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Disclosing Past Sings

Question: I used to smoke a lot of recreational marijuana and drink alcohol occasionally. By the will of God, I have not touched either in over six years or have any desire or intention to try them again. Should I tell my fiancé about my past with these drugs? I’m afraid of the small chance that she hears from someone else, that she will be extremely saddened and not trust me.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. First, I want to congratulate you on beating your habit and transforming yourself for the better. May Allah continue to keep you on the right path and increase you in every blessing and goodness.

Hadith on disclosing sins

Abu Hurayra reports that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said, All my Community will be excused except those who are blatant. And it is from blatancy for one to perform an act at night and to wake up and tell something that they did such-and-such, while Allah had concealed it for them. They slept under the cover of Allah, and they rendered Allah’s covering from themselves in the morning” [Bukhari and Muslim].

The Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “The one who [sincerely] repents from sin is like the one who has no sin” [Ibn Majah].

Do not inform her

It is not permissible for her to ask about your past or current sins, nor for you to disclose them. You have left the past behind you and it should stay there. If you fear that someone else might disclose it to her, it is permissible to deny it. Fearing another’s action doesn’t permit you to do something impermissible. Ask Allah to keep these sins in the hidden past and to protect you both from its evil consequences.

See this link:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/can-we-deny-having-committed-sins-after-we

 

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Assisting in Sin

Question: I made a mistake around 6 months ago by assisting in grave sin. My class gifted my teacher an idol (she is a hindu) and everyone had to contribute and so did I. I have recently been made aware that helping in sin means that you have sinned too and that I have to repent and advise them to not do the sin.  If I repent and take my shahada again and do not advise those involved (the teacher and other students) of their sin, will this be sufficient? Please do reply, I have been feeling very distressed. Thank you.

Answer:
Assalamu alaykum
Thank you for writing to us. The first part of the advice you received is sound. It is impermissible to assist someone in sin, especially in the sin of ascribing partners to Allah. In surah al-Ma’idah, Allah said, “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty” [Qur’an, 5:2].
Repentance
We do appreciate that your intention was not to assist anyone in sin or shirk, and that you merely joined the class in purchasing a gift for your teacher. However, it is crucial that you repent to Allah that He pardons you and overlooks your error. We are all Allah’s slaves, and we all sadly do things that may anger Him. And Allah loves nothing more than His slave turning to Him, seeking His pardon, knowing that none forgives our sins save Him High and Mighty.What about the effects of sin?
As for advising your teacher regarding her sin of worshipping an idol, this will not be necessary. The fact that Muslims reject the worship of idols is well known to your teacher, whether you inform her of this or not. Also, the idea of her worshipping an idol that you partially purchased will be erased from your account, if your repentance was sincere.Mulla Ali Qari, quoting ibn Hajar, raised the question of whether the repentance of someone who spread misguidance will be accepted even though the effects of his misguidance still exist. He answered by saying that the person’s repentance will be accepted and that he will not be held accountable for the impact of his wrongdoing [Mirqat al-Mafatih].

And Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdurragmaan received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

Telling the Whole Story Regarding Manslaughter

Question: If someone took someone else’s life and was then pardoned by the family, does it matter if the family didn’t know all the details of why and what happened?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

As long as the family has pardoned the man, they do not need to know all the details of why or what happened. In fact, one should only divulge the sins of one’s past for legal or medical reasons, or if a fatwa depends on it.

‘O people,’ the Prophet (Allah bless him said), ‘Now has come the time to stop transgressing the limits put by Allah. Whosoever among you commits one of these filthy acts, let him hide it behind Allah’s concealment’ (Malik).

That is to say, one should not tell others of the sins of one’s past, as there is no need. One should just repent to Allah and that is all.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

Committing Sins in Private

Question: Is it true that there is a hadith that says that if one commits sins in private all of one’s good deeds will be in vain?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Short Answer:

The only thing that makes all good deeds of a person come to nothing is through leaving Islam. There is a hadith that gives that sense those who do good deeds in public but bad deeds in private, and it is authentic, but it means that they did their work out of ostentation. Works done out of ostentation are not good deeds, to begin with.

Losing everything

The hadith

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘There will surely be groups of my nation who will come on the Day of Rising with “good deeds” like white mountains of Tihama, but Allah Mighty and Majestic will make it all comes to dust (haba manthura).

Thawban (Allah be well pleased with him) asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us and make them obvious lest we unwittingly be of them.’

‘They will be your brothers and they will be just like you, and they will pray at night just you do. However, they are people who while they are in private do all sorts of haram things that Allah has forbade’ (Ibn Majah).

This hadith is sound: Busiri said the chain was sound, and Shaykh Shuayb al Arnaut said the hadith was authentic (hasan).

Ostentation

To take the hadith at face value would mean that people who do good deeds but then do bad deeds in private will have all their good deeds taken away. This is something that we know from the Qur’an and Sunna to be false.

Rather, the proper way to understand the hadith is to say that people who merely show off and fake righteousness in front of others, while they unrepentantly persist in all sorts of vile and licentious acts in private will have no good deeds on the Day of Rising.

As testimony to this interpretation, the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘All of my nations will be forgiven, save but the loudmouths (mujahirin). Being a loudmouth means that someone commits a sin by night, and then enters the morning having had the sin covered over for him by Allah, and then he goes off and tells others, ‘Hey So-and-so, yesterday I did such-and-such.’ Allah had covered up his sin at night, and then he uncovers Allah’s cover in the morning’ (Bukhari and Muslim).

So doing sins in private does not mean that one is a hypocrite and has no more good deeds. Rather, it means that one is sinful and that one should repent because there is still hope for one.

Conclusion

The hadith is sound but doesn’t mean that if a person has committed a sin in private then that person is doomed. Rather, it refers to people who are completely fake and only into religious activities and causes for the sake of prestige or money.

Someone who falls prey to the Devil by themselves should look for good company.

‘O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with the true.’ (Qur’an, 9: 119)

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

 

 

Anxiety Regarding Missed Prayers

Question: I suffer from extreme anxiety regarding missed prayers. If I ever miss a prayer, even a recent one, I get extreme anxiety about death and the hellfire. This has had a bad impact on my life. I struggle with prayer as it is, this just makes life harder. My heart gets palpitations like a heart attack. I feel like this isn’t normal. I see people who miss prayers and never feel a thing, so there must be something wrong with me. I also stress about how it will be difficult to make them all up. From my knowledge, the Prophet once said that if the prayers aren’t good then everything in the hereafter won’t be good either. Thinking about that, and my current struggles amplify my pain and anxiety. I also have waswasa I regarding purity which makes it hard for me to pray already. All in all, this anxiety has taken the peace out of my prayers and prayer has started to just feel like a way to stop my anxiety. 

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you have so much anxiety surrounding your prayers. Although it is healthy to have a deep fear of Allah’s punishment and to know that missing a prayer is a serious sin, one should not allow this to take a toll on one’s physical health, and when coupled with waswasa, it can be damaging.

Hope and fear

It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, came upon a young man who was dying and said, “How do you feel?” He said: “I have hope in Allah, O Messenger of Allah, but I fear my sins.” The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “These two things (hope and fear) do not coexist in the heart of a person in a situation like this, but Allah will give him that which he hopes for and keep him safe from that which he fears” [Ibn Majah].

A believer finds his solace and balance in having fear of Allah’s punishment and hope in His mercy. Some scholars have said that one should have more fear in one’s youth and transition to having more hope in one’s old age. Others have said that believers should have fear at the beginning of their day and hope towards the end of the day. His fear will then translate into action for the day.

Action

To take action, learn your obligatory knowledge, your tajweed, your basic fiqh, learn about the Prophet’s life, may Allah bless him and give him peace, and take some `aqidah lesson- these are all free at SeekersGuidance. Read some Qur’an every day with the meaning.

Commit to praying as well as you can, on time, and ask Allah to help you by praying the Prayer of Need. A scholar once told me that if you pray all of your sunnahs, Allah will help you accomplish your fard (obligatory) prayers. If you have missed a prayer due to a valid reason, such as “someone asleep (N: when its time first came who remained so until the time ended)” [Reliance of the Traveller, f1.5(1)], then you need not worry or fear about punishment. Simply make up the prayer and move on.

Making up missed prayers

If you have a large number of obligatory prayers to make up, start off with tawba, and then gratitude for having being given this guidance, and come up with a system of making them up in sustainable and speedy fashion. Please see these links for some advice:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/making-up-obligatory-fasts-and-prayers/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/go-making-lot-missed-prayers/

Desperation and mercy

Consider the following prophetic hadiths:

“When half of the night or two-third of it is over, Allah the Blessed and the Exalted, descends to the lowest heaven and says: Is there any beggar so that he be given? Is there any supplicator so that he be answered? Is there any beggar of forgiveness so that he be forgiven? (And Allah continues it saying) till it is daybreak” [Muslim].

“Allah created a hundred mercies, and He placed one mercy among his creation, they show mercy to one another by it, and there are ninety-nine mercies with Allah” [Tirmidhi].

And most importantly, heed the words from Allah, Most High, from His book, “Say, ˹O Prophet, that Allah says,˺ “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy, for Allah certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [Qur’an, 39:53].

See these excellent articles and videos for more information to defeat your despair:
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/prophetic-guidance/hopelessness-despair/
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/social-challenges/ours-is-not-a-caravan-of-despair/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/returning-from-umrah-a-feeling-of-despair/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/returning-from-umrah-a-feeling-of-despair/

Medical check-up

If you feel like you get a rapid heartbeat over this issue, I recommend that you get a check-up just to make sure that your blood pressure and general health is in order. Try seeing the tips on this website for generalized anxiety disorder:
https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder#diagnosis

Also please see this link on waswasa and intend to do your best to overcome it, for the sake of Allah, He will certainly help you:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-reader-on-waswasa-baseless-misgivings/

May Allah give you every good and success and help you make up your prayers easily in their entirety.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

 

Recording a Scholar Without Permission

Question: In the past, I have sat in semi-private and private gatherings with a well-known Sheikh. I recorded these meetings without notifying him. Have I done wrong here and should I delete these files?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It is not permissible for you to record someone’s audio or video in a private or public setting without their permission. If I were you, I would return to that scholar and tell him the matter. If he permits that you keep the recordings for yourself or otherwise, then act accordingly.

Always be cautious of doing something out of good intention. It may still contravene the shari`ah if done without the correct knowledge. You could end up harming the very person that you are trying to benefit from.

See this related link:

Ruling on recording university lectures without the permission of the lecturer

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Confused After Breaking-up With My Boyfriend

Question: I am a 24-year-old girl who was in a haram relationship with a boy for a year and then broke up with him. There is much guilt inside me, how can I move on? I know I wronged my future spouse. I want to break all attachment to this fellow because he is not good for me but Shaytaan gives me waswasa that I must marry him because we sinned together. What can I do?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you fell into this trap of giving into your desires without a nikkah, but I am certain that your repentance will be accepted and that you will be able to move on.

Repentance

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “When half of the night or two-third of it is over, Allah, the Blessed and the Exalted, descends to the lowest heaven and says: Is there any beggar so that he be given? Is there any supplicator so that he be answered? Is there any beggar of forgiveness so that he be forgiven? (And Allah continues it saying) till it is daybreak”[Muslim].

Please see the conditions of repentance here:
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/

Marrying him

Do not marry him unless he will make a good life-partner for you. Your previous relationship with him does NOT necessarily make him suitable to marry you. It seems to me that you already know that he is not right for you, so try to move on and pray that Allah sends you a pious spouse. Ignore this waswasa and know that these are the things that you should be looking for in a spouse:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/marriage-and-divorce/look-marrying-somone-deen/

Moving on

Here are a few steps that you can take:

  • Make tawba for being in an unlawful relationship and resolve never to repeat this
  • Attach your heart to Allah and His Messenger and strive to fulfill your duties to Him. Accept what comes to you from Him with humility, servitude, and submission to His will.
  • See this article about detaching yourself: https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/any-advice-for-detaching-my-heart-from-someone/
  • Keep the company of good religious people who have a positive influence on you and don’t spend too much time alone idly.
  • Keep yourself busy with worship and beneficial activities, hobbies, or acquire a new skill.
  • Don’t ever mention this illicit relationship to your future husband and trust that Allah will place love in your hearts for each other.

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/should-i-tell-my-spouse-about-my-relationships-before-i-got-married/

May Allah help you transform and grow from this experience with guidance and taqwa to become the better you.

Please see this article and video as well:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/i-am-in-an-impermissible-but-healthy-relationship-what-should-i-do/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15XyOUnjzPI

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

Sorrow Over Sexual Misdeeds

Question: When I was about 7, I visited overseas on my yearly vacation, there my male cousin, showed me a video and told me to imitate it. After that, every summer, we ended up having oral and anal intercourse, not sex. This Ramadan my Lord guided me and I repented.  I thought I had committed adultery, but I realized that it was sodomy. I am now 16 and have faith Allah will forgive me but my regret is not the same anymore. Has Allah forgiven me already for repenting for adultery or do I need to repent again? I also used to disobey my parents and steal and lie, but am unable to feel guilty about it. I fear Allah’s wrath or to be called amongst the people of Lut. I read that if one doesn’t repent from sodomy, the Earth will swallow one up from the grave and one will be annihilated.

Answer: 

Assalamu alaykum,
Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear that you were made to commit such acts during your innocent youth. I want you to understand that when you were seven, your cousin sexually abused you and you were a victim. I pray that he doesn’t prey on anyone else the way he did on you and he will be accountable for this enormity on the Day of Judgment. If you are ever in his presence again, try to keep any other possible victims away from him.
Tawba

It seems from your question that you committed these acts voluntarily as you grew older and I pray that Allah accepts your repentance. There is no need for you to repent again. Even if you labeled it wrongfully, saying “adultery“, you still intended to repent for what you did and that is enough. It is not a problem that you don’t feel a pang of fresh, deep guilt about it, because you felt guilt at the time of repentance.Looking forward, do keep away from your cousin and make sure that you are never in khalwa (isolation) with someone of the opposite gender. I can’t tell you if Allah has forgiven you, but we know this: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “The one who repents from sin is like one who did not sin’” [Ibn Majah].
Feeling regret

As for feeling regret about stealing and lying, you must feel some regret about these actions, knowing that Allah has forbidden them, which has incited you to repent. That is sufficient for your repentance. See the conditions of repentance here:  https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/
Look ahead

The best thing for you now is to travel the path of light and knowledge and try to better yourself in every aspect. Learn about our beautiful religion, the halal and haram of everyday and basic fiqh. Read the seerah and strive to fulfill your obligations to the One who created you. Don’t let the devil keep you busy in futile things. I pray that your past feels like another lifetime to you and that Allah gives you high rank and closeness to Him.[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

How Do I Go About Making up the Missed Prayers of the Past 7 Years?

Question: I have missed a lot of prayers for the past 7 years. What do I do Is there a way to pay for the one I have missed?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Expiation for Missed Prayers

There is no expiation for missed prayers while one is still alive. Rather you must calculate how many prayers you have missed to the best of your ability. Thereafter you should strive to make up those prayers.

It may seem like a daunting task but if you take a couple or a few prayers per day you will eventually finish and be freed from that responsibility.

Some scholars have even advised that in place of the sunna prayers one should instead pray the makeup prayers. For example, instead of praying the four units of sunna before dhuhr prayer, make up a past dhuhr prayer. This way one is not expending extra time making up missed prayers.

Ref: [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Hope this helps
Allahu A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.

Waswasa, low faith, and insincerity

Question: I have done some bad things two weeks ago and I need to make tawba. I keep trying but I feel insincere or that the remorse I had would disappear. I feel like my heart is blocked. My heart doesn’t listen to me because it is hardened. How can I feel true remorse and make tawba? I started getting really bad waswasa a year ago and I used to fight it really well but now it’s hard. I either forget all my problems or am in despondency when I remember. I’ll never let shaytan win, but how do I get rid of the waswasa once and for all? The lowering of my iman worries me the most because I feel like every day that passes, it gets worse. I’m worried that a time will come where I can’t fix my situation. I have read your reader on repentance but I don’t think anyone has the evil of feeling little to no remorse. How I could
bring it back?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Feeling that you have done bad things and need to repent is a clear sign of your faith. This is good news and you should not worry about what you think might be in your heart.

Don’t assume that you are insincere

Allah, Most High, accepts repentance in any form by the one who is sincere. Don’t assume that you are insincere and continue to make your tawba. The Shaytan’s job is to trick you into not repenting even when you are inclined towards it. He has thousands of years of experience with mankind, so don’t fall into his trap. Follow your heart and repent with its conditions.

Hardened heart

If you feel that your heart is hard, there are many ways to soften it. The first and foremost  way it to bless the Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, night and day. Learn about his life, his sacrifices, make dhikr, and keep the company of those who are striving for Allah. Try listening to these heart soothing lectures by SeekersGuidance or take a free course:
https://www.facebook.com/SeekersGuidance.org

Waswasa

Getting rid of your waswasa is key to having a successful and happy religious life without undue hardship. Please see these links for good tips:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-reader-on-waswasa-baseless-misgivings/

Please make yourself accustomed to discarding any negative thoughts that come to you immediately and make dhikr when they do come. Eventually, the Shaytan will see that his whispering doubts lead you to  dhikr and he will stop. Also, address the topic of your waswasa by acquiring correct reliable knowledge. This is the best weapon against it.

Low iman and remorse

I know that you feel that your iman is low but you should not obsess with trying to measure it. The only thing that you should measure is your obligations. Make a checklist and check off your deeds every day, it’s the only way to grow and change. Try something like this:

Prayed 5 times a day today on time: Y/N
Did I backbite today?: Y/N
Am I caught up on my zakat and missed fasts?: Y/N
Did I do a charitable deed today: Y/N
Did I read my daily litany of Quran?: Y/N
Did I read the translation and understand it?: Y/N
Did I do something for my knowledge and growth today?: Y/N
Etc….

Once you have a list, just focus on completing it and you don’t need a measuring stick for anything else. Continue to do good deeds for verily faith increases by good deeds.

As for your remorse, please don’t measure that either. Feeling a little remorse is fine and be sure to repent when you get that feeling. Ask Allah to increase you in every good, and pray the Prayer of Need to increase your reliance on Him and hand all your problems over to Him. He will not abandon you. Please see this link:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/what-can-i-do-to-strengthen-and-increase-my-faith/

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.