Obedience to parents while disobeying Allaah

Question: A young lady wants to wear Niqaab (face veil), knowing that it is Fard (obligatory, based on a definitive text), but her parents refuse and tell her that her obedience to them is also a Fard that takes precedence over wearing Niqaab. Are the parents right? Does this mean that she should abandon wearing Niqaab? How could this be in accordance with the Messenger’s saying, Anyone who turns away from my Sunnah is not one of my (followers). Moreover, even though Niqaab is Waajib (obligatory, based on a speculative text), it is known that Fard is the same as Waajib according to the Four Schools of Jurisprudence, except for that of Imaam Maalik who maintained that Waajib comes in intermediate status between Fard and Nafilah (supererogatory).

Kindly give us your Fatwaa in this regard. If wearing Niqaab is Fard, how can this girl abide by that obligation, while her father threatens to pull her Niqaab off in public if he sees her wearing it. He takes this attitude because he thinks that wearing Niqaab will jeopardize the girl’s brothers.

Answer: It should be known that obedience to parents is obligatory provided that what they request is reasonable and approved by the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). If obedience to parents leads to committing sins, then there should be no obedience to them… read more here.

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Ruling on a father who breaks all contact with his daughter due to her wearing Hijaab

Question: What is the ruling on a father who breaks all contact with his daughter due to her wearing Hijaab (veil)?

Answer: If the case is as mentioned, her father’s reaction is not her fault and will not harm her. He should not do this as she is obeying Allaah. Thus, she must not obey him in this regard, because her act of wearing Hijaab is an act of obedience to Allaah… read more here.

Believing in Al-Shaadhiliyyah order

Question: There is a Sufi order called “Al-Shaadhiliyyah”. Its members do not perform Salaah (prayer), nor Sawm (fasting), nor pay Zakaah (obligatory charity). They have a person whom they call “Sayyidunaa” (our master) and regard him as their lord who will secure them in the Hereafter and forgive them everything which they have committed in their worldly life. These people gather on Mondays and Fridays mornings and on Thursdays and Sundays evenings. My father forces me to follow this order and gets angry when he sees me praying or fasting. He often says to me, “Sayyidunaa (our master) will forgive us everything and will protect us from the torment of Hellfire and we will definitely be of the people of Paradise.” Of course this is a false belief, because he is a human just like them. What should I do? Please guide me! I believe that Allaah is my Lord, Muhammad is Allaah’s Prophet and Messenger, Islaam is my religion and I observe its Five Pillars. If I obey my father I will disobey my Creator Who (Exalted be He) says in the Qur’aan (regarding parents what means): …say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them If I disobey my father, he becomes angry with me all the time and keeps fighting with me to make me follow this order. It should be noted that I cannot afford my own living expenses and I receive no support from my family except from my mother.

Please guide me to what I should do to please my Lord and avoid the anger of my father who does not believe in Salaah and Sawm, or more correctly the religion of Islaam.

Answer: If the situation is as you have mentioned and your father and the followers of this order do not perform Salaah and believe that their so-called master or shaykh is their lord who guarantees them Paradise and forgives them all their sins, they are disbelievers… read more here.

No obedience in matters involving disobedience to Allaah

Question: Is it permissible for a true believer to commit some minor sins to please a ruler or some people, or does he have to strictly follow the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him)?

Answer: A believer should abandon such sins, and follow the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him). This is an established fact. They should neither obey the ruler nor anyone else in what leads to the disobedience of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)… read more here.

Lying to and deceiving the ruler

Question: The governmental system does not allow government employees to open a shop of their own. Is it permissible to open a shop under the name of another person, who is unemployed by the government, and run this shop with a power of attorney that gives me the right to all the business transactions and to bear its profit and loss? Is this permissible?

Answer: If that is the status quo (in your country), then you are not allowed to do that, because it involves lying to and deceiving the authorities, and using trickery to violate the regulations which they set to maintain the flow of governmental work, which was entrusted to you to serve the nation, and guard public interest against self-interest… read more here.

Taking money to break the law

Question: The current laws in Egypt allow pharmacists to own only two pharmacies. Some pharmacists are not satisfied with this, because they would like to expand their business. Pharmacists wishing to own three or four pharmacies do so by breaching pharmacy licensing law. They agree with other pharmacists who do not own a pharmacy, or have only one, to allow them to use their names in order to open a third. In return, they pay them a sum of money every month or every year. What is the ruling on this agreement and this money? Is this perjury or a form of cooperation for relieving the hardships that people face and an escape from the restrictions of positive (man-made) laws? Please advise us!

Answer: The mentioned agreement is not permissible because it involves lying, forging, cheating authorities, and violation of regulations set for the public interest and does not contradict Sharee‘ah.read more here.