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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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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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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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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The Obligation To Do Charity

We are in the process of building a Mosque in our town. I have a few questions regarding this. We already have a Mosque but this new mosque is being built because the old mosque is mainly run by Arabs and apparently is not big enough. Now for fundraising the Imam chooses several Ramadan nights and especially 27 Ramadan. A lot of people come to pray tarawih prayer but he holds tarawihs until after his speech which is a few hours and we loose significant portion of one of the most important nights of the year. Is it permissible?

He quotes hadith but changes interpretation to fit his purpose i.e. donation to the Mosque. He quoted the Prophet (sws) talk about a man or a woman who was a prostitute. He/she gave water to a thirsty dog and got all his or her sins forgiven. The Imam said if one donated to put water lines in the Mosque, will have his sins forgiven. He quoted another hadith which relates another event connected to a war. Hazrat Abu Bakr (rta) brought all things from his home and the Prophet (sws) told him to keep some for family but he said that Allah and His Prophet (sws) are enough for him. The Imam interpreted this to tell people that even if they cannot afford, they should donate and God will take care of that person's financial matters. What is our obligation in this as we know that he is misinterpreting Ahadith and is giving wrong impression to the ones who don't know, especially youth?

Answer:

The quotes the Imam presented of course do not form the basis of his appeal. There is no doubt in that it is an act of great virtue to donate for the mosque but the Qur’an has given a very clear solution to the question of limit of spending. It quotes the question of people who wanted what to give away in God's name. Then the Book itself responds by saying what is over and…

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Neglecting Obligations To Family

Is it wrong for a Muslim husband to leave his wife and kids at night after 12:00 pm midnight so he can be with his friends and stay with them for a few hours?

Answer:

This issue has not been discussed in the Shari'ah. The general teachings of Islam oblige a person to fulfill the rights of the spouse and the children. If one continually neglects the rights of the spouse and the children and stays out without purpose he may incur displeasure of God for ignoring the rights of the family members. However, there could be valid reasons and situations when one occasionally goes out. Time is not important…

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Generalization Of Hijab Directives In Surah Ahzab

I have heard a scholar saying that it is not desirable that a woman should leave her home unless extremely necessity. Under normal circumstances it might sound appropriate but I wish to know does Islam prevent a woman to leave her home on habitual basis? Does the Shari’ah allow a woman who is dressed according to Islamic regulations to leave her home to visit her parents, friends, or to a decent family restaurant? Or it would mean violation according to the Islamic law? There is a verse in the Qur’an addressed to Prophet's wives telling them to stay in their homes. Does it apply to all Muslim women or just the wives of Prophet? I wish to know how can it be sinful if a woman leaves her home even though while observing hijab?

Answer:

We believe that Islam does not prohibit women from leaving their house and interacting with the members of the opposite sex. They are only required to follow etiquette of interaction. There is no shari'ah directive prohibiting them from leaving their houses. For detail please refer to the following article which covers the Qur’anic directives in this regard. It also explains why the directives appearing in surah al-ahzab which asks the wives of the Prophet (sws)…

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An Ethical Issue

Nowadays doctors prescribe medicine of that company that pays them. Is it morally and religiously acceptable? Is this income haram or halal?

Answer:

It is not morally right for the doctors to accept gifts from such companies because their decision about a prescription can be influenced by this. Even if a doctor prescribes the medicine manufactured by that company when there is no other required medicine is available the intentions of the doctors become suspect and he can be held answerable by God. A God fearing doctor should never engage in this. When a doctor prescribes a medicine…

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The Right To Beat Wives

I am an Arab woman. I have found that you have mentioned on you website that husbands are allowed to beat their wives. I believe that this right is conditional. A husband can only validly punish his wife when she has committed adultery. Here again the husband has been advised to first counsel his wife wisely, then, at the second step, confine her in a room. If she does not correct herself then she can be mildly punished so that the beating does not leave a mark on her body. One wonders how brazenly ignore the divine laws and teach people what is not in accordance with the divine injunctions.

Answer:

I am sorry I could not understand how permission to beat the spouse relates only to the wife who commits zina? This is because there is nothing in the text which restricts the words of the verse to that meaning. I understand you must have a sound basis of your claim and am eager to learn if it has been missed by many Muslim scholars. I have learnt that if the wife commits zina and…

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