Position of Urs

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Q: I would like to know more about 'Urs Sharief' programs that certain people attend. What are they? Should they be seen as acceptable in Islam?

A:
Urs is a 'ceremony' that people do at the grave of a pious person or at some other place. This is not substantiated in the Sunnah, so must be avoided. A lot of forbidden practices take place in an Urs that makes it even worse. Urs was not practiced in the era of the Sahaabah Radhiyallaahu Anhum, nor in the era of the Taabi'een. If there was any virtue and substantiation for this act, they would have practiced upon it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Blood on Floss

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Q: If a person flosses his teeth and sees blood spots on the floss, will it break the Wudhu?

A:
The blood on the floss is indicative of more blood in the mouth. The floss does not carry all the blood that has emerged. So precaution demands that Wudhu be repeated.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Physical Exercise

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Q: Is taking physical exercise permitted in Islam?

A:
Physical exercise is permissible.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat to Domestic Worker

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Q: Is it permissible to give zakat to a non Muslim domestic helper?

A:
It is not permissible to give Zakaat to non Muslims. It has to be given to a Muslim who qualifies to accept Zakaat.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Recording a Conversation Secretly

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Q: Can one record a conversation between two people without the other party knowing? What about a third person listening in recording the conversation without both parties knowing? Is such a practice allowed?

A:
It will not be permissible if any one of them is unaware that the discussion is being recorded. Also not permissible if both parties are unaware.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Intimate Relations while Fasting

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Q: If I have sex with my wife after fajr salah in the month of Ramadhan will my fast break?

A:
Yes, your fast will break. You will have to keep Kaffaarah of sixty days for this. So do not do it after Fajr. You can have sexual intercourse with your wife from after Maghrib till the fast starts, and that is till Fajr starts and not thereafter.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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