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Acting upon the Sunnah and the ruling on opposing it

Do the books of Hadith explain the Qur’an? Is it true that there is no Sunnan (supererogatory acts of worship following the example of the Prophet) in Islam...

Ruling on following the funeral of grave-worshippers

Allah (Exalted be He) says, “It is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allâh’s Forgiveness for the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in...

Ruling on carrying the wife of the deceased

Some peple, if a man dies, a woman who has not menstruated carries his wife around his grave seven times to the right and seven times to the...

The Moon Landing

What is your opinion regarding those who claim to have landed on the moon which we, as Muslims, consider one of Allah’s signs? Answer: The knowledge about...

Words to be said at times of adversity

I live with my parents, brothers, and sisters. We all love and respect each other, all praise be to Allah. I love my family very much and this...

Ruling on preparing food for the people who attend the funeral

Is it permissible for the family of the deceased to cook food during the same day in which a person passes away to serve it to those who...

Patience During Hardship

I do not feel submission or the sweetness of faith. This may happen at times of diversity and calamities. What is the solution to this? Please advise me,...

Enduring diseases

What is the ruling on the illnesses that befall the sons of Adam (i.e. humans); are they punishments from Allah or tests for His Servants? Are there any...

Allah will punish the person whom He loves beforehand in this world

How correct is the statement ‘Allah will punish the person whom He loves beforehand in this world’? Does (affliction with) disease belong to the punishment by which sins...

Ruling on bury a Mushaf or Qur'an in the grave of deceased

Is it permissible to bury a Mushaf or the Qur’an in the grave of the deceased? What is the Islamic ruling on this? Answer: It is not...

Ruling on gathering on the Prophet's Mawlid

Is it permissible to gather on the 12th of Rabi‘ul-Awwal to commemorate the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)? Answer: Celebrating the Mawlid is an act of bid‘ah (deviant...

Where is the grave of Al-Husayn?

The Egyptians claim that the head of Al-Husayn is buried in Egypt, and the Iraqis have a Masjid (mosque) that they call Al-Mashhad Al-Husayni. I do not know...

Ruling on going out to the market without husband permission

What is the ruling on a woman going out to the market without her husband’s permission? Answer: If a woman wants to go out, she should inform...

Ruling on saying Allah and His Messenger know best

What is the Islamic ruling in your opinion on saying these phrases: “Allah knows that…,” “Allah forbid!” “Allah’s Will,” and “Allah and His Messenger know best”? Answer:...

Ruling on applying the phrase Al-Marhum and Al-Maghfur Lahu to the deceased

I often hear people say some words about which I would like to know the Islamic viewpoint. For example, when a person dies some people call him “Al-Marhum”...

Ruling on concluding letters and petitions with the phrase May you last forever

What is the ruling on concluding letters and petitions with the phrase “May you last forever”? Answer: It is a reprehensible act, for immortality belongs to Allah...

Ruling on attributing blessings to nature

A bottled water company wrote a strange sentence on a roadside advertising billboard. It says: “There are still some gifts granted by nature in our world,” and beside...

Every human is born in a state of fitrah

Is the religion one is born into the true one? Answer: Every human is born in a state of fitrah (divinely endowed natural disposition of monotheism/Islam). The...

Every bid'ah is a going astray

Scholars hold different opinions concerning Bid‘ah (innovation in religion); some of them say that there is a good Bid‘ah and a bad one. Is this true? Answer:...

Ruling on having multiple Islamic groups

What is the ruling on having multiple Islamic groups? If I am convinced with the ideas of a certain group which is Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiyyah, is it permissible to...

Ruling on a man who claims that he saw the Prophet in a state of wakefulness

Question : What is the ruling on a man who claims that he saw, while in a state of wakefulness, the Prophet (peace be upon him), virgin Maryam (Mary,...

Ruling on reciting Surah Ya-Sin over the dead

What is the ruling on reciting the Surah of Ya-Sin over the dead, with the intention of dedicating the reward to them? Is that permissible? If it is,...

Ruling on reciting the Qur'an over the dead for a fee

In Morocco, most of the memorizers of the Qur’an say supplications in behalf of some people in return for a sum of money. They may also recite the...

Ruling on hiring people to recite Qur'an for the dead

What is the ruling on taking money in return for reciting the Qur’an? Is there a special event that falls due on the fortieth day or one year...

Way to deal with the followers of Batiniyyah and Ahlul-bi'dah

Question How can I deal with the Batiniyyin1 and ahlul-bid’ah 2 who come to live in our country? It may...

Ruling on praying behind an imam from the bareilawi sect

What is the ruling on praying behind an imam from the bareilawi sect, who believes that the Prophet ﷺ is alive and present and can see us?  Answer: If...

A woman is not guilty of sin if she advises her negligent husband

If a woman advises her negligent husband to do his prayers in the mosque or she expresses anger with regard to that, is she guilty of sin, because...

Who Are The Ikhwanul Muslimin

They are the followers of Hasan Al-Banna. There are several points to be noted about their methodology, the most important of which are the following: They show a lack...

The Jama'ah Is What Conforms To The Truth Even If You Are Alone

There are some who say that the groups which we are commanded to shun in the hadith of Hudhayfah are the Islamic groups such as the Salafis, the...

What to do when there is too much fitnah and division

Are these the times which are referred to in the hadith of the Messenger ﷺ, according to which when one of the Sahabah asked him, “What should I...

Jama'at Al-Tabligh are Modern-Day Sufiyyah (Tasawwuf)

Jama’at at-Tabligh, for example, say: “We want to follow the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.” However some of them fall into error and then say: “How can you...

Hajj by a Mushrik

A Mushrik (one who associates others with Allah) performed Hajj and a long time after their return from Hajj, Allah guided them to the sound ‘Aqidah (creed) and...

Ruling on Changing Names after Hajj

What is the ruling on a person changing their name like most of the Indonesian pilgrims do? Indonesians are used to changing their names when they go to...

Act of Jahiliyyah in Muharram

During the month of Muharram, women go to the house of a newly married woman and bring water with them. They wear thick clothes to protect themselves against...

Ruling on Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Some people celebrate the fourteenth day of February of each Christian year as the Day of Love (Valentine’s Day), where they exchange gifts of red roses and wear...

The ruling on supplications accompanied by music

What is the ruling on supplications accompanied by music? Answer: This is not permissible, for music in itself is haram and making du’as (supplications) accompanied by music...

Ruling on listening to songs

What is the ruling on listening to singing? Answer: Listening to songs is haram, for Allah (Exalted be He) says, “And of mankind is he who purchases...

Ruling on hearing songs or music without intending

What is the ruling on hearing songs on the telephone that you have no choice but to listen to when you booking flights with airline companies? Because usually...

What is the kind of bell that is forbidden?

What is the kind of bell that is forbidden? Please note that there are electric bells that make sounds like birds, or bells on alarm clocks where one piece...

Tafsir Surat Al-Tawbah 23-24

Allah Ta’ala says: “O you who have believed, do not take your fathers or your brothers as allies if they have preferred disbelief over belief. And whoever does so among...

Tafsir Surat Al-Ankabut Ayat 8

“And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents; but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner)...

Ruling on reciting Al-Fatihah for the deceased when visiting his grave

Is it permissible to read Al-Fatihah or anything from the Qur’an for the deceased when visiting his grave, and does that benefit him?  Answer: It is proven that the...

What is the origin of the forty-day anniversary?

What is the origin of the forty-day anniversary? Answer: The origin of this is a Pharaonic custom which was practised by the Pharaohs before Islam, then it spread from...

It is not permissible to give the daughters of Sunni families in marriage to the sons of Shi’is or Communists

Allah decreed that a Kurdish man who claims to be a Sunni and is outwardly righteous should propose marriage to me. His name is Haydar ‘Abdul-Husayn Al-Jabiri. He...

Rapprochement Between The Shi'ah And The Sunnis Is Not Possible

Rapprochement between the Rafidah and the Sunnis is not possible, because their beliefs are different. The belief of Ahl Al-Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah is Tawhid or the oneness of Allah and devoting...

Ruling on a Muslim Marrying a Shi’i

We come from a tribe that lives on the northern borders [of Saudi Arabia], and we mix with tribes from Iraq who are idolatrous Shi’ah; they worship domes and...

Marriage is Half Your Religion

The Sunnah indicates that it is prescribed to get married, and that it is one of the Sunnahs of the Messengers. By getting married a person can, with the help...

Ruling On Burying Non-Sunnis With Sunnis In The Same Graveyard

What is the ruling on burying Non-Sunnis with Sunnis (Ahlus-Sunnah) in the same graveyard? Answer: If the innovator is a kafir (disbeliever) because of his bid’ah (religious innovation), then...

Ruling On Reciting Al-Fatihah At The Time Of A Man's Proposal To A Woman

Is reciting Al-Fatihah at the time when a man gets engaged to a woman an innovation (bid‘ah)?  Answer: Reciting Al-Fatihah at the time of a man’s proposal to a...

Palestinian Intifada

Today we are witnessing a major political phenomenon that has shaken the world, namely the uprising of the Palestinian people against the Jews (the Intifada). Can you suggest...

On Palestinian Issue

What is the way of solving the Palestinian issue which becomes more complicated each day? Answer: The Muslim is deeply grieved and filled with sorrow as the...

Correct methodology for advising the rulers

What is the correct methodology for advising, particularly with regard to advising rulers? Should it be done by publicizing their evil actions from the mimbars or by advising them...

Ruling on Anasheed

What deserves attention also is: The tapes that are being increasingly circulated amongst the practicing youth in which anasheed done in group voices are recorded. They call them Islamic anasheed,...

The Salaf warned against the story-tellers

The Salaf have mentioned the story-tellers (qassas) in the past and condemned them. What is their method and what should our stance be towards them? Answer: The Salaf, may...

Was the Ka'bah clad with a covering at the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)?

Was the Ka’bah clad with a covering at the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)? When did this practice begin? Who was the first person...

What is the meaning of Bid'ah?

What is the meaning of Bid’ah? We want you to define this term clearly. Indeed, there are some people who say that everything that was not practiced during the...

The meaning and types of Bid'ah

We would like you to explain the meaning and types of Bid’ah (innovation in religion) in detail for us. Answer: Bid’ah is an act of worship that was not...

Acts of worship are Tawqifi

Please comment on the Hadith mentioned below, as it is controversial among the students of knowledge. I would like you to explain it in writing, so that they can...

Ruling on extravagant and lavishness during funerals

What is the ruling on extravagance in funerals? The bereaved family serve dinners for those who come to offer condolences. There are also some customs that have spread,...

The differences between the Ahl-ul-Sunnah and Shiites

We are in urgent need of information about the differences between the Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) and Shiites. We hope that you can explain something about their beliefs?...

Are Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism considered religions?

On the evening of Friday, 4th of Safar 1403 A.H., I watched the TV show “The Natural World”. The episode was about India. While giving a quick introduction to...

The Qarmatians and Al-Batiniyyah

What is your opinion regarding the Qarmatians and Al-Batiniyyah? Are they considered Islamic sects or Kafir (disbelieving) ones? Please provide us with some information on them along with some...

Punishment in the Grave

I learned from some Muslim scholars that a dead person comes to life in the grave, answers the questions of the angels, and is punished if they had shown...

It was not authentically reported that a dead person can see the Prophet in his grave

After death and burial, does a person see the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the grave? Shall he be asked, ‘what do you say about this man (the...

Is there any Adhkar from the Qur'an and the Sunnah that can be said to rescue one from the punishment of the grave?

What is the evidence from the Qur’an and the Sunnah showing that certain things can protect people from the punishment in the grave? Are there any Dua’s (supplications) said...

Hadith about the Prophet putting a palm leave on the graves

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) once passed by two graves and said: “These two persons are being tortured not for a major sin (to...

Giving the Muslims' sins to the Jews and Christians

Burdening the Jews and Christians with the Muslims’ sins on the Day of Resurrection contradicts Allah’s saying: “…nor will you be requited anything except that which you used to...

Entering Jannah is by the bounty of Allah, not by good deeds

It has been narrated in a Hadith that no one will enter Jannah (Paradise) by the virtue of their deeds; rather due to the bounty of Allah (Exalted be...

Should a man who discovers that his wife is not a virgin demand his Mahr?

In some countries, people like to see the virginal blood on the bride’s garment and announce her virtuousness the next morning in daylight. If a husband finds his wife...

Rule on a woman refuses any person proposing for her betrothal and wants to be married only to her paternal cousins

I have a full sister who has reached twenty years of age without getting married. Whenever a man proposes to marry her she refuses, saying “I consent only to...

Prohibition of giving women in marriage without their permission

My father forced my sixteen years old sister to marry a man whom she does not desire. She tries now to commit suicide saying that death is more desirable...

It is permissible to refuse marriage when there is a Shar'i excuse

What is the ruling on a Muslim girl refusing to get married? While she is chaste and Islamically committed and hence she finds no needs of marriage? It should...

Is a man considered a Mahram for the sister of his wife?

Is a woman’s husband a Mahram (unmarriageable) to her sister and paternal aunt so he can sit alone with any of them? Answer: No, a woman’s husband is not...

Discovering that one's wife is not a virgin

If a man marries a young woman and then finds that she is not a virgin, what should he do? Answer: This may be due to several reasons; virginity...

Advice to those who wish to marry but cannot afford the expenses

I am a youth in the secondary stage. I endeavor as much as possible to observe the obligatory acts of worship and the commands of Islam. Yet the problem...

Tawhid-ul-Rububiyyah is denied only by deviated people

As the communists and atheists of today deny Allah’s Existence, is this not considered a denial of Tawhid-ul-Rububiyyah (Oneness of Allah’s Lordship) and thus it contradicts what some scholars...

Copyrights on tapes

I work in the field of information technology. Since I started work in this field, I have made CD copies of software programs I use in my work...

Ruling on saying Allah is Omnipresent

What is the ruling on saying that Allah (Glorified be He) exists everywhere? Answer: Saying that Allah exists in all places is the saying of the atheist...

Rule on preventing a girl from marrying due to the opinion of a family member

It has become common nowadays in many families to prevent a girl from marrying due to the opinion of one of her family members. Would you please give your...

Is it permissible for a father to force his daughter to marry a person whom she does not want to marry?

Is it permissible for a father to force his daughter to marry a person whom she does not want to marry? Answer: A father or any other person is...

It is not permissible to delay the marriage of the younger girl

It is a tradition in our village that the younger daughter cannot be given in marriage before the elder one. Some families refuse to marry off the younger daughter...

Greediness and dissatisfaction with simple life, dowries and expenditures for weddings have become exorbitant,that is why marriages have decreased

Dear Eminent Father, the entire Muslim world is experiencing two major problems which have very dangerous social effects: the issue of marriage and raising the age of marriage, and...

Merits of hastening to marry

One thinks that the salary of a girl, her job, the financial and social status of a suitor or her education may lead at times to delaying marriage, what...

Refuting those opining that the rulings of Shari'ah do not match with the present time

A man allege that the Shari’ah contains some rulings incompatible with modern time and hence must be reconsidered and modified. They give as illustration the ruling pertinent to...

Who are the Magians of this Ummah?

Who are the Magians of this Ummah, Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ? Answer: They are the denying Qadariyyah who deny fate and say that everything is predestined. It is...

Ruling on describing worldly inventions as Bid'ah

There is no doubt that there is a fine distinction between what can be described as Bid’ah (innovation in religion) and what can be described as Sunnah (a commendable...

What is meant by Halal (lawful) and Haram (prohibited) in Islam

What is meant by Halal (lawful) and Haram (prohibited) in Islam? Answer: Halal and Haram are two Shar’i (Islamic legal) rulings, the knowledge of which is acquired from the...

Validity of acts of worship by someone committing a sin that entails executing the Hadd

Someone drinks Khamr (intoxicants) and commits Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage) but they perform Salah (Prayer) and the other fundamental deeds of Islam; is the ‘Ibadah (worship) they perform...

Rule on drink Khamr for relieve pains

Is it permissible for a believer to drink Khamr claiming that it relieves some of their pains? Answer: Khamr is Haram (prohibited). It is impermissible to be...

False Karamahs

It is said that there are chosen men who can perform extraordinary events such as coming to perform Hajj without using any means of transportation or attending a Funeral...

Can a person be excused for their ignorance regarding the fundamentals of Tawhid

Can a person be excused for their ignorance regarding the fundamentals of Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah) which represent the core of Din (religion)? What is the...

Ruling on using phrase 'peace be upon him' to anyone other than the Messenger

While reviewing the topics in the book “‘Aqd Al-Durar fi Akhbar Al-Muntadhar”, I found some narrations reported on the authority of ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib as follows: On the...

Ruling on Palmistry

Some people say that the lines on the right palm are in the shape of the Arabic number 18 and those on the left are in the shape...

Quburiyyun (grave worshippers)

It is said that the early Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) admitted that they worshipped their gods only to bring them...

The word 'Aqidah

A questioner asks: Is it true that the word ‘Aqidah (belief) is incorrect and baseless, and that it is better to use the term Iman (faith) instead?

Tafsir Surah Yusuf, Ayah 106: 'And most of them believe not in Allah...'

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: “And most of them believe not in Allâh except that they attribute partners unto Him [i.e. they are Mushrikûn i.e. polytheists. See...

Tafsir Surah Al-Tawbah, Ayahs 76 to 78

I would like to know the detailed Tafsir (explanation of the meanings of the Qur’an) of Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) number 76 to 78 of Surah Al-Tawbah. Do they apply...

Tafsir Surah Al-Tawbah, Ayah 4: 'Except those of the Mushrikun with whom you have a treaty...'

What is the interpretation of the fourth Ayah mentioned in Surah Al-Tawbah. It reads: “Except those of the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) with whom you have a treaty, and who...

Ruling on a husband who treats his wife unjustly

I was married twenty-five years ago; I have a number of sons and daughters. I face a lot of problems with my husband, because he humiliates me a lot...

Ruling on cursing one's children or wife

What is the ruling on a person who curses his wife or one of his children? Does cursing one’s wife count as divorce? Answer: It is not permissible to...

Commenting on criticism among Du'ah (Callers to Islam)

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our trustworthy Prophet Muhammad, his family, Companions and those who follow his Sunnah until...

Ruling on beseeching the Messenger for help

We hear some people calling [or invoking the Prophet, peace be upon him] by saying: “Help us, O Messenger of Allah” or “Help us, O Prophet”, what is the...

Be fair and equitable with your children

My father has an ancient house in an excellent location. He wants to register that house in my brother’s name and I have agreed to this. However, I have...

Warning against talking about people's honor and Ghibah

What is Ghibah? What is the ruling on transgressing against the honor of people? Is it permissible to sit with a person who backbites others? Answer: Saying things about...

Jarh wa Ta'dil and investigating Hadith still remain

Your Eminence, concerning Takhrij (referencing) of a Hadith, Ta’dil (validating the uprightness of Hadith narrators) and Jarh (criticism of Hadith narrators), some people think that the field of Jarh...

On Shaykh Al-Albani

We have a knowledgeable Shaykh in our district, but he insults the other Shaykhs who contradict his opinions. This Shaykh mentions Shaykh Nasir Al-Din Al-Albani specifically and he warns...

Rule on associating with the disbelievers

What is the association with Kafirs (disbelievers) that is prohibited by Shari`ah (Islamic Law)? Answer: Loving the Kafirs, helping them in falsehood and considering them friends are major sins...

The ruling on Taswir of an inanimate objects

If Taswir (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography) of inanimate objects is lawful from the Shar`y perspective, is it permissible to continue doing so? Answer: Yes, this is permissible according...

Ruling on Taswir (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography)

What is your view concerning the claim that taking photographs of humans is permissible, while drawing pictures is Haram (prohibited)? What is your advice for Muslim women who issue...

The ruling on putting pictures in homes

We know that hanging pictures in homes is Haram (prohibited). Can we hang them in the bathroom, whether they are tridimensional or not? Answer: It is obligatory to remove...

The ruling on keeping useful magazines that contain pictures

What is the ruling on bringing home useful magazines and school books that contain pictures of living creatures? Does this come under the ruling introduced in the Hadith that...

The ruling on keeping pictures

What is the ruling on personal photos one has? Answer: These photos should be disposed of if they are no longer needed. As for the Hadith: “Except a design...

The ruling on caricatures

What is the ruling on caricatures in newspapers and magazines that include drawings of persons? Answer: The referred to drawing is not permissible. It is one of the widely...

Issue on Taswir (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography)

Is it permissible for a teacher to draw animate beings in the course of teaching as a visual aid, bearing in mind that many Sahih (authentic) Hadiths prohibit Taswir...

Ruling on Muslims residing in a non-Muslim country

What is your advice for the unemployed Muslim brothers and sisters who live in England and receive financial support from the government? They sometimes get a job but they...

Executing one who apostatizes from Islam

I heard on a radio program interview that there is no evidence in the Noble Qur’an, the Hadith or even a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified scholar)...

Do supplication and Sadaqah (voluntary charity) repel the Divine Decree and Predestination?

Do supplication and Sadaqah (voluntary charity) repel the Divine Decree and Predestination? Answer: Predestination that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) decided will definitely come to pass....

Ruling on following Sufi Shaykhs

A Sudanese person living in Al-Anbar says: In our country we have various sects. Each sect follows a certain shaykh to guide and teach them and believe that he...

The Believer's Stance towards the Trials (Fitnah)

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. May the good end be for the pious people. Peace be upon Muhammad, His Messenger and His Slave, and upon his...

Ruling on the view that not rebel against the ruler as a defeatist thinking which manifests weakness

Your Eminence, we know that this forms one of the foundational beliefs of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body), but unfortunately, some adherents...

It is not permissible to rebel against him if revolution leads to greater harm

Some latter-day sects give Bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) to leaders they choose from among themselves. They claim that it is obligatory to obey them and abide by their commands...

What should a son do who was raised by an ignorant family

What should a son do who was raised by an ignorant family then learned Islamic knowledge and informed his family of Haram (prohibited) and Halal (lawful) matters but his...

Meaning and types of Taqlid and the ruling on each type

What is the meaning and forms of Taqlid along with the legal ruling on each type? Answer: A- Scholars of Usul-ul-Fiqh (principles of Islamic jurisprudence) have many definitions of...

Reconciliation of the Four Schools of Jurisprudence

I am a student at the Teachers Institute in Ha’il. The teacher of religion told us that we can not follow the ways of the Four Imams (Imams Abu...

It is obligatory on Muslims to follow the Qur'an and Sunnah

There are four Madhabs (Schools of Jurisprudence) in Islam. What criteria do I apply in selecting to follow one of them? Can I follow more than one school of...

Ruling on Al-Mirghaniyyah or Al-Khatmiyyah Tariqah (Sufi order)

I am a monotheist but my household follow Al-Mirghaniyyah Tariqah (Sufi order) which is known here in Sudan as Al-Khatmiyyah. Since I was guided to monotheism, I...

Definition of Makruh

What is the definition of Al-Makruh? Answer: Al-Makruh (disliked) is defined as an act that if abstained from, one is rewarded. However, if such an act is done no...

The authority of Hadith-ul-Ahad

What about a person who denies the punishment in the grave, because the reports in this regard are Hadith-ul-Ahad (Hadiths which at some point in the chain have...

Learning the Glorious Qur'an

Question : What is the ruling of the Shari’ah (Islamic law) on someone who does not apply the rules of the recitation of the glorious Qur’an? As I do not...

The book: 'Al-Jawahir by Shaykh Zayn Al-Din Al-Malibary' is not considered a reliable source

Question : Attached to my letter is a booklet called Al-Jawahir fi ‘Uqubat Ahl Al-Kaba’ir. I have read the entire booklet which quotes many Hadith and sayings that state the...

Extent of obligatory knowledge

Question : I would like to know the extent of the knowledge that it is conditional to know before practicing Da‘wah (calling to Islam). What type of knowledge should be...

It is impermissible for a person to remain ignorant

Are the ignorant about religious matters and the layman not brought to account for the things they do not know about? Is acquiring religious knowledge Wajib (obligatory) in their...

Ruling on book entitled 'Kashf Al-Akinnah' by Abdul-Wahhab Mahiyyah

What is your opinion about a book entitled “Kashf Al-Akinnah ‘Amma Qila ‘Innahu Bid’ah Wahwa Sunnah (Revealing the Secrets concerning what is Deemed as Bid’ah [innovation in the religion]...

Publishing Islamic books as a Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity)

Does the printing of valid Islamic books benefit a Muslim after death, and can it be considered as knowledge by which people may benefit, as mentioned in the Hadith?...

Duties of a teacher

All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. One of the most important duties of a teacher is to make students keen...

The Hadith: 'I saw 'Amr ibn 'Amir Al-Khuza'i dragging his intestines in the Fire'

Is it reported in any Hadith that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saw, during his Salah (Prayer), ‘Amr ibn Luhay turning from side to side in...

A Muslim is not permitted to seek forgiveness for grandparents who die as Mushriks

I have grandparents who died in Shirk (disbelief); is it permissible to ask Allah’s Forgiveness for them? Answer: It is impermissible for a Muslim to invoke Allah’s...

Ruling on asking forgiveness for the disbelievers

A Muslim man renounced Islam and died in this state, can we declare him to be a disbeliever? What is the ruling on apostates in Islam? Is it...

Ruling on whoever dies as a minor

O Shaykh, it is said that when a baby is born, it will be written on his forehead that he is wretched or blessed. What is the ruling on...

Ruling on Ahl Al-Fatrah

Two people differed over the final destiny of Ahl-Al-Fatrah (people whom the message of Islam has not reached). While one holds the view that they will be saved from...

The Prophet's parents

Is it correct that Ahl-ul-Fatrah (people having no access to Divine Messages) will be saved from Hell and that the parents of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were...

The fate of the children of the disbelievers

What is the fate of the non-Muslim children on the Day of Resurrection? Answer: The preponderant view is that Allah will test them with some commands on the Day...

The fate of Ahl Al-Fatrah

A young intellectual Buddhist lady has recently embraced Islam after seven years of extensive research, and she is now performing Da’wah (calling to Islam). Some men and women embraced...

Can a Muslim's ignorance of creed be excused?

In our country, the worship of graves is rampant; there are many advocates who claim that the worshippers of graves among Muslims will be excused for their ignorance. Therefore,...

Ruling on watching movies and television and playing cards during the daytime in Ramadan

Some Muslims spend most of the day in Ramadan watching movies, soap operas, videos, television, and playing cards. What is the ruling on this? Answer: Muslims, whether fasting or...

Is the month of Ramadan an exclusive feature of the Muslims?

Is the month of Ramadan an exclusive feature of our Muslim nation only or it was also prescribed upon previous nations? Answer: Allah (Exalted be He) states: “O you...

Advise for Muslims on the occasion of the beginning of blessed Ramadan

What is the word you would like to direct to the Muslim Ummah (nation based on one creed) on celebrating the beginning of Ramadan? Answer: In the Name of...

Ruling on joining religious parties

What do you advise preachers to do against the religious innovators? We would like you to direct special advice to the young men who are excited about joining...

knowledge has faded and the scholars have died

One of the common sayings among students, especially in colleges and scientific institutions is: knowledge has faded and the scholars have died. Also that there is no one who...

Obeying rulers and scholars in Ma'ruf to set things right

Question 1: What is meant by obeying those in authority in the Ayah (Qur’anic verse)? Does the term refer to scholars or rulers, who may be unjust? Answer...

Each group claims to be the right group

Your Eminence, Fitnahs (temptations) have spread in the arena of Da’wah (calling to Islam) due to the presence of many Islamic groups. Among these groups are Jama’at Tabligh,...

The Hadith: 'All of them will be in Hellfire except one'

What is meant by the Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) concerning the Ummah (nation) in which he said: “…all of them will be in Hellfire except...

The meaning of 'Newly invented things'

What are the “Newly invented things” (mentioned in a Hadith)? Answer: The Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Beware of newly invented things (in religion)”...

Answering a question presented by a Muslim brother on some issues of Bid'ah and Shirk

What is the religious ruling of Allah and His Messenger on a person who commits the following: During the Adhan (call to prayer) he says, (I bear witness that...

We do not declare a Muslim as a disbeliever for committing a sin unless he believes it is lawful.

Some people ascribe the following saying of Salaf (righteous predecessor): “We do not declare a Muslim as a disbeliever for committing a sin unless he believes it is...

Ruling on making Sujud and slaughtering for other than Allah out of ignorance

What is the ruling on making Sujud (Prostration) and slaughtering for other than Allah out of ignorance? Is doing these acts ignorantly the same as doing them intentionally? Answer:...

Ruling on kufr 'Amali (disbelief in actions)

Can a person commit Kufr `Amali (disbelief in actions) which takes them out of Islam in normal cases? Answer: The Kufr ‘Amali which takes a person out of Islam...

The importance of women's face-veil

I would like Your Eminence to answer me concerning the importance of a woman covering her face. Is it Wajib (obligatory)? If so, what is the evidence? It is...

Tafsir of the Ayah: 'The Hand of Allâh is over their hands.'

We attended a Tafsir (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’an) seminar held in a Masjid (mosque) called Abu Al-Haytham ibn Al-Tayhan and located in Salibiayh district in Kuwait....

Ruling on the call to rapprochement between religions

Is the call for rapprochement between religions (Islam - Christianity - Judaism) a legitimate one? Is it permissible for a Muslim believer to support it? I heard that...

Ruling on cauterization as a way of curing epilepsy

An epileptic woman is possessed by a female Jinn. When the Jinn is beaten, she refuses to depart from the Muslim woman’s body. Is it permissible in this...

Ibn Taymiyyah did not approve celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Brother A.M.M. From Kuwait says: “One of the scholars said that Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah be merciful to him) approved celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birth day). Is it...

Ruling on Tabarruk from the Messenger (peace be upon him) after his death

Did the Barakah (blessings) of the Messenger (peace be upon him) end with his death? Answer: Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from the Messenger (peace be upon him), his sweat, and...

The Hadith: 'Allah curses the person who offers a sacrifice to anyone other than Allah'

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Allah curses the person who offers a sacrifice to anyone other than Allah … “

Is it permissible to vow or sacrifice for the sake of this Waliy?

There is a grave in our village which is said to belong to one of the righteous people. A house was built over this grave and there are two...

Ruling on believing the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not have a shadow like ordinary human beings

In Pakistan, scholars of the Bareilwi Sufi order believe that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not have a shadow like ordinary human beings, which indicates that...

Dealing with Sufi shaykhs and their followers

As a pioneer of the Salafiyyah Call (Da’wah) and the current Islamic awakening, what do you advise us concerning dealing with Sufi shaykhs and their followers? I appreciate your...

Ruling on writing the Exalted Name 'Allah' and 'Muhammad' (peace be upon him) parallel on a paper, portraits, wall or the like

As it is clear for you, may Allah protect you, many plots are being made nowadays against this religion to undermine the ‘Aqidah (creed) and spread acts of Bid’ah...

Living in a village where there are Bid'ahs

The questioner explains his circumstances and those of the town where his mother is living. She keeps asking him to stay with her in the same town. Answer: Given...

A poem attributed to Imam Abu Hanifah

I found the attached poem and read it only to find that it includes verses entailing Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship), such as “If...

Tafsir Surah Aal Imran Ayat 6

What is the Tafsir (explanation/exegesis) of the Ayah (Quranic Verse): “He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He wills. Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the...

No Basmalah in Surah Al-Tawbah

Why is not the Basmalah (i.e. “Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim [In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]”) written at the beginning of Surah Al-Tawbah? Answer: The...

What are the Hadith Qudsy?

What are the Hadith Qudsy? Why they are called so? Answer: The term Hadith Qudsy refers to Revelations from Allah in the Prophet’s words. Such Revelations were sent to...

Mubahalah between the Messenger (peace be upon him) and the Christians

During the lifetime of the Messenger (peace be upon him), Mubahalah (the occasion when two contending parties mutually invoke Allah’s Curse on the lying party) took place between him...

Ruling on reciting some Ayahs incorrectly

I am a Yemeni living in Saudi Arabia for more than ten years now. My parents are dead and I love reciting the Noble Qur’an. I often recite Qur’an...

Ruling on committing Lahn while reciting Qur'an

A person committed Lahn (incorrect recitation due to mispronunciation of letters or grammatical mistakes), so another person who was praying beside him and was reciting Tashahhud (a recitation in...

How to learn Tajwid

How can I learn Tajwid (reciting the Qur’an following the rules of recitation) and in which book can I find the rules of Tajwid? I heard your program “Rihab...

Inability to properly pronounce the Arabic letter 'ض' [dad]

What is the ruling on inability to properly pronounce the letter “ض” (Dad) from its place of articulation while reciting the Qur’an? People have differed over this. Some hold...

Tijaniyyah Tariqah (Sufi order)

We have so many followers of the Tijaniyyah (a deviant Sufi sect embracing strange beliefs far from Islam), but I have known from your Program “Nur ‘ala Al-Darb” that...

Do the Al-Asha'irah belong to Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah or not?

Do the Al-Asha’irah belong to Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community) or not? Can we judge them to be Muslims or disbelievers?

Ruling on claiming that the Call to Islam does not need knowledge

Some Muslim brothers hold the view of the obligatory nature of calling non-Muslims to Islam upon every capable Muslim. They also believe that it is permissible for a Muslim...

Ruling on accusing some of the Imams of Ahl Al-Sunnah of committing Bid'ah (innovation in Islam)

What is the ruling on accusing a number of the Imams of Ahl Al-Sunnah of being innovators because they made errors in the ‘Aqidah (creed), such as Al-Nawawi, Ibn...

Ruling on those who claim that Jesus was not raised to the heavens and will not return at the end of time

What is the opinion of the respected scholars regarding `Isa’s (Jesus’) life, bodily ascent to the heavens and descent to the earth near the Day of Resurrection and...

Hadith: 'Run away from the leper as you would run away from a lion'

Dear Shaykh, kindly confirm the degree of authenticity or weakness of the Hadith reported from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) which states, “Run away from the...

Ruling on various Islamic movements

In Sudan, an Islamic Organization among the various movements of Sufism and Salafism has been established. This organization involves itself in political action and broad confrontations with Communist...

The Messenger (peace be upon him) did not stretch his hand from his grave to anyone

A brother from Dar’a, Syria asks: What is the correct opinion about the stories narrated from one of the famous leaders of Sufism, Al-Sayyid Ahmad Al-Rifa’i that he visited...

Jama'at Al-Ahbash

Praise be to Allah Alone. Peace and blessings be upon the last Prophet, his family, and Companions. The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has received questions and requests...

Ruling on abstains from supplicating to Allah for the ruler

What is the ruling on one who abstains from supplicating to Allah for the ruler? May Allah protect you. Answer: This is due to his ignorance and lack of...

If we suppose that a certain group has a lawful excuse to rebel against a ruler

If we suppose that a certain group has a lawful excuse to rebel against a ruler, does this justify killing the assistants of this ruler and all those who...

Does giving the pledge of allegiance entail supplicating to Allah for those in authority?

Does giving the pledge of allegiance entail supplicating to Allah for those in authority? Answer: One of the entailments of giving the pledge of allegiance is to advise the...

Ruling on beliveing have the right to break the laws that have been made by the ruler

Some people believe that they have the right to break the laws that have been made by the ruler, such as the traffic laws, customs, passports, etc., as they...

Comments on some books of Shaykh Abdul-Rahman ibn Abdul-Khaliq

From Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz to the honorable son Shaykh Abdul-Rahman ibn Abdul-Khaliq, may Allah guide him to do what pleases Him and make His religion victorious through...

Response to a letter from Shaykh Abdul-Rahman ibn Abdul-Khaliq and weak Hadith that support the demonstrations

From Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz to the honorable son Shaykh Abdul-Rahman ibn Abdul-Khaliq, may Allah guide him to do what pleases Him and make His religion victorious through him....

Ruling on using the word 'Sayyid'

We often address each other using the word “Sayyid” (Master or Sir) for people whose ancestry can be traced to a particular family. Is it permissible to do...

Ruling on knowledge seekers insult the Scholars

Question : Recently, many knowledge seekers insult the grand Shaykhs if the latter did not say what is agreeable to their whims or desires. What is your opinion? Answer: May...

Ruling on celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid during Rabi' Al-Awwal in his honor

Question : What is the ruling on celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) in Rabi‘ Al-Awwal as a tribute to the Prophet (peace be upon him)? Answer: Paying tribute to...

Ruling on using hair medicines

If a person suffers hair loss and becomes bald, will it be permissible to use medication to generate hair growth? Answer: It is permissible to use medication...

Treatment with rock hyrax dung

The dung of rock hyrax is used as a cure for many diseases and is sold by spice traders. Is it permissible to use it for treatment?

Treating tooth problems

Is pulling out natural teeth and replacing them with artificial ones considered an offence of trying to change the creation of Allah? Answer: There is nothing wrong...

Treating the mentally retarded

Is it permissible to refuse to treat a mentally and physically retarded person because his treatment will cost a lot of money which can be spent on another...

Treating enuresis

A university student suffers a lot when he makes Wudu’ (ablution), as he stays in the bathroom for more than half an hour. Also, when he leaves the...

Ruling on treatment with opium

Is it permissible to use opium or alcoholic drinks like vinegar as medication for curing illnesses? Answer: It is not permissible to seek treatment through anything that...

Ruling on treatment with narcotics

As a physician, it is sometimes necessary to use narcotics such as Morphine, Cocaine, and Valium in treatment. What is the ruling on this? What is the ruling...

Ruling on treating women's breasts

My wife is ill with breast atrophy. Even though the breasts were improving during the period of breastfeeding, they would atrophy soon after. The matter worsened last year...

Ruling on treating using snakes

Someone uses snakes in treatment and claims that this is permissible when necessary. He puts a live snake into a pot with boiling fat. He then uses the...

Ruling on treatment with tiger fat

What is the ruling on so-called (tiger fat) that is currently widespread in the market? Is it permissible to use it for treatment? Answer: It is not...

Ruling on treatment with sedatives and tranquilizers

What is the ruling on medical treatment with sedatives, tranquilizers, and drugs that affect the brain and overall awareness? Answer: It is not permissible to take medical...

Ruling on treatment with Khamr (intoxicants)

What is the ruling on drinking Khamr (intoxicants) in case of necessity, i.e. Being advised by the doctor to do so? Answer: According to the opinion of...

Ruling on treating diabetes with a medicine extracted from pigs

Diabetes is a widespread disease which develops as a result of deficiency of insulin secretion at the pancreas gland. Millions of diabetic patients were successfully treated via insulin...

Ruling on taking hypnotic drugs

Is it permissible to use a hypnotic drug (sleeping pills)? Answer: Yes, it is permissible to use a hypnotic drug when needed with a medical prescription from...

Ruling on mixing drugs with intoxicating alcohol

It is evident that drugs are indispensable and available for people through many means; they may have it for free from the public hospitals, or the medical units...

Ruling on medicines containing Khamr

I came across a medicine called Dentinox in one pharmacy in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah. This medicine is used for looking after babies’ teeth but it contains Khamr (intoxicant) that...

Ruling on giving the father a medicine to quit smoking without his knowledge

My father smokes tobacco, but we have found a drug that will rid him of this habit forever. The drug will cause him to be ill for two...

Ruling on drinking donkey's milk as treatment

Some people drink the milk of domestic donkeys. Whenever I inform them about its prohibition, they argue that prohibited things become permissible during affliction. What is the legal...

Ruling on drinking the blood of human beings as a treatment for rabies

What is the ruling on drinking the blood of the Burazy family belonging to the two tribes of Al-Suhul and Matir if a person is bitten by a...

Ruling on cleaning with cologne and alcohol

What is the ruling on using cologne with alcohol for medical purposes such as a disinfectant for injuries? Also what is the ruling on beer, and what about...

Ruling on bloodletting

Is it permissible to practice bloodletting to discharge bad blood from some veins? Answer: It is permissible to discharge bad blood. It is authentically reported on the...

Prohibited medicines

What are the kinds of herbs a Muslim is forbidden to make use of for treatment? Answer: A Muslim is forbidden to make use of any harmful...

Prescribing a medicine containing alcohol

I want to hear your Fatwa on some medicines that contain alcohol. I am so worried and anxious about the matter. I fear that I am committing a...

The Hadith: 'Whoever among you sees an evil'

What is the meaning of the Hadith reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:...

Hadith: 'By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if you did not sin'

what is the meaning of the Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that says: “If you had not sinned and asked for forgiveness, Allah would have brought...

The existence of Ya'juj and Ma'juj and attributing them to human beings

Are Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog), that were mentioned in the Qur’an, on this Earth or are they in another world? Are they human beings or not? Answer:...

Will the Antichrist appear?

Will Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist) appear, because - from what I have read - some scholars have confirmed this while others deny it? Answer: Yes, Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal will appear. There are...

Who is Al-Mahdy?

Who is Al-Mahdy and what are the Signs of the Hour? Answer: Al-Mahdy is a man from Ahl-ul-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family), who will appear before...

Who are Ya'juj and Ma'juj and where are they?

Who are Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog), which continent do they possibly live in, and are they on the earth? Answer: Ya’juj and Ma’juj are from Bani Adam...

The trial of Al-Dajjal

We heard about the story of Fitnah (trial) of Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist), that he will command the sky to rain and the earth to produce and bring out its...

Will the dead feel the coming of Al-Dajjal?

Will Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist) be sent to everyone, alive or dead, or just to those who will be living at the time of his emergence? Will dead people be...

Some of the signs of the Hour

Would you please explain the Signs of the Hour and tell us how we can protect ourselves from them and what we should do if we witness these Fitnahs...

The meaning of the existence of Al-Dajjal and describing him as 'one-eyed'

Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist) is mentioned in many Hadiths, what is the meaning of Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist)? Does he exist now or not? Where does he live? What is meant...

Authenticity of the Hadiths mentioning Al-Dajjal

Are there any Hadiths mentioning the appearance of Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist)? Are these Hadiths ranked as Sahih (a Hadith that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness...

Gog and Magog

Are Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) from Banu Adam (human beings, descendents from Prophet Adam)? Answer: Ya’juj and Ma’juj are two great nations from the descendents of Prophet...

The coming out of Al-Mahdy

I would like to know the validity of the existence of Al-Mahdy who will appear on earth. Are there any authentic Hadiths about him? May Allah reward you! Answer:...

Authentic book that deals with the signs of the Day of Judgment and the battles

What is the most authentic book that deals with the signs of the Day of Judgment and the battles? Answer: The most authentic books in this regard that come...

Al-Jassasah

Is Al-Jassasah, which is mentioned in the Hadith reported by Tamim Al-Dary, the same creature as the one which will be of the Greater Signs of the Hour (Doomsday)?...

Reports about the Awaited Al-Mahdy and the descending of 'Isa

What is reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) regarding the appearance of the Awaited Mahdy and the descent of ‘Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him)? Answer: As...

Abdullah ibn Sayyad

Who is Ibn Sa’id? Is he Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist)? Why did the Prophet (peace be upon him) not mention whether it was him or not? Answer: Abdullah ibn Sayyad...

The difference between Arab and non-Arab Christians

Is there a difference between Arab Christians and non-Arab Christians? Answer: No, there is no difference between them.

The claim that Islam is based on morals and not Salah

Some people say that Islam is not just to perform Salah (Prayer), but it is to be of good manners. What is your opinion regarding that? Answer: Islam is...

Ruling on disagreement between groups

There are many points of disagreement among the Salafiyyah (those following the way of the righteous predecessors) and between them and other Islamic groups in the Manhaj (methodology) and...

What are the fundamentals and principles of the Salafi Da'wah

What are the fundamentals and principles of the Salafi (those who following the way of the righteous predecessors) call (Da’wah)? Answer: The Salafi Da’wah is a call to follow...

The difference between 'Aqidah and Manhaj

There is a current debate about the difference between ‘Aqidah (creed) and Manhaj (methodology) and people have started to say that so-and-so adopts the ‘Aqidah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents...

Learning Arabic

What should I do to learn the Arabic Language and write it very well? Indeed, I did not have a good education and I want to enrich my knowledge...

Warning against the bad deeds of Fasiq persons is not tale-bearing

Someone is known for their misbehavior and they publicly commit a major sin such as drinking alcohol. Thus, we are advised to keep away from that person and not...

Scholars are obliged to enjoin good and forbid evil

The Qur’an and authentic Sunnah contain texts that signify enjoining good and forbidding evil, and the obligation of clarifying religious issues and advising people. Do these texts indicate that...

Someone who mentions another's faults in his face

Is it permissible for someone to frankly tell someone else about his defects? Answer: It is permissible if it is done gently and with the intention of giving advice...

Ruling on someone committing some misdeeds such as trailing the garment, shaving the beard, backbiting and tale-bearing

What is the ruling on someone who makes Isbal (Lowering and trailing one’s garment below one’s ankles), shaves their beard, watches pornographic movies, gossips and backbites, lengthens their nails,...

Muslim's attitude towards political parties

Some Muslims take part in political parties. These parties follow either Russia or America. There are many such parties, such as the Progressive party, the Socialist party, the Independence...

Matters that need disapproval of evil

Is it allowed to reprove a Muslim because he believes that pictures are permissible? What things are permissible to denounce? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever among...

Advising or complaining to the ruler from someone abandoning the congregational Salah

Is it obligatory on me to complain to the Imam about someone who does not attend the congregational Salah (Prayer) or should I just advise him? Answer: When someone...

Advising sinners and disobedient people and one's attitude towards them

How should a Muslim deal with an abusive man who speaks evil utterances of disbelief and oaths of divorce along with seeking the help of Jinn and consuming bribes....

Ruling on Muslims who cannot practice their rites publicly

In Britain it is not allowed to call the Adhan (call to Prayer) loudly except inside the Masjid (mosque). Muslims can not break the English law. Does this mean...

Necessity of Hijrah for anyone who fears for his religion in his country

Does migration become obligatory upon a Muslim who feels insecure about himself or fears falling into Fitnah (sedition) if he remains in his own country? Where should he migrate...

Hijrah from countries of Kufr, sorcery and charlatanism

Hijrah (a believer’s migration to an Islamic land) does not end until the coming of the Day of Resurrection. I live in a non-Muslim country replete with charlatans, foretellers,...

Fleeing with religion from non-Muslim countries

Your Eminencies, Muslim Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I would like you to provide me with your opinions on my question during this critical moment in my...

Conditions of Dar Al-Harb and Dar Al-Kufr

What are the necessary conditions of Dar-ul-Harb (enemy territory/non-believers’ country)? Answer: The countries whose rulers and those in power uphold the limits set by Allah (Exalted be He) in...

The meaning and conditions of Hijrah

What are the conditions of Hijrah (a believer’s migration to an Islamic land) according to Islam? What is meant by the Hadith: “Worship (of Allah) at times of turmoil...

On diversity of Muslim groups

What is the ruling on having multiple Islamic groups? If I am convinced with the ideas of a certain group which is Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiyyah, is it permissible to follow...

The Mutafayhiqun

Who are the “Mutafayhiqun”? Answer: They are those given to ostentatious, braggart speech. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family,...

The meaning of Taqwa

I hear the call to observe Taqwa, but I cannot determine whether I have attained it, because it is a broad term. What is the way to attain Taqwa?...

The meaning of knowing Islam with evidence

What does the author of “Hashiatul-Usul Al-Thalathah” mean by his statement: “Knowledge of Islam has to be substantiated by evidence”? In the same book, the author says: “Allah sent...

Who are Ahl-ul-Qiblah?

One of the principles of Ahl-us-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) is not to declare whether a person from Ahl-ul-Qiblah (literally: People who face Ka`bah-direction in Prayer) will enter Paradise...

Celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Question 1: The people here hold an eleven-day celebration in commemoration of the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) in Rabi‘ Al-Awwal. They gather the Muslims together and do acts that express...

Ruling on celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday): a meeting is held in commemoration of that occasion in which people talk about the life of the Messenger (peace be upon him),...

Calling people to Allah with wisdom and fair preaching

All the inhabitants of the village embraced Islam. But about half of the village have idols in their houses. We advised them to relinquish all these idols, but they...

Calling Muslims who do not know Islam

My question is about what should be given priority while practicing Da’wah (call to Islam) here. Muslims here know nothing about Islam. Perhaps if most of them were to...

The Hadith: 'You will fight against the Jews and you will gain victory over them. The stones will saying: 'Oh slave of Allah! there is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him'

Is the Hadith that says: “There will come a day when Muslims will gain victory over the Jews, and then a stone behind which a Jew may hide, will...

The Hadith on splitting of this Ummah into seventy-three sects

I read a Hadith mentioned by the Shaykh of Islam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab, in his book entitled “Mukhtasar Sirat Al-Rasul” (The Abridged Biography of the Prophet), which states:...

Reason behind disagreement among Imams Malik, Ahmad and Al-Shafi'i

What are the causes of disagreement in legal opinions among Imams Malik, Al-Shafi’i and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allah be Merciful with them)? Answer: All praise is due to...

Ruling on obedience to parents leads to committing sins

A young lady wants to wear Niqab (face veil), knowing that it is Fard (obligatory, based on a definitive text), but her parents refuse and tell her that her...

Ruling on a father who breaks all contact with his daughter due to her wearing Hijab

What is the ruling on a father who breaks all contact with his daughter due to her wearing Hijab (veil)? Answer: If the case is as mentioned, her father’s...

Revenue from endowed land

Are the payments for having permission to hire Waqf [endowment] included in its revenue or a part of the Waqf (endowment) itself? Answer: A Fatwa was issued by His...

Ruling on borrowing from money dedicated as Waqf

I have a plot of arable land owned by my father as a Waqf (endowment). I take care of it and pay the wage of the farmers and reclaim...

Is it permissible to bow to greet a Muslim or a non-Muslim?

We joined a karate club in America. The coach said: “You should bow when your opponent bows to you”. We refused and explained that this is against our religion....

Meaning of the Qur'anic verse: '...and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess'

Concerning the meaning of Allah’s statement: “(the slaves) that your right hands possess.” [al-Nisa: 3] Is it permissible for the master to behave as he likes with those he...

The Hadith: 'You will have rulers some of whom you will approve of and some you will disapprove of'

“You will have rulers some of whom you will approve of and some of whom you will disapprove of. Anyone who disapproves of them will be saved, and anyone...

The Hadith: 'Every flesh that has grown up from unlawful earnings, Hellfire is most entitled to it'

Does the Hadith saying: “For every flesh that is grown up from unlawful earnings, Hellfire is most entitled to it” apply to a foundling? Answer: The Hadith which is...

The Hadith: 'Before the Last Hour there will be Fitnahs like pieces of a dark night'

I want to ask about a Hadith which reads as follows: Al-Hasan Al-Basri (may Allah be merciful to him) said: I have come to know that the Prophet (peace...

Ruling on believing in Al-Shadhiliyyah order

There is a Sufi order called “Al-Shadhiliyyah”. Its members do not perform Salah (prayer), nor Sawm (fasting), nor pay Zakah (obligatory charity). They have a person whom they...

Ruling on taking money to break the law

The current laws in Egypt allow pharmacists to own only two pharmacies. Some pharmacists are not satisfied with this, because they would like to expand their business. Pharmacists wishing...

Ruling on standing up as a way of honoring the national anthem

Is it permissible to stand in honor of a national anthem or flag? Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to stand in honor of a national anthem...

Ruling on shaving the beard and being unable to perform some Salahs during military service

Is it permissible to join an activity that requires shaving one’s beard, being unable to perform some of the prescribed Salahs (Prayers) at their due times, or obeying military...

Ruling on lying to and deceiving the ruler

The governmental system does not allow government employees to open a shop of their own. Is it permissible to open a shop under the name of another person, who...

No obedience in matters involving disobedience to Allah

Is it permissible for a true believer to commit some minor sins to please a ruler or some people, or does he have to strictly follow the Book of...

Ruling on medical insurance

I would like to tell Your Eminence that Riyadh Reconstruction Company secures healthcare coverage to its employees and their families for free through paying the bills of their medical...

Ruling on Insurance

All praise is due to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets. To proceed: The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has reviewed...

Ruling on health Insurance

Someone has a dispensary and used to conclude contracts with some companies to treat their employees for a specific amount of money per year. The employees of the contracting...

Ruling on applying health insurance to company employees

I am working in a certain company which makes contracts with some hospitals to supply medical insurance for the staff of this company since it pays one million riyals,...

A wife inheriting from the husband's Diyah as well as other property

A client of mine, Dr. Muhammad Tariq Mahmud, has received 100,000 Riyals as Diyah (blood money) from the driver who caused the accident that killed his son. The question...

Ruling holding a funeral ceremony for the deceased

My mother (may Allah be merciful to her) gave me around LE 5,000 to invest for her, but she died on 2/8/1983 A.D. I have spent around LE 2,000...

Starting by distributing the inheritance or repaying the debt

A man died and left behind a lot of money for his children. The deceased is also indebted to someone. Could you please provide us with an Ayah (Qur’anic...

Repaying the debt of a deceased debtor to a deceased creditor

I am a fourteen-year-old young man and my father died ten years ago. He borrowed 40 Arabian Riyals from an old woman who is now dead. He died before...

Repaying the deceased's debt to the Real Estate Development Fund before fulfilling the will, unless one of the children repays it

Questions: Q 1: My father took a loan from the Real Estate Development Fund to build a house, but he died before repaying this loan. Will this loan remain as...

Repaying the deceased's debt in full before distributing the inheritance

Is it permissible for a son who settled his deceased father’s 30,000 riyal debt, as the father had little money, to take the amount he paid to settle the...

Repaying the deceased's debt before distributing the inheritance

To Your Eminence we submit the fatwa request regarding the fact that the heirs of the deceased Ibrahim Sa’d Al-Musaylikh are underage. Moreover, we obtained a primary sum of...

The remaining amount of Mahr with the husband as a part of the wife's inheritance

Kindly be informed that I agreed to pay sixty thousand Riyals (60,000) as Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom), of which I presented eighteen thousand riyals...

Obligation of repaying the deceased's debt before the inheritance

A person died leaving behind a wife and some children. He owes more than 100,000 Riyals to someone. He has holiday entitlements. Should they be used for settling his...

Obligation of repaying the deceased's debt before distributing the shares of inheritors

Before his death, my father borrowed 3,000 Kuwaiti dinars and willed that this debt be repaid. Given that I am the executer of his will, should I repay the...

Impermissibility of paying Sadaqah from the inheritance without the heirs' permission

If a person dies, is it permissible to give, in Sadaqah (voluntary charity), to the poor from their money before dividing it among the inheritors and without taking their...

A husband's inheritance from his wife

A woman was killed and her family accepted the Diyah (blood money). Can her husband inherit from this Diyah? We appreciate your guidance. May Allah guide you! Answer: The...

A husband died after lending his wife some money without her repaying it

A wife borrowed a sum of money from her husband and he stipulated that she has to repay it but he died before settling the debt. What should she...

Excluding the bedroom and the wife's property from the husband's inheritance

A man died leaving a furnished house, including the bedroom. Does the bedroom with all its accessories belong to his widow or it should be shared among the heirs?...

Everything the deceased has left as the sole right of heirs

There is a tribe that promotes solidarity among its members. If a disaster befalls one of them - Allah forbid! - and the involved person becomes obligated to pay...

Distributing the inheritance after one of the heirs has traded in it and made profits

My father was a merchant and he died in 1970, and left three million dirhams. I took over his trade in this sum of money. I had a married...

Distributing the inheritance according to Shari'ah

In our village which is called (Darramah) Banu Bishr Qahtan Al-Janub, people used to distribute blood money as follows: One third for the heirs. One third for the...

Answering misconception related to women's inheritance

There is a suspicious matter aroused by the enemies of Allah. They say that Islam wrongs women. When one dies and leaves behind a father, a mother, a wife...

Impermissibility of building the Masjid from the shares of minors

My brother died (may Allah be merciful to him) and left a number of sons and daughters. Some of them are grown-up, others are underage orphans. Their financial status...

When was Hajj made obligatory?

In which year, following the Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madinah), was Hajj made obligatory? What is the most authentic report in this regard? Answer: Scholars have differed...

Seeking husband's permission to perform obligatory Hajj

I am a married woman for forty years. I’ve been asking my husband to perform Hajj and he agrees. However, every time he goes to perform Hajj or...

Ruling on Hajj

Some people claim that there is no obligation to go to the holy lands to perform Hajj. They also say that whoever goes there, comes back more coarse...

Repeating Hajj

Is it preferable to perform Hajj every year for whoever wishes to do so and it is not difficult, or is it better to perform it once every...

Obligation of Hajj even in the company the followers of Bid'ah

We would like to inform you that many of our Sunni Muslim brothers who live on the Persian coast are desirous of performing the Islamic obligation of Hajj....

New revert entering the Sacred Precincts without changing his name

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has read what was sent by to the General Chairman by the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Political Affairs. This...

Merit of Hajj

Are major sins forgiven by virtue of Hajj Mabrur (Hajj sincerely done, not mixed with any sin, and is accepted by Allah)? When is trade permissible in Hajj?...

Importance of Makkah to Muslims

How important is Makkah to the Muslim world? Answer: Allah has made Makkah a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety and a holy...

Ibrahim's proclamation to mankind to perform Hajj

Qestion: It is claimed that Allah (Exalted be He) ordered His Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) to proclaim Hajj to mankind. Ibrahim did, and the people answered his...

Hastening to fulfill religious obligations

May I delay performing Hajj for one or two years, although I can perform it this year, for the sake of visiting my family? If I perform Hajj...

Hajj performed by a person who committed an act of Kufr

After performing Hajj, a person committed Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage) and sometimes neglected Salah (Prayer). Later, this person repented to Allah. Is this person’s first Hajj sufficient...

Hajj For Minors

If I want to take my son, who has not yet reached adolescence, with me to Hajj, should I dress him in Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and...

Stipulating the payment of usurious interests upon delay in repaying the financial card

There is a card which facilitates financial transactions in Western countries, as it helps a person to do without carrying cash with them. A person can purchase any goods...

Should illegitimate children be attributed to their known father?

Many misguided Muslim youth who work in France have illegal relationships with women and make sexual intercourse with them outside the bond of marriage. Some have children and after...

Ruling on using Samba visa card

A visa card is spreading amongst people. It is called Samba, issued by the Saudi-American bank, and the value of the golden one is 485 riyal while the silver...

Ruling on using the silver and gold credit card

I would like to direct to Your Honor a question submitted to us by the workers in the air force base at Tabuk. They would like Your Honor to...

Ruling on bringing up a foundling

A woman took home a female infant from one of the hospitals in the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) to bring up as her child. She raised the child and...

Ruling on attributing the Laqit to its adopter

A relative of mine, my uncle Hamad, adopted a Laqit (foundling), brought him up, educated him, and treated him well. He gave him the name (Y.H.SH.) through his Ijtihad...

Ruling on adopting a foundling

One of my relatives found a baby, whose age at that time was just a few hours old. She informed me about this; and she is poor, trying to...

Illegitimate children should be attributed to their mother

I am a 24-year old man studying in America. Two years ago, I met an American girl and after few days I had sexual intercourse with her. Our relationship...

His daughter left his house and then returned bearing an illegitimate male child

A man works in France and has a daughter which is not an upright Muslim. She left the house of her father and complained to the French authorities. He...

A company issued a card for employees to use when buying a commodity

In the USA, there is a type of contract that is concluded between individuals as a first party, and the company that serves those individuals as the second party....

A card that transfers the money from the buyer's account to the seller's immediately

We would like your Eminence to advise us regarding using Saudi Payments Network (SPAN). For example, a person buys items from a store that cost 150 riyals, he presents...

Borrower paying a certain amount of the loan when delaying repayment

Some companies issue cards with a set loan that the borrower can present at any bank and receive the specified loan amount on the card. The bank, in turn,...

Basics of economy in Islam

What are the basics of economy in Islam? Answer: The Islamic economy depends on Shar’i (Islamically lawful) trade through investing money in ways that Allah (Exalted be He) made...

After Li'an, should the child be attributed to his grandfather?

About 20 years ago, my sister married a man and I was young at that time. She immediately became pregnant, but only Allah knows if the child was from...

Weak Hadiths: 'Fitnah is asleep. May Allah the Curse of Allah be upon the one who wakes it up' and 'Stay away from verdure growing in manure'

What is the ruling on the authenticity of these two Hadiths: “Fitnah (sedition or turmoil) is asleep (dormant). May the Curse of Allah be upon the one who wakes...

Fabricated Hadith: 'When my servant becomes forty years old, I will guard them against three afflictions'

A friend of mine told me a Hadith and I could not find its Takhrij (referencing), as we have a lack of references. The Hadith states: “When my servant...

Fabricated Hadith: 'A time will come when most people have the faces of human beings and the hearts of wolves'

Is the following a Sahih (authentic) Hadith? What is its significance? ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) narrated on the authority of his father that...

Fabricated Hadith: 'There is no better man than 'Ali and no sword other than Dhu Al-Faqar'

There is a widely circulated statement in some of the books of our Urdu language that reads: “There is no better man than ‘Ali and no sword other than...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Rajab is the Month of Allah, Sha'ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah'

What is the opinion of Hadith scholars on the following statement: “Rajab is the Month of Allah, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah...

Fabricated Hadith: 'My Sahabah are like stars; whomever you follow, you will be guided'

I heard a Hadith which was always repeated on the television during Ramadan of the year 1993. It was the first time for me to hear it and I...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Love Arabs for three reasons'

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Love Arabs for three reasons: I am an Arab, the inhabitants of Jannah (Paradise) speak Arabic, and the Glorious Qur’an is revealed...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Light covers the person who performs ablution'

A friend of mine told me the following: “Light covers the person who performs Wudu’ (ablution).” Is this a Hadith or a common saying? I hear some people who...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Learn witchcraft but do not practice it'

What is the degree of authenticity of the following Hadith: “Learn witchcraft but do not practice it” Answer: This Hadith is not Sahih (authentic). May Allah grant us success....

Fabricated Hadith: 'I am the best person for the wicked people of my Ummah'

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “I am the best person for the wicked people of my Ummah (nation based on one creed).” The Sahabah (Companions...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Difference among my Ummah is a mercy'

There is a Hadith that reads: “Difference among my Ummah (nation based on one creed) is a mercy.” Is it an authentic Hadith or not? Most scholars say that...

Fabricated Hadith: 'The best among you is the one whose first child is a girl'

Is the following a true Hadith: “The best among you is the one whose first child is a girl” ? Answer: This saying is groundless and not attributed to...

Fabricated Hadith: 'Anyone who dies without knowing the Imam of his time will die the death of one belonging to Jahiliyyah'

:Anyone who dies without knowing the Imam of his time will die the death of one belonging to Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance).” What is the degree of authenticity...

The Hadith: 'Much laughter kills the heart'

Are the following two statements Hadiths or Athar (narrations from the Companions): “May Allah be merciful to the one who knows his own limits” and “Much laughter kills the...

The Hadith: 'Anything I command you to do, perform of it as much as you can; and anything I forbid you to do, abandon it'

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Anything I command you to do, perform of it as much as you can; and anything I forbid you to do, abandon...

The Hadith: 'There is no obedience to a creature if it involves disobedience to the Creator'

Is the following Hadith considered Sahih (authentic): “There is no obedience to a creature if it involves disobedience to the Creator.”? Please mention the narrator and Sanad (chain of...

The Hadith: 'A strong believer is better than a weak believer'

It is reported that “A strong believer is better than a weak believer” Is this about physical or spiritual...

The Hadith: 'When Allah wills good for His servant, He uses him'

What is the meaning of the following Hadith: “When Allah wills good for His servant, He uses him.” ? Answer: It is related by Al-Tirmidhi and others on the...

The Hadith: 'Verily, Allah helps this religion even through a wicked person'

What is the meaning of the following Hadith: “Verily, Allah helps this religion (Islam) even through a wicked person.” What is its meaning? Answer: This Hadith is recorded in...

There is many a reciter of the Qur'an whom the Qur'an curses

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “There is many a reciter of the Qur’an whom the Qur’an curses.” I would like Your Eminence to explain the...

The Hadith: 'None of you will have faith until his desire is in accordance with what I have brought.'

Would you please explain the meaning of the following Hadith: “None of you will have faith until his desire is in accordance with what I have brought.”

The Hadith: 'None of you will have faith until he loves me more than his father, his children, and all mankind'

Would you please explain the meaning of the following Hadith: “None of you will have faith until he loves me more than his father, his children, and all mankind.”...

Hadith: 'Fear Allah and fear those who fear Him'

It is said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Fear Allah, and fear those who fear Him.” Is this a Sahih (authentic) Hadith? Answer: The...

If some person finds a sum of money but none asks about it

Someone found five hundred Riyals in a street where there were no passers-by. He kept the money in the hope that its owner might show up and ask about...

Found a watch in the street, took and wore it but later it broke down

About three years ago, my younger sister found a watch in the street and brought it to the house. I took it because it was so beautiful and wore...

Ruling taking any of the belongings left by the pilgrims after their leaving Makkah

Someone asks: After finishing their Hajj, some pilgrims leave some of their belongings in Mina, such as thermoses, portable gas stoves. What is the ruling on taking them as...

Ruling on some person found an amount of money that is inconsiderable in the eyes of common people

If someone finds a small amount of money, not gold or silver, should they wait for one year and search for its owner or spend it because it is...

Ruling Picking up Luqatah

I found a watch valued at 35 riyals in Mina during the days of Hajj. I did not know that the Luqatah (a lost item found by someone else)...

Ruling on one when he was young he found a wallet in the street and gave it to his paternal cousin

When I was almost fourteen years old, I found a wallet in the area where I live. It contained three thousand Riyals which I gave to my paternal cousin...

Ruling on together with his brothers they found a sum of money in the street and gave it to their father

I was eleven years old and my brother was thirteen years old when we went to the market to do shopping. We found 10,000 riyals in a dusty case,...

Ruling on a person found a wallet and spent the money

Nearly four years ago I found about four hundred Riyals in a wallet. Before I spent the money, I kept looking for the owner of the wallet, but I...

Ruling on a person found a wallet and divided the money between him and his friend

Around the year 1380 AH, I was walking with my friend in one of the streets of Riyadh when we came across a wallet which contained three hundred Riyals...

Luqatah found in Al-Haram

I drove to Makkah Al-Mukarramah and parked my car in a parking lot. Upon returning, I found on the hood an electric machine worth about 150 riyals and nobody...

Luqatah in Al-Haram is not to be picked up except by someone who will make a public announcement about it

My father accompanied my grandfather, may Allah have mercy upon him, to perform Hajj in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. My father dwelt in a tent with some of his friends. Once,...

Ruling on if one found a sum and announced it, but he could not find its owner

A few years ago, I found, in the yard of Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah), 1000 riyals. I searched for the owner but nobody answered. I decided to...

Ruling on a man found a collection of golden ornaments and sold them because he was ignorant of the ruling of Luqatah in Al-Haram

A man has been in Makkah and while he was there he found a collection of golden ornaments. He sold them and made use of their price because he...

He found a brass statue of a bird and sold it

I found a brass statue of a bird standing over a cross in the street. There is an antiques company, which sends its worker to collect all the ancient...

Found a gold ring in the street and gave it to his mother who would ask people if anyone lost a ring

Five years ago, I found a gold ring in the street and gave it to my mother. Whenever she went somewhere where women would gather, she would ask them...

I found a sum of money somewhere and asked people there about it but it was not theirs

I found a sum of money somewhere and asked people there about it but it was not theirs. Is it permissible to use this money? Answer: It is required...

Ruling on forgets something with a merchant and does not return to take it

Because of the large number of sellers and buyers, some customers forget books which they bring to sell. As we did not agree with them on a price or...

Ruling on denying the Hadiths of the Messenger (peace be upon him)

What do you say about the people who deny the Hadiths of the Messenger (peace be upon him)? Answer: The Sunnah (acts, sayings or approvals of the...

claiming that some Hadiths contradict the Qur'an

Some people claim that some of the Hadiths in the books of Sunnah such as Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others contradict the Ever-Glorious Qur’an. These Hadiths include the Hadith on...

Who is meant by the reference 'Related by the Three or Five Compilers'

What is meant by “Related by the three” and “Related by the five”? Answer: The Three Compilers are Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi, and Al-Nasa’i, whereas the Five Compliers refers to...

Do the books of Hadith explain the Qur'an?

Do the books of Hadith explain the Qur’an? Is it true that there is no Sunnan (supererogatory acts of worship following the example of the Prophet) in Islam and...

Claiming there are Hadith Munkar related by Al-Bukhari

Some people deny some authentically reported Hadith and claim that there are Da’if (weak) and Munkar (rejected Hadith reported by a weak narrator whose narration conflicts with an authentic...

The basic rule concerning any commands of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that they denote obligation

Any command given by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) indicates obligation and duty. However, there is a Hadith whose apparent meaning contradicts the Hadith narrated by...

Ruling on Zina especially where one is away from the spouse

What is the ruling on committing Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage)? Is it permissible for those working in Europe and are away from their spouses for a long time...

Ruling on paying the woman money to have intercourse

I am an unmarried man; I fear committing sins. What is the ruling if I give a woman a sum of money to kiss and have sexual intercourse with...

A man lived with a woman (without marriage) for a long time and she bore him many children. Afterwards, he legally married two women who bore him many...

Professing committing Zina

In our school, some students talk publicly about Zina (adultery) and admit to having committed it. What should I do in this case? Am I considered sinful? Answer: You...

Confusion in lineage as a reason behind prohibiting Zina

There is an Ayah (Qur’anic verse) in the Glorious Qur’an, which states that Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage) is prohibited, and is one of the major sins. It is...

Salah of a menstruating woman

If a woman is purified from menstruation or postpartum bleeding before sunset, should she perform the Zhuhr (Noon) and the ‘Asr (Afternoon) Prayers? If she becomes purified before dawn,...

Tawbah to prevent the execution of the Hadd

Is Tawbah (repentance to Allah) from the major sins for which Hudud (ordained punishments for violating Allah’s Laws) are imposed by the Qur’an and Sunnah, the same as for...

Stoning versus lashing a previously married man committing Zina

If a divorced man commits Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage), should he be stoned to death or considered unmarried? Is it permissible to carry out Hadd (ordained punishment for...

Responsible for Qisas

We live in a non-Islamic country where a Muslim man may be killed for reasons such as being angry with another or due to pride or just because he...

Punishment on the Day of Resurrection for someone to whom the Hadd has been administered

Will a sinner who receives the Hadd (ordained punishment for violating Allah’s Law) in worldly life be punished on the day of Resurrection? Answer: It is reported in the...

Permissibility of the victim's guardian giving up the right of executing the Hadd

In the current Shawwal 20, two students in the first grade in the preparatory school committed homosexuality with a third student, after bullying him and preventing him from seeking...

Paying money instead of executing the Hadd

What is the ruling on substituting a prescribed penalty proven by texts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah with a monetary fine? For example, instead of cutting off the...

Forgiving the people of good qualities their slips

What is the degree of authenticity of the Hadith narrated by Abu Dawud and others which reads: “Forgive the people of good qualities their slips” Is it permissible to...

A family executing the Hadd of Zina if living in a country that does not apply Shari'ah

I would like to know the legal decision on a person who commits a crime that incurs Hadd (ordained punishment for violating Allah’s Law) such as Zina (sexual intercourse...

Executing Hadd in the absence of the ruler

Is it permissible to execute Hudud (ordained punishments for violating Allah’s Law) when there is no Muslim ruler? Answer: Only a Muslim ruler or his deputy is entitled to...

Ruling on bestiality

What is the ruling on bestiality? Answer: The ruling on bestiality and its consequences: Having sex with animals is a bad deed, transgression to bounds set by Allah and...

Ruling on swearing not to masturbate but returning to it

I committed masturbation several times. Once I took an oath by the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’an) that I will never masturbate again. However, two weeks after taking the...

Ruling on masturbation

A person observes obligatory acts of worship such as Salah (Prayer) and Sawm (fast) etc. However, he practices masturbation. What is the ruling on this in Islam? Answer: The...

Ruling on masturbation for medical purposes

I suffer from a disease that makes me unable to have sexual intercourse with my wife. I have been married for three years during which I have had a...

Ruling on cursing the masturbator

Is a masturbator included among the seven types of people whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed in one of his Hadiths? I feel ashamed of having practiced...

Ruling on missing the Fajr prayer due to practicing masturbation

I have neglected offering the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer at its due time for five times because of practicing masturbation, which brings about a feeling of laziness after which I...

Ruling on masturbation to prove the need to marry

I am a fifty year old man who does not have enough money to marry. However, I have married three times before but none of my marriages succeeded. I...

Ruling on masturbation during Ramadan

I am a young man in the habit of masturbating. I masturbated on one of the days of Ramadan. What should I do to expiate for my sin...

Ruling on masturbation by means of pressing the prostate area

I would like to know the Islamic ruling on intentional rubbing of the prostate gland to discharge Maniy (sperm), as I always do this. Can this practice fall under...

Is having a wet dream similar to masturbation?

Repeated lustful thoughts may preoccupy a person’s mind thus driving them to discharge Maniy (sperm) as a result of being sexually aroused. Does this fall under the prohibited masturbation?...

Comparison between masturbation and looking at women

It is known that masturbation which is especially practiced among young men, is Haram (prohibited) in Islam. A person who has recently observed Salah (Prayer) is practicing this bad...

The Ayahs that state the prohibited immoral sexual practices

What are the Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) that prohibit immoral sexual practices commonly spread in some countries? Answer: The Ayah that prohibits sodomy and masturbation, which is known as “the...

Administering the Hadd to the masturbator

Due to the high expenses of marriage, some youth resort to masturbation; what is the ruling on this? Will such a person be an adulterer and is there any...

Ruling on a wife practicing Qadhf with her husband

Is it permissible for a woman to accuse her husband of adultery when she sees any signs of it and what if she can not prove it, should she...

Qadhf of the wife

Due to a quarrel between someone and his wife, he insulted her with obscene language as he said to her: “O adulteress.” He claims that this word has come...

Ruling on following Malik in religious rulings as he derived them

What is the ruling on a person who strictly follows the Ijtihad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings) of Imam Malik, and not sticking to the exact ruling...

Ruling on acting in accordance with Imam Malik's School of Jurisprudence

A certain person strictly follows and urges others to follow the Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) of Imam Malik. He argues that: We are not qualified to examine evidence...

Lesbianism and its Hadd

What is the meaning of lesbianism? Is there any punishment for it? Answer: Lesbianism stands for homosexuality between females. It is forbidden and those who commit it have to...

Suing the one who does Qadhf

If a Muslim does Qadhf (falsely accusing a chaste person of involvement in prohibited sexual relations) against his Muslim brother saying: “You are an adulterer” without any shyness, is...

Ruling on sodomy and the effect on illegitimate children

A Muslim man had sodomy with a boy under the age of puberty with the boy’s consent and without any coercion; what is the ruling on both of them?...

Ruling on lesbianism

What is the ruling on lesbianism and masturbation? Answer: Lesbianism is Haram (prohibited), and is a major sin because it is an act that contradicts the Ayahs (Qur’anic verses):...

Ruling on intending to commit sodomy

I intended many times to practice sodomy, but I did not. Allah, all praise and thank are due to Him, has protected me against this heinous crime. After repenting,...

Ruling on wearing something bearing a cross while praying

What is your opinion concerning performing Salah (Prayer) while wearing a watch that has the sign of the cross on it? Is this permissible, or not? Answer: It is...

Should all the Salahs prayed after a forgotten Salah be repeated when this Salah is remembered?

What is the ruling on a person who forgets, or is asleep at the time of one of the Five Obligatory Daily Prayers, such as the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer,...

Salah of a person who drinks intoxicants

What is the ruling on a person who drinks Khamr (intoxicants) at night and offers Salah (Prayer) during the day? As Salah should prevent a person from committing immoral...

Obligation of Salah on a Mukallaf

Is Salah obligatory at all times? What is the ruling if a person gives up Salah because of the mere thought that their Salah is not accepted by Allah...

Making up for missed Salah due to unconsciousness or sickness

My ninety-nine year old father was hit in a car accident. He was taken to a hospital where he remained unconscious for seventeen days during which he did not...

Making up for missed Salah due to sleep or other reasons

Allah has guided me to obey Him. I offer the daily prayers on time except for Fajr (Dawn). Sometimes I get up late after sunrise. Is my Fajr Prayer...

Exhorting children to pray

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Command your children to pray when they are seven years old, and beat them for (neglecting) it when they are...

Ruling on deliberate abandoning or delaying of Salah after its prescribed time

What is the ruling if a woman delays performing Salah (Prayer) after its due time and encourages her younger and older daughters to do that? Answer: If she is...

Clothing for women during Salah

I used to pray without wearing Hijab (veil), as I did not know of its obligation during prayer. Should I repeat all the obligatory and supererogatory Salahs even though...

Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham, peace be upon him) rescue from his enemies

I would like to benefit from the knowledge of Your Eminence to clear my heart, Allah (Exalted and Glorified be He) says: “So ask the people of the Scripture,...

On raising up of Jesus and his being created without a father and the reason behind the permissibility of Jihad

Is it a necessity to believe in the following matters in Islam or not: The body of ‘Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), (peace be upon him)...

Jesus was no more than a Messenger of Allah

This question includes Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) which the Qadianis (a deviant sect) quote as evidence for their opinion. They say that ‘Isa (Jesus) is dead and buried. I...

The descent of Jesus before the end of time as a prophet and messenger is one of the major signs of the Hour

There are authentic Hadiths regarding the return of Prophet ‘Isa (peace be upon him). Are these Hadiths ranked as Hadith-ul-Ahad (Hadith which at some point in the chain has...

Covering the Awrah

As there are many sectors including the military where people wear special outfits for physical exercises and which uncover some parts of the body beneath the navel and half...

The life of Jesus, his descent, destroying the cross, killing pigs and calling to the truth

Is Prophet ‘Isa (peace be upon him) still alive until now? Did he die like other prophets? What motivates me to ask this question is that one of the...

Sufi belief in Al-Khadir (peace be upon him)

In several Islamic countries many Muslims, as well as Sufi leaders think that Al-Khadir, the man Allah directed Prophet Musa (Moses) (peace be upon him) to seek knowledge...

The status of Prophet 'Isa according to the Qur'an and Sunnah

We were informed that a translation of the Qur’an by Muhammad Asad would be published soon in Dublin, Ireland. This translation will be distributed here. A committee, from...

Singling out 'Isa for being raised to the heavens

As Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the best of Prophets, why was he not raised to the heavens instead of ‘Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him), if the...

Ruling on making distinctions between the prophets and deeming one of them to be superior to others

I would like to inquire about making distinctions between the messengers of Allah and who has the highest position (in the sight of Allah)? Answer: We should believe in...

The reason behind calling Jesus (peace be upon him) as Al-Masih

Why was ‘Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary) called Al-Masih (Christ)? Answer: ‘Isa is called Al-Masih because any sick person whom he wiped over (masaha) would be healed...

The translation of the Glorious Qur'an by Muhammad Asad is fatal error

Why was the translation mentioned above published in a Muslim country taking into account that Muhammad Asad - to my knowledge - is living in the Kingdom of Morocco?...

The prophet sent before Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Who was the prophet and messenger sent before the Last Messenger; our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? Answer: He was Jesus (‘Isa), the son of Mariam (peace be...

Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him) was not killed or crucified

Is it true that `Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him) is still alive in the third heaven? Was he not crucified? Will he return to earth once again? Will...

Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) still alive?

Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) still alive as is claimed? Answer: The most authentic of the two opinions of scholars is that of the Jumhur (dominant majority of...

The descent of Jesus before the end of the time

Supposing that Prophet ‘Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) is alive now, will he descend at the end of time and rule over people according to the religion of...

A decisive statement about the life or death of Jesus and where he is now

Questions: Is ‘Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary) alive or dead What is the evidence from the Qur’an or the Sunnah in this regard? If ‘Isa (Jesus, peace...

Ruling on claiming that Maryam (Mary) the daughter of 'Imran got married after giving birth to Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him)

An Egyptian doctor working in Britain told me that Maryam (Mary, peace be upon her), the daughter of ‘Imran got married to a man after she gave birth to...

Ruling on claiming that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) takes care of people in rivers and deserts

Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) a guardian of the rivers and deserts and does he help those who get lost if they call him? Answer: According to the...

The bodies of messengers are still intact and do not decay after death

It is well known that all the prophets have died. However, during the journey of Isra’ (Night Journey) and Mi`raj (Ascension to Heaven), the Messenger of Allah (peace be...

The gospels' glad tidings of sending Muhammad and Allah's showing the lies of the Christians and Jews

A friend of mine sent me a pamphlet and I have enclosed a copy of it. Would you please answer the following questions: The preacher that was mentioned says...

Is Al-Khadir a prophet or a righteous man?

Is Al-Khadir a prophet or a righteous man? Answer: The correct opinion is that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) is a prophet. This is based on his story with...

Working according to Ahad Hadith in matters of 'Aqidah and Muslims' 'Aqidah about 'Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him)

I am a Muslim girl who believes that Allah saved ‘Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him) from crucifixion and raised him up to Him casting the likeness of Jesus...

The wisdom behind sending messengers over sporadic periods

What is the wisdom behind sending the prophets and messengers over sporadic periods of time? Why were they not sent in the same time period? Answer: Allah (Exalted be...

Was there any messenger before Nuh?

Allah sent 313 messengers; the first of them was Nuh (Noah) and the last was Muhammad. Was there a messenger sent before Nuh? Answer: Prophet Nuh was the first...

The Jews killing prophets

He misinterpreted the verses declaring that the Israelites murdered their prophets and rejected them under the claim that they were just attempts to kill but no crime took place?...

The grave of Isma'il (peace be upon him)

It is mentioned in the books of the biographies of the Prophet that Isma`il (Ishmael) (peace be upon him) was buried in Al-Hatim in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. If the grave...

Ruling on believing that Jesus (peace be upon him) has a father

It is claimed that ‘Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him) had a father, and believing that he was born without a father is not a part of the Islamic...

Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him)

Does the word Asbat (Descendants of Jacob) mentioned in the Qur’an include Prophet Yusuf’s (Joseph) brothers who threw him into the bottom of a well? If they were Prophets,...

The name of Ibrahim's father

Was the father of Ibrahim (Abraham) Al-Khalil (The Close Servant) (peace be upon him) called Azar or Azaar? Is it derived, as some people claim, from a past tense...

People's need for Allah's Messengers

In light of being honored with faculties of reason and natural disposition, do humans stand in need of Prophets? If ‘yes’, why are the prophets human beings? Answer: Indeed,...

On the Jews and Christians concerning the crucifixion of Jesus

Can you tell us about the claim that `Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him) was crucified but did not die on the Cross. Answer: Allah (Exalted be He) spoke...

Number of prophets and messengers

How many Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) were there? Answer: No one knows their number except Allah, because Allah (Exalted be He) says: “And, indeed We have...

On movie entitled (A Man from Babel) about the life story of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him)

Dear brother, Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn Baz I am a director and scenarist. I recently thought of producing a new movie entitled (A Man from Babel) about the life story...

Is Adam a prophet or a messenger?

Is it from the articles of faith to believe that Adam was the first prophet as was pointed out by Allah’s saying in the Qur’an: “Then Adam received from...

Ruling on denies Abraham (peace be upon him) was thrown in the fire

What is the ruling on he who denies that Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace be upon him) was thrown in the fire and says that his enemies conspired against him to...

The difference between Major Shirk and Minor Shirk

What is the difference between major Shirk and minor Shirk in terms of their definitions and rulings? Answer: Major Shirk is: (i) Regarding anything equal to Allah, in terms...

Tafsir Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 258

Please interpret the Saying of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He): “Have you not looked at him who disputed with Ibrâhîm (Abraham) about his Lord (Allâh), because Allâh had...

Revelation of Hadith

Your Eminence, Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Baz (may Allah protect you from every evil), would you kindly answer my question! As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy,...

The Anti-Christ (Al-Dajjal)

Is it stated that the One-Eyed Al-Dajjal reveals his leg or not? Answer: As far as we know, this is not mentioned in any Hadith. Yet revealing the leg...

Deceitful acts of dervishes

What is the ruling on people who call themselves “dervish” who stab themselves with daggers and knives and do similar acts? Instead of invoking Allah, they invoke Al-Rifa’i. What...

Obedience to the ruler

Many questions raised about the statement that Your Eminence declared: “Obeying the ruler is Obligatory” and the Hadith: He who obeys the commander (appointed by me) obeys me.”

Warning against seeking Fatwa from ignorant people and those who follow false doctrines

His Eminence Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz the Grand Mufty of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Council of Senior Scholars and Departments of Scholarly Research and Ifta’, warned...

Tawhid comes first

Is it sufficient to utter the testimony of faith, namely La Ilah Illa Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah (i.e. there is no one worthy of worship other than Allah, and...

Ruling on reciting Quran over the dead

Some people recite the Qur’an by the grave for/over the dead in return for certain rewards. Do the dead avail of this recitation? When a person dies, people...

Bidahs committed in funerals

What is the ruling on some of the traditions observed in funerals such as holding banquets, reciting the Ever-Glorious Qur’an, and marking the passage of forty days or...

The principle of Al-Wala' wal-Bara'

Please explain for whom should be the principle of Al-Wala’ wal-Bara’ (loyalty and disassociation for Allah’s Sake)? Is it permissible to be loyal to the disbelievers? Answer: Al-Wala’ wal-Bara’...

Tafsir Surah Yusuf Ayat 106

Allah (Exalted be He) says: “And most of them believe not in Allâh except that they attribute partners unto Him [i.e. they are Mushrikûn i.e. polytheists. See Verse 6:...

Tafsir Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 42

What is the Tafsir (explanation/exegesis of the meanings) of Allah’s Statement: “(Remember) the Day when the Shin shall be laid bare (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) and they shall...

Tafsir Surah Maryam Ayat 71

What is meant by His (Glorified be He) Saying, “And there is none of you except he will come to it.” [Maryam: 71] And does the phrase “will come...

Tafsir Surah Al-Furqan Ayat 68-69

What is the meaning of Allah’s Saying: “And those who invoke not any other ilâh (god) along with Allâh, nor kill such person as Allâh has forbidden, except for...

Tafsir Surah Fatir Ayat 28

Please provide the (explanation/exegesis) of the Saying of Allah, “It is those who have knowledge among His slaves that (most) fear Allâh.” [Fatir: 28] Answer: This lofty Ayah indicates...

Tafsir Surah Al-Baqarah Ayat 256

Allah (Exalted be He) says, “There is no compulsion in religion.” [al-Baqarah: 256] Is this Ayah confined in application to the Jews and Christians or is it general in...

Tafsir Surah Al-Nisa Ayat 145

Allah (Exalted be He) says in His Noble Book (what means): “Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire” [al-Nisa: 145] What is meant...

Some Sufi shaykhs pay a great deal of attention to making domes on graves and people believe in its usefulness and blessings

Some Sufi shaykhs pay a great deal of attention to making domes and graves and people believe in their usefulness and blessings. If this is not lawful, what is...

How to cure hardheartedness

What are the causes of hardheartedness and how can we cure it? Answer: The causes of hardheartedness include sins, being heedless and befriending the heedless and the dissolute. Conversely,...

Reasons for many young people deviating from the Din (Religion)

What are the reasons for many young people deviating from the Din (religion of Islam) and becoming alienated from it? Answer: As you mentioned, many young people are deviating...

Shaykh Ibn Baz on Islamic unity, Sufi groups, spread of Bid'ahs and misguidance, and the duties of Ahl-us-Sunnah towards them

Al-Tadamun Al-Islami Magazine had the honor of making interview with His Excellency, Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Baz, Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da’wah, and Guidance. His...

Ruling on the call to rapprochement between religions

Is the call for rapprochement between religions (Islam - Christianity - Judaism) a legitimate one? Is it permissible for a Muslim believer to support it? I heard that this...

Some practices done upon burial

When someone dies, people have certain practices that I am going to list, hoping that you will comment and show the juristic ruling on these practices: Some...

Ruling on the family of the deceased serving food for people and holding ceremonies on certain days

A few groups of scholars, who call themselves Ahl-us-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah), have appeared in our country. They state the following claims: Serving food in the...

Ruling on seeking help from the Messenger when digging the grave

In some of our villages when digging a grave, the diggers keep on repeating a particular word, which is “Muhammad, Muhammad,” until they finish digging the grave. When...

Ruling on offering condolences to the deceased's family to say: may rest be in your life

Is it permissible to say to the family of the deceased: “May the rest be in your life”? What is the Islamic ruling regarding this? Answer: This...

Ruling on gathering for offering condolences

We wrote to you two years ago about establishing a house for offering or receiving condolences in the south of Jeddah without recitation of the Glorious Qur’an in...

On a habit dated to occur twenty, thirty or forty days after the time of death

We have a custom that whenever any distress like an accident or death befalls a person or any of his family, after a few days people, including the...

When there is a funeral, lines of lamps are hung, chairs are brought and reciters of the Qur'an are hired to recite the Qur'an

It can be noticed in Makkah Al-Mukarramah known as Allah’s Sacred City, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah and Jeddah that when there is a funeral, lines of lamps are hung, chairs...

Ruling on following the funeral of a Kafir and attending his burial

I live in a rural area where there are Muslims and Christians. Whenever a Muslim dies, the Christians attend and follow his funeral and burial, and then offer...

Ruling on seeking the help of Kafirs in fighting other Kafirs

Praise be to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, his Companions, and those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection. Scholars...

What should a woman do when she has her monthly period and she is unable to offer Salah

What should a woman do when she has her monthly period and she is unable to offer Salah (Prayer)? Answer: A woman is exempted from offering Salah during her...

Scale models of the two Sacred Mosques

I would like to know the ruling on making a model for Al-Haramayn Al-Sharifayn (the Two Sacred Mosques i.e. The Holy Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque...

Ruling on building domes over graves

Some people consider the green dome that was built on the Prophet’s grave in Madinah evidence for the permissibility of building domes on graves, such as those of...

Difference between the words Nasrani and Masihi

For a long period of time, the word Masihi has been commonly used. Is this correct or do we have to use the word Nasrani instead? Provide me with...

Ruling on offering Salah behind a man who opposes Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah such as Al-Ash'ari and the like

Is it permissible to offer Salah behind a man believing in a doctrine different from Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah such as Al-Ash’ari (a follower of Asha’irah i.e. a Muslim group...

Committing major sins affects one's faith

What is the ruling on committing sins, particularly major sins? Does this affect one’s faith? Answer: Yes, this has a great effect on one’s faith. Committing the...

Disapproving evil done by relatives

What should a believing woman do when she sees one of her relatives committing evil acts? Answer: She should forbid the wrong gently in an amiable way using kind...

Meaning of Shirk

What does Shirk mean? What is the meaning of Allah’s Saying: “O you who believe! Do your duty to Allâh and fear Him. And seek the means of approach...

Ruling on writing on graves

Is it permissible to place a metal plate or a “sign” inscribed with some Ayahs (Qur’anic verses), the name of the deceased person, and the date of his...

Ruling on holding funeral ceremonies

According to our customs, when someone dies, people gather outside their house, ornamental light bulbs are hung (like in weddings) and the deceased’s family line up. Condolers pass...

Ruling on cutting down harmful trees at graves

Is it permissible to cut down the harmful trees at the graves? Answer: They should be cut down because they harm the people who come to visit...

Is a tree growing on a grave a sign of anything?

I noticed that when some people see a tree growing on a grave, they describe the inhabitant of the grave as having such and such characteristics. Is a...

How to call those who are influenced by certain cultures to Islam

What is the best way to practice Da’wah (calling to Islam) with people who are influenced by certain cultures or communities? Answer: The Da’i (caller to Islam) must explain...

Ruling on offering sacrifices at the shrines and supplicating to their inhabitants

What is the ruling on offering sacrifices at the shrines of Awliya’ (pious people)? What is the ruling on saying: “O Allah! By the right of Your Waliy so-and-so!...

Ruling on Simaniyyah Tariqah (Sufi order)

Here in Sudan, we have a shaykh who has many followers who compete in serving and obeying him. They travel to visit him, thinking he is one of the...

Ruling on listening to songs

Many men and women are fond of songs, what is the ruling on listening to songs? Please advise. Answer: I advise Muslim men and women to abstain from listening...

Does committing sins obliterate the blessing?

A sister from Riyadh asks: I read that one of the consequences of sin is punishment from Allah and loss of blessings, and I wept with fear because of...

Ruling on saying Sadaqallah Al-Adhim when finishing reading the Qur'an

I often hear that saying “Sadaq Allah Al-Adhim” upon ending recitation of the Qur’an is a Bid’ah (innovation in religion). Some people told me that it is permissible and...

Woman's Hijab color

Should the Hijab (veil) of a Muslim woman be black or can it also be another color? Answer: A Muslim woman does not have to dress in black. It...

Wearing black clothes

Is it obligatory for women to dress in black when going out, or can they wear any color as long as it is not an attractive color? Answer: It...

Ruling on women wearing a brassiere

What is the ruling on women wearing a brassiere? Answer: Wearing a brassiere defines women’s breasts and makes them a source of Finah (temptation), and as such, they are...

Ruling on women wearing sheer clothes

What is the ruling on women wearing sheer clothes? Answer: It is not permissible for women to wear sheer clothes. Whoever does this is considered to be of those...

Ruling on a woman wearing tight clothes

Is it permissible for a woman to wear tight clothes or white dress? Answer: It is not permissible for a woman to appear before non-Mahrams (not a spouse or...

Ruling on a Women uncovering their hands in the presence of non-Mahrams

Is it permissible for a woman to uncover her hands in public or not? Answer: The palms of a woman’s hands are ‘Awrah (parts of the body that must...

Ruling on a woman removing hair from her body

I asked you previously about the ruling on a woman’s plucking of excessive hair from her body and you - may Allah bless you - replied but did not...

Ruling on a woman who cover her head and uncover her face

If a woman wears clothes covering her head while uncovering her face and wears a garment covering everything down to her heels and elbows, will this be considered wearing...

Ruling on wearing tight shirts

Women here in our country wear tight shirts that reveal the shape of their bodies. I heard on your show that this is impermissible, so I ordered the women...

Ruling on wearing skirt's opening

Fashion designs are rampant in the world today. Some women wear clothes that are zipped up at the back, others fasten belts round their waists, and others have the...

Ruling on wearing scarf that covers the head partially leaving some hair uncovered

Is it permissible for a woman to cover her head with a scarf that covers the head partially leaving some hair uncovered? Answer: A woman’s head as a whole...

Ruling on wearing ornamented clothes at weddings

Is it permissible for women to wear ornamented clothes at weddings while non-Mahrams (not spouses or unmarriageable relatives) do not see them? In other words, is she allowed, in...

Ruling on trimming eyebrows

What is the ruling on women trimming eyebrows? Answer: It is not permissible for women to remove anything from eyebrows whether by trimming, cutting, or shaving. This is considered...

Ruling on trimming eyebrows and the hair in between

What is the religious ruling on trimming the hair of the eyebrows and the hair in between if it is thick? Is it permissible to remove the hair of...

Ruling on those who believes that wearing black clothes will be in Hellfire forever

Some people claim that if a man makes his wife wear the Hijab (veil) and stay at home, or wear black clothes, her Salah (Prayer) will be invalid; and...

Ruling on parting hair on side

What is the ruling on a woman parting her hair on the side, making only one braid, or wearing it in a bun, with the intention of making herself...

Ruling on a man paying no attention to his women's clothes

What is the ruling on a man whose female members of his family go out wearing transparent clothing? What is the ruling on a woman who utters curses in...

Ruling on using artificial nails, eye lashes, and colored contact lenses

Some methods of adornment are available in our markets, such as artificial nails, false eyelashes, and colored contact lenses to change the eye color. There are many inquiries about...

Ruling on men neglecting their Mahrams

What is your opinion of a man who does not order his female household to cover themselves in front of non-Mahrams (not a spouse or unmarriageable relatives)?

Ruling on Khalwatiyyah Tariqah

I am a follower of a Khalwati Shaykh and I am quite sure that he is a good man and a very righteous person. It is to be...

Ruling on sufis who stab themselves with daggers and knives and other tools

What is your opinion regarding those who call themselves dervish and stab themselves with daggers and knives and other tools? They do such acts while one of them chants:...

On false statement: 'Anyone who does not have a shaykh, his shaykh will be the devil'

This questioner from Cairo asks a long question: Your Eminence Shaykh, is it obligatory to have a mediator between one and Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He)? For...

Who are the Sufis?

Who are the Sufi people and what is the position of Islam regarding them? May Allah reward you well. Answer: Sufis are groups of people who are...

Ruling on Rifaiyyah Tariqah (Sufi order)

I often hear that someone has joined a Sufi order led by some masters or some shaykhs. After this, he becomes able to strike himself with a sword...

Ruling on carrying flags for Awliya

During festivals some people carry colorful flags bearing some Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) and expressions; for example, the magnate, great reliever and mighty scholar Ahmad Al-Rifa’i, Ahmad Al-Badawi, or...

Statement on the sect of Asha'irah

Is the sect of Asha’irah (a Muslim group that bases its creedal issues on logic) part of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream)? Please...

Revealing the misguidance of the Sufi scholar Ibn 'Arabi

A questioner from the Syrian Arab Republic asks: I am inquiring about Sufis and their reality and superstitions, because we hear a lot about them, especially what is...

Exposing Sufi orders

Are all Sufi orders wrong? Please give me a decisive answer, may Allah reward you. Answer: Sufi orders are newly-invented ways in Islam, which fall under Bid’ah...

The Magi of the Muslim Ummah are Al-Qadariyyah

Many people engage in false conversations about Predestination and Divine Decree. Do you have any instructions in this regard? Answer: This issue was meddled with by early people who...

The ruling on Al-Ikhwan-ul-Muslimun (the Muslim Brotherhood) group

What is the ruling on Al-Ikhwan-ul-Muslimun (the Muslim Brotherhood) group? Are they adherents of Bid’ah (innovation in religion) or are they too lenient? What is the method which should...

Ruling on writing fiction

Is it permissible for a person to write fiction stories, which are all lies, for children to read and learn from? Answer: It is Haram (prohibited) for a person...

The Shari'ah's stance regarding searching for Scholars faults

What is the Shari’ah’s stance regarding searching for scholars’ faults on the pretext of warning others against their errors and paying their attention to it? Please, bear in mind...

Manufacturing crosses is prohibited

What do you think about crosses printed on carpets in some Masjids (mosques)? A carpet spread in the Masjid may contain drawings of two crossing swords, a small palm...

Tawassul through the entities, honor, or right of creatures

Beseeching Allah (Tawassul) by virtue of one of His creatures. This is a confusing issue for the Ummah (nation), but most of the scholars approved it, including Imam Ahmad,...

Tawassul through the Qur'an and certain days

Can a person make Tawassul (beseech Allah in the name of or by) through the Qur’an and Islamic holy days, such as saying, “O Allah! I ask you by...

Tawassul through the blessing of the Qur'an or some creatures

What is the ruling on a person who speaks words like, “In the name of or by the blessing of the Prophet, the shaykh, or the Qur’an?” Is that...

Tawassul through the Messenger and Awliya

A dispute arose between a person and me. This person has memorized the Qur’an and has already performed Hajj to the Sacred House of Allah. The debate went as...

Tawassul through creatures

One Friday, the Imam of a Masjid (mosque) who belongs to a Sufi order delivered the Khutbah (sermon), saying: “We should not say that Allah is above us, below...

Invoking the Prophet’s honor or parents’ pleasure upon rising from one's seat

Some common people, upon rising from their seat, would prop themselves up on their hands and invoke, “Ya Jaah Al-Naby” or “Ya Jaah Al-Rasoul” (In the name of the...

Ruling on believing in Awliya’ as a means of healing from illnesses and holding annual Mawlids for them

What are the rulings on the following: Using the Awliya’ (pious people) as a means of healing from illnesses, visiting graves, vowing to make sacrifices to the dead, and...

Ruling on reading a book that includes Tawassul through the Prophet and asking for his intercession

What is the ruling on reading the book entitled “Dala’il Al-Khayrat” by Imam Muhammad ibn Sulayman Al-Jazuly which contains daily Awrad (oft-recited invocations) that include beseeching and seeking to...

Seeking the help of the dead or the absent is major Shirk

Is seeking help from someone who is absent or dead considered an act of major Kufr (disbelief)? Answer: Yes, seeking help from someone who is dead or absent is...

Ruling on supplicating to the Awliya to ward off evil and pretending to know the Ghayb

There is a righteous person or so we call him who lives at my residence. He is still alive and people honor him greatly. He has yearly banquets prepared...

Do Awliya’ have authority over anyone?

I hear and see with my own eyes, that people say that Awliya’ (pious people) have authority over people in worldly life and they also claim that they have...

Ruling on reading Bible

What is the ruling on reading the Bible? Answer: The Divine Books revealed before the Qur’an now include many distortions, alterations, and omissions, as Allah says in the Qur’an....

Ruling on ascribing a person to Judaism or Christianity

What makes a person a Jew or Christian, is it by performing their deeds or studying their knowledge? Answer: A person becomes a Jew if they believe in the...

Islam's attitude towards the People of the Book

Allah (Exalted be He) says: “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him” [Aal Imran: 85] Allah also says: “Truly, the religion...

Evidence on the invalidity of the Christian creed

What is the evidence on the invalidity of the Christian ‘Aqidah (creed)? Answer: All religions, whether Christianity or any other, should not be followed after the mission of the...

Deeming Jews and Christians, who do not believe in Muhammad, to be disbelievers

What is the ruling of Islam on the Jews and the Christians, for example, to whom the message of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been conveyed; so...

The distortion that Christianity underwent is confirmed

Is the current religion followed by the Christians correct or distorted and what is the evidence for this from the Qur’an and the Sunnah? Answer: The Christians have distorted...

The Four Juristic Schools and their authenticity

Are the Four Madhabs: Al-Hanbaliyyah, Al-Shafi’iyyah, Al-Malikiyyah, and Al-Hanafiyyah, true? When did they appear? Answer: These Four Madhabs are well-known schools which have spread during the second century and...

The Gospel of today is not the same that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) sent down

Can we believe in what we hear from the Christians from what is mentioned in their Injil (Gospel)? Answer: The Injil (Gospel) of today is not the same that...

The most important books in Aqidah (Creed)

Please tell us about the most important books in ‘Aqidah (creed) Answer: The most important book in ‘Aqidah is the Qur’an; it is the most truthful, the greatest and...

Ruling on book entitled: 'Al-Mustatraf'

What is your opinion regarding the book entitled “Al-Mustatraf”, Is it useful? Answer: “Al-Mustatraf” includes good and bad information. Therefore, one should not rely on it either regarding knowledge...

Ruling on the book entitled: 'Biography of Master Shaykh Ubayd Al-Sharif'

What is the ruling on obtaining the book titled, “Al-Ta’rif bil-Shaykh Sayyidi ‘Ubayd Al-Sharif (Biography of Master Shaykh ‘Ubayd Al-Sharif)”, compiled by Al-Hadi Bashawat? Is it reliable? Answer: Having...

Impermissibility for Muslims to celebrating the millennium or other occasions of Non-Muslims

I would like to inform Your Eminence regarding a large electroluminescent billboard placed on the facade of an organization in Riyadh. This billboard displays English numbers in red; its...

Do the Jinn know knowledge of Unseen?

Do the Jinn (creatures created from fire) know the Ghayb (the Unseen)? Please clarify this as soon as possible. Answer: Knowledge of Ghayb is one of the exclusive attributes...

The etiquette the Messenger followed when visiting graves

There is a grave in our village which is said to belong to one of the righteous people. A house was built over this grave and there are two...

Tawassul through prophets and Awliya

What is the Islamic ruling on Tawassul (supplicating to Allah through a means) through prophets and Awliya’ (pious people)? Answer: Tawassul through prophets and Awliya’ is a general term...

Tawassul through the Awliya'

Is it permissible for a Muslim to make Tawassul (supplicate to Allah through a means) by virtue of the status of the prophets and the righteous people? I came...

Tawassul to Allah by the honor, sanctity or blessings of the Prophet or another person

What is the ruling on a Muslim who testifies that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, but says in their Du`a’...

Ruling on visiting the graves to supplicate to the dead or ask for their help or intercession

I found contradictory and controversial Hadith in the book: “Shifa’ Al-Siqam fy Ziyarat Khayr Al-Anam” by Shaykh Taqy Al-Din Al-Subky Al-Shafi`y, in the chapter on Tawassul (supplicating to Allah...

Ruling on the Wirds of Al-Tijaniyyah, Al-Qadiriyyah and others

What is the ruling on the Wird (sayings recited with consistency) of the Tijaniyyah, Qadiriyyah and other Sufi Tariqahs (orders)? Answer: Their Wirds are full of the Bid’ah (rejected...

Ruling on the recitation of Al-Tijaniyyah and Al-Qadiriyyah and praying behind their followers

What is the ruling on reciting the utterances said on a regular basis by Al-Tijaniyyah and Al-Qadiriyyah Tariqahs (Sufi orders)? And what is the ruling on whoever recites them...

Ruling on reading the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qadir

What is the ruling concerning gathering one’s neighbors to read the virtues of Shaykh Abdul-Qadir, believing that this leads to the love of Awliya (pious people), then offering a...

Ruling on Masjid controlled by Al-Tijaniyyah followers

There is a village with a relatively large population. It has a spacious Masjid (mosque) where a group of righteous people offers the five congregational Salahs, for it is...

Ruling on the Imamate of a follower of Al-Tijaniyyah tariqah (sufi order) and praying behind them

In our village, there is an Imam who follows Al-Tijaniyyah Tariqah (Sufi order). The followers of this Tariqah receive the wird (sequence of devotional phrases to be repeated at...

Exaggeration of the Qadiriyyah order

The questioner would like to be given a general idea about the Qadiriyyah Tariqah (Sufi order). He read one of the Qadiriyyah books: “Al-Fiyudat Al-Rabbaniyyah fi Al-Ma’athir wa Al-Awrad...

Ruling on Naqshabandiyyah Order

I am seeking knowledge and Iman (Faith) that may please Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Which Islamic books would you advise me to read to strengthen...

Al-Tijaniyyah is one of the most disbelieving and misguided tariqahs (sufi orders)

What is your opinion concerning Al-Tijaniyyah Tariqah (Sufi order) and seeing the Prophet (peace be upon him) in wakefulness? Answer: Al-Tijaniyyah is one of the most disbelieving, misguided and...

Ruling on Al-Mahdiyyah Tariqah (Sufi order)

There is a Sufi Order called “Al-Ansar” (the followers of Al-Mahdy) which is widespread in Western Sudan. The supporters of this order are millions of common people. Al-Mahdy said...

Ruling on Al-Habriyyah tariqah

What is the Shari’ah ruling on the two Tariqahs (Sufi orders) that are prevalent in Algeria called Al-Habriyyun. They were named after their grand shaykh Al-Habry, who is beloved...

Does the Shirk mentioned in the Qur'an: 'And do not marry Al-Mushrikât till they believe' include those who follow some Tariqahs (sufi orders) such as Al-Tijaniyyah?

Does the Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) mentioned in the Ayah (Qur’anic verse) “And do not marry Al-Mushrikât (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship...

Ruling on Al-Burhamiyyah Tariqah

We trust Your Eminence and have confidence in your Fatwa; therefore, we wish that Your Eminence will read this book carefully and give us a legal opinion about it,...

The creed of Barelwiyyah (Barelvis) Sufi Order

In Pakistan, there is an order known as the Barelvis (Bareilwi) or the order of Nawary, as named after its current leader Nuwary. I ask Your Eminence about...

Scholars' books on Shiite 'Aqidah and their details

What is the Shiite ‘Aqidah (creed)? Please clarify as much as possible. Answer: Shiites have numerous sects, some are extremists and others are not. Hence, we recommend you read...

Ruling on the present Shiites

Are all the present Shiites Kafirs (disbelievers) or just their Imams? Answer: Shiites nowadays have many sects. For more clarification on this issue, refer to the contemporary books written...

Ruling on marrying from those who invoke Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and 'Aly apart from Allah

We are from a tribe living on the northern borders (of Saudi Arabia), and we mix with tribes from Iraq . Those people are idolatrous Shiites who worship shrines...

Ruling on the followers of Al-Imamiyyah

What is the ruling on the followers of Al-Imamiyyah Al-Ithna ‘Ashriyyah (the Twelve Imami Shi’ites), which is one of the Rafidi sects (Shiitic sects which openly reject the legitimacy...

Ruling on eating animals slaughtered by Ja'faris Shi'ah

The person asking this question along with a group of people live at the northern borders close to the Iraqi centers. There is a Shiite community belonging to the...

Ruling on claiming that 'Ali is ranked as a prophet and Jibril made a mistake

What is the ruling on Shiites especially those who say that ‘Ali is ranked as a prophet and that Jibril (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the...

Ruling on Imamite Shi'ah sect in Islam and its origin

Is Imamite Shi’ah an Islamic sect? Who is the founder? In fact, the Shi’ah claim their sect is traceable back to ‘Ali (may Allah honor his face). However, if...

The difference between Sunnis and Shi'ah

Please clarify the differences between Sunnis and Shi’ah (Shi’ites) Which of them is the closest to the Sunnah? Answer: The differences between Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents to the Sunnah and...

Dawoodi Bohras

The chief scholar of Bohras urges his followers to prostrate before him each time they visit him. Was this a practice in the lifetime of the Messenger of...

Dawoodi Bohras women kissing their leader's hands and feet and those of his family

It is a tradition for women to kiss the hands and feet of the leader of their sect. They even kiss the hands and feet of each one of...

Al-Batiniyyah

What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Isma’iliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan. Following...

The reality of the Iranian Shi'ah and confuting those who claim there is no true Muslim leader except Ayatollah Khomeini

It is common in Nigeria that Muslim youth express their love of Ayatollah Khomeini and support for the Iranian Islamic Revolution. These youth think that in today’s Muslim world,...

Al-Ibadiyyah

Is Al-Ibadiyyah regarded as one of the deviant sects of Al-Khawarij and is it permissible to pray behind them? Answer: Al-Ibadiyyah is one of the deviant sects because of...

Al-Khawarij

What is the meaning of the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): “During the last days, some young foolish people who will say the best...

Wishing to migrate to France where things are tough on Muslims

I was born in France where I still live until now. I am 26 years old and my parents are Tunisian. I am married and have two children; the...

Treating Christians kindly

A Muslim man has a car and lives in a village in the desert. There is a Christian doctor in the village and this Muslim man drives him every...

Ruling on visiting relatives who love disbelievers

Is it permissible to visit relatives who love disbelievers? Answer: It is permissible to visit such relatives on condition that the person visiting them advises and instructs them to...

Ruling on traveling to non-Muslim countries

We know a religious brother who wants to travel to Italy to visit his brothers there in order to maintain family ties. Is maintaining family ties considered a legal...

Ruling on taking part in the celebrations of the People of the Book

If you please, our dear Shaykh, I entered into a discussion with my Muslim brothers regarding some matter in the religion of Islam, namely: Some Muslims in Ghana venerate...

Ruling on Staying in non-Muslim country

What is the ruling on a person who worships Allah Alone and associates nothing with Him in worship, yet he is living with communities of disbelievers and is unable...

Ruling on spending the night in the house of a Mushrik

Is it permissible to spend the night in the house of a Mushrik (the one who associates others with Allah in His Divinity) from among those who glorify shrines...

Ruling on speaking with a Kafir

Is it permissible to speak with non-Muslim females and male Kafirs (disbelievers)? Answer: It is permissible, if there is no fear of Fitnah (temptation), and only as much as...

Ruling on sharing the same places of worship with non-Muslims

Questions: Q 1: Is it legally valid for the followers of different religions to share one place of worship? Q 2: Is it valid for the followers of different...

Ruling on returning the greeting of a Christian, attending their funeral, and offering condolences for them

What is the ruling on returning the greetings to Christians, attending their funerals, and offering condolences to them? Answer: A Muslim should return the greeting of a...

Ruling on returning a Christian's lost object and saving them from drowning

Is it permissible for a Muslim to return lost property he finds which belongs to a disbeliever? Is it permissible for a Muslim to save a drowning disbeliever? Is...

Ruling on reading the Bible and swearing by it

What is the ruling on a Muslim who reads the Bible or swears by it? Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to read the Bible as it...

Ruling on presents given by disbelievers and worshippers of idols to Muslims in their festivals

In India some festivals related to the Hindus (worshippers of idols) are celebrated. As I am their neighbor they present me with some desserts like those Muslims served in...

Ruling on participating in disbelievers' festivals

Is it permissible to attend their festivals? Answer: It is not permissible to participate in their festivals or congratulate them, for this conduct shows a kind of intimacy and...

Ruling on Muslim participating and paying in a farewell party for a non-Muslim

In our company, Muslim employees work together with Christian and Hindu employees. Some employees collect a sum of money from employees in order to hold a farewell party when...

Ruling on participating in the missionary organizations competitions

Some Muslim youth began corresponding with Christian missionary clubs and agencies which in return send them lessons about the Injil (Gospel), video tapes of missionary lectures, and immoral magazines...

Ruling on participating with Christians in their non-religious celebrations

Is it permissible for a Muslim to participate with Christians in their non-religious celebrations and share in their sorrows, such as birthday celebrations or sending condolences to the bereaved...

Ruling on participating in Christian feasts

What is the ruling on participating in the feasts of the Christians? Please advise us. May Allah reward you. Answer: It is not permissible to participate in the feasts...

Ruling on offering a non-Muslim guest unlawful food

Is it permissible for a Muslim to be generous to non-Muslim companions by offering them foods and drinks that are prohibited by Islam upon Muslims? What is the ruling...

Ruling on the Muslims who live in the lands of the disbelievers

I found in one of your Fatwas regarding travel to the land of disbelievers a Hadith of the Messenger (peace be upon him) stating: “I am not responsible for...

Ruling on Muslims and non-Muslims exchanging visits

In the area where we work, there are some Arab Christians who sometimes invite us to visit them. Is it permissible for us to visit them and invite them...

Ruling on Muslims and Christians exchanging congratulations

Is it permissible for Muslims to exchange greetings with Christians on every occasion? Answer: It is not permissible to greet Christians or other disbelievers on their festivals and religious...

Ruling on a Muslim working in non-Muslim country

Is it permissible for Muslims to work in non-Muslim countries and can we relate this to the work that Prophet Yusuf (Joseph, peace be upon him) was doing? Answer:...

Ruling on Muslim wearing a cross

A dispute arose among us over the judgment on a Muslim who wears a cross pendant, which is a symbol of Christianity. Some maintain that such a person is...

Ruling on Muslims entering non-Muslim places of worship

Is it permissible for a Muslim to enter a church to know of their prayers or listen to a lecture? Answer: A Muslim is not allowed to enter the...

Ruling on making pictures of Christian symbols such as the cross

Images of crosses have become openly visible. Muslims are so neglectful of this issue that we now see it on TV channels, commercial magazine, etc. What is the...

Ruling on living with non-Muslims

I live with ten colleagues of various nationalities, including nine Christians and one atheist. We have our main meal together on one table. The meal is prepared alternately by...

Ruling on listening to Christian programs to know more

Sometimes I listen to some Christian radio programs only in order to know and learn about Christian thought. What is the Islamic view on this? Answer: It is not...

Ruling on listening to Christian broadcast

Is listening to a Christian radio station forbidden, although the listener believes in Islam, Allah, and His Messenger (peace be upon him) and no one can shake his belief...

Ruling on keeping the company of a brother who refuses to enter Islam

Is it permissible to keep company with a non-Muslim brother whom you called to accept Islam but he refused? Answer: You should not take him as a friend, if...

Ruling on Non-Muslims entering Masjids

What is the ruling on non-Muslims entering a Masjid (mosque) or Musalla (a place for Prayer), whether to attend the Salah (Prayer) or to listen to a lecture? Answer:...

Ruling on invoking Allah for the Kafir

I am a government employee. My direct supervisor is Christian. What is the ruling on using phrases such as: “May Allah bless you”, “May Allah honor you” or “May...

Ruling on importing goods bearing the Swiss flag symbol

We want to import Swiss pocketknives on which the Swiss flag logo is inscribed. We would like you to inform us whether the logo represents a cross or a...

Ruling on honoring the people of Bid'ah

I would like to inform you that I work in the Province of Badr in Al-Madinah Al-Nabawiyyah. There, we found many young men who were guided, by Allah’s Grace,...

Ruling on hiring a non-Muslim

Is it permissible for a Muslim to employ a non-Muslim as a servant or driver? What if this employer has no religion? Answer: It is not permissible for a...

Ruling on having one temple for the three religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Is it permissible to have one temple for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Answer: It is not permissible to have one place of worship that gathers the three religions. This...

Ruling on hanging a non-Muslim country's flag on a Muslim's chest

Some foreign authorities distribute two types of flags, one for Saudi Arabia and the other one for their non-Muslim countries. A military official hangs these flags on people’s chests....

Ruling on giving a non-Muslim neighbor from the Udhiyah

If my neighbor is non-Muslim, but he never annoys me with regard to my ‘Ibadah (worship). Is it permissible to give him a part of Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered...

Ruling on making friendship with a Christian

Is it permissible for a Muslim to befriend, visit and study with a Christian friend? Answer: It is permissible for a Muslim to kindly treat Kafirs (disbelievers) who are...

Ruling on eating foods prepared for Neyruz feast after it

We know that it is not permissible to celebrate what is called Neyruz (Iranian new year holiday), as it is one of the feasts of the Magi. The question...

Ruling on decorating the Masjid minaret with Christian decoration

First: Last year, people placed the word “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest) on the minaret of the Islamic Center in Ramadan after Christmas was over. They decorated it...

Ruling on students congratulating Hindu teachers on their feasts

All our teachers are Hindu and many of their festivals and religious ceremonies come up on which all the students greet and congratulate them. We find it embarrassing not...

Ruling on congratulating a Christian teacher or who commits acts of Shirk

Most of our teachers are Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) or People of the Book either Jews or Christians. What is the...

Ruling on saying that nowadays the Christians are better than Muslims in dealings

It is common among us to say “Nowadays the Christians are better than Muslims in dealing with others.” Answer: It is not permissible to prefer non-Muslims to Muslims, either...

Ruling on celebrating holidays of Non-Muslims

What is the ruling on Muslims who celebrate holidays of non-Muslims that Allah did not sanction, such as the Mother’s Day, Sham Al-Nasim and Christmas? Answer: All these days...

Ruling on Celebrating Christmas

Is it permissible for a Muslim to join the Christians in their celebrations, such as Christmas that is held at the end of December? Some people who claim knowledge...

Ruling on attending the parties of a related unbeliever

My inquiry is about the wedding of my brother-in-law who is a Magus. Should we travel with him to conclude his marriage contract with his fiancée? Should we help...

Ruling on attending festivities of Christians

What is the legal ruling on entertaining some Christian clergymen on the occasion of the Argentinean national celebrations that are held in their churches such as Independence Day, and...

Ruling on attending Buddhist ceremonies

What is the ruling on Muslim’s taking part in the celebrations held by the Buddhists for their dead, such as: A. Attending cremations B. Donations for these celebrations...

Ruling on accept kafirs invitation

These people deal with each other so kindly and friendly that they invite each other to their respective rooms to eat take-away meals, drinks, fruits or the like. I...

Ruling on loving and mingling with Kafirs

The nature of work requires the intermingling between Muslim and non-Muslim workers. Sometimes we find Muslims and non-Muslims staying in the same room which makes it inevitable for them...

Ruling on imitating Jews and Christians in their weekends

What is the ruling on a school owner who appoints its weekends on both Saturdays and Sundays, and allows studying on both Thursdays and Fridays? Is it permissible for...

Reward in the Hereafter for a disbeliever treating a Muslim kindly

What is the ruling on a benevolent disbeliever who does good towards Muslims such as building a Masjid (mosque) for them and giving money to poor Muslims. Shall he...

Permissibility of the People of the Book's food

Some of my Christian colleagues invite me for meals in their homes. Is it permissible to eat if the food served is Halal (lawful)? Answer: Yes, it is permissible...

Obligations towards non-Muslim co-workers

There are non-Muslims working with us in our company, who are Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians. What are our obligations to each other and how should we treat them, without...

Take not as friends the people who incurred the Wrath of Allah

What is the meaning of Allah’s Saying: “Take not as friends the people who incurred the Wrath of Allâh (i.e. the Jews).” [al-Mumtahanah: 13] What is the meaning of...

Loyalty to Kafirs that takes one out of Islam

What are the boundary lines of loyalties which when transgressed turn the doer into a Kafir (disbeliever), outside the pale of Islam? We hear that anyone who eats or...

Love for the Sake of Allah

There is a brother in Islam whom I like very much, more than other brothers. Since having met him, I visit him more than the others. Is this considered...

Ruling on haircuts that imitate disbelievers

What is the ruling on haircuts worn by some young men nowadays, imitating the disbeliever Michael Jackson? What if it is done not intending to imitate him? Answer: The...

Ruling on granting the nationality of a Muslim country to a non-Muslim

What is the ruling on granting the nationality of a Muslim country to a non-Muslim? Answer: It is permissible to grant a non-Muslim the nationality of a Muslim country...

Dealing with a Dhimmy

What is the ideal way to deal with a Dhimmy (protected non-Muslim living under Islamic rule)? Should they be dealt with in the normal way? Answer: The ideal way...

Dealing with Christian neighbors

How should I deal with my Christian neighbors or classmates? Should I visit and congratulate them on their religious occasions? Answer: It is permissible to treat Christian people who...

Coercion on disbelief

Does verbal or practical coercion justify professing Kufr (disbelief)? Answer: If coercion is actually existent, then the apparent declaration of disbelief is tolerated on condition that a person’s heart...

Abd Al-Muttalib's love for the Prophet

I watched the TV series “The Grandfather of the Leader of Mankind,” which made me love ‘Abdul-Muttalib and Abu Talib. Allah knows that I loved them out of my...

Ruling on buying books from Ibadiyyah sect

Is it permissible to do business with ibadiyyah? For example, I buy their good books and cassettes, should I stop or continue doing this? Answer: There is no...

This is what Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab believed in

Wahhabism is based on fulfilling the testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and shunning Bid’ahs and superstitions as well as anything that contradicts the legislation brought by...

Annulling Shahadah

What is the separating line between Kufr (disbelief) and Islam? What about a person who utters the Two Testimonies of Faith, and then commits actions that contradict them, is...

Ruling on congratulating others in the new Gregorian or Hijri years or the Mawlid

Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)? Answer: It is not...

Ruling on loyalty to the Mushrik family

What should a son do who was raised by an ignorant family then he learned Islamic knowledge and informed his family of Haram (prohibited) and Halal (lawful) matters but...

Ruling on befriending with those who worship the graves

There is no doubt regarding the Kufr (disbelief) of those who worship graves, pious people, including the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) and others, or those who supplicate anyone...

Ruling on initiating Salam with non-Muslims

Is it permissible to begin greeting a disbeliever, especially if they are of high positions such as a professor in a university? Answer: It is not permissible to greet...

Ruling on those contradicts decisive texts from the Qur'an and authentic Hadith

What is the opinion of the knowledgeable scholars on a man who contradicts decisive texts from the Qur’an and authentic Hadith? Upon receiving advice and admonition, he says: “There...

Ruling on attending mushrik weddings

Is it permissible for a Muslim who believes in one God to participate in the wedding ceremonies of Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or...

Ruling on book of Deobandi Jama'at Tabligh entitled 'Tablighi Nisab'

I am a Muslim man living in Britain and want to follow the way of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) in all the affairs...

Ruling on joining Jama'at Tabligh

I joined this group and made use of the knowledge they provide. However, they observe some acts that are not mentioned in the Book of Allah or in the...

False story made by the Sufi Shaykh of Jama'at Tabligh

Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya Kandahlwi (a Deobandi scholar) is one of the most famous religious scholars in India and Pakistan, especially among the followers of Jama’at Tabligh. He has numerous...

Advice to the Jama'at Tabligh and Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun

Someone asks about the Islamic groups such as Jama’at Tabligh and the Muslim Brotherhood Group (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun). Are these groups considered to be among Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents to the...

The Salaf are Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah

Some people do not define themselves as Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) claiming that all people do so. They say that it is...

Ruling on hating the Salafis

There are some partisans who call for applying the Islamic Shari’ah though they are completely opposite to that. They have diluted Islam and consider those who do not...

Ruling on sitting with Mubtadi's (ones who introduces innovations in religion)

Is it permissible to sit with people who indulge in Bid’ahs (innovations in religion) and participate in their lessons? Answer: It is not permissible for you to sit with...

Ruling on turning a wife against her husband

A woman’s family is turning her against her husband, preventing her from going to him by force, and threatening her. Even more, they are asking him to divorce...

Ruling on neglecting Tawhid

Your Eminence Shaykh! Could you please clarify the importance of Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/ monotheism)? It is worth mentioning that nowadays many young people are...

The duty of a Muslim is to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah

Should every Muslim join an Islamic group that has an Amir (leader), although this may lead to division and conflict among Muslims, as Allah says (what means): “…and...

Adhering to the Sunnah and following the Salaf

A father asks his son to stay away from the trend of Islamic awakening but the son refuses, for this trend abides by Allah’s orders, will he be...

Ruling on attacking scholars

Some people claim that they are following the way of Salaf (righteous predecessors), but they are constantly attacking scholars and accuse them of introducing innovations in the religion. It...

A parents belong to Al-Rafidah (a Shiitic group)

A man’s parents belong to Al-Rafidah (a Shiitic group), how should he behave towards them? Answer: He should call them to Allah and advise them. Yet, If he realizes...

Isma'ilism sect

The Isma’ilites get their name from their acceptance of Isma’il ibn Ja’far as the divinely appointed spiritual successor (Imam) to Ja’far Al-Sadiq) that oppose our purified Shari’ah (Islamic law). It...

Difference between Ahlus-Sunnah and Shi'ah

What is the difference between Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and Shi’ah (Shi’ites)? Answer: There are differences between the two sects. Allah has neither...

The Reality on the 'Aqidah (creed) of Al-Khawarij

What do you say to one who believes that the ‘Aqidah (creed) of Al-Khawarij followed the ‘Aqidah (creed) of Salafiyyah (those following the way of the righteous predecessors) and...

Ba'ath Party

Are president of Iraq and members of the Ba’ath Party that he led considered Kafirs (disbelievers) or not? Answer: All Ba’athists are Kafirs including the president of Iraq as...

Refuting Darwin's theory that man evolved from an ape-like creature

It is well-known that some people think they were evolved from animals following Darwinism, what is the view of Your Eminence regarding this? Answer: The theory of...

Ruling on organ transplants

What is your opinion on the transplantation of human organs which saves the life of many people? Answer: I have a reservation with regard to this matter....

The Palestinians differ in their opinions regarding the peace process

The Palestinians differ in their opinions regarding the peace process, while Hamas opposes it and calls for resistance, the Palestinian National Authority approves it, and the rest of people...

Ruling on criticize rulers openly on the Minbar (pulpit)

Was it the practice of our Salaf (righteous predecessors) to criticize rulers openly on the Minbar (pulpit)? If not, how would they advise their rulers? Answer: It was not...

Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun (the Muslim Brotherhood) group

Your Eminence, Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun (the Muslim Brotherhood; a political group also calling to Islam) Movement spread in the Kingdom especially among the students. What is your opinion with regard...

There is no way to achieve that unless advice is exchanged

Since its establishment, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has applied the Shari’ah of Allah and ruled according to His Legislations. What is our duty towards this responsibility? Answer: It...

Ruling on rebel against the rulers

Your Eminence Shaykh, there are people who think that, because some of the rulers commit major sins, we are obliged to rebel against them and attempt to change the...

It is not permissible to kill resident or immigrant disbelievers

Some young people think that it is lawful to alienate the Kafirs (disbelievers) residing in or immigrating to Muslim countries. Accordingly, some of them deem it lawful to kill...

Is enjoining Ma'ruf and forbidding Munkar by the hand is a right for all Muslims or is it just confined to those in authority and their deputies?

Is enjoining Ma‘ruf and forbidding Munkar, namely correcting the wrong by the hand, a right for all Muslims or is it just confined to those in authority and their...

Clarification of the rulers' rights upon the Ummah

His Eminence, Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shed light upon rulers’ rights and the necessity of obeying them in that which...

Ruling on those who abstain from enjoining good and forbidding evil

What is the ruling on those who abstain from enjoining good and forbidding evil while having the ability to do so? Answer: Such people are thereby disobedient to Allah...

What is the proper manner of enjoining right and forbidding evil

What is the proper manner of enjoining right and forbidding evil? What is the wisdom behind doing this? Answer: This question is worthy of attention as enjoining right and...

Ruling on slaughtering animals, engaging in Dhikr and beating drums during celebrations of Mawlid

What is the ruling on slaughtering animals, engaging in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) and beating drums during celebrations of Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)? Answer: All this is Bid‘ah (innovation...

Was Buddha a Prophet?

What is the ruling on those who say that Buddha was a prophet? What is the ruling on those who say that the Sahabi (Companion of the Prophet) ‘Abdullah...

Is there a revealed book for Buddhism?

Is there a revealed book for Buddhism? Answer: We do not know of any book which was revealed for them, rather the ruling on them is the same as...

Warning against Rashad Khalifa's denial of the Sunnah

All praise be to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger and upon his family, Companions, and those who followed him. The reason for this speech is the...

A reply to the claims of BBC

All Praise is due to Allah. May peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, and Companions. Several days ago, I wrote an article containing a response to a...

On Habashi Sect

From ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Bin ‘Abdullah Ibn Baz to our dear respected brother, T.M. May Allah protect you. As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)....

Are the Hanbalis are the only Salafis

Is it correct that Al-Hanabilah (Hanbalis, the followers of Imam Ahmad’s School of Jurisprudence) are the only Salafiyyah (those who following the way of the righteous predecessors)? What...

On Abdullah Al-Habashy

From Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz to our dear respected brother, T.M. May Allah protect you. As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!). I...

Ruling on placing the hand on the Mushaf while swearing

In many cases, a man swears by placing his hand on the Mushaf, is this right or is it enough to swear by Allah only? Answer: It...

Ruling on swearing by Al-Bukhari's Book of Hadith

In our country, people are used to swearing by Al-Bukhari’s Book of Hadith. If a person loses hope in taking their right from their Muslim brothers, they make...

Ruling on sleeping on the ground for forty days as mourning over the dead

What is the Islamic method for holding a Ma’tam (mourning assembly)? In the Sudanese rural areas, most relatives and neighbors of the dead person usually sleep on the...

Ruling on swearing by Allah and His Messenger

Is it permissible to swear by Allah and His Messenger? Answer: It is impermissible to do so, for the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,...

Ruling on slaughtering sheep for the deceased

Here in Ouargla, when someone dies, his family slaughters one of their sheep on the next day. What is the ruling on this? Does the reward of slaughtering...

Ruling on three pieces of clay for the dead

When a person dies, some people in our village bring three pieces of clay. They make a sphere out of every piece of clay and make it similar...

Ruling on Al-Uns Salah

What is the authenticity of Al-Uns Salah (prayer)? It is performed after Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) on the day of burying the deceased. Did the Prophet (peace be upon...

Ruling on a wife of the deceased wears a white dress and does not take a bath

In Algeria when a man dies, his wife wears a white dress and does not take a bath or change her clothes until the next Wednesday night following...

Ruling on relatives of the deceased sitting beside the grave

What is the ruling on a relative of a dead person sitting beside the grave when people leave after the burial for no more than half an hour?...

Ruling on Adhan after burying the dead in the grave

In Bangladesh, we call the Adhan after burying the dead in the grave. Scholars differed on this issue; some of them permit it while others don’t. What is...

Why are the Sufis interested in pronouncing the name of Allah rather than referring to His Attributes

Why are the Sufis interested in pronouncing the name of Allah rather than referring to His Attributes? Why do Muslims not mention Allah’s Name and...

What is Sufism

What is Sufism? Does it pose a danger to one’s Islam? What is the ruling on keeping company with Sufis? Answer: In general, Sufism as it exists at the...

The pledge of Sufis

I was under age when I went to one of the shaykhs of the Sufi sects. I said to him: I want to join the sect of Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qadir...

Tablighi Jama'at and offering Salah in Masjids containing graves

M.’A. From America says: I traveled with Jama’at Tabligh to India and Pakistan. We used to gather and pray in Masjids (mosques) that have graves inside them. Later, I...

Sufis who beat themselves with skewers

I know some people who call themselves shaykhs but they stab themselves with skewers etc. And ascribe fictitious things to Al-Rifa’i. What is the ruling on the foregoing? Is...

Sufi superstitions

The mentioned Imam says that one day Safi Al-Din ibn Ahmad passed along a road in that city and found a rock. He divided the rock with his Miswak...

Status of the Sufi orders in Islam

I am forwarding to you this message that was sent to me by a woman who says her husband, Mohamed Al-Faytury Hamudah, follows a Sufi order. She wants...

The pledge taken from a Sufi Shaykh

What is the ruling of Islam on the pledge that we make to the shaykh of a Tariqah (Sufi order)? Will we be considered disobeying the Qur’an and the...

Origin and the creeds of Sufism

I ask your eminence to reply to us in short about Sufism and Sufis; what is Sufism, their ‘Aqidah (creed) and what is the opinion of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah (adherents...

Misguidance of all Sufis

I read in a book entitled “Hadhihi Al-Sufiyyah (This is Sufism)” that Sufism is a deviant Islamic sect that departs from Islamic ‘Aqidah (creed) and methodology and introduces Bid’ahs...

Ruling on kissing the hands and feet of the Sufi Shaykh

Some followers of a certain Tariqah (Sufi order) kiss the hands and feet of their shaykh and put their foreheads against the shaykh’s hands and feet until they are...

The followers of Sufism stance on their shaykhs

Some ignorant Sufis follow their Shaykhs in their error and immorality. The Sufi before his Shaykh is like a dead person before his washer to dispose of him as...

Ruling on Prophet's songs

Many Muslims celebrate the Prophethood of our Messenger (peace be upon him) with musical songs just as the Jews and Christians do i.e. they mention Allah (Exalted be He)...

Ruling on setting up tents beside the graves

What is your opinion - may your favor continue - on setting up tents beside the graves, where Qur’an reciters keep reciting the Qur’an for a period of...

Ruling on placing Henna in the Grave with the Deceased

Is placing henna in the grave with the deceased part of the Islamic ceremony? If yes, what are its benefits? Answer: The Sunnah (whatever is reported from...

Ruling on placing book in the grave

We have a strange practice and would like to know the religious ruling on it. Some people place a book they call ‘Al-Dawshan’ or ‘Al-Qudwah’ in the grave...

Claiming to have dream of deceased who command him to build a shrine for the deceased

Nowadays, there are a group of people who transfer the deceased months or years after burying them claiming that this deceased person came to one of them in...

Ruling on hanging photos of the deceased at home

Is it Haram (prohibited) to hang a photo in the home of one that died? Is it Haram to collect and keep photos of those who have passed...

The beggar sufis sect

An inquirer from Syria says: We have some people who claim that they are the children of Shaykh ‘Isa or of other shaykh known to us. They come to...

Sufi orders, litanies, and Adhkar

What is the ruling on the Sufi orders and the litanies they recite before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and after the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer? What is the ruling on...

What is the ruling of Islam on the Sufi orders that exist today

What is the ruling of Islam on the Sufi orders that exist today? Answer: Working according to Bid’ahs (innovations in religion) prevails in most of the Sufi orders. We...

Sufism and their false ancriptions

The Problem of Sufism: What does it mean and what is the attitude of Islam toward it? I mean Al-Tijaniyyah and Al-Qadiriyyah (a deviant sect that claims Allah has...

When does passing wind become an annulment of Wudu'?

When does passing wind become an annulment of Wudu’ (ablution)? Is it by hearing a sound, detecting a smell, and feeling something, or only by hearing a sound or...

Performing Wudu' (ablution) in case of certainty that some impurity was discharged

After finishing Wudu’ (ablution), I feel that something is coming out of me, like urine. So I go once again to perform Wudu’ and Istinja’ (cleansing the private parts...

Touching or shaking hands with woman

Question : Is Wudu’ (ablution) nullified by touching or shaking hands with a non-Mahram woman (neither a spouse nor a permanently unmarriageable woman), an act which is already Haram (prohibited)?...

Touching one's penis invalidates Wudu'

Question : Scholars differ regarding whether Wudu’ (ablution) is nullified by touching the penis. Those who say that it is not nullified support their opinion with the Hadith that says:...

Thinking of women while performing Wudu'

Question : Sometimes, while performing Wudu’ (ablution) many thoughts cross the mind which are irrelevant to Salah (Prayer) or Wudu’, such as men thinking about women while performing Wudu’. What...

Some drops of urine are released after Istinja'

Question : Soon after I have performed Istinja’ (cleansing the private parts with water) after urination, I feel some small drops of urine being emitted. What I do then is...

Ritual Impurity of Maniy

Question : After kissing, foreplay, or touching one’s wife, he finds some wetness discharged in his underpants from his member following erection. Does this affect the Taharah (ritual purification) and...

Repeating Wudu' and Salah if a person knows that some impurity was discharged during Salah

Question : I often feel drops of some fluid being emitted from my penis after performing Wudu’ (ablution) or during Salah (Prayer), but I am not sure whether it is...

The perfume sprayed on one's hands does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : I work in a pharmacy where perfumes are also sold. My hands touch these perfumes while dealing with the perfume tester bottles tried by the buyers who want...

Penis erection does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : While a man performs Salah (Prayer), his penis becomes erect discharging nothing. Is his Wudu’ (ablution) nullified? If so, should he interrupt or end his Salah, in case...

Passing wind invalidates Wudu'

Should a person perform Istinja’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) or Istijmar (cleansing the private parts with hard material after urination or defecation) after...

Mere touching Najasah does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : Sometimes, when I go on an outing with my family in the car, my wife’s clothes get so wetted with urine or the like of one of the...

Looking at one's private parts does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : Is it permissible for a person to touch the Mushaf or offer Salah (Prayer) if it happened that they looked at their ‘Awrah (parts of the body that...

Ruling on looking at naked men and women by a person having Wudu'

Question : Does looking at naked men and women or at one’s own `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) invalidate Wudu’ (ablution)? Answer: The mere...

Flowing of blood from anywhere other than the private parts does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : Does bleeding invalidate the Salah (Prayer)? Answer: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. We do...

Emission of wind from a woman’s vagina

Question 1: Does emission of wind from a woman’s front passage invalidate Wudu’? Question 2: A woman passes wind from her front passage when she bows and prostrates herself during...

Emission of white fluid

At times, a white colored fluid is emitted from me, sometimes while I am praying. Should I interrupt Salah (prayer) and repeat my Wudu’ (ablution) or should I continue...

Doubting that he has undergone ritual impurity

Question : Does doubt count for anything in case of a person having Wudu’ (ablution) yet is not sure whether or not he passed urine, feces or broke wind due...

Do not listen to the insinuations of Satan

Sometimes I feel while I am washing my feet or directly or shortly after performing Wudu’ something coming out through the urethra in the form of drops. Then I...

Does looking at women with or without lust invalidate Wudu’ (ablution)?

Question : Does looking at women with or without lust invalidate Wudu’ (ablution)? Answer: Wudu’ is not invalidated just by looking at women, with or without lust.

Discovering after Salah that a person might have urinated in bed

Question : What should someone do if they wake up, make Wudu’ (ablution), offer Salah (Prayer), then go back to bed but find something causing doubts of having urinated on...

Deep sleep probably invalidates Wudu'

Question : Some people may fall asleep while engaged in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) in the Masjid (mosque) using Misbahah (counting beads).Do they have to perform Wudu’ (ablution) before the...

Certainty is not removed by doubt

Question : If I perform Wudu’ (ablution) and then offer Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer and after a while the prescribed time of ‘Isha’ (Night) Prayer becomes due and I want to...

Breaking wind invalidates Wudu'

Does breaking wind nullify Wudu’? Should a person perform Istinja’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) after it? Or is it sufficient to perform regular...

The bitter liquid vomited after eating or drinking

Question : Concerning the bitter-tasting liquid that may regurgitate into the mouth after drinking or eating but is a little quantity that does not fill the mouth or may come...

Belly noise does not invalidate Wudu'

If a person performs Wudu’ (ablution) and hears his stomach rumble, but does not pass wind from his back passage, what is the ruling on this? Does he still...

An infant's urine should be washed but does not invalidate Wudu'

Question : I performed Wudu’ (ablution) for Salah (prayer), then I held a baby that stained my clothes with urine. I washed the spot stained with urine and offered Salah...

Period during which the heavens, earth and what lies in them were created

It is known that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) created the heavens and the earth in six days. This is proven in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. However,...

Allah creating all things in general

I entered into a long discussion with a Muslim brother about who created evil. I told him that it is Allah (Exalted be He) who created evil as well...

The meaning of Tawhid-ul-Rububiyyah and Tawhid-ul-Uluhiyyah

What is the meaning of Tawhid-ul-Rububiyyah and Tawhid-ul-Uluhiyyah? Answer: The meaning of Tawhid-ul-Rububiyyah (Oneness of Allah’s Lordship) is the ascription of all Acts of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be...

Ruling on eating from mixed money some of which can be ill-gotten

Question 1: When my brothers and I earn some money, we give it to my father to meet the needs of the family for food, drink, and the like....

Eating With Fingers

Is eating with one’s fingers a custom or a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet)? Answer: Eating with one’s fingers or using...