Tasawwuf Established with Three Verses of the Quran and a Hadith

The Word Sufism is an english word, in our Deen we only use arabic to describe the Deen, the word in Arabic for Sufism is Tasawwuf, and the act you perform is called Tazkiyah an Nafs, purifying your self of evil and bad while promoting good qualities in your self, and what you try to achieve by it is Ihsan, Human Perfection.

1) Surah Shams, 91:9 Allah takes an oath in the Quran like no other and swears by the act of Tasawwuf, “Qad Aflaha man Zakaha” (Zakaha = Tazkiya an nafs), “He Who Purifies it succeeds”, This is talking about getting rid of your bad qualities, Tazkiya Nafs.

2) Surah Abbasa, 80:3 The Blind Man comes to the Prophet (saws) seeking Islam and the Prophet (saws) frowns upon Him as his attention is elsewhere, Allah responds by Saying, “Wama yudrika La-alahu Yazaka” (Yazaka = Tazkiyah an Nafs), “Yet for all thou didst know, [O Muhammad,] he might perhaps have grown in purity”, So in Surah al Shams Allah mentioned the first part of Tazkiyah an Nafs and that is Purifying your self of Evil, In Surah Abbasa he mentions the second part, learning and Promoting Good qualaties in your character and growing as a person.

3) Surah Ashurah, 26:88-89, Allah says, “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart”, “a heart free of sins and love for this worldly life” (Tanwir al miqbas Min Tafsir Ibn Abbas). You Have to know the Acts of Tazkiyah Nafs to Free your Heart from Sin and love for this Dunay (world), and Only One science in islam deals with this Subject in all of islams history and that is Tasawwuf, Fiqh does not cover Human Character and Psychology, it covers the Fiqh of Halal and Haram, how to actually change your self, the ullumah dealt with that in a different science of islam.

4) The most famous Hadith in all of Islam is the hadith of Jibril (hs), which occurred 86 days before the prophets (saws) death, it defines all the parts of Islam with out a Doubt, into Fiqh (Islam), Aqeedah (Iman), Ihsan (Tasawwuf) and the Sings of the Hour. Continue reading

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The Fiqh of Menstruation

It is Obligatory to Learn the Fiqh of Menstruation

Many women are unfamiliar with the rulings relating to menstruation. The fuqaha mention that these rulings are personally obligatory for every Muslim woman to know. Whether or not one is in a state of menstruation is sometimes the dividing line between something obligatory (e.g., if a woman is not menstruating, it is obligatory for her to pray, fast the month of Ramadan, and allow her husband to have intercourse with her) and something unlawful (e.g., if a woman is menstruating, it is unlawful (haram) for her to pray, fast, or allow her husband to have intercourse with her). A woman who does not understand the fiqh of menstruation thus runs the risk of displeasing Allah by leaving something that is obligatory or performing something that is unlawful.

This short post summarizes the fiqh of menstruation. Most of this material is not found in the Reliance or al-Maqasid. Women should read this carefully and ask questions if there is anything that they do not understand.

The Cotton Ball Test

Blood does not have to flow or exit in large quantities to be of consequence. If a woman inserts a cotton ball (or something similar) into her vagina and it comes out stained (either black, red, orange, yellow, or creamy), she is considered to be bleeding. If it comes out unstained (white), she is considered to be in a state of non-bleeding.

(Tuhfat al-Muhtaj; Hashiyat al-Sharqawi)

Conditions of Menstruation

A woman who is bleeding (according to the cotton ball test described above) is in a state of menstruation if three conditions are satisfied:

1. The bleeding must last at least 24 hours. If the bleeding is intermittent, the sum of all intermittent bleeding periods must add up to at least 24 hours.

2. The period of menstruation must not exceed 15 days, regardless of whether the bleeding is intermittent or continuous.

3. There must be at least 15 days of purity between two periods of menstruation.

Whenever a woman sees blood that fulfills the above conditions, she must assume that she is in a state of menstruation. Whenever she stops bleeding, she must assume that her menstruation has stopped. In certain cases, she might later discover that her initial assumptions were wrong, in which case she would have to take appropriate corrective measures. The example below illustrates this more clearly. Continue reading