The Fast of Ashura
Narrated: Abdullah Ibn Abbas: The Prophet came to Medina and saw
the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that.
They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued
Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." The
Prophet said, "We have more claim over Moses than you." So, the
Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on
Sahih al Bukhari Vol 3 Hadith 222
Let us analyse
and contemplate on whether this Hadith is Sahih or not.
Let us bear in mind the words of Allah when He states:
they not consider the Qur’ān? Had it been from other than Allāh
they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”
Weeping For The Dead
1. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)
wept on the death of his son Ibrahim.
The following narration has been
mentioned in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawood and Sunan
Anas bin Malik reported that: The
Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) entered the room and we accompanied
him... And Ibrahim breathed his last. The eyes of Allah's Messenger
(S.A.W.) were filled with tears. Abdur Rehman Ibne Auf said: 'you
are weeping, O Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)'. He (S.A.W.) replied:
"Ibne Auf, This is mercy". Then he (S.A.W.) said: "Our eyes shed
tears and our hearts are filled with grief, but we do not say
anything except that by which Allah is pleased. O, Ibrahim we are
sorrowful due to your separation."
Asr prayer may be prayed immediately after Zuhr, and the Isha prayer
immediately after Maghrib
It is narrated
on the authority of Ibn Abbas, that he said that the Messenger of Allah
prayed Zuhr and Asr together, and also Maghrib and Isha, although he was
neither in a state of fear nor on a journey.
Saheeh Muslim, Vol. I, p.264
prostration in prayer must be done on earth
Proofs From Sunni Sources
Abu Said Al Khudri narrates:
of Allah used to practice Itikaf (in the mosque), in the middle third of
Ramadan. After the twentieth night, he used to return home on the
twenty-first, and those who were in Itikaf with him would return to
their homes as well. In Ramadan, in which he practiced Itikaf, he would
pray the night prayers on the night in which he returned home, and then
address the people, instructing them as Allah commanded him.
Abu Sa'eed used to relate that he had
seen the Prophet doing his prostration (Sijdah ) on wet mud, so much so
that he could see the stains of mud on his forehead.
Saheeh Bukhari, Part I, p. 104
Misconceptions About Shi'ism
by Shahid Athar M.D.
Shia-Sunni differences are the major obstacle to Muslim unity. These
differences have always been fanned by the enemies of Islam to their
benefit. Unfortunately, some so-called Muslim scholars on their payroll
have also played a key role in keeping these differences alive.
Calling upon other
than Allah(swt). Shirk!?
Shias are commited of Shirk
(associate partners with Allah) when they say “Ya Mohamed,” “Ya Ali,”
*Ofcoarse Shirk or what is know as Polytheism is haram.
Verdict on the Shia
What follows is the Fatwa (religious
verdict/ruling) of one of the Sunni world's most revered scholars,
Shaikh Mahmood Shaltoot with regard to the Shia. Shaikh Shaltoot was the
head of the renowned al-Azhar Theological school in Egypt, one of the
main centers of Sunni scholarship in the world. It should be of interest
to know that a few decades ago, a group of Sunni and Shia scholars
formed a center at al-Azhar by the name of "Dar al-Taqreeb al-Madhahib
al-Islamiyyah" which translates into "Center for bringing together the
various Islamic schools of thought".
The Term "Shia" in
Quran and Hadith
The word "Shia" means "followers;
members of party". As such, the term "Shia" alone has no negative or
positive meaning unless we specify the leader of the party. If one is a
Shia (follower) of the most righteous servants, then there is nothing
wrong with being Shia, specially if the leader of such party has been
assigned by Allah. On the other hand, if one becomes the Shia a tyrant
or a wrong-doer, he shall meet with the fate of his leader.
include the Nine descendants of alHusain (as) ?
Another contributor commented that if
based on Sunni references we quoted, Ahlul-Bayt are the Prophet,
Fatimah, Ali, al-Hasan and al-Husain, then how can you include the nine
descendants of alHusain(as)?
18 year old Female Martyr
After the demise of the Prophet(pbuh&hf),
those who heed what the Messenger of Allah ordered them such as Ammar
Ibn Yasir, Abu-Dhar al-Ghafari, Miqdad, Salman al-Farsi, Ibn Abbas, and
others such as al-Abbas, Utbah Ibn Abi Lahab, Bara Ibn Azib, Ubay Ibn
Ka'b, Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqqas ... etc., all gathered in the house of Fatimah
(as). Even Talha and al-Zubair were loyal to Imam Ali at the beginning
and joint the others in the house of Fatimah(as). They assembled in the
house of Fatimah as a place of refuge since they were opposing the
majority of people. According to the authentic traditions in Sahih
al-Bukhari, Umar confessed that the Imam Ali (as) and his followers
OPPOSED Abu Bakr.
The Fast of 'Ashura
Some traditions are found in
Sunni books to the effect that the Prophet (s.a.w.) on migrating to
Medina found the Jews fasting on the 10th of Muharram. He asked them
why, and was told: "It is an auspicious day; it is the day when God
delivered the children of Israel from their enemy (i.e. Pharaoh); and,
therefore, Moses fasted on that day." The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "I am
worthier of Moses than you are." Thereupon, he fasted on that day and
ordered (the Muslims) to fast.
Are The Shi'ites
Negative Towards The Sahaba?
Who are the companions of
the Prophet Muhammad?
Most of the Sunni scholars consider all those who adopted Islam during
the time of the Prophet, saw the Prophet, and prayed with him to be of
his companions. However, it seems that the Messenger himself did not
agree with these scholars.
Al-Tabari in his History part 3, page 68, reported that there was an
argument between Khalid Ibn Al-Walid and Abdul Rahman Ibn Awf when
Khalid killed some members of Banu Jadhimah.
Who is the successor
of the Prophet (pbuh&hf) !?
Once a person told me that
Abu Bakr is more knowledgeable than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hf) (Na'oozo
Billah)! I asked him how come?! He said because Abu Bakr understood that
he should assign a person as his successor to keep the system and
community working in order. as it is well-known Abu Bakr assigned Umar
as his successor. But the Prophet failed to realize this important task
that the Islamic community needs a qualified leader after him, or
perhaps it was not important for the prophet that who is going to
take over the power after him!