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Can In vitro Fertilization be practised to conceive?

Question: My husband and I have been trying for a long time to have another child. I am trying to undergo treatment in order to regain my fertility. If this fails, the next step, if we wish to take it, is In vitro fertilization (IVF) i.e. fertilization will take place …

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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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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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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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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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Who is a Shaheed (martyr) and how is he buried?

Question:  Kindly explain to me who is a Shaheed (martyr) and what are the rulings pertaining to a Shaheed in relation to the Ghusl, Janazah and burial  Answer:  The term Shaheed generally refers to a person martyred in the path of Allah on the battlefield. The term Shaheed may also …

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Determining the sex of an unborn during pregnancy

Question:  Assalamo alaikum. I would like to know whether it is permissible to find out the sex of the baby during pregnancy.  Answer:  This is not encouraged. Nevertheless, it is permissible on condition that:  a) The procedure is not harmful to the mother or the fetus. b) One does not …

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Compensation for those who cannot fast

Question:  One elderly man wants to compensate the missing fasts of past months of Ramadan. He can not fast because off disease and old age. He knows one very needy person but to go to him every day for giving money is problematic. Can he give all volume of money …

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Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Islam

Question:  Is plastic surgery haram?  Answer:  NB. By cosmetic surgery being mentioned, both cosmetic and plastic surgery is intended in this Fatwa. The Fuqahaa’ (Jurists) have categorized cosmetic surgery into two types: a) Cosmetic surgery that is permissible b) Cosmetic surgery that is not permissible Cosmetic surgery that is permissible …

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