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The Excellent Qualities of the Qur'an

Abīda al-Mulaikī who was a Companion reported God’s messenger as saying, "Do not make the Qur’ān a pillow,* but recite it as it deserves to be recited during the night and the day. Recite it aloud, chant it and consider its contents, perhaps you may prosper; but do not seek to get reward for it in this world, for it provides rewards.” (i.e., in the next world)

*A figure of speech warning against laziness or neglect.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ


14 January 2022

أَرَءَيْتَ ٱلَّذِى يَنْهَىٰ
عَبْدًا إِذَا صَلَّىٰٓ

Have you seen the one who forbids

A servant when he prays?

أَرَءَيْتَ إِن كَانَ عَلَى ٱلْهُدَىٰٓ
أَوْ أَمَرَ بِٱلتَّقْوَىٰٓ

Have you seen if he is upon guidance

Or enjoins righteousness?

أَرَءَيْتَ إِن كَذَّبَ وَتَوَلَّىٰٓ
أَلَمْ يَعْلَم بِأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَرَىٰ

Have you seen if he denies and turns away 

Does he not know that Allah sees?

كَلَّا لَئِن لَّمْ يَنتَهِ لَنَسْفَعًۢا بِٱلنَّاصِيَةِ
نَاصِيَةٍ كَـٰذِبَةٍ خَاطِئَةٍ
فَلْيَدْعُ نَادِيَهٗ
سَنَدْعُ ٱلزَّبَانِيَةَ

No! If he does not desist, We will surely drag him by the forelock

A lying, sinning forelock.

Then let him call his associates;

We will call the angels of Hell

  ۩ كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَٱسْجُدْ وَٱقْتَرِب  

No! Do not obey him. But prostrate and draw near [to Allah].  ۩ (96:9-19)

7 January 2022

لَهٗ مُعَقِّبَـٰتٌ مِّنۢ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهٖ يَحْفَظُونَهٗ مِنْ أَمْرِ ٱللَّهِ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا۟ مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ۗ وَإِذَآ أَرَادَ ٱللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوٓءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهٗ ۚ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن دُونِهٖ مِن وَّالٍ

For him [i.e., each one] are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron. (13:11)

31 December 2021

لَّيْسَ ٱلْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا۟ وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ ٱلْمَشْرِقِ وَٱلْمَغْرِبِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ ٱلْبِرَّ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْـَٔاخِرِ وَٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ وَٱلْكِتَـٰبِ وَٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ وَءَاتَى ٱلْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِۦ ذَوِى ٱلْقُرْبَىٰ وَٱلْيَتَـٰمَىٰ وَٱلْمَسَـٰكِينَ وَٱبْنَ ٱلسَّبِيلِ وَٱلسَّآئِلِينَ وَفِى ٱلرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَى ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱلْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَـٰهَدُوا۟ ۖ وَٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ فِى ٱلْبَأْسَآءِ وَٱلضَّرَّآءِ وَحِينَ ٱلْبَأْسِ ۗ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا۟ ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُتَّقُونَ

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakāh; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous. (2:177)

Sajdah al-Tilaawah ۩

​What is Sajdah al-Tilaawah?

  • It is Waajib (necessary) on a person to perform Sajdah (prostration)  on reciting or hearing another person recite one of the 14 Ayaat al-Tilaawah (Verses of Prostration) of the Holy Qur'an.

  • It is Waajib on both the reciter and all those who hear the recitation.

What is the Method of Performing Sajdah al-Tilaawah outside Salaah?

  • The method is for one to stand up, face Qiblah, say Allahu Akbar and go into Sajdah, pray Subhaana Rabbi'al A’laa’  (at least) 3 times while in Sajdah and then saying Allahu Akbar stand back up.

  • All the Sharaait (preconditions) of Salaah other than Takbeer al-Tahreemah - i.e. cleanliness, facing the Qiblah, intention, covering body and time, must be satisfied.

What is the Method of Performing Sajdah al-Tilaawah in Salaah?

  • Immediately on completing the Ayaah al-Tilaawah, say Allahu Akbar and go straight into Sajdah, pray Subhaana Rabbi'al A’laa’  (at least) 3 times and while saying Allahu Akbar, immediately stand back up in Qiyaam and carry on with the rest of your Salaah.

  • It is better to recite some verses as going from Qiyaam to Sajdah to Qiyaam and then immediately into Rukoo' resembles mixing up the order in which Salaah is prayed.  However, doing so would not invalidate the Salaah.

What if I forget to Perform Sajdah al-Tilaawah?

  • If you prayed a verse of Sajdah in Salaah, but have forgotten to perform Sajdah then as long as you are in the "Hurmah (sanctity) of Salaah" then you must perform it and then perform Sajdah al-Sahw.

  • A person continues to be in "Hurmah  of Salaah" until one performs an act that invalidates the Salaah (for example, if the Wudoo' is broken, by eating or drinking, talking to someone) - in this instance, a person will continue to be in the "Hurmah  of Salaah"  even if one performed Salaam.

Source: https://salaah.learnislam.org.uk/sujood-al-tilaawah/