Question 701 topic : Marriage Is it allowed to marry a 'Catholic' woman? If yes, what are the obligations to be fulfilled? Answer 701


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QUESTION 701 TOPIC : Marriage
Is it allowed to marry a 'Catholic' woman? If yes, what are the obligations to be fulfilled?
In the Holy Qur’an, (5:4), Allah (S.W.T) states that it is possible to marry women ‘who are given the Book.’ This refers to Jews and Christians. They are not allowed to marry polytheists (Mushriks).

However, according to most modern Scholars, Muslims are not allowed to marry women from the ‘People of the Book’ in this day and age, simply because the Jews and Christians are closer to disbelief (Kufr) in their current form than they are closer to Islam.

Even in classic times, the permissibility to marry Jews and Christians was seen as something that could be done out of necessity rather than choice and luxury.

Today, there are little or no reasons why a Muslim would need to favour marrying a Christian woman over a Muslim woman. 

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
Can we give and should we give CPR?
From my understanding, CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is used as a last-resort measure to save a person’s life. Though the actual practice of mouth to mouth resuscitation is not openly encouraged in Islam, it would not be forbidden if it led to saving someone’s life, an act which holds great reward in Islam. In the Holy Qur’an

Allah describes the saving of one life as the saving of entire humanity. (5: 32)

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)


I have observed many people walking in front of those already performing Salah. I was always told that should not be done as it causes Sin, and invalidates that persons Namaz.
Also if everyone is supposed to be aware of this notion, why do they pray in places/areas where others would have no choice but to pass by them instead of waiting to go pass for example the last line in the prayer hall or near the door.
In a Hadith recorded by Imam Muslim in his Sahih (Hadith no. 785), the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If a person walking across the front of a person performing Salah knew the punishment for this act, he would prefer to wait [for the person to conclude his prayer] for forty.’

The reporter of this Hadith, Hazrat Abu al-Nadr (R.A), said that ‘I do not know if the Prophet (S.A.W) meant forty days, forty months or forty years.’

This Hadith highlights the prohibition of walking in front of someone performing Salah.
The Scholars say that the person walking is at fault, and the person performing Salah will not have his Salah invalidated because of it. But this also means that the person reading Salah also has a responsibility to ensure other people are not punished because of his lack of thought when deciding where to pray. He should pray where there is little distraction to himself and others. (Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
QUESTION 704 TOPIC : Masturbation
My question is that Masturbation is a very serious Sin (Gunah e Kabeera), and if a person feels guilty so what he/she should do next?

Like with any Sin that a Muslim commits, the first step should be to repent to Allah Almighty and seek His forgiveness. Each and every human makes mistakes and sins time to time. This is something which Islam acknowledges and accepts. Our religion simply wants us to react correctly once committing a bad act.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Every child of Adam makes mistakes; and the best of them are the ones that repent.’
(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
Please also refer to Q121, Q138 and Q699 on the website.
QUESTION 705 TOPIC : Quran Translation
I have been reading the Quran and the translation, which is translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali in 1834. I was told yesterday that he is a Wahabi, I should not read that Quran. Can your please advice, shall I get another Quran or it is ok to read the same one.
The translation offered by Yusuf Ali does have many shortcomings and better translations are now on the market. Owing to when it was written, the style of English employed is very difficult to follow – there is frequent use of words such as thee, ye, thou and so on.

In verse 15 of Surah Maida, Allah states ‘verily it has come to you from Allah a Nur and a clear book’. Classic and contemporary Scholars agree that ‘Nur’ refers to the Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). However, Yusuf Ali refuses to be drawn into this interpretation.

The English rendition of ‘Kanz ul Imaan’, which is the translation offered by Ala Hazrat, is one of the most lucid and accurate translations available. Also, ‘Jamal al-Quran’ by Pir Karam Shah al-Azhari (and translated into English by Professor Anas) is very good.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
QUESTION 706 TOPIC : Allah (S.W.T)

A common question Atheist's ask is that as you believe that God can carry out anything He wishes, can He create a rock that God himself cannot lift due to it being too heavy. Also can He do bad things, e.g. tell lies.

Some Muslims believe that these CAN be done by Allah (S.W.T), their reason being that as we the creation can tell lies, then of course God can, as he can do anything He wishes. However He will never perform bad things because this is a decision God has made to not do as this would otherwise not accord with the attributes of perfection.

Apparently the Maturidi and Ash'ari Scholars have said that yes, it is contingently possible for Allah to act against His previous word. But, Allah is true to His word and we can say with surety that it won't happen. This is the meaning of the verses in the Qur'an that state:  "If it were not for a word already issued by Allah," [al-Qur'an 10:19]" How do we respond to these claims?

The answer to this question is simple. Allah is ‘Hakim’ (all-wise) and therefore His commands and own actions are governed by wisdom. A wise being does not perform abhorred actions. Lying is abhorred and therefore we cannot expect Allah to lie. We ask these people who ask such futile questions; have they ever seen a small matter in the entire universe which looks incomplete, useless or functionless? Every single creation of Allah, from the ant to the planets, has a function and purpose. Then what purpose and function could there possibly be from proving that Allah can lie?

Moreover, if one can show that it is possible for Allah (S.W.T) to lie, then what does this say about our religion, divine book, our Prophet and our Shariah? Are all of these now based on the premises of doubt too?

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)

All these years I have heard the Azaan being recited the same way in every country. My friend told me the other day that apparently there is not any Hadith that suggests the Azaan is performed where everything is recited twice except Allahu Akbar which is four times at the beginning. He says everything is to be recited once and Allahu Akbar twice. Can you show me the evidences supporting both these views?

Firstly, Muslims do not get their Fiqh from books of Hadith; they get it from books of Fiqh. When a person takes his Fiqh from the books of Hadith, like so many youngsters today, they merely get a glimpse of the action or saying, without understanding how it fits in into Islam.
When we read Fiqh from Fiqh books, then we read the same Ahadith to be found in Sahih al-Bukhari, but we get support from the experts of Fiqh as to how exactly this fits into the Fiqh of Islam.
Remember that just because a Hadith is to be found in Sahih Bukhari or any other Sahih compilation, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is acted upon. Your friend has not come across the report recorded by Imam al-Bukhari and reported by Hazrat Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that ‘...Bilal was ordered to perform the Azaan in duals…’ (i.e. recite everything twice). (Sahih al-Bukhari; Hadith no. 568).

The same report is to be found in; Sahih Muslim  Hadith. No. 569, 570, 571, 572

Sunan Tirmidhi Hadith. No. 176, 177, 178, 179
(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
QUESTION 708 TOPIC : Qadiyanis
I argue with Qadiyanis a lot on the internet about their beliefs & they all ask me
the same question which I don’t have a strong answer to so I need your help pls.

I have quoted clear Ayahs from the Quran & Hadith saying there can not be any more Prophets after our Prophet (S.A.W) to them. But they ask me to show them where it says that Hazrat Essa (A.S) is still alive & He will come back as an Ummati of our Prophet (S.A.W). As they believe Hazrat Essa (A.S) is buried in Kashmir.



In order for a healthy theological debate to occur, there has to be some principles and ideas that both parties involved can agree to. When a Muslim debates with a Qadiani, then there is no such similarity and thus conversing with them is futile.

The fact that Hazrat Isa (A.S) is alive and will return as a follower of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is mentioned in countless Ahadith of the Messenger. But what is the point in quoting Ahadith references when they ignore the first and most important source of Islam, the Holy Quran? Citing Ahadith is pointless when they cannot understand and accept one of the simplest tenets of our religion mentioned in the Quran; that Muhammad is the last Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). 
Can Qadianis explain to us confused Muslims who Mirza Ahmad claimed to be? At one point in his life, he claimed he was a Prophet, later he claimed he was the Mahdi and he even claimed to be Isa!
Nevertheless, the story of the appearance of Hazrat Isa (peace be upon him) in the time of Dajjal and that He is not dead, has been mentioned in great detail by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). One of the most detailed Hadith is the one recorded by Imam Tirmidhi in Sunan Tirmidhi (Book of Fitan, Chapter, What has been mentioned about the dissension of Dajjal; Hadith no. 2166)
(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)

QUESTION 709 TOPIC : Quran Translation
Where is Paradise at this very moment?
Secondly the believers who pass away will meet other believers in Barzakh?

Paradise is above the seven skies at this moment, as reported the many reports of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). In Surah Najm, Allah (S.W.T) describes Paradise as next to the Sidra al-Muntaha (Najm: 15).

Secondly, many believers will meet one another in the state of Barzakh. In Surah Ale Imran, Allah (S.W.T) refers to the martyrs and states ‘Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead. Rather they are alive with their Lord and they are given provisions. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty; rejoicing for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. (3: 168-9)’

Likewise, Imam Ghazali (R.A) records many reports in Ihya Ulum al-Din which support this opinion;

-Ja’far ibn Sa’id (R.A) said, ‘When a man dies he is met by his son just as a man is met

after a long absence.’

-Salih al-Murri (R.A) said, ‘I have heard that the spirits meet together at death, and say to the one that is newly come among them, ‘how was you abode, and in what variety of

body were you ensconced, in one fair or foul?’

-Abd Allah ibn Amr ibn al-As (R.A) was once asked where the spirits of the believers reside after death. ‘They are in the form of white birds in the shade of the Throne. And the spirits of the disbelievers are in the seventh earth.’

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
QUESTION 710 TOPIC : Breast Feeding
Can I do the breast feeding during fasting? Does Wuzu break with breast feeding?
Yes breast feeding is permissible whilst fasting and this will not break your Wudu or you’re fast.
How many hells are there?
There is only one hell, but it has several parts, and each part has a different punishment ordained to it.
QUESTION 712 TOPIC : Earnings
Is it right for a wife to be negative and create problems if the husband is not in paid employment and he and his wife receive separately there own income from state benefits and the family with children are living comfortably without any financial hardship?
Barakat (blessing) is in earning of hard work.

A Hadith narrates “he who earns with his own hand is friend of Allah (S.W.T)”.

If a person is physically and mentally able then he should work to earn his leaving, state benefits are not available without a reason. This reason can not be just comfort or lack of interest in work; it is normally inability to work or lack of employment opportunity.

The recommended way would be to work and earn a Halal living rather then depending on state benefits without a justifiable reason. We would advise that the wife should encourage the husband to work rather than to create problems or be negative towards him.
How long can one keep Wudu for and how many Namaz can you read with it before doing the Wudu again?
As long as your Wudu is valid then you are not restricted to how many Salaah or different Ibadaat you can perform before making fresh Wudu.
However it is very rewarding to make fresh Wudu for every Salaah.
If you have a child and after a few weeks the child passes away but you haven’t kept a name for that child, can we still keep its name after he or she has passed away and is buried? 
The child was born and died some 20 years ago. Only recently we have been told that a name should have been kept. Could you please answer this question?
It is good act to name the child regardless what happens to them after birth. We would advise you to still give the child a name now and use this for his or her recognition.
QUESTION 715 TOPIC : Marriage
I have been friends with a Muslim boy for a long time and over that time we have found happiness with each other. We want to get married however his family is not happy with it. I am from a different ’caste' to him and it is his mother wish for him to marry form Pakistan.

I don’t practice Islam as of yet but I am learning and trying to become a better Muslim. He loves his mother and would do anything to make her happy even if this means he will be unhappy in his marriage. How can I show his mother that I can make her son happy and for her to accept that even I’m from a different part of Pakistan to them we can be happy together?

And if she does not agree am I just meant to give up and walk away even if that means we both will get hurt. Please help.
This has become such a common question that I would like to take this opportunity to express few Islamic teaching to Muslims, male and female alike.
Firstly friendship between Ghair Mehrams (people who are eligible for marriage) is forbidden and is a Sin. One must not only avoid this but seek Allah’s forgiveness from such an act. We need to avoid this social custom of modern society, hence a man and a woman should not form friendships, thereby avoiding the notion of being hurt, or having their feelings hurt.
Just as children are encouraged to adhere to Islamic teachings to make a choice of a life partner, parents should also not enforce decisions on children based on their own agenda. We would advise parents to help children in choosing a life partner who will help them in developing in Deen and encourage prosperous life together.
Islam encourages marriages based on ones piety and practice of the religion. Parent’s involvement is full of blessing and children should fulfill parent’s requests and likewise parents should accommodate children’s choices. This is a two way process based on Islamic teachings.
I make Dua that may Allah (S.W.T) help you resolve your problem according to the teaching of our beloved Religion and make you strong in its practice.
Please refer to related question on our website on this topic.

If a person reads Namaz but does not read Nafil Namaz – is this right or wrong?

If a person misses the Nafil, they miss part of the Thawaab of the Salaah. It states in a

Hadith that the Nawafil will cover the shortfall of the Fard and that this is highly rewarding action.

However please note that if the Nafil are not read, it will not result in Gunnah (Sin).
Is eating before Namaz-e-Jummah a Sin?
It is not a Sin to eat before Jummah or for that matter any other Salaah, the only exception being when you are Fasting.
Imam Saab can I please ask a question, say if I had learnt the Namaz Pati (Book) and have forgotten whilst praying, if I refer to the Pati, is this right or a big mistake forgetting it in the 1st place?
According to Fiqha Hanfi it will invalidate the Salaah if you refer to written words.
Please memorize the words of the Salaah at your earliest. We have these on our website in easy to read English. Seek Allah Azawajal’s guidance Inshallah it will come back to you.
I want to know that can husband and wife do oral sex. Is it permissible in Islam?

I need answer in URDU JazakAllah Khair.
Dear questioner, it is totally forbidden in Islam to perform oral sex between husband and wife. (Refer to questions 509 and 551). This is a non Islamic custom based on desires and Islam encourages actions to please Allah Azawajal rather then ones own desires.
Urdu Interpretation :
Oral Sex Islam mein Haraam hai. Yeh ghair muslim ka tareeqa hai, jis ki bunyaad zaati khuash par hai. Muslim insaan ka har amal Allah Azawajal ko khush karana hai.

I am 19 and used to offer Salaah at the age of 11 to 13.
Between the age of 13 and 19 I rarely offered Salaah. Thank God for His Guidance, He made me regular at my Salaah again, since past 6 months.
I want to ask you what I can do to get forgiven for not praying from the age of 13 to 19, that’s 6 years. Will I be forgiven? What should I do to get forgiven?

Can I offer those prayers now along with my regular prayers?
It is obligation for you to make up the missed Salaah (the Fard and Witr). I would advise you to do Tauba-tun-Nasuh to seek Allah Azawajals forgiveness.
Please refer to both questions on missed Salaah and Tauba-tun-Nasuh from previous questions to help you further.
I have got a cat who is about 6 months and I was just wondering if it is allowed to get cats spayed or castrated in Islam?
I have already got her spayed but I’m asking for the future for any other cats I may have. As you may know the operations are so the cats calm down, and cannot conceive kittens or for males make other female cats pregnant.
Is this ok to do?
As long as pets are (i) treated well (ii) are not abused (iii) fed well (iv) do not create a financial burden on the owner (v) do not disturb or poise a threat to the residents of the home and neighbours, then Muslims are permitted to keep them.

It seems that spaying is in many ways showing abuse to the cat and it is certainly acting contrary to what Allah intended for the animal. On this basis, such medical procedures are not encouraged in Islam.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)

What is 4th 5th and 6th Kalmay?
Fourth Kalma:
Laa ilaha illal Lahoo Wahdahoo Laa Shareekalahoo Lahul Mulku Walahul HamduYuhee Wa Yumeetu Wa HoWa Haiy Yul La Yamootu Abadan Abada Zul Jalal Le Wal Ikraami Beyadihil Khair. Wa howa Ala Kulli Shai In Qadeer.
Meaning: The word of Oneness (Tawheed)
(There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and causes death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful.
Fifth Kalma:
Astaghfirullaha Rabbi Min Kulli Zambin Aznabtuhu Amadan Aao Khat An Sirran Aao Alaniatan-Wa Atoobu ilaihe Minaz Zambil Lazee Aalamu Wa Minaz Zambil Lazee La Aalamu innaka Anta Allamul Ghuyoobi Wa Sattaarul Oyobi Wa Ghaffaruz Zunoobi Wala Haola Wala Quwwata illa billahil AliYil Azeem. 


Meaning: The words of Seeking Forgiveness (Astaghfar)

I seek forgiveness from Allah, my Lord, from every sin I committed knowingly or unknowingly, secretly or openly, and I turn towards Him from the sin that I know and from the sin that I do not know. Certainly, You (are) the knower of the hidden things and the Concealer (of) the mistakes and the Forgiver (of) the sins. And (there is) no power and no strength except from Allah, the Most High, the Most Great.

Sixth Kalma:

Allah Humma inni Aaoozubika Min An Oshrika Beka Shai Aown Wa Anaa Aalamo Behi Wasthaghfiruka Lima La A'lamu Behi Tubtu Anho Wa Tabarratu Minal Kufri Washshirki Wal Kizbi Wal Gheebati Wal Bidaati Wan Nameemati Wal Fawahishi Wal Bohtani Wal Maasi Kulliha Wa Aslamtoo Wa Aqoolo Laa ilaaha illal Lahoo Mohammadur Rasool Ullah.


Meaning: The words of Rejecting Disbelief (Radhay Kufr)

O Allah! Certainly I seek protection with You, from that I associate partner with You anything and I know it. And I seek forgiveness from You for that I do not know it. I repent from it and I made myself free from disbelief and polytheism and the falsehood and the back-biting and the innovation and the tell-tales and the bad deeds and the blame and the disobedience, all of them. And I submit and I say (there is) none worthy of worship except Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH.
Can you provide me the evidences that prove the permissibility for the use

Taweez (amulet) to be wrapped around our necks?
The permissibility of Taweez is proven from the time of the Prophet (peace and

blessings of Allah be upon him), as well as the Holy Qur’an. Allah (S.W.T) describes the Qur’an as a ‘Shifa’ (cure). The words of Allah (S.W.T) have so much power and force that they cure people from their physical and spiritual illnesses.

Imām al-Bukhārī narrates: ‘Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said that while we were on one of our journeys, we dismounted at a place where a slave girl came and said, ‘The chief of this tribe has been stung by a scorpion and our men are not present; is there anyone among you who can treat him (by reciting something)?’

Then one of our men went along with her though we did not think that he knew any such treatment. But he treated the chief by reciting something, and the sick man recovered whereupon he gave him thirty sheep and gave us milk to drink (as a reward).

When he returned, we asked our friend, ‘Did you know how to treat with the recitation of something?’ He said, ‘No, but I treated him only with the recitation of the Mother of the Book (i.e. al-Fatiha).’ We said, ‘Do not say anything (about it) till we reach and ask the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).’ So when we reached Madina Shareef, we mentioned that to the Prophet (in order to know whether the sheep which we had taken were lawful to take or not).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘How did he come to

know that al-Fatiha could be used for treatment? Distribute your reward and assign for me one share thereof as well.’ From this we deduce that curing people by reciting the Qur’an is permissible and was affirmed by the Prophet himself.

Caesar of Rome wrote to Hazrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) complaining that he suffered from prolonged headaches and requesting whether he could send a cure for this illness. Hazrat Umar (R.A) sent him a hat. Caesar found that when he wore the hat, the headache instantly stopped and when he removed it, the headache would return. He was astonished by this. One day, he opened the hat and found that it contained a piece of paper, upon which was written Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm.

Again, this shows that the practice of giving Ta’weez is legitimate.
As for what is written on the Ta’weez, it is usually words from the Qur’an or Hadith, but it can be individual Dua’s or names of Allah Almighty.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)


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