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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 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.


Translated for IslamQA website

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.


Translated for Islam-QA:


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 »