Marriage Ceremonies in Mosques


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q . In Western countries, Muslim parents arrange the marriage ceremony of their sons and daughters in their Mosques because the option of renting a suitable hall is generally not available, or affordable. The ceremony is followed by music or dance programs at some places. Is it permissible to hold such programs in the Mosques?

A. As for the solemnizing of marriage, holding it in Mosques is a recommended practice according to the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam). But, singing and dancing are not permissible under any condition. Therefore, the holding of marriage ceremonies in Mosques, ceremonies which include such forbidden and immodest practices is not permissible.

September 19, 2010

Women Shaking Hands With Male Strangers


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q 3. Muslim women living in Western countries have to shake hands with male strangers who sometimes visit their offices or schools. Similarly, there are occasions when Muslim men get into a no go situation when they have to shake hands with female strangers. In the event of a refusal to do so, the likelihood of harm coming from them is not that remote. Does the Shari‘ah of Islam permit a handshake in this situation?

A 3. Women shaking hands with male strangers and men shaking hands with female strangers is not permissible under any circumstances. This position is fully supported by clear statements in the noble Ahadith and all jurists concur on this being impermissible.

September 17, 2010

Attending Parties Featuring Prohibited Practices


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q 2. Not uncommon lately, are general gatherings in Western countries where Muslims are also invited. Such gatherings are mixed where liquor is also offered and consumed. If Muslims elect not to attend such functions, they are, on the one hand, alienated from the whole society while, on the other, they remain deprived of benefits that accrue from socialization. Is it permissible for Muslims to attend these gatherings under such circumstances?

A. Participation of Muslims in gatherings which constitute of indulging in drinking, eating of pork and the dancing and singing of women and men is not permissible, specially when there is no other general compulsion except the desire to be socially recognized. It is not proper for Muslims to bow down before such avenues of sin. The challenges to what Islam forbids being experienced by you give you all the more occasion to stay firm on your Faith. And should the Muslims living in non-Muslims countries and they are not that few could get to agree on not participating in such functions, chances are that non-Muslims themselves would be left with no reasonable option but to weed out such disagreeable practices from their functions.

September 15, 2010

Celebrating Eid-Ul-Adhaa According To The Hajj Dates In Saudi Arabia


Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. 1. Is it all right for me to follow the Jamia Mosque for Eid-ul-Adha celebration although I do not agree with this decision to celebrate it with Hajj day in Saudi Arabia (i.e.next to Hajj day).

2. What is the true significance of the details given in the attached brochure on the light of the Fiqh followed in different schools?

3. Does it agree with the decision taken by Fiqh council of Saudi Arabia which has members from all over the Muslim world.
(A Canadian Muslim)

August 24, 2010

Fundamentals of a happy marriage


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Women & Family

Faith: The most basic and essential attribute of a Muslim marriage is the common faith that binds the couple. Since Islam is a way of life and not just a religion confined to weekly worship it becomes an integral part of a Muslim’s life. The frame of reference shared by the couple eases communication and sharing of values which is not possible in an interfaith marriage. It is highly recommended that faith play an important role in the developing a loving relationship. For example, as the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, that when a husband feeds his wife, he gets a reward for this act and Allah increases the bond of love between them. So when we love each other for the sake of Allah WE ACTUALLY INCREASE OUR FAITH.

August 13, 2010

THE WEDDING OF THE PRINCESS OF BOTH WORLDS


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Women & Family

THE NIKAH OF HADHRAT FAATIMAH (radhiallahu anhaa)— A LESSON FOR US!

Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anhu) very bashfully approached Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) for the great wealth of Nabi’s (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) daughter. Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anhu) made his marriage proposal for the hand of Hadhrat Faatimah (radhiallahu anhaa) directly to Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam). The command of Allah Ta’ala was immediately revealed and Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) accepted the proposal.

The rigmarole, frills and fancies attendant to proposals and engagements were totally absent. The customs surrounding marriage proposals and engagements of nowadays are nonsensical and at variance as well as in conflict with the Sunnah.

August 11, 2010

Jihad by Night


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Jihad

“For twenty years I waged Jihad against myself.  I struggled, all throughout to remain standing in prayer at night.  For those twenty years I never tasted the sweetness of the night prayer.  It was only after that that I found comfort and sweetness.”

These are the words of one of the greatest scholars of the early generation.  Al-Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawri (161 H) is known as one of the Eight Ascetics of his age.  He was, rahimahullah, ‘aabid – a worshipper.

Twenty years of Jihad by night.  No sweetness was experienced by ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) for twenty years?

August 10, 2010

Women Of Wonder


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Women & Family

In Suraah Ahzaab, Allah Ta`ala has mentioned the following ten qualities which every Muslim should strive to inculcate in themselves. The woman of Jannah is one who has the following qualities:

1.           She is a Muslimah: She readily, willingly and cheerfully submits to Allah’s commands. She does not question the wisdom of the Shariah. “Men have charge over women” says Allah. The woman of wonder does not believe in “gender equality, etc.” and does not suffer from an inferior complex, as she is fully aware that in her role as a home executive she gains the Pleasure of Allah Ta`ala.

August 9, 2010

Revive a Sunnah: The Turban


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Fiqh, Hadith & Seerah

By: Sheikhul Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fadhlur Rahman Saheb

One must affirm that there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that each and every Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is considered supreme and well worthy of emulation by a true believer of and follower of his esteemed lifestyle. In fact a true lover of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would be prepared to give his life for the practical preservation of even one Sunnah. A true Ummati of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one who endeavors to emulate every Sunnah, whether it is connected to the Ibaadat (worship) of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or his habit or lifestyle (the manner of his eating, walking, dressing etc.)

August 8, 2010

Etiquette of Salaam (Greeting)


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices
  1. That person is nearest to Allah Ta’âla who utters the salâm first. (i.e. one who does not wait for the opposite party to make salâm first.
  2. Greet every Muslim, whether acquainted or not. (Bukhari)
  3. Salâm should always be made before talking. (Tirmidhi)
  4. When replying to a salâm that has been conveyed through a third person, answer by saying: Wa Alaika Wa Alayhis Salâm. (Nasa’i)
  5. After making salâm, if a barrier such as a   tree or wall appears between them (where the view is obscured) one should make salâm again when meeting them.
August 7, 2010