Monthly Archives: September 2012

Photography and Photos

The following question was put forward by one of the Muslims of Kazan, Russia by the name of `Abdul Karim ibn Damanla Muhammad Sadiq al-`Uthmani al-Qarghali on the date of 12 Dhul Hijjah 1331 AH: What is the ruling on … Continue reading

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The Belief that Matter is Eternal is Kufr

Imam Mustafa Afandi Ash-Shatti (d. 1348 AH), may Allah have mercy on him, has said of the affair: If someone does believe his innovative actions will bring him closer to Allah or that it is obedience to Him, this is … Continue reading

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Women Visiting the Graves

The following question was brought to a marja`: What is the ruling on the woman visiting the graves when she goes for the purpose of reciting Qur’an over the soul of the deceased without any sins like tearing clothes or … Continue reading

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Definition of the words, “shaikh.” “`alim” and “`allamah”

An interviewer asked the following question: What is the difference between the Shaikh, the `Alim and the `Allamah?   Imam Isma`il ibn Badran, may Allah preserve him, gave the following reply: The word shaikh in the Arabic language does not … Continue reading

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How the Maraji` Reach Conclusions on New Issues

An interviewer asked the following question: Noble Shaikh, what madhhab in fiqh do you give rulings on when there is a new issue?   Imam Yasin At-Turki al-Heeti, may Allah preserve him, gave the following reply: On new issues, I … Continue reading

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Recreational Travel

A Muslim sister asked: What is the ruling on a group of women setting out on a journey together – for example a recreational outing – without a dire necessity?   The Imam, `Abdur-Rahman ash-Shami, may Allah preserve him, said: … Continue reading

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Mistake Made While on `Umrah

The questioner brought the following issue: We went to `Umrah, praise be to Allah, and we completed all the rights therein and decided to shorten our hair when we returned back to the hotel. However when we reached the hotel, … Continue reading

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Giving a Child the Name `Abdul Muttalib

The question was asked: Is it permissible to give a child the name `Abdul Muttalib?   The Imam, `Abdur-Rahman ash-Shami, may Allah be pleased with him, answered: The preferred opinion of the scholars is that such a practice is to … Continue reading

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Is Prostration Starting with the Knees or the Hands First?

The following question was asked: As-Salaamu `Alaikum, The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “There is no prostration like the prostration of the stud camel.” Is this a weak hadith? If someone should prostrate … Continue reading

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Celebration of Birthdays

The following question was asked: Shaikh, what is the ruling on the celebration of birthdays?   Imam  `Abdur-Rahman ash-Shami, may Allah preserve him, responded by saying: There is nothing  in our religion that mandates the celebration of birthdays. This is … Continue reading

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