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Shaking hands with males and females

Question:  Is it Haraam for a man to shake a woman’s hand and vice versa except if it is her immediate family member?  Answer:  Yes. It is prohbited. Sayyidatuna Aa’ishah (Radiyallahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had never shaken hands with a non-Mahram female ever. (Bulooghul Maraam). When …

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The ruling on Tattoos in Islam

Question:  Please can you send me something regarding the implications of a Muslim having tattoos on their body from an Islamic perspective?  Answer:  It is forbidden for Muslims to draw tattoos or have tattoos drawn. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has cursed the one who draws tattoos and the one who …

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Attending the funeral ceremony of a non-Muslim

Question:  I would like to know if it’s permissible for a Muslim person to go a Christian prayer meeting for the death. Eg, if my Christian mother in law should pass on and they have a prayer meeting for her, is it permissible for me to attend that gathering because …

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Can a male wear a ring on his finger?

Question:  Are males allowed to wear platinum rings?  Answer:  No. Men are only allowed to wear rings of silver. The weight of the silver should not exceed one Mithqaal as mentioned in the Hadith. One Mithqaal is equivalent to approximately 4.374 grams. (Raddul Muhtaar)  And Allah knows best  Suhail Tarmahomed …

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Is it permissible for a female to undergo a breast lift?

Question:  Please advise if it is permissible for women to have a breast lift done.  Answer:  No. It is not permissible unless there is a genuine medical reason for this.  And Allah knows best  Suhail Tarmahomed (Mufti)  Checked and Approved: Mufti Ebrahim Desai Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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Reciting aloud in Nafl Salaah

Question:  May one read Nafl Salaah aloud during the day if one is reading alone? Can I recite aloud in Nafl Salaah during the night?  Answer:  There is no record of it being the practice of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) or the Sahabah to recite aloud in regular Nafl Salaah …

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Bone Marrow Donation

Question:  Is it possible to become a Bone Marrow donor for people who have cancer?  Answer:  Having researched the matter, we have learned that there are alternatives to bone marrow donation from donors. There are new medical techniques available that use either the very same patient’s marrow or his blood …

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Distributing sweets and gifts on childbirth

Question:  Inshallah soon we will be having a baby. Please tell us if handing out sweets and methai (Sweetmeats) after the birth of the baby to family and friends is permissible?  Answer:  It is permissible to hand out sweets and Mithai (sweetmeats), etc. after childbirth to family and friends as …

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Should a woman take a Ghusl after visiting the gynecologist?

Question:  Should a woman make Ghusal after a checkup at the gynecologist?  Answer:  Ghusl will not be necessary if an internal is done. However, the Wudhu will become invalid by this procedure. Similarly, the fast will become invalid if the woman is fasting. If she had underwent an external checkup, …

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Is it permissible to donate blood?

Question:  Please advise if a Muslim may donate blood?  Answer:  It is permissible to donate and transfuse blood if: a) There is a desperate need to donate blood; b) There is no other alternative; and c) This has been prescribed by an expert medical practitioner. This permissibility is based on …

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