Hijab between Sister-in-law and Son

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Q: Is there Pardah (hijab) between my brother's wife and my son?

A:
Yes, there is. They are not blood relatives.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Making Beard Neat

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Q: As a Muslim male from West Indies my beard is very scruffy and messy. My job requires me to be smart, yet my beard grows uneven and sticks out and makes it look like I don't care. Is there any way that it could be ok just to make it tidy while not cutting it completely? I see many imams etc with beards that look very smart. I know it doesn't grow that way.

A:
You may trim on the cheeks and the throat. The minimum length of the beard is one fist length all round. So if there is any portion of the beard that has exceeded a fist length, that portion may be trimmed to a fist length and not the portion that is shorter. It will take a bit of time but eventually it will even out.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Stepfather as Mahram

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Q:  My sister remarried, her daughter is now 3. Can her husband (daughter's step father) be a mahram to her once she is baaligh?

A:
The daughters of the woman he married are his stepdaughters. He is their Mahram, so when they becomes Baaligh, the law of Hijaab will not apply fully. This means that they may come in front of him and speak to him, but they must not travel together without their mother, nor should the girl be alone with the stepfather, unless such a situation arises through circumstances beyond their control.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Breastfeeding in Umrah

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Q: My husband and me are planning for umrah with my 2 year old girl and 6 months infant breastfeeding baby. Can I breastfeed my baby while performing umrah if not in tawaaf then can done while doing saee?

A
: If it can be avoided in Tawaaf then avoid it.

If necessary during Sa'ee, stop Sa'ee for a while, move to one side and feed the baby, then restart the Sa'ee.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reward for Umrah in Ramadan

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Q: Is there a different reward for umrah during ramadan compared to other days?

A:
Narrated by Imam Abu Haneefah (Rahmatullaahi Alayh) from Hadhrat Ataa` (Rahmatullaahi Alayh) that Sayyyidina ibni Abbaas Radhiyallaahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“UMRAH IN RAMADHAAN EQUALS A HAJ (BY WAY OF REWARD).” (Musnad Abu Haneefah)

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Sister not Praying

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Q: What can I do for my sister who does not pray 5 times a day? I told her already to pray but shes still not praying.

A:
Encourage her with kindness regularly. Have Ta'leem for a few minutes in the home daily.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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