How Do We Draw a Line Between Seeking This World and Seeking Allah?

Answered by Shaykh Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila Question: Assalamu alaykum I believe we have been ordered to seek Allah over this world. When we seek to get married, to have kids and a good job is it seeking this world over Allah? How do we draw a line between seeking this world and seeking Allah? Answer:  […]

Will My Intention to Spend My Future Earnings in a Praiseworthy Manner Be Rewarded?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I am currently studying to get a job in the future, inshaAllah. Once employed, if I intend to spend my money in the way of Allah, will I be rewarded for both my studies and work? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. […]

Is Making a Verbal Intention a Condition for the Validity of the Fast?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum, Last night during suhoor when I usually make intentions, verbally, to fast, I had not. But doesn’t the act of suhoor indicate what I’d be doing the following morning (fasting) and therefore reflect the intention I had at heart? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, […]

Are Taxes Paid to Governments Fulfilling the Obligation of Zakat?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: As we already pay taxes to the governments we live under, and our taxes are used to feed the poor and sustain them, is it enough to say that under a non Islamic government we are already fulfilling the task of paying Zakat if we give our tax with […]

Seeking Sincerity: How Can One Strive To Have One’s Actions Accepted by Allah Most High?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam Aleikum, It is scary to imagine that you might THINK you’re doing something for Allah but that’s not the case–that one’s actions may be insincere and therefore not acceptable to Allah. In that sense, is it reasonable to say that there’s nothing we can do beyond praying that […]

How Can I Make my Intentions Solely for Allah in My Dealings With Others?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: 1) Are you rewarded for deeds you to do that are part of your nature(being good to others, forbearance…)? 2) Why was the prostitute forgiven for giving a dog water? Her actions were due to her nature… 3) What about non-Muslims who are kind and patient? 4) How can […]

Only Concerned With Allah’s Pleasure not His Reward: Do I Need to Repent?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: The motive of my worship after getting back to Islam is more about getting closer to Allah and attaining His Pleasure rather than avoiding Hell or going to Paradise. In fact I don’t pay any attention to any kind of reward or punishment while worshiping Allah, I am only […]

A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of Spiritual Routines

“Actions are lifeless forms whose souls are the secret of sincerity in them.” Sidi Ibn Ata’illah (Allah have mercy upon him) Sincerity & Intention Intention: Validity And Sincerity Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others? Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into […]

Is an Intention for an Expiatory Fast Valid Up to Islamic Midday?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: If one is observing expiation fast and he forgot to make the intention at night due to tiredness and he wakes up in the morning without eating or drinking, and then he says to himself ”I’m fasting today” before mid-day, is this sufficient? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa […]