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Q: I'm 18 and I've got a really good proposal but the guy is 34. He comes from a good home and a good family. My parents would be against it but I feel it wrong to chase taqdeer (predestination). What should I do?

A: Khair (goodness) and barakat (blessing) is in that you do with your parents happiness and blessings.

Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
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Q: Is it true that the Kurta/Kafni with slits constitutes 'Islamic dress' for men as opposed to the Saudi style long Jubba with no slits, which sometimes also has cuff link sleeves and English type shirt collars?

A: According to our understanding the kurta with the slits is closer to the sunnah as opposed to the shirtstyled jubbas.

Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
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Diwali is a religious celebration of the Hindus in which the return of Lord Rama is commemorated, along with Sita and Lakshmana,from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana.

In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom by bursting firecrackers.

It is also said that the festival honours the Indian goddess of wealth Lakshmi.

As Muslims, we are sensitive to our faith (aqeedah) and values. We do not compromise in our aqeedah and do not show complacency to anything contrary to our aqeedah. We are different from the Hindus in our aqeedah and in our values.

During Diwali time, if a Hindu friend invites a Muslim to his home and offers him sweets, it is obvious that it is to share the Diwali celebration with his Muslim friends.

A Muslim participating in any Diwali celebration demonstrates respect (ta’zeem) for the occasion, and in view of the polytheist’s practices, it also exemplifies complacency with Shirk thus compromising with ones tawheed. It is therefore Haram for a Muslim to take part in any part of Diwali including just the meals or sweets. We tolerate different religions practices but do not respect (ta’zeem) them.

As Muslims, Allah Taa’la has showered his mercy upon us by bestowing us with the wealth of Islam. Islam is the way of life that is perfect and complete. Hence selling such products that advertise false views will be totally against the sense of honor of a Believer and undesirable.

Likewise, It is not permissible to wish non-Muslims during their festivals.

The non-Muslims display acts of Kufr during their festivals. To wish them in their festivals is a sign of complacency to Kufr.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim


Q: Before I ask my question let me explain what happened: Shortly after we got married my husband and I had a fight and he said I'm giving you a talaaq (divorce). This being the first time he has said we took it it as one talaaq, and we reconciled and carried on. After that we had numerous fights and it got to a point where he said he doesn't want to be with me anymore, he is leaving, very harsh words towards me. But he did not say that he is giving me another talaaq or divorcing me. A few months passed after that and it has now gotten to a point about 2 weeks ago, that he said I'm giving you a talaaq, and he packed up and left. I've have been sitting in iddat (waiting period) since then.

My questions are as follows;
Does him saying during our fights that he is leaving constitute a second talaaq?
Is this talaaq he has given now the 2nd or 3rd talaaq?
If it is the 2nd talaaq can we reconcile and does a new nikaah have to made?
If it is the 3rd talaaq does he still have a responsibility to me during my iddat period or not,
As he has moved out am I obliged to spend my iddat in my current home where I am still staying?
And is it permissable for me to go to work during my iddat as he is no longer supporting me, and I have no father or brothers or even uncles to take me in.

A: Your query below refers;
1. No.

2. It is the 2nd talaaq.

3. If this is the second Talaaq then you may reconcile with him.

4. Yes. He is obligated to maintain you in the Iddat period.  You should not work if he is maintaining you.

5. If he is not providing accommodation and maintenance during the Iddat period and you feel it easier and safer to spend the Iddat elsewhere then you may do so. However if you can manage then you should then Iddat period at the marital place of residence.

6. As a last resort and due to genuine necessity you may work on condition that you return to the home immediately after work and do not put on any attractive clothing or perfume etc. and comply with all the other laws of the Iddat.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

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Q: A Muslim brother has built a hotel next to a mosque. When his hotel was small he did not experience parking shortage, recently he expanded his hotel and he is experiencing parking shortage. He has requested the Jamaat if he could use the Mosque parking area as and when he has a function. The m conosquegregation also sometimes use the hotel parking when the Mosque parking area is full. What is the ruling on this? Do we charge him a fee?

A: We suggest that the Masjid (mosque) may consider allowing the use of its parking space on the basis of being compensated or in lieu of being able to use the hotel parking when needed, on condition that:

a) This does not inconvenience Musallis, in that such parking should not be allowed at Salaah times or when the Masjid requires the parking space,
b) This does not result in inappropriate behaviour (e.g. music, alcohol, dancing etc.) taking place on the Masjid property or inappropriately dressed people coming onto the Masjid property which compromises the sanctity of the Masjid.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

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Q: Is it permissible to eat langoustines according to hanafis?

A: According to the Hanafi School, from amongst all the sea creatures only fish is permissible to consume. Hence, that which is not classified as a fish is impermissible. Therefore, it will not be correct to consume crabs, calamari etc.

As with regards to prawns, there is a difference of opinion amongst the Hanafi Jurists. Some classify it as fish and hence consider it Halaal. Those creatures that are that are identical to the prawn like langoustines, shrimps etc. will be regarded as the same.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

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Q: I heard on radio if you don't kill spiders in your house it will bring poverty and difficulty. Is this true?

A: This is superstition. Don't pay attention to this.

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