Performing Hajj is obligatory

BismilLah*. Hajj (the Pilgrimage to Makkah) is the fifth pillar of Islam. The Prophet (sallallahu’ alayhi wa sallam meaning: may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Islam has been built upon five pillars: declaring that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; the establishment of salaah (five compulsory daily prayers; the payment of zakaah (obligatory charity); the Hajj (pilgrimage to the House of Allah, if one is able); and sawm of Ramadan (fasting in the month of Ramadan).” (Bukhari 1/ 7). This final pillar of Islam is obligatory, at least once in a lifetime, upon all sane Muslims, who reach the age of puberty, and are physically and financially able to make the journey. Allah the Almighty tells us in His Book: “… And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves (i.e. denies Hajj, then he is a disbeliever of Allah), then Allah stands not in need of any of the ‘Alâmin (mankind and jinn).” (Qur’an 3:97). To be continued in Shaa Allah May Allah guide all those performing hajj this year, accept their hajj, forgive their sins and protect them from any satanic influences. Aameen.


Will Allah help me and forgive me?

I was young and I did silly things doing bad habits that are against islam, I was quite islamic before this happened which is what makes it worse for me . I made friends with people that were non-muslims and I was convinced that if there was a god then he wouldn’t make my life so hard. Everytime I did something bad I felt guilty but I did it to supress emotional pain because I was suffering from depression . Everytime I did it I felt worse, then did it again to make myself feel better . Then I just thought STOP , this has to end. I had tried to reach out for help from people including my doctor but they made me feel worse or they didn’ t care. I was at a very low point in my life and if I think about what I did even though people have done worse I feel sick. I dropped all of my friends and I was left with no one. I spent so many days just doing nothing, I was convinced that there would be no hope. I prayed to allah to make my life better, I prayed that I would meet someone that would help me . I made a good friend online and then a few months later someone else came to me with marriage interest who is a muslim.
All of this was kind of sudden for me , I felt wrong and strange accepting with my past. I know that I am not like that anymore and that I have done wrong. But because its been such a big gap between the time that I did good and the time I stopped I am going to find it hard to get back into regular praying and wearing hijjab . Just to clarify I have never smoked, drank alcohol or ate pork . But I have done other things that are stupid and I stopped praying. I just want to know that despite what I have done , how can I undo it when I can ‘t . I don ‘t think allah will forgive me. And because I don’t have any friends I don’t really have anyone to discuss about islam that can help me , because I know I don’t do those things anymore but I am like a blank canvas I don’ t know where to start and I’m not convinced allah will forgive me .
I think marriage is a good thing for me but I am afraid that since I am just now getting my life back on track whether marriage will help me or not . I prayed to allah so I know that this is what he wants and the boy cares about me. I just don’t want to be doing the wrong thing at such a critical point in my life getting into adulthood . What has happened is in the past and I want to move forward . Will Allah forgive me ? and how do I change for good. Where should I start in getting re- educated with islam because its been a long time and can any of you help me ?
Salam Alaykum Sister,
Allahumdiallah Allah (swt ) has guided you back to the right path . The fact that you been guided back already shows Allah ( Swt) Mercy and love towards you.
The past is the past stop dwelling in it . Nothing you can do can change what you have done. But just imagine it as a trial and you passed and you came back to your lord. Imagine there a lot of people who sin yet they get further and further away from their lord . You have instead felt guilt (which is a very good sign) and you have came back to the right path.
Allah (swt ) wrote in his book which he keeps with him in jannah , that his Mercy on servants shall prevail over is wrath .
So never loose hope . Don’ t look back just thank god for every day you have left to ask for his forgiveness and mercy is a blessing for you.
Ps. For the marriage topic . I think it would be better for you to get married because Marriage completes half our deen . And you also said you needed a friend to speak to about islam. So why not marry a muslim guy and practise together and confide in him your questions and worry?
I think it would be the best thing , you can have a best friend and Husband and you can work towards pleasing your lord.
& don’t bring up your past to your husband . Your sins are only supposed to be kept between your lord and you.
Hopefully everything works well for you sister, I wish you the best .
May Allah ( swt ) forgive us all.
Wa Alaykum Wa Salam

Adhan and Iqama

The time interval between first and second Athaan for Friday prayer_

❓How long the difference between 1st and 2nd Azan during Friday prayer?
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We have already mentioned the ruling of the first Athaan that was introduced by ‘Uthmaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him in Fatwa 86806. The second Athaan for the Friday prayer is when the Imaam gets on the pulpit, and the first Athaan is before it.

As regards the time interval between them, then some scholars are of the view that the first is when the time of the prayer starts. Al-‘Ayni, in his interpretation of Abu Daawood, said: “Al-Qaadhi Abdul Wahhaab said in Al-Ma’oonah: the Friday prayer has two Athaans, one of them is at the time when the sun is at its meridian [i.e. the time of the beginning of Thuhr prayer], which was the one that was introduced by ‘Uthmaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him when the number of people increased very much, and there was a need for more means to inform them, and the second Athaan is when the Imaam sits on the pulpit.”

Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Ash-Sharh Al-Kabeer: “The first Athaan is recommended as soon as the time of the prayer starts, which was made a Sunnah by ‘Uthman  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and the Muslim Ummah acted in accordance to it after him, and this Athaan is for informing about the beginning of the time of the prayer, and the second is to inform about the Khutbah (Friday sermon), and the third (i.e. the Iqaamah)  is to inform about the commencement of the prayer.”

Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “Based on the above, it is clear that ‘Uthmaan introduced it in order to inform the people about the beginning of the time of the prayer.” [Fat-h Al-Baari]

Hence, the time difference between the two Athaans would be the time between the beginning of the time of the prayer and the coming of the Imaam who would deliver the Khutbah. This varies from one Imaam to another; some of them do not delay and some of them delay a little bit.

Some contemporary jurists are of the view that the first Athaan is about one hour or 45 minutes or close to that before the second Athaan. This is the view chosen by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him as he said: “The first Athaan is about one hour or 45 minutes or so before the coming of the Imaam…”. He criticized scrutinizing the time between the two Athaans and said that it is only a few minutes between them. He said: “For many generations, scholars approved that the first Athaan be before the second by 45 minutes or 60 minutes, and the people followed this, so do not scrutinize, let the people follow what they have been following. Even if we assume that it is confirmed that the interval between the first Athaan and the second one at the time of ‘Uthman  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was five or ten minutes, then the time now is different; Al-Madeenah was then small, smaller than the villages of today, but today Al-Madeenah is a big city and a person needs time to come from the farthest end of the city to the Masjid, so the first Athaan should be called before the second by a time interval that gives people the chance to prepare themselves and come.”

Shaykh Ibn Baaz  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said nearly the same thing as he estimated the time between them to “half an hour or so, or an hour,” as in the Fataawa Noorun ‘Ala Ad-Darb. He also said, “It is appropriate for the first Athaan not to be too far apart from the second so that people would be made aware and come forward to the prayer early before the Imaam who would give the Khutbah enters, and this is before the second Athaan by about half an hour or so.”

Allaah Knows best

Adhan And Iqamsh

Is the Athaan of the one whose ‘Awrah is exposed valid?_

❓Is concealing the ‘Awrah stipulated in calling the Athaan?

🌹All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad , is His slave and Messenger.

It is not stipulated for the validity of the Athaan (i.e. call for prayer) that the Mu’athin (i.e. one who calls to prayer) has to conceal his ‘Awrah (i.e. from the navel to the knees for a man and the entire body for a woman) while calling the Athaan. Imaam Zakaryaa’ Al-Ansaari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him in Asnaa Al-Mataalib: “The Athaan and Iqaamah of one who is Junub (i.e. in a state of ritual impurity) are valid even if one is in the mosque and his ‘Awrah is exposed. Doing something prohibited does not affect other things because what is meant (by the Athaan) is the declaration (that it is time for prayer) and it was done while the prohibition was for another thing, which is the sacredness of the mosque and exposing one’s ‘Awrah.” 

Allaah Knows best.


Question: Assalam aleykum,
I am so ashamed because I have watched pornography many times, even though I have tried to stop. Will Allah forgive me?
Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.
Dear questioner, it sounds like you are a struggling with a pornography addiction. This is a serious challenge, and you need to do everything you can to overcome it. Please perform the Prayer of Need and ask Allah for help.
Please commit to a path of healing, and start with Purify Your Gaze. This is an excellent resource for Muslims like yourself who struggle with sexual addictions.


Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘O son of Adam, I forgive you as long as you pray to Me and hope for My forgiveness, whatever sins you have committed. O son of ‘Adam, I do not care if your sins reach the height of the heaven, then you ask for my forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of ‘Adam, if you come to Me with an earth load of sins, and meet Me associating nothing to Me, I would match it with an earthload of forgiveness.”‘ [Tirmidhi]
Never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Take the steps you need to repent, and make good on your Islam. Through Allah’s help, anything is possible. I pray that Allah heals you and brings you closer to Him.

When should a muslim start fasting six days of Shawwal?

Praise be to Allah.
You can start fasting six days of Shawwal from the second day of Shawwal , because it is haram to fast on the day of ‘Eid . You can fast the six days at any time during
Shawwal, although the best of good deeds are those which are done soonest.
The standing committee received the following question:
Should fasting the six days be done immediately after Ramadhan, following the day of ‘Eid or is it permissible to do it a few days after ‘Eid in the month of
Shawwal or not?
They replied as follows:
These days do not have to be fasted immediately after ‘Eid al-Fitr; it is permissible to start fasting them one or more days after ‘Eid , and they may be done consecutively or separately during the month of Shawwal , according to what is easier for a person. There is plenty of room for maneuver in this matter, and this is not obligatory, it is Sunnah.
And Allah is the Source of strength. May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions and grant them peace.


Ramadhan Reminders

  1. Pray more often. For every prostration that you perform Allah will raise your position by one degree. Hadith Muslim
  2. You are nothing but a collection of days, once those days have passed so will you.
    Hasan al Basri
  3. Wasting time is worse than death because death separates you from this world whereas time separates you from Allah. Ibn al Qayyim
  4. Two armies that can never be defeated are the sincere heart and the righteous dua. Ibn Taymiyyah
  5. If the pains of this world tire you, do not grieve. For it may be that Allah wishes to hear your voice by way of dua.
    Ibn al Qayyim
  6. The breath of the mouth of the one who fasts us better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of perfume. Hadith Ibn Majah
  7. All of a human beings words count against him and not for him, except commanding the right and forbidding the wrong, and with the mention of Allah. Hadith Tirmidhi
  8. Every Deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty. Hadith Abu Dawood
  9. Take advantage of five before five: your youth, before old age, your health, before sickness; your wealth, before poverty; your free time before becoming busy; and your life, before your death.
    Hadith Ahmed
  10. And if you could count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Quran [14:34]
  11. Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear. Quran [2:286]
  12. Allah will not give mercy to anyone except those who give mercy to others.
    Hadith Tirmidhi
  13. When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less. Hadith Muslim
  14. A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to his will in adversity. Hadith Muslim
  15. No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother what he desires for himself. Hadith Bukhari
  16. Live in this world as if you will live here forever; prepare for the hereafter as if you will die tomorrow. Hadith Bukhari
  17. Say, Indeed, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord if the Universe. Quran [6:162]
  18. So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny. Quran [55:13]
  19. Remember Me (Allah) , and I will remember you. Quran [2:152]
  20. The best richness is the richness of the soul. Hadith Bukhari
  21. There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.
    Hadith Bukhari
  22. There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good. Hadith Bukhari
  23. Successful indeed are the believers. Those who humble themselves in their prayers… Quran [23:1-2]
  24. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. Quran [13:11]
  25. So verily, with hardship, there is ease.
    Quran [94:5]
  26. Every soul shall taste death. Quran [3:185]
  27. Beware of hoping for forgiveness without working for it. Hasan al Basri
  28. And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” Quran [41:33]
  29. …fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. Hadith Qudsi
  30. Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink. Hadith Bukhari


ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): علَيكَ بطُولِ الصَّمتِ فإنّهُ مَطرَدَةٌ لِلشَّيطانِ، وعَونٌ لكَ على أمرِ دِينِكَ.

The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘You must maintain silence for long periods of time for verily it drives Satan away and helps you in matters of your faith.’

ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ لأبي ذَرٍّ وهو يَعِظُهُ ـ: أربَعٌ لا يُصِيبُهُنَّ إلّا مؤمنٌ: الصَّمتُ وهُو أوَّلُ العِبادَةِ….

The Prophet (SAWA) said to Abu Dharr, exhorting him, ‘There are four things that none can accomplish apart from the believer: silence, and this is the first stage of worship…’

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في صِفةِ المؤمِنِ ـ: كثيرٌ صَمتُهُ، مَشغولٌ وَقتُـهُ.

Imam Ali (AS) said, describing the believer, ‘Great is his silence and occupied is his time.’

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الصَّمتُ رَوضَةُ الفِكرِ.

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Silence is the garden of thought.’

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا خَيرَ في الصَّمتِ عَنِ الحُكمِ، كما أنّهُ لا خَيرَ في القَولِ بِالجَهلِ.

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘There is no good in keeping silent about a matter of wisdom, just as there is no good in speaking about something one is ignorant of.’

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Advise me.’ And he ﷺ said, ‘If a man defamed you with what he knows about you, do not defame
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