My Parents Want Me to Finish My Studies Before Getting Married. What Do I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have been engaged to my fiancé for three years but he lives in a different country. My parents are insistent that I need to finish my education and get a job first. They feel my fiancé’s visa needs to be sorted first as being away from each […]

Is It Permissible to Do Istikhara for Another Person?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum A previous post on Seekershub provides the dua which is to be read when doing istikhara. When doing istikhara for someone else, should the wording of this dua be amended, and should the other person’s name be mentioned in it for whom one is doing the istikhara? […]

Should My Father Meet My Suitor Despite a Worrying Istikhara Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I know of a brother whose friend told me he is interested in marrying me. My dad prayed istikhara (without meeting him) and said he had the same bad dream several times and feels clear in his decision to say no. Would my father meeting the brother […]

Is Withdrawing from an Accepted Proposal Equivalent to Breaking a Promise?

Answered by Shaykh Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila Question: Assalamu alaykum I had a proposal. On the day of the meeting the guy had suddenly gotten sick. Right after they cancelled, he started feeling better. They took this as a sign of istikhara. Can such things be taken as a sign for istikhara? Does this count as […]

Can I Perform the Prayer of Seeking Guidance (Salat Al-Istikhara) More Than Once?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam’aleykum, Something is bothering me concerning a very important decision I need to make. Can I perform the Prayer of Seeking Guidance more than once? Answer: Walaikum assalam, I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. It is permitted to repeat the Prayer of Seeking […]

Is It Permitted to Pray the Istikhara Prayer for Another?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:As salaamu alaykum, Is it permitted to pray the istikhara prayer for another? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. It is permitted to pray the istikhara prayer for another because it is essentially a supplication, though it is better and from […]

Istikhara: The Prayer of Seeking Guidance

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: How is salat ul-Istikhara prayed?  Is it meant to be prayed several days in a row until a decision is made, or only once? Is it meant to be prayed after one has pretty much made up their mind, or when someone hasn’t really figured out what to do? […]

Does a Prayer in Which 100 Times “Ya Alimu” Is Read in the Prostration Exist in Islam?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Khan Question: Assalamu alaikum, Is there in the sunna a prayer that is read on Thursday/Friday night which is performed like any volunary prayers and  in the prostration  100 times “Ya Alimu” is read? The purpose of it is to see if whether if there is any good or bad in […]

Dealing With Difficult Decisions – Sidi Yousaf Seyal

It is quite common to find ourselves in situations where we feel we have little or no control over them. We respond in various ways… Before I proceed, I would like to acknowledge our humanness and understand that God created us weak. We forget, we are emotional, and we sin. God, the Merciful has gifted […]

Advice on Breaking an Unwanted Marriage Engagement

Answered by Saira AbuBakr Question: assalamu alaikum! I have a friend who got engaged some years ago. He never wanted to get engaged to that person but never directly said ‘no’. He tried to refuse by making other excuses like ‘ not now, etc’ but he agreed due to feeling pressured.   Afterwards he tried […]