A middle-aged to elderly woman from Sheba, known for her piety, wants to perform Hajj, but she does not have a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative). There is a wealthy, pious man in the town, who wants to perform Hajj with some of his female Mahrams. Can this woman perform Hajj with that kind man and his female relatives, as she will stay in the company of the women and the man will only watch over, or is she exempted from Hajj due to the lack of a Mahram to accompany her, although she is financially able to go? Please give us a Fatwa on this, as there is a disagreement over this issue among some of our brothers. May Allah bless you.
Q-A man said that those who place their hands over their chests after rising from Ruku` (bowing) are committing an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion). He tells people to let their hands down after rising from Ruku`. Is this view right or wrong? We hope that you could explain this to us with substantiated evidence. May Allah reward you best!
A: It is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he used to place his right hand on the left one after Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]" upon starting Prayer) and after rising from Ruku` (bowing). Also it is authentically reported that he (peace be upon him) said: Pray as you have seen me praying. Therefore, placing the right hand on the left one upon one's chest is neither a Bid`ah nor an error. In fact, it is Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
A man concluded a marriage contract with a woman and then divorced her before consummating the marriage, is it permissible for him to marry her daughter or mother?
It is permissible for someone who contracted a marriage with a woman and then divorced her before consummating the marriage to marry her daughter. However, it is not permissible to marry the mother due to just having contracted the marriage with her daughter. Allah (Exalted be He), when mentioning the women that a man is forbidden to marry, says: ...your wives’ mothers May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.