Please clarify the use of our left hand while we eat or drink? Can we, while drinking water in a glass, use our left hand?
While explaining the sunnah of eating and drinking with the right hand Mr Ghamidi
Declaring Allah’s name before eating and drinking and using the right hand for the purpose: The first of these is to express gratitude to Allah for His bounties and to invoke His blessings and the second is to constantly remind us that those who are bestowed with the favours of Paradise will receive their account in their right hand on…
Is removing pubic hair necessary in Islam?
Thank you for writing to us. Like every religion Islam has a set of beliefs and a set of religious practices. In Islam these practices are called sunan (singular sunnah). These are signs and symbols of our belief and a token of our practical adherence to the religion of Islam. Removing pubic hair is one such practice which is followed by the believers as taught by the Prophet [pbuh] under the direct guidance of the…
Why do we have to clean hair from under the arms and the pubic area?
Removing hair from under the armpits and the pubic area is a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sws). The wisdom behind the custom is to attain physical purification. Humans, by their nature, want to be purified physically. That is why the Holy Prophet (sws) called the act to be an observance of human nature and instituted these acts as the Sunnah. He is reported to have said:
Five things are from among [the norms of]…
I want to know whether any of the precious stones have any spiritual significance or healing/remedial effects. Is it true that our Holy Prophet [pbuh] used to wear a ring with some stone, or he advised Hazrat Ali [rta], or any of his companions, to use one or another stone for auspicious effects?
There are no authentic and reliable reports about the benefits (spiritual or otherwise) of wearing gemstones. There are many fabricated ahadith in circulation. None of them is slightly reliable. The scholars have explained that fully. The majority, however, holds that except for gold all other things can be used as well. Some dislike it as it involves spendthriftiness and can make people show off, which is an obvious sin. We believe this view is strong.
I was wondering if there is any clear prohibition/direction in Islam regarding giving your children names of angels like Jibrael, Mikael etc. Also, what is Islam's position on angel's gender and if by calling male child Jibrael actually violates the principles of Islam.
The Islamic Shari`ah has not forbidden naming our children after the names of angels. Most famous names of the angels like Jibrael, Mikael are given by the Almighty himself. We know that Christians name their children after angels for example 'Michael' is the Anglicized form of Mikael.
Though the Holy Qur'an may have used masculine gender for angels, yet it does not necessitate that angels have a masculine gender. The available data in the basic religious…
What is the etiquette when someone passes away in your family? Can you cry? I ask this because some Ahle Hadees people say that you have to show patience. No crying. They also mention that when someone dies Allah sends angels to check what are the family members doing. If they are crying and mourning then Allah asks the angels to whip the person who has passed away. I find it strange. Is there something like this?
It would be extremely strange rather unjust to think that God would deal the deceased unjustly and make the angels beat him for the actions committed by the people he left behind. The Qur'an explains in so many words that no person shall be held accountable for the actions of others.
As for the proper behaviour on death in family the Shari'ah teaches us not to wail loudly and beat one's head and face. The…
I live in UK and I have heard that when a new child is born we do aqiqah. My question is that, I know Aqiqah is not obligatory but why do we sacrifice two goats for boy and one goat for girl (I think according to Hadith). If Aqiqah is a way of gratitude then why there is discrimination between boy and girl? For parents both are equal.
We believe that aqiqah is not a practice that forms part of the religious practices (sunan) instituted as part of the religion by the Prophet (pbuh). For detail: Please refer to: Aqiqah
As for your question about the number of the animals to be slaughtered for a boy I believe that is upon the believer to decide. There has been a difference of opinion on the issue from the earliest times. I believe that…
What is the status of the ‘Aqiqah. Actually, my sister-in-law has been blessed with a baby girl. Now she is staying at her mother’s place for the time being. So who will perform this ‘Aqiqah. Her mother wants to do this here on the 7th day. Kindly clarify how we should go about it as per the directives of Islam.
‘Aqiqah in its origin is a name for custom among the Arabs in the time of the Prophet (sws). In this custom, an animal was sacrificed and its blood poured upon the child’s head, after which, the child’s head was shaved. It was believed that till such an act was performed upon the child, the child remained prone to calamities and sufferings.
Can we name a Muslim child by name with Islamic spirit but in French language form e.g elsa meaning blessed by Allah?
Naming children is not the subject of the religion. It is the common practice of Muslims only to give their children names which are common in the Muslim society. Sometimes people even prefer their local culture in this regard and their practice has never been disapproved. Therefore there is nothing wrong with naming children in the proposed way. Only thing that is important is that one should not give his offspring such names as to…
Also, living abroad, is it preferable for Muslim to be buried in only a Muslim graveyard or does it not matter that non-Muslims are also buried there?
Muslims practice of burying the dead involves keeping the direction to the Ka’bah. It is also natural for the believers to like to be buried among co-religionists. Other Muslims visit the graveyard and pray for their fellow believers. These things make it desirable that the believers are buried in separate graveyard. However, this is not obligatory and the Sharia’h has not prohibited burying the dead believers in a non-Muslim graveyard. Therefore, a family living among…
In Islam people are named in their father’s name. I have observed that here in Pakistan when a girl is married her name ends with her husband's name, not with her father's name. Take for example a girl named Ayesha Ali as her father’s name is Ali. When the same girl is married to a man named Hussain she will be either called Ayesha Hussain or Mrs. Hussain. Kindly advise the right way of naming a girl after marriage. Also advise that is this right to call a lady like "Mrs. Hussain"?
Thank you for writing to us. We believe that naming is a cultural practice and it has nothing to do with the religion and the Shari’ah. Believers however make sure that their children are not given a polytheistic name. All other variations and customs in different cultures are acceptable and normal. Therefore, the prevalent custom of changing the name of the girl after marriage to match the name of her husband cannot be validly challenged.…
I am a student at a famous university in Lahore. In my university the element of atheism and nonconformist is getting stronger each day.
Today one of them argued on the way Muslims bury their relatives, he said that in his point of view when a loved one dies, the place of his body should be preserved and should not be left the way it is ordered in Islam, i.e. it should not remain as wet mud, rather it should be in form of marble or something else.
My argument was entirely social in that I argued that even if he was not Muslim follower, it was easy to see that if a person dies and the place is reserved forever, there will come a time when we will run out of places to live. He demanded that I show to him any authentic proof of Islamic way of burial and also give more logic if possible.
I would be grateful to you if you could help me out and help me bring this person to the right path.
I do not think that Islam has anything to do with the formation of the graves and their preservation in general. In ordinary circumstances the basic requirement is that a Muslim is buried properly. This we understand is because Muslims want to avoid any disrespect to the body and its decay in open.
Now one can argue that the graves should be preserved forever or otherwise but that is never a matter of religious significance. You…
I need to know the method of bathing after having sex, including the dua's to be recited
The shari' ah requires a Muslim to take bath after sexual intercourse but it has not prescribed a set procedure. The related Qur'anic directive states that the husband and wife should wash their bodies thoroughly. Now every one would act upon this directive according to the application they deem appropriate and so did the Prophet (sws) whose example is the only example that should be followed in religious matters. Therefore, Muslims try to follow his…
I have a question regarding purifying things, making them 'paak (ritually purified)'. I have shifted to a flat in UK. I have got few things left by the previous occupier. My auntie told me if I take garden soil and make the kitchen sink and dishes/plates, glassed, etc. clean with it, then I can use them. She said I would have to make the soil wet, cover the sink and dishes with it, let it dry and wash it with clean water. She asked me to repeat it 3 times, at least. When I shifted to the property, I couldn't do all that before shifting. It was not possible for some reason. I cleaned the sink and a tea
cup with dish washer and recited 'Kalma' while cleaning and washing it with water. My question is do things get 'paak' by doing what I did? I haven't been able to buy new things for my use yet. Please let me know if my course of action was right. If not, what is the proper way to make things 'paak'?
There is no such obligation in the sources of the Shari’ah. Islamic Shari`ah does not aim at making life difficult for a believer. Thing do not grow napaak (impure) when non-Muslims use it at the first place. We are allowed to eat the food of the People of the Book and they are allowed to eat ours. This is explicitly mentioned in the holy Qur’an. The basic requirement is just to wash things, thoroughly. Such…
I wanted to know are we allowed to grow our nails. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Cutting nails is the Sunnah of the Prophet (sws), which he introduced and disseminated among the Muslims as the part of the religion. This entails that growing nails without any reasonable excuse would be tantamount to abandoning a religious practice, which we must adhere to in normal circumstances. The basic wisdom behind this practice is to ensue hygiene and also to avoid resemblance with savage animals. Dirt often accumulates in elongated nails. Therefore, it is…
When I wake up early in the morning I see stains of night fall on my clothes. I take a bath but find the stain there the next day. Should I consider them stain from the previous day and do not take a bath or should I take a bath every day because I have also a problem of involuntary ejaculation?
We just use our judgment and decide whether the stains are fresh or it we failed to wash them properly the previous day. We trust our judgment. I hope you have seen the doctor regarding the involuntary ejaculation. I hope it will help. If it is occasional then you need to take bath after every such experience.
Is nose piercing haram? I have always admired seeing sisters with their nose pierced and I am not sure if it is the right thing to do. I have read on it and some scholars say it is makruh and others say it is haram. I just need your opinion on the question.
I believe that a woman has a natural inclination towards embellishment. She is allowed by the Sharia'h to embellish herself. Even the embellishments worn on face and hands are allowed to reveal. Therefore, in our opinion there is no point in objecting to the practice of nose piercing. I wonder what would be the argument for declaring it haram or makruh?
Why do Saudis say only one tasleem in funeral prayer while we say two?
We believe that there are things in the prayer which have been transmitted through tawatur and ijma of the generations of the believers. These are the things which form the basic structure of the ritual. The differences occur where there is no such unanimous and agreed upon sunnah taught by the Prophet (sws). People have adopted difference views on the basis of their research and understanding. As for the Shari‘ah regarding the ritual of funeral…
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1. Can Muslims be buried in non-Muslim graveyards?
2. Can Non-Muslims be buried in Muslim graveyards?
3. Where do you bury a person who has a religion different from others and he has no graveyard of his own in Pakistan?
4. Can Qadianis/Bahais be buried in Muslim graveyards?
Islamic Shari'ah demands that Muslims bury their dead in graves. It is quite natural that when many Muslims are buried in a society, there is a need for a graveyard. That is how Muslim tradition of graveyards emerged, not that Muslims cannot be buried in places other than graveyards. We have many examples wherein Muslims were buried in places which never came in the general description of graveyards. The martyrs of Uhud for instance were…