Sisters-Only Swimming: What is the Proper Swim Attire to Wear Around Others?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: We have sisters-only swimming here and I am wondering what is best to wear. What do women need to cover around other women in the Shafi`i school?  I am aware that the awrah (nakedness) is from the navel to the knee, but I have seen some fatwas (religious […]

Does Growing Hair on the Chin Meet the Criteria of a Beard in the Shafi`i School?

Answered by Shaykh Faiz Qureshy Question: What is the ruling on a man shaving his beard except his chin, i.e. that which remains on the chin in a typical Western goatee – does this meet the criteria of a “beard”? I am concerned with the Shafi’i position. Answer: BismiLlah. In relation to the question, firstly […]

Some Distinctive Traits of Sunni Islam

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan Question: A friend recently asked me: Why am I Sunni? He was Shia himself. So his question was from the sense of why not any other sect within Islam? I didnt know the answer to this, meaning I didnt know what was distinctive about Sunni beliefs upon which we […]

The Path of Taqwa: Avoiding Differences of Opinion

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is there any benefit in trying to avoid differences of other schools? Why, and what are the limits? Answer: In the Name of Allah, most Merciful “The way of the spiritual traveler is to avoid differences of opinion, and to stick to that which is agreed upon.” – Imam […]

Dealing with Death: Inward & Outward Manners

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: My grandmother is about to die, it seems. How does one deal with death? What can I do for her? Answer: Walaikum assalam, Inwardly: 1. Patience, 2. Submission to the Divine Will, 3. Reflection on the fleetingness of live, 4. Taking admonition for one’s own situation. Shaddad ibn Aws […]

The Braids of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace)

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Recently in our weekly study circle I learnt that at one point the hair of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him) was braided. Is there any more detail on how this was and when it is permissable to do?  At work my hair goes all over the place […]

How Did the Devil Tempt Adam & Hawa (Eve)?

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: If the Devil (shaytan) was cast out of Heaven after refusing to bow down to Adam and refusing to show him respect, how is it that he was able to tempt Adam in heaven into disobeying Allah? Answer: Wa alaikum salam, Thank you for your question. Firstly, it […]

The First Prayer After the Night Journey: Why Was it Dhuhr and not Fajr?

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: I was asked this question by a friend and don’t really know the answer. Why was the first prayer prayed after the Prophet’s ascent (mi`raj) Zuhr and not Fajr? Answer: As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, We pray this reaches you in the best of health and […]

Allah Breathing His Spirit Into Jesus? The Possible Meanings of this Verse & The Approach of Sunni Islam Towards Ambiguous Texts

Answered by Ustadh Faraz Khan Question: What is the meaning of the verse that states Allah blowing His spirit into Jesus? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, InshaAllah you are well. The verse in question is, “So We breathed into him of Our spirit” (66:12) What the Scholars of Exegesis Have Mentioned According to works of […]

Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer

Answered by Ustadh Faraz Khan Question: In a class I attended recently, we were told that reciting Surah Yaseen is a sunnah for the sick and dying (in their presence). However, it is not a sunnah not after a persons death. We were told this was a cultural practice and brings no benefit to the […]