Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah and Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah and concluding by reciting, “Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power”

Question: We are a group of Muslim immigrants who work in France. We were gathered on Taqwaa (fear/wariness of offending Allaah) and following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). We, by Allaah’s Will, managed to assign a hall to perform the Five Obligatory Daily Prayers. We chose an Imaam, may Allaah help him with this burden.

In addition, we arranged to hold sessions on preaching and guidance from time to time. However, this group has started to gradually break up because each one of us says after Tasleem (salutation of peace ending the Prayer), “Subhaan Allah [Glory be to Allaah]” thirty-three times, “Al-hamdu lillaah [All praise is due to Allaah]” thirty-three times, and Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]” thirty-three times,” as an implementation of the Prophet’s Hadeeth narrated by Aboo Hurayrah, The poor people went to the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) and said, “The wealthy have obtained the highest ranks and lasting bliss. They perform Salaah (Prayer) as we perform Salaah, and they observe Sawm (Fasting) as we observe Sawm, but they have more wealth with which they perform Hajj and `Umrah, and give Sadaqah (voluntary charity).” He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Shall I tell you something that if you act upon it you will catch up with those who are ahead of you, and you will get ahead of those who are behind you? No one will be better than you, except those who do as you do. Say, “Subhan Allaah (Glory be to Allaah),” “Al-hamdu lillaah (All praise is due to Allaah),” and “Allaahu Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest)” thirty-three times after every Salaah.” Each one of us says the formula mentioned in the Hadeeth subvocally. After that we recite Al-Faatihah and Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah (the second part of Tashahhud) in congregation and end our gathering by reciting, “Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! (He is free) from what they attribute unto Him! And peace be on the Messengers! And all the praise and thanks be to Allaah, Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).” Some of the fellow brothers dissociated themselves from this practice. They said that it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), which we will bear its sin and the sin of those who follow us until the Day of Resurrection.

Please give us a Fatwaa regarding this matter. Is the recitation of Al-Faatihah, Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah, and the last three Aayaat of Soorah Al-Saaffaat (180-182) in congregation good or is it a Bid`ah? Those fellow men do not perform Salaah with us anymore until we abandon this practice.There should be a Fatwaa to end this disagreement.

In case we are wrong, we will abstain from it and ask Allaah to forgive us but in case we are right, we invoke Allaah to guide those fellow brothers. We hope there will be no cause for disagreements, which destroy and shatter Muslims’ unity.

Answer: It is not permissible to recite Al-Faatihah and Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah, and end the gathering with reciting the last three Aayaat of Soorah Al-Saffat because it is Bid`ah. This is not reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

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Ruling on offering Du`aa’ for the dead before moving the body, after the Funeral Prayer and after burial

Question: Before someone is buried, much attention is paid to washing their body, and before they are taken to the grave, people offer Du`aa’ (supplication) for them. When they reach the grave, people conduct the Funeral Prayer. After this, people offer Du`aa’ again for the dead and then the body is placed into the grave. The earth is heaped on the grave till the body is covered completely, water is splattered on it, a Soorah of the Qur’aan is recited, and people make another Du`aa’ for the third time.

Answer: Offering Du`aa’ for the dead when washing or enshrouding them is permissible, for Du`aa’ benefits the dead… read more here.

Making Thikr by only uttering the Shahaadah

Question: Is it permissible to make Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) by uttering Laa ilaaha illa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah) in addition to Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah? And what is the ruling on making Thikr by these words on a regular basis?

Answer: Bearing witness to the Oneness of Allaah, and to the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is obligatory and without which one cannot be called a Muslim… read more here.

Saying: “Laa ilaaha illa Allaah” collectively when walking in a funeral procession

Question 32: What is the ruling on collective recitation of Tahleel (saying: “Laa ilaaha illa Allaah [There is no god except Allaah]”) when walking in a funeral procession?

Answer: It was not the Prophet’s regular practice to recite Tahleel or read any verses of the Qur’aan or anything of the sort when walking in a funeral procession. As far as we know, the Prophet did not order to recite Tahleel in groups… read more here.