General Fatwa Session

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

 

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

Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00 Makkah | 11:00 - 13:00 GMT

Session is over.

Assalam o alikum! Hope u r good. Me and my mother are planning to go for umrah from past 10 years but my father always said that he don't want to go for umrah, we don't know the reason.my two brothers live in another country so there is no mahram who go with us for umrah,my question is ,is it possible that me and my mother go for umrah without mehram(with travel team)? May Allah reward you for this. Ameen



go for umrah without mehram - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

You are allowed to travel with your mom in a group of men and women under a reputable leader.

 

The Prophet’s wives traveled for Umrah in the company of other companions consisting of men and women.

 

For details, you may refer to the answer posted earlier on this site under the title:

Can My Mother Travel to Hajj Without Mahram?

 

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


Assalamu Alykum,Recently, our masjid purchased a closed synagouge to convert it into a Masjid and an Islamic center. However they purchased it with a Riba based loan. I feel very bad about it, because there is a bank offering Murabaha financing, but they didn't take it. I don't have another masjid close by. Can I pray in this masjid?



our masjid purchased a closed synagouge - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

They should have made a deal with the bank to agree on a price to pay them in installments. That is how they bought some masjids in Toronto.

 

Anyhow, now that they have bought it on the terms, they agreed they ought to pay it off as soon as possible.

 

There is no point to worry or complain about it now.

 

So, I would urge you to be part of the Mosque and help them to clear the mortgage as soon as possible.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


Can we pray Istikharah on a matter when we already know something is the best course of action? For example can we pray Istikharah to do a Supererogatory act or to do supererogatory prayers regularly?Jazak Allahu khayran



Istikharah - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

The purpose of istikharah is to ask Allah to facilitate the best of the choices in a given situation we are facing.

 

For details, let me cite here one of the answers I have given elsewhere:

 

Istikharah, in Arabic, means, “seeking the best course of action.” In Islam, it is used for approaching Allah through Prayer for guidance in a case when one cannot make up his mind. It should, however, be pointed out, that istikharah applies strictly to cases that are halal or permissible, since there cannot be a question of choice concerning matters that are considered haram (not permissible).

 

When faced with important decisions in life, a believer is persuaded to use all of his God- given resources, as well as consult people who are known for their knowledge, piety and sound opinion. After having done so, he can turn to Allah for guidance.

 

Humans are limited in knowledge, and Allah alone possesses perfect knowledge. Allah has told us that He alone possesses the keys to all that is good. He has also promised to help us, if we turn to Him earnestly and sincerely.

 

We see around us people doing all sorts of things for confirmation when faced with important decisions in their life. The Pre-Islamic Arabs resorted to the practice of divining of arrows or stirring of birds. In modern times, even some of the most prominent people consult astrologers, or psychics, or gurus or so called spiritual masters. Islam teaches that since Allah alone knows the unseen realities, and He alone is aware of what is good for us in an absolute sense, we must seek His help.

 

The Prophet, peace be on him, taught us how to do so. He told us that if we are faced with decisions in life and are unable to make up our mind, we must approach Allah through prayer. This prayer is called Prayer of Istikharah. It is a sunnah or a highly recommended act. The specific method of doing it, is as follows:

 

First, one must offer a prayer of two rak’ahs with the intention of seeking guidance from Allah. Then he should offer the following supplication:

 

Allaahumma innee astakheeruka bi ilmika wa astaqiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika al-azeem, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdiru, wa ta’lamu walaa a’lamu, wa anta allaamu al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna haadha al-amra khayrun lee fee deenee wa ma’aashee, wa aaqibati amree fa uqdurhu lee wa yassirhu lee thumma baarik lee feehi, wa in kunta ta’lamu anna haadha al-amra sharrun lee fee deenee wa maa’shee wa aaqibati amree fa isrifhu annee wa isrifnee anhu wa uqdur liya al-khayra haythu kaana thumaa radhdhinee bihi

 

(O Allah, I seek Your help in finding out the best course of action (in this matter) by invoking Your knowledge; I ask You to empower me, and I beseech Your favor. You alone have the absolute power, while I have no power. You alone know it all, while I do not. You are the one who knows the hidden mysteries. O Allah, if You know this thing (I am embarking on) is good for me in my religion, worldly life, and my ultimate destiny, then facilitate it for me, and then bless me in my action. If, on the other hand, You know this thing is detrimental for me in my religion, worldly life, and ultimate destiny, turn it away from me, and turn me away from it, and decree what is good for me, wherever it may be, and make me content with it.)

 

After having done so, he should follow the decision that he is strongly inclined to. If he feels no such inclination, then he should choose one of the options; he can rest assured that Allah will guide his steps. It has been reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “One who asks Allah for guidance in choosing the best course of action will never be a loser.”

 

It is not at all necessary for a person to have visions or dreams following istikharah. However, if a person does experience a vision or dream, and he feels strongly about it, he should follow it.”

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


Assalamu alaikum,I want to ask about supplications being able to change decree.1. Am I right if I say Allah already knows what we will supplicate and thus He already knows what change He will make to the decree? 2. If yes can we assure when we supplicate that the consequent change is in our favour?Jazak Allahu khayran



Decree - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

Allah is All-Knowing, and His knowledge encompasses all things, including the past, present, and future.

 

He has also ordered us to pray to him and has promised to answer us according to His knowledge of what is best for us.
So, prayer is answered according to Allah’s wisdom; for sure not everything we pray is granted to us, as we wish. If Allah were to answer all the prayers as humans want it, then there will be chaos in the universe; for each person would be praying in his own way as he deems good for himself or herself in a given circumstance.

 

How often we realize that we ought one thing was good for us at a given moment, then later realized that after all, it was not good for us. I remember the case of a person who wanted to get on a flight desperately, but he could not get it.

 

Next day, he woke up to hear the news that the flight crashed and all of the passengers were killed!

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


Is removing white solid substance named smegma around & inside clitoris is a must for women whether she is healthy or sick? Does it affect validity of wudoo & obligatory bath? Smegma accumulates around clitoris which is situated above vagina & trying to remove this causes irritation & discomfort. I fear although it is still possible in healthy state with difficulty , It is very much tough or may be impossible for sick person or person who is in outside home.



1Smegma - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

Once you have done what you can according to the circumstances, you are in, and the challenges you have, you are excused.
One of the principles of the Qur’an is that Allah does not burden us with duties we cannot fulfill. He has not imposed hardships on us.

 

Therefore, if you have challenges or conditions that are making it hard for you to keep washing everytime, then all you need to do is to wash yourself prior to ablutions, as close to the Salah as possible, and then forget about any discharge that occurs afterwards during the Prayer.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


Assalaamu alaikum, I have been married for 3 yrs and I found out my husband has been involved with his so called best friend. They have known each other and been best friends for 13+ yrs. SHE lives in India, a hindu, married and mother to a 8yr old. It may sound strange and bizarre but theirs is a long distance extra-marital, emotional, cyber/online affair. From their chat history I see SHE has been enticing my husband. My husband is no good as well, he is talking to her almost everyday and asking HER to send HER naked vidoes. He was probably fulfilling himself like watching porn using those videos . On our last visit they even met secretly and were involved physically as well(could make out from their chat about kissing and seeing HER in a restaurant rest room). I found about my husbands affair when we came back to Canada after a stay of 3 weeks in India. My heart sank and could not have ever imagined the man I married could reach such heights of shamelessness. I confronted him, he denied in the beginning. He said it was a mistake and swore they did not have sex[i still do not believe that though] .Soon after the confrontation I could not stay with him and I left to my parents place immediately and came back to India. He asked me if we were separating, I said I will go to India and decide after a discussion with the Adults.I have been in my parents home since then, its been more than 3 months. He messaged couple of times after I left and wished me on Ramadan Eid.I still feel anger and rage on my husband. I feel broken. I feel like may be there was never pure, unadulterated love between me and my husband. It aches a lot being cheated by your partner. At times I am crying endlessly thinking of the infidelity he has done.Before leaving I explicitly told him about a discussion about to happen in presence of his and my parents and that he needs to come down. Its been more than 3 months and he has still not come. I messaged him during Eid-ul-adha and asked when would he be traveling. For which he did not reply anything just wished me Eid Mubarak in return fro my wishes. If up until I was in pain for the betrayal now I have to deal with 2 things onc betrayal and other his actions showing lack of repentance and remorse, zero accountability to face what his did. Maybe a third one coming would be a divorce because, how this is definitely not going into a constructive way I feel.Question: Should I take more effort in order to speak to him and persuade to come here to speak in presence of families. Ever since the truth was out I have spoken minimally to him and since the time I am in India, I have hardly spoken. Hence, will me asking him repeatedly to come down make me weak and that I am ready to be compromised/ to be run over again like a door mat in-spite of all he has done ? How will he know and understand the gravity of the situation if what he gets is like a slap on wrist. I dont intent him to have severe punishment but just repentance from Allah and true remorse and regret. What if his frustration is only because he was caught doing a haraam thing and not true regret for doing the wrong thing.His parents are behaving very rude and arrogant because I am not doing anything as per their wishes. They wanted me to stay in Canada itself and that they would come over to help us deal the situation.



Doubtful about husband's regret - About Islam

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 

If what you stated above is correct and you have ascertained the facts, then your husband is cheating on you, and he is guilty of adultery.

 

If he feels no remorse for his actions, and you have lost all trust in him, then you should reconsider your marriage relationship with him.

 

You have the Islamic right to seek a divorce from him.

 

For details on valid reasons for divorce in Islam, you may refer to the answer linked below:

 

Valid Reasons for Divorce in Islam

 

Almighty Allah knows best.