Neediness & Thankfulness: Two Keys to Divine Assistance

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful Allah’s blessings & peace be upon His beloved Messenger Muhammad, his folk, and companions Two of the keys to Divine assistance are neediness (faqr) and thankfulness (shukr).   A practical way to this before one’s actions is to take a deep breath, bringing to mind one’s […]

A Traumatic Childhood: Turning to Allah in Difficult Times

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: I was a constant victim of child abuse from a servant in our house when i was young. My family was also very dysfunctional and not religious at all; my dad was an alcoholic, there was alot of fighting between my parents and so forth. In this situation, […]

Is Masturbation Sinful? How Do I Stop?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is masturbation permitted? How does one stop himself from falling into it? Answer: Masturbation is prohibitively disliked and so it is sinful to engage in. It has many personal and societal ill-effects that are known and recognized in sane traditional societies and by balanced people. The early Muslims used […]

Guidance of the Prophet Muhammad on the Virtues of Patience (and Thankfulness) in Tribulation and Hardship

These are a few hadiths of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) on the great honor that trials, hardships, and tribulations can represent for a true believer, and how these are opportunities to exhibit one’s patience, trust, reliance, contentment, and thankfulness to Allah Most High. 34. Anas […]

The Evil Eye: A Reality?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is the evil eye real? How does one avoid it? Answer: Walaikum assalam, The evil eye is a reality. It can be powerful. Qadi Abu Bakr Ibn al-Arabi al-Maliki and others explain that it is from Allah s Will that sometimes He creates harmful effects from the evil or […]

Pregnancy & Making Up Fasts: Does She Really Have To?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: There was a recent post stating that women who are pregnant must make up their fast. This differs greatly from something that I’d read in another book. I am confused and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Answer: assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah The position of the four schools, based on […]

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 […]

Spiritual Struggle: The Trial Of Dealing With People

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja Question: I often encounter rude behavior from sisters when I attend the mosque and other events. This burdens my spirit and I’ve concluded that Islam is the relationship between you and God and the ummah part is just extra if you can deal with it. In other words I don’t […]