Reciting the Soorahs order in backwards, from al-Naas onwards

Question 113: I am a teacher of Qur’aan in a circle for memorizing the Qur’aan in a Masjid (mosque) in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. I have a question whose answer I would like your Eminence to send to the Islaamic Propagation Office in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. The question is: I teach children the short Soorahs (Qur’aanic Chapter). They recite to me what they have memorized in the following order: Soorah Al-Naas then Soorah Al-Falaq then Soorah Al-Ikhlaas and so on until Soorah Al-Duhaa, for example. Is there anything wrong with reciting the Qur’aan according to this order?

Answer: There is nothing wrong with doing so... read more here.

I was advised not to memorize the Qur’aan without the assistance of a shaykh

Question 112: One of my teachers advised me not to go far in memorizing the Qur’aan without having a shaykh in order to avoid making mistakes. Is this true?

Answer: It is better to learn and memorize the Qur’aan at the hand of a good reciter who can recite well, if this is possible. If it is not, you should try to recite the Qur’aan according to you ability, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: The person who recites the Qur’aan with difficulty and falters in it shall have a double reward.... read more here.

Giving a part of Ud-hiyah to non-Muslim neighbors

Question 14: If a neighbor is a Kaafir (non-Muslim), but he never disturbs me with regard to ‘Ibaadah (worship); is it permissible to give him from the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) and from the ‘Aqeeqah (sacrifice for a newborn)? Respected Shaykh, we hope you will clarify this issue for us.

Answer: It is permissible to give a Kaafir from the meat of an Ud-hiyah or ‘Aqeeqah, as a way of showing kindness to the neighbor and fulfilling our Islaamic duty as neighbors… read more here.

Swearing by a shrine or a shaykh

Question 51: Many people here in Sudan swear by shaykhs and shrines. This may also happen inside the Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) courts, because when the judge asks the defendant to swear on the Qur’aan, they, without hesitation, make a false oath. However, if the judge asks them to swear by a shrine, they abstain from swearing and confess their guilt, believing that swearing by the shrine can cause harm, because in their view shrines can cause harm or benefit. What is the ruling on this act and is it permissible for a judge to ask someone to swear by a shaykh or a shrine?

One of the scholars even gave us a Fatwaa that it is permissible to swear by a shrine instead of the Qur’aan. He argued that it is permissible to do so to restore the right of a wronged person if necessity called for it. To what degree is this Fatwaa correct?

We hope that you will explain this with evidence, and may Allaah reward you for your efforts in helping Muslims!

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to swear by a shrine or a shaykh. It is also unlawful for a judge to ask someone to swear by them, based on what is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said… read more here.

Who are the two Shaykhs?

Question 5: After citing some Hadeeth, the phrase “Rawaahu Al-Shaykhaan (Related by the two Shaykhs)” comes at the end; who are the two Shaykhs?

Answer: The phrase “Rawaahu Al-Shaykhaan” refers to Muhammad ibn Ismaa‘eel Al-Bukhaaree, who compiled the most authentic collection of Hadeeth entitled [Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree]and Muslim ibn Al-Hajjaaj Al-Naysabooryee, who compiled… read more here.