Non Muslim in Masjid

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Q: Can a non Muslim enter a masjid?

: 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?

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.

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.

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

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