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Eating haraam, qasr, haraam weddings

Fatwaa ID: 1430

As salam u alaikum

I have a couple of questions inshaAllah whenever you’re able you get to them.

1) I’ve heard that consuming haram negates/ invalidates the baraqah of our duas/ibadah for 40 days. Is this true, and does this include non-dhabeeha / haram food, intoxicants, etc?

2) what is the appropriate duration/ intent/ distance of travel under the rules of kasr or shortening prayers?

3) there is A wedding in extended family and
One male relative (Guy A) said he can’t come because it’s mixed gender and it’s unIslamic (bride side is very religious and they explained that they can’t make changes at the venue to segregate by gender due to building codes etc.), but tables will be occupied by individuals and their own families. Is the guy right to refuse attending, and free from hurting family ties/ kinship?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. Barakah of du’aas and ‘ibaadah is a secondary issue. Eating haraam prevents the acceptance of one’s du’aas for as long as the effect of the haraam food remains in one’s body. Rasulullaah ﷺ has given us stern warnings against this. He said, “A body which was nourished with haraam will not enter Jannah.” This prohibition is inclusive of all haraam things, including haraam food and intoxicants. Non-zabihah is included in haraam foods. One should also avoid anything that is doubtful. It is not worth the consequences. Even if something haraam is eaten mistakenly, the spiritual harms of it affect the person.
  2. A person will make qasr of the applicable salaahs if he intends to travel to another city or town, the total distance of which is 48 miles or more. Qasr starts from when he leaves his city. He will make qasr to and from the destination. While in the destination, he will only make qasr if his total stay is up to 14 days. If the total stay is more than that, then he will not make qasr.
  3. The guy in question is right in refusing to attend the wedding. Mixed gender weddings are impermissible to host and attend. There is no pleasing people while displeasing Allaah Ta’aala. This will not count as breaking family ties. It will be appropriate for him however to express his du’aas and perhaps give the new couple a gift afterwards. The claim above that “building codes” does not permit gender segregation is a lie and a load of nonsense. If for argument’s sake it was true, then too it will not be permissible to violate the laws of Allaah Ta’aala. There are enough halls or venues that will allow one to have a halaal wedding. A marriage that starts with the disobedience of Allaah Ta’aala will be void of barakah. It will be a means of regret and remorse.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

12/19/1444 AH – 07/07/2023 CE | AMG1-3220

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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