How does a Menstruating Woman Worship During the Night of Decree?

Sukainah the daughter of Shaikh al-Albaani said, “I asked my father, may Allaah have mercy on him, ‘How does the female who has the excuse accorded to her by the Sharee’ah [i.e., menses] perform worship on the Night of Decree?’

So he answered me, saying, ‘By supplicating, remembering Allaah [dhikr] and reciting the Quraan, and there is no problem in her doing that. And I think that you are sure about the fact that it is not disliked for the menstruating woman to recite the Quraan. So this is the way out from one angle.

And from another, it is fitting for the Muslim in such circumstances, whether he is male or female, to emulate the Prophet عليه السلام who said, ‘Seize the benefit of five before five: your youth before you become old, and your health before you become ill …’ [Saheeh at-Targheed wat-Tarheeb, no. 3355]. For what reason [did he say this?] Because in Sahih al-Bukhari it has been reported that, ‘When a slave [a believer] falls ill or travels, then he will get written to his accounts [the reward] similar to that which he used to get for his good deeds practised at home and in good health [as if he is doing them on his journey and in illness].’ [Bukhaari 2996]

So it is upon such a woman to seize the opportunity of benefitting from her time when she is clean and is able to stand during the last ten nights, or at least the odd nights, or at the very least the day or night of the twenty-seventh.

For indeed when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, knows that His female servant used to do that when she was able to stand in prayer then suddenly comes into a state where she is excused, He records for her what used to be written for her when she was in a state of purity.

This is a very important point. Its fruits are that the Muslim should strive as was just explained: that he should always spend his time in obedience as much as he is able to. Such that when his obedience increases and the worship then passes him by [due to him becoming ill or travelling, the reward] is still written for him even if he is not able to actually perform it.’”

Taken from her blog.

Daily Program for the Muslim Woman in Ramadan
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;
Question: What is the daily program for the muslim woman in Ramadan so that she can worship her Lord and at the same time tend to the needs of her household?
Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhayli, may Allaah preserve him, answers:
“The daily program for the muslim woman is that of the mans except that the woman increases in an act of worship and that is that if the woman strives in tending to the needs of her husband and household and prepares enough food for them that will suffice them, then she is in the obedience of Allaah if she seeks the reward from Allaah while doing that.
In this is her reward and an increasement of her good deeds and it is befitting for the muslim woman to busy her tongue with the rememberance of Allaah when she is preparing the food. So while she is cooking she is saying subhaanallaah, while she is cooking she is saying laa ilaaha illa Allaah, while she is cooking she is remembering Allaah and in that is a great reward for her. Like this, preparing dinner will never divert her from the worship of her Lord in the day of Ramadan.
So congratulations to the muslim woman who serves her husband and the people of her household and all the while looking for the reward from Allaah and along with this she isn’t neglectful about the rememberance of Allaah and she carries out what she is able to from worship during the day of Ramadan. For indeed she has succeeded a great success.”

Ash Shafi’i’s Opinion of Sufism

Al Bayhaqee reported in ‘Al Manaaqib’: 2/207 with his own chain of narration on the authority of Yusuf ibn ‘Abd al ‘Alaa who said: I heard al Imaam ash Shaafi’ee saying:

“If a man were to embrace Sufism in the morning, you would find that he has turned into a fool before Dhuhr came in.”

He also stated while describing Sufees:

“A Sufi does not become a Sufi until he has four characteristics;

Being lazy,

   Eating a lot,

      Speaking a lot [or being nosy] and


The author of ‘Al Hilyah’: 9/136 reported that Al Imaam ash Shaafi’ee stated:

“The foundation of Sufism is laziness.”

He stated concerning some of their practices:

“I left Iraq while people were practicing something that hypocrites innovated called at Taqhbeer, they distract the people away from the Qur-aan with it.”

[Manhaj al Imaam ash Shaafi’ee fee Ithbaat al ‘Aqeedah by Shaykh Muhammad al ‘Aqeel ]

Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah stated:

“…and what ash Shaafi’ee - may Allaah be pleased with him – mentioned; that the practice was innovated by hypocrites, is indeed a statement by an Imaam who has firm knowledge of the principles of Islaam. For indeed no one encouraged or called to this singing to begin with except those who were accused of hypocrisy.”

[Majmooh al Fataawa: 11/570]


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