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Q & A on Muharram and Aashurah

Which is the first month of the Islamic calendar and what is it’s meaning? Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar- meaning “Forbidden”. Even before Islam, this month was always known as a sacred month which un-lawful acts were “forbidden”, prominently the shedding of blood. Which are the four sanctified months that are alluded to in the Quran ... Read More »

When Is Waleemah Sunnah?

Question: 1. Is the waleemah sunnah before or after consumation? Does consumation refer to actual intercourse, or is privacy between the two sufficient? 2. Will the sunnah of waleemah be carried out if people are fed immediately after the marriage and before the couple can seclude themselves in privacy? Answer: 1. The waleemah meal is to be fed after the ... Read More »

Delaying Ones Hajj!

Question: Will a person be sinful for delaying ones Hajj? Answer: If Hajj Is fardh(obligatory) for a person and he does not perform hajj at the first opportunity,he will be guilty of a serious sin and is liable for punishment. however, if he does perform the Hajj thereafter,he will be absolved of the sin, and will no longer remain a ... Read More »

Trimming A Woman’s Hair!

Question: Can a woman trim the ends of her hair to make them equal? Answer: There is no harm in the natural process of the hair growing in uneven lengths. It may therefore not be trimmed. It is also prohibited to cut the hair of little girls according to modern fashion. And Allah knows best! Fataawa Rahimiyya Vol 3, Page ... Read More »

Giving Interest Money As Zakaah!

Question: Someone has interest money, which he then gives to a poor person as a gift on condition that the person returns some to him as a gift. The poor person then accepts it and returns it to the original owner. Can the owner now use the money? Answer: This scheme to make the interest money halaal is not acceptable ... Read More »

Tasting Something Before Buying?

Question: Is one allowed to taste fruit at a fruiterer before buying? Answer: There are 3 scenarios in this situation: 1. If one has no intention whatsoever of buying, it is forbidden to taste,and one needs to reimburse the fruiterer. 2. One had the intention to buy,but then changed one’s mind. One needs to reimburse the fruiterer or seek his ... Read More »

Are astronomical calculations permissable for Ramadhan?

Question? Are astronomical observations and calculations acceptable for the commencement of Ramadhan etc? Answer: There is unanimity amongst the jurists of islam that it is not permissible to start Ramadhan with astronomical calculations.Nabi SAW said:”Start fasting when you sight the crescent and celebrate eid when you sight the crescent.” (Bukhari Shareef). therefore sighting of the moon is a pre-requisite for ... Read More »

What are the benefits of fasting?

Question: Explain some of the benefits of fasting? Answer: Imam Ghazali RA states,fasting overpowers shaytan,the enemy of Allah because the base of all carnal desires is the stomach.By filling the stomach,lust exhibits its actions.Shaytan by manipulating these carnal desires,targets people as his prey.When the Muslim adopts hunger by fasting,the lustful desires weaken,then the shaytaan is beaten into despondency. One should ... Read More »

Is There a Door of Jannat For Fasting Person?

Question: Please could you mention the door of Jannat that is reserved for the fasting Person? Answer: Hadhrat Sahl bin Sa’ad RA reported that Rasulullah SAW said: “There are 8 doors to Jannah,and the name of one of them is Rayyaan (satiating thirst) by which only those who observed fasts,will enter.” (Bhukhari) Hadhrat Sahl RA reported that Rasulullah SAW said ... Read More »

What are the rewards for fasting?

Question: What are the rewards for fasting? Answer: Nabi SAW said: ” My ummah has been given 5 special things that were not given to anyone before them. 1. The smell from the mouth of a fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. 2. The fish in the sea seek forgiveness on their behalf until they ... Read More »