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Is a secret Nikah valid?

Question What is the status of a nikah(1), which a girl and a boy do by themselves. That is, the boy asks the girl that do you accept so and so (own name) son of so and so (father’s name) as your husband with so much (amount) as haq meher in front of God and … Read more »

Women visiting graveyards

Question Is it permitted for women to go to graveyards to visit their deceased relatives etc.? And may a wife see her dead husband’s face before he is buried? I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you soon. Wassalam Answer There is a narrative ascribed to the Prophet (pbuh) reported in Tirmidhi, … Read more »

A further exchange on Ayesha’s(ra) age…

َQuestion Dear brother assalamu alaikum After I forwarded your answer to these Christians that is what they sent me.: Hi Fab, thanks for the email.  But I find it woefully lacking in actual quotes.  The response is filled with “so and so said such and such”.  That doesn’t cut it. In my paper, that deals … Read more »

What was Ayesha’s(ra) age at the time of her marriage to Prophet(pbuh)

Question What was Ayesha’s (ra) age at the time of her marriage? It is normally believed that she was nine years old at the time of her marriage with Mohammad (sws) was consummated. I do think it was according to the traditions of the Arab culture, as otherwise people would have objected to this marriage. But unfortunately, … Read more »

Regarding the Waiting Period of a Widow

Question Can you clarify the roles and responsibilities of a woman during her iddah1 period, i.e. when her husband had just passed? Can you especially clarify the purpose, i.e. the philosophy, of the waiting period? What I mean to imply by this is that it seems from my understanding of the Islamic viewpoint the main … Read more »

Does Polygamy Degrade Womanhood?

Question: Islam allows a man to have more than one wife, what is the significance of this? Do you think this degrades womanhood? I have wondered about this aspect of Islam but on asking various people.. I have never got a consistent reply. I was wondering if you could clear this for me. Reply: It … Read more »

Meaning of word ‘Khimar’ and ‘Idhrib’

Question: I had a question about this word “Khumur”. Isn’t “Khumur” in Arabic a generic word for ANY covering? Secondly, why are we translating “Idhrib”as “extend”. Is this word ever used for extending anything? Can you cite any instances in the Qur’an? Reply: The word “Khumur” is the plural of “Khimaar”. The word “Khimaar” when used with reference to … Read more »

Permission from first wife before marrying another woman?

Question Is it mandatory for a husband to seek permission from his first wife before marrying another woman? Reply Even though the Qur’an has not made the permission of the first wife a mandatory condition for a second marriage but keeping in view the directives of Quran and hadith in which Allah and Allah’s Rasul(pbuh)have … Read more »

Can a Woman Hold a Position of Convicting Males?

I am a very new American convert. I am also a woman. I chose to convert to Islam after much research and soul searching. I am a graduate student studying Forensic Pathology/Psych. I also work as a criminalist for our State Police Jurisdiction.   As a new convert, I am trying to follow the teachings … Read more »

Can a Woman Hold the Position of a Qadhi [i.e. a Judge]?

Question:   We would be grateful if you could please let us know the Islamic point of view regarding holding the post of Judge (Qadhi) by a woman in Islamic state according the Qur’an was Sunnah.   Please send detailed reply with references and literature if any by mail or e-mail.   Best Regards.   … Read more »

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