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Q. Some people pray very fast. They don’t even Q. get up after Ruku and go to Sajdah immediately. A. Is the Namaz right or not?

A. After “Ruku” it is “Wajib (obligatory) “to stand up before going to Sajdah. It is wrong to go to Sajdah before one stands up straight after Ruku. The Namaz will be considered as (baatil).

Five things are compulsory (wajib) for ruku:

  1. (1)  To bow upto the extent that your finger tips

    touch the knees.

  2. (2)  To recite “Subhana rabbial azeemay wa bay 1.

    hamde” once or 3 times “subhaanallah” i.e.

    “zikr-e-ruku”. This can also be any other “zikr”.

  3. (3)  To remain steady, and stationary in the bowing

    position whilst reciting the “zikr-e-ruku”.

  4. (4)  Standing up completely from ruku.
  5. (5)  Standing steadily for a moment before going for

    sajdah. 2. Hence for those who do not stand before going
    to sajdah will miss two wajib (obligatory) no. 4
    and no. 5.

Q. Do housewives need to have a date for themselves for calculating khums, considering the fact that they don’t have any income of their own?

A. In Islam, women are entitled to own property, conduct business, and receive inheritance and gifts besides saving money from the household expenses. So she is liable to account for her personal possessions and assets. Hence even housewives, or for that matter, all mature and sane men and women should have a date for themselves for calculating khums.

Q. What is the interpretation of KafHaYaAinSwad?

A.

Such ayat are called ‘Muqatta’at’ (Separated letters), because they are recited one by one. Their meaning is known only to Allah, His Prophet and the 12 Imams. If anybody tries to interpret them according to his own notion he commits a great sin. So far as the above-mentioned ‘Muqatta’at’ are concerned, there are two interpretations which have been narrated from our Imams:

1 Each of the 5 letters stands for a divine attribute. Kaf – Stands for Kafi (Charitable Giver or Self Sufficient)
Ha – Stands for Hadi (Guide)

Ya – Stands for Yad (Hand, i.e. Powerful)
Ain – Stands for Alim (the All-Knowing)
Swad – Stands for Sadiq (The True One).

2 According to another tradition Allah ordered Gabriel to teach Nabi Zakariya the sacred names of the Holy Prophet and his immediate Ahlul- Bait. When Gabriel mentioned the first 4 names (Mohammad, Ali, Fatemah, Hasan) Zakariya felt great joy. But with the mention of the name of Husain, he was filled with grief and sorrow. When he asked Gabriel about this strange phenomenon, the latter acquainted him with the heart-rending tragedy of Karbala. According to that Hadis, these 5 letters – symbols were used to convey to Zakariya the sad tidings of Karbala: Kaf – Stands for Karbala

Ha – Stands for Halakat (Annihilation of the Holy family)

Ya – Stands for Yazeed
Ain – Stands for Atash (Thirst) of Imam Husain and his companions.
Sad – denotes their Sabr (patience)

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