Posts Tagged ‘Fatwa’

Shaykh Abdul Maqsood’s Ruling on the Events in Egypt

By Shaykh Abdul Maqsood | Translated by Ibrahim Hindy Since the events in Egypt unfolded, many of us have been waiting to hear what the scholars of Egypt think about the demonstrations. Alhamdulillah, today (after the internet was turned on in Egypt) some of the voices of the scholars have emerged. Below I have translated […]

Is Protesting Permissible?

Answered by S’ad ‘Atiyah al-Azhari (Scholar from al-Azhar) | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof? Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can […]

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 […]

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, […]

When is the difference of opinion (al-Ikhtilāf) amongst scholars a mercy?

A quick search within the plethora of fatāwa (Islamic scholarly opinion) available on the internet alone will quickly help one to conclude that difference of opinion in matters relating to Islam is indeed a reality. The purpose of this short article is neither to address the causes of such differences nor to support one position […]

Mufti, Fatwa, and Istifta – The Asking and Answering of Religious Questions

Part I | Part II When Can A Mufti Refuse to Answer a Question? 1. The Situation Being Asked About Does Not Exist. Often times, the questioner (mustafti), will approach the scholar and ask him a question involving a scenario which has not yet happened. Sometimes the question may make assumptions which can result in changes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband?

Question: Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband? Answer: Asalamu alaykum, Many scholars allow a woman to trim those hairs which appear abnormal- strange. They differ on the permissibility of a married woman plucking her eyebrows for her husband. Those who allow it use a text that is weak, and when confronted with the […]

Mufti, Fatwa, and Istifta – The Asking and Answering of Religious Questions

Part I | Part II We find ourselves in a time in which religious questions can be asked and answered at the speed of a cable modem and a fiber optic cable. A questioner finds himself in a jam – “Can I combine Dhuhr and `Asr prayers so I can take my MCAT?” – and […]