Chickens for Sadaqah

Shortened Question:

1            From my 300 chickens for resale 170 died. Can I give the remainder in sadaqah?

2           Is covering the head of ladies, when going to the toilet, a protection against the Shaitan?

3           What parts of the body are permissible to touch with the hands when one is having intimate relationship with his wife?

4            Can Salatul Istikhara be performed for you by another person?



1        As a poultry farmer I bought 300 chickens to grow for resale. Of these 170 died due to illness. Is it permissible offer the remaining 130 to the poor and needy as sadaqah to ward off the anger of Allah upon me? Is that permissible, or do I need to give away these chicken without expecting any reward and then give sadaqah through another means?

2        I was told that ladies should cover their heads when going to the toilet, so that they will not be influenced by the Shaitan. Is this correct? If this is correct, what are the consequences for one who was not punctual on this habit?

3       What parts of the wife’s body is the husband allowed to touch with his hands, when having intimate relations with his wife?

4       Can you request another person make Salaatul Istikhara on your behalf?




In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


It is not necessary that you give away the remainder of the chickens as sadaqah, since you have lost most of what you have bought and there would be no income to you from the purchase. However, if you do then it would be correct and no other means would be necessary. Sadaqah is complete if given with the happiness of the heart.[1]


Both male and female should enter the toilet with their heads covered. The toilet should not be entered barefooted.[2] (Adaab of the Toilet)


 It is permissible for the husband to touch every part of his wife’s body while having intimate relations with her.[3]


One person cannot carry out a physical ibaadat (act of worship) for example salat for another person. However, it is possible for one person to perform the ibaadat for himself and make dua for another person.(Istikharah in the light on the Sunnah. Page 16)


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best



Mufti Saeed Ahmed Golaub

Islamic Solutions



[1]يَتَأَذَّى بِالشَّغَبِ عَلَى بَابِهِ فَيَأْمُرُ بِإِرْضَاءِ الْخَصْمِ وَلَا يَعْرِفُهُ ثُمَّ يَعْرِفُهُ، حَتَّى لَوْ كَانَ مِمَّنْ يَعْمَلُ بِنَفْسِهِ لَا يُقْبَلُ، نَعَمْ لَوْ ادَّعَى إقْرَارَ الْمُدَّعَى عَلَيْهِ بِالْوُصُولِ أَوْ الْإِيصَالِ صَحَّ دُرَرٌ فِي آخِرِ الدَّعْوَى لِأَنَّ التَّنَاقُضَ لَا يَمْنَعُ صِحَّةَ الْإِقْرَارِ.

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (5 / 453):


[2]وَزَادَ فِي الْإِمْدَادِ: وَدُخُولُهُ الْخَلَاءَ مَسْتُورَ الرَّأْسِ

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (1 / 125):

{ (222) نِسَاؤُكُمْ حَرْثٌ لَكُمْ فَأْتُوا حَرْثَكُمْ أَنَّى شِئْتُمْ وَقَدِّمُوا لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّكُمْ مُلَاقُوهُ} [البقرة: 222، 223][3]