Is Terrorism A Sign Of The Day Of Judgement?

Question:

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

Is terrorism one of the signs of the Hour? If yes, then why has God made it such a difficult trial? 

Also, is it 100% true that terrorists are the worst of creations and will abide in the deepest level of Hellfire? Also, are terrorists already cursed by God Almighty?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

I have not come across any narrations that state terrorism is one of the signs of the Day of Judgement. Some narrations do mention that there will be much killing.

The punishment for anyone who strikes fear in non-combatants is severe in the Shari’a. The Fuqaha recommended that the Janaza pray should not be performed over them as a warning to others. (Shurunbulali, Maraqi al Falah) Suffice it to say it is a form of oppression, no matter who it stems from, and Allah hates oppression.

May Allah protect us from wronging others.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Who Becomes the Owner of a Jointly-Owned Business Between Spouses After the Death of One of Them?

Question:

If a husband and wife are legally joint owners of a business or real estate and one of them dies, does the remaining spouse become the sole owner of the property/business, or does all or a portion have to be divided according to inheritance laws?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Upon the death of one of their spouses, all of their assets are divided amongst the heirs of that individual according to the Islamic laws of inheritance. Some will go to the spouse, some to the parents, children, etc. The surviving spouse’s share in the business or real estate is not affected.

Please ensure that everyone who has a right receives that right. This is very important for the safety of those who distribute financial rights like this on the Day of Judgement. Not doing so can also ruin relationships permanently in this life.
May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Can We Cremate the Bodies of Those Who Died Due to the Corona Virus?

Question:

Can Muslim bodies affected by Covid-19 be cremated? Recently, the Srilankan Supreme Court has ordered to cremate the bodies.

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

No. The default ruling of burying the deceased according to the practice of the Muslims still stands. Proper precautions are to be taken in order to prevent further spread of the virus. There have been cases of people contracting it from the deceased.

I looked into the matter and could not find any authoritative sources that suggested it would be permissible to bury the bodies. With proper protective equipment the risk of contacting the virus is neutralised. In the case of a large number of bodies, multiple people can be buried in one grave if need be. So there is no need to resort to such a policy. [Shurunbulali, Imdad al-Fattah]

The European Fatwa Council also issued a statement saying that Muslims should bury and not burn their deceased. I hope that helps.

I pray that helps.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Is There Any Way To Speed Up the Hila Of Paying Fidya For the Deceased?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. I read on your website about paying fidya for missed prayers of deceased parents. I have estimated £750k fidya payment to ensure everything is covered. I don’t have this money and the inheritance was less than this. So I would like to use the mechanism outlined ie. gift fidya to a poor person who returns it and then re-gift until all the fidya is paid. But the huge amount means that we will be passing notes back and forth up to 3000 times. Can anything be done?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

This hila is a huge blessing, and we pray that Allah pardons all those whose deficiencies are compensated for through it. Unfortunately, there is no way of speeding the process up further.

The best practice would be to do it over a number of days. You would have to clarify the matter with whoever you ask to help you, but it will be worth it, insha’Allah. If all the prayers of your parents are compensated for they will be very pleased with the result in the grave and in the Afterlife. See it as a service to them, and you will be rewarded for it too.

May Allah facilitate the matter for you.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

How Should the Hair Of a Deceased Woman Be Placed Once She Has Been Washed?

Question: Assalamu alaikum. During ghusl of the deceased woman, what should be done with the hair? Where should it be placed once platted?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum asslam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,

I pray you are well.

Her hair should be made into two plaits and placed on her chest, above the qamis, which would then be covered by the khimar. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

This is a very virtuous act, and in many communities, there is a need for people to learn the method of washing the deceased due to the rise in the number of deaths. If you have the opportunity to learn the theory and to practically apply it as a service to the Muslim you will find much good in it from Allah.

May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Which Direction Should the Feet Of the Deceased Be In the Grave?

Question: Which direction should the feet of the deceased be in the grave?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

The deceased has to be lying perpendicular to the direction of the qibla. It is recommended that he be on his right, and  it is offensive to be on his left. He cannot be on his back with his feet towards the qibla.

If the direction of the body is incorrect, it must be dug up and buried properly. If the body has been in the grave for some time, and the body has started to decay, one would not dig the grave up. [Tuhfat al-Muhtaj, Ibn Hajar]

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

Can My Deceased Mother See Me At Her Grave?

Question: Assalamu ‘alykum. My mother has passed away. Can she see me visiting the grave or anywhere else? I really want to know. I feel restless. I go to speak to her at her grave.

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray that Allah forgives and honors your mother and that all those who loved her are united with her in Paradise. Amin.

Yes, there are narrations that suggest that those who visit the graves of believers will be recognized. Go to her grave, recite some Qur’an, and donate the reward of it to her and all the other late Muslims. This will bring comfort to her.

Praying for her and donating rewards of good deeds to her is the best thing you can do for her now. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “When the son of Adam dies his good deeds cease except from three [avenues]: continuous charity, knowledge benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Muslim]

See if you can give him charity for your mother. A charity which supports the continuous transmission of Sacred Knowledge will be most beneficial for her, along with your prayers for her.

May Allah grant you both the best of reunions in the next life.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Can Humans Contact the Dead?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. My father has passed away before I could know him, and recently, a person that I have met 5 years ago who I barely know out of nowhere texted me saying that he is talking with my father (since the beginning of this year).  He says my father tells him that he loves me, and I should say he loves my sisters. I do not have much knowledge of what Islam says about this and it makes me confused. Can people talk to people that have died?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

 

Be Careful

I would advise caution when dealing with this individual. We do not have the means of communicating with the deceased. We can donate rewards to them and speak to them at their graves. They can hear us, and they benefit from the reward that is gifted to them.

However, this does not mean that they can speak to us. Sometimes, people are blessed with seeing a late loved one in a dream, but there are many factors at play in dreams.

I do not know which means this individual is claiming to use, but there is no Islamic method to do this. It could be that this person is in need of professional help for underlying mental health conditions, or it could be that this person is trying to manipulate you.

It would be best to stay alert, and certainly not meet this person alone anywhere. Consult with your family to determine the best course of action.

May Allah protect us and our loved ones.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

How Should I Deal With Relatives Who Drink and Celebrate Christmas?

Question: My in-laws are non-Muslim and insist that we celebrate Christmas with them in a non-religious way, with a meal and gift-giving. I have attended before in the interests of keeping family ties, but I have a baby and do not want to normalize this or be in an environment in which alcohol is present with my child. What is the best way to approach this? I feel torn between protecting my child & keeping ties.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. What you face is difficult and uncomfortable, but if you set the correct standards for yourself now with kindness and courage, you will have ease later on, by the grace of Allah.

Please see these links for details about situations like yours:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/living-religion/can-i-attend-my-nephews-first-birthday-party-when-there-is-alcohol-being-served/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/giving-recieving-christmas-gifts/
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/merry-christmas/

 

Set a Standard

The standard with your in-laws should be that they do not bring alcohol into your presence. It is not the right environment for a believer and certainly not for a child. This standard should have been set before your child was born. Do not worry, it is never too late, and you should start now. First, get your husband on the same page and have him speak with his parents as they are his parents and not yours.

 

Anger and Kindness

This will not be easy, and they might respond with anger and guilt-tripping you or insulting you, but your beliefs deserve respect even if they do not agree with you. Return their emotions with silence or kindness and smiles, but do not be apologetic. Have the courage to hold your ground, and they will eventually respect you for it.

 

Keep Family Ties

This is not a situation that requires you to break family ties, as very few situations do. Perhaps you can go to their home after the alcohol is cleared out in the afternoon or the day before Christmas. You can still participate in the gift-giving and meal. Just do it on your own terms, and keep up good ties throughout Christmas while standing by your standards. One day, by the grace of Allah, they will choose your presence over the alcohol, and just pull the drinks out after you leave! I have seen this with others.

May Allah reward you and give you and your family the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Did My Negative Thoughts About Someone Cause Their Death?

Question: Many years before my grandmother passed away (Allah show her mercy!), I had thoughts of her dying? Now I feel extremely guilty for causing her death. Will Allah forgive me?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

It is okay! Thinking about someone dying does not mean that you killed them. You did not do anything wrong. There is no sin or wrong to forgive.

Try to step outside of yourself and imagine you were giving advice to someone in your exact scenario. Tell them that you are sad about the death of their grandmother and that it is okay to be sad. Tell them that they did not do anything wrong and that Allah is not angry with them.

Try and do this a few times on different days. InshaAllah, it will make you feel better.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.