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Frequently Asked Questions
Assalamu alaikum Wa rahmathullahi Wa barakatuhu.
Alhamdu lillah, we have been receiving questions from many muslim brothers and sisters. We do try our best to answer them at the earliest. But, we wish to bring certain things to the mindset of our brothers and sisters. At the same time, we do welcome questions, comments and clarifications.
Imam Shaffi (Radiallahu Anhu) said if we were to count of knowledge without taqwah (faith), then Iblees will be ranked first.
Islamically, knowledge is divided into Fardu-ain and which are not fardu-ain.
This knowledege is compulsory and we must learn/know/believe/implement them. Quotable examples are tawheed, belief about the finality of Prophethood, Beliving all the 25 prophets (Peace be upon them) mentioned in the Holy Quran, etc.
Another example is that in prayer, only fathiah and the athahiyaath are the only recitals that are compulsory. If we dont know them, we must first learn them, from whomever we find.
These things are not compulsory. Here are few examples to quote:
1. Once Imam Abu Hanifa (Radiallahu Anhu) was asked which war (Uhud or Badr) occurred first? He didnt reply to this question. It does not matter whether we think or believe either of them as first.
2. It is an universally accepted fact that Surah Fatihah has 7 ayats. But, whether Bismillah is part of surah fatihah or not is a questionable one.
So, if you are question in among those in the Fardu-ain, we will answer it immediately, insha Allah. If it is among the not Fardu-ain, we would wish that you give us some extra time to answer, insha Allah.
Question: Was it the day 8th rabiul-awwal when the last message (WAHEE) was sent to prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam) from Allah ?
Answer: The last wahee was the Holy Quran ayaat (5:03 - surah maaidah - ٱلْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلأِسْلاَمَ دِيناً ).
This revelation came during the Arafath day (Dhul Hajj 9 - Friday) on the Hajj of our Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him). Also, it is said that this day was celebrated as a festival day by both Jews and Christians.
Question: Can we take Ramadhan starting or Eid day, if moon is seen any where in world?
Answer: We cant just answer Yes or No for this question. Lets explain the process.
1. Alternate paths: Islam is a religion where there are many ways given as a blessing. There are muslims who adhere to sighting the moon and those who adhere to astronomical calculations. Both are allowed and as the hadeeth states that "If our analysis is wrong, we get one reward and if our analysis is correct, we get two rewards". It is a sunnah either to do or not to do Qunooth in Subuh prayer. Even in big buildings in this Earth now, they provide staircase, esculator/elevator and lift. People use them dependant upon their situation or in case of fire or due to some other reason.
2. The hadeeth about sighting the moon uses the word "Ruhyah". "Ruhyah" stands for sighting with eye, sighting with dreams, sighting with others. But the word "Nadhar" specifically indicates sighting with the eye. This word "Nadhar" is not used. Even we dont sight the moon once the we complete 30 days of fasting. This is with regard to the condition that a month can be of either 29 or 30 days and not more or less.
3. Among the five pillars of Islam, Salaat is second and Fasting is Fourth. For Salaat also, the rules state that we need to check for the visibility or shadow or the color of the sky to determine the timings. People dont know these norms but use some made charts or calculated tables. Certain muslims on this Earth use calculations to the second pillar in Islam but not to the Fourth pillar.
4. Islam talks about using Camel for travel but we dont use them now. We use various other facilities of transport available. Even while travelling on camel, it is said to step down from the camel and the animal un-disturbed, if we wish to have a chat with someone. If we could totally avoid travelling or carrying loads on camel or other animals (that means, not to disturb it), it would be most welcome.
5. Generally, the rules of Islam should be used for anytime and any period. In case, due to some catastrophy, the world looses its time or whatever, people could use the natural way of identifying the time of salaat. Similarly, people could adopt to sighting moon, as the only option. The rules of Islam are feasible for everyone, every part of the world, at anytime. If a very poor man who is living a jungle has to find timing for prayer or fasting, he could use the natural rules. While those, who have the facilities could adhere to the facilities. Thus, if a moon is sighted in a place and those other countries which are still within the night duration (of the same day) can adhere to the moon sighting and follow. Sighting of moon is always confirmed by authorities in the respective places. With the current day facilities, messages could be spread in seconds, rather than minutes. Also, there is no mention of the distance or something over which the moon sighting should be adhered to, within the hadeeth or explanations of great Imaams of Islam.