Question:

I am just wondering if we can join alive prayers when they are broadcast.

Answer:

The scholars say this is not allowed, since one’s prayer line must be
connected or in view of the rest of those praying. Listening on a
loud speaker is okay if there is a physical connection (like a hallway
or stairwell or balcony) that is connected to the others praying. But
on a broadcast there is no physical connection. Some of the Madhahab
even limit the distance between the prayer lines.

Allah knows best.

Question:

Is there anything wrong with saying that Abu Talib died as a non-Muslim?

Answer:

No, the Prophet alayhi salam himself mentioned that
Abu Talib will be in the least level of the hell-fire,
and even this would cause the brains to boil,
and if it was not for the Prophet’s intercession,
he would have been in the deepest part of the fire,
as is narrated in Bukhari.

Allah knows best.

Question:

Is pronouncing shahada (in Arabic) part of excepting Islam, or just
believing in that is sufficient?

Answer:

It is not essential to make the annoucement of the Shahadah publicly. Simply saying it by oneself will cause a person to become a Muslim.

But in order to be our brother or sister in Islam, one must pronounce
their Shahadatayn, in any language, in front of the Muslims.
If they keep it secret, than Allah knows what is in their hearts, and
He will reward based on that in the Akhirah, but they will be
considered a non-Muslim from the worldly perspective.

It is not sufficient to simply pronounce the Shahadah, but one must
also have complete conviction in their heart. Know that Islam is the truth,
and hasten to make your shahadah, and do not delay.

Allah knows best.

Question:

I heard from some preachers that the age of Khadija when she got married to
our Prophet (saw) mentioned differently in the classical books of seerah.
Also it is said that only one of those mentions that she was 40, but other
give different ages even 28 or 29. Could you please give me any name of
those books? I heard that Ibn Ishaq in his seerah mentions this, but the
translation I found online says Muhammad married Khadija, who was some
fifteen years older than he.

Answer:

The most authentic narrations state that the Prophet alayhi as salam
was 25 and Khadija was 40 when they were married. There are some weak narrations that say she was younger.

As for Ibn Ishaaq’ seerah, it is known to have many weak narrations. Ibn Hisham pointed out some of these weak narrations.

Perhaps you can refer to Ibn Hisham’s Seerah for more details on this issue.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

If some one or government lends you some money which is the price of some
good today and we return the money as the cost of that good at the time we
return (which is a different amount), is this considered riba?

Answer:

A cash loan has to be repaid in kind, in exactly the same amount and
currency that was given. However, if they goverment wants to sell you
something, and you pay them on a delayed payment schedule, that is
allowed.

It seems from your question that there is more than one transaction taking place in this exchange. What is prohibited is any loan that brings a guaranteed return or benefit to the lender.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

Hello, I wanted to know more about what Islam says about Jesus?

Answer:

Welcome to our site, and I am very happy that you are interested in learning about Islam. You are doing the right thing by searching for the truth. What the scholars state is that we have to go away from the innovations and commercialism that have been added on to Christianity, such as the trinity and vicarious atonement, and get back to the original message, which is worshipping One God alone.

Yes, it is very important that one remove the falsehoods that have been added on to Jesus’, peace be upon him, teachings. He never told anyone to worship him. How could he, he came to call people to worship one God alone. He himself fell on his face in prostration to God. God cannot be three and one at the same time. This is a innovated teaching that Jesus never taught.

What we all have to do is abondon these falsehoods that have been added on, and turn to God alone. There is no God worshipped in truth except the One God. How can a man, made of flesh and bones, be akin to God, who is Exalted beyond having any partners in His Dominion?

My advice to you, and all my Christian colleagues and aquaintances, is to stop following the new beliefs that have been inserted into Christianity and go back to the original message, which is to worship God alone. The Messiah Jesus is the son of Mary, and a spirit from God, but God does not need to have His Son sacrificed in order to forgive our sins, He can forgive us if we simply turn to Him and repent.

Thank you so much for stopping by our website, and please continue your search for the truth about Islam.

Please also have a look at our book, The Noble Status of Jesus and Mary in Islam and open your heart, and I pray that God guides you to truth.

Take care,

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.

Question:

There are problems and conflicts between my wife and my mother. Part of it has to do with the fact that my wife and I come from different cultural backgrounds. What should I do?

Answer:

All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad.

I am very happy to hear from you brother, and I pray to Allah that He
grants you wisdom and guidance in dealing with your situation.

You should know that conflict between one’s mother and one’s wife is a
very common problem, and in fact an ancient problem that goes back to
times even before Islam. It takes wisdom and patience in order to
deal with the complex issues that occur between them, and rectifying
between them is your duty as caretaker (Qayyim) of your family.

Let me address one issue at a time. As you know, your mother raised
you and wishes the best for you, but she may feel jealous at times at
the attention your wife recieves from you, and of course you used to
be with her all them time as her child, but now your mother may feel
that your wife has taken away all your attention from her, and after
all her hard work, your wife receives your caring, and this will
naturally cause some feelings of jealousy.

I only tell you this so you can try to understand why your mother may
be unknowingly harboring resentment towards your wife. May Allah
protect us from feelings of jealousy, but at the same time, these type
of feelings of resentment do happen. What you need to do is try to
offset this jealousy by praising your mother, calling her as much as
possible, and assuring your mother that you love her, perhaps buy her
flowers and presents, and show goodness and kindness to her.

Of course, your being patient with your mother is part of your good
treatment of her. However, as you know you do not have to listen to
her if she tries to cause harm between you and your wife, if she has
no valid reason for doing so. But your should still show your mother
kindness.

As for your wife, I believe those that you went to gave her good
advice. She should repel with that which is better. She should try
to be patient with your mom and respect her and show kindness to her, as if she were
her own mother. She should not respond back if your mother argues
with her, but rather just change the subject, and not dwell on it.
You may remind her of the great reward of being patient, for the
Prophet alayhi as salam said, “Whoever humbles himself for the sake of
Allah, Allah will raise him.”

As for your mom, my advice to her, is that just as she loves you, she
should try her best to love your wife as her own daughter. She should
not harm you by treating your wife harshly. She should try to
continue the goodly reward Allah will grant her for raising you by
helping you in your married life. She would not want to negate the
good she has done for her children by harming their marriages as they
grow older. Certainly Allah will grant her much reward and honor for
her hard work, if she does what is pleasing to Him.

You can also help your mother make good use of her time with learning
the classes of knowledge, and studying. One is never too old to
learn. They are many beneficial classes available online and she can
download them and listen. (Perhaps she can visit the site
www.ImamFaisal.com),

As for the rest of your family, I advise them with the words of the
Prophet in his final Khutbah: “There is no difference between and
Arab and a non-Arab, nor between black and white, except through
Taqwa.” Our Ummah must come together on the basis of our belief in
the Tawheed of Allah.

Remember, the words of the Prophet alayhi as salam to Abu Dharr when
he spoke unkindly about the race of Bilal’s mother: He said to him,
“You are a person who has Jahiliyya (ignorance) in you.”

All of us were created from Adam, and Adam is from dirt. Black,
white, Indian, Arab, it does not matter, all are equal in the sight of
Allah, and the only difference is through piety.

Mistreating your wife because she is of a different race is Dhulm. It
is not permissable in Islam, and one will be accountable for that on
the Day of Judgement if they do that.

Also remember the verse of Allah, “No bearer of burdens shall
bear the burden of another.” Whatever wrongs others have done
historically, that should not be used against one who has committed no
crime. Let them remember that your wife is their Muslim sister, who
has rights on them, and they should not harm her with their hand nor
behind her back with their tongues.

I make dua to Allah Most High to rectify your affairs, and grant you
and your family much love and kinship, and bring you together in His
Obedience.

And Allah knows best.

Wassalamualaikum wrt wb,

Imam Faisal

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