Hanafi Fiqh

Mass Burials and Washing

Respected Mufti Saab

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh

With the current Corona Virus crisis, we need you to urgently give us the ruling regarding mass burials as follows.

1.) Are mass burials allowed?

Hanafi Fiqh

Sunnah Clothing

What exactly is the meaning of dressing according to the Sunnah? Some people say that ‘Abaya, ‘Amaama etc. are “culture” or “custom” and not “Sunnah” because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to dress according to the custom of his land. Therefore can a person dress according to the custom of his land instead of wearing the “sunnah” clothing?

Also, I wanted to ask wether or not it is Sunna to wear a Shawl because in numerous Ahadith it is reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم wore “Ridaa” which is translated as Shawl and Izaar. And if yes how should this Shawl be? Can it be any Shawl including those commonly wore in places like Yemen?

Jazakumullahu Khairan

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.

Hanafi Fiqh

Breaking vow

Assalamoalaikom. A man comits intercourse with his wife during her menses and does tawbah . To keep himself from committing this sin again the man vows by saying ‘By Allah I will NOT have intecourse during menstruation again and if I do I will pay £10000 in sadqah’.
This method works until once he was having intercourse with his wife thinking she is clean but later finds out she had just started her period. So he’s committed this sin by mistake without him knowing and unintentionally . Does he have to still pay the Sadaqah because of his vow ?

Hanafi Fiqh

Sunnah dress

Assalamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
I would like to know regarding the Islamic understanding of “Sunnah dress”. Some argue that wearing Shalwar Kamees, ‘Abaya, Topi etc. is not Sunnah but culture.
They say the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم dressed according to the custom of his people, so therefore we may dress according to the custom of our people (provided it fulfills the requirements of Shari’a like covering ‘Awrah). Would it then be considered “Sunnah” to dress according to the custom? For example, one may argue that it was the custom of the Arabs to wear Topi, turban, etc. and the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم dressed according to the custom of his land and therefore wearing turban etc. is culture, not sunnah.

Also, would it be considered Sunnah to wear a Shawl because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم wore a shawl? And if this is the case then how should the Shawl be?

Hanafi Fiqh

OCD with impurities

Selamun aleykum,

I have a new apartment and the oven is very old and used. I gave my best to wipe it clean and used chemical cleaning substances, but there remain rests which are hard to remove and particularly the Heating coils have brown greas on them. I removed it as best as possible but I won’t get it completly clean. It is most probable that these rests are among other things also from haram meat. Maybe even Pig.

Question 1: Can I use this oven provided the oven tray on which my food cooks is clean and it is on Parchment paper? Or will my food be contaminated because the air and heat comes in contact with impure substances and the impurity on the heating coils may evaporate and get on my food?

Question 2: I was heating some water in this oven and when I opend it, steam came on my face and on my clothes. Is this steam impure and subsequently my clothes?

Question 3: The oven tray I want to use for cooking has grease stains too. I washed it many times and used cleaning product specifically for fat removal. But there remain stains. I suspect them to be from Haram meat. Can I use it?
And if I put it in the dish washer, together with glasses and plates, will these glasses and plates be impure afterwards because the water which cleand them came in contact with the unremovable stains of the oven tray?

Question 4: Off topic…. This is not related to the other Questions, but what is the ruling in the following situation:

I bursted a pimple and there came out blood and pus. I patted it dry with some toilet paper. After that I washed my face in Wudu. Water ran down my face and subsequently on my clothes and there were splashes here and there. Was this impure water and do I need to wash these clothes? I prayed with them. Salah invalid? Also I had used face cream beforehand and even after Wudu my face was still oily from it. Was my face still unclean then because the cream may have mixed with the blood? Or can I concidere the rest cream on my face after washing it as pure?

Hanafi Fiqh

Who does child benefit money belong to?

I am from the UK and receive child benefit money for my children.
My questions are:
1)Do I consider that money to be my children’s property or my own (I am the father)?
2) Do I have to pay Zakat on that money?
3) Am I allowed to spend that money on anything/anyone else other than my children?
JazakAllah for you time.

Hanafi Fiqh

Inappropriate clothing whilst attending Masjid


Dear Mufti Sahb,

I am writing this istiftaa to recieve clarification and advice on a matter which has been the cause of much turmoil in our Masjid and in our community.

For the last several years, an elderly person in our Masjid has been insisting that all attendees must wear a hat, long sleeves and trousers other than jeans. On many occasions when an attendee (regardless of whether he is local or a visitor) has worn clothes contrary to the above, the person in question has started shouting, harassing and sometimes even threatening and using abusive language.

We only have a handful of people who attend Masjid regularly, we live in a multi cultural and multi national society and many attendees who take their religious guidance from Islam qanda etc do not agree that there is any karahat in offerimg salah wearing a T-shirt, jeans or bare-headed.

In light of the above I would like to ask you the following questions.

a) Is it allowed for a U.K Masjid to make a rule that people who are wearing Jeans cannot attend salaah?

b) Is it allowed for a U.K Masjid to make a rule that people who are not wearing a topi cannot join prayer in Masjid?

c) Is it allowed for a Masjid in the U.K to make a rule that a Person wearing a T-shirt cannot attend salah?

d) Can a person who does not have this correct sunnah attire give Iqamah in the Masjid?

e) what is your opinion about a brother using this as justification to harass and loudly embarrass attendees to the Masjid?

I thank you in advance for your help and assistance in this matter.

Bearing in mind the sensitivity of this issue, a quick response would be highly appreciated.

Jazakallah Mufti Sahb.

May Allah protect you, continue to take the effort of Ilm and deen from you and may your shadow shade the ummah for a long time to come. (Ameen)