Fiqh

Intention for Ablution

Question:  Are we required to have a niyyah (intention) when performing the wuḍu (ablution)? Answer: i. Ṣalāh (prayer) is an integral part of Islam. Its prerequisite is the required level of purity.  Most books and manuals of fiqh (jurisprudence) tend to place this subject of Ṭahāra (purification) at the beginning, given its importance. ii. Writing in Bidāyatul Mujtahid (Vol. 1, Kitāb aṭ-Ṭahāra) Ibn Rushd states: ‘Wuḍu (ablution) becomes obligatory when

Eid on Friday

Question: Over the last couple of years, Eid has fallen on a Friday.  Is it an obligation to pray both congregational prayers, or is one able to prayer either of them? Answer: There is a difference of opinion upon this matter. Great legal minds have previously disagreed over this point, each setting out their own respective reasoning based upon the primary textual evidences.  Our own view, is that there is

women with her face covered

Q uestion: In attending Ḥajj this year, I witnessed many other women who were covering their faces whilst in Iḥrām.  Prior to attendance, my husband and I attended some preparatory classes where the Sheikh mentioned that a woman shouldn’t cover her face when assuming Iḥrām.  However, when he was pressed on this point during the class, he back-tracked and said it was okay in some circumstances, citing a tradition from

Are women obliged to keep long hair?

Question: I’ve been asked this question and I want to raise it here for it to be answered if possible: are women obliged to keep long hair?   Is it not allowed for a woman to cut her hair?  Some have said that one points of reasoning behind this is, is that it would cover their awra’ on the day of judgement. Answer:  No on both counts. Reasoning: The cited reasoning

A Ruling on Music & Chess

There are issues of contention that tend to invoke some quite unusual or even polarising responses.  Music and chess are of this category.  Often there tends to be quite a skewed approach to such issues, particularly that of music.  Opinion tends to oscillate at times between the unusual and the bizarre.  There are those which approach an issue like this with a dismissive attitude.  Largely because in their view, it