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. May Allah reward you for your sincere question and grant you tawfiq in your studies and career.


It is taken from the well-known hadith in which the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, “Verily actions are by their intentions, and one shall only have that which one intended.” [Bukhari & Muslim] The scholars stated that there is something implicit in this hadith, namely: “Verily actions are [rewarded] by their intentions, and one shall only have [the reward] for that which one intended.” – Excerpt from Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Yes, inshaAllah you will be rewarded for studying and by working. Please continue to renew your intention regularly in order for you to gain reward.

Please refer to the following link:

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


Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Wet Dreams and Ritual Purity: A Reader

The Rules

Rules Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women

Male Sexual Fluids and Ghusl

Does Pre-seminal Fluid on My Private Parts From a Dream Necessitate a Ritual Bath?

Excessive Nocturnal Emission: What Should I Do?

Dealing with Doubts

Waking Up with a Spot on Groin and Dealing with Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa)

What Is the Extent of the Investigations One Has to Take After Having a Wet Dream?

To What Extent Should I Go in Checking the Nature of a Discharge After Waking Up?
A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

Wet Dreams and Fasts

Does A Wet Dream Break The Fast?

Being in a State of Major Ritual Impurity: Does it Invalidate My Fast?

ISIS – is it a Legitimate Expression of Islam?

Islam’s stance on ISIS

The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq ( ISIS ) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced. To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam – the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition. They manipulate the religion to brainwash angry young Muslims, who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence. Therefore, the Muslim scholars are obliged to respond with a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance.isis

CNN: Syrian Scholar, Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, condemns.

Islam vs. ISIS: A Letter to Baghdadi from Leading Scholars

On War & Beheading: How ISIS Manipulates Hadiths, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Refuting ISIS – Lecture by Syria’s Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Paris Attacks: Response and Responsibility

Islam’s stance on jihad

WATCH: Jihad, Revolt & Revolution In Islam (Shaykh Ahmed Saad & Shaykh Faraz Rabbani)

Jihad, Abrogation in the Quran & the “Verse of the Sword”

Understanding the Qur’anic Verse “Slay them wherever you find them”: Balance, Justice, and Mercy in Islamic Rules of Jihad

Understanding the Hadith, “I Was Ordered to Fight the People Until They Testify…”

The Menace of So-called “Jihad” – Imam Zaid Shakir

ISIS and the Apocalypse

The Crisis of ISIS: A Prophetic Prediction | Sermon by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

The root of ISIS ideology

The Root Problem Of Extremists – Shaykh Habib Ali Jifri

Who or What is a Salafi?

Who should we learn religion from?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from?

Further reading

Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations

The author, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, a renowned scholar and one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world today, presents in this invaluable book a thorough refutation of ISIS’ beliefs and crimes. Providing authentic quotes that destroy the allegations of ISIS, Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi reaches the conclusion that this group does not represent Islam, its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and fighting it is an obligation upon Muslims.

How to Avoid Riba (Usury): A Reader

“Allah has permitted sale, and prohibited usury.” [Qur’an 2.275]


The Prohibition of Riba (Usury) in Islam – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the firm Divine Call to the Believers to completely leave riba (usury/interest). He explains how the prohibition of riba came—in four stages, in four sets of verses, with increasing degrees of emphasis.

The wisdom behind the firm prohibition of riba is explained, as well as how one can navigate—with caution and mindfulness—through the challenges of avoiding riba in ribs-based societies.

The verses of the call are 2.278-279, which are part of the final set of verses (2.275-281) prohibiting riba in the Qur’an.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf On Usury (Riba)


Is an Indexed Loan Akin to Unlawful Usury?

Micro-finance Loans and Riba

Bank Employment: When is it Permissible?

Working as an Accountant When Interest Transactions Are Involved

Documenting Usurious Transactions as an Accountant

Getting Rid of ‘Fixed Income’ Returns

Are Credit Card “Balance Transfer Fees” Halal?

The Rulings of Using Certain Alternative Financing Mechanisms

Gifts and Cash Incentives offered by the Bank to Account Holders

“Zero-Percent Financing”: Is It Really Interest Free?

Investing in Stocks and Working as a Stock Broker

Repentance for Taking Money from Bonds

Pawning an Item & Usury

The Legal Verdict on Prevalent Forms of Insurance

What Does it Mean to Have “Beautiful Restraint and Balance” in one’s Work, Career, and in Seeking one’s Provision?

Recommended Courses

Money Matters: Islamic Finance in Everyday Life

Islamic Law for Seekers (Hanafi): Transactions

Further Reading

The Text of the Historic Judgment on Interest
Given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (Section written by Mufti Taqi Usmani)

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? Why Is Iblis Blaming Allah for Leading Him Astray?

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

How Can Allah Punish Disbelievers If He Is the One Who Veils Them From the Truth?

How Are the Prophets Protected from Error and Sin?

Do the Differences Between the Legal Schools Render Our Worship Full of Errors?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam aleikum,

Why do schools of fiqh contradict themselves to the point that something valid in one school is invalid in another school like wudu after touching a woman for example?

If we say that there is valid opinions that could be wrong, wouldn’t that imply that we have a religion were error exists? Why have truth and error been mixed up in Islam and became labelled as “valid opinions”?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

All of the legal schools are valid and sound to follow, and correct according to their own, specific legal theory and methodology. The differences found between them are a mercy, as the scholars have mentioned, and it is difficult to understand the intricacies without spending some time learning how the general principles are applied and how law is derived.

I’d recommend reading: (1) The Differences of the Imams by Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhlawi, and (2) The Influence of the Noble Hadith Upon the Differences of Opinion Amongst the Jurist Imams by Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah.

Please also see: A Reader on Following Schools of Thought (Madhabs)

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is Regret a Blessing from Allah?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Is regret a blessing from Allah?
Does Allah wait for the call of forgiveness when His slave sins?
Is there any Hadith or verse from the Quran regarding these?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

Yes, regret is a blessing from Allah as it is a sign of sincere and true repentance. This is the reason Imam Nawawi considered it one of the conditions for a proper repentance.

And we also know that sins aren’t immediately written down by the angels, so people have a chance to repent for their mistakes, and this is from the pure Favour of Allah Most High.

Further, even if the person does not repent right away, the sin and its traces are completely wiped away if he truly repents later.

Abu Hamza Anas ibn Malik al-Ansari, the servant of the Messenger of Allah reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is happier about the repentance of one His slaves than one of you would be about finding your camel which had strayed away from you in the middle of the desert.” [Agreed upon]

Please see the following reader for further discussions: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Love, Marriage and Relationships in Islam: All Your Questions Answered

A comprehensive collection of resources that offer clear and practical guidance on successful marriages. Based on the Qur’an, Prophetic teachings and scholarly wisdom, find out how we can all have marriages that fulfill the worldly and spiritual potential of what the Prophet ﷺ referred to as “half the religion.”

And it is among His signs that He has created for you wives from among yourselves, so that you may find tranquility in them, and He has created love and kindness between you. Surely in this there are signs for a people who reflect. Qur’an [30:21]

Intention, Priority and Purpose

Overcoming Difficulties Before Marriage

Parents and Guardians

Overcoming Differences And A Troubled Past


Keeping it in the Family

Getting Married The Right Way

Staying Married

Related courses

Marriage in Islam video playlist, with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Habib Hussein as-Saqqaf, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed, Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes, Habib Umar bin Hafidh and many others.

How to Strengthen Faith in Allah and Return to Him? A Reader

“Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his camel in a desert land and then finds it.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

How Do I Strengthen My Faith and Truly Repent?

How Can I Strengthen My Iman When It Hits Rock Bottom?

Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship

Finding Allah with the Broken Hearted – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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

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

How Can I Strengthen My Belief in the Unseen?

Selected Prophetic Prayers for Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing by Chaplain Ibrahim Long

The Door to Good: Keep on Remembrance of Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him), “Keep your tongue moist with remembrance of Allah.”

This call to remembrance is a consistent theme of the Qur’an and Sunna, because remembrance of Allah:

(1) renews faith;
(2) clarifies the purpose of life–namely, seeking Allah’s pleasure, love, and closeness;
(3) instills resolve to strive for excellence in one’s life and actions–through turning to the Prophetic example;
(4) safeguards one from harm–as one in remembrance of Allah is far less likely to disobey Him.

A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

Related courses

The Heart of the Qur’an: Surah YaSin Explained

Principles of Islamic Spirituality

Etiquette and Supplications Related to Pregnancy: A Reader

“My Lord! Grant me from You upright offspring, for You hear all prayers”[Qur’an, 3.38]

Before Pregnancy

The Virtues of Having Children

Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

Invocations To Bear Children

Supplications for Having Children and For Dealing With Pain

How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

What’s the Point in Supplicating?

Dealing With a Husband Who Does Not Want to Have Children

During Pregnancy

How To Avoid a Premature Child?

Pregnant Women & Fasting

Purification & Prayer During Labor

After Pregnancy

When to Resume Prayers After Having a Child

What Acts Are Recommended After Giving Birth to a Child?

Is it Permissible to Name Children with Names of Angels?

Rights of Children in Detail

Losing a Child

The Loss of a Child: Seeking & Turning to Allah in Difficult Times

Fiqh of Miscarried Fetus

Suffering and Divine Wisdom