It is recommended for women to pray taraaweeh in the mosque

Q: “Is it best for a woman to perform the night prayer in Ramadhaan (taraaweeh) in her house or at the mosque?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “Particularly for the night prayer in Ramadhaan, the best thing is what the righteous believing women of the Righteous Predecessors (Salaf as-Saalih) used to do, which is performing it with the congregation of Muslims in the mosques, as opposed to the rest of the months in which case ‘Their houses are better for them’ as the Prophet ﷺ said.”

Q: “So it is recommended (mustahabb) for a woman, as you said, to go out to pray taraaweeh?”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “Didn’t you get the answer to this question already?

Q: “Yes but just to confirm.”

Shaikh al-Albaani: “Yes it is as you said. And it is even more recommended for the 27th night.”

[al-fataawaa al-muhimmah 431 / alalbaany.com]

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It is recommended for women to pray taraaweeh in the mosque

A compass must be taken on journeys to determine the qiblah

Q: “What is the ruling on taking a compass on journeys in order to determine the qiblah for one who doesn’t know the directions?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“It is obligatory.”

[su.aalaat 332 / alalbaany.com]

A compass must be taken on journeys to determine the qiblah

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]

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

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]

Friday ghusl is not obligatory upon a woman

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

the prostration of thankfulness


THE PROSTRATION OF THANKFULNESS
source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor, 97/6
asaheeha translations

 

Q: “How does one perform sujood ash-shukr (the prostration of thankfulness)?”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah):

“It comprises of one prostration, and none of the preconditions needed for prayer are stipulated for it. So it is like sujood at-tilaawah, they both have the same ruling. Neither of them have a precondition such as being in a state of purification, facing the qiblah, making the takbeer, making the tasleem, and so on. Rather, if he is surprised by some blessing, he prostrates immediately the way he is and praises Allaah with whatever (words) he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thanks to Him. Likewise if he recites a verse of prostration from the Book of Allaah (‘azza wa jal), he prostrates immediately, whether he has wudhoo or not, whether he is facing the qiblah or not, without making takbeer al-ihraam and without making any tashahhud or salaam.”

the prostration of thankfulness

raising the hands and wiping the face in qunoot

source: irwaa ul-ghaleelquenching the thirst – p. 181

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Shaykh al-Albaani says in his commentary:

“And raising the two hands in the (supplication of) qunoot for a naajilah[1][2] has been established from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in his supplication against the mushrikeen (polytheists) who killed the seventy recitors (of the Qur’aan). Imaam Ahmad narrated it (3/137) and at-Tabaraanee in ‘As-Sagheer’ (p. 111) from the hadeeth of Anas with an authentic chain of narration. And it (i.e., raising the two hands) has also been established from ‘Umar and others[3] in the qunoot for the witr.

And as for wiping them on the face in the qunoot, then this has not been mentioned at all – not from (the Prophet) (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), nor from any of his Companions – so it is an innovation no doubt.”

 


[1] a calamity that befalls the Muslims
[2] Shaykh al-Albaani explains: “What is meant by a naajilah is a calamity that suddenly comes upon the Muslims, like an enemy attacking them, so here they supplicate with the qunoot. What is meant by a naajilah is a calamity that is new. As for something that has become usual, continuous, and something that has become a part of their lives, such as the Jewish occupation of Palestine, here the meaning of a naajilah has gone away and thus the qunoot is not made;” refer to silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor tape no. 132/3, 229/14, 704/3
[3] such as ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’ood; refer to silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor tape no. 395/5

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asaheeha translations

raising the hands and wiping the face in qunoot