of those who fail to do that and do not straighten their rows is still valid. That is supported by the fact that although Anas criticized them, he did not tell them to repeat their prayer. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The words “or Allaah will cause discord among you” … this is undoubtedly a warning to those who fail to straighten their rows. Hence some of the scholars are of the view that it is obligatory to make the rows straight. They quoted as evidence for that the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined it and warned those who went against his command. If something is enjoined and a warning issued against doing the opposite, it cannot be said that it is “only Sunnah”.

Hence the correct view on this matter is that it is obligatory to straighten the rows, and if the congregation does not straighten the rows, then they are sinning. This is the apparent meaning of the words of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah. End quote.

Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 3/6

Straightening the rows is obligatory so that no one will stand in front of anyone else, whether that is by his chest or his foot sticking out.

It says in ‘Awn al-Ma’bood:

What is meant by straightening the rows is for the people standing in the row to make a straight line. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Straightening the rows means that no one stands in front of anyone else, but is what is meant that the foot should not be in front of anyone else’s foot? The answer is that what is meant is the shoulders at the top of the body, and the heels at the bottom of the body.

Attention is paid to the heels because they are the foundation on which the body rests. The heel is at the bottom of the leg, and the leg is the pillar of the body, so this is what matters. As for the toes, they do not count, because toes vary; some people have long feet and some have short feet, so what matters is the heel.

There is another kind of straightening that means completeness or perfection, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when he attained his full strength, and was perfect (in manhood)”

[al-Qasas 28:14]

Here the word astawa (translated as ‘was perfect’) means: was made complete. If we say istiwa’ al-sufoof (straightening of the rows) in the sense of completeness, that does not detract from the meaning of straightening them in the sense of ensuring that everyone stands parallel, rather it encompasses a number of meanings:

1 – Straightness in the sense of standing parallel, which according to the correct view is obligatory, as stated above.

2 – Making the rows compact, which is part of making them complete or perfect. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to enjoin that, and he urged his ummah to form rows as the angels do before their Lord, filling in and completing the rows one by one. But what is meant by making the rows compact is not leaving gaps for the devils; it does not mean crowding and cramming people in, because there is a difference between making it compact and making it crowded. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say: “Make the rows straight, and make the shoulders parallel… and do not leave gaps for the devils.”

i.e., there should be no gaps between you through which the devils can enter, because the devils enter among the rows like small lambs so that they can spoil the prayer of the worshippers.

3 – Completing the first row and then the next. This is part of straightening the rows. The second row should not be begun until the first row is completed, and the third row should not be begun until the second row is completed, and so on. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) urged completing the first row and said: “If the people knew what there is in the call and the first row, but they had no way other than drawing lots, then they would draw lots.” I.e., if two people came to the first row and one of them said, “I am more entitled to it than you,” and the other said, “I am more entitled,” and he said: “Let us draw lots to see which of us will be in this spot.”

One of the ways in which the Shaytaan plays with people nowadays is when they see that the first row is only half full, but despite that they start the second row, then when the iqaamah is given, and it is said to them,  “Complete the first row,” they start looking around in confusion.

4 – Another aspect of straightening the rows is making the rows close to one another and close to the imam, because they are a jamaa’ah (congregation, group) and the word jamaa’ah is taken from the word ijtimaa’ (coming together). There can be no proper coming together if the rows are far apart. The closer the rows are to one another and to the imam, the better it is. In some mosques we see gaps between the imam and the first row that are so wide that another row or two could fit in, because the imam goes so far forward. I think that this stems from ignorance. The Sunnah is for the imam to be close to the people who are praying behind him, and the people should be close to the imam, and each row should be close to the other. The definition of close is that there should be enough room between them to prostrate and a little more.

5 – Another aspect of straightening the rows is to draw close to the imam, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Let those among you who are men of wisdom and understanding be closest to me.” The closer the better. Hence it is encouraged to draw close to the imam in Jumu’ah prayers, because drawing close to the imam in Jumu’ah prayers is achieved by drawing close to him during the prayer and during the khutbah. Drawing close to the imam is something desirable, but some people are negligent concerning that and are not keen to do it.

6 – Another aspect of straightening the rows is preferring the right hand side of the row to the left, i.e., the right side of the row is better than the left, but that is not in absolute terms, as in the case of the first row, because if it was in absolute terms, as in the case of the first row, the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would have said, “Complete the right side then the right side,” as he said, “Complete the first row then the next.” The right side is better than the left if both right and left are roughly equal, such as if there are five on the right and five on the left, then the eleventh man comes. In that case we tell him: Go to the right, because the right is better when both sides are equal or almost equal, such that the difference between the right and left is not obvious. But if there is a difference, then undoubtedly the left side of a closer row is better than the right side of a more distant row. This is indicated by the fact that if the congregation is just three people, the imam should stand between them, i.e., between the other two. This indicates that the right is not better in absolute terms, because if it were better in absolute terms, it would be better for the two people to stand on the right of the imam, but what is prescribed is that one should be on the right and one on the left so that the imam is in the middle and there is no imbalance on one side………..

 

Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 3/13-17

 

Why does our qareen want to defeat us?

Today a sister was discussing with me about a particular problem. She said that despite her daily prayers and duas, she has no control on her mind. It seems that her mind does not rest at all. While our conversation expanded and we talked about theQareen (the companion among the jinns), she asked ” but why does my Qareen  want to defeat me?

The Qareen is jinn. Our body is like a shell which contains a human being and a jinn. Each one must struggle to lead

In fact, Allah explains in Sudan Al baqara that mankind is the vicegerent of Allah on earth and mankind is superior to the rest of creation.

The jinn are inferior to us and they are envious of our distinguished position. The chief jinn showed his bitterness towards Adam peace be upon him.

The qareen is in fact the ego which wants  the first place in every thing, selfish, unjust, abusive, arrogant….

If yolu don’t defeat him, he will defeat you becaUse he has made a promise to take you oUt from the right path. In fact, his mission is to defeat you as he has allied hi self to the chief of shayateen

Life of a teacher – now gone to meet her lord

Quotes from Anne Mathilda Perdreau, Mauritius

Mrs. Anne Perdreau was an intellectual lady of her time, devoted teacher. She has devoted all her time between her family and her work.

Pastime: crosswords, general reading, reading the Bible, researching, sewing, helping others, giving advice and caring for her family

Education is an art.

When your feet and your hands are operational, you don’t need to supplicate others for help

It is better to stay alone than to be insulted by the ignorant ones

Life is a tragedy when you cannot find likeminded people to converse

Memories are the sweetest parts of your life, that you will take along with you

People are always jealous of your success and possession because they are blind. They fail to see your struggle

We come in life and we struggle with sickness, with the jealousy and hatred of your surroundings. God is Great and you can only find solace in His Speech

I was three when my mother died. Living without a mother is terrible for any human being.

Loving is nothing if we do not understand the other’s feeling

 

 

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~ Henry Brooks Adams. As children, we spend almost as much time with our teachers as we do with our parents. It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us have vivid memories of our teachers that stick with us years later. 

 

 

An angry man is full of love inside!!!

A person who has lots of anger inside, Definitely loves people more than anyone else can. Because if red colour indicates anger then it indicates love too. Why do we become angry easily? We do so because we are attached to our view of who are to self-importance to the concept of “I” is threatened, “I” very often strikes out in fear, in anger. Anger can be controlled.

Haven’t you seen that the angered people are the most miserable. They have absolutely no control upon their emotions. They are drunk by this life or they are victimised by an angry person at home or at work.

Living everyday with a perturbed mind is not easy. Violence does not leave any space for love, care and security. The thousands of blessings fade away once you sit next to an angry person.

May Allah protect anyone who is in this situation and relieve him/her from the company of angry violent people. May Allah also help the angry ones to find their way towards bliss

Quotes about Anger

Quotes about Anger

Quotes about Anger

Is school the best place to learn?

Education Sayings

Is unschooling the best solution nowadays?

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Quotes from Maargaret Mead

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. Maargaret Mead
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things. 

What is happening today can be disastrous for educated children with just values, truthfulness and love for Allah and care for humanity. Children are the products of parents and the society. Going to school means to learn the ways of the system and to be connected everyday with all sorts of children – the good and the bad.

In many countries, children are the heroes of the society; whatever their actions!!! Corporal punishment is against the law and children feel they can do anything they want against their mates and against adults.

Good children learn to smoke, to say foul words, to trick and mock at their friends and to lie to teachers….

Good children are also bullied for being too good.

“I’m bad!” “I’m in a ghetto” “I want freedom” “I don’t care, it’s my life” 

These are welcoming expressions for young so-called heroes. The more you look and behave like a vagabond, the more you are applauded by the society, girls and boys.

Many parents do not care what their children are doing in front of them, so why should they care what they are doing outside…why should they care if teachers call them to report their child’s misbevahiour?

Today, we should not be surprised to see how the society is evolving – a big mess and this will continue until we decide to bring education at school!!!!

Remarks

Is unschooling the best option nowadays?

Are parents well-aware of the number of problems and hardship that their children have to face at school?

Bullying is as old as the earth. Bullying will not stop because many children grow up with naughtiness and the ability to hurt and destroy others

Bullying can damage many lives forever

What does school propose to protect children from bullying others and to learn to become better souls?

Such questions really need our attention

 

 

The Aims of Education

Syed Ali Ashraf (1925 – 1998) Former Vice-Chancellor, Darul Ihsan University (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and former Director of the Islamic Academy (Cambridge)

http://cambridgemuslimcollege.org/download-papers/CMCPapers2-Education.pdf

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“The aims and objectives of education can be stated after defining the difference between education and instruction. Education helps in the complete growth of an individual’s personality, whereas instruction merely trains an individual or a group in the efficient performance of some task. A human being may be a great general, an efficient carpenter or a first-class pilot, a lawyer, a mechanic or a pathologist, a renowned doctor, a chemical engineer or a chartered accountant, but still remain a semi-educated, ill-mannered, immoral, unrighteous or unjust person. Similarly, someone may be a very fine painter, a good poet; or possess a love of beauty which is highly delicate and sensitive, but may, at the same time, be cruel or brutal, or an untruthful, unsocial individual, who deliberately ignores his or her duty towards neighbours or even spouse and children. We can say that people who have specialized in certain educational fields are well-instructed individuals, but we cannot necessarily regard them as truly educated. On the other hand, someone who knows and performs his or her duty towards self, family, neighbours and humanity, and at the same time has acquired a basic knowledge about how to earn a livelihood honestly and live a decent life, should be called an educated person. Such a person may not have specialized in a particular field of knowledge, but lack of expertise does not automatically prevent him or her from being recognised as an excellent human being”. [you may continue to read from the above mentioned link]

When we shall decide to drop the intellectual approach and decide upon a humane approach, then surely education and instruction will connect and make sense altogether” – Ammaara Uddeen

 

 

 

 

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