Calling out Azan by young children
Question 1: Can young children call out Azan?
Answer: If young children are sensible and they know how to perform Azan correctly, they can call out Azan. (Derived from Durr-e-Mukhtar, vol. 2, pp. 73) (Madani Muzakarah, 2nd Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
The length of ‘Imamah [Islamic turban]
Question 2: What should be the minimum and the maximum length of ‘Imamah’?
Answer: Answering a question, The Beloved Prophe رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه has stated: As per Sunnah, Imamah should not be shorter than 2.5 yards and nor should it be longer than 6 yards. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 22, pp.186) (Madani Muzakarah, 7th Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
(To learn more about the ‘Imamah, read the book entitled ‘Imamay kay Fazaail’, publication of Maktaba-tul-Madinah)
Performing Wudu with the water in which a fly dies
Question 3: Is it allowed to use the water for Wudu in which a fly or a mosquito dies?
Answer: If a fly or mosquito or cockroach or any other similar insects that does not have such quantity of blood that flows out [in some amount] when dying in water, the water will not become impure. If someone performs Wudu using this water, his Wudu will be considered to have been made, even though, one will find it unpleasant and he will be reluctant to perform Wudu with this water yet it will not be considered impure. However, if any animal such as a lizard or mouse etc., that has such quantity of blood that flows out [in some amount] when dies in a container, cooler or tank then water will become impure. (Madani Muzakarah, 2nd Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
(To learn more about purity and impurity, read the book entitled ‘Kapray Pak Karney ka Tareeqah’, publication of Maktaba-tul-Madinah)
Ruling regarding the Khutbah of Nikah
Question 4: What will be the Shari’ah based ruling if the Khutbah of Nikah is not recited?
Answer: Reciting the Khutbah of Nikah is a Sunnah act. If it is not recited, yet Nikah will be valid; however, the Sunnah act of reciting Khutbah will be missed. (Madani Muzakarah, 5th Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
What do Islamic scholars say about asking someone to make Du’a?
Question 5: It is common practice among people that they ask each other for Du’as. Some people prove it from a blessed Hadees that once the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰـەُ عَـنْهُ, ‘O ‘Umar! Remember me too in your Du’a’. Is this Hadees true?
Answer: Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰـەُ عَـنْهُ has stated: I requested permission from the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم to go for [performing] ‘Umrah. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم granted me permission and said, ‘O my brother! Remember us too in your Du’a and do not forget us’. Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰـەُ عَـنْهُ said: The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said the thing due to which I experienced the greatest joy in the world. (Mishkat-ul-Masabih, vol. 1, pp. 421, Hadees 2248)
Anyhow, we request Du’a from those people who are known to be pious. There is no harm in it. However, we should request Du’a from common people as well, as Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰـەُ عَـنْهُ would say to the children of Madinah Munawwarah: O children! Make Du’a for ‘Umar that he be forgiven. (Fazaail-e-Du’a, pp. 112, summarised) (Madani Muzakarah, 30thRabi-ul-Awwal1441 AH)
Kartay raho yeh Haq say Du’a meray bhaiyon!
Attar ko day maut Nabi kay diyar mayn
(Wasail-e-Bakhshish, pp. 275)
What do Islamic scholars say about cutting a fish that is alive?
Question 6: Can a fish be cut if it is caught alive?
Answer: It can be cut, but there is an appeal for mercy. When you catch it and it dies because of being out of water, it should be skinned and cut into pieces. Sometimes, it is observed that fish is mercilessly being skinned and cut into pieces while it is still writhing alive. It should not be done. (Madani Muzakarah, 2nd Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
Are the deeds of children presented to their parents in the grave?
Question 7: Are the parents aware of their children’s life in the grave?
Answer: Good and bad deeds of children are presented to their deceased parents every Friday. On seeing good deeds, they become happy and their faces light up (i.e. there are signs of joy on their faces), but on seeing sins, they become grieved. (Derived from Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 24, pp. 392, 401)(Madani Muzakarah, 7th Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
What to do if someone forgets [to recite] Du’a-e-Qunoot?
Question 8: If someone forgets [to recite] Du’a-e-Qunoot in the Witr Salah, can he recite something else?
Answer: In the third Rak’at of the Witr Salah, after reciting Surah Al-Fatihah and any other Surah, prior to performing Ruku’ raise your hands as it is done in Takbeer-e-Tahrimah and say اَللّٰەُ اَکْبَر – and then fold your hands below the navel. This Takbeer is called Takbeer-e-Qunoot and it is Wajib. It is Wajib to recite Du’a-e-Qunoot in it. If someone forgets to recite Du’a-e-Qunoot, he can recite the Du’a ‘رَبَّنَـآ اٰتِنَا فِی الدُّنْیَا حَسَنَةً وَّ فِی الْاٰخِرَۃِ حَسَنَةً وَّقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار’ or he can recite ‘اَللّٰھُمَّ اغْفِرْلِی’ three times. Even if he forgets this, he can recite یَارَبِّ، یَارَبِّ، یَارَبِّ three times, Wajib will be considered to be fulfilled. (Derived from Durr-e-Mukhtar, vol. 2, pp. 533-535) (Madani Muzakarah, 7th Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1441 AH)
 It is the great favour of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that he صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم called Sayyiduna ‘Umar his brother. It is like a king saying to his subject, ‘I am your servant’, but no Muslim can call the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم brother. Allah Almighty has stated:
لَا تَجْعَلُوْا دُعَآءَ الرَّسُوْلِ بَیْنَكُمْ كَدُعَآءِ بَعْضِكُمْ بَعْضًاؕ-
(O people!) Do not make the calling of the Messenger amongst yourselves just like one calls the other amongst yourselves.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 18, Surah Al-Noor, Verse 63)
For this reason, blessed companions never called the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم brother. In the narrations of Hadees, all companions would say: قَالَ النَّبِی صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم [The Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said.] (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 3, pp. 299, 300)