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Family Matters


Question and Answer: Q. When is a child considered an orphan, and up until what age, for a boy and for a girl? (Question published as received) A. A child without a father is considered an orphan until the age of puberty. And Allah Knows Best Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo …

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Pets in Islam?

Question and Answer: Q. My baby son loves animals and I wanted to get him a pet, and I wanted to know what is the proper ruling regarding pets. Can we keep pets? Ie, cat or dog? What about fish, birds, etc? I would like to get a dog or …

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Breaking Family ties

Q. Respected Mufti Saheb Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu My mother is always very angry with me and bears enmity towards me. Therefore I have severed all ties with her and my brothers. Please advise me what I should do.     A. To respect and honour your mother is of …

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Looking at the deceased wife’s face

Question and Answer: Q. Can a man give Ghusl to his wife after she has passed away and can he see her face? A. According to the Hanafi Madh-hab, it is not permissible for the husband to touch his wife’s bare skin after she has passed away and it is …

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Am I a Mahram to my Nani’s (maternal grandmother’s) sister?

Question and Answer: Q. Am I a Mahram to my Nani’s (maternal grandmother’s) sister? A. Your grandmother’s sister is your Mahram. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 1, Pg: 273) And Allah Knows Best Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians A. Your grandmother’s …

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Rules of Purdah (segregation) in Adoption

Q. We wish to adopt a girl. Our concern is that once the child grows up, will she have to make purda from the menfolk in the home? Also, can the biological parents be allowed to visit the child when they wish? (There may be grammatical and spelling errors in …

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