Friday, April 27, 2012

Three Fatwas

One of my pieces from Drawing Mohammed Day.

I've been perusing through the fatwas listed on the AMJA (Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America) site, and thought I'd share a few of them with you, my fellow Purgatorians.

As always, I have not altered the fatwas in any manner. I'm not even going to give clever/snarky remarks, because I think these teachings speak for themselves.



السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته my cousins are not real religious, so they like to shake hands with me and my sisters. if I say to them: it is forbidden in Islam to saka hands with me or my other sisters. they'll be really angry to me. Finally one of them shook hands with me, but after a while I regretted. I will never do it, but they are still angry for me. what can I do? it is also haram for me this time did it? jazakum allah alpha khayr


Alhamdu Lillah

Handshaking between marriageable people from the opposite genders is prohibited. Our main job in this life is to worship Allah SWT and satisfy Him alone, regardless of whether or not people are content with us. The Prophet SAAW said (No obedience to a creature in the disobedience of the creator). So, refraining from shaking your cousins’ hands is the right decision that you should stick and insist on it.
Meanwhile, you need to educate your relatives about what is allowed and what it prohibited, as well as to be patient with them and tolerate what they say and what they do.
May Allah make it easy for you.

Assalamu alaykum.
I was asked this question by my daughter: why can't women pluck their eyebrows? Also, can women cut their hair short (above their shoulders)?
I will wait for your fatwa.


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful,
All praise is due to Allah and may peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah, upon his family, his companions and whoever follows him.
To proceed: The Prophet (saws) prohibited the plucking of eyebrows and cursed those who do it, "May Allah curse the eyebrow plucker and the one who has it done." Nams, in Arabic, means to remove the hair of the eyebrows from the roots. Perhaps part of the wisdom in this prohibition is that it involves changing the creation of Allah. As for evening out the eyebrows with scissors, on the other hand, an allowance has been related for that from some of the scholars. Indeed, whoever stops at the limits of what he knows has done well.
As for cutting the hair for the purpose of beautification, as long as it does not involve imitation of men or imitation of disbelieving or immoral women, I hope there would be nothing wrong with it, insha'Allah, because the basic rule on women's beautification is that everything is permissible, except for that about which there is evidence of prohibition.
And Allah Almighty is the Most High and He knows best.

What’s the ruling for a woman who wants a supervisory position and she is more deserving of it than anyone else, knowing that she will be a supervisor over men and it will increase her salary a great deal. If she refuses it, someone else not fit for the job will take it and who’s younger than her will be her boss. What hurts her and makes others think that she’s not fit for it and she feels sad and depressed, and maybe another woman who studied under her will be a supervisor over her, so she feel humiliated. This position increases the salary, which is what she needs because she is in need of money. So should she turn down this opportunity that may not come again, or should she accept it? What’s the ruling?


In the name of Allaah, the Benevolent, the Merciful. All praise is due to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the messenger of Allaah, upon his family, companions, and those loyal to him.
Not all presiding positions are forbidden on women; it is only the public presiding positions, such as the presidency of a country, prime ministry, governors or judges and the like. And it is permissible for a woman to be a school principal, or a manager for a company or a factory and the like, if she is fit for that, because this is not like public presiding positions, about which revealed textual evidence denied success to those who appoint them to women. So it is upon the woman in question to seek guidance [through istikharah] whether to apply for this position. Thus, if it’s not a public presiding position, and it doesn’t necessitate the presence of her mahram (religious guardian), then there is no burden on her to take it. And Allaah, the Most High, knows best.


  1. Oh man, this one says it all: "And Allah Almighty is the Most High and He knows best."

    Yeah, right and I'm the fucking pope.

    And that last one, women can be leaders EXCEPT in politics. I wonder why?

  2. You said it best...this is purgatory...The rhetoric that starts each language is can anyone believe that crap? The answers that are provided are so weak a child could shoot holes in them. It is depressing to realize how many people will govern their lives based on answers like these...

    1. Oh yeah, the reason why I like posting these pieces is that one can see the cycle of faith-based insanity up close.

  3. "May Allah curse the eyebrow plucker" (it's actually kind of cute, isn't it?). How about the underarm shaver? Or the toenail clipper? One would have to assume Allah has rather strong opinions on virtually all hygiene practices.


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