How Should I Deal With Being Attracted to the Same Gender and Having Most of My Friends From the Opposite Gender?

Question: I am a man, and growing up, I was always very feminine, so I have more female friends than male. I relate to them better and have more meaningful friendships with them. I know this is wrong, but I don’t how to fix it. They’re not religious and would get very upset if I told them our religion has rules on gender interaction. They would also notice if I withdrew gradually as we’re very close. I’m also attracted to other men, and so I’m afraid of it causing fitnah if I were to get close to men. Advice?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your frustration at having to push yourself in the other direction, but I guarantee you that your reward with your Lord will be multiplied if you do out of sincerity for Him.

Friendships with ladies

Yes, there are rules on gender interaction, and they are put there for an excellent reason. You are not the first one to enjoy friendships of the opposite gender. There are many reasons people get along with the opposite gender, including a) no fear of competition, b) acceptance and comfort, c) no romantic pressure, etc., and the list goes on. However, some authors and researchers have found that men and women can’t have platonic friendships because of hidden feelings most of the time.

Honesty

The reality is that in your case, even if you don’t have those feelings, the rulings don’t change. Anything can happen in the future, and Islam is eager to prevent the changing of friendships into something else. If you want to change your friends for the sake of Allah, you should do it, and it doesn’t matter if your friends get upset. They will calm down over time, and they should respect your decision to follow your religion. You don’t need to hide it or do it gradually; proceed as you see fit. Cold turkey is usually the easiest way.

Attraction

In short, if you are worried about being attracted to other men, don’t. If you haven’t done anything haram with a man until now, I am sure you won’t. Stick to your obligations to your Lord, Most High, reduce your screen time dramatically, spend more time in nature in the fresh air, eat less junk and sugar, take your supplements and surround yourself with religious positive people. Take a free course on the Prophet’s life and other obligatory knowledge to kick-start your transition.

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/absolute-essentials-of-islam-shafii-habshis-encompassing-epistle-explained-getting-started-with-your-belief-and-practice/

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/meccan-dawn-the-life-of-the-beloved-prophet-muhammad-in-mecca/
Ask Allah

Pray to Allah that He helps you reconcile these feelings and makes it easy for you to subdue them. Express your feelings through du`a, ask Allah to help you, guide you, and give you the very best outcome. Allah is always there to listen and loves to be asked. Trust in Allah that if you take care of Him, he will take care of you, as we know from a Prophetic hadith.

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “When half of the night or two-third of it is over. Allah, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends to the lowest heaven and says: ‘Is there any beggar so that he be given? Is there any supplicator so that he be answered? Is there any beggar of forgiveness so that he be forgiven? (And Allah continues it saying) till it is daybreak.‘“ [Muslim]

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/my-friend-of-the-same-gender-has-feelings-for-me/

May Allah reward you for your sincerity and give you the best in this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

 

 

How Can I Compensate for My Immense Regret at Backbiting About One of My Friends?

Question: I have been a terrible person talking behind the backs of one of my friends. Sometimes I felt hurt, and I ranted ill about him. He doesn’t know at all and is a good friend. I feel guilt, sadness, and depression; I don’t know what to do. I feel awful, I don’t have the courage to tell him about all the ill things I said about him, and every time I talk to him, I feel guilt and regret. Please help me; I’m an awful person.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Your regret and pain are some of the signs of accepted repentance. Your heartbrokenness and sincerity are a gift, and you should be grateful that Allah made you hate your action.

Telling your friend

You should not tell your friend that you were backbiting about him if it would upset the friendship and break his heart. Your sincere repentance is the first step, and you may also consider praying the Prayer of Repentance. Please see the excellent resources here:

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/


https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-should-i-apologize-after-backbiting-someone/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-to-repent-from-backbiting/
https://islamqa.org/shafii/qibla-shafii/33940

Mercy

Allah expects His servants to sin, but He also expects them to repent. Remember that you are not alone. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence, and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.“ [Muslim]

In addition to this, Allah is keen to forgive his sincerely repentant servants. He tells us, in His book, “Say, ˹O Prophet, that Allah says,˺ “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy, for Allah certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.“ [Qur’an, 39:53]

Compensation

If you want to make it up to your friend, somehow, buy him a gift, or give some charity on his behalf and your behalf. You can even read some Qur’an and donate the reward to him. The possibilities are endless. Also, make a habit of catching yourself when you are backbiting and note where you were and who you were with. This is incumbent in figuring out one’s triggers and preventing the problem in the future.

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Have taqwa (fear) of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people. [Tirmidhi]

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next, and may He allow all of us to purify our tongues and hearts.

[Ustadh] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

 

How Can I Become a Steadfast Muslim After Getting Out of an Illicit Relationship?

Question: Is every pain that we feel a trial? I was in a haram relationship, but by the Mercy of Allah, He led me out of it. When I was in that relationship, I was cheated on by him often and got verbally abused. I used to cry a lot. I thought that because I was in a haram relationship, Allah would never see my pain because of my disobedience. Those moments were excruciating. From now on, how can I be a good Muslim, and can I have tips for remaining steadfast?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your pain, and I am pleased that you have moved past this sin. I believe from now on; you will find much good and many blessings in your life by His grace.

Tawba

The first step toward changing yourself is repentance. Sincere repentance with sincere regret and the resolve to never do it again with any boy is essential. Please see the details here:

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/

Learn

The second step is to increase your knowledge and apply it to your life correctly. Learn your basic obligations in Islam and the halal and haram of daily life. Couple these with a class on the Prophet’s biography (Allah bless him and give him peace) for inspiration and heart softening. See these always-free classes linked here:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/absolute-essentials-of-islam-shafii-habshis-encompassing-epistle-explained-getting-started-with-your-belief-and-practice/

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/meccan-dawn-the-life-of-the-beloved-prophet-muhammad-in-mecca/

Resources

Watch these videos on steadfastness, and see the other links below for more tips on changing yourself for the better after much pain and tribulation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5hJ56OYsT0
https://seekersguidance.org/show/dealing-tribulations-inward-outward/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HMzg0HSH1U

Finally, I want you to know that Allah did see the pain you were going through, and He did not cast you aside because of the disobedience. Proof that Allah heard your pain is that He took you out of this situation, giving you what was the best for you, and for that, your gratitude should be unending. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next and bless you with a husband who will treat you well and give you all that you deserve and more.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Is It Permissible To Watch Movies and Cartoons if I Fast-Forward the Kissing Parts?


Question: Is it permissible to watch movies and cartoons if I fast-forward the impermissible parts such as kissing and the like? What is the ruling regarding the `awra (nakedness) of a cartoon character?
Answer:Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, watching screens has become a common pastime for children and adults. Children do it for constant stimulation or out of addiction, and adults usually let them do it to have a break from the kids.

Please see the rulings pasted below written by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan about watching TV and cartoons.

The ruling of a male viewing a female


The prohibition of looking at members of the opposite sex is restricted to human beings. It is haram for an adult man to look at any part of the body of a strange, adult woman with desire. Shafi’i scholars differ on whether it is prohibited or permissible to look at the hands and face of a strange, adult woman without desire and in a situation where there is no fear of fitna.

For this purpose, fitna is defined as anything that may lead to intercourse or its preliminaries. The official view is that it is haram to look at her hands and face, even in the absence of desire and lack of fear of fitna. The unofficial view, which is the view chosen by many of our local scholars, is that it is permissible to look at the hands and face of a strange, adult woman without desire and where there is safety from fitna. [Mugni al-Muhtaj]

The ruling of a female viewing a male
Likewise, according to the official view, it is haram for an adult woman to look at the awra of a strange, adult man with or without desire. The unofficial view, which is the carried view of many of the scholars in our community, is that looking at parts other than the awra is permissible in the absence of desire and safety from fitna. [Mugni al-Muhtaj]

The viewing of non-humans
However, these rules do not apply to non-humans, whether real or imaginary (like a cartoon). It is permissible for a man to look at ,a woman’s cartoon image woman’s cartoon image provided he does so without desire. According to the Shafi’i school, looking at any object with desire, even a stone, is haram.

Summary
In short, looking at a cartoon is permissible if it is done without desire. If it is done with desire, it is impermissible.

Having said that, we have discussed the ruling on watching films, series, and television in detail in a different answer.

And Allah knows best.

Also, see the following answer, written by Ustadh Omar Popal, Watching animated television, as long as the content is lawful, is permissible.

If the cartoon promotes content that is unlawful in Islam, then watching, it would be impermissible. Ex. Using foul language etc.
Regardless of its permissibility, it is not something that recommend in the  Sacred Law due to it not having intrinsic benefit. Watching cartoons to relax is understood, but it should not become something that constantly takes away from one’s time.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “There are two blessings in which many people incur a loss. Their health and free time.“ [Bukhari]
“The feet of the son of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Judgement, until he is asked about five things: about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew.” (Tirmidhi, al-Sunan)
Imam al-Ghazali mentions: Every single breath of yours is a priceless jewel because it is irreplaceable; once it is gone, there is no return for it. So do not be like fools who rejoice each day as their wealth increases while their lives decrease. (Ghazali, Bidayatul Hidaya)
Using that which is permitted in the sacred law as a means of relaxation is good. However, it should only be limited to that and not become a custom or habit that distracts us from our life’s purpose; Getting to know and worship our creator.
And Allah alone knows best.“

I hope these answers give you what you are looking for, may Allah reward you for your sincerity and concern, and may He give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria,, for two years,, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan,, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

How Can I Help My Daughter Say No to Boys Who Approach Her for an Illicit Relationship?



Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,
Thank you for your question.

Role Model

The best thing you can do for your daughter is to be a role model of Islamic character, following the rules of gender interaction, and covering correctly. She should see you lower your gaze around men, speak to non-mahram men reservedly, and keep a distance from men.  This will set the standard of gender interaction for her and leave no confusion in her mind between right and wrong. Encourage her to cover correctly in loose, modest clothing and never leave the house with make-up.

Resources

See the links below to excellent answers and consider taking a course on raising righteous children; it’s never too late:

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/keys-to-raising-righteous-children-eight-lessons-on-successful-parenting/

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-are-the-principles-of-gender-interaction-in-islam/
https://seekersguidance.org/podcast-feeds/family-society/modest-clothing-for-men-and-women/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-are-the-requirements-of-hijab/

Rely on Allah

The bottom line is that you cannot make every decision for her and you must be prepared to let her live her life. She might make mistakes along the way, but you should guide her and love her every step of the way. Ask Allah constantly to increase her taqwa (God-fearingness) and hand over your inabilities and fears to Him. Your willingness to support her and show her what is right without embarrassing her or destroying her self-confidence is the best thing you can do as a mother. May Allah give you and your family the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

What Do I Do if My Father Is So Threatening That I Mistrust Men and Fear Marriage?

Question: My dad is a loving man and a good father, but lately, he has been a little manipulative, like telling me that he doesn’t want to beat my sister and me and telling me that he will get mad at me. I don’t want him to get mad or beat me since I’ve seen how horrible he was towards my stepmom when she didn’t obey him. I’m getting scared, and I have trouble trusting men. I don’t know how I can get married if I can’t trust my dad.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you are going through these ups and downs with your father. It is not right for a young lady to be beaten by her father because she makes him angry. What happened to discussing things and mutual understanding?

How fatherhood affects their children

Elisabetta Franzoso, a life coach and counselor, tells us that a child’s relationship with her father affects her in the following ways:
Self-confidence: she may prioritize others’ lives and not see herself as important if the father never showed her importance.
Identity: How to be a man and how to be a woman is conveyed to children, affecting how she forms her identity as a woman and what to expect from men.
Relationships: A person tends to fall into the same marriage patterns that she witnessed unless she intentionally and consciously works hard to break those standards.
Career: She will view her career in the same way that her father did, balancing it well with family life or struggling with it or forgoing it all together and ignoring her ambitions.
Values: Watching her father will form the values and beliefs that they live by and the world view they develop. This will fuel the child’s sense of right and wrong and guide them in their decisions.
Parenting: A child might grow up and end up parenting as her parents did, but she should weigh her strategies and assess them before blindly repeating the cycle.
[https://thriveglobal.com/stories/types-of-damaging-fathers-and-how-they-influence-who-we-are/]

Mistrust

Although you have had some bad experiences with your father, you should not let this define your relationship with others, especially your husband. The best thing you can do is communicate with your father to heal this pain and alleviate this fear. Look at all the men in the family around you and pinpoint their negative patterns of behavior. You want to avoid marrying someone who has the qualities that you fear.

Learn

According to the Qur’an, a married person is expected to behave as a garment for their spouse, protecting them, covering them, helping them, and making them feel secure. The best thing you can do to prepare yourself to find a good man is to take a course on marriage here and hone your skills to be a good wife and get an education. Please see this excellent link on true Islamic marriage:
https://dev.seekersguidance.org/articles/social-issues/they-are-your-garments-and-you-are-theirs-by-maulana-m-mansur-ali/

seekersguidance.org/courses/marriage-in-islam-practical-guidance-for-successful-marriage/

 

Ask Allah

Ask Allah to strengthen your relationship with your dad and to open doors of communication between you. Pray the Prayer of Need, supplicate before dawn regularly and ask Allah to send you a pious, kind, devout man. Intend to respect and obey him, and expect him to respect and have mercy on you. Make the give-and-take equal between you, but always be willing to give a little more. May you dwell with your future husband in tranquility and peace in this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

 

Is It Permissible for Me To Take Off My Hijab Since I Have Reached Menopause as a Teenager?

Question: I am a teenage girl who has reached early menopause, so is it compulsory for me to still wear a hijab? In the Qur’an, it is said that women can stop wearing hijab when they reach menopause.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Dear questioner, your circumstance is infrequent; about one in a thousand ladies encounter menopause in their teens. I pray that you recover swiftly if this was from an illness or if not, then I pray that you have good health and relief in the future.

The ruling

Your question is answered in full detail here, by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/women-wear-hijab-menopause-elderly/

Modesty

Please know that, as a young woman in the prime of your youth and beauty, there would be no exception made for you because of your health issue. You would be required to cover yourself and carry yourself modestly, following the rules of gender interaction. Please see more details below:

Resources

https://seekersguidance.org/podcast-feeds/worship-spirituality/beyond-hijab-2/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIQd0bGYfiU
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/gender-interaction/

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next and facilitate your matters for you.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

 

 

 

Does Being Good to One’s Parents Compensate for Committing a Major Sin?

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your sincerity and for your longing to mend your actions with your Lord.

Tawba

The only thing that is required of you after committing an enormity is sincere repentance. This is more effective than simply being good to parents because you communicate directly with Allah and tell Him that you regret what you did and will not do it again. See the conditions here:
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/

Change

After repenting for your sin, you should be hopeful that Allah will accept it and the right course of action is to change one’s life and oneself. Following the light of Islam and pursuing a life of knowledge and action, and being abundant in performing good deeds is true change. Changing the company that one keeps is also essential, as one usually sins again in their presence. Being good to one’s parents can be a part of this positive change.

Mercy

Allah, Most High, told us not to despair when He said, “Say, ˹O Prophet, Allah says,˺ “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy, for Allah certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Qur’an, 39:53]

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Every son of Adam commits sin, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.’” [Ibn Maja] and, he said, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,  ‘The one who repents from sin is like one who did not sin.’” [Ibn Maja]

Turn to Allah sincerely and change yourself, and I am certain that Allah will give you a beautiful life. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Is It Permissible for a Woman To Work as a Lawyer When She Has Male Clients and May Have To Be Alone With a Man in an Office?

Question: Can I work as a woman as a lawyer? Is it a problem if a woman works with men? As a lawyer, I will also have male clients and have to be alone with them in my room at work. Is it in Islam allowed?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your concern about your religion and your sincerity.

It is permissible for a woman to work as a lawyer even if she has male clients. However, she must still follow the rules of seclusion (khalwa) regarding gender interaction and not neglect her duties at home if she is married. Please see the details here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWhCd676peA
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/wife-working/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/is-it-permissible-to-work-for-a-women-who-doesnt-actually-need-it/

Also, see the rules of gender interaction and follow them to have blessings in your job and circumstances.
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-reader-on-gender-interaction/

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

What Alternative Does a Woman Have Who Is Compelled To Work To Pay Off a Student Loan After She Is Married When She Is Not Obliged To Have a Career Anyway?

Question: Women are not obligated or even encouraged to work in Islam, but education is mandatory for all Muslims. Many women are pursuing higher education with the help of interest-bearing student loans. Then they work to pay off the loan, even after marriage. Is it necessary? What alternative does she have to consider?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

The ruling on student loans

Thank you for your question. Muslim students who take interest-bearing student loans for their education must clearly understand the ruling on this. Please see the links for details:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/jobs-and-income/student-loans-in-the-uk/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKG1cYJ215M

Paying the loan back

However, your question points to whether women should be doing it instead of men, and I believe that the case is no different. Islam gives women and men the right to an education, and both should figure out a way to study something beneficial and pay for it in a permissible way. I can guarantee you that most educated men want to have educated wives, facilitating how they see the world when they are married.

Options

A student might consider working while studying, applying for interest-relief programs, doing summer jobs to pay for school, or applying for grants and scholarships. If a woman, or man, ends up working after marriage to pay school loans (hopefully, which are interest-free), they fulfill an obligation, and the sooner the family is debt-free, the better. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.