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Slaughtering animal in Islam

Question :

As-salamu `alaykum.

My question concerns halal meat.
As far as I know (please correct me as my knowledge on the subject is limitedl), the Qur'an does not describe exactly how an animal must be slaughtered and what words, if any, should be said when it is done. So how did the rules come about?

Also, is it acceptable to eat meat from the Children of the Book and say bismillah before eating if I have reasonable grounds to think that the animal was alive when killed (even if stunned) and was killed with a sharp blade without suffering?
Please answer in brief.

Answer (Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah):

Wa `alaykum as-salam 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.


Months-Long Menstruation and Prayer

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.



My sister is experiencing menstrual bleeding for months now. Can she pray because it never stops?



Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Answer (Sheikh Ahmad Kutty):

Women Offering Prayer with Make-Up

Question :

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. There is confusion among us women regarding whether it is permissible to perform the prayer (salah) with cosmetics and lipstick on. Some of us say that a woman may apply lipstick, etc., after wudu’ (ablution) and then she can offer her prayers. Others among us say that a woman's prayer cannot be accepted when she is wearing lipstick. Please explain what is the right position?


Answer (Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi):

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.

Can a Woman Divorce Himself?

Question :

Respected scholars of Islam, As-Salaam `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh. I’d like to know the Islamic view regarding this question: Does woman have the right to divorce herself? Jazakum Allah khayran.


Answer (The European Council for Fatwa and Research):

Wa`alykum As-Salamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
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.


Dear brother in Islam, it gives us great pleasure to receive your question, which is so interesting. May Allah enlighten our hearts with the light of Islam, Ameen!

Islam cares about family stability, which is the cornerstone of the Muslim society. Therefore, it lays downs rules and arrangements that guarantee that love and harmony prevail in the society.

Building Mosques for Certain Ethnicities

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.

Living in the US as a Muslim, I see a lot of Muslim communities from different countries who congregate in their own "borders." There is a masjid for every nationality (Indonesian, Egyptian, Sudanese, etc.). Shouldn't we just have masjids for all, not further dividing ourselves along these nationalistic or ethnic lines? What positive steps can we take toward this?

Jazakum Allahu khayran.

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.


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) :