Does `Abdullaah al-Hararee al-Habashee serve Islaam or try to destroy it?

Question 66: Does ‘Abdullaah al-Hararee al-Habashee serve Islaam or try to destroy it?

Answer: The man you mentioned is an evil leader of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and deviation in the current age. He has mobilized himself and his followers to destroy the ‘Aqeedah (creed) of the Muslims, which the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), and the Taabi‘oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) followed… read more here.

Taking a fee for teaching the Qur’aan

Question 65: What is the ruling on a worker who seeks to increase his income by receiving wages for teaching the Qur’aan, announcing Adaan (call to Prayer) and leading people in Salaah (Prayer)? What is the ruling on someone who receives wages for dedicating himself to Da`wah (calling to Islaam) purposes, leading people in Salaah and giving lectures at the Masjid (mosque)?

Answer: According to the most appropriate view held by scholars, it is permissible to take wages for teaching the Qur’aan… read more here.

How to advise Sufi Shaykhs?

Question 64: As a pioneer of the Salafiyyah (those following the way of the righteous predecessors) Call and the current Islaamic awakening, what do you advise us concerning dealing with Sufi shaykhs and their followers? I appreciate your guidance. May Allaah guide you!

Answer: You should call the shaykhs of Sufism and others to Allaah (Exalted be He) with wisdom, fair preaching, and argue with them in the best way as Allaah has ordered His Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Du`aah (callers to Islaam) assembling every Friday night

Question 63: Du`aah (callers to Islaam) in our area have agreed to hold a weekly meeting to get acquainted with each other, hold sessions, and practice Da`wah (calling to Islaam). They chose Thursday night for this weekly meeting, provided that everyone brings their own food. Is this considered a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), as one of the scholars claimed that it is considered dedicating Thursday night to a particular form of `Ibaadah (worship)? They only want this night to be the timing for the meeting, not for `Ibaadah. I am now defending the Du`aah, and I think that getting acquainted with each other is a major factor in aiding Da`wah. What is the correct ruling on this?

Answer: There is no wrong in meeting every Thursday night to give lectures, get acquainted and hold sessions. This is not considered dedicating Thursday night to a form of `Ibaadah… read more here.

Scholars entering churches to practice Da`wah (call to Allaah) therein

Question 62: There are many churches here. Is it permissible to enter them to hold discussions with the priests? Is it permissible to enter them just to look at them and see what the people do there?

Answer: It is permissible for scholars and knowledgeable people to enter churches in order to call the people to Islaam. However, we should not enter them just to look around…. read more here.

Christians attending the Muslim’s congregational Salaah

Question 61: There is a Christian person who stands among Muslims in rows of Salaah (Prayer). He used to imitate worshippers in their moves and learnt some Aayaahs (verses of the Qur’aan). Many trials have been carried out to make him pronounce Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), but he completely refused. What is the ruling on letting him participate in congregational Salaah?

Answer: It is permissible to permit Christians to stand in rows of Salaah among Muslims. We are not required to expel them from it because staying among Muslims and watching the acts of worship is from the public interest… read more here.

Developing a kind of relationship between a Muslim and a non-Muslim that does not go beyond selling and buying etc

Question 60: Calling Kaafirs (disbelievers) to Islam requires having relationships with them in order to pave the way for inviting them to Islaam. So, if a Kaafir invites me to dine with him and eat lawful food like cheese or fish or have a lawful drink like tea, is it permissible for me to accept the invitation knowing that the dishes or cups might have been used for serving pork or drinking alcohol?

Answer: There are many types of establishing relationships with other people. Relationships based on mutual affection, love and brotherhood between a Muslim and a Kaafir is prohibited… read more here.

Fraternity between a Muslim and a non-Muslim

Question 59: Calling Kaafirs (disbelievers) to Islam requires having relationships with them in order to pave the way for inviting them to Islaam. So, if a Kaafir invites me to dine with him and eat lawful food like cheese or fish or have a lawful drink like tea, is it permissible for me to accept the invitation knowing that the dishes or cups might have been used for serving pork or drinking alcohol?

Answer: There are many types of establishing relationships with other people. Relationships based on mutual affection, love and brotherhood between a Muslim and a Kaafir is prohibited… read more here.

Is there a difference between Arab and non-Arab Christians?

Question 58: Is there a difference between Arab Christians and non-Arab Christians?

Answer: No, there is no difference between them… read more here.

Someone who disapproves of his children’s deeds and antagonizes them

Question 57: What is the ruling on a Muslim father who worships Allaah Alone and performs the five pillars of Islaam perfectly but he is not able to control his children who are negligent of their duties towards Islaam? This father showed full enmity towards his children for the sake of Islaam either by driving them away or by beating them. All the surrounding people are aware of what that father did with his children who nevertheless did not accept to follow Islaam. What is the ruling on such a father in the sight of Allaah (Exalted be He)?

Answer: In case that the matter is exactly as what is mentioned in the question, this father is not blamed because of his children’s behavior. This is supported by Allaah’s saying… read more here.

What are the requirements for Da`wah (calling to Islaam) to be successful?

Question 56: What are the means for Da‘wah (calling to Islaam) to become successful and how should they be deduced? What are the essential characteristics of a Da‘ee (caller to Islaam)? We hope that you will mention some of the important books in this field.

Answer: Firstly, the successful Da‘wah is the one that is accompanied by knowledge of Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law) and deep insight. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

What fields should Du`aah (callers to Islaam) in Islaamic Groups start with?

Question 55: The Islaamic Groups here differ regarding fields that Du`aah (callers to Islaam and following the way of Allaah) should start with, meaning, the fields of politics, faith, or ethics. What is your opinion on this matter?

Answer: They should start with `Aqeedah (creed) as our Prophet (peace be upon him) and other messengers did. This is supported by the Hadeeth of Mu`aad that was mentioned earlier… read more here.

Appointing weekends on Saturdays and Sundays

Question 54: What is the ruling on taking Saturdays and Sundays off and working on Thursdays and Fridays at a certain school? Is it permissible for the person who does so to lead Muslims in Salaah (Prayer)?

Answer: It is not permissible to take Saturday or Sunday off or both of them as a holiday because this is the practice of the Jews and Christians… read more here.

Opening schools on Thursdays and Fridays

Question 53: Is it permissible for a Muslim to open schools on Thursdays and Fridays?

Answer: Yes it is, as long as this does not result in anyone missing an obligation, or doing a prohibited action… read more here.

Islaamic schools taking Thursdays and Fridays as holidays

Question 52: What is the ruling on Islaamic schools taking Thursdays and Fridays as holidays? And when did this start and who started it?

Answer: The organization of school days and the timetabling and distribution of the different subjects, are generally matters that are regulated by the responsible people, whether scholars or rulers… read more here.

Beating the Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) to announce an Islaamic lesson or lecture

Question 51: I am a Da`ee (caller to Islaam) who was appointed by the Indonesian House for Issuing Fatwas under the supervision of the religious attaché in Jakarta. I work in Sumatra in Western Indonesia, where I call people to Islaam in Masjids (mosques) and schools. I also go to many places; from the cities to the villages to spread Da`wah all the time.

Praise be to Allaah, due to my efforts in this field many Christians, including Catholics embraced Islaam. However, Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) and superstitions have emerged nowadays among some Muslims. They sing songs and lyrics accompanied by beating a Duff (a tambourine-like instrument without bells) to invite people to the gatherings held for D`awah. I became angry and prevented them from doing this saying that beating the Duff is prohibited except to announce marriage.I wish your Eminence to give your opinion which is substantiated with the legal evidence concerning the ruling on beating the Duff in Masjids. This case is critical and may defeat the purposes of the Masjids. Many thanks for your concern and may Allaah reward you! Surely, Allaah does not waste the reward of those who do good deeds.

Answer: Beating the Duff to announce an Islaamic lesson or lecture and the place where it takes place is a reprehensible Bid`ah. That is the worst act in a Masjid… read more here.

Doing researches for students in return for a sum of money

Question 50: I work in research library. Some middle and secondary school students come and ask me to do research for them on certain subjects or topics that their teacher has asked them to do, saying that they do not have the time or the references for the research. I do this research for them for a financial payment. However, some of the pious brothers have said to me that this is not permissible, as it is a kind of cheating. I asked some of the shaykhs and some of them told me that there is nothing wrong with it as long as the teachers know about it and grade the students accordingly, and also as long as these papers do not include any matters that contradict sound ‘Aqeedah (creed), and they are on subjects that are not related to the Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), such as economics, administration, or other subjects. When I realized that there were differences of opinion on the matter between those who refuted it and said it was Haraam (prohibited) and those who supported it, I decided that it was obligatory for me to write to Your Eminence to ask for a Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on this matter to make sure that my income was Halaal (lawful).

Answer: Doing the research required by the teachers in government schools or elsewhere is schoolwork for the students, aiming at specific objectives, such as to train the students in research, acquaint them with the sources, learn the students’ ability in gathering information and organizing it, and other aims sought to be achieved by asking students to do research… read more here.

Impersonating a proxy exam

Question 49: In America, there are general exams that are held nationwide and international students have to pass the TOEFL test and the students who apply for postgraduate studies have to pass the GRI test. These are relative tests which reflect the students’ ability to continue studying and attain success in it according to some American experts. Is it permissible for a person who is to take these tests to hire a clever person to assume his name and take them instead?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to do so because this is considered cheating which is unlawful… read more here.

What is the ruling on those who cheat in school exams?

Question 48: What is the ruling on those who cheat in school exams, such as chemistry or physics?

Answer: Cheating is Haraam (prohibited) in school exams or any other than that… read more here.

Establishing schools in which the religions of non-Muslims are studied

Question 47: Some Muslims in India establish non-Islaamic modern schools which are authorized by the Indian government. To obtain such an authorization, they pay a large sum of money to the government by virtue of which the government grants authorization. Afterwards, school officials define a large sum of money as the school acceptance fees. Acceptance is conditional upon the fact that the acceptance test be made by the government and that the school be delivered a significant governmental certificate. However, after the test is made and the certificate is delivered, there remains a considerable sum of money from acceptance fees paid by students which the school officials take, justifying it to be all a commercial transaction.

What is the ruling on such a transaction? Is it permissible for those officials to eat up such money?

Answer: It is not permissible for Muslims to open schools to teach disbelievers religions. Undoubtedly, this falls under helping one another in sin and transgression. Moreover, money acquired through such schools is ill-gotten… read more here.

Writing false stories so that they teach readers lessons

Question 46: What is the ruling on poetry? Is it permissible for people to sing mentioning Allaah’s name with a tambourine in the background as this is what takes place in our country? What are the lawful and the unlawful types of poetry?

Answer: If the poetry contains lies, Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), distraction, impudence, encouraging evil or the like, it is prohibited… read more here.

Islaamic ruling on poetry

Question 45: What is the ruling on poetry? Is it permissible for people to sing mentioning Allaah’s name with a tambourine in the background as this is what takes place in our country? What are the lawful and the unlawful types of poetry?

Answer: If the poetry contains lies, Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), distraction, impudence, encouraging evil or the like, it is prohibited… read more here.

Studying and teaching music

Question 44: Schools here in Kuwait teach music, drawing and gymnastics for boys and girls from the age of four until the age of fourteen. These subjects are considered obligatory in education. We have tried to clarify the ruling of Sharee`ah on this to the officials and to parents, but this issue is not totally clear. Please clarify the ruling of Sharee`ah on teaching such subjects, and the responsibility of those who contribute to this, so that all the Muslims may benefit.

Answer: It is impermissible to teach or learn music, or portray animate objects… read more here.

Teaching art education

Question 43: I work as an art teacher. Is this a lawful career? I do not draw people or sculpture statues. But I teach girls drawing and performing artistic works.

Answer: If the artistic works and the kinds of education you teach do not contradict the purified Islaamic law, your work will be permissible… read more here.

Men Studying Gynecology etc (women seeking treatment from male doctors)

Question 42: I am a student at the Faculty of Medicine. Next year, we will study Gynecology and Obstetrics. Thus, I would like to ask the following questions:

First, is it permissible for me to attend the practical training in which a woman’s body might be revealed?
Second, is it permissible for a man to specialize in Gynecology and Obstetrics, or is it restricted to women?
Third, is it permissible for a woman to go to a doctor of Ophthalmology or Otolaryngology, given that there are female doctors specialized in that field?
Fourth, is it permissible for a female doctor to examine a male patient?

Answer: First and secondif there are enough women specialized in Gynecology and Obstetrics, it is not permissible for you to study that branch or see the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public) of women, whether during training, examination or surgical operation… read more here.

Studying in co-educational institutes in order to acquire knowledge that is useful for society

Question 41: I am a student in the first year at the faculty of engineering. I study electrical engineering in a co-educational faculty. I, undoubtedly, know that mixing between men and women is prohibited. Therefore, studying in co-educational faculties is forbidden. But if those who are committed to Islaam and who have good morals gave up studying in these faculties, the field will be left to Christians and Muslims who do not know anything about Islaam except its name. Consequently, we will not find true Muslim physicians, engineers or nurses, and this means that we will lose a great number of true Muslim specialists in Muslim societies. If we give up studying in these universities, we will depend upon unreliable people such as dissolute Muslims and Christians. Moreover, we have no single-sex scientific universities in the Muslim world, and if we have one, my financial status will not permit me to study in these universities.

If we tried our best to stay away from mixing with women, lowered our gaze and remain committed to our religion, can we study at these universities? Moreover, I try to combine between religious knowledge and worldly sciences. I do not seek them except for the sake of Allaah.

Answer: A Muslim student should not study in co-educational classes because doing so is a great temptation… read more here.

Male teachers teaching unveiled women in privacy

Question 37: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the final Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has read the letter which was sent to his Eminence, the Grand Muftee, from the questioners, Chairman and Members of Association of Islaamic law at the Faculty of Sharee`ah and Islamic Studiesat the university of Kuwait.This letter was transferred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under the number 1202 in 11/03/1416 A. H. The questioners asked the following question: Is it permissible that a male teacher teaches female students without there being a screen between them so that they see each other? It may be important to mention that mostly the teacher does not see their faces as they wear the face veil.

Is it permissible that a female student attends the office of her male teacher and the latter talks with her without there being a screen between them but mostly without seeing her face? Is it permissible that such a student takes a seat inside the office of a male teacher speaking with him about the field of study and so on, while no Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) accompanies her or she is accompanied by one of her female schoolmates and the teacher explains the lesson to them or answers their questions which are related to lectures and so on? It may be worthy to mention that the foregoing can be done by phone and that some of the teachers are still in their youth or have just started their old age while the female students are mostly in the beginning of their youth.

Answer: After the Committee had studied the question it answered as follows… read more here.

Is it sinful to get one’s children out of co-educational schools?

Question 40: My daughter recently finished primary education and I have now taken her out of school, because the schools here are coeducational, i.e. Mixing between the boys and girls. Have I committed a sin in taking her out of school?

Answer: If the situation is as you mentioned, you have not committed a sin, in fact you will be rewarded… read more here.

Intermixing of male and female youngsters in studying and swimming

Question 39: Governmental schools here in Britain are mixed, where boys and girls study together, they are also forced to swim together in the same pool, girls swim naked or semi- naked. Some scholars have issued legal opinions that there is no harm in this if the girls are young. What is the opinion of your Eminence in this regard? What is the Islamic dress code for young girls? At what age should a girl wear Hijaab (veil)?

Answer: The mingling of boys and girls in studying is Haraam (prohibited)… read more here.

Male teachers teaching women from behind a screen

Question 38: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the final Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has read the letter which was sent to his Eminence, the Grand Muftee, from the questioners, Chairman and Members of Association of Islaamic law at the Faculty of Sharee`ah and Islaamic Studies at the university of Kuwait.This letter was transferred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under the number 1202 in 11/03/1416 A. H. The questioners asked the following question: Is it permissible that a male teacher teaches female students without there being a screen between them so that they see each other? It may be important to mention that mostly the teacher does not see their faces as they wear the face veil.

Is it permissible that a female student attends the office of her male teacher and the latter talks with her without there being a screen between them but mostly without seeing her face? Is it permissible that such a student takes a seat inside the office of a male teacher speaking with him about the field of study and so on, while no Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) accompanies her or she is accompanied by one of her female schoolmates and the teacher explains the lesson to them or answers their questions which are related to lectures and so on? It may be worthy to mention that the foregoing can be done by phone and that some of the teachers are still in their youth or have just started their old age while the female students are mostly in the beginning of their youth.

Answer: After the Committee had studied the question it answered as follows… read more here.

Intermixing of men and women in schools or any other places

Question 36: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the final Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has read the letter which was sent to his Eminence, the Grand Muftee, from the questioners, Chairman and Members of Association of Islaamic law at the Faculty of Sharee`ah and Islamic Studiesat the university of Kuwait.This letter was transferred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under the number 1202 in 11/03/1416 A. H. The questioners asked the following question: Is it permissible that a male teacher teaches female students without there being a screen between them so that they see each other? It may be important to mention that mostly the teacher does not see their faces as they wear the face veil.

Is it permissible that a female student attends the office of her male teacher and the latter talks with her without there being a screen between them but mostly without seeing her face? Is it permissible that such a student takes a seat inside the office of a male teacher speaking with him about the field of study and so on, while no Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) accompanies her or she is accompanied by one of her female schoolmates and the teacher explains the lesson to them or answers their questions which are related to lectures and so on? It may be worthy to mention that the foregoing can be done by phone and that some of the teachers are still in their youth or have just started their old age while the female students are mostly in the beginning of their youth.

Answer: After the Committee had studied the question it answered as follows… read more here.

Christian children enrolled in Muslim schools

Question 35: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has reviewed the question presented by the principal of girls’ education to the chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw‘ah, and Guidance, which was referred to it from the General Secretariat, ref. No. 18/2, dated 10/1/94.

It reads as follows: “In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia some companies and organizations hire Christians who want to send their daughters to the government schools. I hope that your respectable department will study the possibility of accepting these girls, with the aim of inviting them to Islaam through education, as this is one of the best ways to convey the Da‘wah (call to Islaam). The problem that we faced in respect of Da‘wah in the past, was the persistent refusal to accept the Christians in Muslim schools. However, as we are enjoined to convey Islaam and call to it all human beings, we hope that Allaah will help us realize this through the medium of education, bearing in mind that the curriculums include teaching the Qur’aan and its Tafseer (explanation/exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan). I hope to receive your answer to my letter as soon as possible.”

Answer: After the committee studied the question, it answered as follows… read more here.

Studying abroad that is funded by Ribah-based banks

Question 34: His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in America invited the private sector to help in giving donations to the Saudi students who study at their own expense. These private companies included banks which deal in Ribah (usury). Is it permissible for students to take study loans offered by these banks?

Answer: If it is known that this money comes from Ribah, whether through a bank or otherwise, it is impermissible to accept it or make use of it, because dealing in Ribah is prohibited in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.

A male teacher teaching females students directly

Question 33: Praise be to Allaah alone. Peace be upon the last Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Researches and Ifta’ have leafed through the issue submitted to his Eminence; the general chairman, by the director of King Sa`ood University which was referred to the Committee from the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars no. (432) in 25/ 5/ 1411 AH. His Eminence asked a question which states:

Your Eminence knows that the University of King Sa`ood includes the largest number of female students compared to other universities in the Kingdom. It includes more than 11,000 female students because it was badly needed in this country to give female students the chance to complete their education, as well as the great importance of educating Muslim women to meet the needs of this country regarding the professions needed by women and to dispense with them rather than the phenomenon of having foreign maids to avoid the negative consequences that resulted from that. Moreover, it is necessary to provide education to the Saudi female students inside the Kingdom and not to let them travel abroad to study in a different environment that is far from their belief, customs and cultures. Our concern to secure the curriculum of the university and our desire to complete its affairs in the course of the eternal Islamic view for man and its arrangement in all worldly affairs. So it is necessary to coordinate with your Eminence regarding some problems which the university is facing in teaching female students scientific and medical curriculum, postgraduate studies, and other subjects which are difficult to explain through the television circuit where lectures depend on live experiments that are difficult to explain through television such as anatomy. Moreover, there are other downsides which resulted from teaching through television. For example, operating problems where transmission are interrupted or distracted which affect academic lectures and cause lectures to overlap. From these effects, female students disturb one another during these kinds of lectures, not paying much attention to the lecturer, and the difficulty of controlling the class especially for female supervisors who are few in the university. Besides there are other huge expenses that are spent for establishing the transmission and sites because of the great number of female students. There are many troubles regarding maintenance, the difficulty of obtaining qualified technicians with high salaries, or contracting maintenance companies at expensive prices which cost the university a lot of money. All this dilemma is originated because of the low number of female teaching staff, for most of them can not come to the Kingdom on time. Moreover, there is absolutely no confidence in those who are brought here from abroad, specially foreigners whose religion, morals, and habits are different from ours in this secure country. That necessitates that we double our efforts to graduate qualified Saudi females who may serve as teaching staff to handle the process of teaching female students in the future. In order to reach this stage, with the will of Allaah, in a short time, we have to pave the way by re-considering the teaching of female students according to Sharee`ah whether at theundergraduatee stage or post-graduate studies. You know that our religion is singled out from other legislation with ease which is represented in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): So keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him as much as you can We present to you this problem and we would like to hear your legal opinion regarding men teaching girls (in case of necessity where no female staff are available) directly provided that those female students shall be wearing their full Hijaab (head covering to the waist) or Niqaab (veil) where only their eyes will appear for the sake of following the explanation written on the board. Also, they are at the end of the rows as happens in religious lectures in Masjids (mosques) and sufficient caution is taken to choose honest members of the teaching staff and the female students are monitored strictly and closely to make sure that they maintain Hijaab and decency. We will punish those who violate these regulations by depriving them from sitting for tests or exiling them from the university if they frequently violate the regulations along with other measures which will be later discussed after applying this system.

We believe that your Eminence will empathize with us in the problem which we are facing concerning female education in the university of King Sa`ood. We are also sure of your care for the public interest of this nation; men and women. From this point, we present to Your Eminence this idea, hoping that you will have a look and advise us with the answer that may bring about good and benefit for the cause of Allaah (Exalted be He). We ask Allaah to help and guide you to the best in the world and in the Hereafter. He is All-Hearing, All-Responding. Peace be upon you.

Answer: After studying the case, the Committee answered with the following… read more here.

Which is better for women: going out to practice Da’wah and learn, or practicing Da`wah and teaching at home?

Question 32: A Muslim woman was asked to go to the Masjid (mosque) to teach women Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), Tajweed (reciting the Qur’aan following the rules of recitation) and other sciences of the Qur’aan. She refused under the pretext that practicing Da`wah (calling to Islaam) at home to a small number of people is better than practicing Da`wah to a great number at the Masjid. She said that this matter was not done by early Muslim women. Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not ask them to do so though Muslim women were in need for it. He left this matter to men as they are more competent to do this. Moreover, there is no temptation in men’s going out for Da`wah. Is this saying valid? Which is better; to call to Allaah and to teach a small number of people at home or to go to the Masjid to teach a great number?

Answer: Practicing teaching at home is better than going out to the Masjid as it is safer and further away from temptation. Moreover, it agrees with the way followed by the righteous predecessors… read more here.

Girls joining the all-female university dormitory

Question 31: What is the ruling on girls joining the all-female housing complexes on university campus?

Answer: If the reality is as mentioned and the university residence halls are all-female, their joining them is unobjectionable… read more here.

Enrolling one’s children in the schools of non-Muslims

Question 30: What is the ruling on a Muslim man who sends his son or daughter to a French or English school that does not conform with Islaamic teachings? His purpose is that his children may have a better future.

Answer: It is obligatory upon a father to bring up his children, males and females, according to Islaamic teachings… read more here.

Working as a lawyer in courts applying manmade laws

Question 29:  What is the ruling on studying man-made laws and working as a judge according to those laws? What is the ruling on working as a lawyer, defending the accused people in the courts which apply manmade laws and taking fees in return for this?

Answer: First, if a person who studies man-made laws has intellectual strength by which they are able to differentiate between truth and falsehood, and Islaamic immunity by which they are safe from deviation from the truth and infatuation with falsehood… read more here.

Is it permissible to work as a judge in courts applying manmade laws?

Question 28:  What is the ruling on studying man-made laws and working as a judge according to those laws? What is the ruling on working as a lawyer, defending the accused people in the courts which apply manmade laws and taking fees in return for this?

Answer: First, if a person who studies man-made laws has intellectual strength by which they are able to differentiate between truth and falsehood, and Islaamic immunity by which they are safe from deviation from the truth and infatuation with falsehood… read more here.

Is it permissible to learn foreign languages for work, travel and treatment purposes?

Question 27: Is it Haraam (prohibited) or Halaal (lawful) to learn and study foreign languages, such as English, German and others, although they are the languages of the Christians in order to be able to deal with them in work, travel, treatment and other worldly issues?

Answer: It is permissible to learn languages other than the Arabic language for the purpose of Da`wah (calling to Islaam), which might bring benefit or repel harm… read more here.

Reading the books of Raafidah (Shee’ah group)

Question 26: Is it permissible for us to study the religious books that are published by Daar al-Tawheed in the Republic of Iran?

Answer: We advise you not to read the religious books published in Iran, as they include Bid‘ah (innovation in religion), Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and curse the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet)… read more here.

Is “Safwaat al-Tafaaseer” a reliable Tafseer reference?

Question 25: Is “Safwaat Al-Tafaaseer” by Shaykh Muhammad ‘Alee al-Saboonee considered as an important reference on Tafsir (explanation/exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan) or not?

Answer: This book is not suitable as a reference, due to criticized points of it which the scholars who commented on the work have clarified… read more here.

Is the book “al-Jawaahir fee `Uqubat Ahl al-Kabaa’ir” a reliable reference?

Question 24: Attached to my letter is a booklet called Al-Jawaahir fi `Uqubat Ahl Al-Kabaa’ir. I have read the entire booklet which quotes many Hadeeth and sayings that state the rewards and punishments such as the reward for Rukoo` (bowing), Sujood (prostration), reciting Surah Al-Fatihah, and saying Subhaana Rabiya Al-A`laa i.e. “Glory be to Allaah, the Most High” and Subhaana Rabiya Al-`Adeem i.e. “Glory be to Allaah, the All-Mighty” inside the Salaah (Prayer). The foregoing example is in the middle of the eleventh page while there are so many other examples spread in various places of the booklet. My question is whether all that is mentioned in this booklet is considered authentic and reliable that you advise me to follow and use as a reference. May Allaah guide us all to whatever He is pleased with.

Answer: The book of Al-Jawaahir fee `Uqubat Ahl Al-Kabaa’ir by Shaykh Zayn Al-Deen Al-Malibaree is not considered a reliable source with regard to rulings, distinguishing between major sins and minor ones, Du`aa’s (supplications) or Adkaar (invocations)… read more here.

A person with a little knowledge who fears for their life undertaking preaching

Question 23: What is the duty of some Imaams who are not well versed in religious knowledge; can they teach and explain the creed of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) against that of heretics? Can they move from one place to another to explain the true essence of Tawheed (Monotheism) and refute the falsehood of those who associate others with Allaah in Divinity or worship, like those who seek blessings from the graves and the like even if such preachers may be exposed to danger? Or are such efforts confined to scholars?

Answer: It is not permissible for anyone other than those who are well versed in religious knowledge to practice Da`wah and teaching… read more here.

The Hadeeth: “Whoever prays the Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allaah until sunrise…”

Question 22: We offer the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer in a nearby Masjid (mosque). After performing Salaah, we, the youth, move to another Masjid where there is a session for memorizing the Qur’aan. The second Masjid is not far, rather the distance between the two Masjids is 5 minutes walking. By us moving, does this waste our chance of getting the reward of Hajj or complete `Umrah (the lesser Hajj) with the Messenger (peace be upon him). It is reported in the Hadeeth which says: “Whoever prays the Morning Prayer in congregation, then sits remembering Allaah until sunrise…” What is the meaning of ‘until it rises’ or ‘to rise as the length of a spear’? In other words, should we perform the two Rak`ahs at sunrise or should we wait until it rises as the length of a spear?

Answer: There is no wrong in moving from one Masjid to another after offering Salaah in order to attend a knowledge session… read more here.

Which should be memorized first: the Qur’aan or the Sunnah?

Question 21: I have memorized some of the Qur’aan and I wish to finish memorizing all of it, then move to memorize the Hadeeths of the Messenger (peace be upon him) which are recorded in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim). Is this a good way to do this or should I memorize both the Qur’aan and the Sunnah simultaneously?

Answer: Both ways are correct. Just choose the way which is easier for you and more suitable to your needs and the needs of those around you who are concerned with this matter… read more here.

Receiving a gift for teaching the Qur’aan

Question 20: There is a Hadeeth regarding a teacher and learner of the Qur’aan stating that the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) wearing a new garment. He asked him how he got it. The Sahaabee replied that the father of a young boy whom he taught Qur’aan gave it to him. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said to him: “Do you want to meet Allaah with a ring of fire around your neck”? He ordered the Sahaabee to give it back and he did. What is the validity of this Hadeeth? Is it permissible for whoever teaches the Qur’aan to accept a gift? And if the giver of the gift is a learner of the Qur’aan, would his intention of giving the gift as a sign of love for the sake of Allaah render his act valid?

Answer: First, It is permissible for a teacher of the Qur’aan to accept a gift from the person he teaches, or anyone else whether the giver’s intentions were to present the gift for the sake of Allaah or just honoring his teacher… read more here.

Is there a plan to memorize the Qur’aan by heart for a person who memorizes but always forgets because of many daily life occupations?

Question 19:  I want your Eminence to provide me with a plan to memorize the Qur’aan so that I do not forget it. During the past five years I was only able to memorize five Hizb (a 60th portion of the Qur’aan). I would memorize a Hizb or a Hizb and a half, then stop for a while. I would then begin memorizing again for a period of four months before stopping again until five years passed with me only memorizing about six Hizb which I have almost forgotten now due to my weak faith and limited time resulting from our materialistic life. Indeed, I spend around 12 hours outside home working in a laboratory.

Answer: You should continue reciting the Qur’aan and memorizing it as much as you can following the Prophet’s saying… read more here.

Is it obligatory on a father to give his deaf and mute child a suitable education?

Question 18: A person has a ten-year-old boy who is deaf and mute. The boy is weak and has been suffering from paralysis since he was very young. However, he can walk with some difficulty. He is mentally well and can understand signs. His father has applied for him in the admission test of the deaf and mute school in Riyadh, and he passed the admission test. Is it obligatory for his father to enroll him in the mentioned school even though his father lives far from Riyadh? His father is a civil servant and his employer might not accept transferring him to the area of the school. It seems the child cannot move without some help from his family.

Please, answer us showing the proper way the father should behave. If it is necessary to send the child to this school, may he leave work without his employer’s permission?

Answer: The basic ruling is that it is obligatory for the father to teach his child the basic articles of faith such as the Oneness of Allaah (Exalted be He) and the danger of associating others in worship with Him… read more here.

Studying religion for acquiring an academic certificate

Question 17:  Is it permissible to study Deen (religion) in order to obtain a certificate?

Answer: It is permissible to do such studies in order to obtain a certificate… read more here.