From the Fatwa Department
Q: If a husband and wife lived apart for more than four months, is it necessary to remarry before being together again?
Q: I am a Muslim living in the USA. After 20 years of marriage my wife has filed a divorce case in one of the civil courts here. I am not willing to give her divorce but she is insisting on this. What would be the position of this court divorce according to Muslim law?
Q: Please confirm if my wife can perform UMRA with her friends who are travelling with their Mehrams in a group.
Q: Some people say it's better to give money to poor instead of performing Hajj. They don't go to Hajj by showing this logic
that there are many poor around and they prefer to give money to them. Is that allowed?
Q: A family leaves South Africa with the intention of going to Makkah first but wants to sleep in Jeddah when they arrive at 22h00. They will not be in Ihram but will put it on at their hotel in Jeddah the next morning and proceed to Makkah for Umra. Is this permissible as they know they are going to Makkah and have passed the Meeqat before adorning the Ihram?
Q: Is it permissible to use mxit, facebook and other social networks?
Q: My friend accidentally killed his mother. Is he entitled to the estate as he is the only child? The SA law found him not guilty but negligent. Islamically does he have to be killed?
Q: My question is regarding year-end gifts / season gifts. We receive different kinds of gifts from our suppliers. Some of them are just items of use and others are edible items. Some of them are clearly marked as season's greetings and others read happy new year, some read as year end greetings, etc. And some dont have anything written on it. Can we use/consume these items? What should we do if not allowed to use them?