What is the meaning of Allaah’s name al-Quddoos?

What is the meaning of Allaah’s name al-Quddoos (the Holy)?

Praise be to Allaah.

Al-Quddoos (the Holy) is the One Who is Blessed and Pure, who is exalted above all impurity. It was said that the angels sanctify Him and He, may He be exalted, is the One Who is praised for His virtues and goodness.

Allaah is al-Quddoos because He is far above having any opposites, rivals, partner or son. He is described as being perfect, and is far above having any faults or shortcomings at all. He is far above anything being near Him or like Him in any aspect of His perfection. Ibn Jareer said:

“Taqdees (sanctification) is purification and veneration… Quddoos… purity and veneration are for Him, hence land may be described as ard muqaddasah or holy land, meaning that it is pure. When the angels say ‘Nuqaddisu laka (we sanctify You)’ it means we attribute to You Your attributes of being pure and free of all impurities and of all that the people of kufr attribute to You. It was said that the angels’ sanctification of their Lord is their prayer (salaah). Then he mentioned some of the comments of the mufassireen, who said that taqdees (sanctification) may mean prayer, veneration, glorification, magnification or obedience. Salaah and veneration come back to purification because they declare Him to be pure and free from all that the people of kufr attribute to Him.

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

One of His attributes is the Holy, declaring Him to be above all imperfection and glorifying the Most Merciful Continue reading

How many times did the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) perform ‘Umrah?

How many times did the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) perform ‘Umrah?

Praise be to Allaah.

It was narrated from Qutaadah that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) told him that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performed ‘Umrah four times, all of them in Dhu’l-Qi’dah apart from the ‘Umrah which he performed with his Hajj: (he did) ‘Umrah from al-Hudaybiyah or at the time of al-Hudaybiyah in Dhu’l-Qi’dah; (he did) ‘Umrah the following year in Dhu’l-Qi’dah; and (he did) ‘Umrah from Ja’raanah when he shared out the booty of Hunayn in Dhu’l-Qi’dah.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Hajj, 1654; Muslim, al-Hajj, 1253  Continue reading

What are the signs of Allaah’s love for His slave?

What are the signs of Allaah’s love for His slave?.

Praise be to Allaah.

You have asked about a serious and weighty matter, which none attain but very few of the righteous slaves of Allaah.

The love of Allaah is “the status for which the righteous compete and strive… It is the nourishment of hearts and souls… the delight of the eyes… It is the life of which one who is denied it is dead… the light which the one who loses it is in deep darkness… the healing of which the one who is denied is sick… the joy which the one who is deprived of it lives in distress and pain…

It is the spirit of faith and good deeds… by means of which one may draw closer to Allaah… which, when it is absent, one is like a body in which there is no soul.”

O Allaah, make us among those whom You love.  Continue reading

Conditions of du’aa’ being accepted by Allaah

What are the conditions of du’aa’ so that the du’aa’ will be answered and accepted by Allaah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There are many conditions of du’aa’, including the following:

1 – You should call upon no one except Allaah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If you ask, then ask of Allaah, and if you seek help, then seek the help of Allaah.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2516; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’.

This is what is meant by the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“And the mosques are for Allaah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah”

[al-Jinn 72:18]  Continue reading

Repent to Allaah and you do not have to hasten to pay off the riba-based loan

I got married and lived in a small apartment for four years. When I was blessed with a child, we wanted to move to a bigger apartment, so I sold this apartment and used the price as a 50% down payment for a new apartment in a new suburb, and I wanted to pay off the rest of the price with the city, but suddenly I found out that the city’s system of accepting payments in instalments is very unfair, and they do not care that I have paid half of the price of the apartment, and they are going to charge interest on the full price, so I was forced to take a loan from the bank with riba. From that day I have been confused as to whether what I did comes under the heading of one who has no choice or not. If it was haraam, should I sell my old car in order to pay off some of this loan by way of a partial expiation for what I have done, and try to buy another car by instalments so long as the instalments are halaal, as I have read? I adjure you by Allaah to help me, because I am living in a country where the daar al-ifta’ regards most fiqhi issues as halaal too readily, and when I went to them they told me that this loan was permissible for me, but I know that it is haraam.

Praise be to Allaah.

Taking loans from banks or elsewhere under the interest system is a form of jaahili riba which was abolished by Islam, and declared to be extremely haraam, and concerning which a warning is issued that is not issued with regard to any other sin. Buying a house is not regarded as a necessity that makes riba permissible, because necessity refers to something the loss of which will cause death or almost cause death. The need for accommodation may be met by renting, or by staying in a small house, until Allaah makes things easier.

It would have been better for you to put up with the wrongdoing of the increase of the price of the apartment, instead of resorting to dealing in riba. Hence you have to repent to Allaah from this grave sin, and resolve not to do it again. Continue reading

Working washing glasses used for wine in a restaurant where Allaah is reviled

I live in city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine. I used to work as a cleaner washing dishes in a restaurant that is owned by a Jew. As you know you will hardly find any restaurant or a firm owned by Jews where wine is not provided. They use also wine in making dough and pies, in addition to many other hot and cold drinks and normal foods.  
I used to avoid carrying the wine myself, as some of the sinful Muslims who drink it used to carry it easily. But I used to wash the cups used to drink it. Of course the cups are not always empty, sometimes I find some wine in them, and so I pour it out then wash the cups. Also I used to wash the pots and tools used to prepare such types of dough.  
I seek your patience in answering my following questions regarding this matter: 
1- Is it permissible to wash the cups, pots and tools used as mentioned above or not?  
2- Is it permissible to work in such a place, and to not denounce carrying wine by the sinful Muslims? Knowing that the one who knows the truth but stays silent is just like a ‘dumb Satan’. Knowing that if they did not carry it, or in case they were religious, I would be forced to carry the wine or leave the job. How does one solve this dilemma? 
3- One of the calamities befalling Islamic societies nowadays is people slandering Allah, the religion, and the messenger (PBUH). These sinful Muslims and other Jews are doing this shameful acts a lot whilst working. There is no power and no strength except with Allah. Is it permissible for me to stay with them whilst they are slandering? Or shall I leave this job? Knowing that it is very rare to find religious brother working in the field of the free business. We see this neglection of religion in all places, until it has become normal, we moreover criticize who denies it of being extremist or racist. Such brothers are sacked form work..
4- Is my salary from this job Halal or haram. If it totally or partially haram, then what shall I do with this money as I still have all of it?
5-  As for praying. There was no place to pray in apart from the store which has, of course lots of wine. Was it permissible for me o pray in that place? If not then what shall I do now?
I apologize for my long questions, and I seek Islamic detailed answer enhanced by the evidences from Quran, Sunnah and logic, so that I have no doubt about what I will be abiding by in the future. Please post the name of the sheikh who will give me the fatwa as well. May Allah reward you.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Among the things that are definitely forbidden in Islam are alcohol and pork. The prohibition on drinking alcohol and eating pork is proven in the Qur’aan and Sunnah and by scholarly consensus.

Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al‑Maitah (the dead animals — cattle — beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah, or has been slaughtered for idols) …”

[al-Maa’idah 5:3]  Continue reading

Working as a lawyer in a country that is ruled by something other than that which Allaah has revealed

Is it permissible for me to work as a lawyer in a country that is ruled by something other than that which Allaah has revealed? And is my income halaal or haraam?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If a person works as an agent on behalf of another person and is what is known as a lawyer in a case in a country that is governed by man-made laws that go against Islamic sharee’ah, in every case in which he defends falsehood knowingly, relying in his defence on man-made laws, he is a kaafir if he regards doing that as being something permissible, or if he is heedless and does not care that he is going against the Qur’aan and Sunnah and following the laws that have been promulgated by man. Whatever he earns for doing that is haraam income.  Continue reading

Responding to Allaah’s command of hijab and warning against going against that command

We are aware of hijab – covering of woman’s face and hair. Some of my muslim lady friends donot cover their hair and there is an argument that if they tie their hair rather than keep it open, the degree of the sin (gunah) is smaller? Also keeping long hair open is a greater sin than keeping short hair open. Is it true? Plese help and reply.

Praise be to Allaah.

When Allaah, may He be exalted, and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoin something, it is obligatory for the Muslim to say, “We hear and we obey,” and to hasten to carry out what has been enjoined upon him. This is what is required by faith in Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allaah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error”

[al-Ahzaab 33:36]  Continue reading

Is it permissible for him to engrave the name of Allaah on his ring?

Is it permissible to write the name of Allaah on a ring?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with a man wearing a ring of silver, and there is nothing wrong with writing the name of Allaah and the like on it.

Al-Bukhaari (5877) and Muslim (2092) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) acquired a ring of silver, on which was engraved Muhammad Rasool Allaah, and he said to the people: “I have acquired a ring of silver and engraved on it Muhammad Rasool Allaah, and no one should have an engraving like this.”  Continue reading

Signifying love of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) by drawing a heart

There are some key chains that are made in the shape of a heart, which is a symbol of love, on which is written “I,” then the drawing of the heart, “the Prophet,” meaning: I love the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him). On the back is written: Ya Habeebi, Ya Rasool Allaah (O my Beloved, O Messenger of Allaah). The other thing is a disk that is worn on the chest, which has the same things written on it. It has also become common among some women to wear women’s shirts which have these phrases written on them on the left side, on the chest. What is the ruling on these things?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Making the shape mentioned and writing the phrases mentioned, on clothing, medallions and so on, is not the way of the early generations of this ummah who are the best of generations and who had greater veneration and love for the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) than those who came after them. It is also an imitation of immoral people who take this symbol as a sign of their haraam love for others and who get deeply involved in this kind of love without paying any attention to rulings of sharee’ah. The shape mentioned may also be understood to mean that love for the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) is like love for any other created being, and this is a serious error, because love for the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) is an Islamic duty, without which faith cannot be complete. As for love of anyone else, it may be Islamically acceptable or it may be haraam. Based on the above, writing the phrase mentioned, buying and selling it and using it is not permissible.

And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions. End quote.  Continue reading