Archive for the ‘FAQs & Fatwas’ category

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 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 […]

Miqat for Pilgrims Traveling by Air

By Dr. Atiyyah al-Saqr al-Azhari (may Allah have mercy upon him) The Question: Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can I enter ihram (state of consecration) at Jeddah airport or do I have to enter ihram at my home in Karachi? The total journey time is about 9 to 10 hours, including 2 hours to the airport, […]

Can We Celebrate Independence Day?

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah | The Question: Is it allowable to celebrate a holiday that commemorates the independence of my country? The Answer: A holiday [that commemorates] the independence of a country is not a [religious] holiday. The holidays which are forbidden [for Muslims] to observe are those with religious overtones, such as […]

What is The Ruling Regarding a Women Going to Hajj Without a Mahram?

Answered by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Sister Marwa The original rule stipulated in shari’a that a woman is not to travel alone.  Rather, she has to be accompanied by her husband or any other mahram of hers.  This rule is supported by narrations of Bukhari and others that Ibn-Abbas (ra) said, that the […]

Thoughts on The Splitting of The Ummah

Answered by Muhammad Hassan al-Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: Can you comment on the hadith that talks about the splitting of the Muslim nation into 73 sects? The Answer: Pertaining to the statement of the Prophet (pbuh) that, “the Jews split into seventy one sects, and the Christians split in to […]

Could you Comment on the Recent Discussion Surrounding Istighatha?

The Question Could you Comment on the Recent Discussion Surrounding Istighatha? The Answer In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Merciful, Prayers and Peace be upon the Prophet, his family, companions and those who follow him until the end of time. Istighātha in Arabic means to seek help and aide; and when used […]

What does the term “Ahl al Sunna wa al Jama’ah” mean, and what is the difference between the two terms?

Sh. Muhammad al-Hasan al-Walid al-Dido al-Shanqītī | Translated by Osman Umarji The Question What does the term “Ahl al Sunna wa al Jama’ah̄” (“People of the Sunna and Community”) mean, and what is the difference between the two terms?1 The Answer This term (used in the question above) does not appear in the Qur’an or the […]

What is the Ruling on Seeking Divine Aid from Other than Allah, even if it were a Prophet?

Answered by Sh. Muhammad al-Hasan Walid al-Didō al-Shanqītī | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: What is the ruling on seeking divine aid from other than Allah, even if it were a Prophet? (peace be upon them) The Answer: Allah says in the Qur’an, “That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom […]

Can we know about Heaven and Hell through dead people?

Sh. Muhammad al-Hasan Walid al-Dedew al-Shanqītī | Translated by Shaykh Yahya Ederer The Question1: What is your opinion about those who claim to have met dead people stating that they know which of them will go to Heaven and Hell? The Answer: The Importance of Revelation The reality of those who passed on to the first phase of […]

Shaykh al-Dido on the Sects of the Umma

Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan Walid Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by U. Abdullah The Question Are the sects that are mentioned by the Prophet in the Ḥadīth to remain in the hellfire forever? And is there any way in which it is possible for the Ahl al-Sunna to be united with them?1 The Answer The statement of the […]

More on the Fiqh of Football [American Football]

Part I | Part II “What about pigskin footballs?” “Isn’t the dead flesh of swine considered filth in the Maliki School?” I did not post Isa’s contention because I assumed that footballs were not made from the flesh of swine and if they were, they went through some type of istihala [don’t have time for […]

On Islamic Groups and Unity

by Muhammad al-Hassan Walid al-Dido al-Shanqītī | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb The Question: It is well known that there are a large number of Islamic groups. What is your advice regarding those groups who fall under the generality of the Qur’an and Sunna [Claming them as their point of reference] but differ in their […]

When is it Permissible to Follow Another Madhab?

By Ibn Juzay al-Mālikī  | Translated by Suhaib Webb It is permissible to move from one Madhāb to another if three conditions are met: One is certain of the knowledge and virtue of the one whose opinion he follows One does not follow the dispensations [Ar. Rukhaṣ] of a school One does not combine [the […]

Can I Pray for My Co-Worker’s Guidance if He is a Christian?

The Question I work in an IT company here in California and we have pods where in 2 of us sit in one pod. The other guy who sits with me is a white American guy (basically a Christian). Whenever he sneezes someone from one of the other pods say ‘Bless You!’ and I do […]