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Got Fiqhi Questions: Ask Our Scholar (Fatwa Session)

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

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

Question 1:

How are you doing today, I hope you are doing well, today. I need help. I’m feeling stressed and overthinking which career is halal and not halal. I wanted to choose a journalist and government and politics major, but I felt anxious and scared. Because I heard it’s haram. Other majors don’t seem easy for me. I’m also still learning to practice the Alf-ba as in the Quran. I don’t know what career I’m interested in. I feel lost and don’t know what to do in my life. It’s hard to decide which job is a good path for me. I am an overthinker. Please help me.

Answer 1:

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Journalism is a beneficial and promising career; however, like any career, one may practice it ethically or unethically. So, if you intend to use your profession to promote the cause of truth, justice, and righteousness, you can hope for enormous rewards and blessings from Allah.

If, however, you use it to promote corruption, oppression, and injustice, you will face the wrath of Allah.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently expressed the consequences of silence in the face of injustice when he said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people”.

He reminds us that our silence can perpetuate suffering and allow wrongdoing to persist. Remaining silent in the presence of evil is itself an immoral act.

That is why Islam teaches us that we have a responsibility to speak the truth and struggle against injustice. Allah says, “O you who believe, stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then know that Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do.” (Qur’an: 4: 135)

No one can underestimate the power of the media.

Malcolm X eloquently expressed the influence of the media when he said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

Through this statement, he wants to raise awareness of the immense impact of the media on shaping public perception, constructing narratives, and influencing collective consciousness.

Therefore, as a believer in the divine mandate to expose the truth and fight injustice, your journalism career is a most rewarding profession; your rewards are akin to true mujahids or warriors.

So, I urge you to pursue journalism with the intention of serving humanity and thus pleasing Allah. Go ahead, and don’t look back.

I urge you to seek professional counseling to help you develop self-confidence and overcome procrastination.

May Allah bless you to excel in your chosen career and make it beneficial for humanity.

Question 2:

I just took a bath and felt some secretion from my vagina. I noticed it was watery but a bit yellow but the lightest shade like not fully clear I wasn’t thinking about anything at all. It bit cold I don’t know if it’s pure or not as I can’t put it in the category of many made ready?

Answer 2:

You should consider it madhy and wash yourself before Wudu.

Question 3:

Why is the dress code different for men and women? I’m just wondering these things as I see a lot of Islamic people and the dress code seems to very an awful lot.

Answer 3:

Allah has created men and women with different roles to fulfill in life; He knows what is good and bad for us, so He has decreed the rules of modesty for both men and women.

It does not need any high intelligence for us to look within our nature and see why men become attracted to women and why women, by nature, look forward to being adored and present themselves as attractive to members of the opposite sex. It is precisely this weakness in man and woman that leads them to temptations and fall into fornication and adultery. So, God has revealed laws to protect us against our evil inclinations within.

Islamic rules of modest attire aim at safeguarding the modesty, dignity, and honor of men and women.

 Allah, the Creator of humans, knows our nature better than we do. Thus, He has prescribed appropriate rules of behavior and appearance to be observed when men and women interact with one another in a social milieu. These rules of interaction also include a prescription for modest dressing, which, I should hasten to add, applies to both males and females.

Hijab or the modest attire Islam prescribes forms part of a holistic program of Islamic ethics and morals governing male and female interaction. Prescribing the rule of Hijab, Allah says, “Say to the believing men to lower their gazes and guard their chastity” (Qur’an 24:30). “And say to the believing women to lower their gazes and guard their chastity, and let them not display of their charm– except what is apparent.” (Qur’an 24:31)

A very important aside has to be included here as it is seldom mentioned in discussions on women’s attire.

Unfortunately, the onus for guarding the honor and purity of the Muslim society is often laid solely on the backs of women. While recently, there has been more stress on the rules of Islamic dress for men, what needs to be addressed is the requirement of Muslim men to lower their gaze and maintain Islamic decorum in relations with all women, not just Muslim women.

It is not rare to see a Muslim couple walking where the woman is in full Hijab while her husband is gawking at other women. Or to see a father instructing his daughter to cover appropriately before going out and then turning back to watch a TV show full of improperly attired women. There is wisdom in the Qur’anic injunction to women to cover themselves, being stated alongside the order to men to lower their gaze. Allah is just, and justice would not be served if women were to be the only guardians of honor.  The Hijab can become a tool of oppression if Muslim males do not maintain their part of this balance. It is often stated that it is difficult for Muslim men to avert their gaze and interact in business-like ways with women in a society where such behavior is considered anti-social. To this, we can answer that it is just as difficult or even more so for a Muslim woman to maintain a Hijab in such a society. These tasks can be a struggle, and Muslim males and females should view their respective duties as a social responsibility as well as acts of worship. As Allah states in the last part of the verse on Hijab, “O you who believe, turn ye altogether towards Allah in repentance that you me be successful.” (Q.24:31)

Question 4:

My question is regarding plastic surgery not for beautification, but for adjustment to a particular feature to make it smaller or inline with what is the norms.

I have an extremely large forehead larger than the average person. It’s very rare for me to come across other people who have my forehead size. I have frontal bossing on my forehead, and a large forehead where my hairline is  quite far back.

As a female, I wear a hijab and cover my forehead. I would like to mention that my forehead would be considered a ‘defect” if I didn’t disclose this to a future suitor and would be classified as deception.

I am querying the permissibility of reducing my forehead size by lowering my hairline. My point is not to completely change the creation of Allah SWT but rather reduce it to a more proportionate size. 

I do feel like this causes me emotional distress and that this is not for beauty reasons but rather just to look more inline with the norms.

Jazakallahu kheyr

Answer 4:

I am sorry to say that since the procedure does not seem to be intended to rectify any deformity, it is not considered permissible according to the rulings of the eminent jurists.

We are not allowed to undergo such procedures simply for cosmetic purposes; to do so is akin to tampering with or interfering with the creation of Allah. It is one of the pet projects of Satan as Allah reminds us in the Qur’an:

“I will certainly mislead them and delude them with empty hopes. Also, I will order them, and they will slit the ears of cattle and alter Allah’s creation.” And whoever takes Satan as a guardian instead of Allah has undoubtedly suffered a tremendous loss.” (Qur’an: 4: 119)

Question 5:

In the last sermon of the prophet, Muhammad says, “O People! No Prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born.” The key point here is that no new faith will be born. Wouldn’t this be seen as false since multiple religions have formed since then, even major ones such as Sikhism? So, is this a misinterpretation or a false prophecy?

Answer 5:

In answering your question, let me state two points:

  1. The Prophet (peace be upon him) never said that no community would arise after him; indeed, there is no shortage of communities, secular and otherwise; some of them are purely fake, and others are offshoots of previous religions. The fact that the Muslim community is different can be attested to by the simple fact that people of various religious, ethnic, or racial backgrounds are flocking to Islam, the true faith, leaving those communities every day all over the world. Therefore, it is true that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world today. The Prophet (peace be upon him) had already prophesied this when he said, “A time is fast approaching that this religion will reach every nook and corner of the world, whether people like it or not.” He said this when Islam had never stepped out of the borders of Arabia.
  2. Coming to the founder of Sikhism, as far as I know, he never claimed to be a prophet. So, he never thought he was founding a new religion; he emphasized devotion to God, living an active and practical life, and striving for justice and equality. 

So, I urge you not to dismiss the Prophet’s statements based on whimsical opinions.

Question 6:

For the entire month of 2021 Ramadan, I could not fast. I am a male. The first 2 weeks we all got Covid and were very sick. The 2nd to 3rd week my mother and father were sent to the hospital in CRITICAL condition. Around the end of the 3rd week, my dad almost recovered but my mom got worse and worse and was soon put on the ventilator. During this, we could need eat well since we weren’t eating much at home and only eating the food our neighbors gave which we could not save for later. Me and my siblings did all of our prayers and did a lot and a lot of dhikr during this month. My father came a week after Ramadan but the week prior ramadan ending my mother passed away. That took a heavy mental toll on us and was very difficult to do much at all. This was during 2021 Ramadan, and I only fasted for the days I was able to eat (I fasted for the last 1-2 days after my mothers death at my aunties house where there was a lot of food). My question is since we were all still sick and going through this harsh test from Allah SWT, am I still required to make up the 26-28 days of fast? Jazakallah.


Answer 6:

If you missed the fasts because of your health challenges, you should make up for those fasts when you get better. Allah says, “Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the standard to distinguish between right and wrong. So, whoever is present this month, let them fast. But whoever is ill or on a journey, then let them fast an equal number of days after Ramadan. Allah intends ease for you, not hardship, so that you may complete the prescribed period and proclaim the greatness of Allah for guiding you, and perhaps you will be grateful.” (Qur’an: 2: 185). If your condition never improves, then you need to offer fidyah or compensation. Fidyah entails feeding a poor person daily for the fasts you have missed. You must take out ten dollars for each missed day and give it to those in need.

Question 7:

I want to read the Quran on behalf of my deceased grandma however I do not want to read it incorrectly as it has been a few years. Does it still count if I read the translations in English.

Answer 7:

The Quran, in translation, cannot be called the Qur’an, the inimitable, revealed Word of God. It is in Arabic and is a standing miracle of the Prophet (peace be upon him). No translation, how excellent it is, in any language can replace it. So, reading a translation of the Quran is not the same as reading the Quran. So, I would urge you to learn to read it. It is not hard to learn to read it if you put your heart into it and invest your time. You can learn it by seeking the help of an instructor in the community or online.

I urge you not to put it off. If you do, you will regret it later.

When it comes to what to do until you can learn it, you can listen to a recorded translation and try to follow the reading in a Mushaf. While doing that, you can also send it as a spiritual gift to benefit your grandma’s soul. It would help if you also continued to offer supplications on her behalf.

Question 8:

I am facing lot of problem from mother in law and family , Since day one of marriage sister in law spoken language is not got with me she spoke very convenient , and also tried to harm me once , as with her anger one day she asked me to leave the house where the father said I should leave for a silent, from here end Manny things are going on one one can stop her she don’t listen to father mother and brother also she abusive the brother … After certain time we tried to ask for sorry then things go right again things happen from here end where she have jealous of everything this how my husband does things for me not for her .. we shift to sperate house as mother in law asked to move out everything very okay till salam

The incident happened again

Where sister called brother and mentioned to come for Pani Puri , brother was at work and he mentioned to inform the wife also … And sister got aggressive in this also stated she has respect and why should she give separate invitation in this things sister started be abusive and out of tongue mother hot involved where she also mentioned brother is doing wrong !! We had heat of argument .
Back to normal sister blocked the brother never responded to him and when brother visit home she never use to come out if she Is out the brother Salam that’s it

Now again
When we moved to new house we asked father to come for visit ,,
The next day mother said go and bring your sister hug your father and sister and bring her .. home seek for sorry .

My husband said why sorry and should he give a separate invitation to sister ..

Mother started being aggressive and blamed son for this as the son mentioned he is with wife and if you can’t treat equal .. he cant do the thing’s he mother said .. he mentioned the sister should come by her own
After that the mother accused daughter in law for things happen like she is one making her son teach and do things

As a daughter in law what should I do

Answer 8:

Sorry to hear about your predicament. I pray to Allah to give you relief.

Now, coming directly to the issue, as far as I can tell you, you can choose one of two options: to react to these people who are hurting you and thus let them control your mind and lose sleep over it. By doing so, you will only be destroying yourself.

However, A better choice is to refuse to react to them and not let them control your mind. You can do this by telling yourself: This is how they wish to destroy themselves; that is the route they have chosen to follow; as for me, I will never allow myself to go that way. Instead, I would prefer to remain on a higher moral plane: Ignore them. Allah tells us that one of the traits of the servants of the Merciful is that when the foolish ones address them, they walk away saying ‘peace’!

Having said this, I should also advise you to advise them about this vice. You may remind them of the severe warnings of Allah against those who indulge in backbiting. Allah says, “O you who have attained to faith! Avoid most guesswork [about one another] for, behold, some of [such] guesswork is [in itself] a sin; and do not spy upon one another, and neither allow your­selves to speak ill of one another behind your backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would loathe it! And be conscious of God. Verily, God is an accep­tor of repentance, a dispenser of grace!” (Qur’an:49: 12).

You should also motivate yourself by thinking of the benefits of forgiving those who offend you. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “My Lord has ordered me to forgive those who offend me, to join relations with those who sever them, and to give those who deny me!” 

Question 9:

My sister is going through a tough time. Her husband was very bad with her and has raised hands couple of times not in a worse way but she still gave him chances. Last time he did the same and she came back to my parents house but gave him a last chance. She found out he was paying girls to sleep with and not only 1 but more than 15 and she also found out she is pregnant. She doesn’t wana stay with the husband and is worried if she can abort the baby because she won’t be able to live with such a man. She is not financially stable or independent and my parents are struggling with money as well my mom is struggling with health and surgeries so she wanted to know if it’s haram to do so

Answer 9:

You are not allowed to resort to abortion because of your husband’s infidelity. Abortion is indeed a grave sin, especially after the pregnancy has advanced to the stage of ensoulment or breathing of the soul into the fetus, which takes place 120 days after conception. If done at this stage, it is akin to murder.

For details, let me cite one of my earlier answers:

“Abortion or termination of pregnancy is generally considered terrible, and therefore as Haraam, since it involves interfering with the process once it has started. There are, however, differences of opinion about the permissibility of abortion in particular circumstances depending on the stage or stages of pregnancy.

 1) There is a unanimous consensus among scholars that abortion is considered forbidden after twelve weeks of conception (i.e., one hundred and twelve days); this is the point when ensoulment (breathing of soul into the embryo) takes place. To abort pregnancy from this point onwards is akin to committing infanticide, which has been condemned in the Qur’an. Scholars, however, have made a single exception to this rule: If the continuation of pregnancy and carrying it through full term proves to be risking the mother’s life, abortion shall be considered permissible.

 2) Abortion after the expiry of the first forty days of conception is considered as Haraam except in the following exceptional cases: 1) If carrying the pregnancy to the full term exposes the mother to unbearable health problems during or after delivery; 2) if, as determined by the reliable medical practitioners, the child shall be borne with such physical and mental deformity as would deprive him/her a normal life. This decision must be based on the opinion of at least two reliable medical experts.

 3) While many scholars consider abortion before the expiry of the first forty days of conception as Haraam, a number of them consider it as either permissible or at least not as Haraam.

 In conclusion, as Imam Ghazzali has observed, one is discouraged from tampering with the life process once it has started; the intensity of sin, however, varies according to how advanced the pregnancy is. Thus, while it may be considered less sinful in the very early days, it is considered absolutely haraam after the ensoulment.

 Coming to your specific case, if there is no medical necessity that compels you to seek an abortion, you are best advised to carry it through to full term. Meanwhile, turn earnestly and sincerely to Allah to ease your burden and pain and grant you patience and strength to surrender to His will. Allah has indeed promised to bring relief to all who turn to Him for assistance. “Whoever remains conscious of Allah, He will grant him/her ease/relief in his affair.” (Q.65: 4) The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Whoever consistently asks forgiveness of Allah, Allah will appoint for him/her a way out of every conceivable trouble and provide for him/her sustenance in ways he or she can never foresee.”

Question 10:

My parents are hindus. I was a brahmin boy and they are supposed to wear a thread around their torso. this is a sign that a person like this is a brahmin and they are undergoing knowledge about the hindu texts and will set out to be a scholar/priest. Brahmins are the priests in hinduism. This thread is like a sign of that and there is a ceremony for it. Now I became muslim and I am a teenager. So all shirk is gone but I still wear the thread to keep the peace. The thread is not meant to protect me nor did I do acts of worship to hindu gods at all. I am just wearing it and hiding it from other people. Am I doing shirk by doing this? I also fear that if my family sees me without the thread they will do a ceremony to replace it which involves shirk. Right now I am not doing any acts of worship just wearing. I saw from one source that the three strands the thread means three gods& said that they believe the thread brings good for when a boy studies. Most say its 4 identity. Shirk?

I do NOT believe the thread has any affect on me and I just do it to make my parents not angry. I also do not engange in any acts of worship.

Answer 10:

If you are an independent adult, you should choose for yourself by not giving in to their pressure or control. If you have no choice and fear for your safety, you may continue to wear the thread while not attaching any religious significance to it. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“God tasks no soul beyond its capacity. It shall have what it has earned and be subject to what it has perpetrated. “Our Lord, take us not to task if we forget or err! Our Lord lay not upon us a burden like Thou laid upon those before us. Our Lord, impose not upon us that which we have not the strength to bear! And pardon us, forgive us, and have mercy upon us! Thou art our Master, so help us against the disbelieving people.” (Qur’an: 2: 286)

Question 11:

Is it possible for my father to taste the food I made to feed the hungry for the sake of his soul? Because I never cooked when he was alive =( and I wish he could taste it and see how good it is

Answer 11:

If you understand the Islamic teachings of life after death, you will find no need to convince yourself that your father tasted your food. After death, we do not live by material foods or drinks; we are sustained spiritually without needing food, drinks, or material comforts. However, he will benefit from your act of feeding the people in need for the sake of his soul.

Question 12:

Is shaking one leg while sitting haram or not in Islam?

I often hear it is haram or causes a lack of Rizq in the home. Is this right or not?

Answer 12:

It is a superstitious belief that has no basis in authentic Islamic teachings.

You may ignore it. It has nothing to do with the increase or decrease of Allah’s provision or blessings.

Having said this, you should ask, why do I keep doing it? It could be a habit you have acquired; as such, you can break it. Since it may annoy the people around you, you should try to stop it.

Question 13:

I am a Muslim residing in Europe with programming skills, having created my own website. I plan to incorporate affiliate marketing to promote products on my site and earn commissions. I’ve read about the Islamic perspective on affiliate marketing, understanding that it’s generally allowed as long as the promoted products are not haram. In my case, I’m quite sure the products I’ll promote will be halal as I intend to only promote electronic gadgets such as vehicles, furniture, and technology devices like phones, laptops, and computers.

However, I have concerns about the advertisements associated with these products. For example, when you go to to buy a phone, there might be ads/videos that feature immodestly dressed individuals. I am uncertain if earning income from such products, despite the products themselves being non-haram, would be considered halal income due to the associated advertisements. Many Western companies, for example, Samsung, IKEA, Canyon, and many more have some kind of partnership programs that one could join and earn from. What are the Islamic rules for such partnerships, as even when the product they sell is not haram, their websites’ videos/ads might contain something that is not allowed by Islamic rules?

I seek a thoughtful answer and guidance on the Islamic rules regarding such partnerships.

I appreciate your insight and guidance.

Answer 13:

Suppose you promote these products using indiscrete or improper displays of women’s bodies or similar methods. In that case, you are condoning corruption and evil, in which case the income is tainted with haram. As a conscientious Muslim, you should stay away from such jobs. Instead, it would be best to look for something purely halal.

There is no reason to despair of Allah’s mercy. When you strive hard to find a lawful source of income, Allah will help you find it.

Islam teaches us that there is always a halal alternative out there if you earnestly seek it. I would urge you to pray to Allah:

Allaahumma aghninee bihalaalika an haraamika wa bi fadhlika amman siwaaka

(O Allah, make me sufficient with what You have made halal for me so that I do not turn to that which You have declared as haram for me and make me content with Your favor so that I do not look for favor of the mortals).

Question 14:

I have health condition. However, the medication that I take I must drink lots of water to prevent blood clots. Is it permissible to fast without food but drink water and continue to donate to the needy?

Answer 14:

If you must take a medication that requires you to drink lots of water, you should skip the fast; you should make up for the fasts you missed later when you get better. If you do not expect to recover from it soon, then you should expiate by paying fidyah or compensation. Fidyah entails feeding a poor person for every fast you miss. You can donate ten or fifteen dollars to a poor person each day. Allah says,  

“Fast a prescribed number of days. But whoever of you is ill or on a journey, let them fast an equal number of days after Ramadan. For those who can only fast with extreme difficulty, compensation can be made by feeding a needy person for every day not fasted˺. But whoever volunteers to give more is better for them. And to fast is better for you if only you knew.” (Qur’an: 2: 184)

Question 15:

im a student of commerce and its my last year of college. Every one has their career plans of further studies but i have got bit confused

Before some year i had plans for the worldly goals, but when Alhamdulliah Allah has given me hidayah i have got lost the interest in this kind of studies it seems like it has no value and in my mind quicking of studies comes, and on the other hand i wanted yo study the deen and urderstand it , barely i went outside the home , i really dont want to go out but looking at the surrounding and the people making their careers i may some time feel that i should also have to earn something
What should i do as a muslim girl plz give an answer please……..

Answer 15:

Since Islam is a life-affirming religion, it does not teach world renunciation. Allah says, “Rather, seek the reward of the Hereafter by means of what Allah has granted you, without forgetting your share of this world. And be good to others as Allah has been good to you. Do not seek to spread corruption in the land, for Allah certainly does not like the corruptors.” (Qur’an: 28: 77)

And, in another place in the Qur’an, we read,

 “There are some who say, “Our Lord! Grant us Your bounties in this world,” but they will have no share in the Hereafter. Yet others say, “Our Lord! Grant us the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.” (Qur’an: 2: 200-201)

In light of these, leaving your studies on the pretext that you want to dedicate your life to seeking the hereafter is not a good idea. Even while ordering us to hasten to Prayer when the Fridy adhan is called, Allah orders us:

“Once the prayer is over, disperse throughout the land and seek the bounty of Allah. And remember Allah often so you may be successful.” (Qur’an: 62: 10)

In conclusion, I urge you to pursue your studies diligently to gain a beneficial career and support yourself. That is better than abandoning your career goals and becoming dependent on others.

Question 16:

Is it haram to eat after fajr adhan?

Answer 16:

Fasting requires staying away from foods and drinks from dawn to dusk. So, you are not supposed to eat or drink after Fajr Adhan. If you ate or drank deliberately after Fajr adhan, your fast is broken; you should make it up later.

Question 17:

If a company has experienced a loss in previous years and has yet to recover it, does it need to pay Zakaath this year?

Answer 17:

It all depends on the kind of business you have; if you are talking about merchandise you are selling, you need to estimate the value of the merchandise and take out zakah on it. You are allowed to deduct the debts and expenses.

If you are talking about the factories or rental properties, etc., the zakah is due on your net income after deducting the debts and expenses.

Therefore, if you did not pay zakah in the past after it became due, you need to pay regardless of whether you made any profit this year or not. You may be exempt this year, but you cannot be exempt from the past dues.

Question 18

I attend a catholic boarding school; do I have to fast for Ramadan?

Answer 18:

As an adult Muslim, you ought to observe fasting whether you are studying in a Catholic or Muslim boarding school. Tell the authorities that it is your religious duty to fast during Ramadan. I am sure they know, so they should be happy to provide you with the facilities to observe the fast.

Question 19:

How will Allah punish the disbelievers when he himself says, “It is not Allah’s Will to purify their hearts.” So if he chooses who believes and who doesn’t how can he we fault the people who don’t believe?

I’ve been reading the clear Quran.

Answer 19:

The fact that we have the freedom to choose that which is good or bad is precisely why we will be accountable for our actions: Allah has told us so clearly:

 “And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all one single community: but [He willed it otherwise] in order to test you by means of what He has vouchsafed unto, you. Vie, then, with one another in doing good works! Unto God you all must return; and then He will make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ.” (Qur’an: 5:48).

And, “He who has created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test [and thus show] which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He alone is almighty, truly forgiving.” (Qur’an: 67:2)

God has given humans reason and moral conscience besides sending messengers to convey the message to us. Our reason and moral conscience will lead us to choose rightfully; the teachings of the prophets further confirm it. When Adam was sent to the earth, God told him:

“We said: Go down, all of you, from hence; but verily there cometh unto you from Me a guidance; and whoso followeth My guidance, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. But they who disbelieve, and deny our revelations, such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein” (Qur’an: 2: 38-39)

In conclusion, we will certainly be accountable for our actions, good or bad.

Question 20:

When I was little my father had a high job with average income. So he used to take bribery, deceive the government financial records to take money and sometimes forcefully too, and he received lots of gifts for just doing his job such as our house, it’s furniture,  appliances,  daily maintenance stuff such as carpets, curtains, beds, blankets, pillows , dishes , cutlery etc… 

So I know that the money and gifts are stolen goods and haram to everyone. My father doesn’t accept that all these things and wealth is haram and now he has no other income but the money he acquired as above which he spends on us for food, clothes, and studies, bills. My mother says sin is upon him since he must provide and my family physical stops me from going outside to work and earn halal . They will lock me and beat me if I try. What should I do ?

Please help me as I don’t know what to use in our house and whether to eat , wear and use its contents. Please define necessity as a human can go without water for 3 days and food 1 month so I don’t know exactly what to do ???

Is it haram for me to use these ???

Also I don’t tell my family members to not use these stuff in house as they are haram because they show negative reactions,  deny and put restrictions on me such as taking my phone, studies and stuff.
Am I sinful for this ?
I  look forward to you answer soon!!!

Answer 20:

If you are an adult, you should remove yourself from being dependent on your father if you have reasonable grounds to believe that his entire income is from haram earnings.

If, however, you have no other choice, you partake of it only at the barest minimum to survive while working hard to find a lawful source of income for yourself.

As long as you have no choice, you bear patiently and practice constancy in seeking the forgiveness of Allah. You may also try to console yourself by saying that even though most of his income is earned through Haram, not all of it is wholly Haram, as he has been working and doing his job, albeit in a corrupt way.

Here is a dua you should read:

Allaahumma igninee bihalaalika an haraamika wabi fadhlika amman siwaaka

(O Allah, make me self-sufficient with that which You have declared as lawful for me so that I am not forced to resort to that which You have made Haram for me, and make me content with Your favor so that I am not forced to look to the favor of the mortals).

Friday, Mar. 15, 2024 | 21:00 - 23:00 GMT

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