Should I Study Medicine or Become a Scholar?

Question: My parents force me to study medicine to the extent of abusing me, but I love Islamic studies and want to become a scholar and professor. They threaten me by saying that they will not pay for me and this field pays nothing. They say they will send me to do a tailoring job and marry me off. Alhamdulillah, there are many scholarships available, but they still abuse me emotionally and mentally. Though I have always been a topper of my school still they taunt me.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your frustration and suffering regarding your parents. They should be proud of you, not taunt you, and support your wishes. Rest assured that they only want the best for you and that you be able to fulfill your obligations.

 

Pray Istikhara

The short answer is that your parents cannot force you to do what they want by any means. In Islam, a parent’s control does not reach this far. My advice to you is to pray istikhara and follow that. If it is positive, then you should be sensitive and kind to your parents and gently tell them that you will follow your dream. Make the intention to be independent and try not to ask them for money. They cannot force you to become a tailor or marry, either.

 

Alternative

If it is negative, then you should follow medicine, but use all of your free time for Islamic classes and to learn Arabic. I know many who are doctors in the West, but use their free time for Sacred Knowledge and learn with their children and spouses. They are very pious, God-fearing, and practicing men.

Please see these links as well:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/can-i-pursue-a-career-that-goes-against-my-parents-wishes/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/i-want-to-study-islam-abroad-but-parents-insist-on-me-staying-at-home/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/seeking-knowledge/avoid-pursuing-islamic-studies-paying-parents-mortgage/

May Allah reward you for wanting to please them and for doing your best to achieve a balance.

[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 Masters 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.

Will Allah Forgive My Worst Sins?

Question: Is there hope in the mercy of Allah after major sins?

Answer:

Dear questioner,

May Allah bless you and forgive you all your sins.
The fact that you have asked about this is a good sign that you are moving towards good. You are moving towards mercy and change. You are moving towards a righteous path, and meanwhile, you are already moving away from the wrong.
The Mercy Of Allah Is Always Near
Allah Most High says, “Turn towards Allah, O believers, every one of you, so that you may be successful.” [Qur’an, 24:31]
And He says, “Ask your Lord for forgiveness and then turn in repentance to Him,” [Qur’an, 11:3] and He says, “O you who believe! Turn in sincere repentance to Allah.” [Qur’an, 66:8]
The Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, “The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.” [Ibn Maja (3240)] He also said, “Remorse is repentance.” [Ibn Maja (4242) and Ahmad (3387)]
You can see that it is never too late to change and repent. There is no doubt that our beautiful religion teaches that Allah forgives all sins. As long as any human being is still alive they always have an opportunity to be forgiven. This is the beauty of Islam.
Conditions Of Repentance 
The conditions for repentance are well known:
1. Leaving the sin;
2. Remorse over having committed the sin;
3. Resolve never to return to the sin;
4. (If it relates to the rights of another person, then to) Return the rights or property one wrongly took.  [al-Bariqa fi Sharh al-Tariqa; Riyad al-Salihin]
Moving Forward
I encourage you to make a strong resolve and do not lose this great opportunity to make a change. If however God-forbid, it happens again, do not give up and quit. Keep trying and trying to repent and intend a righteous path. You must work hard to achieve this goal.
Strive to establish your daily prayers, and remember Allah as much as you can. Surround yourself with a good support team, perhaps good friends who will remind you of Allah.  You will find in your striving to be a good person, you will find a better version of yourself and you may discover that true love and joy is in obedience and nearness to Allah Most High.
Love Allah and His Messenger 
Focus on more love for Allah and His beautiful Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)
This video is on that topic and may help you to increase your aspiration for change.
We as human beings all make mistakes, but we can all repent and change and try again and again until we succeed. That is what is special about human beings. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best sinners are those who repent.”
[Tirmidhi]
May Allah grant you success and true repentance. There are many people in Islamic history who were committing major sins but then ended up changing and becoming leaders in righteousness and spirituality.
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Are We Allowed To Ask Anyone For Help Other Than Allah?

Question: I have seen in some translations of the fifth verse of Sura al-Fatiha the following: “You ˹alone˺ we worship and You ˹alone˺ we ask for help.” Does that mean we cannot ask other people for help, or does this mean that we only make dua to Allah?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

 

Asking For Help

Thank you for your question. There is no harm in asking for the help of others, but one must understand that all help originates from Allah, and Allah uses His servants as instruments to send His help.

 

Tafseer

Kashf al-Asrar (a Tafseer) explains the verse like this:

“Thee alone we worship. It has been said that this is sheer tawhid, and that it is the belief that nothing other than God is worthy of worship. The worshipper knows that Lordhood is fitting for God and that He is an object of worship without peer, for He is unique and one.

And Thee alone we ask for help. This is an allusion to the recognition of the recognizers. It is recognizing that He is solitary in all acts and that the servant cannot get along by himself without His help. The root of this tawhid and the basis of this recognition is that you recognize the Real’s being and oneness; then His ability, knowledge, and loving kindness; then His beautiful doing, friendship, and nearness. The first is the foundation of the submission, the second the foundation of faith, the third the foundation of self-purification.”

Taseer al Jalalayn (a shorter Tafseer) explains it like this, “You alone we worship and You alone we ask for help, that is to say, we reserve worship for You alone by way of acknowledging Your Oneness (tawhīd) and so on and we ask for Your assistance in worship and in other things.”

 

Hadith About Asking For Help

Consider the position of those who refrain from asking out of humility and trust in Allah. See their reference here:

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri narrated that some of the Ansar asked the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, (for help) and he gave them. Then they asked him and he gave them, then when he had run out he said, “Whatever I have of good, I will never keep it from you, but whoever wants to refrain from asking, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, will help him to do so, and whoever wants to be patient, Allah will help him to be patient. None is ever given anything better and more far-reaching than patience.“ [Nasa’i]

 

Resources

Please consider taking the following free courses to better understand the Fatiha:

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/understanding-the-fatiha-and-the-last-ten-suras-an-in-depth-explanation-of-the-everyday-quran/
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/the-divine-opening-surah-al-fatiha-explained/

Also, please see this link about the virtues and meanings of the Fatiha:
https://seekersguidance.org/show/033-rawha-daily-guidance-seekers/

[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 Masters 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.

What Is the Textual Proof That Smoking Marijuana Is Strictly Prohibited?

Question: What is the textual proof that smoking marijuana is strictly prohibited (haram)?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Anything that intoxicates in large amounts then a little of it is forbidden (haram).” [Tirmidhi; Abu Dawud]

The Qur’an clearly prohibits wine (khamr). The reason for such a prohibition is understood to be the covering of the intellect. [Jassas, Ahkam al-Qur’an; Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

By extension, the scholars have taken the prohibition applicable to everything that shares the same legal cause, i.e. the covering of the intellect, intoxication. [Ibid.]

I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences

Does Reciting Sura al-Baqara Cause the Jinn to Leave a House?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. Is there any validity to the idea of not only recite Surah al-Baqarah to remove jinn from the home but to also open a window slightly so they leave my house? Is it okay to use incense as an extra incentive to get anything evil to leave my house? 

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

 

The Virtue of Sura al Baqara

Yes, reciting Sura al Baqara is proven to protect one’s home from the Shayatin – rebellious devils. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Everything has a pinnacle, and the pinnacle of the Qur’an is Sura al Baqara. Whoever recites it at night the devils will not enter his house for three nights, and whoever recites it in the day, the rebellious devils will not enter his house for three days. [Ibn Hibban]

I have not seen any texts on incense having this effect, however, some people claim that it can have this effect. Perhaps it is something they realized through personal experience.

 

Turn to Allah

Ask Allah for protection, and recite the Qur’an and the daily du’as of protection taught to us by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). There is no better alternative.

May Allah protect our din, dunya, and Akhira.
[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.

Is it Permissible to Have a Nikah Before a Man Can Provide?

Question: I recently did the istikhara prayer for marriage. We are both currently studying and want to go about things the right way. Alhamdullilah, we both are trying to take the right means by getting parents involved and resolving future considerations, but he has 2-3 years left before he can get a job. Is there any halal way to go about doing this, or is nikah impermissible unless the man can provide? Is this hindrance a sign, or should I wait and see?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It is absolutely not a hindrance sign that your suitor is still studying. Rather, he is taking the right steps to provide for you when he is able, and he plans to do a good job of it. May Allah reward you both for striving to marry the right way.

 

Nikah

It is perfectly permissible for a man and woman to have a nikah before he is able to provide. It is obligatory on him to support her, but if both parties understand and agree that he will get there in a few years, they may proceed by making other arrangements for support. For example, the parents may help them in the meanwhile, or they can move in together a little later.

If your parents have agreed to this marriage and your istikhara is positive, I recommend that you make arrangements to have a nikah as soon as possible to make your relationship halal in speaking and spending time together. It will take big stress off your shoulders if you know that you are not sinning by seeing him, joking with him, or crossing lines of gender interaction.

Please see this link about a man’s financial obligations:
https://islamqa.org/hanafi/daruliftaa/7933

May Allah reward you in this life and the next and facilitate this matter for you in the best way.

[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 Masters 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 Relieve My Anxiety Over No Marriage Prospects?

Question: I am a 31-year-old male. I have no job or money to my name, and I am single. I continually feel despair, worry, and pressure that I have no prospects in life. I worry that for me to get married I must be financially stable, but with no job and no savings, this seems a long way off. What can I do, or what du’a can I make to help me through this time and help me out of this constant feeling of worry and anxiety?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your frustration, and I pray that you grab your life by the reins and overcome your problems one by one. Allah is always with you, and He wants the best for His servants.

 

Resources

The absolute best advice that I can give you is in these links. These refer to your situation exactly. Please read them in full:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/advice-give-find-spouse/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-to-approach-getting-married/


Supplication to get married

You may recite the following supplications for a spouse anytime:

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَاماً

˹They are those who pray, “Our Lord! Bless us with ˹pious˺ spouses and offspring who will be the joy of our hearts, and make us models for the righteous.” [Qur’an, 25:74]

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

“My lord, I am in absolute need of the good You send me.” [Qur’an, 28:24]

Please do not despair, but rather, take the advice in the links above and make progress. Do not idly sit by and wait for a miracle to happen. Make yourself worthy to marry and work hard.-Find a steady job and save for about a year before proposing to a girl.
-Complete your education or get training first, if you need it, to get a job with a decent income
-If you can, start renting your own place so that you can taste independence and pay your own bills. Nothing will make you appreciate a wife more.
-Turn to Allah in the last third of the night and pray the Prayer of Need. Ask Him to help you put your life in order.
-Do not miss prayers, read Qu’ran every day with the meaning, and keep away from consuming the haram.
-Prepare yourself for marriage by taking this free course:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/marriage-in-islam-practical-guidance-for-successful-marriage/I pray that Allah blesses you in your career and blesses your union with a pious girl who can partner with you to create an Islamic and peaceful lifestyle.
[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 Masters 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.

Did the Companions Have Manuscripts of the Qur’an?

Question: 1) Is it true that there once existed a manuscript of the noble Quran that was accepted by the Ummah and is known in history as the manuscript of the noble Sahaba Ubbay ibn Kaab(RA)? Furthermore, does Chapter 33:6 include the words “He is a father to them,” even though when we read the noble Quran, it does not include the highlighted phrase?
2) Is it true there is a narration in Sunan Tirmidhi that refers to an incident where Abdullah ibn Masud(RA) told the people of Kufa to not take the noble Quran from Zaid ibn Thabit(RA) and not give it to Uthman ibn Affan(RA) when Muslims were ordered to submit all the copies they have in their possession? This hadith is regarded as Sahih. If it is true then why were the Companions reluctant?
3) Is it true that it is authentically narrated through multiple hadith that Surah Ahzab originally contained 200 verses, but we only read 73 in the Noble Quran today?

 

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

 

Did Ubayy b. Ka’b Have His Own Manuscript?

Yes, he did. As did many of the companions. There were copies of the text which was written in the presence of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) when he dictated the Qur’an after each section was revealed.

There is nothing controversial about this. All these manuscripts were burned – with the agreement of the companions – after the official state manuscripts were commissioned by ‘Uthman.

Yes, the wording “and he is a father to them” has been narrated from Ubayy and Ibn Mas’ud, but it is not Qur’an. Rather it would have been an explanation of the meaning. It cannot be treated as Qur’an in any way seeing as it is not mass transmitted.

 

Did Ibn Mas’ud Tell People To Not Submit Their Copies For Burning?

Yes, however, he later retracted this position and submitted his own copy, as the Imams Ibn Kathir and Dhahabi has pointed out. The issue was that he felt he was better qualified to compile and document the Qur’an than Zayd ibn Thabit.

However, Zayd had memorized the Qur’an completely by the time the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) passed away and was much younger, so better suited to bear the difficulties of this burden. This is why Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and later, ‘Uthman chose him. Ibn Mas’ud had only learned seventy-odd suras by then. He learned the rest later. The experience from the first time made Zayd even more suited for the second time.

(Qurtubi, Tafsir Qurtubi, Ibn Kathir, al Bidaya wa al Nihaya, Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam al Nubala)

The narration is sahih, but that is just a classification of its strength as a narration. It is not a doubt on the preservation of the Qur’an.

 

Did Sura al Ahzab Actually Have 200 Verses Initially?

No, it did not. This is a rumor that some of the Shi’ites spread, saying many verses praising the family of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) were omitted by the Companions. This is baseless and clear to anyone who has a deep grasp of the sura – let alone an understanding of the mass transmitted nature of the Qur’an’s preservation.

The Shi’ite mufassir, Fadl b. Hasan al Tabrasi, refuted this claim in this tafsir, ”As for additions to the Qurʾān – everyone agrees that this is evidently false. And omissions from it are even more of an impossibility.”

I urge you to take our course, ‘Ulum al Qur’an, on the Qur’anic sciences, and our course on the preservation of the Qur’an, From Revelation to Preservation. Do not listen to anyone who tries to cast doubts in the matter. The experts of the field have established water-tight proofs on the matter.

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.

Image of Islam in Media

Question: I am a practising Muslim, but for the last ten years I was deluded about the image of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), I was watching how the media portrays him. And I started believing that and developed a hatred towards our Prophet. Now, I have read about him and all I can do is love him more than anything. But my past haunts me, I feel like I wasn’t a Muslim for all these years and now even if I have repented, still Allah won’t accept me. How can I seek repentance for forgiveness for my past feelings?

Answer:

It is great news that you have realized how western media could portray a false image of a person. Sadly, regarding the image of Islam and its Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), it is not only media that spoils that image, but sadly, many extremist Muslims.

That being said, blaming the media does not free one from guilt. The Quranic injunction requires one to investigate. Allah says, “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful” (Qur’an 49:6).

Accordingly, your repentance is important. Your ill-thought of Allah’s Messenger should bring you to tears.

Repentance, hope, and forgiveness

However, know that Allah is All-Forgiving, and His Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is kind and merciful. Many people ill-treated Allah’s Messenger. He, however, always forgave and showed mercy. Fudalah bin Umayr (Allah be pleased with him) was filled with hatred for the Messenger (Allah bless him and give peace) so much so that he once set out to kill the Prophet by concealing a dagger beneath his cloak. He followed the Prophet while he was circumambulating the Ka’bah intending to take his life. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) read his mind, smiled at him, placed his hand on his chest, and prayed for him. Fudalah thereafter transmitted that when the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) placed his hand on his chest, no person under the sun was more hatred to me than him. By Allah, he did not raise his hand from my chest save that he became the most beloved of all people to me.

Loving the Prophet

Loving the Messenger (Allah bless him and give peace) is part of faith. Rather, the perfection of our faith depends on loving him. Our teacher, Habib Muhammad bin Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf, once said that if we were to have one atom of the love sayyiduna Abu Bakr (Allah be pleased with him) had for the Messenger, we would be flying out of love.

What I’m trying to convey, is that whatever amount of love we may currently have for the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), we are very much in need of increasing in that love.

The most effective way of increasing in love for him is to read books on his Seerah and characteristics. Of the most beneficial works in this regard is “Our Master Muhammad” by Shaykh Abdullah Siraj al-Din.  Also, equally important is to attend gatherings of salawat, such as the weekly gatherings of the mawlid.

And Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

Shaykh Abdurragmaan received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

 

Be And It Is

Creating a Blessed Home

Question: Did Allah say ‘Be’ to each individual thing, or to the universe and all that will ever be in one go?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Allah Most High says, ‘When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is’ (Qur’an, 2: 117).

This does not mean that Allah literally orders things to exist. Rather, it is a rhetorical way of showing that His will comes into effect immediately, just like an obedient subordinate immediately obeys the orders of his superior (Tafsir al Baydawi).

His will and power are ultimately one, and only seem many in view of the various and different things that they bring into being (Jawharat al Tawhid, Laqqani).

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