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.

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.

Books free from Bid`ahs and warning against Bid`ah-tinged Tareeqah

Question: First: We live in a village called Baqur in Aboo Tij town, Asyut Governorate. We live in worry due to the innovation of new matters that are far from religion. We would like a decisive answer for the things that have been innovated to avoid indulging in them, to apply the principles of Islaam with deep insight and to reject Bid`ahs (innovations in religion). What are the books that point out these matters for us? May Allaah guide you and us to goodness and guidance!

We are young men who are keen to know our religion in spite of what we find of obstinacy and stubbornness of our fathers who have become busy with material life and neglect their religion. What are the recommended books that are free from Bid`ahs, and what are the means to help guide us to the truth? Moreover, our parents deprived us of our allowance due to our religious behavior. They do so because we deny their ignorance and innovation in religion. We would like you to give us a list of useful books so that we can buy some of them and worship Allaah with deep insight and knowledge. Are there weak and fabricated Ahaadeeth? How can we know these kinds of Ahaadeeth especially if they are circulated among some Imaams?

What is the reality of the Tareeqahs (Sufi orders) we have like Al-Shaadhooliyyah, Al-Ahmadiyyah, Al-Sa`diyyah, Al-Burhaaniyyah and the like? How can we refute their allegations? What books are considered to be decisive in this regard? Are they following the truth as they claim?

We find that some Imaams follow a juristic school that is different from others. Differences among them usually end in quarrel that leads some of the worshippers to give up prayer. We would like a decisive answer in this regard. Can we follow only one of these juristic schools? How can we bring about agreement between these juristic schools in order to restore order?

Some of them may insult the Qur’aan by interpreting some Aayaah (verses) according to their desires and whims in order to mislead people. They interpret, for example, Allaah’s saying in Soorah Al-‘Imraan: Those who remember Allaah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides as those who offer Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) while dancing and swaying to their left and right sides humming unknown words and saying: “Alla Hayy” and other things. Moreover, they permit birth control, women’s singing and praising the Messenger of Allaah by using musical instruments. We would like you to guide us to the truth in matters of our religion in order to refute the claims of those who innovate in matters of their religion.

Answer: Firstly: You did not mention the Bid’ahs you want to ask us about in order to answer you. We would like to bring to your attention a great rule concerning acts of worship. The basis of all acts of worship is that you should not do them unless there is evidence that denotes them. A person should not say that this worship is legal according to its origin, number, or manner except with legal proof for it.… read more here.

The Bid`ah of holding banquets on birthdays celebrating the Prophet and righteous people

Question: In Tanzania we hold a banquet in a special location in our town where we gather and say: “This banquet is offered by the founder of Qaadiriyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order).”

Is this act regarded as Bid`ah (innovation in religion) or does it comply with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)? We do not visit the Masaajid (mosques), unless we make this banquet and recite the birth narrative of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Is there anything wrong with these practices?

Answer: No banquets were held for honoring any of the late righteous men during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), or the Salaf (righteous predecessors… read more here.

Days on which it is prohibited to observe Sawm (fast)

Question: What are the days on which it is prohibited to observe Sawm (Fast)?

Answer: The days on which it is prohibited to observe Sawm include the day of doubt which is the 30th day of the month of Sha`baan if the new moon of Ramadaan has not been sighted, the two ‘Eeds… read more here.

Fasting for the sake of fulfilling something needed

Question: Where we live, it is said that if a person wants Allaah (Exalted be He) to fulfill his needs, he should fast. What is the manner of such fasts?

Answer: Fasting for the sake of fulfilling something you need is Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Instead, a person can draw closer to Allaah (Exalted be He) with supererogatory deeds… read more here.

Is it permissible for us to break our Sawm (Fast) once we see that the sun has set?

Question: We cannot hear the Athaan (call to Prayer) because the Masjid (mosque) is far away from the place where we live. Is it permissible for us to break our Sawm (Fast) once we see that the sun has set?

Answer: When you are most certain that the sun has already set or you think it has most likely set, as you are not positively sure of its setting,due to heavy clouds, then you may break your Sawm even if you are too far away from the Masjid to hear the Athaan. This is based on a Hadeeth in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said… read more here.

What is the ruling on a person who delays breaking Sawm (fast)?

Question: What is the ruling on a person who delays breaking Sawm (Fast) until a long time after Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer during Ramadaan; for example, at 9 or 10 PM?

Answer: A fasting person should break Sawm immediately at sunset. This complies with the regular practice and words of the Prophet (peace be upon him). In this regard, it is reported on the authority of Sahl ibn Sa`d (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: People will remain on the right path (i.e., acting upon the Sunnah) as long as they hasten to break Sawm (immediately at sunset). (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) In brief, delaying Iftaar (breaking Fast) until a long time after sunset does not conform to the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet); rather, it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… read more here.