Happy British Muslims Video

QUESTION

There’s been a recent video released and participated in by many notable British ‘practising’ Muslims termed ‘Happy British Muslims’.

Perhaps the most concerning feature (for some of us at least)  is that a prominent UK scholar is featured in it. He has since gone on record to say,”I’m delighted to see the outcome of the Happy British Muslims video, which has unlocked a remarkable tide of goodwill around the world, and significantly tilted the image of Muslims among many sceptics. Islamophobes must be grinding their teeth to see Muslims of different races and age-groups united by happiness. No one will produce a Sharia argument against jumping for joy!”

Could you please explain if there are any ‘sharia arguments’ that are violated in this video? Continue Reading

Question on Qasr and Watn Asli

QUESTION

I was born in a place which is 100 kms away from Hyderabad, then my family migrated to Hyderabad after my birth. The time I stayed at my birth location is not known to me.My family purchased a house in Hyderabad and we all shifted to Hyderababd. I have been there for about 24 yrs (approx). Now I am working in Trivandrum, Kerala which is about 1000 kms from Hyderabad.If I go to Hyderabad for less than 15 days, do I need to perform Qasar in Hyderabad ?

If I go to my birth place for less than 15 days, do I need to perform Qasar? Continue Reading

A Reply to the Essay, “Perspective on Trimming/Shaving beard”

Bismillāhir Rahmānir Rahīm

In the following, we will address a 9-page essay authored by Sheikh Hategekimana Hassan of Botswana called, “Perspective on Trimming/Shaving beard.”[1] Sheikh Hategekimana attempts to show that growing the beard is not a precept of religion or Sharī‘ah, but merely a recommended cultural practice inherited from Rasūlullāh (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam). He further argues that there is no sin in shaving the beard, and the widely-held notion that a person who shaves his beard should not be appointed an imam is an innovation in Islamic thought with no basis in earlier jurisprudential writings. Continue Reading

Valid Reasons to Keep a Dog?

QUESTION

Respected Mufti Saheb,

Guard dogs, sheep dogs and hunting dogs are allowed but not as pets coming into the house. Does this permission also apply to dogs which can be used for training purposes which can lead one to the wounded animal, sniffer dogs to find drugs which has proven quite successful, dogs trained to nab criminals, dogs used as guide dogs for the blind etc? Continue Reading