Is it permissible to pray in a house or a room with pictures upon the wall. Is the salaah accepted?

Q.​ Is it permissible to pray in a house or a room with pictures upon the wall. Is the salaah accepted?

A.​The shaykh (hafidahullaah) said that this salaah is correct, but is it better in this situation to remove the pictures or to pray in a different place. If one needed to pray and that was the only place they had to pray in then that salaah woud be valid and acceptable.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

when can you raise your hands during du’aa? I heard that it is restricted to certain times.

Q.​The question is; when can you raise your hands during du’aa? I heard that it is restricted to certain times.

A.​The shaykh (hafidahullaah) said; that the most correct opinion is that one can raise their hands whilst making du’aa at any and every time, except during the Friday prayers while the imam is giving the khutbah. There is a second opinion, that it is only permissible while making istigaathaa. The shaykh (hafidhahulaah) said; that there is no evidence for this. As-suyooti has a small treatise talking about all the different hadeeth and narrations of when the hands are raised in du’aa. Also sheikhul islaam ibn Taymiyyah says that the hands should be raised in du’aa every time except, during the khutbah on Friday and the evidence for this is that there are two hadeeth.
One is saying that Allaah azza wa jall is shy when His servant raises his hands to ask for something that He would let those hands fall down with nothing being in them, meaning without the supplication being answered.
The second is the hadeeth talking about the traveller, the wayfarer who was dirty and dusty and he was raising his hands to the heavens to pray but he was not answered because of him not eating and drinking what was halaal.
The shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said that these two hadeeths show us that raising the hands during du’aa are part of the etiquettes’ of supplicating and that they are part of the etiquettes of one’s prayers and supplication being answered.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

If I have an accident in my car, is it permissible for me to take money from the insurance company?

Q.​ If I have an accident in my car, is it permissible for me to take money from the insurance company?

A.​The shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said that if a person was not at fault and they need money in order to fix their car, they are allowed to receive the money. Whether this money comes from the person who wrecked them or whether that person who wrecked them takes it from the insurance company, that is not his fault or his sin; it is the person who pays who is responsible to look who they are taking the money from.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

During the jumu’ah khutbah when the khateeb is making du’aa do the people in the masjid say ameen..

Q. ​During the jumu’ah khutbah when the khateeb is making du’aa do the people in the masjid say aameen, knowing that during the khutbah it is not permissible to speak. What is the ruling with regards to this?

A.​The shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said: firstly, it’s not permissible for anyone attending the khutbah to speak during the khutbah. During the khutbah no one can speak. However, the imam giving the khutbah, he is allowed to speak to the people who are sitting in the congregation. If he needs to tell someone to do something, that is permissible. We know this because the Prophet (Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam) did this. Once a man entered during the khutbah and he sat down and the Prophet (sallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said to him; ‘Hey, did you pray 2 rakaah’s? Stand up and pray 2 rakaah’s ‘. So we know it’s permissible for the imam to speak to the people in the congregation. However, the people attending the prayer are not allowed to speak.
​When it comes to saying aameen, when the khateeb is making du’aa and the people might want to say aameen so the du’aa is answered the shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said, that I hope that there is no sin in them doing this as long as the people do not raise their voices and disturb others. So, we can say aameen but in a low voice.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

Is it permissible to lie to protect oneself against the evil eye or envy?

Q.​ Is it permissible to lie to protect oneself against the evil eye or envy? For example, if someone asks you about your salary and you give them a lower figure or they ask you whether you are married or not and you say no even if you are married.

A.​The shaykh (hafidhaahullaah) said, no! No, it is not permissible to lie in this case. There are only three situations when it is permissible to lie.
The first is to rectify between people who are arguing and they are at odds with one another. Whether these are individuals, groups or countries you are reconciling between. This is one of the scenarios when it becomes permissible to lie. The second is when the two spouses are arguing and in order to bring them back together and reconcile between their hearts you can lie to make them feel that they are loved, as long as nothing impermissible, nothing haraam is said or bought about. As long as it’s just to bring the family back together and keep the families harmony and love together, then it’s permissible. The third and final situation where it’s permissible to lie is when the muslims are at war with non-muslims. In this situation it’s permissible.
However, there are some situations where you might not tell a lie but you might give an answer which might be understood in one of two ways and this can prevent some problems.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

Are we allowed to bring the Qur’aan, (the mus’haf) and put our hands on it as proof that we are telling the truth?

Q.​Are we allowed to bring the Qur’aan, (the mus’haf) and put our hands on it as proof that we are telling the truth?

A.​The shaykh (hafidhahullaah) said that the sahaabah did not do this, so it is better not to do this. However, the Qur’aan is one of the attributes of Allaah azza wa jall and it is not a created thing, so if one were to swear by it, it is not swearing by a created thing and therefore it is not an act of shirk.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)

Are we allowed to swear by the Qur’aan or any other attribute of Allaah?

Q.​ Are we allowed to swear by the Qur’aan or any other attribute of Allaah?

A.​The shaykh (hafidahullaah) said, swearing by any of the attributes of Allaah such as, Ar-Rahmaan or any other attribute of Allaah or swearing by the Qur’aan which is one of the attributes of Allaah, there is no problem with this. However, it is best to swear just by the names of Allaah so that no doubt or no confusion or misunderstanding is involved. The names of Allaah are plenty. There are plenty of names that we can swear by and there are not only a hundred. There are more than a hundred names. We know there is a narration talking about the ninety nine names of Allaah azza wa jall but there are more than a hundred names of Allaah azza wa jall and it is permissible to swear by any of them.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh)