Archive for November, 2011
Q. A Mufti says that alcohol which is not derived from grapes is permissible as long as the quantity is small and it does not intoxicate. This is very surprising. Is his fatwa correct?
A. The Fatwa of the Mufti is dangerously baaqtil incorrect. This mufti appears to be the materialization of Rasulullah’s prediction that towards the approach of Qiyaamah Muslims will legalize liquor by changing the names of the wine. The mufti is opening the door for halaalization of liquor. His ‘fatwa’ is encouragement for consumption of liquor and drunkenness All kinds of alcohol are haraam according to all four Math-habs regardless of the small quantity. The permissibility fatwa opens the avenue for the legalization (halaalization) of liquor which will still take place on a big and flagrant scale because Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had predicted that Muslims will halaalize liquor by giving it different names.
On the basis of the permissibility fatwa, whisky, gin, vodka and most kinds of liquor should be ‘halaal’ if taken in small quantities which do not intoxicate. The ethanol in these liquors is not derived from grapes. To issue Fatwa, a mufti requires far-sightedness, depth and taqwa. If he lacks these qualities, he will be a mudhil (one who leads people to Jahannum). Textual knowledge is not sufficient. This type of corrupt fatwa destroys the morals of Muslims. The primary obligation of a Mufti is to strengthen the bond of Muslims with Allah Ta’ala. But this mufti with his corrupt concoction based on an obscure technicality is misleading Muslims and taking them far from Allah Ta’ala. As we come closer to Qiyaamah there will be a glut of muftis issuing a glut of corrupt, baatil, haraam ‘fatwas’. They come within the purview of the Hadith: “They are astray and they lead (others) astray.”
Q. A relative married a Christian girl who did not accept Islam. The marriage ended in divorce. They have one child. Half the time the child spends with his mother and half the time with his father. She does not mind that the father is bringing up the child as a Muslim. The father is fulfilling his maintenance responsibility as ordered by the court. When the child is by his mother, she struggles to maintain him due to lack of money. For the immediate needs of the child is it permissible for me to give part of my Zakaat to the mother to use for the child? Also, can I open a savings account and from my Zakaat save money for the future use of the child?
A. If the child’s father is a person who has the Zakaat Nisaab value which does not allow him to accept Zakaat, then Zakaat may not be given to his minor child. Maintaining the child is the responsibility of the father. However, if the father does not have the Nisaab value which is approximately R5,000, then Zakaat may be given to the child. In this case, the father has to take possession of the Zakaat on behalf of the child, then utilize it for the upkeep of the child. You may not give the Zakaat to the non-Muslim mother.
If the father does not have the Zakaat Nisaab as mentioned above, then you may give Zakaat for the child for future use. However, in this case, you have to give the Zakaat to the father who has the right to keep the money for the child. If you do not give the Zakaat to the father for safe-keeping, but deposit it directly into an savings account, then neither will your Zakaat be discharged nor will the money belong to the child. It will remain your property until you give it into the possession of the father to keep for the child or until the child reaches puberty then you hand it over to him/her. The father, after taking possession, may deposit the money in the savings account.
Q. Where I live there is a girls madrasah. The muallimah has given her students a play to do and in that play they have to act as boys. One has to imitate being a moulana. The others will be laymen. The girl who poses as a moulana has to wear a male’s kurtah and a turban. Are such plays permissible?
A. This muallimah is a shaitaanah (a female devil). She is also a mal-oonah (one on whom is Allah’s la’nat –curse). Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that the la’nat of Allah settles on a male who imitates a female and vice versa. The shaitaanah made a mockery of the Deen. It is not permissible to have such a stupid woman to teach in a madrasah.
The play is haraam. The organizers and participants are mal-oon. Allah’s la’nat descends on these shayaateen in human form. They are making a mockery of the Deen. They are worse than the kuffaar who draw offensive cartoons of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
Q. Does television affect wudhu?
A. Viewing television is haraam. It is Mustahab to renew wudhu after committing a sin.
Please let me know what is the process when the wife wants divorce and the husband refuses?
A. If the wife has no valid Islamic (Shariah) grounds for divorce, then it is haraam for her to ask her husband to divorce her. Such a woman will be deprived of even the fragrance of Jannat. However, if she has a valid reason, then she may ask her husband to divorce her. If he refuses, she may tempt him with a sum of money to divorce her. This is called Khula’ which is a mutual agreement between the husband and wife. It cannot be unilaterally imposed on any of the parties. If he still refuses, then she should apply to the local Ulama in her town for annulment of the Nikah. The Ulama will or should then investigate her case. After following the due procedure of the Shariah, if they find valid grounds, they will annul the marriage. But, if the wife has no valid Shar’i grounds, the marriage cannot be annulled.
Q. There are therapy products that are sourced from the Dead Sea. I have read in The Majlis that such products are not permissible. What if people have unwittingly purchased these products? May they finish them? These products are very expensive. Or is it permissible to sell them to non-Muslims to regain the money spent?
A. Dead Sea products are not permissible. The Dead Sea region is under the constant ghadab of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The vile nation of Hadhrat Nabi Lut (alayhis salaam) was destroyed there with Allah’s Athaab. Anyone who has unwittingly purchased such products should destroy them when they learn of this reality. Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) had ordered Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to instruct those Sahaabah who had unwittingly made wudhu with the water at such a place where they had camped, to leave the place with haste and to renew their wudhu. They were not allowed to perform Namaaz there. Regardless of the expense, for the sake of the Deen we are required to sacrifice even our lives when a call is made.
WHEN ALLAH TA’ALA cursed and expelled Iblees (the Devil) from the heavens, he supplicated for a number of tools with which to ply his nefarious profession of Satanism on earth in his endeavour to entrap and destroy mankind. Among the things he supplicated for were a muath-thin (announcer) and a qura’aan (scripture). Granting his supplication, Allah Ta’ala informed him that his ‘muath-thin’ would be musical instruments, and his ‘qur’aan’ would be poetry and singing.
The first being in creation to sing was Iblees. The first person on earth who made musical instruments was Thoebaal. He was from the progeny of Qaabil who had murdered his brother Haabil. Both were the sons of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam).
Shaikh Nasruddin Muhaqqiq (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When the false sufi sways to and from in his singing, the devil pokes him in his hind with his finger so that he sways swiftly to and from – right and left.” (Fatawa Burhaanah) Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh) narrated: “Aisha (radhiyallahu anha) once said: ‘Once a female singer came to me and sang a song.’ Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘While this woman was singing, shaitaan was blowing in her nostrils.”
It has been revealed (kashf) to some Auliya that shaitaan is always present at gatherings of music and singing. Shaitaan exercises his influence on the singers and dancers. He transports them into states of satanic ecstasy. He dances above their heads and even with them, and keeps them enraptured in his worship. Auliya have even witnessed shaitaan physically lifting some of these people and dance with them. He sometimes lets out a loud scream, and the dancer collapses. In fact, nowadays many of them scream and squeal like insane swines.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “There is not a man who raises his voice with singing, but Allah sends two devils, one on either side of the singer. Both the devils strike their feet (dancing) until the singer ends his singing.”
Those who indulge in the satanism of music and singing are pigs figuratively, and a time will dawn when they will become pigs physically. Thus Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “People in my Ummah will consume liquor, giving it some other name. Musical instruments and singing girls will be performing for them. Allah will cause the earth to swallow them, and of them He will transform into apes and pigs.”
It is clear from many Ahaadith and the mukaashafaat (revelations) of many Auliya that shaitaan is always present at music sessions and shows. He regulates the proceedings and casts his spell on the participants and the audience.
Shaitaan deceives and ensnares stupid Muslims into his den of satanism with even nazams and zain bhikha songs. The over-indulgence in nazams and all songs of the character called ‘zain bikha’ are tools of shaitaan, which he employs to destroy Imaan.
Hadhrat Rumaisa (radhiyallahu anha) was the mother of Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik (radhiyallahu anhu) who was in the employ of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) for many years since childhood. Her other name was Sehlah and she is also known as Umme Saleem. She had embraced Islam against the will of her husband whilst Hadhrat Anas (radhiyallahu anhu) was still a child. Her husband who was greatly offended with her Islam, deserted her and the child and went to Syria where he was killed.
Several men proposed marriage to Hadhrat Rumaisa (radhiyallahu anha), but she refused. She said that she would not marry as long as her son, Anas was a child. She would think of marriage only after her son became an adult, and then too, she would marry with his consent. Despite being young, she refused marriage for the sake of her son. The fear of a second husband ill-treating her son prevented her from marriage. Also, she believed that she would not be able to devote all her time and attention to her son if she married again.
After Hadhrat Anas (radhiyallahu anhu) reached adulthood, she married Hadhrat Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu anhu) with the consent of her son. About Hadhrat Rumaisa (radhiyallahu anha), Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “On entering Jannat, I heard someone walking. When I enquired who the person was, I was informed that it was Rumaisa, the daughter of Milhan.”
In Islam it is perfectly permissible for a divorcee or a widow to marry again. There is no stigma attached to such a marriage. The choice of marriage or abstention therefrom is for the woman to make. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) praised a woman who abstains from marrying again for the sake of nurturing her children. In this regard Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that a woman who had abstained from marriage for the sake of devoting her entire time to rearing her children, will be together with him on the Day of Qiyaamah.
Therefore, if a woman who is able to guard her honour, modesty and chastity, refrains from marrying again, to enable her to devote her undivided attention, love and time to her little children, she will attain a very lofty stage in the Aakhirah.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advised that the
stomach should be filled with one third food, one third liquids
and one third should be left empty for air circulation.
The extreme weakness of Imaan and excessive greed and gluttony of people have compelled the Auliya (the spiritual physicians of the Ummah) to advise a simpler method. Those who are unable to adopt the austere method of eating exhorted in the Hadith, should at least not overeat. As soon as the stomach is about to be filled, one should exercise restraint and stop eating. Overcome the crave for stuffing down another couple of morsels.
The Mashaaikh say: “The stomach is the headquarters of disease, and affection (love) is the root of cure.” A husband displaying love and affection for his sick wife, especially when she is pregnant, goes a long way in the curing process and in the healthy development of the foetus.
Most diseases generate from a corrupt stomach. Over-indulgence in even halaal tayyib food is extremely harmful physically and spiritually. And, if the food is ‘halaal’ certified carrion, muck and rot, then the destruction is almost irreparable. The effects are disastrous for physical and spiritual health.
A non-Muslim medical expert said: “Your body’s worst enemy is your stomach. Suffering from asthma? It’s your stomach. Are you losing your memory? It’s your stomach. Are your arteries diseased? It’s your stomach.”
Hadhrat Zunnun Misri (rahmatullah alayh) said: “Hikmah (divine wisdom) does not reside in a person whose stomach is full of food., for verily, much eating hardens and darkens the heart . Lethargy of the limbs develop in the wake of satiation, disinclining one from ibaadat., and it increases ghaflat (obliviousness). With hunger man attains Hikmat which creates delight in ibaadat”
Hadhrat Sahl Bin Abdullah (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When Allah Ta’ala created the world, He instilled sin and ignorance in satiation (a full stomach), and Ilm (Deeni knowledge) and Hikmat (spiritual wisdom) in hunger.”