A principle in fiqh

 Currently reading shaykh uthameen’s sharh of bulooghul maraam

A rough translation of the below picture.

Shaykh uthameen mentions a principle in fiqh

 كل حلال فهو طاهر, وليس كل طاهر حلالاً, وكل نجس فهو حرام، و ليس كل حرام نجس

1) All halal things are pure, 2)but not all pure things are halal.

3) All impure things are haram, 4) but not all haram things are impure


1) All halal things are pure is clear.

2) But not all pure things are halal

Like harmful substances such as poison,alcohol (even though there is a difference of opinion on alcohol). 

It is pure in itself but is haram to consume.

*pure meaning if it was on your clothes one could still pray.

3) All haram things are impure

Logically it can be understood: If something is impure and must be removed from our bodies and clothes, then it can not possibly be allowed to consume it, thus allowing it to enter our inner bodies.

4) But not all haram things are impure

Like poison and other harmful substances which are haram to consume but not are not impure substances.

Allah knows best.

*I added this part to help with the understanding of the passage.

Islamic Finance – Part I (Riba) by Sheikh Hacene Chebbani

Sheikh Hacene Chebbani was born in Algeria and has been living in Canada since 1997. Sheikh Hacene has completed a Master’s in Islamic finance (2012) from UK. In 1993 he graduated in Sharīah (BA) from the Islamic University of Madinah. While there he took the opportunity to study Aqīdah, Fiqh and Hadīth with some of the notable scholars of that blessed city.

In Canada Sheikh Hacene has worked in Islamic schools teaching the Arabic language and Islamic studies and has served as Sharīah consultant and head teacher for over 6 years.

Sheikh Hacene is currently an Imam in Calgary where he gives regular classes and counseling, leading the prayers for a diverse community. He is married and has 5 children and enjoys sports and reading in his spare time.


Very very beneficial videos mashAllah

When the first Jamaah in the Masjid is finished


When the first Jamaah in the Masjid is finished and later more people arrive can they make a second Jamaah and pray? What is the ruling according to the book and the sunnah?


Making a second Jamaah in one masjid has a difference of opinion from the salaf us saliheen some Imams for example, Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and Ishaaq Ibn Rahywayyah and other have gone towards a position that a second Jamaah is permissible where as Imaam Maalik and Imaam Shafi’ee and Ashaab ur-ray (People of opinion ie the founders of the Hanafee madhab) held the position that the second Jamaah is makrooh (disliked). It is the saying of Imaam Shafi’ee that the second Jamaah is makrooh in a masjid in which the Imaam and the Muadhin are fixed. (Kitaab ul Umm of Shafiee (1\136, 137). Where as it is the saying of Ahnaf Ashaab Ur-Rayy (The companions of the people of opinion) that it is Makrooh Tahreemi like it has been mentioned in Fataawa Shaamee. (Of Ibn Aabideen (10th Century Hijree)



“It is narrated from Abu Sa’eed Khudri that the Messenger of Allah saw a person who was praying alone in the masjid so the Messenger of Allaah said,“Who will take part in transaction and pray with him”. It is in the second narration that a man entered the masjid at the time when the jammat had finished so the Messenger of Allaah said, “Who will give him sadaqa and pray with him,” so an individual stood up and prayed with him.”

(See Al-Muntaqa li Ibn Jarood (no. 330), Abu Dawood (1/157 no.574), Tirmidhee (1/427 no. 220), Daarimee (1\258, 318), Musnad Ahmad (3\5, 64, 85,5\45), Musnad Abee Ya’ala (2/321), Ibn Hibbaan (no’s 436, 437, 438),Tabaranee As-Sagheer (1/218, 238), Baihaqee (3/69), Al-Muhalla (4/238),Haakim (1/209), Sharh us-Sunnah (3/436), Ibn Abee Shaybah (2/322), Ibn Khuzaimah (1/632), Nasab ar Ra’yah (2/57), Tadween Fee Akhbaar Qazween Lil
Rafa’ee (2/258) Imaam Haakim Said it is Saheeh and Dhahabee agreed with him


This same Hadeeth is narrated in Sunan DaarQutnee (1/277), From Anas Ibn Maalik. About which Allaamah Nimawee Hanafee said in Athar us-Sunnan (1/267) “Isnaaduhu saheehun”, Allaamah Zaylee Hanafee In Nasb ar-Ra’yah (2/58) “Wassandu jayidan”. Like wise Haafidh Ibn Hajr al-Asqaalaanee also said that the Isnaad is good (Ad-Daraayah (1/173)


It is in Baihaqee that Abu Bakr (Radhiallaahu Anhu) was person who prayed with him


Allaamah Zail’ee Hanafee in Nasb Ar-Ra’yah and Allaamah Suyootee in “Quwwat al-Mugtadhee” also said the same.


The Hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree was considered Hasan by Imaam Tirmidhee and Imaam Haakim, Dhahabee and Ibn Hazm said it was Saheeh. Imaam Baghawee said after this Hadeeth in his book Sharh us-Sunnah, “This Hadeeth proves (Abu Saeed Al Khudri) that the individual who prayed in the Jamaah once, it is permissible for him to pray with other people a second time. Like wise it is permissible to establish the second Jamaah. This is the saying of many Companions and great Taab’ieen.”


Imaam Ibn Qudamaah said, “Repeating The Jamaah in the masjid is not Makrooh (Disliked), it means that when the Imaam of the local Masjid has finished the congregational prayer and the people for the second Jamaah are present, then it is Mustahab (Recommended) for them to pray in congregation. This is the saying of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood, Ataa, Nakh’aee, Hasan, Qataadah and Ishaaq Ibn Rahawaihah” (Al-Mugnee (3/10)


After this Imaam Ibn Qudaamah also mentioned the Hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed. “It is narrated from Abu Hurairah the Messenger of Allaah said, “The reward of the congregational prayer is 25 times more than the prayer said alone.” (Bukhaari with Fath al-Baari (2/299), Muslim with Sharh Nawawee (5/151), Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (1/29), Nisaa’e (1/24, 2/103), Tirmidhee (no. 216), Ibn Maajah (no. 787), Daarimee (1/235), Abu Awaanah (2/2), Ibn Khuzaimah
(2/364), Ibn Hibbaan (3/381,382), Baihaaqee (3/60) and Sharh Us-Sunnah (3/340)


In the same way the Hadeeth of Abdullah Ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) mentions the  reward of 27 times. (Bukhaari with Fath al-Baari (2/131).


This Hadeeth in its generality includes the first and second Jamaah from which we find out that if the first Jamaah of a person is finished then he can offer his prayer with the second Jamaah and obtain the reward. “It is narrated from Abu Uthmaan al-Ja’ad that Anas Ibn Maalik passed by the Masjid of Banee Tha’labah and said “Have you prayed.” And is said yes that was the morning prayer. He ordered one person to call the Adhaan and Iqaamah, then he led his companions in prayer.”


(Taaleeqan (Footnote form) in Bukhaari (2/131) with Fath al-Baari, Musnad Abee Ya’ala (7/315 no. 4355), Ibn Abee Shaybah (1/148, 2/321), Baihaqee (3/70), Majma’a az-Zawaa’id (2/4), al-Mataalib al-Aaliyyah (1/118, no. 426), Tagleeq at-Ta’leeq (2/276), Abdur
Razzaaq (2/291), Tabaqaat al-Muhadditheen Li Abee ash-Shaykh (1/402,403) in
Mawsoolan form)


“Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood entered the Masjid and the people had prayed, so he led Alqamah, Masrooq and Aswad in prayer.” (Ibn Abee Shaybah, Abkaar al-Manan (p. 253) Its chain is authentic, Mir’aah Sharh Mishkaat (4/104) From these AHadeeth and Aathaar we find that performing the second Jamaah in the Masjid is permissible without and this was the position of the Major Companions (Raa).


The Proofs of those who consider it Makrooh.

It is narrated from Abu Bakrah “The Messenger came from the outskirts of Madinah and he wanted to offer the prayer. He observed that the people had offered their prayers. So he went to his house and gathered his family members and then prayed with them.” (al-Kaamil Li Ibn Adiyy (6/2398), Majma’a Az-Zawaa’id (2/48), Tabaranee al-Awsat (no. 4379), al-Imaam az-Zamah, al-Allaamah , al-Muhaddith, al-Faqeeh, Umdah tul Ulama,


Abu Abdur Rahmaan Muhammad Naasir ud Deen al-Albaanee (Rh) said its chain is Hasan in Tamaam al-Minnah (1/155). And Allamaah Haithamee said Tabaraanee have narrated it in Mu’ajam al-Kabeer and Awsth, its narrators are trustworthy.


The conclusion that is drawn form this Hadeeth is that if the second Jamaah was permissible then the Messenger of Allaah would not have abandoned the virtues of praying in the Masjid ie he would have prayed in the Masjid because the reward is greater in praying in the Prophets Masjid than in a normal Masjid.



Al-Allaamah, al-Muhaddith, Shaykh ul-Hindh Ubaidullaah Rahmaanee and Mubaarakpooree said concerning this, “Taking this as a proof for the prohibition (Ie it being Makrooh) of the second Jamaah in the Masjid is objectionable, because this Hadeeth is not a text for him leading them in prayer in his house rather there is also the question that he may have led
them in prayer in the Masjid. His going to his house was for gathering his family members, not for doing the Jamaah. (see Miraat)


If it is accepted that he did lead his family members in prayer at his house, then it still does not prove the prohibition for performing the second Jamaah but the deductive point that is proven is that if a man was to go to a Masjid where the Jamaah had finished then he should not pray in the Masjid but rather he should go home and pray with his family. Any way saying that praying in a second Jamaah is Makrooh (disliked) is not proven from this Hadeeth like it does not prove the prohibition of the individual person who comes to pray in the Masjid (after the Jamaah is finished). If this Hadeeth is taken for the second Jamaah being Makrooh,
then this also proves that the individual person must not pray in the Masjid.” (Mir’aat, The Sharh of Mishkaat (4/105)



The saying of Al-Imaam Al-Muhaddith Abu Abdur-Rahmaan Muhammad Naasir ud deen al-Albaanee (Alyhee Rahamatullaah) that the chain of this Hadeeth is “Hasan”, is objectionable  because one of the narrator of the Hadeeth “Baqiyyah Ibn Waleed” is a Mudallis and he would perform “Tadless at-Taswiyyah” which is a big form of Tadlees and his hearing (from the teachers or Shuyookh) is not continuously clear. Tadlees at-Taswiyyah, is A Tadlees of the Isnaad and it is defined as, when there are three narrators, for example the first one is reliable and trustworthy, the second narrator is Daeef and the third one is reliable and
trustworthy. A Mudallis of the Taswiyyah type omits the second person (The Da’eef one) from the chain and mentions the name of the 1st and 2nd person only. (See Al-Kifaayah Fee Ilm Ar-Rawayah (p.364), Nawawee in Al-Irshaad (p.94), Haafidh Araqee in At-Taqayyid Wal-Aeydah (pp.95-96) who also said this is the worst type of Tadlees)


The Stronger Opinion Regarding of Baqiyyah Ibn Waleed.


Baqiyyah Ibn Waleed performed this type of Tadlees, See Al-Kifaayah (p.364), Jaam’e At-Tahseel (p. 102-103) of Imaam E’laaae, At-Tabayan (p. 12), At-Taqayyid Wal-Aeydah (pp. 95-96) and Al-Fiyyah al-Hadeeth Ma’a Fath al-Mugheeth (p. 84-85) of Abdur-Raheem al-Araaqee Ibn Abee Haatim said, “Baqiyyah was the person who performed it the most (ie Tadlees at-Taswiyyah).” (Elal Al-Hadeeth (2/161), Fath al-Mugheeth (p. 84), Al-Fiyyah (p. 364)


Imaam Dhahabee quotes, that Abul Hasan Ibn Qattaan said, “Baqiyyah would perform Tadlees from Da’eef people and would hold it permissible and if this correctly proven from him, then this is such an action that it will make his trustworthiness Faasid (Null and void). Imaam Dhahabee writes concerning him “By Allaah this is correct concerning him, that he would do this.” (Meezaan (1/339), Tahdheeb (1/419)


Haafidh Ibn Hajr has mentioned him in the fourth category of the Mudalliseen. (Tabaqaat al-Mudalliseen (p. 14, 49) for further proofs of him being a Mudallis see (At-Tabayan Lisabt (p. 12, 16) of Ibn al-Ajamee, Kitaab al-Mudalliseen (p. 37) of Abu Zar’ah, Manzoomah of Dhahabee and Manzoomah of al-Maqdisee Bi-Aahar At-Tabaqaat- Ithaaf al-Ansaaree (p. 6-11-20), At-Tadlees d: Masfar p. 54, 60 and 369)


Imaam Ibn Hazm said, “Such an individual is a fabricator and is open Fisq, it is therefore Waajib to throw away all his AHadeeth whether Tadlees is reported in them or not, even if he says he heard….All his narration’s are rejected and not accepted and his trustworthiness is exterminated because he deceives the people of Islaam.” Imaam Sakhawee said, “From amongst these people is Baqiyyah Ibn Waleed.” (Al-Ahkaam Fee Usool al-Ahkaam (1/142), Fath al-Mugheeth (1/227) of Sakhawee.


Imaam Haakim says, “Baqiyyah Ibn Waleed has narrated such AHadeeth from the creation of Allaah that their Names, lineage, reliability are untraceable.” (Ma’arifah Uloom al-Hadeeth (p. 132)


Imaam Sufyaan Ibn Uyainah called him Abul Ajab (The father of amazement/surprise)” (Ad-Dhu’faa of Uqailee (1/163), Meezaan, (1/332), Tahdheeb (1/418)


Abu Haatim said “He is not worthy of Proof.” (Meezaan (1/332), Tahdheeb (1/417)

Imaam Ibn Khuzaimah said, “I do not use Baqiyyah as Proof.” (Meezaan (1/332), Tahdheeb (1/418)


Dhahabee said, “Baqiyyah is the person of weird, odd and munkar narrations. Abdul Haqq has said he is not proof in many narrations” (Meezaan (1/332)


Imaam Ibn Adiyy said, “Baqiyyah opposes the reliable people in some AHadeeth.” (Meezaan (1/337), Al-Kaamil (2/512).


Abu MusHar (d. 210H) who was a great Scholar of Hadeeth from Shaam, He was put through a lot of trials for rejecting the Aqeedah of the creation of the Qur’aan by the Khaaliph. (See Tareekh al-Baghdaad (11/72) of Khateeb, Al-Ibar Fee Khabar Min Ghabar (1/374) of Dhahabee, Tadhkirrah Tal-Huffaadh (1/381) of Dhahabee, Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb (6/98) of Ibn Hajr


Abu MusHar said “The AHadeeth of Baqiyyah are not clean, beware of them” (See Meezaan al-Ei’tidaal Fee Naqad Ar-Rijaal (1/332) of Imaam Dhahabee (d.748), Tareekh al-Baghdaad (7/124), Tahdheeb (1/417) The narration of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood from Ibraaheem that Alqamah al-Aswad went with Ibn Mas’ood to the masjid where they found the people had already prayed, so he took them back to the house, where he led them in prayer.” “Abdur-Razzaaq (2/409 no. 3883) from him Tabaraanee in Mu’jam al-Kabeer no. 9380)


This narration contains Hamaad Ibn Abee Suleimaan who was forgetful (See Majma Az-Zawaa’id (1/119, 120) and a also a Mudallis, (Tabaqaat al-Mudalliseen). This narration is like “on the authority, on the authority of” ie Aan Aan and such a narration is Da’eef. So only three narrators are taken as proof before the forgetting of Hamaad, Allaamah Haithamee said,
“The narrations of Hamaad that will be accepted are those which were narrated from him by narrators, before his forgetting. For example Shu’bah, Sufyaan ath-Thawree and Hishaam  Dastawai, and whoever apart from them (Ie these three) narrates from him will be after his forgetting.” (Majma az-Zawaa’id (1/125).


Approximately this has also been mentioned by Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (See Sharh Elal Tirmidhee of Ibn Rajab p.326). Mu’amar narrated this from Hamaad therefore it is not a proof.

It has been established authentically above that Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood prayed the second Jamaah in the masjid and the narration of prohibition is Da’eef. Also the affirmatory action takes precedence over the negatory action and therefore with these two points in mind there is permissibility of praying in a second Jamaah in the masjid.


Shaykh Ubaidullaah Rehmaanee (Rahimahullaah) said, “According to us the better opinion is that if a person reached the masjid and the Jamaah with the established Imaam had elapsed and he did not pray due to a reason, then it is permissible and Mubah (Recommended) that he pray with the second Jamaah.” (Mir’aat, The Sharh of Mishkaat (4/107)


However it must be stressed this opinion does not permit missing the first Jamaah and praying with the second due to laziness or any other invalid reason and utmost care and determination must be maintained in order to reach the first Jamaah


By Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari


Excessive Laughter…

Excessive Laughter

This is a problem that is widespread, especially among the youth.

Someone asked:
“Our gatherings with friends and colleagues are filled with too much laughter, and it goes to extremes. This phenomenon is becoming ever more widespread. What is the solution?”

In response, the solution to this problem has two aspects:
theoretical and practical.

The theoretical aspect may be further broken down into two points:
Firstly, we should know how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) conducted himself when it came to laughter, and he is the best example in this as in all other things.

It is reported in a saheeh hadeeth that his laughter was never more than a smile. (Reported by Ahmad in al-Musnad, 5/97; Saheeh al-Jaami, 4861).

According to another hadeeth, he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to remain silent for long periods, and laugh little. (Reported by Ahmad in al-Musnad, 5/86; Saheeh al-Jaami, 4822).

Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) laughing so heartily that his back teeth showed; he would only smile.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, no. 5098).

According to a saheeh hadeeth, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not laugh too much, for excessive laughter kills the heart (i.e., spiritually) .”
(Reported by Ibn Maajah, no. 4193; Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 506).

According to another report, he said: “… too much laughter corrupts the heart.”

After knowing this, if a Muslim laughs to excess it is as if he is undertaking a journey that he knows will lead to his doom.
This is the theoretical response to this problem, in brief.

Before we turn to the practical aspects, we must point out that laughter is not haraam, and the Muslim is not expected to be dour-faced and stern and rigid.

Laughter is something which is quite natural, and indeed Allaah says in the Quraan (interpretation of the meaning): “And … it is He (Allaah) Who makes (whom He wills) laugh, and makes (whom He wills) weep” [al-Najm 53:43]

But the problem which we are discussing here – excessive laughter – has a number of bad effects, including the following:

It makes gatherings explode with guffaws and echo with raucous laughter.

The believers heart is spiritually corrupted by too much laughter, and he opens his mouth too wide, instead of being serious and of sound character.

It leads to daaiyahs (Islamic workers) making people laugh as a means of winning them over and having an influence on them, or so they claim. What they do not realize is that people gather around them only for the sake of laughter, and they do not benefit from them at all.
The problem is that some people use laughter as a safety valve or release from their stress and worries, resorting to an inferior means rather than what is better.

I remember a young man who one day was suffering anxiety because he was behind in his studies, and was going through some family problems, and had other troubles as well. He went out of his house and bumped into a friend on the way, who asked him, “Where are you going?” He said: “I am worried and stressed out, so I am going to see So-and-so, so he can make me laugh and forget my problems…” He did not realize that his friends ability to make him laugh was like a drug which makes people forget while they are under its influence, but when it wears off, everything is still as it was before.

The Muslim should know better, and should treat worries and stress in the way prescribed by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When something was troubling him, he would pray (Saheeh al-Jaami, 4703), and if something distressed him, he would say,
Ya Hayyu ya Qayyoom, bi rahmatika astagheeth
(O Ever-Living, O Eternal One, by Your mercy I seek Your help).” (Saheeh al-Jaami, 4777).

According to another saheeh hadeeth, when he was overtaken by worries and distress, he would say,
“Ya Hayyu ya Qayyoom, bi rahmatika astagheeth.
Allaahu rabbee wa la ushriku bihi shay an
(O Ever-Living, O Eternal One, by Your mercy I seek Your help. Allaah is my Lord, and I do not associate anything with Him).” (Saheeh al-Jaami, 4791).

In the famous duaa to relieve stress and anxiety,
he said:
Allaahumma inni abduka,
wa’bnu adbdika wabnu amatika…
(O Allaah, I am Your slave, the son of Your slave, the son of Your maidservant…).”

This is a concept which has to be understood properly before we move on to a discussion of the practical ways of dealing with the problem of excessive laughter, which can be dealt with in the following ways:
Remembering death, the grave, the Last Day and its reckoning, the bridge over Hell (al-siraat), the Fire, and all the other terrors of the Hereafter. The way to remember all these things is to read the texts that describe these scenes and to study the details and commentaries, as well as sitting with people who are ascetic (zaahid) and whose hearts are devoted to Allaah.

Thinking about the situation of the Muslims and how they are suffering because they have strayed from their religion; they are behind in all fields of life, facing oppression, hardship and destruction, and subject to the plots of international conspiracies. When the Muslim thinks long and hard about this situation, it needs must have an impact on how much he laughs and cries.

Feeling the weight of his great responsibility towards his ummah, which is need of huge efforts to save it from the danger of falling. If this becomes his main concern, he will start making active efforts to reform his family and friends, and his society, as much as he can. He will not have the time for cracking stupid jokes or for excessive laughter or trivial pursuits.

Avoiding mixing with jokers who are well-known for making people laugh and trying to be funny, and keeping away from gatherings where they are present, whilst also trying to advise them and the people who sit with them. We have already referred to some Islamic workers who use the tactic of making people laugh as a means of winning people over, and in some cases the general public may say, “Where is the shaykh who makes us laugh? We want the shaykh who makes us laugh!” This is a step backwards, which we hope the ummah will avoid, because the Religion of Allaah is great and strong.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings): “Verily! This (the Quraan) is the Word that separates (the truth from falsehood…). And it is not a thing for amusement.” [al-Taariq 83:13]

“…Hold fast to that which We have given you…” [al-Baqarah 2:93].

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much, and you would go out to the hills, beseeching Allaah for help.” If we really understood what is required of us, and what lies ahead, we would never even sleep peacefully.

Resisting the urge to laugh as much as possible, as well as tying to stop others from laughing. There may be a gathering where the people are accustomed to laughing and chortling most of the time. So the Muslim must first suppress his own laughter, just as he suppresses a yawn, then he should advise the other people present and help them to control themselves. It takes a persuasive, determined and serious person to do this.

There is a lot of goodness in people, praise be to Allaah, and they are ready to respond to the one who wants to reform them and improve them. This can be achieved in a number of ways, such as telling them how bad it is to laugh and make others laugh, because it can lead to lies and falsehood when the “comedian” cannot find a true story to tell, so he makes up a tale from his imagination to make people laugh.

This is the kind of person who was warned by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Woe to the one who talks and tells lies to make people laugh… woe to him, woe to him!”
(Saheeh al-Jaami, 7136).

Changing the subject that led to the laughter, and introducing another, useful subject. If you see that the people have gone too far with their laughter, try to bring them to their senses, using a proper method, and introduce a serious topic and help them to make good use of their time, by reading a useful book, discussing an important topic, exchanging ideas, or suggesting some charitable project or other good work that Allaah likes and is pleased with.

As a last resort, if you have done all that you can to advise them correctly, get up and leave the gathering, to protect yourself from corruption. “… and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another…” [al-Anaam 6:164 – interpretation of the meaning].

No Joking Matter Is This


1: It not should not involve any element of making fun of Islam.

That is one of the things that nullify a person’s Islam.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were only talking idly and joking.’ Say: Was it at Allaah, and His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger that you were mocking?’

Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed”

[al-Tawbah 9:65-66]

Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Making fun of Allaah, His Signs and His Messenger is kufr (disbelief) and the one who does that disbelieves thereby after he had believed.”

The same applies to making fun of some Sunnahs, an action which is widespread, such as making fun of the beard and the hijaab, or of shortening one’s garment, etc.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in al-Majmoo al-Thameen, 1/63:

“The matters of Divine Lordship, Prophethood, Revelation and religion are sacred matters which are to be venerated. It is not permissible for anyone to show disrespect towards them, whether by mocking them to make others laugh or to poke fun at them. If anyone does that, he is a kaafir, because this is indicative of his disrespect towards Allaah and His Messengers, Books and Laws. Whoever does that has to repent to Allaah for what he has done, because that is a kind of hypocrisy. So he has to repent to Allaah, seek His forgiveness, mend his ways and develop fear of Allaah, veneration towards Him and love for Him in his heart. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

2 : The jokes should only be truthful.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Woe to the one who tells lies to make people laugh, woe to him.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, warning against this kind of behaviour which some jokers are accustomed to: “A man may say something to make his companions laugh, and he will fall into Hell as far as the Pleiades because of it.” (Narrated by Ahmad).

3 : Not scaring people

Especially those who are very energetic or strong, or who are holding a weapon or a piece of iron, or who take advantage of the darkness and people’s weakness to use that as a means of scaring and alarming them. It was narrated that Abu Layla said: “The companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that they were travelling with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and a man among them fell asleep. Some of them got a rope and tied him up, and he got scared. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘It is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim.’ (Narrated by Abu Dawood).

4 : Mocking people by winking behind their backs or making snide remarks

People vary in their ability to understand things and in their characters. Some weak people, those who like to make fun of others and wink behind their backs or make snide remarks, may find a person to be an object of fun for them and the butt of their jokes – Allaah forbid.

Allaah has forbidden such behaviour in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult one’s brother after having Faith

[al-Hujuraat 49:11]

Ibn Katheer said in his Tafseer: “What is meant here is looking down on them, belittling them or making fun of them. This is haraam and is counted as one of the characteristics of the hypocrites.”

Some people make fun of a person’s appearance, manner of walking or vehicle. But there is the fear that Allaah may requite the one who makes fun of others because of that. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Do not express malicious joy towards your brother’s misfortune, for Allaah may have mercy on him and you may be stricken by the thing you made fun of.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi) .

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned against mocking people and hurting their feelings, because that is the path that leads to hatred and grudges. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, he does not wrong him, let him down or look down upon him. Taqwa (piety, awareness and fear of Allaah) is here” – and he pointed to his chest three times – “It is sufficient evil for a man to look down upon his Muslim brother. Every Muslim is sacred to another Muslim, his blood, his property and his honour.” (Narrated by Muslim)

5 : The jokes should not be excessive.

Some people joke too much and it becomes a habit for them. This is the opposite of the serious nature which is the characteristic of the believers. Joking is a break, a rest from ongoing seriousness and striving; it is a little relaxation for the soul. Umar ibn Abd al-Azeez (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.”

Imaam al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The kind of joking which is forbidden is that which is excessive and persistent, for it leads to too much laughter and hardening of the heart, it distracts from remembrance of Allaah, and it often leads to hurt feelings, generates hatred and causes people to lose respect and dignity. But whoever is safe from such dangers, then that which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do is permissible for him.”

6 : Acknowledging people’s status

Some people may joke with everyone indiscriminately, but scholars and the elderly have rights, so you have to be aware of the character of the person with whom you are dealing. You should not joke with ignorant people, fools or people whom you do not know.

With regard to this matter, Umar ibn Abd al-Azeez said: “Fear joking, for it undermines chivalry and manliness.”

Sad ibn Abi Waqqaas said: “Set a limit to your jokes, for going to extremes makes you lose respect and incites the foolish against you.”

7 : The amount of joking should be like the amount of salt in ones food.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not laugh too much, for laughing too much deadens the heart.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7312)

Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever laughs too much or jokes too much loses respect, and whoever persists in doing something will be known for it.”

So beware of joking, for it “causes a person to lose face after he was thought of as respectable, and it brings him humiliation after esteem.”

8 : It should not involve backbiting.

This is a foul sickness. Some people think that they can talk about others, and say that this is by way of joking, but it is included in the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “[Backbiting is] your mentioning about your brother something that he dislikes.” (Narrated by Muslim)

9 : Choosing appropriate times for joking.

Such as when you are taking a trip in the countryside, or attending a party in the evening, or when meeting a friend, you may relax and enjoy some gentle anecdotes, nice stories or light jokes, in order to generate friendship and instill happiness in the heart; or when family problems are taking their toll and one of the spouses is angry, some gentle joking may relieve the tension and cheer people up.

O Muslim,

A man said to Sufyaan ibn Uyaynah (may Allaah be pleased with him), “Joking is not right, it is to be denounced.” He replied, “Rather it is Sunnah, but only for those who know how to do it and do it at the appropriate time.”

Nowadays, although the ummah needs to increase the love between its individual members and to relieve itself of boredom, it has gone too far with regard to relaxation, laughter and jokes. This has become a habit which fills their gatherings and wastes their time, so their lives are wasted and their newspapers are filled with jokes and trivia.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much.” In Fath al-Baari it says: “What is meant by knowledge here has to do with the might of Allaah and His vengeance upon those who disobey Him, and the terrors that occur at death, in the grave and on the Day of Resurrection) .

Muslim men and women have to be inclined to choose righteous and serious friends in their lives, who will help them to make good use of their time and strive for the sake of Allaah with seriousness and steadfastness, good and righteous people whose example they can follow. Bilaal ibn Sa’d said: “I saw them [the Sahaabah] jokingly pretending to fight over some goods, and laughing with one another, but when night came they were like monks.”

Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked, “Did the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) laugh?” He said, “Yes, and the faith in their hearts was like mountains.”

So you have to follow the example of such people, who were knights by day and monks (i.e., devoted worshippers) by night.

May Allaah keep us, you and our parents safe on the Day of the Greatest Terror, those to whom the call will go out on that great Day:

Enter Paradise, no fear shall be on you, nor shall you grieve”

[al-A’raaf 7:49 – interpretation of the meaning]

Ruling on Joking in Islam

There is nothing wrong with humorous talk and joking, if it is truthful, especially if it is not done a great deal. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to joke but he never said anything but that which was true. But if it involves telling lies, then it is not permissible, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Woe to the one who speaks and lies in order to make people laugh; woe to him, woe to him.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaa’i with a jayyid isnaad. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

The Decision of the fatwa committee of the Council of Indonesian ‘Ulema’ on a Muslim’s Attendance at Christmas Celebrations…

The Decision of the fatwa committee of the Council of Indonesian ‘Ulema’ on a Muslim’s Attendance at Christmas Celebrations

Having observed:

  • That Christmas celebrations are lately mistakenly understood by some Muslims as equal to the celebrations of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad SAW.
  • That based on such a misconception many Muslims participated in Christmas celebrations, some even in organizing such celebrations.

Having considered:

  • That the Islamic community needs clear guidance on the issue of Christmas celebrations. It is expected that the Muslims do not mix their faith and rituals with the faith and rituals of other religions.
  • That the Muslims should always try their best to increase the quality of their faith and obedience to Allah.

Having reinvestigated the following Islamic teachings:

  • That Muslims are permitted to co-operate and interact with the followers of other religions on worldly issues, based on the following Quranic verses:
  • Surat al-Hujurat (Q. 49:13): “O you men! Surely we have created you of a male and female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other; surely the most honourable of you with Allah is the one among you most careful (of his duty); surely Allah is knowing, and Aware.”
  • Surah Luqman (Q. 31:15): “And if they contend with you that you should associate with Me what you have no knowledge of, do not obey  them, and keep company with them in this world kindly, and follow the way of him who turns to Me, then to Me is your return, then will I inform you of what you did.”
  • Surat al-Mumtahana (Q. 60:8): “Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.”
  • That Muslims are not allowed to mix their faith and rituals with those of other religions, based on the following Quranic verses:
  • Surat al-Kafroon (Q. 109-6): “Say: O unbelievers! I do not worship that which you worship. Nor do you worship Him whom I worship. Nor I am going to worship that which you worship. Nor are you going to worship Him Whom I worship. You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.”
  • Surat al-Baqara (Q. 2:42): “And do not mix up the truth with the falsehood, nor hid the truth while you know (it).”
  • That Muslims should believe in ‘Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam as a messenger of God just like Muhammad and other prophets, based on the following Quranic verses:
  • Surat Maryam (Q. 19:30-32): “He said: Surely I am a servant of Allah; He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. And He has made blessed where I may be, and He has enjoined on me prayer and poor-rate (Zakah) as long as I live. And to be dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me insolent, unblessed.”
  • Surat al-Maida (Q. 5:75): “The Messiah, son of Maryam is but an apostle, apostles before him have passed away; and his mother was a truthful woman; they both used to eat food. See how We make communications clear to them, then behold, how they are turned away.”
  • Surat al-Baqara (Q. 2:285): “The apostle believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; they all believe in Allah and His Angels and His books and Hisapostles; We make no difference between any of his apostles; and they say: we hear and obey, our Lord! They forgiveness (do we crave) and to Thee is the eventual course.”
  • That whoever believes that God is more than one, or that God has sons, or that ‘Isa (Jesus) is the son of God, he is both unbeliever (Kafir) and a polytheist (mushrik) based on the following Quranic verses:
  • Surat al-Ma’ida (Q. 5:72): “Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah, He is the Messiah, son of Maryam; and the Messiah said: O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my lord and your lord. Surely whoever associates (others) with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the garden, and his abode is the fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust.”
  • Surat al-Ma’ida (Q. 5:73) “Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah is the third (person) of the three; and there is no god but the one God (Allah), and if they desist not from what they say, a painful chastisement shall befall those among them who disbelieve.”
  • Surat al-Tawba (Q. 9:30) “And the Jews say: “’Uzayr is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”
  • That Allah on the Day of Judgement will ask ‘Isa if he ever taught his people in this world to believe in him and his mother as Gods, to which ‘Isa will answer in the negative, based on the following Quranic verses of surat al-Ma’ida (Q. 5:116-118): “And when Allah will say: O ‘Isa the son of Maryam! Did you say to men, take me and my mother for two Gods besides Allah, he will say: Glory be to thee, it did not befit me that I should say what I had no right to (say); if I had said it, Thou wouldst indeed have known it; Thou knowest what is in my mind, and I do not know what is in Thy mind, surely Thou are the great knower of unseen things. I did not say to them ought save what Thou didst enjoin me with; That they worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness of them so long as I was among them, but when Thou didst cause me to die, Thou wert the watcher over them, and Thou art witness of all things. If Thou should chastise them, and Thou art witness of all things. If Thou should chastise them, then surely they are Thy servants; and if Thou shouldst forgive them, then surely Thou are the Mighty, the Wise.”
  • Islam teaches that Allah is only One, based on the following Quranic verses (Q. 112-4): “Say: He Allah, is One. Allah is He on whom all depends. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And none is like Him.”
  • Islam teaches its adherents to stay away from things shubuhat (unclear) category, from the prohibitions of Allah, and to give priority to avoiding harm over taking benefits based on:1.
  • The saying of the Prophet SAW Muhammad narrated by Nu’man b. Bashir, which stated: “Truly things which are permitted and forbidden are already very clear, but in between the two there exists things whose status is not clear, but in between the two there exists things who status is not clear (mutashabihat), which many people do not know about. Whoever is able to stay away from the shubuhat, he is maintaining the purity of his religion and dignity; whoever falls into the shubuhat, he is actually falling into forbidden areas, just like a Sheppard who herds his sheep on the border to a certain forbidden area to which the sheep are likely to penetrate. Please note that each Kind has his own prohibitions, and the prohibitions of Allah are things which have been classified in the haram (forbidden) category.”
  • There exists a maxim in the science of Islamic legal theory which says that avoiding harm should be given priority over gaining benefits.

The council of Indonesian ‘Ulema hereby issue the fatwa:

  • Although the aim of holding Christmas celebrations in Indonesia is to pay respect to the Prophet ‘Isa, Peace Be Upon Him, the celebrations cannot be separated from Christian ritual issues.
  • Attending Christmas celebrations is forbidden (haram) to Muslims.
  • To keep oneself from falling into things of shubuhat and forbidden categories, it is urged that Muslims not be engaged in any part of Christmas celebrations.

Jakarta, Jumada al-Awwal 1, 1401 A.H. or March 7, 1981, C.E.

The fatwa committee of the council of Indonesian ‘Ulema

Chairman,                                                                                                   Secretary,

(Signature)                                                                                                 (Signature)

K. H. M. Syukri Ghozali                                                                           Drs. H. Masudi

Source: Islamic Legal Interpretation Muftis and their Fatwa’s

Oxford University Press, Pakistan, 2005

As for those of you thinking; “This is all so obvious? Who would be stupid enough to celebrate Christmas?”

Well, here you go….

An Overlooked Sunnah Rinsing the Mouth after Drinking Milk…‏

عن ابنِ عَبَّاسٍ : أنَّ النَّبِيَّ (صلى الله عليه و سلم ) شَرِبَ لَبَناً فَدَعاَ بِمَاءٍ فَتَمَضْمَضَ ثُمَّ قَالَ : (( إِنَّ لَهُ دَسَمًا )).  

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) drank some milk then called for some water. Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, “It has fat.”

[Collected by Bukhari 211 and Muslim 358]

Benefits for this subject:

Imam An-Nawwawee said,

” This hadeeth confirms it’s recommended to rinse the mouth after drinking milk.”[ Sharh Saheeh Muslim ] 

Abu Dawud mentioned this hadeeth in his Sunnan. He wrote the chapter- Wudu from Milk. However he didn’t intend the technical meaning for wudu, but rather he meant the linguistic meaning for wudu.[ Bathul Majhud fee halee Sunnan Abee Dawud ]

Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen said,

“The reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) rinsed his mouth was because of the fat. It can be understood from this action that it’s legislated to rinse the mouth from all foods which contain fat, regardless whether drank or chewed. Its good manners to rinse the mouth afterwards to remove the fat. If the substance is heavy in fat, then it’s better to use siwak. For this reason the scholars say: it’s sunnah to use siwak to remove any fat after eating if the smell of the mouth changed.
[ Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukahri ]

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Is it permissible for me to return the salaams of a woman who is a stranger to me, i.e., a non-mahram?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Allaah has commanded us to spread the greeting of salaam, and has enjoined us to return the greeting to all Muslims. He has made the greeting of salaam one of the things that spread love among the believers.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

” When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allaah is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things ”


And it was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will not enter Paradise until you (truly) believe, and you will not (truly) believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread the greeting of salaam amongst yourselves.”

Narrated by Muslim, 54.

In the answer to question no. 4596, there is a lengthy discussion on the importance of greeting with salaam and returning the greeting.


The command to spread the greeting of salaam is general and applies to all the believers. It includes men greeting men and women greeting women, and a man greeting his female mahrams. All of them are enjoined to initiate the greeting of salaam, and the other is obliged to return the greeting.

But there is a special ruling that applies to a man greeting a non-mahram woman, because of the fitnah (temptation) that may result from that in some cases.


There is nothing wrong with a man greeting a non-mahram woman with salaam, without shaking hands with her, if she is elderly, but he should not greet a young woman with salaams when there is no guarantee that there will be no fitnah (temptation). This is what is indicated by the comments of the scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them.

Imam Maalik was asked: Can a woman be greeted with salaam? He said: With regard to the elderly woman, I do not regard that as makrooh, but with regard to the young woman, I do not like that.

Al-Zarqaani explained the reason why Maalik did not like that, in his commentary on al-Muwatta’: Because of the fear of fitnah when he hears her returning the greeting.

In al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah (1/370) it says: Ibn Muflih mentioned that Ibn Mansoor said to Imam Ahmad: (What about) greeting women with salaam? He said: If the woman is old there is nothing wrong with it.

Saalih (the son of Imam Ahmad) said: I asked my father about greeting women with salaam. He said: With regard to old women, there is nothing wrong with it, but with regard to young women, they should not be prompted to speak by being made to return the salaam.

Al-Nawawi said in his book al-Adhkaar (p. 407):

Our companions said: Women greeting women is like men greeting to men. But when it comes to women greeting men, if the woman is the man’s wife, or his concubine, or one of his mahrams, then it is like him speaking to another man; it is mustahabb for either of them to initiate the greeting of salaam and the other is obliged to return the greeting. But if the woman is a stranger (non-mahram), if she is beautiful and there is the fear that he may be tempted by her, then the man should not greet her with salaam, and if he does then it is not permissible for her to reply; she should not initiate the greeting of salaam either, and if she does, she does not deserve a response. If he responds then this is makrooh.

If she is an old woman and he will not be tempted by her, then it is permissible for her to greet the man with salaam and for the man to return her salaams.

If there is a group of women then a man may greet them with salaam, or if there is a group of men, they may greet a woman with salaam, so long as there there is no fear that any of the parties may be tempted.

Abu Dawood (5204) narrated that Asma’ the daughter of Yazeed said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed by us woman and greeted us with salaam.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

And al-Bukhaari (6248) narrated that Sahl ibn Sa’d said: “There was an old woman of our acquaintance who would send someone to Budaa’ah (a garden of date-palms in Madeenah). She would take the roots of silq (a kind of vegetable) and put them in a cooking pot with some powdered barley. After we had prayed Jumu’ah, we would go and greet her, then she should offer (that food) to us.”

Al-Haafiz (Ibn Hajar) said in al-Fath:

Concerning the permissibility of men greeting women with salaam and women greeting men: what is meant by its being permitted is when there is no fear of fitnah.

Al-Haleemi was quoted as saying: Because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was infallible and protected from fitnah. Whoever is confident that he will be safe from temptation may greet (women) with salaam, otherwise it is safer to keep silent.

And al-Muhallab is quoted as saying: It is permissible for men to greet women with salaam and for women to greet men, if there is no fear of fitnah.

And Allaah knows best.

See Ahkaam al-‘Awrah wa’l-Nazar by Musaa’id ibn Qaasim al-Faalih.

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