They want to stop praying in the mosque and pray in the lecture hall to have an impact on non-Muslims

In the university where I study, we organize a da‘wah week every year, where we call the non-Muslims in the university to Islam using different techniques. This year, the organizers came up with a new idea; they suggested that we should offer one of the prayers in one of the university lecture halls instead of in the mosque. The aim of that is to show one of the rituals of Islam so that they would have more questions about Islam. But in fact I was not sure whether this way is acceptable, because if it is successful, they will repeat it several times in the coming years. What is the ruling on this action? If it is repeated every year, would it come under the heading of bid‘ah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

We appreciate your keenness to convey the message of Islam to people, and your keenness to implement the Sunnah and not go against sharee‘ah. We ask Allah, may He be exalted, to make things easy for you and to grant you the best of rewards.  Continue reading

It is not permissible to say that you were present at a lecture from which you were absent

I am a college student. Is it permissible for me to say that I was present at a lecture which I did not attend, with the knowledge of the supervisor, who in fact sometimes asks us to do this?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for you to say that you were present at a lecture from which you were absent, because this is lying. The supervisor has no right to allow you to do that, because that is cooperating in sin and betraying a trust. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Seeking refuge with Allaah at the beginning of a khutbah or lecture

Some people, when they want to start speaking in a khutbah, lecture or speech, start by saying A’oodhu Billaahi min al-Shaytaan il-raajeem (I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed shaytaan). What is the ruling on that?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not prescribed to seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed shaytaan when starting to speak, except when reciting Qur’aan only. Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one)”

[al-Nahl 16:98]

It is not mustahabb for the preacher or speaker to start his words with seeking refuge with Allaah, unless there is a reason for doing so, such as if the shaytaan is whispering to him (waswaas) and filling his heart with pride or self admiration and the like. There is nothing wrong with seeking refuge with Allaah in that case for that reason, when seeking refuge is not done in order to start speaking. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And if an evil whisper from Shaytaan (Satan) tries to turn you away (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) (from doing good), then seek refuge in Allaah. Verily, He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Knower”

[Fussilat 41:36].

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said:

It is not prescribed to seek refuge with Allaah when starting to speak about something good, apart from recitation of the Holy Qur’aan. Hence starting to speak or preach by seeking refuge with Allaah has no basis. This is indicated by what Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) noted when discussing the benefits of seeking refuge with Allaah, when he said:

Seeking refuge before reciting is a signal that what is to follow is Qur’aan. Hence it is not prescribed to seek refuge before any other kind of speech, rather seeking refuge is an introduction that alerts the listener to the fact that what is to follow is Qur’aanic recitation, so that when the listener hears the words seeking refuge, he can prepare himself to listen to the words of Allaah. It is also prescribed for the reader, if he is alone, for the reasons that we have mentioned of this ruling and others. End quote.

Tasheeh al-Du’aa’ (p. 273). Continue reading

Is it permissible for the kaafir to enter the mosque to listen to a lecture?

Is it permissible for the kaafir to enter the mosque to attend a lecture or a lesson in which there is an invitation to Islam?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Yes, this is permissible, if we are confident that this kaafir will not disrespect the mosque, because he is entering for a reason, and not to harm or damage the mosque. Similarly it is permissible for a kaafir to enter and stay in the mosque to repair something in the mosque, because this is in the interests of the mosque, so it is also permissible for him to enter to listen to lectures which may be the cause of his being guided. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) tied up Thumaamah ibn Athaal in the mosque [when he was a prisoner of war, before he became Muslim]. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him). Continue reading

A man giving a lecture to a group of women without partition

Alsalmu alikum
If a man (Imam, Sheikh, Student of Knowledge, etc…) is lecturing a group of women, is it permissible for them all to sit in the same room with no partition between the man and the women, or should the man teach
from behind a screen?

Praise be to Allaah.

It is allowed for the man to lecture to the women in the same room
without a partition if all of the following conditions are met:
1) The women are wearing complete Hijjab (cover includes face, hands,
feet, etc..).
2) The women don’t speak in a tempting voice.
3) If the instructor and the women are not being attracted to each
other and feel no (fitnah) desire.

It is better to have a partition between them because it is more pious solution for both the man and the women Plus,

the women would be able to dress in their comfortable way without Hijjab.

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Giving a lecture about Islam in a church

Someone has been invited to give a lecture about Islam in a church. Should he accept?

Praise be to Allaah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah preserve him, who answered as follows:

This matter needs further examination, because the place is not appropriate, except in the unlikely event that it might be said that the Muslims are so powerful that they can proclaim their religion in the places of worship of the Christians. If this is the case, then it is good. But I am worried that it may be the opposite, i.e., that the Muslims are compelled to speak of their religion in the church. Hence I think that he should not do that, in order to avoid falling into this category (of being weak). And Allaah knows best. Continue reading