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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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Hosting and attending Baby Showers

Title: Hosting and attending Baby Showers Question Is it permissible to have baby showers or attend an invitation to a baby shower? In our community there is a debate some saying yes and some no. please guide on this. Answer The giving of gifts in Islam is meritorious and highly …

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Is it permissible for females to drive?

Title: Is it permissible for females to drive? Question: Assalaam-u-alaikum! Kindly let me know how far it is permissible for a woman to drive without a mehram inside or outside her city’s limits. Answer: In principle, a female should stay within the confines of her home. It is not permissible …

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Contraception in Islam

Question:  Kindly advise me on the ruling of contraception in Islam:   Answer:  CONTRACEPTION:  Contraception (Azl) is permissible on a limited scale for valid reasons -reasons considered by the Shariáh to be valid. The circumstances which will permit reversible and permanent contraception differ.   REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION  Among the reasons accepted …

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