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Does Wearing Makeup Make Me a Disbeliever?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Questions: Asslamu Alaykum

A few years ago, I had some thoughts that if I loved Allah I would leave all adornment for His sake. While reflecting upon this, I concluded that I did not love Allah enough to cover my hair. I verbalized these thoughts and did not immediately repent. Since then I have repented and now cover my hair, but still wear makeup. I feel doing so makes me a disbeliever and will lead me to Hell. Is this a misgiving?

Answer: As-salamu ‘alaykym wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

You can rest assured that this is a misgiving, and that you are still a believer. Allah said in the Qur’an, ‘Whoever repents after his wrongdoing and rectifies [matters, will be forgiven]; because Allah is indeed All-Forgiving (Ghafūr) and Ever-Kind (Raḥīm)’ (5:38).

Shaykh Ahmad b. Ataʾillah al-Sakandari, the great saint and scholar, gave us all a great deal to hope for when he said, ‘Let not a sin become so great in your eyes that it prevents you from having a good opinion of Allah, for he who knows his Loving Lord considers his sin insignificant compared to His generosity’ (Ibn Ata’illah, al-Hikam).

A good practice is to say the duʿa which the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said after the battle of Uhud:

اللَّهُمَ حَبَّبْ إِلَيْنَا الْإِيمَانَ وَزَيِّنْهُ فِي قُلُوبِنَا، وَكَرِّهْ إِلَيْنَا الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ، وَاجْعَلْنَا مِنَ الرَّاشِدِينَ

‘O Allah, make faith beloved to us and adorn it in our hearts; and make disbelief, defiance and disobedience hateful to us, and make us firmly amongst those on the right way’ (Ahmad).

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.

Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health

What Can I Do About Misgivings Regarding Filth?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I’m in a serious predicament. I have fallen into extreme waswas. It’s takes me up to an hour to pray one prayer. I am completely lost about whether filth has affected me or not, especially in the washroom. What should I do?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Try to get to the local mosque, and make your ritual washing (wudu) and prayer there. Do nothing more and nothing less than everybody else.

And remember that this is a psychological problem, not a religious one, so you need to find a counsellor or specialist who can help you recover from this.

Also, I’d suggest reading The OCD Workbook, by Bruce Hyman, and particularly the section on Scrupulosity.

Please also see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings) and: Key Principles Relating to Certainty, Doubt, and Baseless Misgivings (waswasa) and: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

People May Have Walked on Filth in My Room: Has It Spread All over My House?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

My blanket that was soiled with mani went onto the floor in my room. After smelling both the blanket and the floor, it seemed as though the filth had transferred on to the floor. To make matters worse, others had entered my room and I am almost certain that their slippers have contracted the filth. I felt I had to smell some of their slipper soles. I fear that our prayers are not being accepted due to the spread of filth in the house. Should I act upon my concerns?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

You should wash away the filth from the blanket. If there are any traces of the filth on the carpet, you should also wash that area.

As for smelling carpets and slippers, this is contrary to proper decorum and not called upon by the Sacred Law.

Ignore misgivings, even if strong. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

Please see: How Do We Purify Filthy Grout in Between Smooth Tiles?

And Allah alone gives success.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Can I Do About Drops of Urine During Wudu?

Answered by SeekersGuidance Answers Service
Question: After finishing cleaning my private parts, I remain in that position for 2 minutes in the event of any drops of urine still spilling.
Sometimes, part way through my wudu, I notice a drop at the tip of the penis.
Can you please clarify what one has to do in this situation?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
You should ignore any feelings and sensations that you have. Such suppositions are of no legal consequence. Do not check anything unless you are absolutely certain that something came out. Otherwise, ignore all doubts, even strong ones. Acting upon doubts is contrary to the sunna and misplaced religious caution.
Use the following guidelines when performing istinja’:
[i] After using the toilet, wait a few moments to make sure all remaining drops exit,
[ii] Squeeze and slightly twist the private part,
[iii] Wipe the private part with toilet paper,
[iv] Wash the private part with water three or so times, and
[v] Sprinkle water onto your clothes and private parts.
After this, any doubts of urine being admixed with the water can be and should be ignored.
In the end, it should be noted that acting on one’s doubts is sinful as is excessive wastefulness. Both should be avoided. One should suffice with the sunna method of removing filth on the private parts. This was the way of the salaf, a way of moderation and following the sunna.
Please see: What Should I Do About Left Over Drops Of Urine? and: Waiting for Urine to Stop and Wudu
and: How to Avoid Waswasa of Dripping Urine After Using the Restroom
See also: A Reader on Ritual Purity, Urine Leakage and Misgivings
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
SeekersGuidance Answers Service
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

A Reader on Ritual Purity, Urine Leakage and Misgivings

‘Verily this religion is ease, and none make this religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.’ [Bukhari]

Drops of urine during prayer: simply misgivings?
Key Principles Relating to Certainty, Doubt, and Baseless Misgivings (waswasa)
Checking Clothing for Drops of Urine
Praying in Clothes Affected by Urine Dripping Problem
Urine Leakage, Chronic Gas, and Misgivings
How Do I Pray When Liquid Constantly Leaks from My Private Parts?
Excused Liquid Filth and Ignoring Baseless Doubts About Purity
How to deal with drops of urine in the restroom?
What Should I Do About Left Over Drops Of Urine?
Waiting for Urine to Stop and Wudu
How to Avoid Waswasa of Dripping Urine After Using the Restroom
Drops of urine: when is it a chronic excuse?
When Do I Make Wudu When I Have a Chronic Excuse?
The Fiqh of Chronic Excuses and Ablution
How Can I Maintain Purity and Pray When I Have a Weak Bladder that Constantly Leaks?
How to Maintain Purity for Prayer With a Non-Excused Urine Dripping Problem

Waswas [Baseless Misgivings] Regarding Apostasy and Purity

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I suffer from waswas regarding impurity and apostasy.
1) Regarding impurity: I have doubts regarding the cleanliness of a place or an area. For example I get a tought that I know that on this area of the bedsheet I wiped pus. That spot where I have wiped it has no signs of taste, colour nor smell but this place now gets wet with water. Will it make me impure?
Also where I live hairspray is used a lot. It gets on the floor and I wonder if it is impure or not because I have doubts regarding the spray containing impure substances or not. Also touching washroom doorknobs and all becomes hard for me. How do I deal with this?
2) Regarding apostasy: I am really confused about what kind of actions put someone out of the fold of Islam. So I experience a lot of waswas regarding a lot of actions and I have a tendency to overanalyse them by fear of committing Kufr. So I would like some knowledge regarding this subject.It would really help me.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
(1) You should ignore all of it. The sunna with misgivings and doubts is to completely ignore them. Even strong doubts are not acted upon. We act on the basis of certainty, and this is the sunna and what is called for. All else is contrary to the sunna and a sure way to make way for further woes.
(2) What takes you out of the fold of Islam is denying that which brought one into it. See ​: What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?
Please see: I Have Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa) About the Soundness of My Faith and My Marriage…
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Misgivings Regarding Apostasy and How to Deal with Them

Answered by Dr Asim Yusuf
Question: Alhamdulillah, I have been  through a lot of  hardship. I have been a Muslim Alhamdulillah for 8-9 years, because I wanted to accept the Islamic beliefs because I felt different and my heart found it to be from common sense to accept it. My heart says about the Islamic belief: “This is what you should accept”, so I accepted it. But after that,  I was with an islamic sect which was   preaching Takfirism on  other muslims, and making a bad image of Islam for many Muslims. But alhamdulillah I found out that they are deviants. Their belief is in contradiction to the beliefs of the Ahlus Sunnah. Then I found another sect, I thought they  were the real Ahlus Sunnah but then I found out that they are also wrong in their belief. 
I no longer remember how many times I left and then re-entered Islam.   This happened many times, all because I was talking without knowledge and saying many blasphemous words without realizing it. But for the last time, I went back to Islam again, because I want to stay Muslim and die as a Muslim. I’ve repented and I am still repenting for all that kufr beliefs I had. I want to stay Muslim. But I keep having these thoughts that I am not a Muslim, but rather a hypocrite and a disbeliever.  
When I have blasphemous thoughts, am I still a Muslim or an apostate?
Please help me with this, it is really distressing and I don’t know what to do.
Answer: Was salam Dear Questioner,
‘shifa al-‘ayy al-su’al (the cure for confusion is to ask)’ (Abu Dawud)
May Allah bring comfort to your heart – the tranquillity that comes through finding peace in Allah. May you be of those about whom Allah said in the Quran, ‘then, after distress, He sent down upon you tranquillity…’ (Aal Imran 3:175)
You have raised a number of issues in your email that I will address in brief. It should be noted that each of these points have been discussed at great length in our scholarly history, and where possible, I would point you to beneficial, balanced and succinct summaries of these discussions. What I’d like to you bear in mind right at the outset, though, is that you are not alone in any one of these dilemmas. I personally am aware of many people who struggle needlessly with the same issues for years before finally asking about them.
And there are yet many others who never do ask, remaining tortured by self-doubt till the end of their days. This is why I am very happy that you have had the courage to lay bare your heart and pose the questions that you have: through a single person’s sincere questioning, many others will derive benefit, and you will only realise how far the fruits of your endeavour have spread on the Day of Judgment.
1. What is ‘true Islam’?
On your journey to and through Islam, you have clearly encountered a number of groups, all of whom claim (no doubt sincerely believing it) that they represent ‘true’ Islam. It is an inevitable consequence of limited human minds coming into contact with the infinite grandeur of the Divine that many try to squash ultimate truth into their own worldviews, thereby distorting and limiting it. The great Sufi mystic and poet Rumi said, ‘everyone wanted to become my friend through their understanding of me / but they missed the secret within me!’
This is why Allah and the Blessed Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) warned about the dangers of attempting to interpret Revelation without deep insight, long training and outside of the collegiate consultation processes of the scholarly tradition. Our master, Ali, may God illuminate his countenance, gave us words of wisdom that are particularly relevant in your case: ‘truth is not known through people – rather, recognise the truth and you will know its people.’
Matters become more problematic when groups become exclusivist – claiming not just that the truth lies with them, but that the truth only lies with them and no-one else. Beware of those who narrow God’s mercy by declaring that the wide, clear, well-lit highway of Islam (mahhajatan bayda) is in fact a rickety bridge across an abyss! This has never been the way of normative Islamic belief – indeed the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) gave a severe warning about the dangers of accusing others of disbelief: ‘when one Muslim accuses another of disbelief, one of them certainly has disbelieved.’
He also severely castigated Usama bin Zaid (one of his most beloved young companions) for killing an enemy soldier on the battlefield despite the latter having shouted out the testimony of faith just before the deathblow. Even though the defeated man was most likely only trying to save his own skin, the Prophet (s) said to Usama, ‘did you look into his heart and ascetrtain the truth of the matter?!’ Both these hadiths indicate that faith should be assumed even with the smallest of signs.
Accordingly, one of the most widely accepted statements of belief in Islam, the Aqida Tahawiyya, clearly states, ‘we do not make disbelievers of any of those who pray towards our Qibla…’ Abu Hanifa, who was a great theologian as well as a legal scholar, is well-known to have said, ‘if a statement contains 99 meanings of disbelief and only one meaning of faith, then discard the 99!’
The scholars of the Ahl al-Sunna have been extremely wary about anathematizing people, as is clear from many of their statements. The groups that you mentioned in your email (whom I will not name here) are unfortunately well-known for this type of exclusivism, and whatever other benefit one might derive from their company (for Muslims of all stripes have a lot more in common with each other than differences) one should be wary of claims that ‘only we are going to heaven!’ There’s a lot more room on the ‘peace train’ of Allah’s mercy!
2. What entails disbelief
This subject is tackled in classical legal and doctrinal texts at some length; however, it boils down to a very simple principle: the only thing that can remove a person from Islam is clear denial of what brought them into it. This entails denial of what is necessarily known by every Muslim – scholar or lay-person – such as the unity of God, the Prophethood of our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family), the obligation of prayer, the prohibition of alcohol, and so forth.
You can’t trip up and stumble out of the religion by mistake; you really have to try! The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) said, ‘I have left you upon a wide, clear highway, whose night is [just as clear as] its day. None will deviate from it save one who destroys himself.’ I would advise you to take a course such as this one to further strengthen your faith. More detailed courses are also easily available on the Seeker’s Guidance website.
Much of what you are concerned about – having ‘apostated’ repeatedly, by ’talking without knowledge’ and ‘uttering blasphemous words’ – is most probably of no legal or doctrinal significance. Many people have obsessive doubts (waswasa) about having left Islam or blasphemed, whether because of thoughts that come to them, stray words or slips of the tongue. Unfortunately, this is sometimes compounded by unwise but zealous Muslims who have failed to understand both the breadth of God’s mercy and the moderate inclusivism of His Divine Law. Such people, unfortunately, are unwitting tools of Shaytan, who seeks to sow doubt where there was certainty, despair where there was hope, and weakness where there was strength.
Do not listen to them, nor the same whispers within your heart. Allah says, ‘the devil threatens you with poverty and commands you to obscenity; God promises you his forgiveness and blessings…’ As mentioned earlier, such doubts are part of the human condition, with some more affected by them than others. This is an extremely important subject that confuses many people, and is dealt with beautifully in this course. Our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) has given us hope and guidance when afflicted in this way.
3. What does NOT entail disbelief
a. Blasphemous thoughts:
i. The sahaba came to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) and said, ‘sometimes terrible thoughts occur to us and we fear that we have left Islam!’ He replied, ‘this is pure faith!’ (Sahih Muslim) Imam Nawawi explains that the fact that one is so troubled by these thoughts is a sure sign of one’s faith.
ii. The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) also said, ‘Allah has overlooked for my community the [sinful] whisperings of their hearts, so long as they do not act upon them or give them voice [believing in them].’ (Sahih Muslim)
b. Slips of the tongue
i. ‘Actions are only [judged] by intentions, and every person will be requited only for what they intended.’ This is the very first hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari and is known as the single most important hadith in the entire religion.
ii. Statements are always understood according to what was clearly meant, even if the words are mangled. A person who intends in their heart to pray Asr but accidentally says, ‘Oh Allah I intend to perform zuhr,’ does not need to repeat their prayer – it is accepted that he meant Asr. If this is the case for an action, it applies even more so for that which affects one’s very faith!
iii. Allah says, ‘Allah does not censure you for slips of your tongue in oaths, but rather for what your hearts have wrought.’
c. Unwitting statements
i. This is a slightly more controversial topic. If a person utters something clearly blasphemous without understanding that it is in fact blasphemous, have they left the fold of Islam. The understanding of the classical Sunni tradition is that they have not, because they did not intend blasphemy. However, sometimes zealous Muslims take statements of the scholars out of context to conclude the opposite. Examples of such statements (eg: ‘whoever engages in a pillow-fight whilst the jumua khutba is being delivered has committed kufr!’) are understood to mean ‘disbelief is feared for a person if they did or said such a thing intending to mock or belittle the religion.’
ii. If a person makes you fear you have left the religion because of such a thing, follow the advice of Abdullah Ibn Abbas. A man came to him and said, ‘people accuse me of being a disbeliever!’ He replied, ‘say, ‘there is no God but Allah, and make liars of them!’
In answer to your questions, then: a momentary doubt about Allah’s existence does not entail kufr, and a momentary ‘hesitation’ about belief in Allah is not kufr either. Both of these are satanic whispers (waswasa) and should be ignored or rebutted. Allah has already saved you from disbelief – dare to believe it and place your trust in Him. A person who fears not being Muslim is by definition a Muslim – in fact, they have tasted the sweetness of faith!
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) said, ‘with three things is the sweetness of faith experienced: to love Allah and His Messenger more than anything else, to love one another for the sake of Allah, and to fear disbelief as one would fear being cast into a fire.’ Remember also that Allah’s capacity for mercy utterly beyond anything you can imagine, and far greater than your capacity to sin. He says, in a hadith Qudsi, ‘Oh my worshipper: if you come to be with a world’s worth of sin, I will come to you with a world’s worth of forgiveness!’
4. Parting advice
a. Be in the company of good friends – those who give you peace and certainty, and who do not fill you with despair and doubt.
b. ‘Leave that which causes you to doubt for that which leaves you in no doubt.’
c. Always remember that Islam is an easy and simple faith: there are no theological traps waiting to ensnare you here.
d. If the doubts persist, seek out the help of a well-respected, moderate and wise local scholar who can advise you specifically
e. If all of this does not work, remember that severe doubts are sometimes a symptom of a medical/psychological problem – don’t be afraid to seek professional help (says the Psychiatrist!)
f. Recite the Kalima, Sura al-Ikhlas and salawat on the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family) in abundance – BUT NOT because you feel you have fallen into disbelief, but rather to increase you in faith, surety and love of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings upon him and his family).
g. This is a religion of mercy – don’t ever despair of that mercy.
h. Lastly, make dua for me, my family and my teachers: for you are clearly a better Muslim than I!
Was salam
Abd Faqir
Asim
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Misgivings Regarding Intentions and How to Memorize Qur’an

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Im always getting doubts about my intentions, how do I know they are sincere? I keep getting shirk thoughts. For memorizing the Quran I basically don’t even tell my family that I want to memorize because I think I will be insincere. And can I memorize on my own without a sheikh? And in what order is it recommend to Memorize Quran which is easiest.
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
The basis is that we ignore misgivings.
Sincerity is something we are all striving for. We recognise our shortcomings, repent for the way things are, and then renew our resolve and intention and continue our efforts. The believers are people of action. The devil can easily trick us into making us doubt our intentions in everything such that we are left with nothing. Seek refuge in Allah, repent and renew your resolve regularly, and ask Allah for tawfiq and sincerity.
Please see: POSTS TAGGED ‘SINCERITY’ and: Intention: Validity And Sincerity and: The Reality and Importance of Intention and: Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others?
And consider taking: Purification of the Heart & Praiseworthy Character (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)
As for your specific questions:
(1) You can begin to memorize, but you should seek out a teacher. It is easy to delude oneself into thinking one has memorized correctly when the reality is otherwise.
(2) One suggestion would be to start with shorter surahs from the 30th Juz’, and then progress to the 29th Juz’, then 28th and so on. Once you are able to memorize quickly and comfortably, and have strong aspiration (himma), you can start from the 1st Juz’.
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Weak Iman, Misgivings, and Loving the Messenger (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace)

Answered Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I am dealing with extreme thoughts of shirk that bring me to tears. My imaan is extremely low and at I question my faith nearly all the time. I know one of the things you can do to remove these thoughts is increase the amount you practice. I confess I have never been very practicing however I am now trying to learn and pray and read the Quran more. The first day I began this I felt a lot more at ease, and Inshallah I will continue with this. However recently I have encountered a new predicament, I keep on disrespecting the Prophet (pbuh) and Islam in general. When I hear someone say something bad about the Prophet (pbuh) or Islam my first instinct is to laugh (astagfurallah). Please help me.

 

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

You’re sadness and seeking to do away with such thoughts is a sign of sincerity. Such doubts are never to be turned nor given any attention to. Make this juncture of your life a time of turning to Allah in repentance, longing, and love. Make a point to continually renew your repentance. (See: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance) )

Strive in increasing your worship and knowledge. Learn sound and proper understanding of religion. Seek to emulate the states of the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) inwardly and outwardly. And seek to become of the foremost of believers. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said to seek the assistance of Allah and not to deem oneself incapable. You are worthy just as much as the next person. Ask Allah with a heart full of conviction that He will answer. The Most Generous of the generous always answers.

Increasing in Love of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace)

Send much salawat upon him (Allah bless him and give him peace), learn about his character and beauty, observe his sunnas to the best of your ability, pray for him (Allah bless him and give him peace), and sit with those who love him (Allah bless him and give him peace). “Say: If you love Allah, follow (and love) me, Allah will love you.” [Qur’an, 3:31] Strive and strive more. Nothing worth having is easy. Realize that it will come with time, sincerity, and love.

I’d advise taking the following classes at SeekersGuidance: [i] Knowing the Messenger of Allah [ii] Prohibitions of the Tongue [iii] Meccan Dawn: The Life of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad

Please also see:

[a] What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?

[b] AND MUHAMMAD IS HIS MESSENGER: The Obligation to Love the Prophet (PBUH) and the Signifance of Sending Prayers Upon Him | Nur Sacred Sciences

[c] How Much Should the Prophet (Peace be upon him) be Loved and How

[d] I Have Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa) About the Soundness of My Faith and My Marriage…

[e] Satanic Whisperings (Waswasa) as a Trial from Allah: Punishment or Blessing?

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Consistent Flatulence and Tarawih Prayer

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I suffer from consistent flatulence.  Every year during Ramadan I get discouraged from taraweeh, tahajjud, and reading the Qur’an due to the extreme flatulence I experience. I know I am suppose to disregard doubts but sometimes i might be like 70 to 99% sure i passed gas. keeping my wudu during taraweeh gets so difficult that i end up missing a lot of rakats due to consistent gas.  Please advise me.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this finds you well, insha’Allah.

We have a legal principle: Certainty is not lifted by doubt. Hence anything short of certainty should be completely ignored. Period.

When it comes to misgivings (waswasa), Khadimi, the commentator of the Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya, said that even strong doubts are not acted upon. Being ‘almost certain’ is not the same as certainty. From now on, unless you hear or smell something, assume nothing happened.

If it is easier to keep your ablution (wudu) and pray sitting for tarawih prayers, then you should do so.

Don’t lose heart as this is exactly what the devil wants. Realize that Allah is calling you to his mercy, forgiveness and Paradise. Take from the blessed nights of Ramadan.

It is related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Every night, when a third of the night remains, Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, descends to the lowest heaven saying, ‘Is there anyone calling on Me that I may answer him? Is there anyone asking anything of Me that I may give it to him? Is there anyone asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?'” [Bukhari]

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani