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:

we know that jinn can enter a huma being , can a angel enter a human being

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Angels are beings created from light, while Jinn are created from Fire. We know that the Prophet alayhi as salaam saw Jibreel in his true form and that he had six hundred wings that covered the horizons. Although human beings are created from clay, they may be affected by angels. Angel Jibreel spoke words into the heart of Prophet Muhammad, alayhi as salaam.

There are angels whom Allah has appointed to guard man from in front and from behind. When the decree of Allaah comes – when He decrees that some accident or calamity etc. should befall him – the angels withdraw from him.

The scholars mention that angels can detect what is in a person’s heart and ‘smell’ a good scent if a person is intending to do a good deed, and vice versa, as is mentioned in some ahadith.

As for an angel entering a human being, I do not know of any texts regarding that.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Asak, It is really difficult to identify all the haraam ingredients in our common grocery items such as chips, cookies, cheese, seasoning, ice cream etc etc. Is there any authentic resource for muslims in the west, where we can verify that the products we are purchasing contain prohibited ingredients or not ?

Also to what extent should we be cautious about these ingredients ?

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Determining the orgin of derived ingredients in food products is a common source of concern for Muslims. Many scholars state that impure ingredients that undergo a transformation, i.e. those that change into a new substance and new form, are no longer considered impure and become halal.

For example, when wine, which is impure, changes into vinegar, many scholars state that it has become purified.

What is of concern is the current state of the ingredients and whether they fall under one of the categories of food that are forbidden for consummtion.

This determination must not be done by a lay person; rather it is the work of the scholars who research these issues in depth and have knowledge of the Shari’ah. The Ulema should be the ones who clarify the ruling, and it is not permissable to speak about Allah without knowledge.

At the same time, one must respect the differences of opinion amongst the various schools of thought, and not become upset if another person is following an opinion given to him by a knowledgable scholar. It is possible that a difference of opinion exists over a particular ingredient (such as rennet, for example) just as differences exist in general between the four madhaahab.

Finally, it is important to ask the people of knowledge regarding what one eats just as it is important to learn about any other aspect of life and whether it is halal or haram, in order that one may avoid disobeying Allah by permitting what He has forbidden or forbidding what He has made permissable.

And Allah knows best.

Question: Do angels still come on earth as humans from time to time but we dont know it?

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

It is known that during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and Allah’s blessings be upon him, angel Jibreel came to the Messenger of Allah in the form of a man wearing white clothing with no signs of dust upon him. We also find narrations amongst the Sahaba of angels fighting alongside with them in the battle field.

And we find some narrations amongst the early generations that mention righteous people who were saved from harm, sometimes by a horseman wearing all white clothes that came out of the darkness of night to slay their enemy and disappeared after soon afterwards.

And we hear mention of similar narrations today, and although we have no way of verifying the authenticity of these reports, one tends to believe them as they are consistent in their descriptions and circumstances.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

My question was is stoning adulterer still permissible in this day and age or was is something used for just a period? What did the prophet Muhammad say about it was stoning one of the law changed?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah, the all-Wise Lawgiver.

Before answering your question, it is necessary to put our conversation in perspective. So let us look at some of the evil effects that adultery has on society.

– Over 42 million babies are killed every year through abortion worldwide.
– This equates to approximately 115,000 babies killed by abortion every day, or almost two babies killed every second.

Those who are not killed may end up without parents in orphanages, or abondoned or otherwise live without family.

If we look at societies where adultery is prevelant, we also find that divorce rate is beyond 60% . In many of these societies, people no longer even see the need to marry.

In these societies, countless young girls are sold into prostitution or otherwise exploited through the sex industry.

Now, to answer your question, the punishment for adultery in Islam is the same as in the Bible. However, in Islam the purpose is not to punish but to deter, and for this reason the punishment exists but it is rarely applied. This is because, unless there is voluntary admission, there must be 4 just male eyewitnesses who see penetration in order for the punishment to be applied. This has never occured in Islamic history.

But the punishment remains there like a whip hanging above the would-be adulterer’s head, so that he or she is deterred from this evil. All the parts of the body that would enjoy this evil relationship would also fear the effects of the punishment.

Also, such punishment cannot be applied in the West or outside the just framework of an Islamic state.

At the same time, Islam teaches that one must hide their sin, so if a woman or man did commit this, they should not make it public, but repent for it, and God will forgive them, and He is Merciful.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was asked about two jews who committed adultery. He asked that the Torah be brought, and they took it out but covered up some of the verses. He told them to move their hands, and they were hiding the verses of stoning for adultery.

Allah knows best.

Question:

assalamu alaikum! My question was in regards to dogs in the house. do angels come into a person house if they have a dog?I heard they wouldnt enter the house but to me that wouldnt make sense considering they arent totally prohibited if there for protection,used for the blind, hunting etc..my other question is what if you started off having a dog as a pet but later use it or them for protection meaning they bark to let you know when someone is in or around the house is this okay? I just need clearification because im hearing many opinions.

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Walaikum salam wrt wb, may Allah reward you for your question.

Keeping a dog inside of one’s house is prohibited. The Messenger of Allah, may the blessings of Allah and peace be upon him, stated in Bukhari: “The angels do not enter a home in which there is a dog.”

In another narration, Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever keeps a dog, except a dog for herding, hunting or farming, one qiraat (large amount of reward) will be deducted from his reward each day.” Narrated by Muslim

The way we understand these two texts together is that the dog kept for herding, hunting, or farming must be kept outside of the house.

Regarding keeping a guard dog, the scholars permitted this provided it does not enter the house, and one takes care that its saliva does not soil one’s vessels, clothing, and body, etc. This is because the saliva of a dog is considered a physical impurity which would invalidate ritual purity by the majority of the Ulema.

An exception is made for a seeing-eye dog that belongs to a blind person, since the Ulema state that “necessities permit the forbidden.”

And Allah knows best.

Question:

[1] Sometimes people do have some marriage in the past and they end up having a divorce. Now when the same people try to go out to find another spouse for themselves they hide the fact that they were married to someone in their past. Is this allowed to hide earlier marital relationships that could not continue so that one can get a better wife ? Is this haram ? Because some one may view it as a hidden defect which if they get tp know later can this annuul the marriage ?

[2] Also the same happens with engagements . People who were engaged to some one earlier and their engagement could not materialize to a marriage end up hiding the fact they were engaged earlier while looking for potential spouses. Again is this allowed ? Or is it haram ? Hoow would one categorize these two acts in terms of Makruh / haram / Mubah etc.

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Jazakumallahu khairan for your question.

The scholars state that it is forbidden (haram) to lie and conceal facts about one’s self from a potential spouse if they are asked about them. If this is done by either party, and the other party decides to go ahead with the marriage because if it, it could be grounds for an annulment later on. Muslims are required to be honest in their dealings.

Shaikh Ibn Jibreen says:

“The man is not obliged to tell his wife or her family that he is already married (or was married) if they do not ask him, but that is not usually concealed. Marriage cannot be done except after a period of researching and asking on the part of both spouses, to ensure that they are suited to one another. But it is not permissible to conceal anything. If one party lies and on the basis of that the other party decides to go ahead with the marriage, then the latter is given the choice. If he says that he is not married and he is lying, then she is allowed to have the marriage annulled. If they say that she is a virgin and that is not the case, then he has the choice of going ahead with the marriage or of leaving her.”

The exception to this rule is if one is asked about one’s past for which one has made full Tawbah. In this case, it is not obligatory to expose what Allah has concealed.

May Allah grant us from our spouses and offspring the coolness of our eyes, and make us foremost examples for the righteous.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Can you give Sadaqah / Zakat to non-Muslims even if they have no inclination towards being accepting Islam . They may not dislike islam but not interested in accepting Islam.

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

May Allah reward you dear brother for your question. One of the categories to whom we may pay our Zakah are those whose hearts are to be reconciled with Islam (al-mua’lafati qulubuhum).

The Fuqaha state that this category of people are either new Muslims who are yet to become firm in their faith, or non-Muslims whose hearts would be attracted to Islam if given this charity.

The determination of which non-Muslims should be given the zakah was generally made by the Caliph. Sayyidna Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, felt that the Ummah had become strong enough in his time that it was no longer needed to spend Zakah on this category.

Giving zakat or sadaqa to non-Muslims through food, etc can have a very beneficial effect of attracting them to the deen.

In all cases, Zakah or Sadaqah should not be given to those who will use it to disobey Allah or to advance the cause of disbelief.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

In the lectures you mentioned that Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) gave a divorce to once of his wives. Could you mention the hadith that confirms that.

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

Thank you for your question. There were at least two occasions when that took place. Here are the relevant narrations:

1.) From Saheeh al-Bukhari:

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ ابْنَةَ الْجَوْنِ لَمَّا أُدْخِلَتْ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَدَنَا مِنْهَا قَالَتْ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْكَ فَقَالَ لَهَا لَقَدْ عُذْتِ بِعَظِيمٍ الْحَقِي بِأَهْلِكِ
و في رواية
لَقَدْ عُذْتِ بِمُعَاذٍ فَطَلَّقَهَا وَأَمَرَ أُسَامَةَ أَوْ أَنَسًا فَمَتَّعَهَا بِثَلَاثَةِ أَثْوَابٍ رَازِقِيَّةٍ

On the authority of ‘Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, (‘Amrah) bint al-Jawn was entered upon the Prophet, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, and he approached her (for the consummation of marriage). She said, “I seek refuge in Allah from you.”

So the Prophet, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, said “You have sought refuge in the Mighty One. Go to your family.”

And in another narration, he said, “You have sought refuge in the Grantor of refuge,” so he divorced her, and commanded Usama or Anas to give her (as a gift) three Raziqiyya dresses.

It is said that ‘Amrah was young and naive, and some of the wives of the Prophet, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, tricked her by telling her that if she said those words, the Prophet would like it. Due to the noble character of the Prophet, he answered her wish.

2.) From Sunan al-Bayhaqi and Ahmad:

السنن الكبرى للبيهقي – ج 7 / ص 214
عبد الله بن عمر قال تزوج رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم امرأة من بنى غفار فلما ادخلت رأى بكشحها وضحا فردها إلى اهلها وقال دلستم على

Abdullah bin ‘Umar narrated that, “The Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) married a woman from the Bani Ghifar tribe. When she was entered upon him, he found on her back a white area (from a disease). He sent her back to her family, and said, “You concealed this from me.”

And in a narration, “He did not take anything back from her (gifts or mahr.)”

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.

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