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Listening to Qur’an While Solving Math Problems

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about listening to the Qur’an while doing something else. I pray this note finds you in the best of spirits insha Allah Alhamdulillah, I love Islam and try my best to practice it in the best way possible. In my eagerness to do more at the same time, I sometimes […]

What Is the Umm al-Kitab?

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked about the meaning of the term “Umm al-Kitab” and how it relates to the speech of Allah. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I hope this finds you in the best health. My question is about the Umm al-Kitab which is mentioned three times in the Holy Qur’an. […]

Adab 07: The Proprieties of Earning a Living

When we live up to the ideals and deep, moral standards of the religion, we can be hopeful of something tremendous from Allah in the hereafter. After all, this life is merely a means to the next, and not an end-goal in and of itself. Earning a livelihood is something that most of us can probably relate to, but our fast-paced lives, however, can sometimes hinder our ability to simply pause for a moment and review our trajectory into eternity. Seldom is a moment of contemplation void of any lasting benefit when it is for Allah.

The Hamlet in Ruins: Similitudes and Parables in the Qur’an II

Shaykh Jamir Meah discusses the parable of the Hamlet in Ruins – a profound, existential parable in the Qur’an on death and resurrection. One of the most striking parables in the Qur’an is what is sometimes referred to as the Hamlet in Ruins. This simple yet profound parable touches upon the essential theological and existential […]

Human Motivation in Sura al Nahl

One cannot understand the two similitudes which were mentioned after the bee without recourse to the vivid imagery and expressive indication of the workings of the bee in producing honey. With this context, it is possible to understand the contrasts found in these two examples: the first, a slave in bondage, incapable of anything, contrasted with someone who God has given an excellent provision; he spends it secretly and openly.

Adab 06: The Adab of the Mosque Pt II

Ustadh Tabraze Azam reminds is of the honor Allah has bestowed upon the mosque as a place of worship and the importance of right conduct in it. Allah Most High says: Light upon light! Allah guides whoever He wills to His light. And Allah sets forth parables for humanity. For Allah has perfect knowledge of […]

Losing My Faith over Verses of Abrogation

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat tackles the complex question on the verses of abrogation from a brother who feels he has lost faith in religion. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I have much confusion. According to classical scholars, verses 9:5 and 9:29 of Sura al Tawba abrogated peaceful verses like “No compulsion in religion” […]

Having Seriously Evil Thoughts

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked about intrusive thoughts that are heretical. He explains their origins, what they mean, and how to counter them. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am a fourteen year old. My problem is that it has been five months that I am having these thoughts. First it started […]

Is It Permitted to Read the Qur’an Backwards?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum Is it permitted to read the Qur’an backwards? I have been told that it can stop black magic. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I’m unaware of such a ruling. Reciting the Qur’an backwards is wrong and not religiously legislated. The jurists explicitly affirmed the dislikedness of […]

Deaf, Mute, and Blind – Similitudes and Parables in the Qur’an I

The human faculties possess not only physical forms, but spiritual dimensions as well. And it is by using the external and internal meaning of vision, hearing, and the heart, that Allah Most High furnishes us with a similitude of those who reject faith.