Ruling on eating from the university canteen if the plates are not washed seven times after having been licked by dogs

In our university we have a canteen..very often its seen that the plates left over after having food are licked by dogs..the canteen staff wash the plates..but not 7 times they wash as they routinely do..what is the ruling to have food there in those plates when u know that the [;ate may have been licked by dog and the washing not followed as prescribed in sharriah?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Muslims narrated in his Saheeh (279) that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “The purification of the vessel of one of you, if a dog licks it, is to wash it seven times, the first time with dust.”

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This clearly supports the view of ash-Shaafa‘i (may Allah be pleased with him) and others who say that dogs are najis (impure), because purification is only needed in the case of impurity. Continue reading


Ruling on raising pigs and rats for university laboratories

Is working with pigs in university laboratories permissible?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with raising pigs and rats to carry out scientific experiments on them, so long as you do not touch the pig except with a barrier, such as gloves, or you wash your hands after touching it.

See also the answer to questions no. 8509 and 20843

And Allah knows best. Continue reading

The ministry agreed to cancel his grant for university study but has not asked him to return the money he took

I am a student who had a grant for university study last year (research student contract). And there was agreement that I would not be given any other paid work. After that I got a work contract so I asked to cancel the research student contract. The ministry stopped paying the grant but up till now they have not asked me for the rest of the money that I had received. Have I discharged my duty before Allah and have I fulfilled my obligations towards the ministry? Should I give this money in zakaah or should I wait to make sure that the state is not going to ask for it? Can I use this money in a project with my friend, the capital of which is a riba-based loan?.

Praise be to Allaah.


If the ministry agreed to cancel the grant and did not ask you for the money that you received, that is up to them. But you should make sure that they will not ask for the money in the future before you decide to spend it or use it for a project.

If one year has passed since you acquired this money and it reaches the minimum threshold (nisaab) by itself or when added to other wealth such as gold, silver or cash, then you have to pay zakaah on it, even if you are required to return it or have decided to do so. So long as it is in your possession when the year has passed, then it is obligatory to give zakaah on it.  Continue reading

She worked in the university and they gave her free tuition. Now she has stopped working; can she complete her studies?

I worked for several years at the university from which I graduated as a teaching assistant on the basis of payment for each lecture I gave. Whilst I was working the university offered free study for diplomas in languages and computing, so as to raise the academic standard of the university. I was nominated to study for these diplomas and I started to study from that time. … This year I did not sign a teaching contract but I am still studying for this diploma, and I intend to go back to teaching next year if a suitable timetable is available to me. … I heard from one of my colleagues that the university does not allow anyone who is not working for it to study for these diplomas, but I have not heard anything official from the university…. The list came out this year and I looked at it after it was updated, and my name is still there. … Is it permissible for me to complete the studies for this diploma? What should I do?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If you were nominated to study for this diploma whilst you were working for the university, then your name appeared on the list of those who are accepted to study for this year, even though you have stopped working, then there is nothing wrong with you completing these studies, because what appears to be the case is that the university is aware of that and has agreed to it. But if you check with the department in question, that will be better and will be on the safe side.

And Allah knows best. Continue reading

A company does assignments for students with the permission of the University

We work for a company that does assignments for students of a particular university. This is with the permission of the university itself, without forcing students to hire the company to do their assignments. Is the money that we earn from doing their assignments haraam?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The aim of the assignments or projects that students have to do is to train them in work and test their ability. So the students themselves have to do them, and it is not permissible to prepare them for them, whether that is in return for payment or not, because that involves deceit, lying and corrupting young people, and it lets weak students graduate who do not deserve to graduate.

The university cannot allow students to buy such assignments for money and then give grades and certificates based on them.  Continue reading

He got his university certificate through an intermediary and got a job with it. What should he do?

I was studying in one of the university faculties, but I was not able to complete my studies and I got the certificate through an intermediary, then I got a job with this certificate, and I got married by having this job, and now I have two children. 
My question is: 
What is the shar’i ruling on this – knowing that I do my job well and my boss has written a report proving my efficiency?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Getting your certificate through an intermediary when you did not deserve it is a haraam action, which involves a number of things that are forbidden. The one who intervened for you is a partner in the haraam action. The haraam actions which resulted from you obtaining this certificate through an intermediary are as follows:


It was intercession for an evil cause. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whosoever intercedes for a good cause will have the reward thereof, and whosoever intercedes for an evil cause will have a share in its burden. And Allaah is Ever All-Able to do (and also an All-Witness to) everything”

[al-Nisa’ 4:85]  Continue reading

Should he attend the university graduation ceremony that is sponsored by Buddhists?

I am of a Muslim minority. There is a party for us to receive our university degrees. I have two questions regarding this matter: 
1- What is the ruling on attending such a party, knowing that the Buddhist priests pray, according to their religious rituals, to bless the party?  
2- If the party starts before Dhuhr and ends after ‘asr, is it permissible for us to pray them together at the time of ‘asr? Or it is not permissible to attend that party in the first place?.

Praise be to Allaah.

We ask Allaah to bless your graduation and to benefit the Muslims through you.

The occasion of the students’ graduation is a moment of joy for the student on his graduation and for his family on their son’s success. That is one of the blessings of Allaah to His slaves, and is part of His great bounty and kindness.  Continue reading

He has some money for university expenses and one full hijri year has passed – does he have to pay zakaah on it?

I am a Master’s student and I am paying for my studies from my own pocket. My father gave me some money to use for my studies, and I am living on it, and my studies will take approximately two years. My question is about the money that my father gave me: when one year has passed on what is left of it, do I have to pay zakaah on it? Please note that this money is not enough for me to complete my studies and I am going to ask my father for more money.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the money that you have left reaches the nisaab, and one year has passed, then it is subject to zakaah, even if it is being kept for your living expenses or study fees, because of the general meaning of the evidence that indicates that zakaah becomes obligatory when the conditions for it are met.

The nisaab is the equivalent of 85 grams of gold or 595 grams of silver, and the rate that must be paid is 2.5%, which is a small amount, praise be to Allaah, in addition to the blessing and growth that it brings to the one who pays zakaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allaah for them. Verily, your invocations are a source of security for them; and Allaah is All-Hearer, All-Knower”

[al-Tawbah 9:103]  Continue reading

Can they join Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers at the university so as to pray in congregation?

We are a group of students studying in Britain, and we finish our classes just before the adhaan of Maghrib and wait in the college until the time for prayer, then we pray Maghrib in congregation, then each of us goes to where he is living, and when the time for ‘Isha’ prayer comes, each one of us prays alone. Can we pray Maghrib and ‘Isha’ in congregation in the college so that we can attain the virtue of praying in congregation, and we can all help one another to keep praying regularly, or not?.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is required is to offer the prayers at the proper times, as Allaah has enjoined. Allaah, may He be glorified, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, As‑Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours”

[al-Nisa’ 4:103].

It is not permissible to join two prayers except for an excuse that dictates that, such as travel, rain or sickness. What you have mentioned of being able to pray in congregation is not an excuse that makes it permissible to join prayers.

Ibn Abi Shaybah (2/346) narrated that Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari and ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with them) said: Joining two prayers without an excuse is a major sin.

Based on that, you should pray Maghrib at the proper time, then when the time for ‘Isha’ begins, everyone who is near a mosque should pray it in the mosque, and those who are far from the mosque may pray it with his brothers, if anyone is around, otherwise he may pray alone, and he excused in that case.

And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

The University is giving them a prayer room for them and for others who are kaafirs

I am member of the Kingston University Islamic Soceity.  In our quest for a permanent prayer room, the authorities have suggested that we have a MULTI-FAITH prayer room.  As far as i know this can not be acceptable.  However could you please give us the fataawa  (inc. Qura’an & Sunna) on this issue so that we can submit this to the authorities of our Uni.

Praise be to Allaah.

Your request should be for a mosque which would be subject to all the rulings of the mosque, where you can hold congregational prayers and it can be a centre for your da’wah activities. In this case it would not be permissible for any rituals of kufr to be held in this mosque, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And the mosques are for Allaah (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allaah”[al-Jinn 72:18].

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade making announcements about lost property, or buying and selling, in the mosque. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade praying towards graves, because he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Allaah cursed the Jews and Christians who took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.”

But if they do not allow that, and instead allow a public place for you and others, then it is permissible to pray there, just as you can pray when the time for prayer comes and you are in a park, or on the road, or on a plane, or in an airport. But try to make sure that the place is free of objectionable things, especially if there are idols set up, or venerated images hung up. And keep away from these objectionable things as much as you can. Continue reading