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Does Touching Pigskin Break Wudu? (Maliki)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: Assalamu Alaykum,

Concerning shoes with pig leather: if you have to touch the shoe to take the outer cover off, would that break your wudu?

It is quite difficult to find shoes without pigskin and I’m going a little OCD about this. What should I do?

Answer: Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatullah,

It is not permissible for a person to use, wear or sell pig skin in the Maliki school. Touching pig skin does not break wudu in any situation. If a portion of the pig leather got on one’s body or clothes, that would have to be removed before prayer.

If you are not sure whether leather is from pig or not, it is considered pure until proven impure. If you find that you are experiencing “OCD” or waswasa, it is an obligation to do whatever is needed to remove those constant thoughts. You may take an opinion from another school or a weak opinion from within your school.

If the constant thoughts are interfering with your life, you may seek out help from a mental health professional.

And Allah knows best.

Rami

How Can I Overcome These Extreme Difficulties During Wudu, Istinja and Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum,

1) During Istinja in order to empty my bowel and clean the anus fully, I insert my fingers inside the anus and use warm water. Is this the correct way?

2) After having a wet dream, when I do ghusl I feel that the water that splashes from my body and hits the shower cube walls and surroundings is impure. Can you give me a solution for this problem as it is extremely distressing?

3) During wudu I also spend too much time, I spend sometimes 20 minutes on wudu. I feel that I don’t wash the necessary parts of the body properly and thoroughly.Can you give me a solution for this?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

(1) The istinja’ is to clean the point of exit. If filth spreads onto your body, this obviously needs to be cleaned too by wiping it away and then washing the area. Everything else that you are doing is based on your emotions and not the Sacred Law.

(2) The solution is to wipe away the filth and wash the area before stepping into the shower. See: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

(3) These are misgivings. Wash your limbs thrice and move on. Your feelings are of no consideration. Seek refuge in Allah from the devil, and ask Allah to lift your difficulties. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

Please consider taking the following free class: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Valid to Make a Conditional Intention When Performing a Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:As salamu alaykum,

Is it valid to make a conditional intention when performing a ghusl?

An example would be: “if there is any ritual impurity, then I intend the fard bath. Otherwise I intend the sunna bath.”

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

An intention isn’t a necessary condition for the validity of the ritual bath (ghusl). However, you should not have misgivings regarding whether or not you need to perform a ritual bath. Say the ta`awwudh, act on the basis of surety, and ignore misgivings.

See also: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings) and: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Deal With Doubts About the Sincerity of My Prayers?

Answered by Ustadha Rahma Ahmed

Question: Assalamu’alaykum

I often find myself feeling stressed about my prayer because of its importance and knowing about the greatness of Allah and how it links to prayer.

I get annoyed when I pray because I don’t believe it’s sincere, that I’m doing it for the sake of Allah, and because I don’t have khushu in it.

It’s very annoying and I feel helpless. Can you help?

Answer:Wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I pray this reaches you in the best state of faith and health.

Reality and importance of the prayer

Allah Most High tells us in the Qur’an,“Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours” (4:103).

Thus, the prayer is of utmost importance, as you rightly say.

It is a mean of communicating with one’s Creator, and of drawing close to Him.

Indeed, it is one of the main pillars of this religion.

The holy Prophet, (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Prayer is the best of affairs”.

Therefore, one should strive to perfect one’s prayer – inwardly, and outwardly.

This is done by seeking sacred knowledge, and applying it to the best of one’s ability.

Be aware of Shaytan

Because of the great rank and beauty of the prayer, Shaytan and his followers want to deprive us of its benefits.

Even before one enters the prayer, they whisper thoughts that are evil and dark.

The scholars have recommended certain actions before the prayer to decrease these whisperings. For example, Imam Ghazali (may Allah be well-pleased with him) recommended reading Surat an-Nas before entering into the prayer.

Ultimately, one should simply ignore these impulses, and they will be of no harm. However, adopting the thoughts as your own by continuing to think about them will affect you long after the prayer is done. This may leave you in a state of despair.

Hope is in Allah

Allah Most High says in the Qur’an, “O, My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning]: do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful” (39:53).

Ibn Ata’illah (may Allah be well-pleased with him) said, “One of the signs of relying on one’s deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs” [Hikam].

Those who rely on Allah never lose hope, whereas those who rely on themselves eventually slip and plummet.

Try not to rely on your own deeds, but on the mercy of your Lord. He is the One who bestows sincerity and acceptance.

Where responsibility lies

Your obligation is to pray when Allah Most High has commanded you to pray.

Try your best to beautify your prayers with the sunna recommended acts.

When you have done what you can, rely on Allah Most High. Turn to Him for help.

The Qur’an repeatedly mentions reliance on Allah, stating, “Place your reliance in the Living God, the Undying” (25: 58) and “Whoever places his reliance on Allah then He is his sufficiency” (65: 3).

May Allah Most High accept all of our deeds and show us mercy.

Umm Fatima

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Avoid Worshipping a Picture While Praying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Outside my house, there is a lot of Mary statues and the qibla almost faces their side. When I go to the mosque, there is a picture of Isa outside the mosque and I fear I may be worhipping it and committing shirk. I sometimes fear lines may look like a cross. If im praying in congressional or alone, I fear that I may be worshiping the person in front of me. Can you help me?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

What is interdicted is directly facing a statue or picture of an animate being in your immediate vicinity. If it is distant, small, missing vital limbs, not in front of or above you, or being used in a humiliating manner, it is not prohibitively disliked, and in some cases, not disliked at all.

As for thoughts and whisperings of shirk and the like, you should ignore them and seek refuge in Allah from them. Wild thoughts don’t change the apparent, namely that your prayer is for Allah.

I’d advise taking the following free class: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP) And find some righteous company. Our religion is a social religion, and the company you keep can have a tremendous impact on your spiritual life.

See also: Can I Have Pictures in my House? Can I Pray in a Room having Pictures in it?

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

People May Have Walked on Filth in My Room: Has It Spread All over My House?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

My blanket that was soiled with mani went onto the floor in my room. After smelling both the blanket and the floor, it seemed as though the filth had transferred on to the floor. To make matters worse, others had entered my room and I am almost certain that their slippers have contracted the filth. I felt I had to smell some of their slipper soles. I fear that our prayers are not being accepted due to the spread of filth in the house. Should I act upon my concerns?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

You should wash away the filth from the blanket. If there are any traces of the filth on the carpet, you should also wash that area.

As for smelling carpets and slippers, this is contrary to proper decorum and not called upon by the Sacred Law.

Ignore misgivings, even if strong. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

Please see: How Do We Purify Filthy Grout in Between Smooth Tiles?

And Allah alone gives success.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Overcome Waswas Regarding the Permissibility of Food?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu’alaykum

I have waswasa in distinguishing between Halal and Haram food.
It has got to the point that I am almost not eating/drinking anything but tea , water, milk. I have a tendency whenever we buy any food to go straight onto Google and google the ingredients which puts me into more doubt.

How can I overcome these waswas?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

This is a mistake. What you have described is not from the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), and you should immediately stop following your neurotic misgivings.

Baseless misgivings are from the devil and his accomplices who seek nothing better but to make your life a misery until you don’t think Islam can work in your life.

Forget what you think you understand about the lawful and unlawful, and eat normally like other religious Muslims. Once you have acquired sufficient religious understanding, researched the food industry, how it works, and how the Sacred Law applies to it, and then verified your understanding with scholars, you can make some judgement about ingredients; but, until then, you should focus your energies on worship, good company, and circles of remembrance and learning.

The religion isn’t taken from the internet, nor from people’s own brains. This is light passed down from heart to heart. The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, and they are the ones who show the path to Allah.

See: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

How Does a Person Come Back to Allah?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamualaikum

I have done some sinful acts. The more I indulged in sin, the farther away from Allah I got. I actually came within inches of becoming an atheist. But, I made istighfaar. Ever since I feel as if I am a hypocrite. I have been very irregular in prayers, and I have constant doubts about the deen. My question is, how does a person come back to Allah? Where do I begin to atone for my sins? How do I get rid of doubts?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The key is sincere repentance. [see: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)]

Repentance has three conditions: to leave the sin, remorse of having committed the sin, and to resolve never to return to it. With that, make a firm intention to uphold the obligatory in your life and abstain from the unlawful.

Seek refuge from the devil, ask Allah to increase you in faith and guidance, and pray the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah). [see: How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)? and: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a]

Allah Most High says, “Say, ‘[God says], My servants who have harmed yourselves by your own excess, do not despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [39.53]

Consider taking a free class: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP)

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

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is it Possible To Dispel Doubts About Islam by Increasing One’s Worship?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Khan
Question: For the last two years I’ve been having many doubts related to Islam.Rather than addressing these doubts, I have kept pushing these thoughts to the side, and increased my deeds. However, my questions have not gone away after doing these deeds. Should I temporarily put a pause on these actions until I find answers for the questions that I have?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. Please pardon me for the delay in answering your question.
The two are not mutually exclusive. You should continue with your acts of devotion and memorization of Qur’an, and you should also find someone qualified to address your questions/doubts.
Doubts are very normal, especially in our time and milieu of the (post)modern world, with its skepticism, relativism, and overall global hegemonic monoculture. But they are from the devil, or from genuine confusion, both of which are easily dispelled by scholars of intellect and spiritual depth. Moreover today’s skepticism and relativism are new in form, yet their essential content has existed for generations; and Islam has a very rich scholastic tradition that dealt with philosophical misgivings from its earliest times.
Please consider taking some related courses on SeekersHub online, and feel free to send us your specific concerns through the answers service.
Please see also: Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship and: What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?
And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

How To Overcome my Fear To Commit Mistakes of Pronunciation in Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Salam,
It may take me up to 5 minutes to begin my prayer because of my fear to mispronounce the opening Takbir. What can I do?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Before you begin your prayer, say the ta`awwudh (I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil), make a short supplication to ask Allah to free you of misgivings, and then say “Allahu akbar” and begin the prayer.
See: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.