Ubaadah bin Saamit (Radhiallaho anho) reports that he asked the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) about “Laylatul Qadr”. He replied: “It is in Ramadhan, during the last ten days, on the unevenly numbered nights, either the 21st 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan. Whosoever stands in “Ibaadah” on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the “Shayateen” on that night; it lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in it’s fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the “Shayateen” from rising up with the Sun.”
Q. We understand that entrance to the Heaven will depend on the mercy of Allah, the Most-Merciful, and not on our deeds only. We all the time seek the mercy of the Merciful for here and for the Hereafter. Someone came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)asking him what he was required to do to enter into the Heaven. The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)narrated the minimum deeds he was required to do it order to enter into the Heaven. Would you be kind enough to give details of the minimum deeds. May Allah reward you for this noble work.
(M.S. Desin, Dammam)
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.
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.
We are all drawn to people with a good sense of humour. Humour has the power of warming people’s hearts and lifting the spirits like no other human characteristic, and it provides a welcome break amidst the pressures of life.
Humour and joking are permitted in Islam. We learn this from several ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Abu Huraira radi allahu anhu said that the Prophet peace be upon him was told, “O Prophet of Allah, you are joking with us.” He said, “I only say what is true.” (Tirmidhi) Another Hadith relates that the Prophet would nickname Zainab bint Salama by repeatedly calling her ‘O Zuweinab’.
Q. In response to my question, you have replied in the Albalagh International-November 1991 issue – that I can adjust the interest money received earlier against the loss of my principal amounts in BCCI, your reply, I assume, is based on the assumption that I want to adjust the interest received earlier “FROM BCCI” against the expected loss of principal amount deposited with BCCI. Suppose the interest was not received from BCCI or only partly received from BCCI. Now the question is that can I adjust such interest amount against the loss of principal in BCCI?.
(M. S. Desai, Saudi Arabia)
Q. I have read the Shabaan issue of your magazine Al-BALAGH certain questions are bothering me with regard to fasting on the 15 th of Shabaan.I would like to explain the reason for this question. Several months ago a friend explained to me that there is no special significance of the fast of the 15th of Shabaan. However, he says this Hadith is absolutely weak to such an extent that one of its narrators was a person who was regarded by some scholars of Hadith as a fabricator of Hadith and a liar. Hence, he says that, untill another reliable Hadith can be found the fast of the 15th of Shabaan has no special virtue. He also explained to me the following points :
Q. “It is noticed lately, in some Mosques, that supplications (Du’a) is offered in congregation, lead by the Imam with loud and piercing voice, sight frequently observed in normal days, and particularly during Ramadan in the Lailatul Qadr. Is there any justification for such congregational prayers in Shariah? If not, what is the prescribed way for the person leading the prayers (Imam) to make supplication?
Q. Are women allowed to participate in congregational prayer led by a male? if it is allowed where they should stand? Similarly, is it allowed for women to arrange their own congregational prayer led by a female and participated by women exclusively? If it is allowed, what shall be the arrangement of the rows? Please also mention whether such type of congregational prayer can be held in the mosque or in the home. If it is possible for women to participate in a congregational prayer held in a mosque, how should a women observe the injunctions relating to Hijab?
(Muhammad Hassan Chand, Karachi)
2. FASTING (SAUM)
Our Trustworthy Advisor, Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) has directed those persons who are unable to marry and bear its burden to fast. Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “0 Group of youth! Those amongst you who have the ability to marry should marry because it lowers the gaze and protects the private parts. And those who cannot marry should fast because fasting breaks desires.”