In the name of Allah, the Beneficient,the Merciful
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September 1999 -
Q: A Beauty product on the market is
made from extracts of the Dead Sea, where the nation of Lut
(Alayhis salaam) was destroyed. Is it permissible to
use this product and can a physician prescribe such a
A: Since Allah Ta'ala's punishment
descended on that place and when Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) was returning from Tabuk, he ordered the
Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) to throw away even the
bread dough that contained the water of the Dead sea. However,
if there is no adequate alternative of the product that
contains extracts from the Dead Sea, and the product is
prescribed by a physician (preferably specialist physician),
then it will be permissible to use the product.
It is not permissible for a physician to
prescribe medication containing Haraam ingredients if there is
an adequate alternative. In the case of a non-Muslim
physician, the Muslim patient should inform the physician of
his religious requirements and request him to take cognisance
Q: Does the Jilbaab mentioned in the
Qur'an refer to the cloak commonly used today or will any
loose-fitting clothes serve the same
A: The purpose of the Jilbaab is to
conceal the form and shape of the body. If a female uses
tight-fitting and attractive cloaks, it will defeat the
purpose of the Jilbaab. However, a loose garment which
conceals the form and shape of the body and is not attractive
would serve the purpose of the Jilbaab.
Q: Many families regard cousins (male
and female) as 'brothers and sisters'. They often disregard
the Laws of Hijaab by conversing with each other freely. What
is the Shari'ah ruling regarding this?
Cousins of opposite gender are Ghayr Mahram (with whom
marriage is allowed). They must observe strict
Q: Is it necessary to mention the Mahr
amount at the time of Nikah?
A: While the
validity of the Nikah is not conditional of the Mahr
stipulated at the time of Nikah, however, the amount should be
mutually agreed upon before the Nikah.
Q: Is it permissible for a woman who is
younger than her stepson to live alone in the same
A: The stepson is a Mahram (one with
whom marriage is prohibited) to his stepmother. However, if
both or any one of them are young, they should not be in
seclusion at any time.
Q: I am a girl 15 years of age. My
stepfather (mother's husband) made sexual advances towards me.
I have heard that such an act has an effect on my mother's
marriage to him. Please advise.
A: If your
stepfather made sexual advances towards you by touching you
with lust and you felt the warmth of his touch, they (your
mother and step-father) become Haraam upon one another (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.4 pg.104;
Lebanon) The Islamic ruling further
states that he (the step-father) has to thereafter give his
wife (your mother) a Talaaq. (Al-heelatun Naajiza pg.87)
Q: One night my father-in-law entered my
room and began fondling and kissing me. I felt the warmth of
his hands on my body. Does this in anyway affect
A: The immoral behaviour of your
father-in-law inevitably constitutes a separation between you
and your husband. (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.4 pg.104;
Lebanon) You can no longer remain in his
Nikah under any condition. The Islamic ruling further states
that the husband has to thereafter give his wife a Talaaq.
Q: Is the vomit of a suckling child
impure? What must be done to the soiled portion of the
clothing for the Salaat to be valid?
vomit of a suckling child is impure. (Shaami
vol.1 pg.266; Lebanon). The soiled
portion of the clothes must be washed in order for the Salaat
to be valid.
Q: Is it permissible to cut unwanted
hair while in a state of impurity?
A: It is
Makrooh to cut the hair in the state of impurity (Bahishti Zewaar pg.944)
Q: How should the body be placed in the
A: The body should be tilted on the
right side facing the Qiblah.(Shaami vol.1
pg.660; Maajidiyya). It is
incorrect to place the body on its back and then tilt the face
Q: Is it permissible to consume wild
A: Yes, it is permissible to
consume wild antelopes.
Q: A Muslim passed away at the hospital
without the knowledge of any other Muslim. After a while his
body was cremated and the ashes put in storage. What should be
done with the ashes and should Janaaza Salaat be offered with
the ashes placed in front?
A: There is no
Janaaza Salaat in such a case. However, Du'a should be made
for the deceased person.(Fataawa Darul
Uloom vol.5 pg.345)
Q: In an Estate, all the heirs have been
paid. However, the property has not been transferred in the
name of the heir who has inherited the property due to
inefficiency at the Master's Offices. Can the heir sell the
property to a third party before the property has been legally
transferred to his name on condition that the third party will
receive the title deed as soon as the heir receives transfer
of the property?
A: It is permissible to sell
the property to a third party if there is no obstacle for the
purchaser to take physical possession of it. The legal
requirement of transferring the property on the seller's name
has no bearing on the Shar'ee validity of the sale.
Should there be any fear of a dispute in
future, as a measure of precaution it is advisable to delay
the sale until the transfer takes place. However, if it is
necessary to sell the property immediately (before
accomplishing the legal requirement of transfer), we advise
that the transaction be recorded and witnessed by two persons
in order to safeguard oneself in the future.
(Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri; Dabhel, India)
Q: Is Interest prohibited between a
Muslim and non-Muslim in Darul-Harb (non-Islamic state) like
South Africa, UK, Australia, etc.?
According to the overwhelming majority of the Muslim Jurists,
there is no difference in the prohibition of interest between
a Muslim and non-Muslim anywhere, Darul Islam (Islamic state)
or Darul Harb (a state of ongoing conflict with Muslims).
In the early days of Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) many Muslims used to
enter into Riba transactions with non-Muslims, but when Riba
was prohibited, they stopped this practice totally. The Aayats
of the Noble Qur'an which prohibited Riba did not
differentiate between a Muslim and non-Muslim. Similarly,
there is no example in the days of the Sahaaba (RA) where
anyone of the Sahaaba (RA) entered into Riba transaction with
a non-Muslim after the prohibition was enforced. Therefore,
one cannot be advised to take an interest-bearing loan, even
in a non-Muslim country.
Q: A person is heavily indebted to the
bank by way of overdraft and to private business houses. Is
Hajj compulsory upon him? If not, can he perform
A: It is forbidden to engage in any
interest bearing transactions. As long as a person is involved
in an overdraft, he will be incurring sin.
Hajj is compulsory on a person who has the
financial means to travel to Makkah Mukarramah and be able to
maintain himself there and his dependants (if any) at home. As
for other debts, if a person is heavily indebted and his
liabilities exceed his assets, Hajj is not compulsory upon
that person. If he fulfils his monthly commitments and his
creditors do not have any arrears claim against him, he will
not be infringing on the rights of his creditors by performing
Hajj on condition that he is sincere in fulfilling the
remaining amount according to the commitments. If the
creditors have arrears claims against him, he will be
infringing on their rights by performing Hajj. Hence, he
cannot perform Hajj unless he receives the prior consent of
his creditors claiming arrears from him.
Q: What is the ruling in organising
fund-raising events to collect funds for a Madrasah, Masjid,
A: Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) says, 'Whoever imitates a nation is among them.'
It is an undeniable fact that today carnivals, fetes and
events have become a hallmark of the non-Muslims.
Besides, it is events of this nature that
many laws of Allah Ta'ala are transgressed, of which
intermingling of the sexes is foremost. Furthermore, the
primary drawcard in these events is the entertainment. It is
this fundamental point that adds to the transgression. If the
donor is sincere in his purpose, he would donate his money
without going there and/or in anonymity. In fact, if such
people contributed their monies before-hand, it would have
saved the Muslim organisations from stooping to these
How can such funds, derived through events
where prohibited practices occur, contain Barkat? How can such
monies accumulated with Allah's wrath be used to please Him?
There were many ways in which Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) and his companions (RA) used to raise
money but most definitely not the fund-raising events of
Q: I am aware that a Muslim is permitted
to donate blood. Are Muslims encouraged to donate blood since
Blood Banks are experiencing a great shortage
A: Donating blood as a means of
saving lives of people is indeed encouraged and an act of
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)