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Sex before Marriage

Are Muslims allowed to partake in any sexual activity before they get married? _____________________________________________________ Brother, let me ask you a question. How would you feel if someone indulges in sexual relationship with your sister or daughter claiming that they’re planning to get married, yet after he fulfills his desires, he “dumps” her? I don’t think you would like such a thing. How would you like it for somebody else’s daughter or sister? You certainly don’t want to incur the wrath of Allah when committing this grave act called Zina. Zina encompasses all the characteristics of evil: lack of religious commitment, […]

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Iddah before Physical Relations

They never had any physical relationship,I want a written proof just to show it to our family members who are forcing her to sit in iddat. ___________________________________________________________ Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen has addressed this issue in his Majmoo’al As’ilah tahumm al-Usrah al-Muslimah, p. 61-63 “If the woman is divorced by talaaq before the man has entered upon her and been alone with her, i.e., before intercourse or intimacy with her, then she does not have to observe any ‘iddah at all. Simply by virtue of the divorce it becomes permissible for her to marry another man” However, I understand that […]

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Muta Marriage

What is the ruling on Mut’a Marriages? ___________________________________________________________ Brother, let me ask you a question. If someone comes and asks to marry your daughter or sister for a week only and says I will also pay the dowry! How would you feel about that? Wouldn’t it sound to you like someone wanting to pay money to perform Zina? Ask any Shi’a the same question and see how they react! One more thing that you have to know about them is that their Scholars get to have the leisure to have Muta’a marriage with any girl, whereas it is not permissible […]

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Dislike your Parents?

Is it “Haram” to dislike your father to the extent that you do not participate in his janaza intentionaly for personal and unforgiving reasons? _____________________________________________________ Dishonoring parents is perceived to be a major sin. Allah SWT has mentioned the obedience to the parents in parallel with his Tawheed. Allah says in Surat Al-Isra’, verse 20: “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms […]

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Couple not having children?

I have couple of questions and if you can guide me in the right direction: If a couple are not able to have kids due to medical reasons what is permissible in Islam. They have been together for 6 years and because of this issue there are lot of conflicts in their relationship. What are their options? Having children is something that is subject to the will and decree of Allah. Allah has told us about that in Surat A-Shoorah: To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills. He bestows female (offspring) […]

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Can a father become Non-Mahram to his Daughter?

Are there any conditions in which a father becomes non-mahram to his daughter? Allah says in Surat An-Nisa’ , verse 23: “Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: your mothers, daughters, sisters; father’s sisters, mother’s sisters; brother’s daughters, sister’s daughters; foster-mothers (who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives’ mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone, no prohibition if ye have not gone in; (those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah […]

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Shaking hands with Opposite Sex?

What is the sunnah or legal way to shake hands with someone? Should a person shake using one hand or two? Also, in the North American workplace, co-workers of the opposite gender often attempt to shake your hand. How should one respond to non-muslims in this regard?   There is no sound and authentic report indicating that two hands should be used in shaking hands. Attabarani reports in the hadith narrated by Anas and classified as Saheh by Sheikh Al-Albani that: When the companions of the Prophet PBUH met they would shake hands with one another, and if they came […]

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How to express your interest in Marriage?

Recently i let a sister know,through intermediaries, that im interested in marriage with her. was what i did haram or makrooh?   Normally, you would talk to your parents and take them to pay the sister’s parents a visit. If agreed, you could talk to her in the presence of a male Chaperon (Mahram). If there is a mutual understanding and everything goes as per your needs, then you can proceed with the next steps, ie- marriage proposal… May Allah guide you to His straight path. Sh. Riad Ouarzazi

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Wearing the Hijab

I am a sister very keen to learn more about the hijab. I was wondering about the surahs that state the wearing of the hijab. I have heard sooo many different things about the hijab, so I am a little bit confused. No one in my family has ever put on the hijab before, but I am quite keen and want to do what is islamically required. Please let me know.   Sheikh Al-Munajjid said when asked about the Hijab: Women cover their hair because Allah has commanded them to do so, and it is not permissible for them to […]