Shaking hands with female relatives

Question: Some men shake hands with female relatives who they are not mahrams for, rather because they are relatives or neighbours. What is the ruling for that? And is it sufficient for the women to place a piece of material on their hands intending to cover it? Answer: It is not permissible for a man …

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The hijaab of an elderly woman

Question: Is it allowed for a woman advanced in age, say 70 or 90 years old, to uncover her face in front of relatives who are not mahram? Answer: Allaah says: {And as for women past child-bearing who do not expect marriage, it is no sin upon them if they discard their (outer) clothing in …

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The hijaab of a young girl

Question: What is the ruling concerning the young girls who have not reached the age of puberty? Is it allowed for them to go out without covering themselves? Can they pray without wearing a head covering? Answer: It is a must that their guardians bring them up and teach them the manners of Islaam. They …

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A Muslim woman does not wear hijaab in front of non-Muslim women

Question: We have non-Muslim female servants in our house. Is it obligatory upon us to wear hijaab in front of them? Is it allowed for me to give them my clothes to wash and then I pray in them? Is it allowed for me to explain the falsehood of their religion to them and to …

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Drawing living objects – is it considered major or minor kufr?

Question: Is making pictures of (all) that which has a soul (from amongst the humans and animals) (considered) major kufr or minor kufr or is it (just) a sin? Answer: It is not (considered) major kufr, however it is considered from the major sins; for that which it contains of serious warning and the cursing …

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The consequences of committing ash-Shirk al-Akbar

Question: Does everyone who commits ash-Shirk al-Akbar (the association of a partner in worship with Allaah on a major level) become a mushrik, and thereby the (appropriate) rulings pertaining to the mushrikeen are applied upon them? Answer: Yes. Whoever disbelieves in Allaah becomes a kaafir, and whoever commits shirk with Allaah becomes a mushrik; Just …

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Authenticity of the hadeeth: «Verily Allaah created Aadam upon His appearance»

Question: What is the authenticity of the hadeeth: «Verily Allaah created Aadam upon His appearance»? ...and may Allaah reward you with good. Answer: This hadeeth is authentic; So Allaah the Mighty and Majestic created Aadam upon His appearance, with hearing, sight, speech, with a face, hands, eyes and feet. And this does not mean he …

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The congregational takbeer for the `Eed prayer

Question: What is the ruling regarding the congregational takbeer for the `Eed prayer. Answer: It has been legislated for a person to make takbeer from his home to the musallaa (area designated for the `Eed prayer), and whilst at the musallaa he should audibly (continue to) do so, each person unto himself, such that the …

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