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Is a Contract Termination Fee Riba? Is a Contract Termination Fee Riba?

Question:

I have signed a housing contract. The terms stipulate that if I wish to vacate the property before the contract period finishes, I will be charged a monetary penalty. If I withdraw from the contract …

When Does the Soul Enter the Fetus? When Does the Soul Enter the Fetus?

By Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Question:
What grounds do we have to say that life starts at 120 days? The verse of the Qur’an (Surah Mu’minun, 14) seemingly says that life is breathed into the …

Is it Shameful for the Woman’s Family to Propose Marriage? Is it Shameful for the Woman’s Family to Propose Marriage?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Question:
In my culture, it is often considered offensive for a woman’s family to propose marriage. I just wanted to know if there was anything wrong in Islam with a …

Fixing a Price in Advance for Car-Repair Fixing a Price in Advance for Car-Repair

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Question:
I just wanted to know the ruling on repairing and servicing cars. Many people just take their cars to the mechanic and ask for it to be repaired without …

Rules Related to an Excused Person (Ma’dhur) Rules Related to an Excused Person (Ma’dhur)

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Question:
Can you explain the rulings with regards to Wudhu and Taharah for a person who has an excuse, such as continuous urine drops?
Answer:
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, …

Zakat on Trusts Zakat on Trusts

Answered by Mufti Muhammad Zubair Butt
Question:
In the name of the Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
Many assets are held under trust, whereby the owner of the assets (settlor) transfers legal ownership to trustees who hold the …

The Legal Ruling on Burning the Holy Quran The Legal Ruling on Burning the Holy Quran

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt
Question:
I.M.W.S. Is a community based organization for the community and provides various services for the community. In the past we have purchased burial grounds in the local cemetery and used …

The Fiqh of Body-Piercing The Fiqh of Body-Piercing

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Question:
Is having one’s nose or ear pierced allowed in Islam? What is the ruling regarding piercings in Wudu and Ghusl? Does the water have to enter the hole of …

The Ruling on Employee Stock Options The Ruling on Employee Stock Options

By Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo
Question:
Can you suggest any other literature regarding the propriety of …

Entertainment and Sports in Light of the Prophetic Tradition Entertainment and Sports in Light of the Prophetic Tradition

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Translated by Zameelur Rahman
Zuhayr ibn Harb narrated to me: ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Mahdi narrated to us: from Sufyan: from ‘Alqamah ibn Marthad: from Sulayman ibn Buraydah: from his father: …