Ask the Scholar About General Fiqhi Issues

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Thank you very much for joining us in this Live Fatwa session. We would like also to thank our guest, Dr. Muhammad Salama, for answering the questions directed to him. You will find the answers of your questions below.

Sunday, Jul. 12, 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00 GMT

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Q:

Assalamalakium first of all I thankful to you u really doing job for sake of allah i have adoubt plz clarify it is any hadiths which shed light on subject like can Muslim male bath naked in washroom or not how to take bath

and also can we share our meal with our non Muslim frnds

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Yes, a Muslim may take a bath naked in washroom. Narrations reported by Al-Bukhari prove that Prophet Moses and Prophet Job (peace and blessings be upon them) used to take bath naked. Even the narrations that describe how Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) washed himself indicate that he was naked while taking bath. Just one has to be in privacy and away from onlookers.

And yes, a Muslim can share his food with non-Muslims. A clear Quranic injunction states “Allah does not forbid you from [honorable relationships with] those who have not fought you over religion, nor expelled you from your dwellings- that you relate kindly and equitably with them. Indeed, Allah loves those who are just.” (Al-Mumtahanah 60:8)

A Muslim should take advantage of such opportunity and good relationship with non-Muslims to invite them to Islam. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “By Allah, should a single person be guided by Allah at your hand, it will be better for you than a whole lot of red camels.”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah knows best.


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Q:

As a Muslim, Is it permissible to sell and open a gallery for still life and landscape paintings

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In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

It is permissible to open such a gallery as long as the paintings and still-life works do not involve images of animate creatures. Al-Bukhari reported that a man came to Ibn `Abbas and said to him, “… I earn my living from my handcraft and I make these images.” Ibn `Abbas replied, “I shall tell you but what I have heard from the Messenger of Allah. I heard him say, ‘He who makes an image will be punished by Allah until he breathes life into it and he will never ever be able to do that.’ The man heaved a heavy sigh and his face turned pale. Then Ibn `Abbas said, “If you insist on making images, then make images of trees and of anything inanimate.” [Al-Bukhari]

Allah knows best.


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Q:

Assalamualaikum Shaikh. Recently in the time of Ramadan , probably in between the first 10 Ramadan i was getting waswasa about a Allah . Always a thought was floating in my head which is ” What does Allah eats ? ”

I knew it was from shaytan but I could not get it out of my head so I searched about the thought online. I did not look into the result because when i searched i instantly felt that I committed a major shirk. I should not have searched about what Allah eats . I said Shahada again. I repented to Allah . But I still get doubt that was it a major shirk or not. If i commit a major shirk do i have to perform ghusl ? Was my repentance accurate ? What is the most correct way to repent from major shirk ? I also get waswasa and weird thoughts like ” Does Allah have feelings?” ”What is he feeling right now?” How can I fight this waswasa ?

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Obviously, you are suffering from waswasah (doubts in belief caused by Satan). Allah, out of His Mercy, does not hold people accountable for Satanic whispers as long as they are not translated into words or deeds. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah has pardoned my ummah for whatever [evil] whispers they entertain so long as they do not speak or act accordingly.” [Al-Bukhari]

 The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) described the effective remedy for such doubtful whispers when he said, “The Satan comes to anyone of you and starts to say ‘Who created such and such? And who created such and such?’ Until he says ‘Who created Allah?’ When anyone of you reaches this point, he should seek refuge with Allah and give up [such thoughts.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] In another report he said, “People will keep asking until it will be said, ‘Allah created all created beings, but who created Allah?’ So, if anyone of you feels something like this, let him say “I do believe in Allah.” [Muslim]

Thus, the remedy is:

1- To seek refuge with Allah from these whispers.

2- To give us these evil thoughts immediately. Following after these thoughts is very dangerous for one’s belief and even psychological health. This is what you are suffering from.

3- To profess one’s faith by saying “I do believe in Allah.”

You should also keep praying earnestly to Allah to protect you from these thoughts. Moreover, you should keep yourself busy with useful and fruitful activities such as reading Quran, seeking knowledge, and associating with pious people. Leisure time is the best opportunity for the Satan to attack your mind with these thoughts.  

In sum, the best way to fight waswasah is to come closer to Allah.

Brother, just forget what you have done and never look back. Follow the prophetic remedy and be sure of the result.

May Allah help you overcome this affliction.

Allah knows best.


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Q:

Assalamu Alaikum, I have a question. When will girls be accountable for their sins? Also what signs are there? What happens if you commit a major sin that involves another individual, but you are still a child (but knew what you were doing)? Also what if you are not sure if you have commited the sin, or if it a false memory? How do I know if it is a false memory or not? And lastly can Even the most evil sins be forgiven, Even though you repent and strongly regret it?

Thank you so much for taking your time to answer this question.

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Females become accountable for their deeds when they reach puberty. According to Muslim jurists, there are three signs of puberty for females: the occurrence of menstruation, ejaculation (whether awake or asleep) or reaching the age of 15 lunar years. Some jurists also add the appearance of pubic hair as a fourth sign.

Before reaching puberty, children are not accountable for whatever they do. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) told us that there are there persons who are not held accountable for their deeds: a sleeping person until he awakes, a boy until he reaches puberty, and an insane person until he regains consciousness. [Abu Dawoud]

Out of His grace, Allah, the All-Merciful, has opened the gate of repentance wide for all those who repent sincerely and earnestly to Him no matter how grave their sins are. In the Quran we read, “Say, [O Prophet]: O My servants! Those [of you] who have committed [sins in great] excess against their own souls, never despond of the mercy of Allah! For, indeed, Allah forgives sins, one and all. Indeed, it is He [alone] who is the All-Forgiving, the Mercy-Giving.” [39:53] The Quran also tells of the acceptance of sincere repentance even from apostates “How shall Allah guide a people who have disbelieved after [they have professed] their faith and borne witness that the Messenger is true, and [after] the clear proofs [of Allah] have come to them? For Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people [who are godless in heart]. As for [the likes of] these, their recompense is that upon them is the curse of God, and [of] the angels and [of] humanity all together……. except for those [of them] who repent after this [breach of faith], and set things aright. For, indeed, Allah is all-forgiving, mercy-giving.” (Aal Imran 3:86-89)

Allah knows best.


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Q:

As-salamu alaykum.

My question is pretty simple and I want to know if I (male) can be roommate with a female.

I know it might not be possible but I am SAA (same sex attracted) muslim and I can’t really have any lust, attraction or something like that towards females.

I’m asking this because I’ve read somewhere that the Prophet s.a.v.s allowed some males who were also SAA to be with his wives in the house but later didn’t allow them because they started describing women bodies to other people, I don’t remember the exact details but it was something like that.

So could this be applied to my case ?

Thanks in forward.

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Homosexuality is a great affliction and an outrageous perversion. It incurs Allah’s wrath and punishment. In different places and various verses the Quran speaks about the horrible chastisement unleashed on the People of Prophet Lot for their evil homosexual practices. 

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The things that I fear most for my ummah (nation) is the practice of the People of Lot.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

So, you need to repent sincerely to Allah and earnestly pray to him to help you get rid of this affliction. Homosexuality is not something normal and thus needs therapy. You need to consult a trustworthy psychologist to help you with this problem.

It helps you also to know the diseases caused by homosexuality. These include: 1.AIDS; 2. viral hepatitis; 3. Syphilis; 4. Gonorrhea; 5. herpes disease; 6. anal bacterial infections; 7. typhoid disease; 8. intestinal worms; 10. Scabies; 11. pubic lice disease; 12. anal cancer virus; and 13. granulomatous disease of the reproductive lymphatic. I do not think that any man of a sound mind would like to have any of these diseases.

Islam has strong restrictions that regulate interactions between members of opposite sexes. Islam intends to build a community based on chastity, modesty and bashfulness.

Therefore, Islamic teachings have laid restrictions on the interaction between marriageable men and women to block all ways to evil practices. Islam takes prohibitive measures and does not wait for evil to take place.

Women have been commanded to observe hijab, which is much more than a head scarf; it is a lifestyle and a way of conduct. Both men and women have been commanded to lower their gazes, not to look at members of the opposite sex except for a legitimate reason, and not to be in privacy with one another.

Unnecessary mingling between marriageable men and women is not permissible and any contact has to be within the Islamic guidelines in this regard. All evil practices between men and women are results of neglecting such teachings.

The case of that person who was allowed to enter Prophet Muhammad’s houses does not apply here; because that person was not a homosexual but an effeminate. This is why he was allowed to be in the company of women until he gave description of a woman in a sexual manner that indicated his mannish sexuality.    

Allah  knows best.


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Q:

Many people even muslims use these words. Do they lead to shirk?

Many people nowadays say something happened by coincidence or chance. Like saying things like “by coincidence the bus was late so he did not miss it” or “by chance he looked exactly like the boy on the bus even though they were not related” obviously as Muslims we know nothing is a coincidence as it is all a part of the Divine decree. But i have seen many people use these words casually and I am very concerned. Also can we say things like “so and so was punished for what they did” or not? So if we say a man yelled at a innocent child then fell over can we say “he was punished for his sin” or is that not allowed because only Allah knows these things is guessing that people are punished disrespectful?

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

The usage of words like “coincidence” or “chance” depends on the belief and intention of the user. Such words may be used to express human perspective on events that take place without prior human arrangement, as in the examples you mentioned. Thus, a Muslim who believes in qadar (divine decree and preordainment) may use them in this sense. But one may not use these words to indicate the absence of divine preordainment.  Belief in qadar is an essential constituent of faith.

Allah knows best.


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If we read a name that has shirk have we commited shirk. Are we allowed to resd the books of people that have shirk names?

Obviously muslims are not allowed to have names that have shirk and many muslims change their names for this purpose. However one some occasions you come across names of people that do have shirk. Such as names that mean Enternal and names that used to be the names of idols that were worshipped. I am asking that if we were to read a name have we commited shirk. For example if i have a book and the author is Martin (which is a idols name) should i throw the book away? If i have to call someone by this name what should i do?

A:

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Reading and even pronouncing un-Islamic names, when needed, is not sinful. In the battle of Hunayn, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) cried, “I am the Prophet, no doubt. I am the Son of `Abdul Muttalib.” `Abdul Muttalib means the salve of al-Muttalib. In Islam, it is prohibited to give a person such a name. However, it is not prohibited to call a person who has this name with it, since it has already become his name by which he is known. The essence of the issue here is to draw distinction between giving a name to a person and calling him with this name. The latter does not necessitate approval of the former.

Allah knows best.


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Q:

Can disrespecting the Divine Decree put you past the pale of Islam?

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In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

Belief in qadar (divine decree and preordainment) is an essential constituent of Islamic faith. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked by Angel Gabriel, “What is iman (faith)?” He answered, “It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and the qadar, both good and evil.” (Muslim)

A Muslim has to believe that Allah knew everything about His created beings before their creation (all that happened and all that will happen) and that He wrote this down in a Heavenly Preserved Writ. Everything thus comes to pass as already written.

Therefore, disbelief in or disrespect of qadar sends one outside the fold of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “No one attains belief until he believes in four: To testify that there is no true god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah whom he sent with the truth, to believe in death and resurrection after death and to believe in qadar.” (Al-Tirmidhi) When the famous Companion Abdullah ibn `Umar was told about a group of people at his time who denied the divine decree and preordainment he swore that, “Should anyone of them have as much gold as the size of Mount Uhud and spend it [in the cause of Allah], Allah would not accept it until he believes in qadar.” (Muslim)

Allah knows best.


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Q:

Hello is it haram to get a male private part enlarged by having surgery

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In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

If the penis size is really abnormal based on medical examination, then it is permissible to undergo a medical surgery to fix the problem and restore the normal size. This surgery, thus, is not permissible if one’s penis size is normal and he just wants to enlarge it. In many cases, men who think this way suffer from penile dysmorphophobia.

Allah knows best.


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Q:         

Assalam Alaikum.

In this digital age., more and more people are using social media to make money.  One of these is becoming a you tuber.  My kids daughter 6 years of age and son 10 years of age are watching these parents with theirs kids on you tube, in which they started to tell me if we could create one and make  money on this platform.  Is it alright or permissible to make money by recording videos of my 2 kids and posting them on YouTube?

Jazakalla Khair.

A:

Wa alaykum assalamu wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

It is permissible to make money from such videos provided that:

1- The video content is not prohibited by the Shariah.

2- The ads displayed on your videos do not involve or promote contents prohibited by the Shariah. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “He who calls for guidance will get the same reward as the rewards of those who follow him without their rewards being diminished in the least. And he who calls for misguidance will be as sinful as those who follow him without their sins diminished in the least.” (Muslim)

3- You pay nothing for subscription.

Allah knows best.