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Best and the worst row for men and women during prayer and the lessons derived from it- Imam an-Nawawi

February 19, 2015 Leave a comment

 

Abu Hurairah [radiAllahu anhu] narrated that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“The best rows for men are the front ones, and the worst are the last ones. And the best rows for women are the last ones, and the worst are the front ones.”

[Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 1, no. 678, sahih]

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An-Nawawi said:

“As for the men’s rows, then it is according to the generality; so the best of them is always the first of them, and the worst of them is always the last of them.

 

As for the rows of the women, then the objective of the Hadith is that of the rows that the women pray in with the men, as for when they pray separately, not with the men, then just like in the case of the men, the best of their rows are the first of them, and the worst of them are the last of them. And the meaning of the worst of the rows in the case of the women and the men, is the least of them in reward and virtue.

 

And the last of the rows of the women when attending with the men, are only more virtuous, because of their distancing themselves from mixing with the men and their sight, and the heart being attached to them when seeing their movements and hearing their speech, and similar to that, and the first of their rows has been censured because of the opposite of that.

And Allah knows best….”

[As mentioned on page 502 of Sunan Abu Dawud, vol.1 published by Darussalam]

 

Benefit notes by Admin:

1] When in gatherings, men should always occupy the front seat while women should be behind them, and not the vice versa which we see nowadays.

2] As mentioned by Imam an-Nawawi that the  reason for the women’s best row being the last one is

because of their distancing themselves from mixing with the men and their sight, and the heart being attached to them when seeing their movements and hearing their speech, and similar to that, and the first of their rows has been censured because of the opposite of that.

This situation is during the prayer in the house of Allah when a slave tries to be the most obedient to His Lord [where a man or women cannot think of doing sin except who comes for that purpose]. Yet, the women are commanded to remain farthest from men, so how about in today’s time when we see women walking rubbing their shoulders with strangers at markets and other places?

 

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The Validity of Ruqyas During Haidh [menstruation] or Janabah

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Question:

Is it allowed to perform Ruqyas unto a female patient who is possessed or is cast by an evil eye during Haidh, or unto a male patient during Janabah?

 

Answer:

Basically, in cases of major Hadath (unclean state), such as Janabah and Haidh, Taharah (purification of the body by washing all of it with clean water) is required for reading the Qur‘an.

 

As far as patients are concerned, their Tahara perfects Ruqyas. However, if a lady falls ill during Haidh and suffers as a result, she is allowed to receive a Ryqua irrespective of the source of suffering, be it possession, magic or an evil eye.

Al-Jibreen, Al-Kinz Aththmeen (The Precious Treasure), p. 195.

Having a Group of women for Ruqyas

November 19, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Questions:

Is a man Raqi allowed to perform an Ruqya unto a group of women in one place, where their Mahrams (relatives forbidden in marriage) are available in case their own women go epileptic or faint?

 

Answer:

It is not forbidden for a man Raqi to perform a group Ruqya for an assembly of women. It is the presence of a man and a non-Mahram woman on their own that is forbidden. Accoding to the hadith, ―If a man and a woman (who are not Mahrams) get together on their own, Satan comes in.[ 1] for such a task, the Raqi must be a trustworthy person of religious commitment, faith and righteousness.

 

He has to limit his Ruqya to recitation and prayers behind a screen, and he must not directly touch the woman‘s body. It is recommended that the patients‘ Mahrams be present in case help is needed. [2]

(Wallahu-A‘lam)

 

Footnotes:

[1] Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, Kitab Al-Fitan (Book of Temptations) Hadith No. 2165.

[2] A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him.

 

The Weak and Destitute Will Form the Majority in Paradise

March 11, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Most of those who will enter Paradise will be the weak and destitute, whom people tend to ignore and care little about, but in the sight of Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) they are important, becuse they fear Him and worship Him faithfully and with humility.

 

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim report from Hareethah ibn Wahb that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Shall I not tell you about the people of Paradise? They said, “Of course”. He said,

 

“Every weak and oppressed person; if he were to implore Allaah for anything, He would grant it to him.”

[Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/535]

 

 
An-Nawawi said, commenting on this hadith:

“It refers to those who others despise, scorn and oppress because of their weak position in this world.

 

What is meant is that most of the people of Paradise will be of this type, but it does not meant that all of them will be“.

[Sharh an-Nawawi alaa Muslim, 17/187]

 
Al-Bukhaari, Ahmad and Muslim reported from Usaamah ibn Zayd that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that most of those who entered were the poor and destitute. The people of means were held back, whilst the people of Hell had been ordered into the Fire.

 

I stood by the gate of Hell, and saw that most of those who entered it were women”.

[Mishkaat al-Masaabih, 2/663 no 5233]

 

[[Source: al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, pg 73-74]

 

Related link:

• Did you know Hell can Speak and See?

• Beautiful conversation between Allah and the the Last Person to Enter Paradise

 

Is giving da’wah mandatory upon the woman?

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Written by/Said by: Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)
Taken from: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasa’il

 

Question: Is giving da’wah mandatory upon the woman, and in which field does she call?

 

Answer:

It is incumbent that we understand a principle and it is:

That which is established in regards to the men then it is applicable to the women (also) except with proof which points to (the fact that it does not apply to the women but rather only the men).

 

And an example where the proof is specific is:
‘Aishah (radiallahu anhum) said:
“O Messenger of Allaah! Is Jihaad binding upon the women?”
So he said:
“Jihaad is binding up them, that which entails no fighting; Hajj and Umrah.”

(Musnaad Imaam Ahmad and Sunan of Daruqutni)
And this shows that Jihaad, and it is Jihaad of the enemies (of Islaam), is mandatory upon the men and not mandatory upon the women.

 

And likewise the Prophet (sallallaho alahi wasallam) said:

“The best rows for the men are the first ones and the worst rows are the last ones. And the best rows for the women are the last ones and the worst rows for them are the first ones.” (Muslim)

So the principle is that whatever is established in regards to the men, then is applies (also) to the women from the commandments and prohibitions. And that which is established in regards to the women, then it (also) applies to the men, and for this, whoever accuses a man (of fornication), it is incumbent that he be punished with eighty lashes along with the fact that the verse was (specifically) for those men who accuse chaste innocent women (of fornication).

 

As Allaah the Most High said:

“And those who accuse chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes…” – An-Nur (24):4

 
Then we look at giving da’wah to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Is it specific to the men or is it a general, collective (effort shared by both women and men)? And that which is clarified from the book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaho alahi wasallam) is that it is a general, collective (effort). But the field of da’wah for a woman is not like the field of da’wah for a man. So the woman gives da’wah in a woman’s gathering and not in the gathering of men. So she gives da’wah in the field which, it is possible (Islamically) for her to give da’wah in. And it is in the gatherings of women, whether it be in the schools or in the masaajid.

 

Related link: What is the best way for women to give da’wah? By Shaykh Al-Albani

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