POISONOUS HAND SANITIZERS

HARAAM, NAJIS, POISONOUS HAND SANITIZERS

Dr Ishaan Ramkisson, specialist dermatologist, weighed in on the possible side effects of sanitisers on the skin.

“Frequent washing of hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers can strip away the skin’s natural, protective oils on the top layer of the skin, leading to a compromise of the skin barrier. This can lead to repeated irritation eventually causing an irritant contact dermatitis,” he said.

(Sunday Tribune 14 June 2020)

23 Shawwaal 1441 – 16 June 2020

Refraining from Doubtful Elements

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “ What is lawful is clear and what is unlawful is clear, but between them are certain doubtful things which many people do not know. So he who guards against doubtful things keeps his religion and his honour blameless. But he who falls into doubtful things falls into that which is unlawful, just as a shepherd who grazes his cattle in the vicinity of a pasture declared prohibited (by the king), he is likely to stray into the pasture. Mind you, every king has a protected pasture and Allah’s limits is that which He has declared unlawful.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

There are thus three primary classes of goods and activities.
1. Permitted
2. Prohibited
3. Doubtful

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) warns us against the third class. If it is indeed prohibited then the person who abstains from it, saves himself from Haraam. If it is truly Halaal, then he will obtain a reward since he did not venture into it because of doubt and also because Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) encouraged us to abstain from the doubtful aspects which could be prohibited.

This principle can also apply in those things, the permissibility of which the jurists differ upon.

Once recognition is obtained through learning, ignorance is not excuse for perpetrating the prohibited.

Those who are led by their courage to enter doubtful transactions will eventually become accustomed to it and often expose themselves to danger through risks. Their daringness thus makes them deserve the resultant losses, harms and punishments.

Muslims should therefore not only refrain from selling the Haraam – prohibited commodities like idols, pornography, liquor etc., but also abstain from doubtful aspects. We should not purchase from people whose wares are from doubtful origin, e.g. if there exists the possibility of the goods being stolen.

The protection of one’s Deen is highly important so that he strives to the ultimate to save himself from Jahannam while recognising that the loss of his Deen will imbue a person with evil attributes of the Kuffaar. The protection of one’s honour will be the means for people to trust him and be willing to deal with him. Destroying one’s honour can thus also lead to material loss due to people’s unwillingness to deal with him.

Once Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) refused to carry on eating the food that he tasted after being inspired that it was not obtained in a suitable way. It happened that he was invited with some of his Sahabah to a lady’s place. She obtained a sheep from a woman who gave it to her without the permission of her husband who owned it. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) requested that the food be given to the prisoners instead. [Abu Da’ud, Hadith 3316]

This is a lesson that one should also abstain from taking any item without the consent of the actual owner since his refusal can cause a problem not only socially, but also if the item taken is already utilised and is irreplaceable. One cannot also be certain whether the owner of an article has contracted to sell or agreed to lend the article to any other person.

Therefore, even a home should not be occupied without a prior rental agreement with the actual owner.

Living within the rules of Allah will protect us from all forms of dishonour.

HARAAM KUFR ‘qur’baani’ SHENANIGANS

THE SHAITAANIYAT OF THE JUHALA OF THE SO-CALLED ‘YOUTH OF UBUNTU’ AND OTHER HARAAM ‘QUR’BAANI’ OUTFITS
QUESTION
(1) An Islamic organization called Youth of Ubuntu (Y.O.U) in Uitenhage has been doing Qurbani for 2/3 years now on their farm which is also a boarding home for their underprivileged students. During the time of Qurbani, the men and young boys challenge each other to catch the sheep making it like a sport, thereby causing distress to the sheep.
Thereafter the sheep are being slaughtered in front of one other. The women and families who paid for their qur’baani sheep come to witness their sheep being slaughtered. Men and women stand together, all dolled up in their ‘eid’ garb. There are also tables and chairs with cakes and savouries. The men and women all sit together under the tree and eat. Is this permissible?
How should the venue of Qurbani actually be? Is it permissible for the women to watch the sheep being slaughtered whilst the menfolk are all around? what is the status of one’s sheep being slaughtered at such a place?
(2) At the Khanqa KMSZ in Lenasia the women have a section and a time to also slaughter where the men take competitions to see which woman can slaughter best. The people who buy the sheep and cattle do so in the name of a competition to see who can pay for the most sheep or cattle, and who can slaughter the most.
There are many organizations which slaughter in the name of ‘Qurbani’ while making a fun fair out of the occasion the entire day for entertainment.
Is this riya and israaf ever permissible in the name of Qurbani since it is supposed to be a time of reflection and sacrifice? Please comment with regards to the true status of Qurbani and how it should be done according to what will be pleasing to Allah.
ANSWER AND COMMENT
Firstly, it is necessary to understand what actually is Qur’baani. Is it an act of play and amusement for merrymaking and entertainment? In this regard the Qur’aan Majeed narrates:

“When he (Ismaaeel – alayhis salaam –) reached the age that he could run about (with his father), he (Nabi Ibraaheem – alayhis salaam) said: ‘O my beloved son! Verily, I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you. Now, see, what is your opinion (regarding this)?’
He (the little boy, Ismaaeel- alayhis salaam) said: ‘O my beloved father! Do as you have been commanded (by Allah). Most certainly, you will find me, if Allah wills, from among the Saabireen (the Patient Ones).’
So when both submitted and Ibraaheem (alayhis salaam) turned him (Ismaa-eel – alayhis salaam) on his side (for slaughtering him), We (i.e. Allah Ta’ala), called him: ‘O Ibraaheem! You have certainly honoured the dream (by fulfilling the command). In this way do We reward the Muhsineen (those who practise virtue).”
Verily this (act of Nabi Ibraaheem and Ismaaeel- alayhimas salaam) is indeed a clear (great) trial.”
And We compensated him with a great (magnificent) sacrifice. And for him (i.e. to commemorate his great sacrifice) we left for posterity (the annual Qur’baani – Sacrifice).” (As-Saaffaat, Aayaat 102 – 108)
When Hadhrat Ibraaheem (Alayhis salaam) drove the knife on the neck of his little son, by Allah’s command, the son was substituted with a magnificent ram from Jannat.

To commemorate this supreme sacrifice of Hadhrat Nabi Ibraaheem (Alayhis salaam) of his beloved little son, Allah Ta’ala ordained the annual Qur’baani on this Ummah of Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Most certainly, it was an occasion for tears. It is recorded that the Portals of the Heavens were thrown open for the Malaaikah to witness the Supreme Sacrifice. All creation was overwhelmed with supreme sadness as they stared in amazement at the scene of ‘Slaughter’ being enacted at Allah’s command. It was an occasion for shedding torrents of tears and for hearts to break.

But what are these RUBBISHES in our age doing on this occasion of commemorating the Supreme Sacrifice of the two great Nabis of Allah Ta’ala? These villains have bedevilled the Qur’baani obligation and occasion with merrymaking, funfare, cruelty, zina, intermingling of sexes, riya, israaf, takabbur and other evils. They are acquitting themselves as munaafiqeen and kuffaar. They lack the slightest understanding of the meaning of Qur’baani and why Muslims are obliged to offer this Sacrifice annually.

The shaitaani outfits are only concerned with the huge profit they are making from trading with the animals. To maximise their profits, shaitaan has inspired them to pander to the carnal lusts of the people who are by far and large fussaaq and fujjaar. Thus, the haraam entertainment and haraam merrymaking mentioned in the question and observed on the occasion of Eidul Adhaa all over the country where these evil outfits are killing animals in haraam ways for the sake of their pockets, are the activities of those who have no true Imaan in their hearts. People of healthy Imaan will never stoop to the satanic level of rot and degradation – of callousness and cruelty – of fisq and fujoor – which bedevil these so-called ‘qur’baani’ circuses.

The men and women participating in these haraam ‘qur’baani’ occasions are vile RUBBISHES. They are fornicators, rotten to the core. The women who are so audacious to slaughter in the public, taking pride and stupidly displaying their imaginary prowess, and deceiving themselves and the fujjaar (immoral) men in the gallery for whom they (the evil women) are performing and dancing, that they are executing a ‘sunnat’, dwell in satanic self-deception.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described such women who prance in the public domain as adultresses. They are zaaniyaat.

The entire operation, from beginning to end, conducted by these vile ‘qur’baani’ outfits is HARAAM. What they are doing is not Qur’baani. There is no reward for the villainy, cruelty and immorality which they perpetrate under guise of ‘Qur’baani’. They are not performing any Qur’baani. Their slaughtering is not accepted. There is no reward for the major sins they commit in the name of Qurbaani. On the contrary, every act and step of the organizers and participants is accursed. The La’nat of Allah Ta’ala and His Malaaikah settles on the human devils participating in these merrymaking shows and functions.

It is haraam for women to attend these cruel, evil circus shows. The Mustahab act of seeing one’s animal being sacrificed, becomes haraam in the shaitaani conditions prevailing at these evil entertainment occasions and venues. The atmosphere when making Qur’baani should be an occasion of sadness – sadness which meditation on the Sacrifice of Nabi Ibraaheem (Alayhis salaam) will most certainly fill the heart of the Mu’min bringing tears to the eyes. It is not a time for enjoyment, especially the zina-type enjoyment which the carnal nafs derives in the mixed gathering of faajiraat and fujjaar.

It is not permissible to purchase Qur’baani animals from these haraam outfits. A cruel mockery is being made of this noble and great Sacrifice of Nabi Ibraaheem (Alayhis salaam).

SLAUGHTER MERCIFULLY (RASULULLAH – SALLALLAHU ALAYHI WASALLAM)

Qur’bani or the Sacrifice of animals on the 10th, 11th and 12th Zil-Hajj, is a very lofty ibadat decreed by Allah Ta’ala in commemoration of Nabi Ibraahim’s supreme sacrifice of his son Ismaail (alayhis salaam) at the altar of Allah’s Command. The father offering the sacrifice of his little boy for the Love of Allah Ta’ala was not a jocular affair nor an occasion of play or amusement. The noble father and Khaleel (friend) of Allah Ta’ala was ordered to slit the throat of his beloved son with his own hands. He passed his trial in the highest degree of success and Allah Ta’ala substituted a ram for Ismaail (alayhis salaam). It is to commemorate this wonderful and supreme sacrifice of Nabi Ibraahim (alayhis salaam) that we have to sacrifice animals each year on the occasion of Eidul Adha.

Keeping in mind what this ibadat is all about, when the Muslim is about to slaughter or have his animal slaughtered, he should bring to his mind Hadhrat Ibraahim (alayhis salaam) slaughtering his son Hadhrat Ismaail (alayhis salaam). But this thought is furthest from the minds of most people who make the Qur’bani.

One of the gravest acts of transgression committed in negation of the spirit underlying Qur’bani is the gross maltreatment met out to the sacrificial animals. Animals are dragged, kept hungry and thirsty in fear. They are slaughtered at times with blunt knives and by incompetent persons who instead of effecting the Thabah with a clean cut, saw at the neck of the animal. This cruel act – zulm – is a major sin which destroys much of the thawaab of the Qur’bani.

Animals are slaughtered and skinned in the presence of other live animals. The skinning process begins even before the slaughtered animal has become motionless. While some signs of life remain, workers commence skinning the animals. All these acts are reprehensible, cruel, un-Islamic and haraam.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Verily, Allah Ta’ala has decreed kindness for everything. Theref ore, when you kill, then effect the killing kindly, when you slaughter, then slaughter kindly. Sharpen your knife and be merciful to the animal.” (Muslim, Ibn Majah, Nisai)

Hadhrat Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) said:
“Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded that the knife be sharpened and that it (the knife) be concealed from the animal, and he said: “When anyone of you slaughters, he should make haste.” (Ibn Majah)

This hadith in fact informs us of the understanding which the animal possess. The sight of the knife can produce fear in the animal. It should, therefore, not be displayed in its presence. The animal should not be kept lying down unnecessarily. It should be put on the ground only at the precise moment of slaughter. After laying it down facing the Qiblah, there should be no unnecessary delay in slaughtering it.

In one hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) prohibited dragging of the animal. He ordered that the animal be held by the neck. Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also forbade that the animal be kept hungry and thirsty while it awaits to be slaughtered.

Once Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) saw a man sharpening his knife after he had laid down the animal. Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) struck the man with his whip and exclaimed:

“Do you want to cause many deaths to the animal?”

In other words, creating fear in the animal was like multiplying death for it.

Those who maltreat animals and perform cruelly when sacrificing them should remember that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Beware of the dua (curse) of the mazloom, for there is no barrier between it (the curse or call of the mazloom) and Allah.”

Any person or animal who is oppressed or wronged or brutalized is a mazloom. So beware of the curse, which emanates from the hearts of even these dumb animals. They are Allah’s makhluq (creation). No one is entitled to perpetrate zulm on them. Those making Qur’bani should take note of the under mentioned essential requirements:

a) The knife must be very sharp.

b) The animals should be properly fed if they have been acquired some time before slaughter.

c) An animal must not be slaughtered in front of another animal.

d) The animal brought for slaughtering should not see the blood of the other animals.

e) Animals should not be skinned while there is any sign of life visible in them.

f) An animal taken for slaughtering should not be led pass animals which are being skinned.

g) The animal should be caught and brought only when the slaughterer is ready for slaughtering. Usually workers grab hold of the animal well in advance. They hold the animal captive while the slaughterer is still engaged in slaughtering another animal.

h) The animal should be laid down facing the Qiblah.

i) The neck of the animal should not be sawn. Clean cuts should be effected.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “He who shows no mercy, mercy will not be shown to him.”

27 Zul Qa’dh 1440 – 30 July 2019

SHELLAC- HALAAL OR HARAAM?

Q. On the question of Shellac, SANHA has changed its stance. From haraam
SANHA has made shellac now halaal. SANHA’s previous statement on Shellac
was: “Whilst Shellac is generally defined as a secretion of the lac insect, our investigations have revealed that Shellac does not only comprise of the secretion but also
insect residue which cannot be avoided and this forms part of the ingredient. SANHA has
researched, and consulted with various Muftis on the issue of Shellac for almost two years and exhausted every possible angle on this issue. The Muftis are unanimous that Shellac is not permitted for consumption.” SANHA has made a most surprising turn-about, and now its new statement reads:
“SANHA is pleased to announce that the Shellac ingredient used in confectionary, bakery, and pharmaceutical products amongst others, has been declared HALAAL. Muslim consumers may enjoy Halaal suitable products containing Shellac.” How did the haraam become halaal?
A. The HARAAM became ‘halaal’ by the usual carrion tricks and stunts of SANHA, the carrion halaalizer. These incorrigible carrion halaalizers have an inordinate appetite for haraam riba money which they acquire in their carrionhalaalizing shaitaani trade. Just imagine! ‘Two years exhaustive investigations and the unanimous fatwa of a panel of muftis’ declared this substance haraam. Now suddenly the haraam Shellac has become ‘halaal tayyib’ to be enjoyed. What has happened to the ‘two years of investigations’? On what did the muftis now base their ‘halaal’ fatwa? What constrained them to review all the facts of the two years of study? SANHA and the muftis owe to the Muslim community and to Allah Ta’ala the obligation of publishing all the arguments for the hurmat and the hillat of Shellac. Why conceal the arguments under the mountains of haraam, rotten, diseased, halaalized carrion chickens?
Let SANHA produce the detailed fatwas of the muftis for scrutiny. The issue of shellac is straight forward and simple. SANHA’s talk of having researched shellac for two years and that a whole panel of Muftis had to probe the issue as if it dealt with something extraordinary is plain skulduggery. The simple truth is that shellac is derived from insects. In fact it is the excreta of insects. Eating insects is Haraam. How can it then be halaal to consume the excreta of something which is haraam? SANHA should be asked to provide the arguments of the Muftis who had earlier ruled that shellac is haraam, as well as their latest arguments on which they base their fatwa of permissibility. After all, these arguments are not ‘military’ secrets. They must release their full fatwa. After two years of intense probing and studying they had issued the fatwa of haraam. Now they fabricate an opposite fatwa. It will be interesting to see what their new arguments are.
Shellac is haraam. All edible products containing this haraam substance are HARAAM. SANHA’s haraam fatwa is the effect of mercenary motives – to gain haraam revenue for further halaalizing a range of haraam products.

THE MAJLIS VOL 20 NUM 09 (MAY 2011)

TOBACCO

Q. Is it permissible to sell tobacco and cigarettes? Is the income halaal? A Mufti says that it is permissible and the earnings of it are halaal.
A. The mufti is the type whom the Fuqaha label as ‘maajin’(a moron, a buffoon, a chap lost in compound ignorance).
Tobacco is extremely harmful for the health. It causes cancer and a host of other destructive diseases. It ruins the health and the brains of the user.
Such harmful and poisonous substances are haraam. One of the elements of hurmat (prohibition) is dharar (harm). A harmful substance is haraam. Ingesting poison is haraam whether the effects of the poison are immediate or delayed (slowpoisoning) such as tobacco.
In addition to the destruction tobacco inflicts on the body, brains and the rooh, its odour is offensive to Musallis and the Malaaikah.
People reeking of the vile stench of tobacco should ensure that they change their stinking dress when going to the Musjid. The offensive stench percolates from the body onto the clothes.
Since tobacco is haraam by virtue of the element of dharar, it is haraam to sell it. The earning derived from this poisonous substance is likewise haraam. It should be given as Sadqah without niyyat of thawaab.

The Shar’ee implications of being associated with a riba-based institute

Q: Why is it impermissible in shariah to take interest bearing loans from the bank?

A: The conventional bank, which in reality is a riba-based system, is aimed towards enslaving man to his carnal desires through the agency of providing him with loans on interest. Many people, due to their naivety and limited understanding, view the ‘benefits’ and ‘privileges’ afforded to them by the bank (OD facility, etc.) as a means of their progress and advancement, only to realise at the end that they have been entrapped in the snare of Shaitaan.

The outcome of these loans is that one will live beyond his means, labouring under the misconception and fallacy that the bank will always aid him and be at his side in his hour of need. The pitiful result is that one eventually finds himself drowning in a sea of debts, enslaved to the conventional banks in a never-ending effort to pay off the interest on the loan which in many cases, eventually exceeds the actual loan.

Islam has strongly condemned this inhumane system in such unequivocal and categorical terms that no other evil has been condemned so strongly in the Holy Qur’aan. Allah Ta`ala says:

یٰۤاَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ اٰمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ وَذَرُوا مَا بَقِىَ مِنَ الرِّبٰۤوا إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ﴿٢٧٨﴾ فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوا فَأْذَنُوا بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَإِن تُبْتُمْ فَلَكُمْ رُءُوسُ أَمْوَالِكُمْ لَا تَظْلِمُونَ وَلَا تُظْلَمُونَ ﴿البقرة: ٢٧٩﴾

O you who believe, fear Allah and give up all interest dealings, if you are believers. But if you do not desist from it, then be informed of a war against Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, if you repent, then you will be allowed to take back your capital; do not deal unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.

Hazrat Abdullah bin Hanzalah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

عن عبد الله بن حنظلة غسيل الملائكة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم درهم ربا يأكله الرجل وهو يعلم أشد من ستة وثلاثين زنية (مسند أحمد رقم 21957)

“Consuming one dirham of riba knowingly is worse than committing zina thirty-six times.”

On the occasion of the farewell pilgrimage, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) declared:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن دماءكم وأموالكم عليكم حرام كحرمة يومكم هذا فى شهركم هذا فى بلدكم هذا ألا إن كل شىء من أمر الجاهلية تحت قدمى موضوع … وربا الجاهلية موضوع وأول ربا أضعه ربانا ربا عباس بن عبد المطلب فإنه موضوع كله (سنن أبي داود رقم 1907)

“Indeed, your life and wealth are sacred upon you like the sanctity of this day, in this auspicious month, in this blessed land. Remember! All pre-Islamic ways and practices (against the Deen of Islam) are abolished beneath my feet…. All interest dealings which used to take place in the pre-Islamic era (jaahiliyyah) are abolished in Islam. The first debt of riba that I abolish is the riba owed to my uncle, Abbas ibn Abdil Muttalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)