Day Questions

I live in a joint family, and this has caused many problems amongst the family, and this has led me to listening to backbiting and committing other sins. I wish to get away from this and shun it during the Holy Month of Ramadan so that my fast is not affected by it. Please give me advice on how to do so.

We appreciate your concern for your religious responsibilities and your interest in not falling in committing sins. We wish to clarify that hearing the backbiting does not invalidate the fast nor does it invalidate the prayers. It is not even prohibited. What is prohibited is reacting to the backbiting and becoming a part of it and supporting it. You are encouraged to be busy with reciting and studying the Holy Quran and supplications, offering prayers and giving in charity, and maintaining your relations to your kin during this month. If you are forced to be in a situation that necessitates you to listen to the backbiting, you can suggest to them to stop this in a calm and nice way. May Allah guide them to stop committing such sins.

If someone had stolen something from a person who does not care for the thing, and the stealer then seeks forgiveness from Allah Almighty, is this sufficient? Can he then use the item, or does he have to return it to the owner?

It is not permissible to use the item without the owner’s approval. The stealer is obligated to seek the owner’s approval, or he must return the item to owner even if this is done without the later knowing it was stolen in the first place.

Can I go to the funeral of my non-Muslim friend?

It is permissible for the purpose of good companionship.