Sunday, November 28, 2010


Q.9: Can one recite Sura Mulk while he is alive or can someone recite for him after his demise for the purpose of protection in the Qabar? And what quantity of bread must be given in charity to the poor?
Ans: Perform this virtuous act every year of your life for the purpose of Esaale Thawaab. There is no specific quantity stipulated for Sadaqa in Shari'ah, whenever possible, with clean earnings, (bread or Naan). Infact, to do it continuously and then omit it, is not a good practise.
There are numerous benefits concerning this Blessed Surah in the Ahadith Shareef. There is no other thing or virtue equivalent to the recitation of Sura Mulk for the removal of the punishment of the grave and achieving tranquillity in it. When the Angels of punishment tries from all sides in the grave to approach the reciter of this Surah, this Mubarak Surah rebukes the Angels, "Do not come close to this person because he used to recite me". The Angels will reply, "We have been sent by Him Whose Speech you are". The Surah replies, "Await until I return and do not go near this person".
This Surah Mubarak proceeds to the Divine Court in the Presence of Allah and disputes with Him in such a manner that no creation of Allah has the courage or strength to do so. So much so that there is a delay in the pardoning of the reciter and this Sacred Sura again requests to the Almighty Lord, "This person regularly recited Me and You did not forgive him. If I am not Your Words, then peel me off from your Kitaab (Quran)". Then, the Merciful Creator will reply, "Go, I have forgiven him". Surah Mulk will immediately proceed to Jannah and get silk clothes, a comfortable pillow, flowers and fragrance, and then go back to the grave. It will then console the reciter and affectionately say to him, "I hope that you did not get frightened due to My delay in returning to you!" This Sura will lay the comfortable bedding on the floor of the grave and the order will come from Allah to the Angels of Punishment to return at once.
Q.10: If a woman is sickly and has limited funds that can only suffice for herself, can she travel alone for Hajj?
Ans: It is not permissible for a female to perform Hajj without a Mahram (any male with whom marriage is not permitted).
Q.11: Some people have a habit of lifting their pants after Ruku and thereafter going into Sajdah. What is the Law of Shari'ah concerning such a practise?
Ans: It is Makrooh. According to some Jurist, one's Salaah breaks if it is done with both hand.
Q.12: What is the situation, if due to cold, one covers one's hand with a blanket or puts it into his pocket at the time of Du'a?
Ans: If I am correct, it was Hazrat Sheikh Zun Nun Misri (radi Allahu anhu) who only lifted one hand due to the cold. By an Inspiration, he was informed, "You only lifted one hand and I (Allah) have placed it in whatever I (Allah) wanted. Had you lifted the other one, I would have filled it."
Q.13: Do Du'as get accepted all the time?
Ans: It is stated in the Hadith Shareef that Almighty Allah is very Modest and Generous and, hence, very shameful if His servants lift their hands towards Him and get nothing. One who does not make Du'a to Allah, Allah becomes angry with him.
Q.14: Is there a prohibition in shaking hands at the time of departure?
Ans: No. When the Sahaba of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used to meet, they shook hands and when they departed, they embraced each other.
Q.15: Is embracing done on both sides or one?
Ans: It is correct on one side, but the original residents of Arab Shareef embraced on both sides.
Q.16: Is it permissable to shake hands after five daily Salaah, Jumma and both Eids?
Ans: Yes, it is permissable. In "Naseenur Riyaad" it is recorded that this is a good practise.
Q.17: Can the meat of the animal slaughtered for a child's Aqiqah be consumed by the parents, grandparents, uncles and immediate families?
Ans: Certainly! They all can consume this meat. This type of Sadaqah in which all can eat is recorded in "Uqoodud Dariyyah" that the laws of Aqiqah is the same as Qurbani.
P.S.: Many Muslims regard it as incorrect practice for Aqiqah meat to be eaten by the parent of the child or the immediate families. This is an un-Islamic practice. Such meat can be eaten.
Q.18: What is the difference between a minor sin and a major sin?
Ans: There are about 700 different types of major sins whose explanation are very lengthy. Any sin against Almighty Allah is a major sin. If you categorise the major and minor sins separately, then you will regard the minor sins lightly and this in turn will become worse than a major sin. If anyone regards a sin as light, it automatically becomes a major sin. For the purpose of differentiation and a guideline, all that is important to know is that the omission of a Fardh duty is a major sin and of a Waajib is a minor sin. If any sin is committed by fearlessness and request, it is a major sin.