Question:

Can somebody use the name B.J. or Moe to make it easier for
non muslims to address them.

Answer:

Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

It is allowed to call someone by a shortened form of their name, as long
the name is not changed. Out of respect and honor for one’s parents, one
should not change the name that was given to them. The full name should be
used in formal situations, so that the original name remains.

The shortened form of the name, or abbreviation, should not be changed
so that it becomes a “nonmuslim” name. It is incumbant on every muslim to
stay on the faith as muslims, and not be in the spirit of changing their
identity as a muslim, being called by a Christian or a nonmuslim name.

Having a muslim name would open the door for conversations about Islam,
and would be a good way of spreading the beneficial knowledge, and
giving dawah to it.

Many times names are mispronounced. Take a look at the pages an Tajwid
for the correct pronounciation.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid

Question:

The protecting (writing) angels do they go in the bathroom?

Answer:

Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

All the actions that people do are written in advance in the lauhul mahfoodh,
and the deeds done in the bathroom would not be unaccounted for. In a hadith from
prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, he had mentioned that
things that are offensive in odor to humans, like onions, are also offensive to the
angels. Even though they may not be physically present, they are well aware of all
the actions. Allah created this universe without any flaws, and certainly there
would be no mistakes on the record of peoples’ deeds on the day of judgement, though Allah would forgive much.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid

Question:

How does one remove the effect of magic?

Answer:

Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

Magic has an adverse affect on one’s comprehension. One should
study the beneficial knowledge from our noble ulema to counteract
this evil affect. One should try their utmost to learn this knowledge,
and Allah willing it will remove the evil effect. One should try to
spend much time in the environments of ilm.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid

Question:

What is the ruling on using the name Pervais?

Answer:

Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

Names that are forbidden are names that are exclusively names of Allah,
like “Rahman”, names that denote hostility like “harb” which means war,
and names that would express a bad trait like “jahl” which means ignorant.
If the name doesn’t fall into one of these categories, it would be allowed.
A person should stay on the name given to them by their parents.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid.

Question:
Salam alaikum wrb,
I have a relative that passed away. He did not pray for many years.
Can I hire someone to pray on his behalf, and transfer the rewards
to him to make up for the prayers that he missed.

Answer:
Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.
Walaikum salam wrb,

There are a couple issues that come up from your question.

First, is your relative that passed away considered a believer that will
enter the jannah or not? The answer to that is if he heeded the
call of our noble ulema, shuyukh , and imams that called
to the belief only in Allah alone and nothing else, along with the beliefs
that follow along with it, like the belief in prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s
peace and blessings be upon him. Or on the other hand if he was averse
to them, and to the Islamic knowledge.

If the person was not praying for a long time, the person should have repented
by regretting having skipped the prayers and starting to pray before his
death. At the deathbed, one is encouraged to prompt the dying person to say
the kalimatain before his death. What will come out is what the dying
person did throughout his life.

It is unfortunate that even though the whole family may be devout muslims,
they cannot help their relative in regards to faith. Each person is
responsible for himself, and one cannot transfer faith from one person to
another.

The second question, does a person make up the owed prayers of a
relative that passed away? The answer to that is no. The relatives only
make up a owed hajj, and owed days of some types of fasting. The
prayers are not made up.

The third question, can rewards be transferred to the deceased?
The ulema have said that the rewards pertaining to money are transferred,
like giving sadaqah on behalf of the deceased. Many of the ulema have
said that rewards pertaining to physical actions like prayer, fasting, etc.
are not transferred. Allah with His infinite bounty multiplies the rewards,
and the rewards are not at all diminished from any person. The sins, however,
cannot be erased from the deceased, or transferred from the deceased to
a living person.

The best things to do on behalf of the deceased is to supplicate for him,
and try to spread the beneficial knowledge through his behalf. This is because
there is a hadith that says that prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and
blessings be upon him, said three things continue for the deceased after
death: sadaqah jariah; beneficial knowledge; and a righteous son that supplicates
for him.

The fourth question, can someone hire someone to do good deeds, and
then transfer the deeds? My shaikh, Atiya Muhammad Salim, may Allah have
mercy on him, says that if someone does these deeds because of getting paid,
he does not earn any reward because of the wrong intention, and therefore there
is nothing that would be transferred.

It is important for all of us to heed the call of our ulema, shuyukh,
and imams, before that time of death reaches us. We pray that our rewards
continue to grow for us greatly all the way to the day of judgement.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Question:

From John:
How can we change things to keep the rest of the world from dragging us
down with it. surely we have to stand up.

Answer:

Hi John, thanks for your question, and I pray that Allah (God) guide
you and make better your condition.

The human being after birth starts out with no knowledge, and learns
as life goes on. Unfortunately many of the things humans learn are
wrong. These humans have to learn what is right, to correct
these wrong conceptions. The human would look at different ideas
to try to sort things out, make sense of things, and seek and
search for what is correct.

What is easier is if the human learns from Allah, Who sent the
scriptures to mankind to teach them and guide them to what is
correct. Most of these scriptures had been altered, however
the Quran remains in its original and authentic form, which
has been copied and spread throughout the world. Allah sent
the Quran for all mankind, and for all time, and as a guidance
and correction for the mistakes of mankind.

If humans follow Allah’s guidance, it will be beneficial for
them. Otherwise the world will be making the situation more
and more worse.

All humans have to devote themselves to the teachers of Allah’s
guidance, and not disregard it. They should not have an aversion
to it.

Thanks for posing your question, and it would be a pleasure
to hear from you again.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Destiny

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Question:

What role does Allah have in marriage? Based on what I know,
humans have free choice. Does that free choice extend to who we
choose as a bride or does Allah decide who we marry?
My brother’s marriage was arranged by my dad. My brother is educated
but his wife is not as educated. He argues with my dad saying he chose
his and it’s his fault (sorry, I hope you are following me.) But my
dad argues that it was Allah’s decision? I understand nothing can be
done to reverse the marriage but who is right in this case.
Is marriage decided for us ahead of time?

Answer:

Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.

Walaikum salam wrb honorable brother,

When looking at the choices that humans make, and the choice that
Allah has destined, the choice of humans is a complete subset of Allah’s
choice. As Allah says in the Quran:

{ وَمَا تَشَآءُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ }

“And you do not will, except that Allâh wills, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn
(all that exists).” Surah Taqwir (29)

It is not correct to think a person’s will is opposite of what
Allah willed for the ‘Alamin.

Something that is destined by Allah, is bound to occur, and
everything in the universe leans towards and tends to follow
that destiny. What Allah destined will occur, and nothing
can change the destiny of Allah.

Allah has made all the events that occur in the universe in perfect
order and according to His laws. Allah makes the truth endure, and
the falsehood washes away like the foam in the ocean. There is nothing
in disarray or disorder, it is rather people who are ignorant of the
decree of Allah.

The solution to family problems is to
make sure that the ilm is inculcated in the lives of the whole
family. Bringing the whole family to the durus in the masjid;
seeking and asking and listening to the answers of the rulings.
It is incumbent on everyone to devote themselves to
the ilm and the ulema, so that they learn about Allah’s decree, and
know about the afterlife. If there is someone that is not educated,
one can become educated by studying and learning from our noble
ulema and imams. All that is required is that one have an eagerness
and devotion to learn. After spending time learning from our noble
ulema and imams, one would indeed be of the most educated
people of the world.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Question:
Salam Aleikum sheikh,This is regarding my close relative who is an elderly woman who has been separated from her husband aprox. twenty years. Her husband who is remarried did financially support her but has stopped since seven years back. He does not want to divorce her or see her or talk to her. My question is: Is this marriage null and void according to the Islamic teachings? Jazak Allah

Answer:

Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.

Walaikum salam wrb honorable sister, According to the Islamic law,
the marriage of your close relative is not automatically nullified, she
and her husband can still be together, continuing by the original marriage
contract. If your close relative wants to finish the marriage, she has the
right to “khul”, dissolve the marriage on two grounds:

1. The prolonged absence of her husband, without a just reason.
2. The lack of support from her husband.

She would go to an Islamic judge, who would “divorce” her. If
there is no Islamic judge, she can ask the imam to perform this
task. If the laws of the land prevent this, it is excused because
of compulsion.

If she does a khul (annulment), she and her husband can still get
back together afterwards, but would have to perform a new marriage
contract and mahr.

It is incumbant on everyone to obey the laws of Allah and his messenger
when it comes to family, and not let “feelings” cause one to sway away
from the commandments of Allah. It is good to go to the imam and the people
of knowledge and ask and learn what the Islamic laws are about marriage.
One should listen to what the imam says wholeheartedly, not jump from
one imam to another, searching for one that will suit their fancy.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Vinegar

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Question:
JazkAllah Khair for uploading the lectures. I was listening to lecture 12 and I’ve a

question regarding vinegar. So using vinegar in food is not allowed? Please explain.

Jazkallah Khair.

Answer:
Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.

Grapes go through the following tranformations, and in some cases
the the ruling changes after a transformation:

1. Grapes Halal Pure
2. Juice Halal Pure
3. Alcohol Haram Impure
4. Vinegar Halal Pure/Impure

As long as the vinegar has been completely transformed, and
there is no intoxicant remaining, it is allowed to consume. It
should be given sufficient enough time so that it has completely
transformed.

There is a difference of opinion amongst the ulema whether
vinegar in considered pure or impure, which would affect the ruling
of utilizing vinegar for other uses besides consumption.

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

Music

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Question:
as wr wb
immam sahib did music allow in islam .

Answer:
Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.

Walaikum salam wrb,

The ulema have stated that listening to music is
opposite of listening to Allah’s message, leads to
disobedience, and encourages people to be heedless to
the ulema.

Music also has the effect that hardens the heart.
Instead of listening to music, it would be much better
to listen to durus of our noble ulema, which encourages
to follow Allah and His messenger, and cures the mind.

Many of the ulema have quoted the following ayat from Surah
Luqman in regards to music.

{ وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَشۡتَرِى لَهۡوَ ٱلۡحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ بِغَيۡرِ عِلۡمٍ۬ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا‌ۚ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ لَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ۬ مُّهِينٌ۬}

“And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks
(i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men)
from the Path of Allâh without knowledge, and
takes it (the Path of Allâh, or the Verses of the
Qur’ân) by way of mockery. For such there will be
a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).”

And Allah knows.

Shaikh Sajid

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