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How to Overcome my Anxiety and my Attraction to Hinduism?

Answered by Ustadha Rahma Ahmed
Question: Assalam alaikum,
I am a young girl who is very sensitive. I have always negative thoughts about my parents dying…Also these days I am questioning Allah. I feel I will convert to Hinduism…These are just thoughts.How to overcome them?
Answer: Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Dear sister,
I pray this reaches you in good health and faith.
May Allah Most High grant you and your loved ones health and safety, ameen.
The nature of human thoughts
Our thoughts and inclinations are not born in a vacuum. When they are dark or evil, they are often direct satanic whisperings. We are then tricked into believing they are from ourselves, and these disturbing thoughts are sent into our hearts in the form of impulses.
It is important to remember that these ideas are not yours and cannot hurt you unless you adopt and accept them as your own.
Allah The Exalted says in the Qur’an,
“Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,
The King of mankind,
The God of mankind,
From the evil of the sneaking whisperer,
Who whispers in the hearts of mankind” (114).
The devil is our enemy
“Lo! The devil is an enemy for you, so treat him as an enemy” (35:6).
The devil (shaytaan) is mankind’s sworn enemy, as Allah Most High tells us in the Qur’an. After straying from Allah Most High’s pleasure and subsequently being cast out of Divine favour, he vowed that he would lead mankind astray. He is envious of the son of Adam for their potential to do good works and reach Allah. Therefore, shaytaan is untiring in his efforts to prevent us from reaching high stations of proximity to our Lord.
He influences people by whispering evil thoughts into our hearts. We hear these suggestions, and have at this point the choice to reject them completely. If we linger on them until they become our own thoughts, they then lead to determination, and finally to action.
Build your fortress
The remedy is to immediately seek refuge in Allah The Exalted from shaytaan with a sincere heart.
1. Do not let the thoughts grow; Rather, seek refuge in Allah by saying “Audhu billahi min al-shaytaan al-rajeem (I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil).”
This is your weapon against the weak whisperings of the devil. He has no real power or influence, and you should pay him no attention.
2. Express your need of your Lord, and thank Him incessantly for the gifts of faith and guidance.
3. Read Prophetic invocations concerning protection against evil and shaytaan on a daily basis.
4. Remove any harmful influences in your life which might trigger or support the thoughts you’re having.
5. The holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was always positive and full of hope in His Lord. Adopt his ways, and remain hopeful of Allah’s reward.
May Allah Most High take us all by the hand and give us success, ameen.
wassalam,
Rahma
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

How Can I Retain Ritual Purity While Living with a Non-Muslim?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: As-salaamu alaikum,
I live in an apartment with a non-Muslim. What if for example he comes back from the bar and touches the shower tap or the bathroom tap? Is it considered impure?
I have also the concern that my feet have collected najis because our drain is rather slow. Is there any way for me to clean my feet before putting clothes on, so I do not get this najis on my clothes as well?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
No, you do not need to get out of the situation.
Use it as an opportunity to show him the beautiful way of our Noble Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) by manifesting gracious character. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The believers with the most perfect belief are the best of them in character.” [Tirmidhi]
And with regards to issues of filth and its transfer, you can assume purity. The certainty of purity is not lifted by doubts of filthiness. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]
See also: Is it Haram to Befriend Non-Muslims?

And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Struggling To Keep My Ritual Purity: Is There Any Leeway?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Salam Alaykum,
I have to make wudu for every prayer because I constantly break my wudu by passing wind. During Ramadan if I make one wudu for ‘isha prayer and taraweeh is that okay? Or should I renew wudu for each prayer and each set of taraweeh? Also for Friday prayer, should I wait till just before the sheikh starts praying after the lecture or can I make wudu before I leave home?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Do not repeat your ablution (wudu) unless you hear or smell something.
The devil is quite good at giving believers a hard time. The religion is ease. If there is no ease, something has been misunderstood. The wudu is not supposed to be a difficult nor a time consuming act.
I’d suggest seeking out reliable scholars who can assist you further. If confused, ask. The cure to confusion is but to ask, said the Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).
Consider taking: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP)

Please see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Wudu and Flowing Filth

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: As-salamu Alaikum.

When I was performing wudu today, on my damaged toe I saw some whitness on the side. When I wiped it, it didn’t move, and I assumed it was skin. However, when drying my foot I found it to be thick fluid. Would this be considered filthy since it spread beyond the point of exit?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, if it flowed out on its own or by an agent [= like your squeezing it out], then the ablution (wudu) would be nullified.
See: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Waswas [Baseless Misgivings] Regarding Apostasy and Purity

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I suffer from waswas regarding impurity and apostasy.
1) Regarding impurity: I have doubts regarding the cleanliness of a place or an area. For example I get a tought that I know that on this area of the bedsheet I wiped pus. That spot where I have wiped it has no signs of taste, colour nor smell but this place now gets wet with water. Will it make me impure?
Also where I live hairspray is used a lot. It gets on the floor and I wonder if it is impure or not because I have doubts regarding the spray containing impure substances or not. Also touching washroom doorknobs and all becomes hard for me. How do I deal with this?
2) Regarding apostasy: I am really confused about what kind of actions put someone out of the fold of Islam. So I experience a lot of waswas regarding a lot of actions and I have a tendency to overanalyse them by fear of committing Kufr. So I would like some knowledge regarding this subject.It would really help me.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
(1) You should ignore all of it. The sunna with misgivings and doubts is to completely ignore them. Even strong doubts are not acted upon. We act on the basis of certainty, and this is the sunna and what is called for. All else is contrary to the sunna and a sure way to make way for further woes.
(2) What takes you out of the fold of Islam is denying that which brought one into it. See ​: What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?
Please see: I Have Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa) About the Soundness of My Faith and My Marriage…
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

How to Deal with Baseless Misgivings and How to Study at SeekersGuidance

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Asalaamu Alaikum
I have 2 questions in regards to courses offered at SeekersGuidance.
1. I am currently enrolled in the Islamic Law for Seekers Course part -1. I have a tendency to have waswasa (baseless misgivings) when it comes to matters of cleanliness in istinja, wudu, ghusl etc. Through gaining knowledge from reading the answers on qiblah answers and your website, and consulting with my local Imam, Alhemdulilah I have been able to overcome waswasa to a great extent. However, I am prone to being meticulous when it comes to cleanliness. Based on my situation, would it still be beneficial for me to take this course as it covers the topics of purification, impure water etc? Will it help me in fighting my remaining waswasa or could it lead me into getting into more waswasa regarding these matters?
2. This is the very first time, I have signed up on seekers guidance and I do not know what the course load will be like. I still want to enrol in “The Marvels of the Heart” course, but I am not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. Typically how long are lectures? And can you please tell me when is the next time this course will be offered? This way I can decide if I should enrol in it now or wait until the next one.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
(1) Knowledge empowers when taken and subsequently applied in the right way. You’ll benefit from the class if you listen attentively, ask any relevant questions, and then act on the knowledge as instructed. The sunna in matters of purification is to leave caution– but this understanding is learnt from Prophetic inheritors, not simply applied as per one’s whims.
(2) Do what you can reasonably sustain. Study step by step; a little taken and absorbed is far superior to much ignored. The sunna is to be gradual and consistent.
May Allah grant you every success in this world and the Next.
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani