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🕌 I’tikaf

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🕌 Definition of I’tikaf

Sheikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (May Allah have mercy on him):

I`tikaf means staying at the Masjid for worshipping Allah (Exalted be He), whether for a long or a short period.

Cutting all ties with creatures to maintain only ties of worship with the Creator. This means giving up all activities that might divert a person from obedience and worship of Allah.

📘: Fatwas_of_Ibn_Baz, (Part No. 15; Page No. 438).

 

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🕌 Ruling on I’tikaf

Sheikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (May Allah have mercy on him):

It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to observe I`tikaf on the last ten days of Ramadan.

Some of his wives used to observe I`tikaf with him, and they observed I`tikaf after he (peace be upon him) passed away.

I`tikaf should take place in the Masjids (mosques) where congregational Salah is performed. If the days of I`tikaf include a Friday, it is best to observe it in Al-Masjid Al-Jami` (the large Masjid where Jumu`ah [Friday] Prayers are held), if possible.

According to the Sunnah, I`tikaf begins with one having the intention to observe it and it ends when the period intended ends. It is permissible for a person to interrupt I`tikaf when necessary, since it is an act of Sunnah, and it is not obligatory unless one vows to observe it.

It is recommended to frequently maintain Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah), recital of the Qur’an, seeking forgiveness from Allah, making Du`a’ (supplications), and offering Salah at times when it is not forbidden.

📘: Fatwas_of_Ibn_Baz, (Part No. 15; Page No. 443)

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