Category Archives: Fiqh

09 Jan

Prawns are halaal

Lawful to you is game from the sea and its food as provision for you and the travelers, but forbidden to you is game from the land as long as you are in the state of ihram. And fear Allah to whom you will be gathered.

[Qur’aan 5:96]


Abu Hurairah said:

"A man asked the prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam): 'O Messenger of Allah, we travel by sea and we take a little water with us, but if we use it for Wudu', we will go thirsty. Can we perform Wudu' with seawater?' The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: 'Its water is a means of purification and its dead meat is permissible.'"

[Sunan al-Nasaa’i]


The Maaliki, Shaafi'i, and Hanaabilah all follow the Qur'aan and Sunnah in this matter and permit one to eat prawns.

Do not miss out on this delicious delight based on anyone's incorrect opinion regarding the matter.


23 Nov

Is it obligatory to answer the walima invitation

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The following is one of three opinions among the scholars


You do not have to respond to the walima invitation. It is a Sunnah to respond. It is not waajib. This is the opinion of the masses of the Hanafi and Shaafi'i. It is a saying amongst the Hanaabilah. Ibn Taymiyyah chose this opinion.


Walima involves eating food and taking possession of maal. No one is required to take possession of the maal of someone else without choice. Take Zakaah as an example. The one who is given Zakaah is not required to take it. Such is the case with all forms of Zakaah despite the fact that they are obligatory. Thus, it is more befitting in the case of things other than Zakaah like the walima.

Kuwaiti Encyclopedia of fiQh
Volume 45 Page 236


18 Nov

Are the Nawaafil prayers to be prayed in two, three, or four Rak’ah

Imaam al-Shaafi'i and Maalik say that the optional prayer of the night and day are prayed in two Rak'ah. You say Salaam after every two Rak'ah. There evidence is the following hadith:



It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"The night prayer is (to be offered) two by two."

[Sunan Ibn Maajah Hadith No. 1380]



Abu Hanifah says that if you wish you can pray two Rak'ah, three Rak'ah, four Rak'ah, six Rak'ah, or eight Rak'ah without separating between them with a Salaam. His evidence is the Zaahir of the following (a)hadith:



Narrated Abu Salama bin `Abdur-Rahman:

That he asked `Aisha "How was the prayer of Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) in the month of Ramadan?" She replied, "He used not to pray more than eleven rak`at whether in Ramadan or in any other month. He used to offer four rak`at, let alone their beauty and length, and then four rak`at, let alone their beauty and length. Afterwards he would offer three rak`at. I said, 'O Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)! Do you go to bed before offering the witr prayer?' He said, 'My eyes sleep, but my heart does not sleep."'

[Sahih al-Bukhaari Hadith No. 3569]



The above mentioned tradition [this portion does not refer to the hadith above but to the hadith in Sunan Abi Dawud before this one] has also been narrated by Qatadah through a different chain of narrators. This version adds:

He used to pray eight rak'ahs during which he did not sit except in the eighth rak'ah. He would sit, make mention of Allah, supplicate Him and then utter the salutation so loudly that we could hear it. He would then pray two rak'ahs sitting after he had uttered the salutation. Then he would pray one rak'ah, and that made eleven rak'ahs, O my son. When the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) grew old and became fleshy, he offered seven rak'ahs of witr, and then he would pray two rak'ahs sitting after he had uttered the salutation. The narrator narrated the tradition to the same effect till the end.

[Sunan Abi Dawud Hadith No. 1343]



Another group has said that the optional prayer of the night is to be done in two Rak'ah whereas the optional prayer of the day is done in four Rak'ah. 




بداية المجتهد ونهاية المقتصد
Volume 1 Page 217


17 Nov

Two Rak’ah Sunnah before fajr

Do you recite loudly or silently in the two Rak'ah Sunnah which you pray before the fajr prayer?


One group has said you recite silently based on the following hadith:


It was narrated that Aishah said:

"I would see the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) praying two rak'ahs of Fajr and making them so brief that I said: 'Did he recite the Umm Al-Kitab in them?'"

[Sunan al-Nasaa’i Hadith No. 946]


The evidence is that had he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited loudly then she (may Allaah be pleased with her) would have known how much he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited.


The second group says that you are to recite loudly based on the following hadith


It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that:

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited: "Say: O you disbelievers" and "Say: He is Allah, (the) One" in the two rak'ahs of [the Sunnah of] Fajr.

[Sunan al-Nasaa’i Hadith No. 945]


The evidence is that Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) could have only known which Suurah were recited had he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) recited out loud.


01 Nov

To pay to give the adhaan

You hire a person to say
the adhaan and 'iQaamah. 

You pay him.

This is not permissible.
The early Hanafis held this
view. This is also one view
among the Shaafi'i, Maaliki,
and Hanbali schools of thought.

The evidence is the following hadiith:

Uthman bin Abi Al-As narrated:

"Indeed, among the last (of orders) 
Allah's Messenger ordered me with was 
to employ a Mu'adh-dhin who would not 
take a wage for his Adhhan."

[Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi Hadith No. 209]

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