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.

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


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
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

View on Transgender

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Q: What is the Islamic view on transgenders?

A: This is regarding a person who has both organs; of a male and female. This person is called a Khunthaa in the books of Fiqh.

Obviously it is no fault of the person that he is born in this way. It is not permissible to ridicule tease and taunt such a person.

There are three types of Khunthaa:
1. Although the person has both organs, but he urinates from the male organ. This person will be included among the males and the laws regarding males will fall on him.

2. The person urinates from the female organ so will be included among the females. The laws related to females will fall on this person.

This applies before the person reaches maturity. After maturity, the person will be rechecked. If he experiences wet dreams like a male then he will be counted as a male. On the other hand, if the person develops breasts and other signs of being feminine the she will be included among the females.

3. When both masculine and feminine signs are equal and it cannot be determined whether the person is more male or more female then such a person is termed Khunthaa Mushkil. There are different laws regarding such a person, a few examples:

It is not permissible for a Khunthaa Mushkil to wear silk and jewellery. Both these are permissible for females. But because this person’s condition cannot be ascertained, so precaution demands that such a person not wear silk and jewellery, because of the possibility that the person may be more male.

Such a person cannot travel without a Mahram because of the possibility of being more female.

When this person dies, Ghusl will not be given because the question arises that who will render the Ghusl, male or female? The law is that this person will be given Tayammum. If a Ghayr Mahram is rendering the Tayammum then the person has to wear a cloth over the hands. A Mahram does not have to wear a cloth over the hands.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Shaving Baby's Hair

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Q: Is it compulsory to shave a new born baby's hair on the 7th day?

The hair of the new born baby should be shaved on the 7th day. A narration mentions that when Sayyidina Hasan (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was born to Hadhrat Fatima (Radhiyallaahu Anhaa), Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) told her to shave the head and distribute the equivalent to the weight of the hair to the value of silver or gold.

The same was done when Sayyidina Husayn (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was born. (This was on the seventh day). (Al Mu'jamul Kabeer – Tabraani V1 P311)

It is Sunnah on the seventh day, but if delayed for a valid reason for a few days, it is okay.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Allah Ta'ala's Mercy

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Q: Does Allah really takes his Rahmah (Mercy) away? If someone is having financial probl or whatever they do or ask for they are not getting it. They are in problems. What is the solution for that? How can you ask Allah for His blessings and His Mercy?

One has to be obedient unto Allah Ta'aala and diligently practice on the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam to draw Rahmah.

Go to our website: anwaarul-islam.co.za and download the book 'Morning and Evening Du'aas'. Recite it daily after Fajr and Maghrib. This is also a means of drawing Rahmah. Download Link

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 18:57

Remembrance Day

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Q: What is the Islamic ruling about Remembrance day and buying poppies?

This is not part of our Deen (religion) so it must be avoided. We are discouraged from following the ways, traditions and customs of others.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Issue of Masturbation

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Q: I am a 13 year old boy. I am not baaligh (mature) because my voice has not cracked but when I masturbate sperm comes out. Am I getting sina for masturbating because I am not baaligh?

Maturity in a boy means that when he starts experiencing wet dreams and in a girl when she experiences her first period (Haidh).

If these signs of maturity do not become apparent and the child has already reached the age of fifteen Islamic years, the child will be considered to be mature. If these signs become apparent before the age of fifteen, the child will be considered to be mature (Baaligh) from the time the sign became apparent. Remember that these years will be counted according to the Islamic calendar.

In your case it is not wet dreams but masturbation. The fact that you are releasing sperm is a clear sign that you are now Baaligh. It is not necessary for the voice to crack to be Baaligh. Now all the laws of Islam apply to you. So the sin of masturbation will also apply.

Stop this now, for, if you carry on and you become addicted to it, it will be more difficult to leave it later. There are great promises in the Hadeeth for a youth who protects himself.

Sayyidina Ataa' was asked regarding this. He said that a group of people will be resurrected on Qiyaamah and their hands will be pregnant. It will be these people who had been doing this and did not repent. Their fault will be witnessed by everyone on Qiyaamah.

Sayyidina Sa'eed ibni Jubayr says that Allah will punish those people who play with their private parts.

This applies to both males and females.

A person, who excessively commits this act, will not be physically fit for marriage in later life, eyes and memory becomes weak, etc.

Ghusl is necessary after masturbation.

May Allah Ta'aala protect you, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Closing a Musjid Permanently

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Q: Can a Masjid be closed permanently? The only reason is that the local Muslims are not praying their 5 salaah in the Masjid except Jummah salaat.

This is indeed a sad situation. A few concerned brothers should regularly visit the Muslim homes in the area and encourage the people to perform the five daily Salaah in the Masjid.

Or request the Tableegh Jamaat to regularly visit the area and encourage the people.

If the Masjid is not being used at all during the week, then maybe it will be better to keep it locked, for security reasons, because no one is coming there.

The only way to keep it open is to ensure that people come five times daily for Salaah.

May Allah Ta'aala grant guidance, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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