Allocating specific Thikr for a certain day in the name of Salafiyyah

Question: Some brothers in Pakistan claim that they are Salafee Muslims (those acting upon the views of Salaf [righteous predecessors]) but they always hold sessions for Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah) on Thursdays after the `Asr (afternoon) Prayers. They think the time after `Asr Prayer is a suitable time, if not the most suitable time, for Thikr. As to the manner in which they perform Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah), it is as follows: One of them sits in front of the group and starts saying “Allaah” in a loud voice.

Other people repeat after him in a lower voice. Then he says, “Subhaan Allaah” (Glory be to Allaah) or “Al-Hamdu-lillaah” (Praise be to Allaah), and so on, and they repeat after him. These brothers think that in this way they are purifying their souls. They quote some of the Ahaadeeth that encourage holding sessions of Thikr to justify this practice. What is the ruling on them?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, these people are not Salafees’. Their practice does not belong to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) either. In fact they are committing Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

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Ruling on making Thikr loudly while swaying

Question: What is the ruling on those who make Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) in unison and raise their voices while jumping and swaying from side to side?

Answer: It is not permissible to do this, for this way is Bid`ah (innovation in religion). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

Ruling on saying Thikr collectively between Taraaweeh prayers

Question: In Ramadan We find people in some Masjids (mosques) who invoke Allaah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet, the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, the Mothers of the Believers, and the Ten Sahaabah (Companions) given the glad tidings of entering Jannah (Paradise) loudly in congregation. They do this following each two Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) of Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan) in a specific order known to them. What is the ruling on this? How many Rak`ahs are there in Taraaweeh prayer? When is it performed? Is it performed on the night of the first or the second day of Ramadaan? What is the ruling on some Imaams reciting half an Aayah, one, or two short Aayaat in Taraaweeh and Maghrib prayer especially in Ramadaan?

Answer: Dhikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and invoking Allaah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet in congregation after Fard (obligatory) or Nafilah (supererogatory) prayer, or following each two Rak`ahs of Taraaweeh is Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Reciting Al-Faatihah after Du`aa’

Question: Did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recite Al-Faatihah after Du`aa’ (supplication)?

Answer: It is not reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him be upon him) used to recite Al-Faatihah after du`aa’, as far as we know. So, this is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on invoking blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) aloud and making collective Du`aa’ after Salaah

Question: What is the Islaamic ruling on the following: Invoking peace and blessings upon the Prophet aloud after the congregational Salaah (Prayers), making Du`aa’ (supplication) collectively after offering Salaah, reciting a Hizb (a 60th portion of the Qur’aan) collectively, singing in different styles, and praying behind a blind Imaam who sometimes makes mistakes in recitation?

Answer: Firstly, invoking peace and blessing upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is greatly rewarded and enjoined by Allaah (Exalted be He) in the Glorious Qur’aan. Additionally, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encourages Muslims to conduct this practice as it entails double reward based on the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Hadeeth… read more here.

Ruling on a Khateeb and listener talking during the Khutbah

Question: We saw an Imaam in Al-Bulaydah who, while standing above the pulpit, said to the worshippers: “Say that there is no god but Allaah”. Therefore, people pronounced Tahleel (saying: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah [There is no god except Allaah]”) and Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”). Is it right for the Imaam to say that? Is it right for the followers to pronounce Tahleel? What is the meaning of the Hadeeth that says: “If you (even) ask your companion to be quiet on Friday while the Imaam is delivering the sermon, you have in fact talked irrelevance.” We would like an answer for this questions.

Answer: First, If the Khateeb (preacher) intends by saying to the listeners: “Say that Allah is One,” to guide them to what is obligatory upon them concerning Tawheed Al-`Uloohiyyah (Oneness of Worship), Tawheed Ar-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Allaah’s Lordship) and Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ wal-Sifaat (Oneness of Allaah’s Names and Attributes), he will not be blamed even if they misunderstood him and pronounced Tahleel and Takbeer in loud voices. But they have committed a mistake due to their misunderstanding and in raising their voices… read more here.

Reciting selected lines of poetry after Friday Salaah

Question: After every Friday Prayer, people in our country recite the following lines of poetry. Is this permissible?

These lines read:
O Lord, I deserve not in Paradise to dwell
Nor can I endure the fire of Hell
So may you my repentance accept and my sins obliterate
For indeed You forgive sins, no matter how great.

Answer: A Muslim is allowed to make Du`aa’ (supplication) and to beseech Allaah humbly at any time and in all circumstances. Allaah (Exalted be He) stated… read more here.

Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah for the dead and otherwise

Question: Some people may say, “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah for the soul of so-and-so!” or “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah for Allaah to make such-and-such work easy for us!” People then start reciting Al-Faatihah. Besides, a person may say, “Let’s recite Al-Faatihah” after he finishes reciting the Qur’aan. The listeners then start reciting Al-Faatihah. Also it is a habit of some people to recite Al-Faatihah as a betrothal ceremony. What is the ruling on all these deeds?

Answer: Reciting Al-Faatihah by the listeners after invoking Allaah, reciting the Qur’aan or as a betrothal ceremony is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). None of these deeds is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of his Sahaabah (Companions) (may Allaah be pleased with them)… read more here.

Desirability of observing the Sharee`ah way of Thikr

Question: What is the ruling on saying any formula of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) in a specific number of times? How can it be impermissible while there are the two following Hadeeth: If anyone invokes blessings on me once on Friday, Allaah will bless them ten times, and whoever invokes blessings on me ten times, Allaah will bless them one hundred times and Whoever says: ‘There is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allaah. He is alone, Who has no partner. To Him belongs the sovereignty and to Him praise is due. He gives life and causes death and He is Potent over everything,’ a hundred times every day, they will get the reward of emancipating one thousand persons from the progeny of Ismaa`eel (Ishmael) ?

Answer: It is desirable to say the formulae of Thikr for a specific number of times, if this is stated in the Share`ah (Islaamic law). Regarding the formulae of Thikr for which there is no mention of a specific number of times, it is permissible to say them without being bound by a specific number. Accordingly, this permissibility does not contradict the authenticity of the Ahaadeeth mentioned above… read more here.

Repetition of the phrase: “Yaa Lateef”

Question: There is a group of people in our Masjid (mosque) who always repeat the phrase “Yaa Lateef” (O Most Kind and Gentle) 122 times after reciting Allaah’s Noble Names. Is this valid?

Answer: This is impermissible, because this has not been reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who stated in an authentic Hadeeth… read more here.

Swaying while saying Dhikr

Question: Some people in Egypt and its rural areas say Thikr (remembrance of Allaah) collectively while swaying. Does this act have an origin in Islaam?

Answer: This act has no origin in Islaam. Rather, it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), which contradicts the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)… read more here.

Making Thikr collectively and reciting the entire Qur’aan together in one voice

Question: What is the ruling on making Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) collectively in one voice as done by the followers of Sufi orders in Al-Hadrah (A Sufi session of Thikr) or as called in Morocco, Al-`Imaarah, and the collective recitation of the Qur’aan in one voice in Masaajid (mosques), houses and celebrations.

Answer: Making collective Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), reciting the entire Qur’aan together in Al-Hadrah (Sufi session of Thikr) and reciting the entire Qur’aan in one voice in the Masaajid (mosques), houses, celebrations, and funerals, all have no origin in the Sharee`ah… read more here.

Assigning someone to recite the daily Wird of the morning and the evening

Question: When some Muslim brothers set out on a journey or to perform `Umrah, they ask one of them to recite the Wird (portion recited with consistency) of the morning and the evening reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), while the rest of the group listen to him. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say certain forms of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) and Du`aa’ (supplication) through which he supplicated to Allaah every night and day in private… read more here.

Changing one’s name after performing Hajj

Question: What is the ruling on changing one’s name like most of the Indonesian pilgrims do? Indonesians usually change their names when they go to Makkah Al-Mukarramah or Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. Is this Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) or not?

Answer: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to change bad names to good ones. If the Indonesian pilgrims are changing their names for this purpose, and not for finishing the rituals of Hajj or their visiting Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) and offering Salaah therein, then this is permissible… read more here.

Setting aside a certain bed or a Sofa until a pilgrim comes back to use it

Question: In our country, the family of a pilgrim sets aside for him a bed or a sofa. They cover it with clean and perfumed coverlets and place money and bottles of perfume around it. They prevent people from using it telling them that they cannot sit on it until the pilgrim returns from Hajj and use it first. After the pilgrim uses it, others may then sit on it. I hope that you can inform us about this practice. Many thanks to you, may Allaah benefit Muslims with your knowledge!

Answer: The actions mentioned above done by the family of a person intending to perform Hajj is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Setting aside a bed, washing it, covering and perfuming it and preventing people from sitting on it till the pilgrim returns from Hajj to be the first to sit on it, are acts of Bid`ah and instituting in religion that which Allaah has not ordained… read more here.

Saying: The door of the Ka`bah will not open if anyone other than Banoo Shaybah tries to open it

Question: One of my friends said that Banoo Shaybah are the custodians of the Ka`bah and that no one can open the door of the Ka`bah even if he has the keys unless he is one of them. He told me that a person who is not from Banoo Shaybah took the keys and tried to open the door, but the door would not open until they brought a baby from Banoo Shaybah and placed his hand on the key. Is this true?

Answer: Banoo Shaybah are the custodians of the Ka`bah. It is not true that the door of the Ka`bah will not open if anyone other than Banoo Shaybah tries to open it. What is mentioned about someone other than Banoo Shaybah who tried to open the door but failed to do so until they brought a baby from Banoo Shaybah who put his hand on the key and the door was opened is not true… read more here.

Fasting (Sawm) during Rajab and Sha‘ban

Question: I know people who always perform Sawm (Fast) for the whole months of Rajab and Sha‘baan until Ramadaan without break. Is there any Hadeeth regarding this practice? If there is any, kindly provide the text?

Answer: It is not authentically reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) used to fast the entire month of Rajab or Sha‘baan… read more here.

Observing Sawm on certain days in Rajab

Question: There are days on which we voluntarily observe Sawm (Fast) during Rajab. Should these days be in the beginning, middle, or end of the month?

Answer: No specific Ahaadeeth were authentically reported about the merit of Sawm in Rajab, except that which was related by Al-Nasaa’ee and Aboo Daawood, and ranked as Saheeh (authentic) by Ibn Khuzaymah, on the authority of Usaamah who said… read more here.