Salutation To The Holy Prophet (pbuh)

Recently a question has arisen on media about a book where PBUH was not written with the Prophet's name. My question is whether it is obligatory to write PBUH or SAW when writing a book or an academic paper. I have tried to search for this on internet but I have not found any reasonable resource. Kindly guide me on this with references. Also guide me about the early scholars as what they used to do when writing Prophet's name.

Answer:

We believe that the believers are required to invoke Allah’s blessings upon the Prophet pbuh very often. It certainly encourages them to do so in all sorts of works. However, it does not mean that it would not be allowable for a believer to utter or write the name of the Prophet pbuh without customary salutation. There is no such obligation in the Shari’ah.



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Hijama / Cupping

I live in Dallas, TX, USA and here the Muslim community is involved in "Hijama" It is very popular here and people say that it is Hijama and everyone should do it regularly. In Hijama they remove the blood of the body by making small cuts on skin and sticking vacuumed cups on different parts to suck the blood. The people who do that say it is a Sunnah and it is a remedy of many diseases. They say that Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) used to do it regularly. I need to know about the concept of Hijama and if it is indeed a "Sunnah".

Answer:

We understand that the Messengers of God and the Books revealed to them are not sent in order to divulge medical knowledge to people; rather they were all sent to guide humans in religious matters. We therefore believe that the Book of God never touches upon any issue other than religion. We are supposed to apply all available knowledge, cures and remedies made available by medical science. Therefore, validity of the claim that the…

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Islamic Architecture

How would one characterize Islamic Architecture? How does one describe a mosque? What makes up a mosque? Is a minaret a symbol of Islamic Architecture? What building best describes Islamic Architecture?

Answer:

I am afraid the field of architecture has nothing to do with Islam - the divine religion. Islamic architecture actually refers to Muslims' contribution toward the art over time. A study of the distinctive features of Islamic architecture would be strictly the study of the history of Muslim culture and should only be seen as such. Muslim architecture, in other words, is not based on any direct teachings of Islam.Therefore the subject is out of…

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Difference Of Opinion

You hold that positive difference of opinion in religious views is always welcomed. But out of many of the scholars somebody has to be closer to the factual teaching. We have to decide and follow that. Cannot we name one such person whose views are closest to the Qur’an? We know that the points of difference in worship rituals are great. We may consider one viewpoint correct and the rivals as incorrect. The first pronounced difference of opinion and judgment of Muslim history surfaced between Hazrat Aisha and Hazrat Ali. Though the intentions of both were right yet an historian may not agree that both were right?

Answer:

We are not obliged to consider every position taken on the issues to be right. When we opt for a view and practice we actually do not consider the rival point as equally valid. We only believe that in our perception our view is correct. But we cannot guarantee that it is absolutely correct and the opposing view is necessarily wrong. In worship rituals the points of agreement are greater in number. We believe that…

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Interpreting Islam

It is generally held that Islamic interpretations are can only be done by ahl al-Ra’y (people of the opinion, i.e. scholars) and not everyone. I wanted to learn the true Islamic perspective on the issue.

Answer:

This question can be resolved in the light of common sense. We know that the physical maladies are to be treated by the person who knows the anatomy of the body and its functioning so is the case of legal matters. It is only the doctors of law who understand the anatomy of the legal injunctions and crimes. Since the Islamic Shari’ah was given to a particular group of people, living in a particular culture,…

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Dhikr Beads

A debate is going on about the permissibility of otherwise of tasbeeh (dhikr beads) among a group of friends. I myself use them regularly. I wanted to know if it is bida'ah (innovation)?

Answer:

Using tasbeeh cannot be declared bid’ah. The word bid’ah in fact is applied to introducing unsubstantiated and unauthorized additions to the corpus of Islam. When we use tasbeeh we do not introduce any religious practice and hold it binding for all. We employ the beads in some other religiously rewarding activity. A bead is a tool and not an independent worship ritual. It is the same as using paper for recording the Qur’anic text after…

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Naming Chilrden After The Messengers

I live in Canada and have named my younger son Noah: same as Nuh or Nooh. To me it gives the same meaning regardless. My intention is to name him after the Prophet Noah. Please advise if that is ok to name him in English version as Noah for I live in Canada. When people ask me why I named him Noah and I gladly explain that its the same Prophet Noah that Islam belief in.

Answer:

We believe that it is perfectly allowable to name the children after the Messengers. The name changes according to linguistic practice of people and foreign names are no more pronounced the way they are pronounced by the native people. Therefore, there is no problem in calling him Noah and not Nooh.



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Intentions Behind Actions

In islam if the intention is good an act will be rewarded. My question is if my intention is to please allah even though I do not have the intention to help the person is it still rewarded? For example a man asks for help but I do not like him yet I still help him only having the intention that Allah wants me to help him does it still count?

Answer:

Yes it does and in fact you will be rewarded a lot if you do something good in the best possible manner for the sake of God and while otherwise you do not like to do it. However the more pious you become, the more you find that you really want to help others and fewer people you will dislike.

- Adding on to that, if i feel with my heart not to help someone…

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Following Personal Understanding Of Religious Directives

Whenever I ask the ulema any religious questions they start explaining the answers in the light of fiqh books. They seem to be teaching fiqhs not the deen. Is fiqh that important that nowadays it is considered that important. The last line of defence they use is that you have to follow one fiqh. You can’t mix it. I don’t believe that I am going to take everything which is easy in any fiqh. Is that understanding right or not as “Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said keep the deen simple. Is my understanding correct?

Answer:

There is no problem if a person follows his own understanding of religious directives. It is of course essential that the person carries out enough study and investigation of the subject within his own capacity. In doing this the person can tremendously benefit of the views and works of the scholars of different schools of thought however at the end he needs to decide what seems to be the most correct view to him. On…

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Wearing Pig Skin Suede Shoes

I suffer from intense foot pain from birth that has a crippling effect when I walk a block or stand for 20 minutes or so. I came across these medically altered shoes that have provided some relief. I found out today that they are made of Pig skin suede. Is it permissible for me to keep wearing these shoes? Your help will be really appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:

Dead meat and pig are not allowed for consumption as food item. That too is exonerated by the Sharia'h when one does not find another food. You are only wearing the shoes. You need them. Therefore, it is allowable for you to use those shoes.



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Recurring Nightmares

In last few days my wife is very depressed as she is having an increase in number of dreams. Due to the increase in the number of dreams she is becoming worried and also getting restless. Please advise any prayer (dua) to get her out of this problem. In her last dream she saw a large number of donkeys with their throats cut or killed. Can you also help us interpret the dream?

Answer:

The best advice in this regard can be sought from the psychologists. It is their discipline and they have developed very good techniques to understand the problems and solutions to them. Please let her discuss the problem with a good psychologist and ask her to offer prayers regularly and seek Allah's blessings. Reciting the Qur'an frequently and praying to God after it is also very important. The best supplications offered by the Qur’an are the…

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Material Carrying Allah’s Name

I found Allah‘s name written in Arabic on a raw eggshell. The eggshell cannot be kept and has to be disposed of. How do you suggest I should deal with the problem? Would it be a sin to dispose it off?

Answer:

Muslims’ love for the Almighty has led them to respect everything related to the divine in all aspects. This is why we do not just write Allah’s name and His verses on things and then shove them away in careless manner. This has become a part of Muslim culture. However, we can do what is in our power and reach. For example we have no means to keep stuff like that respectfully at our homes.…

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Considering Earthquakes As Divine Punishment

I have confusion regarding the cause of earthquakes. Majority of our religious scholars are of the view that it is a result of our sins. They refer to those ahādīths in which Prophet Muahmmed (sws) said that earthquakes are a form of God's punishment but Mr Javed Ahmed Ghamidi denies this view. May I know what his arguments are in this regard?

Answer:

It is an established religious truth that the Almighty has ordained that this world is a place of test. Human beings have been put through a test and they will only be held accountable on the Last Day. They will be punished or rewarded then according to the manner of their life on earth. This entailed that during this worldly life they are given choice to follow either truth or falsehood. They are not punished…

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Innovation

What is the significance of performing an action not approved by the Holy Prophet (sws)?

Answer:

Considering something a part of the religion at one's own will is condemnable. A Muslim will be held accountable only for moral obligations or the actions declared by the holy prophet as parts of the religion. Actions and deeds of any other person cannot gain religious status. A person who calls some of his personal acts and deeds as part of the religion is an innovator. A believer who does not follow such innovations saves…

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The Chosen Ones

This Sura (62:6), in addressing the followers of Nabi Musa, says that "If you believe yourself, to be the chosen race, to the exclusion of others, then express your desire for death."

Would you say that this also applies to Muslims, who consider themselves to be the chosen race, to the exclusion of others, based on religion alone, as opposed to their taqwa.

Answer:

Of course you are absolutely right in your concern over the conceit Muslims have chosen to fall into. They deem it their birthright to be grated the everlasting bliss in the afterlife. We find the Holy Qur’an strongly condemning such vain desires of the Jewish people. The Qur’an admonishes them for sticking to such fancies. By the same token Muslims should be the first ones to abhor such ideas but tragically enough they cherish such…

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Extraordinay Hard Trials For The Pious

I have observed that pious people face the worst hardships. Why is that? What is the principle of trials and tribulations?

Answer:

There is the general law of tribulation. According to this some face the trial of gratitude (by virtue of the blessings they have) whilst others the test of patience. Failures and successes punctuate life. Some move from rags to riches, and others lose everything. This is the general principle we constantly see in play.

A specific rule governs the people or nation chosen by God to illustrate the final reward and retribution after the emergence…

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Visting Graves Of The Walis And Awliyas

I was listening to one of the scholars in Pakistan. He said that before prophet (sws) died, he went to the tomb / graves of the martyrs of Uhad. He said that this hadith has consensus and is present in reliable ahadith books. The speech was in the context of visiting the graves of Aulia and Martyrs.


My second questions pertains to Prophet Noah and the flood which came as a punishment in Quran for the addresees of Noah (sws). Your point of view says that the flood only came in that specific area where the addresees of Noah (sws) resided. If this is true then there are suppose to be other people/human beings around the globe which might have their decendents. But in one of your views regarding Gog magog, you said that Noah (sws) has three sons and they are from one of them.

The statement gave the impression that the people on the whole world currently are decendents of those three sons. If that is true then that means the whole world was destroyed in Noah (sws) flood and only Noah (sws) and his followers were saved. Kindly shed some light.

Thirdly, kindly tell that where exactly does the people from the decendents of the tribe gog magog residing in current era, to whom we believe that the rule of the world will transfer before the day of judgment. Are these Americans, British or Chinese?

Answer:

1. The forbiddance or permissibility of visiting graves depends on the intention behind it. If a person visits a grave in order to worship the dead or to ask them to fulfill a demand or believing that there is a blessing with the grave that benefits people then this is prohibited. The prophet (pbuh) never visited a grave for any of these purposes.

Other reasons for visiting graves, like emotional motivations, paying respect symbolically, to be…

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Indulgence In Masturbation

I watch a lot of porn movies on internet and then do masturbation to remove my sexual desires. I don’t want to do all these things but it becomes necessary for me to masturbate as I cannot control myself at times. It is only after committing the act that I feel relaxed but ashamed as I also know that this thing is haram in Islam. But I can't stop it. Please tell me what should do to remove this dirty thing from my life.

And also tell me what will be the consequences that the masturbator will face on the Day of Judgment and what are the du’as for the forgiveness from this sin?
Please reply soon I am very worried

Answer:

Due to a number of moral considerations, which are explicitly mentioned in Islam, masturbation is a loathsome act.

Please note that there are at least two broad categories of instructions in the Qur'an: first, those which can be read as clear and explicit injunctions and second, those which are not so mentioned, but can be deduced from the text as implied, through a closer reading of the texts.
In the case of masturbation the second form…

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Regarding Hazrat Abū Talib

Mufti Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi had written a risala (pamphlet) to prove that Hazrat Abu Talib was a kafir and is in hell for ever. He wrote this risala a very long time ago and sunnis of Pakistan had almost forgotten this risala and fatwa. But unfortunately in the recent past few Sunni barelvi ulema who have a crooked mentality have started to spread this fatwa among sunni masses through booklets, their fatawa, their speeches and above all through internet at this web address: http://www.razanw.org/modules/alahazratbooks/item.php?itemid=89&page=630

I request you to kindly read this risala in minutest of the details and kindly refute every argument and every reference given by the Mufti Sahib.

Answer:

Whether Abu Talib was a believer or not has absolutely no religious significance for us. We will not be asked in the hereafter whether we believe that Abu Talib was a believer or a non-believer. Considering Abu Talib to be a believer or not does not make some one Kafir. This is merely a historical issue.

We have no verse of the Qur'an that says explicitly that Abu Talib was Kafir. Those who use some verses…

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Sin And Crime

What is sin and what is difference between sin and crime?

Answer:

A sin is committed while violating the rulings of God regarding personal, moral and religious issues. A crime is a sin that is against the rulings of God and is also against the society and the state. The crime is punishable in this worldly social and political system whereas sins are not necessarily punished in this world and will be treated finally and exhaustively in the court of the Almighty on the Last Day.



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