Moulana Online - Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi of the SABA Islamic Center

A Q&A service under the supervision of Moulana Nabi Raza Abidi, current resident Aalim of SABA Islamic Center (Shia Association of Bay Area), San Francisco - San Jose - Bay Area, California.


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  • Q1 - My parent sent me to Canada for my higher education . They sent me to my elder brother's house. However, my elder brother is not Muslim , he is an atheist. I believe we are not supposed to take the non-believers as our helpers even though they are our brothers or fathers. But if I don't get help from him in terms of food or money , then I may suffer extreme poverty. Please tell me what I could do.

    A - In terms of Islamic practice vis-a-vis non-believers, the Prophet Muhammad (s) and Ahlul Bayt (as) have emphasized on keeping and maintaining good relationships with family members even if they are non-Muslims. Therefore you should be even kinder to your brother and live with him in a way that he sees the beautiful akhlaq (character) of Islam and Muslims. As such, maintain and practice the fiqh rulings towards your brother, and there is no problem in getting help from your brother.

  • Q2 - In Sindh there is an ongoing practice called Haq Bakshish. A friend of mine was forced to do it. The family members get the girl's marriage done to the Quran to prevent her from getting married to anybody. Her sole purpose becomes to recite the Quran. They do this so the family property stays within the family. Is this acceptable as per Islamic law? Does this actually exist? And if a girl still wants to get married despite Haq Bakshish, what should she do? Can she?

    A - There is no such a practice that exists in Islam, and yes the girl can still get married.

  • Q3 - Is it permissible to pray with a shirt that has the image of an animal?

    A - Yes it is okay but makrooh.

  • Q4 - Is it permissible to run ads on my Youtube channel and its videos?

    A - If the advertisements do not promote anything haraam then it is okay.

  • Q5 - If two people complete farze ain and then one becomes alim an other becomes mba graduate then who is afzal and why

    A - As Allah mentions in the Quran that which makes one better than the other is taqwa (God-consciousness) and good deeds. The Qur'an says: (49:13) O mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most Godwary among you. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-aware.

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