Entries by Abdul Latif

Does your wudu break by checking your blood sugar?

Question Summary Does a pinprick during a blood sugar test break your wudu? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate The needle-prick of a blood sugar test breaks the wudu if the blood came out with such strength that it actually or effectively flows. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah] Actual flowing is when […]

Is it Valid to Pay the Zakat on Gold and Silver with Cash?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. Is it valid in the Hanafi school of thought to pay the due Zakat on actual gold or silver in its value in cash currency? For instance, if someone owns 10oz of gold in bars and coins, can they pay the due Zakat in CAD? Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa […]

Meeting with a potential suitor in public?

Question: I have a question regarding getting to know a potential spouse. Is it permissible to meet him in a public place without a third person? I want to do it correctly when meeting the potential spouse. Answer: Assalamu alaykum, Thank you for your important question. There is a fine line between dating and meeting […]

Permissibility of Selling Clothing

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum I am looking to start a clothing business that will sell Unisex lounge-wear to customers and I need several questions answered before I proceed. Firstly, is it permissible to sell Unisex clothing to people as most people are not Muslim and may not wear them properly? The items will be track-pants, t-shirts, […]

Following Others in Sin

Question:  If a person commits a sin without intending to be followed and someone else sees him doing the sin and does it, will the former bear the burden of the latter’s sin as well? Answer:  Assalamu alaykum Shukran for your question. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever […]

Translation as an infringement upon copyright laws

Question: Is a translation made with the permission of the author considered an infringement upon copyright laws? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Dear questioner, Thank you for your important question. This issue goes back to international standards/laws on copyright. From what I have read, translations that genuinely bring something new and original […]

Textbooks for teaching beginners

Question: Which textbooks are appropriate for teaching absolute beginners in purity and prayer? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Dear questioner, Thank you for your important question. Good textbooks for teaching absolute beginners in purity and prayer include al Maqasid (tr. Shaykh Nuh Keller) in Shafi’i Fiqh, Ascent to Felicity (tr. Shaykh Faraz […]

Combining two intentions in one act of worship

Question: When can one merge two acts of worship in one? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Dear questioner, Thank you for your important question. The default is that each act of worship is independent and requires an independent intention. That said sometimes one act of worship subsumes another, such as prayer and […]

Considering beauty in a prospective bride

Question: I have come across a girl who has an Islamic and simple mindset, who does not thrive off materialism. Marrying her would be for her Imaan and to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet. My dilemma is that I am perceived by others as a fairly good looking man, and I get noticed […]