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The Light of Prayer- Shaykh Abdur Rahman al-Akhdari

The pious Maliki scholar Abdur Rahman al-Akhdari who died in the 10 century A.H mentions in his famous work known as al-Akhdari : Prayer beholds an illuminating divine light which illuminates the hearts of those who perform prayer and none obtain it except those who humble themselves in fear before Allah (during prayer). If you therefore, come to perform […]

Convert Muslim: Is My Prayer Valid?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: I converted two weeks ago and am learning how to properly pray. While learning the obligatory actions, I always prayed in congregation to see step by step what actions were required. Later, I started adding wajib and sunna actions. Until I learnt them, I sometimes recited the general […]

Istikhara – A Powerful Prayer When In Need Of Guidance

What is the istikhara prayer and how does one perform it? The istikhara prayer is a very simple prayer of seeking guidance. One prays two rakats at any time that is not disliked, after which one recites the supplication of istikhara. It is best to recite it before sleeping, though in no way necessary. Like […]

Virtues of The Most Beloved of Words to Allah

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Thirty): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of the Most Beloved of Words to Allah. Samura ibn Jundub (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The most beloved of words to Allah Mighty and Majestic […]

The Virtues of Witr at the End of the Night

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-six): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of Witr at the End of the Night. Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever fears not being able to pray at the end of the […]

The Virtues of Lengthy Standing in Prayer

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-five): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of lengthy standing in Prayer. Jabir ibn Abd Allah (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked about which prayer is best. He replied (peace and blessings be […]

The Virtues of Praying Between Maghrib and Isha Prayers

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-four): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying between Maghrib and Isha Prayers. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever prays six rakats after Maghrib–without speaking ill between them–shall have the […]

The Virtues of Prayer at Night

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-three): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying at night. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of fasting after Ramadan is in the Month of Allah–Muharram. And the best […]

The Virtues of the Voluntary Prayer at Home

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty-One): In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of praying while in ones home. Jabir ibn Abd Allah (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If one of you prays at your mosque, then leave a […]

The Virtues of Standing in Prayer in the Month of Ramadan

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Twenty) In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz discusses the virtues of performing Taraweeh in Ramadan. Additionally, he discusses the importance of Laylat al-Qadr and its signs. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever stands in […]