Mufti Siraj Desai

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Ulama and TV

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Q: What is your view regarding Ulema appearing on TV? Since nothing of this nature has already been published in the Al-Farouq since this issue arose, I think it is important to provide clarity on this matter. A: Our stance on TV has been clearly mentioned in several issues of the Al-Farouq and in… read more »

Car Insurance

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Q: If I want to get a car, and in this country it is the law that you have to have car insurance if you drive a car on the roads. Would I be committing a sin by getting a car? Should I try to not get a car? A: It is permissible to… read more »

Dancing as Exercise

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Q: Is dancing haraam? if so then why? and is it permissible for females to dance with females as a form of exercise to keep fit? A: If the exercise is performed without the accompaniment of music, and is designed solely for the circulation of body joints and limbs, and does not resemble A… read more »

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Marrying Father’s Cousin

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Q: Can I can marry my father’s mother’s (my grand mother’s)  brother’s daughter? She is of my age. Is it permissible ? A: This is your father’s cousin, so it is permissible to marry her. Mufti Siraj Desai Source

Procedure for Reverting to Islam

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Q: We humbly request your assistance in the correct procedure of making someone take the shahadah and embrace Islam. Please provide us with guidelines and the step by step procedure we should follow. Alhamdulillah, through the will of Allah Ta’ala there are many females who come to us to accept Islam, however we have only… read more »

The Ashari Aqeedah

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Q: is the Ash’ari’a sect bid’aat (an innovation)? Are its aqeedah (beliefs) not in accordance with the teaching of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam? A: With regards to Aqeeda there emerged two great figures during the third century hijri, viz Imam Abul-Hasan Ash’ari and Imam Abu Mansoor Matureedi. Most of the Ulema after them… read more »

Euthanasia in Islam

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Q: Is euthanasia/mercy killing allowed in Islam? A: The definition of euthanasia is: a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering.  There are two types of euthanasia: Passive and Active Passive euthanasia is the withholding of common treatments (such as antibiotics, drugs, or surgery) or giving a… read more »

Birthday Wishes

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Q: I know that it is wrong to celebrate birthdays. However is it wrong to wish someone (a non-Muslim) happy birthday for the sake of keeping friendly ties? No presents, only wishing them. A: Instead of saying happy birthday, rather give him a beneficial Du’aa, e.g. May your life be filled with guidance or… read more »