Miscellaneous Questions Regarding Madrasah and Knowledge

Question:

We in darul uloom ny are revising the curriculum/syllabus for our academics (math, science, english,etc) we only teach about one and hallf hour a day of academics do you have any idea where we can get ISLAMIC extbooks in math, english, etc….without pictures/photos… if so, please send me the info (ISBN numbers of the books, etc ), even if they may be from another country (eg. england, south africa, etc.)… or send me someone else’s contacts who might know…

Answer:

To the best of our knowledge, there are no text books in the English language specifically designed for teaching in Madrasahs.

As far as mathematics is concerned, the text books in vogue should be used. Regarding sciences, the same applies. However, as the teacher teaches, he should draw the attention of the pupils to anything which is in conflict with Islam, and negate it. Regarding English language, there are many Islamic books in English available. Some of these books should be taught for improving the language of the pupils. By using Islamic books, the student will benefit in both ways—language as well as improve his
knowledge about the Deen.

Also, the grammar text books used in schools may be used. Most grammar books are without pictures. If the book contains pictures, these should be effaced with adhesive labels stuck on them to eliminate the entire picture, not only the eyes or the head. Any passages in the books which are in conflict with the Shariah, should simply be deleted.

Question:

At the time of reciting the Holy Qur`aan I moisten my finger by touching my tongue when I turn a page. Is it permissible to do so – I mean the application of saliva to the finger for the purpose of paging the Holy Qur`aan?

Answer:

In view of the Fiqhi Rule that the saliva of man is Taahir (pure) and in view of the fact that during the Sunnat practice of kissing Hajre Aswad the saliva touching the Hajre Aswad is not regarded as being disrespectable, there is nothing wrong in paging the Qur`aan in the manner described. (Fataawa Darul Uloom)

Question:

Is it permissible for a number of people to recite the Qur`aan Shareef aloud in one place? Everyone reads aloud whatever part of the Qur`aan he is reciting.

Answer:

Allah Ta`ala commands in the Qur`aan Shareef: “When the Qur`aan is being recited, listen to it (attentively) and maintain silence.” This clash of voices resulting from reciting aloud negates attentive listening and silence while the Qur`aan is being recited. Everyone should recite in low tones. The method of reciting aloud by a group of persons is not proper.

Question:

If a woman is dressed in full Purdah (Burqah with Niqaab covering the face) will it be permissible for her to sit in the presence of an Aalim and obtain Islamic lessons?

Answer:

The Qur`aan Shareef commands:

“And, when you (O men!) ask them (women) something, then ask them, from behind a HIJAAB (screen).” (Surah Ahzaab)

According to the Shariah it will not be permissible for the woman, even in full Purdah, to sit in the presence of a male. It is necessary, i.e. compulsory, to erect a screen between the woman and the man, and even if there is a separating screen, the Aalim or any man shall not remain alone in the room if there is only one woman present. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has warned against solitude with women, for he said that shaitaan operates in the body of man like blood runs through the body vessels. Ulama should be particularly cautious in this matter. The tricks and snares of the nafs are indeed great.

Question:

How shall we dispose torn and tattered pages of the Holy Qur`aan?

Answer:

Wrap them in a clean cloth and bury in a spot where it will not be trampled on.