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How Do I Strengthen My Faith and Truly Repent?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question:1) How can one be firm in faith? What causes faith not to stay firm in the heart? 2) I know we have to repent immediately for sins but my repentance is not sincere as there is no strong remorse, so how can I truly repent? Please help me. […]

A Reader on Thankfulness to Allah and True Gratitude

“Should I not be a thankful servant?” The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) What is Thankfulness? Thankfulness to Allah – Reality, Aspects, & Expression of True Gratitude Neediness & Thankfulness: Two Keys to Divine Assistance Thankfulness to Allah – from Imam Ghazali’s al-Arba’in fi Usul al-Din Concerning Thankfulness – Shaykh Abd […]

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

“Actions are lifeless forms whose souls are the secret of sincerity in them.” Sidi Ibn Ata’illah (Allah have mercy upon him) Sincerity & Intention Intention: Validity And Sincerity Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others? Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into […]

Misgivings Regarding Intentions and How to Memorize Qur’an

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Im always getting doubts about my intentions, how do I know they are sincere? I keep getting shirk thoughts. For memorizing the Quran I basically don’t even tell my family that I want to memorize because I think I will be insincere. And can I memorize on my own […]

How Can I Increase My Iman and My Sincerity By Doing Things For the Sake of Allah?

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Assalam Alaikum.   Hello I am a teenage girl and my iman is at an all time low. I worry about this, yet I still can’t get up to pray. I feel myself falling more and more into the darkness. I also made a promise to Allah that […]

Is the Prayer of Someone Who Only Prays Fajr Prayer Valid?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbbani Question: Is the prayer of someone who only prays Fajr prayer valid? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Validity (sihha) relates to fulfilling the obligatory conditions and integrals. Acceptability (qabul) relates to sincerity (ikhlas) in the specific action. Yes, it is hoped that the Fajr would be accepted–but sincerity […]

A Reminder for Teachers: The Need for Sincerity, and the Dangers of Seeking Prestige and the Praise of Others – Imam Dhahabi

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful Imam Shams al-Din al-Dhahabi writes, “It is incumbent upon the scholar to speak with intention and high purpose. If they become impressed by their own speech, they should become silent; and if impressed by their own silence, they should speak. And they should never tire of taking […]

Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr?

Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr? Despite knowing that the Blessed Night of Power falls somewhere in the last ten days of Ramadan, the question continues to pop up: Which night is Laylatul Qadr? But before we ask such a question it would help to step back and look deep […]

Characteristics of a Successful Muslim – Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful   Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi (Allah have mercy upon him), one of the great imams of the spiritual path from the early Muslims (salaf), said:   “Glad tidings be to a servant who has: 1. Made their occupation worship (`ibada); 2. Neediness (faqr) their longing; 3. […]

Religion is Sincere Concern – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Radical Middle Way)

Religion is Sincere Concern – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Radical Middle Way)