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People eat hemp seeds for health benefits, is it halal?

Answer

It is permissible.

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  • food
  • halal food
  • permissibility

What is your question?

1) Is it our responsibility to call the customer service to find out if shoes made in non-Muslim countries are made out of 100% real leather, artificial leather, or a combination of both and other materials (i.e., for the purposes of purity)?

2) If I know the shoes are made out of 100% real leather, would that be najis? If yes, then what is the process to keep our body pure when we touch it with dry hands and with wet hands? What if it is made out of real and artificial leather and other materials, would that be najis?

Answer

1) If you are not sure whether the dress shoes are made out of natural leather or not, you can treat them as pure, and you do not have to investigate.

2) If the shoes are made out of natural leather or a mix of natural and artificial parts, and there is no reasonable probability that it is from an animal slaughtered according to Islamic laws, then you must treat it as impure (najis). However, it will not make other things, like your skin, impure unless there is contact with moisture, and when in doubt, you do not need to check.

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  • clothing
  • impurities
  • najis

What is your question?

I am taking a martial arts class, is it permissible for a Muslim to bow in front of the teacher as a form of respect?

Answer

As long as your gesture is not intended as a form of worship, there should be no problem. However, you should limit the gesture to the minimum that is required for martial arts. For example, you can make a minor gesture to show respect and not go all the way down to bowing or prostrating.

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  • college / university
  • permissibility
  • student

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If a person is of illegitimate birth and has many half-siblings due to the inappropriate actions of their mother, what is the extent of family ties and responsibility towards those siblings?

Answer

Keeping ties with relatives and being kind to them is incumbent upon a Muslim, even towards their close relatives if they were non-Muslims or of illegitimate birth. However, keeping ties does not always entail visiting them and contacting them on a frequent basis, rather it is sufficient to keep ties with them by sending them greetings and asking about them through any form of communication that you feel comfortable with. Yet, if being close to them can negatively impact your faith and moral character, then you must limit the communication to the extent that will not have a negative impact.

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  • family relations

What is your question?

1. Does any one of the non-Muslim mother or father have rights over their child born out of wedlock?

2. Same for the siblings of this child from these parents?

Answer

Parents have rights upon their children irrespective of whether they were born to them legitimately or not. Almighty God says in the Holy Quran [29:8]: "We have enjoined man to be good to his parents. But if they urge you to ascribe to Me as partner that of which you have no knowledge, then do not obey them." He also says [31:14]: "We have enjoined man concerning his parents: His mother carried him through weakness upon weakness, and his weaning takes two years. Give thanks to Me and to your parents. To Me is the return." As such, one must express kindness to their parents and fulfill their needs, and if they are not guided to the right path, the child should try to guide them. The same goes for siblings.

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  • family relations
  • rights

What is your question?

I purchased a burial site in Karbala for $5000, do I have to pay khums on it?

Answer

If a year has passed from the time of purchase and it has not been used, then khums is due on its current value.

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  • khums

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How much is the kaffarah for breaking a fast intentionally by doing a sin in a day of the month of Ramadan? I know that it has to cover 60 poor people, but I need to know how much this would be.

Answer

The kaffarah is to feed 60 needy persons or pay an amount that will satisfy 750 grams of staple food per person (i.e., it must be used for food only).

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  • breaking fast
  • kaffarah

What is your question?

What is the Islamic way to meditate?

Answer

Meditation in Islam means to contemplate the beauty and majesty of God the Exalted, and in His countless blessings, and strengthen one's belief in God and the relationship with Him. The Prophet (pbuh&hp) meditated through prayer, supplication, and all forms of remembering Almighty God.

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  • prayers

What is your question?

Is it permissible to work as a financial lender for a non-Muslim bank or entity that gives out funds to non-Muslim companies? Would working in such a business (as long as the transactions are done between two non-Muslim businesses) be permissible and would the income that I make from the business be considered halal income?

Answer

In general, working as a middle man to provide funding from a non-Muslim financial institution to a non-Muslim company is permissible, and the commission you earn is lawful (halal), unless you know the nature of the business is unlawful (haram) such as liquor companies.

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  • permissibility
  • work

What is your question?

(1) Is sulphur dioxide haram to consume? What about L-cystine?

(2) If a husband does not pay khums, is the wife required to pay it even if she does not work and has no source of income?

Answer

1) If you do not know the source of the preservatives in question, you can consider them pure and they are permissible to consume.

2) Your husband is responsible for his khums (i.e., from his earnings). You can encourage and convince him to practice his religious obligation. As far as yourself, you do not have to pay khums unless you gain something that you do not need or do not use for a whole year.

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  • food
  • khums
  • permissibility