The `Isha’ Prayer

The `Isha’ Prayer

From this video learn step by step how to perform “Isha’ Prayer from the beginning with takbir to Tasleem (termination of salah).

Enjoy listening to the verses recited with khushu’ and learn the movements made in each rak`ah including sujud (prostration) and ruku` (bowing).

 

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`Asr: The Middle Prayer

`Asr: The Middle Prayer

The Middle Prayer

`Asr: The Middle Prayer

The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)

By: Editorial Staff

Allah, Almighty has addressed the Ummah (Muslim nation) to keep on the salah (prayer) at its fixed times, taking into consideration the conditions of validity of prayer. Keeping on something means to maintain and devote oneself assiduously to abide by it. Almighty Allah has singled out the mention of the middle prayer after ordering the Muslims to offer the prayer in general which gives the honor and importance to this specific prayer. It is known in the “Science of Rhetoric” as mentioning something specific after something general. There are many examples in the Qur’an such as:

In both of them are fruit and palm trees and pomegranates. (Ar-Rahman 55:68)

In the previous verse, Allah has specified the palm trees and pomegranates among all other kinds of fruits due to their importance.

What is the Middle Prayer?

There are two views among Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and scholars regarding the middle prayer as follows:

1- That is Fajr Prayer

This is the view of Abu Umamah, Anas, Jabir, Abu Al-‘Aaliyah, ‘Ubaydah ibn ‘Umair, ‘Ata’, ‘Ikrimah, Mujahid and others, and it is one of the two views of Ibn ‘Umar and Ibn ‘Abbas.

It is also the view of Malik and of Ash-Shafa’i as stated in Al-Umm. (Fath Al-Bari).

2- That is `Asr Prayer

This is the view of most of the scholars, and it is the correct and reliable view.

`Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said on the day (of the Battle) of Al-Ahzab: “They distracted us from offering the middle prayer, i.e. the `Asr prayer. May Allah fill their houses and graves with fire; he then observed this prayer between the evening prayer and the night prayer.” (Muslim)

Samurah ibn Jundab (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The middle prayer is the prayer of Al-`Asr.” (At-Tirmidhi)

This report states that it is ‘Asr prayer according to the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

This is also the view of Ibn Mas’ud and Abu Hurairah, and it is the correct view according to the school of Abu Hanifah. It is also the view of Ahmad ibn Hanbal and the view which most of the Shafa`is agreed on.

At-Tirmidhi said that it is the view of most of the scholars among the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Al-Mawardi also said that it the correct view of most of the righteous predecessors.

Time of `Asr Prayer

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The time of `Asr Prayer is as long as the sun has not become yellow…” (Muslim)

The time for `Asr begins after the time of Zhuhr Prayer comes to an end, i.e., when the length of an object’s shadow becomes equal to the length of the object itself.

1- The Preferred Time

This begins from the time of `Asr Prayer until the sun begins to turn yellow due to the previous hadith.

2- The Time of Necessity

This begins after the sun turns yellow until the sunset. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever catches up with one rak’ah of ‘Asr before the sun sets has caught up with ‘Asr.” (Agreed Upon)

Virtues of `Asr Prayer

1- Double reward for One who keeps on it

It was narrated that Abu Basrah Al-Ghifari said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) led us in praying `Asr in Al-Mukhamas. He (the Prophet) said: ‘This prayer was enjoined upon those who came before you, but they neglected it. Whoever prays it regularly will have a two-fold reward, and there is no prayer after it until the Shahid appears.” (Shahid is the star) (An-Nasa’i)

2- It is a cause of entering Paradise

Abu Bakr ibn Abi Musa said my father narrated that the “Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)

They were called the “two cool prayers” as they are offered during the cool time of the day. Fajr is before the sun rise and therefore it is a cool time. And `Asr is when the sun changes its angle and starts coming towards the sun set. At this time, it has lost much of its hotness and therefore it is a cool time.

They were called the “two cool prayers” as they are offered during the cool time of the day. Fajr is before the sun rise and therefore it is a cool time. And `Asr is when the sun changes its angle and starts coming towards the sun set. At this time, it has lost much of its hotness and therefore it is a cool time.

3- It is a cause of seeing Allah on the Day of Judgment

Jarir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: We were sitting with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he looked at the moon on the night of the full-moon and said, “You people will see your Lord as you see this full moon, and you will have no trouble in seeing Him, so if you can avoid missing (through sleep or business, etc.) a prayer before sunrise (Fajr) and a prayer before sunset (`Asr) you must do so.” (Al-Bukhari)

4- Angels gather at the time of Fajr and `Asr

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Angels keep on descending from and ascending to the Heaven in turn, some at night and some by daytime, and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and `Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you over-night, ascent unto Allah Who asks them, and He knows the answer better than they, “How have you left My slaves?” They reply, “We have left them praying as we found them praying.” If anyone of you says “Amin” (during the Prayer at the end of the recitation of Surat Al-Faitihah), and the angels in Heaven say the same, and the two sayings coincide, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

Leaving the `Asr Prayer is a great loss

Buraidah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “He who misses the ‘Asr Prayer (deliberately), his deeds will be rendered null and void.” (Al-Bukhari)

Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) said that, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever misses the `Asr prayer (intentionally) then it is as if he lost his family and property.” (Agreed Upon)

No doubt, the middle prayer (‘Asr) has a great importance. This does not mean that the other prayers are any less significant. It is just to emphasize and remind that we better not leave our prayers, especially the ‘Asr prayer as people usually tend to forget this prayer either we are busy working, or studying, or even resting. May Allah make us of those who keep on the prayer at its proper time.

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All About Fajr Prayer

All About Fajr Prayer

By Editorial Staff 

Prayer is a connection between a Muslim and His Lord, Allah. Prayer is the second pillar of Islam. Prayer was the last will of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and it is the first act that we will be judged by on the Day of Reckoning. Islam ordered us to offer prayers at their proper fixed times. Almighty Allah says:

Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times. (An-Nisaa’ 4:103)

A Muslim offers prayer at a mosque - All About Fajr Prayer

The Prophet said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.”

One should think deeply over the tranquility and peace that he/she feels after offering prayer to the extent that one forgets pressure of business and social strains. The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of observing the five daily prayers in congregation, for thus the Muslim character is formed.

Supremacy of Fajr Prayer

Among the five daily prayers, Fajr, the early Morning Prayer is definitely the most valuable.

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (Al-Israa’ 17:78)

Imam As-Suyuti (may Allah have mercy upon him) said that the word “witnessed” in the above verse means that “both the angles of the previous night and the angles of the new morning intently listen to the Fajr Prayer being recited loudly because of its great status and virtues.” (Tafsir Al-Jalalayn)

Time of Fajr Prayer

The time for Fajr Prayer starts from the true dawn until sunrise, a period which lasts about one and a half hours.  It was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “…and the time of the morning prayer is from the appearance of dawn, as long as the sun has not risen; but when the sun rises, refrain from prayer for it rises between the horns of the devil.” (Muslim)

The majority of scholars are of the view that it is recommended to offer the Fajr prayer at the beginning of its time, before the darkness of the night is dispelled.

Status and Rewards of Fajr Paryer 

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Prayer for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Prayer the whole night.” (Muslim)

Jundub ibn Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He who offers the dawn (Fajr) prayer will come under the Protection of Allah. O son of Adam! Beware, lest Allah should call you to account in any respect from (for withdrawing) His Protection.” (Muslim)

Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever prays the two cool prayers (`Asr and Fajr) will go to Paradise.” (Agreed Upon)

Buraidah ibn Al-Hasib (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Give good tidings to those who walk to the mosques in darkness for having a perfect light on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)

Sakhr Al-Ghamidi narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah, bless my people in their early mornings.” (Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him)narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Angels keep on descending from and ascending to the Heaven in turn, some at night and some by daytime, and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and `Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you over-night, ascent unto Allah Who asks them, and He knows the answer better than they, “How have you left My slaves?” They reply, “We have left them praying as we found them praying.” (Al-Bukhari)

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The two Rak`ahs before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all it contains.” (Muslim)

Jarir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “We were sitting with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he looked at the moon on the night of the full-moon and said, “You people will see your Lord as you see this full moon, and you will have no trouble in seeing Him, so if you can avoid missing (through sleep or business, etc.) a prayer before sunrise (Fajr) and a prayer before sunset (`Asr) you must do so.” (Al-Bukhari)

Warning against Missing the Fajr Prayer

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “No Prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the `Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Agreed Upon)

`Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that: Mention was made before the Prophet (peace be upon him) of a man who slept throughout the night till morning. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) remarked, “He is a man in whose ears Satan urinated.” (Agreed Upon)

How to Wake up for Fajr Prayer

1- Sleep early

2- Observe the etiquette of sleeping i.e. sleeping after performing ablution, saying the adhkar (remembrance) of sleep, and reciting the verse of Al-Kursi and the last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah.

3- Eat less before going to sleep.

4- Take a nap during the day.

5- Intend sincerely to wake up for Fajr.

6- Get immediately out of bed when waking up.

7- Ask a family member or a friend to wake you up when they rise.

8- Ask for Allah’s help to wake you up the next morning.

May Almighty Allah make us all among those who rise and pray Fajr easily and consistently, out of submission and gratitude.

Learn how to offer the Fajr Prayer in the correct manner:

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Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Some Muslims offer Fajr prayer in congregation.

No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer.

By: Bilal Elsakka

Why is it easy for us to wake up extra early for work, but hard for us to wake up extra early for prayer in the masjid (mosque)?

Why is it so easy to watch a movie for two hours, but so hard to pray two rak`ahs (units of Islamic prayer) before Fajr (Dawn prayer)?

Why is it that we get excited when going to a friend’s house, but feel lethargic when encouraged to go to Allah’s (Exalted is He) house when He created that friend we love so much?

Bismillah (In the name of Allah)

Dear brothers, sisters, and respected elders,

I post this with pure intentions and an optimistic attitude regarding our attendance (of our youth especially) in the masjid at Fajr time. A few sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are listed below regarding the importance of praying `Isha’ (late evening prayer) and, in particular, Fajr in the masjid (mosque). This is a beneficial reminder for myself a dozen times before it is for a single other person. That being said, I humbly request you, the reader, to invest a few short minutes to read a few potentially life-changing sentences.

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) reported, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: ‘One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer the whole night.’” (Muslim)

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “He who attends `Isha’ in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night; and he who attends the `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for the whole night.” (At-Tirmidhi)

“If they knew the merits of prayer after nightfall (`Isha’) and the morning (Fajr) prayer, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Any businessman would tell us that this is a good investment—a good deal. Let us think about it: praying `Isha’ and Fajr in congregation in the masjid, which takes comparatively little time, earns the reward of having prayed the entire night—the entire night! Could we ask for a better deal?! Fortunately for all of us, this sale is offered every night and every morning. May Allah guide us all to take full advantage of it.

May Allah guide us to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid at least once a week. May Allah guide us to consistently encourage others to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid. May Allah give us the best relationships with each of our parents. May Allah bless us with a good understanding of Islam. May Allah give us the best character, like that of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) a mercy sent to all of mankind. And last, but definitely not least, may Allah gather us together in the highest rank in paradise.

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Source: www.suhaibwebb.com

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How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

Wake up for Fajr Prayer!

The Night Prayer is the habit of the true believers who turn to Allah, complain to Him their affairs, and ask Him for His favor. It is one of the greatest worships that strengthen one’s faith and encourage one to do the good deeds and avoid the bad ones. There are many texts that explain the virtues of Night Prayer:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of prayer after the obligatory (five) prayers is night prayer” (Muslim)

Fajr (Dawn) Prayer

A Muslim must strictly observe offering Fajr prayer due to the fact that angels are sent down by Allah Almighty to witness the Fajr prayer offered by a Muslim. Allah says:

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. ( Al-Israa’ 17:78)

In this short video, Sheikh Ahmad Saeed provides some tips that could help the Muslim to wake up at night:

1- Do not eat food after `Isha’ Prayer,

2- Take a nap after the Dhuhr Prayer which is a missed Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

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Source: Digital Mimbar Youtube Channel.

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