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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

Can I Ask Allah To Make Me Love Life?

Question: Can I ask Allah to make me love life?
Answer:
Thank you for your question.

Importance of Dua
Allah Most High says in the Quran,  “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [Quran, 2:186] Allah Most High also says in the Quran: “And your Lord says, Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer). But those who are too arrogant to worship Me will surely find themselves in Hell, in humiliation.” [Quran, 40:60]

If you reflect on the ayahs above, you will see that dua itself is worship. It is also answering the command of Allah Most High to call upon Him. It is He alone who can help us and guide us.

 

Comprehensive Duas

I recommend reciting the prayers and supplications that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to make often.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِىْ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِىْ الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَّقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

 “Our Lord, give us goodness in this world, and goodness in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.”

The good mentioned in the prayer above includes in it every good of this world and the next; a good spouse, expansive provision, beneficial knowledge, performance of righteous deeds, etc… ( Tafsir ibn Kathir )

The above dua is really beautiful because one leaves his own weaknesses and lack of knowledge to Allah, who is all-knowing and all-wise.

 

What Should We Love From the World?

Ultimately, we love what Allah loves and dislike what Allah dislikes.

That which aids us in achieving Allah’s mercy and fulfilling our purpose in life is what we love. This is reflected through good deeds.
We should remember that there are elements of this world that are distant and not pleasing to Allah, and therefore we must leave it. These are things that are forbidden to engage in and entail sin.

So therefore we ask Allah to grant us the love of Him and those whom He loves and actions which attain the love of Allah.


Allah knows best.
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Should One Do Immediately After Finishing One’s Obligatory Prayer (fard)?

Question: What should one do immediately after finishing one’s obligatory prayer (fard)?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

After the ritual prayer (salat), it is recommended in the Shafi’i school to sit down in one’s place of worship and do one’s prayers (adhkhar) before one does one’s supererogatory prayers (nafl).

For the Hanafi schools, please see:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/when-does-one-recite-the-post-prayer-tasbihat/

There are many, many recommended prayers (adhkhar) after the prayer. Here follows a selection:

  •  أَستَغفِرُ الله
  • astaghfirullah 

“I seek forgiveness from Allah.” three times. [Sahih Muslim]

  • اللَّهُمَّ أنْتَ السَّلامُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلامُ، تَبارَكْتَ يا ذَا الجَلالِ وَالإِكْرامِ

Allahumma antas salam wa minak assalam tabarakta ya dhal jalali wal ikram

“O Allah, You are the Peace, and from You is peace. How blessed You are, O You who is possessed of majesty and generosity!” [Sahih Muslim]

  • Reciting the last three suras of the Qur’an. (Ahmad, Ibn Khuzayma and others)
لا إلهَ إِلاَّ الله وَحْدَهُ لا شَريكَ لَهُ، لَهُ المُلْكُ وَلَهُ الحَمْدُ وَهُوَ على كُلّ شئ قَدِيرٌ، اللَّهُمَّ لا مانِعَ لِمَا أعْطَيْتَ، وَلاَ معطي لما مَنَعْتَ، وَلا يَنْفَعُ ذا الجد مِنْكَ الجَدُّ
La ilaha illal Lahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Lahul mulku wa lakal hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shayin qadeer. Allahumma la mania li ma atayt, wa la mutiya lima manat, wa la yanfau dhal jaddi minkal jadd.
“There is no god but Allah, alone without a partner. His is the dominion, His is all praise, and He has the power to do anything. O Allah, there is absolutely no one who could hold back what You give, and absolutely no one who could give what you hold back. Wealth does not benefit the wealthy if You withhold from them.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
  • سُبحَانَ الله
Subhanallah

How glorious is Allah! (thirty-three times)

الحَمدُ لِله
Alhamdulillah
All praise be to Allah! (thirty-three times)
اللهُ أَكبَر
Allahu akbar
Allah is the greatest! (thirty-four times) [Muslim]
To start one’s prayers (dua) with praise of Allah and sending blessings on the Messenger of Allah. [Ibn Hibban and others]
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الجُبْنِ، وَأعُوذُ بِكَ أنْ أُرَدَّ إلى أَرْذَلِ العمُرِ، وأعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فتْنَةِ الدُّنْيا وأعُوذُ بِكَ منْ عَذَابِ القَبْرِ
Allahumma, inni audhu bika min al jubni wa audhu bika an arudda ila ardhal il umur, wa audhu bika min fitnat id Dunya wa audhu bika min adhab il qabr.
“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from cowardice, I seek refuge in You lest I ever become old and decrepit, I seek refuge in You from the trials of This Life, and I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave.”
للَّهُمَّ أعِنِّي على ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبادَتِكَ
Allahumma, ainni ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatik.
‘O Allah, help me remember you, thank you, and worship you in the best of manners.’ (Abu Dawud and Nasai)
And to say after praying Maghrib and Fajr,
اللَّهُمَّ أجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ
Allahumma, ajirni minan nar.
O Allah, protect me from the Hell-Fire. (seven times) (Abu Dawud)
The most important recommended act of the ritual prayer and making a real prayer by genuinely pleading Allah, loving Allah, fearing Allah, and putting all one’s hopes and aspirations in Allah.
Please see:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-to-attain-presence-of-heart-in-prayer/
I pray this helps.
[Ustadh] Farid Dingle
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 From God – The Art of Supplication: A Comprehensive Reader

A Comprehensive Guide to Supplication (Dua)

In the Name of Allah, the Encompassingly Merciful, the Particularly Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah. May the best of blessings and most perfect of peace be upon our master Muhammad, and upon his followers, his companions, and all those guided by his teachings.

 

SeekersGuidance “Readers” provide the seeker with a purposely curated list of articles, answers and other content on a particular topic.

The essence of asking from Allah Most High is calling upon Him in awe, need, love, and reliance. Allah Most High said, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me.” (Qur’an, 2:186)

Supplication is an act of worship. When you engage in supplication, you are not only asking Allah Most High to help you or to fulfill your needs, but you are also busy in worshipping Him.

This is a comprehensive guide for supplication (dua) and supplication-related questions, such as the correct etiquette in asking from Allah and supplications for specific events. 

 

SeekerGuidance Articles on Supplication (Dua)

  1. Dua for Hope: What We Should Say When We Feel Despair
  2. Ramadan Mubarak: The Prophet’s Dua When the New Moon is Sighted
  3. What Dua To Recite When Sick, from Habib Muhammad bin Ali al-Junayd
  4. The Powerful Dua of a Parent
  5. Mercy Expressed in Active Concern: Remembering the Muslim Umma in One’s Prayers (dua) – Ma`ruf al-Karkhi
  6. Dua before reciting Qur’an – Qari Ismet
  7. Brief Prophetic Supplication (dua) for Difficulties
  8. Powerful Duas from Habib Umar – Taleef Collective
  9. Collection of Duas for the Oppressed
  10. Nasiri Dua: So Powerful, Rulers Would Ban It From Mosques
  11. Make Du’a or Leave It To Allah?
  12. Is Making Du’a from Contentment Or Resentment?
  13. The Do’s and Don’ts Of Du’a
  14. The Art of Asking for High Matters
  15. Certainty In Divine Response
  16. Watch Your Tongue When Speaking to The One
  17. Raise Your Hands to the Sky When Asking The Most High
  18. Let Praise Precede Your Asking of Needs
  19. Be Mindful Of God, He Will Be Mindful Of You
  20. Call On Allah By His Beautiful Names
  21. Beloved Calls: Making Du’a Like The Prophets of Allah
  22. Leave All Rhyme and Ask For The Sublime 
  23. How To Ask From Allah
  24. Loving The Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him)
  25. Three Manners of Supplication
  26. Begin With Yourself & Say Ameen
  27. Consistency, Praise, and Choosing Blessed Days
  28. The Times and Places of Du’a
  29. The Chosen Times Of Du’a
  30. The Many States That Can Change Your Fate
  31. Are my prayers being answered?

 

SeekersGuidance Course on Supplication (Dua)

  1. Supplication is the Essence of Worship

 

Questions and Answers related to Supplication (Dua)

  1. Sending Prayers on The Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace)
  2. How To Deal With a Dua Made Against You
  3. Where Can I Find the Hadith that Mentions the Dua Recited in Witr Prayer?
  4. Duas and Suras to be Read in the Night Prayer
  5. Are There Prohibited Duas?
  6. A Dua to Make Someone My Spouse
  7. Can I Make Dua to Marry a Convert?
  8. Can I Make Dua That Allah Sends My Boyfriend to Me as My Future Husband?
  9. Is There a Dua Protecting Children from Bad Intentions of People?
  10. Is Making Dua in My Heart Enough?
  11. Is Congregation Dua After Prayer Permissible? (Video)
  12. How Can I Make Dua Without Implying Discontent?
  13. Is Dua Sufficient for Me to Get Married to a Particular Person?
  14. Is Losing Hope in Dua a Sign That I Am Not a True Believer?
  15. My Mother Makes Supplications Against Me. Will Her Duas Be Accepted?
  16. Why is Supplication (dua) Considered Worship in Islam?
  17. Which Duas and Parts of the Qur’an Should be Read When Visiting a Graveyard?
  18. Invocation (Dhikr) and Supplication (Dua) After Prayer
  19. What is the Dua to Say When Looking at One’s Self in the Mirror?

Paying Someone To Perform Istikhara

Question: People who charge for istikhara is it halal or haram? Does istikhara cost money? My friend is facing a lot of problems, she found some aalim and asked for istikhara so that aalim asked money for istikhara. Is that aalim asking for money right or wrong?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

No, it is not permissible to pay someone to pray the Istikhara Prayer on your behalf.

First, the basis of Istikhara Prayer (the prayer of seeking guidance) is that one performs it oneself—asking Allah Most High to assist one in making the choice of most benefit to one’s religion and worldly life.

Second, it is permissible to ask someone to pray Istikhara on one’s behalf—like one could consult someone else or even ask them to make a decision on one’s behalf. But like in consultation, one should choose those one trusts for this.

Third, the reason one can’t pray for someone to pray the Istikhara Prayer, is that the basis of private acts of worship—such as prayer or supplication—is that one cannot charge for them [Birgivi; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar].

Charging for public acts of religious service has only been permitted on the basis of preventing public harm (darura) by scholars from the earliest times. However, even there the basis is that these public acts be done without charge [Ibn al-Humam/Marghinani, Fath al-Qadir Sharh al-Hidaya; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar].

Thus, we would advise you to:

(1) Perform the Istikhara Prayer yourself. As part of it, consult and seek the supplications of those you trust, to help you in making the right decision.

(2) Follow the sunna steps related to making Istikhara. These are explained in the link below:

The Reality of Istikhara: http://seekersguidance.org/blog/2009/08/the-reality-of-istikhara/

(3) How is your istikhara answered? The answer to the istikhara is your inclination towards which decision will be best in your deen and dunya, short and long term, directly and indirectly.

Please see this article on Istikhara as well: https://seekersguidance.org/articles/general-artices/istikhara-the-ultimate-guide-a-reader/

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

 

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.