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Should I Repeat My Qur’an and Du’a Recitations Due to Errors in Pronunciation?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have a habit of repeating my Qur’an and du’a recitation. Should I stop worrying and just try to avoid falling into this habit moving forward?

Answer: wa `alaykum assalam

This is falling into baseless misgivings and needs to be avoided.

This religion of ours was revealed to people of all nations. The assumption that our invocations would not be accepted due to minor errors in the pronunciation of Arabic letters is to overlook and misunderstand the mercy Allah has for all of creation. Rather, the rules of proper recitation (tajwid) apply only to the Qur’an, not to speech outside of it, and even here there is plenty of leeway for the laity.

Yes, we strive our best to ensure that our recitation of the Qur’an is in sound accordance with the dictates of the Arabic tongue, but this is something that is learned gradually. Striving does not entail putting one under uncalled for hardship or falling into baseless misgivings. Thus, the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stated, “None makes the religion difficult except that it overcomes him. So, aim for what is right, stick to the moderate way…” [Bukhari, Sahih]

I would advise you to refer to the following answers for more details regarding the issue:

I’m Afraid of Making a Mistake When Reciting the Qur’an

The Sunna Method of Reciting the Qur’an and the Legal Status of Reciting With Tajwid

Do Grammatical and Pronunciation Mistakes While Reciting the Qur’an Invalidate Your Prayer?

Salman

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Medical Conditions and Waswasa

Answered by Sidi Wasim Shiliwala

Question: I had a question regarding an abnormality I have been having. For the past year or so, I keep dozing off and falling asleep at the most random times of day. I have tried to get an accurate diagnosis but was unable to get a proper answer. I always fall asleep when listening to anything Islamic, I just find myself asleep within minutes. I feel like something is haunting me. I am always jumpy and feel like death is upon me. I am always paranoid of everyone around me to the point that I am now even paranoid from my own family. Alhamdullah I pray and do my dua’s, however I can’t explain why I feel like a curse is upon me or perhaps I’m possessed by a Jinn. I can’t explain it and when I do explain to anyone they think I am crazy or it’s all in my head. I do feel helpless and don’t know why these random sleep attacks, jumpy feeling, feeling that death is upon me happen.

Answer: Walaikum As-salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Jazakum Allahu Khairan, and may Allah ease you of your difficulties and cure you of your affliction.

Seeking Proper Medical Attention

Before addressing some of your concerns related to jinn and waswasa (Satanic whispers), I first advise that you exhaust all medical options. See a physician to ascertain whether or not the problem is related to physical or mental health, and follow his recommendations. Ensuring one’s health is part of the religion, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that after belief, Allah provides nothing better than health. [Tirmidhi]

So if you haven’t done so already, the first piece of advice I have for you is to seek the advice of a doctor. Just as we go to religious scholars for advice on our religion, we go to doctors for advice on our physical and mental health. In all cases, we follow the advice of the experts. This is the path of moderation, which is the path advised by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Do Not Withdraw from Your Family and Others

Although you are inclined to stay away from your family and from other Islamic environments due to your affliction, I encourage you to resist this urge as much as possible. Maintaining positive and healthy relationships with your family is from the sunnah. Similarly, you can increase your faith and decrease any sinister influences upon you by attending religious gatherings: congregational prayers at the masjid, Islamic classes, halaqas, and similar events.

Even if you are unable to stay awake for the entirety of such events, you will still receive the benefit of attending them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that a special group of angels seeks out and attends gatherings wherein Allah’s name is invoked and praised, and that Allah grants mercy and forgiveness to all those who attend these blessed gatherings. [Muslim]

See the following answer for more advice on this issue: Satanic Whisperings Are Making Me Withdraw from Muslims

Increase in Prayers and Reliance Upon Allah

If the problem appears to be coming from sources that a medical doctor cannot treat – be they the actions of the jinn, black magic, or the whispering of Shaytan – then the solution is, for all cases, to seek Allah’s aid. Increase in remembrance and supplication, remove any haraam from your life, be firm in your religious obligations, and to establish the sunnahs as well.

For some specific guidance and supplications on dealing with these problems, see the following answers:

OCD and Jinn

Protecting ourselves from Jinn

Prayers for Driving Away Jinn

I am being menaced by a Jinn

Above all, do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Trials and tribulations are a part of life, and oftentimes they contain hidden blessings that we cannot perceive until after they are over. I pray that Allah gives you patience through this test, that He makes it easy upon you, that He cures you of any problems you may have, and that He makes this a means for your sins to be forgiven. And only with Allah comes success.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,
-Wasim

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Is There a Prayer I Can Make So That My Co-Workers Will Cooperate and Work Better With Me?

Question: After browsing the English translation of Hisnul Haseen by Shaykhul Hadeeth Muhammad  Ibn Al-Jazri,I was unable to find a supplication to be used to gain the co-operation of others.

I am referring to the co-operation of my employment colleagues, so that we can all finish various tasks at the level required from us my our store manager.

Do you know of any such supplication?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you’re well, insha’Allah.

One can use the prophetic supplication, as recorded by Imam Nawawi (Allah be pleased with him) in his work, the Book of Remembrances (Kitab al-Adhkar), “O Allah! There is nothing easy except that which You make easy; and You make the difficult, if You wish, easy” (Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja`altahu sahla wa anta taj`al ul-hazna idha shi’ta sahla), and intend a specific meaning of making one’s work easy for oneself and one’s co-workers such that one can do a good job.

اللهُمَّ لا سَهْلَ إلا مَا جَعَلتَهُ سَهْلا وَ أنتَ تَجْعَلُ الحزْنَ إذا شِئْتَ سَهْلا

This supplication is also recorded, with similar wording, in Sahih Ibn Hibbān in which the verifier, Shaykh Shu`ayb Arna`ut, notes that its chain of transmission is authentic.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalaam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Important Details Regarding Making Supplications During the Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Sidi Salman Younas

Question: What are the some of the rulings and details regarding making supplications during the prayer?

Answers:

What are the Rulings Regarding Delaying a Necessary (Wajib) Element of the Prayer and Supplications When Bowing (Ruku’) and in Prostration (Sujud)?

What are the Legal Rulings and Conditions for Supplications During the Prayer?

Supplicating in Prayer: Important Details

Supplicating in Prostration

What Does One Recite in the Prostration of Recital (sajda al-tilawa)?