Entries by Erin

Hair Removal

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it permissible to remove strays of hair around the eyebrows and/or to “clean” them up? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. I pray that this finds you well, and in the best of health and spirits. May Allah grant you all good and success in this […]

Kohl and Perfume While Fasting, and Women Wearing Perfume.

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it permissible for a woman to wear kohl while fasting? Can body spray (not perfume or containing alcohol) or Ithar be worn if one smells of odors after a work-out while out in public (such as at school)? Is it permissible during Ramadan and after the Holy month? […]

Group Remembrance (Dhikr)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is group remembrance (dhikr) permissible? Is the group remembrance that includes the singing of poetry and rhythmic swaying (hadra) also permitted? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful. There are a number of explicit, rigorously authenticated Prophetic hadiths that permit group remembrance (dhikr) out loud as long as […]

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Listening to Islamic Songs with Musical Instruments

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it permissible to listen to a nasheed (Islamically-themed song) that incorporates musical instruments or to instrumental music without words? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. The relied-upon position in the Hanafi school, as well as the three other schools of jurisprudence, is that musical instruments (except […]

Muslim Participation in Non-Muslim Governments

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it permissible to take part in non-Muslim governments with the intention of letting the Muslims have a voice in domestic and foreign politics? Answer: In the name of Allah, most merciful, compassionate Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Yes, it is not only permitted but praiseworthy and practically […]

Parental Approval to Travel to Seek Knowledge

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: If one is only interested in studying Islamic Law, but one’s parents would rather the child get a degree first, how should a child deal with this situation?   Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh This returns to the rulings of […]

Cursing Disbelievers and the Companions of the Prophet

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it wrong to invoke the curse of Allah upon disbelievers? Is it wrong to call the people of the book disbelievers in general? Are there specific cases of disbelief among them? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh It is permitted […]

Picking Fruits From Trees on Private Property

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: If one passes by a field and plucks some fruit from the trees without asking for permission (because there is no one there to ask), is this considered stealing? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh The Messenger of Allah (peace and […]

Welfare and Deception

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it permissible to receive welfare or other government benefits, even if one is not eligible but needs the money? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful. Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who cheats […]