What to Do With Bank Interest

Question :

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I want to know about the interest that the bank gives us when we deposit money. Is it considered haram? If so, what should we do with the interest we get from the bank? Jazakum Allah khayran.

Answer (Sheikh Ahmad Kutty) :

Du`a When Drinking Zamzam Water

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Is there any special du’aa' (supplication) to be recited while drinking Zamzam water? Jazakum Allahu Khayran.

Answer (Sheikh Ahmad Kutty) :

Salatul Istikharah: Any Sign of Response?

Question :

As-Salaam `Alaykum! What are the signs to look for after performing Salatul Istikhaarah? Is it Sunnah that you can open the Qur’an and when you read the first Ayat you see, be it the one before or after, a sign of response? Or does the assistance of Allah only come in the form of a dream? Jazakallahu Khairan.

Answer (Sheikh Hamed Al-`Ali) :

Donating Blood While Fasting

Question :

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can a person donate blood while fasting? Jazakum Allah khayran.

Answer (Sheikh Ahmad Kutty) :

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Polygamy: Norm or Exception?

Question :

I had previously understood that polygamy is allowed in Islam. Recently, however, I was informed that Islam is in fact against polygamy, yet still there are some that say polygamy is the right of man and is the norm and not the exception. What is your opinion on this matter?

Answer (European Council for Fatwa and Research) :

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Zinc --- Console yahoo chat client

If we are in console environment and need to communicate with our friends or someone else using yahoo, maybe Zinc is the answer.

About Zinc

Zinc is an open source Yahoo! console chat client for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X and Solaris. Zinc is written in Python and released under GPL. Zinc originally started out as a code fork of Curphoo 0.3.7 but it has been completely rewritten since then.


Syncing Blackberry in Ubuntu

Yesterday I found one good article in The articles was about syncing your blackberry on linux. It tell us the experience of author how to syncing his own blackberry 8800 with his Evolution contacts in his Ubuntu 7.10 desktop.

Now I am trying to use my Blackberry 7200 series to syncing with my Feisty. There are some differences spesification testing stuff between me and the author of article in

I am using :

- Ubuntu Feisty with Gutsy repository

- Blackberry 7200 series

- AMD64 bit computer architecture

The articel author using :

- Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10

- Blackberry 8800

- 32 bit computer architecture