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Is it permissible to keep dolls at home and play with them?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Jamia Binoria

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My small daughter plays with dolls at home. Is it permissible to keep dolls at home and play with them?
Many people say that doll is similar to an animated object hence it is not correct to keep at home and some people say this also that it is established through Hadhrath A’isha Radhiyallahu Anha that she too had used to play with dolls.
Upto which age it is ordered to breast feed the daughter?
Is it permissible to use the medical insurance card to avail medical facility if card received through the company. This is a facility from the company and you need not do any payment either to the company or to the insurance people. The method of this is that whenever you happen to go to a hospital for any reason, show the medical insurance card and you don’t need to pay anything to anybody.
If a person has missed Namaz for 10 years after it became Fardh on him and now if he wants to make Qadha on them, is it allowed for him to leave the existing Sunnath e Muakkada and perform Qadha of the missed Fardh or Wajib Namaz? (for example, in place of 4 Raka’ath Sunnath before Zhuhr, pray 4 Raka’ath {of former Qadha Zhuhr} and after the Jama’ath of Zhuhr, pray 2 Raka’ath {of former Qadha Fajr} in place of the 2 Raka’aath Sunnath after the Fardh Zhuhr.)
Upon whom should Sadaqa money be spent?

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

1. If the doll is only for the purpose of playing as a toy, although there is an allowance in buying and selling or keeping in the house yet it is better to avoid it. And if it for the purpose of beauty and decoration then it is not permissible to keep them.
2. Without any dispute it is permissible to breast feed the child up to the age of 2 years whereas there is allowance to breast feed up to 2 1/2 years in a state of dire necessity and not after that.
3. If the said medical insurance card is issued from the connected company of the inquirer and permission or wages of the employees are not counted in issuing it then in such circumstance it is permissible for the employees to utilize it in availing of medical facilities. However it is not correct for the company management to enter into such agreement with the insurance company due to which it becomes a sinner.
4. It is not correct to leave the existing Sunnah in order to pray Qadha Namaz. Anyway, excluding the Makrooh time whenever time permits should concentrate on performing the Qadha Namaz and should make Toba and Isthighfar for delaying.
5. Naf’l Sadaqath can be given to wealthy, poor, Muslim, non-muslim, relations, strangers and all whereas Wajib Sadaqat should be should be given only to the poor who are entitled for it.

Allah knows best.

This Q&A was indexed from the official english fatwa portal of Jamia Binoria. It is an Islamic educational institute in Karachi, Pakistan.

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