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A question on a man teaching women

Question:

My wife teaches in an Islamic evening school. The institute is formed of a management committee which is made up of two scholars and one mufti. Most recently, the management decided that they felt, for reasons unknown to anyone, that the female teachers are lacking in their tajweed, and thus, this is reflected in the teaching as lower school pupils pick it up incorrectly.

The management decided that a twice weekly session would run for the female teachers for 10 weeks. The lessons would be conducted by the mufti and all the female teachers (eight of them) would attend. The female teachers naturally said that they would rather have a female tajweed teacher. The management rejected the idea. They are adamant that only the mufti will conduct the classes.

Also bear in mind that all the female teachers would be wearing their abayas and a niqab.

In the original plan, the seating was set up which all the females disagreed with. In the end, the management decided on the seating system which I have also included.

What I would like to know is, in the Shafii Madhab, is a male teacher allowed to conduct a class of females only, without a physical barrier in place? Is the seating plan which has been included a valid set up in the Shafii Madhab?

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Products Containing Bird Feathers of Unknown Source

Question:
Assalamu alaikum,
My question is regarding using products (e.g. pillows, cushions and clothing ) that contain bird or duck feathers that are sourced from non-Muslim countries.
There are two ways of plucking feathers. The first way is whilst the animal is dead or after being (most likely) un-Islamically slaughtered and the second is whilst it is alive (this is practiced in Eastern Europe and China).
Is it permissible to use products containing feathers from a doubtful source?

Country: United Kingdom

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Feathers plucked while an edible bird is alive, or after it is slaughtered, are pure. If the feathers are from an inedible bird, or plucked from an edible bird after it dies without being slaughtered, then they are impure. In the instance that one doubts the source or whether they were taken before or after slaughter, then the default ruling is that they are pure. (Mughni al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 235; Tuhfat al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 300)

And Allah knows best.

Shafiifiqh.com Fatwa Dept.

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Abu Mahdhurah’s (Rady Allahu ‘anhu) Adhan

Question:

Asalaamualaykum,
I came across a hadith in Sahih Muslim narrated by Abu Mahdura, and was told by one of my teachers that it is the adhan of the Shafii Madhab. I was curious to know if this is the official adhan and in what regions this adhan is practiced.  If it is not the adhan of the madhab, then can we still call this adhan seeing that it is a sunnah of the Prophet salAllahualayhi wasalaam?
jazakAllahkhayr.

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Can a Woman Menstruate While Pregnant?

Question:

Assalamu Alaikum,

What is the hukm if one gets vaginal bleeding while she is pregnant? Is it considered menstruation?

Country: Qatar

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

In the Shafi’i School, a woman can be considered to menstruate during pregnancy. Imam Nawawi stated,

والأظهر أن دم الحامل…حيض

“The relied-upon view is that the blood of a pregnant woman…is menstruation.”

Therefore, if a woman gets vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, that meets the requirements of menstruation, then it may be considered menstruation. (Tuhfat al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 411-12)

And Allah knows best.

Shafiifiqh.com Fatwa Dept.

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Limiting the Tasbih and Salah ‘ala al-Nabi Because of Time Constraints

Question:

Assalamualaikum,

I want to know (1) whether is it ok to always read tasbih in ruku and sujud one time only during fard and also sunnah prayer? (2) And, at the last tashahud, is it ok to offer salam immediately after reciting salawat on Nabi sallallahu alaihi wassalam and his family (Allahumma salli ala Sayidina Muhammad wa ala ali Muhammad) whether in fard salah or sunnah salah? I always do the (1) above because I recite slowly in salah, and I do (2) with the reason to make the salah short due to time constraint in work place. Jazakallahu khair for your response.

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