Question:

Asak, What is the permissibility of performing the witr without any shaf ie just one rakah on its own ?

Answer:

All praise are due to Allah.

This is a matter about which the scholars differed, and such differences in Fiqh opinions should not be a reason for divisions amongst Muslims.

The majority of the Ulema, including the Maliki, Shafii’, Hanbali schools, state that the minimum number of rak’ahs for Witr is one rak’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Witr is one rak’ah at the end of the night.” Narrated by Muslim, 752. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The night prayers are two (rak’ahs) by two, but if one of you fears that dawn is about to break, let him pray one rak’ah to make what he has prayed odd-numbered.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 911; Muslim, 749.

According to these ulema, if a person limits himself to praying one rak’ah, then he has performed the Sunnah, although praying 3 is undoubtedly better.

However, according to the Hanafi school, performing Witr with a minimum of 3 Rakats is Wajib, and one raka’ah is not sufficient.

Allah Most High knows best.

Question:

 

I dont mean to be rude but what was the reason for the prophet muhammad pbuh taking asiah as his wife at 9? I only ask because i want to come to his defense but im not educated on this matter. sorry if this question seemed inappropreiate but i had to ask it from my own knowledge and understanding. salaam!

Answer:

All praise are due to Allah.

 

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most noble of men to ever live, and the kindest of people to women.  He honored women and cancelled out the barbaric practice of killing infant daughters that existed prior to Islam, and commanded men to be kind to women.  He said, “Show kindness to women, for indeed they are fragile vessels among you .”

In our culture, one may assume that a man marrying a young woman would be exploiting her, since she is defenseless.  But according to Islamic Law, a man cannot marry a woman without the consent of her guardian, her father.  Any attempt to exploit a woman would be checked by her father, who would ensure that his daughter is protected and her rights are preserved, and that the marriage would be permanent and long term.

Regarding his marriage to ‘Aisha, there are many great wisdoms for this marriage, and it in no way detracts from his character, rather it shows the nobility of his character.  ‘Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr, trusted the Prophet peace be upon him so much, that he was willing to wed him his own daughter.  The Prophet Muhammad pbuh loved and respected Aisha, and treated her as a noble wife, and honored her.

Furthermore, Aisha was proposed to before the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him asked for her hand in marriage.  This indicates that such marriages were common in Arabia, and that women attained puberty earlier in such environs. 

We also note that ‘Aisha herself loved Prophet Muhammad, and devoted her life to teaching his sayings, called hadith.  In fact, another wisdom behind the Prophet’s marriage to her was because of her intelligence, and so that she could remain a leading scholar and judge many years after the Prophet’s death, a role which she indeed fulfilled.  She was the second most prolific narrator of Prophetic hadiths, and a top judge whom all the Prophet’s companions referred to for judicial rulings, a great honor indeed.

 

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Some Christians like to say that Allah is a pre islamic moon god. Can you please help me understand this and how can we help christians understand we dont worship a moon god?

Answer:

All praise are due to Allah.

The Arabic word Allah and the Hebrew word Eloh are linguistic congnates, which connote a single meaning, that is the One true God of the heavens and the earth.  There is no other god save He.  Whatever language one is speaking in, and whichever name one uses, there is only one true God.

Whoever states that Allah is a god other than the one true God of the heavens and the earth, then they should be asked why the Jews in Madina, at the time of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, worshipped Allah.  The cheif Rabbi in Madina was named Abd-Allah, which translates as “servant of Allah.”  (He later accepted Islam).  Christians, Jews, and Muslims, when speaking in Arabic, use the word Allah to refer to God. 

Islam was the religion of all the Prophets, from Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon them all.  May Allah guide all of the sincere people out there to see the truth and light of Islam.

Question:

Hi, I’m a person thinking about converting to islam…. these kinda of things are great to come across. I’ve been reading alot watching videos on you tube and meeting muslims.  It’s all so interesting…. i’ve met different types of muslims… they seem nice… think the media is a little unfair.

Answer:

Peace be on the followers of guidance,

I am delighted to hear that you are learning the truth about Islam.  You are absolutely correct, the media has not been fair towards the religion of Islam.  They rarely if ever show the perspective of Islamic scholars on an issue.  Rather, they prefer to have non-Muslim ‘experts’ give commentary on Islam.  Would such people really give you an unbiased account of our religion? 

I recommend all people out there to learn about Islam from Muslims.  You will find that Islam is the  path that was taught by all of the noble Prophets, a way of devoting oneself to One God alone, and earning eternal happiness in the afterlife. 

I hope you hasten to learn more about Islam, since one never knows when their appointed time for meeting God (death) will come.   Becoming Muslim is very easy, one simply states: “I bear witness that there is no diety worshipped in truth save God alone, and I bear witness that Muhammad was His final Messenger.”

Thank you so much for visiting and please do no hesitate to ask if we can help in any way.

May God guide you on the path of truth.

 Question:

What does Islam say about the attempted bombing in Times Square in New York?

Answer:

 

All praises are due to Allah alone, and may peace be upon His beloved Messenger.

The unfortunate event that took place in Times Square is absolutely prohibited by the pure Shari’ah of Islam.  Islam commands Muslims to uphold their covenants and treaties, and to abide by the rules of their society within which they live peacefully.  If we search the books of Fiqh, and the opinions of the four Madhaahab and others, we find that they prohibit a Muslim who enters a non-Muslim land peacefully with the permission of its rulers from betraying this covenant by harming anyone in that land.

The Prophet Muhammad, alayhi as salaam, stated: “Whoever gives a covenant of peace to a person to protect his life and wealth, and then kills him, than I am free from the murderer, even if the one killed were to be a disbeliever.”

Let me further clarify by saying that in order to term an action or group as ‘Islamic’ , its actions must be in accordance to Islam, and its noble Shari’ah.  These actions must be in accordance to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as properly understood by the Ulema, in accordance to the rules of interpretation, in order to call them Islamic.  The sources of Islam are the Qur’an, the Sunnah, ‘Ijma, and Qiyaas.  The actions of people have no bearing on Islamic Law.

The actions of some fanatics who disregard the Islamic scholarly tradition, and follow their nufoos (desires) in contravention to the Shari’ah, are to be regarded as “un-Islamic”.  Such people should properly be referred to has “harbis” or “bughaat”, i.e. those who wage rebellion.  Their actions can in no way be construed as ‘jihad’ in its legal sense.  It is imperative that the media abide by the conventions of impartiality and refrain from rushing to attribute to Islam what has no basis in its authentic sources.

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Allah Most High knows best.

Question:

Towards the end of Surah Baqrah (~ayat 266). Allah talks about people doing good deeds and then boasting about it and how his/her deeds will be vanished. There are multiple ahadiths on this topic as well, especially the one about the pious person who will enter hell because he was doing things to show off to people. I have a question: how one can attain sincerity to Allah?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

Thank you sister for taking the time to write to us. Guarding and purifying one’s intentions purely for the sake of Allah is one of the most important actions, and not doing so, and showing off, was described by the Prophet alayhi as salam as minor Shirk, may Allah save us from that.

The advice I can give you is:

1.) Always bear in mind that nothing in the universe, no person or creature, can benefit you or harm you in any way save by Allah’s permission. Always know that if you please Allah, even if others are displeased with you, you will attain Allah’s pleasure.

2.) Try your best to do acts of worship in private, and conceal them from others. This will be more pleasing to Allah.

3.) Feeling good about your good deeds is part of the reward of doing them, but beware of others praising you. The Prophet alayhi as salam said, if one praises you, you should throw dust in his face, and some scholars even took this literally. Some ulema stated, this should be a reminder to them and you that they are harming you by this praise. Others said, it would be a reminder for them that we are all created from dust.

Finally, you can repeat the dua: Allahuma innee ‘audhubika an ushrika bika shayan ‘alamahu, wa astagfiruka li ma la ‘alamuh. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from from making shirk with You while knowing, and seek Your forgiveness for that which I do not know.

May Allah help us attain sincerity in all of our actions.

And 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:

In time of distress if one say Oh my gosh is this a form of shirk and if the person believes in Allah firmly can this be forgiven?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah.

Saying ‘oh my gosh’ or ‘oh my goodness’ is sometimes said as an alternative way of saying ‘oh my God’.

The statement is not intended as a dua’, or as a means of seeking help from other than Allah, so it cannot be construed as shirk. Most people say it simply as a means of exclamation.

The Prophet, may peace and Allah’s blessings be upon him, said: “Actions are according to intentions.” Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim.

Some people believe one should not mention the name of God in vain, and sometimes they write it as G-d. This belief is incorrect. It permissible to call on Allah by any of His Names. Allah says, “To Allah belongs the Beautiful Names, so call on Him by them.”

And Allah knows best.

Question:

My department at the university will be hosting a graduation party during which they will serve alcohol. Is it permissable to attend this party?

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

It is narrated in Sunan at-Tirmidhi with an authentic chain by Jabir that the Prophet alayhi as salaam said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let not him or her sit at a gathering where intoxicants are being served.”

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Allaah will ask His slave on the Day of Resurrection until He says: What prevented you, when you saw something evil, from denouncing it?'” According to another report: “One of you will be asked on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked: What prevented you from denouncing evil when you saw it?” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad and Ibn Maajah, 4017; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1818).

Attending such gatherings will cause one’s heart to die. It is best if you turn this into an opportunity to give dawah to your colleagues and teach them alittle about Islam.

Allah knows best.

Question:

While exerting myself I found that some white fluid gushed forth from my private part, do I have to make ghusl from this?

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah.

The emission of this fluid requires one to make ghusl. The Prophet salla Allahu ‘alahi wa salam stated: “The water (of ghusl) is due from the water (manee).”

Manee is a white fluid that is emitted with a gush and is followed by relaxation. This may occur due to relations with one’s spouse, or during sleep, or due to exertion or excitement.

These other types of fluid that exit the private part only require one to perform wudu:

1.) urine

2.) madhy: clear sticky fluid that is emitted slowly while having thoughts about the opposite gender

3.) wady: small amount of white fluid that is emitted due to cold or after urination.

And Allah knows best.

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