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Is Food Bought With a Credit Card Halal? (Video)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Is food bought with a credit card halal?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

True Hunger vs. The Greed of Our Stomachs, by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa

Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa explains the meaning of true hunger where your body is truly calling for food rather than being driven by your desires.

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How Cautious Should I Be When Buying Food? [Video]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

How cautious should I be when buying food?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Can I Work in a Kitchen With Impermissible Food? [Video]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Can I work in a kitchen with impermissible food?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Is It Permissible to Eat Calamari According to the Hanafi School?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

Is it permissible to eat calamari according to the Hanafi school?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

In the Hanafi school, the only seafood that is permitted to consume is what falls into the category of fish. Therefore, calamari would not be permitted according to Hanafis. [al-Marghinani, al-Hidaya]

There is, however, established difference of opinion on this matter with all three of the other schools permitting the consumption of squid. For more, please see:

Is Lobster Permissible According to the Hanafi School?

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

Is Sushi Containing Rice, Wine Vinegar and Mirin Permissible?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum

Is sushi containing rice, wine vinegar and mirin permissible?

Answer:Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Sushi made with fish would be permitted in the absence of any unlawful ingredients. Mirin appears to be a type of wine, hence, it would be impermissible to consume it or eat food cooked in it.

Please also see: Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.

Is It Permissible to Do Dhikr and Then Blow on Food for Barakah?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I was told that it is permissible to do dhikr and then blow on food or drink to give that food or drink barakah (blessings).

Is there any validity to this?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum,

I pray that you are well.

It is permissible to recite the Qur’an, or other formulas of remembrance (dhikr), over food or drink, and to then consume it by oneself, or to give it to others, including non-Muslims.

This can be for the purpose of cure or general blessing.

The Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, recited a supplication of cure over water, then poured it over Thabit ibn Qays, may God be pleased with him
[Abu Dawud].

Scholars have derived from this, as well as other narrations, the permissibility of reciting the Qur’an or other supplications over food or drink.

It should also be noted that one does not need a specific proof for actions that do not run contrary to the spirit of the law.

Please see this answer on some of the uses of the Qur’an or supplications as a cure, including reciting it over water, then drinking it:

Is It an Innovation to Recite the Qur’an Seeking a Cure?

God knows best.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Shuaib Ally

Shaykh Shuaib Ally is a scholar who has recently returned to Toronto after completing his studies overseas. He started his studies by completing his MA in Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto in 2008. He went on to study in a number of Islamic disciplines privately with scholars in Saudi Arabia, including Tafsir, Qur’anic Sciences, Shafi’i law, Usul, Hadith, Hadith Methodology, Grammar and Balagha. Shaykh Shuaib currently resides in Toronto.

Should I Buy Halal Food for My Cats? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

I am taking care of 3 cats. Do we need to buy halal food for them?

Answer:Wa alaykum al-Salam

There are two areas of concern relating to your question. One is feeding animals carrion or non-slaughtered meat and the other is purchasing of such meat.

Feeding animals carrion:

Non-slaughtered fish is permissible for both human and animal consumption. The Prophet sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam said regarding the Ocean, “Its water is pure and its carrion halal.”

Meat and chicken carrion however, even though considered impure may be given as feed to animals. Imam al-Nawawi stated, “It is permitted to feed bees with impure honey and to feed dogs and birds carrion.”

Buying and selling carrion:

According to the Shafi’i school, the selling or purchasing of carrion is impermissible. One may consider the carrion to be a minority ingredient in cat food and thus consider its purchasing permissible such as in the case of one purchasing a home that has been plastered in impure mud, but this analogy may not be accepted by all.

After consulting our teacher, Maulana Taha Karaan, he advised adopting the Hanafi position that considers the sale of anything holding legal benefit as valid (kullu ma fihi manfa’ah tahillu shar’an fa inna bay’ahu yajuz).

And Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Shaykh Abdurragmaan
received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz–a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan – the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur – the current Mufti of Tarim, Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani – the Shafi’i Mufti of Makkah, Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi, Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf, Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh, Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki, Sh. Ala ad- Dind al-Afghani, Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

Cook Food For Others (30 Days, 30 Deeds), by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Cook Food For Others, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

30 Days, 30 Deeds
Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart

Every night, our scholars in residence explore one simple deed that could have far reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Every day we’ll make the intention to put that teaching into practice. Whether it’s forgiving someone who’s wronged us or share a meal with a neighbour, these powerful lessons will remind us of the great gift the Prophet ﷺ‎  gave us: the best of character.

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Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

Living Right With This Planet

There are many crimes perpetrated in the modern world. The crimes against this planet, the tyranny of human beings against animals and the natural environment, are probably the worst, argues Dr Umar Faruq Abdallah.

As part of this tour of Malaysia, Dr Umar delivered this unequivocal condemnation of our violation of all that God has bestowed upon us, beginning first with a scathing attack on the mass food production industry.

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Cover photo by Юрий Бухановский.