Reciting certain Aayaat for healing

Question 30: We notice that by reciting certain Aayaat (Aayah (Qur’aanic verses) for patients, they tend to be affected by them. Should we recite these Aayaat even if it has not been reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), or any of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) ever did this, or should we only adhere to authentic reports in this issue?

Answer: The whole Noble Qur’aan provides guidance and remedy. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing.” He (Glorified be He) says: And We send down of the Qur’aan that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islaamic Monotheism and act on it) more here.

What is the ruling on plastic surgery ?

Question 29: What is the ruling on plastic surgery, performed on a patient to cure a certain handicap, where the surgeon may change some of the natural appearance of the patient? Is this regarded as changing the Creation of Allaah?

Answer: The plastic surgery mentioned above is permissible and is not regarded as changing the Creation of more here.

Following the correct order of steps when performing Wudoo’

Question 28: Some people said that it is not necessary to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) in order, so it is permissible to wash the feet before the hands or face. They also claimed that Istinjaa’ (cleansing one’s private parts with water after urination or defecation) is not necessary as long as one has not urinated.

Likewise, it is not required to be done on waking up from sleep. We hope that your Eminence will enlighten us concerning this issue, so that we will be sure of matters of importance in our religion. May Allaah grant you success!

Answer: It is obligatory to follow the prescribed order of Wudu’ starting with washing the face, two hands and elbows, wiping the head and two ears and then washing the feet and heels as related in the honorable Aayah (Al-Maa’idah: 6) and in accordance with what the Prophet (peace be upon him) did. Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) more here.

A man who treats patients by making predictions and signs

Question 27: A man claims that he treats patients by just looking at them without prescribing any medicines. He only points to the right side to tell that a patient has recovered or to the left side to tell that they have not. Is such treatment permissible? Is it permissible to be treated by such a man?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to this man who treats by signs, for he is a liar and a charlatan. Moreover, he may be a soothsayer who seeks the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire). It is worth mentioning that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Anyone who goes to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what they say has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” Thus, receiving treatment is only Mubaah (permissible) when it is done by lawful Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), or by known, Mubaah, tried more here.

Dutifulness to parents after their death

Question 26: Is it permissible to show dutifulness to parents after their death?

Answer: Proofs from the Sunnah indicate that dutifulness can be shown to parents after their death by supplicating to Allaah for them, executing their will, maintaining ties of kinship, and being generous to their friends. It is reported in (Sunan ‘Aboo Daawood) on the authority of ‘Aboo Usayd Al-Sa`eedee (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he more here.

Knowing the sex of a baby

Question 25: There is a kind of a table circulated widely among women bearing the so-called “Chinese Gender Prediction Calculator”. It specifies whether the fetus is male or female through the age of the mother and the solar month in which conception took place (a copy of the paper is attached to the question).

Is it possible for doctors to determine the gender of the fetus? What is the ruling on such and similar calculators? May Allaah reward you with the best for benefiting Islaam and Muslims.

Answer:  No one but Allaah (Glorified be He) can know the gender of the fetus before it is fully formed. However, after the fetus is fully formed, its gender can be identified through medical rays, something which Allaah made within the boundaries of human more here.

Can a vow-maker eat from the food he offered in fulfillment of his vow?

Question 24: If a person offers food for the poor in fulfillment of his vow, is it permissible for him to eat from that food?

Answer:  The basic ruling is that if the thing that is offered in fulfillment of a vow is permissible, it will be a must to spend it on the channels specified by the person who made the vow. If he did not specify a channel, it should be considered as Sadaqah (voluntary charity) that is to be spent on the poor and more here.

Contribution to building a Masjid: Is this considered Sadaqah al-Jaariyah ?

Question 23: If a person donated a sum of money on behalf of himself and his family as a contribution with some people for building a Masjid (mosque), is this to be considered a Sadaqah Jaariyah (ongoing charity) for every one of them?

Answer:  Spending money on building a Masjid or participating in building it comes under Sadaqah Jaariyah whose reward will be deserved by its doer or by whoever it is done on behalf of, provided that there is a sincere intention and that this money is earned more here.

A woman who died and bequeathed her modest wealth to Sadaqah Jaariyah

Question 22: My mother died leaving behind a small amount of money which she bequeathed to be given as Sadaqah Jaariyah (ongoing charity). She, whose mother is still alive, has sons and daughters, some of them are needy and the others are not. I hope Your Honor will advise me on whether I should spend all the money on Sadaqah Jariyah or to spend only part of it on this? Please advise on how I can donate this money in the way that pleases Allaah.

Answer:  The lawful bequest must not exceed the maximum limit, namely one third of the estate. This is based on the report related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim in their Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth on the authority of Sa`d ibn ‘Aboo Waqqaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Prophet (peace be upon him) visited me during my illness which brought me near death in the year of Farewell more here.

Reciting Al-Faatihah for bestowing mercy on a deceased relative

Question 21: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: When a person dies, their (righteous) deeds come to an end, except three: Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity), knowledge that is being benefited from, or a righteous son who supplicates (to Allaah) for them. 

Is it permissible to recite Al-Faatihah (Opening Chapter of the Qur’aan) so that Allaah may have mercy on my paternal aunt and her son? If this is not permissible, what are the suitable Du‘aa’s (supplications) in such cases?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to recite Al-Faatihah or any other Soorah (Qur’aanic chapter) for them, because there is no evidence substantiating this. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. (Related by Muslim)... read more here.

Receiving a Social Security subsidy

Question 20: In 1383 A.H., I applied to receive a Social Security subsidy as I was providing for a family of four and was going through difficult financial times. I was granted a monthly subsidy and now my sons are grown up and my daughters have married. I now support my wife and myself from a business that produces some income. Is it permissible for me to receive the subsidy given by Social Security? Please advise, may Allaah grant you success!

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned in your question, that when you were in financial difficulties you applied for Social Security to help you support your wife and young children, the money you received from the Social Security in this case was Halaal (lawful) more here.

Ruling on publishing obituaries in newspapers

Question 19: What is the ruling on publishing obituaries in newspapers?

Answer: This is a debatable matter for it usually involves exaggeration. It may be lawful if they are sincere and contain no exaggeration, but it is better to avoid them to be on the safe side. If someone wants to offer condolences, they can write a letter or call by the phone or visit the deceased’s family, this is more more here.

Looking at photos of women in newspapers

Question 18: Does looking at photos of women in newspapers and magazines take the same ruling as looking at them in the street or in the house?

Answer: Looking at pictures of women in newspapers or anywhere else is a means of getting enjoyment from them and trying to know who the women in the picture are and contemplating their more here.

What should be said at times of adversity ?

Question 17: I live with my parents, brothers, and sisters. We all love and respect each other; praise be to Allaah. I love my family very much and this makes me very worried when any member of my family falls sick to the extent that I can not speak of anything. I only sometimes make Du`aa’ (supplication), but at other times I keep silent. I often think that one of them may die at any time and I fear trials of faith and inability to be patient, may Allaah protect us! I would like your Eminence to give me some advice in this regard that I may never forget.

Answer: Our advice to you is to say at times of adversity: “Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji`oon; Allaahumma ‘ajurnee fi museebatee wa-khluf li khayran minhaa [Verily, to Allaah we belong, and unto Him is our return. O Allaah! Reward me for my calamity and compensate me with something better than it].” more here.

Ruling on throwing leftover food in the garbage and spreading newspapers to eat on

Question 16: Is it permissible to spread newspapers and put food on them. If it is not allowed, what should we do after reading them?

As for leftover food, some people put it in boxes, etc., and then put it out on the street for animals to eat; however, trash collectors put it in garbage cans with other trash. The question is: Is it permissible to throw out the food with other trash?

Answer: 1: It is not allowed to spread the newspapers and eat on them or wrap things in them or humiliating them by any means if they contain some Aayaat (Qur’aanic aayah) or any mention of Allaah (Exalted be He). If the case is as mentioned, then it is obligatory to keep them in a proper place, burn them, or bury them in clean earth... read more here.

What is the alternative when one is unable to use water because of old age?

Question 15: A ninety year old crippled woman experiences great hardship when performing Wudoo’ (ablution) and Ghusl (full ritual bath), especially in times of severe cold. Since the place of Wudoo’ is far, is she permitted to perform either Tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth) for every Salaah (prayer) or combine Salaahs with one Wudoo’?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions. To proceed:

If the case is as mentioned, this woman should try to perform Wudoo’ as her ability allows, even by having water brought to her place if possible. However, if she is not able to do this by herself or with the help of others, it is permissible for her to perform Tayammum, for Allaah (may He be Exalted and Glorified) says (what means) read more here.

Ruling on saying Tasmiyah in the toilet

Question 14: What is the ruling on Tasmiyah (saying, “Bismillaah [In the Name of Allaah]”) two meters away from the toilet in a Masjid (mosque)? Is that permissible or not?

Answer: One of the Islaamic etiquettes of entering the toilet is to enter with the left foot first and mention the Name of Allaah before entering, saying: Bismillaah, Allaahumma innee A`oodu bika min al-khubbthi wal-khabaa’ith (In the Name of Allaah! O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from male and female devils).… read more here.

Regret of a son who used to answer his mother back toughly

Question 13: I was at the age of thirty when my mother was living with me and I was supporting her and providing everything she asked for. However, she (may Allaah be merciful to her) was very short-tempered to the extent that she would always quarrel with me for the slightest reason. Sometimes, I would get angry at her words and her yelling at me that I yelled back at her and said inappropriate things.

Although she died around twenty years ago, I still cry and my conscience still pricks me, makes me sleepless, and casts a shadow. I shall cry for the great sin I committed against my mother and atone for it until I die. I have performed Hajj twice on behalf of my mother and a third one for her mother, paid Sadaqah (voluntary charity) on her behalf, and dedicated part of the revenue from my palm-trees for the Sake of Allaah, on her behalf.

Will my Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) be accepted? What other deeds can I do to dedicate to her their Thawab (reward from Allaah) and what are the conditions of Tawbah for someone whose parents have died?

 First: You have done wrong by yelling at your mother and speaking inappropriately to her, because this is an act of undutifulness (impiety) to parents. Allaah obligated to be dutiful to parents and forbade impiety towards them in His Book and on the tongue of His Messenger (peace be upon him). You have done right to regret what you did and make Tawbah for it. We ask Allaah to accept your Tawbah and forgive your sin.
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Does touching one’s wife invalidate Wudoo’ ?

Question 12: Some of the contemporary scholars argue that touching one’s wife does not nullify Wudoo’ (ablution). Their view rests on the Hadeeth reported by ‘Aboo Daawood on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives and went out to offer Salaah (Prayer) without performing Wudoo’ again. Could this be a supporting evidence to the holders of this view or is this act peculiar to the Prophet (peace be upon him) on account that he did not declare this? `Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) also narrated: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) used to kiss (his wives) while observing Sawm (Fast); and he had the greatest control over his desire (as compared with you).

As for Wudoo’ being nullified by what comes out of the urethra and anus through an opening in the stomach, there is no disagreement regarding this except what was stated by the Shaykh of Islaam and Al-Muwaffaq in “Al-Mughnee” from some of the Maalikee jurists. There is no disagreement that Wudoo’ is nullified by what comes out of the urethra and anus. Ibn Taymiyyah stated: “If a person has a disease that prevents the urine and stool from coming out of the urethra and anus and another opening is made in their body for the discharge of their excretions as is the case with some people, this does not nullify Wudoo’.” Accordingly, is Wudoo’ Mustahab (desirable) or Waajib (obligatory) in this case?

 First, according to the most correct opinion maintained by scholars, if a man touches his wife directly, this does not nullify Wudoo’, whether he touches her lustfully or not, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissed one of his wives and went for Salaah without performing Wudoo’ again.
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Does passing wind necessitate Istinjaa’?

Question 11: If it happens that I have performed Wudoo’ (ablution) then I pass wind, must I wash the front and back passage (urethra and anus) or is it sufficient to perform Wudoo’ without washing my private parts?

Having slept heavily after being in a state of Wudoo’, is it enough to perform Wudoo’ when I wake up or is it necessary that I wash my private parts before performing Wudoo’?

 To ritually purify oneself after passing wind or sleeping, it is sufficient to perform Wudoo’ only and it is not necessary to wash the front and back passage.
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Performing Wudoo’ and forgetting to perform Tayammum for the wounded area

Question 10: A person performed Wudoo’ (ablution), and because of a wound in his hand that should not be exposed to water, he performed Tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth) for that area. It happened that he once forgot to do Tayamum for the wounded area, but during Salaah (Prayer) he remembered, so he performed Tayammum without interrupting the Salaah and continued praying. What is the ruling on this Salaah? Is it valid or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions. To proceed: If one of the body parts required to be washed in Wudoo’ sustains a wound that must not be washed or wiped with water, as this may worsen the wound or slow the healing, the person should perform Tayammum... read more here.

Ruling on Blood donation or blood transfusion

Question 9: A man suffers anemia and the doctors in the hospital requested a blood transfusion for him. Knowing that blood is impure, is there any Rukhsah (concession) in Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) for a person who wants to donate blood for a patient who is in dire need of it? Is blood transfusion prohibited?

Answer: The basic ruling is that treatment must be with lawful things, which are permitted by the authority of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)... read more here.

Rules of Tahaarah and the manner of Salaah to be observed by a patient

Question 8: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets! The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has examined the Fatwa request submitted to his Eminence, the General Muftee, from a sincere brother, and referred to the Committee from the General Secretariat of Council of Senior Scholars under no. 5431 dated 25/12/1414 A.H. The brother states in his message that he detected a lack of knowledge on the part of some patients in a hospital regarding how they should perform Salaah (Prayer) and Wudoo’ (ablution), especially the patients who are unable to move. His desire is to receive a detailed Fatwaa’ on the rulings of Tahaarah (ritual purification) and Salaah of a sick person.

Answer: After examining the information mentioned above, the Committee answered as follows:

First: Tahaarah observed by a sick person:

1. Like a healthy person, a patient has to perform Tahaarah with water to remove both major and minor impurity. A patient has to perform Wudoo’ to remove the state of minor Hadath (ritual impurity that necessitates ablution) and Ghusl (full ritual bath) to remove the state of major Hadath (ritual impurity that necessitates full bath)… read more here.

Forgetting a part of the body that must be washed in Wudoo’

Question 7: If while performing Wudoo’ (ablution), I forget to wash a small part of a limb that must be washed during Wudoo’, which I remembered immediately after Wudoo’. Should I repeat Wudoo’ in this case, or is it enough to wash the part I forget?

Answer: One of the conditions of Wudoo’ is washing all the parts in close sequence. Thus, if a person forgets to wash a limb required in Wudoo’, or even a small part of it, and remembers it while performing Wudoo’ or immediately after when the washed parts are still wet, they may wash the part they forgot and the subsequent limbs only… read more here.

Hair creams and their effect on the validity of Wudoo’

Question 6: There are many types of hair creams. Do creams and other hair products made of a viscous substance prevent water from reaching the hair, and what then is the ruling on Wudoo’ (ablution)? Please advise, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: The types of cream that have a density which prevents water from reaching the skin should be removed prior to Wudoo’. On the other hand, those types which have no density do not have any effect on the validity of Wudoo’… read more here.

Ruling on women advertising their desire to marry in newspapers

Question 5: What is the ruling on women advertising in newspapers and magazines their descriptions seeking marriage?

Answer: A woman advertising her desire to marry in newspapers and magazines and listing her descriptions conflicts with chastity, modesty and decency. It is not a Muslim custom at all. Thus, it is obligatory to refrain from doing it… read more here.

Using euthanasia to end suffering

Question 4: I am requesting a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) in regard to a subject that was discussed on a medical program that I listened to. The subject was: Is it permissible for a patient who has no hope in recovering to request to die and should their request be fulfilled to end their suffering? The speaker said that if a cancer patient, for example, has no hope of recovery it is better for them to die. Is it permissible to fulfill a patient’s wish and kill them to end their continual pain? The speaker mentioned a book called, “Al-Huqooq (Rights)”, and said that it is a human right to decide when their life should end, if their life has become a source of pain and suffering to them and others. What is the opinion of Islaam on this matter? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) for a patient to hasten their death, whether by committing suicide or by taking medication to kill themselves. It is also Haraam for a doctor or nurse, or any other person to carry out the patient’s request, even if their disease is incurable… read more here.

Ruling on stopping mechanical ventilation and circulatory support at cessation of heartbeat

Question 3: Doctors may need to lie to the patients concerning their health condition, especially as the patient may get worse if he or she knows their real condition. Is the doctor sinful for doing this?

Answer: If the situation is as you have described, then it is permissible to stop the mechanical ventilator and circulatory support devices, provided that the heart is no longer beating and that the patient breathes only through these apparatuses… read more here.

Doctor lying to a patient

Question 2: Doctors may need to lie to the patients concerning their health condition, especially as the patient may get worse if he or she knows their real condition. Is the doctor sinful for doing this?

Answer: It is permissible to lie to the patient if this will improve their medical condition and will not have harmful consequences to the patient or to others. But if it is possible for the male or female doctors to use equivocation or ambiguous words, without resorting to direct lying, that would be safer and preferable… read more here.

Allaah’s Challenge to those who doubt the revelation of the Qur’aan

Question 1: With what has Allaah challenged those who doubt the revelation of the Qur’aan to the Messenger (peace be upon him)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions. To proceed: Allaah (Exalted be He) has challenged them to bring the like of the Qur’aan or ten Soorahs or even one Soorah like it, but they could not do that… read more here.

Ruling on women studying medicine

Question 30: I have a daughter in the second year of the Faculty of Medicine. She stopped studying this year, because she believed that going out of home for education is Haraam (prohibited) for a woman. She was studying for a profession in medicine, with the intention of treating Muslim women by specializing in gynecology and wanting to treat poor women for free. This was her intention when she entered the Faculty of Medicine to study to be a doctor, and this is still her intention. In fact her belief in this has increased and she loves medicine, but she fears Allaah and fears that by going for education, she will be committing a sin, even though she goes to the faculty in full Islaamic clothing, wearing a Niqaab (face veil).

Answer: Learning medicine is a collective obligation on Muslim men and women as they are both needed to provide medical treatment for men and women. If women go out of their homes dressed immodestly or semi-naked, in violation of the Islaamic dress code, or making a public display of their adornment or charms, this is Haraam (prohibited)... read more here.

Ruling on girls joining the all-female housing complexes on university campus?

Question 29: 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.

Should a woman whose late husband forbade her to study continue to refrain after his death?

Question 28: A woman inquires about the ruling on her thinking about resuming study after the death of dead husband, who, while alive, did not agree to her resuming study, and declared his disagreement with it before death.

Answer: It is unobjectionable that a woman studies fields of knowledge beneficial to her as far as her religion and worldly life are concerned. She may do so when possible provided that modesty and non-mixing with men is observed... read more here.

Girls writing letters to boys and Vice-versa

Question 27: Many young girls correspond with boys. In their letters they write things that I would not dare to write or mention. This phenomenon is widespread in this society. Hence, we earnestly hope that you can do us the favor of writing a letter, supported by evidence, about how we should solve this problem. I have told many of them about how serious this matter is, but I cannot do much as I do not have deep knowledge, so I failed to convince them despite my repeated attempts.

Answer: One of the essential aims of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) is to protect people’s lineage and honor. For this reason, Allaah (Exalted be He) has forbidden Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) and ordered that it be punished by whipping or stoning... read more here.

Buying a car in installments and being forced to pay insurance

Question 26: A man bought a car in installments, as he was unable to pay its price in cash. The car agency demanded him to pay car insurance. Respected Shaykh, what is your ruling on paying this insurance and other types of insurance such as life insurance?

Answer: It is permissible to buy a car in installments; if the car and the price are agreed upon as well as the amount of each installment and its due date of payment are fixed. As for paying car insurance, this is Haraam (prohibited)... read more here.

Is it permissible for my wife to visit women who do not offer Salaah?

Question 25: Is it permissible for my wife to visit women who do not offer Salaah (Prayer), bearing in mind that their husbands also do not pray and that perhaps they intermix with female visitors?

Answer: If there is a benefit of your wife visiting these ladies, such as calling them to the Way of Allaah (Exalted be He) and advising them to carry out the obligations of Islaam and there is no Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) involved, like being intermixed with men, it is permissible for her to visit them. Otherwise, it is impermissible... read more here.

What does Sharee`ah-based policy mean?

Question 24: What is meant by Al-Siyaasah Al-Shar`iyyah (Sharee`ah-based policy)?

Answer: Al-Siyaasah Al-Shar`iyyah is that policy which is based on the Qur’aan and Sunnah by the ruler applying justice and the ruled giving their loyalty and obedience. It is explained by the Saying of Allaah (Exalted be He).. read more here.

A mother donating her womb to her daughter

Question 23: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ received the letter that was sent to His Honor the Mufty from the questioner, Dr. Faysal `Abdul-Raheem Shaaheen, the Director General of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation. The letter was transferred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 4596 dated 07/09/1420 A.H. Following is the text of the question:

I hope that Your Honor will answer this question that is raised in the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation: A mother would like to donate her womb, but not the ovaries which carry the hereditary characteristics, to her daughter. The womb will only act as a place for the baby to develop in while the ovum will be taken from the ovary of the woman to whom the womb is donated. The sperm will be taken from the husband of the daughter. Is this womb transplantation permissible?

I would like here to refer to the Fatwaa’ issued by the Islaamic Fiqh Academy Council decree no. 6/8/59 that was held in the Sixth Conference Session in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the year 1410 A.H. (attached is a photocopy of the concerned decree). The Islaamic Fiqh Academy Council held that the transplantation of testicles or ovaries is Haraam (prohibited) as doctors warn that this will lead to lineage confusion. However, it regarded the transplantation of other inner organs of the reproductive system as being Mubah (permissible). Nevertheless, a ruling on womb transplantation was not decided by the concerned Council. It considered the transplanted womb a part of the woman to whom it was transferred, but it did not tell whether the baby will be a Mahram (non-marriageable relative) to the woman who donated her womb. Jurists of the Islaamic Fiqh Academy and some other jurists have discussed this problem in detail during their discussion of the problem of surrogate mothers. Please accept my best regards. May Allaah keep and protect you.

Answer: After the Committee studied the question, it decided that it is impermissible for the concerned mother to donate her womb to her daughter as this leads to Haraam (prohibited) matters... read more here.

Having a television set in the house

Question 22: In our city, some people who are not scholars, but who mix with scholars and learn from them, deem the television to be unlawful. They say that by having a television set in the house, the husband, wife and children are as sinful as those who commit Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage), Allaah forbid! Is having a television set at home and watching it Haraam (prohibited) or not?

Answer: Watching television becomes permissible when a Muslim is watching something lawful, such as Qur’aan recitation, religious talks, business reports and political news. It becomes impermissible when watching something unlawful, such as dissolute songs with evil lyrics, when men listen to women singers even if it is while performing decent songs and when watching men sway and dance while singing. In general, having a television set and watching it depends on the ruling on what is watched, whether lawful or unlawful... read more here.

Advice for Muslim teenagers

Question 21: What is your advice to young people who go astray during adolescence?

Answer: Young people should be mindful of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) in all their matters and live according to the pillars of Islam. They also have to abide by the Sunnah of their Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)... read more here.

Universality of the Message of Islaam

Question 20: Is the Message of Islaam in Saudi Arabia restricted to the people living in Saudi Arabia and not expanded to other Muslim countries? Was this the case in the era of our noble Prophet Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah (peace be upon him)?

Answer: The Message of Islaam in Saudi Arabia is not restricted to it. The callers to the Way of Allaah (Exalted be He) must perform their duty of Da`wah (calling to Islaam) and guidance in Saudi Arabia as well as other countries in all continents of the world according to their abilities... read more here.

What is the best approach to follow while practicing Da`wah?

Question 19:  As beginners in the field of Da`wah (calling to Islaam), what is the best approach to follow while practicing Da`wah?

Answer: First: You should equip yourself with beneficial knowledge derived from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Invite (mankind, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islaam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’aan) and fair preaching Wisdom denotes knowledge... read more here.

Preachers have to start with the most important issues, then move to those that matter less

Question 18:  Today many youth believe that we should abandon some acts of Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) in order to avoid disagreement among the people. For example, placing the right hand on the left hand in Salaah, positions of raising the hands (in Salaah), and Jalsat-ul-Istiraahah (a brief sitting after prostration and before standing during the Prayer). They argue that Islaam has many priorities and these matters come in later stages and not in the first stages in the life of a Da`ee (caller to Islaam); especially Jalsat-ul-Istiraahah.

They believe that if you apply an act of Sunnah and people start to look at you with discontent, it will be a Fitnah (sedition). They began to use the following Aayah as a proof: “Fitnah is worse than killing.” And the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Fitnah is in a sleep, Allaah has cursed those who awaken it.”

These are legal proofs to be followed. The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded us to follow his Sunnah, especially at times of disagreements. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in the Hadeeth of Al-`Irbaad ibn Sariyah after he mentioned some matters: Whoever lives after me, will see a lot of disagreements, so keep to my Sunnah and the practices of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs who will come after me. . . and so on. Please advise.

Answer: First, Du`aah (callers) to the Way of Allaah (Exalted be He) should start with the most important issues, then the less important and so on as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said when he sent Mu`aad to Yemen... read more here.

Is there a specific number of Rak`ahs for optional Qiyaam al-Layl

Question 17:  Is it necessary to offer a specific number of Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) for Qiyaam-ul-Layl (standing for optional Prayer at night) every night or is it done according to one’s ability?

Answer: It is prescribed for a Muslim to offer eleven Rak`ahs on standing for optional night Salaah (Prayer), as this was the number mostly observed by the Prophet (peace be upon him). It was authentically reported that `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said... read more here.

Gradual communication of the teachings of Islaam

Question 16:  Has the gradual communication of the Islamic legislation ended by the completion of delivering the Message? Is it permissible for a Daa`ee (caller to Islaam) to tell a new Muslim about the commands and the prohibitions of Islaam gradually, so that they are not shocked?

Answer: It is permissible to convey the Message of Islaam to others gradually, acting upon the Hadeeth of Mu`aad when he was sent by the Prophet (peace be upon him) to Yemen. The Six Hadeeth Compilers (Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, ‘Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmidee, Al-Nasaa’ee, and Ibn Maajah) reported from Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) told Mu`aad ibn Jabal when he sent him to Yemen… read more here.

Calling people to Allaah in cafes and clubs

Question 15: Some people go to cafes and clubs on the pretext of calling people to Allaah. Is it Islaamically permissible to go to places where vice reigns, with the intention of spreading Islaamic teachings among people who are obviously reluctant to abide by them?

Answer: In this case, if it is likely that there will be a good response on the part of the attendants, one should sit with them to guide them to the truth and advise them. Doing so fulfills the duty of conveying the Message of Islaam and thus, leaving them no excuse of ignorance… read more here.

What are the means for a Da`wah to become successful ?

Question 14: What are the means for a Da`wah (calling to Islaam) to become successful and from where 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: First, the successful Da`wah is the one that is accompanied by knowledge of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) and deep insight, for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Advice for someone who aspires to become a Daa`ee

Question 13: I am hoping that Allaah will help me become a Daa`ee (caller to Islaam), what is your advice to me?

Answer: We hope that Allaah will make your wish come true. We advise you to learn, act upon what you learn and invite others to learn in the best of manners, while holding good intentions and patiently enduring any harm that may befall you… read more here.

Failing to practice what one preaches

Question 12: I sometimes used to lead the people of my village in Salaah (Prayer). Many times, I deliver Khutbah (sermon) of Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer from books prepared for that purpose. I know, all praise be to Allaah, my position in people’s hearts. But the devil, sometimes, overcomes me and I follow my desires and whims. I feel great embarrassment when I commit any sin, because I know what is right and what is wrong. I ask people to avoid sins and evils though I commit these sins. Moreover, I know Allaah’s Saying: Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allaah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture [the Tauraat (Torah)]! Have you then no sense? I do not know when I can overcome these whims and desires. Moreover, I am a young man who is unmarried.

Answer: We advise you to continue advising people in your village and to increase your knowledge of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) as much as you can. You also have to strive hard to avoid sins and your actions should be consistent with what you preach as much as possible… read more here.

What should a Muslim do who has a non-Muslim relative?

Question 11: What should a Muslim who has a non-Muslim sibling or child do?

Answer: Muslims should invite their non-Muslim relatives and others to Islaam and explain to them the virtues of Islaam and its beneficent laws and rulings. They should emphasize that Allaah will not accept from any person a religion other than Islaam (submission and resignation to Allaah alone) on the Day of Resurrection… read more here.