Ask About Islam (Live Session)

Br. Mohsen Haredy Concluded This Live Session on Mar. 3rd, 2013 at 19:00 Makkah Time / 16:00 GMT
Mohsen Haredy-12-12-2012
Mohsen Haredy
Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We are glad to have completed this Live Session on Sunday 3rd of March 2013, at 19:00 Makkah time / 16:00 GMT.

This session was dedicated to “Ask About Islam”; Br. Mohsen Haredy replied to questions on interfaith matters, misconceptions about Islam, misinterpretations of Quran and Hadith, and any general question about Islam.

Please don’t hesitate to send us additional questions at any time through the following email address: aai@onislam.net

Or access our page and submit a question at: Ask About Islam

Br. Mohsen Haredy is the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Da`wah Committee in Kuwait, and a contributing writer and counselor of Reading Islam. He graduated from Al-Azhar University and earned his MA in Hadith literature from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Currently he is an overseas PhD student at Leiden


Below you may review all questions and Br. Mohsen’s replies:




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Question 1: As Salamu Alaikum, I was wondering what I should do if anything about my cat surrounding me during my salah. He climbs all over me trying to get me to hold him I guess when I'm in Qiyam and when I'm in sitting position (julsa) , he sits in my lap and during tashahhud/durad he rubs his head vigorously on my finger. If I put him outside the door he has pulled up my carpet, destroying it. So what do you think I should do? I just don't want my salah to be negatively affected by this. –Amatullah


Salam Amatullah and thank you for your question.

Though it is a fatwa question, I will give you general guidelines. Cats are pure and their hair is pure too.

Kabshah bint Ka`b ibn Malik reported that Abu Qatadah came in when she had prepared water for Abu Qatadah to do ablution. A cat came and drank from the water, and he tilted the vessel for it so that it could drink. Kabshah said: He saw me looking at him and said: Do you find it strange, O daughter of my brother? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

"The cats are not impure, they are of those who go around amongst you." (Abu Dawud)

So, if a cat touches you while praying, your prayer is still valid. You may hold your cat during prayer but you need to try to minimize your movements. Pick the cat up before starting to pray and keep holding it, hopefully still, until you finish your prayer.

It is OK to move a little bit during prayer but the cat should not make you lose concentration.





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Question 2: If I commit a mistake and be punished for it, will I be forgiven in the Hereafter?


Salam Viola and thank you for your question.

We pray to Allah the Almighty to help us avoid committing mistakes. You are very lucky because the answer to your questions comes directly from the mouth of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Ubadah ibn As-Samit, who had taken part in the battle of Badr with the Prophet and had been amongst his companions on the night of Al-Aqaba Pledge, reported that: The Prophet, surrounded by a group of his companions said:

"Come along and give me the pledge of allegiance that you will not worship anything besides Allah, will not steal, will not commit illegal sexual intercourse will not kill your children, will not utter; slander, invented by yourself, and will not disobey me if I order you to do something good. Whoever among you will respect and fulfill this pledge, will be rewarded by Allah. And if one of you commits any of these sins and is punished in this world then that will be his expiation for it, and if one of you commits any of these sins and Allah screens his sin, then his matter, will rest with Allah: If He will, He will punish him and if He will,. He will excuse him."

So I gave the pledge of allegiance to him for these conditions. (Al-Bukhari)

Based on this hadith, the majority of scholars view that if someone commits a sin and receives its prescribed punishment, this punishment is an expiation for that sin.





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Question 3: Is Islam for Arabs only?


Salam Angel and thank you for your question.

Islam is a universal religion. Islam is for all people at all places. Islam is not confined to a specific sect or group of people.

It is commonly thought that Muslims are only Arabs while in fact of all Muslims all over the globe, the Arabs constitutes only 15% of the Muslim population. The remaining 85% are non-Arabs.

Therefore, Islam is not for Arabs only; it is for all people.





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Question 4: Which translation of the Quran you suggest for me?


Salam Adam and thank you for your question.

Your interest in reading the Quran shows that your are keen to follow Allah's commandments. Please note that what you will read is an explanation of the message of the Quran.

It is not a word for word translation because the Quran is untranslatable. The translation is a human effort to convey the message of the Quran to those who do not master the Arabic language.

There are many translations of the Quran in different languages. In the English language, I recommend two translations; one by Muhammad Asad and the other by Dr. Muhammad Abdulhaleem.





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Question 5: I said the shahada hamdulilah. What should I do next?


Salam Dan and thank you for your question.

Congratulations for taking the decision to embrace Islam and make it your way of life. We pray to Allah to help you remain steadfast and increase your faith.

At this critical stage of your life, it is necessary to focus on the basics of Islam. Your have to read more and more about Islam. Focus on the issue of Allah's Oneness and why He created us. Do not busy yourself with the details and controversial issues.

Try to get a translation of the Quran and read it to get the whole picture of the message of the Quran. Try to get a booklet on how to perform ablution and prayer. Try your best to offer as much as you can of the 5 daily prayers.

You are advised to visit the nearby mosque and introduce yourself to the mosque community and the imam of the mosque. They will help you a lot at this stage.

Try to keep a good relation with your family. Be kind to your parents and treat them gently. Make them feel that Islam has changed you for the best.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you.

You might find the following web site interesting since they offer courses for New Muslims: New Muslim Academy





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Question 6: I converted recently. can i have sex with my boyfriend?


Salam Lee and thank you for your question.

Congratulations for taking the decision to convert to Islam. We pray to Allah to help you in your way of life.

Islam gives great importance to the family life. Therefore, a Muslim man can have sex with his wife only and a Muslim woman can have sex with her husband only. Sex outside the marriage life is totally prohibited and it is considered a grave sin in Islam.

If you want to get married, try to integrate in the Muslim community in your neighborhood. Surely, you will find a good husband who take care of you and respects your rights. Together with him, you will build a sound family.





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Question 7: When I go the mosque in Ramadan I smell a strong smell coming from the women prayer area. Is it ok for women to put on perfume?


Salam Yahya and thank you for your question.

Though your question is a fatwa-related issue, I will give you the general guidelines.

It is forbidden for women to put on perfume when they go out. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

"If any one of you (women) goes out to the mosque, let her not touch any perfume.” (Malik)

Narrated Imran ibn Husayn: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

"I do not ride on purple, or wear a garment dyed with saffron, or wear shirt hemmed with silk. Pointing to the collar of his shirt al-Hasan (al-Basri) said: The perfume used by men should have an odour but no colour, and the perfume used by women should have a colour but no odour. Sa'id said: I think he said: They interpreted his tradition about perfume used by women as applying when she comes out. But when she is with her husband, she may use any perfume she wishes." (Abu Dawud)





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Question 8: Why do Muslims believe that Jesus was not the son of God?


Salam Lawrence and thank you for your question.

Muslims love and respect Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). Muslims believe that Jesus is one of God's messengers and prophets. Jesus never claimed any divinity to himself. Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God.

Muslims believe that God is perfect and He created everything including Jesus (peace be upon him). God says in the Quran what means:

{Say, 'He is God the One, God the eternal. He begot no one nor was He begotten; and no one is comparable to Him.'} (Al-Ikhlas 112:1-4).

We also read in the Quran on the mouth of Jesus:

{I told them only what You commanded me to: Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” I was a witness over them…} (Al-Maidah 5:117)

Therefore it is God alone who is worthy of worship and no one else. Creations should not worship other creations nor attribute to them a characteristic that is not suitable to their nature. God is not in need of sons since He does not die; humans need sons and daughters for the continuity of mankind.


And Allah Knows Best!

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