Allah's Foreknowledge of People's Sins

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.

How can God place humans in Hell knowing that they would have done sin since He has foreknowledge of what they do?

Jazakum Allahu khayran.

Reinstall Grub in Ubuntu

I want to share my experience when I had problem with Grub error. It was in one of my company PC server. The PC use as Database mirror and fortunatelly for me the PC it self dont have direct impact to the other systems. Here are some actions when I am trying to fix the problem.

Init Script File in Ubuntu

If we have create one execution file, for example  in /usr/local/bin/mirror . Can we put this file as init script file and always run while startup and everytime our linux system will check it ??? Off course we can use cron to make it a routine execution file, but I will use other way.

Here are my experience when I am trying to have an init script :

First chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/mirror :

[email protected]:$ sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/mirror

[email protected]:$ sudo vi /etc/init.d/mirror

#! /bin/sh

/usr/local/bin/mirror >/dev/null 2>&1 &

SMTP Error Problem with RBL Client

One of my friend told me he not received email from his relatives since 2 days ago. He guess maybe there was an error in our mail server.

So, I use my gmail account and send an email to one of my company mail account. Gmail can't send email, here the report :

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:


Technical details of permanent failure:

PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 14): 554 Service unavailable; Client host [] blocked using; was shut down on December 18, 2006. Please remove from your mailserver.

Shortening Hair in First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.

Is it forbidden to trim your nails or cut your hair in the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah? Please answer based on the Hanafi Madhhab.

Jazakum Allahu khayran.

Answer (Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah) :

Purchasing Cars Through Commercial Bank Loans

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.

In Australia, most members of the Muslim community are purchasing cars and homes through commercial bank loans and mortgages. This is justified in two ways: First, one has no option in a Western country that does not have Islamic banking - and hence you need to borrow to be able to acquire a car and a home. Second, the prohibited interest refers to excessive interest over and above an acceptable rate (usurious rate). Interest at or below the average is acceptable.

Testimony of a Women in Islam

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. 

Does Islam regard the testimony of women as half of a man's just in cases of transactions or in every case? Who are the scholars that maintain the first view? What is the evidence of those scholars saying that her testimony is not accepted in cases of murder and adultery?

Jazakum Allahu khayran.

Answer (Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi) :