The Ruling On Beautifying & Decorating The Masaajid The Ruling on Beautifying & Decorating The Masaajid During Special Occasions & ‘Eid Celebrations Q: There is a custom that occurs in some Masaajid during the days of ‘Eidul Fitr and during other days of special religious occasions. That custom is that the Masaajid are beautified with different kinds of colors, lights and flowers. Does Islaam permit this action or not? What is the proof for the permissibility or prohibition? A: The Masaajid are the Houses of Allaah, and they’re the best places on earth. Allaah has ordered that they be raised and honored with the Tawheed of Allaah, His remembrance, and that Prayer be established in them. In them people learn the affairs of their Religion and they guided to what it (Islaam) contains of happiness and righteousness for them in this life and in the Hereafter. He, (Ta’aalaa) ordered them to be cleansed of disgraceful things, idols, acts of Shirk, innovations, superstitions. He also ordered that they be cleansed from dirt, filth and impurities. He, (Subhaanahu), ordered that they be protected from frivolous activities, play, noise, and raised voices. Even calling out for a lost item, asking about lost articles, and similar acts that make them like public roads, and business markets are not allowed. He, (Ta’aalaa), prohibited the burial of people inside of them and building graves over them. He prohibited the hanging of pictures in them or drawing them on their walls, and other similar things that are a means that lead to Shirk, cause distractions to those worshipping Allaah in them and contradicts what they were built for. The Prophet, (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), gave special attention to this as is well known in his Seerah (life history), and his actions. He, (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), explained this to his Ummah so that they would traverse upon his path and be guided by his guidance in respecting the Masaajid (Masjid pl.) and maintaining them with that which elevates them, such as establishing the symbols of Islaam in them. In doing so, they’d be following the Trustworthy Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). It is not confirmed from the Prophet that he honored the Masaajid by lighting them, and placing flowers on them during the ‘Eids, and special occasions. This was not known from the Rightly Guided Caliphs or the guided Imaams (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) from the first generations that the Messenger of Allaah testified for as being the best of generations. This was the case even with the advancement of the people, and their abundance of wealth and their taking a large amount from the cultures and civilizations and availability of various kinds of beautification and colors in the first three generations. Thus, all good is in following the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), guidance, the guidance of his Rightly Guided Caliphs and those who traversed upon their path from the Imaams of the Religion after them. Also, in lighting lights on the Masaajid and hanging electrical lamps above them or around them or above their minarets, hanging flags, placing flowers on them during the ‘Eids and special occasions for beautification and magnification is an imitation of the disbelievers. This is imitating them in what they do at their synagogues and churches, and the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), forbade imitating them in their celebrations and their acts of worship. The Permanent Committee Fataawa Islaamiyyah Vol. #3 Pages 54-55
For Whom is it Obligatory to Call to Allaah? Question: Is calling to Allaah an obligation on every male and female Muslim, or is it only compulsory for scholars and students of knowledge to do so? Answer: When a person has insight into what he is calling to, then there is no difference whether he is a great and famous scholar, a serious student of knowledge, or an average person, as long as he has certain knowledge about the issue. Indeed, the messenger of Allaah said: “Convey (to others) from me, even if it is a single Ayah (Verse).” So, it is not a condition that the Da’iyah (caller) have reached a great level of knowledge, but he must be knowledgeable about what he is calling to. As for the case of someone standing up out of ignorance to call to something merely because he is emotionally charged about this is not allowed. We have seen many brothers who call to Allaah, who have but a little knowledge. We find them, out of their strong feelings, forbidding what Allah did not make unlawful, and they make compulsory that which Allah did not make compulsory for His servants. This is indeed a grave mistake. This is because prohibiting what Allaah allows is like allowing what Allaah prohibited. So, the two are the same, one rebukes another, making something lawful, while the other rebukes them making it prohibited. Indeed Allah considers these the same, He said: “And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: ‘This is lawful and this is forbidden,’ so as to invent lies against Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper. A passing brief enjoyment (will be theirs) but they will have a painful torment” (An – Nahl:116,117) Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) Fatawa Islamiyyah Dar-Us Salaam Vol.8 page 32-33
Menstruating Woman Reciting The Qur’aan and Making Dua Is it permissible for a menstruating woman to recite the du’aa’s of the Day of ‘Arafaah despite the fact that they include ayat from the Qur’aan? Answer: There is nothing wrong with the woman who is menstruating or bleeding after childbirth reciting du’aa’s that are prescribed for the rituals of Hajj. Also, according to the correct opinion, there is nothing wrong with them reading Qur’aan as well, because there is no clear saheeh report that states that the woman who is menstruating or bleeding after childbirth should not read Qur’aan. It was reported that the man who is junub (in a state of impurity following sexual activity), in particular, should not read Qur’aan whilst he is junub, because of the hadeeth of ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). With regard to the woman who is menstruating or bleeding after childbirth there is the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him): “The menstruating woman and the man who is junub should not read Qur’aan” But it is da’eef (weak), because the hadeeth was reported by Ismaa’eel ibn ‘Ayyaash from the Hijaaziyeen, and he is da’eef in his reports from them. But she should read without touching the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan in Arabic), from memory. In the case of the man who is junub, he should not recite Qur’an at all, either from memory or from the Mus-haf, until he has done ghusl. The difference between them is that the timespan for the one who is junub is very short, he can do ghusl straightaway, as soon as he finished having intercourse with his wife. He is not junub for long, and it is up to him when he wants to do ghusl; if he cannot find water, he can do tayammum (“dry ablution” using dust etc.) and pray and read Qur’aan. But the woman who is menstruating or bleeding after childbirth has no control over her situation – it rests with Allaah, may He be glorified. The period lasts for a number of days and nifaas (post-natal bleeding) is the same. So it is permissible for them to recite Qur’aan so that they do not forget it and so that they do not miss out on the blessings of reciting Qur’aan and learning the rules of sharee’ah from the Book of Allaah. If that is the case, then it should certainly be permissible for them to read books containing du’aas that are a mixture of aayaat and ahaadeeth, etc… this is the more correct of the two opinions of the scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them. (Shaykh Ibn Baaz). The following question was also mentioned: I read some Tafseers (Qur’anic commentaries) when I am not taahir (ritually pure), such as during my monthly period. Is there any sin on me for doing that? Will I be committing a sin if I do that? Answer: There is no sin on the woman who is menstruating or bleeding after childbirth if she reads books of Tafseer or even if she reads Qur’aan without touching the Mus-haf, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions. As for the man who is junub, he should not read Qur’aan at all until he has done ghusl, but he can read books of Tafseer and hadeeth etc., without reading whatever they contain of aayaat, because of the report that nothing would stop the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from reading Qur’aan except janaabah (being junub). According to a hadeeth narrated by Imaam Ahmad with a jayyid isnaad, he said: “As for the man who is junub, he should not read even one aayah.” (Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/239).
Divorce Is Not A Joke!!! Question: Will a woman be divorced if her husband jokingly said to her: “You are divorced.”? Answer: Whoever jokingly divorces, then his divorce is applicable as long as he intended a divorce. And if he was joking with his wife and said to her: “You are divorced! ” then, by that, she is divorced. The issues of divorce, Nikah (marriage) and freeing a slave are serious, (and not something to be joked about). Whoever accepts the Nikah contract and (then) says: “I was (only) joking,” then this statement is not acceptable because he agreed to the contract (of Nikah) out of his own will. (Therefore), the marriage is confirmed. Similarly, whoever divorces jokingly, his divorce is applicable as long as he intended a divorce. If he was joking with his wife and said to her: “You are divorced,” then she is divorced because of that. We are of the opinion that people should be cautious in these matters and not play around with divorce.– Shaykh Bin ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) Fatawa Noorun Ala Ad-Darb – Volume 2, Page 117.
Someone asked Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah): What is your advice for an individual who has just begun to practice Islam?
Answer by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah): My advice to this new practicing individual is:
1- He should constantly ask Allaah to make him firm.
2 – He should increase in recitation of The Qur`an with contemplation. This is because recitation has a major (positive) effect on the heart, especially when coupled with contemplation and reflection.
3 – He should be diligent in being obedient to Allaah, and he should not become bored or lazy. This is because The Messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sought refuge from inability and laziness.
4 – He should be diligent in befriending good companions, and distance himself from evil companions.
5 – He should also advise himself when he finds himself thinking: Time is extremely lengthy and the path is too long! At this point, he should advise himself and remain firm. This is because Jannah (paradise) is surrounded with trials and difficulties, while the The Hell-fire is surrounded with desires.
6 – He should distance himself from bad companions even if they (those companions) are individuals he knew in the past. This is due to the fact that evil/bad companions influence an individual. Because of this, the Messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: The example of a bad companion is the example of a black smith; either he burns your clothing, or you experience from him a disgusting odor. (Bukhari: 5534, Muslim: 2628)
Source: Liqaa al Bab al Meftu 3/530, via http://salafee.multiply.com/