Marifah Answers

Can your lifespan be lengthened?

Q: It was narrated from Aishah that the Prophet [ﷺ] said to her: إنه من أُعطِيَ حظَّه من الرِّفقِ فقد أُعطِيَ حظَّه من خيرِ الدنيا والآخرةِ، وصلةُ الرَّحم، وحسنُ الخُلُقِ وحسنُ الجوارِ يٌعمَّرانِ الدِّيارَ ويزيدانِ في الأعمارِ "Certainly whoever has been given a...

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Women praying barefooted

Q: I've just been asked by someone, as they read, that it's not acceptable for women to pray barefooted..is that accurate? A: It's the opinion of some legal schools, even some imams of the Hanafi School held the same view. The correct view in the Hanafi School is that...

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End time for Asr Salah

Q: What's the last possible time to pray Asr salah? E.g. is it possible to pray 10 mins before Maghrib time or is that forbidden time? You can perform the takbir a second before maghrib begins. It is sinful to delay it until the sun changes colour. Answered by Shaykh...

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Is it Haram to get a fade haircut?

Q: Is it Haram to get a fade haircut? Is it the same as Qaza’ haircut? It is not Haram to get a fade haircut. Cutting the hair to different lengths is permitted. The Qaza’ haircut is Makruh (disliked), which is to shave most or much of the hair and leave a patch or...

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Doing wudu with an injury

Q: If someone has a medical condition/ injury which requires them to tape the bottom of their feet (to limit movement of the tissue in order for it to heal), can they make tayyamum instead of wudu? The reason being that the tape has a very strong adhesive and is...

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Shashi

Principles of Islamic jurisprudenceAn introduction to Islamic Legal philosophyOverview Loosely translated as principles of Islamic jurisprudence, usul al-fiqh is the legal theory that underpins Islamic positive law and practical ethics. The book Usul ash-Shashi is a...

Is being lazy sinful?

Q: Is being lazy at work / not doing job properly or procrastinating sinful? Is the money earned from being lazy at work still halal? A: The money is halal as the employee is employed for their time whether they work or not. The believer should try to be their best in...

Missing Isha Salah

Q: I am always missing Isha because it’s so late. I wake up at 5am everyday (plus multiple times in the night as my daughter is young) and I really can’t stay up for Isha. Is it permissible to combine Maghrib & Isha in this instance? A: You have a few options. 1....

Start of Isha Salah

Q: Technically, when does Isha Salah Start?  Can you read Isha straight after Maghrib? A: It begins when the twilight (red or white) disappears.  The red disappears at -12.5 degrees according to my observations, and the white is about -16 degrees. Answered by Shaykh...

Moon Sighting

Q: Can astronomical data be used to corroborate or reject testimonies of a positive moon sighting in the Hanafi School? A: Most of the texts were against using astronomy in relation to moonsighting.  A minority permitted it. It's worth noting that the birth of the new...

Travelling and Fasting

Q: If I am travelling to Pakistan and my first leg of the flight its domestic to Gatwick and at the time of Sehri I am still at home.  Do I have to keep the fast or can I miss it knowing that I will be on a long journey and may have difficulty In fasting that day? A:...

Illicit language towards the living and the dead

Q: What is the hukum for speaking negatively or using vulgur words against a dead person, muslim or non muslim? A: It should be avoided. The Messenger of Allah said, "Mention what is good about your dead, and refrain from speaking about their evil." Al-Tirmidhi, 1019...

Combining prayers due to Illness

Q: If someone is battling with covid and due to extreme tiredness and pain while struggling to keep up with salah is it ok for them to combine all their prayers as its easier that way? A: No, it is not an excuse to combine. They can sit if they find difficulty...

Photos on display

Q: Is it acceptable to hang family photos in the house?If so can you pray in the room with photos displayed?Is it true that angels don’t visit a place where photos are displayed? A: The ruling pertains to images that can "possess a soul" if half of the body, head, or...

Gifts at Christmas

Q: I have a non Muslim friend who always buys me gifts on both Eids, as we are approaching Christmas is it ok to give presents back, as a goodwill gesture? A: Yes, you can. Not with the intention to venerate Christmas but you should avoid giving it on Christmas day....

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