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Sha`ban Rulings & Other Issues (Live Fatwa)

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An E-Mail Based Session With Shiekh Ahmad Kutty
Kutty

On Monday, June 25, 2012, we managed to run a successful e-mail based Live Fatwa session with Sheikh Ahmad Kutty on “Merits and Rulings of Sha`ban”.

Interestingly, users reacted positively and sent their questions via the Fatwa section’s e-mail address in and ahead of the session’s time. The honorable guest, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty kindly responded to all the questions.

Below you can review all the questions and Sh. Kutty's kind replies:

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Question 1:

Abdulsam

Ѕalam. Please, what are the things to do in this month?

Answer:

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The month of Sha`ban is a great month; it falls between Rajab and Ramadan. And as such, it is recommended that we should devote ourselves to engage in extra devotions. It has been reported by the Companions that the Prophet used to fast in the month of Sha’ban more than any other month (besides Ramadan). As mentioned by scholars, it is a preparation for Ramadan. Here are some of the tips to follow in order to seize the blessings of Sha`aban-as can be gleaned from the observations of the salaf as-salih or pious predecessors:
  1. Fasting is highly recommended in this month, especially in the first half of Sha’ban. However, we should stop fasting as we get closer to Ramadan. In this way, we stay away from joining the fasting of Sha’ban with that of Ramadan;
  2. Reading of the Quran is another great virtue to practice. Some of the salaf called this month as the month of recitations.
  3. Engaging in dhikr and establishing consistency in it is highly rewarding.
  4. 4. We may do well to use the time to brush up on our knowledge of Ramadan and the rules and aadaab of fasting of Ramadan. Ali, the fourth caliph, said, “There are no benefits to be derived from worship without knowledge.”
  5. Last but not least, let us pray to Allah in the manner of some of the pious elders, who used to pray: “O Allah, bless us in the months of Rajab and Sha’ban and take us to Ramadan.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 2:

Hanan – 17 – Female - UK

Can a Man Speak to Jinn?

Salam, I read this article about Jinn and about how a man got in contact with one. It's very troubling, and I wonder, is it true?! http://www.khalidzaheer.com/essays/kzaheer/following%20islam/experiencing_a_jinn.html

Answer:

I must admit that I am not in a position to comment on this issue. Allah knows best.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 3:

Agnieszka – 22 – Female – Poland

Circumcision

Salam. This time my question is about circumcision. Woman who will convert to Islam soon has a three-year-old son. She wants him also to be a Muslim like her. And the question is: if her son must be circumcised or no?

Answer:

It would be a good idea for her to circumcise her son, unless she has reasons to believe that she would run into problems with her ex-husband on account of that. In case of any doubt, it is best that she postpones it and let the boy choose for himself after he becomes an adult.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 4:

Anisah – 45 – Female - US

Confused

As-salamu `alaykum. I have been a Muslim for about 11 years and I am suffering from instability. I have been all over the place as far as my Islamic studies and because of this i am becoming confused and overwhelmed. I understand tawheed. However, I have seen info on having a sound creed which I haven’t gone over in depth. I haven’t been consistent in studying sirah, fiqh of salah, and the other pillars because of being unstable in my studies. I was reading a book and it said that before acting on any act of worship, we should have knowledge of that act first. One of my questions is: where should I start my studies? Should I study fiqh of salah and fiqh of other pillars before acting in order that my worship to be correct? I have been doing many acts without sound knowledge. I am also confused because of the little knowledge that I have I try to practice some people end up telling me some of these acts wrong. Please, advise where to start and how to remain stable. Ramadan is coming up and I don’t know whether I should fast or not because I’m trying not to go without mastering a meaning I want to understand the creed and mastering salah first before trying to fast. Please, advise me.

Answer:

You need not be overly confused about this issue. Seeking essential religious knowledge should not pose a major problem; for it can be done easily and gradually.

You may do well to start out with a standard text like Islam in Focus by Dr. HammudahAbd al-Ati; it sums up all the essential knowledge in regard to the basic creeds and practices of Islam. After you have studied the book and practiced it, you may go on reading and studying more under trained scholars.  When you are confused about any issue in religion you need to seek answers from a well-trained scholar; you cannot simply follow what you read here and there.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 5:

Yasin – 34 – Male - US

No Masjid for Jum`ah

What does one do if there is no masjid for jumm`ah in my area?  The Islamic Center is defunct and the closest masjid to my home is over 1 and 1/2 hours away from here.  I do not have the means to attend jumm`ah at that distance.  I have looked for other Muslims in my area to meet with for jumm`ah but being in the Bible belt, I have been unsuccessful.  What should I do?

Answer:

If there are no Muslims in your area to form a jama'ah, then jumu’ah is not obligatory on you. So, it is enough for you to pray Zuhr. However, having said this, I should also advise you to consider relocating to an area where there is a Muslim community. The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned us against isolating ourselves from the community. He said, “Strive to be with the community of Muslims, for by isolating oneself, one may risk falling into the hell-fire as wolves tend to prey on stray sheep!”

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 6:

Ahmed – 23 – Male - US

Sexuality

Hi. I am a Muslim and to be honest I hadn't been following the religion that strictly. But I realized that I needed to turn myself around so I started reading the Qur'an a couple of weeks ago and still reading. I know we are not allowed to have sex before marriage or do anything oral. My question is that: is there anything at all we are allowed to do before marriage? Thank you and a response would be very appreciated.

Answer:

Islam does not allow pre-marital sex in any form or shape. Since pre-marital sex is forbidden, everything that leads to it is also considered as forbidden. So, we are not allowed to have any form of isolation or close relationship with females. This is the law of Allah intended to proect us against the evil inclinations ingrained in our nature.

If, however, you fear falling into temptations, you should consider marriage.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 7:

Janah – 34 – Female – US

Sister

As-salamu `alaykum. My husband and I joined a Tae Kwon Do club last year with our son for our health and family bounding. We love it and everyone is thriving, but we have a question that concerns us about certain rituals that are performed during the promotion testing.

Our question is: after testing is complete, students are asked to do a deep bow towards their parents to show respect (our club is all about family, students behaving well at school and with their own family) like when in Sajdah . My husband and I are not completely comfortable with this and he was wondering if he made intentions of bowing to the Ka`ba instead of parents would that be OK, even though everyone else was told to bow towards their parents and we are not saying where we are bowing to (I don't know if that is clear or not). Thanks you for your time and understanding.

Answer:

If you have a choice not refrain from the practice of prostration altogether you should so, for in Islam, we are not allowed to prostrate before anyone other than Allah.

If, however, it is considered as a requirement in this form of exercise, then you may do so while ensuring to make the intention of prostrating to Allah rather than to anyone else.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 8:

Qasim – 38 – Male - Nigeria

Alfa

I heard there is a hadith that forbid Muslim from eating both fish and egg together, how true is this.

Answer:

As far as I know, there is no such hadith. We are not allowed to prohibit things based on hearsay or gossip or tales passed on as knowledge.

However, if the above combination has been proven hazardous for our health, then, of course, we should avoid it- by following the advice of experts in such matters.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 9:

T – 24 – Female - Bangladesh

Astrology/Shirk

Dear respected scholar, my question is regarding shirk. My mother always resorts to astrology whenever she faces some misfortune. She goes to an astrologer who reads her hand and then he gives stones which apparently will ward off the 'negative energy'. I repeatedly told her that this is shirk, Allah (swt) never forgives shirk. I told her to repent, but it's of no use. She then gives me numerous examples of people who wear hijab and are 'pious' so to say who are also wearing gemstones. If i tell her that they may be pious but they don't know that they are committing shirk, she in turn points the finger at me and accuses me of not praying etc and that if I'm not regular in my prayers I have no right to educate her. Admittedly, I skip prayers and pray on other occasions. But I am learning my Deen, reading the Holy Quran and books of Hadith and Alhamdulillah very soon I will succeeded in praying five times. She then tells me that so many times their predictions came out true and I tell her that it is the Shaytan and Jinn doing so. No one has knowledge on the future except Allah. I cry secretly knowing that mum is committing such a big sin and I can’t prevent her. She intentionally brings up this topic in front of others to hurt me and prove me wrong so that I accompany her to the astrologer. Please, advice on how I can bring her to the right path and how to heal my broken heart.

Answer:

Visiting astrologers or referring to them for advice is superstition and constitutes an act of shirk, for it is akin to attributing knowledge of ghayb or hidden realities to the mortals, which is nothing but shirk. Allah makes his prophet to declare, “If I knew the ghayb, I would have amassed much good, and no evil would have afflicted me.” (Qur’an:7:188).Once the Prophet was attending a wedding reception, and upon seeing him, the girls who were singing added this rhyme, ‘Among us is a prophet who knows what will happen tomorrow.’ The Prophet immediately told them to cut these words out.

So, undoubtedly, your mother is guilty of a major sin in referring to astrologers.  You need to advise her against it, and leave the matter there.

As for you, it is important that you keep away from such practices and get serious with your practice of Islam. Islam is all about sound beliefs and practices; it is not enough for you to renounce shirk, you also need to pray and observe the obligatory religious duties. So, that should be a priority for you. Perhaps by your diligence in prayer, Allah may guide your mother too.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 10:

M Alvi – 21 – Female - UAE

Black Moon - Sun

About two years ago, I saw in my dream that all the people around me were scared and looking up at the sky, it was very dark, the ground was shaking, my family and I went to the top of our house and started praying there, black balloons started descending from the sky and after that we saw that black moon/sun was descending towards the earth. What does this indicate? Please, do answer. Jaza'k Allah Khair.

Answer:

You don’t need to pay attention to bad dreams. Whenever you experience such dreams, you ought to seek protection in Allah. You may read the following du’a

Bismillaahialladheelaayadhurruma’aismihishay’un fi al-ardhiwalaa fi al-ssamaa’iwahuwa al-ssamee’u al-‘aleem

(In the name of Allah; with His name, nothing on earth or heaven can inflict any harm, whatsoever. He is all-Hearing, all-Knowing).

Furthermore, prior to going to bed, you should read Al-Fathiha, Ayat Al-Kursi and the three last surahs and offer supplications seeking protection from Shaytan.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 11:

Maggie Slack – 16 – Female - US

Childhood Rights

Is there evidence from the Quran to support the Islamic belief that children have the right to a childhood free from inappropriate work and full of fun and education?

Answer:

Islam is a natural way of life based on fitrah or recognizing the nature that Allah has created humans. The recognition of childhood is enshrined in the Shari`ah as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said there is no legal obligation on children. In other words, children have a right to be children; they cannot be expected to act like mature adults. Islam, however, teaches that children are taught good manners and to be gradually initiated into the religious duties. So they are to start praying from the age of seven; and they should be disciplined for their neglect of prayers from the age of ten. At this age, we are told, that the children ought to be separated in beds.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) is also reported to have advised us to come down to the level of children while interacting with them. And we read his companions stating that when he spoke with children, they would think he was a child like them. We also learn that the Prophet (peace be upon him) commiserated with a child on the death of his bird.

Therefore, we should allow children to be children.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 12:

Agnieszkِa jurkiewicz – 33 – Female - UK

Dog

Asalamalejkum. I hope that Allah is keeping you in good health and iman. I am looking for a shaikh that could answer my two questions below. Would you be able to help or direct me towards someone who could? I and my husband live in one room in the 3 bedroom flat, the remaining 2 are occupied by tenants.  Although the flat if officially mine, the rented rooms as per tenancy agreement belong to the tenants, we do not enter them and all the rooms have individual locks fitted so we all can lock our rooms. Our communal shared spaces are the hallway, toilet, sitting room and kitchen.  Unfortunately not all our tenants are Muslim and I wanted to know, should they decide to have pictures on the walls for example, would it stop the angels entering our room?

Another issue is of a dog. We are Sunni Muslim and our understanding is that there are different views between the madhabs about the subject of owning a dog starting from the whole dog being impure, his saliva benign impure or his saliva being pure since people are allowed to eat the meet caught by hunting dogs.  All madhabs seem to agree that having dogs in the living quarters is not allowed as no angels would enter the house and we would be deducted one third of our reward if we have a dog for purpose other than hunting, guarding livestock and protection. I have heard another view saying that dogs are allowed if they are not in the house and if one has a dog before becoming Muslim one should keep it because of the loyalty dogs display towards human. Well, I have a huge dilemma. I am a convert and all my life I have dreamt owning a dog but since becoming Muslim 13 years ago gave up on this idea because of the above Islamic rulings.

For more than 6 months now, me and my husband have been volunteering 1-2 days per week in the local animal sanctuary taking their dogs for a walk.  They are kept in small cages/kennels and if lucky would be walked once or  twice per week. I thought this would be a good way of staying active, making a difference, gaining some good deeds and satisfying my need for animal contact.  On our first visit we met George, 9 months old terrier, who has just arrived in the sanctuary having been abandoned by his elderly owner for being too energetic. Although he was petrified of man and my husband petrified of dogs, he has allowed my husband to take him for a walk and I have immediately fell in love with him feeling that we have developed a special bond. He was later adopted by a family who after 3 months have returned him back to the sanctuary for getting distresses and not getting on with the neighbors' dog.  He then was adopted by a lady with another dog who has returned him back to the sanctuary after 3 weeks. She became scared of George nipping and growling at her.

I was there to see him throughout and me and George has shared many special walks together. Since I have met George I cannot stop feeling that George has adopted me and my husband as his family. He obeys what we say, and although originally displayed some  behavioral problems such as nipping or trying to be dominant,  or attacking other dogs, those became less with each hour and each subsequent walk so much that now he is as good as gold with us. Now he would not run away from us and keeps a constant check on us both, should we separate by few meters he would check on my husband and then on me all the time. He is extremely relaxed in our company and barks when we leave and my heart breaks knowing we cannot have him as per Islamic rulings.

My question is: since we leave in a shared house where only our room is ours and all the rest is either communal or occupied by tenants, could we adopt George and keep him in the communal areas?  Would that stop the angels entering our room? My husband who has studied Islam for few years in Syria told me that if one had a dog and then became Muslim then one should keep it because of the enormous loyalty dogs display towards their owners. If this is the case,

Answer:

In this case, you may be allowed to keep this dog (at least, according to some scholars), as long as you make a separate living arrangement for the dog and stay clear of its saliva, which is considered as impure.

For details, you may consult the answers posted on this elsewhere on this site.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 13:

Ali Raza – 22 – Male - Pakistan

Exact Length Of Beard ?? Detailed Fatwa

Dear Scholars, AsalaamuAleikum. What is the exact length of Beard in Islam?  In our mosques the Imams Say the length of Beard if fist length, a beard less than fist length is Haram , and the person who doesn’t have fist length bears will not have his namaz and worship accepted .  is it true ? My beard is of normal length, it’s not long or fist length, people say my beard is of no use as its not fist length: (Is it true? Will my prayers be accepted if I have this small length beard or not?

Answer:

Although it is a great sunnah for males to keep beards, we find no tradition from the Prophet (peace be upon him) specifying any length for beards. In the absence of clear evidence, we are not allowed to stipulate such conditions based on our whims or desires.

It is also wrong for anyone to declare that if a person did not keep his beard properly he is not allowed to lead the prayer, or that his prayer is not valid. Muslims have been praying behind even rulers or officials who were guilty of far more heinous sins than keeping beards. What could be a worse sin than shedding the blood of people? However, even the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray behind people like Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, who was guilty of some of the most heinous crimes.

In conclusion, those who make such statements are being heretical in their views. The belief of ahl al-sunnah is that we are allowed to pray behind everyone who prays to qiblah, whether pious or impious.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 14:

Biya – 21 – Female - Canada

Friendship

AsalamMualikum.Ihave a serious question about an on-going friendship. I have a great Muslim friend, whom not only helped me get closer to my deen, but helped me become a better person. We became really close were we would have sleepovers, parties and even go on vacations together. My question is that we fight a lot, and more then usually. It always ends up with her using foul language and putting me down. Not only that, but she repeatedly tells me to clean up my act or we cannot be friends.

Currently we came out of a big fight, where she repeatedly sends me emails about my behavior towards her and told me what a bad friend I am. I know she is a wonderful person and a even wonderful Muslim, but I can't seem to stop the fighting. It has been really awkward between us after the fight and I have no idea how to solve this conflict between us. I really do want this friendship to work out and go back to its normal self, and hence why I have repeatedly apologized for any bad thing I have done  , because i know that even i am not perfect. Is there a solution or any advice you can give me for this on-going stressful friendship. My friends all tell me to leave it and distance yourself from her, but it's hard to because we were the best of friends. Thank you for your time, Biya.

Answer:

If continuing friendship with her leads you to un-Islamic behavior then you are advised to stay away from her. If, however, there is hope for her to change, then you may keep the friendship.

Islam teaches us to keep friendship with those who may influence us positively. If, on the other hand, the friendship leads us astray, then we are to abjure it. Allah tells us in the Qur’an that on the Day of Judgment, friends will turn against friends, except those who are God-fearing.

Therefore, you need to sit down and ask yourself the question: What kind of an influence she is exerting on me, or I am exerting on her? If the answer is positive, you may keep it, in spite of her idiosyncratic behavior towards you. Otherwise, it is time for you to quit and move away.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 15:

Muhammad Arif Sheikh – 35 – Male - Pakistan

Hajj without Mahram

As-salamu `alaikum. I want to send my mother to Hajj with my wife & my wife brother's family. My mother will not have mahram , can she go for Hajj also tell me if I am working in Saudi Arabia & I will join them for Hajj there in Saudi Arabia. Thanks

Answer:

Your mother can go for hajj in the company of women accompanied by men of integrity. We learn from the reliable traditions that the Prophet’s wives traveled together for hajj, accompanied by men who were not closely related to them in blood lineage. So, it is perfectly fine for her to travel for hajj, especially if you are there to meet her and accompany her in hajj.

For further details, you may consult other answers posted elsewhere on this site.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 16:

Karen – 62 – Female - US

Health Is Severe to Make Hajj

Knowing When Health Issue Is to Severe to Make Haj

AssalamAlaykum. I want to make Hajj this year but I am not sure if I can physically perform the rituals. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 40 years. My left foot is deformed making it nearly impossible to walk without shoes for support. I have a very hard time walking for long periods of time and find it difficult to walk down stairs. I have to sit to pray. I want to believe I can physically handle it but I’m just not sure. Do you have any advice? Thank you.

Answer:

Hajj is fard (obligatory) only when you are able to undertake the journey both financially and physically.

However, you should know that most of the rituals of hajj such as tawaf, sa`ay, etc. can be done by people who are in similar conditions like yours by assistance of others and use of wheel-chairs, etc. So if you are able to do that, you should not be discouraged or deterred.

Having said this, I should also point out: If your physician has advised you against it, because of your specific condition, then you need to listen to him. If that is the case, you are allowed to pay someone to perform hajj on your behalf.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 17:

Haroon – 38 – Male - India

Infidelity

I am having one problem in my life I have got married to a Muslim girl ours was a love marriage but unfortunately she cheated on me she was in love with one boy earlier to me she even had physical relationship with him she told me all that before our marriage and I accepted it as her bad luck and told her to forget the past and start a new life with me. after 4 years marriage life and one son as our sole child now she says that she cannot forget her ex-lover and she still loves him she said all this things in front of other people whom I know and some I accidently know she also says that she has my habit that’s she is staying with me not because of love for me. I seeks your advice that what Islam says about this condition where a woman is legally married to man but still is not faithful to him at heart. is it wise to carry forward this type of relation where one person is bearing other just because of .fear of society and relatives. While being unfaithful to him at heart. What Islam…

Answer:

If you are sure that your wife cannot be trusted as she is still is infatuated with the boy or man she had relations before your marriage, then you should not continue the marriage. You are allowed to divorce on that ground.

If, however, she is remorseful and repentant, then you may keep her as your wife.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 18:

Mustafa – 39 – Male - UK

Mr - Converts Make Hijra

Should converts from Europe, that fear for their faith make Hijra to Muslim countries? What is the ruling on hijra today? Having lived in Muslim countries, I often find people without Islam in the UK, in a better condition with regards to adhab and how they treat others. They don't have faith but they treat people better than they do in Muslim countries. Should a convert leave his family to make hijra?

Answer:

I don’t see any reason for Muslims living in countries such as USA, Canada or Uk, etc. to migrate to a Muslim country, even though they may face some pressures and challenges here and there. Generally speaking Muslims are free to practice their religion like everyone else. There is no persecution of Muslims as far as I know in  any of these countries. If you are speaking about some of the challenges coming from Islam bashers or racists in these societies, they are isolated, and therefore, they do not warrant migrating to other countries.

Another question should be asked in this context: If you were to decide to migrate to which of the countries is willing to welcome you?

Mind you, you may end up facing far worse challenges in those countries. So, where would you go?

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 19:

Um Belal – 43 – Female - US

Mrs

Dear Scholars, I would like to know the rule of backbiting against an organization or an institution. We are all familiar with the consequence of backbiting against each other. Since we live in the west I find it very common that people attack other group (jama'a) or other group's center or school. This makes Islamic work very divided, and I really believe that there must be a rule in Islam that stands against this type of backbiting and attacks, because it is really destructive and it shakes people's trust in all Islamic activities and organizations. Jazakum Allah khair for your help.

Answer

It is true that as a principle the Muslims are to refrain from attacking each other either through words or actions. For by indulging in such practices, we are only destroying ourselves.

Of course, this does not mean that we should refrain from making positive criticisms. We cannot grow without engaging in examining ourselves and seeking to improve our condition. Allah says, "Allah does not change the condition of people, unless they are willing to change their inner conditions" (Qur'an: 13:11).

Backbiting, however, is not the same as rendering positive criticism.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 20:

Mohammed – 22 – Male - UK

Is a Nose Job Allowed for Psychological Problems?

Salam, I wanted to know if it would be permitted for me to have a nose job as it causes me distress, socially and psychologically. When I was about 16 years old my nose started getting a lot of very large spots and these eventually formed into scars all over. At the same time my nose started growing larger and I can’t seem to think why it would go that big as none of my relatives have got bulbous noses. I've seen a doctor and he says it could be to do with the spots and has referred me to a laser clinic to remove the scars and will find out soon if it caused my nose to become really bulbous. Every day of my life since then I tense my nose so it looks smaller so people wouldn't laugh at me anymore. I'm finding it difficult to keep up with doing this to hide my actual nose. So I wanted to know would it be permissible for me to have rhinoplasty or not. Thank you.

Answer:

If your nose is considered abnormal, and it causes you undue emotional trauma, then you are allowed to undergo the necessary, corrective procedure as long as it has been determined to be safe by the medical professionals.

For further details, I cannot do any better than citing from one of my earlier answers on a similar question:

Islam is a religion that is life-affirming and not life-negating. In other words, all of its injunctions are intended to alleviate suffering, misery and pain. Therefore, one of the stated objectives or purpose of the Shari`ah is to remove harm and hardship, and bring ease and comfort. Allah says, “Allah wishes to grant you ease (and comfort), and He does not wish to impose hardship on you.” (Q. 2: 185); “He has not appointed any hardship for you in religion.” (Q. 22: 78). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There shall be harm or reciprocating of harm.” Moreover, Islam enjoins upon us to strive to find cures and treatments and to use them whenever they are available to the best of our ability. Treatments are recommended to cure diseases or rid ourselves of abnormalities or deformities that make our life miserable. To remove an outgrowth or deformity in our body that causes us undue pain or distress or invites scorn or sneers from people also falls in this category of permissible treatments. It was in this spirit that the Prophet, peace be upon him, allowed his companions who had some deformities or injuries to their nose or teeth to resort to implants of gold to correct or modify such deformities. Based on the above considerations, if your nose is excessively large and looks like a balloon, you are allowed to undergo the necessary treatments to resize it so long as it is not done for purely cosmetic reasons. Having said this, I must rush to add an important point here: The decision for this, however, must be strictly based on the advice of an expert surgeon in the field. In other words, it must not be done by your own wish alone, but by the recommendation of the expert. Furthermore, he must advise that such a procedure is indeed safe and would not result in causing further harm to the body.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 21:

Junaid Tajudin Rufai – 50 – Male - Nigeria

On Tawheed

What advice will you give to someone who said ' Allah warned us about shytan and why don't He Allah destroy him'

Answer:

We are not to question Allah, our Creator and Lord. We are to submit to His will. We believe that He is All-Wise and All-Knowing; as such, He does only that which is good for His servants.

He has told us that He wants to test us and see who shall perform better. If He were to destroy Shaytan, there won’t be any meaning in the test. In that situation, it won’t be any different than the school you are attending forcing you to write the correct answer.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 22:

Abdullah Chan – 16 – Male – Hong Kong

Piracy for the Sake of Allah

As-salamulyqum, dear my respected scholar. It is common in my area to copy materials for study. Some copy the notes from tutorial class while some copy the past paper published by the examination authorities. While these are basically illegal in this area, is that piracy to copy them even for the sake of Allah in Jihad? Is that really important to beware of it?

Answer:

We are not allowed to copy copyrighted materials, unless an exception is made for copying it for such the purpose, you have mentioned.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 23:

Saad – 25 – Malwe - Canada

Pronounced 3 Talaq in One Sitting

Salam. Last week, my wife and I got into a verbal argument over the phone. Our fight was going out of control and I said talaqtalaqtalaq in one sitting. I did not know that if you say 3 talaq in one sitting the marriage is over. I did not have any intentions of divorcing my wife. I just wanted to say it so then the fight will be over. Later I was told that 3 divorces is the final end. Please, can you help me in this matter?

Answer:

If you did not have any intention to divorce your wife, and you were simply carried away by extreme anger-while uttering the words of divorce-then they do not count as valid divorce. You know it if you regretted it later. In this case, you should ask forgiveness of Allah and go back to your wife.

On the issue of divorce pronounced in anger, please refer to the detailed answer posted earlier on this site.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 24:

Seyed – 33 – Male – Sri Lanka

Ramadan

Assalamualaikum, Dear Sheih. I’m married. Can I do month of Ramadan at night time sexual excitement from kissing, hugging, etc.  Please, inform me.  Jazak Allah khairan.

Answer:

There is no taboo in establishing sexual intimacy with one’s spouse during the nights of Ramadan. This is clearly stated in the Qur`an. Allah says, "It is lawful for you to go in unto your wives during the night preceding the [day's] fast: they are as a garment for you, and you are as a garment for them. God is aware that you would have deprived yourselves of this right, and so He has turned unto you in His mercy and removed this hardship from you. Now, then, you may lie with them skin to skin, and avail yourselves of that which God has ordained for you, and eat and drink until you can discern the white streak of dawn against the blackness of night, and then resume fasting until nightfall; but do not lie with them skin to skin when you are about to abide in meditation in houses of worship. These are the bounds set by God: do not, then, offend against them - [for] it is thus that God makes clear His messages unto mankind, so that they might remain conscious of Him.” (Qur’an: 2: 187).

Therefore, there is no need for you to be stressed out on this issue. You only need to stay from such activities during the day.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 25:

HashimIqbal

Repetition of Sin

My sin regarding sexuality is going to be increased. I want to repent but after repent, I (inner soul) forget about Islam and even god. Please, suggest me how it should be resolved.

Answer:

If you are prone to falling into sins, you need to think about getting married. That is the Islamic way of protecting yourself against sins.

If, however, marriage is not an option because of your circumstances, then you need to practice fasting, for as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, fasting can help a person curb his desire.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 26:

Tameem – 15 – Male - UK

Ruling on Vows

Salams. A person has problems regarding written vows. For example, he was writing the word "sweat" but he accidently wrote the word "swear". Then he erased it but every time he wanted to write sweat he kept looking at the letter "r", so does this count? What about everything he wrote after that? Hopefully you can clear up these rulings. Jazak Allah.

Answer:

A vow is a vow only when you are deliberate about it and resolve firmly in your mind. We are not accounts for slips of tongue or pen which are not pre-meditated upon. Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Allah says, “God will not take you to task for oaths which you may have uttered without thought, but will take you to task [only] for what your hearts have conceived [in earnest]: for God is much-forgiving, forbearing.” (Qur’an: 2: 225).

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 27:

Wasila – 22 – Female - Moroco

Should I Take off My Hijab?

Salam alaikum. I am a 22 year old girl. I am seeking your help with my problem regarding hijab. I am not an English speaker nor is it my 2nd language. So, please, forgive my English. I am trying my best to tell my story clearly. I am sure you have delt with different women not sure about their hijab any more. So, I hope to find an answer this time. My story basically is that I just went out of a horrible break up after being engaged for 3 years to someone. So, I decided to make major changes in my life and become a better person. Few months later my brother told me that one of his friends was interested in getting to know me so I decided to give it a chance and see what will happen from there. We always talked through my brother and father just like the Islamic way and he always sent me interesting lectures and talked about Islam with me and my family as he is a very religious person mashallah.

I admired that and I got into the whole lectures things and started reading more and more about Islam. I come from a very religious family but they never imposed things on me they just try to advice me to do good things. Although I did not wear hijab but I care so much about our values. Anyway so as move of me that I thought was smart I decided to wear hijab. It was mainly to please the guy but it was also for Allah or at least that how I was trying to convince myself.

Afterwards, I felt that I was so happy because of the positive feedback but afterwards I started regretting as I did it only for a person not God. And now I feel trapped I am wearing it out of vanity and to be admired by people. I hate the feeling and I am a big hypocrite. So, I started feeling that I should take a step backwards in order to move forward. I always knew at one point of my life I would wear it. It is just I took the most beautiful decision for the wrong reasons and the wrong time. I have a strong desire to take it off. I don’t know what to do. Please, help me. By the way, we are still talking to that guy but I don’t feel as interested as before, but no one of my family knows the way I feel yet and what I think about hijab.

Answer:

If you did start wearing hijab for endearing yourself to the man, you developed a love for that should not compel you to renounce it. Rather as a Muslimah you should now continue to keep for your love of Allah. That is a better way of resolving the issue. By taking off hijab you are going backwards.

You may do well to ask yourself this question: Who are you trying to please: Allah or people?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If someone is simply trying to please people by displeasing Allah, Allah will certainly abandon him or her to them. If, however, they were to strive to please Allah, then Allah will take care of people for them.

Therefore, I would advise you to remain steadfast on your practice of Islam and keep your hijab and be proud of that.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 28:

Hanif – 40 – Male - Pakistan

Tawaf on Behalf of Others

I have confusion about tawaf. Please, help me in this regard. Can we make tawaf on behalf of a live person? Jazak Allah khair.

Answer:

There is no precedent in the authentic sources of Islam or the practice of salaf as-salih for doing tawaf on behalf of another person. You may perform `Umrah or hajj but doing tawaf or sa`y itself is not known. We are not allowed to introduce innovations in worship. You may, however, offer supplications for others while you are performing tawaf.

Allah Almighty knows best.

The editor of OnIslam Live Fatwa service.

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