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]

Ruling on one who is sick and cannot fast for Ramadhaan

Having weddings in the mosque is an innovation

Q: “What is the ruling on having a wedding in the mosque?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“An innovation.”

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 132/17 / asaheeha translations]

Having weddings in the mosque is an innovation

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

Two things for the one who has taqwaa

-Advice to the Muslims to have taqwaa[1] when seeking provision, and during hardships and trials-

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“Our calamity today is that we have turned away from the main purpose for which we were created, which is: worshiping Allaah تبارك وتعالى. So most of us don’t worship Allaah, and the few who do worship Allaah don’t know how to worship Him. And one of the things we have forgotten from the preserved Qur.aan that Allaah عز وجل blessed upon us as He said: {Indeed it is We who sent down the Dhikr[2] and indeed We will be its guardian}[3]  – is (the verse): {And whoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make for him a way out. And He will provide for him from where he never could imagine}.[4]

This verse has become as if it was abrogated from the Qur.aan, not written down which the Muslims recite day and night. But what is the benefit if the Qur.aan is written down in pages and mus-hafs, and that which the walls are decorated with, yet when it comes to the hearts, they are empty? Was the Qur.aan revealed for us to decorate our houses with it, recite it over our dead ones, and distance it – in terms of applying and acting upon it – from our living ones? He تعالى said: {That it (the Qur.aan) may warn whoever is alive, and that the Word (i.e. the torment) may be justified against the disbelievers}.[5] So firstly, the Qur.aan was revealed for those alive and not for those who are dead. Furthermore, it was revealed for those alive to act upon it, not decorate their houses and walls with it. So this is a verse  mentioned in the Qur.aan, but most of the Muslims – especially those whom Allaah has blessed with some wealth, who are eager to preserve it and afraid of it getting lost or robbed from them – have forgotten this verse: {And whoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make for him a way out. And He will provide for him from where he never could imagine}.

This verse presents two very important things to the one who has taqwaa. Firstly, if he falls into a hardship, He will make a way out for him; and secondly, if provision becomes straitened for him, He will provide for him from where he cannot imagine. Nowadays if we fall into a hardship, perhaps one of us will disbelieve in Allaah عز وجل and he does not take refuge in Allaah, nor does he implore Him with humility, nor does he seek nearness to Him through that which He loves and is pleased with – like what had happened with some people before us, whose account our Prophet ﷺ narrated to us. It is a story that happened with some people who came before Muhammad ﷺ was sent, and our Prophet narrated the story to us so that we take it as a lesson and don’t forget, like the previous verse: {And whoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make for him a way out}. The Messenger ﷺ said about these people: [Here the Shaikh narrates the hadeeth of the three men who got trapped in a cave, each one of whom thereafter supplicated to Allaah by means of their righteous deeds, after which Allaah responded to them and removed the rock that was blocking the mouth of the cave, thus relieving them].

This is an authentic hadeeth, not just a story. It is a hadeeth of al-Bukhaari and Muslim from the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, not some story from the Israa.eeliyyaat[6] that you may hear for which Allaah did not send down any authority.”


[1] piety; fulfilling Allaah’s commands and staying away from His prohibitions
[2] “i.e. the Qur.aan and the Sunnah” – Shaikh al-Albaani, Al-Hadeethu Hujjatun bi-Nafsihi fi l-‘Aqaa.idi wa l-Ahkaam p. 20-21
[3] Surat ul-Hijr 15:9
[4] Surat ut-Talaaq 65:2-3
[5] Surat Yaa Seen 36:70
[6] narrations from the People of the Book

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 5a/1 / asaheeha translations]

Two things for the one who has taqwaa

Is marriage fate or a choice?

Q: “Is marriage fate or a choice?”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“What is the difference between this question and the question: (is it fate or a choice that) one is rich and another is poor, and one is beautiful and one is ugly, and so on. No doubt what is decreed for a person is something that will happen and there is none that can avert it. But he is responsible for making the effort; after that, he is not at fault for the outcome of the matter if it happens contrary to his choice.

So if this person got engaged to a woman and was eager to do so as she was righteous, then with time it became clear that she was evil! Of course, this was fate. But everything happens as decreed, like the Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Everything happens as decreed, even laziness and activeness.’[1] However, this does not mean that a person, within his capabilities, is not responsible for striving to choose that which is good. No, this is something else. So a person must strive, then the rest is up to Allaah تبارك وتعالى.

So the answer is: of course it is fate, but we shouldn’t understand that it is fate and so -as some people say- a person just puts his trust in Allaah and that’s it. No, (rather) he takes the means, then he puts his trust in the Lord of all lords.”[2]

[silsilatul hudaa wa nnoor 134/5]


[1] Saheeh Muslim 2655
[2] ‘lords’ meaning masters, owners and the like

Is marriage fate or a choice?

It is legislated to give salaam to one reciting the Qur.aan

`Uqbah bin `Aamir al-Juhani said: “We were sitting in the mosque reciting the Qur.aan when Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ entered and gave salaam to us, and we gave salaam back to him…”

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“I say: from the fiqh of this hadeeth is that it is legislated to give salaam to one who is sitting and reciting the Qur.aan. So this contains a refutation against those who hold that it is disliked, which – along with being just an opinion – opposes this hadeeth and the generality of his ﷺ statement: ‘Spread the salaam among you.’[1] And if it has been established that the Prophet ﷺ tacitly approved of the Companions’ giving him salaam while he was praying in Masjid Qubaa and he replied to them by gesturing with his noble hand,[2] then all the more reason for it to be legislated to give salaam to the one reciting the Qur.aan outside the prayer; and the reply in this case would be verbal, not a gesture, as is well known to those of understanding. And this is what an-Nawawee رحمه الله held.”

[1] Saheeh Muslim 54
[2] Silsilat ul-ahaadeeth is-saheehah 185

[silsilat ul-ahaadeeth is-saheehah 3285 / alalbaany.com]

It is legislated to give salaam to one reciting the Qur.aan