Extraordinary answers of Shaykh ibn Al-Uthaimeen

Extraordinary answers of Sh Al-Uthaimeen (Translated for MM by ibn Dhakir)


Questioner: Shaikh, my question is: About the young lady who has not reached adulthood, what is the ruling with regards to the following three situations: covering the face outside the house? And wearing pants in any form, situation, or reason? And the khimar in the salah?

Answer: This man is intelligent. He combined three questions in one, may Allah forgive us and him….


Questioner: Is it allowed for a man to be with his female servant, and what can see of her?

Answer: If he marries her, then she can uncover her face in front of him, and this is the solution…. But I am afraid that if she becomes his wife, she will demand a female servant, and then this will be a problem!


Questioner: Is it allowed for me to buy a rooster so that when it crows, I ask Allah of His bounty?

Answer: I don't know about this! It's ordained for a person that when he hears the crowing of a rooster that he ask Allah of His bounty, but I am afraid that your rooster will be silent! Alhamdulillah, you ask Allah for His bounty if you hear the rooster or not! Ask of His bounty always.


Questioner: Shaikh, may Allah reward you with paradise. Many nights I see in my dreams as if I'm sitting in your class! I have certain questions, so I ask you and you give me the answer! So what's the ruling with regards to those answers? [Questioner laughs]

Answer: I don't remember this! I don't remember this! I don't notice in my sleep that you are asking me anything! [Shaikh laughs] Don't depend on this. If you listen to a tape, that's fine, but we don't give lessons to those who are sleeping!


Questioner: In the hadith: [There is no competition except in shooting arrows, foot-racing, or horse-racing] So what is your opinion if someone engages in rooster-racing or pigeon-racing?

Answer: Look, the Prophet SAWS said: [There is no competition except in shooting arrows, foot-racing, or horse-racing] , because these things are used in war. If your rooster is used in war so that you ride on it, then it's allowed! Otherwise no….


Question: What is your opinion about these duas which are put in the car, like the du'a for riding, the du'a for traveling, etc. What's the response to those who say that they are amulets?!

Answer: Amulets! I say that whoever says they are amulets are telling the truth, if the car is sick! The duas are attached to the car, not the rider, and to put them in the car is fine since the remind the riders for the du'a for riding or traveling. Everything that helps to do good is good. There is no problem, and they are not amulets! Unless if someone said to you: If the car is sick, attaching the duas to it will cure it by the will of Allah!


On the issue of killing a locust at the Haram

The Shaikh asked a student about the issue of killing a locust at the Haram since Allah SWT said: [the compensation is an offering, of a domestic animal equivalent to the one he killed] {Al-Maida 5:95}.

So the Shaikh said to the student: What is the closest thing to a locust?

The student said: A camel! [The shaikh laughed and all the students laughed as well]

Then the Shaikh jokingly corrected the student saying: The horse is the closest thing to a locust. So if he killed four locusts, he must give a horse for each locust!

The students were all shocked [and the narrator of the story mentions he was shocked as well because he did not know that the shaikh would joke]

Some of the students said, surprised: He then has to give four horses.

Then the shaikh laughed, rahimahullah.

Then he described the ruling: “The scholars say that the locust is a game animal, and it is prohibited to hunt it. But it has no domestic animal similar to it, so the penalty for killing it in the Haram is its price. If its price is 10 Riyals, or even one Riyal, he must give that price in Sadaqa. And these days it has no price whatsoever.


[The narrator mentions] :

I asked the shaikh about the ruling of a woman looking at a man. (His view was that it is allowed if there is no fitna). I debated with him for a long time on the issue, and afterwards when I wanted to leave he said: Where are you going? The question seemed a little strange to me, so I laughed and said I'm going out. He said: Wear a khimar so the women don't see you!


The shaikh mentioned in the book of Hajj, at the end of the chapter on Mawaqeet:

“If he travels in the air and comes parallel to the meeqat he must put on the Ihram. Shaikhul Islam Ibn Taymiya said that it is not allowed for someone in the airplane to put on the ihram or to delay the Ihram until he lands. He said that the individual must wear the Ihram when he is parallel to the meeqat”

The students were shocked at this statement and wondered how it could be possible.

The Shaikh said that he was speaking about the magicians who would lie to the people and say: We will have the angels carry you to Mecca in one day, and we will go to Arafah in one day. He said they would err because the shayateen would carry them above the meeqat while they would not put on the Ihram. And this is exactly the same issue as the airplane.


Questioner: What is the ruling on killing an insect in the Haram?

Shaikh: Which?

Q: What is the ruling on killing an insect in the Haram?

S: Like what?

Q: Like anything harmful!

S: LIke what?

Q: Like birds!

S: Birds! Pigeons?! The questioner asked about the ruling on killing insects in the haram, and I wanted an example, but he was unable to answer! And he said birds! Hmm …

Q: Anything!

S: Anything? Humans?!

Q: Humans?!!

S: You're asking me?! You said anything!!

Q: Killing insects!

S: Like what?!!

Q: Like ants!

S: Ants?! I have never seen an ant in the Haram!! [Everyone laughs]

Q: I want the ruling!

S: Be specific. Now look – You just taught us that pigeons are insects!! [Everyone laughs, including the questioner]

Q: I have an example!

S: Which is?

Q: A mosquito

S: Mosquito, good….



44 Responses

  1. Amatullah

    lol mashaAllah, that was awesome. I like the last one. Reminds me of when shaykh Yaser Birjas told us that shaykh ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah would sometimes laugh so much he would fall back in his chair.

    I love reading stories like this from our Scholars, may Allah ta’ala have mercy upon him and continue to increase his reward, Ameen.

  2. Faraz Omar

    LooooolllllllllLLL!! Hilarious post!! Masha Allah. May Allah have mercy on the Shaykh and raise many more such scholars in the ummah.

  3. Ibn Mikdad

    MashAllah, great post, helpful for correcting many harmful stereotypes… Wassalaam…

  4. Imam Zia

    Mashallah…great humor. It just goes to show that people who equate religiousness with seriousness to a degree that they don’t even smile are plain wrong.
    The Prophet, the Sahaba, and as we have seen in this post, our respected Ulema all engage in humor from time to time, and there is nothing wrong with it.
    Sure, there is a time for seriousness, and there is a time for humor, and we should keep both in their places.
    May Allah SWT enable us to follow in the footsteps of our pious predecessors. Ameen

  5. Ibn Mikdad

    “Question: What is your opinion about these duas which are put in the car, like the dua for riding, the dua for traveling, etc. What’s the response to those who say that they are amulets?!

    Answer: Amulets! I say that whoever says they are amulets are telling the truth, if the car is sick!

    Heheheheeh this one’s great…

  6. dawud farquhar

    Subhan Allaah, Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen was indeed a great faqeeh and humour is also part of Muslim character.

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  8. MR

    The last question was my favorite. The questioner needs to go back to Bio 101 hahah.

  9. Danish Hasan

    He;s not with us anymore….

    May Allah forgive him and grant him the highest in jannah…..

  10. Abd- Allah

    may Allah have mercy on the sheikh, he was truely a great scholar, he revived the sunnah and he eliminated the innovations and shirk among the people.

  11. Amatullah

    MashAllah, very enjoyable, what a light-hearted Sheikh…May Allah SWT grant Him al-Firdaus. Ameen.

  12. ibnabeeomar

    there’s another one, i need to find it online. but someone asked him if its allowed to pray behind the imam of the haram while you watch it on TV.

    and sh. ibn uthaymeen answered that, yes, it IS in fact permissible to pray behind the television.

    He continued, that when the TV makes ruku’ then you also make ruku, and when the TV makes sujood, then you should also make sujood :)

  13. Amatullah

    I wanted to share that when we mention the name of the shaykh, we should add rahimahullah (may Allah have mercy on him) or a duaa. Shaykh Waleed Basyouni said that any scholar or author of a book should have our duaa when we mention their work or name for what they left of their knowledge and their beneficial work for the Ummah.

  14. midatlantic

    Extraordinary answers from an extraordinary man – may Allah have mercy on his soul. Nice post.

  15. Hala

    lol, loved the sense of humor masha’Allah! my favorite is the insect one. Jazakum Allah khairan for sharing.

  16. Ibn AbuAisha

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    JazakumAllahu Khairan Akhi for the post. May Allah Bless the Shaykh with a high station in Jannah. Rahimahullahu Ta’ala.

    @midatlantic – So true…
    Ameen to your Du’a

  17. Farah


    SubhanAllah, a very good post. I can not decide which one i like the most… May Allah swt showers his mercy upon the Shaykh’s (rahimullah) soul. Ameen

  18. Umm Reem

    wow mashaAllah….
    I have not read anything on MM in past almost more then a month….but i couldn’t resist this one…may Allah make sh. ibn uthaimeen from among the dwellers of jannatul firdous, amin.

  19. tawheedfirst

    BarakAllaahu feek for sharing.

    May Allaah have mercy upon him, and allow us all to benefit from his vast legacy. Allahumma Ameen.

  20. kdk

    – We should look towards scholars of Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen’s calibre for fataawa and knowledge.
    – It’s sad how we go to anyone these days to get our fataatwa just because they graduated from an islamic university :)

  21. abu hammaad

    A friend of mine remembers during one Ramadan in Makkah when the shaykh was answering questions, and someone asked him if it was permissable for him to follow the Imam on TV during prayer from his hotel room. The shaikh said yes! As long as the TV makes ruku and sajda, then it is fine!

    During the same session, there was this lady trying to ask a question, and she was a little too close to him, so he leaned to the side a bit. She moved closer and he leaned further away and turned his head slightly away too! She then move even closer and the shaikh nearly slipped off his chair! He tutted at her and the students laughed and asked her to move slightly back to ask her question!

    I believe he was a faqeeh of a high calibre, May Allaah SWT grant him al Firdaus!


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