Category Archives: Minors

minor need not pay

Q: As Salaamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh Sheikh,
May Allah reward you for answering my questions always. Alhamdulillah! my question is; Is it obligatory to pay zakaat on the wealth of a minor even though Continue reading

keep a better name — forget over limit creativity

Q: Aslam Alaikum,
Insha allah i am having a girl baby by July. I wanted to know if the name we chose is islamic and has a good meaning. We selected the name Neha  which means Rain/Love. eventhough we selected this from a website which has names for muslims, i want to confirm this with an imam. Please advise if the name has a wholesome meaning or should we combine it with another name ? Your advise and input will be very helpful.
-Alla hafiz.
Time: Tuesday May 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm Continue reading

‘watching pornography’

Q1.What are the consequences of watching pornography and Ejaculating?

Time: Sunday November 29, 2009 at 1:06 am

Answers:

  • Viewing pornography reduces respect for men/woman/children. Makes you take human life for granted. Reduces your sensitivity towards healthy relationships. Reduces appreciation and respect of your body and the body of others. Pornography helps you lose your modesty. Pornographic viewers have to take part in filth to attain necessary gratification.
  • Pornography is a ‘movie’ production, its allurement is due to a false depiction of reality. The men and woman have cosmetics to enhance their image, at times causing naïve persons to want their wives/husbands to look and act the very same way. (Viewers don’t always say it, their behavior begins to demand it!) When viewers watch such filth and notice that they as well as their partners fail to perform ‘as seen on TV,’ it is not unusual for attraction, satisfaction,  etc. to gradually diminish. Continue reading
  • do not confuse circumcision with mutilation

    Q.

    Assalamu Alaikum-

    I need to know what the ruling of female circumcision is before I say things I may regret.  I believe I have already criticized and said things I regret about how female circumcision is not allowed because of what I have heard from ignorant people who present themselves knowledgeable.  Anyway, in my country, there is a wide practice of female circumcision.  What is the Islamic view, and specifically, what did the Allah Ta’aal command and his beloved (SAW) teach us?  Jazakalahu khair and may Allah subhana wataalah brighten your face in this world and in the hereafter!

    Time: Wednesday October 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    A. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

    There is nothing in the Quran or Hadith that stipulates circumcision is obligatory upon female. However, multiple viewpoints exist pertaining to female circumcision. It is viewed from the range of preferable to obligatory (obligatory would NOT be defined as fard, but rather as a highly recommended practice). As the Hadith of Umm Atiyyah states “A woman used to perform circumcisions in Medinah. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) advised her: “Do not cut (so) severely as that is better for the woman and more desirable for the husband.”(Abu Dawood)

    Do not confuse matters:

    Many confuse female circumcision with female mutilation. Cutting to the extent of a nick, or a little more cannot be equated to the practice of female mutilation of genitalia. Mutilation is forbidden in Islam. The manner in which certain cultures adhere to this practice is not part of Islam. Some cultures adhere to this practice in such a manner that a woman becomes deprived of adult related pleasures later on in life. Islam does not want any person deprived of halal pleasures. People that practice female circumcision without care and consideration, lack the skill and qualification to do so are in essence practicing that which is abhorrent and brutal. To do so with the intent to limit the pleasure of woman with the fallacy that she is promiscuous by nature, and must therefore be removed of her rightful gratification is haram. Such and similar thinking remain baseless.

    No choice for men!

    Overall, men do not suffer such loss of pleasure. For boys it is obligatory to have them circumcised in their childhood. Here obligatory would be defined as a necessary function for boys.

    Choice for woman!

    Female (and male) circumcision is allowed by qualified professionals without elements of brutality. It must occur without it facilitating pain later in persons life. If this cannot be ensured, then it is would best to not have it done upon the female. The idea of this  sunnah for woman is not pain or discomfort to the rest of their lives! The same excuse would not apply towards males. They must make a greater effort to make this sunnah possible.

    For woman, if laws of a country oppose this practice for woman, laws of the country should be adhered to. Doing so would not be a sin.

    Allah Certainly Knows Best.

    May Allah (Subhanahu Wata’Ala) accept your daus for all muslims, Ameen.

    Obscene language

    Q. Can a person use profanity in Islamic speeches to prove a point? To gain ratings? to be viewed as liberal? To gain greater closeness to  youth? Can one use profanity in front of children?

    A. It is not befitting for a Muslim to use foul language,  be it in private or public, be it in front of children or adults. We lead by example of good deeds.

    Allah Certainly Knows best.

    ‘i love you’

    Q. should we practice saying: ‘I love you for Allah.’ More so, can I use it to kids I teach?

    A. To use this phrase upon people that would understand it as Muslims intend it would be a blessing. To use these blessed words upon a male or female in a context in which the words would be taken out of context would also be wrong.

    One should teach children about the importance of love and affection. You should teach them as to the proper usage of this Hadith and its relationship to creating mutual affection between peaceful people.

    Allah Certainly Knows Best.

    Minors and birth control in Islam

    Q. Can a minor be given birth control? Can a Muslim doctor ethically (under the rules of Islamic ethics) prescribe it to a minor? (one who is under 18) (Utah State  medical  student)

    Answer:

    If the minor is married according to the state and Islamic laws, and it would be legal to prescribe such medication, then it would be allowed.

    If the minor is using such measures to regulate an aspect of her health and is prescribed by the doctor for such purposes, she would be allowed to use ‘birth control pills.’ This would apply so long as an alternative does not exist.

    Under general circumstances, a woman should not be prescribed knowingly for the purposes of premarital relations. Should there be no adverse consequences for the Muslim doctors, doctors should hand such cases to  non-Muslim doctors.

    Allah Certainly Knows Best.