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

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: How can I convince my self about the truth of Islam and that my ceremonial actions like salat and dua have any effect? I converted when I was a teenager and have been practicing regularly. Yet, for everything else in the universe, or at least for the things […]

Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: What role do actions play in salvation?  There are, of course, Muslims out there who have adopted ideas similar to the Christians that belief is all that you need to be saved. What would you advise that I tell them. Answer: assalamu `alaykum All that one needs to be […]

Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others?

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja Question: Even though I wear the hijab, I dont feel like I am a good representative of Islam. Should I just remove it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I hope this answer reaches you in ever-increasing levels of faith. Wearing the hijab, like any other act of worship, is […]

Imam Nawawi On Fighting The Ego (Nafs)

Fighting the Ego (Jihad an-Nafs) By Imam Nawawi (may Allah be pleased with him) Imam Shafi`i said, may God have mercy on him: “Only the sincere one (mukhlis) knows hypocrisy (riya’).” This means that it is impossible to know the reality of hypocrisy and see its hidden shades except for one who resolutely seeks sincerity. […]

Intention: Validity And Sincerity

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I am confused about making an intention, a valid intention, and how to please Allah with my intention. Can you please help me? Answer: Assalamu alaikum, The place of the intention is the heart, such that one has the firm determination and resolve when one is about to start […]

Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Does one get rewarded for an act one does out of mere habit that corresponds to the sunna? Answer: Walaikum assalam The first legal maxim that Ibn Nujaym mentioned in his Ashbah wa’l Nadha’ir is: “There is no reward without intention.” This is one of the most repeated and […]

Knowledge and Ethics in Islam

“… Allah will exalt those of you who believe, and those who are given knowledge, in high degrees;” (Surah al-Mujadila v. 11) In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses the tremendous virtue of knowledge in Islam and explains how our knowledge of the deen should not consist of mere factoids and to-do-lists but should be a […]

The Etiquettes of Discourse and Disagreement

“Call to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and good admonition, and argue with them in the ways that are best.” (Surah al-Nahl v. 125) In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz reminds us that the purpose of dawah and discourse is to call people to Allah (the most exalted) alone. This entails following the Prophetic […]

How is spiritual excellence attained?

Question: The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) defined spiritual excellence (ihsan) as, “To worship Allah as though you behold Him,” in the Hadith Jibril. I’ve been reflecting a lot on this, and and have found this message of beholding Allah in many other hadiths too, like the hadith in the Forty of […]