Question 901 topic : Masturbation whilst Fasting I want to know (1) if it is Haram to eat, lick or taste sperm for Muslims, and (2) What is Kaffarah or Qaza of masturbation (pass sperm) in Roza (Fasting)? Answer 901


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QUESTION 901 TOPIC : Masturbation whilst Fasting

I want to know (1) if it is Haram to eat, lick or taste sperm for Muslims, and (2) What is Kaffarah or Qaza of masturbation (pass sperm) in Roza (Fasting)?
1. It is a Haraam (grave sin) to eat, lick or taste sperm. This needs to be repented and refrained from.
2. Masturbation in Islam is forbidden. If someone performs this sin and ejaculation takes place, whilst in the state of Fasting then their Fast will break.
When a Fast is intentionally broken, a Kaffarah (Compensation) has to be made. The Kaffarah would include performing 60 Fasts continually for every one broken Fast.
Please also refer to Q704 on the website. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 902 TOPIC : Salathus Safar
Is it permissible to perform Salathus Safar (Travelling Prayer) in our home before exiting from the house?
No, you cannot read Salathus Safar before exiting from the house.

If the Salah time has already started whilst you are still at home then you are required to read that Salah as normal and not as Kasr.

For further explanation regarding the procedure of Salatus Safar, please refer to Question 777, on our website. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 903 TOPIC : Placing the Quran above the Brides Head
I would like to ask if we are allowed to hold the Quran Shareef above the girl's head when ruksati is completed at a wedding?

The holding of the Quran above the heads of the newly-wed couple is a practice for which

there is no evidence from the Quran or Sunnah. At the same time, there is no evidence from the Quran or Sunnah to suggest that such an act is forbidden. After all, the Quran is a source of great Baraka and blessings. Ensuring that the couples’ new life begins with the Quran can only be a good thing. Therefore, such a practice would be categorized under ‘Mubah’, meaning permissible.

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

QUESTION 904 TOPIC : Hazrat Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi (R.A)
Who Was 'Jalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî'? And Was He Part Of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat?
Hazrat Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi (R.A) was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic following Ahle Sunnah wal Jammah Aqaid. He was one of the greatest Saints in Islamic history and well known in the West for his Sufi poetry, especially his treasury of couplets entitled Masnavi Sharif.

(The Masnavi Shareef was a Sufi masterpiece which Hazrat Saab started during the final years of his life.)

Mawlana Rumi (R.A) was born on the 6th of Rabiul Awwal in Balkh, present-day Afghanistan. His father, Hazrat Bahauddin Walad (R.A), was a great Muslim Scholar and also a Sufi Saint who descends from the lineage of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A), the First

Caliph of Islam.

A brief biography can be found on our website, in the literature section under the Sufism section. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 905 TOPIC : Missing Salah and Fast
My husband does not listen to me when I ask him to pray Salah or Fast! He is not Islamic. He believes GOD loves us 7o times more than our mother how can he punish us severely for not praying. How shall I convince him? and can I pray on his place would he get the reward if I pray for myself than one Namaz for him?
In order to answer your question properly, I will break it down into three sub questions:

1. My husband does not listen to me when I ask him to pray Salah or Fast! He is not Islamic. He believes GOD loves us 7o times more than our mother how can he punish us severely for not praying. How shall I convince him?

Only disbelievers and disobedient people will go to hellfire. It is also very evident that despite the great love of the mother she would also hold children accountable for their action. 

However Allah (S.W.T)’s compassion is such that He has given us all this life to please him yet a single act could be sufficient to gain Jannah (Paradise). Our creation is to do Allah Azawajal’s Ibadaah (Worship), humans easily divert from that command and yet still pause question to why would one go to hellfire, our actions and level of obedience is what will determine hell or heaven for us. 

May Allah Azawajal help us to achieve and stay on Siratul Mustaqeem (The straight path). Aameen.
(Answer taken from Q654, on our website)
2. Can I pray in his place? Would he get the reward if I pray for myself than one Namaz for him?
The simple answer is No. You are not allowed to read Fard Salah or perform Fard Fast for your husband, in the hope to relieve him from this obligation. These acts are obligatory on him as an individual and he alone will be accountable for them.
3. How shall I convince him?
There are many examples that can be found on our website highlighting the importance of

Salah and Fasting. Such examples can be found under the Ramadan/Fasting and Namaz

Sections on the “Ask the Imam” page.
It would also be beneficial if he refers to the Sin / Repentance / Forgiveness Section.
May Allah (S.W.T) give us all the ability to follow the right path and repent for our Sins. (Ameen). (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 906 TOPIC : Method for Removing Unwanted Hair
I've heard that a women cannot take off any of her hair (pubic/armpit/leg/arm or facial) with razors or tweezers etc, because they contain metal.

I've been told by many people that a female cannot have metal touch any bit of her hair which is why I don’t pluck my eyebrows anymore or use a razor to take of arm/leg hair etc. I now use hair removal cream.

I just wanted to ask is this correct? Is it true that a woman cannot have metal touch her hair?
To assume that you cannot use any metal touch the hair (such as tweezers, razors etc) to remove unwanted hair, is incorrect.
According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) every adult Muslim, as a part of keeping his body clean, should remove the hair on his pubic area and that which grows under his armpits. This hair may be removed through any method that one feels comfortable with. A person should not let this hair grow for more than (around) forty days, as has been reported in a number of narratives ascribed to the Prophet (S.A.W).

For similar question on this subject, please refer to the cleanliness section on our website. It can be found on the left hand side of the “Ask the Imam” main page.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Is C.P.R. aloud in Ramadan?
Please refer to Q702 on our website.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

If music is forbidden in Islam, why is it that many Naats have a tune to them? Is it to keep the listeners attention, whilst trying to keep the attention on the words? Also the drums and music played by Sufi’s is that wrong? As in the olden days Sufi’s did not use music.
Please refer to Question 66 on our website. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

If two people are committing Zina with each other, can they marry each other?

Committing Zina in Islam is Haraam (forbidden). You need to stop this vile act immediately and ask forgiveness from Allah (S.W.T).
Allah (S.W.T) says in the Holy Quran that I will forgive all Sins except Shirk (polytheism –

associating partners with Allah (S.W.T)). Therefore if one repents sincerely (Taubah Tun Nasuh) and keeps away from this path of Sin. Inshallah he will find Allah’s (S.W.T) mercy, and forgiveness.

However moving back to your question, to make this relationship from Haraam to Halal (Allowed), the two people concerned can get married (providing there is no violation of Shariah i.e. woman is not already in a marriage, marriage is allowed between these two people according to Islam etc..)
It is important to remember that even though these two people get married, they still need to repent from this Sin sincerely and ask for forgiveness.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 910 TOPIC : Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and Khulafah e Raashideen (R.A)
Can you explain to me, where Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) grave is situated? And also, where the Khulafah-e-Raashideen’s graves are situated?
And is it true, there was no Imam at Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) funeral and

the Angels were the first to perform, and then family and friends?

In order to answer your question properly, I will break it down into two sub questions:
1. Can you explain to me, where Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) grave is situated? And also, where the Khulafah-e-Raashideen’s graves are situated?

Hazrat Abu Talha Ansaari (R.A) was responsible for digging the grave of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) while Hazrat Ali (R.A), Hazrat Abbas (R.A), Hazrat Fadhl bin Abbas (R.A) and Hazrat Qashm bin Abbas (R.A) helped in lowering His (S.A.W) blessed body into the grave.

(Madaaarij, Vol 2, Pg 442)
Hazrat Abu Dawood (R.A) narrates however that Hazrat Usamah (R.A) and Hazrat Abdul Rahman bin Auf (R.A) also helped lower the body. (Abu Dawood Shareef, Vol 2, Pg 458)
The Companions were initially divided regarding where to bury Rasoolullah (S.A.W). Some said He (S.A.W) should be buried in Masjjidun Nabawe, whilst others said that it should be in the general graveyard of Sahabah e Kiraam (R.A) (Jannatul Baqi).
Concerning this division, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) said, “I heard Rasoolullah (S.A.W) say once that a Prophet is buried in the same place where his death occurred.” Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas (R.A) narrates, “After hearing this Hadith, the furniture of Sayyidah Aisha’s (R.A) Hujra (Apartment) were removed and the Prophet (S.A.W) was buried in a grave prepared inside.” (ibn Maajah, Pg 118)
(Information Taken from: Muhammed (S.A.W), The Prophet of Islam by Allama Abdul Mustafa Aazmi)
Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) passed away at the age of 63 and is buried next to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) in Madina Shareef.
At the age of 63, whilst reading Fajr Namaz, Hazrat Umar e Farooq (R.A) was martyred (in Sajda) by a Jew, and is buried next to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A).
At the age of 84, whilst reading the Holy Quran, Hazrat Usman Ghani (R.A) was martyred. He is buried in the blessed graveyard of Madina Shareef (Jannatul Baqi).
At the age of 63, Hazrat Ali (R.A) was martyred whilst going to the Masjid. He (R.A) is buried in the city of Najaf (Iraq).
2. And is it true, there was no Imam at Rasoolullah (peace be upon him) funeral and the Angels were the first to perform, and then family and friends?

To answer this part of the question I am completely reliant on the works of Pir Karam Shah (R.A) compiled into the collection titled, Zia Un Nabi (S.A.W), Life of Prophet Muhammed (P B U H).(Vol 4, pg 531/4)

The Prophet (S.A.W) had willed His Companions to put His cot all alone at the brim of His grave after having giving Him bath and shroud for sometime. Hazrat Muhammad bin Ishaque (R.A) reports from Ibn-e-Abbas (R.A) that the Companions of the Prophet did according to His will; they all came out of the chamber of the Prophet.
Afterwards, at first, the male and female member of the blessed family of the Prophet went in the chamber and paid Salat-o-Salam and then they offered the prayer.
Then entered Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A), Hazrat Umar Farooq (R.A) and some other principal Companions (R.A) from the Ansaar and Muhajreen and they paid Salam to the Prophet saying:
Aslam-o-Alyka Ayyohan Nabi-o-wa Rehmat Ullahhl wa Barkaato.”
All the Muhajreen and the Ansaar followed Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) and Hazrat Umar (R.A). They arrayed in the rows and offered the Funeral prayer without an Imam. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) called forth the prayer and all who were present said, ‘Ameen’.
After the prayer, they went out and the fresh batches came in turn by turn that followed the women and then the children to offer the funeral prayer of the Prophet and then the slaves took their turn at the end. All the people offered His (S.A.W) funeral prayer in batches turn by turn and nobody acted as Imam.
All the Scholars are agreed to the fact that the funeral prayer of the Prophet (S.A.W) was offered without an Imam and wisdom behind it has been described as follows:

Since the Prophet was ‘Imam-ul-Awaleen’ and ‘Imam-ul-Aakhreen’, He (S.A.W) was alive, nobody could lead His funeral prayer.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
In Question 400 on your website, you were asked the following question:
I have been told that the Shaitan when ordered to do prostration to Hazrat Adam

(A.S) refused and in anger also spat at Hazrat Adam (A.S). The saliva fell on their stomach. Allah (S.W.T) threw that piece of clay away (which is now the belly button of humans) and the thrown away clay was made into the animal which we today call a

dog. Could you please tell me if this is true or just a story?”
To which you have replied: “Yes, this is true and not just a story”.
Could you please provide further information with regards to the question, I.e. where the source of this story arouse from.

Allah the Almighty, when prepared the sacred Physique of Hazrat Adam (A.S), the Angels showed an astonishment to see the new form and countenance and were glad to witness his handsomeness. But when the Devil saw Hazrat Adam (A.S), he said as to why he (Adam) has been created. He asked the Angels as to what they would do if Allah preferred Adam to them.
The Angels said that they would obey the orders of their Lord. The Devil thought that if Adam is given preference to him he will never obey the order of the Almighty and would kill him. Then the Devil spat on the physique of Hazrat Adam (A.S) which was placed on his navel.
Allah the Almighty directed Hazrat Jibra’eel (A.S) to dig out the earth from the said spot of navel. Hazrat Jibra’eel (A.S) dug out the earth along with the spit from that place. Allah the Almighty created a dog out of this earth.
(Taken from the book “Tales of the Devil” translated by Ghulam Mustafa Mustafvi, which intern is referenced from Roohul Biyan Pg 48.)
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
During the Maghrib Salah, for example... Once I completed my 3 Fard and said my two salaams, and my Wudu breaks... Do I make my Wudu again and pray the 2 Sunnats or do I pray 3 Fard Again, as well as the 2 Sunnats.
Furthermore, Approx, how much time do we have to pray Maghrib, until Isha Salah Starts?

By performing Salaam, you have effectively completed the 3 Fard. All you need to do in

this situation is to do fresh Wudu and completed the rest of your Salah (i.e. 2 x Sunnah

and 2 x Nafil). You are not required to repeat the Fard again.
As for the time span of Maghrib, please refer to Question 38 on our website.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

With reference to your answer to Question 331, please let me know which Ayah states that only the believers (i.e. Muslims) will go to Heaven. Thank You.
An Ayah of the Holy Quran that comes to mind is: "And Whoso seeks any other religion except Islam it will never be accepted from him (her) and such person will be loser in the hereafter” (Kanzul Iman, Surah Al Imran, Para 3, Ayah 85, page 89)
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 914 TOPIC : Marriage
Why am I not married yet? I’ve been divorced for 5 years and I have 3 kids!
Allah (S.W.T) knows best. We pray that Allah (S.W.T) blesses you with a pious husband.
Please refer to Question 450 on our website. In the answer it highlights some Wazaif to recite in order to help find a good marriage partner.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
I am having severe Waswasa, please clear the doubt. If Mazhi or Wazi comes out should I have to do Wudu for that and another Wudu for prayer or only one Wudu is enough?
You are only required to perform Wudu once.
Waswasa’s are from Shaitaan (devil).

To safeguard yourself from Waswasa recite Thaooz (A’oozu Bil-Laahi Minash Shaietaa nir-Rajeem) with regularity. Please also refer to Question 390 on our website.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

QUESTION 916 TOPIC : Istinja
What breaks Istinja? And what doesn’t break Istinja?
If anything comes out of your front or back passage (apart from releasing wind), then your Istinja has to be repeated. The release of any impurity from the body from these passages will need a new Istinja.
Istinja is to wash your private area at front and back removing any impurity. Impurities could be anything from urine, feces, period blood for women or sperm for men etc. Everything else that comes out of the body other then what comes out of your front and anal passage does not break Istinja, but that impurity must be purified separately.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 917 TOPIC : Divorce
Are the deeds of a woman who is in her Iddah and divorced by Talaaq accepted?
Yes all her deeds are acceptable (Inshallah) if performed according to and within the Islamic Shariah. Talaaq does not nullify future actions and deeds.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
I want to ask that when I am on my periods (HAIZ) and after a particular time I have to do Ghusl, please can you tell me how the Ghusal is to be performed to become Paak (clean)?
Firstly perform Istinja (cleaning of private area) to remove any impurities. Then perform your Ghusal as you would otherwise.
Please refer to the following section on our website to see how to perform Ghusal.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

QUESTION 919 TOPIC : Residing in Islamic Country

Is it Haraam to live in a non-Muslim country? What is the general position of the Hanafi's on this? And since I have been born and raised as a Muslim in a non-Muslim country, would it then be Farz on me to move to a Muslim country?
No, it is not Haraam to live in a non Muslim country and this is the position of the Hanafi School.
In categorization the hardest place is Darul Kuffar; this is where a Muslim is abstained and persecuted from practicing Islam and this is almost no where in the world today under freedom of practice of religion.
A Muslim has to practice Halal living and follow Islam which is not bound by the place of residence. Moving to a Muslim country is not a requirement to practice Islam; however the practice of Islam in a Shariah compliant country is easier than in other countries. Likewise if a person chooses to move to an Islamic country to make life easy for them, then this is permissible also.
If we look at the early history of Islam it is apparent that many Muslim’s traveled to non-Muslim countries to invite people to this beautiful religion of Islam and settle in the adopted country.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
It often happens to me, sometimes after urinating I notice a sticky fluid (the fluid is transparent) that comes out afterwards. This is like the fluid which comes out when sexually excited; but I don’t feel any pleasure of ejaculation. I heard that does not break Ghusal. Can you please confirm?

This fluid is called Wadi and this does not break Ghusal. However you have to perform

Istinja and Wudu and replace the impure clothing.

Please also refer to Question 390 on our website.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 921 TOPIC : Nafil Salaah - Ishraaq
What is Ishraaq and how do you perform them?
Ishraaq is a Nafil Salah which is read approximately 20 minutes after sunrise.
A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 Rakats (units) of Nafil prayer can be performed. It is performed as any other Nafil Salah i.e. in 2 Rakats (units).
It is mentioned in Hadith Shareef that: “The Sawab (reward) for reading Salatul Ishraaq is equal to performing 2 Hajj and 2 Umrah’s”.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 922 TOPIC : Family Issues
Sir I am married and from last 6 months I am at my parent’s house. I want to go back to my husband where as our parents are asking for divorce but I don’t want divorce due to my daughter.
Please tell some Dua which helps me to get out of this tough situation. My husband and in-laws are not in touch with us. Please help me?
We pray that Allah (S.W.T) makes things easy for you. Please keep the intension of getting back together with your husband for the sake of Allah (S.W.T) and recite “Ya Wadudu” in abundance.
Please also refer to Question 68 on our website.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 923 TOPIC : Marriage

Moulana Sahib. Bandish ka masala hay bohat arsay say rishtay anay key bawjud tay nahe ho patay meharbani kar key masalay ka hal farmaye.

English Interpretation:
Imam Sahib, problem of bandish (restriction). For a long time despite proposal, no match is being made. Please help solve this problem?

We do not deal with matters of bandish (restriction by magic or otherwise) or Istikhara on this forum.
However a beneficial Wazifa for marriage is to recite “Ya Lateefu” 100 times in state of Wudu. Inshallah Azawajal this will help find a marriage partner.
Please also refer to Question 450 on our website. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 924 TOPIC : Sexual Relations
Is a husband allowed to force himself on his wife?
In the Haqooq (right of husband) the husband has right to demand sexual relation from his wife. In marriage this should be by means of invite and acceptance, especially as by doing this practice lawfully (within marriage and limits of Shariah) lead’s to reward.
It is mentioned in AHadith that Rasoolallah (S.A.W) said “Just like having sex outside marriage is a Sin, having sex in marriage attains reward” It is related in another Hadith Shareef that : if a woman is busy cooking and her husband call’s her for sexual relationship (intercourse) then she should stop her cooking and fulfill his right first.
Here the husband must also consider that the wife must not be on her periods and is not suffering from an illness where performing sexual relations will be painful for her or make her further ill.

It is also the duty of the husband to treat his wife with love care and compassion, and forcing falls out of the bounds of this duty.

If a husband is forcing himself on the wife then this means either lack of Islamic

knowledge or a weakness in the relationship. The couple should work on these aspects to have a happy married life full of blessings. Marriage has to be based on mutual understanding and fulfillment of each others rights, not on demands and forcefulness.
And Allah Azawajal knows best. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 925 TOPIC : Esaal e Sawab
I have someone asking a question regarding the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaats

practices in relation to the '4th day khatham and the 40th day khatham' when someone has passed away, and then to continue doing this annually. He is asking where is proof to do these in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Please can you advise, exact reference to Quran Ayahs / Hadiths? JazakAllah Khayran
The purpose of all of the practices you mention is Esaale e Sawab (sending forward the reward of deed to another). The days are set in accordance to Sunnah and ease.
Please read the brief articles on our website. These can be found on our Literature Section under the Section: Beliefs of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammat. In the Misconceptions Cleared Section, you will Inshallah find the information you require.
If you still have further questions then inform us and will elaborate further. And Allah Azawajal knows best. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 926 TOPIC : Qurbani
I have just started my first job and received my first wage a couple of days before Eid. Is it Fard for me to do Qurbani?

If you are not in debt and are able to buy an animal to slaughter from this wage, then you are required to give Qurbani. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

Unke pechy Namaz prhna kaisi jo Quran makharij key sath nahi parteh or Ruku bhi poora nahi krte?
English Interpretation:
How is it to read behind those who do not recite Holy Quran with Makharij and do not complete the Ruku?
The criteria of Imamat (leading congregation) requires one to recite the Holy Quran correctly and to perform Ruku correctly. Please also refer to Question 427 on our website.
And Allah Azawajal Knows best.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 928 TOPIC : Tahajjud
Kya Tahajjud ki Namaz aap Sallahu Alehe Wasallam par Farz thi?
English Interpretation:
Was Salatul Tahajjud Fard upon Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam?
Yes, Salatul Tahajjud was Fard upon Rasoolallah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
In the Holy Quran is there anywhere Allah (S.W.T) mentions about Namaz? Can you please give me the reference?
Allah Azawajal mentions “Aqeemus Salah” (Establish Prayer), many a time in the Holy Quran; One example that comes to mind is in Surah Baqarah (Para1, Ayah 43) “And establish Salah (Muslim Prayer) and pay Zakah (compulsory dues for the have nots) and bow down with those who bow.” (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

QUESTION 930 TOPIC : Interest

I've heard that interest money can be given to charities for sanitations; such as the use of making toilets. Is this correct? If yes, what else apart from toilets, can the money go towards?
Let’s firstly establish that interest is Haraam (forbidden) in Islam and on those basis should be avoided. We should not enter situation especially with current acceptable Islamic sources of finance to engage in interest bearing activities. We do not need to think about where to use interest money but to avoid interest bearing transactions. If such money comes into Muslim hands, then one may use it for purpose of act’s where

Sawab is not intended but a general use for humanity, i.e. sanitation, shelter, roads etc. And Allah Azawajal Knows best.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 931 TOPIC : Woman Studying Law
Is it permissible for a young woman (me) to be studying law? This may seem like an odd question but some of my family members do not agree with it, but it is one of my passions and something I have ALWAYS wanted to do, so would it be ok for me to follow this career path being a female?
It is permissible to study law for a young female as long as the study is performed within the laws of Islamic Shariah, i.e. no free mixing of students. The learning of ilm (knowledge) is encouraged in Islam, but not at sacrifice of any of Islamic practices, which take precedence over the knowledge gained.

As far as career path is concerned, it become more difficult as a female to practice as a lawyer in certain countries as the legal system does not allow separation of the sexes. It would be difficult to avoid contact with Ghair Mehram who may be in position of judges and prosecutors furthermore client’s could also be Ghair Mehram and hence one on one confidential case work may be difficult to perform without breaking Islamic law. But again if Islamic law can be followed or your country of origin has a separated system for women to deal with women’s affairs then law may be practiced by a female. And Allah Azawajal knows best.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 932 TOPIC : Fireworks
Salaam brother Alhamdulillah you are doing a beautiful job with this website may Allah Subhana Wa Taalah reward you for all your efforts. My question is that are fireworks allowed in Islam? Since bonfire night is round the corner and many young Muslim brothers are wasting their time and money. Jazakallah.

Wa alai Kum Asalaam. Jazakallah Khairan Kathira for your kind remarks. This act of doing fireworks comes in wastefulness from Islamic point of view and it is also a symbol of celebration of an event that does not have Islamic basis nor acceptance and hence should not be encouraged.
Muslim’s should spend their time wisely and should instead try learning and practicing our beautiful religion.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 933 TOPIC : Interest in life
I am a student and I have lost interest in life. I have interest in nothing. I am failing continuously in all aspects of life. I have thought of committing suicide several times but since its Haraam I didn’t do it. Can you please help me?
Dear brother in Islam, thank you for coming forward and talking to us. Firstly let’s look at it as a favour of Allah Azawajal that he has given us the gift of life. We need to spend this gift in thanking him (S.W.T) and not getting too indulged in the gift itself.

In Iman Mufasil we read : Wal Qadri Khairihi wa sharihi minallahi taalla, that good and bad taqdeer (fate) is from Allah Azawajal. We need to be patient at times that are hard and trying, and be thankful that we are better than many others. Success or failure is in hands of the Creator Almighty (S.W.T) and He (S.W.T) does not punish someone for failing, He (S.W.T) encourages and rewards us for trying.

As you correctly say that suicide is a Haraam act, this also goes further to disapprove the gift that Allah Azawajal has given to us. It is said that a person who commits suicide will experience that same feeling of death until the Day of Judgment over and over again, so you should avoid the Waswasay (whispers) of Shaitan.
We invite you to learn about Islam in detail and try to recite Quran Shareef regularly with translation. If you are close to Sheffield in UK then email us or ring the number on our site, under contacts and we will Inshallah bring you a copy of an English translation of the Holy Quran, or you can alternatively buy one from an Islamic store local to you by the name of Kanzul Iman, by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (R.A). Furthermore you can also spend time in the company of fellow Muslim brothers at the Masjid, attend Islamic Zikr and speeches and spend time learning Islam. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Khana khane main spoon (chamcha) istimal jaiz hai tafsel se bataen shukriya?
English Interpretation:
While eating, is the use of a spoon permissible? Please elaborate!
It is permissible to use the spoon while eating.
However to consume food using your hands you will be fulfilling the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). Not only will you be rewarded for performing a Sunnah but also receive great blessings and benefit, Inshallah.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 935 TOPIC : Marriage

If a person is born outside of marriage, is it allowed for a Muslim woman to have a Nikah with according to Shariah, even if that person is a Muslim?

Yes this is allowed. The circumstances surrounding a persons birth is not taken into consideration, when performing Nikah. (Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 936 TOPIC : New Muslim
I am a roman catholic and wish to become a Muslim. I would like to know as an

intellectual disability nurse sometimes I come across clients that can find great comfort by sitting beside them while they say their prayers.
I also worked with people who have suffered strokes and before would have found great comfort and joy by reading their bible and certain passages. As they are unable to move or hold their bibles I will sometimes read passages from their bible is this wrong for me to do now as I want to become a Muslim.
It is very praiseworthy that you wish to revert to Islam. This decision should not be further

delayed, as one is not aware of when death will approach.
The knowledge of Islam will help you make choices on how you lead each aspect of life

and the wisdom of practicing within the systematic structure of Islamic Shariah (law).
Your described situation is specific and would require further detailed analysis, whereby you would assess the whole scenario of your duties and the best way to perform them based on your gender and job requirements.

We will soon be launching a New Muslim section that you may find of great interest so please keep visiting and if you have any more question then fell free to ask.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

I have been married for 4 years Mashallah but my wife gets angry over little things. Then she does not talk to me or make me food or tea. As I work 6 days trying to make money for my wife and child. She swears at me and I tell her Allah (S.W.T) is watching and I get tears asking myself why.

My wife is not that bad but when angry she starts insulting me and swears words sometimes. My wife reads Namaz 5 times Alhamdulillah. But then I think why does she do this? I am a good hearted person I respect her and everyone and I still forgive please help JazakAllah.
It is very good Mashallah that your wife reads Namaz which shows obedience to the

commands of Allah (S.W.T). However she also needs to be made aware that Allah (S.W.T) has also ordered the wife to acknowledge the rights of her husband and be kind and pleasing towards him (and vice versa).
It is imperative that each party plays their prescribed role within the relationship, in order to reach success in this world and the hereafter.
It is narrated in Hadith Shareef that anger is from the Devil, and in the state of anger one commit’s many sins and loses control over their actions (Al-Bukhari 7/99, Muslim 4/2015).
To control anger please encourage your wife to recite Thauz with regularity.
Thauz is to recite: Aaoozu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem.

Meaning: "I seek the refuge of Allah Almighty from the Rejected Shaitan (Devil)"

We pray that Allah (S.W.T) gives you strength and Sabr (patience) and May Allah (S.W.T) make your marriage stronger and peaceful, full of happiness - Ameen.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 938 TOPIC : Fajr Salaah

I have heard if you join Fajr Jamaat and we have not prayed our 2 Sunnah we will not be able to pray this at this point.

I have also heard whereby we can still pray the 2 Fajr Sunnahs before 12pm.

The two Sunnahs of Fajr Salaah (Prayer) are very important and highly stressed in Shariah. The Scholars in light of Hadith Shareef repeatedly emphasized that these should be read if missed due to joining Jamaat.
Moving to the second part of your question, yes you have heard correctly. These Sunnah cannot be read straight after Jamaat and would have to be prayed after sunrise, up until the start of Zawaal time (time in which Salaah can’t be performed).
It is important to remember that If a person comes to the Masjid and the Jamaat

(Congregation) has just started, then he should read the two Sunnahs before joining the Jamaat, as long as he knows he will be able to recite them quick enough to join the Jamaat. If he comes to the Masjid at a point so late that he knows he will miss the Jamaat should he read the Sunnahs, then he should join the Jamaat.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 939 TOPIC : Fajr Salaah
If by unexpected circumstances I need to pray Fajr Qaza. Do I need to complete the 2 Sunnah?
If a person misses Fajr Salaah due to unexpected circumstances, he should read the two

Sunnahs and then two Fard Rakats (Kaza), up until the time of Zawaal (when the sun is at the highest point in the day).

However If Fajr Kaza is performed after the time of Zawaal, then only the two Fard Rakats (Kaza) can be performed.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)

How do I make Niyaath if I want to keep Nafil Fast?

At the point of reciting the Niyaah (intension), use the same words as you would do whilst performing Fast in the month of Ramadan Shareef, changing the month to the Islamic month that you are Fasting in and have the intension as to why you are Fasting in your heart.
For example to Fast in Rabi-ul-Awal you would recite:
Wa be saumi ghadin nawaitu min sharil rabi ul awal:
Interpretation: I intend to keep the Fast for today in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 941 TOPIC : Sexual Relations
Mera sawal yai hai key kiya khawand apni biwi key jisam ko dehk sakta hai? Aur agar wo dehkna chata hai or biwi mana kare or kahe key jo karna hai light band kar key! to kiya biwi ko gunah hoga?
English Interpretation:
My question is that if husband wants to look at his wife’s body, then can he? And if

he wants to and the wife stops him and says you can do what you want but after

switching the lights off! Will the wife be sinful?
Yes in light of Islamic teachings the husband can look at his wife’s body. It is mentioned in a Hadith in Tirmidi Shareef that a Sahabi (R.A) asked the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) that which of our nakedness is allowed, and of which must we beware? Holy Prophet (S.A.W) replied, that guard your nakedness except from your wife. This establishes that both husband and wife can look at each other’s body.

Foreplay to create intimacy leading to sexual intercourse between husband and wife is encouraged to fulfill each other’s rights and needs, providing this doesn’t violate Shariah. It is narrated in a Hadith that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said: “No one of you should fall upon his wife like an animal; rather let there first be a messenger between you. And what is that messenger? They asked, upon which He (S.A.W) replied, kisses and words.

If the wife denies a request which leads to her husband not receiving his right, or vice versa then the one who is restricting (that which has been made lawful in Islam) will be Sinful.
In another Hadith it is stated in Muslim Shareef:”….and in man’s sexual intercourse (with his wife) there is Sadaqah (charity).” They (The Companion’s (R.A)) said. ”O Messenger (S.A.W) of Allah (S.W.T), is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual passion among us?” He (S.A.W) said: “Tell me, if he were to devote it to something forbidden, would it not be a Sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to devote it to something lawful, he should have a reward.”
Hope this answers the question.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 942 TOPIC : Marriage
Is “Love Marriage” allowed in Islam according to Islamic Shariah?
Islam allows both a man and a woman choice on who they marry. This is then encouraged on basis of selecting a partner for the sake of Allah (S.W.T) who is best in practice of the religion of Islam. This choice must also take into account your parent’s rights and wishes. Marriage in Islam is a complete concept and hence should be treated as such.
Let’s address what happen in a typical “Love Marriage”!
One needs to look at the opposite sex and desire that which at this point is forbidden for him/her and hence Sin. This addresses the basic point in a love marriage, which is to fall in love before marriage, which can only be achieved by method’s that are Haraam and Sinful.
Islamic teaching as per Holy Prophet (S.A.W) is to lower your gaze and guard your private parts, then how can a Muslim who is discouraged to gaze at a Ghair Mehram, fall in love?

We as Muslim’s should review our lifestyle to come to learn and practice Islam in completeness. When one is ready for marriage one should look for a wife based on her religion, and once an approach (marriage proposal) is made he then can see her in presence of a Mehram to see attraction. Love between them will occur naturally after marriage.

Please also refer to Question 715 and other earlier questions on this subject for a better understanding.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 943 TOPIC : Graves of Aulia - Darbaar (Shrines)
I have heard that a persons grave should not be made permanent and my question is that what about our friends of Almighty Allah (S.W.T) (Wali Allah)?
This exact topic was discussed in detail in a lovely piece of work by Mufti Ahmed Yaar

Khan Naeemi (R.A) in his work Ja Al Haq, (The Obliteration of Falsehood). I am basing my answer upon the work contained between pages 313 to 326.

Concerning graves of the Friends (Aulia) (R.A) of Allah (S.W.T) (which are visited by crowds of people who sit around the blessed grave of the Wali (R.A) to recite Quran Shareef, make Fateha etc.) to build a structure around the grave or dome, etc for the visitor’s convenience/ ease and to demonstrate the grandeur of the Saint is permissible according to Shariah. In fact this is proven by the Sunnah of the Sahaba (R.A).
When Hazrat Uthman Ibn Mazoon (R.A) was buried, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) placed a stone on the head side of the grave and said; “With this, we place the recognition of our brother’s grave and shall bury the deceased of our family here”
(Mishkaat Shareef, Kitaabul Janaaiz, Baabud Dafn.)

This Hadith proves that to preserve the recognition of a certain grave by making it a

little high or strengthening it with stones, etc is permissible.

Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhadith Dehlwi (R.A) writes, “in the latter times due to the general masses being very perceptive to visible things, the construction of buildings on the graves of Mashaaikh and pious people increased based on wisdom. This is so that the honour and rank of the Saints become apparent to the Muslims, especially in India, as many Kuffaar and the enemies of the Deen are found here. These buildings and places proclaim the glory of the Friends (R.A) of Allah (S.W.T) and are a means of instilling awe within the hearts of the Kuffar. There are many things which were Makrooh but have become preferred (Mustahab) in later times” (Sharah Safrus Sadaat).

Please also refer to our literature section for a detailed article on this subject.
And Allah (S.W.T) knows best.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 944 TOPIC : Perfume
Apart from Itar, is it permissible to apply perfume that consist of (Minority amount) Alcohol i.e. Lynx, CK Etc.
This type of question has already been answered. Please refer to Question 409 on our website.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 945 TOPIC : Profession
Is it permissible for a woman in Islam to be a lawyer? even if it is against your family's wishes, for example if they want you to be a doctor, but you know that that is the type of thing you wouldn't be comfortable with, because can't deal with blood etc. Is it a good profession? I know that for women it's mostly encouraged for them to go into medical practices to be nurses and doctors, but does that mean that they are then looked down upon if they decide to take any other career path?
Please refer to Question 931 on our website.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 946 TOPIC : Period cycle length for a woman
Imam Sahib ye bata dain key haiz ke to das din hote hain us ke bad istahaza to istahaza ke kitne din hote hain or kab tak dobarah haiz ke ayam shorou hote hain Thanks.

English Interpretation:

Imam Sahib, tell me that Haiz (period discharge) has 10 days and then it is Istikhaaza (discharge or virginal discharge), How many days is Istikhaaza before Haiz restarts? Thanks.


Please refer to Question 389 as it clearly explains the types of discharge (bleeding) a female is likely to face in light of Islamic Shariah. But do bear in mind that there is no set days as each person will experience Istikhaaza differently.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 947 TOPIC : Miscarriage
I just wanted to ask if someone has had a miscarriage is it important that she does not read Namaz for 40 days, or if she stops bleeding before that say after 10 days can she read Namaz, And is it the same for after childbirth?
Miscarriage and normal delivery both lead to Nifaas, this is where the maximum period that a female could have bleeding is 40 days.
If she is sure that the bleeding has stopped (e.g. after say 10 days), then she should purify herself and complete her Salaah (Namaz) at this point and not wait for the completion of 40 Days.
Please also refer to Question 389
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 948 TOPIC : Removing Hair
I had a query on whether it is permissible in Islam to remove hair from arms and legs? Or shape eyebrows etc? I have been told that it is not permissible however I

would like you to clarify.
Please refer to Question 663. The principal mentioned in Question 663 also applies to hair of women on arm’s, legs and plucking or shaping eyebrows etc.
And Allah (S.W.T) knows best.
(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
QUESTION 949 TOPIC : Waiting to Join Jamaah just before Ruku
During the Month of Ramadhan, whilst observing the Taraweeh prayers at the mosque, I have noticed many people remain sitting whilst the Imam has begun reciting the Quran and only join the Jammat when the Imam goes into Ruku. Is their Namaz Valid this way?


In the Holy Quran, Allah (S.W.T) has repeatedly stressed the virtue and importance of Salah. At the same time, He has offered a strong warning to those who perform it in a lazy manner. Allah (S.W.T) states in Para 30, Surah 107 (Maaoon): Ayah 4 & 5: “So curse be to those offering Salaah (Muslim Prayer); Who are Neglectful of their Salaah.”
Translation taken from Kanzul Imaan by Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A).
Delaying the Salaah until the Imam goes into a Ruku is a serious insult to the sacred nature of Salah and the Quran. People should remember the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who encouraged Muslims to perform worship ‘as if you are watching Allah, and if you can do that, then He is (certainly) watching you.’
(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
QUESTION 950 TOPIC : Asalaamualaika Ayuhanabiu wa in Salaah
As a follower of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaat, I have recently encountered a new Fitnah
from the misguided Wahabi/Salafi people that the Asalaamualaika Ayuhanabiu wa
rahamatulahi wa barakatuhu is Shirk (Maazallah).
Can you put some light on this subject and evidence so we can prove them wrong? Also is the Tashahhud in the Quran as an Ayah?
Thank you for your excellent question on a very important matter. 

As far as I am aware, the Muslims you refer to in your question do not explicitly suggest that to say al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatihu in Salah is Shirk. Rather their argument is that these are the words that the Companions read during the lifetime of the Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). After He (S.A.W) left this world, they read the words al-Salam ala al-Nabi, meaning ‘salutations upon the Prophet’, rather than ‘salutations upon you O Prophet’. Therefore they suggest that we too should read al-Salam ala al-Nabi rather than al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu.

Before answering this question, it is imperative that to note that the sayings of the Prophet

(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), namely His (S.A.W) Ahadith, are categorised

into two categories, Ma’mul bihi and Ghair Ma’mul bihi.
The former means a Hadith that is acted upon. For example, the Prophet (S.A.W) – as mentioned in a Hadith- kissed the Black Stone in the Haram Shareef. This is classified as Ma’mul bihi, meaning acted upon, since Muslims after him have too kissed the Black Stone.
A Ghair Ma’mul bihi Hadith is a saying or action of the Prophet (S.A.W) that is not acted upon, even though the narration may be deemed as authentic and even if the likes of Imam Bukhari have recorded it. For example, there is a Hadith that describes how some Companions drank alcohol before prayer. Quite clearly, this Hadith is Ghair Ma’mul bihi, or not acted upon. No Muslim today can justify the consumption of alcohol on the basis that it is mentioned in a Hadith that the Companions drank it.

Next, I will mention the various narrations on Tashahhud, as reported by the Companions of the Prophet (S.A.W). This will clarify what Muslims were ordered to recite in prayer.

‘Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud (R.A) reports that the Prophet (S.A.W) taught us to recite after two Rakaats; 

al-Tahiyatu li-Allahi wa al- Salawatu wa al-Tayyibatu al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatihu al-Salam Alaina wa ala Ibad al-Salihin, Ash’hadu al-La Illaha il-Lallahu wa Ash’hadu Anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhu wa Rasuluhu.

This Hadith was recorded by Imam Tirmidhi in his Sunan (Book of Salah, Chapter, what has been mentioned regarding Tashahhud; Hadith no. 266). In his own comments, Imam Tirmidhi (who adhered to the Shafi’i school of thought) added

‘[This Hadith has been recorded too] by Ibn ‘Umar, Jabir, Abu Musa and ‘Aisha.

The Hadith of Ibn Mas’ud is the most authentic narration from the Prophet (S.A.W) regarding the Tashahhud. Upon this [Hadith] is the practice of the majority of the people of knowledge from the Companions (R.A), and the Successors (R.A) after them. This is [also] the [decree] of Sufyan al-Thawri, Ibn al-Mubarak, Imam Ahmad and Ibn Ishaq.

Hence, according to Imam Tirmidhi, the words to recite are al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu, and in his own words, this is the ‘practice of the majority of the people of knowledge from the Companions (R.A), and the Successors (R.A) after them.’ There is no suggestion from this esteemed scholar that the wording should differ according to the Companions’ time and those after them.

The same exact words of Tashahhud (i.e. al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu) are reported in the following places too; 

Sahih al-Bukhari,  Book of Azan,     Hadith no. 788

Sahih Muslim  Book of Prayer     Hadith no. 609
Sunan al-Nisai  Book of Tatbiq     Hadith no. 1150
Sunan Abu Daud Book of Prayer    Hadith no. 825
Sunan Ibn Maja Book of Establishing Prayer and its Sunans Hadith no. 889
Musnad Ahmad        Hadith no. 3381/3439/3724/ 

All of these narrations contain the words al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu. To suggest that these words are Shirk is completely baseless, since these are the exact words taught to us by the Prophet himself. It is inconceivable that the Prophet could teach his Companions words that equate to Shirk. 

Undoubtedly, there is a narration recorded by Imam Bukhari in his Sahih that Ibn Mas’ud, in one report, said after mentioning the above words of Tashahhud, said,
…and when the Prophet (S.A.W) passed away, we said ‘al-Salam ala al-Nabi’[and salutations upon the Prophet] (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Permission, Chapter of holding by the hands).

Some Muslims suggest that on the basis of this narration, we should recite al-Salam ala al-Nabi (and salutations upon the Prophet), rather than al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu (Salutations upon you O Prophet).

There are several answers to this objection.
Firstly, in all of the narrations, nowhere do we find the Prophet (S.A.W) explicitly informing his Companions that the wording of the Tashahhud should be changed after he passes away. In fact, we find evidence to suggest that the Prophet (S.A.W) went to extreme lengths to ensure his Companions (R.A) did not change any part of this prayer. In an oft-repeated narration, Ibn Mas’ud (R.A) said that the Prophet (S.A.W) taught him the Tashahhud with the same exactness and accuracy as He (S.A.W) would teach verses from the Quraan.
Secondly, though the narration itself is authentic, it is not acted upon, or Ma’mul bihi. We know this because all the Hanafi Jurists in their Fiqh manuals prefer the wording of al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu. The likes of Imam Abu Hanifa (R.A) were obviously aware of the two contrasting words in the Tashahhud. But none of them gave preference to the wordings of al-Salam ala al-Nabi. 

As reference, I have checked the three most trusted and famous manuals of Hanafi Fiqh, Mukhtasar al-Quduri (Allama Abu al-Hasan, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Quduri), Nur al-Idah (Allama Abu al-Ikhlas Hasan al-Wafaid. 1069 A.H.) and al-Hidaya (Sheikh al-Islam Burhan al-Din Ali ibn Abu Bakr al-Murghanani d. 593 A.H.) All three have mentioned the wording of al-Salamu Alaika Ayyu al-Nabiyyu in the Tashahhud. 

As for your question as to whether Tashahhud is part of the Qur’an, it is not considered a part of it. As mentioned before, the Prophet (S.A.W) would teach his Companions (R.A) with the same accuracy and exactness as if he was teaching a verse from the Qur’an.

As a concluding note, it is worth remembering that the Muslims who make such objections are the same ones who (i) believe the Prophet (S.A.W) is physically and spiritually dead (ii) attempt to belittle His (S.A.W) exalted status and rank given to him by Allah (S.W.T) (iii) raise questions about the extent of his god-given knowledge. 


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


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