Monday, June 8, 2015

(Notes & Audio) Science of Quran - Part 13 - The Causes of Revelation – Al ‘Araf

Science of Quran - Part 13 - The Causes of Revelation – Al ‘Araf
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
Saturday 6th June 2015


This Surah was revealed in Makkah
It is about the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) and his dealings with the pagans

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) say in Araf Verse 28 and why did He reveal it?

And when they commit a Fāhisha (evil deed, going round the Ka'bah in naked state, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.), they say: "We found our fathers doing it, and Allāh has commanded us of it." Say: "Nay, Allāh never commands of Fāhisha. Do you say of Allāh what you know not? (A'raf 7: 28)

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) revealed this because the pagans of Makkah used to make tawwaf around the Kaaba naked
Women would wear a strap covering their private parts, similar to what the Indians in the Amazon jungle wear, and men would be completely naked
They behaved this way because their parents did so and they claimed Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) commanded them to make pilgrimage like this
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Refutes them with Araf Verse 28

'Islamic tradition says the meaning of Ibrahim's hajj was distorted over time, with the belief in one God that he preached losing ground to polytheism, and Arabs worshipping idols as proxies to God and filling the Kaaba with them.

It also says that, over the centuries before Islam, it turned into something resembling a fun-fair and lost its spirituality, with some pilgrims replacing prayers with clapping and whistling, and others even circling the Kaaba naked.'

('Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, an old tradition predating Islam': )

Ibn Abbas reported: During the pre-Islamic days women circumambulated the Ka'ba nakedly, and said: Who would provide cloth to cover the one who is circumambulating the Ka'ba so that she would cover her private parts? And then she would say: Today will be exposed the whole or the part and what is exposed I shall not make it lawful. It was in this connection that the verse was revealed: "Adorn yourself at every place of worship" (vii. 31).     (Sahih Muslim, Chapter 3, ‘Pertaining to the words of Allah: "Adorn yourself at every place of worship"’ (vii. 31), Book 43, # 7179)

People like to hang on to culture, even when it is indecent
They are loyal to a fault
For example in the Jamaican culture people drink alcohol and smoke marijuana  
We, as Muslim, are only loyal to an Islamic culture
This is the only culture you are allowed to be loyal to

This ayah also teaches us that people like to make lies about Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)
Muslims are no exception to this indecency
Some Muslims will force their daughters to marry and claim it is Shariah law
This daughter may apostate thinking that Islam oppressed her
People also pray to the grave and make claims that it is a part of Islam

It is by lying on Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) that they can convince you to follow their shirk, kufr and zandaqa

And who does more wrong than the one who invents a lie against Allāh, while he is being invited to Islām? And Allāh guides not the people who are Zālimûn (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers) folk. (As-Saff: 7)

Many people lie on Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala):
The Jews say they are the chosen people
Christians say Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) begot a son and that He repented that He made man
Christians claim that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Rested on the 7th day
The Sufis believe that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) is everywhere
Some Muslims believe in democracy and even call it Islamic Democracy
This is lying on Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) because you are claiming that
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) commanded the rasul (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam)
To practice democracy when He commanded him to hold shura
When a person is a munafiq he speaks with oxymorons, for example ‘Halal pork’ and ‘Islamic Democracy’
There is no word in the Arabic language for democracy, so how can one make claims that it is Islam?
The word democracy is a Greek word – ‘Demos-kratia’ – it is not a word found in Islam.
A Munafiq’s brain is and it becomes apparent when he speaks

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Said people like to follow culture in Baqarah: 170

When it is said to them: "Follow what Allāh has sent down." They say: "Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following." (Would they do that!) Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided? (Baqarah: 170)

A Berailvi, Shia or Sufi follows what their fathers and grandfathers practice

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 71 and why did He Reveal it?

O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying[] and going round (the Tawāf of ) the Ka'bah, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allāh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance). (A'raf: 31)

This ayah was revealed to stop the pagan Arabs from making tawwaf naked
They used to go to Allah's (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) house and dress inappropriately

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported: Abu Bakr Siddiq (Allah be pleased with him) sent me during Hajj before the Farewell Pilgrimage for which Allah's Messenger (SAW) had appointed him an Amir, among a group of people whom he had ordered to make announcement to the people on the Day of Nahr: "After this year no polytheist may perform the Pilgrimage and no naked person may circumambulate the House." Ibn Shihab stated that Humaid bin Abd al-Rahman said that according to this narration of Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) the day of Hajj al-Akbar (Great Hajj) is this Day of Nahr (10th of Dhu'l-Hijja).   (Sahih Muslim, Chapter 76 ‘No polytheist is authorised to perform pilgrimage of the ka'ba and circumambulate the house naked and the description of the great hajj’, Book 7, # 3125)

It shows us that you should dress properly when you go to the masjid and not to eat onion or garlic in case you offend others (especially when attending salat ul Jumuah)

Jabir (RA) said: The Prophet (SAW) said, "He who has eaten garlic or onion should keep away from us or our mosques." [al-Bukhari (855) and Muslim (564)]

Angels also attend salatul Jumuah and are offended with bad breath
One should also make ghusl when you go to the masjid on a Friday: it is sunnah mu'akkada
(Sunnah mu'akkada = a strongly emphasised sunnah)

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:The Prophet (saw) said, "Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty."
(Bukhari: Vol. 1, Book 12, Hadith 817)

If you are sweaty and smelly then ghusl is fard on you

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah in al-Fataawa al-Kubra (5/307): It is obligatory to do ghusl on Fridays for one who is sweaty or has an odour that may offend others. End quote.

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 172 & 173 and why did He Reveal it?

And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam's loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): "Am I not your Lord?" They said: "Yes! We testify," lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: "Verily, we have been unaware of this." (A'raf: 172)

Or lest you should say: "It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allāh, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Bātil (i.e. polytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allāh)?" (Tafsir At-Tabarī). (A'raf: 173)

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Revealed this because when the Rasool (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) was in Makkah there were pagans there hoping to use ignorance as an excuse for Shirk on the Day Of Judgement
They also hoped to blame their parents for their shirk
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Reminded them that they had already testified
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Continued to Say that they should not try to blame their parents
Because He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) gave them brains to think for themselves

Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allāh are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers). (Anfal: 22)

They are the worst of creatures, worse than cattle, because they don't think for themselves
They worship everything except Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)
The pagan Arabs believe in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) but they worshipped idols beside Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Told us this in Luqman: 25

And if you (O Muhammad SAW) ask them: "Who has created the heavens and the earth," they will certainly say: "Allāh." Say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allāh!" But most of them know not. (Luqman: 25)

They associate partners with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)
There is no such thing as ‘an excuse for ignorance’ when it comes to matters of Shirk
These ayaat show that you will not be able to say on the Day of Judgment that you followed your parents or culture

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 175 & 176 and why did He Reveal it?

And recite (O Muhammad SAW) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away, so Shaitan (Satan) followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. (A'raf: 175)

And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. (A'raf: 176)

These ayaat were revealed in regards to Balam ibn Ba'ura
He was a scholar from Bani Israel living in Jabbarin city, in the Middle East
When the wicked men heard Prophet Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) was coming to the city they approached Balam
They asked that he oppose Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam)
Balam said, Who will protect me from the wrath of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) if I oppose Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam)?
But the wicked men insisted he do so and bribed him with money
Balam eventually gave in

Notice that they went to a famous scholar to oppose Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam)
People will never go to a layman and ask him to oppose Islam
The kuffaar will always use famous scholars
They go to a ‘scholar’ like Hamza Yusuf, Tarik Ramadhan
For example today, the Dawla has been established and they will look for scholars to speak against them
Someone who is well known and who the Muslims enjoy listening to
They will call TRUE ISLAM radical Islam, Extreme Islam etc
They will promise you dunya and so you will sell out

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) said ‘this scholar’ is like a dog
He didn’t call him a scholar
The ayah tells you that wicked scholars exist in every era

Examples of scholars who started deviant movements in Islam:

Abdullah Ibn Saba started the Shia movement
Waasil Ibn Ataa started the Mur’tazila movement
Abu Hasan Al Ashari started the Ashaa'ira movement
Ibn Arabi started the Sufi movement - preached ‘Wahdat ul Wujood’ (the union between man and God)
He claimed that a man could be so pious until he becomes Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad started the Qadiyyani Movement
He was a scholar that was paid to teach kufr, shirk and zandaqa

Ahmed Raza started the Berailvi movement
He was a Shia who pretended to be Sunni
The Berailvi teachings are very similar to shia scriptures

Today you have scholars like, Tariq Ramadhan, the father of ‘Islamic democracy’
And the ‘scholar’ Hamza Yusuf who preaches you can pray to Muhammad (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam)


You also have ‘scholars’ such as Shuaib Webb who claims that homosexuality is acceptable in Islam

Suhaib Webb promotes gay marriages:

The scholars being used to condemn Dawla tul Islamia are ‘scholars’ such as Bilal Philips and Yasir Qadhi
They look for scholars who they think are like celebrities in the Muslim world

And thus We have set up in every town great ones of its wicked people to plot therein. But they plot not except against their own selves, and they perceive (it) not. (An'am: 123)

In the case of Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) and Balam
When Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) entered the city, they approached a scholar: Balam
They gave him an offer he could not refuse
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Tells us in Araf: 175 (above) that Balam was considered to be a great scholar
But he threw it (his knowledge) away
He became a wicked scholar, a scholar for a dollar
These ‘scholars’ existed in every era, not just now
It is because of them that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Revealed Araf: 175-176
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) said in surah 6:123:

And thus We have set up in every town great ones of its wicked people to plot therein. But they plot not except against their ownselves, and they perceive (it) not. (Al-An'am 6:123)

So when the criminals knew that Musa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) was coming
They plotted against him just like the ayah (6:123) stated

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Uses the dog to Describe the wicked scholar because a dog will always have his tongue lolled out – regardless if he is hungry or not
A wicked scholar is a sell out
Whether he is knowledgeable or ignorant, he will sell out, just like a dog

Abu Dhar said, "I was with the Prophet (SAW) one day and I heard him saying: "There is something I fear for my Ummah than the Dajjal." It was then that I became afraid, so I said: "Oh Rasool Allah! Which thing is that?" He (SAW) said; "Misguided and astray scholars." [Musnad Ahmad (5/145) No. 21334 and 21335]

We are now living in the time of the fitnah of the wicked scholars
Scholars who have abandoned calling for Hijra, Shariah, Khilafah, Jihad
They call you khawaarij if they know you believe in these things
Scholars who don't believe in Kufr bit Taghoot - who don’t reject the Taghoot
You can't be a real Muslim unless you reject the taghoot
To reject the taghoot is half of the Shahadah

And if you (O Muhammad SAW) ask them: "Who has created the heavens and the earth," they will certainly say: "Allah." Say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allah!" But most of them know not. (Luqman: 25)

To believe in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) is the other half of Shahadah
When you believe in Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) alone, we are not impressed
We are impressed with you when you reject the taghoot

There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (Baqarah: 256)

What is the taghoot?
Taghoot = false deity, an icon for a false religion
Example of Taghoot
Mother Theresa or Louis Farakkan or Ibn Arabe

What is taghoot
Taghoot = kaafir institutions
Example of Taghoot?
The UN or NATO

What is taghoot?
Taghoot = the kaafir courthouse
Taghoot = the kaafir army

So when you want to join an army, the only army you can join is the mujahideen
The army fighting under the banner of Islam

Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan, etc.). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan); Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan). (Nisa: 76)

What is taghoot?
The taghoot = kaafir and apostate leaders
Wicked scholars who don't reject the taghoot are in bed with the taghoot
They pass fatwas that you can join the British, American, French (etc) army saying ‘it is just a job’ like a school teacher!

Some Muslims find it difficult to know who the wicked scholars are
You are an unsuspecting Muslim
Stop watching TV and pick up the Holy Quran
I cannot spoon feed you your Deen
The wicked scholars can lead them to the hellfire like a lamb to the slaughter
They did not learn the Deen because it is not their priority
Their priority is dunya

As well as speaking in oxymorons like ‘Islamic democracy’ or ‘Halal Pork’: you cannot put two things together - one is good and the other evil
Another major sign of a wicked scholar is they have no al wala wal bara

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 187 and why did He Reveal it?

They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection) : "When will be its appointed time?" Say: "The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden." They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: "The knowledge thereof is with Allah (Alone) but most of mankind know not." (A'raf: 187)

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Revealed this ayah because the pagans of Quraish said to Muhammad (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam)
There is between us and you kinship, we are relatives, so tell us when is the Hour (Day Of Judgement)
They didn't want Muhammad (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) to tell anyone else but them
When they said that to Muhammad (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam), Allah Revealed Araf: 187

Some people in the time of Esa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) asked him the same thing, When is the hour?

But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24: 36) King James Version

Muslims use this Biblical verse to debate with Christians: to checkmate them
How can Esa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) be God when he doesn't know when Day Of Judegment is?
Thus it means Esa (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) is not God

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 188 and why did He Reveal it?

Say (O Muhammad SAW): "I possess no power of benefit or hurt to myself except as Allah wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghaib (unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings unto people who believe." (A'raf: 188)

This Verse is used by the scholars to checkmate some people when they debate about the unseen
Makkah was full of merchants, and price is very important to them
These merchants asked the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam), did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Tell you when prices will raise and drop?

When oil prices dropped in the 70's, many merchants committed suicide because they couldn't cope
These merchants wanted to maximize their profits
The farmers also ask the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam), if Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Told him which land was the best for planting

About 100 Indian farmers commit suicide a day

Indian Farmers are Committing Suicide because of Monsanto's costly GMO Crops:

When they asked the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) about the knowledge of the ghaib, Allah Revealed Araf: 188

Which people do we use this ayah to checkmate?
The shia - They say their imams know the future: the ghaib,
They claim their imams know when they are going to die, they choose when to die and they don’t die unless they wish to die
And that their imams cannot make mistakes - infallible

I debated with a Shia online from Saudi from Dammam
And this was her aqeedah
According to the Shia, Hassan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was poisoned so that Yazid (radiyallahu ‘anhu) can become a Caliph
They believe that Hassan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is their 3rd Imam
If your Imams cannot make a mistake, why was Hassan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) poisoned?
If they cannot make mistakes, why did Hassan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) drink honey with poison?
Does this then mean they believe Hassan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) committed suicide?
This is called a checkmate

As for their creed, they have made up their own religion
They preach their Imams know when they are going to die:

Verily, Allah! With Him (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things). (Luqman: 34)

Their creed is zandaqa and kufr because it contradicts the Holy Quran (Luqman: 34)
Always use the Quran when you want to check mate a shia
Don't go into history
Because they have their own history and their own books

Another example is when they claim that the wives of the Prophet (radiyallahu ‘anhun) are not from his household
How do you checkmate them? With Imran: 121

And (remember) when you (Muhammad SAW) left your household in the morning to post the believers at their stations for the battle (of Uhud). And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (Imran: 121)

"... you left your household"  Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) said he (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) left his household to go to the front line

As for when they make takfir on Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu), use Taubah: 40
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) mentioned Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) as a sahabi of Muhammad (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam) who was in the cave with him

….When they (Muhammad SAW and Abu Bakr) were in the cave, and he (SAW) said to his companion (Abu Bakr) : "Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us." (At-Tawbah 9: 40)

So if Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) said this, then how can you say Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was not a sahabi?

Shia try to veto Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) by saying Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is not a companion of the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa sallam): they say Abu Bakr is a kaafir
They refute the ayaat

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 189, 190 & 191 and why did He Reveal it?

It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he had sexual relation with her, she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly. Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allah, their Lord (saying) : "If You give us a Salih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful." (A'raf: 189)

But when He gave them a Salih (good in every aspect) child, they ascribed partners to Him (Allah) in that which He has given to them. High be Allah, Exalted above all that they ascribe as partners to Him. (Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol.9, Page 14. (A'raf: 190)

Do they attribute as partners to Allah those who created nothing but they themselves are created? (A'raf: 191)

Within the offspring of Adam (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) were some pagans
When their wives became heavily pregnant, they feared disabled children
They used to pray to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) for a normal child
And they promised to be grateful after that – though they were pagans
So Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Answered their dua Giving them a child blemish-free
But they broke their promise and committed shirk by naming the child with bad name Names like: Abdul Harith, Abd us Shams (servant of the moon, or servant of the sun)
They committed shirk by naming the child with these bad names
They should have given the child a name like Abdul Hakim
You should only call your call Abd if what follows is one of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)’s Names and Attributes

People are divided into five categories where children are concerned

1. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Gives you boys alone
2. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Gives you girls alone
3. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Gives you boys and girls (best)
4. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Gives you a disabled child
5. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Makes you barren

"Marry the child-bearing, loving woman for I shall outnumber the peoples by you on the Day of Resurrection." (Ahmad and graded Sahih by ibn Hibban).

What did Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Say in Araf Verse 204 and why did He Reveal it?

So, when the Qur'an is recited, listen to it, and be silent that you may receive mercy. [i.e. during the compulsory congregational prayers when the Imam (of a mosque) is leading the prayer (except Surat Al-Fatiha), and also when he is delivering the Friday-prayer Khutbah]. [Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol.9, Pages 162-4] (A'raf: 204)

Some sahabah used to speak during salah
When they joined the salah late, they would ask the man close to him, "How many rakah did I miss?"
Speaking during salah makes the salah void

The things that invalidate the prayer are well known, but the number differs according to differences among the fuqaha’. They are as follows:

1. That which invalidates wudoo’, such as breaking wind or eating camel meat.

2. Uncovering the ‘awrah deliberately. But if it is uncovered by accident and what is uncovered is only a little, or if a lot becomes uncovered but he covers it immediately, then the prayer is not invalidated.

3. Turning away from the qiblah to a large extent.

4. Presence of najaasah (impurity) on one's body or clothes, or in the place where one is praying. If he notices it or remembers it during the prayer and removes it immediately, then his prayer is valid. Similarly, if he does not find out about it until after the prayer is over, his prayer is still valid.

5. Excessive continuous movement during the prayer for no essential reason.

6. Omitting one of the pillars (essential parts) of the prayer, such as bowing and prostration.

7. Deliberately doing an extra pillar, such as bowing.

8. Deliberately doing some pillars before others.

9. Deliberately saying the salaam before completing the prayer.

10. Deliberately changing the meaning whilst reciting.

11. Deliberately omitting one of the obligatory parts of prayer, such as the first tashahhud. But if a person forgets, his prayer is valid but he must do the prostration of forgetfulness (sujood al-sahw).

12. Deciding to stop praying.

13. Laughing out loud. Merely smiling does not invalidate the prayer.

14. Deliberately speaking. If one speaks by mistake or out of ignorance of the ruling, the prayer is not invalidated.

15. Eating and drinking.

(See: Daleel al-Taalib li Nayl al-Mataalib by Shaykh Mar’i ibn Yoosuf al-Hanbali (p. 34). And Duroos Muhimmah by Shaykh Ibn Baaz).

When you do one of these 15 things, you should restart your salah.
Also, if you pray with food in between your teeth, it is makrooh.

Question 1: Asalaaamu alaykum Shaikh is it permissible to have dogs as guard dogs? Also do we have to preform ghusl if we make contact with them? This can be the dog’s saliva or making physical contact. JazakAllah khair

Answer 1: Yes, it is allowed to keep guard dogs
The dog must be kept outside the home not inside
It is haram to have pet dogs

If the saliva touches your clothes, you have to wash it
You can’t pray in it until you wash it
The najasa is not on the body but in the saliva
As for the saliva touching your hand, you have to make wudhu (not ghusl)

Question 2: Can we call our boys Haarith as we a not allowed to call them Abdul-haarith?

Answer 2: Abdul Haarith is shirk
This is one of the names the offspring of Adam (‘alayhi salatu wa salam) gave his children
Haarith was one of the names that the satan had for himself, I read this in a book
I am not sure how strong the hadith is
I will do further research insha Allah
I do not recommend this name for your children

Question 3: Asalam alekum sheikh, this is kind of unrelated but there are some Muslims who are comparing JAN to Muawiyah and Dowlah to Ali, is this the right Qiyas?

Answer 3: Jabhat an Nusra (JAN) are hypocrites and cannot be compared to Muawiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)
When the Christians offered to help Muawiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) against Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu), he told them to stay out of it and did NOT accept their help

‘Caesar of Rome sent a letter to Muawiya in hopes of sowing more dispute and hatred among the Muslims. The letter read as follows:
"From Caesar of Rome to Muawiya,
We've come to know of what has occurred between you and Ali, and we see that you are more fitting for the Caliphate and so if you wish I will send you an army which will retrieve for you the head of Ali."
and so Muawiya replied to him saying,
"From Muawiya to Hercules,
Two brothers disputing so what right do you have to intervene? If you don't keep quiet I will send you an army its forerunners near you while its rearmost near me, to retrieve your head which I would then give to Ali."’ (Ibn Kathir, Al-Bidayah Wa An-Nihaya 8/122)

JAN are fake mujahideen and hypocrites
They have given their walaa to the FSA to fight the dawla
The FSA are fighting for and believe in democracy
You shouldn’t compare Mauwiyah to JAN
JAN takes help from kuffaar to fight the mujahideen
To compare them to Muawiyah is preposterous, ridiculous

‘O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.’ (Maidah: 51)


Eighth: Supporting and assisting the polytheists against the Muslims. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement:
If one assists the polytheists against the Muslims this means that he has allied with the polytheists and loves them. So his allying with them is apostasy because this indicates his love for them. So if he assists the polytheists against the Muslims with money, weapons or by giving his opinion, this is proof that he loves them and loving them is apostasy. So having love (for them) is the foundation for seeking allegiance (with them). And what stems from this is supporting and aiding them with one’s views or money or weapons. So when one assists the polytheists against the Muslims, this means that he has preferred the polytheists over the Muslims. But as for if he assists a polytheist against another polytheist, then this does not fall under this discussion.’   (Explanation of The Nullifiers of Islaam’ by the Imaam and Mujaddid - Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab)