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Nurturing children upon Cartoons – Sheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan حفظه الله

imagesSheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan حفظه الله was asked:

What is the ruling on nurturing children upon Cartoons of which the goal is to benefit them and teach them good manners?

The Sheikh حفظه الله said:
Allaah made pictures Haraam, and it is Haraam to acquire them so how can we nurture our children upon them?? How can we nurture them upon something that is Haraam, upon pictures that are Haraam and drawings that move and speak and are similar to human beings? This is an evil picture and it is unlawful to nurture children upon it.
This is what the Kuffar want. They want us to oppose what the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited us from. And the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited us from pictures, and using them, and acquiring them. And those who spread it (cartoons) between the youth and the Muslims, claiming that it is from nurturing (the children) then this is immoral nurturing. And the correct nurturing is to teach them what will benefit them in their religion and worldly affairs.

 Q: What is the ruling on watching and buying Islaamic animated-cartoon movies, given that these movies present purposeful and beneficial stories for children which promote good character, dutifulness to parents, honesty, offering Salah (Prayer) regularly and the like.
These animated movies are intended as good substitutes for television which has become widespread. However, the problem we face is related to the fact that such movies present hand-drawn pictures of humans and animals. Is it permissible to watch these animated cartoons? Please advise. May Allaah reward you with the best!

A: It is NOT permissible to buy, sell or use cartoon movies, because they include Haraam pictures. Raising children should be done in ways that are Islaamically acceptable with regard to teaching, disciplining, encouraging them to offer Salah and taking good care of them.

May Allaah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

{Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’}

The Grand Muftī of Saudi Arabia warns against the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and Jabhat un-Nusrah

Question: Nowadays, there are those who call the Muslim youth and the Muslims in general to a new methodology, a methodology of partisanship, causing them to split into groups and parties. They say that this is the correct methodology, i.e. joining the likes of Jabhat un-Nusrah, ISIS (Dā’esh), Al-Qā’idah and the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwān ul-Muslimīn).

Answer by the Muftī Shaykh Abdul-Azīz Āl us-Shaykh: Oh my brothers, all of these modern day groups are astray (from the right path), if you were to examine (them) carefully you will find that they do not have the slightest connection to Islām. They interpret Islām in accordance with their opinions and desires, thereby deceiving the people. They are truly misguided, they make lawful the spilling of blood, they violate sanctity, loot wealth and cause corruption in the earth. All of these my brothers, are false methodologies, behind them is whoever is behind them. There is no good in them (inaudible), nor in the people who follow these methodologies. Whoever calls our youth to join these misguided groups, then he is indeed mistaken and has strayed from the right path (i.e. the correct understanding of Islām).

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If you play Surah Baqarah on a tape, will it drive Shaytaan away from your home? -Shaykh ibn al-’Uthaymeen

SurahAl-BaqarahAyat1-5If you play Surah Baqarah on a tape, will it drive Shaytaan away from your home? By Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullah)

Question: O Shaykh, there is a hadith from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, that if mankind recites surah al-Baqarah, shaytaan will not enter his house. However, if the surah is playing on a tape, will one receive the same effect?

Answer:  No…no… The voice of the recording is nothing. It does not benefit, because it is not said he recited the Qur’an. Rather it is said he listened to the voice of the Qaari. If we played the adhaan on a recording (as the time for salah entered), and we placed it on the microphone and left it to play, will we be rewarded (for giving the adhaan)? No we would not.

If we recorded an interesting khutba of a Khateeb, and when Jumu’ah came we played it over the microphone, and on the recording on it said “As-Salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh”, then the adhaan was called, then Khateeb rose and gave the khutba, is there a reward? There is no reward, why?? Because this recording is a voice from the past. It is just as if you wrote it on paper. If you wrote down (surah al-Baqarah) and put it in the Mushaf in your house, will you be rewarded for reciting it? No, you wouldn’t…

Source: Liqaa al-Baab al-Maftooh 2/280 al-Liqaa 34 Question No. 986

Is the Home a prison for the Muslim Women? : Sheikh Uthaymeen

homeQuestion: Is there any advice for those women who believe that the home is a prison (for them)?

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen, (may Allaah have mercy upon him), says:

“Yes, that which I say to those women is that the One who has made the house a “prison” if it is even proper to say that is Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. The Most High says:

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ

“And remain in your homes.”
(Al-Ahzab 33:33)

Also the authentic narration of the Prophet, (may peace and blessings be upon him), stated about the women: “and their homes are better for them”. The woman is free in her home, she goes to every place therein and takes care of the needs of the house and works for herself so where is the imprisonment or confinement? Yes it is a prison for the one who wishes to be like a man. From what is well-known is that Allaah, the Most High, has placed certain characteristics for the men as well as for the women and He has designated between them with regards to their physical make-up, characteristics and intellects. And we say to the woman who says that the woman remaining in her home is like a prison that she is in opposition to the statement of Allaah, the Most High, where He says in (Al-Ahzab 33:33):

“And remain in your homes.”

How can we consider what Allaah has commanded with to a prison? It is like I said a prison for the one who wishes to mix and mingle with the men and activeness. For indeed remaining in the home includes happiness, modesty, bashfulness and distance from fitnah (trials). Likewise in it is distancing the women from looking at the men because when she goes out and sees these men, this handsome young man with nice clothing and the likes she will be put to trial likewise the men with her.

So the women must fear Allaah and return to what their Lord and Creator and to what the Messenger of the Lord of all the Worlds, may peace and blessings be upon him, has mentioned to them and they must know with certainty that they are going to meet Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and He will question them: “How did you respond to the Messengers?” They do not know when they will meet Allaah. She might wake up in her home or palace and in the evening in her grave or vice-versa. Therefore these women must fear Allaah and leave alone these evil western ideologies. For when these westerns consumed these foul meats they left the bones and scraps for us after all the meat has been eaten. Now they wish that their women can return to being a true woman, like the Muslimaah, remaining in her home with modesty and faraway from places of evil and trials however that will not happen for them. Is it befitting for us Muslims, we have our own religion, our own mannerisms and characteristics to chase after them in their wretchedness?! Glory be to Allaah, the Great. There is no might nor power except with Allaah.

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen
Translated by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

Doing Udhiyyah abroad is against the SUNNAH : Sheikh Fawzan, Sheikh Uthaymeen

Paying the price of the udhiyyah to charity organizations who slaughter (for them) outside of their city and far away from the house of the one offering the udhiyyah, then this is against the Sunnah.

Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan حفظه الله:

doing-udhiyyah-abroadO Muslims! Udhiyyah is a stressed Sunnah for the one who is able to do it. It is slaughtered in the houses, they eat from it in their houses, give some of it to their neighbours, and give some of it as charity to those poor people around them.

As for what some of the people have invented, from paying the price of the udhiyyah to charity organizations who slaughter (for them) outside of their city and far away from the house of the one offering the udhiyyah, then this is against the Sunnah and changing an act of worship. So it is obligatory to leave this transaction and slaughter the udhiyyah in the houses and in the same city as the one offering the udhiyyah, as is shown in the Sunnah and as has been the practice of the Muslims since the time of the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم up until this invention has occurred. And I am afraid that it may be an innovation, and the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم had said, “Whoever introduces into our affair something that is not part of it, it is rejected.” And he صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, “Be warned of newly invented matters, for verily every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is a straying.”

So whoever wants to give in charity to those in need, then the door of charity is wide open, but do not bring change to the correct Shar’ee way of an act of worship by calling it a sadaqah, I seek refuge in Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى from the accursed Shaitaan,

وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

“And what the Messenger gives you, then take it, and what he forbids you from, then cease doing it, and fear Allaah, verily Allaah is severe in punishment.”
[al-Hashr 59:7]

May Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى bless me and you by way of the great Qur’aan.


Sheikh Uthaimeen رحمه الله:

“…the sacrifice is a clearly defined worship, because if the intent behind the sacrifice was to benefit the people with the meat then the people would have bought meat and gave it away as charity on the day of the Eid. Rather, the most important thing is the sacrifice for Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى, as He سُبحانه وتعالى said,

‘It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allaah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.’

Then also, if you sent out money to another town for the sacrifice to be done for you then you have opposed the command of Allaah, because Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى said,

‘Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time.’
(Hajj :28)

And so is it possible for you to eat from it when it was sacrificed in Somalia?…No! Then you have opposed the command of Allaah. And many of the Scholars have said, ‘Eating from the sacrifice is obligatory and the person will be sinning if he leaves it off’. And by this we know that the call to implore that money for the sacrifice is sent outside of the person’s town is a call that is not correct. And that it is not befitting for the people to partake in this, rather sacrifice at your houses and with your families and manifest the rites of Islaam in your town.And whoever wants to benefit their brothers in the places where they are in need, then benefit them with money and with clothes and other than that. But as for a rite from the rites of Islam that we use to draw near to Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى by sacrificing and eating from it, then it is never befitting for the people to forsake this.”

End of Sheikh’s speech.
(Tape titled: ‘the rites of Hajj’- side one)


The Conditions of Udhiyyah : Sheikh Saleh Al Uthaimeen

udhiyyaThere are six conditions that a sacrificial offering (udhiyyah) must meet:

The First Condition: The sacrificial offering must be an animal from among cattle, which include camels and cows, or smaller livestock such as sheep and goats. This is based on Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى’s statement:

وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ جَعَلْنَا مَنسَكًا لِيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ عَلَى مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ فَإِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَلَهُ أَسْلِمُوا وَبَشِّرِ الْمُخْبِتِينَ
“And for every nation We have appointed religious ceremonies that they may mention the Name of Allaah over the beasts of cattle that He has given them for food.”
[Surah Al-Hajj 22:34]

The term “beasts of cattle” refers to camels, cows, sheep and goats. This definition is well known amongst the Arabs as stated by Al-Hasan, Qataadah, and others.

The Second Condition: It must have reached the required age that is in accordance with the religious standards such as six-months for sheep and one-year and up for everything else. The Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“Do not slaughter any animal except for one that is mature in age unless that is difficult for you, in which case you may slaughter a premature one from among sheep.”
[Reported by Muslim] [1]

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Shaikh Fawzan (hafidahullah) on frauds who pretend to have Islamic knowledge

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…

The great scholar, Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan (may Allaah preserve him), was asked:

What is “ta’aalum”? And what is your advice to the youth who face trials due to people engaged in ta’aalum?

He replied:

Ta’aalum is to feign knowledge. Feigning knowledge. It is when a person claims knowledge, while he is not knowledgeable in reality. He has not taken any knowledge directly from the scholars. Rather, he merely learned some things from books, solely from reading. He lacks sound fundamentals to build upon; he just reads things in books and proceeds according to his own understanding, likely erring more than being correct. This is a person of ta’aalum. He is a danger to himself (firstly) and to everyone (at large), since he plays games with the religion of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

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Existence of “Mermaids” & Rulings Regarding them: Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

It is known that the ocean fish that live exclusively in the seas and oceans are permissible to eat due to the hadith, “هو الطهور ماؤه الحل ميتته”, “It is pure and purifying its water [i.e. the seas] and its dead animals are permissible to eat”[i.e. that which dies in the oceans from its animals exclusive to living within it can be eaten even without slaughtering], with that regard Shaikh Saleh al-Fawzaan was asked about the entity recognised and known as the “mermaid” and the ruling upon it in terms of hunting it and eating it since it is also from the fish of the sea etc.

Questioner, “Shaikh, some experts and specialists in sea-life and fish mention that there is a fish that has a head like the head of a woman, and she has hair and a face like a woman, so is it permissible to eat it…and that is what they term as the “mermaid”?

Shaikh al-Fawzaan, “There is the “human of the ocean”, there is something from a type of fish upon the appearance of humans, they call it the “ocean human” [otherwise termed as “mermaid”] and it can be eaten, it is from the items that can be caught and eaten from the sea, yes, even if it was upon the appearance of a man or woman”.

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