Sunnat Ghayr Muakkadah

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Q: Can you explain about Sunnat ghayr muakkadah?

A:
Ghayr Mu'akkadah Sunnats are not compulsory, but if done, merits great rewards.

The four Sunnats before Asr, the four Sunnts before Eshaa are Ghayr Mu'akkdah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Types of Miswaak

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Q: Can miswaak (brushing teeth with a twig) be done by branch of any tree?

A:
All  types  of  tree  twigs  may  be  used  for  Miswaak  with  the exception  of:  a)  the  pomegranate  tree,  b)  the  basil  plant,  it  can cause leprosy, c) the myrtle tree, it can also cause leprosy. It, too, should not  be used  as a  toothpick. Preferably,  twigs from  a  bitter tree  should  be  used,  for,  it  (wood  from  a  bitter  tree)  cleanses  the mouth and strengthens the teeth and stomach. Ensure that it is not harmful  or  poisonous.  The  best  Miswaak  is  from  the  olive  tree. Sayyidina  Mu’aadh  radhiallahu anhu  narrates  the  following  Hadeeth  from Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam:  “The  best  Miswaak  is  from  the  olive  tree,  a  blessed tree. It cleans the mouth and it is my Miswaak and the Miswaak of the Ambiyaa before me.” (As Si’aayah).

It also Mustahabb to use dry twigs from the plant called Salvadora Persica, Araak in Arabic and called Peelu in Urdu, which has been soaked in water and become soft. Rasulullah  sallallahu alaihi wa sallam  and the Sahaabah used Miswaak from this tree.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Marrying Wife's Niece

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Q: Is it allowed to marry one's wife's sister's daughter?

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It is not permissible to marry the wife's sister's daughter and keep both in Nikah at the same time.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Coping with non Muslim Parent

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Q: I am a revert and have my own family and children who are all Muslims Alhamdulillah. I changed my name to a Muslim name and my mother is not only unhappy with my accepting Islam, but also with my changing my name. My parents are in India and I live in Australia. The situation just kills me that my mother is unable to accept what I have done. I stay away as she is always trying to talk to me to accept Hinduism and wants my family to do so as well. Paradise lies under the feet of the mother, but I live away to avoid any problems and confusion in my children. I am unable to deal with this. Do you have any suggestions at all please?

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Once you embraced Islam, you have to expect that your family will turn against you. It is not easy for them to accept this, and you too, must not hold out hope that they will accept you. This is your challenge and test. There are many others like you who find themselves in the same position. Alhamdu lillah, you have taken a bold step in the right direction. You have made the best of choices by accepting Islam. Allah Ta’ala bless you and give you steadfastness. Aameen. Don’t worry and don’t regret your decision. Make dua that Allah Ta’ala give your mother hidaayat to Islam. Masha Allah, you are like the Sahaaba of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), people like Abu Huraira and Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu anhum).

When these Sahaaba embraced Islam, their mothers were very angry for them and never accepted this. Their mothers kept on forcing them to leave Islam and to denounce The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). But they were firm on their faith. Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas said to his mother: “Dear Mom, if Allah had to give you 99 lives, and you lose them one by one, I shall never forsake Islam or denounce Muhammad!” Then Allah Ta’ala revealed this verse of the Holy Quran: “And if the parents force you to commit shirk (kufr) then do not obey them, but treat them with kindness in this world..” (Surah Luqman, verse 15). From this verse we realize that when it comes to iemaan and kufr then we must NOT obey our parents. Then we must obey Allah. Yes, jannat lies at the feet of the mother, but that means the MUSLIMA mother, not the KAAFIRA mother. Remember this well.

I advise that that you keep ties with your mother, treat her with respect, make sabr over her complaints and nasty words, serve her as best as you can, support her in whichever way you can, and make dua that Allah Ta’ala guides her towards Islam, aameen. One day things will change. Meanwhile you will be rewarded for your struggle in a very big way. Allah Ta’ala make matters easy for you and grant you firmness on Iemaan and grant your mother guidance to Iemaan, aameen

Mufti Siraj Desai

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 12:39

Dealer's Incentive Commission

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Q: My husband recently applied to work as a car salesman and during the interview basic salary and commission as well as 6% of the dealer incentive commission (DIC) was discussed. Is DIC haraam? What exactly is it?

A:
Dealer’s incentive commission is a cash amount that car manufacturers pay to the dealer who buys the cars from them to resell. Sometimes manufacturers want the dealers to sell more of their cars, so they offer a cash payback if the dealer reaches a certain target. According to Shariah this is permissible. It is like a gift or a prize for achieving a certain goal.

However, it must be known that to earn a percentage of DIC as a car salesman is not permissible. The reason for this is that the exact amount of DIC is not known, because some car dealers don’t disclose it, or the amount can fluctuate from one model to another. Since the DIC amount is not known, it is obvious that any percentage of DIC is also unknown and ambiguous. When one is offered an ambiguous or uncertain amount as part of one’s salary, such an agreement of employ is null and void. Therefore, it is not permissible for a Muslim to accept such an employment unless this commission is done away with.

To summarize, there is nothing wrong with the DIC as such; what is wrong is to fix a percentage of the DIC as part of a worker’s salary, because the percentage is uncertain.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr

Status of Marriage in Islam

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Q: Do you have to get married and have kids in Islam?

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Marriage is an important part of Islam. Allah and His Rasool alayhi-salaam emphasized this injunction. Having kids is not in our control. Many couples marry but can’t get children. However, to get married certainly is within out control and this is what we are morally bound to do.

Nikah is a sunnat of our Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and he instructed his Ummat to follow suit. Furthermore, being married is a means of protection from zina. Every man and woman yearns for a partner, for someone to share moments of solitude with, for someone to relate to and to satisfy carnal desires. One who is not married and has these desires, may end up taking in a partner outside of nikah. This is zinaa and earns the Wrath of Allah Ta’ala.

If a person does not have such desires, or can comfortably control these desires and then does not marry, such a person will not be sinful, but will be guilty of neglecting an important sunnat

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abu Bakr

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