General Live Fatwa Session

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

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 | 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

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Q:

Assalamu alaikum

I always have doubt about having urine on my clothes anytime I remember solah that I now have to use the toilet and spend a lot of time before praying. Anytime I come out of the toilet I always feel like there is urine on my body. The school I am our lectures is mostly during solah so if I go out of class to pray I always waste time by urinating and then cleaning my self before solah this makes me miss a lot of class lectures

In a case I wore socks inside the toilet to perform urinate and perform ablution. While performing the ablution I felt like there is urine on the socks so I removed it when about to wash my feet, when I am done I took the socks from the toilet and left it on the table and I used that same hand to hold the clothe I want to use to pray after my solah I had doubts so I removed the entire clothe I wore and rinse them in water including the sajadah I used to pray and repray the solah. 

In another case my finger grazed a sock which I think there is urine on I use the same finger to hold another socks which I want to use for solah and I prayed like that now I’m having doubt about my purity so I once rinse all the places I think would be affected

My question is do I have to repray this solah

And if I don’t repray due to me thinking I’m pure and I’m not am my sining

How can I overcome this waswas its getting too much for me that I have to be rinsing my clothes all the time 

A:


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

It seems that the Shaytan attempts to drive you away from prayers and being committed with your other religious duties. It needs resolute resistance from you and better understanding of how to deal with it. First, whatever you have mentioned does not justify for you to quit completing your wudu or your prayers. Narrated Abu Hurairah:

Allah’s Messenger said: “If one of you feels disturbance in his stomach and doubts whether he has released some wind or not, then he should not leave the mosque unless he hears its sound or smells (its) odor”. [Muslim]

 Scholars elicited a very significant legal maxim basing themselves on this hadith. It says, “Certainty is not Overruled by Doubt”

For example, the case explained by this hadith, i.e. when one doubts about breaking of his ablution after certainly of performing it, scholars maintained that doubt has to be overridden and one may offer prayer without renewing his ablution.

Ibn Daqiq maintains that the manifest meaning of this hadith is, however, to continue the validity of ablution and overlooking doubt (Ibn Dqiq 122).

Similarly, if one has doubts during the course of the ablution that one has washed a particular limb or the head, then it is obligatory to wash it again and everything that follows it in the ablution since it is presumed that one has not washed that limb until it changes by it being washed for certain.

On the other hand, if these doubts arise after one has finished ablution, one need not repeat anything, because it is presumed that he already made ablution perfectly and doubts would not have any effect.

So, in conclusion, the most effective way of treating this wiswas is to ignore it completely. When such doubt enters your mind, block it out and ignore it. Engage yourself with adhkar and recite ruqya regularly by reciting the last three surahs of the Quran in your palms and wipe them to the whole of your body. Also try to recite Surat Al-Baraqh regularly. Abu Umamah said he heard Allah’s Messenger say: Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqarah, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. (Muawiyah said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.) (Muslim)

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

After my arranged marriage my wife revealed to me that she has been depressed and an anxiety patient all her life. Trying to dig through the reason she revealed to me that she committed sexual acts secretly from a very young age with her cousin who was also of her age. This happened with her consent as she claims she was attracted to her cousin too.

According to her they repeated the sexual acts many a times between the age 6 to 11. This eventually stopped as she somehow didn’t feel right about it. She says that it stopped many months before she first experienced her menstruation but she claims that her puberty had started because her breasts had begun to appear in small shape.

The worst of the acts was when her cousin rubbed his private part against hers but they weren’t aware of the vaginal opening so complete penetration never happened. It was limited to the clitoral section.

Is this a case of zina because both the people involved were too young. How can she correct the situation for her to experience a closure? Is hadd applicable on her? She has repented all her life after she gained maturity to understand what they had done was a major sin.

A:

This is not regarded a case of zina in its technical sense. Moreover, they were not at the age of puberty. ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet said, “There are three people whose actions are not recorded, a sleeping person till he awakes, a child till he is a grown up, and an insane person till he is restored to reason or recovers his sense.” [Reported by Ahmad and al-Arba’a, except at-Tirmidhi. al-Hakim graded it Sahih (authentic)].

I suggest you do not obsess yourself with this matter which may affect your marital life. Once Allah kept it hidden and forgiven, do not try to reveal it to people.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Asalam,

is there a reason it’s okay for kids to keep stuffed animals  and not young adults? besides them being innocent and playing with toys is for them. I wanted to ask is there specific evidence speaking about the one who keeps them for the harmless intention for the sake of memories, playfulness , as a gift?

If something is haram  shouldn’t it be restricted for everyone including kids because that child will grow up to be an adult thinking it’s okay to have stuffed animal and stay attached  because it was with them for so long or given to them by their parents and when they are  told to get rid of it,it’s alittle hard. Some adults feel young inside or miss being a kid and they like to enjoy childish things because they  are innocent and fun activities , but they are all judged to have to fit the stereotype of “serious and grown up” and if a person isn’t like that all the time they are Labeled as “mental illness” or being strange all because someone feels young inside despite their age sometimes.

If one is not worshipping them (like the old days with idols) is there any haram in Keeping them in the closet so angels enter the room? I know the punishment for picture makers, people who do shirk with objects etc

for the above case  will the young adult keeping them be earning a major or minor sin or it’s just an act that is disliked.

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

Most of the scholars have exempted kids’ toys from the prohibition of statues. This is the view of the Malikis, Shafa’is and Hanbalis. They based their view on the report of Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) in which she said, “I used to play with dolls in the house of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). I had friends who used to play with me. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came in, they would hide themselves, then he would call them to join me and play with me.”

According to another report, she said that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came back from the battle of Tabook or Khaybar, and there was a curtain in her alcove. The wind blew and lifted the curtain, showing some dolls with which Aishah was playing. He said, “What is this, O Aishah?” She said, “My daughters.” Among them he saw a mare with wings made of leather.” He said, ‘And what is this that I see in the midst of them?” She said, “A mare.” He said, “What is this on it?” She said, “Wings.” He said, “A mare with wings?” She said, “Have you not heard that Sulayman had a horse with wings?” She said, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) smiled so broadly that I could see his eyeteeth.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

May Allah’s Mercy be on you.

When I got to know that drawing human sketches is haram, I’ve destroyed the sketches I drew. But there’s a sketch I’ve gifted to a Hindu friend. What do I do about this? Plz help me. I do not wish to incur Allah’s wrath.

A:

Once you have gifted something to somebody, you cannot return it back. Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah said, “He who gives something (to someone) as a gift and then gets it back (from him or her) is like a dog which eats its own vomit.”

Another narration reads,

“He who gets back his charity is like a dog which vomits and then returns to that and eats it.” (Muslim)

I suggest you offer him a compensation and return it back from him if he appreciates your situation. Otherwise, you inform him about Islamic standing on images to clear yourself of any responsibility.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

if Someone commits sin jariyah by influencing another to participate in a non Islam religion, what are some good deeds that can expiate this sin? If someone commits sin jariah by influencing another to participate in a gay marriage, what good deeds can expiate this sin? If someone tells someone they are weird, and they themselves are weird, what good deeds could expiate this sin of continuous hypocrisy?

A:

Sometimes the Shaytan attempts to disappoint man by convincing him that his sin is so great that it is unforgivable. This is a great mistake since it undermines a person’s full confidence that Allah forgives all sins as it has been mentioned in many verses in the Quran.

First of all, you have to instruct the person you have misguided by telling him the proper Islamic behavior he should do and how to repent his sins.

By doing so, you should have fulfilled your duty by correcting your mistake. Afterwards you should repent to Allah.

First, your repentance should be meant for the pleasure of Allah. It should not be intended for showing off.

Second, you must express remorse for the sin you have committed.

Third, you must give up this sin.

Fourth, you must have a strong resolute not to make this sin again.

Moreover, you must increase of your righteous and good deeds. Allah says in the Quran, “And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” (Hud 11:114)

The Messenger of Allah said, “Fear Allah wherever you are, do good deeds after doing bad ones, the former will wipe out the latter, and behave decently towards people”. (At-Tirmidhi)

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Can you read the Quran with transliteration to memorize the Quran? Even if you already know how to read Quran.

A:

There is no problem to read the Quran in any feasible way possible, but it is almost impossible to properly recite it in transliteration simply because there are many unique phonetic features which do not exist at Latin scripts.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Am I allowed to ask for donations for Hajj and umrah for my parents who are not rich nor poor but cannot afford the blessed journey

A:

No. You are not allowed to collect donations for them since Allah has already exempted them of the burden of observing hajj and Umrah because they are not financially capable of doing them.

Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited soliciting people’s help except at certain cases.  It was narrated that Qabisah ibn Mukhariq said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah says: ‘It is not right to ask (for help) except in three cases: A man whose wealth has been destroyed by some calamity, so he asks until he gets enough to keep him going, then he refrains from asking: a man who undertakes a financial responsibility, and asks for help until he pays off whatever needs to be paid; and a man concerning whom three wise men from his own people swear by Allah that it is permissible for so-an-so to ask for help, so he asks until he has enough to be independent of means, then he refrains from asking. Apart from that. (asking) is unlawful.”‘

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

As-salamu alaykum!
I started to pray Salah 4 months ago. First month i had problem with my concentration forgetting steps and words but i overcomed it little bit.
This last month i have very bad problem and almost depression.
Everytime i start making wudu, i feel something very small behind coming out, not like passing wind or gas but like a scratching or like small bubble. Sometimes i feel like freshness like wind but i feel no smell or sound.
Sometimes i ignore it thinking it’s waswasa but in the end of Salah i think again, what if it was a real passing wind or gas, then would be a bigger problem for me praying without wudu then i only repeat?
This doesn’t happen when i pray Sunnah Salah or after but only when i call Iqama or when i start praying Fard.
Sometimes i think leaving Salah because it’s getting depressing, i only repeat the prayers and wudu but i know the inportance of it and i don’t leave it. Sometimes i don’t eat just to overcome the feeling but same situation.
Please, i need an advice what can i do?
Thank you.

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

It seems that the Shaytan attempts to drive you away from prayers and being committed with your other religious duties. It needs resolute resistance from you and better understanding of how to deal with it. First, whatever you have mentioned does not justify for you to quit completing your wudu’ or your prayers. Narrated Abu Hurairah:

Allah’s Messenger said: “If one of you feels disturbance in his stomach and doubts whether he has released some wind or not, then he should not leave the mosque unless he hears its sound or smells (its) odor”. (Muslim) 

Scholars elicited a very significant legal maxim basing themselves on this hadith. It says, “Certainty is not Overruled by Doubt”

For example, the case explained by this hadith, i.e. when one doubts about breaking of his ablution after certainly of performing it, scholars maintained that doubt has to be overridden and one may offer prayer without renewing his ablution.

Ibn Daqiq maintains that the manifest meaning of this hadith is, however, to continue the validity of ablution and overlooking doubt (Ibn Dqiq 122).

Similarly, if one has doubts during the course of the ablution that one has washed a particular limb or the head, then it is obligatory to wash it again and everything that follows it in the ablution since it is presumed that one has not washed that limb until it changes by it being washed for certain.

On the other hand, if these doubts arise after one has finished ablution, one need not repeat anything, because it is presumed that he already made ablution perfectly and doubts would not have any effect.

So, in conclusion, the most effective way of treating this wiswas is to ignore it completely. When such doubt enters your mind, block it out and ignore it. Engage yourself with adhkar and recite ruqya regularly by reciting the last three surahs of the Quran in your palms and wipe them to the whole of your body.

Also try to recite Surat Al-Baraqah regularly. Abu Umamah said he heard Allah’s Messenger say: Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqarah, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. (Muawiyah said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.) (Muslim)

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Assalamu alaikum, Are women in general & wife in particular considered calamity according to Islamic rulings?

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

Woman has been described in the Quran as a source of tranquility for man. Allah says in the Quran, “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Ar-Rum 30:21)

Wives have also been described by the Prophet as, “counterparts of men” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

She shared paradise with Adam, “Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimun (wrongdoers).” (Al-Baqarah 2:35)

Therefore, there is nothing in Islam to claim that wives are a source of calamity.

The Messenger of God said, “The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character.  The best of you are those who are the best to their women.” (At-Tirmidhi)

The Prophet of Mercy tells us that a husband’s treatment of his wife reflects a Muslim’s good character, which in turn is a reflection of the man’s faith.  How can a Muslim husband be good to his wife?  He should smile, not hurt her emotionally, remove anything that will harm her, treat her gently, and be patient with her.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Please I would like to ask a very personal question, Astagfirullah I was involved in a haram relationship, but i have called it quit now Alhamdulillah. But something keeps disturbing, while i was in this haram relationship, he inserted his finger in my private part, I wanted to know if this counts as Zina? and if I can still be referred to as a virgin islamically and also I keep getting worried if the person I was involved with will expose me one day.

A:

I ask Allah to forgive your sins and shower you with His mercy. What you have done is one of the major sins which Allah and His Messenger have explicitly prohibited. Touching someone of the opposite gender is completely prohibited. However, the basic legal definition of Zina is more specific, which is, ‘The act of a legally responsible person entering the head of the male organ in a genital orifice that is forbidden.’ 

But there is a more general concept of zina which is also prohibited, and which is described in the hadith of the Prophet, ‘Allah has decreed for every son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one may wish and desire, and the private parts confirm that or deny it.’ (Al Bukhari and Muslim)

So here we have a wider concept of zina, in which the Prophet describes those things that lead to zina, or acts which are associated to illicit sexual practices, and are themselves a form of zina. While these practices may go unpunished in this life, they will be taken to task in the next life, if forgiveness is not sought. So a person who has committed any of these actions has to repent to Allah.

One of the greatest means of expiation for such sins is offering the five daily prayers regularly and on time. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, and from one Jumu’ah to the next, and from one Ramadan to the next, expiates for the sins that come in between, so long as you avoid major sins.” (Muslim)

You have to completely avoid contacting the person who engaged with you in this immoral act. He may be one of the avenues leading you to commit adultery. The Prophet instructed us on how the person who killed 100 persons was advised, upon his repentance to leave, the place where he used to live. The reason is that his environment would encourage him to commit these sins again.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

One of my friend who’s really depressed nowadays because back in his early teenage he touched young girls inappropriately including his sister….. Will he be forgiven by Allah or not… He only touch I am not talking about rape… I know even touching in haram.. But if he goes to them and ask for forgiveness staight from the victims… I’m sure they will not forgive him…please reply soon. Thanks

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

Definitely Allah forgives all sins. He says in the Quran, “Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Az-Zumar 39:53) I think it is better not to inform his victims of what he has already done. It may cause a severely bad psychological impact on them. On how he should seek forgiveness from Allah, he has to make a since repentance.

First, his repentance should be meant sincerely for the sake of Allah. It should not be intended for showing off.

Second, he must express remorse for the sin you have committed.

Third, he must give up this sin.

Fourth, he must have a strong resolute not to make this sin again.

Moreover, he must increase of your righteous and good deeds especially praying in congregation at mosques and should work on doing other deeds that draw him closer to Allah. He must also close all cracks and avenues that may give room for the Satan such as mingling with women or talking to them without a legal reason.

Almighty Allah Knows best.




Q:

Generally expanding knowledge.

If a person tells more than four people about zina that the person has engaged in,out of fear,for example.

And if for example if a person had told four people about a zina,forgot if the person actually told four people.

1)Question is,does telling four people mean that for sure ,the person has to get the hadd punishment?

Or can the person still ask for forgiveness from Allah?

2)And in the other scenario,if the person forgot whether they told four people,does that person still need to get hadd punishment.

3) if out of the four witnesses,one says to conceal it,does it mean the person doesnt have that person as a witness

A:

The proof to incur the penalty of adultery is only established through the testimony of four people who confirm that they have personally seen both parties engaged in a sexual intercourse.

It is also established through confession or by pregnancy.

Someone’s telling four persons that he committed adultery cannot prove the crime. 

The following verse makes it clear that four witnesses are necessary to prove the crime, “And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient.”  (An-Nur 24: 4)

In the case of your question, it is highly encouraged that a person does not reveal it to people and repents his sins. This is based on the report of Maidh who committed adultery and came to admit his crime before the Prophet.

According to the Imam Malik’s Muwatta’, Said ibn al-Musayyab reported that a man from the Aslam tribe came to Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and said to him, “I have committed adultery.” Abu Bakr said to him, “Have you mentioned this to anyone else?” He said, “No.” Abu Bakr said to him, “Then cover it up with the veil of Allah. Allah accepts repentance from his slaves.” His self was still unsettled, so he went to Umar ibn Al-Khattab. He told him the same as he had said to Abu Bakr, and Umar told him the same as Abu Bakr had said to him. His self was still not settled so he went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said to him, “I have committed adultery,” insistently. The Messenger of Allah turned away from him three times. Each time the Messenger of Allah turned away from him until it became too much. The Messenger of Allah questioned his family, “Does he have an illness which affects his mind, or is he mad?” They said, “Messenger of Allah, by Allah, he is well.” The Messenger of Allah said, “Unmarried or married?” They said, “Married, Messenger of Allah.” The Messenger of Allah gave the order and he was stoned.  

Allah Almighty knows best.




Q:

Assalamu alaikum shaikh, how we will reconcile the hadith in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has forgiven my community for whatever crosses their mind so long as they do not speak of it or act upon it.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) and Qur’anic verse number 284 of chapter 2 which tells Allaah will take account of what is in people’s heart whether they hide it or not?
Today I’ve seen a hadith in which Marwan Al Asfar (R.A) described from Ibn Umar (R.A) that, verse 284 of 2nd chapter is abrogated. It is in Bukhari 4545, (4546). I translated from my native language to English here.

As far I can remember, after revealation of ayat 284, sahabas expressed their worry and then next two ayats were revealed and 284 number ayat was abrogated. I read this long time ago.
Please kindly clarify & help me to understand the matter. Really the verse is abrogated? I need to be sure.
And it is clear to me that there is difference between the thoughts that comes and goes on which we have no control and thoughts upon which we intentionally dwell on & nurture. Also there is difference between unwelcoming/intrusive thoughts which we don’t like & intentional thought done by us.

A:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

The way of reconciling this hadith and the Quranic verse is maintained in the following hadith. It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah that when it was revealed to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): To Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and whether you disclose that which is in your mind or conceal it, Allah will call you to account according to it. Then He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He Pleases; and Allah is over everything Potent” (ii. 284). the Companions of the Messenger of Allah felt it hard and severe and they came to the Messenger of Allah and sat down on their knees and said: Messenger of Allah, we were assigned some duties which were within our power to perform, such as prayer, fasting, struggling (in the cause of Allah), charity. Then this (the above-mentioned) verse was revealed unto you and it is beyond our power to live up to it. The Messenger of Allah said: Do you intend to say what the people of two books (Jews and Christians) said before you:” We hear and disobey”? You should rather say:” We hear and we obey, (we seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord! and unto Thee is the return.” And they said:” We hear and we obey, (we seek) Thy forgiveness, Our Lord! and unto Thee is the return.” When the people recited it and it smoothly flowed on their tongues, then Allah revealed immediately afterwards:” The Apostle believes in that which is sent down unto him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in Allah and His Angels and His Books and His Apostles, saying: We differentiate not between any of His Apostles and they say: We hearken and we obey: (we seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord! and unto Thee is the return” (ii. 285). When they did that, Allah abrogated this (verse) and the Great, Majestic Allah revealed:” Allah burdens not a soul beyond its capacity. It gets every good that it earns and it suffers every ill that it earns. Our Lord, punish us not if we forget or make a mistake.” (The Prophet said: Yes, our Lord! do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us. (The Prophet said: Yes, our Lord, impose not on us (burdens) which we have not the strength to bear (The Prophet said: Yes, and pardon us and grant us protection! and have mercy on us. Thou art our Patron, so grant us victory over the disbelieving people” (ii. 286). He (the Lord) said: Yes. (Muslim)

Almighty Allah Knows best.