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  1. Question: Since Wifaqul Ulama places great emphasis on local (British) Moon Sighting, what is the system and mechanism in place to verify it? In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh We would like to begin by extending our gratitude to you for asking this question. May Allah (SWT) give you the best of rewards (Ameen). In a nutshell, this issue was discussed and redeliberated in great detail at the house of (Mufti) Yusuf Sacha (DB) on Saturday the 11 th of March 2017. Shaykh (DB) explained that Shahadah (testimony) and Khabar (news) are two distinct entities in Islamic law and must be treated as such. There are rules and regulations pertaining to accepting Shahadah (testimony). The Shahadah (testimony) must be accepted in person by a designated person (appointed by a Moon Sighting Committee) and they must forward the accepted Shahadah (testimony) to the Moon Sighting Committee to deliberate and make a final decision. We understand that this list doesn’t cover the entire country (yet) but we hope to provide coverage throughout the country, Insha'Allah . In the meantime Muslims should contact their nearest Wifaqul Ulama representative for the time being. The issue of accepting Shahadah (testimony) through skype or video conferencing is still under deliberation and it is not an acceptable method at this time. Read about the names of the Ulama and procedure here
  2. 3 Problems with answers: Hadeeth quoted are weak Half the answer from Fatawa-e-Rahimiyyah has been quoted (and conclusion ommited) Hanbali Madhab instead of Hanafi Madhab has been quoted Kindly report the answer back to askimam for them to reconsider the respond.
  3. Mufti Amjad Mohammad Saheb (HA) wanted me to add references from HadithAnswers to the article below and they have now been added. https://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/General-Fiqh/fgm.html
  4. Endorsements (Shaykhul-Hadeeth) Ayub Bande Ilahi (Maulana) Marghgoob Ahmed Lajpuri (Mufti) Yusuf Sacha (Mufti) Ismail Kacholvi (Mufti) Musa Badat (Mufti) Zubair Dudha (Qari) Muhammad Shoyaib Nurgat (Mufti) Mohammed Ashfaq (Mufti) Zakariyya Akudi (Maulana) Yusuf Mama (Mufti) Yusuf Danka (Mufti) Amjad Mohammed (Qadhi) Imran Sayed (Maulana) Ahmad Sarkar (Mufti) Amin Pandor (Maulana) Hashim Sacha (Maulana) Mohammed Saeed Mulla (Maulana) Hashim Rawat (Maulana) Yusuf Akudi (Maulana) Suliman Bodiyat (Maulana) Shabbir Seedat (Maulana) Abdul-Hai Seedat (Maulana) Musa Gora (Maulana) Mushtaq Balakhdi (Mufti) Javed Pathan (Mufti) Abidur-Rahman Molvi (Maulana) Abdul-Awwal Molvi (Maulana) Mohammed Farook Kazi (Maulana) Imran Lunat (Maulana) Afzal Wali Mulla (Maulana) Sulaiman Makda (Maulana) Tariq Mahmood (Maulana) Fareed Patel (Maulana) Iftikhar Hussain (Maulana) Yousaf Baig (Maulana) Sohail Bawa (Maulana) Habibullah Munshi (Maulana) Suliman Gani (Maulana) Irfan Soni (Maulana) Ibraheem Patel (Maulana) Arif Polli (Maulana) Imtiaz Kamal (Maulana) Amin Sadak (Maulana) Nausarka Widely circulated, reviewed and endorsed by many other British Scholars.
  5. Frequently Asked Questions? What is the amount which you have set for United Kingdom? We deem Fitrana / Fidya to be £2.00 per person for Ramadhan 1438 (2017). When should I pay it? Fitrana should be discharged ideally after Ramadhan has started and before Subh-Sadiq (true dawn) on the day of Eidul-Fitr. Since the purpose is to benefit the poor, it is ideal to pay it before the actual Eid prayers. It is even better to ensure that the funds reach the needy before Eidul-Fitr and in advance for them to make good use of the donations. Where did you conduct your research for obtaining the prices for this press release? We conducted our research and checked the prices in London, Leicester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Blackburn, Batley, Dewsbury and Glasgow. How did you then reach the decision of setting the rates for United Kingdom? We looked at the highest (retail) price for Wheat across all the cities in our research, took the price of £1.18/KG and then multiplied it by 1.667 KG. We then rounded the figure to £2.00. Have you looked at and reviewed the research of other British Ulama on the topic? Alhumdolillah, there is good work and cooperation between Scholars in our country. We have shared our findings with our Ulama and they have shared their findings with us. Scholars may have differences (of opinions) but we all work together for the benefit of British Muslims. I don’t live in United Kingdom but can I use your Fitrana? No, we recommend that you consult your local Scholars and seek their advice. Local research in the country of your residence should be conducted, you can use the template as the basis of your research. What if I wish to pay with the actual grain rather than the cash equivalent? The actual calculations are based on Grain so your obligation will be discharged and it will be superior. In United Kingdom it is hard to find people who accept Grain (instead of Cash) but if you have found an organisation or individuals who deal in (actual) Grain, please proceed. Why have you set the amount to be so low? Why didn’t you use a higher estimate? Fitrana is used not only for Ramadhan but also for Fidya. Therefore, the needs of individual vary and we cannot set exorbitantly high amounts as it may cause undue hardship. What is the primary factor in some communities having a Fitrana which is much lower than yours? There is a difference of opinion amongst Ulama if wheat flour or (actual) wheat grain should be used for Fitrana. This year after extensive discussions with Scholars, we have opted to use wheat (grain) for the determination of Fitrana to avoid confusion for the Muslims in Britain. We have adopted the opinion of our colleagues and contemporaries although we still believe that using wheat (flour) instead of what (grain) is the better opinion. British Muslims primarily use wheat (flour) in their households and not many families buy wheat (grain) and then grind it into flour. It is also possible that in some localities in Britain the price for wheat grain is significantly cheaper. We have attempted to address the issue at a National level. What is the primary factor in some communities having a Fitrana which is much higher than yours? In addition to the difference highlighted above, Ulama have also differed upon the weight of ½ Saa. The estimates of Ulama range from 1.106 KG to 2.32 KG. It is possible that Ulama in other communities have opted for a higher value. Why do Ulama differ in interpreting the weight of ½ Saa or 1 Saa? ½ Saa or 1 Saa is a measurement of a container (i.e. three dimensional space or volume). Imagine that you were asked to fill a box with wheat and then another person was asked to fill a box with wheat. If the sizes of the boxes are different, the volume of wheat in each container will be different. Today, we measure wheat in weight and we know what 1 KG or 100 KG of wheat means. The honourable and respected Ulama interpret the volume (of the container) used in the blessed times of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) differently therefore the weight (of grain) inside the container is also interpreted differently. Does the price for wheat differ siginificantly in Britain? Yes. We found the wholesale price for 20 KG to be around 0.60/KG but wheat (grain) is not a high volume (sale item) within the Muslim community. Retailers add a profit margin depending on the location and sale opportunity.It is the retail price which needs to be considered for calculations. Why didn't you adopt 2.32 KG for ½ Saa as it is the highest value for caution? In our opinion it is too high and ½ Saa cannot be equal to 2.32 KG. We understand the respect the opinion of Ulama who have adopted this opinion but we deem it to be high. We cannot adopt a value simply because it happens to be the highest value, there has to be a valid Shariah reason for the weight. Moreover, since Fitrana is also Fidya we believe that setting it too high may cause unnecessary hardship. What will happen if I (still) choose to use wheat (flour) to pay my Fitrana? We believe that using wheat flour (instead of) wheat (grain) for the determination of Fitrana is permissible, therefore your obligation will be discharged. What will happen if I choose to use the cheapest flour price which is locally available to me? Your obligation will be discharged. I think that your estimates are too low and it should be higher, what should I do? Fitrana is given on wheat (flour), wheat (grain), barley, raisins and dates. Masha’Allah, if Allah Ta’ala has given you (financial) abundance, use the most expensive dates and you should pay your Fitrana using it as a financial estimate.
  6. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You). This statement is being issued on the 01st of May 2017 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject. This ruling is based on the Hanafi Madhab which is followed by a large number of Muslims in Britain. There are variances in the calculations for other Schools of Jurisprudence, please contact your local Mosque for details. It is our opinion that £2.00/per person should sufficiently discharge the obligation of Fitrana for Ramadhan 1438 (2017). Read full Press Release
  7. Can you elaborate upon the Islamic viewpoint on female circumcision and FGM? How should Muslims react to the issue from a Child safeguarding perspective? In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh In a nutshell, large number of Muslims in United Kingdom follow the Hanafi School of (Islamic) jurisprudence. Female circumcision is neither Sunnah nor has any religious significance and it is also illegal. Therefore it is impermissible in Britain. Since this is a child safeguarding issue, in a School/Maktab setting teaching and administrative staff need to be alert to the possibility of a girl being at risk of FGM and report it promptly and appropriately as per their child safeguarding policies. We say that the issue cannot be inferred because circumcision for boys is explicitly mentioned and accepted by Scholars while the circumcision of girls is not explicit and scholars have disagreed upon the matter. Mufti Abdullah Patel (HA) concludes that the practise of female circumcision cannot be given religious significance and since it is illegal in Britain, it will not be permissible to carry out female circumcision. https://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/General-Fiqh/fgm.html
  8. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You). What should #British #Muslims do during #Elections? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1TcbEQuGAQ This video has no pictures... برطانوی الیکشن 2017، مسلمانوں کیلئے کچه گزارشات
  9. Between Christians, Muslims and Ahmadi-Qadiyanees (Maulana) Sohail Bawa (HA) Khatme Nubuwwat Academy, London: Faithful Islam, Final Prophet: Mercy to Mankind Due to the closeness of Good Friday, I have been asked to succinctly summarise the key differences between the beliefs of Christians, Muslims and Ahmadi-Qadiyanees. (Many) Christians believe that Jesus (peace be upon Him) was crucified on a cross on Friday and killed. He was then resurrected on Sunday. Muslims (unanimously) believe that Jesus (peace be upon Him) was neither crucified, nor killed but lifted up to the heavens (alive). He will descend back to Earth at an appointed time. Ahmadi-Qadiyanees believe that people tried to crucify and kill Jesus (peace be upon Him) but he merely went unconscious. Those around him mistook his unconscious state and assumed that he had died. He revived later on and then went to live his natural life and then passed away. His grave is (supposedly) in Roza Bal (Kashmir). Read full research: https://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/Civil/jesusalive.html
  10. In a nutshell and succinctly put, this issue has only two salient points which need to be discussed: If a scene or interaction is Haram (impermissible) in real life, it is Haram (impermissible) in any type of still or recorded imagery or motion. If the stored image (or recording) is on an electronic medium such as a laptop, phone or memory card it is not considered “Tasweer” as mentioned in the narrations of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam). All Ulama agree on point 1. A large number of Ulama (scholars) agree with point 2 while others disagree. If you disagree with and choose to follow the opinion of those Ulama, there are no issues. This article is not intended to force you to abandon your position. This article does make the point that there are plenty of Ulama who don’t consider digital images as “Tasweer” and deem them to be permissible. Taqleed is obligatory upon a layman and there is no chastisement upon the laymen who choose to follow and make Taqleed of any of the Ulama quoted in this article. Read full article here: https://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/Civil/video-and-photography.html
  11. NTSB should have been National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Sorry about that...
  12. کیا عید الاضحی اور عرفات کا دن آپس میں ملے ہوے ہیں؟
  13. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh Is Eidul-Adha connected with the Day of Arafah for the whole world?
  14. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh English: Urdu:
  15. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh Wifaqul Ulama advises British Muslims to try to sight the moon in accordance with Sunnah on the evening of 08th of April and notify us via our email, twitter, facebook or by calling +447956589613 Sighting Possibilities here
  16. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh This statement is being issued on the 07th of April 2016 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject. We begin with stating our general agreement with the Position Statement of MCB issued on the 6th of April 2016 and reiterate: We subscribe to pluralism and peaceful coexistence and acknowledge the rights of all to believe as they choose without coercion, fear and intimidation. We also affirm the right of Ahmadis to their freedom of belief and reject any attacks on their property or persons. They have the right to live free from discrimination or persecution. The targeting of Ahmadis for their beliefs is totally unacceptable. We further state and affirm the twin fundamental pillars of Islamic creed which are belief in One God and that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the final Messenger of God. Our position with regards to finality of Prophethood is based upon numerous clear and unambiguous verses of the Islamic scripture (Qur’aan) such as: [33:40] Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of God and last of the prophets. And ever is God, of all things, Knowing. [Al-Qur’aan] Muslims have subscribed to this creed for over 1400 years, uninterrupted. It is also an agreed upon tenet of both Sunni and Shia doctrines. Read full article here:
  17. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh Letters received by numerous Deobandi institutes this week from the BBC News & Current Affairs department has stirred a great deal of interest and frenzy on social media. In light of these letters we would like to point out that the matter is being discussed amongst the ‘Ulama and responses to the BBC are being formulated. Whilst we are unable to make the contents of these letters public at this time as they are under response, we would like to make a few observations and comments, to bring factual and accurate representation of Deobandi scholars and institutes, as well as to remind Muslims on how they should respond. Although the letters don’t contain the details of the program, we think that the program is entitled ”The Deobandis” to be aired in 2 parts with the first part going live on Tuesday the 5th of April 2016 between 9.00am-9.45am. We encourage Muslims to tune in to both parts and to listen in. Understanding the nuances of the term “Deobandi”Full article here:
  18. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh Hafiz Mohamed Ahmed Patel (RA) [1926-2016] was the Ameer of Tableeghi Jamaat (Europe) who passed away a few days ago. This is a collection of tributes and condolences offered by Ulama from around the world. http://wifaqululama.co.uk/society/44-tribpatel حافظ محمد احمد پٹیل (رح) جو کہ یورپ میں تبلیغی جماعت کے امیر تھے کچھ دن پہلے انتقال فرما گے۔ یہ کچھ بیانات علماء کرام کی طرف سے تعزیت اور ان کی زندگی کی بارے میں ✔ Wifaqul Ulama is working to preserve the Sunnah, earn rewards and preserve your hereafter doing the same. جزاك اللهُ خيرًا Date: 21FEB2016 Time: 23:30 +447956589613
  19. Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, My Dear British Muslims, I address you in this hour when the drums of war are beating once again. I urge all Ulama, Imams, community leaders and Muslims to close ranks and stand united against this extension of war in the Middle East. My dear learned friend, Mufti Amjad Mohammad has already articulated the thoughts (of British Ulama) on ISIS, Paris attacks and what the response of Muslims should be regarding this incident. Let me make it abundantly clear! No Scholar stands with this group called ISIL/ISIL and nobody supports their Khilafah! But at the same time, I urge all of you to express your thoughts as a British citizen using this link and register your opposition to war on Syria. Here are my thoughts which I have taken the time to express: I will continue to express my opposition to the extension of war on Terror and I urge all Ulama and Imams to lead British Muslims from the front. Watch me tonight on Iqra TV (http://iqra.tv/) where I will have the pleasure to host my honorable Guest (Head and Director of Masjid ul Aqsa) tonight at 21:00. Fulfill your duty, forward this message and stand united against oppression and tyranny. Vote "NO" on military action in Syria against IS in response to the Paris attacks: (Maulana) Suliman Ghani Shura, Wifaqul Ulama جزاك اللهُ خيرًا Date: 29NOV2015 Time: 19:35 Admin: 07956589613
  20. British Muslims: A section of Ulama advising British Muslims on following Saudi Moon Sighting have no contacts in Saudi Arabia to obtain or verify any information. This year (Muharram 1437) posed a problem because these Ulama announced the start of Muharram based on Ummul-Qura Calendar but Saudi Arabia changed their mind on the day of Muharram 1437. Honesty demands that those who made announcements to their community now go back and change their announcements BUT we leave that with Allah (SWT). Islam Channel has ALSO continued to display the wrong date for Muharram during their transmission. http://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/Acts-of-Worship/monthly-moon-sighting-islamic-months.html To Allah (SWT) we belong and to Allah (SWT) we shall return.
  21. Britain: Observe the Hilal for Muharram this evening (Tuesday, the 13th of October) and report to Wifaqul Ulama. Results announced within 30 minutes of sunset, Insha'Allah Annoucements from around the world
  22. Updated & Announcements from around the world here: http://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/Acts-of-Worship/monthly-moon-sighting-islamic-months.html
  23. 13SEP2015 UPDATE: https://twitter.com/WifaqulUlama/status/643067868943400960?lang=en
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