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.

Women cutting her hair in layers

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Q: My wife is in purdah and she wants to cut her hair in “layers”. Is it permissible because I will be the only person seeing it? Will this be regarded as tashabuh bil kuffaar, because it is not for any fashion reason, rather only for me? A: It is not permissible for your wife to cut her hair… read more »

Belly Rings

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Q: Is a belly ring permissable? A: No, it is not permissible. It is imitating the kuffaar and fujjaar (irreligious), hence it should be avoided. عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم  (سنن أبي داود 2/559) Answered by: Mufti Zakaria Makada Checked & Approved: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo… read more »

Jewellery which are a symbol of other religions

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Q:  If women have gold, silver, and diamond crucifixes, aum, and Buddha jewellery before excepting Islam, what should they do with them? Should they have them melted and redesigned or should they bury them? What is the punishment for Muslims selling jewellery for kuffaar religions? Can Muslims wear jewellery that has the name of Allah… read more »

Imitating a Non-Muslim

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Q: I am unclear of what is imitating a non-muslim. If I have the same t-shirt, clothes, car etc as a non-muslim. If I use a non-muslim website or dictionary or right click on words to get right spelling and a non-muslim also uses it or developed it. If a non-muslim has a bottle like mine… read more »

Wearing a Tie

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Q: What is the ruling regarding wearing a tie in Islam? A: In a place where the tie is only worn by the kuffaar, wearing the tie will be makrooh. In a place where the tie is worn by Muslims and non-Muslims, wearing the tie will be permissible, though undesirable. عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول… read more »

 Is it permissible to stand and urinate?

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Q: Is it permissible to stand and urinate? A: Standing and urinating is the way of the kuffaar. Without a valid excuse, it is makrooh for one to stand and urinate. قال الفقيه أبو الليث رحمه الله تعالى قد رخص بعض الناس أن يبول الرجل قائما وكرهه بعضهم إلا من عذر وبه نقول كذا في المحيط (الفتاوى… read more »

Celebrating Easter

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Q: What is the ruling with regards to Easter celebrations, Easter eggs, hot cross buns, etc.? A: Easter is a celebration of the Christians. The Christians believe that it was on this day that Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion. As Muslims, we are commanded to refrain from imitating the Kuffaar and adopting their ways. If one… read more »

Meelaad and Salami

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Q: What is the shari’ee status of meelaad and salami as is practised today? A: After Allah Ta’ala, our love for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) should be the greatest. The love, kindness and compassion that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) showed us (his ummah) is immeasurable and unconceivable. The blood that flowed from his Mubaarak body in Taa’if, his Mubaarak… read more »

Performing Jumu’ah in a Church Hall

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Q: Are we allowed to pray Jumu’ah in a church Hall, private hall, community hall, etc.? A: If the signs and symbols of kufr i.e. the cross, statues, pictures of Isa (Alaihi Salaam), Maryam (Alaiha Salaam) and other animate objects are found in the hall, it will be impermissible to enter such a place. If these things… read more »