This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

Black Friday

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Q: Can a muslim have a Black Friday sale?  A: As far as Black Friday is concerned, it should be understood that it is a business and shopping event which the kuffaar promote. Though this is not a kuffaar celebration, it is among the prominent annual events which the kuffaar advertise and promote to boost sales and… read more »

Celebrating birthdays

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Q: I want to ask regarding celebrating family kids birthday parties. My in laws are not very religious so if someone’s kid in their family celebrates a birthday party or celebrates a birthday party at home, what should I do? I tell them that birthdays are not allowed in Islam and they even say “yes we… read more »

Fasting on Mondays

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Q: Is there any truth to the claims that Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) fasted on Monday because he was born on a Monday. If it is true, is it permissible to use this to say that one can celebrate his birthday? A: At times Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would also fast on a Monday and… read more »

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Q: I read about the Islamic ruling that a man should not touch his mother-in-law, and if he does that, his relationship with his wife will forever become haraam. I am very conscious about this. Today I visited my in-laws with my wife and I was very conscious about it more than before. My mother-in-law… read more »

Naats and meelaad

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Q: Are naats allowed? Is meelad justified? If meelad is allowed then under what circumstances? A: If it is not accompanied with any type of musical instrument, a woman, or a youngster with girlish features, and it is done occasionally then it is permissible, provided it is not sung in a musical tone. This practice had… read more »

Income of an events manager

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Q: Is it haram or halal to do events managing business. Event management activities on the request of the customer includes providing fancy decoration, catering, decorating stage, arranging DJ for music. Please also clarify which activity is permissible and which is not. The events include birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, bridal shower (party before wedding), baby… read more »

Selling items for bridal and baby showers or birthdays

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Q: Is it permissible to sell stuff (favour boxes, name tags, cake toppers, place cards, etc.) that doesn’t contain any pictures of any human/animal for bridal showers, baby showers and birthday events? A: Yes. And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.   Answered by: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach) Source