Imam Nawawi On Fighting The Ego (Nafs)

Fighting the Ego (Jihad an-Nafs) By Imam Nawawi (may Allah be pleased with him) Imam Shafi`i said, may God have mercy on him: “Only the sincere one (mukhlis) knows hypocrisy (riya’).” This means that it is impossible to know the reality of hypocrisy and see its hidden shades except for one who resolutely seeks sincerity. […]

Intention: Validity And Sincerity

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I am confused about making an intention, a valid intention, and how to please Allah with my intention. Can you please help me? Answer: Assalamu alaikum, The place of the intention is the heart, such that one has the firm determination and resolve when one is about to start […]

Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Does one get rewarded for an act one does out of mere habit that corresponds to the sunna? Answer: Walaikum assalam The first legal maxim that Ibn Nujaym mentioned in his Ashbah wa’l Nadha’ir is: “There is no reward without intention.” This is one of the most repeated and […]

My Husband Is Not Practicing: What Can I Do To Make Him A Better Muslim?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: I have a question regarding prayers and fasting. My husband doesn’t seem to take the five prayers and tarawih seriously. We have sexual relations at night after Isha’ prayer and plan to bathe right after Fajr enters. However, my husband always ends up going back to sleep without […]

How Do We Bring About An Islamic Environment To Our MSA?

Answered by Sister Hadia Mubarak Question: I just started medical school in the Cayman Islands and we are in desperate need of Islamic unity there. We’re starting up an MSA, but frankly, I’m very worried that it will be used as an opportunity for male and female students to interact inappropriately. Do you have any […]

Passionate Kissing While Fasting

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question: Does passionate kissing invalidate the fast? What about the hadith wherein the Prophet (Allah bless him) would kiss his wife passionately while fasting? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, Indeed it is reported from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him […]

At What Age Must One Start Fasting?

Answered by Sulma Badrudduja Question: At what age must a boy begin fasting in Ramadan? Answer: Prayer and fasting becomes obligatory on a child once he/she reaches puberty. However, the wisdom of Islam offers us guidance on how to help our children before puberty to gradually become consistent in their worship and develop a love […]

Are There Any Invocations To Help Me Find A Job?

Answered by Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: I have finished my studies over a year ago but as of yet I have still not managed to find a job in the field I have studied. Can you please advise me of some surah and prayers I can perform to help in addition to any duas? Answer: […]

How Do I Make The Most Of Ramadan?

Answered by Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: Do you have any practical tips for mums with young children on how to make the best of Ramadan as often time is very limited? Also, in this context, should one focus on reading as much Qur’an as possible or on tafsir or memorization, bearing in mind that many […]

Can One Lie About Past Sins?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Can one lie about sins that one committed in the past if he truly repented from them? What is the ruling on talking about past sins? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Walaikum assalam, Sins are wiped out by sincere repentance. However, if they relate […]