The laws pertaining to inheritance and succession are considered to be among the most important aspects of Islamic Shariah law. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: 'It is not permissible for any Muslim who has a bequest to make, that he remains two nights without having a written (wasiyyah) bequest'. (Bukhari & Muslim)
Allah Ta'ala has granted permission to people who are aged or terminally ill and have no hope of fasting again in their life, to compensate for each fast by feeding a poor and needy person (two complete meals for a day). This compensation is referred to as 'fidya.’
It has become common for Muslim businesses to decorate their businesses and advertise their products using traditional decorations of other religious festivals. Muslims should understand that adopting this way will not bring any more profit to our business, rather it serves to align us with the festival and challenges our identity and allegiance as Muslims.
Allah Ta'ala says in the Qur'an: “Take due care of all the Salah, especially the middle Salah and stand before Allah in total devotion.” In another verse it is mentioned, “And establish Salah and discharge Zakah and bow in Ruku with those who bow.” (Surah Baqarah)
A person is required to remain silent and listen attentively whilst the Jumuah Khutba is in progress. Talking to others and being distractive whilst the Imam is delivering the Khutbah is not allowed. Great rewards have been promised to those who remain silent and listen attentively to the Jumuah Khutbah.
The merits of occupying the first Saff (row) for Salah are soundly established from the Hadith. Generally, people have become unmindful of these great rewards and tend to forego this opportunity to earn easy rewards. There is a tendency for people to sit in the rear of the Masjid before Salah. Ideally one should make an attempt to occupy the front row as soon as one enters the Masjid.
It is permissible to utilise the skin of the Qurbani Animal for one's personal use, e.g. as a Musallah or to make a pouch, etc. However, if the skin is sold, it is not permissible to use the income thereof for oneself. It is Wājib to give this money in charity. Sale of the skin without the intention of donating/ giving the money in charity, is not permitted. (Durrul Mukhtar)
Hazrat Anas (RA) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “That is the prayer of the hypocrite: he sits watching the sun until it turns pale, then he gets up and hurriedly performs four Rakats in which he only remembers Allah a little.” (Sahih Muslim, Sunanut Tirmizi, Sunan Nasai)
A Muslim is indeed distinctive in his faith and identity. The outlook of a believer is unique and attuned to the beautiful teachings of Islam. Hence, it is not becoming of a Muslim to imitate the ways and mannerisms of others.
Allah Ta'ala says in the Noble Qur'an: “O Children of Adam! We have bestowed you with clothing to cover yourselves and as an adornment, but the clothing of piety – that is the best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will become conscious. (Surah A'raaf V.26)