Q: What is the ruling concerning someone who totally denies Sihr?

Answer: The Holy Qur’aan makes ex-plicit mention of the reality of Sihr. “And they used to teach people (the art of) “Sihr” (witchcraft).
A person who denies Sihr, denies an Aayat of the Holy Qur’aan. You can come to your own conclusion if denial of the Holy Qur’aan necessitates re-newal of Imaan. Moulana Thanvi Rah-matullahi alayh said that Ulama don’t make people Kaafirs, they merely in-form them that they have lost their Imaan. No one makes a murderer. A person is labeled as a murderer due to his actions. Similarly a person is labeled as a Kaafir due to his state-ments and actions.

Question: A certain Aalim says  Fiqh is a process of evolution. Please comment.
Answer: Evolution takes place in Wasaa’il (means and methods), not Masaa-il (rulings). Salaah is Salaah irrespective of how much evolution takes place. The same applies to fasting, Zakaat, Haj, Qurbani, Nikaah, Talaaq, Aqeeqah and Hudood. The Masaa’il will always remain the same. Yes, instead of using pens dipped in ink, we use computers. Instead of us-ing camels, we use vehicles and air-crafts. Instead of using lamps, we use electricity. Evolution of society and technology is not a licence to revolu-tionise the Deen which was perfected fourteen centuries ago.

Question: Some people maintain that we should be broad- minded and wish the Hindus an “auspicious Diwali”. Please comment
Answer: A certain Hindu school teacher wished to colour the brother of Moulana Thanvi Rahmatullahi alayh who was also a school teacher. The brother was very angry at the Hindu. The Hindu laughed and said: “Come on, be a bit broad minded.” Moulana’s brother spontaneously remarked: “No problem, but remember Bakra Eid is around the corner. I will be sending you a parcel of cow meat. I expect you to be broad minded as well”. When the Hindu heard this, he beat a hasty retreat. No, brother, there are limits to broad mindedness. No decent husband will tolerate someone con-gratulating his wife for a ring bought as a gift for her by a stranger. Where will Allah tolerate a Muslim to con-gratulate a Mushrik for his celebra-tion of Shirk?

Question: Does laughing break the salaah?

Answer: If on laughs so loud that he hears himself without the people around him hearing him, his salaat only, will break. If he laughs so loud that the people around him hear him laugh, then his wudhu and salaat break. If he smiles with no sound, his salaat nor wudhu break. If one laughs in salaat, thinking low of the salaat, his Iemaan leaves him (He becomes murtadd).

Q. I have noticed some Imams exaggerating the madd-e-asli to retain their melody and tune in the Qiraat and this is particularly apparent at the end of certain Aayaat. Is this permissible?
A. If the letters or madd-e-asli are lengthened or shortened to such a degree that the words and meanings are distorted then the Salaat of such “qaaris” is not valid. In this case how can the muqtadis’ salaah be valid?
If the meaning is not distorted by such exaggerated accentuation of the huroof (letters) then the Salaat will be valid, albeit severely reprehensible.

Q: What is the mas-alah pertaining to skipping a Surah and reciting another Surah in the second Rakaat? A person read Surah Itha Jaa’a Nasrullahi … in the first Rakaat and Surah Qul Huwal-laahu Ahad in the second Rakaat. Is this in order?

A. It is best to recite the next Surah in the second Rakaat, Surah Tabbat Yadaa in the question. Omitting two or more Surahs in between is also perfectly permissible. In the case of omitting just one Surah, if the Surah omitted is much lengthier than the previous Surah then omitting this longer Surah will also be permissible without any karaahat (reprehensible).
The instance of karaahat is when the Surah omitted is shorter or equal or only slightly longer than the previous Surah. In these cases it will be Makrooh-e-Tanzeehi to omit that Surah. This mas-alah applies to Fardh Sa-laats, not to Nafl Salaats.

Q: What will be deemed as Amal-e-katheer in salaat?

Answer: Whatever the person deems to be excessive in his disretion, will be ‘amal-e-katheer. Amal-e-katheer means to do something not part of salaat, for example scratching. If you feel guilty that you have over done the action of scratching, your salaat will be faasid.

Q. We sell goods by the laybye system. The customer pays a deposit, and it is agreed that the goods will be paid for and taken away within three months. If three months expire and the customer has not yet paid fully for the goods, his/her deposit is forfeited. The goods are then sold. Is this forfeited money halaal for us

A. The money is not halaal for you. The forfeiture condition is baatil (invalid). The customer never forfeits any payment made. The money has to be returned to the customer. You may make an agreement with the customer to open up the parcel and sell the goods if not paid for within a specified time, but the deposit will not be forfeited.