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I have asked Allah for something haram. What should I do?

Question:
As Salaamu Alaykum

If a person is unsure whether he has made dua for something haram, what should he do? What are the consequences of making dua for something haram?

Answer:
Wa Alaykum salam

Thank you for your question.

The first question
The first step is to determine whether that which you have requested from Allah is haram. You can consult the scholars for advice. Seekersguidance offers a great question and answer service, and you are free to ask them.

What should I do?
Secondly, if you have asked for something haram, you should seek Allah’s pardon. The one who asks Allah to facilitate haram, knowing it is displeasing to Allah, should experience guilt and seek Allah’s pardon for his audacity.

Advice
However, one should remember that the doors of forgiveness are always open. Allah is our Creator, and He knows our weaknesses. His doors of repentance are always open, regardless of the crime.

A young man once went to the Messenger Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), saying, “O Messenger of Allah, permit me to commit fornication.”

The companions became angry and upset with the young man. However, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) focused on guiding him. He did not say fornication is haram, and the one who commits it will burn in hell. Instead, he appealed to the young man’s intellect. He reasoned with him, saying,

“Would you like someone to commit fornication with your mother, your sister, or your aunt?” [Ahmad, Musnad]

Thus, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) wanted to impress upon him subtly and kindly that fornication is wrong. He emphasized that the religion of Islam and its teaching bring about the welfare of humanity in this world.

So, if you have asked Allah to facilitate haram for you, it is appropriate to seek His pardon. You should know that His doors are open.

And Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdurragmaan received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

Should I Pray To Get Into an Ivy League University Even Though My Parents Don’t Want Me To Go?

Should I Pray To Get Into an Ivy League University Even Though My Parents Don’t Want Me To Go?

Question: I would love to go to Cambridge University as I have a chance to get in. It would be a dream, but my parents don’t want that. When I first broached the subject, they got emotional, and I don’t want to displease them. My parents would prefer that I helped them by being in a nearby university. If I go to Cambridge, I can make better money and help out because we are a working-class family. Can I make dua to change their mind, or is that disrespectful to my parents’ wish? Is there anything I can do?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Truly it isn’t easy coming to a respectful balance between your wishes and your parents’ wishes. I pray that you make the best decision together and that you achieve your goal or even better.

University

To live away from home and attend the university you want, you would need your father’s permission. Although it might seem impossible, I think that you should openly talk to your father about it, alone, and see how he feels. I know many students are pleasantly surprised when they sit down with their parents and end up with a positive reaction. You could also ask him to pray istikhara and talk to other parents whose daughters went away to school. Consulting with others is a sunnah in our religion, and there is much good to be found from it. If he ends up being convinced, you could then both talk to your mother.

Du`a

Your supplications are a personal and intimate conversation between you and Allah, Most High. You can and should pour your heart out to Him and ask Him what you wish. Asking for something that goes against your parents’ desires is not disrespectful, but rather, you are putting the decision in Allah’s hands, irrespective of what you or your parents want. You are showing complete submission to what He decides for you, and you are putting your trust in Him. Supplicating to your Lord will only make your servanthood grow and increase your faith and trust in Him, so never hesitate to supplicate for what you want. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, told us, “Supplication is the essence of worship.” [Tirmidhi]

Please see this link for more information on the etiquette of du`a.
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/islamic-belief/reality-etiquettes-supplication-reader/

[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.

The Kingdom of Allah in hadith explained

Thank you for your question. It’s great you’re asking about the meaning of these supplications. Not many people recite them regularly and even less reflect upon their meaning.

This is one of many affirmations that the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) taught us to make in the morning and evening and at other significant times. The translation you quoted is quite literal, which makes it require a bit of explanation. I prefer to translate it as follows:

“Evening has come upon us, and to Allah belongs all sovereignty.”

When we translate it like this, it becomes clearer that the person saying these words is affirming a timeless reality – that the kingdom or sovereignty belongs to Allah alone and no one else. That is, of course, the case at all times, but the person confirms that reality at this particular time. In other words, the affirmation relates to the state of the person making the affirmation and the time they are making it. As for Allah and His kingdom, it makes no difference whether it is morning or evening.

(Ibn Allan, al-Futuhat al-Rabbaniyyah)

I hope this answer is helpful.

May Allah bless you and allow us all to witness these realities in the morning and the evening and at all times.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Amin Buxton
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Praying for Favorite Team

 

Question: Can I pray to Allah that my favorite team wins? What if I end up praying that a Muslim loses?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Parameters and loyalty

You can pray that Allah guides a non-Muslim and/or that He help a non-Muslim in a worldly matter. So, that means that you can pray that Allah makes a non-Muslim team win a competition.

On the flip side, you cannot pray that Allah harms a Muslim in worldly matters. But does losing a competition necessarily mean worldly harm? I personally don’t think so. Sometimes losing does not result in direct financial or professional harm. Given this, it would be permissible to pray that Allah let one team beat another, even if the team one is praying for is non-Muslim.

If the team that one prayed for was non-Muslim had become a symbol of disbelief in one’s society, while the team that one was praying to lose was Muslim and was generally felt to represent Islam, then one could not pray that the non-Muslims win. That would like praying that disbelief to be given victory over belief, at least in people’s eyes.

Life worth living

Life is concise and should be spent on useful things. In general, cricket, football, and other pastimes should not be our focus or the core of our prayers. Please see:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/halal-and-haram/haram-play-video-games/

At the same time, we should always ask Allah for everything that we want. So if one is really into sports, asking Allah for one’s team to win is a good idea.

Conclusion

You can pray for your Muslim team to win, and you can also pray that a non-Muslim team wins as long as they are not a symbol of disbelief in one’s society.

 

Please see:

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/adab-dua-21/

 

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.

Ten Ways to Benefit for Menstruating Women in Ramadan

Dread your period during the blessed month of Ramadan? Feel like you’re missing out on all the worship? Nour Merza gives women ten practical ways to spiritually benefit from this blessed month.

Every Ramadan, most women will have about a week in which they are unable to join in the major religious practices of the holy month: fasting and praying. When their menstrual period begins many women find that their level of engagement with the high spiritual atmosphere of the month drops. The same goes for those whose postnatal bleeding coincides with Ramadan. For many of these women, frustration and a sense of lacking spirituality sets in. This, however, shouldn’t be the case.

Menstruation, postnatal bleeding, and other uniquely feminine concerns are all part of Allah’s creation, which He created in perfect wisdom. They are not a punishment for women wanting to draw near their Lord. They are just part of the special package of blessings, opportunities, and challenges that Allaj has given uniquely to women. To refrain from ritual prayer (the salat) and ritual fasting (the sawm) during this time is actually considered a form of worship, and, if done with the intention of obeying Allah, it earns women good deeds.

In order to take full advantage of the blessed month of Ramadan, however, menstruating women and those with postnatal bleeding can do more than refraining from ritual prayer and ritual fasting to draw near Allah. Below are ten ways that women unable to fast can boost their spirituality during this special month.

1. Increase the Remembrance of Allah

In the Hanafi school, it is recommended for menstruating women to make wudu, wear their prayer clothes, and sit on their prayer mat while doing dhikr during the time they would normally be praying. This would be especially good to do in Ramadan, a time of special focus on worship. In addition to the adhkar that are well-known sunnas – such as subhan Allah, alhamdulliLlah and Allahu akbar. If you have a litany from a shaykh and are allowed to repeat it more than once a day, try to do it twice or three times for increased blessings. Dhikr has a special way of touching the heart, and by invoking Allah’s names whenever you can during this unique month you create the space, insha Allah, for beautiful spiritual openings. See: The Effects of Various Dhikr – Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad

2. Increase Supplication 

Supplication (dua) is something we do very little of these days, but speaking directly to your Lord is one of the most intimate ways to connect with Him. The beauty of supplication is that you can make it in any place or time. Take this opportunity to ask your Lord for all that you need in your life, and to draw near Him through either repeating the beautiful supplications of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, or reaching out to Allah with your own unique words. See: Ten Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life

3. Feed Others

Whether it be your family, neighbors, community members, or the poor, use the time you are not fasting to make meals that fill the stomachs and souls of those around you. Recite the peace and blessings  (salawat) on the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, while making the food, as this imbues the food with spiritual benefit as well. Consider sponsoring iftar at your local mosque one evening with some other women who are in your situation, or volunteering at a local soup kitchen. 

4. Gain Islamic Knowledge

Use the extra time and energy you have from not fasting and praying to increase your knowledge of the faith. Listen to scholars discussing timely issues on our SeekersGuidance podcasts, form a small circle of non-fasting women who can commit to reading a book on Islam and discuss it together, or take some time to read articles on the religion from trusted online sources, such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s blog or Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s article collection at masud.co.uk. See also: Importance of Intention in Seeking Knowledge.

5. Increase your Charity

We are surrounded by countless blessings, so make sure to spread those blessings in the month of Ramadan. Give money to a good cause, such as supporting Syrian refugees, helping a local poor family with school fees, or supporting students of Islamic knowledge through SeekersGuidance. In a very busy world, we may have little opportunity to give our time to help others in charity – giving money takes minimal time, but brings great benefit. See: Eligible Zakat Recipients, Giving Locally vs. Abroad, Charity to a Mosque, and Proper Handling of Donations.

6. Make Your Responsibilities a Form of Worship

Sometimes, women are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the home and young children, and cannot make time to do things like study or sponsor an iftar. In these circumstances, renew your intention regarding your role as a mother and a wife. See these demanding and time-consuming roles for what they are: responsibilities that you are fulfilling to please Allah, which makes them a type of worship. Ask Allah to accept all your work as worship, and approach all that you do in this way. This will make even the most mundane of tasks, such as changing another diaper, cleaning up another spilled cup of apple juice, or making yet another dinner a way for you to gain the pleasure of your Lord. See: Balancing Worship and Caring for a New Child.

7. Listen to the Quran

Although the Hanafi school holds that women cannot touch the mushaf or recite the Qur’an while experiencing menses or postpartum bleeding, they are able to listen to the recitation of the Qur’an. Doing so offers much benefit in a month that has such a heavy emphasis on reciting the book. You can take special time out of your day to listen to it, such as while children are napping, or you can listen to it while in the midst of cooking or cleaning the house. See also: Listening to Qur’an While Occupied With Other Tasks

8. Increase Repentance

Ramadan is an excellent time to increase repentance to Allah. Use moments when others are praying or breaking their fast to ask Allah to forgive you and your loved ones and to keep you from returning to sin. All we have is a gift from Allah, so even forgetting that for a moment is a deed worth asking forgiveness from. Know that Allah is the Forgiving, and trust that, as our scholars have said, the moment you ask for forgiveness you are truly forgiven. See also: Damaged Inner State? Imam Ghazali on Repentance

9. Babysit to Help Mothers Worship

Mothers with young children often find it difficult to go to the mosque because they worry that their kids will disturb others who are praying. Since you don’t need to be at the mosque, volunteer a night or two (or more) to babysit the children of a young mother who would love to go pray tarawih. If you have young children of your own, you can tell the mother to bring her kids to your house before the prayer. By helping this woman worship, you will gain the same good deeds she gets from going to that prayer. See: I Love Being A Woman.

10. Spread Love and Light

Use the extra time and energy you have to share the joys of Ramadan and Eid with your non-Muslim friends, peers, and neighbors. Invite a work colleague for an iftar, make a special Ramadan dish and give it to a neighbor, or take time to make special cookies or gift bags for peers at the office or in school to hand out during Eid. By sharing these happy moments with friends and colleagues in the non-Muslim community, you counter the negative narratives about Islam in the media. More than that, however, you become someone who creates bonds in an increasingly isolated world, reflecting the beauty of the Prophetic light to all those around you. See: How Can Muslims Become More Effective Community Members?

 

Ten Steps to Allah. Step 10: Supplication

As we get closer to Ramadan, focusing on what we are seeking through our devotions is ever more crucial. The ultimate aim of any Muslim is to gain the closeness of Allah Most High. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives us clear guidelines with 10 key steps on the path to Allah Most High elucidating for us how to get closer to Allah.

Allah has promised to answer our prayers—all that is left is for us to ask. But supplication itself is an art. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives practical guidelines on how to engage in dua, what supplications to make and how, and what it means for our prayers to be “answered.”

Step 10: Supplication

Dua is not something that you do. It is not something that you say. It is not something you repeat. Dua is that you ask of Allah Most High. It encapsulates all that you are concerned about so learn the art of asking Allah.

Our beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us, “Supplication is the very essence of worship.”

The heart of dua is you voicing your need to Allah. There’s a metaphor in you raising your hands. It’s as if you’re saying that I am so much in need that I am like a beggar and I have nothing to beg with except my own empty hands. 

When you make dua remember to have certitude. Our Lord Mighty and Majestic tells us, “Call upon Me, I will answer you.” [Qur’an 40:60] That is a Divine promise. Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us, “Call upon Allah with complete certitude in His answer.” [Tirmidhi 3479]

Make dua with hope and contentment. We are assured that when Allah loosens our tongue to ask, He is willing to give. How He will give and when He will give is up to Him. He is Wise and Merciful and Generous, and what He chooses for you is far better than what you choose for yourself. 

Then you should ask yourself, what is it that you are asking from Allah. You should ask for the greatest of your needs. There is no dua we can make like the duas of the Qur’an. The duas of the Qur’an are amazing because it is Allah Himself telling us: Ask Me for this and I will give you. The duas of the Sunna are the duas of Allah’s beloved, our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). 

The dua’ of the Qur’an and Sunna should be recited but they are not substitutes for you to make heartfelt duas yourself. The scholars tell us to reflect on the meanings when we recite the dua from the Qur’an. Or repeat the same dua in your own language because dua is your asking Allah not just saying the dua. 

You should recite the transmitted duas from the Qur’an and Sunna after you wake up, after your prayer, after Fajr,  before you go to sleep, and also have heartfelt duas in your own words. Make routines of duas. The best of what you could ask from Allah is what He asks of you. Ask Allah for His love, for His closeness, for the Hereafter. Ask Allah for your worldly needs. Ask Allah to change those qualities that keep you away from Allah.

Each of us should have a good manual of dua. The Book of Remembrance by Imam Nawawi is a wonderful thing that every household should have and you should access it. Some scholars say that you should have a large book of duas that you refer to and familiarize yourselves with, but also to have a brief collection of Prophetic duas. We should live with these. Our collections of duas that we can recite by morning and by night like the Hizb al-Bahr or the Wird al-Latif by great scholars train us in how to make dua. Recite them and reflect on their meanings.

It is also important to repeat the duas that you make. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to repeat the duas three times. 

When you make dua, observe the etiquette of dua. You can make dua at any place at any time, but it is better to face the qibla, remove distractions, consider the greatness and majesty, but also the mercy and compassion of the One you’re calling upon. Call with certitude and desperate neediness but also with deep joy in the fact that you have One you can turn to for all your needs.

We ask Allah to open for us the door of dua—the door of all openings and all giving and the door of closeness. Allah make us of the people who go through to our Beloved through this door. 

The episode can be found on this link Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 29: Ten Steps to Allah – 10 – Supplication | Sh Faraz Rabbani – YouTube

About the Author

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age.

He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

 

Should I Keep Praying Fervently To Marry Someone?

Question:

Should I keep praying fervently to marry someone, or should I stop because it has been a year and a half?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I pray that you can find the right man for you and that you place your hopes in what is right for you.

 

Be Patient for Allah’s Decree

The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, did tell us to wait for an answer to our prayers and not be impatient, but not for what WE want. We should be patient and wait for what ALLAH wants for us, and we do not know what that is. When it comes, we must submit and be content, for that is the only way to happiness.

 

Reality

The reality of your situation is that it has not worked out so far, even when you had been on track to marry him at first. If the first time did not work, then I would recommend to you to step back and tweak your supplication. Pray for the right man for you, and break the emotional attachment to this man from your past. It clearly did not work out, and that should have signalled to you that Allah did not want this for you.

 

Submission

I also do nott feel that it is healthy to be so focused on this one person. “Perhaps you dislike something which is good for you and like something which is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know.” [Qu’ran, 2:216] Rather, show Allah that you trust in Him, that you rely on Him and that you will submit to what comes your way. This is more befitting as a devoted servant.

 

Turn to Allah

The fact that you say you are losing your faith through this problem shows me that that thinking about this young man is harming you. Please undo this, by turning to your Lord and being the best Muslim that you can be. Show Allah that He is number one and your desires are not. Read some Qu’ran every day with the meaning and give some charity regularly. Review your obligatory knowledge, ask Allah to fill your heart with love of Him and His decree, and be putty in His hands. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

 

Please see the following course on marriage:

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

[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.

What Is the Correct Method Of Supplicating While the Imam Sits Between the Two Sermons?

Question: What is the correct method of supplicating while the Imam sits between the two sermons?

Answer:

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

When the Imam sits between the two sermons one should engage in supplication (du’a) quietly. The ruling of being silent during the sermon lasts from the onset of the sermon till the end of the prayer. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

It is generally recommended as the etiquette of supplication to raise the hands during it.

This is the sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Umar (Allah be pleased with him) said, “When the Messenger of Allah would raise his hands in supplication, he would not put them down till He wiped His face with them.” [Tabrizi, Mishkat al-Masabih]

However, this does not apply to the Jumu’a prayer not even during the sitting of the Imam between the two sermons. This is because the basis of Jumu’a is that one be still and focused – thus no unnecessary actions are done. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said to this effect, “Whoever performs wudu and does so well then attends Jumu’a, listens carefully and remains silent, they are forgiven of all between that Jumu’a to the next, plus three additional days. And whoever fiddles with the pebbles has lost the reward.” [Abu Dawud]

See this link for the etiquettes of supplication

I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[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 the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences

What Is the Purpose Of Worship?

Question: What is the purpose of worship?

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

 

Acts Of Worship and Their Purpose

You should remember that worshipping Allah Most High is at times difficult on the self. It takes time and effort to get to a level where it becomes sweet and easy.  One of the scholars once said, “we struggled with [ the difficulty] of prayer for 20 years and then we enjoyed it for another 20 years.
Prayer and remembrance of Allah are incredible gifts that Allah has granted us to earn His pleasure and draw near to Him. At times we may not want to pray or remember Allah, but those are the times where you get the most reward.

 

Attaining Peace and Tranquility

One way you may increase your tranquility and peace while you pray is to learn and read about the virtue and merits of dhikr and prayer. By learning them, you will increase in understanding and deeper meaning of worship.
This is a good reader on prayer – https://seekersguidance.org/tag/khushu-in-prayer/
Even before that, you may want to consider if you have fulfilled the requirement of learning the foundations of our creed.

 

Noble Company

Try to be with others who will encourage you or whom you will feel comfortable and tranquil in their presence.

Allah says in the Quran, “O believers! Be mindful of Allah and be with the truthful.” [Surat al-Tawba 9:119]

 

Dua

I recommend after every prayer you recite the following prayers which were instructed by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) himself to his companion Mu’adh bin Jabal;

Allahumma a’inni a’la dhikrika, wa shukrika, wa husni ‘ibadatika

(O Allah, help me remember You, to be grateful to You, and to worship You in an excellent manner).
[Abu Dawud]

Finally, everything at times requires struggle and hard work. Remember to keep your primary focus on fulfilling your duties, and let the feelings of peace and tranquility be secondary, as that comes in time. And it will, Insha’ Allah.

Allah alone grants success.

[Imam] Yama Niazi

How Can I Have a Good Opinion Of Allah?

Question: How can I have a good opinion of Allah?

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

 

Have a Good Opinion About Allah

Allah Most High says in the Quran,

And when My servants ask you about Me, I Am near; I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. So let them answer Me, and have faith in Me, that they may be rightly guided.” [Quran 2:186]

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) advised us, “Call on Allah while having the full conviction that He will answer, and realize that Allah does not answer the du’a that proceeds from a heedless, inattentive heart.” [Tirmidhi]

There are different ways Allah may answer one’s prayer, and these are:

1. Giving the thing being asked;
2. Warding off the harm that would have otherwise afflicted the person;
3. As gifts stored for the person in the next life, and this is the best form of du’a being answered. [Musnad Ahmad]

Trust Allah In Your Affairs

Know that whatever the outcome, Allah chose what was best for you. Leave the end result to Allah. You did your part by praying for his guidance and forgiveness. You are rewarded for this action.

There is a beautiful tradition that is narrated where the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whenever a Muslim supplicates for his (Muslim) brother in his absence, the angels say: ‘May the same be for you too.'” [Muslim]

A great scholar named Ibn Ata’illah said, “At any time when Allah loosens your tongue in asking, know well that Allah has willed to give you.”

Allah Is With the Patient

So know dear sister, that Allah is always with you and especially during your tough struggles with your husband for the sake of Allah. “And be steadfast. Allah is with the steadfast.” [Quran 8:46]

May Allah bless you and reward you and facilitate the best of outcomes for you and your loved ones.

Allah knows best.

[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani