Q and A

Question: What is meant by Nisaab? 

Answer: Understand nisaab to be “the wealth line”. Nisaab amounts vary. You need to contact your local aalim to find out what the exact amount is on the date your zakaat is due. If you have this amount or more in the form of cash, stock or gold and silver jewellery, you are liable for 2.5% zakaat.

Question: I have read regarding the camel hump hair style. Is there any other forbidden haircut/hairstyle mentioned in Hadith?

Answer : The Hadith you are referring to can be seen here

نهى رسول الله صلي الله عليه و سلم عن القزع

Translation: Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited from qaza’ (a way of cutting the hair).

In the above hadith, the word qaza’ is used. What is the meaning of this word? To shave some parts and leave some parts or to merely have some parts of the hair shorter than other parts?

The Muhaddithun explain qaza’ to mean shaving some part of the head and not shaving other parts of the head.

(Al Fa-iq of Zamakhshari -rahimahullah-, vol. 3 pg. 189 and An Nihayah of Ibnul Athir -rahimahullah-, vol. 2 pg. 451)

There is no permissibility of the wedge/mushroom cut.. In another Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited shaving part of the head.

Generally, any haircut/hairstyle that resembles or imitates the disbelievers would be deemed forbidden as Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever imitates a nation is from among them.” (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4027)


Question on Talaq

I struck up a haraam friendship with a lecturer which resulted in us meeting and texting each other and other haraam things which I acknowledge as sinful. The rela-tionship lasted 20 days.

My husband found out about this haraam friendship I struck up. In one breath he then said talaaq 3 times. There were no witnesses, just us.

He then confessed to being a cocaine addict and apolo-gised for what he said. He said that he was suffering from withdrawals and wasn’t in the right frame of mind and he wants to work it out. I ended the illicit relation-ship immediately. It was only to get away from all the abuse I was suffering from my husband.

We agreed to work it out. He promised me the world and I believed him when he said that it wasn’t a valid talaaq. He said that he only suggested three talaaqs. I consulted people and they said 3 talaaqs (no matter what) is valid, regardless of the circumstances. They also said that iddat was completed even though I remained with him after the talaaq was given.

My question is: Is the talaaq valid? Is iddat complete? If he wants to change and get back with me do I need to make nikaah again and consummate this marriage and be divorced again from the other man and then sit for iddat again before I marry him? I don’t want to live in sin and want to repent for the haraam life I’ve led. Please ad-vise.

Answer: The Position with the Talaaq is as follows:

If your husband had in fact issued three Talaaqs as you have mentioned, then the nikaah was terminated then and there, and you have been living in adultery ever since. This ruling is on the basis of your contention that your husband had issued three talaaqs.

Your iddat had commenced and has long ago ended. However, thereafter you were in adultery with your ex-husband. Although there is no iddat now, nevertheless, if you are pregnant and should you marry another man whilst in the state of pregnancy then despite the Nikaah being valid, cohabitation will not be permissible before delivery of the child.

Since three talaaqs have been issued, you can no longer get married to your ex-husband. Only if you marry someone else and if he happens to give you Talaaq after consummation of the marriage, then you may remarry your first husband. But this process may not be ar-ranged.