Miscellaneous

Months and Baby Names

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Q: Which pious, righteous Islamic names are suitable and appropriate for baby girls born in the month of Shawaal?

A:
Names do not go with months. Choose from the names of the pious ladies; e.g. the Sahaabiyaat, the wives and daughters of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam or any name with a good meaning.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Body Massage

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Q: I am a Muslim male. Can I have body massage by any non-muslim male/female. Here in Dubai body massage is very common and they provide home service as well.

A:
It will be permissible to go to a male. The private parts must not be exposed.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Women in Musjid

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Q: I read this answer below and want to know reason why it says Muslim women are not allowed to attend masjid. I was taught that women are not allowed in the case of them not wearing hijab etc.  Please clarify this.

"Q: Can a non Muslim enter a masjid?

A: It is permissible for a non-Muslim to enter the musjid provided he is adequately dressed and in a sober state. This applies to kuffar men only. Kuffar women are not allowed into the musjid for purdah reasons, just as Muslim women are not allowed to attend the musjid.This ruling applies to all musjids besides the Haramayn Shareefayn. Kuffar will not be allowed to enter Musjidul Haraam in Makka or Musjidun Nabawi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in Madinah."


A:
In the time of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) women were strongly encouraged to offer salaah at home, but were permitted to come to the musjid for salaah. However, the conditions for attending the musjid at that stage were:

1.      To dress shabbily and not smartly with fashionable clothing
2.      Not to apply any perfume when attending the musjid
3.      To come for Fajr and Eshaa only, and for Jumu’ah salaah.
4.      Not to mingle with men when entering and leaving the Musjid
5.      The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to wait a while after the jamaat salaah so that women could leave the musjid before the men stood up.

(The above are mentioned in hadith books like Bukhari, Muslim, etc)

However, in the time of Hazrat Omar (radhiyallahu anhu) it was observed that the women were not observing these conditions. Hazrat Ayesha and Abdullah ibn Mas’ud also noticed this. So Omar The Second Khalifa (radhiyallahu anhu) took the decision to stop them from coming to the musjid. This was done in the presence of all the Sahaaba and they all endorsed this decision of Sayyiduna Omar (radhiyallahu anhu).

This has been mentioned by both Hanafi and Shaafi Scholars, such as Allama Badrud-Deen ‘Aini, Allama Ibn Hajar Makki, and Ibn Hajar Haitami, etc.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai





One Side of the Story in a Dispute

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Q: Is it fit for me to make a decision where there are two parties involved and only heard from the one side and also don't know if he is giving me a genuine story?

A:
This is incorrect. Both sides have to be heard and preferably in the presence of each other.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Non Muslim in Masjid

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Q: Can a non Muslim enter a masjid?

A
: It is permissible for a non-Muslim to enter the musjid provided he is adequately dressed and in a sober state. This applies to kuffar men only. Kuffar women are not allowed into the musjid for purdah reasons, just as Muslim women are not allowed to attend the musjid.This ruling applies to all musjids besides the Haramayn Shareefayn. Kuffar will not be allowed to enter Musjidul Haraam in Makka or Musjidun Nabawi in Madinah.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

Dua for Success

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Q: 4 months since my Nikkah (marriage) though in having ruksaty meaning farewell and now I will be living with my husband but ever since 2 weeks I've been having negative thoughts like things won't work out and supersticious too. What can I pray that my marriage should be filled with happiness and everything should go well?

A:
Recite this Du'aa after every Salaah:

 

اَللّٰهُمَّ أَلِّفْ بَيْنَ قُلُوْبِنَا وَأَصْلِحْ ذَاتَ بَيْنِنَا وَاهْدِنَا سُبُلَ السَّلاَمِ ، وَنَجِّنَا مِنَ الظُّلُمـَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ، وَجَنِّبْنَا الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ ، وَبَارِكْ لَنَا فِى أَسْمـَاعِنَا وَأَبْصَارِنَا وَقُلُوبِنَا وَأَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا ، وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ ، وَاجْعَلْنَا شَاكِرِينَ لِنِعْمَتِكَ مُثْنِينَ بِهَـا قَابِلِيهَا وَأَتِـمَّهَا عَلَيْنَا ،

 

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

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