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Q- Is it Fardh (obligatory), according to the Shariah , to complete Forty Salaah in Masjidun-Nabawy, when one visits Madinah Munawwarah?
A- No, it is not obligatory. Even the visit to Madinah Munawwarah is not obligatory, nor is it a part of the Hajj. However, the visit to Madinah Munawwarah is very desirable. The person who can afford this visit should not deprive himself of the tremendous rewards.
Q- It is generally presumed that the Hajj performed on a Friday is called "Haj-e-Akbar" and that it is a more meritorious Hajj as compared to the Hajj performed on any other day of the week. What is the correct meaning of "Haj-e-Akbar" and it's status in terms of the Shariah?
A- The term used in the Glorious Quraan "Al Hajjul-Akbar" does not mean a Hajj performed on a Friday, as is generally alleged by the people. The Qur'aan has used this term for the Hajj performed by the Muslims under the supervision of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (radhiallaahu-anhu) in the year 9 A.H., one year prior to the last Hajj of Nabi (sallallaahu-alayhi-wasallam). This Hajjul-Akbar (in 9A.H.) was not even performed on a Friday, yet the Quraan refers to it as "Al Hajjul-Akbar". It is therefore evident from the above that this term has no relevance to the Hajj performed on a Friday.
The correct meaning of the term, as explained by a large number of the commentators of the Glorious Qur'aan is that, the UMRAH was generally called "Al Hajjul-Asghar" (the minor Hajj). In order to distinguish Umrah from Hajj, the latter (i.e. HAJJ) was named "Al Hajjul Akbar" (the greater Hajj). Therefore, every Hajj is a "Al Hajjul-Akbar" whether it is performed on a Friday or on other day.
Q- A person experienced a wet dream whilst in the condition of fasting. During Ghusl, at the time of gargling the mouth, he did not make water reach the extreme back portion of his mouth. Also when cleaning the nose, he did not cause the water to reach upto the end of the fleshy part of the nose. Is his Ghusl valid? Is the Salaah performed after this Ghusl valid?
A- Yes, his Ghusl is valid.The Salaah that he performed with this Ghusl is valid. A fasting person does not have to make the water reach the back portion of the mouth, nor does he have to make water reach upto the end of the fleshy part of the nose. Rinsing the mouth and the nose carefully without letting the water reach the throat or top portion of the nose is sufficient.
Q- During the condition of fasting, a woman experiences her menses. What should she do?
A- Her fast will become nullified. She does not have to refrain from eating and drinking anymore. However, considering the sanctity of the month of Ramadan, she should refrain from eating and drinking openly. If a woman becomes pure from her menses during a day of Ramadaan, then she should imitate a fasting person and not eat or drink for the remainder of that day.
Q- The Sunnah I'tikaaf of a person breaks for some reason or the other. Is it necessary for him to make Qadha? If Qadha is waajib, then how many days of Qadah are waajib?
A- The Sunnah I'tikaaf performed in the last ten days of Ramadaan has a condition of fasting. Without fasting this I'tikaaf is not valid. If for some reason, this I'tikaaf breaks, then only Qadha for one day should be made i.e. the day on which the I'tikaaf broke.