Miscellaneous

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?

A:
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.

A:
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

Position of Urs

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Q: I would like to know more about 'Urs Sharief' programs that certain people attend. What are they? Should they be seen as acceptable in Islam?

A:
Urs is a 'ceremony' that people do at the grave of a pious person or at some other place. This is not substantiated in the Sunnah, so must be avoided. A lot of forbidden practices take place in an Urs that makes it even worse. Urs was not practiced in the era of the Sahaabah Radhiyallaahu Anhum, nor in the era of the Taabi'een. If there was any virtue and substantiation for this act, they would have practiced upon it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Physical Exercise

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Q: Is taking physical exercise permitted in Islam?

A:
Physical exercise is permissible.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Recording a Conversation Secretly

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Q: Can one record a conversation between two people without the other party knowing? What about a third person listening in recording the conversation without both parties knowing? Is such a practice allowed?

A:
It will not be permissible if any one of them is unaware that the discussion is being recorded. Also not permissible if both parties are unaware.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Dealing with Difficult Relatives

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Q: My grandmother has oppressed my father financially. She has gained her wealth through the manipulation of my grandfather's inheritance and the theft of my father's businesses and properly. She and her youngest son have colluded. My father has battled all his life and they have never put out a hand to assist inspite of them having the means. Am I obligated to continue having ties with them? It has been a year since I spoke to them. What is the Islamic ruling on this? My grandfather is late.

What if they don't come visit as we stay in two different cities? I am finding it difficult to pick up the phone and call them.

A:
You are not allowed to sever ties with them. The least you must do is to make Salaam to them and answer their Salaam. Since it is your grandmother and uncle, keep at least a limited contact with them with this in mind that you are fulfilling your Islamic duty. They will have to face the consequences of their actions. Do not lower your morals and character because of them.

I understand that it is difficult because of the pain that you underwent. Put some pressure on yourself and make a phone call. Wish them Ramadhaam Mubarak, etc, a quick call.

The reward in the hereafter for this sacrifice is unimaginable.

May Allah always guide you to His pleasure, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Dua for Baby

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Q: Can I play any surah in the room of my 2 months old baby? Is there a duaa to read while my baby is taking bath or sleeping?

A:
There is no special Du'aa to read while the baby is bathing or sleeping.

Any Surah is fine.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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