How Do I Deal With Racist Attitudes at Gatherings?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I stopped going to a Muslim gathering because the majority of the women are older African Americans talking about how much it is awful being black and how it is all the white man’s fault. I have quoted the Qu’ran and the hadith concerning this issue, yet they […]

Should I Repeat My Past Prayers Because I Was Not Following a Sunni School of Law?

Answered by Shaykh Umer Mian Question: Assalam’aleykum I was following an understanding of Islam outside of the four sunni schools of law. Now I am following the hanafi school. Do I need to repeat my past prayers? I was also wiping over normal socks for wudu. Answer: Wa alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu As […]

How Can I Overcome Loneliness and Make Friends?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: How can I overcome loneliness? Does Islam allow us to make friends and spend time with them? Is there any supplication to get new friends? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah lift your loneliness and grant you the gift of […]

I Am a Young, Unmarried Woman in a Chaotic Family Home. Is It Permissible for Me to Move Out?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have brothers who have moved out and have children. Whenever they come and visit my parents and me they behave in an impolite and reckless way. I am financially supporting my parents, they are not. Is it permissible for me to buy my own home in order […]

Are My Prayers Valid Even Though My Thoughts Are Elsewhere?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Often, when I am performing my makeup prayers, my mind wanders. There are moments in my prayers when I am focused. Are my prayers valid even though my mind wanders? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah bless you with complete […]

I Am a Married Man Who Has Committed a Lot of Heinous Sins. Will Allah Ever Forgive Me?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have committed a lot of sins. I curse myself in the hope that I will not fall into the same sin but I keep sinning. I am working in computer engineering, but have no success in my sales. I have done a lot of supplications but I […]

I Feel Depressed From My Cycle of Sin and Repentance. What Should I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: For several years, I have been struggling with sin. I repent and try to refrain from it, but I always end up repeating it. Now I don’t feel like repenting because it feels too late. I have no right to ask for forgiveness. I feel depressed and sick […]