Etiquette, Morals and Heart-Softeners
How can we reconcile between the idea of competing in doing good and loving good for others?How can we reconcile between the hadith of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), “No one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself,” and the words of Allah, may He be exalted (interpretation of the meaning): “So for this let the competitors compete” [al-Mutaffifeen 83:26]?
What is the ruling on likening someone to the Companions?Is it permissible to liken someone to the Companions of the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)?
How can he make seeking Allah’s pleasure – and not seeking people’s pleasure – his main concern?How can I make my main concern the pursuit of Allah’s pleasure, and not pay any attention to what people say? What are the books that will help me to achieve that?
Between habit and worshipIs there a solution to the problem of an act of worship becoming a habit? In other words, when I recite a certain soorah, I feel very moved and awed by it and feel very focused (khushoo‘), but after a few days, this khushoo‘ and sense of awe weakens in my heart, and it is as if my heart got too familiar with the meanings and contemplated it so much that it is as if it has had enough of it. The same happens when reciting some du‘aa’s. Is there a solution?
Holding fast to Allah and His religionWhat is meant by holding fast, and how is it to be done? What are the different types thereof in the verse: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together”?
He is heedless about sins, on the grounds that the Sahaabah also committed sinsSome of the Sahaabah committed some major sins, although their faith was stronger than ours. Does this mean that it is more likely that we will commit major sins, because our faith is weaker than their faith? Or is this analogy invalid? How should we respond to one who commits major sins and says that the Sahaabah also committed major sins?
Supplication after reciting Qur’anHow sound is the supplication “Subhaanaka Allahumma wa bi hamdika, laa ilaaha illa anta, astaghfiruka wa atoobu ilayk (Glory and praise be to you, O Allah, there is no god worthy of worship except You, I seek Your forgiveness and I repent to You)” after reciting Qur’an? Is there a specific supplication that should be said after reciting Qur’an?
How can he acquire social intelligence?How can I acquire social and emotional intelligence, when many people avoid me? How can I attract others and attract people like a magnet?
Ruling on recording university lectures without the permission of the lecturerIs it permissible to record university lectures despite the objection of the lecturer? Please note that I am recording them so that I can write down what he says in the lectures, because I cannot write down what he says as he speaks so quickly, and there is nothing in the lecture except what is in the curriculum.
How can we make ourselves feel when reading Qur’an that Allah is addressing us thereby?The scholars say that when reading Qur’an, the individual should make himself feel that Allah is addressing him with every verse, but how can I feel that Allah is addressing these words to me when He speaks of the disbelievers, polytheists, deniers and others, when I am Muslim and believe in the Last Day? May Allah bless you.
She committed an immoral action with a young man, then he left her; should she wait for him to marry her?I just wanted to ask you Question regarding something serious. basically one of my friend she is afghan 20 years old and she was going out with a bengali boy who is 19 years old, they both love each other and they both had sexual intercourse, the boy broke up with because of his sisters because his sisters likes ruining peoples relationships. they went out with each other 1 year and so, the boy parents kept on telling him to get married but he refused becuase hes young and has no job nothing. he was brainwashed to go back home and he still called the girl and everything and a month later him being back home the girl heard hes getting married without any fuss or telling anyone, most people its black magic because the boy didnt wanted to get married. the girl doesnt know what to do now because she wants to move on with her life but she can't and she says if the boy comes back to london should she take him back if he comes back to her??? and if some one has done black magic on him 'sisters' would one day the truth will come out or not?? the girl wanted to ask if she can do ishtikara and see what happens or should she just leave everything to Alla'Tala as she has done now!! and do you think its better for her to stay away from hes family and has no sort of contact with them?? It would be really helpful if you can sort this out please
Prohibition of Shaking Hands With Non-Mahram WomenI want to know in what reference it says that al-Imam Malik forbade a man to shake hands with a non-mahram woman (one whom he can marry according to Islamic law). There is an opinion which says that there are four possible scenarios, and in only one is it regarded as haram (impermissible) for a man to shake hands with a non-mahram woman. These four scenarios are: when the one who is shaking hands does it for the sake of pleasure and finds pleasure in it; when he does it for the sake of pleasure but does not find pleasure in it; when he does not do it for the sake of pleasure but finds pleasure in it; and when he does not do it for the sake of pleasure and does not find pleasure in it. Who is the author of this opinion? Does he belong to the Maliki madhhab (school of thought)?
Khalwah if Another Woman is PresentMy wife told me that a gas canister ran out at home and has to be changed, but I am not at home. Can a worker come to install the gas canisters at home when I am not present? Please note that there is another sister who will be with my wife in the house so as to avoid leaving her on her own with the worker.
If a person dies in the bathroom, is that indicative of a bad end?What is the verdict on one who dies in the bathroom whilst he is fasting in the month of Ramadan?
Ruling on giving gifts or charity to the servantWhat is the ruling on giving gifts or charity to the servant?
Responding to Greeting of ParrotIn my grandfather's house there is a real live parrot, and when I pass by it, it greets me and says ‘al-salamu ‘alaykum”. In this case do I have to return the greeting of this bird?
Family DisputesThere are some family disputes between my father and my paternal aunt that led to the ties of kinship being severed between us. Is there any sin in that? Please note that my paternal aunt visits us,for her part.
Annulling engagement because of a dreamis it permissible to annul an engagement after two years because of the fiancé seeing a bad dream after praying istikhaarah?