Rulings on the prostrations of forgetfulness (sujood as-sahw)

Originally posted on precious gems from the works of Shaikh al-Albaani:

Q: “What is the criterion for this forgetting (due to which we must perform the two prostrations of forgetfulness)? Is it any forgetting in prayer even if he, for example, adds something, omits something…?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “Anything, if one forgets.”

Q: “Even if it is a sunnah?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “Even if it is a sunnah.”

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Q: “Are the prostrations of forgetfulness before the tasleem or after the tasleem?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“For all prostrations of forgetfulness, one has the choice between prostrating before the tasleemor after the tasleem. And the detailed explanation mentioned in some, especially Hanbali, books that it is before the tasleem for additions and after the tasleem for omissions – this is baseless. Those who say so saw some cases to which such an explanation can be applied, however there are also cases that nullify this explanation. Therefore…

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It is not legislated to raise hands for the extra takbeers of Eid & Janaazah prayers

Q: “For the Eid and Janaazah prayers, is it legislated to raise the hands with the takbeers (besides the first one)?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “No, it is not legislated.”[1]

[1] in reference to the Janaazah prayer in particular, the Shaikh – after saying that he didn’t find any evidence in the Sunnah for this being legislated and so does not consider it being legislated – also mentioned: “Al-Bayhaqee narrated (4/44) with an authentic chain of narration from Ibn ‘Umar that he used to raise his hands with every takbeer of the Janaazah prayer. So whoever thinks that he would not do that except due to it being established from the Prophet ﷺ, then he may raise his hands” (Ahkaam ul-Janaa.izi wa Bida’uhaa, p.148)

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 428/18 / asaheeha translations]

A woman is allowed to take public transportation or a taxi by herself given that . . .

Q: “What is the ruling on a woman riding with a driver or taking public transportation by herself?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If there is mixing with men then the ruling is clear: it’s not allowed. But if: 1) there is no mixing, 2) the woman is safe and won’t be abducted as occurs in some places, 3) there is no travelling involved – then it is allowed, otherwise no.”

Q: “What about riding in a taxi by herself with a driver?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If the driver is known (to be trustworthy) and religious, and they are in the middle of the city, there is no objection.”

Q: “This isn’t khalwah (the prohibited seclusion between a man and a woman), right?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“No, it’s not khalwah.”[1]


[1] khalwah in terms of the Legislation is only when the place (where the man and woman are secluded together) is screened such that those outside cannot see what is happening inside” - Shaikh al-Albaani, fataawaa jeddah 24/16

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 565/8 / asaheeha translations]

Ruling on one who is sick and cannot fast for Ramadhaan

Q: “What should someone who is ill and unable to fast during Ramadhaan do?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If the doctors said that this ill person will probably be cured, then he does not offer any expiation, but rather waits until he is cured inshaa.Allaah and makes up the missed fasts. And if the doctors said that he will probably not be cured, then he expiates for each day by feeding a poor person.”

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 212/7 / asaheeha translations]

Friday ghusl is not obligatory upon a woman

Q: “Is the Friday bath (ghusl) obligatory upon a woman?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“If  the Friday prayer fundamentally is not obligatory upon her, then how can the subsidiary issue (the bath) be obligatory when the fundamental (the prayer) isn’t?”[1]

[1] Shaikh Bin Baaz, Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaimeen and Shaikh Fawzaan likewise said that the Friday bath is specifically for men – those who must attend the Friday prayer – not women.

[al-haawee min fataawaa ash-shaikh al-albaani 447 / asaheeha translations]

It is best for a woman to pray in the mosque if there is a beneficial class or exhortation

Q: “Is it best for a woman to pray in her house or in a mosque near her house?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“It is best for her to pray in her house, unless there is a class or exhortation in the mosque from which the woman would benefit, then here the ruling switches: it becomes best for her to pray in the mosque. But if there is just prayer (in the mosque), then (her praying) in the house is better. Meaning, if there isn’t anything in the mosque except the congregational prayer, then her praying in her house is better for her than her praying in her mosque – contrary to if there was a class or exhortation in the mosque, then her praying in the mosque is better for her.”

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 4/2 / asaheeha translations]

It is not allowed to fast the Day of ‘Arafah coinciding with Friday if one has already missed fasting on Thursday – Shaikh al-Albaani

Questioner: “If the Day of ‘Arafah coincides with Friday, and if a woman becomes pure from menstruation on Thursday or a traveler returns home on Thursday, is it allowed for such a person to fast on Friday alone for the Day of ‘Arafah?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “No. Is it obligatory to fast on the Day of ‘Arafah?”

Questioner: “No.”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “And is it allowed to fast on Friday alone?”

Questioner: “No.”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “So then, if the prohibition conflicts with the allowance, then the prohibition is given precedence over the allowance. So the answer (to your question) is that it is not allowed.”

[silsilatul-hudaa wa-nnoor 484/5 / asaheeha translations]