Q: Is it permissible for the bride to combine the prayers of Maghrib and Isha together due to the hardship of performing the ablution with all the cosmetic makeups on?
A: Alhamdulillah. Initially, the woman, whether she’s a bride or otherwise, must perform the prayer on time. She has no right to combine two prayers together without a justifiable reason. The fact that she has a makeup on has nothing to do with the prayer. Some women believe that putting up a makeup nullifies the prayer or the ablution. This is absolutely wrong and has no basis. She has to pray the Maghrib and Isha, each on time.
Q: Is the person required to make up the prayers he/she missed over years of negligence?
A: Alhamdulillah. This is a disputed issue amongst the scholars. However; the truth of the matter is that he/she does not have to make up those missed prayers. Rather, he/she must persevere on performing the prayers on time, and to offer voluntary prayers, as well as asking God for forgiveness and doing acts of righteousness as frequently as possible.
Q: Do women have to make (Azan) and (Iqama) if they were alone and away from men?
A: Alhamdulillah. At no time women have to make Azan ever, whether they are praying in a group or even singularly.
Q: If the Imam did not say “Amen”, is it permissible for the people behind him to say “Amen”?
A: Alhamdulillah. The people behind the Imam must follow the Imam, thus if he did not say “Amen” they shouldn’t say it either.
Q: If the Imam is not giving the followers enough time to recite the entire Fatiha, is it mandatory to recite it in full regardless?
A: Alhamdulillah. The prevailing opinion is to recite what is possible within the given time. But if one did not recite it, it is still fine.
Q: Is it permissible for the diabetic patient to have his dose of Insulin during the fasting hours?
A: Alhamdulillah. The medicines taken by the fasting person differ according to its type. If the medicine is nutritional in type, then he cannot consume it unless he needs to void his fasting. If his case is not critical, then he shouldn’t. As for the insulin, it is not nutritional in type as it appears to me, and it is not consumed by drinking or eating. Likewise, the antibiotics and the other medicines if given as injections and it is necessary to have during the fasting hours.
Q: Can patients of asthma use the Ventolin spray?
A: Alhamdulillah. This is also falls under the second type, which is not nutritional in type. So it is permissible for the fasting person to use such a spray because it ends up in the lungs not the stomach.
Q: If a person intends to travel noon time, when can he break his fasting? Is it at the start of the day or after he physically begins his travel?
A: Alhamdulillah. When it comes to traveling, there’s a basic rule every Muslim must know, that the travel-permits are applicable only after one passes the last edifice or structure in his town. In such a case, he may break his fast, shorten and combine the prayers, and wipe over the leather sucks.
Q: If a person suddenly had to travel for a contingent matter, may he break his fasting?
A: Alhamdulillah. This is a disputed issue amongst the scholars. It appears to me that he may break his fasting, even though he did not make such an intention the prior night. Some scholars however do stipulate the intention to travel the night before to permit the person to break his fasting. If the travel plan is contingent, they do not permit it. Other scholars argue it is permissible to break the fast with a contingent or a sudden need for travel be it at the start of the day, the middle or towards the end.
Q: If a fasting person ate, forgetting he’s fasting, does he proceed with his fasting? Is his fasting nullified? Does he make up this day?
A: Alhamdulillah. The authentic Hadith from the Apostle of Allah [pbuh] states: “Whoever forgets, when he is fasting, and eats or drinks, let him complete his fast, for it is only Allah who has fed him and given him to drink”. It is evident from this Hadith that he proceeds with fasting and do not have to make it up whether the fasting was mandatory or voluntarily.