Questions & Answers

By Mufti Jaseemuddin Qasmi | Coordinator, Online Darul Ifta

Funeral prayer for more than one body
Q- If there is more than one dead body, adults and juveniles both, will funeral prayer be performed on all them in one go. Will we need to read the dua which is read for adults or what?

A- In the above mentioned case, one should read both the two duas; the dua read for adults and the dua read for children. [Fatawa Darul Uloom]
Can Sayed marry a non-Sayed
Q- Please clarify with reference from Quran or authentic Ahadith. Can a Sayed marry a non-Sayed or is it Haram? Has Allah ordered to “maintain blood”? Is hellfire haram on all Sayed or on selected people?
Do all Sayed come in Ahl al-Bayt?
Rehan Shaik
via e-mail

A- All human beings are equal in Islam. If someone is greater than other then it is because of Taqwa, piety and righteousness as the glorious Quran says: “O, mankind, we have created you from a single pair; male and female, and we made you in different nations and tribes, so that you could recognize each other, surely, the most respected one in the sigh of Allah is the one who is the most pious, verily, Allah is All-knowing All-acquaintance.”
[Surah Al-Hujrat: 13]
1. So, a Sayed’s marriage with a non-Sayed is allowed and valid, as prophet’s (saws) two daughters were married to Hazrat Usman (ra) and Hazrat Ali (ra)’s daughter was married to Hazrat Umar (ra).
2. In Islam, to maintain blood means to avoid fornication and remarrying before Iddat period is completed. This does not mean invalidity of a Sayed’s marriage with a non-Sayed.
3. A Sayed also will face the hellfire if he commits sins. It is false belief that hell-fire is haram or forbidden upon Sayeds.
4. Sayed and Ahl-e bait are same. And they are those to whom Zakat and compulsory payable sadaqah cannot be given and they are five families; 1.Descendents of Hazrat Ali (ra) 2.Descendents of Hazrat Abbas (ra), 3.Descendents of Hazrat Jafar 4.Descendents of Hazrat Aqeel and 5.Descendents of Hazrat Haris bin Abdul Muttalib (ra).
Nevertheless, it is true that Sayed families are dignified and worthy of respect for us as they belong to the family of the prophet (saws) and ahadith also speak about their dignity.
Reward of giving bath to dead body
Q- What is the reward for the person who gives bath to the dead body? And is it compulsory to take bath after giving bath to the dead body?
Abdur Razzaq

A- Prophet (saws) said: “The person who gives bath to the dead body, becomes free from the sins as though he is born today, and the person who wraps the shroud on the corpse, Allah (swt) would make him wear a dress of paradise.” [Al-Targeeb Wal- Tarheeb]
It is not compulsory to bathe after giving bath to the body. Nevertheless, it is Mustahab and better to take bath after it, as a hadith reads: “It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Whoever washes a dead person, let him take a bath.” [Sunan Ibn Majah: Hadith No. 1463]
Selling with differen prices
Q- Is it allowed to sell something with a cash payment on lower price and sell the same thing on higher price if the payment is delayed? So, is it okay according to Shariah?
M. Shahid Choudhri
UP, India

A- To sell something on different prices is okay if the final price is declared in the beginning. But it is not allowed in a way that the seller would say to the customer if he purchases this object on cash payment then its price is so and if he purchases on deferred price then its price would be so, or he says if he pays within two months then the price would be so and if he pays in six months then the price would be so. However, after knowing the condition of the customer, if he quotes a price to the customer who wants to buy on cash payment and he quotes another price to the customer who wants to purchase on deferred price, then it is allowed. [Hidaya]
Building higher than mosque
Q- In my locality, people are making huge buildings around the mosque. As I know, it is disrespectful of the mosque to build higher buildings than the mosque around the mosque? Could you please clarify?
Arsalan Shaikh

A- It is not correct that to build higher buildings around the mosque is against the respect of masjid. It is allowed to build higher buildings than the masjids around it.
Eating soil
Q- Pregnant women feel like eating raw mud. Some old women prohibit them from eating it, terming it an unlawful act? So, what is Shariah ruling in this respect?
Aarifa Khatoon
Saharsa, Bihar

A- Eating mud is allowed only to the extent that it does not affect her health. [Fatawa Alamgiri 6/227]
Inheritance of accident victim
Q- In an accident, the wife and husband both lost their lives. It is not known that who died first. Can a relative of the wife get anything from her husband’s property?

A- If both died at the same time and no one knows that who died first then none of them would be the heir for other. So, if the relatives are her legal inheritors, they would get share in her personal riches and will get nothing in her husband’s property as it is not known that her husband died first. [Seraji: 54]
Use of tube or to dye hair
Q- Is it allowed for men to use tube, oil or dye to colour the hair?
Aman Quraishi
UP, India
A- It is allowed with three conditions. 1. Colour should not be black, 2. There should not be any impure ingredient in it, 3. The materials should not be thick which are stuck like paint but it should be like oil.
Will for a non-Muslim or a non-Muslim’s will for a Muslim
Q- I know that if there is a difference between deceased person and his heir’s religion, then there is no inheritance between them but what about the will? If someone makes will for a non-Muslim or a non-Muslim makes a will for a Muslim, is it allowed?
Abdul Khaliq

A- If someone makes will for the people of any other religion then his will would be valid and it would be executed .