Questions and answers of Madani Muzakarah
1. Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat’s first Madani Muzakarah
Question 1: When did you conduct the first-ever Madani Muzakarah?
Answer: I do not remember the exact date, but before Dawat-e-Islami was founded, we would hold a question and answer session every week. However, back then it was not called ‘Madani Muzakarah,’ (Madani Muzakarah, 30th Jumadal Oola 1441 AH slightly amended).
2. Parental consent and supererogatory fasts
Question 2: Is a person required to seek parental consent before s/he undertakes supererogatory fasts?
Answer: One is not required to seek parental consent prior to observing supererogatory fasts. However, a married woman must seek her husband’s consent if she intends on undertaking such fasts, (Durr-e-Mukhtar, vol. 3, p. 477; Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, p. 1008; Madani Muzakarah, 4th Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1441 AH).
3. Benefits of conversing by writing
Question 3: Is conversing through writing and gesturing equivalent to verbal discourse?
Answer: Every utterance is accountable, whether verbal or written. One can curse and use indecent language even in writing. If we converse by writing in order to develop a habit of remaining silent, as much as possible, then one benefit of that is that we will be economical in the way we communicate, using fewer words where possible, because writing takes a lot more effort than verbal discourse. This will gradually purge our everyday conversations of futile and idle talk, (Madani Muzakarah, 2nd Muharram-ul-Haraam, 1441 AH).
4. Litany for treating dear
Question 4: I suddenly wake up at night, overcome with immense fear. How can I address this problem?
Answer: If this happens, then continue reciting ‘یَارَءُوْفُ’ - your fears will be eliminated اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, (Madani Muzakarah, 16th Jumadal Oola, 1441 AH).
5. Unlawful ring
Question 5: If someone is wearing a ring right now that is impermissible to wear, what should he do and when should he remove it?
Answer: He should remove it immediately and repent. (Madani Muzakarah, 2nd Jumadal Oola 1441 AH)
6. Modest with close relatives?
Question 6: Does one have to be modest in front of close relatives and friends?
Answer: Of course, one should be modest in front of everyone, and even more so in front of Allah Almighty who is with us even when we are alone. Sayyiduna Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ would not even remove his clothes to have a bath or straighten his back, despite being in a closed, private space, (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1, p. 160, Hadith 543). May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ grant us a drop from the oceanic modesty of Sayyiduna Usman رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم
(Madani Muzakarah, 4th Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1441 AH)
7. Trimming nails on a Wednesday?
Question 7: Is it impermissible to trim nails on a Wednesday?
Answer: It is permissible to cut nails on a Wednesday, but this is better avoided, (See: Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 22, p. 574; Madani Muzakarah, 24th Rabi’-ul-Aakhir AH).
8. Thieves and punishment in the grave
Question 8: Will thieves be punished in the grave?
Answer: The great saint and student of the companions, Sayyiduna Imam Masrooq رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه stated: ‘Whoever commits theft, adultery, or consumes alcohol, two snakes will be appointed for him after his death in the grave; and they will eat his flesh, (Mawsu’ah-tul-Imam Ibn-e-Abi Al-Dunya, vol. 5, p. 476, Hadith 257) May Allah Almighty protect us all from sins. (Madani Muzakarah, 16th Jumadal Oola 1441 AH)
9. Recommending someone for a Job?
Question 9: These days, bribery and recommendations are essential for getting hired. What are your thoughts about this?
Answer: As it is permissible to recommend something permissible, a person is permitted to recommend someone for a permissible job, as long as the recommended person meets the job requirements. This is a praiseworthy and rewardable act. However, if the person does not possess the required skills or legitimate qualifications for the job, then to recommend him, by lying that he is suited to the role, is a sin. Furthermore, it is not permissible to pay bribes to get a job because giving and taking bribes is unlawful (Haraam), (Cf. Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 23, p. 597; Madani Muzakarah, 4th Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1441 AH).
10. Bride and groom using each other’s gifts?
Question 10: Do the bride and groom have the right to use each other’s gifts that are given to them during their wedding?
Answer: Only the one who was given the gift is the owner of the gift, (Fatawa Hindiyyah, vol. 2, p. 301, derived from). Therefore, others cannot use that gift without the owner’s consent. If they decide to share the gifts with each other, then there is no issue with that. (Madani Muzakarah, 9th Jumadal Oola 1441 AH)
 One should not trim the nails on a Wednesday as there is a chance of being inflicted with leprosy. However, if they have not been trimmed for 39 days and today, the 40th day is a Wednesday, and if he does not trim them today then it will go beyond 40 days, then it will be Wajib on him to trim them today because it is Makruh Tahreemi to not trim the nails for more than 40 days, i.e. it impermissible and sinful. (See: Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 22, pp. 685-686)