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.

Working while in iddat

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Q: I am 31 years old and been married for 7 years. From the first day my husband was unable to consummate the marriage because of his mild autism and anxiety issues (his father was very strict and abusive which according to doctors have resulted in his personality disorder). I tried to resolve the issue… read more »

Discharge after a wet dream

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Q: 1. If a woman has a wet dream and upon awakening, takes a ghusal and performs salaah and then notices more discharge, does she have to take gusal again and repeat the salaah? 2. If a woman has a wet dream during haidh does ghusal become compulsory on her? A: 1. If semen had… read more »

Definition of wet dream (ihtilaam)

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Q: If a person intentionally or unintentionally thinks of things that cause sexual excitement, and then experiences wetness, will this be called a wet dream (احتلام)? A: Ihtilaam is when a person wakes up from his sleep and finds semen on his clothing due to a wet dream. If wetness comes out in one’s wakeful… read more »

Finding semen when waking up

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Q: What is shahwat in men that makes ghusl waajib? If only erection and ejaculation occurs when one was asleep but he does not remember any pleasure or excitement, does ghusl become waajib on him? A: If upon awakening, he finds semen released he should make ghusal. And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.  … read more »

Artificial insemination and test tube baby

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Q: Does Islam allow the following: 1. Artificial insemination with the husband’s semen? 2. Artificial insemination with a donor’s semen? Buy the semen of another man if the semen of the husband is weak or has no egg. 3. Test tube babies i.e fertilization of wife’s ovum with husband’s sperm in a test tube and… read more »

Semen retention

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Q: Is semen retention (meaning after going to wife and not releasing semen) permissible? This is a meditative art to control the mind and body. I want to ask you that if I do not release semen or sperm after intercourse for 4 to 8 days? I don’t do this for birth control but just… read more »