Questions and Answers of Madani Muzakarah
When to recite Ayat-ul-Kursi after Salah?
Question 1: In the Blessed Hadees, it is instructed to recite Ayat-ul-Kursi after Salah. Should it be recited after the Fard Salah or after the Sunnahs, etc.?
Answer: It has been prohibited to recite long Zikr after the Fard Salah, but Ayat-ul-Kursi is not long, so it can be recited after the Fard Salah. You can also recite it after the Sunnahs in the prayers which have Sunnahs after the Fard Salah such as Zuhr, Maghrib, and Isha. (Madani Muzakarah, 6 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
How is it to clean one’s hands with bread?
Question 2: Some people clean their hands with bread while eating, what is the ruling on that?
Answer: It is against etiquette to clean your hands with bread.
(Madani Muzakarah, 26 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
Black cat and ill-omen
Question 3: Some people take an ill-omen from a black cat; is there a chance of it causing harm?
Answer: Some people take the ill-omen that when they are going somewhere (on a journey) and a black cat passes in front of them, they come back believing that there will be an accident or loss, etc. It is unlawful and Haraam to take ill-omens like this. One should not take ill-omens. However, you can take good omens, such as when you leave home in the morning for work and meet a pious worshipper that, by the grace of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, you have met a pious man early in the morning, and so it will be a good day, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه. It is permissible to take this good omen. (Madani Muzakarah, 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
(To learn more about bad omens, read Maktaba-tul-Madinah's book, ‘Bad assumption.’)
The virtue of sleeping in a state of Wudu
Question 4: ‘Where does our soul go when we sleep at night?’
Answer: When a person sleeps in a state of Wudu, his soul is taken to the Arsh.
(Qut-ul-Quloob, vol. 1, p.76, Madani Muzakarah, 19 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
Scarf and Salah
Question 5: How is it for a woman to perform Salah without a scarf?
Answer: It is obligatory for a woman to cover her hair in Salah. It is not permissible for her to perform Salah bareheaded. If she performs it bareheaded, her Salah will not be acceptable. Similarly, a woman’s Salah will not be acceptable if she performs it wearing a scarf that is so thin that the blackness (or the colour) of her hair is visible. A woman must perform Salah while wearing a scarf or a shawl which is so thick that the blackness (or colour) of her hair is not visible. (Madani Muzakarah, 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
Veiling before a supposed ‘sister’
Question 6: I have made a girl my ‘sister’ and my relationship with her is like she is my real sister, is this permissible?
Answer: Islamic veiling has been commanded before a supposed sister. It is not permissible to sit or be with her. Considering someone a sister will not make her a real sister. It is also permissible to marry her, so it is necessary for there to be Islamic veiling between you. (Madani Muzakarah, 05 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
(For details on the veil, read Maktaba-tul-Madinah's book, Questions & Answers about Islamic veil.)
When is it Sunnah to perform Walimah?
Question 7: It is Sunnah to perform Walimah. If, for some reason, someone has not been able to perform Walimah and five years have passed since the marriage and now he wants to perform his Walimah, can he do so or not?
Answer: It is Sunnah to have a Walimah within two days after spending the first night. After five years of marriage, the Sunnah of Walimah will not be performed because now it is not the time to do Walimah. Some people miss the time of Walimah just to do Walimah in an extravagant way. It should not be done like this. It is not a condition to print invitation cards, put up a tent, book a hall or cook multiple dishes. Have a get-together with a few friends and serve them simple food with the intention of Walimah and the Walimah will be fulfilled. (Madani Muzakarah, 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
Using spray in the masjid?
Question 8: Can I use mosquito repellent spray or coils in the Masjid?
Answer: If it does not have any stench and does not cause any harm, then you can do so. (Madani Muzakarah, 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
Is it possible to attain Wilayah (sainthood) through one's own hard work?
Question 9: When and how is Wilayah (sainthood) obtained?
Answer: Wilayah (Sainthood) comes only from the blessing of Allah Almighty. Wilayah (sainthood) is ‘Wahbi’, which means it is granted, it is not ‘Kasbi’, i.e. no one can attain Wilayah (sainthood) through hard work such that he would do good deeds and perform worship and then attain Wilayah. This is not the case. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ gives Wilayah to some as soon as they are born, just like our guide Sayyiduna Ghaus Pak رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه who was a born wali (saint). When he was born, his tongue was moist with the name of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, (Al-Haqaaiq fi Al-Hadaiq, vol. 1, p. 139, derived), and he had fasted from birth and did not drink his mother's milk during the day. (Bahjat-ul-Asraar, p. 172; Madani Muzakarah, 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1441 AH)
 Hazrat Ali رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ says: I heard the Messenger of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم say on the pulpit: Whoever recites Ayat-ul-Kursi after every Salah, nothing prevents him from entering paradise except death (i.e. as soon as he dies, he will go to Paradise).
(Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 2, p. 458, Hadees 2395; Abstract, Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, p. 541)
 It is mentioned in ‘Questions and Answers About Islamic Veil’: Considering someone a father, a brother or a son does not make him a real father, brother, and son. It is even correct to marry them. In our society, the practice of assumed relationships is common. A man has made someone a ‘mother’, a girl has made someone a ‘brother’, and a woman has made someone a ‘son’. Someone has become a girl’s ‘uncle’ and someone else her ‘father’ and then comes the flood of sins of immodesty, frankness, and unsegregated feasts, etc. اَلْاَمان وَالْحَفِیظ. Those who have an assumed relationship with someone should keep fearing Allah Almighty. Surely, Satan does not speak before he strikes. The Hadees says: ‘Beware of the world and women, for the first tribulation faced by Bani Israil was because of women.’ (Muslim, p. 1124, Hadees: 6948, Question And Answers About Islamic Veil, summarized.)