From the Fatwa Department
Q: We don't have our own house but we have a plot and some saved money for construction purposes. We understand that we don't have to pay Zakat on a piece of land, but we not sure about the money saved which is still not enough for construction purposes.
Q: I work as a flight attendant in the Middle East. Is it true that my salary is Haram mixed with Halal, since I serve passengers with alcoholic beverages during their flight? Should I resign and find a Halal job instead? Is it permissible for me and my family to eat from the money that I have earned as a flight attendant, or should I give a portion of my money to charity to make it Halal? I have also heard that if I pay the Zakat, it can change my Haram salary into Halal. Is this true? I'm confused as my main task is to take care of passenger's safety and serving alcoholic beverages is only a side task for me. Is there a way to make my salary Halal?
Q. My question is regarding taqdeer (fate): if Allah has written the taqdeer for every individual, then why does He punish accordingly, since it is He that has prescribed this . For example the u ncle of the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, (Abu Talib) was not able to accept Islam as Allah did not appoint him with hidayat (guidance). If that was the way Allah had prescribed his life, then why should he be punished?