Visiting Family and Umrah

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Q: 1. What is  the ruling regarding ihraam of South Africans visiting family residing in Jeddah with the intention to perform umrah?
2. Within how many days on arrival to Jeddah should the Umrah be made?
3. Does the person visiting Madinah need to put Ihraam on returning from Madinah?


A: 1. They can wear the Ihraam from Jeddah.
2. There is no time frame for this.
3. When a person leaves Madinah intending to go to Makkah, he will have to wear Ihraam for Makkah and make Umrah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Colour Therapy and Chakras

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Q: Is there anything regarding chakras in Islam and where did it originate from? I would like to do something that is called colour therapy with also involves chakras so I want to know whether it is permissible in Islam or not.

A:
If you research Chakras, its origins are from Hinduism and Buddhism. It is not related to Islam at all. Thus this has to be avoided. It will not be permissible.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Status of a Will

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Q: Please explain the status of making a will in Islam.

A:
A Hadeeth mentions that a person who has any belongings should not allow even two days to pass without having a will. (Kanzul Ummaal V16 P613). 

Another Hadeeth mentions that a person who dies and leaves a will has died on the right path and the Sunnah, on piety and martyrdom and has been forgiven. (Kanzul Ummaal V16 P613).

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said that he saw two women in a dream and both were in Jannah. One was speaking while the other was silent. “I said to the one who was speaking: Why are you are speaking and she is silent?” She replied: ‘I had written a will and she died without a will. Thus she will not (not be allowed to) speak till Qiyaamah.’ (Kanzul Ummaal V16 P620).

It is, therefore necessary for every Muslim who owns anything of considerable value to leave a will.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Procedure for Sajda Sahu

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Q:  Can you please let me know the correct procedure of performing "Sajda Sahu" (if any mistake occurs in salah). I belong to Hanafi Mathab.

A:
When sitting in the last sitting read Attahiyyaat, make one Salaam to the right. Then make two sajdahs as Sajdah is normally made. Then sit again and read Attahiyyat again and the rest of what is read. Then complete the salaah by making Salaam to both sides, as is normally done.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Sign of Martyrdom

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Q: When my grandfather passed away, a growth on his hand burst with flowing blood upon his death. A family member mentioned that this is a sign of martyrdom. Please explain the conditions of martyrdom.

A:
This is not martyrdom. A martyr is one who is killed in battle by the enemy, or one who is killed by robbers and dies on the spot. Other lesser categories of martyrs are: One who is attacked by robbers or enemy but dies later, after receiving treatment; a woman who dies in labour; one who dies from poisoning; one who dies through a stomach illness; one who dies in a plague; one who died through the collapsing of a wall or building.

Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Evil and Predestination

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Q: People doing evil work like having alcohol, robbery, many kinds of evil work, is that already written in his taqdeer (predestination)?  I want answer (in yes or No). If yes please explain it.

A:
All deeds, good or bad, that people do, are written in their taqdeer. All this is part of taqdeer. Their actions as well as the causes of these actions, all form part of taqdeer. But, just as we are rewarded for the good we do even though it was in our taqdeer, similarly we get punished for the bad we do even though it was in our taqdeer. Why? Because all this is done through our own free will. We choose to do it.

If someone asks why should we be punished for actions that have already been written in our taqdeer, then I will say why must you be rewarded for actions that are already written in your taqdeer?? If you deny that sins are committed through our own free will, then you must say the same for good deeds. And if lack of free will is cited as a reason NOT to be punished, then lack of free will must also be a reason NOT to be rewarded. I mean, after all you did nothing great then if your good deeds were forced upon you through taqdeer. Therefore, all this happens through our own choices; hence, we get reward and we get punishment, unless Allah Ta’ala, in His Infinite Mercy and Grace, pardons us of our sins.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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