FATWA REQUESTS

Anklets are among the [accessories of] adornment that a woman is authorized to beautify herself with, as long as she shows them only to those whom Allah authorized her to show them to.

Regarding [women’s] adornment, Allah says:
“...and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women.”
(Surah An-Nur (The Light): 31)

In addition, there is a specific constraint regarding anklets and their equivalents: The prohibition of stamping their feet to reveal their adornment.

Allah says:
“And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment.”
(Surah An-Nur (The Light): 31)

And Allah is the Highest and the Best-knowing.

الخلاخل من جملة زينة المرأة المأذون لها في التزين بها، بشرط ألا تبديها إلا لمن أذن الله في إبدائها لهم ، وقد حددهم في قوله تعالى : ( ولا يبدين زينتهن إلاّ لبعولتهن أو آبائهن أو آباء بعولتهن أو أبنائهن أو أبناء بعولتهن أو إخوانهن أو بني إخوانهن أو بني أخواتهن أو نسائهن أو ما ملكت أيمانهن أو التابعين غير أولي الإربة من الرجال أو الطفل الذين لم يظهروا على عورات النساء). [النور:31].

هذا في الزينة عموماً ، وهنالك قيد يزاد بخصوص الخلاخل وما في معناها وهو : النهي عن ضرب الأرجل بها ليسمع صوتها ، قال تعالى : ( ولا يضربن بأرجلهن ليعلم ما يخفين من زينتهن ). [النور: 31
والله أعلي وأعلم.

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A menstruating woman can enter the mosque but cannot pray.

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Adel Barhouma Islamic Center Of Morris County

November 16   Rockaway, NJ

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Please refer to this answer from MuslimMatters.org:
"Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) had a plan for you before you were born, and He still has a plan for you. Allah’s plan for you is necessary and glorious. His plan is vital to your success and important to the world. Allah’s plan is not set in stone, as if we were robots pre-programmed in the factory. That would strip us of free will and deny our natures. Rather, I believe that Allah has a flexible plan for each human being: a plan that allows that person to benefit the world with his/her unique talents. This is in fact the Islamic view of al-Qadar, or predestination. There is no doubt that Allah has decreed everything that happens in the universe from the beginning of time to the end, and that Allah has written it all in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz (the Book of Decrees)."

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Dr. Farghal Ali Islamic Center of Jersey City

November 29   Jersey City, NJ

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The wife does not bear any expenses in Islam. All the expenses are borne by men: before marriage, during marriage, and afterwards. Allah says: “Men are in charge of women by what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend from their wealth.” Allah also says: “But give them compensation -the wealthy according to his capability and the poor according to his capability- a provision according to what is acceptable, a duty upon the doers of good.”

.لا نفقة فى الإسلام على الزوجة فجميع الحقوق فيما قبل الزواج وأثناءه وبعده يتحملها الرجل
.(قال تعالى: "الرجال قوامون على النساء بما فضل الله بعضهم على بعض وبما أنفقوا من أموالهم" (النساء٣٤
وقال تعالى: "ومتعوهن على الموسع قدره وعلى المقتر قدره متاعا
(بالمعروف حقا على المحسنين." (البقرة ٢٣٦

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Dr. Farghal Ali Islamic Center of Jersey City

November 7   Jersey City, NJ

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Indeed, he is considered sinful for not testifying truthfully. Allah the Almighty says:
“Do not conceal the testimony, for he, who does, is sinful at heart, and Allah knows what you do.”
(Surah Al-Baqarah: 283)

:نعم هو اثم لعدم ادلائه بالحق اولا و اخيرا. قال تعالى
"ولا تكتموا الشهادة، و من يكتمها فإنه آثم قلبه و الله بما تعملون عليم"
(سورة البقرة: 283)

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Placing green leaves on graves was mentioned in one of the Prophet's hadiths and there is no prohibition, and so is the case for pouring water,on graves. But the problem is that nowadays, flowers are very expensive and purchasing them is a waste of money, and it is not beneficial for the deceased. With that amount of money, it is better to benefit the deceased by giving charity on his behalf. As for placing green leaves and
pouring water on graves, it is not costly..

لا يوجد نهي وورد أنه وضع فرع شجر أخضر ورش بعض الماء، لكن المشكلة أن الورود أصبحت غالية الثمن ويسرف الناس فيها ولا فائدة من ورائها للميت، فَلَو تصدق بثمنها بنية المتوفى لكان خيرا له، فوضع فرع أخضر ورش الماء لم يكن يلف شيئا

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As you know these schools of Islamic jurisprudence are just a curation for a better understanding of the orders and tenets of the Book (Quran) and the Sunnah (the tradition of the Prophet).
There is no harm if any Muslim opts for a given school of jurisprudence (mad’hab) in any aspect, and there is no harm if he even moves between these schools.
They are all sourced from the Messenger of Allah.
However, this does not apply to scholars [who study a specific school of jurisprudence]. Allah knows best.

كما تعلم ان هذه المذاهب ماهي الا عملية تنقية لاستيعاب الأوامر والاحكام وان كان الأصل الكتاب والسنة.
فلا حرج علي اي مسلم ان يقلد اماما معينا حيثما شاء وله كذلك ان يتنقل بين المذاهب.
فكلهم من رسول الله مقتبس.
اللهم الا المجتهد فليس له الا مذهب أمامه فقط.
والله اعلم.

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The Devil whispers only to those who are ready to listen to him. The whispering stops in Ramadan. However, the evil-commanding self does not need a Devil's whisper in order to lead us to temptations.

الشيطان يوسوس فقط لمن عنده الاستعداد ليسمع له، هذه الوسوسة تتوقف في رمضان، وتبقى نفس الإنسان الأمارة بالسوء لا تحتاج إلى شيطان يوسوس لها فهي تقود صاحبها إلى الشهوات من غير حاجة إلى شيطان.

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Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, so we can celebrate it. But Christmas is a religious holiday; we cannot celebrate it but we can congratulate our neighbors and give them gifts.

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Dr. Farghal Ali Islamic Center of Jersey City

September 22   Jersey City, NJ

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As long as they are able to, Muslims go to mosques on a daily basis to perform the five prayers because Allah the Almighty has enjoined five prayers in the day and night. Muslims also head to mosques on Friday, their weekly sacred day, to perform the Friday prayer (Jumua).
Praying at a mosque is obligatory and it is not permissible to not pray in a mosque except if there is an excuse, and Allah knows best.

يقبل المسلمون على المساجد بشكل يومى لاداء الصلوات الخمس.
حسب استطاعتهم لان الله تعالى فرض خمس صلوات فى اليوم والليلة.
ويقبلون على المساجد فى يوم الجمعة عيدهم الاسبوعى لاداء صلاة الجمعة.
. لان الصلاة فى المسجد واجبة ولا يجوز التخلف عن الجماعة فى المسجد الا لعذر والله تعالى اعلى واعلم

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Of course, a lot of Muslims believe that. But the truth is different. Whoever never heard about Islam, or received a distorted understanding of Islam, or doubted the truth of Islam, and his denial of Islam was not based on ingratitude or arrogance or supremacy, will be judged according to Divine book he believes in.

طبعا كثير من المسلمين يؤمنون بذلك، لكن الحق غير ذلك، فمن لم يسمع عن الاسلام، أو سمع عنه مشوها أو ارتابت نفسه منه، ولم يكن عدم إسلامه الجحود والكبر والاستعلاء فسيحاسب على دينه وما جاءه من كتاب من الله هو يُؤْمِن به.

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Adel Barhouma Islamic Center Of Morris County

February 4   Rockaway, NJ

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The believers of every divine religion and the followers of every prophet will enter Jannah (heaven) but not those who know very well about Islam and still reject it.

The Quran says in Surah Ali 'Imran (chapter 3) in verses 113, 114, and 115:

"They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer].

They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and hasten to good deeds. And those are among the righteous.

And whatever good they do - never will it be removed from them. And Allah is Knowing of the righteous."

Therefore, not only Muslims will enter Jannah (heaven).

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Dr. Farghal Ali Islamic Center of Jersey City

March 8   Jersey City, NJ

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The doctrine of all Muslims is to believe in Allah, the One. He is the Hearing and the Seeing. He sent all the Prophets from Adam to Muhammad, prayer and peace be upon Them, with one religion: Islam. Allah says:
“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” (Surah Ali-Imran: 19)

Noah says:
“I was ordered to be one of the Muslims.” (Surah Al-Naml: 91)
And Allah told Ibrahim (Abraham) “Submit.” Ibrahim replied:
"I have submitted [in Islam] to the Lord of the worlds."
(Surah Al-Baqarah: 131)

“And Abraham instructed His sons [to do the same] and [so did] Jacob, [saying], ‘O my sons, indeed Allah has chosen for you this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims.’ – (Surah Al-Baqarah: 132)

Musa (Moses) told His people:
"O My people, if you have believed in Allah, then rely upon Him, if you should be Muslims." (Surah Yunus: 84)

“So they said, ‘Upon Allah do we rely. Our Lord, make us not [objects of] trial for the wrongdoing people. And save us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.’"
(Surah Yunus: 85)

And when the Pharaoh raised the believing magicians on the wood to crucify them, they said:
“Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims [in submission to You]."
(Surah Al-A’raf: 126)

And even the Pharaoh himself, when he wanted to be saved from drowning, said:
"I believe that there is no deity except that in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims." (Surah Yunus: 90)

Moreover, Solomon sent a severe letter to Balqis and her people telling them: “Be not haughty with me but come to me in submission [as Muslims]." (Surah Al-Naml: 31)

And when she went to Him and saw her throne with Him, He said:
"And we were given knowledge before her, and we have been Muslims [in submission to Allah].” (Surah Al-Naml: 42)

And she said at the end:
"My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, and I submit with Solomon to Allah, Lord of the worlds." (Surah Al-Naml: 44)

Jesus asked His people:
"Who are my supporters for Allah?" (Surah Ali ‘Imran: 52)
His disciples among the Christians replied:

"We are supporters of Allah. We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]." (Surah Ali ‘Imran: 52)

And Allah, Glorified He is, inspired the disciples:
“Believe in Me and in My messenger Jesus." (Surah Al’Maidah: 111)

They said:
"We have believed, so bear witness that indeed we are Muslims [in submission to Allah ]." (Surah Al’Maidah: 111)

The beloved Muhammad, prayer and peace be upon Him, was ordered by His Lord:
“Say, ‘Indeed, my Lord has guided Me to a straight path - a correct religion - the way of Abraham, inclining toward truth. And He was not among those who associated others with Allah.’
Say, ‘Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims.’" (Surah Al-An’am: 161 – 163)

Therefore, we know that no religion will be accepted by Allah but Islam.

Allah says:
“And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.” (Surah Ali-‘Imran: 85)

This means to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, all His Messengers (whoever denies any of them is a disbeliever who will be eternally in Hellfire), the Hereafter, and good and bad destiny.

إن عقيدة المسلمين هى الإيمان بالله الواحد الأحد الذى ليس كمثله شئ وهو السميع البصير ، وانه أرسل الأنبياء جميعا من آدم الى محمد عليهم الصلاة والسلام بدين واحد وهو الاسلام قال تعالى ان الدين عند الله الاسلام ، قال نوح وأمرت ان أكون من المسلمين وقال الله لابراهيم اسلم قال اسلمت لرب العالمين ووصى بها ابراهيم بنيه ويعقوب يا بنى ان الله اصطفى لكم الدين فلا تموتن الا وانتم مسلمون

وقال موسى لقومه ياقوم ان كُنتُم آمَنتُم بالله فعليه توكلوا ان كُنتُم مسلمين فقالوا على الله توكلنا ربنا لا تجعلنا فتنة للقوم الظالمين ونجنا برحمتك من القوم الكافرين ،

ولما رفع فرعون السحرة المؤمنين على الخشب ليصلبهم قالوا وبنا أفرغ علينا صبرا وتوفنا مسلمين ، وحتى فرعون نفسه لما أراد النجاة من الغرق قال آمنت انه لا اله الا الذى آمنت به بنوا اسرائيل وانا من المسلمين، وسليمان يرسل برقية شديدة اللهجة الى بلقيس ومن معها الاتعلوا على وأتوني مسلمين، ولما حضرت ورأت عرشها عنده قال وأوتينا العلم من قبلها وكنا مسلمين وهى فى النهاية قالت رب أنى ظلمت نفسى وأسلمت مع سليمان لله رب العالمين.

وينادى عيسى فى قومه من انصارى الى الله فيجيبه تلامذته الحواريون نحن أنصار الله امنا بالله واشهد بانا مسلمون ، والله تعالى هو الذى اوحى اليهم ان آمنوا بى وبرسولى قالوا امنا واشهد بأننا مسلمون.

وقال الحبيب محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم كما أمره ربه سبحانه قل اننى هدانى ربى الى صراط مستقيم دينا قيما ملة ابراهيم حنيفا وما كان من المشركين قل ان صلاتى ونسكى ومحياى ومماتى لله رب العالمين لا شريك له وبذلك امرت وانا اول المسلمين.
من هنا نعلم انه لا دين عند الله مقبول غير الاسلام. قال تعالى ومن يبتغ غير الاسلام دينا فلن يقبل منه وهو فى الآخرة من الخاسرين
ومعناه الإيمان بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله جميعا ومن كفر بواحد منهم فهو كافر مخلد فى النار والإيمان باليوم الاخر وبالقدر خيره وشره.

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We, as all Muslims do, believe that we have to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, all His Messengers, the Day of Judgment, and the Divine Decree. Therefore, those who agree in this regard and believe accordingly deserve Paradise with the Mercy of Allah. And those who do not have certainly disbelieved in Allah. Allah tells us that he who does not believe in Him is deprived from His Paradise.

"AND FOR THE DISBELIEVERS IS A PAINFUL PUNISHMENT." (Surah Al-Baqarah - 104).

Therefore, the question of Paradise and Hell is subject to the will of Allah. But we have to apply the ways Allah commanded for us in order to be accepted in Paradise and be saved from Hell.

The bottom line is that none of us can assert that a person will enter Paradise or another person will enter Hell, because that is up to Allah Alone. Muslims worship Allah, hope for His Mercy, fear His punishment, and aspire that He accept their deeds and admit them to His Paradise.

نقول ما يعتقده المسلمون هو أنه يجب علينا أن نؤمن بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله اجمعين واليوم الاخر والقدر ، فمن وافقنا في هذا وآمن بذلك فهو يستحق الجنة برحمة الله تعالي ومن لم يفعل فقد كفربالله والله اخبرنا ان من لم يؤمن به فهو محروم من جنته ، (( وللكافرين عَذَابٌ اليم )) وقضية الجنة والنار هي بارادة الله تعالي ومشيئته ، لكن علينا نحن الأخذ بأسباب الوصول الي الجنة والبعد عن النار وخلاصة القول انه لا يستطيع احد القطع بان فلان يدخل الجنة او ان فلان يدخل النار فإن ذلك بأمر الله وحده. والمسلمون يتعبدون لله ويرجون رحمته ويخافون عذابه ويطعمون ان يتقبل منهم ويدخلهم جنته

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