Archive for the ‘FAQs & Fatwas’ category

Question on Slaughtering

The Question: During the last `Eid, I went to slaughter. However, and this may sound strange, I forgot to say bismilLah (in the name of Allah) over the animal. Some of my friends told me that there was no problem with this and that the meat was halal. Were they correct? The Answer: Insha’Allah your slaughter […]

Calling Someone a Kafir

Question The other day I was out with some of my friends and we started talking about different groups. One of them said that such and such person is a kafir (infidel). Upon hearing this I told him that was not right. In his defense he told me that he heard one of this person’s […]

Divorce Under Duress?

The Question: There were some recent problems between my wife and I. Due to a physical threat from one of her family members, I was forced to divorce her. I love her greatly and I did not intend to divorce her. I was under duress and direct physical threat. Is the divorce valid? The Answer: […]

Question Regarding Marital Rape

Question: Is marital rape allowed in Islam? Answer: As salaamu alaykum, Thank you for asking this important question which has come to the fore in recent times, and which has been the cause of confusion for many people. Here are some important points to take into consideration when learning about this issue: It is absolutely […]

Working for a Trash Company Hinders Prayer

The Question: I work for a trash company and by mid-day trash tends to be all over my clothes. I’m not able to change my clothes and observe Dhuhr prayer and was told that I should wait until I go home to pray Dhuhr with `Asr. Another person told me to simply quit my job […]

Can I Combine the Six Fasts of Shawwal with Make-up Fasts of Ramadan?

Question: I recently heard on Islamic radio that we can fast the six days of Shawwal with two niyyah (intentions): Making up the days we didn’t fast during the month of Ramadan (for women) and Fasting the six days of Shawwal (like a simultaneous fast). I read on a scholar’s website that we cannot fast […]

What Happens When an Elderly Person Cannot Fast?

by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is obligatory upon the elderly who are unable to fast? Answer: “If a person has reached old age and they are unable to fast, then feeding a person (for each day of fasting missed) is sufficient.” (ad-Daraqutni and al-Hakim) Allah says, […]

Sha’ban: One Scholarly Perspective by Dr. Ali Goma

by Dr. `Ali Gom`a Mohammed | Translated by Suhaib Webb Question: 1. For a long time now, we have been accustomed to celebrating the night of mid-Sha’ban by gathering the residents of the village — old and young, women and children — in the mosque for Maghrib prayer. Afterward, we recite Surat Ya-Sin three times, […]

From the Foundations of Islam: There is No Obligation in the Face of (Legitimate) Weakness

by Dr. Ali Abdul Jabbar al-Sururi | Translated by Suhaib Webb This principle was mentioned by Ibn al-Qayyim and it lends to the notion of a step by step outlook and gradual approach in one’s practice of Islam. When a Muslim finds himself in a situation where he does not have the capacity to observe certain […]

Commencing a Gathering with Recitation of al-Fatiha? Answered by Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah

Answered by Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: Is it okay to commence a gathering with recitation of the first chapter of the Qur’an, al-Fatiha (the Opening)? The Answer: Reciting the Qur’an is encouraged and not restricted to a specific time or place. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) […]

How Does One Pray When Dealing with Health Issues?

The Question I have some health problems which reduce my mobility to the extent that salah (prayer) is not practical. Where can I find alternatives? I would like to pray but I do not wish to cause offense. I have researched online but cannot find any information. One of my many health problems includes chronic sepsis, […]

Choosing Opinions that Suit Your Desires

The world we live in today has brought many tests to the Muslims. Undoubtedly, it has also brought many blessings to us. One new reality—the fact that the knowledge of our religion has become readily available through mass media—can be either a test or a blessing depending upon the scholar you speak to. As a […]

Du`a’ and Despair

Question: I have a few questions concerning du`a’ (supplication). What are the best times to make du`a’? I’ve been making du`a’ in the last hour of the night, and I’m encouraged to keep making it until Allah grants  me my wish or gives me whatever He thinks is best for me. However, as humans we […]

Supplicating in Another Language while Praying

Question: I recently converted and, while I’ve learned to say my prayers in Arabic, I cannot make general supplications (du`a’) in Arabic when I prostrate. Is it Islamically acceptable to say those supplications in English? Answer: I would like to welcome you to Islam, and I pray that Allah will bless you and guide you […]

Is a Woman’s Prayer at Home Better?

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan al-Dado | Translated and Abridged by SuhaibWebb.com Question: Some jurists say that the increased reward for praying in the masjid does not apply to women because of the known hadith, “A woman’s prayer in her house is better than in her courtyard, and her prayer in her own room is […]

Gender Neutrality in the Arabic Language

Question: When I tell this hadith (report of the sayings or actions of the Prophet ﷺ) to a Christian woman, or any woman, how do I explain to her that when the Prophet ﷺ said “man” he is actually referring to a person regardless of gender? The hadith cited is quoted thus in Riyad-us-Saliheen: Abu […]

The Prophet’s ﷺ Sadness

Question: I am having trouble understanding the following narration from al-Bukhari’s Sahih: “The divine inspiration paused for a while and the Prophet ﷺ became so sad, as we have heard, that he intended several times to throw himself from the tops of high mountains, and every time he went up the top of a mountain […]

Taking Off the Hijab

Question: I understand that hijab is required, and I’ve been wearing it for some time now but I feel like putting it on might have been a mistake.  I don’t feel like it’s made me become a better Muslim, and I feel almost like I’m deceiving people because they look at me as an example […]

A Question on Migration to the Lands of Islam answered by Dr. ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah

Answered by Dr. ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: The following question was put to the erudite scholar, Shaykh `Abdullah bin Bayyah: “I’m interested in leaving my homeland and migrating to the lands of Islam. I’ve heard that it is an obligation to do so and wanted your guidance on this […]

A Question on Sunnah and Custom

Answered by Dr. Abdullāh bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: I have a question regarding certain habits of the Prophet (ﷺ), such as applying antimony to his eyes, lengthening his hair or eating tharīd (porridge). Are these customs of the Prophet (ﷺ) which he enjoyed, or are they acts of worship […]