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Divorce, Dogs, and Naming of Child (Live Fatwa)

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Questions and Answers of an E-Mail Based Session with Dr. Wael Shihab
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On Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012, we managed to run a successful e-mail based Live Fatwa session with Dr. Wael Shihab on “Divorce, Dogs, and Naming of Child”.

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, Dr. Shihab, Head of the English Shari`ah Dept. of OnIslam.net, answered all the questions submitted by our dear users.

Below you can review all questions and Dr. Shihab’s replies:

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Question 1:

S.Balkisumma – 62 – Female – Sri Lanka

Divorce

If a husband hates his wife or rejects her and takes revenge on her, is it possible to make him divorce her automatically?

Reply:

Thank you for your question.

First of all, you have to bear in mind that divorce is the most hated permissible thing in the sight of Allah. It dissolves families and deprives children the family atmosphere. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The most hateful permissible thing (Halal) in the sight of Allah is divorce." (Abu Dawud, hadith No. 1863, Ibn Majah, hadith No. 2008)

The spouses should avoid divorce as much as possible. If they have difficulties and problems they should be patient and forbearing. They have to try to work out their differences and seek help from their relatives, friends or professional counselors.

However, if marital life becomes unbearable and the continuation of marriage poses physical or psychological harms to any of the married spouses, divorce then is resorted to as a final solution to prevent greater harms.

Given the above, a wife whose husband insists on harming her, whether physically or psychologically, can seek divorce through legal channels. She may seek the help of a local imam, a community leader, or close relatives.

No one is entitled to harm anybody, even his or her married spouse. Marriage couldn’t be terminated automatically; there are legal means and channels to fix family problems.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 2:

Abdul-Rahmon – 22 – Male – UK

Dogs

Basically I now know that keeping dogs except for specific purposes is not permissible in Islam and detracts from your reward. Does this also include staying in a house whereby a dog resides?

Reply:

Thank you for your question.

As you have said, a Muslim is not allowed to keep a dog except for an acceptable reason such as guarding. A Muslim is allowed, for a valid justification, to keep a dog for guarding, but he has to take every precaution not to have contact with its saliva, and also arrange for a separate living space.

If you live in place where a dog is kept for no valid reason and it is beyond your control to correct the situation, then you are blameless. However, you have to keep your room, clothes, etc., away from the dog’s direct contact.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

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Question 3:

Nazima Arshad – 27 – Female – UK

Naming of Child

Salam, I wish to ask a question about naming of my son. He is called Ryan; I am very worried about the pronunciation. Does it matter if his name is pronounced Ryan as an English western name or should it be pronounced Rayan. I am very confused about this and would really appreciate a reply to this query if possible thank you.

Reply:

Thank you for your question.

Generally, Islam doesn’t force Arab or non-Arab names on its followers. What is important is that a name should have a good meaning that doesn’t contradict the ethics and values of Islam.

I looked up for the meaning of the name “Ryan” and found out that it is of Irish origin; it means “king”. There is nothing wrong to pronounce it as a Western English name.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

The editor of OnIslam Live Fatwa service.

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