Ruling on wearing clothing that has small or hidden images on it

As you know, most clothes nowadays have images of animate beings, whether the image is on the outside of the garment or is on a piece that is hidden inside. Is it permissible to wear these clothes? 
What if it is children’s clothing? What if these images are very small and can hardly be noticed? 
For example, I have a suit on which there is the image of two men shaking hands on the inside of the coat collar and no one can see it. Is it permissible to wear it?
In most cases these images are part of the company’s logo and are not visible except if a person looks hard, because they are in a light colour. I hope that you will explain the ruling.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to draw or make images of animate beings, whether they are humans, animals or birds, and whether that is engraved or on paper, fabric or anything else. That is because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (2105) and Muslim (2107) from ‘Aa’ishah the Mother of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with her), who said that she bought a cushion on which there were images. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw it, he stood at the door and did not enter. She said: I recognized displeasure in his face. I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I repent to Allaah and His Messenger, what have I done wrong? The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “What is this pillow?” She said: I bought it for you to sit on and recline on. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished and it will be said to them, ‘Bring to life that which you have created.’” Then he said: “The house in which there are images is not entered by the angels.” Continue reading


She was raped when she was small; should she tell her fiancé?

I am a young woman aged twenty-six. I was raped when I was eight years old and when I reached puberty I began to do the secret habit. After I found out that it is haraam, I tried hard to give it up but I did not succeed until, when I was completing my graduate studies, I was expelled from the university, and I began to feel that this is a warning from Allah so that I will give up this sin. And in fact I have repented to Allah, praise be to Allah. Since puberty I have had acne on my body and my face, and it has left marks on all parts of my body. Young men have started to come to propose marriage to me because I come from a good family and they know that I am religiously committed and well mannered, but they were not suitable and I found reasons to reject them. But now a young man has proposed marriage to me; he is religiously committed and of good character, and there is no reason to reject him. But I am confused about my situation and I do not know whether my hymen is intact? Is it permissible for me to conceal this matter from this young man, given that my family do not know about me being raped and I accept what my Lord decreed for me, praise be to Allah? Is it permissible for me to reject this young man? My family are strongly opposed to the idea of me rejecting him and they are saying that I have gotten old and will not always have such opportunities. I am confused; should I accept? How can I tell him about the situation? I am very shy and my family are putting pressure on me and they do not see any reason to reject him. Please advise me.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the young man who has proposed to you is pleasing in terms of religious commitment and character, then you should accept to marry him. You do not have to tell him about the matter of the hymen – if it is proven that it was broken – because there is no interest to be served by telling him, and because of the negative consequences that may result from telling him.  Continue reading

She was raped when she was small and now she wants to get married

I am suffering from a problems that is psychological and social at the same time. When I was small I was raped by one of my relatives and I am not sure that he caused me to lose my innocence (virginity), which had a negative impact on my psyche. I used to cry all night when I was sleeping and no one realised. Then during secondary school, before university, a young man came to our house to study and he told me that he wants to marry me. I told him everything quite frankly and he replied that it is in the past and that he does not mind. I will not hide from you the fact since that time we have spoken on the phone frequently and my family are aware of that. Now he is in the last year of university. I want to know, is that haraam? And am I considered as submitting to the decree of Allah? If that is not the case then what should I do?.

Praise be to Allaah.


A person may not know the real reason for which Allah tests him in this world until the Day of Resurrection, when he will discover the high status that Allah, may He be exalted, has prepared for him in Paradise if he is patient and seeks reward. At that time he will realise that Allah, may He be exalted, tried and tested him by His grace and in His wisdom.

It was narrated from Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “On the Day of Resurrection, those who were hale and hearty will wish that their skin had been cut with scissors, when they see the reward of those who were put to trial.” Continue reading

A small child follows the religion of whichever of his parents is Muslim

I was wondering whether it was necessary for a child raised by two muslim parents to declare their shahada upon reaching puberty. What about a child raised in a home where the father is muslim but the mother is not and the father has not enforced the prayer from the age of 10 and the children do not pray?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly: The child who is born to two Muslim parents is ruled to be a Muslim, according to scholarly consensus.

If the parents have different religions, then the child follows the one who is Muslim, whether it is the father or the mother.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: If the child’s parents are both Muslims, then he is Muslim too, following his parents, according to the consensus of the Muslims. The same applies if his mother is Muslim, according to the majority of scholars such as Abu Haneefah, al-Shaafa’i and Ahmad. End quote from Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 10/437.

It says in al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah al-Kuwaitiyyah (4/270): The fuqaha’ are unanimously agreed that if the father becomes Muslim and he has young children, then these children are to be regarded as Muslim, following their father.

The majority (the Hanafis, Shaafa’is and Hanbalis) are of the view that what counts is the Islam of one of the parents, whether it is the father or mother, so the children are to be regarded as Muslims, following the parent, because Islam should prevail and not be prevailed over, because it is the religion of Allah that He is pleased with for His slaves. Continue reading

Males praying behind females because the room is small

we are having a little problem at our college. Because of the small prayer room that is given to us by our college, muslim brothers and sisters are praying  in the same row (I’m not talking about Congregation)  Some Muslim men are praying even behind our sisters.  Is this acceptable??

Praise be to Allaah.

You have to try to keep the women separate from the men, even if the prayer-room is small. All the people – men and women – should know that the back of the room is only for women. You could put up some kind of barrier to define the space that is for women, even if it is only a line of the floor, or a marker, or something like that, so that there will be enough room for the men who come late to stand behind their brothers who came earlier, and in front of the women who are praying. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Small amounts of bleeding from gums does not nullify wudoo’

I would like to know if when your making wudu, and blood comes from your teeth do you have to make wudu all over again, and when you make wudu, and you blow out blood do you have to start you wudu over again?

Praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

May Allaah reward you for your question.

Regarding the effusion of blood from between the teeth, it does not nullify the wudoo’ as long as it is minor (i.e. not profuse or a large amount), even if one ejects it from his mouth.

Allaah knows what is best and most correct. Continue reading

The meaning of “small faults”

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Those who avoid great sins and Al‑Fawaahish (illegal sexual intercourse) except the small faults…”
[al-Najm 53:32]
What is meant by the word lamam (translated here as “small faults”) in this verse?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This verse appears in Soorat al-Najm, where Allaah describes the attributes of the doers of good who are the people of Paradise. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And to Allaah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done (i.e. punish them in Hell), and reward those who do good, with what is best (i.e. Paradise).

32. Those who avoid great sins and Al‑Fawaahish (illegal sexual intercourse) except the small faults, verily, your Lord is of vast forgiveness”

[al-Najm 53:31-32]

The mufassireen and imams differed as to what is meant by lamam (translated here as “small faults”). Their views include the following:

1-     It was narrated from a number of the salaf that it refers to committing a sin once, then not repeating it, even if it is a major sin. Al-Baghawi said: This is the view of Abu Hurayrah, Mujaahid and al-Hasan, and was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas.

2-     Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyab said that it refers to what crosses one’s mind.

3-     Al-Hasan ibn al-Fadl said: Lamam (“small faults”) refers to a look that is not deliberate, which is forgiven. But if a person looks again, this is no longer a small fault, rather it is a sin.

4-     A group of scholars were of the view that lamam refers to what they did during the Jaahiliyyah, before they became Muslim, so Allaah will not take them to task for it. That is because the mushrikoon said to the Muslims: “Yesterday you used to do these things alongside us.” So Allaah revealed this verse. This is the view of Zayd ibn Thaabit and Zayd ibn Aslam.

5-     The majority of scholars are of the view that lamam refers to minor sins.

Al-Bukhaari (2643) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I have never seen anything that explains lamam more clearly than what Abu Hurayrah narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Allaah has decreed for the son of Adam his share of zina (adultery), which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, the zina of the heart is wishing and longing, and the private parts will confirm that or deny it.”

Al-Raaghib said: Lamam means committing sin, and refers to minor sins. Continue reading