Letters to the Editor

A Call to Tawhid

Q. I am a regular reader of your magazine.  It is quite good and very informative.  I gladly appreciate you for carefully guiding the Muslim youth. I came across a Roman Catholic who narrated me a certain experiences of her regarding the Holy Spirit, she said that she was unwell and then accidentally she happened to visit a lady called Mrs. Moses,  who prayed for her and a great change came within her health.  And she has made almost many to believe it.


It could be placebo action.

Q. I was wondering when people like this are working so hard in spreading their false faiths and beliefs, why our Muslim community is lagging behind in spreading a religion like Islam.  Then when I read various questions that’ve been put forth ( in your July 99, issue) over the prostration in the dargah.  Then I could easily make out that most of the Muslims themselves are not aware of Islam and its principles.  They have developed wrong beliefs which we do not find in any part of the “Holy Qur’an.”  There are numerous verses in the “Holy Qur’an” prohibiting prostration for anyone else other than  Allah, like…   


Similarly, “AND THERE IS NONE LIKE UNTO HIM” – which is more than enough to make  us realise that all these acts are of shirk (Polytheism).

Then we Muslims who claim to be the rightful owners of Divine Revelation, abandon the orders of ALLAH (swt) and are engaged in shirk acts having altered the religious acts following our desires.

I would also like to quote a few lines from “MOHAMMED” (pbuh) written by Ahmed Deedat.  “GOD knew that there would be people like us who will flippantly, light‑heartedly discount his the Prophet’s words, so ALLAH (swt) followed up with a dire warning even in previous Scriptures, and it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not “HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS WHICH HE (i.e., Mohammed [saws]) SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUITE IT OF HIM (Deuteronomy 18:18) and in the Bible (Injil) the ending words are I WILL BE THE REVENGER”.

Unless we Muslims lead our lives according to the “Holy Qur’an,” we can never  progress in any sphere of our lives.  We are the most lucky creatures to have been blessed with such a wonderful revelation like the “Holy Qur’an,” yet we are moving towards a totally dark world with these kind of shirk acts which is certainly the way to Hell. I would say, come let us say:



Ather Tabassum,

A Shameful Celebration

Q: I have been a great fan of your magazine for the past so many years as it is very helpful and informative.  May Allah (swt) shower His blessings on you.  However I have some doubts which I hope you will clear. What does the Islamic Shari‘ah say about a girl who has attained puberty?  This is in light of the customs prevailing today where the news of a girl’s maturity is spread far and wide.  People are invited to feasts and banquets, gifts and presents are showered on the girl.  Several Hindu practices are performed like anointing Haldi paste etc.  What does the Hadith say about it?


This is a practice entirely foreign to Islam and Muslims.  It comes from ancient Greeks and primitive people who used to sprinkle the first menses blood of a girl over the fields hoping to be granted good crops.  It has nothing to do with Islam and since Islam is a civilising religion, the practice where found, must be strongly objected to.

Introduction of Hindu practices renders it all the more detestable.  The practice must be stopped forthwith.  As regards Haldi (turmeric), it is a special Hindu colour (being close to Saffron).  It must be avoided on all occasions.

Q. Also, who are the near relatives who are entitled to hear about a girl’s coming of age?


None of the relatives are entitled to hear about a girl attaining puberty. It is only the parents who should know in order to tell her about Islamic obligations after maturity. Nobody else need to talk about it.

The monthly menstrual cycle is a natural phenomenon and hence not a matter of shame. But its announcement and celebration is a matter of shame: just as attending to a nature’s call is not a shame, but its description is a matter of shame.

Further, a girl’s maturity is written on her face. There is no need to beat the drums about it. Islam’s sense of decency, for which the Muslims are well-known, completely rejects this.

Q. Can two cousins share the same bed?  What about the uncle and nephew, aunt and niece, etc.?


After ten years of age, no two male Muslims should share a bed, no matter how they are related to each other.

Q. Is it necessary to pay Zakah only during Ramadan or can it be given in any other month of the lunar year?


Yes, Zakat may not be tied up to Ramadan.  It can be offered anytime during the Lunar year.  It could even be split and offered in two or more installments, with the final installment coming at the end of the Lunar year.

Q. What is the meaning of “Yajuj wa Majuj” that are mentioned in the Qur’an?


Yajuj and Majuj are the names of two peoples’ who have been mentioned in chapters Al-Kahaf, verse 94  and Al-Anbiya’, verse 26 in the Qur’an. They used to raid lands adjoining theirs.  Dhu al-Qarnayn, a king so far unidentified, was requested help in construction of a barrier between them and the victims of their raids.  He obliged and a massive wall was built which kept them – Yajuj and Majuj – locked into their own territory preventing raids on their neighbours. The barrier, also so far unidentified, remains till today. It will be  breached a little before the end of the world, after the arrival of ‘Isa the son of Mary, and the two peoples’ will overrun the world, far and wide, taking destruction with them.  They’d be irresistible sheerly because of their numbers forming an unstoppable human sea.  They will be so many that when they pass by ponds and lakes, they’d  drink off their water.  Unable to face their onslaught, ‘Isa (asws) will retreat to mountain tops.  Finally, they will die off en-masse from a disease that Allah will send upon them.

Q. Why is music prohibited in Islam?


We do not know all the reasons why music has been prohibited in Islam. A few points are however, obvious.

Firstly, music and musical sessions go against the way of life promoted by Islam, its culture and its ethos. Islam envisages a life which is primarily dedicated to the Hereafter. The Qur’an reminds us, quite persistently, that this is a short life and that its pleasures are ephemeral. It therefore advises us to spend this life in endeavors that help build the Hereafter.

Accordingly, it recommends ways and methods of spending time in constructive and useful activities. The time that still remains on hand, after the constructive activities, may be spent in activities that afford pleasure as well as achieve other objectives.

Music on the other hand is a kind of opium. In fact, it is so closely related in its effect on the human mind that many music lovers turn to drugs when music no more leaves the same effects on their minds as it used to do in the earlier stages.  It is similar to a man who is used to feeling “high” after a peg of whisky. However, after some time he needs two because one peg does not anymore produce the same effect.  Similarly, those addicted to music, have to go for a stronger dose of anti-depressant which only drugs can provide.

Music takes time off constructive and useful activities and helps forget the worries of life and its tensions. In fact, that is the main reason of its popularity in modern times. The stress of modern life, the anxieties, worries and the resulting tension, leading a man to a situation in which he is always at the edge, needing a dose of drug to forget. Either they have to go for Retalin, Prozac, or at least music. Nonetheless, the effect is for a short while. Once the music is off, the mind is back to wretchedness.

Islamic life is in complete contrast with the modern life. In Islam, there is no conflict between an individual and another, or between individual and the society, or the individual and the natural world around, or between the individual’s mind and his soul. A Muslim is at peace with himself, he is at peace with others of his kind, with the surroundings in which he lives, and is not at war with God. Being in total peace, he stands in no need of music, drugs or sedatives.

Indeed, music can be easily made the standard of judging a man’s faith in Islam. The more that he needs music, for soothing his mind, the weaker his faith in Islam is. The relationship is direct.

Islam is not the modern life based on scientific principles. This kind of life gives rise to problems, diseases, and then comes up with suggestions of relief: without ever curing a single malady. Rather, in the Islamic way of life, problems are stubbed in the bud.  The mental and psychological problems that the modern life gives rise to, do not simply exist in the Islamic system of life, and hence, the need for soothing therapy of music is not an item on its inventory.

Q. There are some areas in which the Qur’an and science conflict such as masturbation.  How is that science has not been able to prove that masturbation is harmful to man’s health?


Whenever you find a conflict between what is stated in the Qur’an and proven Sunnah on the one hand, and Science on the other, then one of the two things is possible: either you do not know the Qur’an and Sunnah, or you do not know science – or of course, you don’t know both.

In this case, guess what’s wrong.  The issue of masturbation is not discussed in the Qur’an.  It is only the hadith that speaks of it.  Further, the hadith does not discuss the medical aspect of the question.  It informs us of the spiritual consequence of the act.

Therefore, to look to science for confirmation or rejection of what is stated in the hadith betrays, apart from mental slavery to men of our own kind, the same kind of logic at work as of those who say that excessive emission renders the mind weak.  It is similar to looking into medical journals for confirmation or rejection of the Prophetic statement that when sexual promiscuity becomes common in a people, Allah sends them diseases that were unheard of before. The connection between sexual promiscuity and appearance of entirely new diseases, is not what the scientists can establish – even if the poor fellows were guided from matter to the Creator of the matter.

To say that science has not found anything wrong with masturbation, and sees no deleterious effects on the indulgent is to betray ignorance of science also.  Which scientist has said that? When were the tests conducted? Where are the results of the tests? At best, you have the statement of maybe some medical practitioner who expressed his personal opinion.  He has the right to hold his opinion.  But not all the statements of all the medical men are statements of scientific facts.

Masturbation is very clearly a case where no scientific opinion is tenable. Even if a team of scientists studied a thousand young men who indulge in the act, gathered lots of data, computed the findings, made their pie and graph charts, attempted the usual analysis, they still wouldn’t be able to come to any conclusion, or present a defendable theory because of the simple reason that you cannot test a man indulging in the act, and then say what he could have been if he hadn’t indulged in it.  The alternative would be for them to compare the data of the indulgent ones against the non-indulgent ones which is like comparing a banana with an apple.  Can you take a pint of blood from a young man’s body everyday for ten years and then say after a dozen tests that the results would have been exactly the same and the young man would have been totally unaffected, even if that pint of blood hadn’t been taken from him every day for those ten years? How do you know what he would have been if that pint of blood hadn’t been taken from his body? So, any scientist who says there is no effect of masturbation on a man is not speaking science.  He is only trying to say that he is not opposed to the habit.

Anyone – be he a scientist or not – who says that masturbation has no effect on the humans is goofing.  For, all human acts have their psychological after-effects. And those psychological after-effects have in turn their physical effects. Any scientist who applies a few tests on a young indulgent man – although he wouldn’t know what tests to apply – and said that masturbation has had no effects on him, is still in the eighteenth century when psychology had not yet been established as a discipline of study.

Q. Can a husband separate from his wife if she has been raped by someone?  Is there necessary ground for divorce in the light of the Shariah?


Hypothetical questions can only have hypothetical answers. In this case, the answer will depend on the husband’s role. If he stood around, chicken-like, as feminine as his wife, letting the act take place, then, what grounds are there for divorce?

Hoo Haa for Nothing?

Q. This is with reference to the letter of Mr. Shoukat Ahmed Hurra from Kashmir in your 1999 August issue (p. 6) who wrote about being in love with a girl who doesn’t love him. My suggestion to him is, you can continue to love her, even if she doesn’t love you. Because the most important quality of love is just to love ‑ it does not matter whether you are loved back or not. Remember her in every dua that you ask Almighty Allah (swt) and request the Almighty to bless her with all the happiness that you wished to give her. One day, God will bring her back to you.

Ather Tabassum,


If someone has such a trust in God to provoke Him in affairs of carnal desires, why not supplicate to Him that He get him rid of those desires?

A Taharah Problem

Q. After attending to every call of nature and ablution following it, I feel that one or two drops ooze out. This forces me to either keep a separate set of clothes for Prayers, or not to go to the toilet before Prayers.

I am eager to go with the Tablighee work, but this problem troubles me and I can’t decide to go, since I cannot observe such when not at home.


A single hadith will solve this problem. It is in Ibn Majah. Versions close to it are found in other books. It says that Jibril (asws) went to the Prophet at the start of the Revelations coming down to him. He taught him how to make ablution and perform the Prayers. When he had done his ablution, he (i.e., Jibril) took some water and sprinkled the spot on the cloth covering the sexual organ. Another version says, “(Jibril ordered me do that) because of the (drops of) urine (that ooze out) after ablution.” Other versions report a Companion seeing him do that.  Yet other reports say that the Prophet ordered his Companions do that. Although all the reports have some transmission problem or the other, put together they gather strength and become reliable in substance and are a proof of the completeness of the religion of Islam that attended to this common problem, less real, more imaginary, but persisting, faced by the males.

Q. In fact, whenever I travel, I am not able to pray because of this problem.  I am reminded of the hadith about a person receiving punishment in the grave for reasons of not being careful with urine.


Because of your refusal to study the Sunnah, Satan was able to fool you all along depriving you of your valuable sessions with your Lord. Had you known the hadith stated above, you would have never missed doing those Prayers. As for the hadith concerning the man who was being punished in the grave for not being careful with urine, this is where you come to need the commentaries written by the Hadith scholars.  If the study of the Hadith is necessary, so is necessary the study of the commentary on it.  The hadith in question applies to those who do not use water in the closet, or some other way of absorbing the urine.

Q. Also, whenever I wear tight jeans I find one or two drops white in color. Somebody explained to me that there is no need to take a bath since they are Mani or Mazi.  Is that correct?

Mohammed Imtiaz,


What oozes out without any Shahwah (sexual passion), does not require a bath, but an ablution is necessary before Prayers.

A 21-gun Salute

Q: Kindly enlighten me on the following. There are many ahadith regarding remembering death 21 times everyday. I request you to suggest a method of remembrance.

M.K. Aulam,


If there was a formula for reminding people of something, they will need another for reminding them of that formula…ad infinitum.

There are trustworthy ahadith that recommend that we do not forget death. One hadith calls it the “destroyer” of pleasures.  But the hadith you have quoted about the 21-gun salute to it everyday, is a fabrication.

Dealing with Interest

Q: I have a few questions which I hope you can answer: on Provident Fund papers I noticed that interest was added along with the money deposited as PF. I asked for cancellation of the interest. I was told that the legislation doesn’t allow for that. I am suggested to donate the same to a charitable organisation. Can the amount of interest of PF be donated to any Muslim organisation/ orphanages?


Yes: without hope of rewards. Also, do not announce the origin of the charity money to the beneficiaries or others.

Q: Can the money be directly donated by us or should it be disposed off without adding into the account.


You can handle it either way.

Q: Can the interest on bank balance be disposed in the same fashion as PF interest?


There are two opinions. Some scholars say, leave it there, others say it might be disposed in charity without expectation of rewards, and seeking forgiveness for the act.

Q: I intend to procure the audio cassette on QUR’AN recital.  Can you suggest where I can get it?


It can be available at Sound ‘n’ Vision, C/o National Furnitures, Lady Curzon Road, Bangalore. Try bookstores also.

Q. How to obtain previous issues of YMD?

Abdul Nassar,
Bellary, Karnataka


Write to the Manager.


Q: Your news item on Qur’anites in June ’99 issue was timely. I would like to know more about them; your information can also make your readers beware of Qur’anites. Where all is this sect prevalent?  How strong is their population? Who is supreme leader at present? How about their presence in India and rest of the subcontinent their HQ and leader? What are their beliefs? How are they variant from those of mainstream Muslims? When and where did they originate? Who was their founder? Who were the personalities who fought them in the past? Is there a movement to counter them at present? Where? Who, besides Al‑Azhar’s president, are the campaigners against them at present? What works are available about the movement (for/against)? Which Islamic nations support or oppose them? Have they taken action against them? Who are their counter‑movements and opponents in India..?

M. I. Liqath Ali,


In view of your mind being so rich and innovative on questions to which we do not have the answers, you seem to have a good research project on hand.

As individuals – who reject the Sunnah – they are everywhere in the Islamic world. Some call themselves Qur’anites and join an active organisation, most do not.

In simpler words, there are two kinds of those who reject the Sunnah: the silent and the vocal. The Qur’anites are the vocal. To the silent category belong those who do not make their proclivities known, rather quietly treat the hadith as a mass of information of little practical worth. The great majority of the Ummah today belongs to this category.


We have planned a multi purpose Islamic progressive Organisation. It will have AL‑HIRA – an Islamic Education and Vocational Training Centre, HILFUL FUZUL – an Islamic, Cultural, Social care, and Relief Centre and  MASJID‑AL‑NOOR ‑ a Grand Markaz of Jamaat‑e‑Tabligh. The essential lands for all three items are already owned by this organisation. The expenditure of only Masjid will be 8/ 9 lakhs and total for all items will be 30 to 36 lakhs.  The construction of Masjid has started. But we think it might have to stop due to unavailability of funds. We request Muslim Philanthropist, Islamic NGO’s and kind readers of YMD, to assist us. Contribution can be sent by MO/DD to this address: Mir Imran Ali, Secretary, Masjid‑e‑al‑Noor, Kandra Pathan Para, P.O. Malihati, Dist. Murshidabad, West Bengal‑742401.

Punishment in the Grave

Q: After a year’s wait I am sending the same question to your esteemed magazine. Kindly answer it as soon as possible and give it a place in your nearest coming issue.


We seemed to have missed your earlier letter. All the same, you question has already been answered in the Oct. 99 issue of this magazine.

Q: Qur’an says about Pharaoh that he will be presented to the fire in the morning and evening and a hadith narrated by Abdullah Bin Umar clarifies this verse saying Ahl‑e-Jannah will be shown their place in Jannah when they will be placed into the grave and Ahl‑e-Jahannum will be shown their place in Jahannum and will be told that this is the place in which you shall live in hereafter after judgement‑it means that they will be only shown their places and not that they will be tortured in it.


When a mind is set on something, it stops thinking. Read the story of the past Prophets and their nations. Why did their nations refuse to believe despite all the sings shown them? That was because they refused to think any further once they had assumed a position vis-a-vis the truth. The Qur’an asks the people repeatedly, “Why don’t you think?”

In the present case you have connected two unconnected issues: one of them in a verse and another, a statement of a Companion.

With regard to the Qur’anic verse you have said that Fir‘awn and his folk are shown the Fire every morning and evening. Now, firstly, your translation does not match with the Qur’anic text. The Qur’an said, “they are presented.” But you have rendered it as, “They are shown.” Secondly, you stopped thinking at that point. It did not occur to you that since the time Fir‘awn left this world it is 1,460,000 days. Twice that figure is 2,920,000. So, according to you, so far Fir‘awn has been shown the Fire 2,920,000 times. Can you think of a wisdom?

If it didn’t strike you that there has to be a reason for this “showing”  (as you have presented), it is because  you have already taken a position – not withstanding what the Qur’an or the Sunnah say about it. With that your mind stopped thinking.

Let us assumed Fir‘awn and his folk are not being punished. They are just taken to the Fire morning and evening. How many times till now? Well, 2,920,000 times. Don’t you think that being taken backward and forward is itself a torture? So, after all, the Qur’an confirms punishment in Barzakh, doesn’t it?

Again, you have tried to explain a Qur’anic verse with a Companion’s opinion. But who deserves a hearing better? A Companion, or the Prophet himself? Obviously, the Prophet. Now, a hadith in Musnad Ahmed reports ‘A’isha that the Prophet used to seek refuge from the punishment in the grave. Should the Prophet’s words not be used to explain a Qur’anic verse rather than the opinion of a Companion? You will say yes. And we will say, that’s what happens when you stop thinking.

Q. If Azab‑e‑Qabr is so dreadful, why we have not been asked to seek refuge from it, like Wa Qina Azab‑an‑Nar or Azab‑ul‑Jaheem or Azab‑al‑Akbar, etc.?


The answer is, whenever you don’t find a thing in the Qur’an, look for it in the Hadith.

Q. Secondly, I would like to say that when  a criminal commits a crime, he will not be punished before the judgement. He will be given punishment after the judgement, even though the judge knows his crime ‑ be it Islamic law or Secular law.  Then why this Azab‑e‑Qabr  before the day of Judgement?


Once again, there is failure on your part to proceed further on the line of thought, rather, hold on to the position that you have already decided should be held on to.

Now, when a criminal is caught, he is first reprimanded into police custody. And, once in their custody, the criminal is not given ice cream, morning and evening, especially if he is a state criminal, that is, someone who rebelled against the state.

Q. Thirdly, do all the people who died  receive the punishment with full justice, i.e., people who died at the time of Adam or the people who are dying today. Are they being continually tortured, whereas those people who shall die till the Doomsday will not get the same punishment in the grave as much as the other people who died earlier, even though their crime is same.  Allah is “Just” how can He give the punishment in such an injustice manner?


If you had full faith in Allah’s Quality of Justice, your mind would have worked out the answer.

The answer is,  in what hadith is it stated that the “quality” of punishment administered is the same to all sinners of the same class – those who died earlier and those who died later? Why can’t a “known quantity” of punishment be spread over two sinners for different lengths, so that although the length is increased for one, the quantity (or intensity) remains same for both?

To explain further, let us assume there are two criminals in lock-up: both for the same crime. Let us assume they are to be given 100 lashes each. Let us also assume that one of them is in the lock-up for 100 days, and another for ten days. Now, what’s the problem in administering 100 lashes to each? The former can be whipped once every day, and the latter 10 lashes everyday. In the end both would have received 100 lashes each.

So, what’s the lesson?  Well, the lesson is, never lose your reason. Be rational. Never stop thinking. When you find something in the Qur’an or the Sunnah that you can’t understand, then say to yourself, “There is something wrong with my head.”

Q. Further, because Azab‑e‑Qabr, falls under the category of Aqaid (creeds) for which it is unanimously accepted that the creeds should rely upon Yaqiniyat,  the source of which is only the Qur’an.


Firstly, punishment in the grave is proven by the Qur’an. You will have to read the whole of the Qur’an.
Secondly, the hadith is of the Yaqiniyyat (certainties).

Q. It will be better if you give the answer only according to the Qur’an and Sahih Ahadith (please), because, I think that the Hadiths of Azab‑e‑Qabr (Isbath) are mis‑narrated.

Subiya Nasreen


What are those ahadith, and where is your proof of their unauthenticity (please)?

Zamzam to Wine

Q: Recently, I was introduced to your monthly magazine. I feel pleased to read it. I think today every Muslim in India should read it, to understand their religion better and to acquire knowledge. But, I think Muslims always refuse to get united. Different groups of Muslims always criticize each other. And, because of this infighting, we forget our main aim to spread Islam among Muslims and non‑Muslims. Tablighee Jamaat always says “fill the mosques without knowing what we say in the Prayers.”


Do you see that you too have begun to criticize?

Q: In contrast, the Christians use the TV so well for spreading their message. Many Jamaats like Tablighee Jamaat, Jammat‑e‑Islami are not seen in this field. Please express your views.


Our view is that efforts to spread Islam through the TV is similar to adding Zamzam to wine in the hope of adding curing qualities to it.

Q: And I think you should try to make YMD twice its size or convert it to a weekly magazine. I can understand that it is not an easy job.

PuraniHaveli, Hyderabad

You Need Not

Q. I read your magazine regularly and like it very much. I live in a hostel.  Due to space problem in my room, can I lay the prayer-mat on the bed and pray on it?

Sameer Ali,


No. You need not. You can directly pray on the bed, without a Prayer-mat.

Getting Married?

Q: I have been a great fan of your magazine for the past several years and I feel you are doing a great job in the propagation of Islamic values and ethics among the young and the old of the country.  However I have some doubts. Is the stockbroker’s trade permitted in Islam? If no, why not? 


If the rules of halal and haram are observed in the trade, such as, not dealing in the stocks and shares of banks, distilleries, etc., the trade is lawful in Islam.

Q. Is dealing in Foreign exchange permissible as it involves charging commission?


Foreign exchange dealing is perfectly lawful, as also accepting or offering commissions in that trade.

Q. Should a woman observe purdah against her brother‑in‑law, distant cousins and other non‑mahram male relatives?


Yes, she should. They are more dangerous for a woman to expose herself to, than others. Where pressing need requires joint living, the rules of decorum, and proper covering of the body should be strictly observed.

Q. If a Muslim intends to marry a Christian woman should he convert her to Islam or permit her to live the life of a Christian?  Though the Qur’an has permitted to marry the “People of the Book,” will it not be a sin on the husband’s part as the Christian wife will be against Islamic beliefs? 


It is strange that you state the Qur’an as allowing marriage to Christian women and still ask us about its legality.

Q. Also, the Qur’an states not to marry the idolaters or those not believing in the Unity of God.


Where does the Qur’an state that those “not believing in the Unity of God” may not be taken in marriage by a Muslim?

Q. Please comment.


The Christian beliefs have not undergone much changes since the revelation of the Qur’an. Therefore, unless overt idol-worship practices are noticed, the rules of marriage remain.

Q. Where is Nikah best performed‑in the house or in the Mosque?


It is better to perform the Nikah in the mosque. However, it should not be followed by another session in which various ceremonies are performed with the bride and the bridegroom on the stage. Filming of the event is considered as another great achievement. This is strictly prohibited and more so if followed by Nikah in the mosque because it betrays hypocrisy.

Nikah in the mosque is better. But if somebody wishes to perform those ceremonies, let him not pollute the mosque with his Nikah ceremony there.

Q. Why is videography prohibited in Islam?


Are you about to get married?

Q. Why is adoption prohibited in Islam?

Name and Address withheld


Far from that, it is highly recommended that a Muslim adopt children, especially the orphans, and especially among them those who became orphans because their fathers died in Jihad: Kashmir, Afghanistan, Philippines, and other places.


Q: I am a regular reader of your esteemed magazine.  May Allah shower His blessings upon you for the great job you are doing.  Please clear my doubts. Is it permissible to construct schools, hospitals, memorial trusts, etc. in memory of the dead and give their respective names to these institutions. Would it be Islamically allowable?


Yes, it is perfectly alright, in fact, commendable that Sadaqaat Jariyyah be spent in projects stated above. However, there is no need to tag their names to those projects. Allah knows their names and your intentions.

Q: Sketching human beings and animals is not permissible in Islam but drawing is taught as a subject in schools in the lower classes.  What should be done in this case if Muslim students are made to draw living beings? Please comment.


They might draw but remind themselves that what they are doing is disallowed in Islam. This message is to be firmly delivered to the children by their elders.

Q: Is giving interest permitted in exceptional  circumstances?  I am asking this question as I am paying my computer course fees in installments which are inclusive of interest.  Would it is Islamically legal to pay in such a manner as I am financially unstable?

Name and Address withheld


No, paying interest is not allowed, even in such circumstances. A Muslim should work harder than others to gain top positions, so that institutions vie for him rather than he begging them for admission. And, if he fails to study hard, he should opt for courses which do not require paying of interest.

Gold Ornaments

Q. Males have been (restricted) prohibited from wearing Gold. Why? Answer in detail?

K.B. Kulkarni,


First of all, Islam is a natural religion. It allows and disallows what men on their nature would allow and disallow to themselves. For instance, Islam prohibits liquor. All other religions allow it. Now, in world population Muslims figure only 25% of the total. But, strangely, almost every non-Muslim society disapproves of liquor. It is another thing that lacking Divine guidance, they can’t stop its consumption completely.

Although it is reported that Jesus himself served wine to his disciples (Matthew, 26: 27-29), most Christians would be embarrassed if you asked them if they drink. Even if he is a usual drinker, he will stammer out, “No. Not really. Only sometimes.” According to Jewish literature, even their prophets drank wine. Among the Hindus wine is not prohibited. It is only drunkenness that is disfavoured. But, most Hindus will refuse to admit that they drink – even if they do. Thus we see that although all religions allow for wine drinking, their followers refuse to admit that they drink.

Islam on the other hand followed the natural aversion in man and prohibited liquor. This applies to all the prohibitions of Islam – and wearing of golden ornaments by  males is one.

Secondly, Islam likes to preserve the maleness of males and femaleness of females. It keeps the two in different compartments, recognisable as male and female, and, consequently, attractive to each other. If man and woman have to live together, in the same house, for several decades, procreating children, bringing them up, and raising a family, in complete harmony and full co-operation with each other, then, the central characters, the husband and wife, male and female, will have to retain physical attraction for each other. This is seriously damaged if the two dress themselves in the like manner, ornament themselves in similar manner, and put on the same make-up.

Thirdly, gold is a means of exchange and transfer of wealth. The least it is used for ornaments, the better. It should remain in circulation. Hence, although women are allowed to wear them for ornamental purposes, they are strongly discouraged to do so. The Prophet disapproved gold bangles in the hands of Asma’ bint Yezid warning her of bangles of Fire in the Hereafter. Further, two and half percent Zakah is imposed on gold ornaments exceeding 80 gm. in weight, even if the woman has no other money. This is again a discouraging factor and helps release locked up gold.


Q: The  following two books deal with the history of Jerusalem and the details about the Dome of the Rock on the platform known as Harem, go about the architecture,  etc.

1. Alistair Duncan, 1972, Longmans; The Noble Sanctuary – Portrait of Holy place in Arab Jerusalem.
2. Said Nuseibeh and Oleg Graber, 1996, Rizzali New York, The Dome of the Rock.

Duncan says that around 3000 BC, an Arab people known as Kanaanis moved out of Central Arabia and settled in Canaan.  Their settlement was known as Orasalem then called as Warwasalem and Yaarosalem and now Jerusalem.  The book contains the English version of Khalif Omar’s Treaty with Christian’s signed at the time of surrender of Jerusalem to Muslims.

The other book gives the area of Harem platform as 1.5 million Sq. ft. and says: ‘Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 CE and after Roman victory over second Jewish revolt in 135, Emperor Hadarin transformed the city…’ “Herod created the present platform of Harem by cutting in the Rock on the northern side and by building up on southern side… i.e., western and eastern sides of the narrow ridge on which Jerusalem began as city.  The Western wall, a place for gathering for Jews for many centuries”

The Dome of the Rock and associated platform is on the ridge known as Mt. Moriah while the Christian shrine known as Holy Sepulcher is further south on Mt. Zion.

After the surrender of the city the Caliph and the Christian head priest Sophronius went to the deserted Mt. Moriah and Caliph discovered the Rock and both leaders proceeded to clean it of its debris. It was then decided to built a mosque on the empty terrain.

The Rock was not been mentioned, anywhere in the Jewish claim of the Temple of Solomon.

The present dome was constructed during 691‑92 AC by Umayyad Caliph Abd‑al‑Malik ibn Marwan.  Its later patron was Abbasid Caliph Al Mamun (813‑833)

At present, under the Dome, the Rock projects 5 feet above the level of building.  There is a cave below it and steps have been cut to reach cave level where in are two Mihrabs indicating direction to  Makkah.  In Surah Isra, the name Aqsa appears in the first verse of it and it is this Rock area that is associated with the Prophet of Islam.  Aqsa at the  time of Prophets night journey there  was no dome over the Rock and whole platform of 1.5 million sq. feet was just barren platform.  After the destruction of the Haram area that made it barren, the very barrenness gave the Christians as fulfilling of the Prophesy.

“There will not be here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down (Mark 13:2) The ruins of Jewish temple was triumph of Christianity.

It is clear that Jewish temple was not near the Rock.

It seems the Jewish temple was else where which was destroyed by Romans and it is difficult to pin point its location.

The aim of Jews is to destroy the whole platform which contains the Dome of the Rock (i.e. read Aqsa) as well as the Mosque further south on the lower platform.

The above refers to Vol.19 No. 9 of YMD.  All Muslim countries should be united to oppose Israel’s design.

See National Geographic Vol. 189 No. 4, April 1996: Jerusalem + Map supplement.

A.Q. Khan,
Hiranna block,
Amravati camp, 444602.

A Secret Marriage

Q: I am a new reader of YMD and like it very much. I have a problem: can you solve it? A relative of mine is married since 16 years but he does not have any children. So he married another woman in secret. From her, he has two children. But his first wife does not know anything about the second marriage. Should he tell his first wife or not?

Mohammed Ahsan,


Apart from the fact that the man committed breach of trust by not consulting the first wife, he has also put to risk the material rights of his second wife and children. The two wives and the two children are the rightful inheritors of his property, which is likely to be denied to them after his death because he kept the fact of his marriage secret. Yes, Islam has not made it compulsory for a husband that the first wife’s permission be obtained for a second or third marriage. But, it does not approve of secrecy either. It directs us to take the front door and not the back-door in our dealings.

The said man must immediately let not only the first wife know of his second marriage, but also everyone else of the family.

How to Evaporate Love?

Q: I am a new reader of YMD and like it very much. I have a problem: can you solve it? A relative of mine is married since 16 years but he does not have any children. So he married another woman in secret. From her, he has two children. But his first wife does not know anything about the second marriage. Should he tell his first wife or not?

Mohammed Ahsan,


Apart from the fact that the man committed breach of trust by not consulting the first wife, he has also put to risk the material rights of his second wife and children. The two wives and the two children are the rightful inheritors of his property, which is likely to be denied to them after his death because he kept the fact of his marriage secret. Yes, Islam has not made it compulsory for a husband that the first wife’s permission be obtained for a second or third marriage. But, it does not approve of secrecy either. It directs us to take the front door and not the back-door in our dealings.

The said man must immediately let not only the first wife know of his second marriage, but also everyone else of the family.

How to Evaporate Love?

Q: I am a regular reader of your digest. I am very confused and hope you will reduce my tension by answering me immediately. I have fallen in love with a girl from a different religion and she likes me more than I do her.


Have you told her that you love her less than she does?

Q. I have told her that our parents will not accept her but her love towards me has not declined.


Criticize her for disregarding her parent’s wishes, and for other failures that you notice in her, and probably her love will evaporate.

Q. She tells me that she is praying to God to take her away before I get married to somebody else.


Her prayers will not be answered because she does not believe in One and True God.

Q. She is ready to sacrifice anything for the sake of me even her religion and parents etc.


A strong-willed girl will sacrifice her husband also, if she makes up her mind over something in the future. So       beware!

I want to know whether:

(a) I would be committing a sin by marrying her after she gets converted to Islam?


If she embraced Islam for your sake alone, it would not be true Islam that she will be embracing. It would be a  religion of convenience. However, you will not be incurring a sin. She might after all, and some conditions met,   become a true Muslim in the future.

(b) What is the procedure to convert her to Islam?


We recommend that you don’t convert her. Tell her that you will marry her even if she didn’t  convert. If she doesn’t, by herself, then, obviously you know the truth about her.

(c) How do I convince my parents?


Are they also in doubt about Islam?

(d) Please help me in this matter.


Without knowing the sincerity and depth of commitment of both you and the girl, your respective ages, education, family background, the girl’s religion, etc., it is a bit hard for us to offer you any concrete proposals.

To recommend two people to build their life together, one which has a sinful start, (that of you nurturing relationship with a girl whom you are not even supposed to look at), would be an irresponsibility of high order. What happens to the two with the fever gone and normalcy resumed after marriage? Supposing you abandoned her. Where is she to go? Can we in that event shrug off a share in the responsibility?

The only concrete advice that we can give is, both of you wait, until the sexual emotions cool off. If you still feel, after, say 5-6 years of gap, that you two should get married, then the steps towards materialising it could be taken. And those are easy steps, rendered easier for those who are true to God.

In the meanwhile both of you should become serious about Islam. Islam is a sobering religion.

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