Consuming Alcohol

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Q: I am in the field of politics. Most of time we have to have alcohol with seniors but I am now going to go for umrah. After returning umrah can I consume alcohol?

A:
What do you mean by you have to have alcohol with seniors? There is no such compulsion. Who is more important in your life; your seniors or Allah and His Rasool Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam?

You are having alcohol because you want to, not because you have to. Everyone knows that alcohol is forbidden for Muslims and your seniors know that too.

Go for Umrah and make Taubah (repent) for consuming alcohol and promise Allah that you will never drink again.

If politics is making you do Haraam then leave the politics. Your first duty is to Allah Ta'aala and not those seniors.

How can you even ask whether you can return to alcohol?  Leave it for the sake of Allah!

Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qur'aan: O Believers! Verily wine is filth of Shaytaan, so abstain totally from it; (Surah 5: 90) And: “They ask you about wine and gambling; Say: In it is there is great sin…. (Surah 2:219)

The following appears in a hadith: He who drinks wine, Allah Ta'ala shall not except his salaah for 40 days. If he makes repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks wine again, Allah shall not accept his salaah for 40 days. If he repents again, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks wine again, Allah shall not accept his salaah for 40 days. If he repents again, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks it the fourth time, then Allah will not accept his repentance. If he dies, he will enter Hell, In Hell he will be made to drink from the pus of the people of Jahannum. This is narrated by Ibn Majah and Tirmizhi

As for alcohol, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa Sallam) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day shall not sit at a table on which wine is served.” (Narrated by Imams Ahmad and Bayhaqi) This means that it is Haraam to be in an eating place where wine is served.

So you should not remain with them when they are drinking alcohol.

Moulana Yusuf Laher


FNB Musharakah Contract

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Q: Is the FNB Islamic home finance permissible based on the musharakah contract in South Africa?

A:
The Musharakah contract of FNB Islamic Finance is acceptable. You may enter into such a contract.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Greeting before Salaah

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Q: There's one person in the Musjid before Salah he makes Salaam to everyone then he sits in his place. Is this permissible or would this be considered Bid'at (an innovation)?

A:
It is not a sunnah to make salaam to people when entering the musjid for namaaz. Besides if people are making salaah then this constitutes a disturbance. If this is done regularly and consistently then it means the person is considering this a necessary practice, meanwhile it is not even a sunnah; hence, it will be regarded as a bid’ah.

Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Question on Taqdeer

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Q: My husband is asking me, that if Allah knows everything that we are going to do and whatever is in our hearts than why doesn't Allah stop us from doing wrong things beforehand as He knows it's wrong and we shouldn't do it.

A:
Your question on taqdeer refers. Indeed Allah Ta’ala knows everything that is happening anywhere in the Universe and whatever will happen anywhere and anytime in the future. However, we are here in the world for a test. If Allah was going to stop us from doing wrong, then for what will we be rewarded? Then there is no reason for Allah to speak about Jahannum and punishment of grave. How can we then be given thawaab for abstaining from sin when we did nothing to earn that reward. Then there is no reason for all the Laws of Shariah, because Allah will just let us do good and stop us from evil. Actually, it means that we don’t even have reason to be rewarded because we are not doing the good out of our own effort and will-power; instead Allah is doing everything for us. Then we have to also ask: Why does Allah not stop people from becoming kaafir? And if he does that, then there won’t be any kuffar in the world, thus taking away the need for Jahannum. So this idea makes the whole Deen futile. Therefore, the idea itself is wrong. Allah gave us will power and freedom to act as we want; now he rewards those who do good and punishes those who do wrong. This is very logical and sensible.

I trust you have now understood the matter, aameen

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Greeting for the Deceased

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Q: When I cross a graveyard I say the prescribed Salaam (greeting) but someone told me that when you cross a graveyard where Muslims are not buried you aren't supposed to say anything. Is this true? Is there any Hadith about this?

A:
Salaam is made to Muslim inhabitants of the graves and not to non Muslims. So it should not be read when crossing a non Muslim grave/graveyard.

In the du'aa is Salaam and asking Allah to grant Maghfirat (forgiveness) to the deceased people. Maghfirat is not asked for on behalf of non Muslims.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Investment in Livestock

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Q: I have an investment that invests in livestock, I have requested a Rand value of the investment to determine my zakaat for 1436. I would like to know if the way I have gone about calculating my zakaat is correct? I was advised that the value of zakaat on livestock is greater than the respective rand value?

A:
If your investment entails a partnership or joint ownership in livestock then the zakaat has to be calculated according to the number of heads of livestock and not on rand value. There is a table that Shariah has drawn up for zakaat on livestock. You and your partners will have to calculate your zakaat according to this table. However, after you have determined the number of animals to be given in zakaat, you are allowed to give the rand value of those animals in zakaat instead of the actual animals.

If on the other hand, you are not a partner in ownership of the animals but invested your money only to share in profits, then there is no zakaat on the animals but on the cash money you accumulate after one Islamic year. For example, you gave someone R100,000 to do business with the condition that you will receive 50 percent of whatever profits he makes in any Halaal trade. This person then decides to trade in livestock with your cash capital. He buys and sells sheep or cattle, after which he passes on to you half of the profits accrued. In such a case, you are not liable for zakaat on the stock. Instead your zakaat will be payable on the cash money you received that remains in your possession after 12 Islamic months.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

If your investment is any different to what I have described above, please let me know, for the ruling might differ

Mufti Siraj Desai

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