Two books of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah: “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool”

Question: What is your opinion on the two books “Minhaaj As-Sunnah” and “Sharh Hadeeth Al-Nuzool” written by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him)??

Answer: These two books are among the best books available today. They provide authentic information, evidence, good presentation and are very powerful in terms of supporting truth, refuting falsehood and correctness and authenticity of ‘Aqeedah (creed)… read more here.

What is Wahhabism ?

Question: What is Wahhabism ?

Answer: Wahhbism is the term which the enemies of Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abd Al-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) gave to his call to purify Tawheed (islaamic monotheism) from all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and to renounce all the ways except that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

[Book] Islaamic Rulings Regarding The Qur’aan | The Permanent Committee of Scholars, KSA

Islaamic Rulings Regarding The Qur'aan

Description of this book:

This book is a comprehensive collection of rulings regarding The Book Of Allaah, issued by some of the most reputable scholars of this age. Within the pages of this book you will find answers to issues such as:

Highlights of the Topics:

• Can you recite the Qur’aan as a group?

• Is it allowed to kiss the Qur’aan?

• Is it necessary to be in a state of Wudoo’ whilst reciting the Qur’aan?

• Is it permissible to pray behind someone who recites incorrectly?

• What is the ruling on decorating the walls with posters that contain aayaat of the Qur’aan?

• Can you recycle pages of the Qur’aan?

• Can you take the Qur’aan into the bathroom?

• May a woman recite the Qur’aan while she is menstruating? 

And much more…


Watching the crescent is the criterion of the beginning and end of Ramadaan

Question: You know, may Allaah safeguard you, what occurs every year, especially this year, with regard to the difference of the Muslim countries over the beginning and end of the obligatory Sawm (Fast). Some Libyans observed a thirty one-day Sawm; some other Libyans received a Fatwaa’ from their scholars and some of our scholars to break their Sawm in secret on the 30th day of Ramadaan. After the latter had broken their Sawm, they came to us seeking a Fatwa on their breaking Sawm. This resulted in a conflict of Fatwas. We have refrained from giving a Fatwa to this latter group. Also some countries observed Sawm after us like Morocco, and then they came to this country (Saudi Arabia). May you, kindly, submit these cases to the competent scholarly authorities whose issued Fatwas are accepted by the laypeople. We pose here, in brief, the questions we want to ask about as follows:

1. If the Sawm of those who observe Sawm a day before us is based – as some of them have mentioned- on seeing the crescent of Ramadaan (in their country), is it permissible for them to follow our country in its Sawm when they come here and observe Sawm for thirty one days?

2. If their Sawm is based on the calculation of time, would this mean they should observe Sawm thirty one days? Would the ruling differ if their Sawm was based on the calculation of Greenwich Meridian Time – according to some people, as the Greenwich Meridian line passes by Morocco at a two thousand km. Distance from Libya?

3. What is the legal ruling to be followed in the future in cases similar to those who broke their Sawm after completing thirty days, whether due to having been given a Fatwaa’ on their doing so or not? Also, what is the legal ruling to be given to those who observed Sawm for twenty nine days, following the Sawm of Saudi Arabia, while their country where they started Sawm for thirty days, as was the case in the previous years?

Answer: First: The criterion upon which the beginning and end of Ramadaan is based is watching the crescent, not astronomical calculations of time; as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Start fasting on seeing it (the new moon of Ramadaan), and give up fasting on seeing it (the new moon of Shawwaal). The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: Do not fast until you sight it (the moon) and do not break your fast until you sight it. What is meant here is to observe Sawm on seeing the crescent of Ramadaan with the naked eye or by the tools that help a person watch the sky and identify the crescent, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The beginning of Ramadaan is on the day when you begin fasting, the end of Ramadaan is on the day when you end it, and `Eed Al-Ad-haa is on the day when you sacrifice… read more here.

Perforiming Hajj with brother without husband’s consent

Question 7: My sister performed Hajj without her husband’s permission. He works in the police of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. When I passed by him at his workplace to inform him, he agreed, as he cannot accompany her. She was accompanied by her 18 year old brother. Is the Hajj performed by this woman valid or Baatil (null and void)? I did not know of this matter except after she went. This woman is from the desert and does not know that this act is Haraam (prohibited) and now she is confused. Please, advise us, may Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, her Hajj is valid for her husband’s permission is not necessary to perform an obligatory act… read more here.

Seeking husband’s permission for Hajj

Question 6: I am a married woman for forty years. I’ve been asking my husband to perform Hajj and he agrees. However, every time he goes to perform Hajj or `Umrah he changes his mind and prevents me from accompanying him to take care of his sheep and cattle. Although he performed Hajj more than five times, he refuses my request to travel with my sons in law. Is it permissible to travel for Hajj with my son in law in spite of my husband’s rejection?

Answer: If your situation with your husband is as you described, you are obliged to travel with the said Mahrams (unmarriageable relatives), even if your husband does not give you the permission and provided that you have never performed the obligatory Hajj… read more here.

If Hajj is only possible in the company of innovators?

Question 5: We would like to inform you that many of our Sunni Muslim brothers who live on the Persian coast are desirous of performing the Islaamic obligation of Hajj. The problem is that they cannot travel in the company of the Shiite Iranians for fear of disputes that might occur during the journey. In addition, the neighboring Arab governments do not allow them to travel via their airways. Is it permissible for them to send expenditures of the journey to other Muslim brothers of another country to perform Hajj on their behalf? Please clarify this matter as you issue your fatwaa. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: They are obliged to perform Hajj if they are financially and physically capable, even if they must travel in the company of the Shiites. However, they should exercise extreme caution lest they be deceived by the false Shiite doctrines… 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.

When was Hajj prescribed?

Question 1: In which year, following the Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), was Hajj made obligatory? What is the most authentic report in this regard?

Answer: Scholars have differed concerning the year in which Hajj was made obligatory. It was said that it was in the fifth year after Hijrah. Others said that it was in the sixth year after Hijrah. It was also said that it was in the ninth or tenth year after Hijrah… read more here.

Does sewage water become pure after refining and recycling it?

Question 8: What is the ruling on using sewage water to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (ritual bath) after it has been treated?

A: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and companions. To commence: The Council of Senior Scholars has studied this matter before in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and issued a decision regarding it to the following content: The council has read the study that was made on this matter by the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’. The council has also read the letter of his Excellency, the Minister of Agriculture and Water No. 1 / 1299 on 30/05/1398 A. H. After studying and discussing the matter, the following was decreed… read more here.