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A Q&A service under the supervision of Moulana Nabi Raza Abidi, currently resident Aalim of SABA Islamic Center, San Francisco - San Jose - Bay Area, California.
Q1 - My friend was forced to marry a man, but now she wants to get out of the marriage. At the moment, she is being "blackmailed" as she lives in his home. She does not have money and does not have a family to fall back on, can you or the community offer some help?
A - Thank you for being there as a friend to a sister in need. However, these things should be dealt with experts and Muslim counselor experienced in matters of Islam and relationships. If she can find an Islamic counselor, preferably a scholar, she may get more relevant and helpful answers
Q2 - If najis clothes are put into a washing machine, can one assume they have been made tahir? What if there is an extra rinse cycle?
A - Najis clothes need to be washed a total of four times. The first wash makes all the water najis. Once the water if flushed out, it needs to be rinsed an additional three times by the machine. Your machine therefore needs to empty and replenish itself four times for your clothes to become ritually pure again.
Q3 - What is the punishment for apostasy in Islam? What is the reasoning behind it?
A - The punishment for apostasy in Islam (irtidad) depends on the context. In terms of Islamic law, all apostates become ritually impure (najis). But as for a specific punishment, it depends on context. If a person is confused, or does not know the truth, and simply flip-flops between religions, then there is no death punishment for such a person. At most, the judge may deal with such an individual on a discretionary basis.
If a person knowingly rejects the truth but keeps his or her apostasy private, then the judgment is between him/her and God. There is no death penalty in this case.
If a person knowingly rejects the truth and attempts to mislead others, especially in public, then such a person is to be taken to court and is to be dealt with the ruling of the court (whatever that may be). If any legal consequences on this matter would be as a result of spreading mischief to others, and not what a person actually believes.
Q4 - Do all similar themed dreams mean the same thing? Can we have one standard interpretation for all dreams that have the same theme?
A - Dream interpretations are a tricky subject. Their interpretation depends on a variety of factors on when and how the dream came about, such as time and place. For this reason, it is not possible give a standard answer to dreams such as these. But for your own well-being, it is recommended that you pay sadaqa (charity) of any given amount.
Q5 - Can a Muslim pray for a non-Muslim who passed away so that Allah may admit him into paradise or at the very least, alleviate his punishment?
A - If the non-Muslim in question did not reject Islam knowingly, meaning that he or she was raised a non-Muslim and Islam was never fully proved to him or her, then it is permissible to pray (dua) for him or her. However, if the truth of Islam was fully proved, yet the non-Muslim persisted in knowingly rejecting the truth, one should not pray for such a person as the person.