Questioner: There are Imaams who ask the congregation to say AstagfiruLlaah (I seek forgiveness from Allaah) ten times and InnaLlaaha ghafuuru rroheem (Verily Allaah is forgiving and merciful) during the eleventh time. Is this in line with the Sunnah?
Dr Sharof: You all know the answer to this (question). There is no need responding to it. You know it is Continue reading “AN INNOVATED WAY OF SAYING THE ADHKAAR: DR SHAROF “
Question: When should we stop eating Suhoor?
Ustaadh ‘AbdulGhoniyy Jumu’ah (hafidhohuLlaah): In line with the explanations we earlier gave, basically we are not to stop eating our Suhoor because of the call to prayer. That is the basics. The basis is that Allaah said we should eat and drink till Continue reading “WHEN SHOULD WE STOP EATING SUHOOR “
Questioner: Is it in line with the Sharee’ah for a believer to learn western education and attend Universities, Polytechnics, and other citadels of learning?
Dr Sharof: Very well, it is in line (with the Sharee’ah). We are not Boko Haroom. What is the harm in learning a beneficial knowledge which suffices you in this World, and does not affect your Hereafter? Islaam does not go against this. However, Continue reading “SHOULD WE ATTEND UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND OTHER CITADELS OF LEARNING? [ANSWERED BY SHAYKH (DR) SHAROF GBADEBO ROOJI (HAFIDHOHULLAAH)]”
Questioner: If a woman dies while pregnant, how will she be buried?
Dr Sharof: If the woman dies while her baby is also dead, they will be buried Continue reading “SHE DIED WITH HER BABY INSIDE HER, HOW WILL THEY BE BURIED “
Questioner: I have an examination, but it is on the day of Jumu’ah. Can I pray Zhuhr instead of Jumu’ah?
Dr Sharof: No, examination is not from the conditions that can make one leave Solaatul Jumu’ah. Don’t you know what Continue reading “CAN I ABANDON JUMU’AH BECAUSE OF AN EXAMINATION: DR SHAROF GBADEBO ROOJI “
Questioner: Why is it not permissible to eat okete (pouched rat)?
Dr Sharof: We ask too, ‘why is it permissible to eat pouched rat; oh, glutton?’ According to the Sharee’ah, Continue reading “IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO EAT OKETE (POUCHED RAT)? DR SHAROF GBADEBO (HAFIDHOHULLAAH) “
Questioner: There are people who belief that if a young child dies, he will reincarnate. Is this correct?
Dr Sharof: This (belief) is not from Islaam. Anyone Continue reading “IS REINCARNATION REAL? DR SHAROF”
Questioner: (There are people who ascribe themselves to groups); they take this group so serious to the extent that they go with whatever their group says even if their statements contradict evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Can people with this ideology and action be referred to as disbelievers such that we do not pray behind them or greet them with the greeting of peace whenever we see them?
Dr Sharof: …This question you read regarding a group of people who are into sectarianism, and who put the statements of their sect before the statements of Allaah and that of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), even when evidences are clear to them from the Qur’aan and Sunnah that what their sect ask them to do is against the Qur’aan and Sunnah; can we declare such people as disbelievers or not?
Firstly, our covetousness on the path of Da’wah is that the one who is a disbeliever accepts Islaam, our covetousness is not to excommunicate the one who is a Muslim. We must note that whatever is known with certainty must not be denied except with another certainty. A person whose Islaam is certain is not to be excommunicated except with another certainty. For this reason, there are from the people, those who are ignoramuses. The solution to the problem of an ignoramus is to teach him. And there is no doubt that the one who becomes knowledgeable after having being ignorant will change his statements and actions.
There are from the people, those who are taking wrong positions as a result of mistakes. And we know that the solution to mistakes is to educate the one who makes the mistakes. There is no sane person who wants to be ascribed to mistakes.
There are from the people, a person who is forced to do things that are contrary to Islaam, and he does not know how to escape from them. A person like this should be aided by taking him away from the midst of the people who having tainted his reasoning. Once he is freed from them he will become enlightened.
There are from the people, a person who has some acclaimed evidences which he relies upon to support his positions, but which may not really be in line with his claims. We should explain to him about how the evidences do not support his positions. That is it. For this reason, it is not befitting for anyone, as Imaam Shaafi’ said, that something becomes obvious to him from the way of the Prophet and he rejects it because of a person’s statement except that there is something wrong with his brain. If it is clear to an individual that the Prophet said ‘so and so’ or ordered us to do ‘so and so’ and he rejects it because of the statements of a people or a particular person, (no one does that) except that the person’s brain is problematic.
For this reason, in our own societies today, many people are not covetous regarding the Islaam with which Allaah sent the Prophet Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), rather they are interested in the Islaam under the umbrella of a particular Jamaa’ah. This is because they belief that whosoever does not have a sect in this world will never have a sect on the day of Qiyaamah. If Allaah had ordered us to engage in sectarianism, we are very sure that people won’t take it as serious as they do now. How many of the commandments of Allaah do we take serious? You will see that the people are fervently engaging themselves in the prohibitions of Allaah.
What we should be covetous about is how to strive to explain Islaam to the people who are into sectarianism, and (those) who say these things you have mentioned. Let us make them know what we have known of knowledge. This is because by doing so many of them will change. They will later become knowledgeable after having being ignorant. Many of them will be thankful after explaining to them that they are now out of their misguidance other than acting in haste to declare them as disbelievers. Why will you declare them as disbelievers? An ignoramus ia tobe taught; a person who is ignorant should be taught real knowledge. Declaring them as disbelievers is not the next thing.
However, as for the one who is knowledgeable amongst them, and (who) understands your submissions after series of explanations, and (in which case) it is obvious to us that he is doing these things deliberately (because) he is not an ignoramus, in addition, he is not forced by anyone, he is doing his actions wishfully, and we have explained all his ta’welaat (allegorical or recondite interpretations of the divine texts) to him that they are simply flubs and he refuses to leave it; a person like this will be excommunicated. But generally declaring everyone who says what you said (in relation to the question) as a disbeliever is not in line with the methodology of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. Ahlus Sunnah would say, ‘this kind of statement is a statement of disbelief, there is no doubt about this.’ If anybody says whatever his sect says supersedes what the Qur’aan and Sunnah says, we will say it is a statement of disbelief’, but is this person automatically a disbeliever? There is need to follow some processes before excommunicating him. And Allaah knows best.
[SOURCE: ‘Question and Answer on the Harms of Takfeer at Ede’; TIME OF THE QUESTION AND ANSWER IN THE CLIP: ’00:01 to 08:11]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey
Questioner: A person who does not have the capability of marrying more than one wife marries two or more because of the hadeeth of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) which says, ‘…I will be proud of your great numbers before the nations…’ He lives in a single room with his two wives and their children. What can be said about this issue?
Dr Sharof: Everyone knows the answer to this question. This person