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Do you have to pay khums on clothes that you receive as gifts but haven’t worn yet?

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Gifts are subject to khums if they remain unused until the khums due date.

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  • clothing
  • khums

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Can we use balsamic vinegar in our food?

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It is permissible if it is vinegar.

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  • food
  • permissibility

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Is it permissible to perform oral sex?

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Oral sex is permissible with one's spouse, however, it is not permissible to ingest the semen since it is impure (najis).

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  • permissibility
  • sex

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Is it haram to be a cashier at a grocery store that sells pork and alcohol, if you must scan those items at checkout? If it is haram and you have to quit but still have the money from working, is that income haram even though you just learned the ruling on the matter?

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Your income is lawful; however, you must avoid bagging alcohol and whatever is considered aiding others to engage in unlawful acts. As for the paycheck the cashier receives for this job, since the store is not designated and limited to unlawful business, it shouldn't be an issue. However, the best for a believer is to avoid such jobs as much as possible.

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  • work

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I work for a bank. My job is on a small team that receives requests to conduct focus groups ,update content that associates use for handling customer calls, and listening to calls to make sure that associates are following the correct process to handle inquires. My manager is Muslim and allows me to go home early so that I am able to pray the dhuhr prayer and allows me to work from home on Fridays so that I can conduct all of my prayers on time. The bank is a credit card bank and charges interest but they also receive their profit from partnerships (e.g., they receive a specific amount from visa and master card every time a customer swipes the card). Since my role does not specifically deal with charging interest, writing up the contracts, or promoting interest, is it haram to work there?

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There is no problem with your job position as it does not involve the handling of usurious transactions

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  • permissibility
  • work

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My seven year-old son was born with autism and it is hard for him to comprehend and follow certain directions. Would his diagnosis lift the obligation on him to offer salat and fast in the month of Ramadan once he gets older?

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If the autism impairs his mental ability such that he cannot comprehend religious obligations, then any religious responsibility would be lifted from him.

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  • medical condition
  • obligation

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I was intimate with my wife and some but not all of the characteristics that semen had come out were present to suggest I needed to do ghusl. I did not do ghusl and fasted the next day. After further investigation on the day I was fasting, I noticed there was a white stain on my clothes. I am not sure if it was semen and I am in doubt if I was tahir. Would I need to do ghusl and break my fast?

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If there was penetration, then both parties become in the state of janabah irrespective of whether there was ejaculation or not. If there was no penetration and you were in doubt whether you ejaculated or not, then you would not be in the state of janabah, hence your fast is in order.

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  • fasting
  • semen
  • sex

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Is it permissible to work as a full-time employee for credit card companies? If not, is it permissible to have a work contract with them (as a business client)?

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It is permissible provided that your work does not involve the handling of usury transactions.

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  • credit cards
  • permissibility
  • photographs
  • work

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If a person lies on a college application (e.g., making up a story for an essay), gets admission and eventually a degree, does that make the income earned from that college degree haram?

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Lying and deceit are not permissible; however, there is no problem in receiving the income from the job, provided that the nature of the job is lawful (halal).

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  • college / university
  • work

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1. Do I need to pay khums on unemployment benefits received from the government?

2. If I purchase an airline ticket prior to the due date for my khums, but the travel will occur after that due date, do I pay khums?

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1. If you remain unemployed for a long while, then you will have one year to spend the unemployment benefit that you receive. Hence, if you use it all during the year, no khums will be due. You will have to pay khums on what remains (i.e., unused) from the unemployment payments on the khums due date that you have designated for yourself, and if you get a new job before then, you can establish a new due date at the one year anniversary after getting a new job and determine the obligation to pay it then.

2. If the airline ticket is refundable, then khums will be due on the ticket amount since it is not an expense of the current year. If it was not refundable, it would not be liable for khums.

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  • khums