Author: Abu Zeenat Afdal

Question # 225: Working for Company involved in Haraam activities

Question # 225: Can I work in Finance department of a company that brews wine? Is it halal? Or can I work at a company that makes bottles for wine? 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: Working in the field of accounting/finance is legitimate in Shari`ah unless this work is for organizations that engage in prohibited activities, such as selling alcohol or pork products. Since the main activity of the company in which you are seeking potential employment is of a prohibited nature, the basic principle would be avoidance, in order to stay away from participating in anything prohibited, except for in unavoidable circumstances, where the exigency would need be considered on a case-to-case basis and at the same time, steps should be taken to bring the condition to an end. And remember, whoever gives up a thing for the sake of Allah, Allah will compensate him with something better than that.  Long Answer: Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in the Qur’an: “Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help...

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Question # 224: Remedy for having received Bank Interest

Question # 224: Can the Amount Received as interest from Banks be used for our Apartment Facilities. Like building wire Fencing or buying chairs or buying a Sports equipment for apartment association. Please guide me. Which will be a charity for Association. 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: Putting money in the bank for interest is emphatically forbidden. However, if a Muslim has in the past engaged in receiving bank interest, then he has to repent to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) by giving up the sin, regretting and resolving not to go back to it. Next, he has to get rid of the haraam interest by spending it on charitable causes such as giving it to poor, repairing public washrooms, and helping debtors, who are unable to pay off their debts. This interest, which is considered forbidden and unlawful for the one who earned it, is permissible and lawful for the one who is given this money. Long Answer: Putting money in the bank for the purpose of interest is emphatically forbidden (Refer Question # 7 & Question #...

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Question # 223: Khushoo (humbleness/humility) in Salah

Question # 223: What should we do to introduce KHUSHU (Khushoo) in our Salah? 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: Khushoo’ means heart standing before Allah in calmness, serenity, tranquility, dignity and humility. Fear of Allah (swt) and the sense that He is always watching makes a person achieve khushoo’. On the other hand, it is the plot of Shaytaan to divert people from salah by all possible means and to whisper to them during their prayer so as to deprive them of the joy of worship and cause them to lose the reward. Two key things that help to develop khushoo’ are: strong desire to do what is obligatory, and pushing away all distractions. Following is the summary of some of the means of developing khushoo’: Preparing oneself for prayer properly (such as repeating the words of the adhan after the muezzin, reciting the du’aa after adhan, making wudu’ properly and reciting du’aa after it, using siwaak to cleanse the mouth, wearing one’s best clothes, covering ‘awrah, getting ready early and waiting for the prayer, and making...

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Question # 222: Praying in Mosque furthest away

Question # 222: I live in a small village there are two mosques in my villages in which one must I pray…?? The nearest to my house as I heard the first azaan Please clarify me on this; I need hadith. 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 a great reward for walking to the mosque, and that the worshippers will have the greatest reward, whose houses are further away based on the authentic narrations.  Long Answer: There is a great reward for walking to the mosque, and that the worshippers who will have the greatest reward are those whose houses are further away. Here the following ahadith: Narrated Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Shall I not tell you something by means of which Allah erases sins and raises people in status?” They said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah. He said: “Doing wudoo’ properly at times when it is difficult to do so, taking many steps to the mosque, and waiting for prayer after prayer. That...

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Question # 221: Maintenance/Alimony after Divorce

Question # 221: As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. Please clarify whether maintenance should be given only for the iddat period OR till the woman remarries or dies? 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: A revocably divorced woman is entitled to be maintained by her husband as long as she is in her ‘iddah (waiting period), as she is regarded as a wife. However, a major or minor irrevocably divorced woman is not entitled to any alimony except when she is pregnant until she delivers. Next, if she has custody of her children from him, then in that case the husband must also give her: payment for custody and breastfeeding and maintenance of the children. In case of khula’, she cannot claim any maintenance, except payment for breastfeeding and custody, and maintenance of the child who is still being breastfed. Lastly, a widow is to be provided for by herself because she is not entitled to have the alimony out of her husband’s estate, which belongs then to his heirs. However, a pregnant widow is entitled to be maintained...

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