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How many times to recite 'istighfar'?

Question

There is a narration in Bukhari where Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) says that:

I seek forgiveness more than 70 times a day

There are also narrations in Abu Dawood and Nasai’ which, if I am correct, asks for 100 times a day.

Please classify if the narrations in Abu Dawood and Nasai’ are also Sahih? 

I understand that we should do istighfar as many times as possible, but when wanting to practice on the above, which number should I adhere to?

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Prohibition of shaving only part of the head

Question

What is the meaning of the hadith below?

نهى رسول الله صلي الله عليه و سلم عن القزع

Translation: Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited from qaza’ (a way of cutting the hair).

In the above hadith, the word qaza’ is used. What is the meaning of this word? To shave some parts and leave some parts or to merely have some parts of the hair shorter than other parts?

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Did Nabi (sallallallahu'alayhi wasallam) touch the hand of strange women

Question

First of all, may Allah grant you Jannatul Firdaus for your efforts.

Question: I´ve read the following extract of a text. The text contains strong arguments (from my perspective) that it is allowed to touch non-Mahram women, as long as there is no fear of desire. I always thought that would be haram but the hadith (sahihayn) seems to indicate something different. My question is: what is the understanding of the hadith? Here is the text passage:

“It is reported in the two Sahihs that Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to visit Umm Haram bint Milhan, who would offer him meals. Umm Haram was the wife of `Ubadah ibn As-Samit. Allah’s Messenger once visited her and she provided him with food and started looking for lice in his head. Then Allah’s Messenger slept putting his head in her lap, and afterwards woke up smiling. Umm Hiram asked, ‘What causes you to smile, O Allah’s Messenger?’ He said, ‘Some of my followers who (in a dream) were presented before me as fighters in Allah’s Cause (on board a ship) amidst this sea cause me to smile; they were as kings on thrones …’”

This hadith suggests that we can touch strange females if there is no fear of sin.

Please explain.

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The Sahabah's gatherings of Iman

Question

In volume 3 of Hayatus Sahabah there is a section pertaining to gatherings of Iman and the eagerness of Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) to participate in gatherings of Iman.

The implication of one ‘Alim is that these gatherings took place inside the masjid. However the English translation does not mention these gatherings taking place in the Masjid. Does the Arabic text refer to these gatherings taking place in the masjid or are there any other narrations to back up the claim that these gatherings took place in the masjid?

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When to recite the du’a of Rajab

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When should the famous du’a for Rajab be recited?

Should it be recited throughout the month or specifically at the beginning only?

Many Imams at the Masajid even make du’a in Sha’ban as follows:

Allahumma Barik lana fi Sha’ban, wa ballighna Ramadan.

Kindly explain

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Do not hate the ‘Ulama

Question

Could you please let me know if the following is a Hadith and its reference.

“Be an ‘Alim, or one who strives to become one, or at least one who listens (to the ‘Ulama) or one who loves (them). Do not become the fifth (one who hates them) for you will be destroyed.”

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Do not delay in five things

Question

Please provide the correct translation and reference of the following:

Sayyiduan ‘Ali (radiyallahu’anhu) said that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised haste in 5 matters: Establishing Salah, repentance before death, completing the funeral rites of the deceased, paying off debts, marriage when a suitable match is found. Jazakumullah.

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The ranks of a Shahid (martyr)

Question

Being a martyr can be through different forms , for example; passing away in an accident, passing away through an illness, passing away fighting for your deen etc.

Is the reward different for the martyrs? In short, are their rewards according to their ranks, or what?

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