Forced to Sit without Tahiyat al Masjid

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked about the sunna of tahiyat al masjid and whether it is best to sit down during the iqama or to stand. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I live in an area where there is only one mosque within walking distance and it is the local mosque affiliated […]

Can I Follow Another Madhhab When Traveling?

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked about taking a dispensation from another madhhab in one thing and how that affects other actions. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am Hanafi. In the Hanafi madhhab, it is not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram. However, this website states that their is […]

Should I Renew My Wudu If I Touch a Woman? [Maliki]

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, Should I renew my wudu if I touch a woman? Answer: Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatulah. If someone touches another person from whom pleasure can normally be derived from, and pleasure is either intended or found, wudu is broken. Thus, if a man touches a woman […]

Is Writing Qur’an on the Wall Impermissible?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Is it permissible to write Quranic calligraphy directly on a wall? Answer: Assalāmu ʿalaykum, I hope you are well. Writing the Qur’an on the wall is, God willing, permissible, if: -it is written in a proper, suitable environment -it is highly unlikely that it will be open to abuse […]

ISIS – is it a Legitimate Expression of Islam?

Islam’s stance on ISIS The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq ( ISIS ) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced. To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam – the Holy Qur’an […]

Is the Knee Cap Included in the Minimum Nakedness?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, (1)Is the knee cap included in the minimum nakedness in the Hanafi school? (2)What is the minimum nakedness in the Shafi and Maliki school? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you well, insha’Allah. The minimum nakedness (‘awra) in the Hanafi school is from […]

Is It Permissible to Eat the Meat of an Animal Slaughtered by a Dull Blade? (Maliki)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Assalamu Alaykum, 1. The brother who was slaughtering my goat did not realize that the blade was not sharp enough, until after the blade had already cut into the goat, so he continued with it. Does this make the meat of this animal impermissible? 2. Also, does the one […]

Does Touching Pigskin Break Wudu? (Maliki)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Assalamu Alaykum, Concerning shoes with pig leather: if you have to touch the shoe to take the outer cover off, would that break your wudu? It is quite difficult to find shoes without pigskin and I’m going a little OCD about this. What should I do? Answer: Wa alaykum […]

How Should I Position My Hand During Tashahud? (Maliki School)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Asalaamu Alaykum, I read that Ibn Abi Zayd (Risalah) and Al-Azhari (Thamr Ad-Dani) said that the position in the Madhab is that one should point with his index finger uppermost (such that his palm faces the left) while moving his index finger left to right (Mukhtasar Khalil). Al-Kharashi explained […]

Is It Allowed to Participate in a Contest with a Cash Prize? (Maliki)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: Assalam’aleykum, Is it allowed to participate in a contest whith a cash prize such as in track and field competition? Answer: Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatullah, The Chapter of Musabaqa (Races) mentions very specific races and competitions that one may include a cash prize on. Foot races are […]