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The Sealed Nectar

 The Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur-Rahman

His Guidance

His Guidance
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The Book of Allah is the rain that brings forth true life on Earth.

I bear witness that there is no deity besides Allah—alone, who has no partner, no equal; Lord of the Messengers, Creator of the heavens and the earths. I bear witness that Muhammad is His devoted-servant and His Messenger sent with a Clear Book that separates guidance from misguidance, deception from righteousness, and conjectures from certainty.

The story of Prophet Eesaa -I

While Maryam (Mary), may Allaah exalt her mention, was praying in her place of worship, an angel in the form of a man appeared before her. Filled with terror, she tried to flee, praying (what means): "…'Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allaah.' He said: 'I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy [i.e., son].' She said: 'How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?' He said: 'Thus [it will be]; your Lord says: 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.''" [Quran: 19:18-21]

The Status of the Sunnah in Islam

The Role of the Sunnah towards the Quran:

The Sunnah cannot dispense with the Quran: Allah Almighty chose Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as His Prophet and selected him to deliver His final message. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) in which Allah commanded him to obey everything that was ordered of him; that is, to convey and explain His message to the people.

Giving a part of Ud-hiyah to non-Muslim neighbors

Q 1: If a neighbor is a Kafir (non-Muslim), but he never disturbs me with regard to ‘Ibadah (worship); is it permissible to give him from the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) and from the ‘Aqiqah (sacrifice for a newborn)? Respected Shaykh, we hope you will clarify this issue for us.

A: It is permissible to give a Kafir from the meat of an Ud-hiyah or ‘Aqiqah, as a way of showing kindness to the neighbor and fulfilling our Islamic duty as neighbors. May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!

Ruling on pilgrims and non-pilgrims fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah

Respected Shaykh, many people think that observing Sawm (Fast) on the Day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah) is to be accompanied by observing Sawm on the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah; please advise?

A: The Day of ‘Arafah can be fasted separately, which has a great merit as Allah (Exalted be He) expiates by it the sins of the year before and after it. As for pilgrims, it is impermissible for them to observe Sawm on the Day of ‘Arafah because the Prophet (peace be upon him) stood on that day without observing Sawm.

Source: Fatwas of Ibnaz

sunnah way of eating

A- The Prophet's guidance (peace be upon him) regarding food:1- He never refused food and never asked for a certain food. Nothing of the lawful foods were given to him but he ate it unless he hated it (out of a personal instinct). Then he would abandon it without prohibition and he never forced himself to eat it something he hated. Moreover, he never criticized food but if he desired it, he would eat else he would leave it as he left the eating of Dabb (a type of lizards) which he had never eaten it before.

a. His Guidance in Relieving Oneself

When entering the toilet he (peace be upun him) would say:
“O Allah, I seek refuge with you from evil and evil ones."
And upon coming out he (peace be upun him) would say: “I seek Your forgiveness.”

He (peace be upun him) usually urinated while squatting.

He (peace be upun him) sometimes cleaned himself with water, sometimes with stones and sometimes used both.

He (peace be upun him) used his left hand to clean himself.

He (peace be upun him) would call out the adhaan with or without repetition. He (peace be upun him) also pronounced the words of the iqaamah once or twice, except that he always repeated the words “Qad qamat is-salaah” (Prayer has begun) twice.

He (peace be upun him) ruled for his people that one who hears the adhaan should repeat the words after him, except for the words “Hayya `alas-salaah" and "Hayya `alal-falaah”, where one should say “La hawla wa la quwwata illa billaah." (There is no might and no power except through Allah.”

a. His Guidance in Beginning and Recitation

When he (peace be upun him) began prayer, he would say: "Allahu akbar" (Allah is most great). He (peace be upun him) would not say anything before that and never pronounced the intention (niyyah).

He (peace be upun him) would raise his hands to the earlobes or shoulders with his fingers straight, facing the Qiblah, and then place his right hand over the back of his left.

From his guidance was to honour Friday and the Friday (Jumu`ah) prayer, designating to it particular practices such as taking a bath, wearing one's best clothes, listening attentively to the sermon and frequently invoking blessings on the Prophet (peace be upun him).