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Find answers to your Islamic questions by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

Presenting flowers to the sick when visiting them

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Q: When visiting the sick, is it permissible to give them flowers, or is this regarded as emulation of the kuffaar? A: It is not from among the teachings of Islam. It is something alien to Islam. And Allah Ta’ala knows best. وَلَا تَرۡکَنُوۡۤا اِلَی الَّذِیۡنَ ظَلَمُوۡا فَتَمَسَّکُمُ النَّارُ ۙ وَمَا لَکُمۡ مِّنۡ دُوۡنِ اللّٰهِ مِنۡ اَوۡلِیَآءَ… read more »

The Shar’ee ruling regarding futures

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Q: What is futures and is it permissible? A: Futures are contracts where a person agrees to purchase (offer and acceptance) some commodity or currency etc. at a future date. However, in practice, both parties do not intend to actually exchange that commodity. Rather at the due date (date of maturity), the difference between the… read more »

Black Friday

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Q: Can a muslim have a Black Friday sale?  A: As far as Black Friday is concerned, it should be understood that it is a business and shopping event which the kuffaar promote. Though this is not a kuffaar celebration, it is among the prominent annual events which the kuffaar advertise and promote to boost sales and… read more »

Selling a used item as a new item

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Q: What is the ruling regarding selling a used item as a new item? There is a woman who sells only new clothing. However, she wore a certain dress for a few hours in a wedding and thereafter dry cleaned and sold the dress without telling the customer that the dress was used. Is this permissible? … read more »

Difference between Ijtihaad and Qiyaas

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Q: What’s the difference between Ijtihaad and Qiyaas? A: Ijtihaad is the work of an imaam who has the salaahiyat for ijtihaad, and qiyaas is to extend the analogy. And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.   Answered by: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach) Source

When should the tasmee and tahmeed be recited?

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Q: When should the tasmee (سمع الله لمن حمده) and tahmeed (ربنا لك الحمد) be recited, while coming up from ruku or when one reaches the position of qawmah? Could you please explain the ruling for the imaam, muqtadi and the one performing salaah alone. A: When performing Salaah in Jamaat, the imaam will only recite the tasmee and… read more »

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