Day to day Masaail, Part 4

Muslims celebrate Independence Day  

Q. What does Islamic Shariah say about celebrating Independence Day? Is it permitted for Muslims to celebrate?

A. Islam never forbids a Muslim to feel love and reverence for his homeland or country. The Prophet (SAWS) used to love his motherland Makkah as he expressed this feeling saying, “What a good land you are, and how dear you are to me. Were it not that my people drove me out from you, I would never have lived anywhere else.” (Sunan Attirmiz 3926)

What is forbidden in Islam is innovating in religion and imitating the people of other religion, particularity in respect to their rituals and festivals. Regarding innovation, the Prophet (SAWS) is reported as to have said, “He who innovates something in our deen that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” (Bukhari)   Prohibiting the imitating ritual of other religion, the Prophet of Islam (SAWS) is reported as having said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them”. (Abu Dawd)

 

The celebration of Independence Day entails both innovation in religion and imitation to the people of other religions. The national song consisting of blasphemous words is also sung on that occasion. Therefore, celebrating Independence Day and other similar occasions is impermissible in Islam.      

And Allah knows best.

  Heritage in the estate of Muslim parents

Q. Can an apostate claim to be inheritor in the estate of his/her parents?

 A. No, he/she will not be inheritor of the estate of his/her parents. This is because, difference of religion is one of the four factors which deprives a person from inheriting. There are no ties of inheritance between Muslims and non-Muslims. (Sirajee Fil-Miraas 7-8)  

And Allah knows best.

 Spilling human blood and destroying properties 

Q. What does Islam say about spilling human blood and destroying properties?

 A. Islam considers all life forms as sacred and pays special consideration on the sanctity of human life, and strictly prohibits spilling human blood without justification. The Glorious Qur’an clearly declares that killing another human being unjustly is a crime against all humanity.  “Whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, should be as if he had slain mankind altogether.” (5:32)  

Guarantying the security of human life and property, the Prophet (SAWS) in his Farewell Sermon said:

 “Your lives and properties are forbidden to one another till you meet your Lord on the Day of Resurrection.”      

Even in a state of war, Islam prohibits oppressing people who are not combatants such as women, children, old and sick people. Therefore, spilling human blood and destroying property unjustly is neither the teaching of Islam nor the practice of true Muslims.

And Allah knows best.

Woman travels alone

Q. I want go to abroad in a forging country. Should I have one of my parents with me or can I go alone my self? Is this haram for a Muslim woman to travel alone? 

A. A woman, whether young or old, is not permitted to go on a long journey of three days and nights equivalent to 48 miles without Mahram (one with whom marriage is not allowed forever) or husband accompanying her. The Prophet of Islam (SAWS) is reported as having said, “A woman must not travel for three days except with a Mahram.” (Agreed upon) He also said, “Let no woman travel for more than three days unless her husband or a Mahram is with her.” (Sahih Muslim)

 

Therefore, you should travel along with your Mahram or husband, if you are married.

And Allah knows best.

Wife calls her husband by name or nickname

Q. Can wife call her husband by his name or nickname?

 A. Since a wife should respect her husband and calling him by his name or nickname amounts disrespecting him, it is not better for her to call him by his name or nickname. (Fatawa Al-Hindiyyah, Kitabul Kirahiyyah: 5/364) If people lose their morals and form a society where calling elders by their names is normal, such kind of society should take lesson from an Islamic society outlined by the Prophet (SAWS). Since our success lies in following injunctions of Allah and practicing the teachings of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).  

And Allah knows best.

 Woman performs Hajj during Iddah

Q. Can a woman travel for Hajj during Iddah period?

 A. A woman observing the Iddah of Khula, Talaq or Maut is not permitted to go out of the house where she is observing the Iddah. She may be permitted to go out at daytime in the case of extreme necessity where there is no choice but to go out. However, she will have to spend night in that house. Thus, Islamic Shariah considerers a woman unable for undertaking journey during her Iddah period. And Hajj is not obligatory for incapable people. Therefore, performing Hajj is not obligatory for a woman observing Iddah and she is not permitted to travel for Hajj till the Iddah is over. (Hedayah 2: 410, Raddul Muhtaar 2:674)  

And Allah knows best.

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