Firstly, a Muslim should worship Allah only in the way which is proven by evidence from Qur’aan and Sunnah. Such evidence may be quite evident which most people can know, or it may be obscure and they way to know it is the ijtihad (meticulous derivation of Islamic ruling from the evidences present) of scholars who are inheritor of the Prophets (i.e. they secured religious knowledge). If someone is one of these scholars Mujtahid scholars (i.e. those who can derive rulings of Islamic Law from the evidences themselves due to their scholarly acumen), he cannot but follow the conclusion which he reached through his ijtihaad in matters subject to ijtihaad. If he is not a mujtahid, he should follow (do taqleed) of a scholar whom he deems fit to be followed, since Allah said, “….so ask of those who know the Scripture, if you know not.” [Surah Al-Nahl, verse 43]

Secondly, some secondary derivative legal rulings (al-tafri’aat), which do not have any evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah to back them up, nor are the result  of ijtihaad of reliable scholars are not at all part of Islam, and Muslim should not act on them, since Allah said, “And follow not  that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [Surah Bani Israel, verse 36]. However, it is not permissible for us to take such baseless rulings as a means to attack scholars of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh).

Allah knows best.


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From ‘Abdul ‘Aziz bin ‘Abullah Bin Baaz to his royal highness Prince Salman Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz, Governor of Al-Riyadh Province and president of the High Comission for Collection of Donations for Bosnia and Herzegovina (committee for famine-stricken people in Somalia), may Allah enable him to do all the good things.

Assalamo’alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

In response to your kind query, number 6/1607 dated 9/3/1413H about your desire to know about the possibility to give zakah (obligatory charity) for the famine-stricken people in Somalia:

I would like to inform that there is nothing which should stop you from giving zakah to the needy among them, since they are by and large Muslims, and those among them who are non-Muslims, then the Zakah can still be given to them in order to soften their hearts for Islam.”

May Allah have Mercy on their condition, unite them on good things, correct their leaders and double the award for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and your highness.

Assalamo’alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

[Majmu’ Al-Fatawa, 14/284]

There is no doubt that Imam Ibn Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy on him) was one of the greatest scholars who followed the way of the pious earliest scholars, and one of the revivers of their way in his time, following his teacher Imam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have Mercy on him) in so doing.

The most important task these two Imams devoted themselves to was to refute the innovations in creed (belief) which had spread due to philosophical and rhetorical (kalaam) tendencies. A lot of such un-Islamic concepts had seeped into the Sufis and their books. They also sought to correct the practical manifestations of worshipping Allah and remove the innovations in actions and spirituality which has spread due to the innovated forms of Tasawwuf and the tariqahs (Sufi orders) which did not adhere to the Qur’an and Sunnah. Read the rest of this entry »

Women covering their hair upon hearing the athan (call for prayers) has no basis in Islam. Doing so religiously is a reprehensible innovation (bid’ah). On the contrary, a woman should hear the athan and repeat what th meuezzin says in whatever condition she is, whether her head and body are properly covered in hijab or not. The ruling is similar when she hears recitation of the Qur’an: she does not have to observe the hijab.
Allah knows best.

There is no clear evidence from the Qur’an or Sunnah to prove or disprove the marriage of the Prophet of Allah, Jesus (‘Eesa), the son of Mary (Marium), peace be upon them both.

As to what is narrated in the novel “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown, it only stirs up controversy about subjects which are sensitive for Western churches, for the sake of controversy and profit-making alone, not for any academic or historical research. Indeed, this novel created a great controversy and debate among the Christians, and many of them wrote refutations about the details which are contested by the Church.

Allah knows best.


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The name “Mujib-ur-Rahman” is common among Muslims of South Asia, i.e. India, Pakistan and Bengladesh, but it almost non-existent in the Arab world.

The meaning of “Mujib-ur-Rahman” is that this person is someone who responded to Allah’s Command and obeyed it, and hence worshipped Him Alone.

There is nothing wrong with calling this person “Mujib-ur-Rahman”, or “Mujib” only.

Allah knows best.


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It is not known with certainty the burial place of any Prophet (peace be upon them), except the grave of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

Hence, the location of Prophet Isma’il’s (Ishmael) (peace be upon him) grave is not known.

Shaikh Al-Albani (may Allah have Mercy on him) said, “No words can be authentically ascribed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that indicate that Isma’il (peace be upon him) or any other noble Prophet was buried in the Grand Mosque (at Makkah), and nothing of this sort is mentioned in any of the trustworthy books of hadith.”

[Akhbar Makkah]


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His name is Al-Hussain Bin ‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him. Indeed he died a martyr (shaheed).

This happened since the people of Iraq (Kufa) wrote to him to come to them so that they may pledge allegiance to him as the ruler, and this happened after the death of Mu’awiyyah (may Allah be pleased with him) and his son, Yazid assuming power.

However, then the people of Kufa deserted Al-Hussain after Yazid Bin Mu’awiyah appointed ‘Abuaidullah Bin Ziyad as its governor who killed Muslim Bin ‘Aqeel, the envoy of Al-Hussain to the people of Iraq. Hence, the hearts of the people of Iraq were with Al-Hussain, but their swords were with ‘Abuaidullah Bin Ziyad.

Therefore, Al-Hussain set out towards Kufa, not knowing that Muslim Bin ‘Aqeelhad already been killed, nor that the people had become disloyal to him.

So, Al-Hussain set out towards Iraq and (when he) reached Karala, and got to know that the people of Iraqhave abandoned him. Thus, Al-Hussain asked the army sent to fight him one of three things: either they leave him so that he could return to Makkah, or that he be allowed to go to Yazid Bin Mu’awiyyah or that he be allowed to go to the frontier to participate in Jihad for Allah’s Sake.

However, they refused his wishes and demanded his surrender, with Al-Hussain refuses. So, they fought him and he was killed unjustly, as a martyr.

[Al-Bidayah wa Al-Nihayah 11/473-520]


There are two places in the Qur’an in which it states that the Earth was created before the sky. These verses are:

1)    “He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He Istawâ (rose over) towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything.” [Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 29]

2)    “Say: “Do you verily disbelieve in Him Who created the earth in two Days and you set up rivals (in worship) with Him? That is the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists). He placed therein (i.e. the earth) firm mountains from above it, and He blessed it, and measured therein its sustenance (for its dwellers) in four Days equal (i.e. all these four ‘days’ were equal in the length of time), for all those who ask (about its creation). Then He Istawâ (rose over) towards the heaven when it was smoke, and said to it and to the earth: “Come both of you willingly or unwillingly.” They both said: “We come, willingly.” [Surah Fussilat, verse 9-11]

This does not contradict the Saying of Allah in Surah Al-Nazi’aat: “Are you more difficult to create, or is the heaven that He constructed? He raised its height, and He has equally ordered it, Its night He covers with darkness, and its forenoon He brings out (with light). And after that He spread the earth; And brought forth therefrom its water and its pasture;” [Surah Al-Nazi’aat, verse 27-31]

Thus, the earth was created first, without being spread, then the sky was created and then the earth was spread by bringing forth its water and pasture i.e. trees, plants etc.

The meaning of the verse, “He it is Who created for you all that is on earth,” is that He created the original earth along with a measure of sustenance, food etc. that  was going to be on the earth. Hence, here “created” means “measured”, and this agrees with the verse in Surah Fussilaat: “and measured therein its sustenance.”

Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Al-Shinqeeti said, “Firstly, you should know that Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was asked about the conformity of the verse in Surah Al-Sajdah (also called Surah Fussilat) and the verse in Surah Al-Nazi’aat. He replied that Allah first created the earth, before the skies, without spreading it. Then He Istawâ (rose over) towards the skies and made them seven skies in two days. Then he spread the Earth after that, and made mountains, rivers etc. in it.

Hence, basically the Earth was created before the skies, and it was spread with mountains, rivers etc. after creation of the skies. This is proven since Allah said, “And after that (creation of skies) He spread the earth”, but he did not say that he created it (after the creation of skies). Then he explained “spreading” the Earth by “and made mountains, rivers etc. in it.” This explanation by Ibn ‘Abbas of the congruence between the two verses, derived from the obvious meaning of the Noble Qur’an, is clear and does not leave anything to doubt.”



Ibn Qayyim (1292-1350CE / 691 AH- 751 AH) said in I’laam Al-Muwaqqi’een:

وأما استحلال القتل باسم الإرهاب الذي تسميه وُلاة الجور سياسة
وهيبة وناموساً وحرمة للملك فهو أظهر من أن يذكر

“As far as making murder permissible in the name of terrorism is concerned, which the oppressive rulers and tyrants call state-policy, or establishing writ of the state, or upholding its awe and dignity, then this is quite obvious.”