Deceit And Cheating

I want to ask a question regarding a ḥadīth, which reads "The one who deceives us is not among us". Does it mean that if a Muslim deceives another Muslim then he shall be away from the people of Islam?

Answer:

assalaam o alaykum

The hadith you have mentioned does not mean that a person who cheats is not a believer and a Muslim. It means he is not following the path of Islam properly. The act is not in line with the faith. Therefore, in order to be among the believers in the life and the afterlife one must avoid cheating. Cheating is an evil which has the tendency to spread and develop to…

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Registering An Incorrect Birth Date

My son was born on 21st March 2001. I intend to register his name in the Muncipal Committee on 21st March 2003. Is it justified religiously?

Answer:

If you intend to register the date of birth as 21st March 2003 then what you intend to do is to make a false statement in an official document. I consider such an act to be a fraudulent enrollment, which is contrary to moral and religious codes. Moreover it is against the national law, which you are required to abide by. The Holy Qur'an binds us to strictly observe the legal injunctions, formulated by the…

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Wearing Gold Ring

I need to know that according to the Shari’ah can I wear a golden ring for my engagement/marriage? An early reply will be highly appreciated.

Answer:

Please refer to: Restriction on Wearing Gold and Platinum for Men



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Restriction On Wearing Gold And Platinum For Men

Assalam-o-alaykum!

I have a question about whether the restriction on wearing gold (for men) applies to platinum as well. Is zakah applicable on platinum? And what is the reason for forbidding men to wear gold?

Answer:

The Shari’ah has not forbidden the believers wearing gold. The traditions ascribed to the Prophet (sws) forbidding the use of gold for men should be interpreted as an application of another Qur’anic directive. The Holy Qur’an clearly declared extravagance a vicious act because it is this feature in a man, which eventually leads him to pomp and show. The Holy Prophet (sws) applied this Qur’anic directive to wearing of gold which was, and still is,…

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Pointing Feet Towards The Qiblah

I have always been told never to point my feet and legs in the direction of the the Qiblah. I have to go to the extent of sleeping on the wrong side of the bed to comply. Is there any validity in Islam to this practice?

Answer:

Manners and Etiquette are an important part of the social fabric of a society. Such practices engender respect and veneration for entities which are worthy of them. As such one should try to observe them as much as possible.

Thus greeting the arrival of an elder by standing up or keeping one's voice low before one's parents are manners and etiquette which one needs to observe and one generally does.
Similar is the case with pointing…

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The Deficient In Reasoning

Allah's Apostle once said to a group of women: 'I have not seen any one more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious, sensible man could be led astray by some of you.' The women asked: 'O Allah's Apostle, what is deficient in our intelligence and religion?' He said: 'Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?' They replied in the affirmative. He said: 'This is the deficiency of your intelligence' ... 'Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?' The women replied in the affirmative. He said: 'This is the deficiency in your religion.'". This hadith seems to confirm what some of the most vocal critics of Islam claim when they say the worth of two female witnesses being equal to one male (in commercial transactions) is proof of Islam's belief that women are intrinsically lacking in intelligence. In other words, the Prophet (SAW) is seemingly confirming that yes, two female witnesses = one male witness IS proof that they are "deficient in intelligence." Please comment.

Answer:

Whatever information we gather from the Hadith literature needs to be analyzed on the yardstick of the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the dictates of common sense and established facts. This is because it is not a source of knowledge that cannot be doubted. There could be misunderstanding on the part of any of the narrators in the chain. Another important thing is that a ḥadīth narrative is not always accompanied by the context. If…

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Apathy

How does Islam treat an apathetic person?Please explain in the light of the Qur’an. How does Islam motivate individual to move ahead to achieve his goal? How does Islam work to remove apathy?

Answer:

Islam does not deal with psychological problems of man in general. Its basic concern is to provide man with guidance in religious matters. It tells him how to behave in this world in order to attain success in the life to come. The Qur'an may refer to a man's falling back in fulfilling religious obligation and warning him of the perils of such lack of concern but it never comment on the problem in general.…

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Armament Industry

Can you clarify the position of a country having an armaments industry? It is allowed by the Quran?

Answer:

We cannot validly say that a country producing armament is committing haram. Everyone has the right to develop their defense and enable themselves to defend themselves against oppressor countries. However, weapons of mass destruction go beyond this purpose and should never be built. Islam does not allow us to kill innocent lives even during the war. This shows that we should not engage is anything which has the potential to be used wrongly and which…

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Teasing A Repentant Sinner

I have a query. I want to know what Islam says about this. If a girl was unchaste when she was young and was also into some sort of zina, not the extreme one, and she did all that she should not have done like partying, dancing, smoking (no alcohol), clubbing, going out with boys, being close with them in some manner, because of fun and ignorance and she did not even offer prayer during that period but then slowly and slowly she started to do it less often. One day something happens in her life. A death happens and just wakes her up. She feels what was happening with her. What was she doing? Why was she doing all that nasty stuff? She feels that as if she was forced to do it. Then she leaves all of that and asks Allah's forgiveness. She becomes a pious lady, leaving all that behind and promising never to do that again.

Is it permissible for any person to say bad things about that girl now? Can they call her that she is a prostitute and all that which she was not? People in her neighborhood and relatives and even her brother teases her and comments her saying that they know what all she did in her past. They are trying to defame her now. They are talking about her character and spreading rumors. Is it right for them to do this, when this girl has left all the bad deeds and has become a nice girl now? She doesn’t even go out. She stays in pardah, offers prayers and seeks forgiveness for all the time. She cries because of all this. Please answer what does Islam say about these people who are torturing her and calling her prostitute? What should be done to them?

One more thing that I want to ask is that why does the girl feel that she was in some kind of trap and that all of a sudden she was set free. And when she sits she can’t even realize that she could do such heinous acts in her past because she had been an innocent girl all her childhood. She could not even think of doing all that what she did. Is that due to some magic affecting her? Is all that is happening in her family is due that magic?

Answer:

How is it possible to disrespect the repenting of a fellow Muslim, and at the same time hope that God will accept our repent?

We read in the Qur'an:
"O you who believe! Turn unto Allah in sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your evil deeds and bring you into Gardens underneath which rivers flow" (66:8)
and that "... God loves those who constantly repent ... " (2:222)

Any…

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Feeling Jealous

I am 23 years of age and am really a wealthy man by the grace of Almighty. Generally a person can have many evils in him but there is one evil that I hate truly in myself and I want to get rid of it. That is I think of others as of lesser degree than me. I look upon them as despicable. I have loads of jealousy in me especially from a person I find trying to have equal wealth than me though I do nothing to harm or stop that person from having it but I don’t like it.

Answer:

We all have weaknesses in our soul and some of us are not even aware of their weakensses. It is great that you are aware of a weakness and that you are trying to do something about it. May the Almighty give all of us the same blessing.

Everything that we have and everything that we do not have and like to have are part of the challenge (test) that we are facing and the only…

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What Is Gheebah

If an individual shares their grief or laments over some events/aspects of their life to another, e.g. sharing the cruelty of mother in law with own mother or sharing rude behaviour of son with daughter, does it qualify as 'Gheebah'?

Answer:

To report an injustice committed to you to another person is not gheebah. This is not therefore condemnable. I have come across the following list of acts which apparently seem to be gheebah but are allowable, adopted from Imam Ghazali's Ihya al-Uloom. He writes:

Cases in which ghibah is permissible
  1. Injustice. One who has suffered injustice is entitled to mention the one who has committed injustice to someone who is capable of restoring his rights to him,…

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Offering Unlawful Services To The Non-Muslims

In a country like Turkey, Government offers booze, bars, night clubs, and massage parlors and allows sluts for incoming foreign tourists. This is boosting economy. This causes their business to flourish. The question that I have is this. Can a Muslim Government proceed with Non-Islamic ways of providing entertainment to Non-Muslim tourist? Of course doing this will encourage locals as well to engage into all these vices but in principal can politics interfere with Islam especially in economy.

Answer:

We think that there are legal rulings in Islam which are based on some religious percept and belief like for example prayer and fasting. There are also rulings which hinge upon certain other things like for example wudu which is necessary for the prayer. Then there are rulings which are based on moral principles. Zina is a moral sin. In the case of the former the believers can entertain others by offering them food in…

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Islamic Teachings Regarding Child Abuse?

What does Islam say about Child Abuse? In culture in sub continent if a child does not offer prayer or does something wrong, he/she is beaten up. To me this practice is wrong. Kindly, elaborate child sex abuse or child abuse in light of Quran and only authentic ahadiths.

Answer:

It is very simple and we do not need to look for it in the sources extensively. In the Qur'an, when it comes to arguing with non-Muslims (mostly infidels) it says:

"Call to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kindly exhortation and debate with them in the most befitting manner. Indeed, your Lord best knows those who stray from His path and those who are rightly guided."
(16:125)

When we are instructed to use…

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Duties Of A Doctor

I am a doctor. Currently I am busy with my young children. Therefore I am unable to practice and so unable to use my knowledge for the benefit of others? Will I be questioned about it?

Answer:

Her duties as a mother are the most important at the moment. However she should intend to use her knowledge once the circumstances are favourable. Till then she can still benefit her relatives and locality with advice.

This awareness of the responsibility of this knowledge is commendable.

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into…

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Backbiting Vs Counselling

One of our colleagues gets around one and a half lac in salary, but he usually eats at others’ expense. Others taunt him and us as well because of his habits. We have tried to advise him. Does this count as back biting?

Answer:

Ignoring moral boundaries in conversations has become our social norm. These boundaries cover a complete surah of the Qur’an, al-Surah al-Hujuraat. We are told not to ridicule, suspect or backbite our Muslim brethren. According to the Prophet (sws), heaven is prohibited to the slanderers. We don’t realise the consequences of our gross misconduct. Some people develop it as a habit, oblivious to the sin. Our minor misdemeanours sometimes have grave consequences. This gentleman has correctly…

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Showing Off And Copetetions

We know tht considering your self superior to others due to any attribute like money, power, authority, beauty, or knowledge is known as takabbur (conceit).Using mercedes car to prove your wealth comes under the category of takabbur. I wanted to know if a student tries to get first position just to prove that his knowledge and genius would that also be a manifestion of takabbur?

Answer:

To complete othres and prove one's worth is a different thing from showing off. The stage where we can judge the intention of a person comes later on when he has achieved something. For example if a student outmatches others in a discipline and then shows haughtiness and arrogance he will be held accountable. However, if he simply completes and outmatches others it is not discouraged and condemned in any moral and religious basis. Don't…

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Judging The Believers

Can a Muslim use word "sinner" for another Muslims? Did the Prophet (sws) use this word for any non-Muslim or Muslim? Can a son called his father "sinner" if he thinks he did not take enough care of his mother when she was sick. Or he got married after his mother died.

Answer:

I have not read anywhere whether the Prophet (sws) ever said this to his fellow companions.

It is extremely important we stress the sin we notice instead of the person who commits sin. We should for example point out to our friends and relatives that what they did, for example stealing or cheating, is a sin and incurs punishment. This is better because we can avoid offending the addressee who may not listen to us…

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Plastic Surgery

My question to you is regarding the various surgical (or sometimes medical) procedures carried out by the plastic surgeons for healthy patients who wish to have them done, mainly for the purpose of enhancing their appearance. Is it allowed? From the Doctor's point of view, is he allowed to carry out working in the plastic surgery profession?

Answer:

We cannot consider anything Haram unless we have clear reason that it is Haram.

We know from the Sira (manner) of the Prophet (sws) and his instructions that he disliked people who would change their appearance to something that was not in line with the natural look of a human being. We also know that he disliked people who had changed their appearance in order to deceive people about their age.

Therefore if some one wants…

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Whistle Blowing

I have a question about whistle blowing in an organization. Whistle blowing is an activity wherby a person in an organization called whistle blower reports to higher authorities about a fraud or misconduct in an organization. Usually this person (whistle blower) would be from that same organization. I want to know what does Islam say about it? Please guide me in accordance with the directives of Quraan and Sunna.

Answer:

Every community has regulations to be obeyed and every community has people to make sure this will happen. A working community is by no means an exception. When a person agrees to work in an organisation, religiously the person is obliged to observe and follow the regulations of that organisation.

If a person does not follow the regulations in the organisation and commits fraud, then this will be religiously wrong and will also bring disruption…

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Doing Good For Reward

I wanted to know why couldn’t we build our moralities based on moral values and not in the greed of gaining paradise or fear of Hell?

Answer:

Regarding the real motivation of doing good and abstaining from evil, the important thing to realize is that pleasing God (Paradise is only a consequence of this) is the corollary of having faith in Him. So a true believer resultantly is rewarded for this attitude. In other words, if a person has true faith in God, he will definitely try to please Him and when He pleases Him, he will be rewarded with Paradise.



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