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Musaafahah – Rulings and Etiquettes

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:42

1. Musaafahah refers to clasping the hands.

2. It is sunnah to make musaafahah after making salaam. Hence, one should not merely make musaafahah without making salaam.

3. Musaafahah should be made with two hands.

4. Musaafahah should be made on arrival and on departure.

5. Musaafahah should not be accompanied by any other unfounded practice e.g. kissing cheeks, twisting thumbs, etc.

6. If a person is carrying something, suffice on making salaam and do not inconvenience the person by trying to make musaafahah with him.

7. Similarly, if a person is busy or is rushing, do not inconvenience him by making musaafahah with him.

8. A woman should not greet or make musaafahah with men who are not her mahram.

   

Suicidal Friend

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:52

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

Unfortunately I have a friend that wants to commit suicide. How can I help her?

Jazakallaahu Khairan 

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Daughters in University

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:50

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I have just finished matric. My parents want me to go to university next year. I have many friends and family who are in university so I know of the fitnahs and sins that are part of campus life. I heard just recently of a girl who we all knew to be pious, that she met a Hindu boy on campus and wishes to marry him. I don’t want to put my imaan on the line by going to university and being exposed to these fitnahs.

Please advise me as to how I can explain my concerns to my parents and convince them.

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‘Handed’ the Hijaab

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 14:05

A young Muslim girl from a gulf country recounts the incident that lead to her entering hijaab. She said:

How I adored “tabarruj” (displaying one’s beauty in public)! I would follow the latest trends and fashions of abaayas (the ones which attracted attention with their colours and shapes). My opinion of the Islamic abaaya (the loose one which covers the body properly) was that it was just made for the old fashioned poor girls!

One day, I went out with a group of my friends to the mall. I went out as usual, applying full make up to my face, perfumed and wearing an attractive abaaya. When a sister saw me in the mall, she came to me and advised me, in front of my friends, to wear the proper hijaab so that Allah Ta‘ala would not punish me in the Aakhirah.

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Guided to the Garb of Niqaab

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:50

Back in the 80’s, ever since I was a young girl, I always admired the very few women I saw in niqaab. The noor of their garb made them outshine all other women. I didn’t know that it was an obligation on Muslim women, but in my heart, I knew that it was right and I was in love with it. As a little girl, I said to myself, “One day, I will cover myself.” But as I grew up, I had nobody to share this desire with. Hardly any of my family members or friends even wore a scarf full time. So I naturally wanted to “go with the flow”. My guilty conscience troubled me throughout my teenage years. “Nobody covers themselves up in this area,” I thought to myself, “What will they think of me?”

Finally, alhamdulillah, when I was eighteen years old, Allah Ta‘ala blessed me with hidaayat. My desire and dream was to go to university, but alhamdulillah, my father prevented me. I was distraught! All my years of hard schoolwork now in vain! Alhamdulillah, this sadness made me turn to Allah Ta‘ala and He chose for me to attend madrasah for a year. I was now in an environment with so many women that wore the niqaab that I couldn’t believe it! There were so many girls and women who were wearing the niqaab and alhamdulillah, at the age of just eighteen, I had realized the beauty of the niqaab. Allah Ta‘ala gave me the taufeeq (divine ability) to wear the niqaab and my childhood dream had now come true.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) for inspiring me.

   

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