Archive for the ‘Purification’ category

Caught with My Foot in the Sink… Reasons to Be Proud of Wudu

Ever get caught with your foot in the sink at work, school, or the library? You may have received glances from curious onlookers who wonder why you have decided to wash your toes in a public bathroom. You may have thought to yourself, “Oh man, I must look so weird!” Interestingly enough, this part of […]

Al Quddus – Absolutely Pure

Originally published in February 2009 Bismillah (In the Name of God) Al-Quddoos The One who is Very Pure, Absolutely Pure, He is far and above anything that does not befit Him. Al Quddos is from the root qaaf-daal-seen (ق د س), Al-Quddos has two meanings linguistically. It is on the structure of fu`ool, a form […]

On Calling Oneself to Account

Two Hundred Word Tidbits:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The Arabic word for reflecting on one’s spiritual state and taking one’s deeds into account, al-muhasaba, is a word form that indicates and connotes duality (just as mujadala would mean an argument between two people, and musharaka a partnership between two).  […]

Lessons from the Sunnah: A Brief Analysis of a Hadith on Ritual Purification

(Adapted From the famous book Nayl al Awtar) قال أَبَو هُرَيْرَة: سَأَلَ رَجُلٌ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا نَرْكَبُ الْبَحْرَ وَنَحْمِلُ مَعَنَا الْقَلِيلَ مِنْ الْمَاءِ فَإِنْ تَوَضَّأْنَا بِهِ عَطِشْنَا أَفَنَتَوَضَّأُ بِمَاءِ الْبَحْرِ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هُوَ الطَّهُورُ مَاؤُهُ الْحِلُّ مَيْتَتُهُ. Abu Huraira narrated that a man […]

Standing and Urinating in Islam

It has become a common practice in many parts of the world for men to stand and urinate. The presence of urinals in almost every male bathroom has not only taught, but also encouraged people to stand up while relieving themselves. What does Islam say about this behavior? First of all, we must remember that […]

Working for a Trash Company Hinders Prayer

The Question: I work for a trash company and by mid-day trash tends to be all over my clothes. I’m not able to change my clothes and observe Dhuhr prayer and was told that I should wait until I go home to pray Dhuhr with `Asr. Another person told me to simply quit my job […]

A Lesson in Fiqh: Wiping Over Socks

A common misconception among many people is that they believe the texts of the Qur’an and Hadith are intended for all of mankind and are so clear that anyone fairly literate should be able to read them and understand what they mean. The first part of this idea is correct – the Qur’an and the […]

Dimensions of Wuḍū’

The Salah Series Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part […]

Wuḍū’

The Salah Series Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part […]

Fiqh as-Sunnah (Part II)

by Arif Hussain Part I | Part II …continued from previous post. Impurities (Najasah): These are the substances that the believer must remove from himself to be considered pure for prayer. 1. Dead Animals: Animals that have died due to natural causes, not as a result of Islam-regulated slaughter. The following are exceptions to the rule: […]

Manual of Fiqh as-Sunnah

by Arif Hussain Part I | Part II Shaykh Sayyid Sābiq has done a great service to the Muslim world by providing a solid text on Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) that brings to light the difference of opinion of scholars regarding matters of worship, while also providing a reference to the sources of Islamic law.  An […]