I Work in My Parents’ Restaurant and They Do Not Let Me Pray on Time. What Do I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I work at my parents’ restaurant. They wait till they get home to make their prayers up. They won’t let me pray at work and I have to make them up at home. I told them I was going to leave school and find another job to be […]

When May Parents Be Disobeyed, and How?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam’aleykum A sister is facing difficulties with her parents. It seems nothing she does pleases them. She is organizing a fundraiser but her father accuses her of using it as a means to do wrong. She also teaches 13-15 year old girls in an Islamic school; her father does […]

If My Parents Prepare Meat That is Not Halal, Should I Avoid Eating It?

Answered by Ustadh Torab Torabi Question: My parents get mad at me for eating halal. They yell at me for this. Although, I secretly am still eating halal. For example if they make haram meat at the dinner table, I say I am too full or my stomach hurts. It is really hard to keep this […]

How Can I Be a Dutiful Son While Maintaining Independence from Controlling Parents?

Answered by Ustadha Jameela Jafri Question: I wish to be a good son and fulfill my responsibilities. However I feel overwhelmed by my parents approach towards me. I feel I cannot be independent and live my own life and that my parents expect too much from me. How can I be a good son yet […]

Obeying Parents in Matters of Marriage

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I asked by mother to get married and she told be about a lady. She said I should speak to her and then marry her if I like her. Now she wants me to cut things off because she doesn’t think the lady’s mother is a good person, even […]

Can I Pursue a Career That Goes Against My Parents’ Wishes?

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Assalaamu `alaykum Is it ok to pursue a career that goes against my parents’ wishes? I REALLY don’t want to go into any medicinal line but my mom insists, “listen to your parents.” And when she says that, I sort of get scared.  However, if I do pursue […]

What Do I Do When My Parent Forces Me to Cheat?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My father is making me attend exams for university and skip my last year of school, something that is considered cheating and illegal.  I know this is wrong, but  I’m a minor who is still dependent on my family, so I don’t know what to do. I also […]

Must We Obey Our Parents If They Forbid Us From Attending Beneficial Islamic Gatherings?

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: I have heard of a hadith of a Yemeni man who wanted to see the Prophet (pbuh) but his mother was elderly and needed him, so the Prophet (pbuh) told the man to stay where he was. (If know of a reference for this hadith or its authenticity, […]

Interest, Parents, & Upholding Good Character

Answered by Ustadh Faraz Khan Question: I graduated college early because my family does not have alot of money and i didnt want to accrue much debt. I have a student loan which wont accruse interest until six months after graduation. I can pay it off, but my parents want me to contribute more money […]

Dealing With Non-Muslim Parents (II)

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan Question: My non-Muslim parents and relatives are against my practicing of Islam. Obedience and submission to God has no place in their mind. Since I am with them now, far away from scholars and people to ask for advice, my faith is terribly low. Here, I’m involved in sin […]