Remembrance Day

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

A:
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

Rights of a Suitor

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Q: What are the rights of a suitor when he/she approaches a potential partner with a proposal for marriage?

A:
The potential bride is allowed to only expose her face and hands in the presence of the potential groom. He is only allowed to see that much. The rest of her body should be covered. There should be a Mahram present with her when he views her. It is forbidden for two strangers to be alone, even for the purpose of marriage. (Raddul Muhtaar V26 P 392,398 & 400)

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Using Interest for School Fees

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Q: Is it permissible to pay school fees at a secular private school using interest money, e.g interest from a fixed deposit at a commercial bank?

A:
This is not permissible because one is benefiting from the school. There is a service being rendered. Being a secular school does not make a difference.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Using Tampons

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Q: I would like to know what is the ruling on the use of tampons in Islam. Is it permissable?

A:
Inserting anything into the vagina unless for medical reasons, is makrooh tahreemi (not permissible). Since a woman is able to use the normal sanitary pads, she should not use tampons. (Ref: Minahaul-Waarideen)

Loan Involving Two Currencies

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Q: Mufti sahib I went in to a transaction with a brother as follows :

I wanted some cash money for my business so I told the brother if he would be interested in some US$ which I will sell him at a much lesser rate then the prevailing rate, e.g. prevailing rate K5.00 /$1 and offered rate K3.7 /$1 where he must give me the local currency (Kwacha) and I will only give the dollars to him after a year.

Finally we agreed on an amount US $100,000 for which he gave me KWACHA K370,000/ as per agreed rate. When time came for me to give him the US DOLLARS $100,000 I didn’t have the cash so I asked the brother if we could turn around once more on a new rate and we continued turning around the same initial amount for 3 years as I didn’t have the money, eventually the amount had increased 3 folds.

During this period I did give him some little  money  but in Kwacha, I still haven’t paid him and now I have been told my some ulema that such transactions are not permissible.

Mufti Sahib  when the deal was agreed in 2011. Some ulema had permitted such transactions but later they also disapproved of such transactions.

1)      Are such transactions allowed?
2)      Does the transaction remain valid since it was allowed during that period and the fatwa came later?
3)      Turn around of the same deal again and again due to not having the money allowed?


A: The initial deal was permissible. To exchange one currency for another on an agreed rate is lawful, as long as one of the two currencies was taken possession of. You did take possession of the Kwachas, so that made the deal lawful. A fixed rate of exchange was also agreed on.
However, after one year it was not permissible to turn around the debt on a new rate. In effect, it meant that you had increased the amount of money you owed him, and such increase was based solely on the fact that you were unable to effect payment at the stipulated time. This is the exact type of riba or usury that the Holy Quran has prohibited: interest charged for an extension of payment. Likewise the increase that you agreed upon in the following two years was also haraam for it constituted ribaa.

At this stage the deal is still valid but you only owe him the initial $100,000 and nothing more. You need to inform him that whatever agreement the two of you had made to increase the amount of dollars by lowering the agreed rate of Kwacha/Dollar, is now null and void. The first amount agreed upon when the deal was done, will remain in force. Whatever money you paid him in Kwachas must be calculated according to the initial rate of K3.7 /$ and deducted from the total debt.

Make taubah sincere for agreeing to a riba deal. Allah Ta'ala knows best


Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

Dua etc in State of Impurity

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Q: Can we make Quranic Dua, Tasbih, Dhkir and prostration of thankfulness (Sajdah Shukr) in the state major impurity (sexual impurity)?

A:
Du'aa, Tasbeeh and Thikr can be made in that condition. Sajdah Shukr cannot be made in that condition.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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