1. Can a female mureeda give a little gift to her Shaykh (and his wife) to thank him for all his advice and his precious support in the spiritual journey?
2. Can I consider my Shaykh as a father? (Obviously remaining aware that my biological father is another, but unfortunately he has never collaborated with my mother in my upbringing and often he said that he doesn’t consider me his daughter, especially after convertion to Islam. I’m still a teenager and my education is carried out by my mother (convert to Islam Alhamdulillah) and by my Shaykh who guide me on spiritual path and he is helping me to shape my personality and my behavior, so this Shaykh is like a father for me).
1. It is very much inappropriate for a girl to present something to the shaikh. The father or mahram should send gifts. She should not at all become casual.
2. As above. Women should not have a casual affinity with the shaikh. Whatever correspondence is required they should do it through their fathers or mahrams.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)