Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question : Commencing and Concluding One’s Meal with Salt Some people take salt before and after every meal religiously. Is it a Sunnah to have some salt before and/or after meals? Is there any reference in the life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alyhi wa sallam or the Sahaba that this […]

Backbiting

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : What is Backbiting Is it backbiting when i say something about my “family” or about “parents” to a non-muslim. They dont know them. fex they are talking about islam and me, then i say my family is not much religious, i like it myself to wear hijab. (most […]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Are there contexts which excuse the sunna of sincere counsel? For example, some Sufis may say that it’s just the nafs that likes to have advice given with sweet words. If we were truly sincere, then, even if it’s harsh or embarrassing we’d take it with open arms […]

Swearing by Allah

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Is there any praise whatsoever if one swears by Allah and it’s a lie but there is room for interpretation where it could be true, so that two (or more parties) can mend their relationship? Does one have to do kaffarah? Answer : In generally, the sunna is […]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Talking about sins to other Answer : About talking about ones sins to other: if someone says to someone that “I too did this before but it is not the right thing to do, so please be careful” will that be considered disclosing ones sins? cause the aim […]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : What is the definition of a promise? Does one have to say the word promise for it to be one? Answer : A promise is an firm affirmation or commitment to do something. The “firmness” can be explictly stated, or understood by context or custom. The word “promise” […]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Can you give some advice on developing good social relationships with in laws specially when they ( seem to) come with a lot cultural baggage? Answer : The key is being expressive in one’s husn al-khuluq (excellence of conduct and character), upholding respect and appreciation, and being careful […]

Temperance

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : You mentioned the application of “temperance’ when dealing with people who may become very close and those who are disliked. In regards to the former would temperance be recommended in relationsips such husband and wife too? Answer : The temperance that is necessary in all relationships is that […]

Gender Interaction

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : What does business like mean when one interacts with non marhams of the other gender? Does it mean that one keeps a serious face ( and does not smile)? Is it improper if one’s disposition is to use (modest subtle) humour even in business-like interactions? Where is the […]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Do the rulings of looking apply to someone looking at people in pictures and television? Answer : Yes, one cannot deliberately look at that which is impermissible to look at, in print or electronically. And Allah alone gives success. Faraz Rabbani