Friendship between a Boy and a Girl

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil answers questions about friendship before marriage. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa baraktuh. Months ago, I met a brother in a seminar. We kept in contact and built a friendship with a lot of respect. A few days ago, I asked him how he would react if his sister had contact […]

What Are the Signs of True Love for the Sake of Allah Between Brethren?

Answered by Habib Umar bin Hafidh Question: Assalam alaikum What are the signs of true love for the sake of Allah between brethren in Islam? Answer:Assalam’aleykum, Signs of true love Signs of true love for the sake of Allah between brethren in Islam are: -Cooperation in obeying Allah -Competing with each other to please Allah -Adhering […]

Inheriting our Legacy from the Prophet of Love ﷺ, by Shaykh Babikir Ahmad Babikir

Many of us display “good Muslim” image in public, while maintaining the “real me” in private. This indicates a lack of connection to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, as Shaykh Babikir Ahmad Babikir says. In this inspiring talk, Shaykh Babikir reminds us of how we have decentralized the idea of love from religion, turning it leading us to lose out […]

I Did Something to Hurt My Friend in the Past. Should I Tell Her?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I did something to hurt my friend in the past, when we weren’t in contact. Now we’re friends again, and I feel so guilty. Should I tell her what I did? Answer:Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for seeking […]

“On Friendship, Brotherhood and Companionship” now online

There are spiritual advantages to our friendship. Alone we may fall prey to depression, loneliness, or temptation, Shaykh Seraj Hendricks explains in the latest installment of the Travelling Light series. Shaykh Seraj’s exposition of Imam Ghazali’s Book 14 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din, On the Halal and Haram is now online, thanks to Classes | Travelling Light. […]

Is It My Duty to Distance Myself From My Friend Who Committed Zina?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: By accident, I found out that my close unmarried friend was having intercourse. I confronted her about the sin, to which she nervously denied. Do I still continue to be friends with her, or is it my duty to disassociate from her influence? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa […]

Can I Attend My Nephew’s First Birthday Party When There Is Alcohol Being Served?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: My non-Muslim family often have events where alcohol is the main feature of parties and get togethers. Most recently my brother is having a first birthday party for his son with alcohol on tap. What should I do? We are often put down for our beliefs and feel […]

A Sufi & A Salafi – Love, Warmth and Friendship is Possible

Ustadh Abdul Aziz Suraqa (right) reflects on how small acts of kindness some 20 years ago has had a profound effect on his life. After nearly twenty years, Allah blessed me to visit and spend time with my former neighbor and dear brother, Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes, at the Toronto airport as he and his […]

How Can I Overcome Loneliness and Make Friends?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: How can I overcome loneliness? Does Islam allow us to make friends and spend time with them? Is there any supplication to get new friends? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah lift your loneliness and grant you the gift of […]

On Unspoken Love And Friendship – Nader Khan

I’d first read Imam ‪Ghazali‬‘s Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, translated by Muhtar Holland sometime in the summer of 1995 as reading for a do-it-yourself Islamic study circle that I was in with my brother and some dear friends in ‪‎Toronto‬. That’s when I read the following powerful story: “It is related in the stories […]