Archive for February, 2009

Dr. Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullaah) relays a story about his shaykh, rahimahullaah; the video follows to play the actual audio of this event. MashaAllaah tabarrakAllaah.

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Praying Before the Time

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Q. If a person prayed before the time out of ignorance, what is the ruling?


A. The prayer of a person before the stated time does not suffice him as the obligatory prayer, because Allah, the Most High says: 

إِنَّ الصَّلاَةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًا 

Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours. (An-Nisa 4:103)


The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam made these times clear in his words:


“The time of Dhuhr is when the sun begins to decline from its zenith” (Reported by Al Bukhari)


-up to the end of the hadeeth.


Accordingly, whoever performed a prayer before its stated time, it will not suffice him as the obligatory prayer. Instead it will be considered a supererogatory prayer, meaning that it will be rewarded with the reward of a supererogatory prayer for that prayer, and he must repeat the prayer once the time for it has begun. And Allah knows best.   

  • Transcribed from: Fatawa Arkan-ul-Islam | Islamic Verdicts on the Pillars of Islam | Volume 2 | Shaykh Uthaymeen

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date palms

The saying of the Messenger – صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:

“Indeed there is a tree that does not shed its leaves, it resembles a Muslim. So tell me, which is it?”

So people started discussing the trees of the country side. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar said:

“I thought to myself that it was the date palm tree, but I was shy [and did not speak up].”

So they asked the Messenger – صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: “Tell us what it is O Messenger of Allaah.”
He said: “It is the date palm tree.”

I mentioned this to ‘Umar who said:

“It would have been more beloved to me than such and such had you said it was the date palm tree.”

[Collected by al-Bukhaaree. Also collected by Muslim; the wording is for Muslim].
An-Nawawee comments:

There are a number of benefits in this Hadeeth:


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