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Question:

I have a question about wearing a kufi, or hat of some
sort during salah. I recall something a long the lines that RasulAllah
PBUH used to wear it during salah because it showed respect, but it
wasnt a sunnah, because everyone used to wear it for respect during
that time. Was him wearing a kufi/qifaya a sunnah or something else?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

There is a type of Sunnah called Sunnah al Jibiliyya, which refers to emulating the habits and characteristics and ways of dress of the Prophet alayhi as salam, out of love for him, and the desire to adhere as closely as possible to his personal habits. This type of Sunnah is not related to religious guidance, rather, it brings reward only if done out of love and with the intention of emulating the Prophet.

For example, wearing a turban will not bring one reward in and of itself, rather, if it is done out of love of our beloved Messenger, it will bring reward due to this noble intention.

Another example of the Sunnah al Jibilliyaa was when Ibn Umar used to decend from his camel at the exact same place the Messenger of Allah, alayhi as salam, used to decend. When asked why he did this, he said, “I want to emulate the Prophet of Allah.”

As for wearing a turban or kufi in prayer, the Ulema say that these types of things depend on what is considered appropriate and beautiful in each culture. Allah commands us to wear our beautiful clothes in salat, He says:

“O Children of Adam, take your beauty ( khudhoo zeenatakum) to every Masjid.”

If in one’s culture, wearing a hat or a turban is considered from beautiful and noble dress, one will be rewarded for wearing it in Salat.

Allah knows best.

Question:

My wife is asking about whether it is permissable to attend a baby shower. Jazakuallahu khair.

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

According to the Association of Muslim Jurists of America, celebrating and having a gathering and giving gifts to a new or expecting mother are from the customs and cultures of people that are permissible, since they are not specific to a particular religion. The Ulema permit these types of generic aspects of culture as long as they do not include practices that are prohibited by Islam.

Some prohibited practices include:

1.) Music

2.) Believing that touching or placing fruit on the mother’s stomach will bring good luck. Good and bad luck is only by the permission of Allah.

3.) Believing in superstitions, such as a woman who previously had a miscarriage should not go near the mother. Such beliefs have no basis in reality.

If these and similar things are avoided, and the gathering is conducted in adherence to all the rules of Shariah, then there is no objection to it.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Can someone wear a watch that is gold colored?

Answer:

Gold colored watches should be avoided since others looking at the wearer will not know that it is not real gold. They may be encouraged to do something haram, or harbor ill-thoughts about the wearer.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Are the men allowed to wear a ring made of WHITE GOLD?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

White gold is produced by adding some other types of metal, such as nickel, to pure gold, in order to give it a whitish color.

However, the color of the gold does not affect its ruling. It is still haram and forbidden for men to wear, whether it is a ring or otherwise.

For more information, you can listen to the lecture on Why gold and silver are prohibited for men in the Fiqh of Tahara lectures.

Note that some people refer to platinum as ‘white gold’. In the case that the ring is free from any actual gold, it is permissable to wear.

And Allah knows best.

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