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Question:
Being curious about the Day of Judgement, I have been picking through Islamic literature and media. I have seen many videos on youtube video by MUSLIMS linking Dajjal to the event that is predicted to happen by the Mayans in 2012. Many of these video’s use verses from the Qu’ran to support their theories… Are reasoning’s like this allowed in Islam? I mean who are we to question the infinite wisdom of Allah?

Is believing in evolution shirk?

Answer:
Praises are to Allah and peace and blessings on prophet Muhammed.

For these theories about Dajjal and predictions, one has to sort
out what is mentioned in the authentic texts and narrations, and what is
conjecture. What you find is usually a theory starts out with a text,
then additional things are added on afterwards.

It is encumbant to listen to the explanation of our reputable scholars
who have researched these texts in detail, and come up with a conclusion
based on knowledge, not on interjections of other material that have no
basis in faith. Also it is encumbant not to mix the authentic narrations
with things that are whims.

Explanations are allowed, if they are relaying the
statements of our predecessor ulema, and not adding any
personal views or opinions or ideas. One should learn these
explanations from our previous ulema to have a proper understanding
(fiqh). These explanations will remove one’s false and wrong
conceptions. In fact the real people of knowledge may state something
that would appear to be their explanation, but in fact is relaying what
they learned from their teachers going back to prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s
peace and blessings be upon him. The explanantions would be explaining
the same knowledge expressed with different words. These explanations
are also a therapy for the mind and will remove the sicknesses of the mind,
like stress, anxiety, depression, etc.

One should be eager to learn these explanations from our ulema, and
not be averse to them. The ulema are the inheritors of
prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon him, and teach people Allah’s religion. It does
require effort to train oneself to be devoted to and inculcate
this beneficial knowledge, and remove ones own personal ideas.
May Allah open us to learn from our noble ulema, and allow us to
spread this beneficial knowledge. Amin.

“Evolution” is term used to mean repulsiveness to belief
and faith. One should not have this feeling, but rather listen
to the ilm. One should devote themselves to the ulema
and have the correct understanding. One should have
a firm belief in Allah and not disassociate themselves from
the ulema.

May Allah reward you much with goodness for asking your question,
please do ask more questions in the future. I pray that Allah
benefit you with the knowledge.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Existence

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QUESTION:

Hello, as a muslim living in us, i have some questions i have been meaning as somebody;

1. we believe that Allah is our god and Allah is the most powerful presence.in this case, why did he need to create us before everything. he does not need anything, not even weakest creatures like us comparing to him. why did he need to create hell and heaven after that? why are all these for? shortly why do we have to go through all that as a human? allah does not need anything.

2. Allah created us, then why does not he want to show the truth and what the right is in our lives now?why do we have to take this exam and get punished for our sins?

3. what was the reason muhammed (s.a.v) married more than one women?

ANSWER:
Praises are to Allah and peace and blessings on prophet Muhammed.

Allah created a dual creation, this life of the dunya to earn, and the akhira as repayment. People will enter their rightful abodes based on what actions they did, and Allah forgives much. If Allah were not to make an akhira, people would not be repayed for their actions. People will be repaid for their good actions, their belief in Allah, and their earnestness to learn the religion.

Indeed people can spend vast amounts of time discussing existence in philosophical and logical argumentations that sometimes contradict the belief in the (tauheed) oneness of Allah. This is in fact taking their hawa (whims) as their god.

Allah is the Lord of the Throne, and everything else in the universe does sajda (prostrates) to Him.

Instead of wasting time in these philosophical argumentations that have no benefit, and lead nowhere, best thing is to learn the beneficial knowledge from our noble ulema, where one will earn a tremendous amount of rewards. Like studying the rulings of what animals are allowed and forbidden, the rulings of the proper way of slaughtering, the Tafseer of the noble Quran, devoting oneself to the ulema, the rulings pertaining to business. Learning the knowledge and guidance from our noble prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, the grammar of the arabic language, in order to understand the Quran and the texts of our ulema.

The wives of prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, are our mothers. He married them to support them and teach them Allah’s religion, and not out of lust. His wives, like Aisha, have taught many of the earlier generation the rulings of the religion.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Question:

aoa, i want to get detail answer in light of quran and
sunnah that,either a women is allow to live in women hostel for
islamic studies out of city (the hostel is situated in islamic
university),when parent are also satisfied with that hostel’s
environment.

Answer:

Honarable sister,

Salam alaikum. Praises are to Allah.

Our scholars explain to us what is in the Quran and Sunnah, and it is incumbant on us to listen to them who have researched the matter for ages, and not be averse to them and try to bypass their explanations. Anyone that does not follow the ulema  does not follow the way of prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, but rather follows their nafs. We should all listen to the teachings of our noble ulema wholeheartedly, learn from them and become knowledgeable, and obey the rulings of Allah that are explained to us.

     It is a wonderful things that you are doing with the Islamic studies, and I would encourage you to continue with them much. May Allah increase you in knowledge.

     The text of the hadith prohibits a woman from travelling without a mahram, in your case you are not travelling, but rather a resident. You are staying in one place for more than 3 days.   The prohibition would arise when you are travelling to and from the hostel.

     The place where you are staying in the school, there are imams who will make sure that you are secure. Imams for sure obey Allah, and spread Allah’s commandments throughout the community.  This is in contrast in staying in a different place where there are drunkards and criminals that may cause you harm.

    As good advice, you should seek a husband that is good in his religion, and that is devoted to the ilm, and that obeys Allah. This way you and your whole family will stay on the tawheed (oneness of Allah), and raise children following Allah and His messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

    I pray to Allah to bless you and your family, and give you much goodness always.

    And Allah knows. May Allah reward you.  Salam alaikum wrb.     

     Shaikh Sajid

Question:   

Assalamualaikum wr wb. Is it permissible to listen to a Nasheed which have music in it? JazakAllah hu Khair.

Answer:

Walaikum salam wr wb. Praises are to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon Allah’s honorable final prophet.

Nasheeds with music are a mixture of something which is considered permissible, which is the nasheed, and something which is considered to be evil, the music. The ulema have generally described music as something that hardens the hearts and leads away from the path of Allah.  The nasheed, the verbal sayings, would be considered allowed, provided that nothing is said that is forbidden or leading to that which is forbidden.

In propogating the religion, one should  follow the advise and imitate our noble pious ulema. Not evil musicians who have no devotion for the ilm.

Sounds are divided into two categories, one that is good and beneficial like the Quran, duroos, etc., and that which is evil like music, false tales, etc.

 An exception is made in some cases where a song has been passed down through the ages through our pious predecessors of the past, which these past scholars have approved.  These songs are limited to this particular environment, not outside of it.

 The nafs is affected by what one listens to. Music causes the nafs to become sick and corrupted. Refraining from listening to it, and instead listening to the beneficial audio, like the duroos of our ulema, keeps the nafs pure and successful.  

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Questions:

How do we advise someone who doesn’t see eating non-zabeeha meat as haraam ?

The argument is that since chicken or goat is not filthy, we can consume it whether it was slaughtered or stunned/electrocuted.

Also, is there scientific evidence that slaughtered meat is more healthy & pure for consumption than meat processed through other means ?

Kindly advise. JazakAllahu Khayran

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

You have raised a number of different issues in your question. Let me see if I can address them one at a time.

1.) Eating meat that has not been slaughtered in the prescribed Shari’ manner is forbidden. This is because the general ruling for animal meat is that it is haram unless it has been slaughtered in the prescribed manner.

2.) As for the wisdom for this prohibition, it is well known that blood is the carrier of many diseases and illnesses, and that it has no nutritional value. Those of sound fitrah realise that the consummtion of blood is abominable.

3.) As for an animal being stunned at the time of slaughter, there can arise one of two cases:

One, that the animal dies before being slaughtered. In this case, it is considered dead meat and cannot be eaten.

Two, the animal is slaughtered properly according to Shariah (either by hand or by machine) after being stunned. In this case the animal meat is halal to eat. According to the scholars, if the operator of a machine that slaughters chickens says the name of Allah when starting the machine, this method of slaughter is acceptable.

Finally, it is essential that all people refer to the ulema when seeking to speak about matters in the religion. It is not appropriate to excercise our opinions in religious matters, rather all affairs must be referred back to Allah and His Messenger, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Asak,My Question is,is there any difference in the way of praying salaah between a male and a female.If yes, please state the differences.
Jazakallah.

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

In general, the Ulema state that both men and women were addressed by the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, when he stood up on the minbar and performed Salat, and then came down to perform the Sajdahs, and when he finished, he said: “Pray (all of you) the way you all have (just) seen me praying.”

However, some ulema indicate that it may be more concealing for a woman to press her body close together in sajdah, and this may especially be the case if she can be seen praying by men.

Abu Dawud narrates that the Prophet may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him passed by two women praying, and said, “If you two perform Sajdah press your bodies close to the ground, for a woman is not like a man in that.”

عن يزيد بن أبي حبيب ، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على امرأتين تصليان فقال : ( إذا سجدتما فضمَّا بعض اللحم إلى الأرض ؛ فإن المرأة ليست في ذلك كالرجل ) .

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Since this hadith is weak, it cannot be said that this action is part of one’s prayer. However, when praying in view of others, a woman should be careful to guard her modesty as much as possible.

Allah knows best.

Question: What is the ruling with regards to a girl removing her hijab in the final decision making stages of her marriage proposal. i.e. before the male says yes to marriage. Can the female briefly removes her scarf?

Also, is there any authentic hadeeth that allows this practice ?

Answer:

All praise belongs to Allah.

It is permissable, and in fact a command of the Messenger, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, for one to look at the woman one is proposing to. This is in order to achieve the religious benefit of compatibility between spouses and lasting marriages.

When one may look is whenever one is serious about the proposal. This looking should take place in the presence of the woman’s mahram. How much one may look it is subject to a difference of opinon amongst the Ulema.

The Jumhoor, or majority of the Ulema, state that one may only look at the hands and face of a potential wife, since from the face one may determine beauty, and from the hands, one may determine size and body type.

The Hanbali school states that one may look at what normally appears of a woman in her home, including the hair, neck, forearms, and calves. The evidence they use is the generality of the Prophet’s, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, command to Jaber to look at a woman he wished to marry, in order to see what would attract him to her. They also reference the action of Amir al-Mumineen Umar, who asked to see the calf of a woman whom he was proposing to.

It is important to remember that any looking should:

1.) Take place in the presence of a Mahram.

2.) Be in the case of serious interest in marriage.

Many scholars today prefer the opinion of the Jumhoor, which is that one may see the face and hands only, in order to ward off fitnah and prevent temptation.

Please also see the lecture:

Seeing One’s Spouse Before Marriage

And Allah knows best.

Question: “What is the islamic ruling of listening to music.”

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Musical instruments are forbidden by the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Allah Most High says what means:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ
“And from people are those who transact in vanities to misguide from Allah’s way without knowledge.”

Ibn Mas’ud said, ‘vanities’ in this ayah refers to music and singing, and instruments such as flutes and violins, etc.

This is because music and singing distracts one from the remembrance of Allah and incites one to follow their vain passions and desires.

From the Sunnah, the Messenger of Allah (may peace and Allah’s blessings be upon him) said: “There will be people from my Ummah who will make permissable wine, silk, adultery, and musical insturments.” Narrated by Bukhari.

Because of these texts, the four madhahab and the vast majority of ulema throughout the centuries have ruled that music is forbidden and that musical instruments should be broken.

Can you imagine that the words of the Prophet alayhi as salam have come true, and there are those who defy his words and encourage the youth to follow the evil path of music and the disasterous lifestyle of pop stars?

My beloved youth, do you not remember the story of the Prophet alayhi as salam as a child, when he passed by a wedding where music was being played? Do you remember what happened to him? Allah made him fall unconscious to prevent him from hearing it.

Is music better, or the soothing words of the Qur’an, or beneficial lectures on fiqh and knowledge, which nurture the soul and give life to one’s spirit?

There are those who hold on to an extremely weak opinon regarding music, held by Abu Dawud adh-Dhahiri, and apply it outside of the context that his opinion refers to.

The exception to what has been mentioned are nasheeds or Islamic songs that are free of music, and have moral and beneficial lyrics. Yet even these types of nasheeds should not be overindulged in to the point that one leaves out what is more important in life.

Whoever gives up a thing for the sake of Allah, Allah will replace it with something better. May Allah bless you, beloved young brother, for asking about your deen. May Allah keep you on the straight path.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

What is your opinion about Jamaat tabligh?

Answer:

The tabligh work involves invitation for people to come back to Islam, and
invitation to knowledge, and is something that should be supported. Unfortunately
there were some jokers that went to some of the big contemporary ulema, and
told them that tabligh as a methodology are graveworshippers, i.e.
go to graves and ask the deceased to answer their duas. These jokers also
said things to some of these big ulema like they have an ideology to say
“Laa ilaha”, not the complete “Laa ilaha illa Allah”, i.e. Atheism. These jokers
also said they are pantheists, saying everything is Allah, by only saying
“illa Allah” .

They are lies, and the rulings some of these big ulema gave,
were based on these lying statements. One should not follow these
hasty rulings based on false information. Not hinder the important
work of inviting people to Allah, remaining on the faith and belief
in One Allah, and calling to the beneficial knowledge.

What needs to be done is the correct information about the tabligh work
should be given to these ulema, and then go by the rulings based on correct
information. And Allah knows best.

When going on the “khurooj”, it is a good to spend the time to learn
the beneficial knowledge, like the fiqh and tajwid, in the time that is not
spent on giving dawa.

Question:

If there is no imam, can anybody give khutbas and lead
prayers, though they are not fit for it?

Answer:

In khutbas, one must always relay the knowledge one learnt from
the people of knowledge before us, not anything new. If a khateeb
does that, relay the knowledge, not say anything new, it is sufficient.
This also goes for the “imams”. They must convey the deen of Allah, ie
what they learnt from the ulema before them going to prophet Muhammed,
may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. It is not appropriate for
anyone to say something new.

It is also incumbant on every community to have a knowledgable imam,
so that they can learn the correct teachings of Allah’s religion,
and not follow personal opinions, but instead follow the way of prophet
Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

–Shaikh Sajid

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