Athan for the Newborn Child

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Q: What is the ruling of giving azaan and iqaamah in the ears of the newborn? Many people are leaving this out. Is this permissible?

It is a practice from the time of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam. In Tirmidhi it is mentioned that when Sayyidina Hasan Radhiyallaahu Anhu was born, Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam gave the Athaan in his ears.

In Shu'abul Imaan it is recorded that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said that when a child is born then give the Athaan in the right ear and the Iqaamah in the left ear. This will protect the child from a certain type of epilepsy that affects kids.

Disciplining Children

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Q: Can you give me the authentic hadith about the rules of disciplining children.

'Tarbiyyah' i.e. proper up-bringing of a child consists of many facets, one of them is punishment when required. Our Shari'ah has not ignored this facet but acknowledged it and presented us with guidance on this important branch of Tarbiyyah.

The Ulama versed in Tarbiyyah have said that physical punishment is not the only means of Tarbiyyah and not the first measure to be resorted to.

Before resorting to physical punishment, the parent/teacher/guardian should observe the following:

a) Dealing with a child is predominantly based on consideration, kindness and mercy. A Hadeeth teaches us to make kindness and gentleness compulsory upon ourselves and to avoid harshness and obscenity. (Al Adabul Mufrad V1 P116)
b) Start with the easiest and lightest method of discipline, moving to severer methods step by step, if there is a need.
c) Be considerate of the disposition and nature of the errant child when deciding a punishment. It will be oppressive to punish a child above his/her fortitude.


* It is best to first admonish the child verbally with civility and courteousness and this is learnt from our beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). He advised a boy on the etiquette of eating in the following manner: O boy! Take the name of Allah, eat with the right hand and eat from in front of you. (Muslim V6 P109)
* Make the child aware of the error with a hint towards the error committed.
* If the above-mentioned two points do not have the desired effect, now reproach and reprimand the child.
* Thereafter, if still not successful, cut ties with the child for a short while, so that the displeasure of the parent can be fully impressed upon the child.
* The last resort is beating the child. The permissibility of physical punishment is taken from the Hadeeth wherein Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said that instruct the children to perform Salaah when they are seven years of age and beat them regarding their Salaah when they are ten years of age. (Abu Dawood V1 P185)

Parents/teachers should remember that this beating is also governed by Shari'ah.

1) The Hadeeth discourages from hitting on the face. (Nisa'i V4 P325). Bruising and wounding must also be avoided. Do not hit on any delicate part of the body.

2) When a stick, whip, etc. will not be used for neglect in Salaah, it will not be used for any other misdemeanour. (Raddul Muhtaar V3 P86). The open hand will be used and not a fist.

3) More than three strikes should not be inflicted. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) advised a teacher: If you inflict more than three strikes, Allah will take revenge from you. (Raddul Muhtaar V3 P86)

Another important advice: Do not make a decision on the child or mete out punishment while in anger. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has discouraged making a decision while in the state of anger. (Muslim V5 P132). When in anger, a person gets carried away with emotions, the intelligence is impaired and the parent later regrets the decision and punishment. The parent/teacher who punishes without equilibrium and fairness will be answerable in the court of Allah.

When sorting out a problem between two children, do not let one of them feel that the other is being favoured in any way. Focus your gaze equally on them, let them be seated on the same level and do not raise your voice on only one of them. These are lessons derived from a Hadeeth of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). (Musnad Abu Ya'laa V10 P264).

Do not embarrass, belittle and ridicule a child in front of others. Do not expose his fault in front of others. Do not be the cause of the child suffering from an inferiority complex by telling him how 'stupid' he is and how intelligent the other children are. Be his source of encouragement and compliment him when required. This compliment from you the parent will encourage the child towards greater heights.

May Allah Ta'aala grant Taufeeq to one and all to hold on to justice and fairness in all walks of life, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Colour Run

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Q: Recently there have been many colour fests or colour runs which Muslims are attending. Is this allowed in Islam?

It is not permissible to participate in these colour fests or colour runs since these events comprise intermingling of men and women, scantily dressed women, music, videoing, etc. It is a form entertainment of non-Muslims. It is, therefore, sinful to attend such events.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr

Coping with non Muslim Parent

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Q: I am a revert and have my own family and children who are all Muslims Alhamdulillah. I changed my name to a Muslim name and my mother is not only unhappy with my accepting Islam, but also with my changing my name. My parents are in India and I live in Australia. The situation just kills me that my mother is unable to accept what I have done. I stay away as she is always trying to talk to me to accept Hinduism and wants my family to do so as well. Paradise lies under the feet of the mother, but I live away to avoid any problems and confusion in my children. I am unable to deal with this. Do you have any suggestions at all please?

Once you embraced Islam, you have to expect that your family will turn against you. It is not easy for them to accept this, and you too, must not hold out hope that they will accept you. This is your challenge and test. There are many others like you who find themselves in the same position. Alhamdu lillah, you have taken a bold step in the right direction. You have made the best of choices by accepting Islam. Allah Ta’ala bless you and give you steadfastness. Aameen. Don’t worry and don’t regret your decision. Make dua that Allah Ta’ala give your mother hidaayat to Islam. Masha Allah, you are like the Sahaaba of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), people like Abu Huraira and Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu anhum).

When these Sahaaba embraced Islam, their mothers were very angry for them and never accepted this. Their mothers kept on forcing them to leave Islam and to denounce The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). But they were firm on their faith. Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas said to his mother: “Dear Mom, if Allah had to give you 99 lives, and you lose them one by one, I shall never forsake Islam or denounce Muhammad!” Then Allah Ta’ala revealed this verse of the Holy Quran: “And if the parents force you to commit shirk (kufr) then do not obey them, but treat them with kindness in this world..” (Surah Luqman, verse 15). From this verse we realize that when it comes to iemaan and kufr then we must NOT obey our parents. Then we must obey Allah. Yes, jannat lies at the feet of the mother, but that means the MUSLIMA mother, not the KAAFIRA mother. Remember this well.

I advise that that you keep ties with your mother, treat her with respect, make sabr over her complaints and nasty words, serve her as best as you can, support her in whichever way you can, and make dua that Allah Ta’ala guides her towards Islam, aameen. One day things will change. Meanwhile you will be rewarded for your struggle in a very big way. Allah Ta’ala make matters easy for you and grant you firmness on Iemaan and grant your mother guidance to Iemaan, aameen

Mufti Siraj Desai

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 12:39

Hiding IP Address

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Q: Is it permissible according to Islamic shariah to use Virtual Private Network and to hide your ip for work related things? I mean not for any kind of illegal activities such as hacking, spying or anything bad or haram? Because I need to use VPN services for my work.

: If the VPN service is used to protect one’s personal information or one’s valid Islamic rights and not for spying or hacking, then it is totally permissible to use this, even if there are state laws prohibiting this. Islam has given the individual the right to protect his or her personal information, property, and rights from others in any lawful way possible. Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek help in the fulfilment of your needs through concealment (privacy)” (Jaamiúl-Hadeeth from Tabarani and others). The hadith prohibits spying and  reading the personal letters of others. Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also prohibited a ruler from spying on his subjects unnecessarily.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Changing Mosque Qibla

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Q: We have come to know that the qiblah in our masjid is not completely precise. Our qiblah is at the moment at 1 degree north where as the precise qiblah is at 12 degrees north.

We are considering doing some maintenance work in the masjid and we are thinking of changing the carpet in the masjid.

Our question is should we reset the carpet to the precise point (12 degrees) or will it be permissible for us to keep it at its current qiblah direction, keeping in mind that if we reset the musallahs to the precise direction we will loose approximately 20 musallahs in the masjid.

The Jurists and Scholars of Fiqh have mentioned that a discrepancy of 15 to 20 degrees in the Qiblah is acceptable and will not invalidate the salaah. In your case, the discrepancy is not so major, hence I advise to leave the Qiblah as it is and save the space inside the Musjid.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Greeting before Salaah

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Q: There's one person in the Musjid before Salah he makes Salaam to everyone then he sits in his place. Is this permissible or would this be considered Bid'at (an innovation)?

It is not a sunnah to make salaam to people when entering the musjid for namaaz. Besides if people are making salaah then this constitutes a disturbance. If this is done regularly and consistently then it means the person is considering this a necessary practice, meanwhile it is not even a sunnah; hence, it will be regarded as a bid’ah.

Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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