Can I Ask Allah To Reverse Time In Paradise?

Question:

Assalamu ‘alaykum.

Sheikh, in Paradise, will I be able to ask God To reverse the time and change Shariah Law as my reward? Because this is my only request, I have for God. Yes, I know that Shariah is perfect, but I have some personal needs which have nothing to do with perfection or imperfection.

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

If you mean that you want Allah to return you to the dunya once you have reached Paradise, that won’t happen. The Akhira is permanent.

You can, however, ask for whatever it is that you want. Once you are there, the needs, worries, desires, and concerns of this life will seem insignificant. You can have what you want there. “They will have what whatever they will in [Paradise}, and, with Us is much more!“ (Qur’an, 50:35)

However, in the dunya, it is impermissible to ask for impermissible matters and things that are rationally or conventionally impossible. (Tahtawi, Hashiya Maraqi al Falah) Ask for what your need is to be fulfilled in a halal way, or for it to be taken care of, such that you don’t desire that the rules of the Shari’a be otherwise.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Do People Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell Forever?

Question:

Assalamu alaikum,
If an extremely depressed person commits suicide, will he stay in hell forever,
or is there a chance of him being forgiven?

What can the relatives of the dead person do to help him?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Only Disbelief Leads To Hell Forever

No, suicide does not mean that a person will go to Hell forever. The only way to go to Hell forever is to commit an act of disbelief. One such act of disbelief would reject the ruling of impermissibility and claim that suicide is permissible in Islam. This is the narrations indicating permanence in the Hellfire for those who commit suicide are understood.

The Meaning of ‘Khulud’

Many narrations state that a person will abide in Hell, repeating the process of his suicide. The word “khalidan“ is used to indicate this. However, this word, on its own, only means a long time and not permanence. So, it does not mean that anyone who commits suicide will be in Hell forever. (Raghib, Mufradat Alfaz al Qur’an)

Suicide Can Be Forgiven

As for a believer, who believes it is impermissible, but due to mental health issues or being overwhelmed by pain and difficulties – such a person, we hope, will be forgiven. Two men from the same tribe as Abu Hurayra moved to Medina to be with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Upon reaching there, they both got ill. One of them could not bear the agony, so he slit his forearms and killed himself.

His friend prayed for a year to see him in a dream, which he did. He was in a good state – in Paradise, it seems – but he had bandages on his arms. The friend asked him what Allah did with him, and he replied that Allah forgave him because he emigrated to Medina. However, he was told, “We won’t fix what you damaged,“ hence the bandages.

The companion mentioned this to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and he said, “O Allah, forgive his arms too.“ (Muslim) This is a moving hadith, and it brings hope for those whose loved ones died in such a way.

The relatives can do any good deed and ask Allah to give it to the deceased. Charity, dhikr, and the recitation of the Qur’an are all easy deeds one can benefit them with.

May Allah grant us all the best of ends.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Is Loving Others Shirk?

       

Question:

Assalamu ‘alaykum.
Can you please explain to me the topic of shirk in love in detail? Please explain to me what Allah means in these two ayahs: Qur’an 2:165 and Qur’an 9:24. If loving anything or anyone more than Allah is shirk, then doesn’t that mean the vast majority of Muslims will go to hell for eternity? If I love an anime character more than Allah, would it be shirk?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Loving others is not a sin, and it is not shirk. The former verse is explained in detail here. Love in this verse refers to the idolaters treating their idols as Allah should be treated with worship, veneration, and slavehood. (Abu al Su’ud, Irshad al ‘Aql al Salim)

The verse in Sura al Tawba refers to the willing choice someone makes based on love for something. It does not mean that having affection for those mentioned in the verse is wrong, as this is natural. (Ibid)

Loving and being loved are blessings which one should thank Allah for. It is not shirk.

Having a fondness for a fictional character is fine, and the strength of one’s feelings doesn’t necessarily mean that it is shirk. However, if you do feel that you do not love Allah as much, then you should make some time in your life to think about Allah’s favors.

Think about the things you hold dearest in your life. If you woke up tomorrow with them gone, you’d be devastated. Who gave you them? Reflect on this. Thank Allah. Gratitude is a pathway to love. Take this seriously.

May Allah fill our hearts with His love.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Is It Sinful To Tell Your Wife That You Love Her More Than Anything Else?

Question: Salam, would it be haram for someone to tell their wife they love her more than everything else? Since you are supposed to love Allah more than everything else.

Answer: 

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Ma sha Allah, it is kind and thoughtful of you to consider your wife’s feelings and what is the right thing to say by your Lord.

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his father, and all the people.“ [Ibn Majah]

According to this hadith, it would be wise and truthful not to tell your wife that you love her more than anything else so that it may not include you in the meaning of this Prophetic saying. She herself should also love Allah and His Messenger more than she loves you. One should teach the same to their children; they should love their Lord and His Messenger more than their parents. This is not insensitive but rather the very basis of our existence.

Please see these excellent details about loving Allah:
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/allahs-love/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/what-does-it-mean-to-love-allah-friday-reminder-series/
https://seekersguidance.org/podcast-feeds/worship-spirituality/what-does-it-mean-to-love-allah-and-his-messenger-by-shaykh-faraz-rabbani/

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Where Do Thoughts Come From?

 

Question:

Assalamu ‘Alaykum

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Thoughts have many sources. Some are your conscious thoughts; others come from the subconscious mind, others from one’s ego. The Devil can also whisper thoughts into us, as angels can.

Thoughts can’t be completely controlled, usually, but striving to remove our baser traits can help refine the thoughts the come from us. Following the sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) also weakens the devil we each have with us, and consequently, his whispers are not as strong. I recommend reading Imam Nawawi’s Riyad al Salihin to learn how to do the above.

 

Please see:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/prayer-shafii-fiqh/how-do-i-dispel-sinful-thoughts/

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-can-i-overcome-my-negative-thoughts/

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Must I change my name from Christina ?

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

No, it is not required to change your name, as it is ascribed to Christ—Jesus (peace be upon him)—, whom we as Muslims believe in, revere, love, and respect.

It is also quite normal to keep both one’s birth name and to adopt a Muslim name, as well, and to use both—whether interchangeably or in different contexts.

Please find related answers in the SeekersGuidance Answers – www.seekersguidance.org.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Can I Love Allah Through Worldly Means?

Question:
Can I love Allah through worldly means?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
Thank you for your important question.
May Allah, Most High, reward you for your desire to increase in knowledge.
Balancing Between Loving Allah & Everything Besides Him
The journey of faith is to make everything we naturally love beloved for the sake of Allah, Most High.
Love is a human experience that is relative based on your natural disposition. The goal of the believer is to make everything he loves in accordance with what Allah, Most High loves. This is the highest degree of love.
Allah, Most High says in the Quran:
“Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ ‘If you ˹sincerely˺ love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’” [Qur’an, 3:31]
In this verse, we see that Allah, Most High, promises his love for those who follow the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). Allah, Most High, does so because all the actions of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) are actions that are that beloved to Him.
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
“Love Allah, Most High for what He gifts you with of His Blessings. Love me for the sake of your love for Allah, and love the people of my house for the sake of your love for me.” [Tirmidhi, al-Sunan]
In the above Prophetic Tradition, we see that the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) is advising us to love him for the sake of Allah, Most High.
Loving someone for the sake of Allah means that you interact with them in a manner that pleases Allah, Most High.
Hence, whenever we find ourselves having a love for anything of this world from people, work, entertainment, etc., it should be a love that is coupled with the intention to please Allah, Most High, through it.
“Indeed intention changes an ordinary action into an action that one is rewarded for.”
Anything permissible that is beloved to you is in reality an opportunity for you to increase in your love for Allah, Most High.
And Allah alone knows best,
[Ustadh] Omar Popal
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is a Precautionary Renewal of One’s Shahada Valid?

Question:

Is a precautionary renewal of one’s shahada valid?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, this precautionary renewal of one’s shahada is valid and accepted, but it is unnecessary. Kufr is a deliberate choice, it is not something that can just happen to someone without them knowing.

It is probably better not to encourage this to people, as many can fall into strong doubts about any and everything leading them out of Islam. Please look at our archived answers on Kufr for an understanding of what takes one out of Islam.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

What Do We Believe About Causes and Their Effects?

Question:

Can you explain the position of the Asharis and Maturidis on cause and effect?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

It seems like you are talking about two issues here. Firstly, everything has a cause, except Allah. Allah is the cause of everything and nothing “caused” Him. The evidence of this is the proof known as Infinite Regression.

As for all other causes and effects, they are all created. Allah created the cause and the effect in every situation. The knife is the cause, and the cut is the effect, and neither is independent of Allah. They just appear together because Allah has wisely decided to make the world a place of means.

Please take on of our ‘Aqida course for more detail. If you have the requisite Arabic skills the course on Imam Bajuri’s commentary on the Sanusiyya will explain this in detail.

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/what-muslims-believe-and-why/

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

How Do I Maintain My Connection With Allah?

Question:
How do I maintain my connection with Allah?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you and increase you in good.
We recommend a few things.
(1.) The most important thing to remember is the obligatory deeds. Focus on ensuring those are performed (a.) correctly (b.) timely manner (c.) consistent with the sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
Feeling a good connection with Allah is not always a feeling of emotional connection. It is looking at our lives to see if we are doing what we are asked to do.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “From the excellence of a person’s religion is leaving that which does not concern him.” [Tirmidhi]
What is of utmost concern then to a Muslim is to fulfill their obligations and then move on to the sunna and recommended acts and so forth.
(2.) Work every day on strengthening your faith by reflecting upon the Quran and not just reciting it. Go slow and reflect. Take even 5-10 ayahs a day, in addition to your daily other reading as well.
Consider finding a mentor/shaykh to help you with your spiritual guidance.
Stay connected to a local imam perhaps or a friend who can assist and remind you of Allah.
(3.) Be with people who are upright and sincere with Allah. Ask Allah to bless you with such company.
Finally, stay connected to Allah through learning. This last piece of advice is the most important. Knowledge is like water to a dead land.
Every righteous person you can think of in the Islamic tradition had a good grasp of knowledge. Seeking knowledge will lead to many things being unveiled for you, and you will find many avenues of growth in your faith. Having a deep understanding of Allah will result in you becoming more eager to please Him and become more righteous.
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani