What is meant by a wet dream ?

Question 27What is meant by Ihtilaam (sexual dream)? Do only married women experience it?

Answer: Both men and women can experience Ihtilaam at any age. It is one of the signs of puberty. If a woman experiences Ihtilaam by ejaculating Maniy (vaginal secretions that are released on orgasm), she should perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) following major ritual impurity..read more here.

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Secretion that comes out after ritual bathing following Janaabah

Question 26After taking Ghusl (full ritual bath), I wash my private parts then I wash my hand and perform Wudoo’ (ablution) for Salaah (Salaah). Later and after about five minutes, I feel that something else is discharged from me; what should I do in this case? What is the ruling if something comes out from the private parts after performing Ghusl and I do not wash it believing that it is part of Waswasah (insinuating thoughts from Satan). After finishing the Salaah, I wash it because of the frequent insinuations that I have. Should I just perform Istinjaa’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) in this condition or repeat Ghusl?

Answer: The secretion that comes out after having performed Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) does not affect the validity of the Ghusl. However, you have to clean yourself by performing Istinjaa’ and then Wudoo’ (ablution) when needed for an act that necessitates having it, such as offering Salaah and reciting the Qur’aan from the Mus-haf (Qur’aan, the Book) if the secretion is ascertained..read more here.

How did the Prophet (peace be upon him) deal with the teenage period of Muslim youth?

Question 25How did the Prophet (peace be upon him) deal with the teenage period of Muslim youth, in order to help them go through this stage?

Answer: The Prophet (peace be upon him) paid great attention to Muslim youth, and gave them and their parents special guidance and instructions. He (peace be upon him) addressed the parents by saying..read more here.

Do nosebleeds nullify Wudoo’ ?

Question 24Do nosebleeds nullify Wudoo’ (ablution) and Salaah (Prayer) or not?

Answer: Impure matters that come out through any opening from human body other than the urethra and anus, but are neither urine nor stool, such as nosebleeds, vomit, wounds, and the like do not nullify Wudoo’ as long as they are not in much quantity, for the Hadeeth reported by ‘Aboo Al-Dardaa’ that the Prophet (peace be upon him) once vomited and then he performed Wudoo’ (ablution). According to Ibn `Abbaas, (may Allaah be pleased with him both): “If the blood flows in large quantities, it (Wudoo’) should be repeated.”..read more here.

Ruling on wiping over Khimaar

Question 23Respected Shaykh, you mentioned in the chapter on wiping over Khuffs (leather socks) that it is permissible for a woman to wipe over her Khimaar (veil covering to the waist), what is the basis that substantiates this ruling?

Answer: It is permissible for a woman to wipe over her Khimaar that she wears over her head and is wrapped under her jaw for one day and night if she has not taken it off as long as she finds difficulty in taking it off to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) and hence it is treated like a turban..read more here.

Must Kaffaarah be made for an oath sworn while not in complete control of oneself ?

Question 22If one swears to do something while not in complete control of oneself, is he obliged to expiate for that oath? If so, what is the Kaffaarah (expiation) for it?

Answer: If one swears to do something and does not do it, he must expiate for his broken oath. For example, if he says: “By Allaah, I will talk to so and so” or “By Allaah, I will visit him” or “By Allaah, I will pray such and such prayer” and the like of these oaths, but does not implement what he swears to do, he must expiate for this oath, provided that he is sane and realizes what he swears to do..read more here.

Number of times to wipe over the head in Wudoo’

Question 21During Wudoo’ (ablution) we observed that some people wipe their head once while others wipe it three times; which is correct?

Answer: It is prescribed to wipe the head once, because of the Hadeeth of `Uthmaan ibn `Affaan, `Alee and `Abdullaah ibn Zayd (may Allaah be pleased with them). They mentioned in the Hadeeth that the Prophet (peace be upon him) rinsed his mouth, sniffed water into his nostrils and then out, and then washed his face..read more here.

Must artificial teeth be removed when performing Wudoo’ ?

Question 20: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has read the letter that was sent to His Eminence the Muftee from His Honor the Chairman of Damad Council. The letter was transferred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 824 dated 24/01/1419 A.H. The question was as follows:

A person contacted our Center and said that he had pulled out some of his teeth because they were decayed as a result of not being regularly cleaned. He fixed nine artificial removable teeth which are not made of gold or silver. The doctor told him that he must remove the artificial teeth and wash them after eating so that they do not emit a foul odor.

The question is whether this man must remove the artificial teeth when performing Wudoo’ (ablution). It may be worth mentioning that it is not difficult for him to remove then install them again after Wudoo’.

Please enlighten us with your beneficial answer so thatwe may inform the questioner. May Allaah guide you to the best of this world and the Hereafter.

Answer: After the Committee studied the question, it answered as follows:

The concerned man does not have to remove his artificial teeth for Madmadah (rinsing the mouth) during Wudoo’. Rather, he may perform Wudoo’ while they are in their place. This is because such artificial teeth are just like normal ones; they do not invalidate Madmadah..read more here.

Mentioning the Name of Allaah when starting Wudoo’

Question 19I read in one of the books of Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence) that if a person forgets Tasmiyah (saying, “Bismillaah [In the Name of Allaah]”) at the start of Wudoo’ (ablution) and remembers while performing Wudoo’ then they should repeat it. In case they remember after finishing Wudoo’, they should not repeat it. Please guide us to the right ruling, may Allaah grant you success!

Answer: Mentioning the Name of Allaah when starting Wudoo` is prescribed. If forgotten at the start of Wudoo’ and remembered while performing Wudoo’, the person should say it (Tasmiyah) and continue the Wudoo’, and if they remember after finishing Wudoo’, their Wudu’ would be correct and they do not have to repeat it... read more here.

Making a vow to other than Allaah

Question 18I made a vow to offer a sacrificial animal to Shaykh `Abdul-Raheem Al-Qinawee, but a righteous friend of mine met me and told me that it is not permissible for me to do so, as such a practice is regarded as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Thus, I decided to do nothing until I receive a Fatwaa on this question from Your Eminence. It is worth mentioning that my sons sold the animal I made a vow to slaughter, but its price is still with me. We would be grateful if you could tell us whether offering sacrificial animals to such dead shaykhs is Haraam (prohibited) or not? If such a practice is prohibited, what should we do with regards to the vow? We would be grateful if you could send the reply as soon as possible.

Answer: It is prohibited to offer a sacrificial animal to the dead shaykh whose name is mentioned above or to other shaykhs, as offering sacrificial animals is an act of `Ibaadah (worship) through which a Muslim can get closer to their Lord and offering them to other than Allaah is regarded as major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam)... read more here.

Must expiatory Sawm for breaking an oath be observed on three consecutive days?

Question 17Do I have to observe expiatory Sawm (Fast) for breaking an oath on three consecutive days? What if I do not observe Sawm consecutively for an excuse, such as illness, or without an excuse?

Answer: It is better to observe expiatory Sawm for breaking an oath consecutively. However, there is nothing wrong if the succession is interrupted... read more here.

Does a little impurity that falls into a large swimming pool make it impure?

Question 16We have a swimming pool at home, but some Najaasah (ritual impurity) fell into it. It was a small amount, only filling a teacup, and the swimming pool is twelve meters. Would its water be Najis (ritually impure) and should not be used for swimming? Please advise, may Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: Water is judged to be Najis if its color, taste, or smell changes due to Najaasah... read more here.

Wudoo’ with drinking water left over from animals

Question 15Is it permissible to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) with drinking water left over from animals, such as cows, buffalos, goats, sheep, and donkeys, even if this water is placed in a container?

Answer: The leftover drinking water from any of the animals lawful to eat is Taahir (ritually pure), for the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered a sick person to drink the urine and milk of a camel... read more here.

Is adopting Rukhsah (concession) in religious matters stand as an indication of negligence?

Question 15Is adopting Rukhsah (concession) in religious matters stand as an indication of encroachment or negligence?

Answer: Adopting Rukhsah in religious matters is permissible if it designates the Shar`ee (Islaamic legal) Rukhsah which Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) prescribed, such as the Rukhsah given to the traveler to break their Sawm (Fast) during travel and to shorten the four-Rak`ah Salaah (Prayer consisting of four units) to only two Rak`ahs as well as to combine the Duhr (Noon) and `Asr (Afternoon) Prayers and Maghrib (Sunset) and `Ishaa’ (Night) Prayers at the time of the earlier or the later one during travel... read more here.

Following a particular Mad-hab (school of jurisprudence)

Question 14Is it obligatory for every Muslim to follow a particular Mad-hab (School of Jurisprudence) and exclude all the other Madaahib?

Answer: It is not permissible for a person who is able to derive the ruling and substantiate it to be fanatical about a particular Mad-hab. Rather, they should follow any of the Mad-habs of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) as long as it establishes the proof. Anyone who does not have the ability to derive rulings based on evidence (from the Qur’aan and Sunnah) should refer to the people of knowledge and piety... read more here.

What is meant by Halaal and Haraam in Islaam?

Question 13What is meant by Halaal (lawful) and Haraam (prohibited) in Islaam?

Answer: Halaal and Haraam are two Shar`ee (Islaamic legal) rulings taken from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). The Mu’min (believer) should firmly believe in the impermissibility of what Allaah (Exalted be He) has made Haraam and the permissibility of what Allaah (Exalted be He) has made Halaal... read more here.

The best way to call people to Tawheed

Question 12What is the best way to call the people to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/monotheism) 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 13Once in an Islaamic lesson, a professor stated that the Khalaf (later scholars) are wiser, while 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 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. Inferentially, it follows that the successive generations are better and more knowledgeable than the preceding most righteous generations... read more here.

Seeing Allaah, or the Prophet, or Maryam and Jesus while in a state of wakefulness

Question 12What is the ruling on a man who claims that he saw, while in a state of wakefulness, the Prophet (peace be upon him), Maryam (Mother of Jesus, peace be upon her) breastfeeding `Eesaa (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, while awake, 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.

What is the ruling on “the Biological Clock” ?

Question 11I 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? 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)... read more here.

Do the Jinn know the Unseen (Knowledge of Ghayb)?

Question 10: 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... read more here.

What is the ruling on letting the nails grow long?

Question 9: What is the ruling on letting the nails grow long?

Answer: It is not permissible to let one’s nails grow long because it is against Sunan al-Fitrah (natural hygiene) which the Prophet (peace upon him) has exhorted us to adhere to. Clipping the nails is one of Sunan al-Fitrah, which also include plucking the armpit hair, shaving the pubic hair, and cutting the moustache short; and this should be done at most every forty days, according to the Hadeeth related by Muslim in his Saheeh (Authentic Hadeeth Book) on the authority of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said... read more here.

Appealing to the dead for help in places such as domed sepulchers, shrines, graves etc

Question 8: What is the ruling on those who put some money as charity in vows boxes that are placed inside the domed sepulchers of some righteous deceased persons; the ruling on those who ask for blessings from the deceased persons; the ruling on those who ask for blessings from deceased persons through applying perfume; and the ruling on those who circumambulate the graves of righteous deceased persons to obtain blessings from them? Also, while the music is being played, some people sing some poems including some words such as: “Give me strength, Shaykh `Abd al-Raheem”, or “Give me strength, Shaykh Ibraaheem”?

Answer: Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from the dead is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). If they intend to take the deceased as means to obtain blessings from Allaah (Exalted be He), it is a path to Shirk... read more here.

Saying: “You have a Lord and I have a Lord”

Question 7: What is the ruling on saying: “You have a Lord and I have a Lord”? What is the Kaffaarah (expiation) that has to be made for saying so?

Answer: A Muslim has to say: “Allaah is our Lord and your Lord” just as the Glorious Qur’aan teaches. A person may thus say, for example: Allaah is my Lord and your Lord. However, it is not permissible to say the phrase which is mentioned in the question as it gives the false impression that there is more than one Lord... read more here.

The meaning of Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah and Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah

Question 6: What is the meaning of Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah and Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah?

Answer: The meaning of Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Allaah’s Lordship) is the ascription of all Acts of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to none but Him Alone, such as: creation, bringing into being, providing sustenance, giving life, and causing death... read more here.

Is it permissible for a woman to adorn herself for her husband using makeup?

Question 5: Is it permissible for a woman to adorn herself for her husband by using makeup for coloring her cheeks, lips and eyelids? Could you kindly explain, bearing in mind that this kind of makeup is the adornment of the western women?

Answer: It is prescribed by Islaam for the woman to adorn herself for her husband using the means legislated and made permissible by Allaah. The wife may adorn herself with beautiful clothes and clean herself with soap and such things. Soap beautifies and cleanses the body. If there are permissible cosmetics that do not contain Haraam (prohibited) or Najis (impure) components, or something that may harm the face, or have bad side effects, there is nothing wrong with using them... read more here.

Ruling on acting as Sahaabah in school theaters?

Question 4: What is the ruling on acting the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) in school theaters?

Answer: The Council of Senior Scholars previously reviewed this question and issued a decree as follows: 

1. Allaah (Exalted be He) has praised and set clear the high status of the Sahaabah. Thus, acting any of them on stage or on the screen is contrary to this Divine praise and is detrimental to the high status and honor which Allaah has bestowed upon them… read more here.

Does the Wudoo’ of a mother become nullified if she touches her baby’s private parts?

Question 3: Does the Wudoo’ (ablution) of a woman become nullified if she touches her baby’s private parts while washing him or her?

Answer: Wudoo’ is nullified when a woman touches her baby’s private parts, whether the front or back passage, without a barrier. The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered anyone who touches private parts to perform Wudoo’… read more here.

Is it permissible to act the messengers and prophets?

Question 2: Dear brother, Shaykh `Abd-al-`Azeez ibn Baaz I am a director and scenario writer for cinema and theatre, I recently thought of producing a new movie entitled (A Man from Babel), which is about the life story of Prophet Ibraaheem (Abraham, peace be upon him). After reading the book written by Tunisian writers and other nationals, I wrote the scenario and the script for the movie. Then, I heard in the Saudi Educational Centre in Tunisia that the Deputy Minister of Information is visiting Tunisia to attend a meeting held by the Arab Broadcasting Corporation, so I welcomed him.

Answer: It is not permissible to act the messengers and the prophets, which will be necessary to film their stories. Thus, it is not permissible to do so, as it would result in much wrong. A decree was issued by the Council of Senior Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about this issue which included the prohibition of this matter… read more here.

Is it permissible for a Muslim to build and run a cinema?

Question 1: Is it permissible for a Muslim to build and run a cinema?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to build a cinema, or run it for himself or for another person, due to the forbidden kinds of amusement it provides. As shown today around the globe, it presents obscene scenes and images that provoke desires and promote lewdness and immorality. Furthermore, it helps women mix with men who are not Mahram (spouse or unmarriageable relatives)… read more here.