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Burying a Muslim in a Coffin

Burying a Muslim in a Coffin

Muslim scholars have 2 different views on burying a Muslim in a coffin in societies where Muslims are minorities. The first discourages it and the second permits it in certain conditions as in case of soft land.  

Burial of Muslims in Non-Muslim Graveyards

Burial of Muslims in Non-Muslim Graveyards

There are 3 views on the burial of Muslims in non-Muslim graveyards in non- Muslim countries. The first permits it as a matter of necessity, the 2nd is against, and the 3rd permits it in a special section for Muslims.  

Offering Condolences to Non-Muslims

Offering Condolences to Non-Muslims

Scholars express different views on offering condolences to non- Muslim. Those who support it say that it is appropriate for a Muslim to condole a non-Muslim, as if they do not it may be interpreted as hostility.

Setting off Taxes against Zakat

Setting off Taxes against Zakat

Zakat is imposed by God and one of the 5 pillars of Islam while taxes are imposed by the rulers. They are totally different and most scholars agree that the payment of taxes does not exempt anyone from paying zakat. 

Building Islamic Centres with Zakat Funds

Building Islamic Centres with Zakat Funds

Using zakat funds to build Islamic centers is not approved by all scholars. The view approving it is based on the fact that Islamic centers’ role is the advocacy of Islam, so they may be included in the ways of zakat. 

Fasting in Polar Areas

Fasting in Polar Areas

In some areas the beginning and end of the fasting day cannot be determined or the day is too long or too short. Some scholars said that they could follow Mekkah or Madinah or the nearest cities with moderate timings. 

Prayer in Polar Areas

Prayer in Polar Areas

Questions are often asked about the timing of prayers in remote areas, where prayers’ time is blurred. In these areas prayer time is determined on the basis of analogy with clear prayers time at the nearest place. 

The Friday and Eid Sermon in Other Languages

The Friday and Eid Sermon in Other Languages

In non- Muslim countries other languages might be used for Eid and Friday sermon. Some scholars prefer that the essentials should be in Arabic. Otherwise, it might be in Arabic then translated to other language. 

Renting a Church for Friday and Eid Prayers

Renting a Church for Friday and Eid Prayers

Muslims in Western countries are allowed to rent Churches for Friday or Eid prayers if no other place is available. But they have to make sure that statues are covered and the place is cleaned from any impurities.   

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