Question and Answers
Question: We Muslims in
Europe buy shoes, belts and other clothing items made of leather which may
come from animals killed in non-Islamic way. At times such items are imported
from Muslim countries or obtained from Muslim abattoirs here (since there are
a few Muslim abattoirs in the U.K. for example).
Can we consider such leather to be pure (tahir) in the probability that it might have been imported from Muslim countries or obtained from abattoirs adopting Islamic way of slaughtering, even if such a probability is very weak?
Answer: If the probability is so weak that the
opposite is more likely (for example, 2%), it should not even be considered.
Otherwise [if the probability is high], there is no problem in considering it
to be pure (tahir). Allah knows the best.
Question:Jurists have decreed that it is
forbidden [for men] to wear pure and natural silk. Is it permissible for a man
to wear silk that is mixed with other material if that clothing item is a
necktie [or the normal tie]? And is it forbidden for man to wear the
necktie, if it is made of natural and pure silk?
Answer: It is not forbidden to wear a tie,
even if it is from pure silk because it is not [big enough material] to cover
the private parts that must be covered [in prayer]. As for the item that is
mixed with other material to the extent that it cannot be described as “pure
silk,” it is permissible to wear, even if it [is big enough so that it] can
cover the private parts that must be covered [in prayer].
Question: Even though some manufacturers
write on their products that they have been made of natural silk, we doubt
such a claim because of the goods very low price. Is it permissible for us to
wear such an item and say salat in it?
Answer: With doubt [whether the silk is pure], it is
permissible to wear and say salat in it.
Question: Is it permissible to wear
clothes that have pictures of intoxicanting drinks as a promotion for drinking
them? Is it permissible to sell such items?
Answer: It is forbidden to wear and sell
Question: Is it permissible for a man to
wear a watch that contains parts made from gold or a watch whose strap is made
of gold? Is it permissible to say salat with it?
Answer: It is permissible to wear the first item and pray in it but not the second.