Contemporary Issues

[Q-ID0416] Can a Pub be converted into a Mosque?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; can a pub be converted into a masjid? Is it permissible to pray in a masjid that was previously a pub? Please explain along with proofs.  Questioner: Wasim from Birmingham,  UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب…

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[Q-ID0415] Can I shake the hand of a woman during a job interview?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; whenever a person goes for a job interview in England, he has to shake hands with a female. Is this permissible?  Questioner: Wasim from Birmingham,  UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب It…

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[Q-ID0413] Can we wish people ‘Happy Holiday’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; is it permissible to wish happy holidays— instead of happy Christmas— to Christians? Sometimes, wishing them becomes a compulsion.   Questioner: Faizan  from  UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب “Happy holidays” is an…

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[Q-ID0408] What is the Islamic ruling on plastic surgery of face, nose & breasts?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; what is the ruling regarding: plastic surgery of the nose, surgery of other bodily organs, and breast implantation? Questioner: Farat from the UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب Surgery to fix…

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[Q-ID0402] Can nikah be performed over Skype or phone?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Can nikah (marriage) be performed over phone or Skype when the bride and groom are in different countries, e.g. UK and Pakistan? If yes, how can it be done Questioner: A brother from UK ANSWER: بسم…

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[Q-ID0396] What is the Islamic ruling on giving blood?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Does Islam permit blood transfusion for a patient who needs it? What is the ruling if it is a question of life and death? What is the ruling upon the one who donates blood as he…

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[Q-ID0385] What is the ruling on women having IVF treatment?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: is IVF permissible? If a woman is not able to conceive children, this is the only way using which her treatment can be done. This is also known as test tube baby. In such a case,…

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[Q-ID0371] Can we work in supermarkets where we have to handle alcohol?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars and muftis of the mighty Shari’ah say regarding the following matter, how is it to work in supermarkets, where we sometimes have to handle alcohol and if a customer requests it, we must give it to them. Also, we have to stock it on the shelves and touch them, how…

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[Q-ID0368] Is pre-stunned chicken and meat Halal or Haram?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the noble Shariah say regarding this matter; what is the ruling concerning pre-stunned stunned meat? Will the meat be Halāl or Harām? Some scholars say it will be Halāl and some say it will be Harām. Questioner: Afzal from England ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم…

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[Q-ID0363] Is it permissible to have laser eye surgery?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: is having laser eye surgery to improve our eyesight permissible? Questioner: Umar from UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب If there are no such things (in the procedure)…

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[Q-ID0358] What is the ruling on doing masah (wiping) over water-proof socks?

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QUESTION: What do the scholars of the Din and the muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: can masah (wiping) be done on water-proof socks made of nylon the same way it is done on socks made of leather? Questioner: R. Khaliq from UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم…

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[Q-ID0322] What does Islam say about the existence of Dinosaurs?

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QUESTION: As Muslims, what is our stance on the belief of dinosaurs and the like? Is there any mention in the Quran or Ahadith of our Prophet (peace be upon him)? If not, by accepting they existed, is this kufr (disbelief) due to the evolutionary idea linked to them? ANSWER: All praises belong to Allāh,…

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[Q-ID0321] Can I join a competition to win prizes if there is an entry fee?

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QUESTION: Is it permissible to enter sporting or any other competitions where you have to pay an entry fee and are eligible for prize money if you get to certain stages of the competition? If you don’t win you lose your entry fee. Questioner: Ashraf from UK ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب…

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[Q-ID0317] Can I become a member of a work Union which will pay me if I lose my job?

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QUESTION: What is the verdict of the Learned Scholars of the Sacred Shariah regarding the following issue; in our country there is a Union which handles the affairs of the employees, if anyone wants to become its member then they have to contribute a monthly fee, the benefit will be this that if its member…

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[Q-ID0307] I already own one house, can I buy another via a mortgage?

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QUESTION: What do the Scholars of the mighty sharī’ah say regarding this case; I am now a complete owner of one house, is it permissible to give this house on rent and get a second house on mortgage? ANSWER: بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب When you are the…

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