Placing the Qur’an on the Floor: Not Permissible

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Regarding the Quran, are there any explicit sayings from the Quran itself, hadith, or scholars regarding placing it on the floor or low places? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. There are many general proofs for the impermissibility of placing the Qur’an on the floor, or treating […]

Etiquette of Reading and Handling the Qur’an

Answered by Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Qurtubi Question: What is the etiquette of reading and handling the Qur’an? Answer: Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad Qurtubi says in al-Jami’ li ahkam al-Qur’an [Taken from Reliance of the Traveler] It is the inviolability of the Qur’an: 1. not to touch the Qur’an except in the state of ritual […]

The Concept of Bid’a in the Islamic Shari’a

Answered by Shaykh Nuh Keller Question: The Concept of Bid’a in the Islamic Shari’a Answer: The following is the text of a talk given by Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller at Nottingham and Trent University on Wednesday 25th January 1995. In the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate There are few topics that generate […]

Hearts Broken for Allah’s Sake

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Is the narration “I am by the side of those whose hearts are broken for My sake” authentic? What does it mean? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. The saying, “I am with those whose hearts are broken (munkasirah) for My sake” was: (a) Mentioned as a […]

The Conversion of Fudhala ibn `Umayr

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: There is a narration about a man named Fudhala who after planning to kill the Prophet (peace be upon him) with a dagger was overcome by the Prophet’s compassion and became a Muslim. Could I please know the book of Hadith this hadith is from? Could I please get […]

Standing for a Funeral Procession

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Can you please clarify what the position is regarding standing at funerals. Answer: assalamu `alaykum Jabir ibn `Abdullah is reported to have said, “A funeral procession passed by us and so the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stood up for it and we stood because of […]

Home Financing

Answered by Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser Question: What are the principles to be used when getting a home loan that is in accordance to the Shariah from the various Islamic Banks? Answer: Al-hamdu li-llah wa-s salatu wa-s salamu `ala sayyidina muhammad wa-`ala alihi wa sahbihi wa-man ihtada bi-hadyihi ila yawm d-din There are several principles that […]

Meeting A Potential Spouse Through School or Work?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: “It is also fine to meet someone through school or work or a community gathering as long as the parameters of modest behavior are observed. If you meet someone you would like to discuss marriage with, just arrange for the brother to meet your wali or family.” (Sister  […]

When Is Laylat al-Qadr?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: When is Laylat al-Qadr? Answer: Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim] Abu Sa`id al-Khudri (Allah be […]

How Do I Choose A School Of Thought (madhhab) & Why?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: How Do I Choose a Madhhab and Why? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his folk, companions, and followers A madhhab is a school of Islamic law, and each madhhab is based on a systematic […]