Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Akram
FQ 31: Can we listen to the audio of the Holy Quran without ablution?
Answer: Ablution (Wudhu) is necessary to touch the Holy Quran. Recitation of the Holy Quran without ablution is also permissible and listening to it, whether live or audio recordings, is also permissible. However, it is better and more excellent to recite and/or listen to the Holy Quran in a state of ablution. As mentioned in Fataawa Hindiya, Al Fasl Ur Rabe’ Fi Ahkaamil Haidh.
And Allah knows best.
Country : Karnataka, India,
Name : Ahmed
FQ 32: Can a person with wuzu (ablution) listen to songs and music?
Answer: Listening to music or songs is impermissible according to Islamic Shariah and is a sin as well. The Hadith have strict warnings and prohibitions about it. Regarding the prohibition of singing songs and playing music, there is a Hadith mentioned in Imam Baihaqi (Shu’ab-ul-Iman Vol No. 4, Pg No: 972):
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Jaber bin ‘Abdullah (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said: Singing songs and listening to music cultivates hypocrisy in heart as water cultivates greenery.
Devils dance on the shoulders of the person singing songs or listening to music as described in the Hadith in Tafseerate Ahmadiya, Pg No: 400:
Translation: Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said the person who raises his voice for a song, Allah Most High imposes two devils on him, one on his right shoulder and the other on his left. The two constantly dance on his shoulders until the person goes quiet.
Translation: All sorts of things which make a person heedless (of Allah Most High) are unlawful. (Durre Mukhtar’ Vol No. 5 Kitabul Hadhri wal Ibaha’ Pg No: 522)
Therefore it is not at all permissible for any Muslim to sing a song or listen to music irrespective of whether he is in a state of ablution (Wudhu) or not. It is necessary to avoid it all times.
And Allah Most High knows best.
Country : Nizamabad, India,
Name : Amair
FQ 33: Can we take photos or make videos?
Answer: There is a difference of opinion among the scholars about photography/videography. Some hold the opinion that as the Hadith have warnings about photos, taking photographs/making vidoes is not allowed. Others, have the opinion that the “photo” mentioned in the Hadith refers to making statues and/or paintings. The modern photograph or video is a kind of reflection of the person. Thus, it is permissible.
The thumb rule here is that if we can see something, we can photograph it as well. For e.g. a man can see men and can photograph them or make videos of them and a woman can see women and photograph them or make videos of them, but a man cannot photograph non-Mahram women and vice versa for women. There is no problem in taking photographs or making videos to propagate Islam, to inform others of Islamic activities and for other good causes. There are many benefits of it, which don’t need any explanation.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
Country : Agra, India,
Name : submitter name
FQ 34: What does Islam say about celebrating birthdays? Can we wish others a happy birthday? I have heard that we can celebrate birthday, but within the limits of the Shariah?
Answer: We humans should be extremely careful of our limited lifetimes and should worry about Aakhirah at all times. As times keeps passing on, our life keeps getting shorter and shorter. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) has ordered us to consider life a respite for obedience of Allah Ta’ala. There is a Hadith in Mishkaat Ul Masabeeh, Pg. No. 443:
Translation of Hadith: The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) advised a person: You consider 5 things a respite before another 5 things: This youth before old age, health before illness, affluence before poverty, leisure before engagements and life before death.
Even on the birthday, a Momin (believer) should reflect on his/her past life and turn to Allah and repent. He/she should also thank Allah Ta’ala for His bounties. However, in birthday, as a means of thanking Allah Ta’ala, some arrangements are made within the limits of the Shariah, which are not similar to the customs of non-Muslims, then there is no problem in this. Greetings can also be exchanged on this occasion.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
[Associate Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]