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Saying something untrue, reading in one’s mind, listening to the employer

Fatwaa ID: 1460

Question:
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah,

I have a few questions;

  1. If one accidentally said something in passing that’s not entirely true, is it enough to make istighfaar or do they also have to tell the person that they said something not entirely true? It’s something completely inconsequential but problems might arise if they try to tell the person that they accidentally lied about something.
  2. Does reading Qur’an in one’s mind count towards khatm for menstruating women?
  3. If one thought their menses ended and read for their khatm, but found out later that it didnt end, did what they read count?
  4. Does not listening to one’s employer make the income haram? For example, I teach at the masjid and I’m expected to do things a certain way. If I want to teach differently than expected of me, is that allowed? Also, my pay is per hour but I don’t get paid for about 30 minutes during dhuhr yet am expected to supervise the children. If there are other teachers there to take on that role, would it be wrong for me to step out during that time?

Jazaakum Allaahu khayran.

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

  1. It will be sufficient to make istighfaar in the enquired situation. Moving forward, one should make a firm intention to only speak the truth. That is a quality of a believer.
  2. No. For the validity of tilaawah, it is necessary to verbalize the recitation such that you are able yourself to hear yourself. If you read in your mind, that will not be sufficient. It will not count towards the khatmah.
  3. Istighfaar should be made. What was recited would count as part of the khatmah. It does not have to be repeated.

4a. An employer hires a person to complete tasks, generally in accordance to how the employer wants it done. If you were given guidelines or instructions, then you should follow that. Going against that would be dishonest. Should you wish to implement your method, you may consult those in charge. May Allaah Ta’aala reward you abundantly and make you a source of guidance and benefit.

4b. It is unfortunate that the employer expects the teachers to supervise the children pro bono. If it is not part of your contract or agreement nor are you paid for it, then it will be permissible for you to step out during that time. It may be wise to bring to the attention of the employer that the teachers present have other commitments and they will be unable to stay back to supervise the students. The employer should hire someone for that.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

12/22/1444 AH – 07/10/2023 CE | AML1-8012

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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