Can't Afford Aqeeqah

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Q: Can Aqiqa be done after 7th day? If a parent has no capacity to do Aqiqa of their child then any alternative?

A:
Aqeeqah is a meritorious act but not compulsory. Usually two sheep (or two portions in a cow) for a boy and one sheep (or one portion in a cow) for a girl is slaughtered. One sheep for a boy also suffices.

The benefit of Aqeeqah is that it is thanksgiving unto Allah for the child and it is also a means of protecting the child from evil. Remember that Aqeeqah is not compulsory. If one is by the means, it can be done, otherwise omitted. It is best to do it on the seventh day after birth. If not then before the child reaches the age of maturity. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyah V17 P509/510).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Allah Ta'ala's Mercy

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Q: Does Allah really takes his Rahmah (Mercy) away? If someone is having financial probl or whatever they do or ask for they are not getting it. They are in problems. What is the solution for that? How can you ask Allah for His blessings and His Mercy?

A:
One has to be obedient unto Allah Ta'aala and diligently practice on the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam to draw Rahmah.

Go to our website: anwaarul-islam.co.za and download the book 'Morning and Evening Du'aas'. Recite it daily after Fajr and Maghrib. This is also a means of drawing Rahmah. Download Link

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 18:57

Marriage in Order of Birth

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Q: I'm 23 years old this year. I am engaged to a man arranged by my parents over a year ago. Until now, my nikah (marriage) is getting very delay as my parents want my sister to marry first. She isn't engaged yet. My fiance's family eagerly wants us to marry first. I do understand my family situation, but my fiance and I want to get married soon to avoid any unnecessary problems. Do I need to wait for my sister until she gets marry? In Islam does marriage need to be according to the siblings' sequence? if not, how to keep myself to be patience?

A:
You do not need to wait for your sister to marry. You can get married before her, it is permissible. Get some elders in your family to speak to your parents and make them understand. Or get the Aalim in your area to speak to them.
May Allah Ta'aala make it easy for you, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Feeling like giving Divorce

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Q: If a husband says "I feel like giving you a divorce/I want to give you a divorce" in extreme anger but does not do anything after that and does not say the words of divorce or issues it, does that consititute a divorce."

A:
It does not constitute divorce.

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Minor Paying Zakaat

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Q: Can a minor pay zakat?

A:
In the Hanafi Madhab, Zakaat is not compulsory on a minor.

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Zakaat on Deceased Estate

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Q: My step sister died in 2004 and had a cash balance at bank of £365,000.00 plus interest accrued of £40,000 making a total of £405,000. This estate was divided between 17 family members without considering that no Zakaat had ever been paid since 2004. My views are that zakaat should have been deducted and distributed and interest given away before the division.

A:
Even if Zakaat was compulsory on your sister and she did not pay it, it will not be paid from the estate unless she instructed that it be done from the estate. (Raddul Muhtaar V29 P360).

Yes, the interest must be removed.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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