Category Archives: Masjid

Time off for Jumu’ah

Assalamu wa ‘Alaikum,

I would like to know if there is a law in Trinidad and Tobago which states that I have a stipulated time in which I can go to Jummua’h without my employer making it a problem.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

There is no such law. However, many Companies give a lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. During this time, Muslims go for their Jumu’ah Salah. However, seeing that Jumu’ah ends around 1:30, Muslim workers normally ask for that allowance (time off) from their employers (which they get).

If you are encountering any problems in this regard, you can contact us and we will write a letter to your employer asking for the extra time for Jumu’ah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Saying ‘Pray in your homes’ in Adhaan.’ Is this permissible?

As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaah Wa Barakaatuh, respected Mufti Saheb,

I have a question with which I need some clarity on. I was told by a Muslim that there is a hadeeth which more or less states that. When rain falls or there is thunder, the Muazzin would add in the adhaan, “pray in your homes”. If there is a hadeeth to this effect? And if there is, is it permissible to practice upon such a hadeeth? jazaakal laahu khairaa.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

There is a narration in which it is recorded that such an action was done by the Mu’azzin and it was stated by the narrator Abdullah Ibn Abbas (R.A) that the Prophet (S.A.S) had instructed the Mu’azzin to do so. This however, was an isolated case/situation which was not taken and adopted to be an established act to be done continuously.

The reason that this announcement was made in the Adhaan at that time was to save/avoid the Muslims from coming out in the rain and walking on muddy tracks filled with slush, which would have caused great harms to them in going to the Masjid for Salah. Besides this narration/situation, there is no other case in which such is recorded. Hence, none of the scholars of Hadith or Fiqh have adopted this as an established general practice that should be done.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Salaah in Masjidul Haraam


For the Taraweeh salah, I’m referring to. The Imams are stationed inside the mosque, and many will technically be standing in front of them even they may be positioned right opposite (in front) because of the circular formation around the Kab’bah.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

Yes, the salah will be valid.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Can a person read from the Mushaf and lead Taraweeh?

Assalamu Alaikum Mufti. Ramadhan Mubarak. I am enquiring on the permissibility of an Imam leading the tarareew salaat by reading from the holy Quran. Is it allowed to pray behind such an Imam? Jazak Allah Khair

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

Imam Abu Hanifah (A.R) mentions that this is not permissible. Doing this will invalidate one’s Salaat, hence, it will not be permissible to pray behind such an Imam.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Advice on how to better the situation at my Masjid

Message: Asalaam u Alaikum, I need some clarity on the importance of the following points as these are not taking place at my masjid, and advice on what I can do to better the situation.

(1) The women’s washroom and wudu station is always locked no matter the time of day you attend for prayers.

(2) Adhaan is not called for each obligatory prayer, if it is called its very quiet inside the mosque, by whoever attend to pray.

(3) There is No Imam assigned for the mosque. A young student is present for Jummah etc, but has little say. A request for an imam will be needed someone you can go to for advice or some sort of discussion when needed as well as a Family services committee (marital conflict, spousal abuse, etc.)

The Mosque is not functioning 100% and some persons are leaving their committee mosque.
Advice on addressing these problems will be greatly appreciated.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

  1. It is wrong for the women’s washroom and wudhu station to be locked in this manner.
  2. In a masjid, Adhaan should be called for all Salaah, else the Muslim males in that community are accountable to Allah.
  3. It is essential that an Imam be assigned to the Masjid.

If these are not there, as you have mentioned, then those who are ‘in charge’ (Admin/Management) must be told about these matters, and it is essential upon them to correct these. If there is no positive result from this, then the parent body/organisation to which the Masjid belongs to/or is affiliated with, should be informed of these problems in order to correct them.

If this does not work, then the Muslims of the community should have a meeting and discuss the matter so that new members who are devoted and dedicated to the service of the Masjid can be appointed to ensure that the Masjid functions in a good manner.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


What is the ruling of a transgender person?


I humbly request your assistance on the following:

  1. A youth, 16, took shahada in a special treatment centre facility. She seems to be firm on her belief in Islam but has some serious depression issues. Her father is not in the picture for her and her mother is angry that her child has become Muslim. The main question is that the girl was born a boy. She is a transgender. I do not know if the youth has any reconstructive surgery to date. The case worker for this youth is sympathetic to the 16 year old but needs info concerning the Islamic view on Muslim transgender people, (as well as gays and lesbians who later become Muslim). Those Muslims assisting the case worker do not want to lead the youth away from hidayat but towards it with compassion and correct information.
  2. Another situation concerning transgender individuals:

How does one determine where they stand in the lines for salah?
How does one determine whether they enter the women’s or men’s sections of the masjid or toilet facilities?

Jazakallahu khairah for your time and effort in answering these questions.


الجواب و بالله التوفيق

As Salaamu Alaikum,

First of all, it must be understood that ‘transgender’ is totally haram in Islam and hence, not permissible. This act, in reality, is changing the way Allah created a person, and showing displeasure with the gender which a person has created to be.

If Allah Has created a person to be a male, then he is a male, regardless of how he feels about himself, and in spite of the feminine manners, traits and hair style he may adopt. Thinking that he is a female, when he has been born a male, is no reason to want to change his sex or have an inclination to want to be, or behave as a female. This is not acceptable at all in Islam. A male who adopts the ways, pattern of conduct, dress and speech of a female is an effeminate person, who has been cursed by the Prophet (SAW). In this regard, Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) said, ‘The Prophet (SAW) cursed effeminate men (those who are assume the way of women), and those women who assume the ways of men. He said, ‘Turn them out of your houses’. (Sahih Al Bukhari 5856).

If you say that this person is a transgender who was born a boy, then if no reconstructive surgery was done, then this person is a male. He cannot be a female on account of his thoughts, feelings, ‘make up’ and external appearance. Seeing that this person has accepted Islam, then he should be asked to make sincere Taubah (repentance) and ‘leave off’ the lifestyle he has developed.

He must understand that Allah made him a male and he will always be a male until he dies. This is the decree of Allah for him. Trying to emulate and imitate a woman, and having a strong feeling and inclination to be like them, is totally Haram in Islam and will bring about Allah’s wrath and punishment.

If this person abandons his past ways and begins to live and behave as a male, and changes himself to the extent that no type of ‘Fitnah’ is feared from him, then this person can attend the masjid. As a man, he will be on the men’s section of the masjid and go to the men’s toilet facilities.

If the person actually had a reconstructive surgery, then in Islam, this is totally unacceptable. This person’s case poses a serious problem to both sections of the mosque (the male and female sections). The women will feel very uncomfortable knowing that the person is really a biological male, who reveals himself as a female, and the men will feel very uncomfortable having an ‘externally made up female’ with them, performing Salaah.

This person also, on account of the appearance, would not want to be on the men’s section in the masjid or in the men’s toilets. In this case, if the person accepted Islam, he must then make Taubah to Allah for what he has done with himself, and try his best to mend his ways. With respect to visiting the masjid, this person must refrain from doing so. In this way, no one would be put to ‘fitnah’ and no one will be in an uncomfortable situation. The person should perform the Salaah at home.

In the case of Gays and Lesbians, if they have accepted Islam or have been Muslims (while engaged in such conduct), they must stopped themselves from this style of living. They must be taught that these are totally haram and cannot be done as Muslims. If they repent and mend their ways, and have changed themselves to the extent that no ‘fitnah’ is feared from them, then they may attend the masjid. Males will be on the male section and females on the female section.

If they have not mended their ways and have not changed their lifestyles, then they must be disallowed from attending the masjid. While encouraging the youth and those with the above mentioned problems to change their ways after becoming Muslims, wisdom and understanding must be used in conveying the correct information. However, the laws of Islam must not be compromised.

And Allah knows best,

Mufti Waseem Khan


Is Missing Jumuah Sinful?

Question: Assalaamualaikum!

Someone asked me if his work requires him to travel at midday on Fridays;the same time for the Jumuah prayer,what is his situation?He wants to know how many Jumuah salaah is missed before it becomes sinful.JazaakAllaahKhair, Aameen


Answer: Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

If a person misses even one Jumuah Salaah without a valid reason, he will become sinful.

If a person (male, who has reached the age of puberty) is a traveller (according to the Shariah guidelines) or he is so sick that it is extremely difficult for him to attend the Jumuah Salaah, then he will be excused from the Jumuah Salaah. However, if he does not have any of these valid excuses and still misses the Jumuah Salaah, he will be sinful.

Everyone upon whom Jumuah is essential must make an effort to perform the Jumuah Salaah every week.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


The Mihrab And Its Ruling

Question: Assalamu alaikum,

Is the Mihraab part of the Masjid? If not, what are the laws pertaining to the performance of Salaah and Itikaaf.

Answer: AssalamuAlaikum,

The Mihrab is a part of the Masjid. One can perform Salaah in this area, and I’tikaaf can also be done. However, since it is the area which has been made for the Imam to stand in for Salaah, one should not occupy there for I’tikaaf or performing one’s individual Sunnah/Nafl Salaah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Rulings Of Bazaars, Family Days And Sports Day When Done For Raising Funds For Masjids


Assalamu alaikum Respected Mufti Sahib.

Various Masjids have family days, sports days and bazaars, sometimes these are done for fund raising and sometimes just for fun and creating unity. Are these family day, sport days, bazaars etc. permissible? If not please explain why not.


Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

There is no harm in having such activities which are meant to bring about unity and togetherness etc. However, these must all be in accordance to what Islam allows. If there are prohibited elements in any activity, then it will not be allowed. Hence, in these activities, there should be no open mixing and mingling of males and females.

They should be separate from each other. So, in the case of family days, sport days and bazaars, there must be a section/area for the males alone, and one for the females. In this case, women will also feel more comfortable with such privacy. In the case of sports and games, one’s Awrah (concealable parts of the body) must not be exposed. Therefore, if the males are involved in the game of football, they must ensure that they wear ‘shorts’ that properly cover the area from the navel to the knees.

With respect to the women also, they must dress appropriately even though they are among their own selves. They must not wear tight fitted clothing, nor thin clothing. They must not behave as the non Muslims do in the different activities they may get involved in.

With respect to bazaars etc; it is seen that sometimes ‘games of chance’ are included for fun. These should not be there. Muslims must also ensure that there is no music at such activities.

In short, once the teachings of Islam are adhered to, and these activities do not involve things that are haram, then they will be allowed.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.