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Will I Go to Hell for Not Marrying?

Question:
Will I go to Hell for not marrying?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you and increase you in good.
Going to Hell or Heaven is not merely in one action. It can be, but this is not how we should look at matters.
The Ruling of Marriage 
In general, Marriage is a sunna. Meaning it is our Prophet’s practice (Allah bless him and give him peace); if one intends to follow him in it, this is good and rewarded.

The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Marriage is part of my sunna, and whoever does not follow my sunna has nothing to do with me. Get married, for I will boast of your great numbers before the nations. Whoever has the means, let him get married, and whoever does not, then he should fast for it will diminish his desire.”

 

Sin and Repentance 
Any sin you commit, you must make ask for forgiveness for that wrong. Afterwards, believe that Allah has accepted your repentance. Never look at any sin as being the sole reason you are going to Hell.
“The one who repents from sin is like the one who never committed it.” [Ibn Majah]
Remember that it doesn’t mean you are going to Hell; it means you need to repent and then move on with life.
See this answer on staying single for some more details;
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Necessary To Return the Income I Earned From a Skill Learned Though Haram Means?

Question:

Is it necessary to return the income I earned from a skill learned though haram means?

Answer:

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

May Allah, Most High reward you for your desire to increase in knowledge.

The income acquired from a (permissible) skill that was learned from a stolen phone is permissible to keep and use.

The phone or the monetary value of the phone must be returned to its lawful owner.
Allah, Most High says, “You who believe, do not wrongfully consume each other’s wealth but trade by mutual consent.” (Qur’an: 4:29)

You must repent to Allah, Most High from stealing and be certain to never fall into it again.

Remember that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.” [Ibn Majah]

And Allah alone knows best,

[Ustadh] Omar Popal

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Was My Repentance Accepted?

Question:
Was my repentance accepted?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you.
Repentance
Alhamdulillah, by the mercy of Allah, all sins can be forgiven through repentance.
Allah, Most High says in the Quran, “Turn to Allah in repentance all together, O believers, so that you may be successful.” [Qur’an 24:31]
Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Qur’an 39:53]
These verses prove to us that Allah forgives all sins, and we should have a good opinion that He has forgiven us. We must know that the conditions of repenting are three according to imam al-Nawawi;
(1) leaving the sin altogether,
(2) having remorse over having sinned, and
(3) firmly resolving never to return to the sin.
Making Up Fasts
Your repentance is sound even though you have not made up those fasts yet. However, it is important to make up one’s fasts as soon as possible to clear one’s debt to Allah.
Caution About Missed Fasts 
Make sure that you make a plan on how you will make up those fasts. Take my advice that life can go by very quickly, therefore do take life very serious. With noble intentions to repent and draw near to Allah, He will facilitate its completion.
May Allah allow us to meet Him, having fulfilled all of our obligations.
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Should I Do If I Am Overwhelmed By My Sins?

Question: What do I do if I am overwhelmed by my sins and feel that I am going to Hell?

Answer:

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

May Allah truly bless you for your sincere question.

 

Do Not Despair

The first and most important thing you must not lose sight of is that Allah Most High commands us in the Qur’an never to lose hope in His mercy.

He says, “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.1 He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an; 39:53]

Anyone who sincerely repents to Allah Most High is forgiven without any shadow of a doubt.

 

Conditions Of a Sound Repentance

However, in order for the repentance to be sincere and sound one must fulfill the following conditions:
(1) Sincere remorse for the sin
(2) Immediately leaving the sin
(3) Firm resolve never to repeat the sin
[Nawawi, Riyadh al-Salihin]

Remorse

There is no doubt, from the sound of your question, that you are remorseful for your condition and that you truly seek a way out.

 

All Sound Repentance Is Accepted
Imam al-Ghazali said, “Know that if one makes sincere repentance there remains no doubt of its acceptance. Just as no thirst remains after taking a drink of water. [Ghazzali, Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din]
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who repents (sincerely) from a sin is like one with no sin.” [Ibn Majah, Tabarani in al-M’ujam al-Kabir, and Bayhaqi in Sh’ib al-Iman]

The First Step

In order to rectify your situation, you must start praying again. The five daily prayers do not take very long to perform, but they are the greatest connection between the servant and Allah Most High. Leaving the prayer brings upon us the wrath of Allah, severe ignominy, a feeling of distance, anxiety, and worldly and next worldly tribulations.

Allah Most High says, “But they were succeeded by generations who neglected prayer and followed their lusts and so will soon face the evil consequences. – As for those who repent, believe, and do good, it is they who will be admitted into Paradise, never being denied any reward.” [Qur’an; 19:60]

We see from the above, the dangers of leaving the prayer; we also see the importance of repentance.

 

Heaven and Hell

It is right for you to fear the Hell-Fire. However, this fear, if healthy, should motivate you to live according to the obedience of Allah Most High as best you can.

You are striving to live a life of obedience and returning to repentance whenever you slip is the ultimate proof of your being of the people destined for Paradise.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Verily Allah created Adam… and brought forth from his loins (some of) his progeny, then said, ‘I created these for Paradise and by the deeds of the people of Paradise they act.’ Then he brought forth (the rest of) his progeny and said, ‘I created these are for the Fire and by the deeds of the people of the Fire they act.'” [Ahmad]

 

Allah Wants To Forgive Us – Having a Good Opinion Of Allah
It is important to always have a good opinion of Allah Most High. Allah Most High says, in a Hadith Qudsi, “I am as My slave thinks of Me.” [Bukhari and Ahmad]
In the narration of Imam al-Darami is an additional, “so let them think of Me as they wish.” [Sunan al-Darami]
Allah Most High tells us in the Qur’an that He wants to forgive us. He says, “And Allah wants to accept your repentance, and those who follow (their) lusts want you to go far astray.” [Qur’an; 4:27]

Summary

Do not lose hope. If you are sincere, Allah will forgive you and rectify your state. Start with the prayer. Strive to perform the prayers, properly and on-time. After each prayer, supplicate to Allah Most High from the bottom of your heart and know that He will certainly respond.

Please see:
Hope this helps
And Allah knows best
[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 the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences

Is There a Kaffara For Cheating On an Exam?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. My friend copied on a test. He is regretting it. What can he do as kaffara or any means to purify himself from that?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

The only way to expiate this is to make a tawba. This would entail remorse, stopping the sin, and resolving to not do it again.

He should ask Allah to forgive him, and resolve to be honest in his words and deeds. Habib ‘Umar notes in his excellent work, the Clarification of Noble Character, the always speaking the truth and being honest in one’s dealing leads on to be characterized by truthfulness, which has a direct impact on one’s iman and deeds. Those who continue this can end up as the Siddiqin, the highest category of saints.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ”Indeed Truthfulness (sidq) leads to all forms of righteousness (birr), and that, in turn, leads to the Garden. A man keep telling the truth until he is decreed to be a Siddiq in the sight of Allah.” [Bukhari]

This is the lesson he should take from this. May Allah imbue us with the color of this beautiful trait. Amin
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

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 and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

How Do I Overcome My Guilt Over Past Sins?

Question: I committed many serious sins when I was young, and now, I feel despair as to whether I will be punished for them. How do I move forward?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

The fact that you have regret is a sign that you have repented. The Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Whoever repents from sin is like one who never sinned.” [Ibn Maja]

Allah Most High says: “Say: My servants who have wronged yourselves, never despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [Qur’an, 39.53]

Please see: https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-reader-on-tawba-repentance/

 

Remain On Remembrance

Strive to follow the Prophetic sunna to, “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Tirmidhi] In your walking, work, and rest. Engage your tongue, heart, and mind with the remembrance of Allah.

One way is to repeat the “lasting good deeds” the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) recommended: Subhana’l Llah; Alhamdu li’l Llah; la ilaha illa’l Llah; and Allahu Akbar. These can be recited in order or individually. Stay constant on them, and you will find peace of heart and increasing presence with Allah.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Am I Still a Believer If I Sinned?

Question: Am I still a believer if I sinned, and will Allah forgive me?

Answer:

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

Thank you for your question, and may Allah bless and guide your affairs.
It is a great gift from Allah that He inspires us to repent.

Am I Still Muslim If I Commit Sins Knowingly?

A person remains Muslim even if they commit sins knowingly.
Allah says in the Quran addressing the believers,

“And repent to God, all of you believers, so that you may succeed. “[Quran 24:31]
Notice Allah addressed believers to repent, therefore committing sins does not remove you from being a Muslim as long as one does not believe that the sin they are committing is lawful.

 

What Makes a Person No Longer a Muslim?

What constitutes disbelief is when a person rejects that which is established in beliefs, or in other words, when a person does not believe in something they are required to believe in. For example, a person who drinks alcohol is committing a major sin. He is Muslim if he believes it is forbidden (haram) but knows he is committing a sin. However, if he believes that drinking alcohol is lawful and now changes its status, then this would be disbelief ( kufr)

 

Allah’s Mercy Is Vast

“Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves: do not despair of God’s mercy, for God forgives all sins. He is indeed the Forgiver, the Clement.” [Qur’an 39:53]

“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance.” [Qur’an 2:222]

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who repents from a sin is like the one who never committed it.” [Ibn Majah]

In another hadith, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), said,
“All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent. ” [Tirmidhi]

Our beautiful religion teaches us that Allah’s mercy and acceptance are always there.  My advice to you is to keep to your noble intentions to obey Allah. If you have a relapse or it happens again, do not let the devil trick you and convince you to quit your striving. Even if it happens again, repent again and making a new resolve. If it happens again, repent again and so on. Allah will help you and give you victory over your weaknesses through your struggle.

May Allah bless you and grant you success.

[Imam] Yama Niazi

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Overcome My Guilt Over Past Sins?

Question: I often get angry and become ungrateful as to why Allah gave me guidance right now. Then I realize later what I have done and repent. It is too much for me to bear as I suffer from OCD and really bad demonic habits. I lack sleep, etc. Alhamdulillah, this Ramadan Allah guided me, and I repented for some major sins. Then, realized I have committed hypocrisy, jealousy, and doubted Allah, as well.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I am very pleased to see that you have changed your condition and that you are putting Allah first in your life. Please do not see this as a problem but rather as a great gift and blessing.

 

Previous Sins and Repentance

If you are suffering from guilt over your past sins, join the club. There is not a single God-fearing person that is content with his previous sins or feels comfortable at the thought of them, even after repentance. But at the same time, please do not belittle repentance and make it paltry. Allah rejoices at the repentance of his servant. See this hadith:

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said, ‘I live in the thought of My servant, and I am with him as he remembers Me.‘“ (The Prophet) further said, “By Allah, Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than what one of you would do on finding the lost camel in the waterless desert. When he draws near Me by the span of his hand. I draw near him by the length of a cubit and when he draws near Me by the length of a cubit. I draw near him by the length of a fathom, and when he draws near Me walking, I draw close to him hurriedly.“ [Muslim]

He also, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you with) people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.“ [Muslim]

Please do not let the Devil fool you into despair or hopelessness after seeing the proof above that Allah loves sincere repentance. Remember that only the Prophets were free of sin, it is not possible for the rest of us. Please see the link below.
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/featured-articles/what-are-the-conditions-of-making-tawba-transcript-ustadh-abdullah-misra/
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/salat-al-tawba/

 

Sins of the heart

The same applies to sins of the heart. A person who has jealousy, arrogance, hypocrisy, and doubts is just someone who is trying to strengthen his faith and increase his taqwa (God-fearingness). Ask Allah to help purify your heart and I commend you for wanting to do something about it. Take this course and try to start on a routine for self-purification. But do not deem yourself unworthy and do not despair as these things take work, effort, and time. Please take this free course to get you started:
https://seekersguidance.org/courses/purification-of-the-heart-for-youth-diseases-of-the-heart-and-their-cure/

See these links about OCD as well:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/dealing-with-ocd/
https://seekersguidance.org/tag/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/

[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.

When Does Fornication Obligate a Hadd Punishment?

Question: What extent of fornication obligates the hadd punishment? What if one is not sure it occurred?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

 

Short Answer

There is no legal punishment due in this circumstance due to the following reasons:

 

Detailed Answer

When it comes to legal punishments (hudud), the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) gave us the following principle:

He (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Avert legal punishments (hudud) from the Muslims as best as you can…” [Tirmidhi]

With that being said, you need not worry over legal punishments; your concern should be with repenting to Allah Most High. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Conditions of a Sound Repentance
However, in order for the repentance to be sincere and sound one must fulfill the following conditions:
(1) Sincere remorse for the sin
(2) Immediately leaving the sin
(3) Firm resolve never to repeat the sin

[Nawawi, Riyadh al-Salihin]

 

All Sound Repentance is Accepted

Know that if one makes sincere repentance there remains no doubt of its acceptance. Just as no thirst remains after taking a drink of water. [Ghazzali, Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din]

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who repents (sincerely) from a sin is like one with no sin.” [Ibn Majah, Tabarani in al-M’ujam al-Kabir, and Bayhaqi in Sh’ib al-Iman]

I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[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 the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences

 

Image of Islam in Media

Question: I am a practising Muslim, but for the last ten years I was deluded about the image of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), I was watching how the media portrays him. And I started believing that and developed a hatred towards our Prophet. Now, I have read about him and all I can do is love him more than anything. But my past haunts me, I feel like I wasn’t a Muslim for all these years and now even if I have repented, still Allah won’t accept me. How can I seek repentance for forgiveness for my past feelings?

Answer:

It is great news that you have realized how western media could portray a false image of a person. Sadly, regarding the image of Islam and its Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), it is not only media that spoils that image, but sadly, many extremist Muslims.

That being said, blaming the media does not free one from guilt. The Quranic injunction requires one to investigate. Allah says, “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful” (Qur’an 49:6).

Accordingly, your repentance is important. Your ill-thought of Allah’s Messenger should bring you to tears.

Repentance, hope, and forgiveness

However, know that Allah is All-Forgiving, and His Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is kind and merciful. Many people ill-treated Allah’s Messenger. He, however, always forgave and showed mercy. Fudalah bin Umayr (Allah be pleased with him) was filled with hatred for the Messenger (Allah bless him and give peace) so much so that he once set out to kill the Prophet by concealing a dagger beneath his cloak. He followed the Prophet while he was circumambulating the Ka’bah intending to take his life. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) read his mind, smiled at him, placed his hand on his chest, and prayed for him. Fudalah thereafter transmitted that when the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) placed his hand on his chest, no person under the sun was more hatred to me than him. By Allah, he did not raise his hand from my chest save that he became the most beloved of all people to me.

Loving the Prophet

Loving the Messenger (Allah bless him and give peace) is part of faith. Rather, the perfection of our faith depends on loving him. Our teacher, Habib Muhammad bin Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf, once said that if we were to have one atom of the love sayyiduna Abu Bakr (Allah be pleased with him) had for the Messenger, we would be flying out of love.

What I’m trying to convey, is that whatever amount of love we may currently have for the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), we are very much in need of increasing in that love.

The most effective way of increasing in love for him is to read books on his Seerah and characteristics. Of the most beneficial works in this regard is “Our Master Muhammad” by Shaykh Abdullah Siraj al-Din.  Also, equally important is to attend gatherings of salawat, such as the weekly gatherings of the mawlid.

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.