What Is Riya (Ostentation)?

Is It Disbelief to Disagree That Being Alone With Someone of the Opposite Gender Is Sinful?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Is it disbelief if a muslim, while being alone with a teacher of the opposite gender in a classroom, thinks that it is not something wrong? Can you tell me how I can truly repent?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

True repentance entails leaving the sin, having remorse, and resolving never to return to it.

You are a Muslim, and the thoughts you are experiencing are misgivings. I’d suggest consulting with a qualified psychologist about how you can rid yourself of such negative self-talk. In the meantime, take the following class to learn more about your religion: Excellence in Faith & Action (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)

Please see: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.