Is Using Treatments To Regrow My Beard Permissible?

Question: Is it permissible to use hair regrowth and beard growth products for people who cannot grow beards? Would this constitute changing the creation of Allah?

Answer:

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

These treatments are not impermissible to use, Islamically—as long as there is not any clear medical harm in using them. For that, consult doctors.

Religiously, there is no specific need or expectation to use such treatments. Allah Most High reminds us, “Allah does not make any soul responsible for more than it is able.” [Qur’an 2:286]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

How Do I Overcome My Guilt Over Past Sins?

Question: I committed many serious sins when I was young, and now, I feel despair as to whether I will be punished for them. How do I move forward?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

The fact that you have regret is a sign that you have repented. The Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Whoever repents from sin is like one who never sinned.” [Ibn Maja]

Allah Most High says: “Say: My servants who have wronged yourselves, never despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [Qur’an, 39.53]

Please see: https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-reader-on-tawba-repentance/

 

Remain On Remembrance

Strive to follow the Prophetic sunna to, “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Tirmidhi] In your walking, work, and rest. Engage your tongue, heart, and mind with the remembrance of Allah.

One way is to repeat the “lasting good deeds” the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) recommended: Subhana’l Llah; Alhamdu li’l Llah; la ilaha illa’l Llah; and Allahu Akbar. These can be recited in order or individually. Stay constant on them, and you will find peace of heart and increasing presence with Allah.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Are Loyalty Cards Considered Gambling?

Question: Is it permissible to use discount/ loyalty cards in clothing stores, or is it gambling? Jazakallah khair

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

Using discount or loyalty cards is permissible. They are considered either discounts or gifts from the seller, both of which are permissible.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Can Women Be a Qadi (Judge)?

Question: Can women be a Qadi (Judge)?

Answer:

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

It is valid in the Hanafi school for a woman to be a Qadi. [Quduri, Mukhtasar]

Historically, this was generally discouraged, as it was customarily considered to be contrary to a woman’s primary social responsibilities.

But if upheld in a dignified manner, it is permitted. A number of major Muslim countries have active female judges (Qadi’s) in senior positions.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Do I Need To Repeat My Prayer If the Imam Paused?

Question: I was praying behind someone (not a scholar or imam, a family member). They had said bismillah, and I believe they paused for more than three seconds. Then, they recited Fatiha. They were unaware of the ruling. In that case, would I need to repeat that prayer?

Answer:

Walaikum assalam,

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

The pause that entails delaying the necessary (wajib) acts of prayer is one that is (a) the extent of three unhurried tasbih (saying ‘Subhan Allah’) and (b) is without engaging in the actions of the prayer. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar] The actions of prayer include breathing; gathering one’s thoughts; etc.

Assume the pause in question was brief, and assume validity.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Are Uterus Transplants Allowed in Islam?

Question: Can I undergo a transplant in order to have a child? I was born without a womb and would like to know if this would be permissible. If it is, are there any particular things one should bear in mind? For example, does the donor womb have to come from a Muslim woman?

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

While there is a difference of opinion about organ transplants in Islam, major living legal authorities and fiqh councils affirm the permissibility of such transplants. [Islamic Fiqh Academy Journal]

This would include uterus transplants. [Ibid.]

What is not permitted is In Vitro Fertilization is done in other than the wife’s womb. See:

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Resolve a Religious Argument With My Wife?

Question: How can I resolve a religious argument with my wife, when she does not trust material from Seeker’s Guidance? 

Answer: 

Walaikum assalam, I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. My advice would be not to argue with her. People—especially those close to us—are convinced by good character (husn al-khuluq) rather than discussion, debate, or—worse—argument. The Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) did not argue. He inspired by his noble example, and people listened to his teaching because he lived and exemplified their beauty and excellence.

 

Is SeekersGuidance Reliable?

Alhamdulillah, SeekersGuidance’s knowledge and guidance uphold mainstream Islamic teachings—in beliefs, practice, and spirituality. All our teachers are classically-trained with living, authorized scholars of the highest standing. Some of these senior scholars teach through our SeekersGuidance Arabiyya project — ar.seekersguidance.org

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Why Do the Prophets Have To Be Sinless?

Question: Why do the Prophets have to be sinless?
Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate Walaikum assalam,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah. May Allah bless you for your concern for sound beliefs and understanding.

 

Allah Has Absolute Will and Absolute Power

We believe—rationally and on the basis of revelation—that Allah Most High is the necessary existent and creator of all things. Allah has the attributes of absolute Will and absolute Power.

His Will and Power relate to anything possible (mumkin). Allah Most High tells us that He is, “The One who does whatsoever He wills.” [Qur’an]

Thus, Allah Most High can do anything possible or not do it. Nothing of the possible is outside the Will of Allah Most High—and there is nothing that Allah “must” do.

And anything that Allah Most High wills, He brings into existence with His Power. [Sawi, Sharh Jawhara al-Tawhid]

In Sura Yasin, Allah Most High tells us, “All it takes, when He wills something ˹to be˺, is simply to say to it: “Be!” And it is!” [Qur’an, 36.82]

 

Why Do The Messengers “Have To Be” Sinless?

While we affirm the absoluteness of Allah’s Will—that He can do whatsoever He wills—, we also affirm with certitude that Allah Most High is Wise (hakim) and Just. This is from His Perfection (kamal). [Nasafi, Sharh al-Umda fi’l I’tiqad]

Thus, while Allah could send anyone He wished as His representative—His prophet or messenger—what is (a) entailed by Divine Wisdom and (b) affirmed by Divine Revelation in the Qur’an and Sunna, is the sinlessness (‘isma) of the Prophets from all sin, major and minor. [Bajuri, Tuhftat al-Murid `ala Jawharat al-Tawhid]

Allah Most High has commanded us to (a) take the prophets as exemplars and (b) to follow them unconditionally—and Has commanded us to (c) obey Allah’s command, and (d) stay away from His prohibitions.

If the Prophets were to disobey Allah, it would entail that we were being called at once to (a) follow them in this act; and yet (b) not follow them in order not to disobey Allah. This is absurd. Thus, it is absurd for Prophets to disobey their Lord, whose representatives and exemplars they are. [Ibid.]

May Allah Most High increase us in faith certitude, knowledge, and clarity.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Can I Cover My Knees With Compression Tights?

Question: I follow the Hanafi school, in which I have to cover my knees to cover the awrah. Is it permissible to wear compression tights for men(which cover the knees undershorts?

Answer:
Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

If you are wearing long shorts—at or near knee level, then there is nothing wrong with covering the remaining area obligatory to cover (‘awra) with compression tights or the like.

But it would be disliked to cover the thigh area—especially mid- and upper-thigh—with tight clothing. [Nahlawi, al-Duran al-Mubaha fi’l Hadhr wa’l Ibaha]

In the Hanafi school, it is obligatory for men to cover from the navel down to and including the knees. [Ala’ al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya] It is necessary (wajib) to avoid skin-tight covering, especially around the mid-area (front and back). It is sunna to cover in loose, dignified, and modest clothing. [Ibid., Sarakhsi/Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, Kitab al-Kasb]

May Allah bless you for your religious concern. The Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Truly, modesty (haya’) is a branch of faith.” [Bukhari and Muslim, from Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him)]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

How Can I Improve My Prayer when I Suffer from PTSD and Depression?

Question:

I do not always make my prayers on time, and I suffer from PTSD and Major Depression. What can help me overcome these issues?

Answer:

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah. May Allah grant you relief and healing.

Know that your Lord is Merciful and Caring. Do your best to do your prayers on time and to be in remembrance of Allah Most High. Do so out of gratitude, love, and certitude in the Mercy, Gentleness, and Caring of your Loving Lord.

Allah Most High tells us, “Remember Me, and I will remember you.” [Qur’an] He also tells us, “Truly, it is by the remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest.” [Qur’an]

However, given the considerations in cases like what you describe, we urge you to please consult reliable local trained scholars or professional counsel about the specifics of the situation.

Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it is from strong resolve and from embracing the means of mercy and healing that your Generous Lord has facilitated for you.

Jazakum Allah khayr. May Allah facilitate all ways of good for you.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.