Intention and Miqaat

Q: I recently performed umrah with my 18 year old son. During the flight from Riyadh to Jeddah we were not advised correctly of the miqaat point by the flight attendants. We made the intention however 15-20 mins prior to landing in Jeddah. However my son isn’t sure if he prayed the talbiyah. Please advise […]

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Reading Surah Faatihah behind an Imam

Q: If we read salaah behind an imam and the imam reads Surah Al Faatihah must we read it as well or keep silent? A: If you are a Shaafi’ee then you will read Surah Faatihah after the Imam has completed his Surah Faatihah. If you are a Hanafi then you will not read Surah […]

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Investing Advance Zakaat

Q: If donors give us advanced Zakah before their due date (like Zakah for 2015), can we invest that money for now to cover our expenses, and distribute the moeny when the due date comes? A: Such money may only be invested with the consent and permission of the donors. Otherwise not. Also, should any […]

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Ladies Wearing Socks in Ihraam

Q: Is it permissible for women in ihraam to wear shoes/socks? A: It is permissible for a woman to wear socks and shoes whilst in the state of Ihraam. There is no prohibition in this for females And Allah Ta’ala knows best Mufti Siraj Desai

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Istikhara for Someone Else

Q: Can you advise me on who can read istikhara Salaah for me as I would like to leave my job and open up my own business. A: Asking someone else to make Istikhaarah on one’s behalf is not proven. Yes, to make Mashwarah (seek counsel) with someone else is Sunnat. It is mentioned in […]

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Praying at Home and Iqaamat

Q: When you pray Salaah at home by yourself, do you make iqamat and do your intention? Or can you start with intention and pray? A: It is best to make the Iqaamat. If the Iqaamat was not done, the Salaah will still be valid. Moulana Yusuf Laher

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Zakaat on Outstanding Debt

Q: I have some money in my savings account which I paid zakat for it last year in full. I did not use the money neither did I get more. I loaned the money to a family member, who still hasn’t paid it back to me. Ddo I still pay zakat on it this year? […]

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Shafi Joining Salaah on a Journey

Q: I live in Cape Town and planning to go on holiday to Johannesburg  (travelling by car). My question: 1. Can I perform qasr (shortened salaah) and Jama Salaah (joining two salaahs) while travelling to Joburg? 2. I’m staying in Joburg for 4 days, can I perform qasr and Jama salaah during my stay? I’m […]

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