The Reality and Etiquettes of Supplication: A Reader

“I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me”[2:186] The Reality of Supplication Why is Supplication (dua) Considered Worship in Islam? What’s the Point in Supplicating? Can Supplication Change Destiny? Etiquette Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a How Should the Hands Be Held During Supplication? Supplicating in Prostration Are […]

My Mother Makes Supplications Against Me. Will Her Duas Be Accepted?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: My mother doesn’t care about her children. I’m the one looking after my younger siblings and they see me as their mother. Yet, my mum is not satisfied with me. She often makes the supplication that if I get married I should not have a happy life. Will […]

No Reward in Punditry: What To Do When Following (Bad) News

Contrary to popular opinion, following the news is not good for us because almost all news is bad news. Some of the most depressed people are those who consume a regular diet of news media. However, if you must follow the news, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani advises that you do so for two reasons: if there […]

I Am a Married Man Who Has Committed a Lot of Heinous Sins. Will Allah Ever Forgive Me?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have committed a lot of sins. I curse myself in the hope that I will not fall into the same sin but I keep sinning. I am working in computer engineering, but have no success in my sales. I have done a lot of supplications but I […]

Do I Have to Perform the Forgetfulness Prostrations If the Supplication for the Qunut of Witr Prayer Is Omitted?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam ‘aleykum Do we have to perform the forgetfulness prostrations if the supplication for the qunut of witr prayer is omitted? Answer: Walaikum assalam, I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. In the Hanafi school, the witr prayer is a necessaary (wajib) prayer, and […]

Does Raising My Voice in Prayer Invalidate It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamu’alaykum I was praying and I mistakenly voiced out a little of the du’a before the salaam even though it was not loud. Is my prayer still valid? When I’m praying my blouse’s zip makes a little sound with my movements. Can this invalidate my prayer? Answer: Wa alaikum […]

How Should I Deal With Extra Money Sent by My Employer?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I was paid an extra four monthly salaries. I did inform my employer. Now, a few months have passed and I have not heard from him. Given the current circumstances, is this money haram and will it be serving as a blockage for the acceptance of my supplications? Answer: […]

The Prayer That Brought RIS 2015 to a standstill

Ya Allah, our Lord, Most Merciful of those who show mercy, instill within us courage as we start this day. Our struggles are real, but Your Promise is true. Indeed with hardship, there always comes ease. Remove from our hearts any fears or inhibitions, and replace them with an ever-increasing boldness to live each moment […]

Why Can’t I Supplicate in English During My Prayer? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I was told I cannot make personal dua in English during prostration in the last cycle of prayer. I find this a great loss because beseeching Allah when prostrating seems better, and to do it in Arabic would limit what I can say. What do you think? […]

Is It Permissible to Supplicate for Non-Muslim Family Members? Is It Permissible to Attend a Cremation?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, 1-Is it permissible to supplicate & recite Quran for non-muslim family members? 2-Also is it permissible to attend a cremation it being a family member? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. (1) Yes, it is permitted […]