Fatwa: # 15717
Category: Beliefs
Country: South Africa
Date: 5th October 2007


All house windows and doors must be closed between Asr and Magrib time...Reciting Bismillah before medicine.


Is there any truth or wisdom in the following:

  1. All house windows and doors must be closed between Asr and Magrib time.
  2. When taking medication one must not recite Bismillah as medicine is not a good thing in the sense it is not food.



In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

  1. There is no real significance in closing the windows at Magrib time. However, If there is a narration wherein Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said that the Shayateen return at Maghrib time back and therefore keep your children indoors. It is perhaps because of this Hadith we find this practice.
  2. It is narrated that Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to remember Allah whenever he undertook any work. Therefore, one should recite Bismillah before taking medication with the belief that the medicine is only the means of cure. The Real Shaafi (curer) is Allah.

And Allah knows best


Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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