Can I Study Comparative Religion?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

I am doing my graduation in Religious Studies and have doubts because some say it’s not permissible to study if I don’t know my Religion well. I enjoy learning it and want to pursue higher studies in the field. I studied essentials beliefs as a child. Will I be sinful for this?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Protecting One’s Faith

Studying other religions, philosophy, and related matters is permissible for someone who has a grounding in the Islamic sciences. Otherwise, it would be impermissible to delve into such issues. It would come under the ruling of al Khawd fi al Batil (Delving into the False).

This is due to the many risks you’d be exposing yourself to. Many people are susceptible to confusion and doubts without proper training and understanding of beliefs and other aspects of the religion that could be misunderstood.

I’ve come across many people who have studied religion in such environments. It’s not where you would go to learn your religion to be closer to Allah. One scholar told me that to assert that the Hadith are actual statements of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) would cause one to be discredited.

I came across a doctor of philosophy from one of the major British universities. He has left Islam because Islam – supposedly – did not answer specific questions. When he stated the questions, I realized that they are all answered in the smallest commentary of Imam Sanusi’s ‘Aqida work (Sharh Sughra al Shughra). 

The approach to other Islamic sciences is not so far off. Whether it’s the doubts raised about Companions or the attitude that the Qur’an is not God’s word, the whole approach is corrosive to the faith of anyone who is not grounded in the sciences of the din.

Focus On What Benefits You

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Be avid for what benefits you.“ (Bukhari) Pick a field of study which engages you, and if it can be used to help humanity as well, it is even better. Use it as a means of benefitting your din, dunya, and akhira.

If, once you’ve gained a solid foothold in the Islamic sciences, and you want to return to this field, go ahead with the intention of benefiting Muslims. Until then, don’t place yourself in a situation you won’t be equipped to deal with. 

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Can I Write the Qur’an on a Hijab for an Art Project?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

I have an art project for school in which I’m supposed to do a self-portrait. I convinced my teacher that I wouldn’t be drawing my face, and I told her my alternative idea of writing literature in Arabic and English on cloth tied as a hijab on a face-less head mannequin. My idea got approved.

However, now I’m in a slight rut because I’m not sure if I can write the Qur’an on this cloth. Will it be disrespectful to use the Qur’an as a literary extract for this project?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

No, writing the Qur’an on the hijab for this purpose should not be done. The Qur’an is a book of guidance from God. It deserves the highest form of reverence. Using it for an art project in this way is not in line with that reverence.

You can write something non-religious in Arabic, such as some wise statements or poetry. This may work better and be better suited to the project. 

Perhaps you can find inspiration from the words of the contemporary bi-lingual Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. He has several works in Arabic and English.

Honor the Qur’an, ask Allah for success, and intend to benefit Allah’s creation through your studies long term. You’ll see much good.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Is Someone Still Muslim After Mocking Islam but Later Practicing Seriously?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum. 

Someone mocked Islam due to the attitude they gained from their upbringing. Then he started praying and practicing Islam sincerely. Does he have to renew his shahada?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Judges Decide On Problematic Statements

Firstly, we cannot say for sure that this person left Islam. This would be the role of a Judge. With the amount of misinformation and lack of knowledge of Islam globally, it wouldn’t be wise just to say someone has left Islam if they said something questionable.

This would have to be judged on a case-by-case basis by a judge and after looking at the particulars. This is if the statement is not a blatant denial or mockery of Islam that shows the person no longer wishes to be part of the religion.

Reaffirming One’s Islam

If this were the case, then any display of the acceptance of Islam and belief in it would suffice. Some scholars have said that the shahada would need to be repeated. (Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al Muhtar) However, the prayer includes a statement of the shahada, so it is unnecessary. 

Protecting Yourself and Those Around You

The best thing to do is to study the din constantly. Study belief so you gain certainty. Study Fiqh, so you know how to implement the din. Study about the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) so you know how to implement the spirit of Islam. Study the Qur’an and Spirituality so you can develop your relationship with Allah.

This will bring a layer of understanding and protection to your life. You’ll see many blessings from it. When you study the angels surround you, mercy and tranquility descend. It becomes a means to getting to Paradise easily.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Does a Disbeliever Acknowledge His Disbelief?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu alaykum.

 “Allah will neither forgive nor show the right way to those who believed, and then disbelieved, then believed, and again disbelieved, and thenceforth became ever more intense in their disbelief.“ (Qur’an, 4:137)

This person is out of the fold of Islam and can never be forgiven. Does this person know that he is a munafiq and if he doesn’t know, does that mean such a person doesn’t come under this verse, snd so do they still have a chance to be a believer? And what is meant by belief and disbelief?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam was rahmatullah was barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Definition of Belief

Belief and disbelief are conscious and deliberate choices. It is impossible to have one or the other without choosing it and deciding to be that way.

Belief is defined as affirming the truth of what the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) conveyed from Allah. This is called ‘tasdiq’ in Arabic.

Imam Laqani said in his famous poem on Creed, “Iman has been explained as affirmation (tasdiq).“ (Laqani, Jawhara al-Tawhid) Scholars also use the word ‘idh’an’ to explain tasdiq, which has the understanding of affirmation and surrender.

The Disbeliever knows the truth and chooses to surrender or accept it is the truth. The hypocrite knows this too, be he feigns surrender. Inwardly, he is a disbeliever.

None of these matters happen unknowingly. Sincere repentance and acceptance of Islam is the way out. Unfortunately, such people are not interested in that usually. That is why they get severe punishment.

Please watch the tafsir of the opening few verses of Sura al Baqara. The matter will be clear for you, insha’Allah.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Is Testerone Treatmeant Permissible?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

I am a man and have some kind of disease or genetic problem that physicians have not figured out as of now. I produce too much estrogen and have deficient testosterone. My physician and says I should use testosterone treatment to increase the amount in my body. Is this permissible?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam was rahmatullah was barakatuh. 

I pray Allah gives you good health and wellbeing.

There is nothing intrinsically impermissible about the treatment you mentioned. It would be permissible to take. Even haram substances can be used for treatment if there is no halal alternative and doctors think they will benefit. (Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al Muhtar)

Turn to Allah. Pray an istikhara. Repent from any sins there may be, and use the illness as a means to direct your focus to the Akhira, which never ends. That will be the best way of benefitting from the test. 

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Am I Accountable if I Can’t Be Patient in a Test?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

I listened to a video answer by Sh. Abdur-Rahim Reasat about being tested beyond what one can handle. If a person suffers such a test, would they be accountable for what they say or do? I’m asking because several people I know have suffered horribly (loss of loved ones, abuse, miscarriages/infertility, etc.). So I’m getting this doubt: if it’s beyond a person’s God-given ability to be patient, does God also punish them for not being patient? Wouldn’t that be setting a person up for failure?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam was rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Allah does not set anyone up for failure. Allah sets us up for success. Always. Everything that happens to us has great wisdom behind it. All trials have their benefits too.

If someone could not be patient in a test, they would still have their bad deeds wiped away. Some scholars have said that just living through a trial is a means of getting rewarded.

Sometimes, people are pushed beyond what they can handle, and they are overwhelmed to the point that they cannot show strength and fortitude at that moment. Perhaps making them feel like they are at their lowest before Allah raises them and changes matters entirely for them.

For example, Maryam was at her lowest when giving birth due to the combination of the difficulty of childbirth with the emotional pain of the situation and the anxiety of what would be said about her. She wished for death. Yet, she ended up being one of the most blessed beings in existence: the mother of one of the greatest of the Prophets (peace and blessings be on them all), along with her virtues.

Allah is the All-Merciful

Allah would not punish someone for not being able to bear a trial. We, Believers, have the best opinion of Allah, and that is that He is highly merciful to His servants. 

Only sins are deserving of punishment. An example of this would be accusing Allah of having done something wrong to you (We ask Allah’s refuge from that). That is a sin (Birgivi, al Tariqa al Muhammadiyya).

This is very different from someone being temporarily placed in a situation they cannot handle. Most of the tests we face are situations we can handle because through our responses and choices, we draw closer to Allah. 

Everything You Experience Is What’s Best For You

The tests of life are aimed at bringing out your best qualities and manifesting your highest potential. They are not a means to make people slip so they can be punished. It’s not like a trick question. 

This is what the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) indicated when he said, “[I am truly] amazed at the affair of the Believer. Everything that happens to him is the best, and that is not the case for anyone but the Believer. If good times come to him, he is grateful, and that is better for him. If hard times come to him, he is patient, and that is better for him. (Muslim)

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Can I Remove Some Hair If I Am Sacrificing (Qurban)?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

I am not cutting my nails and hair during the ten days of Dhul Hijjah as part of Qurban.

I wanted to ask if it’s allowed to pluck odd hairs I get on my face. I am female but get the odd hair on my chin and upper lip, which are very coarse and thick and noticeable, and I was wondering if I still have to leave this during these ten days or if these can be removed as an exception due to them not being normal for a female?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

You may remove those odd hairs if you wish. It is recommended not to remove one’s hair and nails – unless they have grown to the point where it is wajib to remove them. 

Doing so would not be sinful; but merely sub-optimal. (Ibn Abidin, Radd al Muhtar)

Remember to rejoice in favor of Allah. The ability to obey and worship Him is a tremendous gift – let alone the rewards and forgiveness that come with the sacrifice.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Can I Skip Washing My Face in Wudu Due to Medical Reasons?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu Alaikum,

I am having issues using my medication creams for acne/scars on my face. I need to use them day and night, but it’s not possible because I need to wash my face during wudu multiple times per day.

The benefits of medication are gone after washing my face. What should I do?

Answer

Wa ‘alayukum assalam was rahmatullah was barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

If it is possible to gently wash your face after having applied the cream so that the water does not remove the creams, your wudu will be valid. If that is not possible, you can wipe a moist hand over your face without removing the cream. This will be valid, and you just have to make sure most of your face is wiped. (al Hadiyya al Ala’iyya – Ala al Din b. Abidin)

These two solutions should be sufficient. If they are not, you can leave the washing of your face and do the rest of the actions of wudu’.

Study For Peace Of Mind

I urge you to take one of our courses on the fiqh of worship. Doing so will be very beneficial. Knowledge is very empowering, especially in matters of religion. Many things become easy with it.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

What Is The Ruling Of Silhouettes?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalam Alaykum.

There are logos of all federal states in my passport (non-Muslim country), of which a state has a cross, other animate pictures. There is an animate being in front of the passport, which is a shade but almost like a drawing. What is the ruling of this?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

What you described sounds like a silhouette. They are permissible to draw, and praying in their presence does not affect the validity of the prayer. This is the same for all non-detailed images, even if they are of living beings. (Ibn Abidin, Radd al Muhtar)

You don’t have to worry about such matters. As the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Indeed, [the practice of] the religion is ease itself.“ (Bukhari) If you are unsure of something, ask us again.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

 

 

Can I Take This ‘Interest-Free’ Loan?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Assalamu ‘alaykum.

I wanted to ask if I can borrow money from a website provider. They are offering me £2400. The offer mentions that it is interest-free. However, they will take £2700 by cutting 5% of each sale I make. If I don’t sell, they won’t take it, I believe.  

They take a percentage from each sale until it reaches £2700. 

They say this is a fee and not interest. Is it permissible to take this loan? 

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

No, it would not be permissible to take this loan. They may not class it as interest, but it comes under the definition of riba. They would be lending you an amount, taking back that amount, and then taking extra. 

The amount paid back is in exchange for what would be borrowed. The extra amount would not be in exchange for anything besides the fact they gave you the loan. This is Riba. There is also a fiqhi principle that states, “Every loan that brings in some benefit is Riba.“ (Maydani, al Lubab)

Do yourself a favor and stay away from it. Ask Allah to facilitate the money from a halal source, pray a salat al haja, and then ask a family member or a friend. Allah will ease what is good for you. It’s better to stay away from this as much a possible.

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. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.