MALFOOZAAT SHAREEF of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al-Qadri Rehmatullah Alaih

Question: What is the ruling of Fiqh (Hanafi) if one mistakenly recites Bismillah loudly in Salaah (before Surah)?

Answer: If one mistakenly reads (the Bismillah) loudly, then there is no harm. But, if it is read intentionally, then it is Makruh (undesirable).

Question: What is the ruling of the Shari'ah on a person who collects monies in the name of the Masjid and uses it for himself?

Answer: His abode is the Fire of Hell.

Question: What is the Sunnah way of eating food?

Answer: Sitting on the floor with the right leg upright and left leg lying flat across you. Hold the bread with the left hand and break the bread and eat with the right hand. To break and eat bread (or anything) with just one hand is the practice of the cursed proud people.

Question: Can the word "Shahar" be used with every Islamic month, e.g. Shahar Rajab al-Murajjab?

Answer: No. This word "Shahar" is used for three months - Shahar rabbi-ul-Awwal, Shahar Rabbi-ul-Akhir and Shahar Ramadaan al-Mubarak.

Question: How must one make Sajdah while sitting and performing one's Nafil Salaah?

Answer: Bend the head so much so that it is in line with the knees.

Question: Can men keep long plaited hair as some Faqeers (devotees) do?

Answer: It is Haraam. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) states in a Hadith Shareef: "The Curse of Allah is on all those men who imitate women and all women who imitate men."

Question: It is said that on the night of Me'raj when Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) reached the Throne (Arsh) of Allah, he bent to remove his Blessed Na'lain (Shoe) because the noble Prophet Moosa (Alaih Salaam) was ordered to remove his shoe in the Plains of Aymen (Thoor Sinai), a voice called out, "O my beloved! Do not remove your shoe for it will excel the beauty and status of My Throne." Is there any authenticity in this incident?

Answer: This narration or incident is absolutely baseless and absurd.

Question: What is the meaning or concept of I'lm (Knowledge)?

Answer: The meaning of I'lm is that one be fully equipped and aware of the Aqaa'id (Beliefs) of Islam and this knowledge must be constantly fresh in the mind. Also, one must have the capability of acquiring and solving various other questions pertaining to Deen from Kitaabs without the assistance of any person.

Question: Can one recite Sura Mulk while he is alive or can someone recite for him after his demise for the purpose of protection in the Qabar? And what quantity of bread must be given in charity to the poor?

Answer: Perform this virtuous act every year of your life for the purpose of Esaale Thawaab. There is no specific quantity stipulated for Sadaqa in Shari'ah, whenever possible, with clean earnings, (bread or Naan). In fact, to do it continuously and then omit it, is not a good practise.
There are numerous benefits concerning this Blessed Surah in the Ahadith Shareef. There is no other thing or virtue equivalent to the recitation of Sura Mulk for the removal of the punishment of the grave and achieving tranquility in it. When the Angels of punishment tries from all sides in the grave to approach the reciter of this Surah, this Mubarak Surah rebukes the Angels, "Do not come close to this person because he used to recite me". The Angels will reply, "We have been sent by Him Whose Speech you are". The Surah replies, "Await until I return and do not go near this person".

This Surah Mubarak proceeds to the Divine Court in the Presence of Allah Azzowajal and disputes with Him is such a manner that no creation of Allah has the courage or strength to do so. So much so that there is a delay in the pardoning of the reciter and this Sacred Sura again requests to the Almighty Lord, "This person regularly recited Me and You did not forgive him. If I am not Your Words, then peel me off from your Kitaab (Quran)". Then, the Merciful Creator will reply, "Go, I have forgiven him". Surah Mulk will immediately proceed to Jannah and get silk clothes, a comfortable pillow, flowers and fragrance, and then go back to the grave. It will then console the reciter and affectionately say to him, "I hope that you did not get frightened due to My delay in returning to you!" This Sura will lay the comfortable bedding on the floor of the grave and the order will come from Allah Azzowajal to the Angels of Punishment to return at once.

Question: Is it permissible to marry in the family of Rafzees (Shiaa)? Nowadays, it is so complicated that either someone's uncle or someone's brother-in-law is a Rafzee.

Answer: It is not permissible. There are great dangers in such marriages. Your Imaan will leave your heart and the love for Allah Azzowajal and His Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will also leave you. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quraan, "If you come to your senses after the Shaitaan makes you forget, then do not sit in the company of the oppressors". Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) states, "Run far from them and keep them away from you so that they may not mislead you". There is a Hadith Shareef that is specifically related to the Rafzees, "A nation will come, they will have a bad title, they will be called Rafzee. They will not come for Jummah nor Jamaat. They will insult the pious predecessors. You must not sit in their company, nor eat, nor drink nor marry in them. If they get sick, do not visit them nor attend their funeral if they die".

Imraan bin Khataan Raqqaashi was regarded as one of the greatest Aalims and authority on Hadith (Muhaddith). He married his cousin sister who was a Kharijite. The Ulema were very disturbed and opposed this marriage. He said to them, "I have married her in order that I may guide her on the right path". Not even a year had passed before she had converted him to a Khariji. He went to hunt but became the target. This rule applies to all corrupt sects who have deviated from the Ahle Sunnah wa Jamaat. Due to their Kufr beliefs, the Ulema of Islam have passed the Fatwa of Irtidaad on them. People with such Kufr beliefs are regarded as Murtads, hence association and social bonds with them is strongly opposed as mentioned in the Hadith Shareef. Some of these corrupt cults are Wahabi, Deobandi, Qadiani, Rafzee (Shia), etc. Infact, the Nikah of a Muslim is not valid with them because of their Kufr. Children born from such marriage will be Waladu-Zina (illegitimate). Consult "Fatawa-e-Alamgeer" for details.

Question: What must one do if one coughs phlegm in Salaah?

Answer: Wipe it out on one side of your Kurta or Rumaal (later, after Salaah wash it out).
Question: If a woman is sickly and has limited funds that can only suffice for herself, can she travel alone for Hajj?

Answer: It is not permissible for a female to perform Hajj without a Mahram (any male with whom marriage is not permitted).

Question: Some people have a habit of lifting their pants after Ruku and thereafter going into Sajdah. What is the Law of Shari'ah concerning such a practise?

Answer: It is Makrooh. According to some Jurist, one's Salaah breaks if it is done with both hand.

Question: What is the situation, if due to cold, one covers one's hand with a blanket or puts it into his pocket at the time of Du'a?

Answer: If I am correct, it was Hazrat Sheikh Zun Nun Misri (Radi Allah Anhu) who only lifted one hand due to the cold. By an Inspiration, he was informed, "You only lifted one hand and I (Allah Azzowajal) have placed it in whatever I (Allah Azzowajal) wanted. Had you lifted the other one, I would have filled it."

Question: Do Du'as get accepted all the time?

Answer: It is stated in the Hadith Shareef that Almighty Allah Azzowajal is very Modest and Generous and, hence, very shameful if His servants lift their hands towards Him and get nothing. One who does not make Du'a to Allah Azzowajal, Allah Azzowajal becomes angry with him.

Question: Is there a prohibition in shaking hands at the time of departure?

Answer: No. When the Sahaba of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to meet, they shook hands and when they departed, they embraced each other.

Question: Is embracing done on both sides or one?

Answer: It is correct on one side, but the original residents of Arab Shareef embraced on both sides.

Question: Is it permissable to shake hands after five daily Salaah, Jumma and both Eids?

Answer: Yes, it is permissable. In "Naseemur Riyaad" it is recorded that this is a good practise.

Question: Can the meat of the animal slaughtered for a child's Aqiqah be consumed by the parents, grandparents, uncles and immediate families?

Answer: Certainly! They all can consume this meat. This type of Sadaqah in which all can eat is recorded in "Uqoodud Dariyyah" that the laws of Aqiqah is the same as Qurbani. P.S.: Many Muslims regard it as incorrect practice for Aqiqah meat to be eaten by the parent of the child or the immediate families. This is an un-Islamic practice. Such meat can be eaten.

Question: What is the difference between a minor sin and a major sin?

Answer: There are about 700 different types of major sins whose explanation are very lengthy. Any sin against Almighty Allah Azzowajl is a major sin. If you categorise the major and minor sins separately, then will regard the minor sins lightly and this in turn will become worse than a major sin. If anyone regards a sin as light, it automatically becomes a major sin. For the purpose of differentiation and a guideline, all that is important to know is that the omission of a Fardh duty is a major sin and of a Waajib is a minor sin. If any sin is committed by fearlessness and request, it is a major sin.

Question: How many people will a Hafiz-ul Quran help (intercede) on the Day of Qiyamah? I heard about ten persons of his family.

Answer: Yes, that is correct and on the Day of Qiyamah, a crown, which will light up the East to the West, will be placed on the head of Hufaaz parents. Intercession by a Shaheed (Martyr) will be 50 persons, Hajee 70 persons, and the Righteous Ulama - countless people so much so that those who had any contact with an Aalim of Deen will be privileged by his Shafa'at. Some will say that I gave him water for Wudhu, some will say that I did certain work for him, etc. These people will be judged accordingly and sent to Jannah (Paradise). The Judgement of the Ulema will be long over, but they will be held back and others will be going to Jannah. The Ulema will enquire as to why they are being held back from entering Jannah. Allah will reply: "On this Day, you are like the Angels to Me. Intercede, for by your intercession the Sunnis will be forgiven". It will be said to all the Righteous Sunni Ulama to intercede for all their students even though they may be as many as the stars in the sky.

Question: Is it true that all that is possible under the Power of Allah Azzowajal is created?

Answer: No. Infact there are numerous things under the Power of Allah Azzowajal to create that He did not create, e.g. it is possible for Allah to create a human whose height reaches the skies, but Almighty Allah Azzowajal did not create such a man.

Question: Which days are good to travel?

Answer: Wednesday, Saturday and Monday. It is stated in the Hadith Shareef that if a person departs before sunrise on a Saturday for travel, then I (Holy Prophet - Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) am his security. A'la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) then states: "Alhamdulillah! My second trip for Hajj and my return were within these 3 days, and by the grace of Allah, I was born on a Saturday".

Question: Did the Wahabi Sect exist at the time of the Khulafaa-e-Rashideen?

Answer: It is the very sect about whom Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu) requested the permission from Ameeril Mu'mineen, Sayyiduna Ali Al Murtudah (Radi Allah Anhu) to confront. After obtaining permission from Ameeril Mu'mineen, Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu) went to these people and asked them: "What was it about the Ameeril Mu'mineen that you so greatly disagree with?" They replied: "Why did the Ameer appoint Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ashari (Radi Allah Anhu) as a Hakm (Judge) in the Event of Siffeen? This is Shirk (Polytheism) because Allah states in the Quran: 'That judgement is from none but Allah'". Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu) replied: "Is it not in the very Quran that states, 'If there arises a dispute between husband and wife then get one Hakam (Judge or Arbitrator) from both sides, and if the couple require a reconciliation then Almighty Allah will put them together".

(This is absolutely the same tactics used by todays Wahabis. They close their eyes when it comes to the belief of I'lm-ul-Ghaib - Knowledge of the Unseen - possessed by Sayyiduna Rasoolullah -sallalahu alaihi wasallam. It is an Islamic belief that he did possess this Science of Knowledge as an Ataee - Gift of Allah and not Zaati (Personal). But the corrupt Wahabi totally refutes this. According to them such belief is Shirk).

Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibne Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu) then asked them as to what type of belief do they hold that they claim Imaan with all the Ayahs of Nafi (Negation), and Kufr with the Ayafs of Ithbaat (Affirmation). On hearing this scholastic statement of Sayyiduna Ibne Abbas (radi Allah Anhu), half of that group (5, 000) made Taubah (Repented) and joined Ameeril Mu'mineen. The remainder of the group (5, 000) remained stubborn. After this dialogue the Noble Ameeril Mu'mineen issued the order that the remainder be killed.

All the signs about this group that were foretold in the Sahih Ahadith Shareef are found exactly in the present Wahabi followers. A few prophecies were mentioned here.

1. If you compare your Salaah with their Salaah you will regard yours as insignificant and insufficient. Likewise, your fasting in comparison to theirs ( Wahabis) and your good deeds to that of theirs

2. They will recite the Holy Quraan but it will not go below their throats

3. Their words and speech will be very sweet and appealing and they will quote in every step

4. Their condition will be such that they will leave the (boundries of) Deen as an arrow leaves the bow for its target

5. One of their signs is that most of them will shave the hair of their heads.

6. Their pants will be raised high above the ankles.

Question: Can a person go to the toilet if he has Arabic writing on a piece of paper kept in his pocket

Answer: Yes, if it is hidden in his pocket, but it is better and more advisable to remove them.

Question: Does speaking lies, backbiting or using vulgar language nullify one's Wudhu?

Answer: No, but it is Mustahab (desirable) to make fresh Wudhu. But if Salaah is performed with such Wudhu, that Salaah will be valid but not preferable (i.e. against Mustahab).

Question: Is there any wisdom in fixing dates of Urs of Awliya?

Answer: Yes, on the day of their Wisaal (passing away), their souls have greater concentration in the respected graves. Hence, this is the perfect time to derive the bounties of Rahmah from them.

Question: What is the comment on ladies using Miswaak?

Answer: It is the Sunnat of Ummul Mu'mineen, Sayyidah Ayesha Siddiqa (Radi Allah Anha) for the women. There is no harm if they do not make Miswaak. Their teeth and gums, in comparison to men, are weaker. The use of the fingers, instead of Miswaak, will suffice for them.

Question: It is commanded in the Shari'ah to approach the grave from the leg-side. If the graves are very close to one another, how would this be possible?

Answer: Firstly, enter the graveyard in such a manner that you face the leg-side. From this position, so that none of the deceased will have the difficulty to turn or raise their heads to answer you, offer greetings to the deceased and make Esaale Sawaab for them. If you intend to visit a specific grave, take such a route that you approach the grave from the feet-side. Make sure that you do have to jump over other Muslim graves to obtain this position, or else it is forbidden. The great Fuqaha (Jurists of Islam) have ruled that it is Haraam to cross or jump over Muslim graves.

Question: Students in schools, etc. win medals with embossed faces on it. Can this be worn in Salaah?

Answer: It is Makrooh-e-Tahreemi (close to Haraam) and if such medals are worn, Salaah will have to be repeated without wearing the medal.

Question: Why is Imam Abu Hanifa known as "Hanifa"?

Answer: "Haneef" means "pages." The illustrious Imam had a great love for writing, therefore he was called by that name.

Question: How is it to wear Khara'oon (wooden sandles)?

Answer: It is proven from correct narrators that Sayyiduna Ghousal Azam Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (Radi Allah Anhu) wore Khara'oon after performing Wudhu

Question: How is it to push your beard inwards under your chin?

Answer: It is recorded in Nisai' Shareef: "One who pushes up his beard, inform him that Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is disgusted with him."

Question: Some people have a habit to lift their pants after Ruku and then go for Sajdah. What is the law of Shari'ah concerning such a practice?

Answer: It is Makrooh. According to some Jurists, one's Salaah breaks if it is done with both hands.

Question: Some table-cloths have Urdu or Arabic poetry written on them. Is it permissable to eat food on such a table cloth?

Answer: No. It is not permissible!

Question: Was Hajj Fard on all the Prophets?

Answer: As far as Hajj being Fard on them, this Allah knows best, but various Prophets did perform Hajj. Once the noble Prophet, Sayyiduna Sulaiman (Alaih Salaam) was sitting on his throne and his throne flew over the Holy Kaaba. The Holy Kaaba cried to Allah and said: "O Allah! A Prophet from Your Prophets and an army of Your armies flew over me, but did not descend on me nor did they perform Salaah in me." Almighty Allah replied: "Do not cry, I will make Hajj Fard on My servants who will hasten towards you as the bird rushes towards it's nest, and they will hasten and cry bitterly as a camel cries ardently in search of it's lost baby. I will send to you the Seal of Prophets who will be the most Beloved of all Prophets."

Question: Is it permissable to drink out of a container that has Quranic verses engraved on it?

Answer: Yes, it is permissible for the purposes of cure (Shifa) from sickness. Here too, one must be in Wudhu.

Question: Is the hair of a dog clean?

Answer: It is correct that only the saliva of a dog is unclean (na-Paak). One should not keep a dog without having a valid reason for doing so because the Angels of Mercy do not visit that house. It is recorded in an authentic Hadith Shareef that one day the Angel Jibra'il (Alaih Salaam) promised the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to visit him the next day on a specific time. The Nabi of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) waited on that day but he did not arrive on the promised time. Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) left his room and went outside to investigate. He found the Angel standing outside the door and hence asked him the reason for doing so. The Angel Jibra'il (Alaih Salaam) replied: "The Angel of Mercy does not enter that home which has a dog or photographs." The Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) went inside and searched all the rooms and did not find anything. A puppy then emerged from under the bed. It was removed and then the Angel entered.

Question: While making Qiraah in Salaah, you get confused in an Ayah. You repeat it three times, but fail to get the following Ayah. Do you have to make Sajdah-e-Sahw?

Answer: If there is a pause for more than the period of saying Subhan-Allah three times, then you must make Sajdah-e-Sahw, but not for the repetition of the Ayah three times. Not even if you repeat it a thousand times.

Question: Respected Sir! Is it true that to visit or see an Aalim of Deen earns you Thawaab?

Answer: Yes, the Sahih Hadith Shareef reports: "To see the face of an Aalim is Ibaadah, to see the Kaaba-tullah is Ibaadah and to look at the Holy Quran is Ibaadah."

Question: If a married woman is a Kaafirah (non-believer) and embraces Islam, what is she to do about her husband who is still a Kaafir?

Answer: She has to have no contact with him and wait for three monthly cycles. If her husband embraces Islam in this period (time) then she will remain in his marriage. If he does not become a Muslim, then she is free to marry another Muslim male.

Question: Does one get Thawaab if he feeds animals?

Answer: Yes. It is stated in the Hadith Shareef: "There is benefit in every living creature," which means that you will get blessings (Thawaab) if you comfort, feed or care for any living creature.

Question: Was Nabi Adam (Alaih Salaam) also a Rasool?

Answer: Yes, he was.

Question: Then why is Nabi Noah (Alaih Salaam) called the "First Rasool"?

Answer: Nabi Noah (Alaih Salaam) was the first Rasool to be sent to the Kuffar (non-believers) and the Prophets that came before him were sent to the Muslims (Believers).