Following Istikhara in Pursuing Marriage

Answered by Dr. Bano Murtuja Question: Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatulla wa barakahtu, There is a brother I was interested in marrying so I performed istikhara. He started to express interest and then he suddenly stopped. Another brother I know proposed to me for marriage.  I confessed my feelings to the first brother who responded that […]

Parental Demands Scared Away Potential Spouse

Answered by Dr. Bano Murtuja Question: Someone asked to marry me, and I was deeply interested in him.  My parents agreed, but they set unreasonable conditions, so he refused.  I got my parents to agree to take away their conditions, but the brother still refused. My problem is I can’t forget about him.  Other people […]

Committing Adultery in an Unhappy Marriage

Answered by Dr. Bano Murtuja Question: I am all depressed and confused, I have been in an arranged marriage for many years now and I have a 7 year old child. For past few years I have been involved and in love with another man. I don’t have the courage to break from either of […]

Asking Someone to Make Istikhara On Your Behalf

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Please can you advise on the recent popular practice of obtaining ‘istikharah’ over the phone or online or by contacting a television channel. The Imam asks for the callers’ mother’s name and then tells the questioner whether their specific problem is caused by either black magic, spiritual or physical […]

Did the Answer to My Istikhara Come in My Dreams?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I have been doing Istikhara for the last few days and one night recently I had a dream afterwards. I am not sure if this dream is relevant or if there is any interpretation for it with regards to problems I’m dealing with. Answer: assalamu `alaykum What needs to […]

I Can’t Afford the Wedding Reception My Wife Wants

Answered by Ustadha Rukayat Yakub Question: I am currently in my last year of University.  I have done my nikah however not the reception as me and my wife live in different countries, so we’re waiting for our degrees to finish insh’Allah. I love my wife and I want to provide for her, but she […]

How Do We Manage Our Finances When I Have a New Baby and My Husband Is Still in School?

Answered by Ustadha Rukayat Yakub Question: Assalamu Alaikum I was the main provider for my family (husband and I) as my husband is still in school. Before the baby I was making a sufficient income working only part time. After the baby, I quit my job & my husband got a part time minimum wage […]

My Fiance Discovered Some Objectionable Files on My Computer

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: I recently got engaged. For a period in my life just before the engagement I let my nafs overcome me. I decided to give my old computer to her and buy a new one and she discovered some old files, disgusting and inexcusable acts done online. I really regretted […]

The Reality of Istikhara

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh, In a lecture title “The Reality of Istikhara”, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses istikhara (the prayer of guidance) by defining it, debunking misconceptions regarding it, the best way to perform it, and easy ways to integrate it into our lives in a meaningful manner.   Links to the lecture and slides […]

The Permissibility of Asking Another to Perform the Guidance Prayer (istikhara)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I asked someone to perform istikhara for me, and they asked me for my mothers name. Is this ok to do? Is there a need for mother’s name? Aside from doing the istikhara what are the rules when having istikhara performed by another person? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi […]