Q & A Sylhet

“Giving a fine to madrasa students…”

Q. Giving a fine or confiscating items belonging to madrasa students for being late or for misbehaving. A. It would not be permitted to unjustly impose a financial fine on madrasa students for being late or for their absences. However, items like mobile phones or other items that may distract from learning can be confiscated … Continue reading

Q & A Sylhet

“Haram money towards the Mosque…”

Q. Using haram money from Sylheti business owners abroad for funding their village Mosque restoration and repair projects? A. If one uses money from unlawful earning routes to fund Mosque repairs and restoration projects or contribute towards actual parts of the Mosque, this would not be permitted because unlawful earnings cannot be given in the … Continue reading

Q & A Sylhet

“TVs are haram…”

Q. The Mawlanas here prohibit watching TV. Is this correct? A. Technological objects in origin are permitted under the legal maxim: ‘the norm is that all objects are permitted unless a text specifies its prohibition’. Watching programmes that have unlawful contents would make that viewing unlawful not the object itself: “Regarding televisions and videos, then … Continue reading

Q & A Sylhet

“Declining Invites of an Impious family member…”

Q. Is it allowed to decline a family invitation from an impious family member? A. It is extremely important to maintain ties of kinship (silat al-rahm) even if one’s relatives show little interest in reciprocating the obligation. However, if one declines an invitation of a family member out of a statement of protest to his … Continue reading

Q & A Sylhet

“Using the title ‘qibla’ for a Scholar…”

Q. Is it permitted to use the word ‘peer-e-qibla’ as they do here in Sylhet? A. To use the word “qibla” to describe one’s teacher, murshid or shaykh, is perhaps not the most suitable and better avoided. To use it merely to describe one’s teacher out of respect and not intending it literally would strictly … Continue reading