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Condition of Fast if Water goes down the Throat by Mistake?

By Maulana Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi


water_fastingQuestion: If a person fasting swims in the sea and accidentally and involunatarily water goes down his throat while he is aware of fasting that moment, is there Kaffarah or only Qadha on him?




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Permissibility to Start Fast in State of Janabah

By Ebrahim Saifuddin


ramadan_janabah_fastQuestion: Can we start the fast while in a state of Janabah (sexual impurity) and then perform Ghusl later on?






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When does the time for Iftar and Maghrib start?

By Mufti Kifayatullah


fastingQuestion: When does the time for Maghrib salah and Iftar start and how much can the time for iftar be delayed by? Or should one hasten?





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Till What Time Can Niyah For Fast be Made?

By Mufti Taqi Usmani


moonQuestion: One forgets to make niyah (intention) for the fast in the month of Ramadan. Now half a day passes by and then he remembers to make the niyah and thus makes it, will the fast still be valid?





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To Take False Medical Certificate in Order to Fast

By Mufti Taqi Usmani


plateQuestion: Over here in Canada the fasts are of a duration of 17.5 hours. In some factories the work requires hard labor which makes it difficult for a weak person to complete the fast. Many end up not fasting at all.

If someone takes a letter from a doctor even if he is not ill so that he can take leave from work and keep fasts, can he take sick-leave allowance from the company?


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The Fast of 15th Sha'ban

By Mufti Taqi Usmani


Question: I have read the Sha’ban issue of your magazine Al-Balagh. Certain questions are bothering me with regard to fasting on the 15th of Sha’ban.

I would like to explain the reason for this question. Several months ago a friend explained to me that there is no special significance of the fast of the 15th of Sha’ban. However he says this hadith is absolutely weak to such an extent that one of its narrators was a person who was regarded by some scholars of hadith as a fabricator of hadith and a liar.


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Interfaith Marriages: Why can’t a Muslim Woman marry a non-Muslim Man?

By Ebrahim Saifuddin


marriage_silverPeople often ask the question that if Muslim men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women, why Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men. Firstly it is important to point out that Muslim men are not allowed to marry any non-Muslim women. The only people with whom the Muslim man is allowed to marry are from the People of the Book i.e. those who have faith in the previous revelations informed by Allah (swt).


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President Sarkozy & The Niqab Ban

By Ebrahim Saifuddin


franceniqabPresident Sarkozy wishes to eliminate freedom of expression in France. The same freedom of expression with which his voodoo dolls were allowed to stay on the market for sale. A French appeals court, in November 20081, had given this permission in the name of freedom of expression. Today, the same president is trying to infringe on the right of freedom of expression of about 5-6 million2 French Muslims. One then wonders if freedom of expression in France is only for the French non-Muslims. Why this discrimination? Why this injustice?

The important question is that should people in France not be allowed to follow their religion and beliefs openly? Should they be oppressed?

Some people try to suggest that Niqab is not part of Islam and that it is only “cultural”. Hence, this article will first establish whether Niqab is part of Islam or not. Later, we will analyze some of the objections raised by people who wish to ban Niqab.

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The Truth About Taqleed

By Ebrahim Saifuddin


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CONTENTS:


1. Introduction
2. Types of Taqleed
3. A Common Misconception
4. In what matters is Taqleed made?
5. Clarifying a false assumption: “Taqleed is not in the Qur’an”
6. Taqleed in the Hadith
7. Absolute Taqleed & Taqleed Shakhsi during times of Sahabah رضی اللہ عنھم & Tabi’een رحمۃ اللہ علیھم
8. Why do Taqleed Shakhsi?
9. What Scholars have stated regarding Taqleed Shakhsi
10. Why Taqleed of one of Four Schools only?
11. The Imams did not have access to all Ahadith
12. “We follow the 100% correct rulings” / “How can all 4 be correct when truth is one?”
13. Those who say ‘No Taqleed’, in reality make Taqleed
14. Why cant Layman Judge Evidence?
15. What Madhhab Should I adhere to?
16. Conclusion

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