Establishing Contact With Estranged Family Members

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Asalaamualaikum warahmatullah, We have family on my dad’s side that we don’t talk to and it’s really getting me down. My parents are really stubborn about the whole matter and don’t want to make peace so I tried for myself about a month ago and am still waiting. […]

Do I Have to Marry Someone Within My Caste to Please My Family?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Asalaamu alaikum I have a problem regarding marriage. I am in my early twenties and my family wants me to get married soon.  There are a number of families asking for my hand in marriage through my parents, but  I personally do not know any of them. I’m being pressured […]

How Can I Give Islamic Advice to My Family When They Know About My Sinful Past?

Answered by Ustadha Rukayat Yakub Question: I’m a college student and in my past I did some bad things.  However, I have repented so much and have completely stayed away from the deed for more than a year and a half now and hope to stay away from it for the rest of my life. […]

Advice on Dealing with the Financial Crisis

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Can you give some information -advice – on how Muslims should respond to financial crisis both in the public and private lives? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. In short, the answer to dealing with any crisis—whether […]

Can We Break Family Ties With Siblings Who Treat Us Badly?

Answered by Ustadha Rukayat Yakub Question: Asalaamu alaikum, We come from a broken family that lacks agreement on anything.  Our brothers generally only notice the sisters when they want something from them.  But when the sisters need something – they make excuses to the sisters.  We try hard to be there in times of hardship […]

The Twofold Virtue of Giving Charity to One’s Family

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: A brother has a substantial sum to give for zakat and would like to give it to his wife’s parents who are disabled and experiencing financial hardship. What is the ruling on giving zakat to one’s destitute in-laws? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds […]

Maintaining Family Ties & Obeying Parents

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan Question: My sister was having relations with a non-Muslim boy. When told to stop because it was not allowed, she decided to leave Islam, go away from home with this boy, and have a restraining order placed against the parents. We’ve now discovered that she has been communicating with […]

Creating Ramadan Traditions

When I reflect on my childhood memories of celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan while growing up in Southern California in the 1980’s, different images flash through my mind… Ammi playing the Holy Qur’an on the house intercom system at sahoor time. Scrambled eggs and shaami kabaabs frying before the sun came up. Abbu sitting in the upstairs hallway […]

Younger Sister Woes: Dealing With Wisdom & Leading By Example

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: My younger sister has been seeing a boy, who is related to the family, behind our backs. She also has many male-friends and communicates with them on a flirtatious manner. She has been caught red-handed several times. My entire family have denounced this completely telling her such practices […]

Family, Haram Income, and Maintaining Ties

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I am inshallah going to visit some immediate family members. These family members buy their food from the haram income they receive. Their income is haram as they have a store in which they sell pork and alcohol. My concern is that I was taught that I cannot eat […]