Question: Is this the time meant by the Hadeeth of the Prophet in which one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) asked the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “What should I do when Fitnah (trial) and division increase?” and he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) replied, “Detach yourself from the people, and sit in your house”? In the “Saheeh (Book of Authentic Hadeeth)”, in “Kitaab Al-Fitan (Book on Trials)”, under: “What will happen if there is no Caliph”, there is a Hadeeth that says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the people to detach themselves from others when calamities strike, and he said, “Even if you have to bite (i.e. eat) tree roots.” Please explain this Hadeeth and the scholars’ opinions on it.
Answer: In the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and elsewhere, with the following wording from Al-Bukhaaree, it is reported on the authority of ‘Aboo Idrees Al-Khawlaanee that he heard Huthayfah ibn Al-Yammaan say… read more here.
Question: Is the Hadeeth that says: “There will come a day when Muslims will gain victory over the Jews, and then a stone behind which a Jew may hide, will speak and call the believer to go and kill the Jew hiding behind it” authentic?
Answer: It was reported that Ibn `Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saying: ‘You (i.e. Muslims) will fight against the Jews and you will gain victory over them. The stones will (betray them) saying: ‘O ‘Abd Allaah (i.e. slave of Allaah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ This Hadeeth was reported by Al-Bukhaaree… read more here.
Question: What is the meaning of Mudillat Al-Fitan (deluding trials), and what is the meaning of the statement ‘this Fitnah (Trial) is from Allaah to His servant’?
Answer: First, Mudillat Al-Fitan signifies the trials which may befall a person and cause him to deviate from Al-Siraat-ul-Mustaqeem (the Straight Path). Examples of these Fitnah include doubtful matters that mislead and turn the person away from the truth; evil callers who mix truth with falsehood and attract the attention of weak-willed persons through their eloquence; and illness or poverty about which the person feels despondent and impatient, making him discontent with the Divine Decree… read more here.
Question 285: What is the ruling on using a microphone or a telephone to recite the Qur’aan for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), or reciting Ruqyah over a large number of people at the same time?
Answer: Ruqyah should be recited directly over the patient, not through a microphone or a telephone. This contradicts what was done by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) and their Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not a part of it will have it rejected.... read more here.
Question 284: What is the ruling on people who have a patient smell the leather of wolves under the pretense that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn (creatures created from fire). They claim that Jinn fear wolves, flee from them and are troubled by their presence.
Answer: It is not permissible for a person who performs Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to use the leather of wolves to have patients smell it to be able to diagnose their illness. This is a form of deception and corrupt belief; therefore, it should be totally prohibited. Moreover, saying that Jinn fear wolves is a baseless superstition... read more here.
Question 283: What is the ruling on putting large seals in which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses), invocations and supplications are written to ward off Sihr (sorcery), envy, or jinn? The seal is dipped into water containing saffron to stamp papers that will be dissolved later and soaked in water to be drunk as a kind of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing).
Answer: This is not permissible because one of the conditions of a lawful Ruqyah is that the intention of both the person who makes the Ruqyah and the person on whom it will be performed, should be seeking cure from Allaah’s Book by writing the Aayaat... read more here.
Question 282: Is it permissible to touch a woman’s hand, forehead, or neck for treatment? This is done by doctors in hospitals on the pretext of trying to put pressure on the Jinn (creatures created from fire) and get rid of it. What are the restrictions concerning this matter?
Answer: It is not permissible for a person doing Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick seeking healing) to touch any part of a woman’s body if the latter is using this treatment method, because this involves Fitnah (sedition). In fact, this person should use Ruqyah without touching her. Moreover, there is a difference between a person using Ruqyah and a doctor, because the latter may not be able to treat the patient except by touching the place in need of treatment, unlike the former whose work depends on recitation and blowing and does not require touching... read more here.