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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 […]

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How to be patient?

I wanted to know the ways in which we can increase in patience in our everyday lives, during times of distress, and when faced with trials. Trials are one of the Sunnas of Allah in this universe. Allah put the believers under trials really to purify them. The more Allah loves a person, the greater the trial as it was reported by the Prophet’s authentic hadith. The trial would also be in accordance to one’s faith. The stronger the faith, the greater the trial would be. The best ones would be those who show patience and perseverance. The best remedy […]

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What are the Dua’s for Unborn Children?

I am pregnant with my first child and I pray to Allah to bless him/her with the best of health. Are there any specific Surahs or Duaas that are particularly good for me to recite during my pregnancy? May Allah grant you a pious and righteous child. There is no specific dua’a, but there quite few supplications from the Quran and also the sunna one can say. Allah says in Surat Al-Furqan, verse 74: “And those who pray, “Our Lord! grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to […]

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Are Pregnant women allowed to Fast?

Are pregnant women also obliged to fast or are they allowed to skip the fasting? What should be done to make up for the missed fasting? Catch up later and/or feed the poor? Pregnant women don’t have to fast as fasting may have an impact on their fetus. However, they would have to make up those days as Allah describes in the Quran, surat Baqara :”but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days” It is better to make up missed days before the next Ramadaan comes, but […]