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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]

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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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.”

The basic principle is that it is impermissible for men and women to freely mix with each other, and for women to show any part of their beauty or adornment to men unrelated to her (i.e. those she can marry at any point in her life). The evidence for this is the verse of Qur’an:

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex.” [Surah Noor, verse 31]

The verse also shows that it is permissible for women to uncover in the presence of “males who lack vigor” to the extent to which she can uncover in the presence of her Mahram relatives (close relatives she can never marry, e.g. father, brother etc), like head, face, forearms and feet.

“Males who lack vigor” are those who are not conscious about things related to women, are not attracted to them and do not desire them. On the contrary, they are like children or even less in this regard. As for someone who has sexual desire and is attracted to women, then he is like all other unrelated (non-Mahram) men, and hence he should not mix with women and they should not uncover in his presence.

Ibn Qudamah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “A man who has lost his sexual desire due to old age, impotency or some incurable disease, or castrate (eunuch)…or a effeminate man (mukhannath) who has no sexual desire, then the ruling on him looking at women is the same as the ruling of Mahram relatives, since Allah said, “old male servants who lack vigor”: i.e. those who do not have any (sexual) need for women. Ibn ‘Abbas said: He is the one from whom women do not feel shy. Ibn ‘Abbas is also reported to have said: He is the effeminate man who cannot have sexual arousal (i.e. erection to any degree).

Mujahid and Qatadah said, “He is the one who does not have desire for women.”

Hence, if there is a effeminate man who has sexual desire or knows the matters of women, then his ruling is that of other men. This is because Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her), said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was in her house, where there was also an effeminate man who told her brother ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Umayyah: “If Allah wills that you conquer al-Taa’if tomorrow, I will show you the daughter of Ghaylaan; she has four folds of fat in front and eight behind.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “This person should not visit you.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari).

[Al-Mughni 7/463]

Opening an account on Facebook: Its legal ruling depends on the intention of the person visiting the website. If he is a scholar or student of Islamic knowledge or representing a group calling towards Islam, then this permissible and a good step, since this allows them to benefit people. However, for someone who enters social networks for doing evil or there is a plausible chance that he can be seduced into it and easily fall for it – especially young people – then it is not permissible for them to enter this site. Read the rest of this entry »

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Imam Muslim (may Allah have Mercy on him) narrated from Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) wanted to forbid (his followers) to name persons as Ya’la (Elevated), Baraka (Blessing), Aflah (Successful), Yasar and Nafi’, but I saw that he kept silent after that and he did not say anything until Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) died. And he did not forbid (his followers to do this), then ‘Umar decided to prohibit (people) from giving these names, but later on gave up the idea. [Sahih Muslim 3986] Read the rest of this entry »

Sheikh Muhammad Ameen Al-Shinqeeti (may Allah have Mercy on him) said:

“The scholars have different opinions about the permissibility of marriage between human beings and Jins. A group of scholars said it is not allowed, while others allowed it…I do not know any text in the Qur’aan or Sunnah which indicates the permissibility of marriage between mankind and Jinn. Read the rest of this entry »