Entries by Suleyman Geddes

Responsibilities of an Muslim Chaplain in a University

Question: What are the responsibilities of an Imam or a Muslim Chaplain in a non-Muslim university with a growing population of Muslim students? Answer:  Dear questioner, Thank you for your important question. The general responsibilities include leading ritual prayers, giving general Islamic advice to students, and helping Muslim students find answers to their questions from […]

Is It True That the Black Stone Was Originally an Angel?

Question: Is it true that the black stone was originally an angel? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Dear questioner, Thank you for your important question. No, it doesn’t seem to be the case that the black stone was originally an angel since nothing sound has reached us stating that. Even if it was […]

Is There Any Specific Supplication I Can Read to Find a Spouse?

Question: I am a 24-year-old unmarried lady. Is there any specific Du`a (Supplication) or surah I can read to find a spouse? Answer: Assalamu alaykum sister, I pray that you can soon find a spouse to complete half of your religion, but don’t obsess about it. Allah, Most High, says, “It may be that you dislike […]

Buying and Selling Card Games and Board Games

Question: What is the ruling on buying and selling card games and board games that have non-Islamic religious symbols on them? Answer: Dear questioner, Thank you for your valued question. I pray that Allah increases you in knowledge and light. It is not permissible to buy or sell items that have non-Islamic religious symbols on them. […]

Understanding The Spiritual Realities of Fiqh and Aqidah

Question: How does one understand the spiritual realities of Fiqh and Aqidah when studying traditional books on these topics? Answer:  Dear questioner, JazakumAllahu khayran for your question. Spirituality is about grasping the fuller picture of everything around and within us. This deeper understanding only comes from Allah, and He only gives it to those who […]

Are My Prayers Valid If I Don’t Recite the Opening Chapter?

Question: Assalamu ‘Alaykum. There have been times when I have just read an Ayah of a Surah in the fajr Salah due to the tightness of time without reciting any portion of Fatiha. Were these prayers valid? Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh I pray you are well. Yes, those prayers were all valid. […]

Can I File My Nails During the Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah?

Question: Can I file my nails during the ten days? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, Cutting one’s nails whilst one is in a state of major ritual impurity (janaba), or during a menstrual period or lochia, is improper and sub-optimal. The same ruling would appear to be applicable to filing one’s nails. The wisdom in avoiding […]

I’ve Fallen in Love for a Girl and How Should I Proceed Islamically to Get Married?

Question: I’ve fallen for a girl that I’ve known for a long time. How should I proceed Islamically given that I am not currently in a position to get married? Answer:  Falling in love is perfectly normal and halal. Before contacting her directly, you should have someone else run the idea past her, and then […]

Are Products Containing Oleic Acid and Ethylhexyl Palmitate Halal?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum, Are products containing oleic acid and Ethylhexyl palmitate halal? Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh. I pray you are well. Yes, products contain the above two chemicals are permissible seeing as they have been transformed from the original substance they were derived from (Mahbubi; Sharh al Wiqaya). May Allah grant you the […]