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Types of Istihaadah

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Types of Istihaadah

🌸 *Fatwa regarding women* 🌸

*Topic: Types of Istihaadah*

*Q*💬 *If a woman bleeds so much that it is istihaadah (non-menstrual vaginal bleeding), how should she pray?.*

*A*💬Praise be to Allaah.

Istihaadah means three things:

1 – The woman had a regular period before she experienced istihaadah. In this case she should refer to the regular period that she used to have, and during that time she should stop praying and she is subject to the rulings on menses, and anything other than that is istihaadah, and she is subject to the rulings on istihaadah at that time.

For example: A woman used to get her period for 6 days at the beginning of each month, then she began to experience istihaadah and she bleeds all the time. So her period is the first six days of every month, and everything else is istihaadah, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) according to which Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh said: O Messenger of Allaah, I am experiencing istihaadah and I never become pure; should I stop praying? He said: “No, that is a vein. But stop praying for the number of days that you used to menstruate, then do ghusl and pray.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari. In Saheeh Muslim it says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Umm Habeebah: “Stop praying for the number of days that your menses used to last, then do ghusl and pray.” Based on this, the woman who is experiencing istihaadah should stop praying for the number of days that her period used to last, then she should do ghusl and pray, and not worry about the bleeding at that time.

2 – If she did not have a regular period before the istihaadah, rather she has been experiencing istihaadah since the first time she got her menses, then she should distinguish between different types of blood. Her menses is when the blood is dark or thick or has a distinctive odour, and she is subject to the rulings on menses at that time. Anything other than that is istihaadah and she comes under the rulings on istihaadah.

For example: A woman sees blood when she first starts to menstruate, and it is continuous, but for ten days it is dark and the rest of the time it is red. Or she sees that it is thick for ten days and thin for the rest of the time. Or she notices that for ten days it has the odour of menstrual blood and for the rest of the time it has no odour. So her menses is the dark blood in the first case, the thick blood in the second and the blood that has an odour in the third. Everything apart from that is istihaadah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh: “When it is menstrual blood it is dark and recognizable, so when it  is like that, then stop praying, and when it is otherwise, do wudoo’ and pray, for that is from a vein.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i; classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim. Although the isnaad and text of this hadeeth are subject to further discussion, the scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) followed it, and that is better than trying to make her follow the pattern of the majority of women.

3 – If she does not have a regular period and cannot distinguish it properly because the istihaadah is ongoing from the first time she saw the blood, and her blood is all the same or its characteristics are varied but it cannot be menstrual blood. This woman should act on the basis of what is the usual pattern among women, so her menses is six or seven days each month, and she should start from the first time when she saw blood; everything apart from that is istihaadah.

For example: if the first time she saw blood was on the fifth of the month, and it continued with no change to distinguish menstrual bleeding by colour etc, then her period is six or seven days of each month starting from the fifth of the month, because of the hadeeth of Hamnah bint Jahsh (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I bleed a great deal all the time. What do you think – should I stop praying and fasting?” He said: “I suggest you use a piece of cotton, for it will absorb the blood.” She said: It is more than that. In this report he said: “That is a kick from the shaytaan, so count your menses as six or seven days, which is something between you and Allaah, then wash yourself and when you see that you have become pure and you are certain of it, then pray for twenty-four or twenty-three days, and fast.” This hadeeth was narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawood, and narrated and classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi. It was narrated that Ahmad classed it as saheeh and that al-Bukhaari classed it as hasan.

The words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “six or even days” does not mean that one has the choice, rather it is for the purpose of ijtihaad, so the woman should look at those whose situation is closest to hers in terms of physical resemblance, age and relationship, etc., and see whose cycle most closely resembles hers. If the closest one has a six-day period then she should regard her menses as six days, and if the closest is seven days then she should regards her menses as seven days. End quote.

Risaalah fi’l-Dima’ al-Tabee’iyyah li’l-Nisa’ by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)

At the time when she decides that the blood is menstrual blood, then she is menstruating, and at the time when she decides that the period has ended, then she is pure and she should pray and fast, and may have intercourse with her husband.

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Thabit Ibn Qays

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Thabit Ibn Qays

Thabit ibn Qays was a chieftain of the Khazraj and therefore a man of considerable influence in Yathrib. He was known for the sharpness of his mind and the power of his oratory. It was because of this that he became the khatib or the spokesman and orator of the Prophet and Islam.

He became a Muslim at the hands of Musab ibn Umayr whose cool and persuasive logic and the sweetness and beauty of his Quran recital proved irresistible.

When the Prophet arrived in Madinah after the historic Hijrah, Thabit and a great gathering of horsemen gave him a warm and enthusiastic welcome. Thabit acted as their spokesman and delivered a speech in the presence of the Prophet(S.A.W) and his companion, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. He began by giving praise to God Almighty and invoking peace and blessings on His Prophet and ended up by saying:

“We give our pledge to you, O Messenger of God, that we would protect you from all that we protect ourselves, our children and our wives. What would then be our reward for this?”

The speech was reminiscent of words spoken at the second Pledge of Aqabah and the Prophet’s reply as then was the same: “Al-Jannah – Paradise!”

When the Yathribites heard the word “al-Jannah” their faces beamed with happiness and excitement and their response was: “We are pleased, O Messenger of God! We are pleased, O Messenger of God .”

From that day on the Prophet, peace be on him, made Thabit ibn Qays his Khatib, just as Hassan ibn Thabit was his poet. When delegations of Arabs came to him to show off their brilliance in verse and the strength of their oratory skills which the Arabs took great pride in, the Prophet(S.A.W) would call upon Thabit ibn Qays to challenge their orators and Hassan ibn Thabit to vaunt his verses before their poets.

In the Year of the Delegations, the ninth after the Hijrah, tribes from all over the Arabian peninsula came to Madinah to pay homage to the Prophet(S.A.W), either to announce their acceptance of Islam or to pay jizyah in return for the protection of the Muslim state. One of these was a delegation from the tribe of Tamim who said to the Prophet:

“We have come to show our prowess to you. Do give permission to our Shaif and our Khatib to speak.” The Prophet, peace be on him, smiled and said: “I permit your Khatib. Let him speak.”

Their orator, Utarid ibn Hajib, got up and held forth on the greatness and achievements of their tribe and when he was finished the Prophet(S.A.W) summoned Thabit ibn Qays and said: “Stand and reply to him.” Thabit arose and said:

“Praise be to God Whose creation is the entire heavens and the earth wherein His will has been made manifest. His Throne is the extent of His knowledge and there is nothing which does not exist through His grace.

“Through His power He has made us leaders and from the best of His creation He has chosen a Messenger who is the most honorable of men in lineage, the most reliable and true in speech and the most excellent in deeds. He has revealed to him a book and chosen him as a leader of His creation. Among all creation, he is a blessing of God.

“He summoned people to have faith in Him. The Emigrants from among his people and his relations who are the most honorable people in esteem and the best in deeds believed in him. Then, we the Ansar (Helpers) were the first people to respond (to his call for support). So we are the Helpers of God and the ministers of His Messenger.”

Thabit was a believer with a profound faith in God. His consciousness and fear of God was true and strong. He was especially sensitive and cautious of saying or doing anything that would incur the wrath of God Almighty. One day the Prophet(S.A.W) saw him looking not just sad but dejected and afraid. His shoulders were haunched and he was actually cringing from fear.

“What’s wrong with you, O Abu Muhammad?” asked the Prophet(S.A.W). “I fear that I might be destroyed, O Messenger of God,” he said. “And why?” asked the Prophet(S.A.W)

“God Almighty,” he said, “has prohibited us from desiring to be praised for what we did not do but I find myself liking praise. He has prohibited us from being proud and I find myself tending towards vanity.” This was the time when the verse of the Quran was revealed: “Indeed, God does not love any arrogant boaster.”

The Prophet, peace be on him, then tried to calm his anxieties and allay his fears and eventually said to him: “O Thabit, aren’t you pleased to live as someone who is praised, and to die as a martyr and to enter Paradise?”

Thabit’s face beamed with happiness and joy as he said: “Certainly, O Messenger of God.” “Indeed, that shall be yours,” replied the noble Prophet (S.A.W). There was another occasion when Thabit became sad and crestfallen, when the words of the Quran were revealed:

“O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet(S.A.W) and neither speak loudly to him as you would speak loudly to one another, lest all your deeds come to naught without your perceiving it.”

On hearing these words, Qays kept away from the meetings and gatherings of the Prophet(S.A.W) in spite of his great love for him and his hitherto constant presence in his company. He stayed in his house almost without ever leaving it except for the performance of the obligatory Salat. The Prophet(S.A.W) missed his presence and evidently asked for information about him. A man from the Ansar volunteered and went to Thabit’s house. He found Thabit sitting in his house, sad and dejected, with his head bowed low.

“What’s the matter with you?” asked the man.

“It’s bad,” replied Thabit. “You know that I am a man with a loud voice and that my voice is far louder than that of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace. And you know what has been revealed in the Quran. The only result for me is that my deeds will come to naught and I will be among the people who go to the fire of hell.”

The man returned to the Prophet(S.A.W) and told him what he had seen and heard and the Prophet(S.A.W) instructed him to return to Thabit and say: “You are not among the people who will go to the fire of hell but you will be among the people of Paradise.”

Such was the tremendously good news with which Thabit ibn Qays was blessed. The incidents showed how alive and sensitive he was to the Prophet(S.A.W) and the commands of Islam and his readiness to observe the letter and the spirit of its laws. He subjected himself to the most stringent self-criticism. His was a God-fearing and penitent heart which trembled and shook through the fear of God.

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The Last Sermon

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The Last Sermon

🖋 O people, lend me an attentive ear, i know not whether after this year, i shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what i am saying to you carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here.

🖋 O people, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners, hurt no one and no one may hurt you.

🖋 Remeber that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived.

🖋 Beware of satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in the small things.

🖋 O people, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed & clothed in kindness.

🖋 Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and commited helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve of, as well as never commit adultery.

🖋 O people, listen to me in earnest. Worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of ramadan, and give your wealth in zakah, perform hajj if you can afford to.

🖋 You know that every muslim is the brother of another muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over the other except by piety and goodness.

🖋 Remember one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after i am gone.

🖋 O people, no prophet or apostle will come after me, no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand my words, which i convey to you.

🖋 I leave behind me two things, the Qur’an and my example (Sunnah) and if you follow this you would never go astray.

🖋 All those who listened to me shall pass on my words to other and those to other again, and may the last ones understand my words better than people those who listen to me directly.

🖋 Be my witness O Allah that i have conveyed your message to the people.

9th Dhul hijjah 10AH

Uranah valley of mount Arafah

Dunya

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Dunya

POETIC SATURDAY

I saw her in the midst of the night

Her diamonds and jewels glistened so bright

Oh, she was a beautiful sight.

A spark in her eyes did ignite

A wish, a desire, a feeling of delight

What was this familiar face

Doing in a foreign place?

I took a moment to catch my breath

Didn’t care about my meeting with Death

Because I had all the time in the world for her

So everything else was easy to defer

Smelling her fragrance I did prefer

Not realising that one day this would be a blur

I started running towards her

I felt my steps getting faster

Closer and closer

But she kept slipping farther

At last, I caught her by the hand

I almost forgot how to stand

I asked for her name

When she turned around in vain

‘I am a prostitute’

Forbidden fruit

I didn’t care

Everything I ever wanted was standing right there

‘How many partners have you had?’ I wondered

‘Billions’ she responded

‘But I have been faithful to none’

My heart thudding like the beat of a drum

I asked for her name a second time

With a wicked look, she flashed a smile

‘I am your biggest betrayer..

..and they call me

..Dunya’

Al-Kareem

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Al-Kareem

{99 Names of Allah Series}

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh.

I hope we are all in the best state of health and Iman.

Al-Kareem – The Most Generous.

Kareem, Akram, and Ikraam come from the root kaaf-raa-meem, which points out to two main meanings. The first meaning is to be generous, giving, and beneficent. The second main meaning of this root is to be highly esteemed, honoured and valued.

This root appears 47 times in the Quran in eight derived forms. Examples of these forms are al-akram (“the Most Generous”),kareemun (“noble”), kiraaman (“dignified ones”), al-mukrameen (“the honoured ones”) and al-ikraam (“and Honor ”).

In the Arabic language ‘kareem’ does not just mean generous but the term embraces many meanings. ‘Kareem’ includes being forbearing, kind, gentle, patient, noble, pure and beneficial. In other words each and every laudable thing is being described as ‘kareem’.

Al-Kareem Himself says: O man! What has made you careless about your Lord, Al-Kareem (the Generous), Who created you, fashioned you perfectly and gave you due proportion? In whatever shape He willed, He put you together. [Quran 82: 5-8] and… Read! And your Lord is Al-Akram.[Quran 96: 3]

Al-Kareem is related to Al-Wahhaab (The Giver) and Ar-Razzaaq (The Provider) in the sense that He initiates favors to His slaves, beyond what we deserve. Al-Kareem brought you into existence even though He was not obliged to do so. Al-Kareem gives us the whole world, as He tells us: It is He Who created for you all that is in the earth. [Quran, 2: 29] Our book, the Quran, is not only an instruction but also a cure. Our prayers are not only rituals, but also treasure chests of multiple rewards. Our food is not just one kind, but an amazing variety of tastes, structures and flavours; this is the giving of Al-Kareem!

Al-Kareem is related to Al-‘Afuw (The Pardoner) because even when you sin and forget about it, Allah deals with you generously and makes you live comfortably. It is He who covers your sins and when you turn to Him out of His amazing generosity He doesn’t just forgive but completely erases your bad deeds and on top of this turns them into good deeds. He is At-Tawwaab. What a generous Lord!

Related to Ash-Shakoor (The Appreciative), Al-Kareem rewards you generously when you only present to Him little sincere acts of worship. The ultimate example is Jannah: everlasting pleasure for a couple of years of worship in this life!

Al-Kareem is also related to Al-Haleem (the Forebearing), whenever He gives He gives most generously and when Al-Kareem is disobeyed, He forgives most forbearingly,subhanAllah. He has the most generous and gracious way of forgiving.

Al-Kareem is related in meaning to Al-Wadood (The Loving); us being worthy of His divine love is truly a generosity we should recognize! Al-Kareem says: Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness: the Most Gracious shall bestow love upon them. [Quran, 19: 96]

His Attribute of karam truly is beyond our imagination!

Allah’s names and attributes are of two types: those that are attributed only to Him ( e.g. Al-Khaaliq, The Creator) and those that can and should be strived for to be attributed to ourselves, one of them is Al-Kareem. Be generous with your belongings, time, and even your words. The prophetsalallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: The generous one is close to Allah, close to people, far from the fire; a stingy person is far from Allah, far from people, far from Paradise; and the generous ignorant person is more beloved to Allah than a stingy worshipper. [At-Tirmidhi]

May Kareem open the doors of Jannah to us. May He never withhold any good because of a sin we committed. And May He make us among those that use our wealth in His cause.

This week’s Du’a

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This week’s Du’a

Assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh sisters.

Allahumma inni as’aluka fa’a lal khairaat wa tarkal munkaraat wa hubb al masaakin wa an taghfirli wa tarhamni wa iza aradta fitnata qaumin fatawaffani gaira maftuun, as’aluka hubbaka wa hubba mai yuhibbuk wa hubba amalu yuqarribu ila hubbak.

Mu’adh ibn Jabal reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “O Allah, I ask you for good deeds and avoidance of evil deeds and love of the poor. Forgive me and have mercy on me. If you intend to put people to trial, then take me away unscathed. I ask you for your love, the love of those who love you, and the love of good deeds that bring me closer to your love.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3235

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi

عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ فِعْلَ الْخَيْرَاتِ وَتَرْكَ الْمُنْكَرَاتِ وَحُبَّ الْمَسَاكِينِ وَأَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي وَتَرْحَمَنِي وَإِذَا أَرَدْتَ فِتْنَةَ قَوْمٍ فَتَوَفَّنِي غَيْرَ مَفْتُونٍ أَسْأَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَحُبَّمَنْ يُحِبُّكَ وَحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُقَرِّبُ إِلَى حُبِّكَ

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قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ

Hospital visit

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Updates on Hospital visit to Umaru Shehu Hospital Maiduguri on 8th Rajab 1439 AH (Sunday 25th March 2018)

Alhamdulilllah we had a successful hospital visit in Maiduguri on the 25th of March 2018, jazaakumullahu khairan for all your donations.

We visited Umaru Shehu Hospital Maiduguri where we went to several wards to give each patient a gift. We spent about sixty thousand naira for the hospital visit.

We prepared 24 packages for the paediatric ward, each package comprising of 4 packs of peak milk, 5 packs of milo and 11 sachets of detergent. 40 packs of sugar, lipton and detergent for the adult wards were given at the adult wards. We as well as distributed handgloves to all wards visited, Alhamdulillah.

At the adult wards, we spoke to the patients about sabr, and about salah, and how prayer is fard on everyone as long as the person is conscious. The sisters took turn to explain to them how to pray while sitting or lying down since they can’t stand due to their ailment because salah being the first deed of a person that will be checked on the day of qiyama is too important to be taken lightly.

We  Alhamdulillah also reminded the patients to have tawakkul and believe although they are in a hospital, the doctors can only do so much and that ultimately Allah is the Healer and they should call on Him to grant them shifah.

Afterwards we prayed for their recovery and proceeded to the paediatric ward to distribute the other packages. At the ward, we reminded the patients’ parents about sabr and how Allah is testing them with their children’s illness, and that they should be patient to pass this test.

It was an eeman uplifting experience, seeing so many people bedridden while we comfortably walked around reminded us of how much of a blessing good health is.

May Allah grant shifa to the sick ameen, may He grant us the ability to use our good health to serve Him and not to disobey Him ameen.

Sadly very few sisters came out for the hospital visit, it was kinda heartbreaking because if it were another social gathering it would have been a different case. We hope to see more deensisters at the next halaqa/charity visitations in shaa Allah.