Why No ‘Bismillah’ with Surah Tauwbah?

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِMay Allah bless you for your eagerness to learn about the Holy Quran.The following has been noted by various exegetists (mufassirun) regarding why "Bismillah" is not written at the begining of Surah Tauwbah:"Bismillah was not revealed with Surah Tauwbah nor did the Prophet (pbuh) instruct the scribes of revelation...

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One Third of the Holy Quran

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِMay Allah bless you for your eagerness to learn.General Explanation of the HadithThe hadith you have quoted is recorded in Sahih Bukhari. A basic general meaning to the hadith is that the Prophet (pbuh) asked the companions if they would be able to recite one third of...

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Can Non-Muslims Enter the Masjid?

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِJazak Allah Khairan / Thank you for contacting the Mathabah Foundation for your question.In response to your concern, kindly note that it is permissible for non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, idolaters, atheists, agnostics etc,) to enter the masjid (mosque), as long as there is a purposeful benefit related to...

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How do Angels Worship Without Pause?

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِYour concern to understand the religion is admirable. May Allah bless us all with the correct understanding of our deen. Ameen.Almighty Allah has stated in the Holy Quran:"To Him belong all those in the heavens and the earth. And those who are near to Him are not...

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Charging by the Hour by Estimation

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِYour concern regarding good business practices is praiseworthy.In response to your concern, it must be noted that the ruling depends on how you are communicating to your clients. If you make a statement, for example saying, “This kind of work takes approximately ten hours and I will...

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Fiqh of Signatures

DefinitionThe literal meaning of ‘signature’ is handwriting, however, technically, it means writing one’s name as a mark to represent oneself. One may write one’s name so simply that others can imitate it easily or the name can also be written in a complicated style so that imitation would be somewhat...

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Trading Commodities Like Silver in Islam

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِYes, it is permissible to trade commodities like silver, in Islam.I have listed below some of the basic principles regarding business and trade (These principles are taken from the famous fiqh manual, Mukhtasar al Quduri by Imam Abul Hasan al Quduri):There must be offer and acceptance, meaning...

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I Pay Interest and I Hate it. Am I Sinful?

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِMay Allah bless you for your concern regarding the deen.Allah is the only Entity that makes a decision regarding sins. I am in no position to judge whether you are sinful or not. That being said, it should be noted that interest based transactions are prohibited through...

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Are Islamic Banking Institutions ‘Back Door Riba’ Outlets?

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِMay Allah Almighty bless you tremendously for your concern on financial matters.There are numerous islamic financial institutions that are based on Islamically acceptable principles such as Murabhah (profit based sales) and Mudharabah (profit sharing partnership) etc. Many are also supervised by third party scholarly committees who thoroughly review and approve...

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Acupuncture Treatment While Fasting

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِJazak Allah for contacting the Islamic Foundation. May Almighty Allah accept our fasting and prayers during the blessed month of Ramadan."Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body" (Wikipedia).Acupuncture treatment that only entails insertion of needles in various...

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