Facing The Ka'aba

July 18, 2013

Muslim families cautioned against indecent dressing

…Al-Fatiu-l-Quareeb swears in new exco

Muslim parents have been urged to imbibe the culture of decent dressing in their children right from childhood to guide against immorality in the society.

Speaking at this year’s pre-Ramadan lecture of the Al-Fatih-ul-Quareeb Islamic society of Nigeria held in Lagos recently, Sheik Ahmad Al-Naffy Al-Mubarak said cleansing the society of immoral dressing should start from the family.

He posited that most of the negative vices in the society today can be traced to the carelessness of parents taking serious look at what their wards put on.

Al-Mubarak said indecent dressing has led to rape, molestation and prostitution as well as unwanted pregnancies with its attendant effects on the society.

“Nudity has become the order of the day as young ladies and even elderly ones go about have nude all in the name of modernity and fashion.”

The new executives of the society were sworn in at the occasion.

In his acceptance speech,  the new National President, Alhaji Ajibade Muhammed promised to resuscitate the cooperative programme in the society to empower members.

Other officials  sworn in are: Kasali Kamorudeen, Vice President  male; Hajia Hawawu Oguntade, Vice President Female; Adeyanju Rithdwan, Secretary ; Ojelola Rasheed and Tewogbola  Muinat as Assistant Secretaries and  Akinbami Suliat , National Treasurer   among others.


On Taraweeh and number of rakah in Tahjjud

After the Taraweeh prayer in the mosques, is it permissible to pray additional rak’ahs as Tahajjud prayers at home, before the Fajr prayer; and what is the actual number of rakah for Tajjud?

If a person wants to and can offer Tahajjud prayer at home, it is better for him to skip Taraweeh prayer and offer his Tahajjud prayer at home in seclusion.  As much as the Taraweeh is important, the Tahjjud is also recommended.  Some scholars even say Taraweeh is a substitute of the nawafil in Tahjjud prayer for those who cannot offer the Tahajjud prayer at its stipulated time.   But it is better if we can offer both the Taraweeh and still offer Tahjjud.

Again, there is quite a bit of difference among Muslim scholars regarding the recommended number of rak’ats in the Taraweeh prayer. The reason for this difference, as I have stated earlier, is that the Prophet (s.a.w) did not fix the number of recommended rak’ahs for the prayer. Some scholars feel that the recommended number of rak’ahs should not exceed eleven – including witr – while opinions recommended more.  The difference is due to the difference of interpretation of the information about this prayer given in the various narratives.