Muharram: Mankind’s Memorial – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

* Originally Published on 3/10/2016 Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said explains why Muharram, the first in the Islamic calendar, is an especially auspicious month on many levels.   The Prophets Before Muhammad ﷺ For one, it celebrates the achievement of the prophets who preceded Prophet Muhammad, – on him peace and blessings, in particular the struggle and […]

Anse Tamara Grey on Nisf Sha‘ban: For Women, by Women

In this podcast, Shaykha Anse Tamara Grey of Rabata, speaks about Nisf Shaban; the fifteenth day of the Islamic month of Sha‘ban. Her talk is particularly catered to women. Since there is much confusion about what has been narrated about Nisf Sha‘ban, she begins by reciting the various hadiths that clarify our understanding about it. […]

Litanies and Night Vigil: A Comprehensive SeekersHub Reader

09Litanies and night vigil form the 10th chapter of Imam Al-Ghazali’s seminal work, the Ihya, which is widely regarded as the greatest work on Islamic spirituality in the world. How Was the Tarawih Prayed During the Time of the Prophet and His Successors? The Ruling of the Tarawih Prayer: A Confirmed Sunna Is it Necessary […]

Can I Pray Tahajjud (Night Vigil) Before Going to Sleep?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum Can one pray Tahajjud before going to sleep (after Isha)? Does it include the same reward of praying it after one wakes up in the night? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, It is an established sunna to pray at night. The night vigil (tahajjud) is a […]

Is It Valid to Pray Tahajjud (Night Vigil) Just Before Fajr Time Enters?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Will it be acceptable pray Tahajjud at 03:30 am if Fajr time enters at 03:53 am? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, Yes, that would be acceptable. Technically, night prayer (qiyam al-layl) is that which is prayed after `Isha and before Fajr. It is known specifically as the night vigil […]

A Reader on Night Worship and the Night Vigil (tahajjud)

“… And my servant continues to draw closer to me by voluntary actions until I love him…”[Bukhari] Tahajjud Prayer: Description & Merits Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the […]

Are Tarawih and Tahajjud Prayers Different or the Same? Are they both from the sunna of the Prophet?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Asalamo alykum The Imam at the mosque where I go for tarawih prayer also prays witr jamaat. Does this mean that the taraweeh count as the tahajjud? If not then should I leave the mosque after offering the tarawih and pray the witr at home with tahajjud? Answer: Wa […]

Fiqh of The Islamic Month of Muharram

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: What is the fiqh of the Islamic month of Muharram? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Duties of the Month of Muharram 1. It is the best of months for general voluntary fasts, after Ramadan. 2. It is especially recommended to fast the 10th of Muharram (known […]

Virtues of the Sacred Month of Muharram, Its First Ten Days, and the Day of `Ashura

Duties of the Month of Muharram 1. It is the best of months for general voluntary fasts, after Ramadan. 2. It is especially recommended to fast the 10th of Muharram (known as the Day of `Ashura), with a day before it or after it. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, quoting Kasani’s al-Bada`i] 3. It is also […]

How Do I Raise My Resolve to do Good & Overcome Hardness of the Heart?

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish Question: When I began practicing, I used to be very motivated to perform the good. Now, I feel a hardness in my heart and less motivated to do good deeds. Can you please give some advice on how I can raise my motivation? Answer: Bismillah Allah Most High says, “O […]