Wudhu for Touching Islamic Books

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Q: Is wudhu required for touching hadith, fiqh and Islamic books?

A
: Wudhu is not necessary to touch these books but advisable for the sake of respect (adab).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Compulsion of Beard Length

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Q: I know that keeping a beard is sunnah, however I still cannot get used to it or like it this long and untidy on my husband since he decided to grow one. Do I have a say in this or is it wrong to say anything at all?

A:
The compulsory length of a beard is a fist-length all round.

When the beard exceeds this length then the person is allowed to trim the excess and bring it to a fist-length.

Tell yourself that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam kept a beard and instructed others to do the same.

He is allowed to trim on the cheeks, neck and throat and to cut the excess after a fist-length. So although the beard may be of the required length, it can still be kept neat.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Ihraam for Baby

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Q: Should a one  year old also wear ihraam when his parents are performing umrah?

A: The baby does not wear Ihraam.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Definition of Qareen

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Q: I recently came across some information about a jinnkind called qareen. How authentic is this? Can you please give us some guidance on this.

A:
Qareen means companion.

I think that you are referring to the word qareen mentioned in Verse 36 of Surah Zukhruf.

In this verse Allah says that the person who blinds himself and ignores the advices of Rahmaan (Allah), that person will be assigned a qareen, i.e. a companion from among the devils who will discourage him from performing good acts.

So this is not a Jinnkind, rather, it is a companion assigned to a person.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reason for Sickness

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Q: How is sickness viewed in Islam? Is it a punishment for sins or a forgiveness? For example, my husband has epilepsy and bit his tongue quite a few times. He says maybe he gossiped or used foul language and that is why he bit his tongue. So is this sickness a punishment? He's had epilepsy for quite a number of years. When I ask the learned people they say it is a forgiveness. What does this mean? Isn't it also a punishment to guide you to the straight path or make you closer to Allah? Please clarify this for me.

A:
The exact reason Allah Ta'aala alone knows, but we should have a positive attitude.

Possibilities:

1. Sickness is a means of forgiveness for sins committed. Through the virtue of the sickness, it is hoped that when the person meets Allah, he will be clear of sins.
2. It is a means of receiving a greater and higher status in the hereafter.
3. It is mentioned in Hadeeth: Everything is beneficial for a Mu’min. When goodness reaches him he makes Shukr (expresses gratitude unto Allah). When grief reaches  him  he  adopts  Sabr  (patience).  Both  these  qualities  are
commendable.
Thus he will be rewarded for his patience.
4) It is a means to draw closer to Allah, to be more aware of His bounties bestowed, to appreciate.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reciting behind Imam

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Q: When performing salah behind the imam for zuhr and asr, since these are silent prayers do you have to recite surah fatiha and a surah yourself or remain silent? Also during the last two rakats of esha, if reading behind an imam, do you read surah fatiha or remain silent?

A:
You will remain silent in all the Rakaats you mentioned.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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