Closing a Masjid

Q: Under what conditions can a musjid be shut down or closed? A: A musjid may not be shut down or closed under any circumstances. Almighty Allah warns in Surah Baqara, verse 114: AND WHO IS MORE OPPRESSIVE THAN HE WHO PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM THE MASAAJID OF ALLAH, FROM TAKING HIS NAME THEREIN, AND THEY […]

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Dogs as Pets

Q: Is it permissible for Muslims to keep dogs as pets? A: Not as pets. It is permissible to keep a dog for security purposes and protection. Do not allow the dog inside the house unless there is a dire need, e.g. the robber is in the house, etc. (Raddul Muhtaar V20 P296) Moulana Yusuf […]

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Punishment for Magic

Q: I wanted to ask about what is the punishment in the Hereafter for the person who goes to a magician in order to make the magician cast a spell on a victim. I know anyone who learns black magic is a mushrik (polytheist) and has no link with Islam nor does he has any […]

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Sleeping After Asr

Q: I heard from elders that sleeping or studying between asr and maghreb is disliked and affects the body negatively. Could Mufti please verify this for me? A: It does appear in the Hadeeth that sleeping after Asr can cause loss of intellect and senses, i.e. insanity. (Musnad Abu Ya’laa V8 P316). However, the chain […]

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Time for Executions

Q: Why are people habged before sunset and immediately after Fajar prayer? A: This is not a Shar’i law to execute before sunset or at the time of Fajr, but it is the choice of the country who does that on those times. It can be done at any time. Shari’ah has not stipulated a […]

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Repenting for Grave Sins

Q: I committed zina (premarital sex) and oral sex. How can this grave sin ever be forgiven? A. No matter how big the sins are or when they were committed, they will be forgiven by Allah when you repent. If the sin involved rights of others, then with repentance unto Allah, the rights of the […]

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Dead Sea Products

Q: Is it permissible as a Muslim to use products/cosmetics, which contain minerals from the Dead Sea? A: The Dead Sea is where the Punishment of Allah came down upon the nation of Nabi Loot (Alayhis-Salaam). There is spiritual darkness in this area, so Muslims are not allowed to use products made from the sand […]

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Playing Chess

Q: Is Chess (the game) haraam? A: 1) According to the Hanafi Madhab chess is not allowed, for the following reasons: a) There is a Hadeeth that states: One who plays chess, it is as if he has soaked his hands in the blood of swine. b) The reason for this stern reprimand is that […]

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Status of the Green Dome

Q: What is the Islamic ruling regarding the green dome above the blessed grave of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in Madinah? A: Your query refers. When Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam (May our lives and the lives of our children and parents be sacrificed for him!) passed away he was buried right at the […]

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Crying at Time of Tribulation

Q: I just wanted to clarify a bit of doubt that I have regarding trials and tribulations. I know that everything comes from Allah and that a Muslim is such that he is happy in all conditions, but sometimes it is hard to practice on that. Is crying because of a trial you have been […]

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