Placing an artificial animal head at the entrance of the house

Question 381: We know that statues and three-dimensional figures of animals and humans are prohibited in Islaam. This is for an important wisdom, which is refraining from imitating Allaah’s creation, and to impede worshipping animals and idols. This is about statues carved in rocks, wood or those molded in special templates.

However, if a person has tiger, zebra or sheep leather; stuffs it with straw or cotton; and makes a statue out of it to place it as an adornment, is that prohibited as well? Is it Halaal (lawful) if it is not carved, molded into a template, or glorified?

Answer:  This is Haraam (prohibited), as it resembles a statue, and also because it is useless, trifling thing... read more here.

Performing the obligatory Hajj straightway

Question 4: May I delay performing Hajj for one or two years, although I can perform it this year, for the sake of visiting my family? If I perform Hajj this year, I will be away from my wife and family for two years. The rites of Hajj will be in the middle of summer vacation and I will not be able to visit my family and perform Hajj at the same time. I will either perform Hajj or visit my family. Can I delay performing Hajj in order to visit my family? May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: A Muslim should hasten to perform the obligatory Hajj as soon as one is able to. They do not know what impediments may arise in the coming years if they delay performing it. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty… read more here.