Blasphemy, Dhikr and Following Madhab (Live Fatwa)

Questions and Answers of Live Fatwa Session With SH. Ahmad Kutty

On Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, we managed to run a successful e-mail based Live Fatwa session with Sheikh Ahmad Kutty on Blasphemy, Dhikr, Following Madhab and Other Issues”.

Interestingly, users reacted positively and sent their questions via the Fatwa section’s e-mail address in and ahead of the session’s time. The honorable guest, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty kindly responded to all the questions.

Below you can review all the questions and Sh. Kutty's kind replies:


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Question 1:

Bilal – 32 – Male – Canada

Black Magic

Salam alykum. Lately I have been feeling distressed. I got laid off work; also I was close to get married but did not work out. In addition to that, there are those daily things that always happen against what I wish. I feel someone has written a spell / or black magic. I read the Qur’an, and I play it loud in the house once a week at least. I also do supplication. But I feel nothing is working. Can you refer me to a sheikh who can recite Qur’an to me? Try to see if there is black magic against me.


I am sorry to hear about your trials. Why do you attribute this to a spell? Allah sends trials not to destroy us but to help us grow in faith. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Prophets face more trials than anyone else…” He also said, “A believer facing trials and remain calm is like a strong plant standing tall withstanding tough winds and storm; whereas a hypocrite is like a weak plant that is crushed even by the lightest of winds.

People lose jobs. Some of them learn from it and try to strive hard to find another job. Sometimes, it may be necessary to retrain yourself. Also you need to ask yourself, is there anything wrong I am doing which perhaps contributed to my job loss?

Put forth the best of your efforts and pray to Allah. I advise you to get a copy of the Invocation of God by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya and apply its lessons; it has all kinds of spiritual prescriptions for healing.

I pray to Allah to grant you relief.

Allah Almighty knows best.



Abdul Jabar t s – 31 – Female – India


Dear Brother, one of my friends has a doubt regarding defending our prophet (p.u.h) against blasphemy by physically stopping the blasphemer. He quoted some incidents in Prophet's life. Once one sahabi (one of the Prophet's companions) killed his wife and Prophet asked why? The sahabi said she used to use bad words about you. Prophet (p.u.h) said nothing. Another incident; once Prophet asked help of his companions for avoiding (means killing) one blasphemer and someone came forward and did the job. My friend argues that these incidents show that it is permitted in Shari`ah to physically stop the blasphemer even though it is not wise in the present world. What does really Shari`ah says?


These traditions you have cited cannot be taken out of context; they refer to the situation of war. In other words, they refer to a time when Madinah was facing attacks from enemies within and enemies without.  Furthermore, there is no indication that they were done by the order of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The only thing we can infer from this that the Prophet did not condemn the actions. Another point to note: often times a narrator cites only one aspect of the story, thus failing to give us the complete story.

Therefore, we cannot generalize based on the above isolated reports.

The Qur’an itself cites statements of pagans and others which are blasphemous, and yet no where it suggests that Muslims are supposed to react to them violently; rather, we are repeatedly ordered to bear them patiently: We read, “surely you will hear lots of hurtful slander and allegations from those who are the scriptures and others, …” ِand indeed you shall hear many hurtful things from those to whom revelation was granted before your time, as well as from those who have come to ascribe divinity to other beings beside God. But if you remain patient in adversity and conscious of Him - this, behold, is something to set one's heart upon.” (Qur’an: 3: 186).

And the Prophet (peace be upon him) is told in unequivocal terms:

"Endure, then, with patience (all that they who deny the truth may say] -always remembering that it is none but God who gives thee the strength to endure adversity-and do not grieve over them, and neither be distressed by the false arguments which they devise:” (Qur’an:16:127).

In conclusion, we cannot violate these well-established Quranic principles and act upon isolated traditions taken out of context, nor are we allowed to take laws into our own hands.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 3:

Riz – 35 – Male – Us

The Method of Sacrifice

Aoa scholars. For the first time in my life, I watched an animal being sacrificed in the Muslim way for `Eid. Knowing the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad regarding the rights of animals, I expected the death to be painless and quick. I was quite more than wrong. Rather than instantly killing the udhiyah, the butcher first sliced the animal's outer layer, then the jugular vein, and then waited for all of its blood to drain out, even though the animal was still alive and surely experiencing an unspeakable pain.

Apparently, the butcher insisted that the animals sacrificed instantly are haram, as their blood is not allowed to drain out and they do not experience the pain for us. Now, the West tends to immediately electrocute an animal and then cut off its head, not commonly caring for the draining of blood.  But did not the Prophet Muhammad tell his followers to be kind to animals and to ensure the method of sacrifice is the least painful?

Are not Muslims defying his teachings by so cruelly sacrificing animals? Is not basically the Western method of instantly killing an animal by cutting off its head more preferable? Please, elaborate. Jazak Allah khayran.


The Quran as well as the authentic sunnah establish firm principles affirming the human treatment of animals, including dogs and cats, and clearly forbid any form of tortures; in fact, that is the reason why we are forbidden to eat animals that ha been tortured to death; here is the verse:

FORBIDDEN to you is carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any name other than God's has been invoked, and the animal that has been strangled, or beaten to death, or killed by a fall, or gored to death, or savaged by a beast of prey, save that which you [yourselves] may have slaughtered while it was still alive; and [forbidden to you is] all that has been slaughtered on idolatrous altars"  (Qur’an: 5:3)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) has explicitly forbidden all forms of torture and abuse of animals unconditionally. He even forbade cursing animals; once a woman did that, he told her to take out the saddle and let her go.

He also enjoined treating the animals we slaughter with utmost compassion:

The prophet also said, “Allah has enjoined benevolence and compassion in everhthing you et dot to do; so if you are killing animals (for food), let him sharpen the knife and spare the animal pain.” Once a person asked him, sometimes I take a goat to kill, and then I feel pity for it, and let it go, he said, “if you have mercy on the animal, Allah will be merciful to you.” He also forbade killing one animal while another is watching; sharpening the knife while the animal is watching.

Furthermore, the Prophet forbade all games and past-times involving cruel treatment of animals-including bull-fighting, cock fighting, game fishing, using animals as targets to practice shooting arrows, etc.

Based on these, you cannot blame Islam for the way the animal was treated by the butchers you saw. According to the rules of Islamic slaughter, the arteries should be cut with a sharp knife: There are primarily two reasons for this rule: to administer a quick death to the animal; secondly, the blood needs to be drained out.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 4:

Badar Yousuf

Wealth for Sacrificial Animal

Assalamo alaikum. I have a friend who has been in the banking industry for over 39 years. He has recently decided to resign from his job thanks to the enlightenment of the Lord.

Obviously at this stage of life it is difficult to find a new source of earning. His son is now contributing towards the rationing of the house and remaining expenditures are being taken care of from the savings of the service life.

As far as the qurbani goes, is it right to do it from these savings? Plus, can anybody do qurbani on behalf of someone alive without telling him? Jazak Allah.


There is no need for the father to offer a sacrifice, especially if he has money saved from halaal sources.  It is sufficient for his son to do one qurbani on behalf of the entire family. The companions used to do one goat or lamb on behalf of their families.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 5:

Roland – 2 – Male – US


In heaven, there are no negative feelings. What if you make it into heaven, but your family did not? Can you not mourn for them?


Heaven is where we are united with Allah, our Beloved, and all our personal attachments, and emotions are subsumed by this all-pervasive love of God; and hence all other limiting expressions of love vanish. Since our love is merged with the love of Allah, this question does not arise.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 6:

Amy – 31 – Female – US

Allah and the Supplications of His Creations

Does Allah Answer: the prayers of all human beings, regardless of whether they are believers or not? There is this Ayah in Surat Ar Rahman which leads me to this thought.


Allah is all Merciful and His mercy pervades all things, and his chastising humans are more like chastising of parents for their children.

Our knowledge of Allah is solely based on revelation as the reason cannot probe the mystery of Allah. We learn from the Qur’an that Allah hears the prayers coming from hearts that turn to Him earnestly and in good faith. Therefore, He wants us all to turn to Him sincerely. Allah tells us in the Qur’an that He is the One who saves the shipwrecked when they turn to Him. However, when they reach ashore safe, they associate partners with Him. What we learn from this is that Allah is free to Answer: or not to Answer: prayers as He wills. Our knowledge of this matter is limited.

Therefore, we do not wish to go beyond to speculate on this matter. We say, “Allah knows best.”

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 7:

Rafa – 21 – Female – Saudi Arabia

Boy Girl Relationship

As-Salamo `alaikum. I have heard that a boy has no right to deny being called a brother by a girl in Islam. I'm not sure how far it is true but if it is,I would want a reference. Jazak Allah.


There are two types of brotherhood (and for that matter, sister-hood) in Islam: one is the universal fraternity based on unity of faith; the other is the brotherhood based on blood lineage. So every Muslim can be his or her brother or sister in Islam as brothers and sisters; however, this, in no way justifies, treating each other as if they were blood brothers and thus allow for trespassing the limits set by Allah.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 8:

Yaseen PV – 55 – Male – India

Disposing Used Clothes in Islamic Way

When there is no other useful way to dispose, is it Islamic to burn used clothes? By burning used clothes is one violating any commandment in the Qur’an or Hadith?


If they can be given to charities for human use, you should do so. If there is no other way, then you need to see if they can be taken by the recycling services. You should contact them, and they may pick them up and recycle them: That is a better option than burning them.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 9:


Eating Caterpillar

My question is: eating caterpillar permissible in our deen?


As far as I know there is nothing in the sources either forbidding or endorsing it. However, Islam does not allow us to eat anything that is considered harmful, filthy or even distasteful to sound nature. Allah says, “Hepermits for you all that is pure and wholesome, and prohibits all that is filthy (and harmful).” (Qur’an: 7:157)

I don’t know whether consuming caterpillars is good for health or not. However, I would not like to eat them. Mind you, there is no shortage of good things we are allowed to consume; so, why go for that which is doubtful?

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 10:

Anna Vasylieva Ghazala

Give a Child to Infertile Family

Assalamu alaicoum! This is a question for Live Fatwa to Sheikh Ahmad Kutty from a Ukrainian brother. The brother has 2 children and can provide for a third one. But his relative has no children due to infertility. They want to give to that infertile family their third child so they would bring him up (the child would know who are his real parents and they will preserve his surname, etc.) So is it Islamically ok, or the infertile family should better adopt a child from an orphanage? Thank you in advance.


You can definitely give your child for your childless relative to bring up while he is made fully aware of his biological parents. Islam is not opposed to adoption as long as the filial identity is not compromised. Adoption in this way without transferring the identity has been practiced in Islam: it was done by the Prophet, his own wives, and following them by Muslims throughout history.

Therefore, it is undoubtedly a noble deed.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 11:



Is this hadith authentic? If authentic, please, explain it

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith#5758: Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, “When Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) was asked when the office of Prophet had been established for him, he replied, "When Adam had not yet had his spirit joined to his body.” Albani said it's Sahih.


There are two traditions with similar wordings: one states: I was a prophet when Adam was still between water and clay…”; it has been judged by numerous hadith critics as fabricated or baseless or a pure lie. Another one, however, with the slightly different wording, “I was a prophet when Adam was between his soul and body," which has been judged by some scholars as having some basis. If it is considered as such, then it is simply a affirming the fact that his prophet-hood, like all other matters, has been foreordained by Allah by His Eternal Decree.

While reading such traditions, we must guard against the tendencies of excessive veneration or deification of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which he has warned us against, in no uncertain terms. As reported by Anas, once a group of people who visited him addressed him saying, “O Messenger of Allah, O the best one among us, O the son of the best one, our master, son of our master,” he told them, “O people, say what you want to say, but let not the devils get you carried away ( to use hyperbolic expressions): I am Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, and His Messenger; I do not want you to raise me above the level that Allah, the Glorious and Exalted, has placed me.”

In other words, there is no need for us to prove the excellence of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by using weak, spurious, doubtful or fabricated traditions.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 13:

Syed S. Ali – 29 – Male – India

Hijrat of Prophet

Dear Scholar, when I was reading the books of hadith, I came to know that the migration (Hijrah) of Prophet (PBUH) took place in the night of 1st Rabi` al-Awwal, but why the new calendar starts from Muharram.

I was amazed to see that onislam.net has posted items regarding the Prophet's (PBUH) hijrah, and is emphasizing that the hijrat took place on the first night of Muharram, not in the Rabi` al-Awwal.

But when we look back in the history, we see that during the Jahilliya times, the pagans of Mecca used to start their new year from first of Muharram.

Aren't we following the old paganism and starting our new year with Muharram, or I am confused? Please, help.


As reported in the sources of seerah the Prophet arrived in Madinah on the twelfth of Rabi al

Awwal, and so it was not in the month of Muharram.

However, the Prophet’s companions who deliberated on the Islamic Calendar, chose hijrah as the beginning of the Islamic calendar, but they did not begin the month, accordingly. Perhaps it was done for two reasons: they did not wish to upset the system the Arabs had followed; secondly, Umar reasoned that it   good thing to start with Muharram, for that was when people conclude the hajj rites and return home; so, he considered as an auspicious thing since the hajj helps people to start with a clean slate.

It is equally important to stress:

We should respect the decisions of the Prophet’s companions-the pioneers among the muhajirin and ansar. Allah has pointed them out to us as our role models as He is pleased with them even as they were well with Him.

Therefore, is only befitting us to trust their judgment in this matter, rather than being carried away by our own opinions.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 14:

Cheima – 27 – Female – US

Ignoring a Request for Knowledge

Asalamu alaikom. I would like to ask a question. I posted a question via Facebook seeking Answer:s about Witr and Nafl prayer. I noticed a lot of da`wah  on Facebook, so I decided to ask. I have a lot of Muslim brothers and sisters who share things like that.

My question was ignored for three plus hours with no reply. In those three hours, I've seen pictures being posted of family and friends, exercise advice given, commentary on Gaza and some other personal information that needed no sharing at all.

How am I supposed to learn from others about Islam if they do not take the time to even read a post? Also, wouldn't it be under the six rights a Muslim has? Please, correct me if I'm mistaken.

Also, who is to say that the question posted was for someone who was considering Islam? Jazak Allah khair for taking time to review.


I am sorry to hear this. However, I do not take care of this department. I advise you to broach this question with the administers. Since I have no idea about your question, I am not in a position to Answer: it.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 16:



Licking Husband/Father’s Fingers After Eating

Recently I read that it’s sunnah for wife & children to lick the fingers of their husband/father after eating! Is their evidence for it? Please, explain.



Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 17:

Ataur Raham – 52 – Male – Bangladesh


Is it compulsory to follow any one madhab out of four?


I cannot do any better than referring you to one of my earlier Answers on a similar question: you may access it here:


Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 18:

Anna Vasylieva Ghazala

Muslim Work in a Christian Cemetery

Is it ok for a Muslim to work in a Christian cemetery - to guard it, to clean, to set crosses, etc? Jazakumullah khairan.


It would be better for you to try to find another job. For even though most of the work you may be doing is fine; some of them may not be considered as befitting a Muslim as it violates our beliefs. So, you are advised to find another job. Try your best and pray to Allah to give you a job that is free from doubtful earnings. In the meantime, you should ask forgiveness of Allah and purify your income from taints of haram by giving extra charities-if you can afford to.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 19:

Priority for Parents or One's Self to Perform Hajj?

Matiullah Amanzai

Dear Scholar

Thank you very much and Jazakumullah Khaira for your detailed Answer:

I have got a concern about your Answer: on "sending one's parents for Hajj instead of himself ".

If you could further explain this issue in the light of this Hadith.

It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that a man said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I have wealth and children, but my father wants to take all my wealth.” He said, “You and your wealth are for your father.” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 2291; Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh, 2/142 from the hadeeth of Jaabir, and 2922; Ahmad, 6902 from the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr).

Thank you very much in advance.


This hadith does not mean that a father can monopolize or take over the wealth of his son as he chooses. The wording of hadith as reported in various sources simply states: My father is in need of my wealth. Then the Prophet said, “you and your wealth belong to your father." "He further added: Your children are yours; so you may eat from your children’s earnings.” So, the Prophet (peace be upon him) meant to say, the parents can use the wealth of their children, if they needed it, in no way can mean that they are allowed to take it as they choose to deprive  of their own needs and thus harming them. It is not sanctioned in Islam; the Prophet said, “No one is allowed to harm another”-including parents.

Parents do not have an absolute monopoly over the wealth of their children is also proven by the fact that when the children die, they are entitled only to one-sixth of it, and the rest is distributed among spouses and children.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 20:

Muhammad – 26 – Male – Pakistan

Rationality of Prohibition

I often hear westerners saying that as long as two consenting adults do something between them and do not hurt third it is their matter. And this is given as logic for fornication homosexuality and even incest. They also question morals that we need to define them rationally.

As Muslims do we believe that morals and all advice to us is rational or is it just commands by Allah which may not be so. Kindly define prohibition of fornication homosexuality and incest rationally (keeping in mind that it is believed that after contraception there are not a lot of disadvantages).


It is only those who consider all values as relative who make such statements. As Muslims we believe that there are certain norms and values which are constant, and they never change; among these are prohibition of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, incest, etc. Sex outside marriage is wholly forbidden. Marriage is the divinely sanctioned way to find sexual fulfillment; so the so called notion that when two consenting adults do sex that it’s not sinful, it is not the Islamic view; nor is it sanctioned in any of the religious traditions; it is only some so called religious practitioners in the modern times who try to rationalize such actions.

They seek to change religion in light of the latest fads, based on a secular world view. Secular world view unlike the religious one, places man at the center of the universe, thus considering his whims and fancies as the standard to decide the right and wrong.

In conclusion, Islamic laws are based on reason and not solely on human reasoning.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 21:



Two Types of the People of Hell

Please explain second part of the hadith:

Imam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen, men with whips like the tails of cattle with which they strike the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, maa’ilaatmumeelaat walking with an enticing gait (or turning away from righteousness and leading others astray) with their heads like the humps of camels leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise nor smell its fragrance.”

Do women wearing hijab head covering with their hair tied as bun behind their head or neck come under this? Please, explain!!


This prophecy is about the permissiveness, and widespread nudity which may prevail among the people close to the end times. Therefore, they are referring to women parade their beauty to deliberately entice men. So, it cannot be applied to women who wear a bun, as long as they avoid specific hairstyle identified with promiscuous women. Aishah was said, “A married woman can beautify herself as she chooses for her own husband." Of course, this should be qualified by beautifying within the permissible limits.   The hadith specifically mentions the practice of forming a bump like a camel’s hump on top of the head. Since it has been cursed by the Prophet (peace be upon him) Muslim women should shun this practice altogether.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 22:

Ahsan Khan – 23 – Male – Pakistan

Urine Problem

Dear Sir, I’m Ahsan from Islamabad, Pakistan. From  last 6 months or so, I’m suffering from a problem  that  is I can’t control my urine, and sometimes  when I’m in sujud ; few drops of urine  come out, I had then had to change pants and do wadu again and then offer namaz (prayer). It happens all the time. Please, give me an Answer:; if it is okay to continue my namaz when few drops of urine come out or should I quit and offer again? Please, help me!


Since you belong to the category of those who are excused, you don’t need to worry about your wuhdu as long as you do your best to keep yourself clean:

You are advised to clean yourself and make wudhu closer to the time of salah you intend to perform; once you do that, you need not worry even if you suspect about urine drops coming. Islam is a religion that takes into account the hardship; accordingly, the rigor of laws is relaxed in cases like yours. According to well established principles of Islam, where there is a genuine hardship, the law is relaxed.

Therefore, you don’t need to worry as long as you follow the above procedure.

Allah Almighty knows best.


Question 23:

Sajid – 39 – Male – India


SalaamAlaikum. Is it possible to prescribe a set form of Zikr, which I can do at specific times & also any time, to lighten my heart & keep me free from anxiety though the day & night. I do my prayers regularly, but I am looking for something extra to get closer to Allah. Help in this regard will be highly appreciated - Jazak Allah.


Your question does show your desire to establish constancy in dhikr, which, alone is the sure way of attaining peace and tranquility. As Imam Ibn al-Qayyim said, “In the heart of human being, there is a certain scattered-ness which cannot be gathered together except by turning towards Allah;

In it there is a loneliness which cannot be removed except by seeking the companionship of Allah;

In it there is a grief, which cannot be dispelled except by the pleasure that is derived from gaining knowledge of Him, and establishing true relationship with Him;

In it, there is a disquiet, which cannot be overcome except by fleeing to Him;

In it, there are flames of fire which cannot be extinguished except by being content with His decree, His command and prohibition, and persevering in compliance with them until one meets Him;

In it there is an intense feeling of thirst and hunger which cannot be satiated except by cherishing love of Him, celebrating His remembrance consistently. Even if one were to amass all the wealth of the world, this thirst/hunger will remain unsatisfied without it.”

Here is a select list of verses from the Qur’an which are intended for daily reading, reflection and meditation. They should be a part of your daily spiritual regimen of every Muslim, especially in the early morning hours:

Surat al-Fatihah (Surah: 1)

Surat al-Baqarah (Surah: 2: 1-5; 255-257; 284-286)

SuratAalImraan (Surah 3: 26-27; 29-32; 190-200)

Surat al-Tawbah (Surah 9: 128-129)

Surat al-Mu’minoon (Surah 23: 115-117)

Surat al-Nnoor (Surah 24: 35)

Surat al-Room (Surah 30: 17-27)

Surat al-Zzumar (Surah 39: 53-59)

SuratFussilat (Surah 41: 30-36)

Surat al-Hashr (Surah 59: 21-24)

Surahs 112, 113, 114.

Besides the above, repeat the following Du’as on a regular basis both in the morning and evening three times or more:

1) bismillaahialladheelaayadhurru ma’ ismihisha’un fi al-ardhiwalaa fi al-ssamaa’iwahuwa al-ssamee’u al-a’aleem

(In the name of Allah; with His name, nothing whatsoever on earth or heaven can inflict any harm; He is all-Hearing and all-Knowing).

2) hasbiyaAllaahulaailaahaillaahuwaalayhitawakkaltuwahuwarabbu al-‘arshi al-azeem

(Allah suffices me; there is no god but He; in Him I place my sole trust; He is the Lord of the mighty Throne.)

3) Allaahummaineea’duhubika min hamazaati al-shayaateenwaa’oodhubika rabbi an yahduroon

(O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the whisperings of Satan; my Lord, I seek refuge in You from their presence around me.)

Finally, read the Sayyid al-istighfaar (master supplication) in the morning as well as before retiring to bed:

Allaahmma anta rabbeelaailaahaillaa anta khalaqtanee waana `abduka waana `alaa `ahdika wa wa’dika mastata`tua’o a`udhubika min sharrimaasana’tuabu’olaka bi ni’matikaalayyawaab’ou bi dhanbeefaighfir lee fainnahulaayaghfru al-dhunoobaillaa anta.

(O Allah, You are my Lord; there is no god but You. You have created me, and I am Your servant; I stand firm on my covenant with You according to the best of my ability; I seek refuge in You from the evils of my own actions. I acknowledge Your favors upon me; I confess my sins to You; so forgive me, for no one has power to forgive sins except You.)

I would urge you to get a copy of the excellent work entitled Invocation of God by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah; you may order it from amazon.ca.

Allah Almighty knows best.

The editor of OnIslam Live Fatwa service.

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