Entries by Erin

Remaining Naked When Alone

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: What is the ruling on not having one’s nakedness (awra) covered in front of animals, such as a pet bird or cat? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh In general, it is either recommended or necessary (wajib) to cover one’s nakedness […]

Aiming for a Big Start to 2013

The SeekersHub Global team has spent this past week in Toronto strategizing and preparing for 2013. The 2013 year will bring you newly designed courses, the new SeekersSteps curriculum, and many more exciting developments which we will announce throughout the year, God Willing. As we prepared for the year to come, we also had a […]

Are Crosswords, Sudoku Puzzles, Etc. Permissible?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Are crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, etc. permissible? Such puzzles may be on the computer, where the program or website may have background music, and may involve conjecture and guessing on the part of the user. They may also be initially produced using random generation techniques. Can such puzzles be bought, […]

What is the Ruling of Yoga?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: What is the ruling regarding yoga? Is it a way of practicing Hinduism, as one Mufti has proclaimed? What if the instructor makes no allusions to religion, but just helps us to become flexible and relieve stress? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, […]

Listening to Qur’an While Occupied With Other Tasks

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I want to listen to the Qur’an as much as possible, but do I have to sit and listen, or can I do work while listening? What about children? Should we play it while they play, even though they may not be paying full attention to it? Answer: In […]

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Burying in Coffins or Caskets

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: According to local law here, a body cannot be wrapped only in a cloth and buried; it must be enclosed in a casket. Is it not improper to be buried in a fully enclosed container, according to Islamic law? What if the body is in a casket, but there […]

Reciting Qur’an During Times When It is Prohibited to Pray

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I would like to know whether there is any restriction or prohibition on reciting the Qur’an Al-Karim (from memory or written text [mushaf]) during the prohibited times of prayer, i.e. sunrise, noon (zawal), and sunset. My mother, for some reason, holds the view that one shouldn’t recite at these […]

Is Watching Boxing Allowed in Islam?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Are you allowed to watch professional boxing on TV in Islam, or is it impermissible (haram)? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. The ruling of watching boxing would be […]

Removing Rear Hair

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it required that one shave the hair between the buttocks? Is that considered pubic hair? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. The pubic hair that one is expected to remove refers to the front private areas. As for removing the hair between the buttocks, this is […]