Questions/Answers

Q&A: Leprosy

Question There have been several messages forwarded on social media that I’ve seen to show that the Prophet peace be upon him said to keep distance from the lepers.  Is the tradition ‘Do not stare at lepers, and if you speak to them, let there be a distance between you and them,’ authentic? Answer The question was originally posed in April 2020. Certain individuals at the time were going to

Q&A: To meet my brothers

  Question   What is the reporting concerning the following ḥadith and is it authentic? The Prophet peace be upon him said: ‘I wish I could meet my brothers.  The companions of the Prophet peace be upon him said: Are we not your brothers?  He (the Prophet) said: You are my companions, but my brothers are those who have faith in me although they never saw me’ [Aḥmad]. Answer The

Eid Lockdown

Question Is there any guidance upon performing Eid prayer given that the country has been placed in ‘lockdown’? Answer The Eid prayer is a Sunnah, well known and established by the Islamic rules. Under normal circumstances it would be performed in congregation, either in a mosque or often in a large public space, weather permitting.  If one were to miss the prayer, such as due to work, oversleeping or any

Q&A: Knowledge to show off and argue?

  Question   This narration is being circulated via a messaging group, and I wanted to know what is the status regarding its authenticity: ‘Ibn Umar narrated from the Prophet peace be upon him that he said: Whoever seeks knowledge to argue with the foolish, or to show off before the scholars, or to attract people’s attention, will be in hell.’ [Ibn Mājah] Answer There are several Prophetic traditions (aḥādith)

Q&A Virtues of Night Prayers

  Question Recently I was forwarded two narrations via a social media app and wanted to know about their authenticity.  Accompanying the forward was a comment: ‘Isn’t it the best thing on earth!’ but no clarification was given as to whether either of these two traditions are authentic.  The narrations are: “Samurah ibn Jundub said: The Messenger of Allah ordered us to pray during the night, a little or a