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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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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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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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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Permissibility Of Music

I have following questions to ask.

1) I am quite satisfied with your stance on Music. I had a discussion with some friends of mine, where they were comparing music with alcohol. According to them, music is banned for the same reason that it can lead to some thing worst, and the history tells us that at large music has been used in a wrong way. So what will be your response on this analogy, the result of which is an understanding that music can also be banned as a "saddan li al-zaree’ah" (ban on the ground that a legal thing may lead to some illegal and harmful consequences) order, just like alcohol? And if not then why a small amount of alcohol that does not take away the senses of an individual is forbidden.
2) Can we question religious scholars who have entered into contracts with some TV Channels and receive money for the knowledge they share? Isn’t it clearly taking money for preaching Islam? There a hadith according to which the Prophet (sws) prohibited taking money to teach Qur’an. Kindly explain.

Answer:

1. This is not a correct analogy. Alcohol is prohibited in the absolute sense. On the other hand, music in itself is not prohibited in the absolute sense. If it is, then the sources of Islam must mention it and your friends should come with arguments from these sources to support this stance. Prohibiting something because its use might lead to sin is always a prerogative of the state. If at times, state authorities think…

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Meaning Of The Word Muttaqi

What is the meaning of the word "muttaqi"? Is it true that according to the Qur’ān, the most honorable to Allah is muttaqi?

Answer:

The word muttaqi is a derivation of itqa (اِتْقَاءٌ), which is used in the Holy Qur’an in the following connotations:


i) To avoid something from which we fear some loss as in:

فَكَيْفَ تَتَّفُوْنَ إِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ يَوْمًا يَّجْعَلُ الْوِلْدَانَ شِيْباً (١٧:٧٣)

If you denied how will you avoid the day whose seriousness will turn the children old. (73:17)
ii) Fear a forthcoming disaster as in:

وَاتَّقُوْا فِتْنَةً لَّا تُصِيْبَنَّ الَّذِيْنَ ظَلَمُوْا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً…

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Cures To Evil Eye

My question is regarding tying of black strand or thread on the wrist of a newly born kid, or simply putting black (kajal) in the shape of crescent or round tip on the forehead of the newly born up to infancy at least. I have heard from the elders that it provides some kind of protection against bad sight (nazar-e-bad). There is no Qur’anic dua or supplication to be made on those threads. Just the black color is considered sufficient. Even if it has no religious basis then is it allowable to let the kids put it on in the name of social or regional custom? If it has a religious basis other than Islam then please put some light on this issue.

Answer:

The practice you have mentioned has no basis in the Islamic Shari'ah. The rites of passage regarding births instituted by Islam do not include this practice. Besides, the cure from the evil too has been provided in the Qur’an. The last two surahs named al-mu‘awwazatain (the two protection seekers) seek God's protection against such effects. Practices which are obviously religious in nature should not be followed even as part of culture.



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Women Vocalists

My question to you is regarding women and music. I see Ghamdi Sahab has always been a supporter of music being permissible within the limits of Islam. My question to you is how can a woman pursue music as a career by remaining within the limits of Islam? It would be great if you can also define these limits if what I asked is permissible.

Answer:

In this regard, the right approach is to give broad guidelines regarding the Islamic approach to fine and liberal arts, and the leave the matter to the person in question to decide how he and she can observe these limits. The reason is that every person has his or her own style in following directives in their applied form.

If the sense of haya (modesty) is fully grounded in a lady, she will be very…

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