Author: Abu Zeenat Afdal

Question # 241: Sources of Martyrdom in Islam

Question # 241: Will a woman who dies while delivering a child go to Jannah? Bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm, Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Dear questioner, First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake. Shorter Answer: The martyr will have several blessings from Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) including securing a place in Paradise. Based on authentic ahadith of Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), Muslims, who die as a result of the following, will attain martyrdom: Woman dying with a child in her womb, or during childbirth or after childbirth but within the period of nifaas (post-partum bleeding); Getting killed while defending one’s religion (for the sake of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), wealth or in self-defense; Plague (Al-Mat‘oon); Drowning (if his/her journey was for a permissible purpose); Stomach disease (Al-Mabtoon) (including diarrhea, dropsy, pain, abdominal swelling, etc.); Getting crushed underneath a falling wall; Pleurisy (Dhaatul-Janb) (A condition in which the membrane consisting of a layer of tissue that lines the inner side of the chest cavity and a layer of tissue that surrounds the lungs becomes inflamed causing sharp chest pain and shortness of breath); Burning to death.  Nevertheless, we should refrain from...

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Question # 240: Wearing Wig (Special Circumstances)

Question # 240: My wife has alopecia hair that has fallen out since as being a young child. Although she wears hajib she wears wig underneath and in the home. Is this or will this be accountable before Allah? Bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm, Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Dear questioner, First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake. Shorter Answer: Although the use of human hair is haraam based on authentic sunnah, hair extensions made of non-human or synthetic hair is permissible in the same way that clothing and jewelry are used, provided that it is not being used as a means of deceiving a prospective husband. As for Muslims women suffering from diseases such as Alopecia areata, Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen believed that it is permissibility to wear a wig in order to cover a defect of baldness or hair loss.   Long Answer: Briefly, Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp and other parts of the body. The condition rarely results in total hair loss, or alopecia...

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Question # 239: Hijab for Photo ID and wearing Wig

Question # 239: Assalamu Alaykum; My question is on behalf of a sister who is from a country that is majority Christian and is asking all the citizens to have national IDs. She just found out that all the citizens have to take pictures without any head scarf or hat or kufi. Even if you are a Muslim woman, you can’t have a headscarf and have to show your hair for the ID. She is asking whether to wear a wig to cover her hair in order to take the picture only. The national id is mandatory upon all the citizens and could cause her harm if she doesn’t have one. Jazakum Allahu khayran Bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm, Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Dear questioner, First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake. Shorter Answer: Taking off her hijab in a picture tantamount to disobedience to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى); however, dire necessity allows what is forbidden. So, if one is in a dire need of securing the National ID as in case of this sister, else it will cause her harm, she can do it. Nevertheless, she should not let a stranger...

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Question # 238: Nationalism (love for one’s country) in Islam

Question # 238: Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahi Wa Barakatahu. How much below post true with regards to the ideology of nationalism. Is loving country not allowed in Islam. Are the below hadiths to be literally taken. It says: ‘Nationalism is a concept alien to Islam because nationalism calls for unity based on family and tribalistic ties, whereas Islam binds people together on the Aqeedah, that is belief in Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saaw). Islam calls for the ideological bond. Grouping the Muslims on tribalistic lines is clearly forbidden. It is narrated by Abu Da’wud that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahualaihi wassallam) said, “He is not one us who calls for Asabiyyah, (nationalism/tribalism) or who fights for Asabiyyah or who dies for Asabiyyah.” And in another Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (saaw) referring to nationalism, racism, and patriotism said: “Leave it, it is rotten.” [Muslim and Bukhari]’ Bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm, Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Dear questioner, First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake. Shorter Answer: The general definition of patriotism refers to the emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. Such an innate compassion...

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Question # 237: Two Khutbahs in the same Masjid

Question # 237: Is there any proof of having two khutbahs in the same masjid at two different times? Bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm, Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Dear questioner, First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake. Shorter Answer: In general, holding two Jumu‘ahs in one masjid is not permissible. However, nowadays, especially in the west, where Masajid are either not spacious enough, or the working hours vary and holding one Jumu’ah might deprive some people from attending, contemporary scholar and Fiqh Councils have permitted holding more than one Jumu’ah as needed only. Long Answer: The holding two Jumu‘ahs in one mosque is not permissible. The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas replied to a similar question: “Holding two Jumu‘ahs in one mosque is not permissible according to Islam, and we know of no basis for it in the religion of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). The basic principle is that one Jumu‘ah prayer should be held in one city, and there should not be numerous Jumu‘ahs unless it is for a legitimate shar‘iah reason, such as if the mosque is too far for some of those for whom Jumu‘ah is obligatory, or...

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