Ramadan Q & A #2
QA1: Some sisters during Taraweeh leave a Qu'ran in front of them and after the Imam recites the Fatiha they step forward, bend over, pick up their Qu'ran and then follow along with the Imam. Once the Imam finishes and says "Allahu Akbar" they again bend down, place the Qu'ran in front of them and then step back and go into rukoo3. Is this ok?
There are two reasons for one to carry
In the situation carrying the mus-haf and then following, as in the scenario you mentioned, should be avoided but may not reach the point of haram.
Those who carry the Qur'an during taraweeh do not realize what they are missing out on:
a) The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi
wa sallam) said specifically about the prayer that if the Imam reads then
(ansit), which means "listen" and not "read along",
preoccupy yourself and follow the verses physically. How do we follow
the verses correctly? We follow these verses correctly by our eyes focusing
on the floor (which give more khushoo3). This is the appropriate place
for the eyes during prayer.
All of these actions take away from the khushoo3 of the prayer.
Although there are madhabs like the later Hanafy scholars who consider one's prayer void for carrying the mus-haf, I don't think it will reach that ruling. But by all means it is best not to carry the Qur'an and instead just listen and try to understand the meaning.
QA2: If a person prays Taraweeh behind the Imam and he or she knows they will InshaAllah wake up in the middle of the night to pray do they still pray Witr with the Imam or should they not pray with the Imam and wait until they have completed their prayers in the middle of the night to pray their Witr? Also, if the answer is that one should not pray Witr with the Imam and instead pray their witr at home when they've completed all their night prayers then how do they get the reward of 'praying with the Imam all night' as you stated the hadith says: "Whomever stays with his Imam in night prayer until his Imam leaves, Allah will write him as though he prayed the entire night."?
In such scenario one would pray the witr with the Imam with the intention of a Sunnah, when the Imam gets to the last rak3ah of witr do not make salam with him, but rather get up when he makes salam and do another rak3ah to make it two rather than one.
That is permissible to do and by that you would have not made witr, but still follow the Imam until he has completed his prayer.
If one happens to pray witr and then
decides later on to pray more, then there are two opinions on that. Both
initially agree that one cannot and should not do two witr in one night:
QA3: On the Ramadan charts the Masjid is handing out they have a time written for Fajr and a time about 10 minutes before that for Imsak. They said you are to stop eating for Suhor at the Imsak time. Is this correct or do we stop eating at Fajr?
One should stop at fajer time, stopping
before that or encouraging others to stop before fajer is unnecessary
wara3. A Muslim has the right to eat and drink until fajer.
Ibn Hajar (rahimahu allah) in Fath AlBary said, "Among the evil bida3 (innovations) is what people innovated today of making a precautionary athan claiming to be precautious in the worship of fasting, getting them by that athan to start the fast prior to fajer, and turning lights off as an indication that its haram to eat or drink. They delay the futoor and make fasting start earlier to the point they began to make athan for maghrib way after the real time for maghrib without men knowing that. By getting people to eat after the maghrib time and getting them to stop before fajer time they went against the sunnah. That is why it has become a small amount of good in them and a lot of evil." Fath AlBary 5/102
QA4: At our Masjid, every 4 rak3ahs the Imam in our community starts chanting Surat al-ikhlas 3 times and the community join him and they all say it out loud together. After which at some times he either reads some hadith or has our Qari recite some ayahs from the Qu'ran. What should be done about this? Should we leave during the chanting? Or is it ok to do any of this?
Chanting suret al ikhlas in the congregational manner and time you indicated constitutes a bid3ah (innovation). We know the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam), the sahabah, the four great Imams, and others Imams of the early centuries prayed taraweeh and never did this. We should follow their method. That in itself should be sufficient for someone not to do that which was done. We need proof on everything we do in ibadah, and consequently there is no proof on what is being described above. Many think they discovered an area of ajer (reward) that the pious salaf or the prophet (sallah allahu alieh wasalam) missed out on. But, in actuality, these are actions that bring them farther from the truth.
What should be done about this?
Should you leave during chanting?
And, Allah knows best.
-Ahmad Musa Jibril
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