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.

Sajdah counter

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Q: We have developed a new product which is placed in front of the prayer mat that records the number of Sajdas and Rakaats performed by the worshipper on a small screen. It has no video and no music. Using this product the worshipper is not confused or distracted regarding Sajdas performed. With this product… read more »

Naats, nazams and nasheeds

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Q: Is it permissible to listen to anaasheed, nazms etc if it does not have any musical instrument involved and follows the rules of Shar’iah i.e. no singing by women. Also if it is not used for entertainment/pleasure and is not interfering in anyway with our ma’mulaat or daily routine? A: Ulama have explained that… read more »

Following one Aalim who one has confidence in

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Q: I suffer from this type of ocd called scrupulosity. This often makes me have obsessive guilt. I fear that I have made the wrong choice on some islamic controversial issues and disagreements among the scholars such as music and other disagreements scholars have disagreements on. For example, for music I follow the opinion that… read more »

Eating out

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Q: I personally dislike visiting restaurants/eating out, because I feel they are places of the dunya and a waste of money. However, my wife enjoys visiting restaurants and wants me to take her out to eat now and again. She agrees that we only go to places which have pardah facilities (screens), no music and… read more »

Celebrating birthdays

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Q: My daughter is going to be 21 and she wants to celebrate in a hall for family and friends but wants to spend on an mc, music and 5 star etc. Please advise me. A: These are not the ways of Muslims. This type of a celebration is totally alien to Islam. And Allah… read more »

Watching TV

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Q: Can we can watch TV and listen to music? Is it prohibited in Islam or not? A: 1. The television is one of the main tools of Shaitaan in misleading man. The one who views the television is not committing one sin; rather he is perpetrating a conglomeration of sins and a host of… read more »

Staying away from non-Muslim functions

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Q: My wife’s family is non-muslim. There is a engagement function we have been invited to. We have not attended any such functions in the past but are concerned that we may be breaking family ties, especially since other Muslim family members that attend these functions. Our concerns about these functions are that there is… read more »


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Q: Can Mufti please give me the Islamic perspective on modelling, photography and photoshoots in Islam. Is it Haraam or can one sign up for modelling (for males and females) and go forward with it, please advise? A: Participating in a modelling show is totally haraam in Islam as it incorporates a host of activities which… read more »