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Find answers to your Islamic questions 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.

Why are we discouraged from taking the kuffaar as friends?

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Q: Why are we discouraged from taking the kuffaar as friends? A: Muslims are strongly discouraged in the Quraan from befriending the disbelievers. Allah Ta’ala states in the Quraan: یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَاتَتَّخِذُوا الْکٰفِرِیْنَ اَوْلِیَاۤءَ مِنْ دُوْنِ الْمُؤْمِنِیْنَ اَتُرِیْدُوْنَ اَنْ تَجْعَلُوْا لِلّٰهِ عَلَیْکُمْ سُلْطٰنًا مُّبِیْنًا O you who believe! Do not take the disbelievers as friends instead of… read more »

Selling Hot Cross Buns

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Q: Is it permissible for a Muslim to sell hot cross buns in his store? A: The cross is a symbol and salient feature of Christianity. It is neither permissible for a Muslim to promote the religion of the kuffaar nor support them in any of their religious practices. By selling the hot cross buns, a… read more »

Studying comparative religion

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Q: I am a Muslim Alhamdu;illah and I try to learn about Islam whenever possible and read the translation of the Holy Quran and believe in the Oneness of Allah Almighty, the prophecy of Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being the last prophet of Allah Almighty. I also have a belief that the Torah, Injeel… read more »

Keeping a company name “OM”

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Q: Our society name starts with OM which is a Hindu word for beginning any work. Will it be shirk if I have to write a check with that name? A: Try your best to avoid this. If these words are symbols of Hinduism and have shirki connotations then obviously it will amount to shirk,… read more »

Framing photos for people

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Q: I work as a picture framer. Sometimes I receive photos of people for framing. Occasionally, Hindus bring bhagwaans for framing. Christians bring pictures of Jesus and Jews bring things of their religion. What should I do in these situations? A: You should refrain from framing these types of pictures for people. If the picture… read more »

Eating the meat of the Ahle Kitaab

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Q: I live in Denmark and it is very difficult to find halal food here. My question is that can we eat the food of Ahle kitaab, like chicken, goat, etc. which is actually halal in Islam but Christians have cut them? The question is that, is fish halal in all contexts? A: Statistics show… 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 »