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Ask a Scholar November 23

ASK A SCHOLAR NOVEMBER 2023   I sent out greeting cards to all my contacts in my mailing list with generic greetings which read as follows HAPPY HOLIDAYS MERRY CHRISTMASWE WISH EVERYONE A HEALTHY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS new year the question is some one has accused me of being a KAFIR to send this type of email??? is this accusation correct? There is nothing wrong in wishing Christians Merry Christmas or Hindus Happy Divali or Jews Happy Rosh Hashanah. By doing so, you are not in any way subscribing to the specific dogmas or rituals associated with those celebrations. Instead, you only wish them well on their happy occasions. Muslims are to greet others as we would like them to greet us. The generic Islamic greeting is salaam or peace: the full words are Assalaamu Alaikum: I greet you with peace. According to a report from the Prophet (peace be upon him), Allah ordered Adam to greet the angels with salaam and also told him: “This shall be the words of greeting for you and your children.” However, there is no harm in using the standard greeting common to people. If you are greeting Christians, you may wish them Happy…

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Ask a Scholar May 23

ASK A MUSLIM SCHOLAR MAY 2023   Assalam o Alaikum. I am in a tough situation and want guidance. We have 2 children together. We have been married for almost 12 years but have known each other for almost 20 years.slI settled in America and we got married after I secured a job. In the past few years and especially in the past 2 years I have started to dislike this country’s environment for my children’s upbringing. I have expressed interest to move to a muslim country with a possibility of better pay and better environment for my children, but my wife and her mother refuse to accept it. Infact whenever I start talking about this topic she starts a fight to a point where we are yelling at each other and my wife starts physically pushing me. She even starts crying loudly asking Allah to destroy me for upsetting her peace. She also said that her relationship ended with her. I hv tried all ways. Her mother supports her decision. What should I do?     I am sorry to hear about your predicament. Did you have any agreement with your wife when you got married? For example, did…


Ask a Muslim Scholar June 2019

Q: Assalamualaikum sheik I have a question… My father has some amount of money deposited in an Islamic bank and they provide some amount of money which the bank people call it as profit …every month some amount of money is provided by the bank on my fathers fixed deposit sometimes more and sometimes less but no fixed profit … the amount varies every month … it’s an Islamic bank … is it halal to take the profit that is given by the Islamic bank … please, can you advise me on this. A: The dividends your father received from the Islamic bank is the profit accrued on the amount he has deposited. Islamic banks make money by investing the amount in ethical shares or companies. They are giving you from the profit they make on such investments. So, it is a lawful income; your father can use it as he wishes. The bank is not giving it as gratis or a charity. They divide the profit according to the terms of the contract with the depositors – your father included. Therefore, your father should have no qualms or inhibitions about using the halal profit accruing on the amount he…


Ask a Muslim Scholar February 2019

Question: My father shouts abuses at me. He threatens to kill me. I am afraid to ask him to buy me anything like clothes or normal use things like makeup. He insults me and makes fun of me. He beats me. He has never said anything nice to me. He beats me badly. He is very strong and powerful because he has been a body builder and he hits me badly. What should I Do? Answer: If your father is abusive and violent, you need to report him to the legal authorities – if that is the only way to stop him. You don’t have to tolerate abuse of anyone – whether parents or anyone else for that matter. You are allowed to resort to the law if he continues to abuse: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There shall be no toleration of inflicting harm.” Based on this, jurists have ruled that one is allowed to have recourse to law to remove harm if there is no other way. Question: I want to become a neurosurgeon and I would have to perform surgery on both males and females so would it be permissible? As the surgery would be on brain. If…


Ask a Muslim Scholar November 2018

Question: What do you do with papers that have prayers written on them that come in the mail (i.e. Ramadhan schedule, etc.) after you are done with them? Do you throw them away, or do you burn them? Answer: Once we are done with papers or magazines with writings of Qur’anic verses or prayers or names of Allah, etc. we must not simply throw them or discard them as we would do with any other ordinary stuff; rather we must dispose them off in a respectable manner. The ideal way of disposing such materials off is by shredding them and then trashing them. If that is not possible, then the next best thing to do is to trash them after cutting and slicing them into tiny pieces. Burning is not recommended as it may be highly risky especially indoors. If, however, it is extremely safe to so, and, once done under strict supervision, there is no harm in burning them. Question: Is visiting the graveyard on Eid-ul-Fitr considered Bid’ah or Sunnah? Answer: Visiting graves is a great sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him; there is no fixed time limit for it, one is free to do so any…


Ask a Muslim Scholar September 2018

Q: Is it ok if I memorize the Quran using a transliteration? A: It is not at all advisable or recommended to memorize the Qur’an by simply relying on transliteration; it may even be wrong to do so, since it may condition oneself to making major mistakes in reading/pronunciations and thus one may end up distorting the noble Qur’an. The Qur’an properly should be learned from the mouth of a qualified teacher. In the event of someone not being readily available, the next best thing to do is to buy a taped recitation of a well known Qaari (reciter) and follow his recitation for practice. In the modern world, since there are numerous teaching aids are available in the form of videos or cassettes or computer software, there is no excuse for people for relying on transliteration. Remember, once we condition ourselves in reading the wrong way, it would be very hard to unlearn it. Therefore, we might as well begin it right. Although a little hard in the beginning, practice, InshaAllah, will make it perfect. The Prophet, peace be upon him, assured us that when a person tries hard to learn the Qur’an, he receives great rewards. Allah says, “Verily,…


Ask a Muslim Scholar June 2018

Q: My husband married a second wife. I do not know her or anything about her. She has been divorced. IF I want to resume sexual relations with my husband I am requesting testing done on he and this woman. I feel that I do not know of her history and feel it is not fair to me. I would agree to be tested as well although I have not had a new sexual partner only my husband. Is this a haram thing to ask for? A: Islam teaches us that we ought to protect ourselves and others and spare them from harm as best as we can. Since promiscuity is rampant in the society now, because of which HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the increse, everyone should take whatever reasonable means are necessary to preserve one’s health and the health of others he or she is interacting with. Therefore, it is your right to ask your husband and his second wife to undergo medical tests, if you have any reasonable cause to suspect. By doing so, you are not breaking any rule; rather you are simply asserting your right to protect yourself and your family as…


Ask a Muslim Scholar December 2017

Q: Does my father know when I visit his grave; does his soul return to his grave when one goes to visit him? A: The answer to this question is yes; for as we can rightly conclude from the authentic sources of Islam, your father can know when you visit him; he will also be able to hear and return your greeting, besides benefiting from your du’as and good deeds on his behalf. To further clarify the issue: This question belongs to an area or realm which is beyond the confines of logic, reason or experimentation: It belongs exclusively to the area of revelation. As far as we can know from the revelation, it is clear that those who are buried in the grave not only know their visitors, if they had known them prior to their death, but also return their greetings. The Prophet, peace be upon him, has left us clear instructions to visit the graves of our relatives and friends, to greet them and to offer prayers for them. This is lest we forget them after their death; through frequent visits to their graves we renew our relationship with them, invoke Allah’s mercy upon them, besides reminding…


Ask a Muslim Scholar November 2017

Q: When a person converts to Islam his bad deeds are forgiven by Allah. Does this mean that his debts to people are also forgiven? A: It is not true to say that by becoming a Muslim a person’s debts that he owes to others are forgiven. It is only applicable to sins involving the violations of the rights of Allah. Furthermore, the forgiveness of sins is only for those who became Muslims and have followed up bad deeds with good deeds in Islam. If a person simply converts to Islam, it does not automatically expiate his past sins–especially if does not remain true to the pledge he has made with Allah by embracing Islam. As for sins involving the rights of humans, they cannot be simply wiped out by Islam. Debts we owe others belong to this category; so it is imperative that he pays those he owes unless they have forgiven him. Q: Is visiting the graveyard on Eid-ul-Fitr considered Bid’ah or Sunnah? A: Visiting graves is a great sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him; there is no fixed time limit for it, one is free to do so anytime as long as it is done…


Ask a Muslim Scholar Volume 7

Q: Is it disrespectful to exercise on machines while listening to Qur’an instead of music? A: Although we should treat the Qur’an, the Mighty Revelation of Allah, with utmost respect by giving full attention to it while reciting or listening to it, there is nothing wrong for us in listening to it while doing chores that does not require full attention; for the rule of the Shari’ah is that if we cannot have something in its entirety by fulfilling all of its requirements, it does not mean that we should leave it altogether; so even though you are not able to pay full attention to the Qur’an, still you should not be depriving yourself of whatever benefits you can possibly obtain from reading or listening to it in your given circumstance or situation in life. Moreover, it is definitely far better than listening to music or other mundane activities. Nay, by consistently listening to the Quran in this way you certainly stand to gain tremendous spiritual and moral benefits. The same rule applies to listening to the Qur’an or while doing chores at work in the kitchen, etc. Insha Allah, as many people would vouch for it that such an…