What is a Hawl or Mawlid?

The Hawl is called in the Shari’a: charity on behalf of the dead. In Egypt it is called a Mawlid. – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, al-Ilham al-Nafi’, p. 95. The haul is also known as a hawliyya, a mawlid, and a mi’ad. It consists of (different types of) charities that are presented to the dead; they […]

The Meaning of Laylat al-Qadr

The meaning of  al-qadr is:  al-sharaf (honor) – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari   اللهم صلّ على النبي الصادق * سيدنا محمد خيرة الله من الخلائق * الرشيد المرشد * المقرّب للجنة ومن النار مبعد * الأول الخاتم * والخليفة الحاكم * الذي اخترت له قبل أن يختار * وسمّيته الحبيب المختار * الذي أخذت على أنبيائك […]

On the Taraweeh Prayers

The Imam of the Azhar, shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him and please him) said, [On the Number of the Taraweeh Prayers] Shaykh Mahmud Khattab al-Subki said in his commentary on Sunan Abu Dawud, “The Taraweeh prayers are encouraged (mustahabba), and they have no set number.” This is the speech of the imams of […]

The Cut-Off Salaat

Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris was asked: “What is  al-salaat al-batraa’ (The Cut-Off Salaat)”? He said: To invoke blessings upon him (may God’s peace and blessings be upon him and his folk) without his folk, because this removes from it the baraka (extra blessings). This is because when one invokes one blessing upon him, Allah blesses […]

The Qunut in Prayer

Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Al-Bukhari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family), when the Companions asked him too many questions, became angry and said, “Allah has disliked three things for you: ‘He said’ and ‘It was said,’ too many questions, and the squandering […]