Live Fatwa (General 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.

Wednesday, Jul. 05, 2017 | 20:00 - 22:00 GMT

Session is over.

Salaam. Some madhiy dripped out of me while I was at work and I quickly wiped it with a single tissue. Then I forgot that this happened, did wudu, and prayed, without making a proper istinja. Is my prayer valid? I know that forgotten najasat does not require repeating of the prayer, but what about forgotten istinja?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


If you wiped the madhy clean, then your prayer is valid as long as you have performed wudhu before prayer.


Ideally, you should wash your private parts in case of emission of madhy before performing ablutions for prayer.


If you forgot to wash your genitals, then you are excused as long as you have wiped it dry by using tissues, etc. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has forgiven my ummah of their unintentional mistakes or forgetfulness…”


Allah Almighty knows best.

As'salamu alaikum, I had some questions. 1- I am a person who emits a lot of madhi (pre-seminal fluid). I think I read that the most correct opinion (and please correct me if I am wrong) for someone who has madhi (pre-seminal fluid) is that he MUST wash his "penis and testicles" in order to become clean. This confused me because the testicles are an internal organ -- they are the "balls" that sit inside of the scrotum, or the "sack". Hence, I wanted clarification: do I need to wash my whole scrotum (the entire "sack") or just the bottom of it where the testicles sit? And if I have to wash the whole scrotum, do I need to make sure that water reaches every inch of it (as is necessary for example when washing parts in wudu/ghusl) or is it okay for water just to reach most of it? 2. In the case of someone who accidentally broke his fast, such as a person who knew he was fasting but accidentally swallowed some skin when he bit his lip, or accidentally swallowed some water when rinsing his mouth, should he continue his fast until the end of the day, or is there no point in doing that? Jazak'Allah khair!

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


1- I don’t know where you got this idea of washing testicles in the case of madhy. When someone asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about this, he replied, “It is enough for him to wash his genitals and make ablutions.”


Dhakar is the word used in the hadith; it refers to penis only. So, one is not required to wash the testicles unless there are traces of madhy on them. There is no need in indulging in hair-splitting. The prophet warned us against rigidity in matters of religion. He said, “Woe to those who practice rigidity!” And, “this religion of ours is simple and easy to follow; whoever makes it hard will only be destroying himself!”


2- If someone drank water or consumed something by mistake, it does not invalidate one’s fast. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has excused my ummah of their mistakes due to forgetfulness or being coerced into.”


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalamu'alaikum. Ustadh, once I committed zina in a prostitution which - unfortunately - located near a masjid. Am I no longer a Muslim because of this? Please answer. Do I have to recite shahada in front of Imams again?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


You have been guilty of a most grievous sin and you ought to repent and take immediate steps to ask forgiveness of Allah and make amends. For details you may refer to the answer entitled, The Door of Repentance Is Wide Open, linked below:

Allah Almighty knows best.

Is it allowed to listen to Islamic naats while performing Itikaf.

It is not recommended to distract ourselves in this way while in I`tikaf. I`tikaf requires devoting ourselves to worship and engage in self-scrutiny to develop mindfulness of Allah. Listening to nasheeds and naats may serve as distractions.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Can I read books other than quran or hadith during itikaf...there is an exam ahead right after eid..I am not prepare for..can prepare during itikaf for a little and certain time? kindly response quickly

If you have exams and you need to read books that are not of spiritual nature, then you need to cut down your I`tikaf to focus on your studies.


I`itiakf is only a highly recommended Sunnah; your study to seek a career to sustain yourself may be a greater priority for you if you are only starting out your life.


In such case, you need not do I`ikaf in full; you may sit as much as you can – a day or two or even a few hours a day, etc.


Islam teaches us to prioritize our life, and perform voluntary acts of virtue without neglecting our essential duties. So, we need to balance between our obligations to Allah as well as our obligations to His creation.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalamu'alaykum. Are we not allowed to show our talents to other people? Are we also not allowed to gain popularity? Sometimes compliment from others bring joy to heart and motivates me to do more. But I fear if this falls in arrogance. I understand that arrogance is looking down on others. But sometimes the thought that I am better at a certain thing crosses my mind, I try to deny it, but it feels like I am in denial of the truth. Although I acknowledged that everybody has their own talents. Must the intention of everything we do be sincere and done only for the sake of Allaah? Some things I did were for worldly purpose. Jazakallah.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “People fall into two categories as they set out to do their daily activities:  1. There are those who sell themselves to free their necks from hell-fire; 2. There are others who are busy casting themselves into the fire-pit.”


And Allah says, “Whoever surrenders his or her purpose to Allah while doing good works they shall have no reason to fear or grieve.”


In light of these, you need to ask yourself: what is your primary focus in life? Are you doing what you do to please Allah? Or are you only working for fame and self-glorification?


Of course, humans can fall into temptations of ostentation and self-righteousness. That is why we are ordered to engage in introspection to correct ourselves. We are also ordered to ensure to purify our intentions before engaging in acts of worship and other good deeds.


Once we have done what we could, we are excused. Allah tells us in the Qur’an:


“Allah does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favor shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does. O our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or unwittingly do wrong! “O our Lord! Lay not upon us a burden such as You did lay upon those who lived before us!  O our Lord! Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear! “And efface Thou our sins, and grant us forgiveness, and bestow Your mercy upon us! You are our Lord Supreme: help us, then, against people who reject the truth!.” (Al-Baqarah 2:286)


Allah Almighty knows best.

I have a friend (who's also my roommate) who started praying regularly around a year after I did. Which means I pronounce the words in Arabic better than him (Arabic is not our native language), even though none of us knows how to read in Arabic but I have more experience and new languages are kind of my thing. Now I have two questions. Am I obligated to lead the prayers when I'm with him only? Because I heard that the one who pronounces the suras and all the prayers during a prayer should lead. We think that this is the truth so that's why most of the time I lead. But he has this problem that bothers me and distracts me a lot of times when we pray together, he doesn't just move his lips but he whispers the words too loud that I hear him almost always what he says, which sometimes makes me make some mistakes, I have to start from the beginning the sura or whatever I'm saying at that moment. I told him that it isn't OK to bug others while praying. But he says that he tried once being really silent but he doubted that he pronounced the words well. He thought he was making mistakes. I complained to him to try more but he's just so stubborn and we argue a lot about this and other stuff too. He asked me what to do then? And if I cannot bare him whispering that loud, then we should pray apart and aside from each-other, that's what he proposed. He's so stubborn and almost never listens to my advices. He trusts only what imams and scholars say. That's why I'm writing you so when you post this I will show the answer to him. So what should he do? If I lead him should he keep his mouth shut since he cannot pray silently enough? Or can he lead me too even though he makes some mistakes while pronouncing? This way even if he interrupts me maybe it won't be a big deal since he's leading? Or it doesn't matter who's leading who as long as none of us distracts the other. Is there any specific hadith about people who whisper out loud and divert the attention of the others? Is this dangerous in Islam? Like a sin or something?

While praying in a group, we are not allowed to disturb others by reading aloud; rather one should read only within our minds by moving lips without making annoying sounds.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Remember every one of you is communing with His Lord while praying; so no one should disturb another by reading the Qur’an aloud.”


Therefore, your friend should learn to read in his mind by moving his lips only for him to hear the words and not disturb you.


If you do not stop doing that, he is disobeying the Prophet (peace be upon him), and you should pray by yourself.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


It is up to you to decide whether you want to get married or not and to choose as to when to do so. Marriage is a mandatory obligation only when you find yourself unable to guard yourself against falling into sins.


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


Although marriage is generally considered a highly recommended act, yet from the point of view of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence)—because of diverse circumstances—it can readily fall into one of the four categories listed below: Fard (obligatory) or mustahabb (recommended) or haram (forbidden) or simply halal (permitted).


1- Marriage is considered fard (obligatory) if a person is so tormented by sexual desire that he/she fears falling into the sin of fornication. Since staying away from fornication is obligatory, and since marriage is the only avenue for legitimate sexual satisfaction, it becomes obligatory on such a person to get married. This is based on the principle in jurisprudence that says: “If an obligatory thing cannot be fulfilled except by fulfilling another, then fulfilling the latter becomes equally obligatory.”


2- If, however, he or she is not so tormented by sexual desire, and, hence, there is no fear of falling into sin, then it is highly recommended to get married if one has the means to do so. By doing so, one is fulfilling one of the great Sunnahs of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), our perfect role model.


3- If a person knows for certain that he or she cannot fulfill the duties required in marriage, and there is no fear of his/her falling into sin, then it becomes haram for such a person to get married. Islam forbids us from doing injustice to another person; this would definitely be the case if one were to neglect his/her spousal duties.


4- If a person has no means to marry and is, therefore, incapable of fulfilling his spousal duties, but has strong desire, it is permitted for him to get married—provided he tries earnestly to seek an honest source of living. Allah has promised to help such a person. We must also add here a further note that the Muslim community has a duty to assist such people until such time that they become self-reliant.


5- If, however, no such measures are available, and a person finds himself unable to fulfill his spousal duties, he is advised to curb his desires through the discipline of fasting and other acts of sublimation.”


In conclusion, you are allowed to postpone marriage to take care of your parents – if you have no fear of falling into sins.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Asalamu alaikum I am a Muslim lady and each month before my menstruation start, I have this dark solid discharge for like 24 to 48 hours before the blood start flowing. I usually stop praying or fasting immediately I spot this. Am I right doing this or I have to only stop when the actual blood start flowing. Also I read something on the internet and I need clarification on it. Is it true that in Islam a man can sexual intercourse with his dead wife up to 6 hours before she is buried and did the prophet practice this. Thank you.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Let me answer your questions in their respective order:


1- The appearance of white discharges at the end of the period is an indication of the expiry of the menses. You should determine the end of your period based on your regular pattern of menses. The pattern may vary, as some women experience menses for seven or eight days, while others may experience it for less or more. Once you see the clear white discharge at the end of your regular pattern, you need not worry about the streaks of blood after. If, on the other hand, the white discharges did not appear, then the blood drops you experience are due to continuation of menses –unless the bleeding exceeds fifteen days.


The Prophet’s wife Aishah –as reported in the authentic sources –counseled menstruating women to wait for the appearance of clear white discharge to mark the end of menses.


We further learn from Umm Atiyyah: During the Prophet, peace be upon him, women did not pay any attention to the brownish or pinkish streaks of blood, following the expiry of the menses (as determined by the appearance of clear white discharge at the end of the period).


Therefore, you should wait for the clear white discharge to appear at the end of your period before you make ghusl. If you do not see it, then you ought to make ghusl only if your bleeding exceeds fifteen days. The cut off point for the period is fifteen days; so what one experiences afterwards cannot be reckoned as menses; rather it is due to the chronic condition known as istihadah. In the case of istihadhah, you ought to perform ghusl at the expiry of the period of menses (fifteen days is the maximum ). Once you do so, you only need to wash your private, wear a pad and perform wudhu immediately prior to each salah.


2-  I do not know the source of this ridiculous ruling comes from: it is at once loathsome and an abomination. Sexual intimacy between spouses is an act based on mutual consent and feelings of affection. The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to engage in sexual intercourse after foreplay. So, to contemplate having intercourse with one’s dead wife is at once repugnant to reason and sound teaching of Scripture. May Allah save us from such warped interpretations.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalaamwaalyakum. Just couple of days ago, i saw angel of death in my dream, but i got the feeling in dream that he was indeed angel of death. I'm not sure if it was angel of death or angel of hell. I'll describe him : He wore black clothes, hooded thobe that covered him from head to toe. I couldn't see his face because the hood overshadowed his face. He also had a long stick in his left hand. He also had two more angels besides him; one on right and one on left. They too were wearing black clothes but thier faces were visible. They looked like human, fair complexion, but they gave no expressions whatsoever. The angel of death was taller than both those angels. I was in a boutique shop, that had glass display, and those angels were across the street. They were just staring at me. And someone inside the boutique kept reciting the dua beside me that saves from fire of hell. And it felt like they were reciting it for me and wanted me to recite it too. I too kept looking at those angels and kept reciting that dua. Repeating after them. This happened at two places in the same dream. I was on my 5th or 6th day of periods.. if that helps explaining the dream in any way. What does my dream means? I do pray 5 times a day Alhumdulillah. I read Quran for as long as i understand what I'm reading. Is this some kind of warning to me? Is my death nearing and I should keep seeking protection from fire of hell or is it that Allah swt is taking me away from sins? Too much confused.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


These dreams may be a reminder or warning for you.


For details on an Islamic perspective on dreams, let me cite here one of my earlier answers:


“Dreams, as we can safely infer from the Islamic sources, are of three types:


The first of these is termed mubashshiraat, which are sound dreams that are indicative of glad tidings. They result from angelic inspirations or suggestions cast by Allah in our consciousness. Referring to such dreams, the Prophet (peace be on him) said: “Nothing of the prophecy remains now (i.e. after his own call to prophethood) except sound visions, which are bestowed on a righteous believer, and it constitutes one thirtieth of prophecy.”


This type of dream can include premonitions or intimations of things that might happen in the future. For instance, a believer may experience a vision about his own imminent death, or some future events to occur, or receive some confirmation of his spiritual states, or even reminders/admonitions about his omissions or commissions. These may include visions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) or other prophets and communications with them, or visions of symbols of Islam such as the Ka`bah or the Prophet’s mosque, etc.


A second type of dream is the result of Satanic whisperings or inspirations. Satan, the avowed enemy of man, is ever-present with us and he sees us in ways that we do not see him. Unless we take proper safeguards against him and such inspirations, he may trap us in his nets. He inspires in us all kinds of thoughts and suggestions, both in conscious and unconscious states. A person may be predisposed to such Satanic visions and inspirations if he is constantly exposed to sights, sounds and thoughts that are obscene or filthy.


A third type of dream can be termed as ‘idle dreams’, and they are due to the impact of unpalatable foods, or the over-exercise of one’s imaginations, or experiences in life which might also be reflected in one’s dreams.


A person experiencing a good vision is encouraged to share it with others—especially with those who are trustworthy and God-fearing; but if he/she experiences a bad dream, he/she is advised against disclosing it to anyone. In the latter case, immediately after experiencing such a dream, he/she is recommended to change the sleeping position, and seek refuge and protection in Allah by saying the following supplication:


Bismillahi alladhi laa yadurru ma` ismihi shay’un fi al-ardi wa laa fi as-samaa’i wahuwa as-sami`ul `alim (In the name of Allah; with His name nothing whatsoever on earth or heaven can do any harm; He is the all-Hearing, and the all-Knowing).”


Referring to this, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Thus he/she will be spared of any possible harm.”


While the first type of dream (i.e. mubashshiraat) is what every believer should seek and strive for, he/she must surely guard against the second type of dream.


The surest way to block Satanic inspirations and whisperings is by taking refuge in Allah and through cultivating the habit of consistency in dhikr, right thinking, right living and right conduct. It is, therefore, highly recommended to go to bed in a state of purity, after having recited portions of the Qur’an (such as surahs al-Fatihah, al-Ikhlaas, al-Falaq and al-Nas as well as Aayat al-Kursi), and to immerse oneself in dhikr and salah (i.e. saying blessings and sending salutations) on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) before one lapses into a state of sound sleep.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalamualaikum, I'm a revert of 15 years and 1 thing that has also bothered me was the rule on when to stop eating. I read many fatwa and have spoken to different Muslims from different countries and all the same "stopped eating at fajr" but the Quran clearly states from when the "white thread of light". The fFajr Adhan happens scientifically 1 hour before this. So we are really not fasting from sunrise to sunset and it just doesn't make sense. Especially when you wake up 2 mins after the time table say it is fajr... and you end up fasting more than 24 hours... I need clarification. The prophet practices minutes before fajr but the Quran clear states differently !! Thank you.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


You need not be overly confused about this issue, for it is merely a difference of opinion based on the distinction between what is preferred and what is merely permissible.


There is no doubt that the cut-off point for consuming sahur is the arrival of dawn (i.e., Fajr time). However, the preferred time for abstention is 10 or 15 minutes earlier than that.


The basis for establishing the preferred time of abstention (imsak) is an authentic tradition from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). One of his Companions narrated the story of taking sahur with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Upon hearing it, someone asked him, “What was the time gap between your sahur and Fajr Salah?” He replied, “The time required to read fifty verses of the Qur’an.” It is estimated that this time can be 10 or 15 minutes and not more.


This, therefore, is the basis for the imsak time you are used to in Turkey. However, it must be pointed out that the above-mentioned hadith does not state that it is not permissible to consume sahur later than that, for it only states that it was the sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).


As for the permissibility of consuming sahur until the arrival of dawn, it has been established by the clear text of the Qur’an: “Eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct from the black thread of night.” (Al-Baqarah 2:187)


Allah Almighty knows best.

One of my friend just worried about her personal issue, she had fight with her husband and she was about to leave home and he said to her if she stepped toward door he will divorce to her thrice.( agr tum ne door ke tarf gai tu meri tarf s tumhain 3 divorced hn) but she not went out and came back.Now she is confused that if ever she will steps out divorce will be happen. Notes Her husband already sorry to her and told her that he took back his word in heart when he delivered these words. * he said if she will go toward outside then it's 3 times divorced to her. He not said if she will go this time.

If he uttered these words in a state of extreme anger and he had no prior intention of divorcing you, then the divorce did not take place.


If your husband never had the intention to divorce you and never even contemplated divorcing you and he made the above statement in a state of extreme anger, then it cannot be deemed as a valid divorce.


The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Actions are judged by intentions.” Moreover, you stated that you made the statement in a state of extreme anger.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “There is no (valid) divorce in an extreme state of anger”.


He said so because, in such a state, a person is not in his right mind; rather he may be unsure and unaware of his words and actions.


In this sense, he is no different than a drunkard whose actions are not considered valid in Islam. Since marriage in Islam is a solemn contract, it cannot be invalidated by such whimsical words or actions.


If there are outstanding issues between you and your husband and you are not able to sort them out, you should resort to counseling. If you can find qualified and knowledgeable people who have experience in the field then get their help. That is the way to deal with problems in marriage rather than resorting to emotional outbursts and using the word of talaq to intimidate or take revenge.


Using the words of Talaq in this way is akin to jesting with the laws of Allah which are instituted for the purpose of restoring justice, equity and balance in settling human affairs.


May Allah guide all of us to be truthful in our words and actions and may He save us all against the evil inclinations embedded in our nature – Ameen.


For details, please refer to the answers posted on this site.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Asalaamu Alaykum, I have a man who recently proposed to my family. When my parents agreed, he and I prayed istikhara to decide if this is truly the right decision. When he prayed, he received a negative feeling about moving forward, however, when I prayed, I had a positive feeling or no feelings at all. Both of my parents have prayed istikhara in regards to moving forward with the proposal and have received good feelings. What is the ruling for conflicting feelings? Which feeling do we follow? Jazakallahu Khair

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


As Imam Nawawi has said before doing Istikharah, one should clear the mind of all biases towards any of the two options and then turn to Allah with sincerity and offer the prayer of istikharah and offer the necessary supplication.


After having done so, one should act on the decision that one’s mind is inclined to choose and act upon it.


For details, you may access the answer linked below:


Allah Almighty knows best.


Assalamualaikum Can a person become a scholar of Islam by studying Quran, hadiths and earliest sira personally at home only or is it necessary to study in a university?? Also tell me is it necessary to learn Arabic in order to become a scholar of Islam?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


In answering your questions, let me cite here one of my earlier answers:


“Although having a degree in Islamic studies in itself is not an essential requirement, receiving proper education and training under capable scholars is. A scholar may be called upon to pronounce a judgment on a question of halal and haram, and obviously he will also be required to explain verses of the Qur’an and the Hadith. To give an Islamic ruling without proper knowledge is sinful and tantamount to attributing false claims to Allah. Imam Ibn al-Qayyim stated that it is akin to committing shirk (associating partners with Allah). Moreover, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has also warned us against interpreting the Qur’an without having appropriate knowledge. He said, “Whoever interprets the Qur’an according to his own personal opinion, let him find his abode in hell-fire.”


Because of the above-mentioned considerations, Islamic scholars have stipulated rigorous requirements in order for a scholar to be eligible to pronounce rulings. Besides thoroughly mastering of the Arabic language and related sciences, he must possess thorough knowledge of the Islamic sources of Shari`ah, namely the Qur’an and the Sunnah. He must also be fully conversant with the disciplines of jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, etc.


In other words, proper scholarship in Islam requires specialized training under capable and qualified scholars. A degree or license is, therefore, an indication that a person has completed a prescribed course of study, so it is, therefore, of great benefit. Imam Ash-Shafi`i was speaking on behalf of all other imams when he mentioned the credentials of a proper Islamic scholar, “My brother, you cannot be a scholar unless you fulfill six conditions: intelligence, passion (for knowledge), perseverance, sustenance (to be single-mindedly devoted to study), guidance of a teacher, and many years (of dedicated study).”


As for mastering Arabic, it is an absolute requirement for a scholar. Since the basic sources of Islam are in Arabic, without proper linguistic tools and training, no one can interpret them to answer the questions or teach effectively.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Asalaam-u-Alaikum and greetings sir. My question is that why in Islam, women are not allowed to lead prayers and also why are women asked to stand behind men during a group prayer? Why can't women stand beside men or before men?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


While discussing this issue, we should be clear of two things:


1- Islam makes a distinction between formal worship (i.e. Salah) and prayer in the sense of supplications. Most of those who speak about this issue fail to distinguish. If we are speaking of informal prayers or supplications, there is nothing objectionable in Islam for women leading males and females.


2- The formal worship or Salah, however, is different.  Salah in Islam involves postures and bodily movements; a woman leading men in prayer may lead men who are weak or sickly to nurture lustful thoughts. Humans have been created weak, and hence Allah’s laws are intended to save us from the evil inclinations inherent in our nature. Therefore, women are not allowed to lead strangers. However, there are traditions from the Prophet (peace be upon him) stating that he allowed Umm Waraqah to lead the members of her household in prayer.


Therefore, based on report some scholars have made exceptions to the above rule.


For details, you may access detailed answers posted on this site.


Allah Almighty knows best.

If you do something wrong to someone only they can forgive you. If however you have done something wrong to someone and they don't know and you know telling them what you have done would really hurt them and you are too embarrassed to tell too . So you tell them that you have done something very bad to them and they don't know about it and you don't want to tell them as it would bring no good to them, but you ask them that you are really sorry and you ask for their forgiveness without them knowing what it is. And after some days they actually forgive you for whatever you have done that they don't know about. Would this be sufficient? Or you have to tell them what you did for them to forgive you for it considering telling them would really hurt them And would do no good to both of us.

If you have wronged anyone, you need to seek forgiveness of them if you can. If you cannot do so, and those people you have hurt are unaware of it, you need to compensate them by giving charity on their behalf and praying for them.


Still, if you can bring yourself to tell them something like this: Please forgive me if I have hurt you in any way, then you should so.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The bankrupt person of my community is the one who appears before Allah with much prayers and prayers and yet has been guilty of insulting someone, vilifying another, robbed another, shed the blood of another, and struck another. Hence they will be compensated from the rewards of his good deeds; if these good deeds are exhausted, and their dues are still unpaid, their sins will be dumped on him, then he will be flung into the fire-pit.”


I pray to Allah to save us all from such a miserable fate.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Aswalamualiku, First of all, jazakallahu khairan for providing this platform for us from where we can clarify our questions about Islam. Now, my question is too personal and kind of psychological. I do not know how much I will be able to make you understand my problem, so, I have to make the question really big, so that you understand my psychology and problem properly. (But I am sorry for making it too long). I have completed my honors degree two years ago. After passing honors, I had to start preparation for higher study, job study etc. But, I was too lazy, I used to wake up very late in morning and my timing was not organized at all. I could not change my habit trying a lot. So, I decided to join into any school as a teacher, so that my life will come into a routine and I can organize my time for higher study. I gave interview in one school, my interview was Alhamdulilah very good and the principal was very impressed at me and he said that he will call me after one month. One month passed but I did not get any call from the school. In my heart, I was feeling like, if I call back to the school authority and remind them about my interview and their promise about hiring me then there might be possibility that they will hire me but as I had to study for higher studies so I was confused that joining school may hamper my study, I was very confused what to do, so, that time, I prayed to Allah(sbt) that if this job is good for me, please make the school authority call me, I will not knock the school authority by myself. Days passed by, I still did not get any call from the school in the mean time I was still ruining the morning time by waking up late and not studying for higher study. That time though I handed this matter to Allah(sbt) but as I was continuously wasting my morning and not doing any study that time so I made my mind to call the school authority and remind them about my interview. In Allah(sbt)’s name I call the school authority and Alhamdulilah I got the job. But I still had a guilty feeling in my heart because earlier I was confused if this job is good for me or not and I handed over this matter to Allah(sbt) saying to him that I will not knock the school authority, if this job is good for me make the school authority call me by themselves, but after making this dua I made the call by myself due to the bad condition I made for myself. So, I prayed to Allah(sbt) again saying that I am sorry for becoming so hurry and if this job is bad for me please take this away from me. The problem started after I joined the job. I feel like it is very very tough for me to do the job and my study simultaneously. I am not a healthy person and I loss so much energy in my work that I have to pass a very very hard time to make time for my higher study. In this condition, it would be a good idea to leave this job but as I know myself and as I know that even if I leave the job I may still not do my study properly as I will again wake up late, waste my morning and ….So, I turned to Allah(sbt) again with more cordial heart saying to him that “I am not sure leaving this job would be a good idea or not, you know better than me, If doing this job brings hamper for me then please take it away from me“. I gave charity so that if it is bad then Allah take it away from me. I also made the dua from Sura Bani israil ayat 80- "O my Sustainer! Cause me to enter in a manner true and sincere, and cause me to leave in a manner true and sincere, and grant me, out of Thy grace, sustaining strength!" But Allah(sbt) did not take this job away from me. Rather, I feel like Allah(sbt) made some things easy for me to do the job. But now I am feeling due to this job I cannot take preparation for my higher study properly where I have a great dream for higher study. This job is hampering me a lot. But I do not want to leave this job by myself, as before joining in this job I handed it over Allah(sbt) but then I take the decision by myself now about leaving the job I again handed the matter to Allah(sbt), now I am feeling shy to leave the job by myself as I handed it to Allah(sbt). And every time I have seen, If I handed a matter to Allah(sbt) and then due to logical situation around me I put myself in the driving seat and try to handle it by myself then I do not become successful and I do not get a good result. So, though now the logic is saying me to leave my job but as I handed it to Allah(sbt) so I am not feeling confident to leave it by myself I am wanting something come from Allah(sbt) for me so that, that situation, make me leave the job. I am a graduate in Petroleum Engineering and in this school I have to teach in nursery class and language class, which is totally different from my study field, this also made me have less interest in this job and I am not getting study benefit for myself from this job. The salary I got from the job is not bad beside I need money for higher study, but sometimes I think that my dad can in sha Allah provide this money for me and money comes and go, but time will not come again. So, though I want to leave the job but I am not leaving this job due to I handed it over Allah(sbt) but no situation is coming from him even it is almost one year. What should I do, Should I leave the job or should I wait till Allah(sbt)’s decision come. Please give me an advice to do which will satisfy Allah(sbt).

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


You need to ask Allah to grant you firmness of purpose and determination.


On a closer reflection, it seems to me that your real issue is due to procrastination and laziness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to seek refuge in Allah from laziness and sloth.


You have learned these habits over the course of time through your heedlessness and life-style. Now you need to break these habits by taking both cognitive and practical steps:


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


“You are to be commended for your keen desire to get rid of your negative habits and acquire positive and faith-enhancing habits.


Now you need to form the will to change this habit and take immediate steps to reach your goal. Once your intention is sincere and you follow it up with consistent action, trusting in the Lord, success is guaranteed. Allah assures us in the Qur’an: “And those who shall strive for Our Sake, We shall surely guide them unto Our ways.” (Al-`Ankabut: 69)


While combating laziness, the first thing to do is to recognize that like all negative habits we have formed, it is a habit that we have acquired through consistent practice. We persist in it because we find comfort and gain pleasure in it. So we cannot be expected to get rid of it entirely unless and until we learn to link this habit with ugliness, pain and suffering rather than glamorizing it. So, list all the negative aspects and dire consequences associated with laziness. List everything you stand to lose if you were to persist in this habit. Do this as many times as possible until laziness becomes automatically associated with pain and suffering in your consciousness.


Secondly, every time you have a tendency to feel lazy, take whatever steps you can immediately to counter the tendency and nip it in the bud. By doing these things consistently and repeatedly you will be empowered to overcome laziness.


Here are a few more practical steps you can take to fight this all-pervasive habit:


1- Think of and list all the successes you could achieve if you were to shake yourself free of this negative habit.


2- Think of and meditate on the success stories of the great leaders who, through sheer determination, hard work, and trust in Allah, achieved what was thought to be impossible. Think of the success story of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) who, without hardly any material supports, did what no other person has done. Think of those who have been physically challenged and yet accomplished what others could not do through sheer determination and hard work.


3- List all the positive strengths you have which, even the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) or those who have been physically challenged or those who achieved great feats, did not possess.


4- Until such time that you have overcome laziness, it is important for you to associate with those who are successful or hard working. If you are a student, try to choose a study environment to read or study. Fight the temptation of studying at home until you have succeeded in mastering laziness.


5- Last but not least, start your day by counting the blessings of Allah and thus focusing on your strengths rather than on your weaknesses; and pray to Allah to grant you a day of glory, blessings and success. You may consistently make the following du`a’s:


Allahumma inni asbahtu minka fi ni`matin wa `afiyatin wa sitr fa atimma `alayya ni`mataka wa `afiyataka wa sitraka fi ad-dunya wa al-akhirah (O Allah! I enjoy this morning Your gift of blessings, well being, and protection, all because of Your sheer favor; so consummate these gifts for me in this world and the next).


Allahumma inni a`udhu bika min al-`ajzi wa al-kasal wa al-jubni wa al-bukhl wa a`udhu bika min munkarati al-akhlaqi wa al-ahwa’ (O Allah! I seek refuge in You from feeling of helplessness, laziness, cowardice and niggardliness; I also seek refuge in You from all despicable traits and whims).


Allahumma inni as’aluka khayra hadha al-yawmi nasrahau wa fat-hahu wa barakatahu wa a`udhu bika min sharri hadha al-yawmi wa sharri ma ba`dahu (O Allah! I beg You to grant me the best that this day holds out in terms of success, victory, and blessings; and I seek refuge in You from the worst that this day holds out and the day after).”


In conclusion, I would urge you to learn to organize your time – if you can – to keep the job and engage in study at the same time. If that is not possible then make up your mind to devote yourself full time to your study – provided you can finance it without working.


Once you make up your mind start to work diligently to achieve goal and ask Allah to help you. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Keep your mind focused on goals that are beneficial and strive hard to achieve them by seeking the help of Allah and do not feign helplessness. If after the best of your efforts you are prevented from achieving them, remind yourself: that was the will of Allah, and don’t way: I wish if I had done this, it would have been different, for such thoughts open the door for Satan to play with your mind!”


Remember Allah will bless only those who work hard and not those who are lazy and complacent. As the pious Caliph Umar said, “The skies do not shower gold or silver!”


Allah Almighty knows best.

Asc sheikh. I have a problem with my swala when l was young l didn't all my prays and l was good at them. Now l have a problem as l tend to skip others. I want to be like the me before. What do u think is the problem. Shukran

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


You should ask yourself the question:


Are you indulging in some grave sins which have resulted in darkening the mirror of your soul to such an extent that you do not feel any motivation to pray?


If this is the case, it is time for you to dig deep into your past and your lifestyle, and scrutinize your actions and repent from all those major sins.


You also ought to reconsider the friends or company you are keeping.


The Prophet said, “A person goes with the person he loves and keeps company with and therefore one ought to watch with whom he keeps company.”


If your friends have a bad influence on you, then it is time for you to find friends who are mindful of Allah.


It is also important for you to do whatever it takes to soften your heart such as: attending funerals, thinking of death, visiting graves, etc. Such activities may soften your heart, and become motivated to pray.


To conclude: I would urge you to take immediate steps to seek repentance and make up for the prayers you have neglected.


Motivate yourself by recognizing the value of prayer in Islam and reminding yourself of your imminent death and visualizing your standing before Allah. You ought to know that Prayer is the first thing we will be questioned about by Allah and there is no salvation or guarantee of paradise without Prayer.


I pray to Allah to inspire us all to establish Prayer to celebrate the remembrance of Allah.


Allah Almighty knows best.

brother assalamoalykum i just want to ask that "is waseela is lawful in islam?" Many scholar have different opinions and all they give evidence and says who do not intercession of prophet or wali and denied..they are kafir !.. I am very confused.. So please clear me about this! And I have read on Wikipedia that Imam Shafi and Ahmad ibn Hnbal also used to do sso. Please provide me some strong evidence that what is right and what is wrong?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Tawassul as mentioned above is a contentious issue among scholars. It is important for us to guard against shirk in all forms.


Tawhid or worship of Allah alone is the quintessence of Islamic monotheism. Once we take this for granted the question arises are we allowed to pray to Allah by invoking the rights of Prophet Muhammad or other righteous people.


There is no doubt; we are allowed to pray to Allah by invoking the best of our deeds as we learn from the story of the three people stranded in the cave. Likewise, the Prophet taught us to pray invoking the rights of those entreat to Him.


In light of these, many eminent scholars of the past have considered it permissible to pray to Allah by invoking the good deeds or the excellence of the friends of Allah.


It is not the same as taking them as intermediaries in worship.


However, some scholars who condemn even this form of Tawassul as akin to shirk. It is an extreme view.


While saying this, it is important to point out that in the case of doubt we ought to stick to that which is well-established methods and practices of the pious elders.


There is not much evidence in the sources to suggest that the eminent companions used to pray to Allah by invoking the name of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or other righteous people.


There are those who question the veracity of the above reports attributed to Imam Shafi` or Imam Ahmad.


Dubious or unconfirmed reports cannot prove matters of worship and `aqidah.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalamualaikum, I have a question about some money I lent to a friend of mine. I gave her about 20,000 US Dollars for her studies (my parents and her parents are aware of this). In sha Allah I will ask my parents to talk to hers and ask them if they can marry their daughter to me. I don't want to wait till she repays all my money as it may take a long time. Can I convert the money that she owes me as Mehr? Thank you in advance for answering my question. Jazak Allah Khair

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Mahr is the bridal gift and the right of a woman in marriage. It can be anything of value as long as it is mutually agreed. Since it is her right, if your wife agrees that you may you deduct it from the money she owes you, it is fine.


However, since marriage is a happy occasion, it would be better if you volunteer to give her a gift rather than deducting the amount from the debt she owes you.


We should remember that the foundations of a successful marriage are: trust, altruism, and compassion.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Salam I have 2 questions pertaining to shaving a newborn' s head. #1 must it be done on the 7th day exactly? Could it be done earlier? #2 Is shaving with an electric trimmer acceptable or must it be removed from as close as possible with a razor? I am just concerned that removing it from so close with a razor may lead to cuts on the baby's head. Jazak Allah

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


I pray to Allah to bless your baby and make him/her a source of comfort for you and your family and an asset to the community.

Now let me come to the specific questions you have raised:

1- It is a recommended for the parents to shave the head of the newborn on the seventh day; however, if they couldn’t do it, they should do it without further delay as soon as possible.


It is also recommended to give charity to the poor and offer a sacrifice which is known as `Aqiqah. Part of the meat of the sacrifice should be distributed to the poor by way of thanksgiving to Allah for His wonderful gift.


2- As for removing the hair, one may use any efficient means or devices. The most important consideration should be to make it less painful or discomforting to the baby. One may use any methods if these conditions are fulfilled and the hair is removed. We may do well to remember the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “This religion of ours is simple and easy to follow. Therefore, whoever acts rigidly in such matters will only be hurting himself.”


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalaam alakium wa ramatullihi wa barakatu. I literally got my menses on the first day of the last 10 days of ramadan. I know these last fews days are the most blessed days of Ramadan and am disappointed that i cant pray, fast, or read quran. Not even recite. What can I do to receive as much good deeds as i can? Can i still go to the masjid? I heard women with their menses cant step foot in the mosque.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Menstruation is a natural thing for women; the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “It is something that Allah has decreed for the daughters of Adam.”


As such, we are to accept the divine decree without protest. Likewise, staying away from formal worship during the period is also a decree of Allah. Allah is All-Merciful; hence those who are prevented from engaging in rigorous worship because of menstruation can still get the blessings of the night of Qadr as long as they do remember Allah as best as they can in their given circumstances.


Shari`ah laws –  as Imam Shah Waliullah points out – are a reflection of divine mercy; therefore, if a person cannot do certain ordinances because of his or her unavoidable circumstances, they still will be compensated,  if they are mindful of Allah and do good deeds that they can do.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalamu'alaykum. I don't usually wear perfume. And there is a hadith of prohibition of women wearing perfume to attract attention. However, my clothes are scented when I wash them and most of the scent remains after they dried. But when I wear them, the scent can only be smelt by people near me. Sometimes I can't even smell them. What is your opinion regarding this matter? Also, my mother likes to wear light-scented perfume when gling out to public. Is she sinful?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Use of provocative perfumes is forbidden for both men and women; the prohibition is even more pronounced in the case of women as the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade women from going out wearing perfumes. He said, “If a woman goes out wearing perfumes to elicit the attention of men, she is displaying adulterous inclinations.”

However, this in no way means women should go out with bad odors. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah is Beautiful, and He loves beauty.” Therefore, ugliness is not the Sunnah. It is ugliness to go about with foul odors; hence it is only reasonable to deduce that women are allowed to wear light deodorants or cloth fresheners that are not considered provocative.


The purpose of the interdict against wearing provocative perfumes is to deter men from harboring lustful thoughts towards women. Thus, it is simply due to the mercy of Allah to save us from the evil inclinations inherent in our own souls.


In conclusion, there is nothing wrong about using deodorants or light scents that are not provocative.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Assalam o alaikum. I heard that removing body hair with razor is considered haram for Muslim women. Is that true? I use one but my mom says it's only permissible for males and that methods other than the use of metal, like waxing is permissible for girls. Looking forward to your reply. JazakAllah.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


You are allowed to use any safe method or device that does the job: removing the unwanted hair.


There is nothing in the sources to forbid the use of razors as long as they are considered safe and efficient.


In such matters, we may do well to recognize the established juristic principle: All things are permissible unless proven to be forbidden. Or stated differently, permission is the rule and prohibition is an exception.


In conclusion, you may resort to any safe and efficient methods of removing unwanted hair.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Sir, Salam u Alaikum. I am working with Jamaat e Islami Jammu and Kashmir for past 6 years. I believe (as Dr Israr Ahmad says in one of his lectures) that we can not work for dawah without being in a Jamaat, organization and without in Jamaat a muslim will be lost and can not keep his Imaan. But recently I met some sincere people who told me being in Jamaat is Biddah as Jamaat e Islami was created in 1941 so It has no basis before, nor in Salaf and nor in the times of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his noble companions. They say that Prophet (SAW) said every new thing is to be rejected. So getting in any organization and believing it necessary is Biddah. therefore I want to know is it really Biddah? If it is not so then is it necessary to remain in an Organization? Can we work individually for Dawah activities without creating these Jamaats and (as they call it) hizbs? Further they say that the Dawah work of the organization is contradictory to Manhaj? What is the manhaj? And is Jamaat e Islami really contradictory to it? Also, they say that Maulana Maududi's fundamental beliefs and Tawheed is Mushrik/ Polytheism. They argue by quoting various parts from Tafheem ul Quran. How far is this correct? Please guide me as I am in confusion and can not resolve whether to leave the organization or remain in it. i trust you as the website has always been my companion since I became a devoted Muslim. It has made me devoted muslim and made me to do something for Islam. Then I found Jamaat e Islami doing great work for Islam here so I joined it. Now only you can guide me right and settle my heart.

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.


Joining an organization to do Islamic work is not a bid`ah; rather it is either recommended or permissible unless one is dogmatic about it and considers those outside its fold as non-Muslims, or one pays absolute allegiance to them in disregard to the dictates of the established principles of Islam.


Let me clarify this by saying:


Bid`ah is a term often misused by people. Bid`ah properly defined concerns are instituting acts of worship which have no sanction or evidence in the sources of Islam. It cannot be used to judge actions or institutions that do not intend to substitute or interfere with acts of worship.


Muslims are ordered by Allah to cooperate on projects that are virtuous for the welfare of humanity. Allah says, “And co-operate with one another to advance virtue and consciousness and do not work on promoting vices and oppression or aggression.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:2)


Therefore, if a particular group of Muslims were to organize themselves to propagate Islam and virtue, it cannot be deemed as Bid`ah.


No one can exaggerate the fact that working to promote the cause of Islam and morality is more efficient when done collectively rather than through individuals working in solitudes. The forces of evil and corruption organize and unite their forces. They plan and strategize; so, it takes collective work on the part of Muslims to promote the ideals and values of Islam.


So, forming an organization and joining as a member to support such work is fine and recommended. However, while doing so, one should be clear as to the terms and conditions:


1- One’s ultimate loyalty ought to be to Allah and His messenger; hence his or her membership or support of any organization or its work is conditional on it being clearly within the bounds of the divine law. For there is no obedience to anyone in defiance to the Creator. As Imam Malik said, “No one’s words are worthy of unquestionable compliance except those of the Messenger of Allah.”


2- One should stay clear of fanaticism and sectarianism: That would be the case if he or she believes that one’s Islam is not complete without joining his or her particular Jama`ah and thus puts out those who join similar organizations outside the fold of Islam. In other words, one should not think that one’s organization is the sole representative of Islam.


3- One should never resort to violence or bloodshed in promoting the above goals.


Once these terms are clear and acted upon, there is nothing wrong with being a member of any of the organizations such as Jamaat-e Islami, Ikhwan al-Muslimoon or Jamaat al-Tabligh, etc.


It would be even better for a Muslim to support the good works done by each of these groups or organizations.


Mawdudi is a thinker who was a product of his milieu. He developed an ideological interpretation of Islam; as some of the eminent scholars such as Mawlana Abul Hasan Nadvi said he was often extreme in politicizing Islam or over reacting to the Western imperialism and communism, etc. In other words, he made mistakes, and Jamaate Islami of India has distanced itself from such extreme ideas. As Mawlana himself said, this does not mean that one could dismiss his contributions to the cause of Islam. Let us remind ourselves of the wisdom of Imam Malik cited above that no one is above critique or refutation except the Messenger of Allah.


Allah Almighty knows best.