He is asking about the sites for cupping

What is the ruling on cupping during Ramadaan? What are the sites for cupping? Please also explain the illnesses that may be treated at each site.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

In the answer to question no. 38023 we stated that cupping is one of the things that invalidate the fast, hence it is not permissible to do it except in the case of sick person who is in need of it, in which case he may be treated with cupping and break his fast, and he has to make that day up later on.   Continue reading

A non-Muslim is asking why Sunnah prayers are offered before the obligatory prayers

This question has been asked by a non muslim and i do not know how to answer it. muslims believe allah is before everything, why do you pray sunnah before farz? eg fajar, zahur,assar sallah etc.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

We thank you for your interest in matters of your religion, and your keenness to seek goodness for yourself and others. We should point out that discussion with the kuffaar about matters of Islam should only be undertaken by specialists, lest one of them instil doubts in the mind of the Muslim who wants to call them and he becomes confused as to how to answer them.

Although we appreciate your sending his question to us and not answering him yourself, we advise you – and those who call others to Allaah in general – not to give the kuffaar the opportunity to debate minor practical issues. Rather discussion with them should be about basic issues from which these minor issues stem and on which they are based. So you should speak about the Oneness of God (Tawheed), proving the Resurrection and the Reckoning, the message of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), explaining the beauties of Islam and how it is in accordance with sound human nature and commonsense, refuting shirk, and presenting proof and evidence to support that.

There is no reason why you should not reply concerning some of these issues to one whom you know wants to find out the truth; this response may open the door to his entering the religion of Allaah.  Continue reading

He is asking about the place for Eid prayer

We heard that at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), the Eid prayer was held in a musalla (prayer-place) outside the built-up area, because his mosque could not accommodate all the people, and that if there is a mosque that can accommodate the people, then it is better for them to pray there because the mosque is better than anywhere else. Is this correct?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The practical Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) (i.e., what he did) was to leave his mosque for the Eid prayers and perform these prayers in the musalla that was at the outer gate of Madeenah. See Zaad al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 1/441.

Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The views of the scholars concerning that are closely connected:

In Sharh al-Bukhaari, the Hanafi scholar al-‘Ayni discussed the following hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed [al-Khudri]: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to go out to the prayer-place on the day of al-Fitr and al-Adha. The first thing that he did was to pray, then he would move away and stand facing the people, when the people were (still) sitting in their rows, and he would exhort them and advise them and issue commands to them. If he wanted to dispatch an army he would do so, and if he wanted to issue some command, he would do so. Then he would leave.” Abu Sa’eed said: The people continued to do that until I came out with Marwaan when he was the governor of Madeenah, on (the day of) al-Ahda or al-Fitr. When we came to the prayer place, there was the minbar that had been built by Katheer ibn al-Salt.  Marwaan wanted to ascend the minbar; I grabbed his clothes but he pulled away, and he ascended and delivered the khutbah before the prayer. I said to him: “You have changed it, by Allaah.” He said: “O Abu Sa’eed, gone is that which you know.” I said: “By Allaah, what I know is better than that which I do not know.” He said: “The people will not sit and listen to us after the prayer so I did it before the prayer.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 956; Muslim, 889.

Al-‘Ayni said: This shows that we should go out to the prayer-place and not offer the Eid prayer in the mosque except in case of necessity. Ibn Ziyaad narrated that Maalik said: The Sunnah is to go out to the prayer-place except for the people of Makkah, who should pray in the mosque. Continue reading

They camp in al-Sharaa’i’ during Hajj and are asking about joining and shortening prayers and Jumu’ah prayer

We are members of the Armed Forces and we participate in the Hajj Mission every year; we stay in the area of al-Sharaa’i for approximately one month, and we are formed into groups that take turns on guard duty in a place that is far away from the camp. Those who are not taking their turn on guard duty stay in the tents, in a state of preparedness for any emergency. Hence we hope that you can advise us as to how those who are staying in the accommodation should pray. Should we join or shorten our prayers or not? Some of the camps have mosques and they want to establish Jumu’ah prayer. Is it obligatory for them to do Jumu’ah prayer? If there is a neighbourhood next to us where Jumu’ah prayer is offered, should we pray with them?.

Praise be to Allaah.So long as you are going to stay in al-Sharaa’i’ for more than four days, then you should offer prayers in full without shortening or joining them, because you come under the same ruling as residents. If you intend to stay for four days or less, or you do not have any particular length of time in mind, then you come under the same rulings as travellers, and you may shorten the four-rak’ah prayers and join them. 

With regard to Jumu’ah, you have to pray it in the nearby mosques if Jumu’ah prayers are held there.

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

A surgeon who has left Christianity and is asking how he could pray whilst performing surgery if he becomes Muslim

I am currently a non-muslim but have been looking into the faith of Islam. I have a question concerning the five daily prayers as they would affect one’s life. I understand that they are ment to be observed at very specific times of the day, and that this is compulsory. As a career, I have recently been leaning toward that of a surgeon. If one has a career such as this, which requires total concentration on the task at hand (where another’s life is at stake), and which may take longer than the period of time between prayers, what does one do? It seems that in this sense the requirements of islam and the requirements of a rather noble profession are at odds. I’m wondering what a devout and knowledgeable muslim’s thoughts are on the matter, and how these two lifestyles could be reconciled while still “keeping the faith.” Thank you

Praise be to Allaah.

Before we answer your question, we must express our appreciation for your interest in the religion of Islam and your efforts to find out the truth. You have left a false religion, Christianity, to look for the true religion, and this is a worthy attitude which indicates that you are not influenced by blind tradition and that you have freed yourself from the customs with which you were raised. Our Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, has criticized those who blindly follow falsehood, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “When it is said to them, ‘Follow what Allah has sent down,’ they say, ‘Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following.’ (Would they do that!) even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?” [al-Baqarah 2:170].

Allaah described some Christian people who, when they found out about the religion of Islam and heard the Revelation that Allaah had sent to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), followed the truth and submitted themselves to Him, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when they (who call themselves Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognized. They say, ‘Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses.

And why should we not believe in Allah in that which has come to us of the truth? And we wish that our Lord will admit us (in Paradise on the Day of Resurrection) along with the righteous people.’” [al-Ma’idah 5:83-84] Continue reading

All questions are worthy of asking

As Salam Wahalakum,
Brothers and sisters
My question is kind of puzzling but I think it is important
My question is: Is a man suppose to shave his legs if his hair grows big like we do to over private parts? I ‘m asking this question because most of my friends do it and I didn’t because I was never told. So please answer this question and don’t leave it as joke.
Thank You

Praise be to Allah,

We would never consider your question as a joke for the reason that you do what you are supposed to do by asking about something you don’t know its ruling.

At the age of our Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) someone, called Abu-Refaa, may Allah be pleased with him, came to him while he was addressing his speech, and said. Oh Prophet a strange man came to ask about his religion for he knows nothing about it.

Our Messenger came to me, as the man said, leaving his speech and sat on an iron chair, as I believe and start teaching me things he learned from Allah, then he completed his speech.(Narrated by Muslim – # 870)

Hence, it is your right upon us to answer your question if we know its response

Hair is divided into 3 parts:

First: Hair that must be removed as the pubic region and the armpit. Second: Hair that must be leftover as it is such as man’s beard. Third : Hair that we told nothing about and there is no legal text determines its remaining or its removal. (Though Allah doesn’t forget anything in his Quran). This hair is left to you as you want to leave or remove and you are at liberty in that.(Also see question #451) and Allah is the most knowing. Continue reading

She had a miscarriage after two months of pregnancy and she is asking about the fasts she observed when she was bleeding

A woman started bleeding two days before she had a miscarriage, and that was in Ramadaan. She also bled for two days after the miscarriage. The foetus was two months old – should she make up the fasts or what should she do? Please note that she fasted and did not break her fast.

Praise be to Allaah.

If a woman miscarriages the foetus when human features such as the head and limbs have not yet appeared, and the outlines have not even appeared, the bleeding that occurs with that is irregular vaginal bleeding, and it does not mean that she cannot pray and fast. But if human features have appeared, then this bleeding is nifaas. The earliest that the human features appear is eighty-one days (of pregnancy), as is explained in the answer to question no. 37784 and 45564.

If the matter is as described, that the age of the foetus was two months, then the bleeding that occurred before and after the miscarriage was irregular bleeding, not nifaas. So the woman’s fasting on those days was valid and she does not have to make them up.

And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

She is asking about a specific du’aa’ for when she finishes her period

There is a similar question on this site, but it is not exactly what I need.  I was wondering if, when a lady needs to purify herself from the menses, how should she, and is there a special dua she needs to make?

Praise be to Allaah.

If the bleeding stops and she become pure, and she does ghusl after menstruation with the intention of purifying herself, then she is considered to be pure (taahirah). There is no specific du’aa’ for that, apart from the well known du’aa’s that have been narrated for doing wudoo’. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

She is asking about the zakaah on white gold, and about a house that is haunted by the jinn

1 – In shops and gold souqs they sell a metal which is white like silver; some people call it white gold and some call it platinum. Do I have to pay zakaah on it, and is the rate of zakaah on it the same as zakaah on yellow gold?
2 – There is a certain mark that appears on the forehead of some men, which people call the sign of prayer. My husband does not have this mark even though he prays all the prayers regularly in the mosque and is very religious. Is this mark what is referred to by the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): “The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of prostration (during prayers)” [al-Fath 48:29]? Why don’t all men get this mark, and why don’t women get it? Does its absence mean anything?
3 – We have been living in a rented apartment for five years, and we have felt and noticed many things that make us think that the apartment is inhabited by jinn. In the last few days I have seen a glass cup in the kitchen, flying and throwing itself against the wall, crashing to the ground in pieces of glass. We don’t know what to do.
4 – I am a Muslim woman and like many others I am filled with grief at what America and the Jews are doing to the Muslims. I do not know what is my duty before Allaah with regard to this matter, and what I can do so that I will be free of blame before Allaah. Is there any specific thing that I should do?

Praise be to Allaah.

1 – If it is gold or silver, then zakaah has to be paid on it. To be certain of what it is, you should consult the experts in that field.

2 – This mark does not necessarily appear on the forehead of every person who prays. Rather people vary in the nature of their skin, and the fact that it appears does not mean that a person is righteous. The well-known view among the mufassireen is that the phrase “The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces” refers to the light of obedience.

3 – You have to read Soorat al-Baqarah in the house once a day for three days.

4 – Strive in making du’aa’ for your brothers there, that Allaah may answer your prayers; and give charity to them as much as you can. Continue reading

Does Islam tell us to recite al-Faatihah one hundred times when asking Allaah for something?

Assalamu-Alaikum,
I am looking for a reference to performing Al Fatiha 100 times asking Allah (swt) for a big blessing. Does anyone know of a Hadith mentioning this?
Assalamu-Alaikum

Praise be to Allaah.

There is no saheeh evidence (daleel) to indicate that we should recite al-Faatihah one hundred times when asking Allaah for anything, so it is not permissible to do this. You must follow the Sunnah and call on Allaah by His names and attributes, as he says (interpretation of the meaning): “And (all) the Most beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them…” [al-A’raaf 7:180]. As regards Soorat al-Faatihah, it is the greatest soorah of the Qur’aan, so recite it whenever you wish, without specifying a certain number of times or a certain way of reciting it that has no basis in Islam. May Allaah help us and you to do all good. Continue reading