Paying Back Stolen Money
Question :

When I was younger and did not care about what is permissible or not, I took some money from my father’s company, while I was working for him. Do I have to admit this to him?
I took out a loan for my father and he was supposed to pay it back in a year but he could not. So if I agree to make the repayments every month instead of him paying it, can I repay him in this way without telling him that I took money from him all those years ago? Or should I tell him?

Answer :

You should pay back what you have taken from him, and it is not necessary for you tell him what you had done in the past. The monthly payments can be considered as repayments to him, if you are paying on his behalf, rather than contributing.

Muslim Wedding
Question :

Can we be present at an Islamic wedding, where people are performing Islamic songs?

Answer :

All kinds of songs are prohibited except ones performed by women for women in weddings without the presence of men and without music.
It is permissible to recite nasheeds which would not cause ‘tarab’ in religious ceremonies or social happy gatherings. ‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion.

Lying about the Age
Question :

Is it permissible for one to conceal his real age from a group of people even if he is not in danger? Is it considered as lying?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to conceal one’s age, as it is not considered to be lying. Lying is giving false information.
Lying about one's age is Prohibited.

Lying
Question :

Is it permissible to lie to a non-believer?

Answer :

It is not permissible.

Insulting Believers
Question :

What are the Islamic rules about swearing or cursing others?

Answer :

It is prohibited to swear at a believer.

Obligations towards the Neighbor
Question :

What is our obligation towards the neighbor?

Answer :

It is prohibited to harm the neighbors, and it is highly recommended to be kind with the neighbors and to deal with them in a good way.

Magic in a Bag
Question :

A few days ago, I was cleaning my terrace where I found a bag in which there were several pieces of paper and threads, which imply magic. What should I do with it?

Answer :

One should look for its owner and give it to him. With despair of finding the owner, one should give it as a charity on the owner’s behalf. If the papers have the name(s) of Allah written on them, one should dispose of them by placing them in a river or the like. You should not be afraid of its effect and depend on Almighty Allah, and recite Ayat-ul-Kursi as it is known that it is beneficial in such cases.

Backbiting
Question : It has been written in your website that it is permissible for believers to commit backbiting in those cases in which the person sins publicly. Does this mean that only criticism in respect of him committing such sins openly can be done, or does backbiting him regarding all his sins and misdeeds become permissible?
Answer : When a person is committing sins openly and in public then his personal sanctity is no longer recognized and his backbiting is then allowed, even in respect to sins that he does not commit in public.
Backbiting a Believer
Question :

It is prohibited in Islam to backbite a believer; does this apply to a person who says that he is a Muslim when asked but he openly commits sins, such as consuming unlawful food and drink, being in forbidden relationships, etc.?

Answer :

If the believer commits sins openly then it is allowed to backbite and criticize him.

Prohibition of Backbiting
Question :

Backbiting is prohibited in Islam. So how can a man raise his voice against a cruel person or tell other people about the wicked nature of any person or system? If the wicked person was an oppressive ruler, is backbiting such a person permitted?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to backbite a person who is openly committing sins, and amongst the greatest of sins is oppression and aggression.

Playing Chess
Question :

Is playing chess and black gammon, without betting, permissible?

Answer :

It is not permissible to play betting games even if it was without betting.

Playing Cards
Question :

My family and I play cards just for fun, and of course without betting. Please advise me.

Answer :

It is not allowed to play chess, cards or any similar games that are based on competing and invented to make money.

Ending one's Life
Question :

I committed a big sin and had sex outside the marriage, and after that I am now not able to concentrate, everything gone upside down, and I am feeling so guilty about myself, only one thing is coming in my mind that I cannot live with this guilty anymore and want to finish myself.

Answer :

It is not correct to commit a greater sin because of committing a lighter one, since committing suicide is greater than adultery. You should repent from what you have done as Almighty Allah forgives all sins.
You can guard yourself by getting satisfied through marriage whether it is permanent or temporary. May Allah help you pass this hardship.

Islam and Suicide
Question :

Are there any situations in which Islam permits suicide?

Answer :

Islam does not allow suicide in any situation.

Stealing
Question : When I was in school I went to a supermarket with my friends and I stole a magazine, this again was before I was practicing Islam. Now the supermarket isn't there and there is a new one. So, my question is how should I atone for this? Should I give money to charity on their behalf?
Answer : You should look for the shop owner and pay him/her the said amount and you do not need to inform the owner why you are paying when you find him/her. If you could not reach him/her, it is enough to be prepared to pay the owner his/her dues when possible.
Paying the amount as a charity on behalf of the owner when he/she can not be reached is a good thing but it is not mandatory and does not remove the obligation on you to satisfy the owner whenever you can reach him/her.
Could not Find the Owner of a Stolen Item
Question :

What if a person has stolen something and he cannot find the owner? Is it then sufficient if he pays the value in Sadaqa? What if it is a big company or and it is hard to find out how he should pay it back?

Answer :

Yes, it can be paid as a charity on behalf of the item’s owner, but it is not obligatory. It is sufficient to intend to give it back when the owner is found, although it is better to pay it as a charity on the owner’s behalf.
If you stole from a big company, then the owner is known. He should turn the item or its value to the manager or deposit the amount in the company's bank account where the owner can access it.

Return of Stolen Item
Question :

Many years ago, when I was 12 or 13 years ago, I stole something from my relative. I was immature then, but I know what I did was wrong and deeply regret it. Admitting this to them will create major problems between families. I have sincerely repented from this kind of sun, but is this enough?

Answer :

You should return what you took from them. If those items are not present, you should give something similar. If this is not possible, then the value of the stolen items should be given. They don’t need to know it’s from you, or that it is you returning what you had stolen.

Music
Question : Is it permissible to play the piano for relaxation and destressing purposes?
Answer : It is not permissible.
Parents
Question :

I find it difficult to obey and treat my grandparents exactly like my parents and sometimes behave wrongly with them, while I do not do bad with my parents. Is the status in Islam of grandparents same as the parents?

Answer :

Although it is not obligatory to treat the grandparents in the manner one should treat the parents, and the strong ties that one has with his parents may not be with one’s grandparents too, there is no doubt that one should deal with the grandparents in a good manner.

Rights of Parents
Question :

I want to become a religious scholar and acquire religious education, but my parents are not happy and want me to continue secular education. Is it obligatory on me to obey my parents in this situation?

Answer :

It is not obligatory to obey the parents. What is obligatory is to be dutiful to them and to have a good relationship with them. Nevertheless, we advise you to convince them and take their permission as much as is possible as this is one of the means of receiving divine blessings.