Ruling on seeking blessings from the water remaining from the washing of the Ka`bah

Question 470: Some people, after finishing washing the Honored Ka`bah, seek blessings and cure by taking the remaining water. They also take the leaves of the sweepers made from palm leaves that are used to sweep the Ka`bah’s floor. Furthermore, they cut off a piece of the thread used in covering the Ka`bah seeking blessings from it. What is the ruling on these acts?

Answer: It is impermissible to do these acts, as there is no evidence that affirm them and they may lead to committing Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). However, you are prescribed to face the Honored Ka`bah when performing Salah, to make Tawaaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) and to have respect for it without exceeding the proper limits nor committing Bidd`ah..read more here.

Ruling on reciting the Qur’aan or Athkaar (invocations) before Athaan

Question 469: Before the Athaan (call to prayer), Al-Mu’aththin (A caller for prayer) recites this Aayah: And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allaah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allaah’s (Islaamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” He repeats every phrase twice and adds “come to best of actions” and he also does this in the Iqaamah (call to start the Prayer).

Answer: No thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) or Qur’aan is to be recited before Athaan or any act of worship because this was not reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). A Muslim must limit himself to the wordings of Athaan which are authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) which is the Athaan Bilaal recited in Al-Madeenah. It consists of fifteen phrases: Saying, “Allaah Akbar” (Allaah is the Greatest) in the beginning four times. The testimony of “Ashhadu Anna Laa Ilaahaa Illaal Allaah” (There is no God but Allaah) twice. “Ashhadu Anna Muhammadan Rasooulullaah” (The testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah) twice. “Hayyi `Alaa Al-Salaah” (come to Salaah) twice. “Hayyi `Alaa Al-Falaah” (Come to success) twice. (and says after them in the Athaan of the Fajr (Morning) Prayer: “Al-Salaah Khayr min Al-Nawm” (Salaah is better than sleep) twice). Saying, “Allaah Akbar” (Allaah is the Greatest) twice. And “Laa Ilaahaa Illaa Allaah” (There is no God but Allaah) once..read more here.

Slaughters a sheep on the next day out of the deceased’s estate

Question 468: 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 it reach the deceased? What are the things that benefit the deceased?

Answer: Slaughtering for the deceased after burial is an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) for which there is no evidence in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. Taking the price of the slaughtered sheep from the property of the deceased is doing injustice to the heirs and is an unjust consumption of people’s money. Its reward will not be credited to the deceased as it is unlawful, and its price is unlawful too. According to evidence, what benefits the deceased is making Du`aa’ (supplication), giving Sadaqah (voluntary charity), and performing Hajj or `Umrah on their behalf..read more here.

Asking a relative to sit near the dead person’s head after burial

Question 467: After burying a dead person here, their son or relative is asked to sit near the dead person’s head when people are to leave the grave so that the dead person might confide something to him. Is such behavior Bidd`ah (innovation in religion)?

Answer: Asking a relative of the deceased to sit near their head after burial is an impermissible Bidd`ah..read more here.

Slaughtering animals and reciting Qur’aan to cure the sick person

Question 466: In Chad when a person is sick, people gather to slaughter a sheep or any other sacrifice and recite Qur’aan over it,asking Allaah the Lord of the Throne to cure this person. Is this permissible? Is there any mediation between a creature and His Creator?

Answer: It is not permissible to gather at the place where a person is ill and slaughter a sacrifice or recite the Qur’aan seeking his recovery. There is no mediation between a creature and his Creator when praying to be healed. It is a Sunnah to use the legal Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to treat the sick as well as using available medication..read more here.

Performing optional night Prayer on the eve of `Eed al-Fitr

Question 461: What is the ruling on offering Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan) in the Masjid (mosque) on the night of `Eed al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast)? Is this night considered the last night in Ramadaan or the first night in Shawwaal?

Answer: It is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) to single out the night of `Eed to offer Qiyaam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night) to the exclusion of all other nights, whether by offering it alone or in congregation. This was not authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), who stated: Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. However, if a person is accustomed to offering Qiyaam-ul-Layl, they may observe their habit on the night of `Eed on the condition that offering Qiyaam-ul-Layl is done alone and not in congregation. The night of `Eed is not part of Ramadaan if the beginning of Shawwaal is confirmed..read more here.

Ruling on slaughtering two or more sheep when a person dies, which is called the dinner of the deceased?

Question 465: Some people slaughter two or more sheep when a person dies and this is called the dinner of the deceased. Sometimes they invite people to the dinner directly after Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer believing that this meal should not be offered later than Maghrib. The meat may be distributed among people uncooked. Please, advise us in this regard.

Answer: Preparing food by the bereaved is Bidd`ah (innovation in religion), and the Salaf (righteous predecessors) used to consider it an act of wailing. The act of Sunnah on such an occasion is that people make food and send it to the bereaved family because they are in need of someone to alleviate their ordeal..read more here.

Ruling on Salaah al-Uns that is offered on the day of burying a deceased?

Question 464: What is the authenticity of Al-Uns Salaah (prayer)? It is performed after Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) on the day of burying the deceased. Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) perform such Salaah, and how should it be performed?

Answer: Al-Uns Salaah is one of the innovated Salaah. It is an impermissible Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) because acts of worship are based on divine texts. None should worship Allaah except through His legislation. It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said: Whoever introduces something into this affair of ours that is not of it, it will be rejected...read more here.

Ruling on saying, “may Allaah accept your Salaah” after finishing Salaah?

Question 463: When people finish offering congregational Salaah (Prayer), they say “May Allaah accept your Salaah.” “May Allaah accept ours and all Muslims’,” the other replies. What is your Fatwaa’ regarding this?

Answer: Saying “May Allaah accept your Salaah” to another who is sitting beside him after Tasleem (salutation of peace ending the Prayer) is not Mashroo` (Islaamically acceptable); rather, it is Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam). The Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) never did it. It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not part of it will have it rejected...read more here.

After finishing Salaah, some people sit for a while and before getting up, they perform one Sujood

Question 462: After finishing Salaah (Prayer), some people sit for a while and before getting up, make one long or short Sujood (prostration), without Tasleem (salutation of peace ending the Prayer). What is the ruling on this Sujood?

Answer: This Sujood has no origin in Islaam and must be abandoned, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. The prescribed Sujood is Sujood-ul-Tilaawah (Prostration of Recitation) when the reader of the Qur’aan comes across one of Aayaat-ul-Sujood (Qur’anic verses of Prostration), and Sujood-ul-Shukr (Prostration of Thankfulness to Allaah) when one is blessed or relieved of some personal burden or one which affects all Muslims in general..read more here.

What is the ruling on shaking hands after Salaah?

Question 460: More than four years ago, it was the custom of a Turkish Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) to stand in the Mihraab after each obligatory Salaah and greet the persons he led in Salaah. The first one comes to shake hands with him and then stands beside him. The second one does the same and stands beside the first one. All the persons, whatever the number of those who were led in Salaah do so in sequence, imitating the Turkish Imaam. The Arab Imaam, after finishing Fajr (Dawn) Prayer, shakes hands with the worshippers as well. We advised him not to do this, but he does not respond. Please enlighten us.

Answer: The regular practice of shaking hands after finishing the obligatory Salaah is a Bidd`ah (an innovation in religion), whether it is done between the Imaam and the Ma’mooms (persons being led by him) or among the Ma’mooms themselves. This act is baseless and should be abandoned, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. Neither the Prophet (peace be upon him) nor any of the Rightly-guided Caliphs are reported to have practiced such a custom. The best line of conduct to follow is that of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the worst of affairs are matters newly innovated in Islaam, as every novelty is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance..read more here.

Ruling on reciting the Qur’aan on Friday into microphones?

Question 459: What is the ruling of Islaam on reciting the Qur’aan on Friday through the microphones?

Answer: Specifying Fridays for the recitation of the Qur’aan is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) and a Muslim has to read the Qur’aan from time to time without specifying a particular day for that. Also, reciting Qur’aan loudly in the Masjids (mosques) distracts the people offering Salaah (prayers)..read more here.

Ruling on saying, “O you (Muhammad), the first of the creation” before or after Athaan

Question 458: After Athaan (call to Prayer), some people say, “O you the first of Creation” although the Messenger of Allaah is not the first human created by Allaah (Exalted be He). Is this permissible?

Answer: It is not permissible to say any form of thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) out loud before or after Athaan. It is obligatory to confine the Athaan to that which was legislated by Allaah (Exalted be He). Whoever adds anything to it is Mubbtadi` (one who introduces innovations in religion). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. And, “Avoid novelties (in religion), for every novelty is an innovation.” What is mentioned in the question is invalid, as the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) is not the first human created by Allaah (Exalted be He). This is false and it involves exceeding the proper limits in honouring him (peace be upon him). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allaah and His Messenger.”..read more here.

Ruling on reciting the Qur’aan in unison upon entering one’s new house?

Question 457: What is the ruling on reciting the Qur’aan collectively upon entering one’s new house or to alleviate harm or anxiety?

Answer: It is recommended that a Muslim says Bismillaah (In the Name of Allaah) and recites Soorah (Qur’aanic chapter) Al-Baqarah upon entering the house. It was authentically narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Satan runs away from the house in which Soorah Al-Baqarah is recited. However, it should not be recited collectively because this is an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). Reciting the Qur’aan in houses in the manner mentioned above has no basis in the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)..read more here.

Saying Takbeer after reciting every Soorah after Soorah al-Duhaa until the completion of the whole Qur’aan

Question 456: Upon finishing the recitation of the Qur’aan, some people pronounce Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) three times between each Soorah and especially after Soorah al-Dhuhaa.

Answer: It is impermissible to say Takbeer at the end of Soorah al-Dhuhaa to the last Soorahs in the Qur’aan, because the Hadeeth reported in this regard is Da`eef (weak), and it is preferable to abandon this act..read more here.

Reciting the Soorah Yaa-Seeen, with the intention of dedicating the reward to the dead?

Question 455: What is the ruling on reciting the Soorah of Yaa-Seeen over the dead, with the intention of dedicating the reward to them? Is that permissible? If it is, what is the evidence?

Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan with the intention of dedicating the reward to the deceased person is Bidd`ah (innovation in religion), because there is no evidence to support that act. Furthermore, a Hadeeth has been reported concerning the recitation of Soorah Yaa-Seeen upon the dying person, but it is a Da`eef (weak) Hadeeth that does not stand as proof. Therefore, it is impermissible to continue doing this Bidd`ah..read more here.

Ruling on paying someone a sum of money for reciting the Qur’aan for a dead person

Question 454: What is the ruling on paying someone a sum of money for reciting the Qur’aan on behalf of a dead person?

Answer: Paying money for reciting the Qur’aan for the deceased is not permissible, because this is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). Moreover, it is not permissible for a Muslim to take money for reciting the Qur’aan..read more here.

Ruling on reciting some Soorahs of the Qur’aan daily after the Athaan of `Asr Salaah

Question 453: What is the ruling on reciting some Soorahs of the Qur’aan each day after the Adaan (call to Prayer) of `Asr Prayer and before the Iqaamah (call to start the Prayer)?

Answer: Reciting specific Soorahs out loud after the Athaan of `Asr Prayer is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) and baseless. Every Bidd`ah (rejected innovation) is misguidance. Between the Adaan and Iqaamah, a Muslim should recite inaudibly whatever he can easily recite from the Qur’aan, offer Nafilah (supererogatory prayer), remember Allaah by Tasbeeh (saying: “Subhaan Allaah [Glory be to Allaah]”), Tahleel (saying: “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah [There is no God except Allaah]”), Tahmeed (saying: “Al-hamdu lillaah [All praise is due to Allaah]”), Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) and make Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allaah)..read more here.

Ending Qur’aanic recitation by: “Sadaqa Allaah al-`Adeem”

Question 452: Is the saying: “Sadaqa Allaah al-`Adeem” (Allaah speaks truth) after reciting the Qur’aan a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) and not a Sunnah?

Answer: Saying, “Sadaqa Allaah al-‘Adeem” after recitation is religiously groundless. Saying it therefore on a regular basis is a kind of Bidd`ah that should be abandoned, as the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: He who did any act for which there is no sanction from our behalf, that is to be rejected...read more here.

Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah by the grave of the messenger (peace be upon him)?

Question 451: Could you please recite Soorah Al-Faatihah for me at the grave of our noble Messenger (peace be upon him)?

Answer: It is impermissible to recite Soorah (Qur’aanic chapter) Al-Faatihah on behalf of the Prophet or at his grave (peace be upon him). This applies to all other people i.e. it is impermissible to recite Al-Faatihah on behalf of a person or at their grave. Such practices are considered Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) that you have to abandon..read more here.

What are the Bidd`ah that if a person avoids they will be saved from punishment?

Question 450: As Bidd`ahs (innovations in religion) spread nowadays; what are the Bidd`ahs that if a person avoids they will be saved from punishment in the Hereafter?Provide us with your beneficial answer please. May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: The word “Bidd`ahs” is a plural of “Bidd`ah” which refers to something that is innovated in Deen (religion). Muslims have to avoid Bidd`ahs and beware of them for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. He (peace be upon him) also said, Avoid novelties [in religion], for every novelty is a Bidd`ah, and every Bidd`ah is deviation.... read more here.

Are Al-Qaramitah and Al-Baatiniyyah considered Islaamic sects?

Question 449: What is your opinion regarding the Qarmatians and Al-Baatiniyyah? Are they considered Islaamic sects or Kaafir (disbelieving) ones? Please provide us with some information on them along with some other sects.

Answer: Both the Qarmatians and Al-Baatiniyyah do not belong to Islaam. Rather, they are Kaafirs (disbelievers) and heretics. Scholars have written specific books to explain the falseness of the ideologies and beliefs of the sects in question. You may thus refer to these books and give special attention to the writings of the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be Merciful to him)... read more here.

When did Shee`ah (Shi’ites) and Qaadianiyyah beliefs rise?

Question 448: When did Shee`ah (Shi’ites) and Qadianiyyah beliefs appear?

Answer: Supporting Ahl-ul-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family) began during the Caliphate of `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him). He denounced them for this, and burned a group of them who claimed him to be an Ilaah (God). As for the Qaadianiyyah, they appeared at the end of the thirteenth century... read more here.

What is the ruling on the contemporary groups of Shee`ah (Shi’ites)?

Question 447: What is the ruling on the contemporary groups of Shee`ah (Shi’ites)? Are they considered Kaafirs (disbelievers), bearing in mind that some of them believe that Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) delivered the message to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by mistake instead of delivering it to `Alee (may Allah honor him)?

Answer: Whoever believes in what is mentioned in the question amongst Shee`ah is a Kaafir (disbeliever) for defaming his Lord (Exalted be He), Jibreel, and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them both)... read more here.

Saying: “Jibreel descends on some people after the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him).”

Question 446: What is the legal decision on a person who claims that Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) descends on some people after the death of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and that He descended over Faatimah to console her?

Answer: The claim that Jibreel descends over some people after the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is not true... read more here.

Ecstasy and Whirling of Sufi

Question 445: There is a group of righteous and devout people who gather at a certain time and listen to verses talking about love of Allaah and other themes. Some of those in attendance may feel ecstasy and start whirling, others may scream and cry out, and others may lose consciousness. Are these acts Makrooh (disliked) or not?

Answer: Ecstasy and Whirling are Sufi Bidd`ahs (innovations in religion). Thus, it is not permissible for Muslims to join or imitate those who practice such Bidd`ahs... read more here.

Celebrating the advent of the Messenger of Allaah with musical songs

Question 444: 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 Allaah (Exalted be He) while music is played. What is the ruling on this practice?

Answer: Muslims should express their love for the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) by following him, emulating his Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet), and being guided by his guidance. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to mankind): “If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islaamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”... read more here.

It is said that the ancestral line of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee is traced back to Ahl al-Bayt; is this correct?

Question 443: It is said that the ancestral line of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee is traced back to Ahl al-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family). Is this correct? Is Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee one of the Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Is it permissible to celebrate his birthday or that of any other person by any means; or to speak about his memory and point out his outstanding traits and virtuous deeds on the radio or television?

Answer: Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee, whose full name was Ahmad ibn `Alee ibn Ibraaheem Al-Husaynee, was a Moroccan Sufi who lived in the seventh century. Many ignorant and Mubtadi` (innovative) Sufis and other people exceed the proper limits in revering Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee in a way that takes them out of the fold of Islaam. Some people, for example, make Du`aa’ (supplication) to him, seek his protection and help, or make Tawaaf (circumambulation) around what they believe to be his grave. It is not permissible to celebrate the anniversary of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee or anybody else, for doing so is considered Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). It may be worth mentioning that if a person peruses the biography of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee, they will not find any distinguished contributions that merit much concern... read more here.

Continue repeating the Name of Allaah by placing a piece of cloth and people gathering around it

Question 442: In some Masjids (mosques) here, people gather and continue repeating Allaah’s Name around a piece of white cloth. What is the importance of the white cloth in Islaam?

Answer: Placing a piece of cloth in the Masjid and gathering around it to repeat the Name of Allaah is a misleading act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) undertaken by some Sufis who deviate from the course of the Messenger (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is not permissible to do orattend. This should also be prohibited and disavowed. Masjids should be protected from such acts of Bid`ah... read more here.

Does Sufism pose a danger to Islaam?

Question 441: What is Sufism? Does it pose a danger to one’s Islaam? What is the ruling on keeping company with Sufis?

Answer: In general, Sufism as it exists at the present time refers to a misguided group, which adopts a Manhaj (methodology) in `Ibaadah (worship) that opposes the Sunnah. The followers of Sufism receive their teachings from their leaders and shaykhs of Tareeqah (Sufi order) whom they believe can bring benefit and cause harm besides Allaah. Therefore, it is not permissible to keep company with or befriend them except to call them to Allaah and help them to correctly understand the Sunnah... read more here.

Giving the title of “Qutb” and “Ghawth” to some Awliyaa’ (pious people)

Question 440: What is the ruling on giving the title of Qutb (Sufi title denoting a “Perfect Master”) or Ghawth (Source of Succor) to some Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Is this permissible?

Answer: The two titles Qutb and Ghawth do not have any basis in Allaah’s Purified Shar` (Law). These terms are invented by some extremist Sufis. Accordingly, giving these titles to some Awliyaa’ (pious people) is not permissible. Some misguided people understand such terms to mean that such a Qutb or Ghawth can run the affairs of the universe and fulfill people’s needs. This is Kufr (disbelief) that contradicts Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism) because Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) revealed the Scriptures, and sent the Messengers to worship Him Alone without partners or associates. He (Exalted be He) commanded all creatures to resort and supplicate to Him Alone to bestow upon them all good and ward off harm. Allaah (Exalted be He) says... read more here.

Ruling on the pledge that we make to the shaykh of a Tareeqah (Sufi order)?

Question 439: What is the ruling of Islaam on the pledge that we make to the shaykh of a Tareeqah (Sufi order)? Will we be considered disobeying the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) if we break it?

Answer: It is not permissible to make a pledge of allegiance to anyone except to a Muslim ruler. It is not permissible to make it to the shaykh of a Sufi order or any other person, for this has not been authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). Every Muslim should worship Allaah according to the way He prescribed without committing oneself to a certain person, for this is the attitude of the Christians toward their priests and bishops, a thing that does not exist in Islaam... read more here.

Who are the people of the Ahl al-Qiblah (Ka`bah direction faced in Prayer)?

Question 438: One of the principles of Ahl-al-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) is not to declare whether a person from Ahl al-Qiblah (literally: People who face Ka`bah direction in Prayer) will enter Paradise or Hell. They should merely hope that the righteous will be rewarded and fear thatthe guilty be punished. Who are Ahl al-Qiblah?

Answer: Ahl al-Qiblah are the Muslims... read more here.

Saying: “Islaam is not just to perform Salaah but it is to be of good manners.”

Question 437: Some people say that Islaam is not just to perform Salaah (Prayer), but it is to be of good manners. What is your opinion regarding that?

Answer: Islaam is made up of sayings, deeds, and conviction. Salaah is one of the Arkaan (pillars) of Islaam and fostering good manners is an Islaamic requirement. However, it is not permissible to confine Deen (religion) to nobility of character and abandon the Arkaan and the Waajib (obligatory) acts of Islaam... read more here.

Is one born on the true religion?

Question 436: 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/Islaam). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Every newborn is born in a state of Fitrah. Its parents then make it a Jew, a Christian, or a Magian. (Agreed upon by Imaams Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim from the Hadeeth of ‘Aboo Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him)... read more here.

What is the best way to call the people to Tawheed?

Question 435: What is the best way to call the people to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and warn them against Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)?

Answer: The best way to Da`wah (calling to Islaam) is that stated by Allaah (Exalted be He) in the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse)... read more here.

Saying: “The Khalaf are wiser, while the Salaf are more knowledgeable.”

Question 434: A professor once stated in an Islaamic lecture that the Khalaf (later scholars) are wiser, whereas the Salaf (righteous predecessors) are more knowledgeable. Is this correct? What is meant by “more knowledgeable” and “wiser”?

Answer: This is a false statement meant to disparage the Salaf of this Ummah (nation), accuse them of lack of knowledge and wisdom, and glorify the scholars of Kalaam (a discipline that searches for answers to creedal issues using logic) for their knowledge and wisdom. Theologians were the first to make this statement, arguing that successive generations are better and more knowledgeable than preceding righteous generations... read more here.

Does the angel entrusted with wombs write down the misery destined for a person in this life and the Hereafter?

Question 433: It is said that when the embryo is formed in the womb, the angel entrusted with wombs seeks the Lord’s Permission, hence, the Lord commands, “Write”. Thereupon, the angel says, “What should I write?” He (Glorified and Exalted be He) orders, “Write their life span, provision, whether they will be happy or miserable, and their time of death”. Please advise us on the meaning of Misery and Happiness, are they meant for the life of this world or the Hereafter.

Answer: Misery is generally designated for both this life and the Hereafter, as is the case with happiness... read more here.

Which has a higher priority: `Aqeedah (creed) or Islaamic government?

Question 432: What has a higher priority: `Aqeedah (creed) or Haakimiyyah (Islaamic government)?

Answer: The first thing a Muslim has to do is to know the sound `Aqeedah and adhere thereto. Allah (Exalted be He) says: So know (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) that, Laa ilaahaa illaallaah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. Therefore, Allaah’s Messengers (peace be upon them) would start their mission by calling people to the sound `Aqeedah, which is worshipping Allaah Alone, associating no partners with Him. Allaah (Exalted be He) says... read more here.

Anyone who claims that he saw Allaah and the Prophet while in a state of wakefulness

Question 431: 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, peace be upon her) breastfeeding `Eesa (peace be upon him), and the souls of believers hovering over graves? He also claims that he has seen Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He).

Answer: Claiming to see, in wakefulness, the Prophet (peace be upon him) after his death is a false claim, as well as seeing Maryam and her son, the souls of believers hovering over graves and seeing Allaah (Exalted be He)... read more here.

Is it permissible to use the biological clock to determine the baby gender?

Question 430: I would like to inform Your Eminence that a new product called the “Biological Clock” was advertised in a magazine. The advertisement states:

The biological clock is the indicator of fertility. It helps you control birth and plan to get the desired gender of the child in accordance with the Hadeeth that reads: If the male fluid prevails upon the female fluid, the baby will be male, and if the female fluid prevails upon the male fluid, the baby will be female. Kindly, find it attached.

Your Eminence Muftee, my question is: Do these claims contradict Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)? Is it permissible to make use of such a clock? Does it really help in selecting the desired gender of the child? I hope that you will answer me. May Allaah guide you to what is good and right.

Answer: It is not permissible to use such a clock for the purpose mentioned above or to believe in it. Actually, all fetus-related affairs such as conception and gender of the fetus belong to the Ghayb which is known only by Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Even the angel entrusted with embryos asks his Lord on breathing the soul therein whether it is male or female as stated in the Hadeeth. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: He creates what He wills. He bestows female (offspring) upon whom He wills, and bestows male (offspring) upon whom He wills. Or He bestows both males and females, and He renders barren whom He wills. Verily, He is the All-Knower and is Able to do all things.... read more here.

Who knows one’s inner thoughts?

Question 429: Is Allaah the only One Who knows my innerself?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone knows what lies in the recesses of the inner self and all thoughts, secrets and obsessions that preoccupy one’s mind. Allaah (Glorified be He) says: And if you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) speak (the invocation) aloud, then verily, He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden. Allaah (Exalted be He) also says: Is not Allaah Best Aware of what is in the breasts of the ‘Aalameen (mankind and jinn). And: And Allaah knows what you conceal and what you reveal. And: He knows what is in the heavens and on earth, and He knows what you conceal and what you reveal. And Allaah is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men).... read more here.

Do the Jinn know the Ghayb (the Unseen)?

Question 428: 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 of Ruboobiyyah (Lordship); no one knows the Ghayb of the heavens and the earth except Allaah. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And with Him are the keys of the Ghayb (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. He (Exalted is His Majesty) also says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah”... read more here.

Building places of worship for non-Muslim in Muslim countries?

Question 427: All Praise is due to Allaah, Alone. May peace be upon the Last Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has reviewed the referred questions to His Eminence, the Grand Muftee (Islamic scholar qualified to issue legal opinions) by a number of questioners. The questions are recorded in the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 86, dated (5/1/1421 A.H.), and nos. 1326, 1327, 1328, dated 2/3/1421 A.H. Concerning the ruling on building places of worship for non-Muslims in Arabia such as Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, etc. Is it permissible for a company owner to allocate a place for non-Muslim workers to practice their worship there?

Answer:  Studying these questions, the Committee answered as follows:

Every religion other than Islaam is mere disbelief and error. Every house of worship other than that of Islaam is considered a place of disbelief and error, because worshipping Allaah is only permissible through what He has legislated. The Islaamic Sharee`ah (law) is the Last Divine Testament for both Jinn and man. Thus, it abrogates the past codes of law according to the consensus of scholars... read more here.

Is it permissible for Muslims to hang the disbelievers symbols on their chests?

Question 426: 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. What is the ruling on this action?

Answer:  It is not permissible for a Muslim to hang the disbelievers distinctive symbols, such as crosses or other items, onto their chest.... read more here.

Is it permissible for a Muslim to work in the disbeliever’s munitions factories?

Question 425: Is it permissible for a male or female Muslim to work in the disbeliever’s munitions factories, participate in any activity which strengthens their army in number and equipment, as a computer scientist or the like, or join their armies?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to work in the disbelievers’ munitions factories, participate in any activity that increases their power, or join their armies. In fact, this is a sort of Walaa’ (loyalty) to them. Allaah, the Exalted, states, Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Awliyaa’ (supporters, helpers) instead of the believers 

Moreover, He, the Glorified, states, O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Awliyaa’ (friends, protectors, helpers) There are many other Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses)to this effect. Anyone who does this becomes on the verge of being an absolute supporter of the disbelievers, thus becoming one of them unconsciously. Consequently, he will come under Allaah’s, the Exalted, warning, And if any amongst you takes them as Awliyaa’, then surely he is one of them. And also, …and whoever does that will never be helped by Allaah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them.... read more here.

Charging the non-Muslims double the price for meals they have in a restaurant

Question 424: I work in a restaurant and when non-Muslim foreigners come to have their meals, we charge them double the price. Is this permissible?

Answer: A non-Muslim should be treated equally as other Muslims concerning business dealings. Therefore, Muslims should be honest when dealing with non-Muslims and not cheat them. They should not be charged double the price that Muslims pay; however, this does not mean we should love and befriend them. We should feel aversion to them for the Sake of Allaah and indeed, this is the firmest commitment of Eemaan (belief)... read more here.

What is the ruling on attending a disbeliever’s funeral?

Question 423: Is it permissible for a Muslim who believes in one God to participate in the wedding ceremonies of Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and help them arrange such ceremonies on account of a blood or marriage relationship, or the like? Also, is it permissible to attend their funerals, without praying for their dead, and the burial? Is it permissible to sit and commiserate with them?

Answer: It is not permissible to share in their occasions, which involve Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam). Moreover, it is not permissible to follow their funeral processions; because this is a type of forbidden association with them... read more here.

Participating in the disbelievers parties and celebrations

Question 422: Is it permissible for Muslims to accept the Christians’ invitations to their parties and occasions and vice versa?

Answer: It is not permissible to share in the festivals and religious celebrations held by non-Muslims, for Allaah, the Exalted, described the Servants of the Most Beneficent (Allaah) as And those who do not bear witness to falsehood The word “falsehood” is interpreted as “the disbelievers’ festivals,” and “bear witness” [in Arabic “yash-hadun;” which could mean “bearing witness” or “attending, partaking, etc.”] is interpreted as”attending and participating in them.”... read more here.

Is it permissible to deal with those who commit sins in public?

Question 421: What is the appropriate limit of Al-Walaa’ Wa Al-Baraa’ (loyalty and disassociation for Allaah’s Sake) as regards Muslims who commit sins such as singing, shaving the beard, smoking, snuffing, Isbaal (lengthening and trailing clothing below the ankles), etc.? Must we boycott them if they do not respond to advice?

Answer: It is not permissible to deal with those who commit sins in public unless you aim at counseling them, knowing that your advice will affect them positively. They should be loved in proportion to the strength of their belief in Allaah, and they should be resented in proportion to the seriousness of their sins. If they do not accept the advice, they should be abandoned according to Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) until they repent to Allaah... read more here.