Lining Up Chairs in Prayer

Q:

Some of the elderly or injured congregants pray seated on chairs. Sometimes they do this by putting the back of the chair on the line and keep themselves in line with respect to their shoulders and not their feet. Other times they line up with the back of the chair extending into the line behind them, keeping their feet in line and not their shoulders. Which is preferred?

A:

Clearly it is not possible for them to keep their feet and their shoulders in line. In such a case the priority is to keep their shoulders in line and therefore not extend the chair back into the line behind them. The Prophet (pbuh) would straighten the lines with particular emphasis on the shoulders. It also has the added benefit of not disturbing the people who are praying in the row behind them.

 

For more info see the following article: http://en.islamtoday.net/quesshow-183-901.htm

Kissing and Hugging One’s Spouse While Fasting

Q:

What is permissible between a husband and wife while fasting? Can we kiss? Hug?

 

A:

Fasting requires abstention from food, drink, and sexual relations. The penalty for a person who breaks their fast by consciously engaging in sexual relations is very severe. However, that does not mean that all types of intimacy are prohibited between spouses while fasting. It is permissible for spouses to kiss one another while fasting and embrace one another. This is true as long as there is no fear that they will lose control of themselves and fall into that which is prohibited. However, in any case it is better that they do not do so out of desire. If they kiss or embrace out of love and care, without fear of it leading to that which is not allowed, and without any sexual desire then there is no problem with that.

It is also important to note that in such a case there should be no guilt associated with such an action. This is because it is authentically narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) used to kiss his wives while fasting.

For more info please see this article from onislam.net

And God knows best.

Contact Lens Solution and Fasting

Q: 

Is it permissible to use contact lens solution while fasting or does it break one’s fast.

 

A:

It is permissible to wear contacts and use contact lens solution while fasting. This is because even if the lens solution were to reach to one’s throat somehow it is not food or drink nor is it similar to food or drink, in that it does not nourish.

For more info see the this article. It is also pasted here for ease of reference.

And God knows best.

 

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Question:

Can we wear lens while fasting? Note that we have to put lubricant every four hour?

Fatwa:

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

We have already issued a Fatwa clarifying that it is permissible to wear contact lenses while fasting and that wearing them does not invalidate the fast. If wearing them necessitates using a lubricant as you mentioned, then if you mean that this lubricant is put in the eyes, it takes the ruling of the eye drops. The scholars differed in opinion about eye drops, some are of the view that it invalidates the fast while others are not of this opinion.

The Fiqh Encyclopedia reads: “Putting eye drops, oiling the eyelids, and putting medicine with oil in the eye, none of this invalidates the fast even if one finds its taste in his throat. This is the correct opinion according to the Hanafi School of jurisprudence, and the opinion of the Shaafi’ee School appears to correspond with the Hanafi view. However, the Maaliki and Hanbali Schools of jurisprudence are of the view that putting eye drops invalidates fasting if these drops reach the throat, as the eye is an inlet to the throat even if it is not a usual one.”

In our view in Islamweb, we consider the first opinion – which is that putting eye drops does not invalidate the fast – to be the preponderant one, and this is the opinion chosen by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah .

This is in case the drops or the solution which you mentioned in the question reaches the throat, otherwise if it does not reach the throat, it does not break the fast even according to the Schools which are of the view that fasting is invalidated if the eye drops reach the throat.

For instance, ‘Olaysh from the Maaliki School of jurisprudence, said: “One should not apply Kohl eyeliner (to his/her eye) and should not put oil in his/her ear unless he/she knows that it does not reach his/her throat, and if one applies the Kohl or any other substance, it is permissible if this does not reach the throat.”

To conclude, it is permissible to put the solution in the eye when wearing the contact lenses and this does not invalidate the fast according to the most preponderant opinion of the scholars .

Allaah Knows best.

Praying Tarawih Behind Live Streaming Internet

Q:

Is it permissible to pray tarawih prayers at home behind a live streaming internet prayer?

 

A:

No. It is not permissible to do pray behind an imam who is in another place while following them through the internet or TV. One of the conditions of praying in congregation is that the imam and the congregants are in the same space. This would not be the case when praying behind an imam by following through a live stream and as such the prayer would not be acceptable.

However, it should be mentioned that it is permissible to pray tarawih at home by oneself. This was even the practice of the Prophet (pbuh) because he did not want people to think that the tarawih prayer in the mosque is required. It is preferable that the person prays in the mosque with the imam, but acceptable for one to pray at home as well. The person may also benefit from holding the mushaf and reading out of it directly while praying by themselves at home.

And God knows best.