Following a Mathab

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Q: Where is the source in Islam that states you have to follow a madhab? If one isn't following a madhab, is that then a sin?

The Imams of the Madhabs have extracted the laws of the Madhab from the Qur'aan and Sunnah. By doing so, they have made practicing on the Deen easy for us. We do not have the necessary knowledge, expertise and insight to do so. Thus it is absolutely necessary for us to follow one of them. Following any one of them is following the Qur'aan and Sunnah.

The concept of following a reliable person in matters of Deen is established from the Qur'aan and Sunnah. The books on Hadeeth are replete with such narrations.

a) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Hudhayfah in Tirmidhi (Baab Manaaqib ibni Yaasir).
b) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Irbaadh ibni Saariyah in Ibni Maajah (Baab Ittibaa' Sunnatil Khulafaa ir Raashideen).
c) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Umar ibnul Khattaab in Mishkaatul Masaabeeh (Baab Manaaqib Quraysh).
d) The Hadeeth of Sayyidina Mu'aadh ibni Jabal in Abu Dawood (Baab Ijtihaadir Ra'y), etc.
(Radhiyallaahu Anhum).

It is gross ignorance to believe that by following one of the Imams, one is not following the Qur'aan and Sunnah. In fact, there is the distinct danger of going completely astray by not following one of these illustrious Imams. Experience has proven that those who do not follow one of these great Imams become confused and misled. By living according to their teachings we are living according to Quran. May Allah Ta'aala guide us to His pleasure. Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat on Deposit

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Q: I have already put in a deposit for a house and will be paying the remainder of the down payment in August.  Do I have to pay Zakah on these funds?

You will not pay Zakaat on the deposit because that has already been paid in.

If the remainder is still with you on the due date of fulfilling your Zakaat and it is more than the Nisaab of Zakaat (with your other Zakaatable assets) then Zakaat will be paid on it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Itikaf Rules for Ladies

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Q: I want to sit for Sunnah itikhaaf in my room. Please tell me the do's and don't's. Please tell me when should I go inside, meaning the 20th night before maghrib or 21st night before maghrib. And am I allowed to read the Quraan with a reciter being played of a radio or Ipod?

My brother want to sit in the masjid as well and he wants to know, is he allowed to have a cellphone, listen to lectures off his phone and his he allowed to smoke, not frequent, maybe two a day at sehri and iftaar.

1. She will make I’tikaaf in the place reserved for Salaah in the house. This will be like the Masjid for her. Her eating, drinking, etc. will take place here. If she exits from this place without a valid Shar’i reason, her I’tikaaf will break.

2. If a special place in the house was specified for Salaah, she will make I’tikaaf in that specified place only. If no place was specified from before, it will now be specified and I’tikaaf will be made in this place.

3. A married woman needs the permission of the husband to sit in I’tikaaf. He can refuse permission. However, once he has given permission, he cannot retract.

4. Once he has granted permission and she is sitting in I’tikaaf, sexual intercourse, romancing, kissing, etc. will not be permissible. If sexual intercourse took place, her I’tikaaf will break.

5. I’tikaaf cannot be made when in Haidh or Nifaas. If these take place during I’tikaaf, it will break. If Haidh or Nifaas took place during I’tikaaf, after becoming Paak, she will make Qadhaa of only the day on which the Haidh started. 

The Qur'aan can be read in that manner.

He can listen to lectures on the phone.

He must not go out specially to smoke. If he does the itikaaf will break. He can smoke when he goes to toilet.

You will commence Itikaaf on Friday 18th, 2014 just before Maghrib sets in. 

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Fasting and Asthma Pump

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Q: if I am asthmatic, in the month of Ramadhan can I use the inhaler/asthma pump if I'm struggling with breathing?

If you need to use it then do so, there will be no sin on you but the fast will break and Qadha will have to be kept at some other time after Ramadhaan.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Lady Leading Taraweeh

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Q: 1. Can a Haafidha (female who memorised the Quran) lead other girls in salaah (i.e. be imaam)?

2. Can a girl or haafida performing Taraweeh on her own read loud?

Salaah in Jamaat for ladies with one lady as Imam is Makrooh tahreemi, even in Taraaweeh. (Durr V1 P609).

She can read so loud that she can hear herself.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:27

Bleeding while Shaving and Fasting

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Q: If one bleeds while shaving does it break the fast?

Bleeding does not break the fast.

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