Category Archives: Fiqh

20 Mar

The time for witr prayer

The waajib prayers – which are not farD – which have a specified time are the witr prayer and the two Eid prayers according to Abu Hanifah.

As for the witr prayer, Abu Hanifah holds the opinion that its time begins at the same time when Ishaa begins which is when the white shafaQ disappears. However, he says that one must maintain the order of the two prayers. One prays Ishaa. Then, one prays the witr prayer.  


The majority of the scholars, including the two students of Abu Hanifah, hold the opinion that the time for the witr prayer begins after one has prayed the Ishaa prayer.


The difference between the majority and Abu Hanifah has a practical outcome.



Take, for example, a person who prays Ishaa without Wuduu, forgetfully. Then, he does Wuduu and prays the witr prayer. After that, he remembers that he prayed Ishaa without Wuduu.



According to Abu Hanifah, the person would repeat Ishaa but does not have to repeat the witr prayer because he prayed Ishaa without Wuddu but as for the witr prayer he prayed it with wuduu in its time so there is not need to repeat it.



As for the majority scholars, the person will repeat Ishaa because he prayed it without Wuduu, and he will also repeat the witr prayer because though he prayed the witr prayer with wuduu he prayed it when it was not time for it (remember the majority hold that the time of the witr begins after one has prayed Ishaa).



Kuwuaiti Encyclopedia of fiqh
Volume 7 Page 179


07 Mar

How to commence prayer

The majority of scholars agree that the Salaah can only be commenced with the words


Allaahu Akbar


13 Feb

If you pray wearing silk or gold

That which is cut off from the jild [flesh, meat] of those animals whose flesh is permissible to eat and those animals whose flesh is impermissible to eat is considered dead. It does not become pure except by tanning.

In addition, I forbid men from wearing silk.

He who wears silk and prays in it, he does not have to repeat the prayer.

This is because silk is not impure. Not wearing it is a form of worship. You do not wear it because it is impure but because it is a form of worship not to wear it [since men have been told not to wear it and when you obey a command of Allaah it is worship]. And because its price [in sale and trade] is permissible.

Indeed, women wear it and pray in it.

Likewise, I forbid men from wearing gold rings and other gold items. If they wear them and pray in them, then they have done evil and have been disobedient if they know of the prohibition of wearing gold items, but they do not have to repeat the prayer. This is because gold items are not impure. Do you not see that those things which are considered impure are considered impure for both men and women and women pray while wearing gold items?


al-'umm by al-Shaafi'i
Volume 1 Page 111



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


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