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When Are Makeup Prayers Valid?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, (1) Is my Isha prayer valid if I make it up before the Fajr prayer after dawn? (2) Should I repeat my prayer if I get the feeling to have let go a wind during prayer but think I didn’t and later on, after the prayer […]

Free Will and the Divine Decree: A Reader

“And you cannot intend (to do anything) unless it is so willed by Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” [Quran 81.29] Destiny and Human Responsibility in Islam Affirming Free Will and the Divine Decree Why Does the Qur’an Say Allah Misguides the Disbelievers? The Question of Free Will Is Iblis Really from the Jinn? […]

How to Make up Years of Missed Prayers? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I have missed accumulatively maybe over 15 years of obligatory prayers when younger. Do I have to make up each and every prayer before engaging in the Sunnah prayers? This will take me years to achieve… Being in the month of Ramadhan, my heart is sorely missing […]

Can I Make up Obligatory Prayers Instead of Praying the Emphasized Sunna Prayers? Can I Have Multiple Intentions When Fasting?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum, 1. I was recently told that when making up missed prayers it is permissible to replace the Sunnah Muakadda with the making-up of the earliest prayer one has missed. Can I do this? I was also told that one should not be praying Tarawih if one has […]

Can I Pay Money to Make Up for My Fasts?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I would like to know the amount per day to be paid for missed obligatory fasts that I have not made up. If there is no stipulated amount is there a way to calculate this rate per fasts missed? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, […]

Do We Have Choice? And Does Allah Prevent That Choice from Being Realized?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As Salaam alaikum, 1. Does Allah create our choices? 2. When we ask Allaah to give someone guidance how does Allah’s help to this person manifest itsef in regard to his free will? 3. When Allaah miraculously saves a Prophet or saves someone from some harm coming from the […]

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 […]

Can Supplications Change One’s Destined Life Expectancy?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Can supplications change the one’s life expectancy? If so is there any duaa to ask Allah for a long and good life  filled with obedience and good deeds?   Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are well, insha’Allah. No, supplications cannot “change” one’s […]

Affirming Free Will and the Divine Decree

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I’ve been having strong doubts about Islam due to difficulty accepting the belief in Qadr. This verse from Imam al-Tahawi’s creed strongly bothers me, for example. 83. The Garden and the Fire are created things that never come to an end and we believe that Allah created them […]

Is it Permitted to Pray `Isha after Midnight

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I have heard from a maulana that in canada time for isha namaz is until 12pm at night and if you read after that its qaza namaz. Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are well, insha’Allah. It would be somewhat disliked to delay the […]