Miscellaneous

  • Question:

    Assalaamualikum,

    I just wanted to thank you for the information you have provided to the Muslims regrading what is halal to eat and what isn't. I myself have noticed recently some items which i like are not halal and i personally feel this is because of the lack of knowledge myself and this Ummah has. I was wondering do you guys have an app for this situation. An app where you can scan a specific recognized product(e.g. skittles) using the bar code and with that, the app can inform users immediately if its halal or haraam. If its haraam, there will be a brief description why it is such as alcohol etc. I personally find it difficult searching on Google for each and every product to see if its halal when im shopping.

    Thank You

    Maruf

     

    Answer:

     

    Waslam

     

    We are raising funds and hoping in the future when we have the funds and the right people and then In’sh’Allah we will have an Official Halal or Haram App

    Halal or Haram Team

  • Can we use Gold and Silver Utensils for Eating and Other Purposes?

    It is not permitted for men or women to eat or drink using gold or silver utensils. [Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr wa al-Ibaha; Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

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  • It would be permissible to wear shorts as long as they cover ones nakedness (`awra), which for a man is the area extending from the navel upto and including the knee. One needs to be cautious though regarding shorts that uncover the knee during movements like walking, bending, and the like.

    With that said, when it relates specifically to prayer what is optimal is to wear respectable and dignified dress. Though prayer would be valid in shorts that cover ones nakedness, an individual should realize who one is standing in front of and dress appropriately even if at home.

    [Haskafi, Durr al-Mukhtar; Ibn `Abidin, Hashiya]

  • It is permitted to wear such items, and prayer in them is valid. However, it is better to avoid them to the extent possible.

    What is strongly impermissible is to draw the entire human body with all its details, or the face and neck with all its details (except when necessary for immediate educational purposes and the like).

    As for drawing an outline of the human body, without detailed features, and labeling the various parts, or drawing the details of a particular part (such as the heart), this is permitted, and this is not disliked if for a reasonable purpose (such as education), though blameworthy otherwise.

    It is mentioned in Imam `Ala’ al-Din al-Haskafi’s al-Durr al-Mukhtar that, among the types of pictures that are not prohibited to have are those that are:

    “(Small) such that the details of their limbs are not apparent to someone who looks down at them standing while they are on the ground, as Halabi mentioned, (or with their head or face cut off) or with an organ effaced out that the body cannot live without, (or of an inanimate object).”

    Ibn Abidin clarified in his supercommentary, Radd al-Muhtar,

    “(His saying ‘with their head… cut off’) That is, whether it did not have a head in the first place, or it had one and it was effaced.” [ Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, ‘Bab ma yufsid al-salat wa ma yukrahu fiha’]

  • The vast majority of the fuqaha of our times, and certainly those who actually understand the issue, have declared that copyright laws are absolutely binding, for many reasons.

    The most basic is that in our times intellectual property is the most valuable of assets in society, and not considering its worth has great societal harm.

    Secondly, in the socio-economic dynamics of our times, copyright laws do not hinder the spread of knowledge; rather, they encourage it, as they enable people to be duly compensated for their time and efforts. In the past, scholars and authors were supported by the rulers and through a powerful system of religious endowments (awqaf) that enabled them to devote themselves to their pursuits without concern for providing for themselves or for their families. Now, this is not the case. The scholars say, “Whoever is ignorant of their times is not a person of knowledge.”

    Thirdly, it is the law. Muslims are duty-bound, by their religion, to obey the law in everything that is not absolutely against the Shariah.

    Fourth, when it comes to matters of halal and haram, it is the duty of believers to seek the guidance of knowledgeable scholars. The scholars hold copyright to be binding. Many of the most brilliant minds of our times, including Shaykh al-Buti, Shaykh Zuhayli, Shaykh Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Sunbuhli, and others, including the major fiqh councils, have declared it sinful to break copyright laws.

    Fifth, anyone who knows about the cost of producing quality Islamic literature and materials, such as those Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (Allah preserve him) and others have struggled so hard to produce, understands that such projects are major undertakings. As such, we, as concerned Muslims, should encourage everyone and their aunts to go out and buy this stuff. We’ll buy new Nike shoes for $100. We’ll get a pair of jeans for I don’t know how much… But we won’t pay a reasonable amount for something that will transform our lives for the better in this world and the next?

  • In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

    Firstly, it should be understood that Islam is a religion of modesty and shame. It encourages its followers to be modest and not have the instincts of animals. Modesty is one of the things which distinguish a human being from an animal.

    However, this should not prevent one from learning about matters relating to sexual behaviour. Then Sahaba (Allah be pleased with them) were never shy and ashamed in learning the truth. There are many incidents where the companions came to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) and inquired about matters relating to sex. Even the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), despite being very modest and bashful by nature, did not feel ashamed to discuss matters regarding the do’s and don’ts of sexual relations.

    To proceed with the answer to your question:

    The issue of oral sex is frequently asked. Many people shy away from it, whilst others regard discussing it offensive. However, those people who live in the “real” world will know the importance of mentioning this topic. Therefore, it is important to mention the Islamic perspective on oral sex in detail.

    There are certain acts which have been clearly prohibited in Shariah, that are:

    1) Anal sex

    Anal sex is strictly prohibited in Islam. There are many narrations of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) which emphasize this.

    In a Hadith recorded by Imam an-Nasa’i and others, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:

    “Allah will not look (with mercy) at the one that has anal sex with his wife” (meaning on the day of Qiyamah). (Sunan Nasa’i)

    2) Sex during menstruation (Haidh)

    The Qur’an has clearly and explicitly prohibited sexual intercourse during menstruation. Allah Most High says:

    “They ask you (O Prophet) regarding menstruation. Say: It his hurtful and impure. So abstain from women (sexually) in menstruation.” (Sura al-Baqarah, V.222)

    The above two things are clearly prohibited by the Qur’an and Sunnah. When books of Fiqh talk about what is lawful and what is not, they typically mention that a husband and wife may give pleasure to one another in any way they wish other than the above mentioned things.

    Although not specific to sex, we can add the following:

    1) Swallowing filth (sexual fluids of the wife or husband)

    2) Needlessly getting filthy

    These things are obvious as sexual fluids and filth is impure.

    There are also certain acts which are disliked, but permissible, for example: Total nudity, excessive sexual intercourse, etc…

    Oral sex

    As far as oral sex is concerned, there are two aspects to the issue. One being the moral aspect and the other the actual ruling regarding it in Islamic Law (meaning, to state whether it is Haram, Makruh or permissible).

    With regards to the first aspect, there is no doubt that the act of oral sex (in its full meaning) is a totally shameful act. The mouth which is used to recite the Dhikr of Allah, send Salutations on the blessed Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), recite the holy Qur’an and other things, can not be used for filthy and dirty things such as oral sex, especially if it includes the filth entering the mouth.

    This is more or less what the scholars of the Indo/Pak mention in there Fatawa books and (according to this humble servant), this is the aspect (moral) they are referring to.

    As far as the second aspect is concerned, which is the Shariah ruling on oral sex; this actually depends on what you really mean by oral sex. The term “oral sex” covers a wide range of activities, from just kissing the private parts to the actual swallowing of filth.

    If “oral sex” means to insert the penis in the wife’s mouth to the extent that she takes in the filth, whether this filth is semen (Mani) or pre-ejaculatory fluid (Madhi), or the man takes the filth of the woman in his mouth, then this is not permissible. Taking the filth with all its forms in the mouth is unlawful. The fluids which come out are impure, thus make it impermissible to take it orally.

    However, if the same act is practiced by using a condom (to prevent the sexual fluids entering the mouth) or the wife merely kisses her husband’s penis and the husband kisses her genitals and they avoid any areas where there is pre-ejaculatory fluid, then this should be (according to this humble servant and Allah knows best) permissible, although disliked.

    It is mentioned in the famous Hanafi Fiqh reference book, and one regarded as a fundamental source in the school, al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya:

    “If a man inserts his penis in his wife’s mouth, it is said that it is disliked (makruh), and others said that it is not disliked.” (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, 5/372)

    This clear text from one of the major Hanafi books indicates that the scholars differed on the issue of inserting the penis into the wife’s mouth. According to some it was disliked whilst others totally permitted it. But it should be remembered that this is in the case when no sexual fluids enter the spouse’s mouth as mentioned in detail earlier. Due to the act being considered against the proper conduct of a Muslim, most scholars have held this practice to be disliked (even in the situation where one does not orally take the filth).

    This is what I have on this particular subject. I thought that there was a genuine need to shed some light on it from an Islamic perspective. I hope I have been able to clear the queries people have had on this topic.

    And Allah Knows Best

  • Oral sex takes various rulings depending on the situation:

    a) if oral sex entails swallowing or likely swallowing of filthy substances–such as pre-sexual discharge–then it is prohibitively disliked and sinful;

    b) if there is fear of this, and this fear is at the level of likelihood, then it would also be impermissible and sinful;

    c) if the fear is not at the level of likelihood–such as when all precautions are taken–then it would be disliked and improper;

    d) when there is no fear of swallowing any filth, even accidentally, then it would be other than the best thing to do (khilaf al-awla).

    And Allah alone gives success.

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  • How to identify pig skin leather/lining?

    How to identify pig skin leather/lining??

    Here are some tips to find what a pigskin is, what it looks like and where it is used?

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  • Admin: We had the following *Shocking E-Mail* come in regarding *Halal School Lunches* and for which as you can see from the content we have kept it Anonymous for the obvious reason unless this person chooses to come forward.

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    (Anonymous) – Salam. First I want to say your doing a fantastic job on here.
    I was wondering if you could put some information on about school dinners…. I teach in a primary school and I am really worried about the amount of Muslim children in our school who are eating school dinnehich I dont think are Halal. The ‘Halal’ dinners are cooked in the same vessels and served with the same spoons as the Haram stuff. I for example have witnessed the cook serve a pork sausage to a child and then use the same serving tongs to serve a vegetarian one. I onve had to stop the cook from giving a Muslim child a plate that had had a pork sausage on. She put the pork one on by mistake then took it off and was going to replace it with a veggie one.
    The cooks and kitchen staff dont have a clue and those who do just dont care. There is so much cross-contamination goes on. I personally dont allow my children to have school dinners and I feel many other parents wouldnt either if they knew the facts. Parents are reassured that the food is Halal by school staff but this is not true. I think parents need to know the truth.

    (Halal or Haram?) – “Waslam; Shocking news! I am thinking of how to give this message out though”

    (Anonymous) – I know. Its a difficult subject to approach. I have brought the subjectb up with ppl at school which just resulted in them looking at me like I was an alien. I now just tend to advise any parents who ask me that there is a vegetarian option which isnt necesarily halal.

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