Bone China Crockery

Q: Could you please tell me if plates made of "bone china" or "fine bone china" are ok for Muslims to use to eat from? A. Bone china crockery is made from cattle bones that have been dried out and then reduced to ash. However, when the bones are burnt to ash then a complete […]

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Who is a Mufti

Q: Please explain how one becomes a mufti. Is this a specialised field of Islamic studies? Are courses offered in South Africa? A. A person has to first study the full Aalim course and this course is offered by the Darul Ulooms in South Africa and abroad. Thereafter the qualified Aalim takes admission in the Mufti […]

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Snakes as Pets

Q: Can I keep a python as a pet? A. Snakes are one of the five which Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) commanded that they be killed. (Muslim V4 P17). Thus it will not be permissible to keep snakes, pythons, etc. as pets. Allah Ta'aala knows best. Moulana Yusuf LaherChecked by: Mufti Siraj Desai

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Dental Floss

Q: Which dental floss is halaal suitable? A. Contact any reputable Halaal organization with your query, such as SANHA, etc. We do not deal with these matters. The SANHA hotline is 0861 786 111. Contact them for all your Halaal queries. Mufti Siraj Desai

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Shark and Animals of Prey

Q: In Islam it is haraam to eat animals of prey. Also, we are advised not to eat shark meat since they prey on humans as well and may have eaten human meat. Does this still make it ok to eat shark meat or fish fingers that are made out of shark meat? A. Yes, […]

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Roses on Grave

Q: I have always been taught about placing fresh flowers on a Qabr as it performs Zikr to Allah Ta'ala, all flowers except rose bushes, the reason being that the thorns cause discomfort and hurt to the person in the Qabr (grave). I would then remove the petals and ask for the petals to be […]

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Difference Between Mani and Mazi

Q: When I talk to girls I lose semen (mazi or mani) I don't know what. I want to know if Ghusul is Wajib on me in this situation? A. Mani is a thick whitish liquid. If Mani emerges, Ghusl will become Waajib. Mazi is a sticky transparent liquid which breaks Wudhu but not Ghusl. Most […]

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Duration of Breastfeeding

Q: Until how long is it permissible to breastfeed a baby on mother's milk? A. The Shari’ah has stipulated two years as the cut off period for breastfeeding. It must be borne in mind that any time frame mentioned in Shari’ah must be calculated according to the lunar calendar, such as; a woman’s Iddat, a […]

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