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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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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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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Status of Chess

Q: I have heard that a Muslim should stay away from playing chess. What is the reason for this and how do I explain this to a non-Muslim who wants me to play with him? A: 1) According to the Hanafi Madhab chess is not allowed, for the following reasons: a) There is a Hadeeth that […]

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Hiding Faults

Q: I have an older brother who is a hafiz and has performed taraweeh for 3 years. Recently he stared leaving home for 3 hours and he used to make up an excuse. I checked his texts and emails and found out he used to meet older men and women for sexual activity. My hifz […]

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Repentance for Major Sins

Q: If someone did homosexuality, masturbation, watching pornography or adultery in his past, what should he do? A. No matter how big the sins are or when they were committed, they will be forgiven by Allah when you repent.   Allah Ta'aala says in the Qur'aan:O My Servants who have wronged against themselves! Do not despair […]

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Best Names for Baby Boys

Q: What are the best names for a boy? A. The Hadeeth mentions that the most beloved names unto Allah Ta'aala are Abdullah and Abdur Rahmaan. (Tirmidhi V5 P132). Other good names to choose from are the names of the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam) and from the names of the Sahaabah Kiraam (Radhiyallaahu Anhum). Or go […]

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Good Names for Boys

Q: I will be having a baby boy soon. Does Mufti have any suggestions with regards to names? Are Zaydaan or Rameez good names? A. The Hadeeth mentions that the most beloved names unto Allah Ta'aala are Abdullah and Abdur Rahmaan. (Tirmidhi V5 P132). Other good names to choose from are the names of the […]

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