Archive for June, 2011

Is it Permissible for a Woman to Pray Without Socks or With a Short Garment?

Questioner: Our teacher, many women go to the masjid for prayer without socks, they perform their prayer without socks. 

Shaikh Al-Albani: Whether they go or not (to the masjid) their prayer in their houses without socks is an invalid prayer.

Questioner: Even in the house?

Shaikh Al-Albani: Even in the house, so how about the masjid?

Questioner: May Allah reward you.

Shaikh Al-Albani: And you also.

Another Questioner: Even if she completely covers her feet?

Shaikh Al-Albani: How do you imagine that she covers her feet? In the present day there are no women who drag their garments (because of it being long), but if you can picture this case then the prayer is correct, and the issue is that her feet are uncovered, however if her feet are covered, for example: her dress is loose and long where it covers her feet, then this is what is wanted from the women when she prays in her home or in the masjid, but sadly today women don’t have long clothing.

Questioner: Ok, do the socks cover, O teacher?

Shaikh Al-Albani: The socks cover and don’t cover. They cover the color of the skin, but they don’t cover the shape of the foot, therefore from the conditions of the garment that covers the private parts for men – aside from women – is that it is not transparent where the color of the skin is visible, and it is not tight where it defines the body part. So the garment is not permissible unless it contains these two characteristics, it’s not transparent and not tight.

Questioner: Ok, do the socks define the body part?

Shaikh Al-Albani: Absolutely, they define.

Questioner: Ok, how do they cover in prayer?

Shaikh Al-Albani: With time they cover; they cover and don’t cover. And I explained to you in detail how they cover and don’t cover.

Questioner: Meaning, the woman must wear socks in prayer?

Shaikh Al-Albani: I said, and I am still saying – she must cover her feet with a loose and wide garment, as for the socks they cover and they don’t cover, my words are clear.

Questioner: Is it better to wear socks?

Shaikh Al-Albani: If her garment is long […] if her garment is long where it covers her feet whether she wears socks or not, what is meant is a covering that is not tight or transparent. Socks without a garment over them define the body part, but they cover the skin color and this is not enough, so it is necessary for the garment to cover the color and the shape.

Questioner: Our teacher, in regards to nullification of the prayer, but they don’t have knowledge of these things. 

Shaikh Al-Albani: Yes, they don’t have knowledge but they can learn, so if they learn and remain lenient then their prayer is invalid.

Tape 4 of “Silsilat al Huda wan Noor”Translated by Abu Musa Muhammad Sulieman

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Enjoy masculine qualities; which include bravery, forthrightness, noble manners and giving for the sake of good causes until the ambitions of men [die] before reaching your level.

Equally, beware of the qualities that oppose them (i.e. the qualities) such as being unconfident, impatient, and weak in nobility for indeed they destroy knowledge, and cut off the tongue from speaking the truth, and they lead him headlong to his enemies in [such] a state where they (i.e. the opposing qualities) brush the faces of the pious amongst [Allaah’s] slaves with their poisons.

  • Transcribed from: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge | Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd

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As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh.

InshaaAllaah my blog will be having some changes to it –  but not in appearances.  To be honest, I’m not really that concerned with the look of the blog so much as the content that you all can benefit from.  What I will be changing however, will be more posts with my views on values or lessons learned I’d like to share –  of course all in accordance to the sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. I’ve seen some sisters take part in this and it’s actually very refreshing to read people sharing this on their sites mashaaAllaah.

I’m not sure how often I will be doing this because I don’t want to make a commitment I can’t keep, but inshaaAllaah read them as they come along.

BarakaAllaahu feekum.

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“When Allah tests you it is never to destroy you. When He removes something in your possession it is (only) in order to empty your hands for an even greater gift.” 

– Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah)

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This (female) questioner from France says that she has just professed Islaam and always hears of (the term) “Al-Wahabiyyah”, so she desires clarification from the Shaykh regarding this issue, may Allaah protect him.


I ask Allaah, O my daughter, that He establish you on Islaam and the Sunnah. O Allaah, establish her! [The Shaykh made this supplication three times]
(The term) “Al-Wahabiyyah” is attributed to Ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhaab (رحمه الله) because he was the one who revived the call of Tawheed in the middle part of the twelfth century of the hijrah. He was aided upon this revival by the Ameer, the Imaam, Muhammad ibn Saud, may Allaah have mercy upon them both.

This ascription (Al-Wahabiyyah) is used by the enemies; the enemies of Tawheed, the enemies of the Sunnah. So it has become, that every enemy of Tawheed and the Sunnah ascribes the person of Tawheed and the Sunnah with being “Wahabee”. This is the explanation of the word “Al-Wahabiyyah”.

And perhaps you should know that it is an evil ascription both blameworthy and faulty, because Ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhaab (رحمه الله) did not ascribe himself with this. Likewise, this ascription was never attributed to him by the Scholars of the da’wah after him, nor from amongst his sons, grandchildren and brothers of the da’wah up until the present time.

It is not known from anyone from amongst them attributing him with this ascription except the people of superstitions, innovations, and Shirk. They are the ones who ascribe the people of the Sunnah with this ascription.

Shaykh `Ubayd al-Jaabiree


And here’s a good book in light of this issue and inaccuracies surrounding this title and its ascription to Salafiyyah:


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Reward for good

هَلْ جَزَاءُ الْإِحْسَانِ إِلَّا الْإِحْسَانُ

      Is there any reward for good other than good?

     Surah Ar-Rahman, Verse 60.

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It is reported that Shurayh the Judge used to have a house in which he would spend time alone on Fridays; no one knew what he did in it.

Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` Vol.4 p105.

It is reported that Abû Al-‘Âliyah said, “I learned writing and the Qur`ân without my family noticing, and not a drop of ink was ever seen on my garment.”

Abû Nu’aym, Hilyatu Al-Awliyâ` Vol. 2 p217.

It is reported that when Ibn Abî Laylâ prayed [at night], if someone entered [his house], he would lie down on his bed [as if he was sleeping].

Ibid. Vol. 4 p351.

It is reported that Ayyûb Al-Sakhtiyânî used to pray all night and hide it. In the morning, he would raise his voice as if he had just woken up.

Al-Dhahabî, op. cit. Vol. 6 p17.

It is reported that Dâwûd b. Abî Hind fasted for forty years without his family knowing, he would take his lunch out with him and donate it in the street.

Ibid. Vol. 6 p378.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/index.php/category/intentions/#ixzz1PFnARKDh

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‎”My dear brothers! If you truly respect the methodology of the Salaf and those who adhere to it, then spread its books and teach from them. And fill your writings, lectures and articles with their statements about the people of innovation and warnings against them. Teach the youth about the stances that they took against innovators and encourage them to study that, accept it and take pride in it. Through these actions, the creed and methodology of the Salaf will be revived and sparkle within the peoples’s souls causing them to raise their heads with pride and dignity.” -Shaykh Rabee’

extracted from the book
“The Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah on Criticizing Individuals, Books & Groups”

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It is narrated that an-Nawawi said “The fact that Moosa travelled to Khidr to seek knowledge, shows that it is recommended to seek more knowledge even if you have some.” [Taken from The Book “Sharh Saheeh Muslim” by Imaam an-Nawawi]

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Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) stated:

“Oh Muslim Woman, indeed Allaah has created you in the best form. He provided you with the intellect, senses, and limbs, by which you have the ability to fulfill that which is obligatory upon you to fulfill and abandon that which you have been prohibited from, from every statement and action which calamity will befall. He (Allaah) has obligated upon you to attain understanding of the religion in order for you to establish that which Allaah has made you responsible for, in a manner that Allaah wants, the Lord of the Creation, as well as being upon the methodology that the most noble of the Prophets, the master of the Messengers came with, beginning with “Al-Fiqh Al-Akbar” and it is the Tawheed of The Lord of The Creation.”Source: Ar-Risaalatul Qayyimah lil Mar-ah al-Muslimah pg. 22

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