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Which is better for a Muslim woman, seeking knowledge or taking care of the house?

Question: Which is better for a Muslim woman, taking care of her house and husband, or devoting her time to seeking knowledge, and bringing a servant to take care of the house?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to strive to understand her religion as much as possible, but serving her husband, obeying her husband and raising her children are also important obligations. She should make time to learn every day, even if it is only a little. Or she should put aside some time for reading and then the rest of her time will be for her daily work. In this way she will not be neglecting learning and she will not be neglecting her work and children and leaving them to a servant to look after. Seeking balance in this matter, by setting aside time for learning, even if it is a little, and time for her housework, will be sufficient for her.

~Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan|| al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1085
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Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan on Wearing Clothes that have the Names of Kuffar on them

In one of his lessons on Tathir Al-I’tiqad, Shaykh Salih b. Fawzan Al-Fawzan – Allah protect him, was asked the following question:

[What about] a person who wears what the unbelievers wear, and on the back [of the clothing] is written the name of a Kafir player (sportsman) when the wearer does not intend to copy this player or the unbelievers?

The Shaykh replied:

This is to be considered respect and esteem for the Kafir. As long as he is wearing clothes upon which is written the name of the Kafir, or a picture of him, this is respect and esteem for the Kafir. It is not allowed to do this; the least that can be said about it is that it is haram (forbidden in Islam). If [the wearer really does] respect and esteem [the Kafir], he is in danger of apostasy (leaving the fold of Islam). Yes.

Translated by: Abu Abdillah Owais Al-Hashimi
From: (Arabic)  http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=120239
Audio clip (Arabic, download) of the original question/answer: http://shup.com/Shup/500033/adran-9.mp3

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It has been reported that Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah was asked:

Regarding what some khateebs do when they deliver their khutbahs, they give their khutbahs topics relevant to current events, if the time of Israa’ and Mi’raaj comes around they speak about it, drawing benefits from it, warning from innovations and mistakes done that day, what is the ruling on this?

It was reported that he answered:

That is good, meaning that a person makes his khutbah relative to certain occasions. That is good, and it is how most of the khutbah’s of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) were, when something happened that needed to be addressed he stood up and gave a khutbah (about it), even if it wasn’t Jumu’ah. So for a person to give consideration to current situations and focus his khutbahs on them is good. For example, in Ramadhaan, he speaks about Ramadhaan, at Hajj time he speaks about Hajj, and in Rabee’ al Awwal he speaks about hijrah, meaning: he considers occasions, there is no problem with that. It is even a proof that the khateeb has understanding and wisdom.


However, there is an issue here that some imaams do, they deliver a khutbah about a topic and then read relative verses of the Qur’aan about that topic (in Salaat al Jumu’ah). This is what is considered an innovation (bid’ah), since the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to keep to the reading of Sab-bih (Soorah al ‘Alaa) and al Ghaashiyah, or al Jumu’ah and al Munaafiqoon, and he did not used to consider the subject of the khutbah (when choosing verses to read in the prayer).

 


  • Transcribed from: al- Luqaa’ al Maftooh (#155, side B)

 

Abu Abbaas Moosaa Richardson
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Fatwa No. (4323):

Q: First: In light of the proverb, “Wisdom is taught through men’s eloquence’, I ask you to advise me how to strengthen my Iman (faith).

Second: I want to acquire knowledge of religion but as this kind of knowledge is not well cared for in Algeria; only a few Muslim brothers are keen on acquiring it. May Allah reward them.

Third: I’m working as a builder. The people working with me are not good Muslims. They talk about silly and obscene subjects.

Fourth: I have a friend whose Iman is weak. He usually speaks ill of our pious brothers. I feel uncomfortable because of him. I need your advice in this regard.

A: First: We advise you to recite and listen to the Qur’an regularly attempting to contemplate its meanings as much as you can. If you find difficulty in understanding any Qur’anic Ayah (verse), you may refer to scholars in your country or you may ask the scholars of Sunnah. We also advise you to constantly remember Allah using the authentic formulas of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) like saying ‘ La Ilaha Illa Allah (there is no deity but Allah), Subhan Allah Wa Al-Hamdu Lillah Wa La Ilaha Illa Allah Wa Allahu Akbar (May Allah be Exalted, praise be to Allah, there is no deity but Allah, Allah is the Greatest). You may also refer to books such as (Al-Kalim Al-Tayyib), by Ibn Taymiyyah, (Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib) by Ibn Al-Qayyim (Riyad Al-Salihin) and (Al-Adhkar Al-Nawawiyyah) by Al-Nawawi. Faith increases and hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Allah (may He be Exalted) says:Surah Al-Ra`d, 13: 28 Verily, in the remembrance of Allýh do hearts find rest.

You should observe the five pillars of Islam while hoping for the mercy of Allah and putting your trust in Him with regard to all affairs. Allah (may He be Exalted) says:(Surah Al-Anfal, 8: 2-4) The believers are only those who, when Allýh is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qurýýn) are recited to them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone). Who perform As-Salýt (Iqýmat-as-Salýt) and spend out of that We have provided them. It is they who are the believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and Forgiveness, and a generous provision (Paradise).

Second: Islamic books are available in public libraries and book shops everywhere in the Muslim world. They are available upon request. We advise you to refer to scholars of Shari`ah who will guide you to borrow or buy the kind of books that may benefit you. You should ask scholars about matters which you find difficult to understand. We do not mind answering any question you may ask concerning matters of the Islamic Shari`ah. We ask Allah to make us steadfast upon the truth. Allah alone is the One Whose help is sought.

Third and Fourth: You should keep company of righteous people who may provide you with beneficial knowledge that will be helpful to you in performing acts of obedience. You should avoid evil company who may affect your morals, deject your enthusiasm, weaken your resolution in performing the rites of your religion or fulfilling your family role and who may tarnish your reputation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) advised his Ummah to keep company of righteous people and warned them against evil company. He set the following noble parable in this regard saying: The similitude of good company and that of bad company is that of the owner of musk and of the one blowing bellows, as for the owner of musk, you would buy from, or he would offer you free of charge, or you would smell its pleasant odour, and so far as one who blows the bellows is concerned, he would either burn your clothes or you shall have to smell its repugnant smell. Narrated by Al-Bukhari on the authority of Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him).

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, and companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and ‘Ifta
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud

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Second question from fatwa No. (10561):

Q 2: It is admittedly true that faith increases and decreases. However, I suffer from weakness of faith and harshness of the heart. How can I strengthen my faith and soften my heart, and submit my limbs humbly to Allah amidst the worlds temptations? Dear Shaykh! Kindly elaborate on this matter. May Allah reward you.

A: Faith indeed increases if a person obeys Allah and decreases if they disobey Him.

So, you should be keen to preserve offering the obligatory prayers in congregation, pay Zakah willingly as a means to expiate sins, be merciful to the poor and the needy. You should keep company of pious and righteous people who may prove helpful to you in applying the rulings of Shari`ah and guide you to attain happiness in life and the Hereafter. You should avoid innovators and sinners lest they should beguile you into temptations and weaken your enthusiastic nature of benevolence. Do as many voluntary acts of goodness as you are able to, resort to Allah, and ask him to grant you success.

Once you do this, Allah will increase your faith, reward you for the pious deeds you might have missed, grant you more favors and hold you firm on the straight path of Islam.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, and companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and ‘Ifta
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify

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Holidays/festive season…?

 

“….Allah has replaced these days for you with that which is better…..”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Brothers at RiMarket.Net posed the following question to Our Brother in Al-Islaam and Sheikh Badr Al-Utaybee:

As Salaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu wa Ahsan Allahu Ilaykum:
We are writing to you from America with a very important question and we desire that you, oh Noble Sheikh, elaborate in your response. The question: One of the Muslims, who is responsible for the affairs of the students at one of the Universities here in America, encourages the students to celebrate Halloween, which is a holiday of the disbelievers.

This holiday is distinguished by the fact its origin includes magic, devil worshipping, as well as men and women resembling one another, May Allah help us. So this individual said to the students, as he encouraged them to celebrate this holiday: “The Fundamental ruling pertaining to things is that they are permissible, and the Book of Allah nor the Sunnah mention this Holiday specifically, so therefore it is permissible to celebrate it, not as a means of worship, but merely as a custom or tradition.”
So what is the Legislative Ruling pertaining to this individual, and what is your advice to him, keeping in mind he will read your response?

Ash-Sheikh Badr Al-Utaybee responded with the following:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين، أما بعد:

Know, May Allah make you successful, that there is nothing that exists which is outside of Allah’s legislation. Even the things which are merely permissible, they are only permissible because Allah has made them permissible. For this reason, the Scholars of Al-Islaam have included “Mubaah” (permissible/allowable) as one of the five legislative rulings: Obligatory, Recommended, Permissible, disliked, and impermissible. So nothing is allowable or permissible except after the legislation has made it permissible. The celebration of holidays, even if they be from the customs and common practices of the people, is restricted by the Islamic Legislation, because Allah did not leave the celebration of Holidays to be from the permissible affairs, but rather the legislation prohibits taking any day as an annual holiday except the two annual Eids: Eid Al-Adhaa and Eid Al-Fitr and the weekly Jum’aah.

Legislatively, it is not permissible to take any other day as a holiday based on the following evidence, and the impermissibility becomes more intense if these holidays are from the celebrations of the disbelievers and evil sinners. In such a situation there are two affairs that prevent taking these days as holidays:
• This Holiday is a newly invented celebration.
• It is giving life to and honoring the religion of the people of misguidance, and affirming the falsehood which they are upon.

It is reported by Abu Dawood in As-Sunan, as well as Ahmad, An-Nasaaii, and others on the authority of Anas bin Malik, May Allah be pleased with him, he said:

قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المدينة ولهم يومان يلعبون فيهما فقال ما هذان اليومان قالوا كنا نلعب فيهما في الجاهلية فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن الله قد أبدلكم بهما خيرا منهما يوم الأضحى ويوم الفطر

 

The Messenger of Allah came to Al-Medina and the people had two days that they used to take as days to play. So he said: “What are these two days?” They said: We used to play during these days before Al-Islaam, in the time of Al-Jahiliyah. So the Messenger said: “Indeed Allah has replaced these days for you, with that which is better: The Day of Al-Adhaa and theDay of Al-Fitr”

So reflect over the fact that the Messenger prohibited them from celebrating these days, in which they were not doing anything except playing. So what about a holiday that includes disbelief, disobedience, and intermingling between men and women, and much evil is spread?
Certainly this is much more dangerous and harmful, and more clearly impermissible.

Based on this, it is incumbent upon this individual who is responsible for the Muslim students to not approve of this behavior and to not celebrate this holiday, and to not bare the sin of these students and not to encourage them to engage in sin, and resembling the disbelievers. And I hope that he does not share the beliefs of the disbelievers, and that he does not support the non-Muslims in what they do and believe during this holiday, even though he made a fatal mistake when he thought that the fundamental ruling pertaining to holidays is that they are permissible. And he made another mistake, when he applied this principle to a holiday known as a holiday of the disbelievers, evil-doers, and devil worshippers.

So it is desired that the individual mentioned, fears Allah, the Most High, and that he becomes responsible, and cultivates the youth upon obedience to Allah, holding firm to Al-Islaam.
Allah’s knows best, May Allah send Peace and Blessings upon His Messenger.

Written by
Badr bin Ali bin Thamee Al-Utaybee
Member of the Committee of D’awah and Islamic Affairs, Taif, Saudi Arabia

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Shaykh Abdul Azeez ibn Baz (Rahimahullaah) said:

“…And women who come off their menses or post-natal bleeding at night must not delay in taking a bath so they can pray that night’s Maghrib and ‘Eshaa prayers.  This verdict was given by a group of the Companions of the Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace).  Likewise, if they come off during the time of ‘Asr (before the sunset), they must hurry to bathe so they can pray Thuhr and ‘Ast before sunset, and Allaah is the One who grants success.”

  • Source: His Fataawee (15/278)

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