Physical Exercise

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Q: Is taking physical exercise permitted in Islam?

A:
Physical exercise is permissible.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat to Domestic Worker

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Q: Is it permissible to give zakat to a non Muslim domestic helper?

A:
It is not permissible to give Zakaat to non Muslims. It has to be given to a Muslim who qualifies to accept Zakaat.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Recording a Conversation Secretly

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Q: Can one record a conversation between two people without the other party knowing? What about a third person listening in recording the conversation without both parties knowing? Is such a practice allowed?

A:
It will not be permissible if any one of them is unaware that the discussion is being recorded. Also not permissible if both parties are unaware.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Intimate Relations while Fasting

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Q: If I have sex with my wife after fajr salah in the month of Ramadhan will my fast break?

A:
Yes, your fast will break. You will have to keep Kaffaarah of sixty days for this. So do not do it after Fajr. You can have sexual intercourse with your wife from after Maghrib till the fast starts, and that is till Fajr starts and not thereafter.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Dealing with Difficult Relatives

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Q: My grandmother has oppressed my father financially. She has gained her wealth through the manipulation of my grandfather's inheritance and the theft of my father's businesses and properly. She and her youngest son have colluded. My father has battled all his life and they have never put out a hand to assist inspite of them having the means. Am I obligated to continue having ties with them? It has been a year since I spoke to them. What is the Islamic ruling on this? My grandfather is late.

What if they don't come visit as we stay in two different cities? I am finding it difficult to pick up the phone and call them.

A:
You are not allowed to sever ties with them. The least you must do is to make Salaam to them and answer their Salaam. Since it is your grandmother and uncle, keep at least a limited contact with them with this in mind that you are fulfilling your Islamic duty. They will have to face the consequences of their actions. Do not lower your morals and character because of them.

I understand that it is difficult because of the pain that you underwent. Put some pressure on yourself and make a phone call. Wish them Ramadhaam Mubarak, etc, a quick call.

The reward in the hereafter for this sacrifice is unimaginable.

May Allah always guide you to His pleasure, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Following a Mathab

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Q: Where is the source in Islam that states you have to follow a madhab? If one isn't following a madhab, is that then a sin?

A:
The Imams of the Madhabs have extracted the laws of the Madhab from the Qur'aan and Sunnah. By doing so, they have made practicing on the Deen easy for us. We do not have the necessary knowledge, expertise and insight to do so. Thus it is absolutely necessary for us to follow one of them. Following any one of them is following the Qur'aan and Sunnah.

The concept of following a reliable person in matters of Deen is established from the Qur'aan and Sunnah. The books on Hadeeth are replete with such narrations.

a) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Hudhayfah in Tirmidhi (Baab Manaaqib ibni Yaasir).
b) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Irbaadh ibni Saariyah in Ibni Maajah (Baab Ittibaa' Sunnatil Khulafaa ir Raashideen).
c) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Umar ibnul Khattaab in Mishkaatul Masaabeeh (Baab Manaaqib Quraysh).
d) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Mu'aadh ibni Jabal in Abu Dawood (Baab Ijtihaadir Ra'y), etc.
(Radhiyallaahu Anhum).

It is gross ignorance to believe that by following one of the Imams, one is not following the Qur'aan and Sunnah. In fact, there is the distinct danger of going completely astray by not following one of these illustrious Imams. Experience has proven that those who do not follow one of these great Imams become confused and misled. By living according to their teachings we are living according to Quran. May Allah Ta'aala guide us to His pleasure. Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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