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“In The Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful”
“Sallallahu ‘Ala Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhe Wasallam”
Is it permissible in Islam to perform Fateha?
Is it permissible in Islam to perform Fatiha of food or blow on food by saying Al Fatiha ? It would be nice if you could quote the reference of some Hadith/Quran so that I can convince others.
Performing Fatiha of food is the Sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The great scholar Mulla Ali Qari writes:
‘It was on the third day after the death of Ibrahim, son of the Messenger of Allah, when Abu Zarr came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with dry dates, milk and some wheat bread. He placed it in front of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He recited Surah Fatiha and Surah Ikhlas thrice and then raised his hands in Dua and wiped his face. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then ordered Abu Zarr to divide the food amongst the people.’ (Tashih al-Aqa’id, p. 127).
There is no evidence to suggest that after such recitation, blowing on the food is forbidden. In fact, there is ample evidence to suggest that it is the Sunna to seek the Baraka of the recitation by blowing thereafter. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reports that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) felt ill, he would recite Surah Falaq and Surah Naas, and then blow upon himself using his hands (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Maghazi, Hadith no. 4085). He would also blow upon himself before going to sleep, after reciting Surah Ikhlas, Surah Naas and Surah Falaq.
If my wife feels that I should not speak or meet my brother is it right?
If my wife feels that I should not speak or meet my brother is it right? (My wife give reasons that my father , brothers do not respect her in the past.) without my wife’s knowledge I used to help my sisters family for their issues. I still meet and speak with my brother to resolve issues within our family. Is it right for my wife to restrict me speak to brother even my brother may have
done some minor mistakes in the past. My brother live separately and he do not come to my house due to my wife don’t like my brother.
Islam brings families together and not apart. You are permitted to help your own family members in the same way that your wife is expected to support you and also care for her family members.
Turn on the lights in the house at maghrib time?
Is it said in Islam to turn on the lights in the house at maghrib time? And what about when retiring to sleep? Are we supposed to keep a light on in our houses the whole night?
There is not such thing in Islam to turn the lights on at Maghrib time. If it is necessary then you can turn it on at any time. There is some of the Ahadith of Rasoolullah Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam about turning your lights off when you go to sleep; in the hadeeth of Bukhari narrated by Sayyidina Jabir Radiyallahu Anhu, it has been mentioned that Rasoolullah Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam says to turn your lamps or lights off before you go to sleep.
Life increased by remembering someone ?
Is it true that when you remember someone and you either see them or they come to your house the minute you’ve remembered them, does this mean that their life is increased?
This is more of an expression than a rule. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) however did mention how a person can prolong his life and gain material riches. In a Hadith recorded by Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih (Hadith no. 5527), the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
‘Whosoever wishes that his wealth is increased and his life is extended, then he should be courteous with his relatives.’
So each and every one of us should be good to our relatives, and this leads to an increase in life and riches.
Can you clarify whether this caste divide is correct?
I wanted to ask about the divide within society, in regards to where a person comes from. recently i was told that since im not a born muslim, but have been guided to learn and follow Allah late in my life, and also that i didn’t belong to a certain village, and therefore am not a certain caste and supposedly do not follow the same way of living as this family, i may not be accepted by the Mother to marry her Son. this is because people might look badly towards this family after. please for my peace of mind can you clarify whether this caste divide is correct? i have read in the Holy Q’uraan that a believing man may marry a woman beliver or one of the people of the Scriptures. i also understand that it would be wrong to make a son choose over his mother as Paradise is between her feet, therefore i would not insist on this marriage. however are the reasons of refusal given to me correct? please can you clarify for me? is it correct to do so to uphold the honour of their family?
Islam came to bring people together, not divide them. The division of the human race into different colours, races and ethnicities was something that Allah did so people can appreciate one another (Quran 49:13), not so that they can be-little one another.
Allama Alousi, a famous commentator of the Quran, includes a saying of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) under the above referenced verse:
Imam Baihaqi has reported from Abu Amama (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Allah has eliminated the pride and haughtiness of Jaahiliyya (the period of ignorance) that occurs because of one’s paternal lineage. You are all equally the children of Adam and Hawwa like two Saa’ (measures used for food). Undoubtedly the most respected amongst you in the eyes of Allah is the one with the most Taqwa (piety). So whoever comes to you with whom you are pleased with his religion and trustworthiness, then marry [his daughters].’
In short, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught that rather than giving consideration to lineage and casts, faith and piety should be of paramount importance. When a pious partner is found, then marriage should be sought irrespective of caste and race.
Imam Tirmidhi narrates,
‘Abu Hatim al-Muzani reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘When one comes with whom you are pleased with his faith and moral character, then marry. If you do not, then there will be discord and great calamity on earth. If you do not, then there will be discord and great calamity on earth.’ The Companions asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah! What if they are such and such [poor or from a different caste]?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied,
‘When one comes with whom you are pleased with his faith and moral character, then marry’ and he said this thrice.’
Calling your family for tea on birthdays and anniversaries is haram?
I wanted to ask if calling your family for tea on birthdays and anniversaries
is haram? we don’t do anything wrong but we just have tea together and sit and talk but my husband is against it, he says its gunnah to do this. can you please tell me what i should do? And another thing is that my husband says you shouldn’t go to your mums house every week, go once or twice a month. I don’t know what to do as we all brother and sisters meet down mums every Saturday.
Calling the family for tea on such occasions can only be forbidden if the person intends that by making such invitations, he is intending to imitate the non-Muslims. If, however, the Muslim uses such occasions as a means to create family unity, cohesion and happiness, then this cannot be forbidden in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent precisely to unite Muslims, not to divide them.
A practice or ritual that all non-Muslims perform is not necessarily forbidden. Both Muslims and non-Muslims marry, but certainly we cannot be accused of imitating the infidels by marrying. We marry on the basis it is the Sunna of the Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
As for meeting the elders, this should be encouraged as much as possible as it is the way we learn and develop as humans. We should all try to spend as much time as possible seeking wisdom from our elders.
Clubbing and other social events is permissible?
Clubbing, going to parties and other related social events are very prevalent in our society today, please could you confirm whether clubbing and other social events is permissable?
What are your views in particular to clubbing, where there is an issue of free mixing, music, alcohol and drugs.
I have often heard from young people/students that they see clubbing as a normal social activity. it is commonly said that clubbing for these individuals means not to free mix/engage with the opposite sex, to not indulge in alcohol and drugs, but to merely go out with a group of friends to have fun and a good time. What are your views on such statements or to others excuses..
Partying and clubbing is totally outlawed in Islam. There is no legal or religious justification for such practices. In short, it is the perfect environment to lead one away from the remembrance of Allah.
Clubbing and partying usually entails (i) loud music (ii) the use of drugs (iii) alcohol (iv) the free mixing of the sexes (v) excessive waste of time.
All these acts are severely prohibited individually, so clearly attending an event where all elements are to be found collectively will be vehemently forbidden.
Slipper/ shoe is on the floor with the sole side on top?
I would like to know whether it is true that when a slipper/ shoe is on the floor with the sole side on the top does shaitaan sit on the slipper/ shoe because that’s what i have heard.
The likelihood is that this is an old wives tale, perhaps stemming from the Indian Sub-Continent. What the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did have to say about wearing shoes was:
-A person should not stand and wear his shoes. Rather he should put them on in the sitting position (Sunan Tirmidhi, Book of clothes, Hadith no. 1697).
-If one shoe or sandal is insecure (because the strap is broken for example), then he should not walk in one shoe until he has fixed it and can walk in both properly (Sunan Nisai, Book of Adornment, Hadith no. 5274).
-When one wears his shoes, he should put the right one on first and then the left. When he removes them, he should remove the left first and then the right (Sunan Abu Daud, Book of Clothes, Hadith no. 3610).
What is thunder and lightning?
I heard that when there is thunder and lightning it is when shataan is trying to get into Jannah and the angels are hitting him to get him away from the good people.
Same with when earthquakes happen, I have heard that when an earthquake or tsunami happens, it represents Allah’s anger to the people of the earth who are doing bad things.
Could you let me know if this is true?
In the Quran, Allah states:
It is He (Allah) that shows you the lightning as a fear and as a hope (for rain) and it is He who brings up the clouds, heavy (with water). And the thunder glorifies Him and praises Him (Hamd) and the angels too out of awe…(13:12-13).
From this we learn that the thunder is in fact the praise of Allah Almighty and has nothing to do with the devil.
Frequent earthquakes are in fact a sign of the nearness of the Day of Judgement, in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It can be interpreted as a sign to the people that they must refrain from bad things. Allah can give people a ‘wake-up call’ through the means of an earthquake, but he can do so through countless other ways too; through wealth, children, poverty and so on. Overall, people must refrain from bad acts, regardless of whether there are earthquakes or not.
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