Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Status of Hajj in Islam

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Verses 33-40 Ordained punishments, punishment of highway robbery, fearing God and drawing close to Him versus disbelieving in Him, punishment of theft, and repentance

Chapter-5,-Al-Maidah-part-2.jpgThe principle on which God has created the system of this world is that everybody should discharge his duty and nobody should unnecessarily interfere in the sphere of others.  Human beings have been given clear instructions through prophets, but they have been given a free will with which to act righteously or to rebel.  Those who declare war against God and His prophet are terrible criminals.  Such people indulge in acts of terrorism.  For them there is a terrible punishment in this world and an all-consuming fire in the Hereafter. 
The greatest achievement for man is nearness to God.  The way to attain this nearness is throughtaqwa (fear of God or piety), i.e.  becoming a worshiper or devotee of God through fear of God and struggling to make efforts for His cause.  He has to surrender his ego, tolerating every difficulty and unpleasantness; he moves ahead towards God.
The punitive system in Islam for social crimes has two special aspects: one is punishment for a man’s crime and the other is the deterrent effect of that punishment.  However, if the criminal is truly repentant, seeks God’s pardon and completely refrains from such misdemeanors in future, then God may forgive him in the Hereafter.

Verses 41-50 Obligation to judge by what God has revealed, Jews and the Torah, Jesus and the Gospel, Muhammad and the Quran

In Madina there were two kinds of people who opposed the Islamic mission – the hypocrites and the Jews.  The hypocrites, feeling that the real Islamic mission was harmful to their success and purposes, merely put on a show of having adopted Islam.  The Jews for their part, felt that the Islamic mission was pulling them down from their position.  Therefore, they joined hands in running a campaign against Islam.  They used to twist the meaning of the Prophet’s words to defame him and his mission.  Their attitude was to accept only whatever suits their interests.  Such people desert God and God deserts them. 
The servant of God, who has arisen with the message of God’s true religion, should not be discouraged by opposition.  The activity against God can never be successful. 
There were ancient religious scholars who used to give false decrees and opinions after taking bribes.  However, a worse form of corruption is distorting the provisions of the religion by opportunists to suit popular tastes so that they may have honor and glory conferred upon them by the admiring public and receive contributions and offerings from all.
The ancient Jewish leaders had become a center of attraction for the people by dispensing this type of religion.  Raising the voice of truth seemed intolerable to them, as this amounted to the demolition of the structure of their vested interests.  They would spread bad news about him with interest and their own additions. 
The purpose of God’s Book was to guide people to the way of eternal welfare and to bring them out of the darkness of desire-worship into the light of true worship.  The God-fearing consider the Book of God as a sacred covenant between God and His subjects and they know that they cannot increase in the benefits it confers or lessen in any way the strictness of its ordinances. 
In connection with justice it is the requirement of Islamic law that its rules should be enforced without considering any individual’s status.  Sometimes a man’s violence is not the result of mischievous intent, but occurs accidently under the influence of emotional stress.  Under such circumstances, if the victim pardons the perpetrator that will be deemed an act of magnanimity towards the latter.
With the passage of time, the internal reality of religion is lost and public rituals and formal ceremonies assume the strength of the internal reality, eventually becoming ‘holy.’ That is why God has changed the external framework from time to time so that mentality of considering the framework the real substance of religion is eradicated and God alone should be the center of one’s attention. 
The bearers of the previous scriptures could not preserve them in their original form, therefore, God revealed the Quran, the authentic expression of His will.

Verses 51-86 Muslims allies are God, His Messenger, and the true believers, practices and beliefs of the People of the Scripture, exceeding the limits in religion and following whims, a positive and negative example

The truly faithful people are those whose entire beings are so pervaded by Faith that they develop a relation with God at the level of love.  Fulfillment of Islamic objectives is so dear to them and there is nothing but sympathy and kindness in their hearts for their brothers in Islam.  Islamic life is one of purpose and struggle.  It is the mission of a Muslim to convey the religion of God to people, guiding the world to keep away from the path leading to Hell and to tread the path leading to Paradise. 
Those who claim on the basis of a self-made religion to have a monopoly of devotion to God develop extreme aversion to it and lose all sense of rationality.  The result is that they consider pure Muslims to be criminals and blatantly hold their dealings as absolutely fair. 
What prevents a man from following the dictates of his desires is his moral fiber.  When obstinacy and enmity dominate him, his ability to think becomes suppressed and there is nothing to combat the pressure of his desires. 
There were two types of prominent Jews, the rabbis and ‘holy’ men, who remained busy in the work of religion.  The secret of their leadership was their presentation of a popular version of religion rather than the true religion favored by God.  The favored religion of God is that of taqwa.  In other words, a man should live in society in such a way that he does good deeds and refrains from sin. 
The idea that God is poor with empty Hands and His subjects are rich is false.  The root cause of all waywardness is man’s reckless bravado.  But once a man fears God, he immediately understands the power emanating from Him and his bravado vanishes. 
Because of wishful thinking, the members of the Jewish community were convinced of their salvation before God.  What carries weight with God is carrying out His commands and founding one’s life on His religion. -

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Denies her husband sex because he does not pray regularly

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Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu, I have an issue with my husband. I am myself new converted, makes 8 years now, alhamdullah. We have 2 boys, 6 and 3 years old. I have done all possible, taht kids know how to pray, know Quran (oldest son knows allready 4 Surat from Quran and reads every evening before sleeping Ruqia). My husband I not praying regulary - sometimes he has good spirit and prays and family life is shiny; often he has low spirit due to his family problems that he has to solve from a distance and he stops praying. He never taught kids how to pray he does not speak arabic with then, even we made agree before marriage, taht he speaks arabic only... Myself I am very sorry for kids, that I am only one teaching Quran for them. I do my best, inshallah. My husband is a very good person, husband and father, he has a very big hart and helps everybody, but he lets his family abroad to mess up his spirit all the time and this causes problems in our marriage. Now I have begged him to pray, he does does not, and I am getting really un-patient. Now what the Quran says for men to ignore wifes in the bed, I have done with my husband. He does not like it, but he just cannot hear or obey my onlyest please to pray... I am helpless, having all the time bad feeling and my husband is sayin it is my fault, he does not pray, cause I do not want to sleep with him. But I cannot, cause person who does not pray, I cannot have intercourse with. I am afraid, in case i will be get pregnant, Allah punishes him with a child, that's not healthy. I stopped nagging rather do not speak about praying, just reminding him, it is the time. My husband works long days, like me too, but I do my 5 prayers every day. How do I have to handle? Barakallahufik for your help!


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )is His slave and Messenger.

Indeed, you did well for being keen on nurturing your children upon faith and for teaching them the memorization of the Quran. We ask Allah to give you success in doing that and to rectify your husband.

We advise you to continue being concerned with your children. The negligence of your husband should not cause you distress and prevent you from doing this important role by which you will achieve happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.

As regards your husband, if he is as you mentioned in the question that he abandons the prayer, then his situation is very serious and he has indeed committed one of the grave major sins. However, the opinion of the majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them is that a person who abandons the prayer out of laziness does not go out of the fold of Islam, however, some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that he goes out of the fold of Islam.

Therefore, we advise you to continue admonishing him in a soft and gentle manner and remind him that those problems which occur should not lead him to abandon the prayer, and that abandoning the prayer may cause the calamities and make them more complex. On the contrary, performing the prayer at its prescribed fixed time may be a reason for repelling the calamities. Allah Says (what means): {And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].}[Quran 2:45]

As regards deserting the spouse in bed, then in Islam it is the husband who has the right to do so with his wife and not vice-versa.

According to the view of the majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them who are of the view that a person who abandons the prayer does not go out of the fold of Islam, then the bond of marriage between both of you is still valid. Therefore, it is not permissible for you to refuse his request when he invites you to bed. However, if you fear to be harmed by staying with him, then you may ask for divorce.

Allaah Knows best.

Husband does not pray and prevents wife from visiting parents

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I am from Iran (I am Sunni-Hanafi), but I was born and brought up in Dubai. I have been living in Iran ever since my marriage. I did not want to marry my husband but was guilt-tripped into it by my parents. There is a 10-year age gap between us, and we are both really different. I was brought up in a religious family, and his family is so fancy. We really had a very ruff begining, and I could not feel any love towards him. He is always so angry and talks in a mean way and does not like me to visit my relatives or go shopping; he just wants me to stay home. Three years have passed since our marriage, and I have not seen any change in him. I am so tired of living this life without love, respect, and trust. He is always so suspicious and does not pray and always listens to music. We always argue because we always misunderstand each other. It has now reached the point that I feel disgusted when he touches me and get really furious when he talks to me and is around. I keep refusing when he calls me to bed, but he forces me. I tried to explain to him that the way he treats me has created a big distance between us, but he said that I am just making up excuses because I do not love him and said that if I do not want to live with him I can leave and should not even think of asking for the baby. My mom suggested to tell him that if he starts praying, I will stay with him for the sake of Allaah, but he disagreed and said that he will start from Ramadan. He prayed and fasted the 30 days of Ramadan and then did not pray even one day for 11 months up to the next Ramadan. Then I decided to pray Istikhaarah (prayer of consultation) for a week, and if he starts praying, I will stay, and if not, then I will leave. After a week, I wanted to take my baby and go, but since he did not let me take her, I stayed. Although he knows that I am thinking of separation, he literally forces me to bed. I do not want to lose my child, but I feel very disturbed and depressed and am afraid that as a wife, I will not be able to do my duties and obey him because I have really lost hope in him. Please help me decide.


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.
If your husband is as you described, then he has committed a number of sins and evil acts; being disobedient to his Lord and neglecting the right of his wife. The most serious matter that you mentioned about him is the fact that he abandoned the prayer, because by doing so, he cuts the relationship between his Lord and him. This alone is enough justification to ask for a divorce from him.
However, before asking for a divorce, you may seek the help of some righteous people to advise him. Also, supplicate Allah for him as much as possible. If he repents and turns to Allah, then this is what is required; otherwise, you may separate from him even by paying him a compensation; this is called Khul’ (divorce in return for a compensation).
It should be noted that if a wife hates her husband and she fears to be negligent about his right, it becomes permissible for her to ask him for a Khul’.
If we presume that divorce or Khul’ takes place, then the custody of your child is your right unless you get married again, in which case the custody moves to the female who is more eligible, such as your mother (i.e. the mother of the mother) according to the sequence mentioned by the scholars.If there is any dispute, then an Islamic court rules in this case.
We would like to point out the following matters:
1- The husband has no right to prevent his wife from visiting her family without a sound Islamic reason. In case he prevents her, is she obliged to obey him? There is a difference of opinion among the scholars in this issue. Nonetheless, we recommend that the husband helps his wife in being kind and dutiful to her parents and in keeping the ties with her kinship, just as he likes her to help him be dutiful to his own parents. A husband is not obliged to allow his wife to go to the market, but it is part of good marital relationship that he allows her to do so if there is no Islamic reason which prevents from it. Nevertheless, whenever a woman can stay in her home, it is better and safer for her. She does not go out except for her necessity. Allah says (what means): {And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance. And establish prayer and give zakaah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet's] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification.} [Quran 33:33]
2- A wife is not permitted to refuse to answer the call of her husband to bed just because she hates him. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, “If a husband calls his wife to bed (to have sexual intercourse with her) and she refuses, and he goes to bed angry with her, the angels will curse her until she gets up in the morning.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]..
Allah knows best.

Woman's in-laws have no right in her money

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Assalaamualaikum. I married my husband out of my own consent. He is from a different state within India and hence from a different culture. Soon after marriage, his family asked me to take a loan of four lakhs by pawning four lakhs that my father had given me at the time of my marriage, which I did. Soon after, they asked me to pay back two lakhs that my husband had taken on loan for his marriage to me, which I also did. Whenever his parents visit us or we visit them, they demand things that they have seen in my house. We always gift them new sets of such things. My husband is always paying back debts because of this. Recently, he took a loan of 20 lakhs as his parents wanted a second house. As I also earn an income, I have been paying for maintenance of the house, my flights, my clothes, and gifts for his family. I want to know whether I am obligated to pay back the debts that my husband makes as well as make gift to his parents? They have never gifted me anything and say that since I am 'rich', I should get gifts for them and not vice versa. At one point in time, they also asked me to send my salary to them each month, which I have had arguments about with my husband as I think that that is my own money. They say that I should give all of my salary to him or them. I believe in saving for a rainy day, so I put my salary into insurance policies and land and so on. Things have come to a head and my husband wants to divorce me as I told his father that he had taken the loan of 20 lakhs without consulting me. I was angry because this concerns my future as well. I do not want my husband's money. I want him to save for a time of emergency and not spend more than he earns.


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 
You are not Islamically obliged to pay your husband's debts, nor buy gifts for his parents, nor send a monthly salary to them, unless you do so out of your own will as an act of charity and kindness, and Allah loves the doers of good.
They are not entitled to exploit your wealth by forcing you to do what you are not obliged to do. The money that you earn is your own property and you are entitled to dispose of it in what is permissible as you wish. Moreover, your husband is obliged to spend on you even if you are rich..
Our advice to you is to try to appease your parents-in-law and avoid their evil as much as possible.
The most important thing to achieve stability in a marriage is mutual understanding between the spouses and that they do not allow others to interfere in their lives, as such interference may ruin their relationship.
Hence, you should not have spoken to your father-in-law about this loan that your husband had taken as he is not Islamically obliged to consult you about it, but it would have probably been better if he had done so. The fact that he makes this matter a reason for divorce is not acceptable from him. Marriage is not an easy matter so that it should be weakened for the least of reasons. Allah, the Almighty, called the marriage bond a solemn covenant, as He says (what means): {And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?} [Quran 4:21]
Hence, we advise you to be patient and try to reach a mutual understanding, especially in regard to what you mentioned of planning and saving for the future.
Finally, we warn you against resorting to any un-Islamic transactions in earning money, as it is Islamically forbidden to borrow money with interest or to deal with commercial insurance and similar transactions.
Allah knows best.

Face painting at children's parties

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Is face-painting lawful or unlawful? By face-painting, I mean to draw the shape of an animal face on a human face by coloring the nose and making drawings to mimic a cat face or a clown. This happens at parties in the West...even Eid parties, and I do not know if I should let my kids get their faces painted or not.


The only issue at hand would seem to be that of imitating animals. Scholars have determined that, as a basic rule, imitating the appearance and behavior of animals is dislike or even impermissible. 

They argue that whenever we find human being compared with animals in the Qur’ân and Sunnah, it is always as a means of derogation. 

For example Allah says: “So his parable is as the parable of the dog; if you attack him he lolls out his tongue.” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 176] 

Allah also says: “The likeness of those who were charged with the Torah, then they did not observe it, is as the likeness of the donkey bearing books.” [Sûrah al-Jumu`ah: 5] 

However, this ruling applies when the imitation of animals implies derogation, insult, or a loss of dignity. The estimation of this depends on the nature of the imitation itself as well as the context, both specific and cultural, in which it takes place. 

We see that the Prophet (peace be upon him) played with his grandchildren by giving them pretend horse or a camel rides. He would get on all fours and allow his little grandsons, al-Hasan and al-Husayn, ride on his back. He then said to them: “What a fine steed you have.” [Mu`jam al-Tabarânî with a good (hasan) chain of transmission.] 

In some narrations, he is quoted as saying to his grandchildren: “What a fine camel you have and what fine gentlemen you are.” 

This shows that imitating animals is not forbidden under all circumstances. Here the context is play with one’s children. It is well known way that fathers play with their small children at home and it is perfectly acceptable in most societies. 

The same considerations apply to children painting their faces at parties. It is merely an amusement engaged in by children on those special occasions. It implies no shame or loss of dignity for those children in the broader social context. 

Therefore, face painting for children at parties and on other festive occasions is comparable to the Prophet’s behavior with his grandsons. It is permissible. 

And Allah knows best.

Swearing an oath by the Qur’ân

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Is it permissible to swear an oath by the Qur’ân or is this a sin or a form of polytheism?


In Islam, we are only allowed to swear an oath in Allah’s name. We make invoke any of Allah’s names and attributes when taking an oath. However, taking an oath in the name of anyone or anything or anyone else is indeed an act of polytheism. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever offers an oath should swear by Allah or remain silent." 

The Qur’ân is the word of Allah. It is not created. The speech of Allah is one of Allah’s eternal attributes. Therefore, it is permissible to take an oath by the Qur’ân if one intends by it Allah's attribute. 

However, if the person making the oath intends by it to swear by the physical pages of the book that are made of paper and ink, then this is not allowed, since the physical book is something created. 

Please refer to: The Permanent Committee of Saudi Arabia for Fatwâ and Research (1/354).

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sexual intimacy & menstruation

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Can a man and his wife do anything intimate with one another when the wife is on her period?


Any form of sexual enjoyment between the husband and the wife is permitted with the exception of what is explicitly prohibited by the sacred texts.

The prohibited acts are: sex during menstruation, sex during post-natal bleeding, and anal sex.

Allah says: “Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth when or how you will.”

As for during menstruation, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do everything except intercourse.” This means that the husband and wife can do everything with one another excerpt for actual sexual penetration.

And Allah knows best.

Ruling on keeping cats

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I know that cats in Islam are regarded as clean and pure animals but i am not sure what the ruling is on keeping them in the house as pets. 

I don't have anything against cats but i feel keeping them in the house and letting them wonder around the kitchen، bedroom etc is unhygienic. Please could you shed some light on this issue.
Praise be to Allah.  
It is permissible in Islam for a person to keep permissible things that no one else has taken possession of before him, such as taking firewood from the desert or wood from the forest. The same applies to taking cats and raising them. One takes possession of a permissible thing by be acquiring it and having it under one's care, provided that it does not belong to anyone. 
Based on the above, we may say that there is nothing wrong with keeping cats which do not belong to anyone, on condition that one feeds them and does not torment them. But if it is proven that they cause some harm, such as if they are ill or one fears that they may transmit disease, then you should not keep them, because “there should be no harming nor reciprocating harm.” So whoever will be harmed by a cat’s presence should not keep one. Similarly, one who is not able to feed a cat should let it eat from the vermin of the earth and not keep it locked up, because of the report  narrated by al-Bukhaari (3223) and Muslim (1507) from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both), according to which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A woman was punished because of a cat which she kept locked up until it died, and she entered Hell because of it, because she did not feed it or give it water when she kept it locked up, neither did she let it eat from the vermin of the earth.” 
With regard to cats eating food or drinking water, that does not make the food or water naajis (impure), because of the report narrated in Sunan Abi Dawood and elsewhere, which says that a woman brought some hareesah (a kind of food) to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) and found her praying. (‘Aa’ishah) gestured to her that she should put it down. Then a cat came and ate some of it. When ‘Aa’ishah had finished praying, she ate from where the cat had eaten and said, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘They (cats) are not naajis (impure), rather they are among those who go around among you (al-tawwaafeena ‘alaykum).’ I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) doing wudoo’ with water from which a cat had drunk.” 
According to another report narrated by Abu Dawood (68) from Kabshah bint Ka’b ibn Maalik, who was married to Ibn Abi Qutaadah, Abu Qutaadah entered and she poured some water for him to do wudoo’. A cat came and drank from the water, and he tipped the vessel for it so that it could drink. Kabshah said: “He saw me looking at him and he said, ‘Do you find it strange, O daughter of my brother?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “They (cats) are not najis (impure), rather they are among those who go around among you (al-tawwaafeena ‘alaykum).”’” These two reports were classed as saheeh by al-Bukhaari, al-Daaraqutni and others, as was stated in al-Talkhees by Ibn Hajar, 1/15. 
“Those who go around among you (al-tawwaafeena ‘alaykum)” means that they are like servants who are with people in their houses, i.e., cats are always with people, in their houses and among their vessels and furnishings, etc., and this is something that cannot be helped. 
So if a cat drinks  from a vessel or eats some of the food, it does not become naajis (impure). The owner has the choice. If he is not put off or if he needs it, he may eat (the food) or drink (the water), because it is taahir (pure), unless it is obvious that it will cause harm. If he is put off by the idea of eating or drinking, then he may leave it. 
But we should point out here that what some people do, paying a great deal of attention to their cats and beautifying them, spending large amounts of money on them, is indicative of a lack of common sense and religious commitment, and exaggeration with regard to leisure, when there are millions of needy Muslims all over the world, let alone the fact that we Muslims should pay attention to making the best use of our time and filling it with worthwhile and beneficial pursuits, far removed from this folly which has come to us from the kafir west where some people spend more on their cats and dogs than they spend on their own sons and daughters, let alone the poor and needy. They may even bring their pets to stay in fancy hotels and bequeath large amounts of money to them. Praise be to Allah Who has honoured us with Islam and distinguished us from all the other nations. 
We should also point out that selling cats is not allowed, as was narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2933) from Abu’l-Zubayr who said: “I asked Jaabir about the price of a dog or a cat. He said, ‘The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade that.’” 
And Allah knows best.

Ruling on consuming foods containing lanolin

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Is lanolin (fat from sheep’s wool) halal or haram? As it was one of the ingredients of a drink I drank. May Allah reward you with good.
Praise be to Allah
Lanolin is a fatty yellow substance that is extracted from sheep’s wool; it is also known as wool wax or wool grease. See:
There is nothing wrong with consuming food that contains lanolin, if it is extracted from sheep’s wool.
If the sheep was slaughtered in the prescribed manner, then the matter is clear, because it is an animal that is regarded as pure and its flesh may be eaten, and it has been slaughtered in the prescribed manner. So there is no doubt that its hair (wool) and other parts are pure.
But if the wool was taken from it when it was alive, or it was not slaughtered in the correct, prescribed manner, then the more correct scholarly view is that the hair of all animals is regarded as pure, even if the animal was not slaughtered in the prescribed manner.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
All hair, feathers and wool are pure, whether they are from an animal that may be eaten or the skin of an animal that may not be eaten, and whether they were taken from an animal that was alive or dead. This is the most likely to be correct of the scholarly opinions. End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa(21/38)
Even though there is a view that wool and hair are impure in general terms, if they are not taken from an animal that was slaughtered in the prescribed manner, this (lanolin) is a substance that is extracted from the wool, so it is no longer of the same nature as the impure hair from which it was taken; rather it has turned into a different substance, and has become – through this process of istihalah (transformation) – pure and halal.
And Allah knows best.