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Q1. Is it permissible to commemorate majlis gatherings (azadari) in a center that has a mortgage and for which interest is being paid?
Q2. Can we pray Eid prayers in a rented hall in a hotel where there is drinking, dancing and parties in the same place?
Q3. What is the ruling for a center that needs to take a loan to build a facility when there is no Muslim bank?
A1. In general, there is no problem in using the place to perform prayers and practice religious rituals.
A2. As for the hotel rental, there is no problem in holding programs in one of its halls even if the hotel has unlawful acts in its other facilities. Furthermore, Eid prayer is held in the morning whereas programs that involve forbidden acts are usually not held until the night.
A3. Jurists authorize taking the loan from a non-Islamic bank and paying the interest back without intending that it is interest, rather it is money that is paid to prevent imposition of possible harm and preserving one’s dignity.
As long as a Muslim person declares and announces that they believe in oneness (tawheed), prophethood (nubuwwah – and seal of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp)), and the day of judgment (maad) they should be considered a Muslim who fulfills the minimum requirements such that you are permitted to marry them, and so on. But, if they deny any one of the three main tenets mentioned above, for example, if they deny the prophethood of Muhammad (p) or deny that prophet Muhammad (p) is the last prophet then they will not be considered Muslim.
Is it permissible for a woman to wear clothing that covers everything, except the face and hands, but the part of clothing on the arm (below the elbow) is tight fitting? It is quite difficult to have loose clothing on this area at all times (especially when moving the arms).
It is not permissible to be worn in front of non-Mahram men if it causes temptation. In general, it is not permissible to wear tight clothing such that the form of the body is evident, whether it results in temptation or not.
Can I use a carpet cleaner to purify a carpet with najasah. I know there are companies like Stanely Steemers, that deep clean carpets using a hot water extraction method. So would this method be enough to make the carpets pure again?
To purify the carpet you can use the machine that sprays water on it and then sucks it out, however, you cannot use mixed water (such as water mixed with solution). After the first wash, you can then use soap or any solution to clean the carpet.
What if the wudhu breaks during salat or during hajj due to a medical condition? Does that salat or hajj not count at all or is there a substitute? What if they cannot keep wudhu for longer than two or three minutes?
If the condition is ongoing and constant such that there is no way the person can complete an act of worship without their wudhu breaking, then their wudhu will suffice and their worship will be valid. If you can keep wudhu for two or three minutes you need to pray directly after wudhu. After prayer, if you break your wudhu you need to perform it again before the second prayer.
I know that in this day and age most newly married young couples don’t want to live with their parents. What is the Islamic recommendation?
If the couple is capable of living on their own and such arrangements do not entail any harm to the parents, it would then be an option since it gives the couple more privacy and preserves their ties with their parents, especially if living with parents may sometimes result in problems that lead to disharmony.
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