Cutting Nails before Ihram of Hajj

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Q: I am performing hajj tamattu this year. Can I cut my hair and nails before entering into ihram for Mina/Arafat, since I am not performing umrah before Arafat day as I have already performed it. Also is intercourse permissible during this time as there are only a few days left before Arafat day?

A:
You can cut your nails, etc. before entering Ihraam for Haj and intercourse is also permissible before Ihraam.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Organ Failure and Martyrdom

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Q: My father passed away recently after 15 days hanging in between life and death after a heart attack and lungs, kidney and liver failure. I read in a previous thread that a person who dies with a stomach ailment gets the death of a shaheed (martyr). My dad also died with total organ failure; will it be considered a shaheed's death?

A:
The Hadeeth mentions that the person who dies due to a stomach ailment receives the death of a Shaheed (martyr). (Kanzul Ummaal V4 P415).

Have hope in the Mercy of Allah that He grants your father the status of a Shaheed.

May Allah Ta'aala grant him Maghfirah and Jannatul Firdaus and may the family be granted the required Sabr, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reusing Grave

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Q: Can a mahram be buried in the same grave according to Shafis? For example like mother and son, and how can it be done?

A:
A grave can be used again after the body has completely disintegrated. If there is a little left then it will be placed one said and then the new deceased will be buried.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Day for Marriage

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Q: Is it valid and permitted to do nikaah (marriage) from the 1st of the Islamic month of Zul-Hajj?

A:
Any day is good for Nikah. To believe that certain days are not good for nikah, is merely superstition. Nikah is valid on any day.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Issue of Masturbation

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Q: I am a 13 year old boy. I am not baaligh (mature) because my voice has not cracked but when I masturbate sperm comes out. Am I getting sina for masturbating because I am not baaligh?

A:
Maturity in a boy means that when he starts experiencing wet dreams and in a girl when she experiences her first period (Haidh).

If these signs of maturity do not become apparent and the child has already reached the age of fifteen Islamic years, the child will be considered to be mature. If these signs become apparent before the age of fifteen, the child will be considered to be mature (Baaligh) from the time the sign became apparent. Remember that these years will be counted according to the Islamic calendar.

In your case it is not wet dreams but masturbation. The fact that you are releasing sperm is a clear sign that you are now Baaligh. It is not necessary for the voice to crack to be Baaligh. Now all the laws of Islam apply to you. So the sin of masturbation will also apply.

Stop this now, for, if you carry on and you become addicted to it, it will be more difficult to leave it later. There are great promises in the Hadeeth for a youth who protects himself.

Sayyidina Ataa' was asked regarding this. He said that a group of people will be resurrected on Qiyaamah and their hands will be pregnant. It will be these people who had been doing this and did not repent. Their fault will be witnessed by everyone on Qiyaamah.

Sayyidina Sa'eed ibni Jubayr says that Allah will punish those people who play with their private parts.

This applies to both males and females.

A person, who excessively commits this act, will not be physically fit for marriage in later life, eyes and memory becomes weak, etc.

Ghusl is necessary after masturbation.

May Allah Ta'aala protect you, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hair Extensions

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Q: Is adding temporary hair extensions to make a hair style, not permanent and the extensions are not real hair, permissible?

A:
It appears in one Hadeeth of Bukhaari that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) cursed the female who adds human hair to her natural hair for purposes of beauty and make-up. Among the various reasons for prohibition is that human hair is sacred and cannot be used for any purpose once it has been severed from the body.

Thus it will not be permissible to sell and use human hair.

Using artificial hair (synthetic) and hair/wool from animals is permissible. (Raddul Muhtaar V19 P238). To sell it will also be permissible.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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