Did the Holy Prophet (sws) appoint a full time imam to run each mosque during his lifetime? If not, when was the imamat institution introduced? Outside of prayer times, were the mosques used as a civil secretariat or a qadi court to dispense justice?
Do mentally handicapped people need to give zakah?
How can one atone for breaking the fast in Ramadan by masturbating? Should he fast two months in expiation?
I have been told that salah doesn't mean so called "namaz" and namaz is not made obligatory on Muslims. Furthermore, he says that, the takbeer with which we start the prayer saying "Allahu Akbar" is grammatically wrong. The word "Akbar" is not used by Allah for Himself in the Qur'an. In Arabic, word Akbar is used as comparative degree therefore, it cannot be used with Allah. Could you please answer this with Qur'anic proofs?
I wanted to know the concept of Bait in Islam and after the Holy Prophet can Muslims take bait at anyone’s hand.
There is a bit of controversy about dhikr Beads. I use them regularly. Is it bid‘ah (innovation)?
I have two questions to ask.
I was a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force. Pilots are not allowed to fast for safety reasons. At that time I was not very particular about fasting and prayers. I was also under the impression that feeding a person compensates for missed fasts. However, after I stopped flying some 18 years back, I have been keeping all of my obligatory fasts. It is only recently, after listening to Ghamidi Sahib’s programs and those…
What is status of women offering the funeral prayer? Are they allowed to so? If no, why and if yes then can you give examples from the Prophet's life for this? If possible, please also let me know the view of the Hanafite jurists.
Through the recent Book Fair being held in Expo Centre, Karachi, I came to know about you and the books you wrote on Islam. I read two books of yours and found very much correct. I not only appreciate but also admire your works. I have a question which I want to ask from you and I know you will answer it in the light of Quran and the sunnah.
A man wants to perform Hajj. He lives in Germany for the last 20 years. He is now un-employed for the last 13 years. He is healthy and does not look for work. He receives an amount monthly by the state, that also for the last 13 years. The money he receives is by telling the state that he cannot find work or informs the state that he cannot work due to medical reason, but…
I am on a visit to the UK for about five months. Here in the UK the day and night hours these days (July) are such that one offers one's Isha prayers at 11 p.m. and the Fajr prayer timings start at 2:15 a.m.What should one do in such a situation regarding Tahajjud Prayers because you hardly get to bed when Fajr prayer timings start. Secondly, the Ulama here (I am told) have issued a…
Can we remain ritually pure after using the western style commodes? Can we use them and still say our prayers and do ablutions etc? This I ask because in using them our body comes in direct contact with these commodes. My second question is also related one and that is pertaining to use of urinals. They are again very convenient to use and at times at many places like hotels and airports, we often find…
1. Sometimes hairs of a pilgrim fall while he is in the 'ihram'. Does a pilgrim have to offer some compensation for that? It is to be noted that this guidance is required under specific case when hair fall due to a disease. When the pilgrim does 'masah (wiping head in wudu) one or two hair stick in the hand.
I have a very specific question about fasting. I am a travelling salesperson. My daily average mileage is about 150 miles. During Ramadan, I have no problem keeping my fast and doing my normal routine - currently our fasts are about 19 hours, but I am still able to cope. However on a regular basis, I have to travel further and my daily drive can become closer to 300 miles or more, sometimes I am…
I am 24 years old boy who is under-weight for my age. I did my BMI and it showed that I am underweight for my age. The fast here is about 19 hours and when I am fasting I feel lazy all day and not able to do any kind of work. I am just lying down in bed all day and only getting up for the fard prayers. I was just wondering that if…
Is the purpose of Salah fulfilled by our immature style, where in the whole Salah, we are always engrossed by millions of thoughts? Secondly, is there any specific Quranic verses or Ahadiths regarding this issue?
Is it appropriate to ask an imam about his "creed/belief" to determine if one should follow him in congregational prayer?
Could you please advise me on qaḍā prayer? Are we allowed to offer the delayed prayer with any of the five obligatory prayers? Also please explain if we can offer the left over prayers any time or it is necessary to offer a particular prayer only that time in the coming days.
We all have faith in "Shab e Qadar (Night of Power)" which is one of the "odd nights" in the last ten nights of Ramadan. My question is that we in Pakistan and those in Saudi Arabia (or even in some parts of Pakistan) started Ramadan on different days. And our odd nights fall on their even nights. In this situation, what is the explanation for Shab e Qadar to fall on odd nights i.e.…
How can one determine the Qiblah direction while praying in a moving ship?
What is the difference between sunnah, fardh and wajib? And in which case "witr" lie? An early response would be highly appreciated.
I want to know the proper way of offering the salah. There are madhaibs which have their own ways of praying like doing rafa yadain (raising hands to earlobes in different rites of the salah), offering witr etc. There are a lot of different opinions. And there is even contradiction between them. Sir I want to know what is the correct way of prayer, doing rafa yadain or not according to the hadith.
I have a question about the salah. If the Prophet (sws) offered salah in different ways then how can Hanfis, Hanbalis, Shafi‘is and Malikis insist on their set ways? Is not it a bid‘ah?
I understand you say that the salah and other religious practices which form the basic content of religion have been taught by the Prophet (sws) to the entire generation of the Companions and the Conpanions transferred it to next generation (i.e tabioon). Then why there existed differences in the mode of salah among the successors or the succesors to the successors.
Why do we say in salah the following as if the Apostle (pbuh) is alive and present with us?
Is it necessary to tell a person that I am giving you this money as a charity from my sadaqa fund?
I want to learn whether there is any difference between the prayer method for male and female worshipper. I read a book by Mufti Taqi Usmani. He wrote that there is a difference between the procedure prescribed for males and that for the females. If we visit UAE and other Arab countries we sees that both men and women offer the prayer the same way. Please clarify.
I follow the fiqh of Imam Abu Hanifa. He is believed to have opined that if a man vomits his ablution (wudu) will be invalidated. Imam Shafi‘ī is reported to have said that if a man vomits his wudu will not be affected. Can I pray after an imam who follows Shāfi‘ī while he prays after vomiting.
If one gets dehydrated due to fasting and has been advised to drink throughout the day due to his medical condition, what if this person keeps drinking during his Ramadan fast but avoid eating totally during the hours of fast and eats at normal Iftar time?
I have a few questions. My first question relates to the consumption of alcohol. I know it is haram. But living in a western country, where it is part of the social life, one has to mix with the people who drink. I have been avoiding drinking but attended parties and social gatherings where wine is served. Recently I came across a book where it was written that Hadrat Umar (sws) used to punish those…
What is the origin of Dua-e-Qanoot that is normally said in witr prayer in Pakistan?
I have a small religious question for you. Is it obligatory for the husband to take wife to perform hajj or is it mandatory for him to pay for hajj expenditure of wife in the following two situations i.e.
One often comes across people especially in Pakistan and India using the term Makruh while talking about certain foods. We are aware of Halal (i.e. allowed for consumption) and Haram (i.e. forbidden) foods but there seems to be a lot of confusion about Makruh foods. I have been told that such foods are not Haram but fall in the category about which we are doubtful. It is also said that we are recommended to avoid…
I have following questions on Zakah in context of Mr. Ghamidi's view that 10% of salary is deductible.
How can a couple atone for breaking the fast by engaging in sexual intercourse in heat of passion? I was not sure whether an intercourse is allowed during fasting or not. Initially my wife had I had a feeling that it was Ḥalāl. Later on, the following day, my wife and I read that it was Ḥarām and we have to pay Kaffara for the action we had committed. Can we just pay fidyah for…
Usually I attend the Friday Congregation in the mosque in my locality. Last Friday I went to offer Friday Prayer in another mosque in my town. The imām, during the sermon, said that a person who doesn’t attend three consecutive Friday sermons is no longer regarded as Muslim. I am greatly disturbed to hear this. Last year, during a visit to Karachi, I did not go for Friday Prayers for the fear of suicide bombers.…
There is a general tendency nowadays to form groups by some agents for ‘Umrah. The problem with this method of ‘Umrah is that some of the ladies also want to perform ‘Umrah but they do not have a Mahram to accompany them. In the process, what the agents do is to declare some males in the group as Mahram of these ladies so that the official requirement is fulfilled. I wanted to know whether this…
It is said that one should remain fasting after Eid al-Azha congregation and should do iftaar with the meat of the offered animal. Please comment.
Someone has asked me about the opinion of various Imams, particularly Imam Abu Hanifa, regarding the 6 days of fasting during the month of Shawwaal.Obviously, for me it is a tough question as I have no knowledge of Fiqa as such, so I thought may be I should ask you. Also let me know about your opinion on this.
We seek your guidance for the following situation.
This will be my first Ramadan. I am excited but I am also a little confused being a new Muslim. Can you please direct me in what to do and when I am to eat and drink? I know I am to read the Quran during this time also. I have an unusual situation that may affect my fasting. My job entails working outside in extreme weather conditions of heat and high humidity. It will…
A number of Hadiths in Sahih of Bukhari state that the prophet (sws) forbade fasting on Friday if one did not keep fast a day before it or did not intend to fast on the next day I just want to understand why was this rule set?
I am travelling to UK for twenty days. A few early fasts (12 to 14 fasts)of Ramadan will come during my stay there. Within UK I will also be roaming and travelling between cities. I think it will be difficult for me to keep my fast during my stay in UK as I will be in the outdoors most of the time so can I make up for these days after Eid?
I am an overseas Pakistani. In the month of Ramadan particularly in Pakistan and in the Middle Eastern countries it is not allowed to anyone (Muslim or Non-Muslim) to eat or drink anything during fasting time. If policemen found anyone not respecting the fasting time he pushed him behind bars. Why it is like this? Fasting is something between God and His men. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam like Namaz. They are…
If someone does not want to fast in the month of Ramadan (not for health reasons), then can one do that by paying in the form of money or otherwise?
My question is that when I am in prayer various thoughts come to my mind and disturb me. How can I pray with concentration?
Hope you are fine and enjoying the blessings of Allah Almighty. Here I want to ask a question about the atonement (Kaffāra) of Fast. My Question is that can a boy and a girl who are unmarried kiss and lie together during fast? What if they touch private parts? What will be the punishment and atonement (Kaffāra) of such acts?
We have an office where around 1000 people work. We have a system of offering the Zuhr and Asr prayers by laying down prayer mats (saff) in the hall and lobby, these saffs are later folded and normal people traffic goes on in this hall and lobby. We also hold Jumma gongregation on Friday in the same manner. It has been suggested that Jumma prayers cannot be offered unless there is a regular mosque and…
There is a ḥadīth in the Sahih of Bukhari which says that hajj has greater status than jihad. Does this ḥadīth not contradict all other hadiths on jihad? The Prophet (sws) put jihad third in good deeds after the salah (prayer) and serving parents.
What is hajj-e badal. I just read that in USA somebody can perform hajj for somebody else for $1500.00. They quote two hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) narrated by Ibn Abbas. Appearing in Bukhari’s Sahih the ḥadīth is claimed to be a sahih. Is there anything like hajj-e badal or its just an innovation?
I have a question about the five daily prayers. I know the story of the implementation of five daily prayers. Did the pagans pray five times a day to their gods (i.e. statues)? If I am reading the story right it would mean that the five daily prayers were first introduced to the Prophet Muhammad (sws), what about the prophets before him (sws)? Did they have a set number of prayers?
I would like to know the principal of calculating Zakat on salary. I understand Mr Ghamidi is alone in his understanding that 10% of salary is to be given away in Zakah. Am I correct or any any other scholar/s support/s this? If we say that salary only involves services and no capital, but at the same time we have already spent capital to get good education to get the job and to learn the…
In the mosque of the Prophet (sws) in Madina they mark the area for a person who sits in I‘tkaf and forbid the people from crossing that mark. You should not cross that particular area when you sit in I‘tkaf and in that period we cannot take shower also and change our cloths, is that right or not. During the sitting can we change our cloths and take shower to clean ourselves?
What are the authorities on which animal sacrifice on Eid al-Adha based? To me it appears sheer waste of money that could be used on other constructive purposes. Please help me understand on pure moralistic ground.
I cannot pray five times a day. However, I feel pain for orphans, the poor and the needy. I think for their betterment and do what is in my capacity. I think I am doing better than those who pray five times a day but neglect these people. They engage in corruption while they earn etc. Now would you please guide me whether my approach is acceptable?
Does not the verse 9:5 entail that the government cannot introduce and impose any taxes other than the zakah? The verse reads: If they have repented by establishing the Prayer and paying the Zakah leave their way.
Is a dog's saliva najis? If a dog or its saliva touches your clothes, are we allowed to pray in that condition?
Does injection or blood extraction invalidate the fast?
Recently I heard on a Pakistani channel the story of Rabi bin Suleiman who was going for Hajj, while in Kufa seeing the poor economic condition of a syed zadi, he gave all his belonging except what he needed to go back without performing Hajj. He was being told by Muhammad (sws) in his dream that God is pleased with him; an angel will perform Hajj every year for him till the Day of Judgment.…
Please explain the following narrative regarding a woman passing in front of the one who is praying. Does it really nullify one’s prayer if a woman passes before them?
‘Abdullah Ibn Samit reports on the authority of Abu Dharr that the Prophet (sws) said: ‘When any one of you stands for prayer he is covered [from the passers by] if there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle. In…
- Isha And Tahajjud
Is it true that if someone misses ‘ishā' prayer then he/she cannot offer tahajjud prayer the same night?
- Islamic Calendar
Why should we call lunar calendar as Islamic calendar? Is it really Islamic or just lunar?
- Islamic Stance On Child Abuse
what does Islam says about Child Abuse? In culture in sub continent if a child doesn’t offer prayer or do something wrong, he/she is beaten up. To me this practice is wrong. Kindly, elaborate child sex abuse or child abuse in the light of the Qur’an and the authentic hadiths.
- Ka’bah And Islaelite Prophets
If Ibrahim and Ismail (sws) built the Ka'aba as a center of pilgrimage for all mankind, why did the other sons of Ibrahim and their grandsons and other Prophets mentioned in the Bible never made it a point to visit Ka'aba. We don't find any evidence at all in the Bible or the New Testament of anybody going to Mecca for pilgrimage. On the contrary, Jerusalem seems to have been the center for Prophets of…
- Lack Of Punctuality In Praye
I live and work in Canada. It is getting very difficult for me to be punctual in Salat that leaves unrest in my heart all the time. I have heard that in this kind of difficult situation I can perform Zuhr and Asr and Maghrib and Isha Salat at a time. Meaning from the start of Zuhr time to end of Asr time I can perform both the Salats. Same for Maghrib and Isha. Please…
- Language Of Friday Sermon
Has the second portion of Friday Congregation Sermon to be in Arabic or can it be said in English or any other language? I ask this because in Atlanta USA some new Mufti's say your Friday Prayer is not complete if the second portion of the sermon is said in a language other than Arabic.
- Language Of The Friday Sermon
Is it permissible to use local languages on mimbar (pulpit) for the Friday Sermon? If so quote relevant references.
- Limits Of Infaaq
My father wants to donate 1/3 of his total property except home as Infaaq (Spending in the way of the Almighty). The idea in his mind is to support a set up or institute like AL-MAWRAD working for the right understanding of ISLAM. My father's query is 'can he does so?'
- Long Fasting Hours
I want to draw your attention to coming Ramadan. In Canada, Sehr time will be roughly 4.15 AM and Iftaar time will be around 9 pm. That means fasting time will be more than 16 hours a day. Understandably it will hard to work as with such long fasting and low glucose levels, judgment can be impaired and one decision can be made where life of other human being is concerned. I have been asking…
- Loud Recitation In Individual Ṣalāh
If a person is saying his prayer alone can he recite the Qur’anb with a loud voice not so loud to disturb anyone and also with close eyes to seek concentration? I am asking about any of the five prayers.
- Meaning Of The Term Ṣalāh
The Qur’an uses hundred of times the words "Aqīmū al-ṣalāh". Does it mean, only to make a line and perform stand and sit? Please clarify. The Prophet (sws) and the Companions are thought only to have permission for this 'Yoga' or something meaningful later hidden by history.
- Menstrual Cycle
If my wife is in menses at the time of Zauhr and at the time of Asr she is clean, must she pray Zauhr as Qada?
- Miqat For Jeddah
If you are living in Madina and you go to Jeddah at your relatives house from where you decide to perform Umrah. You wear the ihram and then perform your umrah, so is this right.
- Moon Sighting With Scientific Tools
he most important thing about Eid moon. It is a problem here in Inida and Pakistan. Some say that you have to sight it with naked eyes. Some say calculations is right. Some say not. I personally believe in calculations as you know they always are 100% correct which we just witnessed this year. I wanted to ask what does the sahih hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) say. What is the context…
- Mosque And Jāmi’ Mosque
While reading about Mosques, I found two different names for Mosques - Masjid and Jami‘. What is the difference between the names? Is one of these types of Mosque "better" or "more important" than the other type? If so; what makes them more important? Are they representative of different schism in Islam, for instance Sunni and Shia names?
- Music And Worship Rituals
Brother if you could please let me know regarding the use of musical instruments during worship rituals.
- Names Of God And The Prophet (sws)
Could you please share your understanding of the following:-
In salah we recite thanā (a formula said after the first takbīr). What is its source? Is it a part of the Qur'an or a separate wahi (revelation)?
b. What is the source of the names of Almighty Allah and names of Prophet Muhammad (sws)? Is "Ya Jamilo" the name of Allah?
C. What is the source of six "Kalimas" that are taught…
- Night Of Power For Different Regions
How is it possible to celebrate shab-e-qadr in one night throughout the world? Many countries start their fast a day before us. Please clarify.
- Nisab Of Qurbani
Ulama have said that if a woman has a tola of gold along with an amount of money will she be included in the nisab of qurbani? I also want to know what Ghamidi sahib has to say regarding the situation?
- Number Of Compulsory Units (rak’at) In Each Of The Five Daily Prayers
I recently read an article by Dr.Khalid Zaheer. He wrote about the number of compulsory raka’ats in each of the daily Prayer. The article can be reached at: http://www.khalidzaheer.com/qa/198. Now, this was quite different from what I was taught.
1. I would request you kindly to clearly mention how many raka’ats are compulsory in each of the daily Prayers and also the Jumu’ah Prayer.
2.What is Sunnat Muakkadah Prayer? I was taught it is…
- Number Of Sunnat-e-muakkadah
How sunnate- mukaida are to be offered before the fard salah in zuhr, asr, and isha? And, how are we supposed to offer it in the masjid before the fard salah?
- Obligation Of Attending The Friday Congregation
Dear respected sir, I request your opinion on the following as you are a scholar of Islamic teachings. Last Friday I went to offer Friday Prayers in another Mosque in my town. Normally I go to the Mosque in my locality. There the Imam, during the sermon, said that a person who doesn’t attend three consecutive Friday sermons is no longer regarded as Muslim. I am greatly disturbed to hear this. During my visit to…
- Obligation Of Wudu For A Bedridden
I am almost a bedridden patient for last five month, barely able to go to washroom once in a day. During night I have to use bed pan, which sometimes spoil my clothes. I want to offer my prayers but feel that I am not clean enough to offer prayers. Please tell what should I do?
- Obligation To Offer Salah In Congregation:
Why does Mr Ghamidi apply the divine law related to the Messengers to the congregational prayers? He seems to hold that the narratives ascribed to the Prophet (sws) directing the believers to compulsorily attend the prayers in congregation pertains to his time only and it is no more applicable afterwards? I mean what are the various intrinsic evidences within the narratives which point that the law should be applied?
- Obligation To Offer The Prayer In Arabic
In our city a Christian sister converted to Islam. Now salat five times is Fard on her but she cannot read it in Arabic. Even if she try to Pray in Arabic she doesn't understand. Can she read salat in English. If she is allowed then why not I should pray in urdu although I am born Muslim but still I cannot focus on the meanings while reading it in Arabic Language. Please give solid…
- Obligation To Pay The Zakah On The Behalf Of One’s Wife
I was married on 31/12/2001 and I presume a complete calendar year as my zakat year. Before marriage I was not eligible for zakat. I have only gold on which I am paying zakat since last 8 years with a self developed understanding that whatever is with me or with my wife is mine; I am owner and I am supposed to pay zakat from my income. I & my wife have no issues in…
- Obligation To Perform Hajj
Suppose I apply for Hajj and my application is not approved for certain reasons or my name does not come out in the ballot. People tend to say: Allah has not called you yet. What I am asking is that is this true? And if it is then how would you substantiate it through the Quran or Ḥadīth?
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder And Practicing Religion
I am an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) patient. I know that conscience always tells you what is wrong and what is right but for me my conscience always tells me that whatever I do is wrong. This goes deep down in an issue and proves to me that I am wrong or whatever I am doing is a sin and sin of a very bigger nature. I am seeking a psychiatrist but since the disorder is…
- Offering A Defective Animal In Sacrifice
A lot of people sacrifice castrated goats. People from a certain denomination term this sacrifice as unreligious. Please advise if castrated goat is allowed to be used as sacrificial animal?
- Offering Only The Fard Ṣalāh
I have been watching your show in USA. I will appreciate if you can answer my following questions.
1. I work full time. When I come home I am totally exhausted. Is it okay to perform only
Fard ṣalāh (without Sunnat and Witer) and can I do Maghrib and Issha Namaz at the same time.
2. Is it okay to do Namaz with Nail polish on?
3. Can I make up for the missed ṣalāhs?
- Offering Prayer Led By An Imam Who Commits Polytheistic Acts
I would like to know if it is permissible to pray 'Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayer led by a person who goes to graves of righteous people to seek blessing from them and also prostrates on graves? Please note that there is no other option for me. My college is situated in a village and the only option is to pray in that particular mosque. Is it permissible to offer Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayer at my college after…
- Offering The Missed Prayer In Congregation
For some reason I missed my Zuhr prayer. When I got my first opportunity and reached the place reserved for prayers in the office premises, people were offering the ‘Asr prayer in congregation. I offered my Zuhr prayer with the congregation and later offered my ‘Asr prayer separately based on the information that no individual prayer can be offered during congregation and that during the battle of Khandaq when the Prophet (sws) missed prayers, he…
- Offering The Prayers While Wearing Shoes
Is it necessary to take shoes off while offering the funeral Prayer? Can we offer the five daily and other optional Prayers with shoes on?
- Our View On Witr Prayer
I totally disagree with your point of view on witr prayer and I respectfully submit my reservations over it. Indeed it was the first opinion about Witr I ever heard from anybody else. It raises many questions in my mind regarding it and have totally surprised me. I am astonished with your views about the Witr, my queries are as follows:
1. Tahajjud is not a Farz prayer, and there is no compulsion over its offering.…
- Paying Zakah In Advance
Is it possible to give Zakat in advance? For example, if someone's Zakat is Rs. 20,000 for this year, and they need to pay extra (for example, in order to help someone), and next year, just pay the balance, is that permissible? Or is the extra counted as non- Zakat charity and the next year, they have to start afresh.
- Paying Zakāh To A Deserving Brother
Four brothers are living in a rented house along with their parents. Two elder brothers contribute for running the house. One of them pays the rent and other pays for groceries and bills. The rent paying brother has a good job and pays regular rent of a joint house, other expenses of his wife and children and medical care of parents but the other one is not a man of means and always struggles to…
- Paying Zakah To Syeds
I would like to know the status of some beliefs about the Syeds especially in India and Pakistan. It is believed that they belong to the family of the Prophet Muḥammad (sws). Therefore Fire will not be permitted to touch them and they are not allowed to take charity. They normally don’t marry their daughter into a non-Syed family. There are other such concepts which I am not sure of. I fail to understand why…
- Penalty For Leaving Obligatory Prayers
I wanted to know what is the punishment for leaving the obligatory prayer. Also explain how to atone for sinning after repentance.
- Persuading Relations To Offer The Salah
Hope you are doing fine. I am writing to you so that I may get some guidance in helping my colleagues come to salah. Considering the age group of university students, what do you think would be a good strategy to bring this into action?
- Philosophy Of Animal Sacrifice On Eid
What is the philosophy of animal sacrifice? Can we spend in charity instead?
- Place Of Children In Congregational Prayer
What is the Shari’ah guidance regarding children in the mosques during prayers? We have been to Umrah twice in the last 18 months and no one asked our children to move to the back row during prayers in Makkah and Medinah. In Makkah we even were in the very first row or two and no one asked to move them. However back at our local mosque in USA and, in fact, in Karachi as well…
- Prayer During Menstruation
Allah Almighty has commanded us to perform salah in all circumstances. One is obliged to pray even one is on the death bed and even one has najasat on and one cannot find water. What about salah for menstruating women? The only thing Allah Almighty says about menstruation is in 2:222 and there too there is no mention of not praying during the cycle.
- Prayer Timings
The Holy Qur'an mentions that there are only two obligatory prayers. (Surah Bani Isra’il (Q 17) mentions the Morning, dalūk al-shams and the tahajjud prayer. It also explains that tahajjud is a nafl (supererogatory). This means only two prayers are obligatory. Similarly Surah Hūd (Q 11) mentions tarafi al-nahaar and Surah Ṭāhā (Q 20) uses the words ānā'a al-layl.)However, the ahādith tell us that the Holy Prophet (sws) has commanded the believers to pray…
- Prayers Led By An Innovator Imam
Through the recent book fair being held in Expo Centre, Karachi, I came to know about you and the books you wrote on Islam. I read two books of yours and found your findings very much correct and reformative. I not only appreciate but also admire your approach. I have a question which I want to ask from you and I know you will answer it in the light of Quran and the Sunnah.First…
- Praying In A Room With Pictures On Walls
Can I offer salah in a room with pictures or photographs in the room?
- Praying With Hands Reclining On The Sides
I have read the following Hadith and commentary on it on a website:It has been forbidden (by the Prophet) that one prays while reclining his hand on his sides. (Bukhari No: 1162)According to the commentary given, there are two sides of everyone, the left and the right. Since keeping hands on one of them is a sign of arrogance, this is prohibited in Salah. The commentator has also quoted Al-Bayhaqi as reporting that…
- Problem With Prayer Timings
1. I live in Stockholm Sweden and here in summer time i.e. during the months of June to August the day and night timings are very odd. The sun sets at 11pm and then rises again around 2 am. So the time is very short and for the people who work and go on jobs it is very difficult to stay late to pray fajr prayer. So please can you tell us how can we…
- Purification For Prayer
I have got IUD (intra-uterine device) which causes intermittent bleeding for anywhere between 3- 6 months to settle in. As this is not the monthly bleeding, a couple of people said that if you bleed for any other reason, in Islam, it is then considered an illness. You can start to pray and recire Qur'an. Is this view in line with the Qur'an and the Prophetic teachings?
- Queries Regarding Salah
I want to ask you few questions about the Ṣalāh:1. Living in Saudi Arabia, I saw that most of the Saudis do not have wuḍū and just start offering the ṣalāh. A few days ago I noticed that our imām did the same. I feel he was not in the proper state of purification obtained by performing wuḍū. I, however, offered the ṣalāh. Please tell me if I did right or wrong?2.…
- Questions About Witr
I would like to ask you some questions that have been in my mind for a while and I am very confused about them. Regarding Isha Prayer, I have heard that there are 4 Sunnah, 4 Fard, 2 Sunnah, 2 Nafl, 3 Witr and 2 Nafl. In other daily Prayers offering the fard is enough. However, in Isha Prayer offering just fard is not enough. For it is obligatory to offer 3 Witr. Without offering…
- Questions About Zakah
I have some questions regarding payment of Zakah. Please clarify them for me.
1. Last year I saved $ 40,000 and paid my Zakah according to the law of the land. I have not used this amount still and have saved another $10,000. Do I need to pay Zakah on the accumulated amount (i.e. $50,000) or only on the new saving (i.e. $10,000)?
2. I have a provident fund scheme in which my employer…
- Quranic Ruling Regarding Inebriation
According to a verse in the Quran you should not come closer to the prayers in an intoxicant state. This implies that at the rest of the moments you can stay in such state. While as per other verse intoxicant is haram at all moments. Is this a contradiction?
- Qurbani In The Name Of The Prophet
I have a small query regarding qurbani. Can we offer qurbani in the name of our Prophet (sws)?
- Qurbani On Behalf Of Family Members
Can members of a happy household buy the sacrificial animal together even if any one of them is not financially capable?
- Raf’ Al-Yadain
How do we know that the majority of the Companions of the Prophet (sws) and their Successors (tabi’oon) did or did not perform rafa’ al yadain? Can you cite proper references?
- Raf’ Yadayn In The Prayer
What is the difference between the viewpoints of Deobandis and Ahl-hadith on the question of raf'-yadayn?
- Raising Hands During The Prayer
According to many reliable reports appearing in the most reliable works of Hadith like Sahih of Bukhari and Sahih of Muslim the Holy Prophet (sws) used to do Raf‘u’l-yadayn (raising hands up to one’s shoulders) when starting the prayer, going to Ruku‘, standing from it, and standing after saying Tashahhud. So I am confused as to why we are not supposed to do Raf‘u’l-yadayn on other occasion besides starting the prayer when the Holy Prophet…
- Recitation In The Optional Prayer
Why do we recite surahs in only the first two rakats while offering the farz prayer but in all four while offering the sunnah prayer?
- Reciting Basmalah In The Prayer
I have two questions. 1 - I asked you earlier about Bismillah in the beginning of Surah Fatiha. You gave a good answer but you didn't clear my doubt about whether it is necessary to recite it in the beginning of a prayer! And whether the prayer is acceptable if Bismillah is not recited ... since it is the part of Surah Fatiha.2 - Suppose I went for the Isha'a Prayer and I missed…
- Reciting Surah Al-Fateha In The Congregational Salah
Do we have to recite surah fatiha in the silent (sirri) and in the loud (jahri salah) behind the imam? If yes, then how in the loud (jahri salah) when the imam is concluding the prayer?
- Reciting Surah Fatihah While Praying In Congregation
1. When praying behind the Imām, especially during Fajr, Magharib and Isha do we have to recite Surah al-Fatiha in the first two rakahs? If yes, then do we have to recite quietly along with the Imam or we wait for the Imam to finish reciting Surah al-Fatihah and then recite the surah when he is reciting another surah?2. When we wake up late for the Fajr prayer, we have to wait for the…
- Regarding ‘Hajr-e-Aswad’ & ‘Riyadh Al-Jannah’
I need your opinion on two aspects of some of the general muslim beliefs:1. It is a widely held Muslim belief that Hajr-e-Aswad (the black stone) is a stone from paradise and bears some white marks at its face. It is further believed that these white marks or spots will turn black as the judgment draws near.2. I had the opportunity of visiting Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madinah. I found out that adjacent to…
- Regarding Five Daily Prayers
When were five daily prayers enjoined upon the believers?
- Regarding Shab-e Bara’at
What is real condition of parrying on the fifteenth night of Sha’ban commonly known as shab-e bara’at? Are their authentic ahadith which establish the practice?
- Relaxation In Fasting And The Status Of Halalah
I am diabetic about 60 years of age. I cannot practice fasting. Is it possible that somebody else may fast for me?
In one of addresses by Mr. ghamidi he mentioned that there is no need for Halala in case a person wants to marry a person already divorced, i.e. ex wife. Is it true? In this case what is the significance of Halala? Kindly elaborate
- Sacrifice Of The Animals
A Hindu friend has asked me why we offer animals which is a cruel thing that too in the name of God. I could not explain the issue to him. I told him that it is a sunnah of the Prophet Abraham (sws) but he said we could instead give away sweets etc and remember him.
- Salah And Eid Milad Al-Nabi
I have two questions to ask.
1. What is exactly meant by the Arabic word "salah" which we normally translate in Urdu as namaz?
2. What is the view of Mr Javed Ahmad Ghamidi about Eid Milad-un-Nabi?
- Second Congregation In Mosques
I have seen in many mosques that people come late for prayer and having missed the congregation they hold another. Is this practice endorsed by the basic religious sources?
- Shortening The Prayer
I want to know in what conditions are we allowed to shorten the Prayer? For how long are we to offer qasar prayer while on journey? In fact presently we live in a hostel. I am not sure when we should consider stationed ourselves, while at home or in the hostel? Where should we offer the prayer in short form? Usually we go home after a couple of weeks. Please explain.
- Shortening The Prayer While Travelling
I want to clarify my doubts about the qasar Prayer during travel. My questions in this regard follow:1) If a person travels from Lahore to Gujranwala (Around 63 k.m), will he start to pray qasr Prayer as soon as he embarks on the journey?2) When a person travels from Bahrain to US, he gains nearly one day due to the time zone difference. In this case should he pray for the day…
- Some Questions About Zakah
1. My wife owns 8 tola gold. Out of these 8 tolas, she uses 2-3 tolas as jewellery on a daily basis. She has saved the remaining 5-6 tolas in her cupboard and hardly ever uses them. But this whole 8 tola gold is in our possession. This amount of gold has been with us for the last one year and a few months. I just wanted to ask you that should we pay zakat…
- Spending Zakah On Relatives
My brother expired a few years back. He was a bank officer. He divorced his wife before he died. He left behind a son and two daughters. They do not get any support from the government in the form of pension etc. They do not have any other source of income. I am a salaried person. And his children live with me. My family and I are trying our best to accommodate them as we…
- Stammering In The Prayer
I am a 19 year old Muslim girl. I was not born as a stammerer but when I was 18 all of a sudden I began to find my self stammer only when I perform salah. Even now that am 19 and will be turning 20 soon I still stammer only when I pray. It is so sad and tiring because I take time to perform my prayers instead of spending like 8 minutes to…
- Status Of Ritual Sacrifice (qurban)
I have a question regarding Qurbani. Is Qurbaani waajib or Sunnah? Is it compulsory to offer an animal for sacrifice or we can instead give away the money to a needy person.
- Status Of The Tarawih Prayer
I have some questions regarding the Tarawih prayer that is offered during Ramadan. Did the Prophet Muhammad (sws) offer Tarawih prayer throughout Ramadan? Did he mention any specific reward for it? I read somewhere that the Holy Prophet (sws) did not offer the Tarawih prayer every day because he did not want people to think that it was an obligatory act. If this is true, what was the maximum number of days Muhammad (sws) prayed…
- Stoning (ramy) Before Midday
My question is about stoning and pelting the jamarāt during hajj, on the 11th and 12th of the lunar calendar. Can ramy be conducted before 1200 on these days? Why do the scholars say that the time for ramy for these days starts after midday?
- Sunnah Ghayr Mu’akkadah
What are the necessary recitations in the sitting posture (qa’da) of the second raka’ah in a four unit ghayr mu`akadah (unstressed) sunnah? Where do we finish off? Do we say the durood? Are the sunnahs before jum’ah mu’akkadah or ghayr mu’akkadah (stressed on unstressed)?
- Sunnah: Some Clarifications
On several articles on your website you talk about tawatur with reference to sunnah. You say that collection of hadith is not sunnah. Is not hadith a source of sunnah? How else would we know how much to pay in zakat, how to do salat or do sawm? If you claim that sunnah is passed on generation to generation and preserved, then how come the shias offer salat differently from sunis, how come their fast…
- Supplication Of Visiting A Graveyard
What supplication did the Holy Prophet (sws) use to recite while visiting a graveyard?
- Supplications Adding Adversities
I have noticed that whenever I start reciting the Qur’an for nonstop hours or engage in optional prayers or invoke Allah’s names for the achievement of my supplications Allah tests me more and more and does not answer my prayer urgently. Moreover I face a lot of problems, obstacles or pains in my day to day life. I guess when I try to be near to Him my grades starts getting higher and that is…
- Supplications After The Salah
The imam who leads the prayer, supplicates after the salah is completed. I personally prefer to recite supplications ascribed to the Prophet (sws) through reliable narrators. Some prayers have wahid mutakallim tense whereas Imam has to say dua for all namazeez using (plural) tense. Since for me it is difficult to change from singular to plural like Qalbi to Qulobuna and so on. So is it ok for imam to recite dua in wahid mutakallim…
- Taxes And Zakah
There are lots of people who do not want to pay full tax on their salary. They show their official salary so low that they have to pay minimum taxes Alhamdulillah many in Pakistan and almost everyone in my small company is paying zakat. What I wanted to ask whether paying taxes is as important as paying zakat. Is it one and the same thing? I mean if by zakat formula our zakat payable is…
- The Friday Prayer
What is the nature of the sermon delivered in the Friday Prayer? Who is authorized to deliver it? What should the speaker say in the sermon? Is it obligatory to say it in Arabic?
- The Narrowly Missed Prayer In Menses
If my wife is in menses at the time of Zuhr and at the time of Asr she is clean, must she pray Zuhr as Qadah?
- The Obligation To Perform Hajj
I apply for hajj and my application is not approved for certain reasons. My name does not come out in the ballot. People tend to say that “you have not got a call from God.” My question is this: Is this true? If it is then how would you substantiate it through the Quran and Hadith?
- The Poor And The Duty To Offer Hajj?
Hajj has been prescribed for every Muslim who is financially well-off and physically fit to undertake the journey, meet the financial costs and be able to perform the rituals. It is a common observation that majority of the people going for Hajj come from the lower income groups and they bear lot many hardships in raising money for the Hajj. But out of sheer reverence they sacrifice their primal needs at the altar of religious…
- The Status Of Salāt Al-Tasbīh
I wanted to know the origin and significance of the prayer called Salāt al-Tasbīh.
- The Status Of Salat Al-Tasbih
I wanted to know the origin and significance of the prayer called Salat al-Tasbih.
- Three Prayers
I have some questions for your kind consideration. 1-Quran describes three times of prayer and the sunnah five times. Please put light in the light of shia argument by Holy Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 78). 2-If bidah in every religious practice is not in a way as sanctioned by Prophet (sws) so how would you justify the religious practices sanctioned by Hazrat Umar? Like addition in azan-e-fajar, praising the Congregational Prayer of tarawi and second…
- Timings Of Isha Prayer
What is the proper time for Isha Prayer according to the Hanafites? Can it be offered during late night?
- Tooth-brushing During Fast
Does tooth-brushing with tooth-paste invalidates the fast?
- Totally Abandoning Obligatory Salah
Is it true that any believer who does not pray is not a true Muslim? I have read on a few websites that this is true can you clear up this confusion I have.
- Trimming Hair During The Month Of Hajj
There is a Hadith in the Sahih of Muslim which says that Muhammad (sws) said that if somebody intends to offer an animal on Eid al-Azha he should not cut his nails and should not trim/cut his hair (head, underarms and private parts) from 1st to the 10th of Zilhijjah i.e. till Qurbani. Kindly guide
- Umrah By A Nursing Mother
Two years ago I intended to go for umrah. Now I am married and a mother of one-year old baby by the grace of ALLAH and can afford easily all expenditures of umrah. The problem however is that my baby is just one-year old and is on my breast feed. It would be difficult for me to leave her behind for 15 days. It would also not so easy for me to take her with…
- Umrah Vs Charity
If faced with a decision to perform Umrah or provide financial help to the poor and destitute (there are many in Pakistan) what is the right thing to do? Go for Umrah and make the hotel owners and airlines rich or help the poor?
- Unjust Zakah Rates
I fail to understand why the Zakat ratio is 5% for them who invest and include services while Zakat for those who invest or give services is 10%. I understand the professionals who are salaried persons earn much lesser than the businessmen. According to this theory Zakat obligation on businessmen is half of that for professionals who are earning much lesser than the businessmen.
- Ushur On Land Resources
In Islam we have Ushur for produce from agriculture and also we have a concept of zakat on wealth. My question is about the status of land in zakat. What is the Islamic viewpoint on zakat on land. My question is about two kinds of land
(1) Land which is being used for agriculture
(2) Land which is not being used for anything but owned by someone.
If there is zakat on land property then…
- Using Inhalers While Fasting
I am a doctor and my patients often ask me the following three questions:1. Is tobacco in general, and smoking in particular, haram, Makrooh or permissible?2. Can a patient use inhaler while fasting? Inhaler delivers the medicines to lungs in the form of very tiny particles. These pass through the throat into the lungs. So can it be used or not?
3. Nebulizers convert liquid medicines into mist which is delivered to lungs…
- Using The Place Of Prayer For Mundane Activities
We have converted a house into a place to pray. There are no other rooms. I want to know if it is forbidden to use this room for teaching martial arts (self-defense) to children or adults. If you believe that it can be then please support your answer with proper references from the basic sources of religious knowledge in Islam, the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
- Vomiting During Fast
Does vomiting invalidate the fast?
- What Does Salah Mean?
We find that during certain prayers we remain silent even though the Qur'an directs us to utter our prayers in a moderate volume (neither too loud nor too soft). Some would argue that verse of the Qur'an is referring to Salaat the system of following Allah's commands closely. And it means call people to Allah's way in a moderate manner (not too aggressively neither too meekly).
- What Is Hajj Al-badal?
1. What is hajj al-badal? I just read in USA that for $1500.00 somebody can perform hajj for somebody else. They quote two Ahadiths of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which are claimed to be sound. Is there anything like hajj-e-badal or there is nothing like that?2. I also have another question relating to sighting the moon. It’s a problem in Indian and Pakistani community. Some say that you have to see it…
- Why Is The Qur’an Whispered In Two Of The Congregational Prayers?
Why are daytime prayers offered silently and the night time prayers offered audibly?
- Why Is The Witr Prayer Included In Isha?
If the witr is tahujjud prayer, as you hold, then why do we offer it with isha and can you please tell me the method of offering it? Is it three raka’at with dua-i qunoot in the third raka’ah? If one misses isha prayer for some reason then does he have to make qaza (delayer performance) of witr like we do for obligatory prayer?
- Witr And Sunnah Prayer
What is witr and what is the correct manner to perform it? Is it wajib or not? How is it performed? I also want to share that if tell people that sunnah is nafl they will stop performing the sunnah salat. I know somebody who after reading all the explanation from your website stopped offering the sunnah and the witr.
- Women Imams
Are women allowed to lead men in prayers? Are these historical examples true? A woman led the funeral prayers for Imam Shafi'i (a respected Muslim scholar). In another stance the Holy Prophet (sws) would visit an elderly woman. The male servant of that woman would use to call the adhaan (call for prayer) while the woman herself would lead the prayer (http://shams.za.org/womenclaim.htm )Also should women be allowed to pray alongside men in the mosques…
- Women Leading Men In Prayer
My question is about a woman being Imam in congregational Salah. I watched a video of Mr. Ghamidi recently and he mentioned that there was no Quranic verse or Hadeeth which specifically makes this an issue and declares its prohibition. With regards to that video, I would like your detailed response on the following issues:1. Mr. Ghamidi, in that video, gave example of Umm-e-Waraqah who had been made the "Imam of Masjid of Daar"…
- Worship On Shab-e Mihraaj And Shab-e Baaraat
Should one pray specifically on shab-e-mairaaj (night of accession) and shab-e-baarat or does that fall under "bid’ah" (innovations in religion) as I could not find any Ahadith regarding praying specifically on these nights. And as far as it comes on praying on shab-e-qadr is concerned I'm aware that it is a very blessed night as mentioned in the Holy Quran itself and also Ahadiths. Could you please clarify the matter now and let me know…
- Zakah Al-Fitr
I wanted to know whether paying 'fitrana' (zakah al-fitr) compulsory?
- Zakah And Debt
Do I have to pay zakah if I am in a lot of debt? If yes, what will be the percentage, keeping in mind 20% that I already pay to the government.
- Zakah On Agricultural Land
We have some agricultural land leased out to someone for cultivation, and every year they pay us a fixed amount for it. In this case, how will the 10% zakah on the production from this land get calculated and who will be responsible for it? Will the 10% zakah be paid on this twice (once on the produce, and then on the money we get)?
- Zakah On Lent Amount
Does a believer have to pay Zakah on lent money? If I have given somebody a loan to repay me after three years, does that money have to be accounted for Zakah after an yea? What amount is zakahable (nisaab) in USD?
- Zakah On Property
I want to know if zakah is applicable on real estate i.e. open plots given the current scenario most of the properties are unsalable. One option is to pay zakah at the time a property is sold.
- Zakah On Rent And Salary
I have purchased a piece of land through "Qarz-e-Hasna". That piece of land is rented out for commercial use. I am getting yearly rent of that land and am yet paying back "Qarz-e-Hasna". Shall I be liable to pay the Zakat on the yearly rent that I receive?Secondly, as a salary person, though I get a handsome salary, but at the end of each month it is consumed and untimately at the end of…
- Zakah on Stocks
Please elaborate whether stock are zakatable? If yes, please tell the percentage to be applied if they are kept for capital appreciation? What would be the share value to be used for calculation i.e. cost or market value?
I have had shares for five years and never paid zakat on them, should I go back in time to calculate the cumulative amount to be paid on the same principle advised in responses to the…
- Zakah To Relatives
I have learnt your stance as regards disbursement of due Zakah. One thing I would like to clarify that in case a married person is living independently with his/ her family ( spouse & children), then is it justified to disburse the due zakah to needy near relatives even to the extent of real brothers etc?
- Zakat And The Retired Elderly
My question is about eligibility of Zakat at old age when there is no source of income for retired person. For example my uncle has given Zakat his whole life regularly and completely. Now he is 75. He sold his spare home and then submitted the money in Islamic bank finance scheme fixed deposit account, from where he gets monthly interest. This helps him to run his daily expenses. He does not have any…
- Zakat On Salary And Professional Income
This is to seek clarification on opinion of respected Mr. Javed Ahmad Gamidi on zakat on salary and professional income, which he derived mainly through an analogy with zakat on agricultural production.
I requesta response on below three concerns, which seemingly prohibits the creation of analogy between agriculture production and income from professional services/salary and thus levy of zakat on such services:
1. Dissimilar Nature of Agriculture Production and Professional Services Study on…
- احرام باندھنے کے معنی
- اذان و اقامت سے پہلے درود اور نماز کے بعد ذکر
- اذان يا جماعت سے پہلے نماز پڑ ھنا
- اذان کے بعد كي دعا کے درست الفاظ
- اذان کے بعد کی دعا پڑھنے کے لیے ہاتھ اٹھانا
- ازار کا ٹخنوں سے اونچا ہونا
- اسلام سے پہلے نماز
- اسلام کی اشاعت یا عمومی تعلیم و تربیت کے ادارے کو زکوٰۃ دینا
- اصل نصاب سونا يا چاندي
- اقامتِ صلوٰۃ کا مفہوم
- امیر اور غریب کے لیے یکساں شرح زکوٰۃ
- اپنی زبان میں نماز پڑھنا
- اپنی زبان میں نماز پڑھنا
- ایامِ حیض میں نماز كي ممانعت
- ایک سے زائد پلاٹ پر زکوۃ
- ایک وتر کا جواز
- با جماعت نماز میں غفلت
- با وضو شخص کا دوبارہ وضو کرنا اور اس کی دینی حیثیت
- باجماعت نماز میں شامل ہونا
- بارانی اور نہری زمین کی شرح زکوٰۃ میں فرق کی وجہ
- بوجہ عذر روزہ توڑنے کا کفارہ