Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

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 2, 2022 3 mins

Reader on Women’s Ranks in the Hereafter

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate “The inhabitants of Paradise, on that Day, will be happily busy. They and their spouses, in shades, reclining on couches. They will have therein fruits. They will have whatever they call for. Peace—a saying from a Most Merciful Lord.” [Quran, 36:55-58]   A question that is often […]
August 20, 2020 2 mins

Muharram: The Islamic Calendar’s January | A Reader

The new Islamic year is almost upon us and although setting New Year’s Resolutions based on the Islamic calendar isn’t a common practice, there are a few things we should do; reflect over the previous year and take a moment to assess our accomplishments, and think about how we can make the next Islamic year […]
June 13, 2020 3 mins

Black Lives Matter: Racism, Social Activism, Justice | A Reader

SeekersGuidance is always committed to provide clarity, answers, and guidance, especially when new issues emerge. We feel that in these times it is important for us to listen to our black leaders. In this reader we are featuring the voices of some of our most impactful black Muslim leaders, including Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Sherman […]
June 11, 2020 2 mins

Making the Most of Ramadan (Part 3): The Expression of Love

As Ramadan gets closer, here are some highlights from our popular On-Demand course, Making the Most of Ramadan. The Expression of Love by Ustadha Zainab Ansari In this section,  Ustadha Zainab focuses on the relationship between us and Allah through the lens of love. You will learn that fasting is a way to express your […]
May 19, 2015 2 mins

How Is a Child with Autism Viewed in Islam?

Answered by Shaykha Zaynab Ansari Question My 5 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with autism. I want to know what is their status is in the sacred law. Are they classified as mentally sane? Have any studies been undertaken by Muslimautis scholar or support groups regarding Muslim children with autism? Answer In the […]
September 29, 2014 2 mins

Why Does Islam not Allow Boyfriends and Girlfriends?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question Why does Islam not allow boyfriends and girlfriends? Answer In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful Dear Brother, Thank you for your question. The wisdom behind the strict rules pertaining to gender relations in Islam owe to core values of haya’ (modesty) and ‘iffah (chastity), legal principals […]
August 22, 2012 2 mins

My Husband Mistreats Me and He Doesn’t Pray

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question I’m having some issues with my husband.  He leaves me alone at night with our infant child while he spends time with his friends.  Often he sleeps on the couch instead of in the bed with me.  I told him this hurts me but he doesn’t care.  I feel […]
August 9, 2012 5 mins

How to Deal with a Dysfunctional Relationship with Parents?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question I am a Muslim female in my 20s. I live alone, away from my mother. For most of my life, I have spoken to my mother every day. As I have grown older, however, I have found it to be challenging to talk with my mother every day, as […]
December 29, 2010 5 mins

Guidelines for Interacting With the Opposite Sex

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question Being put in situations with women leaves me confused with no idea about how to interact with them.  I know the issues of khalwa and modesty are important, but I don’t really understand what they practically mean or how to put everything together. Could you provide some detailed guidelines […]
July 29, 2010 3 mins

Is It Impermissible for Me to Work Even If I Observe Proper Limits?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question I would like to know if women are allowed to work in environments where they will have to interact with men if they dress and interact modestly and limits interaction with the opposite gender as much as possible? Assume that a woman in such a position is working […]
December 14, 2009 2 mins

How Should I Approach a Potential Spouse?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question You said: “If a person sees someone they would like to approach for marriage and they have no idea who this person is or how to contact their family, then common sense would dictate that they establish some sort of communication.” My question is: Can a guy talk […]
October 12, 2009 3 mins

What are the Limits of Relationship between Males and Females?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razack Question What are the limits of the relationship between male and female (non-mahram)? For example, can they talk to each other about knowledge in a room on their own without a third party, or teach each other? Would the ruling be the same if one was with two or […]
October 7, 2009 2 mins

Does Allah Forgive Sex Outside of Marriage?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question Can God forgive someone who committed sex out of marriage? If yes, how? How does the person seek forgiveness for it? Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah […]