Does a Disbeliever Acknowledge His Disbelief?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu alaykum.

 “Allah will neither forgive nor show the right way to those who believed, and then disbelieved, then believed, and again disbelieved, and thenceforth became ever more intense in their disbelief.“ (Qur’an, 4:137)

This person is out of the fold of Islam and can never be forgiven. Does this person know that he is a munafiq and if he doesn’t know, does that mean such a person doesn’t come under this verse, snd so do they still have a chance to be a believer? And what is meant by belief and disbelief?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam was rahmatullah was barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Definition of Belief

Belief and disbelief are conscious and deliberate choices. It is impossible to have one or the other without choosing it and deciding to be that way.

Belief is defined as affirming the truth of what the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) conveyed from Allah. This is called ‘tasdiq’ in Arabic.

Imam Laqani said in his famous poem on Creed, “Iman has been explained as affirmation (tasdiq).“ (Laqani, Jawhara al-Tawhid) Scholars also use the word ‘idh’an’ to explain tasdiq, which has the understanding of affirmation and surrender.

The Disbeliever knows the truth and chooses to surrender or accept it is the truth. The hypocrite knows this too, be he feigns surrender. Inwardly, he is a disbeliever.

None of these matters happen unknowingly. Sincere repentance and acceptance of Islam is the way out. Unfortunately, such people are not interested in that usually. That is why they get severe punishment.

Please watch the tafsir of the opening few verses of Sura al Baqara. The matter will be clear for you, insha’Allah.

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.

 

 

Are Allah’s Attributes Merely a Reflection of How We Experience Him?

Answered by Ustadh Farid Dingle

Question

Are the attributes of Allah that the theologians mention merely a reflection of how we experience Him?

Answer

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

No, the attributes that the theologians mention are a distillation of how Allah describes Himself in the Qur’an and Sunna. They are not merely a description of how we interact with Him.

A description of how Allah is vis-a-vis how we interact with Him is best found in His Ninety-Nine Names.

Please see:

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/understanding-the-most-beautiful-names-the-99-names-of-allah-explained-in-detail/

That said, as long as you believe in Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), then you are a believer. So don’t get too worried about the details.

Please also take this course:

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

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

Can I Start a YouTube Channel as a Female Muslim?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

 As a Muslimah, I would like to start a YouTube channel for my poems and other similar videos (true stories, etc.) and want to know if it is halal. I would like this to be a source of income to work from home and not have to go out for work.

Answer

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question.

Gray areas

Starting a Youtube channel can be tricky for a Muslimah, and there are many gray areas that you should consider. Naturally, one would have to make sure that nothing haram is involved in your channel, such as being dressed inappropriately, wearing make-up, or playing music in the background.

Profit-sharing

But there are other things to consider, such as profit-sharing from ads that may have questionable content. I have read that one can turn off ads of their choice on their channel. Another option is not to put yourself in your videos, but only your voice, so that the audience can concentrate on the content. Many Youtubers zoom in on their written poetry, storybooks, or even show an Islamic image while speaking in the background.

Modesty

A woman’s identity in Islam is centered around modesty, shyness, and concealment, and this does not preclude her from running a business or serving the ummah. Consider this Prophetic hadith, “There is never any obscenity in a thing, but it mars it, and there is never any modesty in a thing, but it adorns it.” [Ibn Majah]

All things considered

Consider the centrality of modesty for Muslim women, do all of your research on this, explore your options for there are many types of work to do from home, examine your intentions, and of course, pray istikhara.

Istikhara Prayer

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next. 

[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.

 

How Can I Deal With My Fat-Shaming Mom?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

I am 16 years old and have been obese since I was little and have constantly been shamed for it by my parents, especially my mother. She is relentless. She doesn’t let me see a therapist for my suicidal thoughts and tells me I am seeking attention. I want to get healthier, but her forced workouts have made me hate exercising over the years. She’s constantly watching me and never lets me out. I have to deal with her angry meltdowns. She’s threatening me with marriage. What am I to do?

Answer

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your pain and pray that your mother improves her behavior towards you.

Fat-shaming

Fat-shaming involves criticizing and harassing overweight people about their weight or eating habits to make them feel ashamed of themselves. The belief is that this may motivate people to eat less, exercise more, and lose weight, but this could not be further from the truth. Usually, it has the opposite effect by worsening the problem and causing psychological damage.

Journey to accepting yourself

Changing your mother is not going to be easy, but you need to do something else first. You have to strive for body positivity. Take the first step towards self-love and self-acceptance. It requires you to unlearn the idea of a “perfect body” and make peace with the body you have. Go easy on yourself. And most importantly, body positivity is all about being kind, compassionate, respectful, and accepting of everyone’s bodies, especially marginalized bodies, who don’t get mainstream representation. Remember that Allah does not judge your appearance, nor does He care about how you look. Instead, He cares about the state of your heart.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah does not look at your forms or your wealth, rather He looks at your deeds and your hearts.” [Ibn Majah]

Your mental health

Although your mother may not bend, you must still look out for your well-being and peace of mind. If she doesn’t let you see a therapist, try to find one online or speak to one on the phone. Ask at your school for resources, or your local mosque, or through friends. You have a right to treat yourself when you feel unwell, mentally or otherwise. If you are in the US, consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). It’s always open, and you can speak to a trained counselor.

Your mother

Communicate to your mother and tell her that her negativity and pressure are affecting you. Talk to your father as well, and ask him to help defend you. Undergoing criticism by one’s mother is far too familiar in Eastern cultures, and it’s wrong. Islam does not condone this, and a woman’s worth does not lie on her body shape but instead on the soul that her body houses. See these links to articles written by women with similar experiences, and recite the duas given in the link below for mental well-being:

https://southasiantoday.com.au/article-9098-being-body-shamed-by-my-own-mother-details.aspx

https://magdalene.co/story/how-my-mom-and-others-unintentionally-body-shames-me

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/prayer-for-mental-well-being/

Turn to Allah

Turn to Allah with the sincere intention that all you do is for Him and place all your trust in Him. Know that you are never alone and that Allah is nearer to you than your jugular vein. Pray all your prayers on time, read some Qu’ran every day, and make dhikr during your free time.  Learn as much as you can about our beautiful religion and try to apply it in your life. Make repentance daily and involve yourself in charity and helping others. Eating healthy and exercising are instrumental as part of your mental wellness. Make a daily routine for spiritual wellness and physical wellness and stick to it. 

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next. 

[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.

 

Is It Wrong To Learn From International Scholars Instead of Local Scholars?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

I’m from Bangladesh, and I’m doing a major in religious studies. I want to learn Islam & the rulings in-depth, but I don’t find local teachers welcoming and trustworthy because of their ill & insensitive treatment towards women. I do believe there are good ones, and I respect them all. My inability is that the more I listen to them, the more I fall into depression. Now I am learning online from scholars abroad, and I plan to study in repudiated institutions if Allah wills. I plan to work & teach in the academic field.

Answer

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question.

Scholars

There is absolutely nothing wrong with learning from international scholars, as reliable knowledge can and should come from anywhere and everywhere. I would typically tell you to study locally first, but it seems that you have already done so and that you are ready to move on. Please listen to this podcast on choosing a teacher:

https://seekersguidance.org/show/030-rawha-daily-guidance-seekers/

Resources

Consider studying with SeekersGuidance, as we have complete tracks on different subjects taught by authentic scholars. You won’t find any ill or insensitive treatment of women here, alhamduliLlah. Please see these links for more details on seeking knowledge:

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/study-guide-for-seekers-of-knowledge/

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/path-seeking-knowledge/

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/knowledge/the-place-of-knowledge-in-islam/

I pray that Allah makes you of the people meant in this hadith, “For whomever Allah wants good, he gives him understanding in the religion.“ [Tirmidhi] May Allah give you tawfiq in your journey and bequeath you knowledge of that which you never knew, and allow you to benefit from it.

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next. 

[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.

 

Is It Sinful for the Wife To Hate Obeying Her Husband?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

 What is the ruling on a wife who doesn’t like to be ordered around by the husband or anyone in her family? Is she disobedient because she fails to obey her husband, or is it a minor sin due to pride? Or is it a major sin because it puts one’s faith in danger? Her behavior could be due to her not knowing about the mandate to obey her husband.

Answer

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It is sinful and unfortunate that she does not know about obeying her husband because she has stepped into a contract ignorantly. I pray that she can rectify this.

Obedience to the husband

A woman who does not want to obey her husband might fall into the category of rebellious (nashizah), and this is evident from the Qur’an itself. This is a dangerous category to be in, and you should follow the tips given in the link to help this lady. Please see the details here:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/can-help-mother-despite-abusive-father/

Pride

Pride is a major sin in Islam and was the first sin ever committed by Iblis when he refused to obey Allah in prostrating to Adam. It is obligatory for Muslims to be aware of pride, treat themselves for it, and take precautions against its causes and effects. Please see and listen to the details here:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-is-the-difference-between-self-respect-and-arrogance/

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-is-the-islamic-understanding-of-pride/

https://seekersguidance.org/show/24-worldliness-pride-conceit-delusion-repentance-renewing-religion-shaykh-faraz-rabbani/

Advice

My general advice is that you advise this woman to step on her ego and prioritize what is important to her in life. If a woman doesn’t hold on to a good thing, she will lose it. She must take a course on Islamic Marriage and learn her obligations and rights. It’s never too late. Please see more information at the links below.

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/is-it-sinful-to-disobey-to-my-husband/

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/im-fearful-islam-causing-depression-can/

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[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.

 

How Do I Overcome Doubts About Allah?

Answered by Imam Yama Niazi

Question

As a teenager, how do I overcome doubts about Allah?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Assalamu alaykum, I hope all is well with you.

Dear questioner,

Good Deeds and Bad Deeds 

Abu Umama reported that a man asked God’s messenger what faith was, to which he replied (Allah bless him and give him peace), “When your good deed pleases you, and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer.” He then asked what sin was and received the reply, “When you have a besetting sin, give it up.” [Ahmad]

The Tricks of the Devil

Shaytan, the accursed, is trying to put doubts in your head and prevent you from worshipping Allah. My advice to you which I was given when I was young, keep going, and these thoughts will disappear.

Recite Protective Duas or Supplications.

               أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ

“I seek refuge in Allah’s most perfect words from every devil, harmful thing, and accusing eye.

 (a`udhu bi kalimatillahi al-tammati min kulli shaytaanin wa hammatin wa min kulli `aynin lammah)” [Bukhari]

Dua for Protection from the Evil

           بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَىْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

In the name of Allah with Whose Name, nothing on earth or in heaven harms, and He is the All-Hearing the All-Knowing

Keep ignoring all other thoughts and keep yourself busy with good. Try to keep the company of a scholar or a shaykh who can help you guide you further.

Allah knows best.

[Imam] Yama Niazi

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

 

Can a Woman be President or Prime Minister?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question

Seeing as how many countries are now democratic instead of autocratic, would it be permissible for a woman to be prime minister or president?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Assalamu Alaykum

The common hadith that is cited to justify that a woman cannot be head of state is the statement of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) that, “No nation shall prosper who consign their affairs to a woman.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

However, leading modern scholars have stated that this only applies to a particular form of political authority, namely one that is autocratically exercised over a people that properly constitute a ‘nation’ (qawm). Modern democracies would not fall into this. [Quduri, al-Tajrid; Thanawi, Imdad al-Fatawa; Qaradawi, Min Fiqh al-Dawla fi’l-Islam]

With this said, the question of permissibility must also take into account the ideals and guidelines Islam has set down for each gender and whether such guidelines can be reasonably followed when occupying such a complex, public role.

[Ustadh] Salman

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas was born and raised in New York and graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. Ustadh Salman’s personal interests include research into the fields of law/legal methodology, hadith, theology, as well as political theory, government, media, and ethics. He is also an avid traveler and book collector. He currently resides in Amman with his wife.

Is it permissible to listen to non-Islamic songs, if the song is merely vocals having no bad words or meanings?

Question Summary

Is it permissible to listen to non-Islamic songs if the song is merely vocals having no bad words or meanings?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Listening to a song is permissible if it meets the following conditions:

(1) The words/lyrics do not entail sin nor glorify sinful actions.
(2) The listening does not distract one from their religious obligations.

[Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.

Explaining why I wear hijab

Question: A common question I get from people is why I wear the Hijab. Typically, it makes me closer to my lord, and I wear it for modesty reasons. Due to my shortcomings, I’m unable to respond that truly explains why, and I don’t want to give a response that is wrong or a response that could deter people due to my lack of knowledge. Could you explain why we wear hijab and what I should tell people when they ask?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. You have brought up an excellent question, and I feel that every woman answers this question differently. There are legal reasons and personal reasons.

Hijab according to fiqh and Qur’an

One can give the legal answer that one wears a hijab because there is unanimous consensus among the scholars of the four law schools that it is obligatory to wear for Muslim women. See these links for details:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/is-hijab-obligatory/

You may also tell your questioner that wearing hijab is mentioned in the Qur’an, and here is an explanation of the command from Allah directly to his female servants:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/shafii-fiqh/can-you-clarify-the-standard-explanation-of-the-verse-of-hijab/

Also, see an answer to your question in much detail here:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-should-we-understand-the-obligation-of-khimar-head-covering/

Personal reasons

When I asked women throughout my life why they started wearing the hijab, they all had reasons that motivated them, and each had hit a certain point where the light of Islam entered their hearts. They may have been inspired by a schoolmate, a teacher, a cousin, or just from reading and understanding the Qur’an. Some were affected by an event, such as a death, marriage, befriending a group, or a trip to the Middle East.

There is no wrong answer.

When someone asks you why you wear the hijab, don’t feel obliged to come up with a scholarly answer, nor worry about dissuading another from the religion. Just tell the truth and mention that it is fard in Islam. If Allah wants to guide someone to hijab, He will clothe your words with tawfiq and put inspiration into the person’s heart. It’s not in your hands. There is nothing more required of you than this. If someone wants to argue with you, send them the links above. Remember that words coming from you may seem paltry and meaningless, but their impact on others can be eternal.

[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.