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 […]

Understanding the Qur’anic Verse “Slay them wherever you find them”: Balance, Justice, and Mercy in Islamic Rules of Jihad

Answered by Sidi Faraz Khan Question: Could you please explain the verse of the Qur’an, “slay the polytheists wherever you find them” [9:5]  What are the implications of this verse and why/when was it revealed? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, InshaAllah  you are well. The key to understanding the verse in question is to understand […]

Explaining the Caravan Raids by Early Muslims

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Can you please tell me the Islamic point of view on early Muslims attacking caravans? I get this a lot from non-Muslims and I wish to give them a proper response. Unfortunately, militants also use this reasoning as an excuse to do their militant attacks. Answer: Wa alaikum […]

Joy at the Birth of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace): The Narration Concerning Abu Lahab

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Can you shed a bit of light on the issue of the hadith that says something to the effect that Abu Lahab will be given an easement from punishment on Mondays because he was so overjoyed by the birth of the Prophet (Allah bless him) that he freed […]

Making Up Missed Prayers: A Point of Scholarly Consensus

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is making up missed prayers necessary? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. The position of all four Sunni schools is that it is obligatory (fard) to make up all missed prayers, regardless of why they were […]