Does Allaah come down to the first heaven on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’baan?

Praise be to Allaah. This is mentioned in some ahaadeeth, but there is some scholarly difference of opinion as to the soundness of those ahaadeeth. There is no saheeh hadeeth concerning the virtue of the night of the fifteenth of Sha’baan. It was narrated from Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and … Continue reading Does Allaah come down to the first heaven on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’baan?

Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’baan (the middle of Sha’baan) should not be singled out for worship

Praise be to Allaah. There is no saheeh marfoo’ report that speaks of the virtue of the middle of Sha’baan that may be followed, not even in the chapters on al-Fadaa’il (chapters on virtues in books of hadeeth etc.). Some maqtoo’ reports (reports whose isnaads do not go back further than the Taabi’een) have been … Continue reading Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’baan (the middle of Sha’baan) should not be singled out for worship

A Muslim is prohibited to congratulate the disbelievers, Christians, Jews or whomever, on their distinctive occasions

Fatwa no. 21079 Q: On 12/8/1420 A.H. notices were placed on the roads of Riyadh conveying congratulations from the Banque Saudi Fransi on the New Year. Employees of the Banque Saudi Fransi wish the Saudi people a merry year. Respected shaykh, it undoubtedly hurts every Muslim to find things like this common in the land of Tawhid (belief in … Continue reading A Muslim is prohibited to congratulate the disbelievers, Christians, Jews or whomever, on their distinctive occasions

Congratulating on new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) – alifta

The first question of Fatwa no. 20795 Q 1: Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)? A: It is not permissible to offer congratulations on such occasions; for it is not Mashru‘ (Islamically permissible) to celebrate them. … Continue reading Congratulating on new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) – alifta

69811: Should he respond to non-Muslims when they wish him a Happy New Year?

Is it permissible for me to say to non-Muslims “And the same to you” when they wish me a Happy New Year or say Best Wishes? Praise be to Allaah. It is not permissible to greet or congratulate the kuffaar on the occasion of Christmas, New Year or any of their other holidays, and it … Continue reading 69811: Should he respond to non-Muslims when they wish him a Happy New Year?

Mawlid al-Nabi (the Prophet’s birthday)

Praise be to Allaah. There is nothing in the Qur’aan to say that we should celebrate the Mawlid or birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet himself (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do this or command anyone to do it, either during his … Continue reading Mawlid al-Nabi (the Prophet’s birthday)

A brief look at the month of Safar

Is there anything special about the month Safar, as there is in the case of Muharram? I hope that you can shed light on this matter in some detail. I have heard that some people regard this month as unlucky – why is that? Praise be to Allah, and blessings and peace be upon the … Continue reading A brief look at the month of Safar

The virtue of fasting ‘Ashoora’

I heard that fasting the day of ‘Ashoora’ expiates for the past year, is this true? Does it expiate for everything, even major sins? What is the reason for venerating this day?. Praise be to Allah Firstly: Fasting the day of ‘Ashoora’ does expiate for the past year, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of … Continue reading The virtue of fasting ‘Ashoora’

Ruling on offering congratulations at the beginning of the Hijri year

Praise be to Allah Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on congratulating people on the occasion of the Hijri new year, and how should one reply to a person who offers congratulations? He replied: If someone offers you congratulations, then respond to him, but … Continue reading Ruling on offering congratulations at the beginning of the Hijri year

Virtue of fasting six days of Shawwaal

Praise be to Allah. Fasting six days of Shawwaal after the obligatory fast of Ramadaan is Sunnah Mustahabbah, not waajib. It is recommended for the Muslim to fast six days of Shawwaal, and in this there is great virtue and an immense reward. Whoever fasts these six days will have recorded for him a reward … Continue reading Virtue of fasting six days of Shawwaal

When should a Muslim start fasting six days of Shawwaal?

Praise be to Allaah. You can start fasting six days of Shawwaal from the second day of Shawwaal, because it is haraam to fast on the day of Eid. You can fast the six days at any time during Shawwaal, although the best of good deeds are those which are done soonest. The standing committee … Continue reading When should a Muslim start fasting six days of Shawwaal?