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Find answers to your Islamic questions by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

Authenticity of fasting the six fasts of Shawwaal

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Q: What is the authenticity of sitta Shawwal (the six days fasting after Ramadhaan)? A: The Hadith appears in Muslim Shareef, Tirmizi Shareef and Abu Dawood Shareef and the Hadith is worthy of being practised. And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.   Answered by: Mufti Zakaria Makada Checked & Approved: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo… read more »

UK Moonsighting issue

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Asalamu Alaykum, Moulana, Following on from the question I submitted earlier the below link ( holds two main opinions. One is that it is necessary for global sighting, second that calculations are COMPLETELY disregarded. I understand this perhaps is a difference of opinion but then on the same website, they hold fatawaa saying… read more »

When can one fast the fasts of Shawwal?

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Assalamo Alaikum, Kindly advise the conditions for observing fasts in Shawwal whther one can observe all fasts in any part of the month or in begining only or continuosly. Jazakallah Khairan Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh. … read more »

‘Ibadah on the nights before the two ‘Eids

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Does any Hadith state that one should endeavour to spend night of 1st Shawwal (night of ‘Eidul Fitr) in ‘ibadah. Also, please point out to its authenticity.   Answer There are a few Hadiths that encourage ‘ibadah on the nights preceding the two ‘Eids. Here under is one of them: Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports… read more »

Authenticity of ‘Salatul ‘Utaqa’ in Shawwal

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Salatul ‘Utaqa (Salah of the emancipated) in Shawwal is the Sunnah for those who want to be emancipated from Jahannam. There is a Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once said: “If someone performs eight rak’ahs in Shawwal, either during the night or during… read more »

Who is the author of Sharhus Sunnah?

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In Mirqatul Mafatih, Mulla ‘Ali Al Qari (rahimahullah) sometimes quotes from ‘Sharhus Sunnah.’ Who is the author of the book Sharhus Sunnah?   Answer The author of the Hadith book ‘Sharhus Sunnah’ is ‘Allamah Abu Muhammad Husayn ibn Mas’ud Al Baghawi (rahimahullah). ‘Allamah Baghawi (rahimahullah) is also famous for his book ‘Masabihus Sunnah’ [Mishkatul Masabih… read more »