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Predestination and Seeking Forgiveness

Question: Given that everything is already preordained, and whether or not Allah forgives us is already set in stone, why do we seek forgiveness?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

While it is true that everything is preordained, our prayers and seeking forgiveness is also part of what Allah has preordained, and works as part of the whole system of things.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘Nothing holds back predestination except for prayer’ (Tirmidhi and others). That is to say, Allah destines that we will ask for forgiveness and destines that He will forgive us. It is part of the grand scheme.

So, from our side of this grand scheme, stuck here in time and being responsible for our own actions, we just work on avoiding sins, seeking guidance, and asking for forgiveness. We do this because we want to be forgiven and because Allah has told us in the Qur’an to ask Him for forgiveness.

‘And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful’ (Qur’an, 72:20).

 

Please see as well:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/islamic-belief/destiny-and-human-responsibility-in-islam/

Can Supplication Change Destiny?

Divine Decree and Misgivings

The Reality and Etiquettes of Supplication: A Reader

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

Asking Allah To End My Life

Question: Is it permissible to ask Allah to take your life? I am an 18-year-old Muslim. The immense amount of uncertainty in my life, plus the numerous parental fights I’ve been witnessing my whole life is making me consider suicide as an option. I have thought about the easiest way to commit suicide without causing anyone any inconvenience, and I think asking Allah to take my life is the easiest. I don’t have anything to live for. I constantly question how insanely more difficult my life is just going to become if I fail to go to a good university for an undergrad, an option which seems extremely unlikely.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am very concerned about your question and I pray that you can understand that you are very much wanted and needed by everyone around you. If you have a plan to end your life, please seek professional help immediately and seek a therapist that can help you break out of this cycle of despair.

Suicide

The absolute best advice that I can give you is to read this article by Ustadh Anik Misra:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/ridding-oneself-of-depression-and-suicidal-thoughts/

Suicide seems like the way out, but it is not. It is not permissible to ask Allah to end your life, and leaving this world in a manner that is displeasing to Allah is the very thing that the Devil wants from you. You will be robbing yourself of a chance at a lifetime of good deeds, repentance, gratitude, family, maturity, love, closeness to your Lord, education, progress, improving yourself, and abundant worship. Muslims, on the other hand, look for a “good end“ and wait until their Lord has decreed to meet them. Suicide leaves your family in unimaginable pain, anger, and lets the Devil win. It truly is the worst possible option for any believer.

Life is full of problems

It is true that life is full of problems and that things are not easy. I understand that you are stressed out and hate to see your parents fight. I can understand that your fear of not getting into university and the uncertainty is blinding you. However, there is good in your life as well. You have a soul that is worth working for. You have a body that has yet to experience many joys and moments of happiness. You have people around that you love and more people to come who will be beloved to you. If I were to count the problems that you don’t have, they would be innumerable.

Most of all you have your Lord, who never abandons his servant. Allah, your Lord, your Creator, who was always there and always will be, loves you and rewards you for all your suffering and patience. He wants you to live and He wants you to be the best that you can be. Work and strive for Him, even if it seems everything else around you is falling apart, for He doesn’t change and sees and hears everything.

Du`as

One of the greatest means that is available to you is du`a. Allah the Exalted says, “Who [other than Allah] answers the distressed when they call upon Him? Who [other than Him] removes their suffering?” [Qur’an, 27:62] and, “Your Lord says, ‘Call on Me and I will answer you” [Qur’an, 40:60]. Make a daily habit of it and look forward to your time alone with Allah to pour your heart out to him.

I highly recommend praying Salat ul-Hajah, the Prayer of Need:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/how-does-one-perform-the-prayer-of-need-salat-al-haja/

Please say these du`as when you are feeling overwhelmed and trust that Allah will answer your du’a and is even answering your du’a right now without you knowing it:
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/selected-prophetic-prayers-for-spiritual-physical-and-emotional-wellbeing-by-chaplain-ibrahim-long/

Resources

Please see this video for Islamic meditation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eFZbRuWFlg

Please see this video and link:
Why Are Those Who Commit Suicide Punishable in Islam …

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/doubts-difficulties-and-suicidal-thoughts/

Also, consider calling this free helpline where someone can always listen to you:
Naseeha Toll-free Helpline at 1 866 627 3342.

May Allah help you break out of this thought cycle and give you the very best in everything you do 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 Masters 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.

Parents Don’t Approve of Marriage Despite My Conversion

Question: I am in love with a Muslim girl but her parents won’t approve of our marriage. She has asked me to revert to Islam and I have. I started praying (with just the actions) and learning Arabic. I also fasted Ramadan. I am 35 and it is difficult to learn but I am trying my best. I will go to the masjid and accept Islam openly but I am afraid because I am alone. My mother supports my decision; my father has passed away. Her parents still refuse despite my conversion. We are both depressed now.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. First, let me congratulate you on your conversion! You have achieved a tremendous feat by converting, starting to pray, learning Arabic, and fasting. This is certainly not easy, but I pray that you have found peace and happiness in your heart from this.

Going to the mosque

There is no explicit obligation for you to go and convert at the mosque, but it would be better for you. You may be alone now, but if you go to the mosque and get to know the imam and the community, you won’t be alone anymore. The mosque is your best point of support and learning about Islam will become much easier with everyone’s help. May Allah make it easy for you to travel this path and open many doors of success, barakah, and progress for you. Please see this link for excellent articles about and for new Muslims:
https://seekersguidance.org/category/articles/converts/
Also, consider taking free courses on Seekersguidance in order to develop your newly-found religion. Try this one:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/introduction-to-islam-what-it-means-to-be-muslim/

The girl’s parents

I am so sorry that your conversion has not had any positive effect on her parents. Unfortunately, this is something that you have to leave in Allah’s hands. The best thing that you can do is exactly what you are doing now. Learn Islam to the best of your ability, apply it, and your sincerity and du`as will not go unrewarded. Learn and progress in your religion despite what is going on around you, you will not regret it.

Supplicate

Pray the Prayer of Need before dawn and supplicate to Allah for all that you desire.  This is an auspicious time, as the Prophet has told us, “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].

Recite these du’as, even in English: https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/selected-prophetic-prayers-for-spiritual-physical-and-emotional-wellbeing-by-chaplain-ibrahim-long/

Meet them, pray istikhara, and walk away if you must

Your good character, uprightness, sincerity, and patience is what you can offer to her family. Have you met them? Have you told them about your journey to Islam? Can you explain to them that you are financially able and settled in order to take care of their daughter? Have they had a chance to get to know your character? The girl should try to have you all meet so that both parties get to know each other and make a clear decision.

You and the girl should also pray Istikhara, the Prayer of Seeking Guidance. See it here:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/istikhara-the-prayer-of-seeking-guidance/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/the-reality-of-istikhara/

If the parents do not agree, it is not possible to go forth with the marriage, so you would have to walk away and move on. Please don’t let this drag on and don’t get into a physical relationship with the girl, or the separation will be more difficult. Rely on Allah and trust that He wants what is best for you and we don’t know what that is. I know that it may be heartbreaking, but you, and the girl, are stronger than you think and Allah knows what is better for us.

I pray that you can both have success in your endeavors and that Allah blesses you both 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 Masters 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.

My Father Looks At Pornography

Question: Growing up, my father watching porn created fights between my parents. My mom despised it especially when we would find out. My father asked me to set some things up for the house via the Internet on his phone. In doing so, I saw several disturbing porn pages that were open. This isn’t the first time, I’m just not sure if I should confront my father or tell my mother. I feel bad knowing that he is still hiding such things but I don’t want to create problems, I also feel uncomfortable in confronting him. Please advise on how to handle this situation.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It truly is a disturbing thing to see what you have seen, but truly wise and mature of you not to fall into the same unlawful habit. I praise you for this and pray that you can continue on the same path of piety when so much of humanity is hooked on this addiction

Enjoining good and forbidding evil

Islam commands Muslim to enjoin good and forbid evil according to certain criteria, please see them here and act accordingly:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/the-criteria-of-enjoining-good-and-forbidding-evil/

Bring him good company and keep him busy

One of the best things that you can do is to find good company for your father. Introduce him to scholars, influential people, other religious elders, your friend’s parents and invite them over for dhikr, Qur’an recitation, or just dinner.

In addition, try to help keep him busy with good things. Ask him to take you to the mosque, or for some other outing to bond with you. Ask him to spend time in nature with you. Suggest that he take up some form of exercise or better yet, volunteer for charity.

If you confront him

You may or may not choose to confront him, according to the criteria above, but if you do, make it sweet and short. You would be surprised how even one sentence can get someone thinking or shame them into changing their ways.

If he does not change, remember that “no soul bears the burden of another” [Qur’an, 35:18]. He is an adult and must face his own account on the Day of Judgment. Intend to try to help him, respectfully and effectively, but hand the matter over to Allah, for only He can change hearts.

Your mother

As for your mother, it is not obligatory for you to tell her, but do pray istikhara about it. Sometimes, if a man cannot help himself, his family needs to help him. If you did tell your mother, your intention would be to help him and work with your mother to encourage him to stop and to support him. You shouldn’t tell anyone else.

Please see this excellent advice for your topic as well:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/my-father-watches-pornography-what-shall-i-do/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/father/

May Allah reward you and help you support your father. Your sincerity and willingness to help will not go unrewarded, by the grace of Allah.

[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 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 To Deal With a Dua Made Against You

Question: What should I do if my husband prayed to Allah that my daughter and I die?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am very sorry that you are under such stress from your own husband. I pray that you can both resolve your issues and treat each other with kindness, protection and love.

Du’a against one another

It is unseemly, unlawful, and contrary to the Prophetic sunna that Muslims make du’a against one another. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, would hesitate to pray against his very enemies, let alone his companions and family members. Please see this link:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/islamic-belief/are-there-prohibited-duas/

Do not fear anyone’s du`a against you, for Allah chooses to answer what He wills and He does not abandon His pious servants. Rather, only fear Allah regarding your husband’s rights, for that, is the only thing that can harm you on the Day of Judgment, not his du`as.

Rectify your marriage

Every marriage requires help, guidance, knowledge, and determination in order to succeed. No matter how long you have been married, you will benefit from taking one of these courses:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/marriage-in-islam-practical-guidance-for-successful-marriage/
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/keys-to-successful-muslim-marriages-practical-lessons-that-explain-the-prophetic-spirit-of-marriage/

Do your utmost to rectify your relationship with him and return his hate with kindness and respect. Continuous service, help, kindness, cleanliness, fresh food, hard work, and not complaining, arguing, or nagging will eventually win his love and respect and these ridiculous negative du`as will stop.

Please see this link as well for excellent advice:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/my-mother-makes-dua-against-me-will-her-duas-be-accepted/

May Allah give you tawfiq and bless you both to treat each other as a garment and live in tranquility together.

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 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.

The Prophet’s Smile: The Special Supplication

The Prophet’s Smile Series Part Four: The Special Supplication

By Shaykh Amin Buxton

Every year in the blessed month of Rabi al-Awwal, we should put in effort towards connecting with our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).  In this series, we discuss the things that brought a smile to his blessed face and made him laugh. We pray that by applying these lessons, we can gain his pleasure. What can we learn from this special supplication our Beloved Prophet Muhammad made?

 

The Prophet’s Special Supplication 

Abd al-Rahman bin Abi Aqil al-Thaqafi narrates that he came to visit the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) with the delegation of the tribe of Thaqif.

He said: “When we entered into his presence there was no one that we hated more than him. We entered, greeted him, and pledged allegiance to him and when we left there was no one that we loved more than him.

I said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, did you not think of asking your Lord for a kingdom like the kingdom of Sulayman?’

The Prophet smiled and said: ‘Perhaps Allah has given your companion (meaning himself) something better than the kingdom of Sulayman. Whenever Allah sent a Prophet he gave him a (special) supplication. Some of them used it for something worldly and they were given what they asked for, and some used it to pray for the destruction of their peoples, and their peoples were duly destroyed.  Allah gave me this special supplication and I have kept it in reserve with Him to use as a means of  intercession for my nation on the Day of Judgement.’” (Narrated by al-Hakim)

The tribe of Thaqif were the noblemen of the city of Ta’if. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came to call them to Allah, they rejected him in the most offensive manner. In spite of that rejection, the Prophet refused to command their destruction but rather hoped that they would be guided. If they were not guided, he hoped that their children and descendants would.

The Muslims later defeated Thaqif at the Battle of Hunayn and unsuccessfully laid siege to Ta’if. The tribe eventually sent a delegation to the Prophet to reluctantly announce their acceptance of Islam. The narrator admits that he hated the Prophet when he first met him but during the course of one sitting, that hatred was transformed into love. Instead of bearing a grudge against them, the Prophet welcomed them with open arms. We can only imagine the wise words and the beautiful character that the Prophet showed in order to win over their hearts.

The narrator began to get a glimpse of the Prophet’s status. He began to realize that in front of him was Allah’s Beloved and he could ask whatever he wanted from his Lord. He thought that the greatest thing someone could ask for was a vast kingdom, but the Prophet corrected that notion with a gentle smile. He showed that the greatest thing you can ask for is what benefits people the most in their hour of greatest need. This is one of many narrations which tell us about the intercession of the Prophet on the Day of Judgement.

His mercy surpassed the mercy of other Prophets and he will not be content until as many members of his nation as possible are in Paradise. May none of us be deprived of his intercession on that day.

What Supplications Can We Recite in the Light of the Current Pandemic?

Question: Assalamu alaykum. I’m just worried about the current epidemic that’s spreading in the world. Other than making sincere dua to Allah to take it away and grant a cure for it is there any particular dua to recite in such times? Jazakallah Khair

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I sympathize with your concerns and pray Allah brings ease and well-being to those in difficulty and that He protects us from any harm.

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) taught us many supplications by which we seek Allah’s divine protection. These supplications are very important to recite daily and consistently.

Here are some of what has been narrated:

* The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever says:

In the Name of Allah with whose Name nothing can harm in the Earth nor in the Sky. And He is the All-Hearing and All-Knowing

– three times, no sudden calamity will befall them until morning. And whoever says it three times by morning, no sudden calamity will befall them till night” [Abu Dawud].

* ‘Umar narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever sees someone in tribulation and says:

All praise is due to Allah who has given me ease from that which He has tried you with and has certainly preferred me over many of those He created.

– they will be relieved of that tribulation, whatever it may be, as long as they live [Tirmidhi].

(Note this supplication should not be said directly to the person in difficulty, rather to oneself, so as not to offend the other)

May Allah protect you and your loved ones and the entire Ummah from all difficulty.

Hope this helps
Allahu A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.

Someone Else’s Istikhara Contrary to One’s Own Istikhara

Question: I am seeing a girl for marriage, she initially did istikhara and did not receive any signs so she went ahead with the proposal. We haven’t been engaged yet but our families have visited. I also prayed istikhara and went ahead with my gut feeling. I also saw in a dream that we were texting each other. Now she performed the istikhara again because her sister wanted to do an instant istikhara from someone. She saw a dream where we are married and in Saudia but not talking to each other because we are fighting. Can you please help me with the interpretation of this dream?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Istikhara is a prayer that one prays for seeking guidance, with proper etiquette and patience. Its answer is not necessarily a dream and there is no such thing as an instant istikhara. When in doubt, go with your own istikhara.

If I were in your situation, I would ask the girl in question to pray it again with its proper etiquette and not rush or be impatient. She should be confident by her own istikhara and not dissuaded by someone else’s dream. Ask her to pray it for 3 or 7 or 21 days and then make a firm decision without second-guessing. As for your istikhara, I feel that it was positive for you.

Please ask her to see and listen to all of these carefully first:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/istikhara-the-prayer-of-seeking-guidance/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/the-reality-of-istikhara/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-should-i-do-if-i-prayed-istikhara-and-im-still-unsure/
https://seekersguidance.org/podcast-feeds/supplications-podcast/salat-al-istikhara-explained-by-shaykh-faraz-rabbani/

May Allah bless you in your decision 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 Masters 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.

Joining Prayers

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh:

I have Multiple Sclerosis. Neurologist appointments are given every 6 months. The doctor office is far from my house and somentimes i lost prayers because there is no place to pray. So im asking if is possible to join prayers, for example: Duhr with Asr or Magrib with Isha. Jazakum Allah Khairan

Answer: assalamu alaykum

You should try your best to pray within the time and try to choose an appointment time that allows you to do so. If on the way to your appointment, you can stop at a mosque or musalla to perform a quick prayer, you should do so.

If you are unable to do any of this and miss performing the prayer within its time, you should make it up at the earliest opportunity. This should be done with the intention of qada’.

[Shaykh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman where he spent five years studying Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and continues his traditional studies with scholars in the United Kingdom.

Bad Dreams After Fajr

Answer by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalam’alaikum

I wanted to ask a question: I find that when I go back to sleep after praying Fajr, I get very bad dreams. Is there anything I could do to prevent this from happening?

Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam, I pray you’re well insha’Allah.

There is no harm in sleeping after fajr if one needs to. Perhaps the following will prevent the bad dreams:
Things to avoid before going to sleep (at night or after Fajr):

Looking at screens

-Watching or reading very vivid, engrossing, disturbing things

-Eating just before sleep

-Going to bed too late

-Avoid too much entertainment in general

Lifestyle changes:

-Exercise regularly, with a mix of strength, cardio, and stretching

-Limit junk food and eat wholesome foods

-Seek out lawful food only, avoid doubtful or unlawful foods

-Keep away from any sins

-If you have stresses in your life, find practical ways to alleviate this. Seek help if necessary.

Things to do when going back to sleep after Fajr:

-After Fajr, recite Quran, even if a little

-After Fajr, have a light amount of dhikr that you do

-Stay on Wudu when sleeping if possible

-When you get back into bed, spend a couple of minutes in ‘meditation’ with controlled breathing, through the nose and using your diaphragm and stomach. Close your eyes and imagine your day going exactly the way you want it to go: that you’re going to have a refreshing sleep now, that you will have pleasant, warm dreams, that you’re going to wake up refreshed and ready to get the day started, that you have a pleasant journey to work, you have a successful day of work and relationships … until the end of the day. Alternatively, or additionally, close your eyes and imagine a warm light running from the top of your head down to your spine, gently passing and enveloping each vertebrae, one by one, as it goes all the way down to the bottom of your spine.

-Seek refuge from the devil in Allah, say the Quls and Ayatul Kursi, send salutations on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), recite the sunna supplications before sleeping, and blow on yourself three times, and lie down.

-As you’re going back to sleep, breathe through the nose as above, relaxing at each exhalation.

-If it helps, listen to the Quran with earphones on, and the sound low, as you go back to sleep.

Insha’Allah, the above steps will help you sleep better and not be disturbed by bad dreams. It may take a week or so to take effect. If however, the bad dreams continue, then I would encourage you to seek help from a natural therapist. Homeopathy is particularly adept in treating any subconscious reasons and fears that may underlie such conditions.

Warmest salams,

[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.