Assaalam u alaikum,
I have read in one of the answers that you had given to someone that a woman in her menses is neither allowed to touch nor recite quran. I have learning quran by heart and according to my muallima it is allowed under such circumtances to recite listen and recite quran without touching its letters? please reply to me as soon as possible as i will have to miss my tajweed classes.
My other question is:is a woman allowed to get her pubic hair waxed from another woman for her husband, (if she observes hijab too). I am a married woman with two kids. I cover my head and dress modestly without revealing my figure. But, i want to observe taqwaa and start wearing abaya and i am an artist but have left painting and sculpting after reading that its haram in islam. the problem here is that my husband despite being punctual about prayers and being religious boes want me to wear an abaya, neither does he agree that we should not paint or sculpt or have pictures in the house. he says by making art we are praising allah by realising he is the almighty and only he can create we are celebrating his creation. anyway, is he write and how do i handle this stuation because if i argue then there is resentment. my husband is a very nice person, but he has his beliefs about these few things otherwise he is a good husband, father son in law and son.
please , help us become better muslims and tell me what is important and how should i do it and convince him. because everone in my family feel i’m becoming a fanatic when i talk about islam and what Allah wants and expects from us.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh
1.It is not permissible for a woman to touch the Qur’an or recite it during her menstrual cycle. If she is a hafiza of the Qur’an and is afraid that she will forget if she doesn’t recite, the scholars have stated two methods to be saved from this harm.
- She may use a cloth to hold the Qur’an and look inside while reciting in the mind. She should not move her lips.
- She can sit next to someone who is reciting and listen to that person.
It is not permissible to make to touch or make recitation of the Qur’an in the state of menses.
Dar al-Mukhar (1:1720174)
( و ) يحرم به ( تلاوة القرآن ) ولو دون آية على المختار ( بقصده ) فلو قصد الدعاء أو الثناء أو افتتاح أمر أو التعليم ولقن كلمة كلمة حل في الأصح ، حتى لو قصد بالفاتحة الثناء في الجنازة لم يكره إلا إذا قرأ المصلي قاصدا الثناء فإنها تجزيه ؛ لأنها في محلها ، فلا يتغير حكمها بقصده ( ومسه )…(ولا يكره النظر إليه ) أي القرآن ( لجنب وحائض ونفساء ) لأن الجنابة لا تحل العين (در المختار)
It is prohibited for a woman to have her pubic her waxed by another woman. It is not permissible for a woman to look at another woman’s body from naval to the knees. To the remove the pubic hair every week is preferable and wajib before the elapse of 40 days. It is more preferable that a women use some cream, etc than using a razor. It will be permissible to wax it off by oneself since the purpose of removal is acquired through this method as well.
Tanweer al-Absar (with dar al-Mukhar and Rad al-Muhtar) (6:364) H.M. Saeed Company
Fatawa Mehmoodia (15:352) Maktaba Mehmoodia
وينظر الرجل من الرجل سوى ما بين سرته إلى ما تحت ركبته… وتنظر المرأة المسلمة من المرأة كالرجل من الرجل (تنوير الابصار)
موۓ زیر ناف اگر عورت استرہ سے بناۓ تب بہی گناہ نہیں ہے ۔ مگر افضل یہ ہے کہ صابون وغیرہ سے صفائ کرے – ہر ہفتہ میں صفائ کرنا اعلی بات ہے ۔ یہ نہ ہو تو 15 دن صفائ کر لیں ۔ چالس روز کے اندر بہی گنجائش ہے ۔ اس کے بعد تک صفائ مکروہ تحریمی ہے ۔ (فتاوی محمودیہ)
2.We are pleased to know that you want to observe taqwa and live a righteous life. May Allah accept your intentions and make it easy for you to practice on Deen in the manner Allah has ordered us, Ameen. It is necessary to realize that Allah Ta’ala is our Creator and He is All-Wise. What the Shariah has announced to be unlawful is forbidden, whether our intellects can perceive this or not. Shariah has made paintings and picture of living creature unlawful.
The spirit of Shairah is to eliminate Shikr from its roots. In the Eyes of Allah there is no crime, no sin greater than Shirk. Shirk is the action which brings deities in direct opposition to Allah. Photography and making of pictures is the action that became the means for many people in the past to be involved in Shirk.
Shah Waliullah Dehlewi in Balaaghul Mubeen states:
“According to some (learned people) picture-worshipping started after the demise of the Sheeth (Alaihi al-Salam) who was the son of Adam (Alaihi al-Salam). According to others guidance and truth remained even after the demise of Sheeth (Alaihi al-Salam)…After Idrees (A.S), who was the grandson of Sheeth (S.A.), the people yearned for him. Many people were grieved by the separation of Idrees (A.S.). At that time, Shaitan, came to these people in human form and said:
‘I have seen the beautiful and the gracious form of Idrees (A.S.) and I have great ability in the art of picture-making. If you agree, I shall make a picture of Idrees (A.S.) which you may frame in glass and keep it guarded in the privacy of a room above the door. People may then visit this picture (of Idrees A.S.)’
Thus the picture was made and people filed in for purposes of making vows (in its presence)…This practice continued among these people until, finally it developed into idolatry and grave-worship.”
(Reproduced from Photography Picture-Making & Islam by Mujlisul Ulama of
There are many ahadith stating the impermissibility of pictures. Hereunder are a few.
عن مسلم قال كنا مع مسروق في دار يسار بن نمير فرأى في صفته تماثيل فقال سمعت عبد الله قال سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون (صحيح البخارى)
1. Muslim narrates we were with Masruq at the house of Yasar bin Numair. Masruq saw pictures on his terrace and said, “I heard ‘Abdullah saying that he heard the Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, “The people who will receive the severest punishment from Allah will be the picture makers.'”
عن عائشة أم المؤمنين رضي الله عنها أنها أخبرته أنها اشترت نمرقة فيها تصاوير فلما رآها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قام على الباب فلم يدخله فعرفت في وجهه الكراهية فقلت يا رسول الله أتوب إلى الله وإلى رسوله صلى الله عليه وسلم ماذا أذنبت فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما بال هذه النمرقة قلت اشتريتها لك لتقعد عليها وتوسدها فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أصحاب هذه الصور يوم القيامة يعذبون فيقال لهم أحيوا ما خلقتم وقال إن البيت الذي فيه الصور لا تدخله الملائكة (صحيح البخارى)
2 Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) narrates that I purchased a cushion with pictures on it. The Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) (came and) stood at the door but did not enter. I said (to him), “I repent to Allah for what (the guilt) I have done.” He said, “What is this cushion?” I said, “It is for you to sit on and recline on.” He said, “The makers of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to them, ‘Make alive what you have created.’ Moreover, the angels do not enter a house where there are pictures.'”
عن عبد الله بن عمر رضي الله عنهما أخبره أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن الذين يصنعون هذه الصور يعذبون يوم القيامة يقال لهم أحيوا ما خلقتم (صحيح البخارى)
3. Ibn Umer (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Those who make these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them, ‘Make alive what you have created.’”
حدثنا أبو زرعة قال دخلت مع أبي هريرة دارا بالمدينة فرأى أعلاها مصورا يصور قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ومن أظلم ممن ذهب يخلق كخلقي فليخلقوا حبة وليخلقوا ذرة (صحيح البخارى)
4. Abu Zur’a narrates that l entered a house in
عن ابن عباس سمعت محمدا صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول من صور صورة في الدنيا كلف يوم القيامة أن ينفخ فيها الروح وليس بنافخ (صحيح البخارى)
5. Ibn ‘Abbas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that I heard Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, “Whoever makes a picture in this world will be asked to put life into it on the Day of Resurrection, but he will not be able to do so.”
عن عائشة رضي الله عنها حدثته أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لم يكن يترك في بيته شيئا فيه تصاليب إلا نقضه (صحيح البخارى)
6.Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) narrates that I never used to leave in Rasulullah’s (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) house anything carrying images or crosses but he obliterated it.
عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من سفر وقد سترت بقرام لي على سهوة لي فيها تماثيل فلما رآه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم هتكه وقال أشد الناس عذابا يوم القيامة الذين يضاهون بخلق الله قالت فجعلناه وسادة أو وسادتين (صحيح البخارى)
7.Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) returned from a journey when I had placed a curtain of mine having pictures over (the door of) a chamber of mine. When Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) saw it, he tore it and said, “The people who will receive the severest punishment on the Day of Resurrection will be those who try to make the like of Allah’s creations.” So we turned it (i.e., the curtain) into one or two cushions.
To claim that that keeping pictures is a means for us to praise Allah is not correct. Allah, The All Knowing, The Wise has showed us how to praise Him. To be involved in sin is not act of praise. Instead of trying to earn the pleasure of Allah, one is earning the wrath of Allah (May Allah save us all). Try to explain to your husband in a gentle manner that the true spirit of Islam is to follow Allah how Allah has commanded us, not what we deem is correct. Explain to him that the real purpose of live is servitude to Allah and the true success is the success of the Hereafter. Try to conduct Taleem in house with your family. This will create awareness of Deen in the family and slowly they too will try to act upon complete Deen. You should not be affected by your family considering you a fanatic or them ridiculing you when you discuss about Islam. Stay steadfast on to the correct beliefs and try to explain to them with wisdom so they may also see the light and come on the correct way of life. May Allah make it easy for all of us to bring total Deen into our lives, Ameen.
(Tasweer Kay Shar’ee Ahkam by Mufti Shafi)
And Allah knows best
Ml. Ehzaz Ajmeri,
Student Darul Iftaa
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah