Daily Norms and Habits

Question:

I have been told that it is disrespectful to sleep with one’s feet towards the Qiblah. What is the Islamic ruling?

Answer:

It is Makrooh Tahrimi (forbidden) to sleep with the feet pointing in the direction of the Qiblah.

Question:

Some people drink water with the left hand. What is the ruling on this?

Answer:

It is un-Islamic to eat and drink with the left hand. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that shaitaan eats and drinks with the left hand. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cursed a certain man who habitually ate and drank with his left hand, and as a result his hand was paralysed. Similarly, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cursed a woman who was eating with her left hand, and as a result she died in a plague.

Question:

Which Surah of the Holy Qur`aan is recommended to be recited on Friday?

Answer:

Surah Kahaf — its recitation on Friday is Mustahab.

Question:

After waking up, one realises that one saw Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream. Could this be mere imagination?

Answer:

The appearance of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream is not mere imagination, but an authentic dream. The shaitaan is not able to impersonate any of the Ambiyaa in one’s dreams. Hence, if you have seen Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream then in fact it was Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) whom you have seen.

Question:

I have a set of false teeth. Is it permissible to use the Miswaak on these teeth? Is there any Thawaab for using a Miswaak on false teeth?

Answer:

It seems to us that the Miswaak should be used on even false teeth with the intention of fulfilling Rasulullah’s Sunnat. Having this intention we are sure you will obtain the Thawaab of the Miswaak just like a baldheaded person who passes the razor over his head during Hajj with the intention of fulfilling the Halq (shaving of the head) practice of the Hajj.

Question:

Is facing the Qiblah while answering the call of nature forbidden and sinful or is it merely disrespectful?

Answer:

It is forbidden, detestable and highly disrespectful. In Sharhut Tanweer (an authentic Islamic Law Book) it is stated that to do so is Makrooh Tahrimi, i.e. forbidden, the perpetrator being guilty of sin.

Question:

I am told that one should not enter the toilet bareheaded. Is this correct?

Answer:

Yes. It is recorded in Raddul Mukhtaar: “One should not enter the toilet bareheaded”.

Question:

I had been taught that it is Sunnat to sit when drinking water. Now I have come across some hadiths which mention that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stood while drinking water. What is the correct view?

Answer:

There are several authentic Ahadith which prohibit drinking water while standing. There are also some narrations which mention that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had stood while drinking water. While the general and usual practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was to sit when drinking water, occasionally he did stand. The fact that he prohibited drinking water while standing, indicates that there must have been a special reason for having stood sometimes when drinking water. Some narrations specifically mention that when he drank Zam Zam water, he stood. It is for this reason that our Ulama stand when drinking Zam Zam water. According to the Hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also stood when drinking the water left over in the container after having made wudhu. This too is adopted by our Ulama. It is nevertheless clear from the Ahadith prohibiting standing when drinking water, that the actual Sunnah practice is to sit when drinking water.

Question:

Is it permissible to keep monkeys as pets?

Answer:

It is not permissible. Allah Ta’ala transformed people into pigs and apes as a form of punishment. This shows that monkeys, like pigs are detestable. They are not animals to be kept by Muslims as pets.

Question:

Many people call others by nick-names. If the nick-names are not offensive and those who are nick-named do not take offense at being called by their particular nick-names, will it be permissible to call them by such names?

Answer:

Nick-names provided they are not offensive and cause no hurt whatsoever and are not given in derision of others are permissible. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) called Hadrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu): “Abaa Turaab” (or son of the sand). Again another Sahaabi was called by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as “Thul Yadain” (or the one of the long-arms).

Question:

Is it permissible to take back a gift which one gave to someone?

Answer:

It is not permissible. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that the one who takes back a gift is like a dog which vomits and then licks up its vomit.

 

Question:

An Aalim said that it is not permissible to keep the name Parwez. If someone’s name is Parwez, should he change it?

Answer:

Parwez was the name of the evil emperor of Iran who had insulted Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) by tearing into pieces the letter of da’wat which Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had written to him. In recent times, Parwez was also the name of a notorious denier of the Ahadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It is therefore not permissible to keep the name of such evil persons. Such names should be changed and the names of pious people adopted.

Question:

Is it permissible to eat with shoes on?

Answer:

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that the shoes be removed when one is about to eat. Furthermore, Muslims sit on the ground when eating. It will be very uncomfortable and improper to sit on the ground with shoes on.

Question:

Is it permissible to use liquor bottles after thoroughly washing them?

Answer:

It is permissible but reprehensible just as it is reprehensible to eat food from even a brand new chamber pot

Question:

Is it permissible to listen to nazams and anaasheed if drums are beaten? Some nazams are sung with musical drums.

Answer:

Such music is haraam. It is not permissible to listen to nazams sung with the accompaniment of music even if the music is produced by only a drum

Question:

Is it permissible for men to listen to nazams sung by a 13 year old girl?

Answer:

It is haraam for them to listen to nazams and songs sung by a 13 year old girl. It is zina of the ears.

Question:

Is it permissible to buy CD cassettes which have nazams with and without music? A Mufti says that it is permissible to buy such cassettes. According to him, the nazams without music should be taped on another cassette and the music portion should be discarded. Please comment.

Answer:

One does not require deep insight to understand the error of the Mufti. Commonsense is sufficient to understand that it cannot be permissible to buy and listen to a cassette on which haraam music is being played. This mufti is inducing people to buy something which is haraam and also encouraging them to listen to music. To even retape the nazam without music, it will be necessary to listen to the music. Children especially will incline to the music and they will develop the habit of listening to such haraam songs. The mufti in blurting out thoughtless answers is opening up an avenue of fitnah in the community. He invites to kabeerah sins instead of preventing evil. His argument is similar to saying that it is permissible to buy a case of liquor and fruit juice. The fruit juice should be removed and consumed while the liquor should be thrown away. This is a satanic delusion and a trap to gradually draw Muslims into the net of haraam. It is haraam to buy a cassette on which there is music irrespective of the nazam which is unaccompanied by music.

 

Q. When should the dua for entering the toilet be recited?

A. It should be recited before entering the toilet.

 

Q. Is it necessary to have the head covered when going into the toilet?

A. Yes, it is essential to cover the head when going into the toilet. Shayaateen frequent toilets and sometimes stay inside. In addition to reciting the Masnoon Dua, Covering the head is a protection against the evil shayaateen.

 

Q. Is it permissible to salute? Is it like bowing?

A. Saluting is a kuffaar style of respect. It is haraam to emulate the styles of the kuffaar. Greeting with their styles is not permissible. While saluting is not the equivalent of bowing, it is nevertheless not permissible.

 

Q. A person sneezes repeatedly many times. Is it necessary to recite the Masnoon dua each time he sneezes?

A. If someone sneezes many times, one should make dua three times. After the third time, it is not incumbent.

 

Q. Who built the pyramids? Is it permissible to go on the organized ‘Islamic tours’ to visit the pyramids, the Dead Sea area, Syria, Jordan, etc.?

A. The Mushrik Egyptians built the pyramids. It is not permissible to undertake a journey specifically to view these wasteful buildings and monuments of shirk and kufr. If a person happens to be there on some work, it will be permissible to go to view these monuments in order to derive some lesson for gaining fear of Allah Ta’ala Who had destroyed all the transgressors who erected their satanic monuments. But undertaking a journey to tour such places is not permissible. Furthermore, it is not permissible to go to such places where Allah Ta’ala had wiped out a community with His punishment, e.g. the Dead Sea region where the people of Nabi Lut (alayhis salaam) were destroyed. The so-called ‘Islamic tours’ of Jordan, Syria, etc. are not Islamic. They are satanic tours and in conflict with the Shariah. Insaan was not created for idle sport and to waste away the time in futility. The Qur’aan Majeed states: “Verily, the life of this world is but play and amusement while the life of the Aakhirah is best for those who fear (Allah). What have you no intelligence?” The journey ahead beginning with Maut and passing through Barzakh and the calamity of Qiyaamah, is absolutely horrible and most difficult. It is strewn with indescribable hardships and miseries. Allah Ta’ala has sent us into this world for a few very short years to prepare ourselves for that momentous journey. Those who do not prepare for that journey, will not find the way to Jannat – our original and our final Home. Those who squander their time, energy and wealth – all assets of Amaanat – to gratify their bestial nafs with futile and destructive acts, practices and past-times, will regret and shed tears of blood when it is too late – to no avail.

 

Q. The under mentioned excerpt was taken from an Islamic site’s definition of what constitutes ‘Halaal’: “With specific reference to ethanol, it would be Haraam (unlawful) if taken as an intoxicant. However, where such alcohols are used as manufacturing aids as solvents, carriers, etc. in miniscule quantities, this would be condoned due to public predicament. There is no fixed ‘permissible trace level’. However, for operational purposes, Halaal certifying organisations have set acceptable trace levels of 0,5%.” Can you please clarify what is meant by this, and what could constitute ‘public predicament’?

ANSWER

Ethanol is used in almost all manufactured items today. There is hardly anything which is free from this substance. The ‘excerpt’ is basically correct. Provided that the alcohol is not derived from grapes or dates, the items contaminated with ethanol could be used externally, not for consumption. Coke, soft drinks and other edibles which contain ethanol are not permissible regardless of the miniscule quantity. There is no Shariah substantiation for the .05% level. Since the items, will be used for external application, the quantity is irrelevant. Those who have fixed this limit are devious and dishonest. The reason why they selected this limit without any Shar’i evidence, is because the quantity of ethanol in soft drinks such as coke, etc. is always less than 0.05%. Since they love to consume these drinks. They are trading the laws of Allah Ta’ala for a miserable price. Also, if no halaal medicine is available, then medicine containing the ethanol may be used. “Public predicament” in this context means extensive and intensive prevalence and utilization by the masses coupled with the provision that no 100% halaal substitute is available. For example, if all the water entering our homes is contaminated, and we have no other water except this contaminated water, then in the circumstances it will constitute ‘public predicament’ which renders the water permissible.

 

Q. Please advise regarding Salaatul Istikhaarah.

A. Istikhaarah simply means to consult with and seek advice from Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) encouraged the performance of Salaatul Istikhaarah whenever one wishes to embark on an important act . Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said that abstention from Istikhaarah is a sign of misfortune and wretchedness. Insha’Allah, by resorting to Istikhaarah there is greater probability of success in the contemplated venture. Immediately after completing the Istikhaarah Salaat go to bed. Sleep on clean bedding, facing the Qiblah. A strong inclination at the time when the eyes open will be the best course of action to adopt. Sometimes the course of action may be conveyed in a dream. However, seeing a dream after Istikhaarah is not necessary. The manner of performing this Salaat is explained in detail in our kitaab, Kitaabus Salaat. If you don’t have this book, write for a copy. Most people become perplexed because their Istikhaarah produces no effect or direction. They continue remaining in trepidation regarding the matter for which they had performed Istikhaarah. The reason for lack of effect and direction is the spiritual darkness and fog which nowadays generally cloud the mind and the heart. Clarity in the directive of Istikhaarah via the media of dreams and strong inclination is related to the spiritual realm. To achieve this clarity, the essential requisites are purity and clarity of the mind and heart. These requisites are the effects of Taqwa. Today Taqwa is an alien concept. Even Ulama nowadays frown on Taqwa. The abundance of haraam in which people indulge completely overshadows the mind and heart. Instead of noor, the heart is clouded with zulmat (spiritual darkness). The deluge of haraam and mushtabah (doubtful) foods such as carrion chickens, carrion meat, processed foods and alcoholic juices and beverages which is down-loaded into the body, utterly blocks every spiritual faculty of the Rooh (Soul). In addition to the avalanche of physical pollution by way of ingestion of haraam and mushtabah foods, is the preponderance of sin and disobedience. Utilizing the eyes, ears and limbs of the body for haraam acts; listening to music; viewing television; mingling with the opposite sex; harbouring animosity for a Muslim; indulgence in futility; abstention from the ways of the Sunnah; and, generally acting in ways which extinguish Taqwa, darken the Rooh completely. When all spiritual faculties ha ve b een extinguished, blocked or jammed with this avalanche of rijs (filth), fisq (flagrant disobedience) and fujoor (immorality), one should not be surprised when one does not experience the effects of Istikhaarah. However, despite this lamentable spiritual condition in which we are stagnated or in which we are retrogressing, Salaatul Istikhaarah should not be abandoned. Before engaging in Istikhaarah, repent for sins and recite Istighfaar in abundance. Perform the Salaat with the intention of fulfilling the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Then, Insha’Allah, even if there is no clear sign or directive, Allah Ta’ala will create the circumstances which will lead to the adoption of the correct course of action.

 

Q. If two persons say Salaam together, what is the rule?

A. Both are required to respond. Both should say: ‘Wa alaikumus salaam’.

 

Q. Some people on the phone say ‘slmz’, instead of the full Salaam. How should one respond?

A. It is not permissible to respond with the Masnoon Salaam to such haraam corruption. Proffer naseehat to the jaahil.

 

Q. When receiving a letter in which the Masnoon Salaam is written, what should be said?

A. When you receive a letter which begins with the Salaam, then you are required to immediately respond verbally, but silently: Wa Alaikumus Salaam. One should not respond to stupidities such as ‘slmz’.

 

Q. Please comment on the new trend of substituting Assalamualaykum with words such as Salaamz.

A. Many unfortunate ones deprive themselves of great thawaab and commit avoidable sins by corrupting the Masnoon Salaam of ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ with stupid abbreviations such as ‘slmz, salaamz,’ etc. The Sunnat is to say the Salaam in full. The minimum requirement of the Salaam is to say: Assalamu Alaikum The thawaab will increase if warah matullahi wa baraka tuhu is added. But saying or writing the stupid abbreviations is sinful. Instead of thawaab, there is the danger of punishment for corrupting and abandoning the Sunnat method.. When the recipient of a letter reads the Salaam, it is Waajib to respond verbally. However, if a corrupt form of the Salaam is written, there is no need to respond with the Masnoon Salaam whether verbally or in writing. A person who writes, slmz for example, does not deserve a Masnoon response. He/she deserves a sharp rebuke and naseehat.

 

Q. The branches of a neighbour’s fruit tree overhangs on to my property. During the season, some of the fruit falls into my yard. Is it permissible for me to eat the fruit?

A. It is not permissible. The fruit remains the property of your neighbour. Deliver the fruit to him.

 

 

Q. Please comment on the origins of music and singing.

A. When Allah Ta’ala cursed and expelled Iblees (the Devil) from the heavens, he supplicated for a number of tools with which to ply his nefarious profession of Satanism on earth in his endeavour to entrap and destroy mankind. Among the things he supplicated for were a muath-thin (announcer) and a qura’aan (scripture). Granting his supplication, Allah Ta’ala informed him that his ‘muaththin’ would be musical instruments, and his ‘qur’aan’ would be poetry and singing. The first being in creation to sing was Iblees. The first person on earth who made musical instruments was Thoebaal. He was from the progeny of Qaabil who had murdered his brother Haabil. Both were the sons of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam). Shaikh Nasruddin Muhaqqiq (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When the false sufi sways to and from in his singing, the devil pokes him in his hind with his finger so that he sways swiftly to and  from – right  and left.” (Fatawa Burhaanah) Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh) narrated: “Aisha (radhiyallahu anha) once said: ‘Once a female singer came to me and sang a song.’ Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘While this woman was singing, shaitaan was blowing in her nostrils.” It has been revealed (kashf) to some Auliya that shaitaan is always present at gatherings of music and singing. Shaitaan exercises his influence on the singers and dancers. He transports them into states of satanic ecstasy. He dances above their heads and even with them, and keeps them enraptured in his worship. Auliya have even witnessed shaitaan physically lifting some of these people and dance with them. He sometimes lets out a loud scream, and the dancer collapses. In fact, nowadays many of them scream and squeal like insane swines. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “There is not a man who raises his voice with singing, but Allah sends two devils, one on either side of the singer. Both the devils strike their feet (dancing) until the singer ends his singing.” Those who indulge in the satanism of music and singing are pigs figuratively, and a time will dawn when they will become pigs physically. Thus Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “People in my Ummah will consume liquor, giving it some other name. Musical instruments and singing girls will be performing for them. Allah will cause the earth to swallow them, and of them He will transform into apes and pigs.” It is clear from many Ahaadith and the mukaashafaat (revelations) of many Auliya that shaitaan is always present at music sessions and shows. He regulates the proceedings and casts his spell on the participants and the audience. Shaitaan deceives and ensnares stupid Muslims into his den of satanism with even nazams and zain bhikha songs. The over-indulgence in nazams and all songs of the character called ‘zain bikha’ are tools of shaitaan, which he employs to destroy Imaan.

 

Q. Is it necessary to lick one’s fingers and clean the plate after eating?

A. “Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “When any of you have eaten, do not wipe (or wash) your hands until he has licked his fingers.” A Sahaabi narrated: “I saw the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) eating with three fingers, and licking his fingers before wiping (or washing) them.” Jaabir (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “After meals, lick the fingers, for verily, he (the one who eats) does not know in which portion of the food the barkat is.” Anas (radhiyallahu anhu) said that after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had eaten, he would lick his fingers thrice.” It is Waajib to lick the fingers after meals, before washing. It is also necessary to thoroughly cleanse the plate with the fingers before washing it. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that even the cleansed plate supplicates to Allah Ta’ala.

 

Q. How many fingers should one use to eat food?

A. “Hadhrat Ka’b Bin Maalik (radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would eat with his three fingers. He would lick the food from his three fingers.” Eating food with the fingers is Sunnah. Generally three fingers are used when eating. However, food such as rice is eaten with all five fingers. Every act of the Mu’min, if done consciously in emulation of the Sunnah, is an act of ibaadat of high merit . Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhiwasallam) said: “The Mu’min is rewarded for every (lawful) act he does, even for the morsel of food which he (affectionately) lifts (with his fingers) to the mouth of his wife.”

 

Q. Is it permissible to eat with knives and forks?

A. Eating with a knife and fork is not permissible. This is the style of the western kuffaar. The Sunnah way is to eat with the right hand after washing both hands, and sitting on the ground, not at tables and on chairs when eating.

 

Q. Is karate permissible?

A. Whilst karate, running and swimming are good exercises and recommended, it is not permissible to participate in these activities in any place or on the beach and sea where men and women are present. If karate, etc. is accompanied by any haraam act such as bowing, reciting incantations, music, intermingling of sexes, etc. then participation will be haraam.

 

Q. Is music permissible according to any Math-hab?

A. Music is haraam according to all Math-habs. [SEE SAUTUSH SHAITAAN)

 

Q. Is it permissible to listen to Thikr with a drum playing in the background?

A. It is not permissible to listen to thikr with the drum playing in the background. It is a satanic way of defiling Allah’s Name and corrupting the heart.

 

Q. Is it permissible for a female to include Salaam in her letter to a ghair mahram male and vice versa?

A. The Masnoon Salaam, i.e. Assalamu Alaikum, is not a statement of abuse. When necessity constrains a female to write a letter to a ghair mahram male, her letter contains numerous statements. There is nothing preventing her from including the Salaam among the many statements. The prohibition of offering Salaam to a woman and vice versa applies when the Salaam is made verbally in the presence of one another. According to the Qur’aan, the voice of a woman also constitutes an element of fitnah, hence the prohibition. Since this fitnah is absent in a letter, she may write the Salaam.

 

Q. Should the head be covered in the toilet?

A. In the toilet always cover the head. The toilet is sometimes occupied by evil shayaateen (jinn), hence the Masnoon Dua which is recited before entering the toilet pertains to seeking the protection of Allah from the evil shayaateen which may be in the toilet.

 

Q. Is it permissible to cut flowers from the garden and keep them in a vase in the house?

A. It is permissible to cut flowers from the garden an put in a vase in the home.

 

Q. Please define gheebat?

A. Gheebat is a true statement made behind someone’s back. If he/she hears of it, it will pain/aggrieve him/her. If the statement is false then it is called buhtaan (slander).

 

Q. My parents want to send me to observe I’tikaaf in Musjid Nabawi in Madinah Munawwarah. What is your advice.

A. You may accept the offer of your parents and go for I’tikaaf in Madinah only if they insist. However, you should try to convince them that it will be infinitely superior and they will gain considerably more thawaab if they contribute the money to a worthy Islamic Cause or if they give the money to a few hard-pressed Muslims who are battling to make ends meet, or if they pay the debts of genuine debtors. Should they donate the money to the poor or to a truly worthy Islamic cause, they will acquire the thawaab of many Hajj and Umrah. Spending so much money just to observe I’tikaaf in Madinah in this age of sin – sin from the time you leave home until the time you return –is not intelligent. The Shariah does not require undertaking a disastrous journey – spiritually disastrous – for observing I’tikaaf which is not incumbent. You can observe I’tikaaf in any local Musjid. It is truly wasteful, unintelligent and callous to squander so much money for an act which the Shariah does not command, especially at a time when the Ummah is suffering under the yoke of poverty and jahaalat, and when the entire journey from start to finish is plagued with haraam. A man came to Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh and said: “I have saved 200 Dinars (gold coins) with the intention of going for Hajj (i.e. Nafl Hajj). What do you advise?” Hadhrat Bishr: “Do you intend going for a tour or for thawaab?” The Man: “For Thawwab.” Hadhrat Bishr: “Give the 200 dinars to 10 Fuqara or to ten Yataama (Orphans) or to ten persons who find it difficult to make ends meet for their families. Then, I assure that you will obtain the thawaab of 200 Maqbool Hajj.” The Man: “Hadhrat my heart is set on going for Hajj.” Hadhrat Bishr: “The money you have earned is from a haraam source. As long as you do not squander it in haraam, you will not gain peace.” When wealth is earned in haraam ways, it is also spent in haraam avenues. Allah Ta’ala does not bestow the taufeeq of virtue to a man whose wealth is haraam. Such a man thus craves for squandering his ill-gotten gains in haraam avenues – in waste, in buildings, in mansions, in so-called nafl ‘umrah/hajj’, in haraam wedding receptions, in haraam socalled ‘walimahs’, in riya (ostentation/show), in pride and in many other haraam ways which all will be strung around his neck on the Day of Qiyaamah. The man who had sought advice from Hadhrat Bishr was insincere when he stated that his intention was to gain thawaab from Allah Ta’ala. If this was truly his intention, then it was most unintelligent to decline an act which will accrue for him the thawaab of 200 Maqbool Hajj, and that too without the hardship of an arduous journey which could be plagued with danger and sin. Instead of tripudiating with joy and delight at the prospect of acquiring the thawaab of 200 Maqbool Hajj, he was contented with the ‘thawaab’ of one dubious Hajj which may have been not Maqbool (i.e. unaccepted and rejected). Thus, the man’s shaitaaniyat and nafsaaniyat had been confirmed by his own rejection of 200 Maqbool Hajj offered to him on a platter. This is the condition of the vast majority of people going today for Umrah and Nafl Hajj. They labour in self-deception. In fact they struggle with their conscience to deceive themselves about their own selfdeception because deep down in the corners of their hearts they know why they are going. Their niyyat is anything but Ridha-e-Iaahi (Allah’s Pleasure). Performing Ishraaq Salaat is the equivalent of one Hajj and one Umrah. Yet, we find innumerable miserable miscreants spending tens of thousands of rands for a tour to the Holy Cities ostensibly to perform Umrah, but they abstain from Ishraaq Salaat. A man whose brains are not deranged will not throw into the drain a Hajj and a Umrah which he could daily obtain by performing Salaatul Ishraaq. Then there exists the other type of shaitaan who goes for Umrah and Nafl Hajj, but at home he is grossly disobedient, insolent and insulting to his aged parents. He has become the mureed of his wife who commands him in a variety of ways to terminate his relationship with his parents. He whirls and swirls between kufr and Imaan, and he hovers on the brink of Jahannum for breaking the heart of his parents. What relationship does such a shaitaan have with Umrah and Nafl Hajj when he is not interested in gaining the thawaab of innumerable Hajj and Umrah on a daily basis whilst at home? Remember that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that a glance of affection cast at a parent is the equivalent of one Hajj and one Umrah. The Sahaabi asked: “What if I cast many glances at them?” Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that he would receive the thawaab of many Hajj and many Umrah equal to the number of glances of love he showers on to his parents. Everyone is required to do muraaqabah (meditation and soul-searching) to ascertain his niyyat and to understand his ta-alluq (relationship) with Allah Ta’ala in the light of his every day’s activities at home. Nowadays the Ulama who are supposed to be the Beacons of Light and Guidance for the masses act like the legendary fox who deceived the group of animals and led them into his den where he made a good meal out of them. In the words of Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh(rahmatullah alayh), who was a contemporary and a close confidante of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh), the Ulama have become Zulmat (spiritual darkness). Instead of guiding, they mislead. These ulama of dhalaal (misguidance) are in the forefront of the Umrah and Nafl Hajj racket. They live in luxury, devour luxury, look askance at the wealthy to sponsor Hajj and Umrah tickets for them, indulge in chaaplosi (flattery) of the wealthy, and abstain from Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil Munkar in so far as their wealthy contributors are concerned. Instead of being the noble Officers in Allah’s Department of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil Munkar which their status demands, they have become the chapraasis (peons) of the Ahl-e-Dunya (the wealthy men of the world). May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on this orphan and forlorn Ummah of this day.

 

 

Question:

Muslims visit holiday resorts in places such as the Dead Sea environment. We are told by Islam that Allah’s punishment had descended on this locality. Is it permissible to visit such places and spend one’s holiday there?

Answer:

A Muslim need not have much intelligence to understand that it is not permissible to holiday in a place on which Allah’s Wrath, La’nat (Curse) and Punishment had settled. Muslims nowadays are following in the footsteps of shaitaan and the kuffaar in every domain of life. Allah Ta’ala warns in the Qur’aan Majeed: “Do not follow in the footsteps of shaitaan, Verily, he is your open (declared) enemy. He instructs you (to commit) immoral and shameless acts.” Only those who have no understanding of the purpose of life ruin their souls with idle and immoral pursuits in emulation of the kuffaar.

 

Question:

When one reaches the age of 15 does one become baaligh even if there are no nocturnal emissions?

Answer:

At the age of 15 one becomes baaligh (an adult) in Islam even if no other signs of buloogh (puberty) appear.

Question:

If the signs of physical maturity are not discerned in a young person, when shall he be regarded as Baaligh or Mukallaf?

Answer:

At the age of fifteen years.

 

Question:

Is it permissible to learn karate for self-defence?

Answer:

If learning karate is not accompanied by any haraam acts, then it will be permissible.

 

Question:

Is it true that Shaitaan urinates in the ear of a person who intentionally oversleeps for Fajr?

Answer:

Yes, it is true.

 

Question:

Is there a Masnoon dua to recite at the time of yawning?

Answer:

There is no Masnoon dua when yawning. The yawning should be restrained. The mouth should be covered with the back of the left hand, and if in Salaat in the Qiyaam position, with the back of the right hand.

Question:

When a Muslim departs, is it permissible to say ‘goodbye’ or something similar after making Salaam?

Answer:

It is not permissible to imitate the kuffaar. Salaam is adequate. It is haraam to say ‘goodbye’ to a Muslim when Allah Ta’ala has ordained that our greeting is ‘Assalamu Alaikum’. Two sins are committed by adding ‘goodbye’ to the Salaam: (1) Imitating non-Muslims. (2) Implying that the salutation commanded by Allah Ta’ala is inadequate.

 

Question:

A lot of conspiracy theories are circulating. One claim is that people did not land on the moon. What should the Muslim’s attitude be regarding these theories?

Answer:

A Muslim should ignore drivel. He should not concern himself with nonsense nor waste his time and mind in futility. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The beauty of a man’s Islam is that he shuns futility.”

 

Should musaafahah (shaking hands) be done with one or both hands?

It is Sunnat to make musaafahah with both hands.

 

Is it permissible to keep names such as Abdun Nabi and Abdul Mustafa?

It is not permissible.

Is it permissible to give girls names such as Shaaziyah and Roobeenah?

These are nonsensical names which have no Islamic significance. When choosing names, it is necessary to select good names which were the names of pious people—Ambiya, Sahaabah and Auliya.

Muslim tourists are nowadays visiting the Dead Sea holiday resorts—the region where the nation of Nabi Loot (alayhis salaam) was destroyed by Allah’s punishment. What is the Shariah’s view regarding touring such places of punishment?

Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with a group of Sahaabah unknowingly set up camp in one such place of Athaab. Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared and informed Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) of the location in which he had encamped. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) issued instructions to immediately move on. The food which was prepared with the water of that place was spilt. Those who had made wudhu with the water were later ordered to renew their wudhu. They departed from the accursed place in haste and with fear. The Hadith in Bukhaari Shareef states: “Ibn Umar narrated that when Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed (with a group of Sahaabah) the region of Hijr (where the inhabitants were utterly destroyed with Allah’s Athaab), he said: ’Do not enter the homes (there were still some ruins left) of those who had committed injustice to themselves, for perhaps that (punishment) which had befallen them may befall you, except (if you have to enter, then enter the place) crying.’ Then (i.e. after so saying), he covered his head and moved with speed until they had passed the valley (of Athaab).” In another Hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade the Sahaabah from drinking the water of the place of punishment. Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) forbade performance of Salaat in that region of Baabel (Babylon) which was destroyed by an earthquake (Allah’s Athaab). Hakimul Ummat, Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, commenting on this Hadith said: There is Noor in places of obedience and ibaadat. This noor engenders obedience. In the same way there is zulmat (spiritual darkness) in places of sin, and this zulmat engenders sin. Such places are instrumental in producing qasaawat (hardness of heart), ghaflat (obliviousness) and ma’siyat (sin). The incidence of punishment is thus possible….”

It is haraam to visit and tour such accursed places for ‘enjoyment’ and ‘pleasure’. This is the actual purpose for touring these vile places. The curse and evil of these places have been augmented by the haraam holiday resorts established by the kuffaar. It is in fact negatory of Imaan for a Muslim to sit and enjoy himself/herself in the restaurants, hotels, food, pleasures, etc. which have been arranged in these accursed places which Allah Ta’ala has destroyed with His punishment. It is not permissible to drink the water and consume the food of such accursed regions of Divine Punishment.

 

There is a tragic trend here (in America). Parents kill their infants and dump them in the trash. This is the western world. A new law has been promulgated that if parents do not want their children, they may leave them at a Musjid or a Church. If parents abandon their children outside a Musjid or Church they will not be charged by the law for any crime. If a child is brought to the Musjid, should we look for Muslim parents to adopt the child or hand him/her over to some government agency?

The same practice of killing infants which was in vogue among the pre-Islam Arabs, has been introduced in another form by the western people and given legality by the laws of the land. Instead of punishing the heartless criminals, they are rewarded with immunity against criminal charges for the commission of such dastardly and barbaric acts. Muslims should accept these children and adopt them. If individuals refuse to adopt the children, it is the duty of the community to establish orphanages for the abandoned children.

‘Ahava’ is clay soil from the Dead Sea region. It is used as a skin treatment or for beauty. Is it permissible to use this substance?

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade the Sahaabah from even lingering in these places which were destroyed by the sudden and swift punishment of Allah Ta’ala. Food which was cooked with water from the accursed region was ordered to be spilt. Those who had made wudhu with water of this unfortunate region of curse, had to repeat their wudhu. Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) during his Khilaafat, forbade performance of Salaat in such regions which were effaced by the Chastisement of Allah Ta’ala. How can a Muslim ever use the accursed filth of such destroyed regions for medical or beauty treatment? ‘Ahava’ and all the accursed substances from the accursed Dead Sea region are haraam to use.

Is it permissible to burn hairs and nails removed from the body? May these be flushed down the drain?

Hair from the head and nails should neither be burnt nor flushed down the drain, nor should they be thrown away. The Shariah orders that hairs and nails be buried. Flushing down the drain like waste matter, can lead to sickness. People who practise sihr, may use the hairs for evil purposes if they find it. Islam orders burial for one’s own safety and also to honour these items which are part of the human body.

What are the Sunnats when going to the toilet?

To cover the head. Never enter the toilet with a bare head. The shayaateen which may be present in the toilet can possess one via the head. The head-covering acts as a barrier. Enter with the left foot. Recite the relevant dua outside the toilet. After having completed the istinja process (purifying with water), then as quickly as possible cover up the satr. Sit in the squatting position. The high toilet is un-Islamic. It is the western system and detrimental for the physical well-being of the body. After emerging from the toilet with the right foot, recite the relevant Masnoon Dua outside the toilet. Immediately take wudhu.

 

Are nazams with thikr in the background permissible?

Such nazams (songs) and using thikr for such nafsaani entertainment are haraam. The purpose of thikr is not entertainment. Thikr is the highest act of ibaadat for which Allah Ta’ala has created us. It is despicable to abuse Allah’s Name in this contemptible nafsaani manner. Shaitaan is adept in the art of deceiving people under Deeni and ‘ibaadat’ guises.

 

Q. When making mu-aanaqah (embracing), should it be from the left or right side?

 

A. Muaanaqah like all good and virtuous actions should begin with the right side. The Hadith says: “Verily, Allah Ta’ala loves Tayaamun (the right side).”

 

Q. Since it is Waajib to respond to Salaams, is it necessary for a woman to convey another woman’s salaam to her husband if the other woman is older than her husband?

 

A. It is not permissible for a wife nor for anyone else to convey the salaams of a woman to a ghair mahram man. Therefore, the wife should not convey the other woman’s salaam to her husband even if the other woman is older than her husband. It is improper and shameless for a woman to tell another woman to convey salaams to her husband. It is not Waajib for anyone to convey the Salaams of a person to another person. It is only Waajib for a man to respond to the Salaam of another man or a mahram female. Similarly it is Waajib for a woman to respond to the salaam of another woman or a mahram male.

 

Q. Please comment on the permissibility of obtaining a Saudi iqaamah (residence permit). Many South Africans are opting to obtain a Saudi iqaamah for the purpose of travelling to Saudi Arabia in order to perform Nafl Umrah and Hajj without having to obtain the necessary visas. In order to obtain the iqaamah they are required to falsify documentation and also lie about their profession as only certain professionals are given an iqaamah whereby they can include their spouse and children. Furthermore, in order to obtain the iqaamah a kafeel (sponsor) who is a Saudi citizen is required. Such a kafeel has to be paid. It is claimed that the payment is in lieu of the ‘services’ and governmental fees that will be required.

 

A. This method of obtaining Iqaamah is not permissible for the following reasons: 1) Falsification of documents for no valid Shar’i reason. 2) Deceiving a Muslim authority without valid Shar’i reason. 3) Speaking lies regarding professions, i.e. to claim a profession when one in reality is not of that profession. 4) The fee paid to the kafeel is a haraam bribe. He is actually being made for the use of his name. 5) The kafeel too is guilty of lies. He is fully aware that the person is not in his employ, yet he masquerades as the employer. 6) There is no valid Shar’i reason for the perpetration of this falsehood.

 

Q. Who built the pyramids? Is it permissible to go on the organized ‘Islamic tours’ to visit the pyramids, the Dead Sea area, Syria, Jordan, etc.?

A. The Mushrik Egyptians built the pyramids. It is not permissible to undertake a journey specifically to view these wasteful buildings and monuments of shirk and kufr. If a person happens to be there on some work, it will be permissible to go to view these monuments in order to derive some lesson for gaining fear of Allah Ta’ala Who had destroyed all the transgressors who erected their satanic monuments. But undertaking a journey to tour such places is not permissible. Furthermore, it is not permissible to go to such places where Allah Ta’ala had wiped out a community with His punishment, e.g. the Dead Sea region where the people of Nabi Lut (alayhis salaam) were destroyed. The so-called ‘Islamic tours’ of Jordan, Syria, etc. are not Islamic. They are satanic tours and in conflict with the Shariah. Insaan was not created for idle sport and to waste away the time in futility. The Qur’aan Majeed states: “Verily, the life of this world is but play and amusement while the life of the Aakhirah is best for those who fear (Allah). What have you no intelligence?” The journey ahead beginning with Maut and passing through Barzakh and the calamity of Qiyaamah, is absolutely horrible and most difficult. It is strewn with indescribable hardships and miseries. Allah Ta’ala has sent us into this world for a few very short years to prepare ourselves for that momentous journey. Those who do not prepare for that journey, will not find the way to Jannat – our original and our final Home. Those who squander their time, energy and wealth – all assets of Amaanat – to gratify their bestial nafs with futile and destructive acts, practices and past-times, will regret and shed tears of blood when it is too late – to no avail.