Performing Salah in the Masjid

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  • The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam once expressed his desire to burn the houses of people who prayed at home. What about people who don’t pray at all?

  •  ‘Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum radiyallahu ‘anh once asked the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam whether he had an excuse not to come to the masjid because of his condition. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam asked him whether he could hear the adhan from his house. When he said yes, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said that he should come to the masjid.

  •  There is one musallee who comes to the masjid in a wheelchair. He drags himself to the wudu khana and then to the saff. What about us?

(Moulana Abdul-Fattah Carr)

The Judges of Islam

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  • ibn al-Madini said, “Qudaatul Islaam araba’: ‘Umar wa ‘Ali wa Abu Musa wa Zaid bin Thabit – The judges of Islam are four: ‘Umar, ‘Ali, Abu Musa and Zaid bin Thabit.

(Moulana Abdul-Fattah Carr)

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (ra)

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  • His name was ‘Abdullah ibn Qays radiyallahu ‘anh.

  •  He accepted Islam during the Makkan period and then returned to Yemen. He returned to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam after the Battle of Khaibar.

  • He was made governor of Yemen by Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anh would allow each governor to rule for only 1 year, but allowed Abu Musa radiyallahu ‘anh to rule for 4 years.

  • He had a beautiful voice for the Qur’an. ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anh used to say to him, “Dhakkirnaa Rabbanaa – Remind us of our Lord.

  • Abul Hasan al-Ash’ari was one of his descendants.

(Moulana Abdul-Fattah Carr)

‘Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum (ra)

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  • He was a blind Sahabi radiyallahu ‘anh. He was called maktum (hidden) because everything was hidden from him.

  •  He was the cousin of Khadijah radiyallahu ‘anhaa.

  •   Two ayat of the Qur’an were revealed concerning him:
    1. Abasa wa tawallaa – He frowned and turned away.” (80: 1)
    2. Laa yastawil qaa’idoona minal mu’mineena ghayru ulid darari wal mujahidoona fee sabeelillahi bi amwaalihim wa anfusihim Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives.” (4: 95)

  •  He was blind in his eyes; today there are many whose eyes of their hearts are blind. “Fa innahaa laa ta’mal absaaru wa laakin ta’mal quloobul latee fis sudoor For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts.” (22: 46)

  • He requested permission from ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anh to fight in jihad. He was granted permission and was made shaheed during the Battle of Qadisiyyah. (We who have two eyes, where are we?)

(Moulana Abdul-Fattah Carr)