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 »

The story that angels were amazed at the disobedience of mankind on Earth to Allah, and Allah asked them to select angels from among themselves to be sent down and (humanly) desires be put into them, so that they may see whether the angels obey or disobey Allah, is not authentic. 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 »

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The ruling on using salts, minerals and therapeutic (medical) mud etc. obtained from the Dead Sea, depends on the difference of opinion among the historians about whether this is the same area where the nation of Prophet Loot (peace be upon him) used to live. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snakes are dangerous and harmful animals. The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered that they should be killed wherever they are found. Hence, if Islam commands their extermination, how can it be permissible for a Muslim to keep them after this command?
Ibn Qudamah, may Allah have Mercy on him, said, “It is illegal (haraam) to keep those (animals) which are commanded to be killed.” (Al-Mughni 2/11)
Also, taming and training snakes is useless, and Muslim should refrain from such things which bring no beneficial. On the other hand, training such type of animals is obviously not free from certain dangers.
Based on this, it is impermissible (haraam) to train and keep snakes. It makes no difference whether the snakes are venomous (poisonous) or not, since the legal texts which call for their extermination are general (and do not make a distinction in this regard).
Allah knows best.

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All Praise is for Allah.

Scholars of Arabic language have different opinions, and the scholars of Islamic Jurisprudence followed them in this difference, about setting the limits for the age of youth. The best opinion seems to be that the period of “youth” (shabab) starts from puberty and ends at 30 or 32 years, after which the period of “kuhoolah” (middle-age) starts.

Allah knows best.

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Q1: About antiperspirants for ladies.

Q2: About perfumes leading to attacks by genies.

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The question is about to the words of rabia al-adhawiyya.

she mentions in one of her poems that metaphorically she will burn the paradise with a torch and she will extinguish the fire of hell with a bucket of water so that the believers only do actions and deeds only for His sake, not for the sake of paradise and hell. Read the rest of this entry »