Author: Abu Zeenat Afdal

Question # 254: Best times for the Du’aa (Supplication) to be Answered

Question # 254: Is there any specific duaa etc. that one can read to get good marriage partner? Jazzakumu Allahu Khairun 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 we do not know of any specific du’aa for finding a good marriage partner from the Sunnah, the invoker should seek out the best time, when du’aa is answered, such as during last one-third of the night, last hour of Friday, interval between adhan and iqamah, during sujood (prostration) in salah, after final tashahhud and before salaam in salah, when it’s raining, at a certain time of the night, a certain time on Friday, when hearing the crowing of a rooster, during day of fasting, and during traveling. Lastly, one should remember, there is no man who prays to Allah and makes du’aa to Him, and does not receive a response. Either it will be hastened for him in this world, or it will be stored up for him in the Hereafter. Also Refer Question # 181 (Etiquettes of making Du’aa) Long Answer: Although we do not know of any specific...

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Question # 253: Opening barbershops for Men

Question # 253: What is the ruling on barbershops for men? 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: There is nothing wrong with opening barbershops for men or engaging in this profession, so long as one avoids haraam things such as shaving beards, removing any part of the eyebrows or cutting the hair in styles that resemble non-believers. Also refer to Question # 27 (Growing Beard in Islam) and Question # 183 (Hairstyle – shaving part of the head) Long Answer: Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Someone is saying that he has a relative who owns a hair salon that is rented out to an agent and he advised him that this work is haraam, and that the money earned is haraam, and that it is not permissible to shave Muslims’ beards. He said: I do not take anything from the agent except the rent for the store, one hundred and fifty riyals, and the people are free to shave their beards, and I do not force them to have them shaved by him. He replied: If...

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Question # 252: Cutting hair for women

Question # 252: As salaamu alaikum… I would like to know if permissible for women to cut hair fringe in cases whereby thinning of hair? Jazzakumu Allahu Khairun 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: There is nothing in the Qur’an or authentic hadith to disallow a woman from cutting her hair. However, it is forbidden to shave it (except in case of sickness) and the haircut should not resemble that of men as well as non-believing / immoral women.  Long Answer: Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “We do not know anything (to disallow) cutting women’s hair. What is forbidden is shaving it. You should not shave your hair but you may cut it and reduce its length or volume; we know of nothing wrong with that. But that should be done in a proper manner which will please you and your husband. You should come to some agreement with him on a kind of haircut that does not resemble kaafir women, because if you leave it long, it will be a lot of trouble...

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Question # 251: Imam Reading from Mushaf (Quran) during fard prayers

Question # 251: Asalaam Alleykum Wa-Rahmatullah… Is it wrong or permissible to lead a Congregational prayer, either Fajr, Maghrb or Isha, while reading directly from the Qur’an and not reciting from memory? 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 it is makrooh (disliked) for Imam to read from Mus-haf, this does not invalidate his prayer, whether he has memorized the Qur’an or not; in fact, it is obligatory for him to read from Mus-haf, if he has not memorized al-Faatihah. Hence, it is permissible if there is a need for it, just as it is permissible to read from the Mus-haf in Taraweeh for one who has not memorized the Qur’an. But it is prescribed for the Imam to strive to memorize the entire Qur’an, or at least memorize al-Mufassal (starting with Soorah Qaf up to the end of the Qur’an), so that he will not need to read from the Mus-haf.  Long Answer: There is nothing wrong with reading Qur’an from the Mus-haf during a naafil prayer, such as qiyam al-layl.  But in the case of obligatory prayers,...

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Question # 250: Pre-Islamic Era: Female Infanticide and Falsely Claiming Angels as Daughters of Allah

Question # 250: Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahi Wa Barakatahu. Why did the disbelievers falsely claim the angels to be the daughters of الله (سبحانه و تعالى)? I mean why particularly daughters as they killed daughters when born n wr happy wid sons so why specially daughters as angels why not sons BarakAllahu Feekum 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 pre-Islamic Arabs committed infanticide (especially girls) by burying them alive for one of two reasons: fear of poverty (as girls were considered less productive than boys) or fear of disgrace. Paradoxically, the idolaters claimed that the angels are Allah’s daughters and worshipped them so as to get closer to Allah. Even, Allah refuted their claim and admonished them for their behavior in the Qur’an questioning that how can they attribute to Allah, the share that they would not choose for themselves and how did they decide that the angels are female when they did not witness their creation, while referring to the specific three idols Al-Lat and Al-`Uzza and Manat, among others. According to historian, since the...

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