Everything on Earth will perish

Question: Students ask embarrassing questions to which I cannot give convincing answers. One of these questions was: “Do the Jinn (creatures created from fire) die and get buried like humans?” another was “Are they included in the Hadeeth in which the Messenger (peace be upon him) said, The ages of my Ummah (nation) are between sixty and seventy. “?

Answer: Indeed, the Jinn die in the same way as humans do, due to the general meaning of these Words of Allaah (Exalted be He): Everyone shall taste death. As for assessing the ages of the Jinn, it appears that they are included in the Hadeeth mentioned above, because they are part of the Ummah to which the message of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is sent, according to the general meaning of these Words of Allaah… read more here.

Addressing, attributing and giving thanks to “Nature” as a metaphor for Allaah

Question: A bottled water company wrote a strange sentence on a roadside advertising billboard. It says: “There are still some gifts granted by nature in our world,” and beside it is a picture of flowing water from somewhere. I told them that this is not permissible according to the Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law), because it is Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Who gives us the gift of water, and not nature as the communists say – may Allaah destroy them. And what is this nature that they claim has the ability to give water or prevent it? However, they argued that the words are metaphoric, in the same way as you would say: “The prince built the city.” So what is ruling on this sentence?

Please, explain this to us, as people see this by day and night, and some of them might think that there is nothing wrong with it, and this may be dangerous for their `Aqeedah (creed). May Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) help Muslims understand their religion well, and have a correct `Aqeedah in which there is no doubt.

Answer: It is not permissible to say this sentence: “There are still some natural gifts in our world,” or to write it, even if it is claimed to be metaphorical, because it causes confusion… read more here.

Please advise me about a statement in the book “Al-Tawheed” by Muhammad Qutb

Question: I am a teacher at a night secondary school. When I read: “Al-Tawheed (Monotheism),” there was a phrase that I was uncertain about and have no knowledge. Would you please tell me how accurate it is and whether it is suitable for the status of Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds? It is mentioned in “Al-Tawheed” by Muhammad Qutb, a book we study in the second grade of the secondary school, p. 23, line 17: “When the Messenger is sent by Allaah, he says, ‘O people! Worship Allah as you have no other deity but Him.’ This is what was said by all Allaah’s Messengers to their people. The Messenger is calling to return the usurped authority to Allaah, the True Owner, the Only Lawgiver for the people, Who determines the lawful and the prohibited, the permissible and the impermissible.” In the third grade book written by the same author, p. 82 in the last three lines, he mentions the meaning of La ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah) saying: “Returning the usurped authority, by which people subjugate others, to Allaah (Praised and Exalted be He), the Lord of all.” He was then silent and did not describe it by its permissibility or lack of it. Please, advise me.

Answer: We cannot see any harm in what you have mentioned regarding the meaning, but the style is not respectful to Allaah, because no one is able to overwhelm Him (Glorified be He) to take His Right. He is the Subduer over His Servants… read more here.

Most Sinful: The eye or the mouth?

Question: What is the most sinful; the eye or the mouth?

Answer: The sins committed by people’s mouths may be more grievous than the sins committed by their eyes. A person may commit Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), which is the ever grievous sin whereby Allaah is disobeyed, with the person’s tongue… read more here.

Ruling on saying: “Allaah knows” or “Allaah forbid” or “Allaah knows that…”

Question: What is the Islaamic ruling in your opinion on saying these phrases: “Allaah knows that…,” “Allaah forbid!” “Allaah’s Will,” and “Allaah and His Messenger know the best”?

Answer: There is no harm in saying “Allaah knows that…” if the person is saying the truth… read more here.

Calling a deceased “Al-Marhoom” and “Al-Maghfoor Lahoo” or “inhabitant of the Jannah”

Question: I often hear people say some words about which I would like to know the Islaamic viewpoint. For example, when a person dies some people call him “Al-Marhoom” (The person upon whom Allaah’s mercy is bestowed). And if the person is of a high rank, they say, “Al-Maghfoor Lahoo (The Forgiven) such and such.” Have they looked into Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooth (The Preserved Tablet) to know that someone is forgiven or has been granted Allaah’s Mercy? This is why I am inquiring about this issue. Allaah (Exalted be He) stated in His Glorious Book: (And remember) when Allaah took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it I would appreciate your guidance in this matter.

Answer: Confirming Allaah’s Mercy or Forgiveness (Glorified be He) for a deceased person is of the Ghayb (unseen) affairs which no one knows except Allaah (Exalted be He), and those informed by Allaah from amongst His angels, messengers, or prophets. Thus, it is impermissible for anyone other than those previously mentioned to declare that Allaah has bestowed forgiveness or mercy upon a deceased person unless there is a clear text from the infallible one (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him)… read more here.

Addressing someone as: “O Sayyid”

Question: Is it permissible to say to a police or armed forces officer: “Yes, Sayyid (master)!”?

Answer: It is permissible to say the “Yes,” but it is not permissible to say the “Sayyid.” When some of Sahaabah (Companions) said to the Prophet (peace be upon him), “You are our Master,” he (peace be upon him) said, “The Master is Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted.”… read more here.

Saying: “There is one death, but it has several causes”

Question: Is it permissible to say: “There is one death, but it has several causes”?

Answer: Yes, it is permissible to say this expression and there is no harm in it, In Shaa’ Allah (if Allaah wills)… read more here.

The expression: Causes are numerous but there is only one death

Question: Is it permissible to say, “Causes are numerous but there is only one death.”

Answer: Yes, it is permissible to say this expression, there is no harm in it in-Shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills)… read more here.

Chapter 4: The Prophet’s death

Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) addresses His Prophet (peace be upon him), saying: Verily you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will die, and verily they (too) will die. He (Exalted be He) also says: Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is no more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)? And: And We granted not to any human being immortality before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): then if you die, would they live forever?

He (peace be upon him) died after having fulfilled the trust and conveyed the Message of his Lord, striving with all his being in the Cause of Allaah. Near the end of his life, the Aayah of Soorah Al-Maa’idah was revealed as a witness for him, saying: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. By the revelation of Soorah of Al-Nasr, Allaah (Glorified be He) announced to the people the approach of the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari on the authority of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) that he said: “`Umar used to make me attend the gatherings of the elders who had fought in the Battle of Badr. But it seemed that one of them felt uncomfortable about it and so said to `Umar, ‘Why do you bring this boy to sit with us while we have sons of his age?’ `Umar replied, ‘It is because of his status (knowledge and merit), which you are well aware of.’ Then, one day `Umar invited me to sit with them, and I think that he invited me that day only to show them. `Umar asked them, ‘What is your interpretation of the Statement of Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person)

Question 28: What is the ruling on slaughtering an animal for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person) and shrines are built over his grave?

Answer: Slaughtering for the dead person mentioned above is a type of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who slaughters for the sake of this Walee is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) and… read more here.