Ustadh Tabraze Azam

October 16, 2023 6 mins

Concern for Creation

This article is from Living Green: The Way of the Greatest Environmentalist (peace be upon him). Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Ali Hani, and Ustad Amjad Tarsin answer questions on care, responsibility and stewardship of the environment. This is the sixth article in the series. There is a collective responsibility. Have concern for the environment, animals, […]
August 24, 2022 2 mins

What Is the Ruling on a Food That May Have Been Contaminated with Unlawful Food?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Should we avoid foods that have a realistic chance of being contaminated with both lawful and unlawful ingredients? Answer Eating food from restaurants that have a reasonable possibility of contamination between lawful and unlawful ingredients would be a matter of personal, religious scrupulousness and piety. Basic religious observance would […]
June 28, 2022 4 mins

Reader on Parents Rejecting Suitors for Marriage

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When someone whose religion and character you are pleased with proposes to (someone under the care) of one of you, then marry to him. If you do not do so, then there will be turmoil […]
June 27, 2022 4 mins

Can a Wife Seek Separate Accommodation Apart from Family?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Can a wife seek separate accommodation apart from family? Answer A wife is entitled to her own, private living quarters, and a husband is religiously duty-bound to provide this for her in accordance with his financial means. She may forgo her right, however, for alternative living arrangements with in-laws […]
June 27, 2022 4 mins

What Is the Right Expiation for Breaking the Oath?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I took an oath but then broke it. In order to pay kaffara I had to pay 10 poor people however I do not know 10 poor people so I donated food for 10 people 1.5 kilos each of pasta and baked beans and 10 kilos of rice to […]
February 13, 2019 3 mins

How to Address Waswasa, Thoughts of Apostasy, and Pure Faith?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I have bad thoughts that keep coming over to me these last few days. It was really hard, and I tried my best every time not to entertain these bad thoughts. I have bad thoughts about like “leave Islam,” or something like “Apostate, I’m an apostate” and such. For […]
November 20, 2018 1 min

Is It Permissible To Use Wallpaper Images of Animals on It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Is it permissible to use wallpaper with decorative and ornamental images of animals on it? Answer Usually, it would be best to avoid wallpaper that has depictions of animate life on it unless the wall will be covered by something else, such as bookshelves and the like, whereby the […]
September 27, 2018 2 mins

When Is It Sinful to Walk in Front of Someone Who Is Praying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question What are the conditions, and when/where are you allowed and when/where are you not allowed to walk in front of someone when they are praying alone and/or in the congregation? Answer The basis is that you should avoid walking in front of somebody praying. The Messenger of Allah (Allah […]
March 11, 2018 2 mins

Should I Have a Beard If I Want to Have Long Hair?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I have heard many people say that you must have a beard if you want to grow a zulfa (having long hair). Is this a condition of growing a zulfa? What are the conditions of growing a zulfa and how to maintain it? Answer It is generally permissible to […]
November 9, 2017 1 min

Can White Discharge Be Yellow?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question A woman has her menses for 6 or 7 days and takes a Ghusl after seeing the white discharge. The white discharge is normally slightly yellowish in color during her pure days. If she sees a slight yellowish discharge on her undergarments, will it be counted as menstruation and […]
November 7, 2017 1 min

What Should I Do When in Doubt Regarding the Number of Prostrations?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Today, I was doing the prostrations of forgetfulness and forgot how many times I had bowed down. I ignored the doubts and ended the prayer. Was I correct? Also, I have been told one should pause for 1-2 seconds after every action; otherwise, the prostrations of forgetfulness are mandatory. […]
September 8, 2017 1 min

How Can I Know the End of My Menstrual Period?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question If there is no actual stain on a pad (for a long while) but inserting a white tissue at the opening yields patches of pink or red, is that still considered a part of menstruation? Answer The manner of determining the end of your menstrual period is by inserting […]
August 29, 2017 2 mins

Should I Abstain From Cutting My Hair and Nails Before Ritual Slaughter?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Is it recommended for the person performing the ritual slaughter (udhiya/qurbani) to abstain from cutting their hair and nails? I have seen hadiths going against it. Answer It is recommended for the person performing the ritual slaughter (udhiya/qurbani) to abstain from cutting their hair, nails and the like until […]
July 22, 2017 1 min

Is Oral Sex Permissible When Fasting?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I fast and my wife doesn’t. Is she allowed to perform oral sex on me? Are we allowed to have sex? Answer No, it would appear to be at least blameworthy and disliked for your non-fasting wife to perform oral sex on you during your fast. (Also be aware […]
July 18, 2017 2 mins

What Is the Difference Between the Non-Emphasized Sunna and the Recommended?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Does habitually not performing something that is sunna ghayr mu’akkada or mustahabb in the Hanafi School is makruh tanzihi? Are mustahabb and sunna ghayr mu’akkada synonymous in the Hanafi school? Answer No, it is not disliked to habitually leave the non-emphasized (ghayr mu’akkada) sunna, nor the recommended (mustahabb), as […]
April 18, 2017 1 min

Should I Apologize for Backbiting Someone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I have heard that one must apologize to the person if he has backbitten the latter. However, I have read that for backbiting; it is not mandatory to approach that person for forgiveness if the news has not reached him. How do I reconcile these two views? Answer There […]
December 16, 2016 1 min

Should One Do the Prostration of Forgetfulness Due to Pronunciation Errors?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question In Salah, is the prostration of forgetfulness required if one repeats verses due to pronunciation errors? (Hanafi School) Answer You should not be repeating verses due to pronunciation errors. For the most part, such non-deliberate errors are completely excused. Further, even reciting with correct tajwid is not a requirement […]
October 27, 2016 1 min

Am I a Disbeliever for Being Unable to Answer Waswas Regarding My Belief in Alla...

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I have sudden doubts about Allah and His Essence. I respond each time I’m facing these insinuating whispers until I become confused with my belief. I am saddened by this problem. Am I a disbeliever? Answer What you are describing is true faith. Rejoice, and don’t let the devil […]
October 18, 2016 2 mins

Is It Allowed to Wear Shorts While Playing Sports?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question Is it allowed to wear shorts while playing sports, if when running and jumping the shorts will lift and expose my knee and thigh? What about tight compression pants underneath the shorts? Also if I am playing with other brothers, without any women around, is it okay to play […]
October 13, 2016 3 mins

How Can I Make a Correct Intention So That My Good Deeds Are Rewarded?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question (1) Is an intention required for EVERY SINGLE DEED one does? (2) Can a person make one general intention once for all of their life? (3) Will we get rewarded for small habitual things even if we don’t make a specific intention? (4) How does one make the intention […]
July 21, 2016 3 mins

Do I Have to Fast in Ramadan If I Need to Take Drugs Daily?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question My grandmother is required to take a drug twice a day. One time is around midnight and the other time is around noon. What should she do during Ramadan, when she has to take it during the day? Does she have to fast during Ramadan? She has to take […]
April 3, 2016 1 min

Is It Valid to Recite Only One Verse in Each Cycle of the Fajr Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question What is the ruling on performing the Fajr prayer with the recitation of only one verse in each cycle due to beginning it one minute before sunrise? Answer Yes, your prayer would be valid if you finished before sunrise. However, you should repeat this prayer due to your deliberately […]
March 9, 2016 1 min

I Have Lied in Job Interviews. Are My Earnings Permissible?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question 1. I entered a degree course with the help of someone without taking the entrance exam and based on that qualification, I got a job. Have I done something impermissible? 2. I have lied during several job interviews about my experience. Am I sinful? Are my earnings permissible? Answer […]
February 21, 2016 1 min

What Is the Proper Way to Repent From Theft?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question I have stolen something from a franchise, but I do not know the value of it. What should I do to repent from my sin? Answer Consider finding the market value of the item online, for instance, and then add a reasonably safe amount and return that to the […]