Entries by Suleyman Geddes

Can You Recommend Books in English for a Non-Scholar in the Following Subjects?

Question: Can you recommend books in English for a non-scholar in the following subjects? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate Regarding the following subject these are my recommendations: Aqida (Islamic Beliefs) The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi by Imam al-Tahawi – translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hadith and Sunna The Gardens of the […]

In What Circumstances Is One Permitted to Break Their Prayer?

Question: Salam, I just wanted to know under what circumstances are you allowed to break your Salah? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate It is not permissible to break the prayer without need. Allah Most High says, “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate […]

How Can My Husband and I Should Split Time Between His Parents and Mine?

Question: When we visit our parents we spend half the time at his parents and half the time at mine. That upsets his parents. They want us to spend the entire time at their place, and that I just visit my parents during the day. Can you please advise us? Answer: Assalamu alaykum, Thank you for […]

Am I an Hypocrite for Promising God to Be a Better Believer and Breaking That Promise?

Question: Am I a hypocrite for promising Allah to be a better Muslim and breaking that promise in light of the verses of Sura al-Tawba 74-76? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate The verses of Sura al-Tawba that you quoted are referring to disbelievers. The word Nifaq or hypocrisy is used […]

What Supplications Can We Recite in the Light of the Current Pandemic?

Question: Assalamu alaykum. I’m just worried about the current epidemic that’s spreading in the world. Other than making sincere dua to Allah to take it away and grant a cure for it is there any particular dua to recite in such times? Jazakallah Khair Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate I […]

Proper Method of Performing the Supererogatory Prayers Before Midday and Afternoon Prayers

Question: As’Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, According to Hanafi Fiqh, how are the four Sunnah before Zohar and Asar to be offered? Is it two cycles each with separate Tasleem or four with one Tasleem?  Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate The four raka’a of sunna before dhuhr and asr is to […]

Is It Permissible to Consume Food to Which Alcohol Has Been Added for Flavor?

Question: Is it is permissible to consume food to which alcohol has been added for flavor? Answer: Dear questioner, Thank you kindly for your important question. If wine is used in the preparation of food, it is unconditionally forbidden to consume, even if the alcohol evaporates in the process (al-Hidaya, Marghinani). That said one should check […]

Is It Permissible to Eat Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s?

Question: Is it OK to eat a Filet-O-Fish sandwich from Mcdonald’s? They say their fries are 100% vegetarian and are cooked in vegetable oil, as well as the Filet-O-Fish. My husband wants to avoid it to be safe but I sometimes crave it because I came from a Muslim country where Mcdonald’s is halal. Answer: Assalamu […]

How Do We Deal With Blameworthy Thoughts, Especially in Prayer?

Question: Is it considered ascribing partners to Allah (shirk) if one has the thought in their heart that they are prostrating to the person sitting in front of them? How do we deal with blameworthy thoughts, especially in prayer? Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate If one is praying toward the back […]