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The Payment Given to a Soothsayer is Prohibited

I sought the help of a person who claimed to treat with Ruqyah and deal with the Muslim jinn. After I had dealt with him, I realized that what he did wasn`t permissible. I owed him a certain amount of money, but couldn`t pay him because I was in a hard up. He approved that I pay him part of the money and the rest to be paid once I have it. I was reluctant about paying him because I realized that he was making money unlawfully. Do I incur sin if I didn`t pay him the rest of the money as agreed? What is the solution for paying off this amount regardless of what it is to be spent on?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Is the Rock in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) Suspended in the Air?

Is it true that the sacred rock from which the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) started his ascent into heaven on the Night of the Mi`raj is suspended in the air? What is the origin of this story? Is it true that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) tethered al-Buraq (an animal white and long, larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule) to the ring used by the Prophets when he led them in prayer? 

Hanafi Fiqh

Severe gender dysphoria

Assalamalaikum. I am biological female but since childhood I’ve felt I am a male and feel uncomfortable living as a girl. I’ve tried to change this but it didn’t work. This is making it very hard for me to be happy and I’m trying so hard not to commit suicide. Some people say it’s okay to transition in severe cases of gender dysphoria. Doctors told me I should transition too. There are some biological links that have shown to play a role in this. There is no proven way to fix this problem other than by transitioning, and most attempts to do so cause harm and are ineffective. I do not want to simply act like a man, I want to be one. 4 of the 5 aspects of biological sex can be changed. The one that can’t is chromosomes, which are considered a minor factor and males with XX chromosomes are considered male. Furthermore, most people including myself don’t even know their chromosomes for sure, so they’re quite irrelevant. I’m willing to avoid my desire to marry a woman even if I transition (if transitioning is allowed, please let me know if marriage is). I know that without certain medical advancements that may take around 10 years, I won’t be able to father children, and I am okay with that. Nearly no one with severe early onset gender dysphoria and gender incongruence regrets their decision to transition, regrets are mostly in cases of young people, or mild gender dysphoria, so I know this choice would make me happy, but the problem is it might not be allowed in Islam. I know this might be seen as an unnecessary body change, but for me it’s very important. Thanks for your time may Allab bless you for your answer.

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