Salaah after Asr

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Q: I read a hadith about two prostrations after asr. Which are they? I've been told not to pray anything after asr till magrib.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 565: Sahih Al Bukhari: Narrated Hisham's father: Aisha radhiallahu anha (addressing me) said, "O son of my sister! The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam never missed two prostrations (i.e. Rakat) after the 'Asr prayer in my house."

A:
The commentator of Hadeeth explains that this was not for the Ummah, but was only for Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.

The general rule is that Nafl is not performed after asr and this is the instruction in other Hadeeth.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Forms of Fornication

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Q: Does the pleasuring of private parts via hand, tongue hold punishment by hadd (Islamic capital punishment)? Does it fall under the category of fornication? And what about kissing? How can one have such disgusting sins forgiven? Because I have read that forgiveness for a major sin is not guaranteed.

A:
Although sinful, it is not punishable by Hadd. It does fall within the category of fornication but also not punishable by Hadd.

Hadeeth:

It is narrated from Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

Fornication (Zina) of the eyes is the gaze. Fornication of the ears is to listen. Fornication of the tongue is the speech. Fornication of the hands is to touch. Fornication of the feet is to walk, and the heart desires and hopes. The private part either confirms it or negates it. (Muslim V8 P52)

If a person sincerely repents for any sin, he must firmly believe that it has been forgiven.

It is mentioned in a Hadeeth that when a person seeks forgiveness from a sin, it is as if he did not commit that sin at all. (Ibni Maajah V2 P1419).

At the time of seeking forgiveness (Taubah) keep the following points in mind:
* You should not be involved in the sin at the time of Taubah.
* You should have regret and remorse over your sins.
* You should promise Allah Ta'aala that you will not return to that sin again.

Any sin, irrespective of how big it is, is forgiven through making Taubah. Turn towards Allah and He will turn towards you.

A person should resort to Taubah after committing a sin and make a promise unto Allah Ta'aala that the sin will not be committed again. Sins are forgiven and cleared from ones name through sincere Taubah. If one is by the means, give out some Sadaqah. Sadaqah extinguishes the wrath of Allah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Rules of Qasr Salaah

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Q: If a person is in journey then he would offer qasr salaah. If he goes out firstly for 1 week and then comes home and offersregular salaah and he again goes out with the intention of being in journey for 2 weeks and again comes home to see his parents, then in those two weeks Qasr would be wajib again? What should be the criteria for Qasr salaah and when it should be offered as Qasr?

A: Qasr Salaah is a gift from Allah Ta'aala to this Ummat. The criterion for Qasr Salaah is the distance being travelled and the duration of stay at the temporary venue. One who travels 77.7 km or more and will stay at a place for 14 days or less, qualifies as a Musaafir. If a person is travelling this distance or more, Qasr Salaah will commence as soon as the person leaves the border of his hometown.

When making Qasr, the four Rakaats Fardh of Zohar, Asr and Eshaa will be reduced to two. This will apply when performing Salaah alone or behind an Imam who is also a Musaafir. The Fardh of Fajr and Maghrib will remain the same. If when reaching another place en-route, a resident of the area is the Imam, then the Musaafir follower will perform the full Salaah behind this resident Imam.

The Sunnah Mu'akkadah Salaahs attached to each Salaah also become optional when on journey, but if time and circumstances allow, they should be performed.

The Witr of Eshaa is Waajib, so it must also be performed.

If a Salaah became Qadhaa while travelling, it will later be performed as Qasr, even if one is back home when fulfilling that Qadhaa. 

After returning home, full Salaah will be made. When journeying again for the minimum distance or more, Qasr will be made, irrespective of the amount of days one remains at home between two journeys.

Whenever returning to one's home town, full Salaah will be made.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Building House with Interest Money

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Q: A brother helped a non Muslim friend build a house with interest money. Now the non Muslim embraces Islam. What is the ruling? Can he stay in that house?

A:
It was before he accepted Islam. He can stay in that house.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Yusha as a Name

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Q: I want to name my newborn son Yusha. Is Yusha a Muslim name?

A:
Yes, it is the name of a Nabi (Prophet).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Tortoise as a Pet

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Q: Is it permissible to keep a tortoise as a pet?

A:
It will be permissible if it is looked after properly.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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