Archive for the ‘FAQs & Fatwas’ category

Shaking hands with a non-Mahram

Answered by Sh. Abdullah Bin Bayyah Originally published on *Note: this is a repost of an older blog entry which, for some reason, got deleted: The Question: “Is it allowable for me and women [who are eligible to marry] to shake hands sometimes?” The Answer:

Fatwa: Conception by in vitro fertilization (IVF)

The Question: A woman has been married for five years and has a problem conceiving. The physicians advised her to try in vitro fertilization. Is this lawful or unlawful? The Answer:

Fatwa on Life Insurance

Answered by the Egyptian Fatwa House Dear Sirs, I request clarification of the legal status of family life insurance. I do not have a steady job and I am not insured through the government or elsewhere. I have heard that a government agency provides family life insurance, where one pays 100 EGP monthly for the […]

“Is it Allowed to Delay Having Children?”

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: “Is it allowed for us to delay having children?” The Answer:

Does the Qur’an call Jews Pigs and Apes? And is it Allowed for Muslims to Do So?

Asalamu alaykum, I was recently asked this question and hope this answer helps? The Question: “Does the Qur’an call Jews pigs and apes? And it is allowed for Muslims to do so?”

Is it Okay for A Woman To Travel On Her Own?

Question: Is it haraam (prohibited) for a woman to travel on her own, or live one her own in a separate city from her family, or is it makrooh (disliked)? Is it something that the shuyukh have consensus on or dispute? I’m currently attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Answer: I have researched this subject […]

Is The Fiqh of Minorities an Innovation?

Courtesy of The Question: There is a scholarly difference nowadays as to fiqh al-aqalliyyat or the fiqh of Muslim minorities. Some scholars regard it as an innovation that manipulates Allah’s religion, and some others consider it a lawful necessity. What is your point of view on that issue with special reference to the concept […]

Question: “Assalamu Alaykum. I have known a woman who was raised Muslim but does not necessarily believe in mainstream Islam what is the minimum that will be required of her for me to be able to marry her?”

The Question: Assalamu Alaykum. I have known a woman who was raised Muslim but does not necessarily believe in mainstream Islam. She believes in God in “her way” as she says. I have just told her this weekend that I cannot marry her as long as she does not accept the basic principals of Islam, […]

Ibn Taymiyyah and 3 Divorces

Asalamu alaykum, Did Ibn Taymiyyah go against the binding agreement of the scholars [‘Ijm’a] with his opinion on divorce?

9 Questions from Our Youth: Suhaib Webb

Asalamu alaykum, I’ve been blessed to visit a number of communities in the last few weeks. Here are some of the questions that the youth asked. Inshallah, I plan to post other questions in the near future. I would like to eventually amass a database that can be used and referred when answering our youth’s […]

Question on the Friday Khutbah

By Dr. Abdullah Bin Bayyah The Question: “Is allowable for me to pray behind an Imam who reads the second khutbah in a language other than Arabic?”

“If a person follows a creed other than the salafi creed is he a mushrik?” Shaykh Muhammad Hassan Walad al-Dido al-Shanqiti

By Shaykh Muhammad Hassan Walad al-Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: “If someone dies on an (islamic) creed other than the salaf is he a polytheist?” The Answer:

How Does One Enter Al-Azhar?

Bismellah wa salatu wa salamu ala sayedenaa rasulellaah salahualayhe wa salam: What you need to know to get into Al-Azhar in Brief:

When the Prophet ﷺ would go to Mount Hira to meditate, how did he meditate?

Answer: In the third hadith found in Imam Bukhari’s Sahih we find the following narration from Aiesha (Allah be pleased with her): “The commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah’s Messenger was in the form of good dreams which came true like bright day light, and then the love of seclusion was bestowed upon him. […]

Reading Only Translations of the Qur’an..

Question: I have a question regarding the Qur’an. I don’t know Arabic and I heard from Imam Suhaib Webb that barakah (spiritual grace) is in understanding what is in the Qur’an. I want to ask you the following: 1. Should I concern myself with reading a translation of the Qur’an with tafseer (explanation or commentary) […]

Limits of Respect And The Rights Of The Child..

Question: What is the limit to which children should respect their parents? My parents have destroyed my life. They have made me a schizophrenic and have tried to kill me. However, Allah saved me. They are of loose morals and are of bad character. I have been subjected to a lifetime of torture due to […]

Is it permitted to discuss dreams at night?

Question: Is it permitted to discuss dreams at night? I was told not to. Also, shouldI follow Islamic books on interpretations of dreams. Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate Indeed, discussing dreams is from the Sunna of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him). There are a number […]

Implementing the Sunna With Wisdom..

Question: What is your advice for someone struggling to implement the sunna while in college, but worried that this may be bad for da’wa? (For example, wearing a kufi, or keeping a longer beard, or wearing shorter trousers.) Answer: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وصلى اللهم علي سيدنا محمد وسلم I would like to personally give […]

I Want to Learn Arabic..

Question: I want to learn Arabic. How would you recommend that I proceed? What Arabic literature would you recommend for beginners? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful As-Salamu Alaykum, There are a few things that one should do when trying to learn the Arabic language: 1. Understand that this is the […]

I Love to Swim, but My Husband Forbids it..

Question: I am convert. In my “past life”, I loved to swim. I swam nearly every day. I have been Muslim for five years and haven’t been swimming since converting. I dream about swimming. It is my heart’s desire to swim. Recently, online apparel stores for Muslimas have begun selling “Islamic bathing suits” that incorporate […]