1. Are children’s competitions allowed where their names are put into a prize draw and whichever child’s name is taken out first wins a prize (they do not give any money to be part of the competetion)? 2. Sometimes when we order goods from catalogues we order them over the telephone from representatives of the company we are ordering from. Sometimes male representatives answer the phone so we have to order from them. But is it allowed to order female underclothing from them where we have to tell them the size and colour we want( eventhough they don’t know who we are ordering these products for)? Also, in shops are we allowed to buy female underclothing when there are men behind the counter, or men we are buying from?
1. Such a competition or draw is permissible.
2. Ordering from a male, or being served by a male is permissible. We cannot say it is impermissible. However, Islam teaches Hayaay (chastity and shame). It is this Haya that is spurring you to ask this question. We thus, suggest you try to but these items from a store where you know you will be served by a female. It may cost you a few pounds more, but you are doing so to protect your Hayaa, which is a part of Imaan. Even if all the wealth of the world had to be spent to enhance one’s Imaan, even to a grain’s weight, it will be well worth it.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Moulana Imraan Vawda