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 […]

Supplicating in Prostration

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: I am aware that one is closest to Allah during prostration within prayer. I believe it is strongly recommended to supplicate to Allah at this time and though it is preferred to make supplication in Arabic, supplicating in English is permitted as well. Can you confirm this? Answer: assalamu […]

Supplicating for Death in Madina & Burial in Baqi

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Is it praiseworthy to ask to die in Madina and to be buried in Jannatul-Baqi? What is the significance of being buried in a place like Jannatul Baqi? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuh, This is an […]

The Evil Eye: A Reality?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is the evil eye real? How does one avoid it? Answer: Walaikum assalam, The evil eye is a reality. It can be powerful. Qadi Abu Bakr Ibn al-Arabi al-Maliki and others explain that it is from Allah s Will that sometimes He creates harmful effects from the evil or […]

Pregnancy & Making Up Fasts: Does She Really Have To?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: There was a recent post stating that women who are pregnant must make up their fast. This differs greatly from something that I’d read in another book. I am confused and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Answer: assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah The position of the four schools, based on […]

Excessive Praise of the Prophet? Understanding the Meaning of Praise

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: My question is in regards to the difference between praise and worship. I understand that there is nothing wrong with praising the Beloved of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) since this praise does not imply worship. My question then is how is this reconciled with “Alhamdulillah”? […]

Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: How can I convince my self about the truth of Islam and that my ceremonial actions like salat and dua have any effect? I converted when I was a teenager and have been practicing regularly. Yet, for everything else in the universe, or at least for the things […]

Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: What role do actions play in salvation?  There are, of course, Muslims out there who have adopted ideas similar to the Christians that belief is all that you need to be saved. What would you advise that I tell them. Answer: assalamu `alaykum All that one needs to be […]

Placing the Qur’an on the Floor: Not Permissible

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Regarding the Quran, are there any explicit sayings from the Quran itself, hadith, or scholars regarding placing it on the floor or low places? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. There are many general proofs for the impermissibility of placing the Qur’an on the floor, or treating […]