Talking to the dead

Question: I read in some of the books written by Shaykh Al-Islaam about talking to the dead. He said that it is Satan who comes out of the grave and talks to those who have come to him, and some other related things. Does the story of Mutarrif, which was mentioned by Ibn Al-Qayyim, belong to this category? Is there a limit for talking to the dead, if in fact it is Shaytaan who responds?

Answer: The souls of the dead approaching their graves on Thursday night or Friday morning, recognizing those who visit or pass them and greet them more clearly than other times, and meeting of the living with the dead on this day are all matters that belong to the Ghayb (Unseen), which is known exclusively by Allaah and therefore can only be known about through a revelation from Him to one of his prophets… read more here.

Using jinn and conjuring them by means of supplications and charms

Question: What is the phenomenon of conjuration, which is belief in the possibility of conjuring the spirit of a dead person through a medium? What is the attitude of Islaam toward this phenomenon? Is it a true phenomenon? Please support your answer with Aayaat, Hadeeths or authentic narrations.

Answer: This phenomenon is the known practice of using a Jinnee (creature created from fire) and conjuring it by means of invocations and charms practiced by a conjurer… read more here.

Going to charlatans for treatment

Question: My father is suffering from a chronic disease, we tried very hard to treat him but it was in vain. When doctors failed to treat him, the family resorted to some charlatans seeking a treatment. I refused and did not let them continue on this track, for I am sure that it is forbidden. I warned them that this is Haraam (prohibited), but they did not consider my warnings. They argued that I know nothing about the matter and that those charlatans are righteous people. They believe that this is religiously lawful. In fact, it was only when I was informed of the way they treat the patient that I became really against their acts. I know that their acts are baseless. Some of their ways are as follows:One of them asked my family to bring my father’s headdress. Thereupon, he described the disease of my father without examining him.

Another charlatan also says on seeing the patient: “O So and So! You have a good horoscope” exactly in this manner. A third one orders the family of the patient to slaughter a black sheep, collect some of its hooves or horns then put them inside the slain sheep and place it in an isolated area where no one can see or reach it. The charlatan also stipulates that the slaughtered animal should be kept out of sight, claiming that the influence of the treatment will be ineffective if anyone sees the slaughtered animal specified for treatment.

There are many other acts that some people believe. Therefore, I am sending my question hoping that you will clarify the ruling on this matter. I hope that Allaah, the Most High, the All-Powerful renders us from those who hear the word (Good advice) and follow the best thereof. And Allaah is the grantor of success.

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to go to charlatans for treatment. The ways of treatment you mentioned are charlatanic and superstitious. Their only aim is to unjustly seize people’s money… read more here.

Congratulations on the coming of Ramadaan

Question: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ has examined the Fatwa request submitted to His Eminence, the Grand Muftee, by Al-Ahsa’ General Court judge Muhammad ibn Sulaymaan Al-Sa`eed, which was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 5845, dated 24/9/1419 A.H. Following is a statement of the question:

Exchanging congratulations at the start of the blessed month of Ramadaan whether by shaking hands, embracing one another, and exchanging family visits, as commonly practiced by the people of Al-Ahsaa’: to which category does doing so belong: customarily practices or `Ibadaahs (acts of worship)? If it is better not to do so, what should the congratulated person do? Should they show disapproval of those who congratulate them? Please, bear in mind that such people do so in good faith.

I ask Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to prolong our lives to witness Ramadaan many years and enjoy its blessings for long. I also ask Him to make us all and our parents among those who will be manumitted from Hellfire during this month. Indeed, He (Glorified be He) is the Most Generous, Ever-Bountiful. May Allaah safeguard and protect you.

Answer: After examining the Fatwaa’ request, the Committee gives the answer that there is nothing wrong with exchanging congratulations on the coming of Ramadaan. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to announce to his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) the coming of Ramadaan by saying: There has come to you a great and blessed month. He (peace be upon him) also used to educate them about the merits of Ramadaan and urge them to make the best use of it… read more here.

Using headless female mannequins to display sexy clothes

Question 376: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Prophet after whom there will be no other.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ reviewed the letter submitted to His Eminence the Muftee by the head of the Cooperative Office for Da‘wah and Guidance in Mudhannab, which was referred to the committee by the Secretariat-General of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 675, dated 10/2/1416 A.H., in which the questioner sent the following question:

There is a frequently asked question now, especially by people in business, about the headless female mannequins that are used by store owners to display women’s clothing. It has been observed that this may arouse Fitnah (temptation) among young men, due to exposure to the female form, such as the breasts and waist. What is your opinion on this? Does the committee have the right to forbid these things? Please advise me and may Allaah reward you!


Answer: After studying the request for a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar), the committee answered that if the situation is as mentioned, then making these female mannequins and using them are Haraam (prohibited), as they are a cause of Fitnah due to being models of the female body and showing its attractions. It is also a means that may lead to using full images. It is, therefore, obligatory to forbid the use of these models in stores... read more here.