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1) Is the six days Sunnah Fasting during the month of Shawwal is meant for women only? My husband says that it is meant only for women to compensate for the lost days in Ramadan because of their monthly periods.

We read in the authentic tradition that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever fasts Ramadhan and follows it up by fasting six days of Shawwaal, it is, as though he or she has fasted the entire year." (Reportred by Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa'i, Ibn Majah on the authority of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari)

In light of this, the scholars have unanimously concluded that fasting the six day of Shawwal is a highly recommended Sunna and that its merits and excellences are undisputable.

Therefore, your husband is mistaken in his belief that it is only intended for women who have missed their fasts because of menses.  

 

2) I would like to know if the husband is obliged to give his wife an Eid gift on either of the 2 eids? Unfortunately this has been bothering me for the past 3 days as my husband says its NOT necessary because he gives me money all the time.

If you mean to ask whether it is a religious obligation on the part of your husband to give you an 'eid gift, the answer is no. However, Islam orders husbands to treat their wives most compassionately and to be gentle, and affectionate to them, according to the highest standards of decency. He also said that a person's character is decided by the way he treats his own family. He said,  "The best of you is the one who is the best to his family. And I am the best to my family." Hence, it is no wonder that one of the Prophet's companions who knew him very closely had this to say about him, "I never saw anyone more compassionate to his family than  the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). 

Furthermore, the Prophet (peace be upon him), said: "Exchange gifts for it is bound to enhance and strengthen your love for one another." 

Based on this, it is not hard to say that if in a certain milieu or culture exchanging gifts between the married couples is a custom, then the Muslims should wholeheartedly embrace it. One of the principles of jurisprudence states that custom prevails where there is no explicit principle contradicting it. Since the Prophet (peace be upon him) has already encouraged gift giving in general, there is no reason why it should not be considered as a great practice between the married couples-especially at a time when we need to salvage the marriage as a divinely ordained institution.

In conclusion, your husband may do well to give you occasional gifts--especially on times such as 'eid in order to cement your marital bond.

3) What is the importance of performing Salaatul al-tasbih? I have been hearing a lot about the great blessings associated with this Salah, and I wish to know how to perform it.

Salatul tasbih is a highly controversial form of Salah. While considered by some to be a Nafl entailing great blessings, many scholars consider it as weak, dubious, and, therefore, not worthy of consideration. 

Those who uphold and advocate the benefits of this Salah have based their view on the following tradition attributed to the Prophet (peace be on him): 

The Prophet (upon whom be peace and blessings of Allah) said to his uncle Abbas: “O Abbas, my dear uncle, shall I give you, shall I gift you, shall I prefer you with ten special gifts. If you do what I am going to tell you shortly, you will gain the following ten benefits: Allah will forgive all your sins for you: both the first and the last, the old and the new, the conscious ones as well as the unconscious, the small and the big, the private and the public—ten things altogether. You should perform four Rak’ahs (of Salah), and in the first Rak’ah you should read Fatihah and a Surah. After having done so, while still standing, read the following: 

Subhaana Allah, waal-hamdu lillaah, walaa ilaaha illa Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar
15 times, then you go to Ruku and recite the above again 10 times, then lift your head up from Ruku’ and say, while standing, the same words 10 times, then, go to Sujud and say the same 10 times, then, rise from Sujud and while sitting say it again 10 times. 

Afterwards, you should go back to Sujud again, and say the same words 10 times, then, raise your head from Sujud and, again, say the same 10 times: It adds up to a total of 75 Tashbihs in each Rak’ah. You must do the same in each of the four Rak’ahs. If you can do it once in every Jumu’ah do so; if you cannot, then do it once a month, if you cannot, do it once a year, if you cannot, do it once in your life-time at least.” (Reported by Abu Dawud).

The above report is not to be found in the Sahih of Bukhari or the Sahih Muslim or the Muwatta of Imam Malik. It had been unknown to the great Imams such as Malik, Abu Hanifah and, presumably, to Imam Shafi, and it was considered strange and unworthy of consideration by Imam Ahmad. 

The above tradition is listed among the fabricated traditions by Ibn al-Jawzi. According to Imam Ibn Hajar: “All of the chains of this hadith are weak” Also, “It is contrary to the prescribed format of Prayer.” Ibn Hajar further added, “It had been declared as weak by both Ibn Taymiyyah and al-Mizzi.” In the words of Ibn al-Arabi, “There is not a single authentic or sound tradition on it.” Imam Nawawi has also joined the ranks of scholars questioning the nature of the report as well as the strange format of Salatul al-tasbih, and hence, considering it as unworthy of consideration.

To conclude: In light of the above, it is only reasonable to state there is no authentic evidence to recommend the practice of Salaatul tasbih. Besides, we have sufficiency in what has been authentically transmitted from the Prophet (peace be on him) and accepted by the Ummah at large---- such as Salatul al-hajah, Salatul al-istikharah, Salatul tawbah, etc, and thus we do not need to resort to such a highly contentious form of Salah. Moreover, we believe that the Prophet (peace be on him) has conveyed to us plainly and clearly everything we ought to do in this religion of Islam.

4) Does water passing down your throat when brushing your teeth or taking wodhu break your fast? That is if not done deliberately. Awaiting your reply

If water passed down the throat accidentally, while you exercised the necessary caution, your fast is not broken. If, however, you were careless, and thus you swallowed water, then you need to make up for it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, "Allah has excused my community of their slip-ups, forgetful actions and those they had been coerced into." 

5) I am divorced with two children. I have a good job Alhamdulliah. My ex-husband pays me child support. Do I need to pay Fitra on behalf of myself and my children or does my ex-husband have to pay for us?Thanks

Zakatul fitr is due on everyone on behalf of himself as well as his dependents; so it is your ex-husband's duty to pay it on behalf of your children. He is, however, under no obligation to pay it on your behalf -since you are divorced.

Therefore, you ought to pay it on behalf of yourself, while you can ask their father to pay for the children. If, for some reason, he refuses to pay, then it is best that you pay it--provided you have the means. 

The purpose of zakatul fitr is to compensate for the deficiencies in our fasts and to provide means for the poor to celebrate 'Eid appropriately. We should, therefore, hasten to fulfil this duty with zeal.

6) In a country where there is no child benefit, a divorced woman has two children. Father is not giving any maintenance but the woman is a working lady. Are the children eligible to take zakat from their relatives?

In a country where there is no child benefit, a divorced woman has two children. Father is not giving any maintenance but the woman is a working lady. Are the children eligible to take zakat from their relatives?(the woman has some gold which is equal to nisaab.)

 

Answer:

If the woman does not earn enough to support her children (including their educational expenses), she is allowed to receive from zakah funds of their relatives. If, however, she is well to do, and therefore, can afford all of their basic expenses, then they are not eligible to receivezakah.  The fact that she possesses jewellery does not make any difference. In other words, they are still considered as eligible recipients of zakah.

 

7) Do you provide transportation for pupil who live far away?

No Mosque doesn't provide any transportation and pupils must use their own transport to attend the classes.

8) do you hold Quran classes in the Mosque?

Yes for more information go to Education page of this web site.