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Does telling my mother about my past sins nullify my repentance?

Question Summary

Does telling my mother about my past sins nullify my repentance?

Question Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Exposing One’s Sins

In general, it is prohibited to expose one’s sins to others. This is because since Allah Most High has veiled one’s faults and sins for the person to expose themselves is for them to be ungrateful for Allah’s veiling.

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Indeed, all of my community is pardoned except those who publicize. And indeed it is of publicizing for the slave to sin by night then awaken in a state that their Lord has veiled them – they then say, ‘O so and so! Last night I did such and such.’ He passed the night veiled by his Lord then uncovers the veil of Allah by morning.” [Muslim]

Exceptions

However, this ruling is not absolute. There are situations in which it is permissible and maybe even ideal to speak to others about one’s sins. Such situations apply when a person needs guidance on how to leave the sin or repent from the sin.

There are many examples of the above where the Companions came to the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) and told Him their sins. He would then guide them to repent – just like your mother did.

Summary

Your telling of your sins to your mother does not nullify your repentance for the above reasons. Furthermore, true repentance is sincere remorse. So, even if telling your mother was not ideal, the remorse and regret (or depression) you feel is sufficient for gaining the forgiveness of Allah Most High.

Do not despair in Allah’s mercy. What’s done is done. Strive to seek His good pleasure and don’t reminisce too much on your past. Allah Most High has given you a clean slate – fill it with righteous deeds and obedience.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and some texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.

How Can I Seek Forgiveness and Compensate for Cursing My Father in My Heart?

Question: A while back, I was furious at my dad because he said that a man hit his wife for a good reason and justified hitting the wife. The next day a lady we know died because of her husband’s mistreatment. Our family was dysfunctional because of my dad, but he has changed now, and I love the new him very much. I cursed him back on that day in my heart, but I don’t want to tell him. How can I seek forgiveness?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your sincerity, and may He reward your father for truly changing his condition and mindset. This kind of repentance is truly priceless!

Cursing

Because you cursed your father in your mind, your curse will not affect, especially if it was a thought that you discarded right away. Please see this link about thoughts and their moral weights:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/islamic-belief/types-thoughts-blasphemy-sin/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/shafii-fiqh/profanity-entail-shirk/

Forgiveness

For your peace, the best course of action is to ask for forgiveness, although your thought may not have even been sinful. Allah, Most High, told us not to despair when He said, “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]

I encourage you to make a habit of daily repentance to strengthen your relationship with your Lord and get in the habit of catching yourself before you let your thoughts go astray. Seek refuge from the Devil often. See the conditions of tawba here:

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

Dhikr

Dhikr is a Muslim’s best friend; remember Allah often, pray on time, give charity regularly, even if only a little, and always turn your thoughts to the positive. See this article in full for more detail:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/dhikr-remembrance-of-god/

May Allah give you and your family the best of this world and the next and bless you all with closeness and love.

[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 Master’s 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.

Concentration and Repentance

Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you and increase you in good.
Concentration and Repentance
The conditions of true repentance are the following:
(1.) feel remorse for what they have committed
(2.) cease from the sin
(3.) intend never to return to that sin ever again
[Nawawi, Riyadh al-Salihin]
If the sin involves others’ rights, for example, theft, then the condition for repentance to be sound, they would have to return that wealth to the owner of it.
Remorse is something that a human being feels in the heart. It is a feeling of regret that leads the person to want to change or right that wrong.
A person who loves Allah and magnifies Him, and fears Him, will naturally feel this remorse for the wrong they have committed. This feeling of guilt is for the reason of disobeying Allah. No other reason would be appropriate. Nonetheless, this feeling is still created by Allah and facilitated by Him for the servant to repent. We must therefore ask Allah to grant us true repentance.
If you would like to ponder and reflect on your wrong actions so that you may repent, this would be acceptable. However, you can not delay repentance of sin because you don’t feel you have concentration. In this case, delaying the repentance is itself a sin.

A believer should always be fearful of delaying a sin because they may end up dying before repenting.

May Allah grant you and I true repentance for His sake and success afterward, never to return to that wrong.

[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Asking for forgiveness and continuing to do Bad deeds

Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you and increase you in good.
Forgiveness and Mercy
True repentance entails leaving that particular sin immediately and not intending to return to it. If one has not done this, then it is not true repentance.
We as human beings are prone to commit sins even daily. The Prophet ( peace and blessings be upon him) knew this when he said, “All of the children of Adam commit sins, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” [Tirmidhi]
However, we can gradually improve and strengthen our faith. We also must keep in mind that success comes from Allah.
 “My success lies only with God. In Him I trust, and to Him, I turn.” [Quran 11:88]
Rely upon Allah
Remember that Allah is the one who makes it easy to perform good deeds. Therefore ask Allah for guidance and persist in doing good deeds until the door of ease and success opens up for you. That is a daily endeavor and perhaps a lifelong struggle.
Hope and Fear
The balance every believer should possess is one of hope and fear. These are the two wings of the believers.
Sayyidina Anas narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) entered 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 (peace and blessings be upon him) 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]
We have many traditions that point to us the vast mercy of Allah. We also know that Allah can punish us for our sins; therefore, we must always remain repentant and fearful. That is the comportment [adab] with Allah.
Shahada and Returning to Sins
A person who says their shahada but then afterward commits sins is like any other convert. It is bound to happen. They follow the same steps as other believers when wanting to repent. Everything I mentioned will also apply to converts the same way. That is because he/she is now a regular Muslim. Therefore, whenever they commit sins, they need to repent like all other Muslims.
Finally, remember that we are not commanded to be perfect but rather to return to Allah often and constantly ask for His forgiveness.

“Surely Allah loves those who always turn to Him in repentance and those who purify themselves.” [Quran 2:222]

Allah knows best.

[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can You Advise Me for My Fear That My Repentance for Harming Others When I Was a Child Won’t Be Accepted?

Question: When I was about 11 years old, I had harmed some people. I have since repented, and I pray for them, and I intend to give charity for them. They don’t know about this, so it doesn’t impact their lives, yet I’m scared that if I told them, it will ruin our relationship and affect family ties, hurt them and expose my sin. The rights aren’t of the nature that can be returned. This causes me anxiety, and I fear that my repentance won’t be get accepted.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your sincerity and for trying your best regarding your past.

Repentance

The truth is that none of us know if our repentance will be accepted, but we pray sincerely for it, and we know that Allah is the Most Merciful of the Merciful. Numerous Prophetic hadith indicate that Allah knows humans are sinful, but He loves their repentance and erases those sins for them. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “‘The one who repents from sin is like one who did not sin.’” [Ibn Maja]

Disclosure

You don’t need to tell them that you harmed them, so you should refrain from that. If you took from their property, you should give them a monetary gift for its value and not tell them the real reason for it. Otherwise, give charity on their behalf, as you mentioned, and intend never to repeat such a sin. Please see details here:
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/childhood/

Childhood

Finally, it would help if you did not put too much stress or strain on this issue because it seems to me that you might have been under the age of responsibility. Nonetheless, your effort to rectify, repent and never repeat such behavior is a great sign of growing maturity and refining your character. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The heaviest thing which will be put on the believer’s scale (on the Day of Resurrection) will be a good character.” [Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi]

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[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 Master’s 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.

Ten Ways to Benefit for Menstruating Women in Ramadan

Dread your period during the blessed month of Ramadan? Feel like you’re missing out on all the worship? Nour Merza gives women ten practical ways to spiritually benefit from this blessed month.

Every Ramadan, most women will have about a week in which they are unable to join in the major religious practices of the holy month: fasting and praying. When their menstrual period begins many women find that their level of engagement with the high spiritual atmosphere of the month drops. The same goes for those whose postnatal bleeding coincides with Ramadan. For many of these women, frustration and a sense of lacking spirituality sets in. This, however, shouldn’t be the case.

Menstruation, postnatal bleeding, and other uniquely feminine concerns are all part of Allah’s creation, which He created in perfect wisdom. They are not a punishment for women wanting to draw near their Lord. They are just part of the special package of blessings, opportunities, and challenges that Allaj has given uniquely to women. To refrain from ritual prayer (the salat) and ritual fasting (the sawm) during this time is actually considered a form of worship, and, if done with the intention of obeying Allah, it earns women good deeds.

In order to take full advantage of the blessed month of Ramadan, however, menstruating women and those with postnatal bleeding can do more than refraining from ritual prayer and ritual fasting to draw near Allah. Below are ten ways that women unable to fast can boost their spirituality during this special month.

1. Increase the Remembrance of Allah

In the Hanafi school, it is recommended for menstruating women to make wudu, wear their prayer clothes, and sit on their prayer mat while doing dhikr during the time they would normally be praying. This would be especially good to do in Ramadan, a time of special focus on worship. In addition to the adhkar that are well-known sunnas – such as subhan Allah, alhamdulliLlah and Allahu akbar. If you have a litany from a shaykh and are allowed to repeat it more than once a day, try to do it twice or three times for increased blessings. Dhikr has a special way of touching the heart, and by invoking Allah’s names whenever you can during this unique month you create the space, insha Allah, for beautiful spiritual openings. See: The Effects of Various Dhikr – Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad

2. Increase Supplication 

Supplication (dua) is something we do very little of these days, but speaking directly to your Lord is one of the most intimate ways to connect with Him. The beauty of supplication is that you can make it in any place or time. Take this opportunity to ask your Lord for all that you need in your life, and to draw near Him through either repeating the beautiful supplications of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, or reaching out to Allah with your own unique words. See: Ten Powerful Duas That Will Change Your Life

3. Feed Others

Whether it be your family, neighbors, community members, or the poor, use the time you are not fasting to make meals that fill the stomachs and souls of those around you. Recite the peace and blessings  (salawat) on the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, while making the food, as this imbues the food with spiritual benefit as well. Consider sponsoring iftar at your local mosque one evening with some other women who are in your situation, or volunteering at a local soup kitchen. 

4. Gain Islamic Knowledge

Use the extra time and energy you have from not fasting and praying to increase your knowledge of the faith. Listen to scholars discussing timely issues on our SeekersGuidance podcasts, form a small circle of non-fasting women who can commit to reading a book on Islam and discuss it together, or take some time to read articles on the religion from trusted online sources, such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s blog or Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s article collection at masud.co.uk. See also: Importance of Intention in Seeking Knowledge.

5. Increase your Charity

We are surrounded by countless blessings, so make sure to spread those blessings in the month of Ramadan. Give money to a good cause, such as supporting Syrian refugees, helping a local poor family with school fees, or supporting students of Islamic knowledge through SeekersGuidance. In a very busy world, we may have little opportunity to give our time to help others in charity – giving money takes minimal time, but brings great benefit. See: Eligible Zakat Recipients, Giving Locally vs. Abroad, Charity to a Mosque, and Proper Handling of Donations.

6. Make Your Responsibilities a Form of Worship

Sometimes, women are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the home and young children, and cannot make time to do things like study or sponsor an iftar. In these circumstances, renew your intention regarding your role as a mother and a wife. See these demanding and time-consuming roles for what they are: responsibilities that you are fulfilling to please Allah, which makes them a type of worship. Ask Allah to accept all your work as worship, and approach all that you do in this way. This will make even the most mundane of tasks, such as changing another diaper, cleaning up another spilled cup of apple juice, or making yet another dinner a way for you to gain the pleasure of your Lord. See: Balancing Worship and Caring for a New Child.

7. Listen to the Quran

Although the Hanafi school holds that women cannot touch the mushaf or recite the Qur’an while experiencing menses or postpartum bleeding, they are able to listen to the recitation of the Qur’an. Doing so offers much benefit in a month that has such a heavy emphasis on reciting the book. You can take special time out of your day to listen to it, such as while children are napping, or you can listen to it while in the midst of cooking or cleaning the house. See also: Listening to Qur’an While Occupied With Other Tasks

8. Increase Repentance

Ramadan is an excellent time to increase repentance to Allah. Use moments when others are praying or breaking their fast to ask Allah to forgive you and your loved ones and to keep you from returning to sin. All we have is a gift from Allah, so even forgetting that for a moment is a deed worth asking forgiveness from. Know that Allah is the Forgiving, and trust that, as our scholars have said, the moment you ask for forgiveness you are truly forgiven. See also: Damaged Inner State? Imam Ghazali on Repentance

9. Babysit to Help Mothers Worship

Mothers with young children often find it difficult to go to the mosque because they worry that their kids will disturb others who are praying. Since you don’t need to be at the mosque, volunteer a night or two (or more) to babysit the children of a young mother who would love to go pray tarawih. If you have young children of your own, you can tell the mother to bring her kids to your house before the prayer. By helping this woman worship, you will gain the same good deeds she gets from going to that prayer. See: I Love Being A Woman.

10. Spread Love and Light

Use the extra time and energy you have to share the joys of Ramadan and Eid with your non-Muslim friends, peers, and neighbors. Invite a work colleague for an iftar, make a special Ramadan dish and give it to a neighbor, or take time to make special cookies or gift bags for peers at the office or in school to hand out during Eid. By sharing these happy moments with friends and colleagues in the non-Muslim community, you counter the negative narratives about Islam in the media. More than that, however, you become someone who creates bonds in an increasingly isolated world, reflecting the beauty of the Prophetic light to all those around you. See: How Can Muslims Become More Effective Community Members?

 

How Can I Compensate for My Immense Regret at Backbiting About One of My Friends?

Question: I have been a terrible person talking behind the backs of one of my friends. Sometimes I felt hurt, and I ranted ill about him. He doesn’t know at all and is a good friend. I feel guilt, sadness, and depression; I don’t know what to do. I feel awful, I don’t have the courage to tell him about all the ill things I said about him, and every time I talk to him, I feel guilt and regret. Please help me; I’m an awful person.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Your regret and pain are some of the signs of accepted repentance. Your heartbrokenness and sincerity are a gift, and you should be grateful that Allah made you hate your action.

Telling your friend

You should not tell your friend that you were backbiting about him if it would upset the friendship and break his heart. Your sincere repentance is the first step, and you may also consider praying the Prayer of Repentance. Please see the excellent resources here:

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


https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-should-i-apologize-after-backbiting-someone/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/how-to-repent-from-backbiting/
https://islamqa.org/shafii/qibla-shafii/33940

Mercy

Allah expects His servants to sin, but He also expects them to repent. Remember that you are not alone. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence, and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.“ [Muslim]

In addition to this, Allah is keen to forgive his sincerely repentant servants. He tells us, in 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]

Compensation

If you want to make it up to your friend, somehow, buy him a gift, or give some charity on his behalf and your behalf. You can even read some Qur’an and donate the reward to him. The possibilities are endless. Also, make a habit of catching yourself when you are backbiting and note where you were and who you were with. This is incumbent in figuring out one’s triggers and preventing the problem in the future.

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Have taqwa (fear) of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people. [Tirmidhi]

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next, and may He allow all of us to purify our tongues and hearts.

[Ustadh] 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 Master’s 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.

 

Prayers not accepted for drug abuse

Question: If someone takes drugs for medical reasons, will their prayers not be accepted?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

The prayer of someone who drinks alcohol is not accepted for forty days only if they did so sinfully and then didn’t repent. If they drank alcohol by accident or under compulsion, there is no sin, and Allah will accept their prayers.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Whoever drinks wine and gets drunk, Allah will not accept his prayers for forty days. If he dies, he will enter the Hell-Fire. If he repents, Allah will relent to him.’ (Tirmidhi, Nasai’, and others)

It is clear from the hadith that if one repents or were not sinful, to begin with, there would be no sin, and Allah would still accept one’s prayers.

We can deduce that if someone takes mind-altering drugs for medical reasons, there is no sin, and Allah will accept one’s prayers inshaAllah.

We should always remember that Allah is kind and merciful. He does not punish us for things out of our control, such as taking drugs for a medical need.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the Arabic language sciences 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.

How Can I Become a Steadfast Muslim After Getting Out of an Illicit Relationship?

Question: Is every pain that we feel a trial? I was in a haram relationship, but by the Mercy of Allah, He led me out of it. When I was in that relationship, I was cheated on by him often and got verbally abused. I used to cry a lot. I thought that because I was in a haram relationship, Allah would never see my pain because of my disobedience. Those moments were excruciating. From now on, how can I be a good Muslim, and can I have tips for remaining steadfast?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I empathize with your pain, and I am pleased that you have moved past this sin. I believe from now on; you will find much good and many blessings in your life by His grace.

Tawba

The first step toward changing yourself is repentance. Sincere repentance with sincere regret and the resolve to never do it again with any boy is essential. Please see the details here:

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

Learn

The second step is to increase your knowledge and apply it to your life correctly. Learn your basic obligations in Islam and the halal and haram of daily life. Couple these with a class on the Prophet’s biography (Allah bless him and give him peace) for inspiration and heart softening. See these always-free classes linked here:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/absolute-essentials-of-islam-shafii-habshis-encompassing-epistle-explained-getting-started-with-your-belief-and-practice/

https://seekersguidance.org/courses/meccan-dawn-the-life-of-the-beloved-prophet-muhammad-in-mecca/

Resources

Watch these videos on steadfastness, and see the other links below for more tips on changing yourself for the better after much pain and tribulation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5hJ56OYsT0
https://seekersguidance.org/show/dealing-tribulations-inward-outward/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HMzg0HSH1U

Finally, I want you to know that Allah did see the pain you were going through, and He did not cast you aside because of the disobedience. Proof that Allah heard your pain is that He took you out of this situation, giving you what was the best for you, and for that, your gratitude should be unending. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next and bless you with a husband who will treat you well and give you all that you deserve and more.

[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 Master’s 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.

I Regret Lying Through A Fake Account. What Do I Do?

Question:

Assalamu ‘alaykum.

I made a fake account, lied, and hurt someone’s feelings. Now they know, and I feel bad. What can I do?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

You should turn back to Allah and ask forgiveness for lying. The guilt you feel is a blessing because it will remind you of this in the future and prevent you from falling into it again, insha’Allah.

As for the people you hurt, when they have calmed down, apologize to them and see if they will forgive you. If they do not, do some regular good deeds and ask Allah to reward them to those people. Perhaps, it will inspire them to forgive you on the Day of Judgement.

Do your best to speak the truth and to be honest. It leads one to Paradise. Lying leads one away from it.

May Allah make us of those realized in being true.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.