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Oct 9, 2022

The Islamic Ruling of Elaborate Wakes for the Deceased

The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatāwá were asked:1 [Q]: We have taken on the habit in our country of prolonged gatherings [or wakes] as a way of condolence on the occasion of someone’s death. These gatherings last for a week or more and have become extravagant; we spend large sums of money on sacrifices [for our guests] and other opulence. To the point where those sending condolence for the dead may exert themselves by traversing long distances [only for the purpose of these wakes]. Moreover, they may speak at length concerning those who choose not to be in attendance, ass…

Oct 8, 2022

The Ruling of Smoking and Praying Behind the Smoker

[The Standing Committee for Scholarly Research and Issuing Verdicts] were asked: There is a man who smokes regularly. I have advised him but he told me that smoking is not ḥarām. So what is the ruling of smoking, and is it permissible to perform ṣalāh behind one who smokes? The answer: Smoking is ḥarām for it has been confirmed that it is detrimental to one’s health. In addition, it is from among the evil detestable things, whilst also being the source of excessive overspending of one’s financial resources. The Most High said: وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ ‎﴿١٥٧﴾‏ “And prohibits them…

Oct 7, 2022

Examples of Shirk in the Ṣufī Tablīghī: Grave Worship and Making Duʿāʾ to the Noble Messenger (ﷺ)

Shaykh Ḥammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1412 AH] said:1 From among the acts of shirk that have been attached to some of the leaders of the tablīgīin is that they took on the habit of tying themselves to graves awaiting clairvoyant visions, miracles, and the inundation of souls of the companions of those graves. Moreover, they lend [false] credence to the issue of the Prophet [ﷺ] and the close compatriots of Allāh2 being alive now, rather than living in the afterlife in their graves. This has been mentioned concerning them by Shaykh Sayf al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad in his book: ‘Nadhrah ʿĀbirah Iʿtibāriyyah…

Oct 5, 2022

A Response to Those Who Criticise Scholars Who Receive Government Wages

Imām Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Shawkānī [d. 1255 AH] said [concerning government employed scholars receiving income for their occupation]: What could reasonably prevent them from taking what they are deserving of from payment? Has this sharīʿah become so narrow that there should be nothing set aside for the likes of them? Or has the legislator obligated upon them that they travel incalculable distances, spend their entire days and nights [in the pursuit of knowledge] without compensation of any kind? This pure sharīʿah is above such a legislation, or that it should make such a thing obligatory …

Sep 24, 2022

Effects of Evil

Effects of Evil: Prevention from Acts of Obedience Effects of Evil: Darkness of the Heart Effects of Evil: Weakness of the Heart and Body Effects of Evil: Shortening of One’s Lifespan Effects of Evil: Sinning Begets More Sinning Effects of Evil: Weakening the Heart’s Desire for Goodness Effects of Evil: Sinfulness and Shamelessness Effects of Evil: Dulling the Mind Effects of Evil: Trivialisation of Sin Effects of Evil: The Despicable Nature of the Sinner Effects of Evil: Removal of Blessings and the Spread of Corruption Effects of Evil: The Loss of Protecti…

Sep 23, 2022

The Purifying Nature of the Fire and the Divisions of Mankind On the Day of Judgement

Allāh says: وَأَقْسَمُوا بِاللَّهِ جَهْدَ أَيْمَانِهِمْ ۙ لَا يَبْعَثُ اللَّهُ مَن يَمُوتُ ۚ بَلَىٰ وَعْدًا عَلَيْهِ حَقًّا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ‎﴿٣٨﴾‏ لِيُبَيِّنَ لَهُمُ الَّذِي يَخْتَلِفُونَ فِيهِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا كَاذِبِينَ ‎﴿٣٩﴾‏ ‘And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths [that] Allāh will not resurrect one who dies. But yes – [it is] a true promise [binding] upon Him, but most of the people do not know. [It is] so He will make clear to them [the truth of] that wherein they differ and so those who have disbelieved may know tha…

Sep 22, 2022

Sincerity and Conformity: The Two Prerequisites for Accepted Acts of Worship

Allāh says: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ ‎﴿١﴾‏ ‘O you who have believed, do not put [yourselves] before Allāh and His Messenger but fear Allāh.’ [Al-Ḥujurāt 49:1] Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said [concerning this verse]: That is, do not speak until he has spoken, and do not take action until he has commanded you to do so. Some of the pious predecessors used to say: No action, however small, should occur except that two articles are addressed, why and how? That is: Why have you tak…


Sep 12, 2022

The Difference between Someone’s Name, Their Kunyah and Their Laqab

Although these three things are used to identify a person, they achieve this differently: Name The word that is used to identify you from birth and does not usually contain the word Ab or Umm or any form of praise or insult, like ʿAbd al-Raḥmān, Ḥamzah, Yaḥyá, ʿĀʾishah, Laylá. Laqab (Nickname) Any word that usually succeeds your name in Arabic and contains some sort of praise or insult, like tall in the laqab tall Uways [i.e. Uways al-Ṭawīl], and blind in the laqab Blind Muḥammad or Muḥammad the Blind [i.e. Muḥammad al-Aʿmash]. Utilising the first type of laqab is allowed; however, utilisin…