No one forgives except that Allah increases his honor

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَا نَقَصَتْ صَدَقَةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ وَمَا زَادَ اللَّهُ عَبْدًا بِعَفْوٍ إِلاَّ عِزًّا وَمَا تَوَاضَعَ أَحَدٌ لِلَّهِ إِلاَّ رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ
Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives except that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises his status.
Source: Sahih Muslim 2588, Grade: Sahih
Qabisa ibn Jabir reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said:
مَنْ لا يَرْحَمُ لا يُرْحَمُ وَلا يُغْفَرُ مَنْ لا يَغْفِرُ وَلا يُعْفَ عَمَّنْ لَمْ يَعْفُ وَلا يُوقَّ مَنْ لا يَتَوَقَّ
Whoever does not show mercy will not receive mercy. Whoever does not forgive others will not be forgiven. Whoever does not pardon others will not be pardoned. Whoever does not protect others will not be protected.
Source: Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 366, Grade: Hasan
Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.

Studying in mixed schools, institutes and universities is not permitted.

Studying in mixed schools, institutes and universities is not permitted.

The evils that exist in these institutions because of that mixing are no secret, let alone the fact that people do not learn much, if anything, in these institutions.

Wise people even in kaafir countries have called for segregation between the sexes in educational institutions because of the moral damage they have noticed and the weakening of educational standards.

Trustworthy have scholars have issued fatwas stating that this kind of education is not permissible.

The scholars of the Standing Committee said:

It is haraam for male and female students and teachers to mix in educational institutions, because of the fitnah and provocation of desires and immoral conduct that results from that.

The gravity of the sin is compounded if the female teachers and students uncover any part of their ‘awrahs or wear see-through or tight clothing, or if the students or teachers flirt or joke together, which may lead to transgression of limits and violation of honour.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/102, 103

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

Is it permissible for a man to study in a mixed university where men and women mix in one classroom, knowing that the student has a role to play in calling people to Allaah?

He replied:

What I think is that it is not permissible for anyone, man or woman, to study in a mixed school, because of the grave danger that it poses to his chastity, integrity and morals.

No matter how great a person’s integrity, morals and innocence, if a woman is sitting beside him on the seat – especially if she is beautiful and unveiled – he can hardly avoid fitnah and evil.

Everything that leads to fitnah and evil is also haraam and is not permitted.

We ask Allaah to keep our Muslim brothers safe from such things :

  • which will only bring evil,
  • fitnah and
  • corruption to their youth.

If there is no other university apart from this one, he should go and study in another city or country where this mixing does not happen. 

I do not think that this is permissible but others may have a different opinion.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/103

We have already discussed the ruling on mixing in detail in the answer to question no.1200.

See also the answers to questions no. 8827, 22397 and 6666.

This is easy those who do not have the problem of mixed schools in their country or who have access to colleges and universities that are not mixed, so they have no need to study in mixed colleges. But there remains the question of those who are faced with the problem of mixed schools in their countries. What should they do, especially if that will affect their chances of earning a living or of getting married in the future, since if they do not study in these colleges they will not be able to find a job or get married.

In this case, there is no option, and the need is great, and when the need is great, the matter may come under the heading of necessity. This necessity may be taken into consideration, provided that the following conditions are met:

1-     That there be no other place where he can study, even if it is in another country

2-     That he cannot obtain this certificate by means of distance learning or studying via the internet, for example

3-     That he goes to study in these mixed places seeking the help of Allaah to confront fitnah.

He should take care to lower his gaze as much as he can and not touch or shake hands with non-mahram women or be alone with them, and he should not sit right next to them.

He should advise the girls to sit away from the boys and adhere to other Islamic guidelines as well.

4-     If he notices himself slipping towards haraam things and being tempted by those of the opposite sex who are with him, then the soundness of his religious commitment is more important than any worldly aims, so he has to leave the place immediately and Allaah will make him independent of means by His bounty. And Allaah is the One Whose help we seek.

And Allaah knows best.

There follows a list of colleges and universities that are not mixed:

1-     The Medical College in Dubai

2-     Al-Azhar University in Egypt

3-     The Imam Muhammad ibn Sa’ood Islamic University in Saudi

4-     Umm al-Qura University in Makkah al-Mukarramah

5-     The Islamic University in Madeenah al-Munawwarah

6-     The King Sa’ood University in Saudi.

Islam Q&A

Girls going to school ?

Is it permissible for girls to go to school in order to get an education?

Praise be to Allah

  • Learning nowadays is an urgent necessity for individuals and societies alike, and at the same time learning outside of institutions whose certificates are recognised is not acknowledged and is like having no education.
  • If a person does not go to these educational institutions, he may be faced with some difficulties and hardships in his life which may well be detrimental to his interests to a large extent.

Whatever is proven to be in a person’s best interests, and for which there is nothing in Islamic teaching to indicate that it is not allowed, is something that is Islamically prescribed, and with regard to that which is Islamically prescribed, there is no differentiation between males and females, because that which is permissible for men is permissible for women, unless there is evidence for differentiating between them.

Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

In fact the ability to read and write is one of the blessings that Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, has bestowed upon humanity, as is indicated by the verses in which He, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),

Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).

Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,

Who has taught (the writing) by the pen”

[al-‘Alaq 96:1-4].

  • It is like all other blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them, and wants them to use in obedience to Him.
  • So it is not appropriate for parents to deprive their daughters of education, on condition that they take care to raise them with Islamic attitudes, as is obligatory upon them with regard to their sons also.
  • There is no differentiation in this regard between males and females.
  • The basic principle in this regard is that everything that is required with regard to males is also required with regard to females, and what is permissible for males is permissible for females, with no differentiation, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him:
  • “Women are the counterparts of men.” Narrated by ad-Daarimi and others. So it is not permissible to differentiate except on the basis of a text to that effect.

End quote from Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah (1/347)

If a girl wants to study, she should strive to join a school where there is :

  • no free mixing,
  • whilst also adhering to Islamic rulings that require observance of hijab and
  • covering, and
  • not making a wanton display of herself or wearing perfume, and
  • not mixing with men on her way to school.

Guardians of girls should try hard to provide a place where their daughters can learn that is free of things that are contrary to Islamic teachings, even if that requires paying fees or studying online or by enrolling in the unisersity but not attending on a daily basis, and the like.

Please see also the answer to question no. 127946

And Allah knows best.

Islam Q&A

If we could only take a selfie of our hearts.

A lot has happened since a decade ago..we now live in a world with technology overpowers and dominates. It is a new age of me, myself , and I .

Narcissism dominates, selfishness overpowers, and everyone just cares about themselves and what they look like and who they appeal to. So many selfies flooding the social media like no tomorrow!

So many individuals want to conform with society and show everyone their new makeup , new outfits, what they are eating and what they are buying. I understand for some, this is something exciting ( it is for me too and trust me!

The struggle is real when i fight hard not to share my entire life story online for the world to see! ) but we need to truly reflect on why we share things for everyone to see and why we upload selfies…

  • Do selfies show the true colours of our hearts?
  • Do selfies make us feel like our souls are more beautiful when we show everyone what we are wearing and how our makeup ( or lack thereof) looks?
  • Do our selfies benefit our dunya and akhira?
  • Do our selfies make us better Muslimahs?

We need to really reflect and ask ourselves what is the point of showing our selfies when we should be posting things that are a reflection of our souls and not our styles. I am not here to tell you what you should and should not post! Def not!

But I just want to open up some thought windows for us all to reflect and know that sometimes our faces and outfits and all the material things we pay so much attention to, could in fact be the number one cause for our demise in this dunya and the akhira.

Let us pay close attention to the selfies of the soul and remember that Allah loves and cares only what is in our hearts and souls and He could care less about what we look like! It is what we do with our looks that really determine the true selfie.


Is it permissible to look at the Ka‘bah during tawaaf?


Is it permissible to deliberately look at the Ka‘bah during tawaaf (circumambulation)? As I love to look at the Ka‘bah during tawaaf, but if doing this is disliked according to sharee‘ah, I shall stop doing it in sha Allah.

Praise be to AllahThere is no saheeh hadith about the virtue of looking at the Ka‘bah, and simply looking at it is not an act of worship for which a person will be rewarded.

But if looking at it is accompanied by thinking about the splendour and majesty that Allah has instilled in it, and how people long to come to it from the ends of the earth, then this is something good that is islamically prescribed, and there is nothing wrong with it, whether that is during tawaaf or otherwise.

At-Tirmidhi (2032) narrated, in a report that he classed as hasan, that Naafi‘ the freed slave of Ibn ‘Umar said: One day Ibn ‘Umar looked at the House – or at the Ka‘bah – and said:

How great you are and how great your sanctity, but the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than you. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

  • Looking at the Ka‘bah is not an act of worship.
  • Rather if, when looking at the Ka‘bah, the individual intends to reflect upon this venerated structure to which Allah has commanded His slaves to make pilgrimage, and increases in faith as a result of this reflection, then this is what is required in this regard.
  • As for merely looking at it, that is not an act of worship.

End quote from Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-‘Uthaymeen (24/18)

See also the answer to question no. 96079

See also

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