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Praying For Friends

Can I pray for friends to Allah, so that Allah give them mercy and clear their mind?

Is there any Qur’ānic verse in that reference?

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It is perceptibly a sought-after deed to pray and wish well for your friends. Sharī‘ah or universal moral code do not declare the act as prohibited rather the very teachings of the religion exhort its followers upon doing such acts of virtue. The Holy Prophet is reported to have said: The essence of the faith is to wish well for others. This means that we ought to be trying for good of our fellow human…

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Milaad Celebrations

What is your opinion about milaad (Celebrating the Prophet’s (sws) Birthday)?

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There is no objection to a gathering celebrating the Prophet’s (sws) life and character and promoting good. However, a lot of heresy is associated with such gatherings in our society. For example the baseless belief that the Prophet (sws) is present among us is ther there in the mind of the participants in such gatherings. This has no basis in the Qur’an or the Hadith. This is unacceptable. Any association or ascription to the Prophet…

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Removing A Dead Body From The Grave

What are the religious rulings about opening a grave or removing a body?

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According to the Islamic teachings the dead are buried with respect and it is expected that the dead bodies will not be desecrated. However, there are issues and circumstances when this is extremely necessary. For example sometimes dead body of a person who has been murdered needs to be studied. Sometimes we bury an unknown person whose relatives may later be found and insist on removing the remains of the dead. In such cases the…

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Shaving Or Trimming Chest Hair

I want to know about the chest hairs. Can we trim these hairs like under the arm hairs? Although everyone should adopt the way GOD created us, but apart from showing off fashion, can anyone do this just for his personal deed?

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The Shari'ah has provided guidance only regarding our physical and spiritual cleansing. Chest hair is not directly related to our appearance nor is it a matter of physical cleansing or cleanness. In the absence of an express prescription of the Shari'ah, we cannot say that trimming hair from one's chest is prohibited.

If someone, owing to any reason, trims or shaves the hair from his chest, he may do so.



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Building Mosques On Graves

My question is regarding building mosques on graves. Verse 21 of Sura al-Kahf says: Behold, they dispute among themselves as to their affair. Some said: Construct a building over them. Their Lord knows best about them. Those who prevailed over their affair said: Let us surely build a place of worship over them. (Q 18:21)

Does this ayah, tells us that we can build the mosque on graves of pious people?

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It is important to note the difference between "building mosques or places of worship on graves" and "taking graves as mosques or places of worship". The latter, clearly being polytheistic practice, is prohibited in Islam, while the former is not.

On some occasions the Holy Prophet (sws) referred to a certain practice of Christians and Jews of turning the graves of their pious people into places of worship. This practice is contrary to the basic…

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Distributing Meat Of Offerings

1. Can we distribute all of the meat of the offerings to the poor, not keeping anything for ourselves and relatives? I mean is it alright if all of the meat is distributed to those who deserve irrespective of if they are relatives or strangers? 2. Can we distribute the meat of the sacrifice to non-Muslims and non-believers who are poor and deserving? 3. Is there any religious ruling that we have to give preference to Muslims over non-Muslims when distributing the meat? 4. If there are two persons equally deserving, one is Muslim and other is non Muslim, who should we give meat to? Please provide answers for all questions separately.

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Almost all your questions can be answered based on the verse 22:37 of the Qur'an about the meet of a sacrificed animal:

فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْقَانِعَ الْمُعْتَرَّ’

(So eat from it your selves and also feed those who are content and those who ask.
1. Since, the above verse has a permitting style and not an instructing style, to eat or not to eat from the meet of a sacrificed animal is…

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Husband’s Desire For His Wife To Keep Elongated Nails

I have a slight problem. I am a sincere Muslim. I keep my nails trimmed but my husband wants me to keep them a little long. I have tried to convince him into letting me trim them because it is not allowed in Islam, but he thinks I am becoming an extremist because he finds nothing wrong with keeping elongated nails. What should I do? Husbands do have rights in Islam but I also know that in the Holy Qur’an God Almighty does not allow us to listen to anyone if they are forcing us to go against His commands. Please advise.

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Cutting nails is the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sws). This practice relates to that type of Islamic directives and practices which have been promulgated to ensure purification of the physical self of a believer. Since the basic purpose of Islam is inner purification, it lays great stress on physical purification as well because the latter cultivates a sense of purity and ultimately helps in attaining the purification of the inner self. Therefore, we see…

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Regarding Cremation

What is the Islamic stance on cremation?

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I am afraid the issue of cremation never arose during the life of the Prophet (sws). Therefore, we do not have any Qur’anic verse or a prophetic saying in this regard. The Sunnah (practices established as a part of the religion) requires the Muslims to bury their dead after washing the corpse and clothing it in a shroud. This practice is based on divine guidance, and it distinguishes the Muslim tradition from others. We see…

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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

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This is a custom to show solidarity with the pilgrims. It is not obligatory in nature though and is recommended for those who want to sacrifice an animal on Eid.

When a person does not cut his hair or nails, he through this practice, devotes himself to God for these ten days. He does not embellish himself showing that he has cut himself off from the pleasures of life for these ten days very much like…

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A Prophetic Tradition About Music

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, that there will be a time in his Ummah when four things will be sought to become lawful including, fornication, silk, alcohol and the musical instruments. I don't recall the correct wording. Anyway, most of the people (scholars) quote this particular Ḥadīth in the argument that music is haraam, saying that since the phrase "musical instruments" has come along with the other three forbidden items, how could it be allowed. They also say that in the particular hadith, the wording is such that it says "people will seek to make lawful…." They say that one can seek to make lawful only that which is unlawful. I tend to agree with their reasoning. The only thing that is required is the actual context of this particular hadith. If you can give me the context of this particular Ḥadīth to mean that music is not haraam in generality, that would tremendously satisfy me

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The text of the ḥadīth under discussion follows:

وقال هشام بن عمار حدثنا صدقة بن خالد حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن يزيد بن جابر حدثنا عطية بن قيس الكلابي حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن غنم الأشعري قال حدثني أبو عامر أو أبو مالك الأشعري والله ما كذبني سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف

There will be (at some future time) people from my Ummah…

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Eunuchs, Tattooing And Dajjal

Can eunuchs change their gender through any plastic surgery? Is it allowable and if not so why? Is tattooing allowable? Is it this true that dajjal will come before the doomsday or this is just a superstition?

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1. We believe that the eunuchs suffer physical abnormality. Any attempt to recover their original sex gender would just be a medical treatment to which no objection can be raised on religious grounds. However, here by gender change we mean removal of any abnormality and restoring the original gender. For example some eunuchs are deformed males and others females. A eunuch with male characteristics should be treated and changed into males.

2. As for…

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Chehlum

Can you please enlighten me on the question of Chehlum ceremony meant for Isal-i-thawab (transfer of reward to a deceased). The ceremony is commonly held on the fortieth day of one’s death. How far such a thing is allowed in Shari‘ah? I am told that this is an innovation in Islam.

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The concept of Chehlum and recitation of the Holy Qur’an to transfer its reward to a dear departed is an activity not supported by the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sws). People had been dying during the Holy Prophet’s (sws) time and never did he organize such a gathering to get others to read the Holy Qur’an for the purpose. The reason of the absence of this activity is that the…

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Khatam

This is in reference to your answer to the question about Khatam. I agree with you that this is something new but I am unable to understand that why all the new things are not allowed. The word of the Holy Prophet (sws) about every addition clearly shows that if someone says that this is a must in Islam only then it could be considered some addition.


Agreeing to your point would definitely lead me to conclude that division of the Quranic text in thirty parts, the Friday and Eid congregations when no political authorities are leading as Imam, fixed number of the optional Raka‘at of the prayers and congregational supplication after the Prayer are clear innovations. Those who invented them as well as those who perform them will go to hell.

Secondly, I think it is very important to clarify what Khatam is. It is but to recite few chapters of the Holy Qur’an before eating something and asking Allah’s help and forgiveness. I do not see anything contradicting Islamic Shariah in this.

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We need to define what an innovation in the religious really means. We introduce a religious innovation when we follow a certain practice which cannot be traced back to the Prophet (sws) through a reliable source. This has to be an independent practice having concrete form. We claim that it is a religious and rewarding act originating from the Holy Prophet (sws). The examples you have presented cannot all be considered an addition to the…

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Taking Bath After Sexual Intimacy

Does a simply washing the body purify an individual who has to obtain purification after having sex or one has to follow a set of rules govering the ritual bath?

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The Shari'ah requires a Muslim to take bath after sexual intercourse. However, it has not prescribed a set procedure. The related Qur'anic directive states that the believers 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. Muslims try to follow his example in this regard…

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Celebrating Birthdays

I have been told that celebrating birthdays is tantamount to innovation in the religion of God. The following saying of the Holy Prophet (sws) is quoted to prove this claim.

Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that does not belong to it shall have that action rejected. (Bukhari, Muslim).
In another version recorded by Muslim and by Bukhari, the wording is as follows:
Whoever performs a deed which is not in accord with our affairs, then that deed is rejected.

These people maintain that the Holy Prophet (sws) did not celebrate his birthday at all during his lifetime nor did he ever order it to be celebrated. He also did not teach this to his Companions (rta). Therefore, the rightly-guided caliphs and all of his Companions (rta) did not celebrate it. They were the most knowledgeable of the people concerning his Sunnah and they were the most beloved to the Holy Prophet (sws). Therefore, if one is supposed to celebrate the Holy Prophet (sws)’s birthday, this would have been made evident at their time. Similarly, not one of the scholars of the best generations celebrated his birthday nor did they order it to be done. The absence of the celebration with the Companions (rta) and the most learned scholars of the past would mean that such a celebration is not from the Law that Allah sent Muhammad (sws) with

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I humbly differ with the referred to opinion on the ground that the AHadith quoted to prove the notion do not lead to the conclusion. Let us consider the AHadith presented in favour of the opinion.

The words ‘into this matters of ours’ used in the first Hadith are worth pondering. These words clearly indicate that the Holy Prophet (sws) is talking about something specific. The same is the case with the second tradition.…

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