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Question:

If there are damsels in Jannat as a reward for pious men, what special reward is there for pious women who obey Allah. Not only men desire the opposite sex.

Answer:

Jannat with all its comforts, pleasures and bounties are extra-special rewards for men and women. These are such bounties which no eye has seen, no ear has heard nor crossed the mind of men. What Allah Ta’ala has decided for men and women is nothing but goodness. He knows and we know not. The nature and temperament of people will undergo great change in the Aakhirah just as their physical bodies will also undergo change. The evils of the nafs will be eradicated. What one may desire today here on earth will not necessarily be desired in Jannat. The desire of women for any males other than their husbands will never feature in Jannat. Allah Ta’ala is the Creator of our nature and He will not commit any injustice to any man or woman.

Your problem is that you are thinking about the Aakhirah in terms of this Dunya. In adulthood a person normally does not desire what he had desired during childhood. In old age one does not normally desire what was desired in youth. Similarly, what you desire here today will not necessarily be desired in Jannat. A woman in Jannat will never desire any man other than her husband.

Question:

It is said that the Muslim who dies on a Friday is exempted from the questioning in the grave. Is this true?

Answer:

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“A Muslim who dies on the day or the night of Jumuah (Friday) will be saved by Allah from the fitnah of the grave.” (Mishkaat)

In Sharhul Mirkaat it is stated that the “fitnah” of the grave refers to the punishment and the questioning of Munkar and Nakeer in the grave.

Question:

Does the rooh (soul) of the deceased person visit his/her home?

Answer:

The Rooh of the dead does not return to this abode for visits. One should not entertain such a belief.

Question:

What does Islam say about life on other planets?

Answer:

According to the Ahadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) life — intelligent life — exists on other planets. A Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) narrated by Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (radhiyallahu anhu) describes the type and form of the different kinds of intelligent species of creation to be found on other planets.

Question:

Who is Hadhrat Khizr (alayhis salaam)?

Answer:

Hadhrat Khizr (alayhis salaam) is a Nabi. Allah Ta`ala mentions him in the Qur`aan Shareef. There prevails much difference of opinion regarding Khizr (alayhis salaam). It is not known for certain when he was born. However, there is certainty that he was a contemporary of Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam). Some versions state that “Khizr” is not his name, but a title. “Khizr” means “green”. He has been thus titled because the dead and dry earth would spring to life with greenery in the vicinity of Khizr (alayhis salaam). Certain opinion again claim that “Khizr” was not his title, but his name. Some Ulama say that he has already died. But, the most authentic view is that he is still alive. Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullahi alayh) states:

“Hadhrat Khizr being alive after our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is an established fact. After the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Khizr (alayhis salaam) visited the Sahaabah and offered his condolences. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) then said: “This is Khizr (alayhis salaam).” A great many Auliyaa (saints) claim that he is alive to this day. He always meets these people (Ahle Baatin, i.e. the Auliyaa). The majority of Auliyaa have narrated incidents regarding Khizr, which authoritatively indicate that he is alive.”

Question:

The Miraaj (Ascension) of our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to the Saamaa (Heaven) was it a spiritual experience or a bodily ascent?

Answer:

Rasulullah’s Mi`raaj was a real physical or bodily Ascension. Those who believe that it was a mere spiritual experience are astray (Dalaal), they are Fussaaq (rebellious and vile sinners) of an extremely high order. The satanic belief that the Mi`raaj was a mere spiritual state is in diametric opposition to the beliefs of the Sahaabah and the entire body of the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaa`ah.

Question:

It has been said that Satan cannot assume the form of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in one’s dream. This is the authoritative and accepted view of the Ulama. If one sees in a dream Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) giving an instruction, and such instruction appears to be contrary to the teaching of the Shariah, what course should one adopt?

Answer:

There exists total unanimity (Ijmaa) of the Ummah that dreams as well as “kashf” (inspiration or forms of revelation to the Auliyaa) even if thousands of persons witness such dreams or kashf, shall not be accorded preference in the event of it conflicting with the Proofs of the Shariah, viz., Qur`aan. Sunnah, ljmaa and Qiyaas. Any kashf or dream which conflicts with the Shariah shall necessarily be rejected. If the one who claims such a dream (instruction from Rasulullah – sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or kashf (which conflicts with the Shariah) is not a reliable person then he shall he branded as a liar and a fraud. And, if he happens to be a pious person, then it shall be said that he has been the victim of some confusion and misunderstanding. For example, a certain pious man in Egypt saw in his dream that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “I drink liquor.” All the Ulama of Egypt unanimously proclaimed that this pious person erred as a result of confusion in the dream. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) must have said something else which this man misunderstood. A further explanation regarding such dreams in which one sees Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) issuing an instruction in contradiction to the Shariah, is the view presented by the Ulamu-e-Baatin, viz. Ulama who have attained perfection in Tasawwuf. They state that the “Zaat-e-Mubaarak” (the holy nature or being of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the realm of Barzakh (the state which follows death) is like a mirror. On certain occasions the one who sees Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in a dream will view his (the dreamer’s) own actions mirrored in the glorious “zaat” of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). In view of these interpretations as well as the existence of other possibilities it is not permissible to rescind any teaching of the Shariah on the basis of such dreams and revelations. [The aforegoing explanation has been given by Hakimul Ummat, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullahi alaiyh)].

Question:

Is Waseelah of our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) permissible according to Qur`aan and Hadith?

Answer:

“Waseelah”, i.e. supplicating or making dua to Allah Ta`ala by saying, for example: “O Allah! Accept my dua or grant my wish through the waseelah (medium or agency) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).”, is perfectly lawful and permissible. But, some people understand by the term, “WASEELAH” that one has to direct one’s dua and prayer TO Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Thus instead of appealing TO Allah Ta`ala, they direct their dua TO Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It is this practice of misdirecting one’s dua which is a form of “shirk” (association in the worship of Allah). Allah alone accepts duas and grants wishes. The belief of “waseelah” which many misguided people hold, viz, that dua has to be directed directly to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or some Auliyaa, is un-Islamic and diametrically opposed to the Qur`aan and Ahadith.

Question:

What is the position of a sinner who dies during the month of Ramadhaan? Will he enter Jannat even if he did not fast?

Answer:

The knowledge of who will enter Jannat is with only Allah Ta`ala. No person can say for a surety that a certain sinner with enter Jahannum and a certain pious person will enter Jannat. Islam teaches us the rule that the good will enter Jannat and the evil Jahannam. Death in Ramadhaan is a sign of being forgiven and accepted by Allah Ta`ala but this does not necessarily mean that a person who has died in Ramadhaan will definitely be accepted immediately for Jannat, although we should cherish good thoughts about even sinners who die during Ramadhaan. And, who besides the Ambiyaa, are not sinners?

Question:

1. Is it true that some peoples are gifted and able to hear even voice from Angel or unseen creatures? They claim that the voices are instruction given to them and sometimes messages for other sent to them on behalf. Is it the act of karamat or syaitaan?

2. Some people argue that the world is flat as mentioned in the quran and not globe as what we were taught in school. Please explain are there hadiths to mention about the world is flat?

Answer:

(1) While some people are born with extra sensory ability which enables them to perceive even things of the celestial or unseen realm, this is not karaamat. Animals too have such abilities. Kuffaar too have such abilities. It is a natural condition. Shaitaan manipulates such people and makes them believe that they are seeing or hearing Angels while in reality they are observing and hearing shaitaan who masquerades as an angel. Never be tricked and trapped in such displays. 

(2) There is no unequivocal claim in the Qur’aan Majeed on which one could base any scientific or worldly theory. Whether the earth is round or flat, the Qur’aan does not discuss this issue. The Qur’aan Majeed is a Book of guidance. It is not a Book of geography or mundane science.

Question:

Is it possible for the souls of departed persons to appear on earth?

Answer:

With the permission and command of Allah Ta`ala it is permissible, and in fact, this does happen to certain souls after departing from this material plane of existence. Sometimes these souls appear in their original forms (i.e. with their physical bodies) and sometimes in some other form. However, it should be remembered that the appearance of souls on earth after death is not a rule, but occurs with the permission of Allah Ta`ala in certain cases.

Question:

What happens to the soul after death?

Answer:

The souls of the pious Mu’mineen are taken to the Abode of Bliss called Illiyyeen where they dwell in comfort and pleasure until the Day of Qiyaamah. The souls of the evil people are taken to the Abode of Punishment and Misery where they suffer until the Day of Qiyaamah.

Question:

Does the soul remain in the grave or does it go up?

Answer:

The Grave (Qabr) is a different phase of life. The life after death but before Qiyaamah is called Barzakh. The pleasure and pain the soul undergoes are in the Realm of Barzakh. The exact state of that Realm is unknown and beyond description. It is a spiritual existence in which everything occurs to the soul although sometimes with the command of Allah Ta’ala the effects of Barzakh are experienced by both physical body and soul. And, everything is within the Power of Allah.

Question:

What is the difference between Samaa’ and Jannat?

Answer:

Samaa'(plural samaawaat). Samaawaat are the seven heavens. These are solid objects, worlds or whatever one may call them. These heavens are inhabited by the Malaaikah and whatever other creatures Allah Ta’ala may have created and allowed to live there. Jannat (Paradise) is the Abode which is for Muslims to live in forever after the disappearance of this world in which we are presently living. Jannat is high above the seven heavens. These are different abodes.

Question:

Some people believe that during the month of Ramadhaan, the souls are released and allowed to roam among the living. When the Imaam ascends the mimbar on Eidul Fitr, the souls return to their resting places. Is this belief valid?

Answer:

It is a baseless belief. The souls are either in Illiyyeen which is a spiritual paradise of comfort, pleasure and rest. The question of `release’ from this Paradise does not arise since it is not a place of torment from which release is desired. The evil souls are in Sijjeen which is an abode of torment and punishment from which release is not possible without the permission of Allah Ta’ala. During the month of Ramadhaan, punishment is suspended. But there is no Shar’i basis for claiming that these souls are released from Sijjeen and that they roam around the world.

Question:

What should our belief be regarding the parents of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and their position in the Aakhirah?

Answer:

The Akaabireen have emphasised that we maintain silence on this delicate subject. It is not part of Imaan to entertain any belief in this regard. It is highly improper for us to discuss this topic.

Question:

What is the meaning of kashf quboor?

Answer:

Revelation of the happenings in the grave are called kashf-e-quboor. Some people have a natural capacity in them to detect what is happening to the inmates of the grave. This should not be surprising because according to the Hadith animals too have this propensity. In fact, most of them hear the wails and groans of those being punished in the graves.

Question:

Can Taqdeer be corrected or altered by the stars?

Answer:

It is kufr to subscribe to such a belief. The stars have no power of interfering with the Taqdeer of Allah Ta’ala.

Question:

On the plane we met a man who said that he was a Muslim. He went to another person and said that he was a Chtristian. He finally went to sit by a female and said that he was a Jew. What is his status?

Answer:

Even if he was born into Islam, his statements made him a kaafir. It does not matter if he had made these statements of kufr in jest. He is not a Muslim.

Question:

If someone says that there are more important things than Islam, will his statement be proper?

Answer:

This is a statement of kufr which will expel him from the fold of Islam. He has to repent and renew his Imaan and his nikah if he happens to be a married person. There is absolutely nothing more important than Islam.

Question:

Is it allowed to undertake a Minnat (Vow) on the names of saints, etc.?

Answer:

It is Haraam to make “Minnat” (Vow to fulfill a certain Ibaadat or good act if a certain wish or due is granted) to saints and anyone else besides Allah Ta`ala. The “Minnat” is a Vow which can only be made unto Allah Ta`ala. To make “Minnat” in the names of saints, etc. is an act of Shirk.

Question:

What is the position of a man who says that the nude women appearing on television are “good”? He praises these immoral pictures.

Answer:

Praising immorality and whatever Allah Ta’ala has made haraam is kufr. This man has lost his Imaan as a consequence of praising immorality and implying thereby its permissibility.

Question:

Are the Afghanis who had fought against the Taalibaan on the side of the kuffaar, murtadds?

Answer:

No, they are not murtadds. Fighting against Muslims is a heinous crime, but it is not irtidaad. They remain Muslims.

Q. Do we Hanafis follow Imaam Ash’ari or Imaam Maturidi in the matter of Aqeedah (Belief)?

A. When we say, Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, it refers to those who follow Imaam Ash’ari as well as Imaam Maturidi (rahmatullah alayhima). In the Land of Shaam (Syria) and Iraq, Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah refers to the followers of Imaam Ash’ari. In the lands Beyond the River (Central Asia), Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah refers to the followers of Imaam Maturidi. According to Allaamah Kashmiri (rahmatullah alayh), the term Ashaairah refers to both groups (Ash’aris and Maturidis). The majority of the followers of Imaam Abul Hasan Ash’ari are the followers of the Shaafi and Maaliki Math-hab. Hanafis follow Imaam Abu Mansir Maturidi.

Q. Did animals such as dinosaurs exist?

Allah Ta’ala Alone knows whether such animals existed or not. The fossil fiction and fraud of kuffaar scientists is not evidence for such claims. It is quite possible that such animals existed. But this has no relationship with Imaan and Deen. There is no incumbency to accept or deny the existence of such animals.

Q. A Maulana claims that Rama and Krishna were Prophets (Nabis). Please comment.

This Maulana Saheb has lost the road and deviated into baatil. There is absolutely not a shred of evidence for the claim that these Hindu idols were Nabis. He should make taubah for uttering such bunkum.

Q. Secular-minded Muslims claim that the Hadith which says that Hadhrat Hawwa
(alayhas salaam) was created from the left rib of Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) is fabricated. They do not believe the story of Hadhrat Hawwa’s creation. What is the state of their Imaan?

Such secular-minded people are not Muslims. There is not the slightest doubt in the Nusoos (clear Ahadith of absolute certitude) on the issue of Hadhrat Hawwa’s creation from the left rib of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam). Anyone who denies this incontrovertible Truth loses his Imaan.

Question:

What is Islam’s view on reincarnation?

Answer:

Reincarnation is kufr. It is an irrational and an absurd belief of idolaters.

Question:

A sheikh has suggested that the Hadith which mentions that the sun will rise in the west when Qiyaamah is near does not have a literal meaning. According to him, the meaning of the sun in the context of the Hadith is ‘knowledge’ which will rise in the west. Hitherto the knowledge of Islam was confined to the east. But it is now beginning to rise in the west. Is there any basis in the Shariah for this figurative meaning?

Answer:

This interpretation is baseless and kufr. One who believes in this baatil meaning loses his Imaan. This baseless interpretation is in violation of the belief of the Ijma’ of the Ummah.

Question:

Was Luqmaan (alayhis salaam) a Nabi?

Answer:

Luqmaan (alayhis salaam) was not a Nabi. He was a medical physician. The choice of Nubuwwat (Prophethood) or Hikmat (medicine) was given to him. He chose the latter. His choice was not because he believed that the medical profession was superior to Nubuwwat, but because he believed that he would not be able to bear this great Amaanat (Trust). Nubuwwat was thrust on the other Nabis.

Question:

If there are damsels in Jannat as a reward for pious men, what special reward is there for pious women who obey Allah. Not only men desire the opposite sex.

Answer:

Jannat with all its comforts, pleasures and bounties are extra-special rewards for men and women. These are such bounties which no eye has seen, no ear has heard nor crossed the mind of men. What Allah Ta’ala has decided for men and women is nothing but goodness. He knows and we know not. The nature and temperament of people will undergo great change in the Aakhirah just as their physical bodies will also undergo change. The evils of the nafs will be eradicated. What one may desire today here on earth will not necessarily be desired in Jannat. The desire of women for any males other than their husbands will never feature in Jannat. Allah Ta’ala is the Creator of our nature and He will not commit any injustice to any man or woman.

Your problem is that you are thinking about the Aakhirah in terms of this Dunya. In adulthood a person normally does not desire what he had desired during childhood. In old age one does not normally desire what was desired in youth. Similarly, what you desire here today will not necessarily be desired in Jannat. A woman in Jannat will never desire any man other than her husband.

Question:

Is it true that Imam Mahdi has been born?

Answer:

According to the Hadith, Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) will make his appearance at the age of 40 years. We have been hearing for decades that Imaam Mahdi has already been born. In terms of this theory or conjecture, Imaam Mahdi should now be well over 40 years, yet he has not made his appearance. Since the early 90’s the theory of Imaam Mahdi’s imminent appearance was being propagated by some learned men. The obsession with his imminent appearance constrained some Ulama to even fix the year of his appearance. This theory became a somewhat grounded belief. Hence some Ulama claimed that Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) would appear during the Hajj of the year 1424 A.H. (2003). The certitude which they had developed induced them to advise the Hujjaaj not to proceed to Mina during the Hajj of 1424 as there would prevail great strife and bloodshed which will be triggered by Imaam Mahdi’s appearance in that year.

But, the event never materialized. Muslims had been told repeatedly by some Ulama that Imaam Mahdi would appear in the year 2001. When he did not appear in 2001, the date was extended to 2002, then 2003. After all these predictions and postponements have failed, we now ‘hear’ nothing but silence from the quarters of prediction.

One aged shaikh of tasawwuf who incidentally is a professor and an author of several Deeni books had exceeded all limits of propriety in this matter, informed us as recently as a few months ago that he had been in telephonic communication with Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam), and that the announcement of his appearance is imminent. While we cannot accuse the eminent shaikh of fabricating a lie, we shall not be rendering him an injustice by concluding that he has become the victim of hallucination. Those who make predictions of ‘certitude’ regarding the appearance of Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) exceed the prescribed limits of the Shariah. It is incorrect and impermissible to attempt to supersede the Shariah. While Imaam Mahdi’s appearance is a fact of the Shariah, the precise occasion of his appearance has been withheld from our knowledge. It is improper to seek to give clarity to issues which the Shariah has left ambiguous.

The Shariah has not revealed the exact time or year of Imaam Mahdi’s appearance. It is therefore improper and ignorant to attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the date of his appearance. Those who exceed the limits of the Shariah always succeed in making themselves appear ludicrous. Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) will appear at the decreed time of his appearance. Awareness of the precise time is of no significance. Of significance is our preparation for the journey beyond the Qabr—the journey which commences with Maut.

Question:

Did the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) marry Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) when she was 9 years old?

Answer:

(1) There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) married Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) when she was 9 years old. He was informed of his impending marriage to her by means of Wahi. More than eleven Muhadditheen among the Taabi-een reported Hadhrat Aishah’s marital age directly from her. Besides this, other senior Sahaabah confirmed this fact. Other authorities have also narrated it from sources other than Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha). It is downright ignorance for any Muslim to deny this incontrovertible truth for the sake of placating western attitudes. It only conspicuously displays the intellectual inferiority, the product of western indoctrination, from which they suffer. They have been constrained to look at Islamic and other cultures with the coloured blinkers their western masters have fitted for them.

(2) This is confirmed in the Saheeh (Authentic) books of Hadith. There is no scope for denial of this Truth nor is there any scope in a Mu’min’s Imaan for presenting apologies and interpretations to assuage the palates of the western kuffaar enemies of Islam.

(3) Muslims who become defensive, apologetic and feel awkward when westerners broach this subject suffer from gross inferiority in their thinking. This inferiority is a product of western indoctrination which paints in offensive colours everything which is not appealing to the western so-called ‘enlightened’ mind. No one hardly frowns at the immoral western practices such as licensed prostitution, abortion, wife-swopping, homosexuality, lesbianism, same-sex ‘marriages’ and a host of other immoral, unnatural and satanic practices of the modern-day kuffaar who seek to blemish the lofty moral character of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) with spurious arguments and claims devoid of substance.

(4) A practice or custom is not bad simply because the immoral West believes it to be so. Marriage of 9 year old and of lesser age girls was a prevalent custom among the Arabs and it remained so throughout Islamic history, not only among the Arabs, but among non-Arab Muslims as well. Other Sahaabah too had married girls of a very young age. The fact that the marriage was contracted without hesitation and without anyone frowning is ample evidence for the prevalence of the practice

(5) It was taboo among the pre-Islam Arabs for a man to marry the widow or divorcee of his adopted ‘son’. This was such a deep-rooted prohibition that even Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was very hesitant to implement his desire to marry Hadhrat Zainab (radhiyallahu anha) who was divorced by Hadhrat Zaid (radhiyallahu anhu), the adopted ‘son’ of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The prevalent attitude of society inhibited Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from making known his desire. Then Allah Ta’ala revealed in regard to this inhibition: “You fear people while it is more befitting that you fear Allah………. We married her (Zainab) to you so that (in future) there will be no blame on the Mu’mineen regarding (marriage) to the wives of their adopted sons….” (Surah Ahzaab, Verse 27) The fact that there was no inhibition regarding marriage to Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) testifies to the prevalence of the custom of marrying such young girls.

(6) In the year 5 Hijri, that is when Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) was 12 years of age, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) gave her as well as all his wives the choice of opting out of his Nikah. They were given the right to choose their freedom. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) first approached Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) before any of his other wives. When he gave her the choice of gaining release from his Nikah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advised her to consult with her parents first before she gave her final decision. But she blankly refused to consult and spontaneously said that there was no need to consult with her parents because she chose Allah’s Rasool and to remain in his Nikah.

Now when Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) at the age of 12 was so in love with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and flatly refused to even consider the option of release offered to her, then what right has any outsider to interfere and cast aspirations? She was not in the marriage against her will. If that had been the case, she would have regarded the offer of freedom a wonderful boon and would have availed herself of the offer.

Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) was extremely happy from the very first day of her Nikah with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). She was a girl of extraordinary intelligence, hence she outrightly declined Rasulullah’s advice of consulting her parents regarding the choice given to her to opt for release from the Nikah. Even at the age of 12, she voluntarily, wholeheartedly and emphatically opted to remain in the Nikah. No one, least of all enemies of Islam, has the right to interfere and criticize a marriage with which the wife is happy and which the entire society had accepted in view of it being a norm.

(7) There is no moral or religious constraint and restriction on child-marriage. The attitudes and norms of western society are not sacrosanct nor a criterion for the civilizations of the world to emulate. Western society with an ever-changing culture which readily assimilates into its system the worst acts of unnatural immorality cannever claim to be a pace-setter and a leader in the sphere of morality. The immoral metamorphosis it has undergone with rapidity in the past half a century testifies to its morally decadent and incrementally putrid moral state. The norms and attitudes of a culture entirely bereft of morality cannot be imposed on the Muslim Nation as a standard for judging what is good and bad for the public. What appears reprehensible to western attitudes is not necessarily reprehensible in other cultures, especially cultures such as the Islamic culture which enjoys the loftiest concept of moral purity and spirituality.

(8) There is also no biological reason why it is improper for a nine year old girl to get married. Girls of nine years attaining adulthood with the incidence of haidh (menses) are not uncommon. Hadhrat Aishah was an extraordinary girl in both intellect and physique. She attained adulthood at the age of 9 with the commencement of haidh.

Imaam Shaafi (rahmatullah alayh) states in his Kitaabul Umm that he witnessed numerous girls of the age of nine who were baalighah (having attained puberty) in Yemen. Baihqi also narrates this fact in Sunanul Kubra, and so does Ath-dhahabi in Siyar. Furthermore, Baihqi narrated in Sunanul Kubra three cases of Muslim wives who gave birth at the age of nine or ten years.

(9) While western society is averse to child marriage, it is rapidly accepting child fornication. In fact, the system of sex ‘education’ which is being introduced in western schools to little children is satanically designed to produce a generation which will wallow in fornication and unnatural sexual practices. Reporting on a child sex education programme just introduced in British schools, the International Express in its issue dated 6 March 2007 states: “The video includes detailed descriptions of men’s and women’s genitals and describes the effects of touching them. Five- year-olds are shown illustrations of naked adults and asked to label body parts, while older children are shown an animation of a couple having sex. Producers Channel 4 say the video is widely used by primary schools as part of the Government’s recommended sex and relationship lessons. ………. Roger Hughes, head teacher of Sherwell Valley, said: ‘We are revising our sex education policy because girls are maturing earlier. Out of context, saying we are teaching four or five-year-olds about touching themselves sounds shocking. In the context of the video it is not offensive.”

There is a similar sex programme in operation in South Africa where five and six-year-olds are exposed to such sexual indoctrination. While the sexual indoctrination of 4, 5 and 6 year olds – which will most assuredly drastically increase child pregnancies in the near future, sexual abuses, unnatural sexual practices and immorality in general – has become acceptable to western minds, the western enemies of Islam disparage the healthy and holy practice of marriage to a child. While Islam does not encourage child marriage, it perfectly allows it. In contrast, while western norm does not permit child-marriage, it not only allows, but encourages child-sexual activity outside the confines of marriage as the abovementioned press report testifies. Soon fornication and unnatural sexual practices of 5 and 6 year olds will become an acceptable western norm, but child-marriage will remain an ‘evil’ in the warped and disfigured understanding of the western mind.

(10) Muslims should take in their stride the stupid vituperation which the western enemies direct at Islam. They should understand that it is not only Hadhrat Aishah’s marriage which they are making a target for their abuse, but almost every tenet of Islam is a target for their vilification. The Islamic system of polygamy too is repulsive to western attitudes. But while they are vociferous in condemning Islamic polygamy, they are ominously silent about polygamy which is permitted in their own Scriptures. The Biblical Prophet Solomon according to the Bible had hundreds of wives, not four as stipulated by Islam. The Prophet Abraham too had a plurality of wives. In fact, most civilizations of the world had and have a system of polygamy. But to the western mind polygamy is ‘evil’ while the western unbridled practice of a plurality of sexual partners outside wedlock is tolerable and not considered to be in conflict with the ‘public good’. To the western mind, monogamy augmented by unlimited extra-marital affairs is acceptable, but limited polygamy in which the women are accorded honour, care, respectability and wifehood is ‘evil’. This is the style of western thinking which the enemies are labouring to impose on Muslims who have fallen prey to the liberalism and modernism of western civilization.

(11) The marriage of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) was divinely ordained for the Deeni interests of Muslim posterity. Her intellectual ability and capacity, and her knowledge and wisdom proved a wonderful boon and asset for Islam and the Ummah. Besides Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu), no other Sahaabi surpasses her in Hadith Narration. Some authorities say that half of the Shariah is structured on the Hadith narrations of Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha). She remained a widow for 50 years and died at the age of 68.

(12) Muslims lacking in Islamic knowledge and having been exposed to the indoctrination of western attitudes and norms, become apologetic and suffer pangs of embarrassment when they are confronted by Islamic issues which the western mind views with antipathy. The baseless idea of the west holding a monopoly in issues of moral value should be shed. A practice or custom is not bad simply because the West claims it to be ‘evil’. And the converse is also true. Islamic concepts are of divine origin for which we offer no apology. On the contrary, we should boldly uphold Islamic Custom and shrug off western objections as drivel disgorged by enemies about whom the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Verily, animosity (for you) has been disgorged from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is worse.”

Q. Please explain what is the meaning of Imaan increasing and decreasing. Does Imaan increase and decrease?

A. With regard to quality, Imaan increases and decreases. Obedience in creases the quality of Imaan, and disobedience decreases it, and if the disobedience is kufr, then it eliminates Imaan. Quantitively speaking, Imaan does not increase and decrease. That is, the same number of beliefs in which the Sahaabah believed, we too believe. There is no difference in Aqaa-id which will always remain static. There is no increase and decrease in Imaan from this point of view.

 

 

Q. Is Khidhr (alayhis salaam) still alive?

A. There is difference of opinion among the authorities of the Shariah regarding Khidhr (alayhis salaam). While the Sufiya believe that he is alive, many others, especially among the Muhadditheen, do not accept that he is still alive. Allah knows best. Numerous Auliya have reported meeting him.

 

Q. Is Khidhr (alayhis salaam) still alive?

A. The majority view of the Auliya is that Hadhrat Khidhr (alayhis salaam) is still alive. Some Auliya are of the view that although he has already died, his spiritual ‘body’ appears in the physical form. And Allah knows best.

 

Q. Is Khidhr (alayhis salaam) whom many Auliya have reported meeting, the same Khidhr (alayhis salaam) whom Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) had met?

A. Yes, the Khidhr (alayhis salaam) whom the Auliya have met refers to the same Khidhr (alayhis salaam) whom Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) had met.

 

Q. Was shaitaan an angel who had disobeyed Allah’s command?

A. Shaitaan was not an Angel. The Qur’aan states very clearly that he is a jinn. Verse 50 of Surah Al-Kahaf in the 15th Juz states: “And remember when We said to the Angels: ‘Prostrate for Aadam”, then all prostrated except Iblees, and he is from the jinn, thus he rebelled against the command of His Rabb.”

 

Q. Was Khidhr a Nabi? Is he still alive?

A. There is difference of opinion regarding the status of Khidhr (alayhis salaam). The majority opinion is that he is not a Nabi, and that he is still alive. Allah knows best. Numerous Auliya have reported meeting him.

 

Q. In the Hadith is mentioned that in proximity to Qiyaamah a beast will emerge from the earth and speak with people. Will this be a beast literally speaking? Is the one -eyed Dajjaal to be understood literally?

A. The beast mentioned in the Qur’aan and Hadith is to be taken literally. It is not permissible to give it a symbolic or figurative meaning. It is not only the mention of the beast. There are other episodes surrounding the beast. The Ahadith pertaining to the oneeyed Dajjaal have a literal meaning. It does not mean anything else.

 

Q. Some people say that shaitaan was once an Angel.

A. Shaitaan is not an Angel. He is a jinn. The Qur’aan categorically states that he is a jinn.

 

Q. Where will Dajjaal emerge? And Imaam Mahdi?

A. Dajjaal will emerge from a place called Baab-e-Ludd which is in Shaam (Syria). Imaam Mahdi (alayhis salaam) will appear in Makkah whilst making tawaaf of the Ka’bah.

 

Q. What does Islam say about life on other planets?

A. The Qur’aan informs us that Allah Ta’ala did not create the heavens, the earth and all that is in between in idle sport. There is a variety of forms of life in all places, planets, etc.

 

Q. Who was Zul Qarnain who is mentioned in the Qur’aan? Was he a Nabi?

A. Zul Qarnain was a great Muslim king. He was a great Wali (Saint), not a Nabi. During his time, he ruled the entire known world. His precise historical era is not known. There are several theories, but there is no certitude regarding the historical facts.

 

Q. Will children be born to the inmates of Jannat?

A. Allah Ta’ala will fulfil the desires of people in Jannat. Whoever wishes to beget children in Jannat, will be satisfied.

 

Q. What was the name of the sword of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)?

A. The name of the sword of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was Zul Fiqaar.

 

Q. What are we supposed to believe regarding the Ambiya in their graves? Are they alive or dead? Salafis believe that they are dead.

A. The belief of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah is that the Ambiya are alive in their ‘graves’. ‘Grave’ in this context refers to Aalam-e-Barzakh (the state of life after death). The Qur’aan explicitly states that the shuhada (martyrs) are alive, and that we should not say that they are ‘dead’ despite the fact that they had died an earthly death. The Ambiya are superior in rank to the Shuhada. The life of the Ambiya in the grave is of a higher kind than the life of the Shuhada. Everything is in the power of Allah Ta’ala. The Qur’aan says: “And, do not say for those slain in the path of Allah that they are dead. In fact they are alive and are being nourished by their Rabb.” [SEE “ARE THE PROPHETS (ALAYHIS SALAAM) ALIVE”]

 

Q. A Mufti says that the earth existed millions of years prior to man’s appearance. Is this correct?

A. The Mufti who spoke about millions of years talked drivel. He is influenced by the nonsense which the atheist scientists of the west din into the ears of people. Let us assume that before man’s arrival on earth, there was a history of millions of years in this world. Even if this is so, we have absolutely no Islamic evidence for this. We should therefore not make categorical statements without valid proof of the Shariah. What is known as a fact, is that prior to man inhabiting the earth, it (the earth) was the abode of the jinn. Although even today there are jinn on earth, nevertheless, they were in control of the earth before the arrival of man. Another fact of certitude is that the animals during the initial stage of man’s life on earth were extremely huge. We infer this from the fact that Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam) was about 30 metres tall. So obviously the cattle, horses and wild animals must have been huge.

 

Q. Who will be the husband in Jannat of the woman who had more than one husband on earth?

A. She will be given a choice. The one whom she loves most will be her husband in Jannat.

 

Q. Why did Fir’oun not kill Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) despite seeing him as a grave threat to his kingdom. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was also sentenced to death by Fir’oun for having killed one of his (Fir’oun’s) men. Moreover, Fir’oun ordered the killing of the males of Bani Israaeel after Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) had defeated the magicians who then embraced Islam. But while Fir’oun killed the magicians and countless men of Bani Israaeel, he left his arch-enemy, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) with only death threats. A. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was constantly under the protection of Allah Azza Wa Jal. As much as Fir’oun desired and conspired to kill Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), he failed. The ostensible physical medium which Allah Ta’ala had created for Nabi Musa’s protection was his Asaa (Staff) which would transform into a massive serpent if danger lurked even while Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was asleep. When two of the expert sorcerers learnt that the Staff would of its own turn into a Serpent even while Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was asleep, they were convinced that he was not a magician, and that he had divine power. As much as Fir’oun had attempted to eliminate Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), he with his armies miserably failed.

 

 

Q. The Qur’aan mentions that Allah Ta’ala had punished a community of Jews by transforming them into apes. Were there apes in the world before this episode? Is it possible that the reason for primates sharing 98% of their DNA with humans was this transformation?

 

A. Yes, there were apes long before Allah Ta’ala transformed the transgressors into apes. Furthermore, after three days, every person who had become an ape, died. None of these human-apes lived to procreate. No, this transformation has absolutely no bearing on anything common with human beings such as the DNA issue.

 

Q. What happened to Mahmood, the elephant of Abraha who went to destroy the Ka’bah. I have heard conflicting stories. Was he saved or did he also perish along with the other elephants and Abraha’s army?

A. We only are aware that he was saved. This elephant had refused to proceed to the Ka’bah. Despite all the vigourous attempts to steer it towards the destruction of the Ka’bah, it resolutely refused to budge. It simply sat down, but when its head was turned in another direction, it would get up and move in that direction away from the Ka’bah. We are not aware of its ultimate fate. Perhaps some other reader could enlighten us. We simply lack the time to research the kutub for this issue.

 

Q. In the Qur’aan is mentioned the punishment of transforming people into apes and pigs. The Hadith also mentions that this type of punishment will occur in times close to Qiyaamah, especially to people who will be indulging in music and immorality. Does ‘apes and pigs have a literal meaning?

A. The Hadith and the Qur’aan mentioning Allah’s punishment regarding ‘apes and pigs’ has a literal meaning. In the past during bygone times, people had been transformed into apes. Towards the approach of Qiyaamah such punishment in the literal sense will again occur. Allah Ta’ala has power over all things.

 

Q. Who was Hadhrat Aasiya?

A. Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayha) was the wife of Fir’oun, the evil, tyrannical king of Egypt. She had concealed her Imaan. When Fir’oun discovered that she had accepted Imaan from Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), he ordered that she be put under intense torture. A variety of severe punishments was inflicted on her, but she remained steadfast in her Imaan. Stakes were driven into her body, but nothing could deter her from Imaan. When Fir’oun ordered her to renounce Imaan, she exclaimed: “You know that my soul and my heart are in Allah’s protection. If you dismember me, piece by piece, it will only increase my love for Allah.” While she was being tortured, the Angels of Rahmat would shield her with their wings. It was this special mercy of Allah Ta’ala which fortified her and sustained her love for Allah Ta’ala. No person can bear such brutal tortures without the aid of Allah Ta’ala. As she was being tortured, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) passed nearby. She called out: “O Musa! Tell me: is my Rabb pleased with me?” Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) responded: “O Aasiyah! The Angels in the heavens are anxiously waiting for you. Allah is mentioning you to them with pride. So ask whatever you wish for, it will be  granted.” Hadhrat Aasiyah supplicated: “O My Rabb! Build for me a mansion in Jannat by You, and save me from Fir’oun and his misdeeds.” When all the horrendous acts of torture failed to compel her to renounce Imaan, Fir’oun ordered that she be crushed to death with a huge boulder. As the boulder was about to be smashed on her, her glorious soul took flight and entered the celestial abode which Allah Ta’ala had reserved for her.

 

Q. Where is the grave of Hadhrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu anha)?

A. There is much uncertainty regarding the location of her grave. No one knows precisely where the grave of Hadhrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu anha) is. This is the effect of her profound Haya (shame and modesty). According to her directive, she was buried during the night time without any announcement made. Her burial was secretly done. Just as she loved to be concealed during her lifetime, so too does she remain concealed after her demise. After all, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) praising her lofty state of Haya and Hijaab, said: “Faatimah is a part of me.”

 

Q. During my Umrah I met some Arab brothers from Taif who rejected the notion of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) being alive in his Grave. Provide proof which I could share with them

A. The Salafis do not believe in the concept of Hayaatun Nabi – that Rasulul lah – sal lal lahu alayhi wasallam and the Ambiya –alayhimus salaam- are alive in Barzakh. All the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam) enjoy a lofty degree of life in Barzakh. In the Qur’aan Majeed Allah Ta’ala states very clearly about the Shuhada (Martyrs): “Do not say about those who have been slain in the Path of Allah that they are dead. On the contrary, they are alive, and they are being given rizq by their Rabb.” The status of the Ambiya is far superior and much more elevated than the status of the Shuhada. The Hayaat (being alive) of the Ambiya is of a higher level than the hayaat of the Shuhada The Salafi denial of this belief is denial of the belief which the Ahlus Sunnah subscribe to. You will not be able to share with them any proof nor convince them. Great Ulama have written kitaabs on this subject. The arguments of the Salafis have been refuted by Ulama, but they (the Salafis) remain adamant in their erroneous belief. It is therefore futile to engage in any discussion with them on this topic. [SEE “ARE THE PROPHETS (ALAYHIS SALAAM) ALIVE]

 

Question: Please read the attached article on the topic of Wahdatul Wujood and Wahdatush Shuhood written by a very senior Mufti. May I circulate this article?

ANSWER

The article on Wahdatul Wujood should not be circulated. It will only confuse people. These terms do not have literal meanings as is conveyed in the article. It appears that even the honourable Mufti Sahib has not correctly understood the meaning of the terms Wahdatul Wujood and Wahdadush Shuhood. In fact it is not a concept as is being portrayed. All concepts woven around this word are baatil and the products of baseless imagination and corrupt opinion. These figurative terms simply mean extreme divine proximity (Nearness to Allah Ta’ala) which is attained by virtue of Taqwa. The literal meaning of closeness to Allah Ta’ala is stated in the Qur’aan as follows: “Verily, the noblest of you by Allah are the most pious.” This is the actual meaning of Wahdatul Wujood and Wahdatush Shuhood. Some Auliya have expressed this meaning in poetic and figurative forms by using terms such as Wahdatul Wujood and Wahdatush Shuhood. The Mufti Sahib has erred by having understood that the figuritive ‘concept’ which Ibn Arabi and Mujjaddid Alf-e-Thaani had propounded or which others have spun around their figurative statements, differs from the view of the Jamhoor Ulama of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. These two illustrious Auliya who were also Ulama did not hold a belief in conflict with the belief of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah on the issue of Divine Proximity. They only expressed it is figurative terms such as the term ‘wine’ in Sufi terminology means divine love. The analogy of the mirror and the sun is bound to create confusion and give rise to misconceptions in the minds of modernists, the ignorant and people of weak Imaan. Hadhrat Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) had explained these terms simply. Sometime ago we did compose an article on this subject. As soon as we can locate it, we shall forward it to you, Insha’Allah. The simplest, easiest and shortest explanation for Wahdatul Wujood and Wahdatush Shuhood which every Muslim can easily comprehend, is stated in the aforementioned Qur’aanic verse. It only means nearness to Allah Ta’ala, and this proximity is in proportion to the degree of Taqwa. The highest  stage of divine proximity produced by the highest degree of Taqwa will be Wahdatul Wujood. Taqwa of a lesser degree produces a lesser status of proximity called Wahdatush Shuhood. This is all what these terms signify. And Allah knows best.

 

Q. What happens to the soul after death but before burial?

A. After death and before questioning in the Grave, the Rooh hovers with the body. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “All things besides man hear his (or her) voice. If man was able to hear it, he would fall into unconsciousness.” The context of this Hadith is the occasion when the Janaazah is taken for burial, and the evil soul wails in fear.

 

Q. A married girl committed suicide  due to extreme mental and physical torture of her husband and in-laws. What will be her state in the Aakhirat?

A. While suicide is haraam and the perpetrator of it is liable for severe punishment, we cannot say what is or what will be the fate of the girl who had committed suicide due to the torture she was being subjected to. One can only make dua and ask Allah Ta’ala to forgive her. Allah Ta’ala is Just and Merciful. He will not commit the slightest injustice to His servants. Allah Ta’ala will decree only what is just for the girl.

 

Q. It is said that the ancestral mother of the Ya’jooj-Ma’jooj people was a jinn. Is this true?

A. Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj are human beings. They are not a cross between humans and jinn. The jinn version is baseless.

 

Q. Do jinn die natural deaths as humans do? Will shaitaan die a natural death?

A. Jinn die naturally just as human beings do. However, they live for centuries and even millennia. Iblees too will die a natural death at the appointed time of his Maut.

 

Q. Is the Shariah something apart from the Qur’aan and Sunnah?

A. People who are lost in jahl muraqqab (compound ignorance) stupidly believe that the Shariah is something different from the Qur’aan and Sunnah when in fact the Qur’aan and Sunnah are the Shariah. The Shariah is simply one word meaning Allah’s Law, and this term is used by Allah Ta’ala in the Qur’aan to describe His Law.

 

Q. Who were Haamaan and Qaaroon?

A. Haamaan was the prime minister of Fir’oun, the Egyptian king during the time of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Qaarun was an extremely wealthy Yahudi (Jew) who lived during the time of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Although he was from Bani Israaeel, he was a kaafir.

 

Q. Was Zul Kifl a Nabi?

A. Zul Kifl (alayhis salaam) was a Nabi (Prophet). He is mentioned in the Qur’aan.

 

Q. What is the fate in the Hereafter of a person who never received the message of Islam?

A. There is no need to worry about what Allah Ta’ala will do to His creation. Whatever Allah Ta’ala will do is His prerogative. He does as He pleases, and whatever He will do to such a person will be according to His Adal (Justice) and Rahmat (Mercy). Allah Ta’ala will not deal unjustly with anyone. The ruling of the Shariah on the question posed by you is that as long as the person who has not heard of Islam believes in One Creator, there will be salvation for him/her. This is an issue which only Allah Ta’ala will judge and decree.

 

Q. What was the age of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam)? Did Hawwaa (alayhas salaam) die before him? How many children did they have?

A. Hadhrat Adam (alayhis salaam) was 936 years old when he died. Hadhrat Hawwaa (alayhas salaam) died one year after the demise of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam). They had 40 children – 20 sets of twins. Each set consisted of a boy and a girl.

 

Q. Who was Abu Zar Ghifaari? We were told that he was ordered to go and live in the jungle because of his sakht mizaaj (harsh temperament), and because everything was haraam for him. I find some people saying this against the orthodox Ulama like The Majlis.

A. Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu anhu) was a very senior Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). People should restrain their tongues when they desire to make deprecating comments on the Sahaabah. Criticism for a Sahaabi is criticism for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Those who speak ill of a Sahaabi are deficient in their Imaan. Criticising a Sahaabi implies criticism for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). What we know about Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu anhu) is that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that Allah Ta’ala had instructed him (i.e. for the Nabi) to specifically love four Sahaabah. One of the four is Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu anhu). Also mentioned in the same Hadith is that Allah Ta’ala loves these four, i.e. with a special love. With regard to sakht mizaaj, there are two dimensions in this attitude. One is a ‘sakht mizaaj’ for upholding the Haqq, and one is a sakht mizaaj for the propagation and condonation of baatil such as halaalization of carrion, practising bid’ah, operating radios of the devil, etc.

 

Question:

Some people claim that when a non-Muslim embraces Islam, his previous sins are forgiven on condition that he does not continue his sins. Is this the correct view?

Answer:

This view is baseless. Islam effaces all sins. When a non-Muslim sincerely embraces Islam and believes that his misdeeds are sins, then all the sins he had committed during his time of kufr are forgiven. The only condition is that he should accept Islam with sincerity

Question:

Are witnesses necessary when a person embraces Islam? In our community it is regarded necessary to declare one’s Shahaadat in the Musjid in the presence of witnesses.

Answer:

Neither are witnesses necessary nor is it necessary to make any declaration in the Musjid. A person becomes a Muslim when he/she believes sincerely that Islam is the only true Deen. Once this is accepted, then the person should verbally recite the Kalimah: Laa ilaha il lallaahu Muhammadur Rasulullaah. (There is no deity (god or being of worship)— besides Allah, and Muhammad is His Rasool —Messenger). On having recited this Kalimah, one becomes a fully-fledged Muslim. Now it is incumbent to learn the rules of Tahaarat (Purification) and Salaat.

 

Q Why is it haraam to join the interfaith movement, and why does one become a murtadd when participating in this movement?

A. The Interfaith movement has two cardinal articles of their faith which are: (1) All religions and ideologies are on par – on the same level. No religion is superior to another religion. Thus, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, atheism and idolatry are on par with Islam according to the interfaith religion. (2) No religion is the absolute truth. All religions are the products of the human mind. Thus, Islam too is not the absolute truth. It is the product of the mind of a human being. Those who participate in the interfaith movement are therefore murtads regardless of whether they subscribe to the above items of kufr or not. They are just like a person who attends a Hindu function in a temple and sits in respect through an idolatrous ceremony. Whether he believes in the idols or not, his very presence and participation in the function and venue of shirk render him a murtad.

 

Q. What is the Shariah status of a Muslim who believes in the theory of evolution, denies that Aadam (alayhis salaam) was the first man on earth? How should I convince this person of his error?

A. The one who believes in evolution and denies that the first created human was Hadhrat Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam), loses his/her Imaan. He/she becomes a murtad by holding such a belief of kufr. You will not be able to convince the murtad of his error of kufr. You only have to inform him that Islam rejects the kufr theory of evolution and teaches the belief of Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) and Hadhrat Hawwa (alayhas salaam) being the first ancestors of human beings. They were not evolved from the ‘single cell’, nor were they baboons as the atheist scientists claim. They were created by Allah’s power and command in the best form, fully developed and perfect. Guidance and Imaan come from only Allah Ta’ala. If Allah Ta’ala did not decree Imaan for a person, no amount of convincing, argument and proving will ever convince the one whom Allah causes to go astray.

 

Q. Why would someone be a kaafir if he does not accept that Hawwaa (alayhas salaam) was created from the rib of Nabi Aadam (alayhas salaam)? Only rejection of a Mutawaatir teaching is kufr? In Umdatul Qari it is mentioned that Rabee Bin Anas had taken a figurative meaning of the hadith vol. 11 page 14. In Ruhul Maani it is mentioned that Abu Muslim also does not accept the creation from the rib. Whilst this is not the preferred opinion, the presence of this opinion will prevent the takfeer of one subscribing to it.

A. You don’t know what you are saying. Do you have any doubt in the Shariah’s teaching that Hadhrat Hawwaa (alayhas salaam) was created from the rib of Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam)? Is this teaching not Mutawaatir? Rejection of this absolute truth is kufr. The view of Rabee Bin Anas and Abu Muslim is extremely rare and baatil. It is utterly baseless, and these seniors had erred in their understanding on this issue. In fact, it is mentioned in Umdatul Qaari that this view is ‘baatil’. The Tawaatur of this belief is not negated by such rare views. There are rare views on almost every Shar’i issue. Rare views which are in diametric conflict with the official version of the Shariah should never be cited to negate the view of the Jamhoor. Allaamah Sha’raani (rahmatullah alayh) said: “He who takes the rare views of the Ulama (as his daleel), he has made his exit from Islam.”

 

Q. A Muslim woman is a lesbian. Does she remain a Muslim while she ascribes to lesbianism?

A. A person remains a Muslim regardless of his/her sins. As long as the sinner believes that his/her sins are haraam, he/she remains a Muslim. However, if the lesbian believes that there is nothing wrong with lesbianism and that it is not sinful, then she is a kaafir.

 

Q. What is the status of a person who despite not consuming pork and liquor does not believe these to be 100% haraam?

A. A person who totally abstains from pork and wine, but believes that it is not 100% haraam, is guilty of kufr even if he abhors this rijs (filth). Anything which is 100% haraam must be believed 100% to be haraam. Hating it is not sufficient to save a person from kufr. One has to believe in the way the Shariah commands belief.

 

Q. After having made a statement of kufr, how does one renew Imaan? Is it necessary to have witnesses?

A. Renewal of Imaan requires that the person regrets and seeks forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala for his statements of kufr. Then he should recite the Kalimah Shahaadat aloud to himself. This he can do in privacy. Witnesses are not necessary.

 

Q. Does a person lose his Imaan if thoughts of kufr enter into his mind?

A. As long as he does not utter the thoughts of kufr, his Imaan will remain valid. When such thoughts crop up in the mind, he should immediately recite Wala houla… and lapse into some Thikr.

 

Q. If a person is tortured, will it be permissible for him to renounce Islam verbally while concealing Imaan in his heart? I have read that the Sahaabi, Yaasir Bin Ammaar (radhiyallahu anhu) had done so. Which course is better: to verbally renounce Imaan or to rather be killed while refusing to verbally renounce Imaan?

A. Under torture it is permissible to verbally renounce Imaan while the heart is filled with Imaan. It is better to proclaim Imaan and to be killed than to renounce it verbally.

 

Q. The Qur’aan states that those who do not judge according to the Law of Allah, they are kaafiroon. Does it literally means that they are unbelievers?

A. Those who do not judge by the Law of Allah, the Qur’aan says that they are the Kaafiroon. There are two kinds of ‘kaafiroon’ in this context. The one kind will be those who outrightly reject Allah’s Law. They do not believe in it. They are the kaafiroon of the highest degree such as the modernist political leaders who are in power in most of the Muslim countries. They are men such as Hosni Mubaarak (Egypt), Musharraf (Pakistan), Zainul Abideen (Tunisia), Assad (Syria), etc. Then there are the other kind of ‘kaafiroon’ who are outwardly kaafir because they judge by kufr law whilst they believe in Islam and its laws. They are like such fornicators who commit zina while believing zina is haraam. In this class of ‘kaafiroon’ are rulers such as the Saudi Arabian rulers. However, in terms of the fatwa of the Shariah both groups will be branded Kaafiroon. Allah Ta’ala will judge them in the Hereafter.

 

A man claims that he is experiencing visions and a saint appeared to him in one of his visions and gave him certain powers. In addition he claims that he receives inspiration from Allah Ta’ala. In one of these visions he was told that all his past and future sins are forgive and that he does not have to make Salaat any more. Please comment.

This man is totally under the spell and influence of shaitaan. Even Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had to perform Salaat right until the end. Can anyone claim greater divine proximity and piety than Rasulullah (sallallahu
alayhi wasallam)? Yet he had to follow every aspect of the Shariah right to the last. The man is not receiving visions from Allah Ta’ala. His visions
are shaitaani delusions. He stands to lose his Imaan. It is essential that this person seeks the advice of uprighteous Ulama.

Please explain the meaning of Fatwa and Taqwa in relation to rulings of the Shariah. I have heard it said that a thing is permissible according to Fatwa, but not according to Taqwa.

 

Question:

Even Muslims have described as barbaric the sentence of stoning to death which a Nigerian court has ordered for a woman found guilty of adultery. Some Muslims argue that stoning to death is not ordered by Islam. Please comment.

Answer:

This type of modernist is a perfect example of a kaafir. A person who denies the Shariah’s Law of Rajm (Stoning) is a murtadd in the unanimous Ruling of ALL the authorities of Islam of all Four Math-habs. From the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to this day, there has been no difference of opinion o­n this issue in the Ummah. It is o­nly in this age that zindeeqs and spineless so-called Muslims who have become the slaves of the West, deny this Shar’i Command o­n which there exists absolute certitude— a certitude which tolerates no scope for dissension. There are no two opinions in Islam o­n this question. If zina is proved o­n the basis of evidence which is admissible in the Shariah, there will be a conviction and punishment will have to be meted out. The clamour of the kuffaar press against the Rajm law of Islam has constrained the modernist zindeeqs to openly voice their support for the demands of the kuffaar. Insha’Allah, we hope with taufeeq from Allah Ta’ala, to write a booklet explaining the Shar’i command of Rajm (Stoning for adultery).

 

Question:

There is an opinion that the Ya’juj and Ma’juj are actually people of Mongloid/Chinese origin and they had already appeared at some time in history wroughting the havoc mentioned in some Ahaadith. Some say that the Mongols who had devastated the Islamic World and destroyed Baghdad centuries ago were the Ya’juj and Ma’juj. Another opinion is that the story of Ya’juj and Ma’juj has a figurative interpretation and could refer to the present day Chinese who are spreading throughout the world and can be found in almost every country. Is there any Islamic substance in these theories?

Answer:

Yes, there is Islamic substance in these theories. That substance is the substance of kufr. Every one of these baseless and ridiculous theories renders a person a murtadd (renegade) and places him outside the fold of Islam. These theories are utter drivel and in total conflict with the Qur’aan and Ahaadith. Keeping these two rebellious tribes imprisoned somewhere on earth and made invisible to others is not beyond the Qudrat (Power) of Allah Ta’ala. They will be let loose during the reign of Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam). It is then that they will unleash their anarchy and spread havoc on earth. The appearance of Ya’juj and Ma’juj is among the major signs of Qiyaamah.

 

Question:

What is the Shariah’s ruling regarding a person who attends a Christian wedding in a church and listens to the ceremony?

Answer:

He becomes a murtadd. He has to repent and renew his Imaan.

 

Question:

What is the Shariah’s verdict regarding a man who mocks and ridicules a Muslim’s beard?

Answer:

A person who mocks and ridicules the beard or any Sunnat of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) leaves the fold of Islam. He becomes a murtadd thereby.

Question:

Some people when visiting the cemetery kiss the graves. Is this permissible?

Answer:

If the intention when kissing the grave is worship, then such kissing is kufr. If the niyyat is not ibaadat (worship), the act nevertheless remains a major sin.

 

 

Q. On ETV a chap called ‘riyad moosa’ dressed as Osama rapping to make a mockery of him and his death. What is sad is that he is a Mus lim who was making fun of another Muslim and of his Islamic attire. What is the Shariah’s ruling?

A. The miserable crackpot who made a mockery of Osama by dressing up in Islamic attire and making fun is a shaitaan. Mocking at even the Islamic garb is kufr. Ridiculing any aspect of Islam is kufr. He is a murtad for mocking a Muslim and the Islamic dress to soothe the desires of the kuffaar.

 

Q. A clown whose name is Riaad Moosa has recently made a mockery of Islam by dressing up with Islamic attire and a fake beard, imitating Osama Bin Laden. With his singing accompanied by music, he made fun of Osama. A man with a niqab also appeared in the clown’s act. What is the Shariah’s ruling regarding this person?

A. The clown, Riaad, has long ago become a murtad. His kufr is aggravated by his kufr mockery of aspects which are among the sh-iaar (salient features) of Islam. The dress, beard and Niqaab are among the shi-aar . Mocking, or jesting with any of the teachings/ practices of Islam is kufr. The clown’s denial that he had not targeted Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is rejected by the Shariah. An attack on any aspect of Islam is an attack on Allah and His Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The only salvation for this contemptible clown is to publicly apologize for his kufr; to repent, and to renew his Kalimah. Furthermore, his very devilish profession, viz. clowning, music, etc., renders him a murtad even if he does not openly insult the Deen as he had done with his mockery of Osama Bin Laden. The lengthy response given by Muslimah in Say adequately debunks the bunkum defence proffered by the murtad clown. His f labby selfvindication comes within the purview of the following Qur’aanic verse: “Do not present excuses. Verily you have committed kufr after your Imaan…”

 

Q. Zaid and Imraan were conduction a transaction. Imraan put forward an offer with a certain condition. Zaid said that the condition is not permissible and the mas’alah states so. Imraan said: “I’m not worried about mas’alah masaa-il. If you want to go forward with the deal then this is the way I want it. Take it or leave it.” Zaid was taken aback. Nevertheless, he structured the deal to comply with the Shariah. My question is: What is the consequence of Imraan’s words? Did Zaid act correctly by concluding the deal with Imraan?

A. Imraan’s statement is kufr. His statement in fact is a rejection of the Shariah. He should repent and renew his Imaan and Nikah. Zaid erred by concluding the transaction with Imraan who implied rejection of the Shariah. When Imraan uttered the kufr, he became a murtad. It is not permissible to trade with a murtad.

 

Q. I have heard that the late Mr. Asmal who was cremated had expressed the desire to be buried. Does this not indicate that he was a Muslim?

A. What he was in his heart is the domain of Allah Ta’ala Who will judge on the Day of Qiyaamah. Our concern is with the observance of Allah’s Shariah. We are not concerned with Allah’s judgments on the Day of Qiyaamah. The burnt out person did not live like a Muslim. He has publicly proclaimed his atheism and his love for whisky and gin which were perfectly ‘permissible’ in his agnostic ideology. If he had reverted to Islam, he should have made this known. He should have declared his Islam. He should have publicly repented He should have left a burial directive instructing that he should be buried as a Muslim since he is a Muslim. But, on the contrary, according to his family, his burial directive was ‘cremation’ – to be incinerated in Naar (Fire of Jahannum). In the final analysis, according to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) a person will die and be resurrected the way he lived. May Allah Ta’ala save our Imaan.

 

Q. I have been told that if someone does not perform Salaat he becomes a kaafir even if he believes Salaat is Fardh. Is this correct?

A. Perhaps you did not understand what you were told. Nowadays, modernist Zindeeqs although they come to the Musjid on Fridays and also attend the Musjid irregularly, they do not believe in the fundamental institutions of Islam. The abstention from Salaat of such zindeeqs is undoubtedly kufr. But, abstaining from Salaat whilst believing that Salaat is Fardh is not kufr. It is a terrible sin which threatens to eliminate Imaan if the sinner perpetuates his evil practice of abstaining from Salaat. But it is not kufr although it can ultimately culminate in kufr.

Q. Most school-going children who fast indulge in major sins. They argue that these actions do not break the fast, hence they freely commit the sins. Please comment on this attitude.

A. Obviously the rozah (fast) of the evil person who indulges in all the kabeerah sins you have mentioned will not be accepted. Such a fast is rejected – struck into his face. Every semblance of thawaab is destroyed by the haraam acts you have mentioned. Their fasting is like a chained dog is denied food and water from morning till night. The effect of the fast is utterly destroyed and they qualify for Jahannum. About such damaged fasts, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “There are many persons for whom there is nothing in their fasting but hunger.” If they believe that the sins are permissible, then they lose their Imaan. In fact, innumerable pupils of secular schools and even adults while believing they are Muslims, have long ago become murtads with their beliefs of kufr.

 

Q. A man said that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is a ‘vagabond’ – Nauthubillaah!. What is the state of his Imaan?

A. If a man says that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is, a ‘vagabond’, Nauthubilllaah, then he has lost his Imaan. He has become a murtad. His nikah is invalidated. He has to repent, renew his Imaan and Nikah as well.

 

Q. What is the Shar’i status of wives and others who scorn, abuse and reject polygamy?

A. They lose their Imaan. They become murtad and will hang upside down in Jahannum.

 

Q. There appears to be much sense in the theory of evolution.

A. Evolution is a stupid theory which even baboons mock. When the human brain become convoluted and deranged by satanic manipulation, then he discerns ‘much sense’ in the most ludicrous stupidity. Regardless of how much ‘sense’ it may make to you, and even if we have to assume that it is a logical/intelligent theory (which of course it is not), then too it is a fallacy in view of the fact that Allah Ta’ala has created man in perfected form. The creation of Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) is explicitly stated in the Qur’aan Shareef, and the manner of his creation has been described in detail by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). There is not the slightest room in Islam for accommodating the baboon theory . It is a theory of kufr which eliminates Imaan.

 

Q. A learned man says that Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj are not physical people. He gives a figurative interpretation, explaining that they are evil forces. There are no two imprisoned tribes as we understand. What is the Shariah’s view regarding this view?

A. The denial of the physical reality of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj is kufr. This so-called learned man has become a murtad with this belief of kufr.

 

Q. A scholar says that it is permissible for a man to shake hands with a woman. What is the status of a person who makes this contention?

A. It is haraam for woman to shake hands with a man and vice versa. When it is haraam for a man to look at a ghair mahram woman and vice versa, how can hand-shaking be permissible? Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) never shook hands with a woman. This issue is not difficult to understand. The problem is that brains have become corrupted by westernization, hence Islamic practices and laws are rejected. A person who claims that it is permissible for a man and woman to shake hands loses his Imaan. He becomes a murtad because he flagrantly proclaims a haraam act to be halaal.

 

Q. If a person believing suicide to be halaal, kills himself, will he be a kaafir?

A. Believing any haraam act to be halaal, not only suicide, is kufr. If someone believes that suicide is halaal, then he is in the same category as the person who claims that fornication is halaal, even if he does not commit suicide and zina. In both cases he loses his Imaan. If he does not return to the fold, he will dwell in Hell forever.

 

Is the Imaan of a convert valid without circumcision?

Imaan is valid. However, circumcision being a salient feature of Islam and an incumbent practice, the convert should have himself circumcised.

 

 

Q. Some non-Muslims display supernatural acts. What explanation is there for this?

A. Some kuffaar and fussaaq also display miracles. If a faasiq displays a miracle, the Shariah orders us to believe that he is aided by the shaitaan or he is practising some shaitaani amal. The miracles of fussaaq are not karaamat. They are called Istidraaj. They are manifestations of shaitaaniyat (satanism) and nafsaaniyat.