What Is Riya (Ostentation)?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Is it permissible to take the Step One Certificate course on this website if one is in need of that Fard Ayn Knowledge, whilst the parents prohibit him from listening or reading anything Islamic on the internet?

Answer:  Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

In general, you have a right and responsibility to seek personally obligatory knowledge. And you would normally have a right to do so, with discretion and without upsetting your parents nor arguing with them.

However: Given the considerations in such cases, please consult reliable local scholars about the specifics of the situation. Jazakum Allah khayr.

Please see: Knowledge: What, How and Why We Study

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

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