Youth-Related Issues (Fatwa Session)

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

 

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

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 09:00 - 11:00 Makkah | 06:00 - 08:00 GMT

Session is over.

How should Muslim communities in the West attract the youth to their local activities?



How should Muslim communities in the West attract the youth to their local activities? - About Islam

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

 

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

 

Muslim leaders, scholars and mosque administrators have a joint responsibility to work together to attract youth to the mosque or Islamic centers.

 

I’m sorry to say our mosques and centers have lost their sense of mission. They become entangled in battles among themselves for power and position. Locked as they are in such battles and ego trips, they become distracted. They end up abusing their power and position and act rudely towards those who frequent mosques and centers.

 

It is no wonder then when we see the youth being turned away from mosques and thus most of them end up losing faith altogether.

So, I would advise those who are in positions of power, scholars, imams and board members of mosques and centers, to ask themselves: Do I want to end up a loser on the Day of Judgement as I, instead of becoming an instrument of guidance, have turned away people from Islam.

 

The prophet taught and advised us to attract people to Islam through our own humility, gentleness, and welcoming attitude. So, let us correct ourselves and re-learn the Prophetic examples; if we do so, we can face our challenges well with the help of Allah.

 

Let us be ever unceasing in our prayers to our Lord; He alone can open our hearts and guide us to the truth.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.

 


What is the role of the Muslim families in protecting the Muslim youth from extremist groups?



What is the role of the Muslim families in protecting the Muslim youth from extremist groups? - About Islam

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

 

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

 

Families have the greatest responsibility in ensuring that they save them from being brainwashed from extremist groups and from those who preach agnosticism and atheism and secular fundamentalism.

 

We should condition them to seek knowledge from the proper sources: only those who are trained in the authentic sources can expect to impart sound Islamic knowledge.

 

Youth and adults become confused by exposure to self-styled teachers who do not have authentic Islamic knowledge and therefore do not follow the organic Islamic method of gaining or imparting knowledge.

 

This is one of the greatest sources of fitnah (seduction) in the modern world as there are no shortage of those who have been brainwashed by the self-styled teachers or scholars who pose as experts.  They mislead themselves and others. So, we must be ever on guard against all sources of fitnah, and pray to Allah to inspire us to be steadfast on the straight path. Here is a Du’a for us to read regularly: basis:

 

Rabbanaa laa tuzigh quloobanaa ba’da idh hadaythanaa wa hab lanaa min ladunka rahmathan innaka antha al-wahhaab

 

(Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to veer off the straight path after You have guided us aright. And grant us mercy. You are the dispenser of mercies.)

 

Almighty Allah knows best.


How should Muslim youth in non-Muslim countries maintain their Islamic identity?



How should Muslim youth in non-Muslim countries maintain their Islamic identity? - About Islam

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

 

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

 

Muslim Youth can maintain their Islamic identity only by:

 

1- Imparting sound Islamic beliefs and practices at home. Allah says “O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from the fire of hell, whose fuel is human beings and stones: in charge of it the angels who are stern and severe, who do not disobey God in whatever He has commanded them, but [always] do what they are bidden to do. (At-tahrim 66: 6)

 

2- Exposing the youth to the authentic Islamic knowledge and inculcating in them a desire to enhance learning and practice through those who trained and reputable.

 

3- Engaging them in the activities that foster a sense of community and belonging. Prayer or worship alone is not sufficient; instead they need to be part of a spiritual community with shared values and beliefs;

 

4- Praying to Allah constantly: “Our Lord, Grant us joy in our spouses and our offspring, and include us among those who are ever mindful (and conscious) of You.” (Al-Furqan 25: 74)

 

Almighty Allah knows best.

 


Assalamo Alaikum, I am from India. I am engaged since last 10 month and am chat or call with my fiancée but it's not true in Islam therefore I am so confused what to do. Can I do nikah with fiancée and do not declare to anyone and then will be date fix for our marriage can we make second nikah with each other.



Can I do nikah with my fiancée before my marriage? - About Islam

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

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

 

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

 

It is a good idea for you to do  if by Nikah you mean proper marriage contract fulfill the conditions of marriage. As for the conditions of marriage, let me cite here one of my earlier answers:

 

Marriage in Islam is essentially a social contract, and so long as it is contracted conforming to the stated requirements, it shall be deemed valid. The presence of an Imam at the function is not at all one of the stated requirements, but the marriage should be solemnized by someone who has been allowed (legally) to solemnize marriages.

 

The stated requirements of marriage in Islam are as follows: Full consent of both partners to the marriage, expressing the above consent through eejaab ( offer) and qabool (acceptance), finally the presence of two reliable witnesses. Apart from the above, with females, their guardian’s consent is  essential for the validity of marriage according to most of imams and scholars. Imam Abu Hanifah, however, is of the view that a mature woman can fully contract her own marriage. Accordingly, the marriage of a woman without a  guardian  shall be valid so long the woman has chosen someone who is deemed as compatible (in faith and character).

 

Scholars are also agreement to the fact that marriages should not remain a secret affair; rather they should be publicized. Another important integral of marriage is the bridal gift; although it is not essential to stipulate it in the marriage contract it must be paid either before consummation of marriage or after.

 

Now coming to contracting marriages in a society where Islamic laws are not enforced or recognized, it is also highly crucial to get the legal papers before a marriage contract; for legal, someone who has been authorized by the law of the land to perform marriage must solemnize the marriage.  In the absence of such legalization, there is no guarantee of legal protection for anyone in the event of a dispute.

 

Although some people may consider legalization as being not so crucial, I would, however, insist that it is quite crucial and essential; it is not advisable for anyone to get married without legal papers.

 

This can is because in Islam marriage is primarily a social contract and and thus we should do so in conformity with the laws of the land we live so that such a contract can be legally enforced.

 

 

Apart from this, Islam teaches us to do what we do as efficiently, methodically and professionally as we can. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah loves you to do your work as best as you can.”

 

In conclusion, one should insist on getting the marriage legalized through an official (an Imam or a person who has the authority to solemnize marraiges).

 

Once such conditions are met, the marriage contract is valid. Throwing a feast, etc. is are extras which in no away affect its validity in Islam.

 

I pray to Allah to guide our steps in all our affairs and help us to remain steadfast on what is true and right,Ameen!

 

Almighty Allah knows best.

 


If you missed obligatory fasts during Ramadan due to mensturation, after Ramadan you made an intension to keep it, is it a sin if you made an intention to do it but the next day you didn't keep it? Either due not to having suhoor? Or because you felt you don't want to keep it that day? Or if you wake up at around suhoor time and decide your not going to fast is it a sin? Also the other matter is say you haven't kept your missed Ramadan fasts for number of years and the amount is alot to keep in one year before the next ramadan, is it ok to keep it at your own pace?



Missed fasts during Ramadan - About Islam

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

 

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

 

I think you are being complacent about making up your fasts. The reasons are clear: you do not have the firm resolution or determination. As a Muslimah, you should summon your spiritual resources and ensure that you make up the fasts you have missed and never allow yourself to be slack about it. If you have years of fasting due on you, you ought to seek repentance and make up as much as you can and give charities to compensate for that which you cannot.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.

 


I am a recent convert and have a few questions. My first question: whether wudu is valid or not while one has full makeup on, including foundation lipstick and false lashes etc. Second one: is wudu and ghusl valid while one has halal nail polish on which people say lets water seep through the nails. Is oral sex allowed in Islam? Some scholars say it is, while some say it isn’t, whereas I’ve also read that every act which brings a couple closer to each other during intimacy is allowed. What is eyelash lifting? Is it permissible for Muslims? Can a woman get her eyebrows done, including full face threading too? What is the proper method for ghusl after periods? Last question: is it permissible for a Muslim woman to get a full body wax and a Brazilian wax from a beauty salon?



Makeup, ghusl after periods, halal nail polish, eyebrow shaping, oral sex, eyelash lifting, full body waxing including a brazilian wax - About Islam

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

 

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

 

If the makeup or nail polish has a barrier that prevents water from the parts of the body we are supposed to wash during wudhu, then the wudhu is not valid. Washing them with water is an essential requirement for the validity of wudhu.

 

If the so called halal nail polish does not act as a barrier, then wudhu is valid.

 

According to some scholars, oral sex with certain conditions is allowed as long as it is consensual among the spouses; and as long as one does not ejaculate into the mouth. Sperm drops are filthy; and hence we are not to swallow it, and we should wash our mouth if it is contact with it.

 

As for as eyelash lifting, I’m not sure of this procedure. However, if it is akin to pulling out eye-lashes altogether, then it is not desirable. If, however, it is only a procedure to shape and beautify it without use of harmful chemicals, then it would be permissible.

 

We are allowed to trim eye-brows or keep them  neat and beautiful as explained above.

The proper method of Ghusl (ritual bath) involves the following steps:

 

1. Make the Niyyah (intention) to perform Ghusl for purification.

 

2. Wash your private parts thoroughly with water.

 

3. Perform Wudu’ (ablution) except for washing of your feet, which you can do later while bathing the body.

 

4. Wash the entire body, starting with your head and the right side, followed by the left.

 

5. It is preferable to wash whole body three times. The minimum is once.

 

Once you complete the above steps, you are eligible to perform the Salah (prayer).

 

Body waxing is fine as long as it is considered to be a healthy procedure –- as determined by your physician or medical practitioner. Another important condition is that while undergoing the procedure, one does not have to expose oneself in front of a person who is not your lawful spouse.

I pray to Allah to inspire us to cherish faith and beautify our hearts with it; and inspire us to abhor disbelief, obscenities and transgressions.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.