Bath and Cream in Private Part

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Q: Is ghusl (bath) compulsory if a woman inserts medicated cream through a tube into her vagina?

A:
Ghusl will not break. Wudhu will break.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Paying Debt with Zakaat

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Q: If a person has debt and he cannot afford to pay it would it be permissible for a third person to pay the debt amount with zakaat to the debtor without the permission of the person?

Note: the person has agreed to pay the debt in installments over a period of 2 years. However the debt amount is such that it is required to be paid once off.

A:
The third person will either give him the money or pay it with his permission and consent. If he pays it without permission the Zakaat will not be discharged.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

One Divorce and Reconciliation

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Q: I would like to know if you have given one talaaq (divorce)and the iddat (waiting) period has passed can the man and woman still reconcile and if so, What must they do.

A:
If one Talaaq was issued and the Iddat has expired, then to get together again, a new Nikah has to be performed and a new Mahr given.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Ruling on Khula

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Q: As women I know we have rights to ask for divorce, khula. When a lady ask for divorce from her husband, does she have to return the mahr (dowry)? And can the husband and In laws force her to return any gifts, example: wedding ring, chain and earrings, watch?

A:
Khula' is when a wife requests her husband to release her from the Nikah in lieu of money or other material commodity. This is sometimes agreed upon in lieu of return of the Mahr or any other commodity or sum of money.

If it is Khula' and part of the Khula' agreement is return of those things and she agrees then it will be returned. If it is not part of the Khula' agreement or Khula' does not take place but just a normal Talaaq, then she does not have to return those things. It belongs to her.

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?

A:
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

Can't Afford Aqeeqah

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Q: Can Aqiqa be done after 7th day? If a parent has no capacity to do Aqiqa of their child then any alternative?

A:
Aqeeqah is a meritorious act but not compulsory. Usually two sheep (or two portions in a cow) for a boy and one sheep (or one portion in a cow) for a girl is slaughtered. One sheep for a boy also suffices.

The benefit of Aqeeqah is that it is thanksgiving unto Allah for the child and it is also a means of protecting the child from evil. Remember that Aqeeqah is not compulsory. If one is by the means, it can be done, otherwise omitted. It is best to do it on the seventh day after birth. If not then before the child reaches the age of maturity. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyah V17 P509/510).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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