Dear Mr Soharwardy,
listened to you in Mississauga
last week. Thanks for coming down.
confirmed by observation that we as a nation (Muslims) are not far from
touching the bottom in every field of life. The question arises, where to
start fixing the problem?
example, in our mosque, at the Iftar time we
seem to forget all the manners and antiquates of mosque, of Ramadan, of
humanity. Jumping over each others head, we run towards the food without
caring about anything in the way, eyes and mind fixated at the
food. (I am talking about those who are well fed, and probably need to
lose some weight.) From a distance we look like a herd.
mentioned, we should try to stop each other from
wrong. But my question to you is who you should teach the, kid or the parent.
Irony in this situation is that our next generation is not coming out any
better due to examples set at homes. Kids growing up in Canadian
society, who have realised these facts, don't like
to come to the mosque. They quietly disengage and if you insist they clearly
express their dislikes for the environment in our institutions.
(1) How will you address this?
(2) Do you think Islamic scholars
should change their approach and discuss the basics of Islam in their
speeches e.g. how to walk, talk, and behave with fellow humans (not only
with fellow Muslims), etc in everyday life?
feel the answer to Q-2 is 'Yes'.,
because from the life history of Prophet (peace be upon him) we learned
that, people won't believe even the best message if you don’t have the
character to support it.)
Yes, you are correct. Both parents and children need to be educated.
Muslims are supposed to be the best in manners and antiquates. But,
unfortunately, we are not.
However, instead of becoming hopeless and passive, it is important to
remain engaged with the community and try to educate. As I said in my
speech hopelessness is wrong. We should do whatever we can in order to
bring a positive change in our community.
Yes, every scholar must speak against the ill-mannered behaviour and
help people to grow in a healthy and very spiritual environment.
You are correct that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) proved
through his character that he is the best human being, then he ask people to
follow him. Even his worse enemies could not raise any finger on his
character. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be
upon him) said that a believer is the one who is best in manners. “HAYA” is
“EEMAN” and HAYA includes good manners and antiquates.
May Allah bless you and your family.
1. Which moral issue of concern do
you want politicians to address this election? Pick one.
2. To what degree if any, should
religious beliefs mix with politics?
3. The College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Ontario has recently made efforts to remove the right of physicians
to follow their conscience when dealing with situations such as a client
requesting an abortion. Should doctors have the right to conscientious
To what degree do followers of Islam devote their lives to Allah or
religion? How much of their lives do they live for their own pursuits
compared to pleasing Allah?
Please answer the above four questions
There are several issues that we must raise and discuss with our
politicians. Since I have to pick one only,
I will pick the issue of our school education curriculum. There are efforts by certain groups in Canada to
force our children to learn and study certain atheistic beliefs and
practices. Why these atheistic beliefs
and practices have been forced upon our children. We the people of faith
(Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc…) do not want our children to learn some
thing that we consider is wrong. Why we do not have the freedom to choose how
should we raise our own children? Where is our religious freedom?
Canada is a secular country. Religion
and State are two separate entities. However, politicians and the people are
human. Our beliefs influence our behaviour and actions. Therefore, I believe that it is very
hypocritical to do some thing that goes against your beliefs. What politicians should not do is to impose
one belief system over the other. Canada is a multifaith and multicultural society. Therefore, Canadians should be given the
freedom to practice their religions without causing any harm to any other
Where is the religious freedom of individual physicians and surgeons?
Why they have to do some thing that goes against their conscience? Yes, a physician or a surgeon has an
obligation to provide services to people without any prejudice. However, if
an individual asks a service, like abortion, which goes against the conscience
of a doctor then the doctor should have the right to say no and refer this
individual to those doctors who provide that service.
Islam is a way of life. Every moment of a Muslim must be according to
the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Whether we are at work or studying in
school or sitting with family at home or watching TV or playing in the
playground, etc… We do all these activities according to the guidance of
Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). All
personal pursuits and desires, as long as they are legal and good, are for
the pleasure of Allah.
At one of our family meetings as of late, a question was raised.
Apparently the local government wants to implement a policy whereby two
people can be buried in the same grave. One will be 9 feet under earth
and the other will be 6 feet. So it’s like one janaaza
on top of another one. The government apparently wants to do this in
the GTA at least so as to save space I suppose. Is this permissible
under Islamic jurisdiction??
thanking you in anticipation
From Islamic point of view, this arrangement is fine.
In fact, it is a very Islamic concept. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) said that on the Judgment day multiple people (more than 70 in some
situations) will come out from one grave. In many Muslim countries it is
already happening. Canada
is now picking up. It saves land and
the environment. Thanks
I am a
conscientious, although unschooled, Muslim. I have two homosexual
friends, one of whom is a good friend from work. We regularly receive
one another to dinner, whilst they do not preach the virtues of their sinful
lifestyle to me, and respect my religious sensibilities,
they have recently taken to being very intimate with one another in front of
me. Whilst I understand that for a man to be naked in front of another
is haram, when the act is of this which I describe,
am I colluding in sinful behavior? Equally of course, I do not wish to
seem prudish, fanatical, or impolite.
Yours in confusion.
Wa Alaikum Assalam,
Let me ask you a question before I reply your question. What will
you do when a person is going to put himself/herself in a danger in front of
you? OR What will you do when a person is going to harm another person in
front of you? Will you just watch and do nothing because he / she is not harming you?
OR will you try your best to stop the person who is putting
himself or others in danger?
Living in a sinful behaviour (as you also wrote) is a very
dangerous behaviour to the person himself and others. Why will you not try
(without being impolite or fanatical) to stop that behaviour.
It’s a common sense that we all have. We
just need to use it.
I like to know if a husband is aloud to have sex with his wife for his own
pleasure, without fulfilling his wife needs? Is a husband allowed to swear
and slag his wife after having sex? Is a husband allowed to stop his wife
having kids if she wants more children?
thank you I hope to hear from you
Wa Alaikum Assalam,
The relationship between husband and wife is based upon mutual
love and respect. If the relationship between husband and wife is based upon
selfishness, swearing and just for sexual pleasure, it can not last longer.
Husband or wife should not swear at each other OR abuse each
other. It will destroy the family. Swearing and abuse is a sin and should
stop immediately. Your husband needs
treatment and he should see a doctor OR psychologist as soon as possible.
The decision of having more children should be made between
husband and wife with mutual understanding. It should not be decided by one
person alone. Both mother and father
have the responsibilities and they both need to be involved in child’s life.
I am a
student in grade 11 and in my biology class we will be dissecting piglets on
Monday. I was wondering if we are allowed to touch the piglets. Sorry this is
short notice. We will be wearing gloves but is it even allowed to touch them?
I will really appreciate your response. Thank you. Allahhafiz.
learning purposes you can touch and dissect piglets. Please ensure that you
properly cover your dress and put on hand gloves. You do not want any blood
or any thing from pig falls on your dress. Once you finish your experiment
ensure that you wash your hands with soap. All parts of pig even hair
are impure (Najis).
help you in your studies.
Please explain the right method of "salatul
WITER". Is that continuous three rakat or is
that like Maghreb salah ?
OR is that two rakat complete and than one rakat separate? Please explain in the light of
"IMMAM ABU HANIFA".
What we read in "Tahajud Salah"
after reading surah Fatiha,
and how many rakat we pray?
1. Salat ul Witr is a continues three Raka'. In the 3rd Raka' before
Rukoo you raise your hands and say Allah-o-Akbar
and then read Du'a Qunoot.
After Du'a Qanoot you
perform rukoo and continue the rest of the prayer
as three Raka’ salat.
2. In Tahajjud,
after Surah Al Fatiha you
can read any verses or surah from Qur'an, just
like other prayers. In the sets of 2 raka’, you can offer from 2 raka’
to 12 raka’ or more.
Is it ok
to read Kalima in the washroom?
It is not
Ok to read Kalimah in the washroom where the
toilets or urinals are located. If the
washroom has a sink for washing (making Wudhu or
shower only) and no toilets then one can read Kalimah
in the washroom. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) has forbidden to read Qur’an or do ZIKR of Allah in the toilet.
In many breads, ice cream, etc. There are ingredients called mono diglycerides
According to many, mono and diglycerides are fatty
acids and can therefore be from an animal or plant source. Some say
that this ingredient is plant derived only. I would really appreciate it
if I could find out what this ingredient really is and if its ok for consumption by Muslims. (I should say
that I have checked out some of the info on the website I
keep referring to, and it was correct. This is a reason why I trust this
website, but it could be wrong.
question is speculative in nature and therefore, I can not say with surety
whether these products are permissible or not. If someone is quite sure that
a food item has pig or alcohol products mixed with other ingredients
then it is not permissible
(Halal) food. If someone is not sure then he/she
should find out from the manufacturer of the food item. For example, saying, " According to many, including the website mono and
triglycerides are fatty acids and can therefore be from an animal or plant
source” does not provide the correct information. The source could be plant
or it could be animal. Therefore, it is important
to find out whether a certain food item contains a plant based or animal
based ingredients. We should make a decision based upon credible information,
not on speculations. However, it is always better to stay away from those
food items which are doubtful or people are not sure about them.
and wrote this to you ever since we met: peaceable Moslems like you seem to
be but a few voices in the wilderness. How can I say that? There have just
been more multiple bombings, killing innocent civilians, bomb making
equipment is found in Indonesia and Australia, a cruise ship was
attacked - And the high level Moslem Hierarchy is silent, deafeningly
silent. A handful of people like you really are voices in the wilderness of a
sea of kaffir hating ,
Bill in Calgary
I don't think that you get all the information about Islam
and Muslim activities. All major Muslim scholars and organizations routinely
condemn terrorism. From Indonesia
all Muslims are united to combat terrorism. Only few are misguided and they
are the one who were trained and equipped by the US in the past.
When one terrorist commits a crime, the entire world
population reads, hears and sees the crime but when hundreds of thousands of
Muslim scholars condemn it, no one shows interest to listening to them. The
reason; the bomb blasts and suicides create sensation. A statement for peace
has no sensation. Media will not cover it. Media is going to cover sensation.
I hope and pray that you are healthy and happy. If you have few
minutes, let meet on a coffee or tea.
am a Christian woman living in the USA. I have a question
about what I have read in the Quran. In sura
15 as well as many other places, it says "we created." and "we
who give life". Why do you think it says we instead of I?
the word "NAHNO" which means “we” can also be used for a singular authority.
The word NAHNO when used by a single authority expresses the supremacy of the
authority. God (Allah) is the most supreme and has the highest authority.
Therefore, He uses the word NAHNO for Himself to express His highest
authority. It does not mean that God is plural. God is singular (one).
read or listen speeches or proclamations made by today's Arab rulers and
Kings. You will see that the King (only one person) uses the word NAHNO for
himself in order to express his authority. Similarly, in other languages too
“we” is used by a single person in order to show his supremacy over others.
two issues about which I was confused and need your help and knowledge
to clarify them. They are as follows:-
( 1). I am a Pakistani Muslim lady working in an
We have people of all nationalities in our office. Recently it was the 'Diwali'
festival for "Hindus". I noticed that several Muslims in our office
were greeting Hindu co-workers saying 'happy diwali'....but
I did not as I was not sure if this is the right thing to do
but as Eid was the next day only several of those
Hindu co-workers wished me and other Muslims 'happy EID' and that also made
me feel guilty for not wishing them but I was afraid that God may not like if
I wish them for diwali. My question is what should a Muslim do in such situations coz there are also
other festivals for other religions like Christianity, etc. Is it o.k. to
wish them on their respective occasions?
(2) I read somewhere that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)
prohibited placing pictures of animals or living things in the house. But I
still wanted to make sure if this is an authentic hadhees.
I do not have photographs in my room but is it o.k. if i have
stuffed toys or some decoration piece of some little girl or something like
looking forward to your kind response,
JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR,
If someone (Muslim) has no choice but to attend these gatherings, in that
case, the person (Muslim) can say "hello", Hi, good day, good
evening, etc...... This does not mean that the Muslims do not want to express
good wishes to Hindu colleagues or neighbours. It
means that Muslims do not endorse the religious beliefs of other religions,
which goes against Islamic beliefs. We can still be good neighbours
We (Muslims) show our tolerance to people of other Faiths based upon the fact
that the people of other Faiths are human, just like us. However, we
must not endorse their beliefs. Islam is the ONLY truth.
Stuffed / toys dolls and animals for children plays are allowed in
Islam. If pictures do not create any
distraction in prayers, one can have it too. But remember, our beloved
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never liked pictures or paintings
hanging in his home.
Please help me in
answering the following questions:
1) If the fluid that
comes out from the private parts of the body during sex goes into the
partner's mouth during sex? What will be its status according to Islamic
point of view? From medical point of view, I read that "it's not
Please reply me as soon
designed our body and gave us the place for the fluid that comes out during
sex (seminal fluid) and that place is Vigina, not
wife’s mouth. Putting this fluid in wife's mouth is sickness, sinful and
Mouth is the place from where the ZIKR of Allah comes out.
People read Qur'an from mouth. How can someone put impure/dirty (Najis) fluid in that mouth? May Allah show us the
path of wisdom. Again, dropping seminal fluid in
wife’s mouth is Haram. If someone has committed
this dirty action MUST ask forgiveness from his wife first and then repent to
HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THE USE OF CAMERA FILMS. SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT
GELATIN IS USED IN CAMERA FILMS AND THAT IT COULD COME FROM ANY SOURCE, LIKE
COWS, AND PIGS. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHETHER IT IS OK TO USE THESE FILMS.
ALTHOUGH DIGITAL CAMERAS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE NOW BUT I USE CAMERA FILMS
BECAUSE THEY STILL GIVE BETTER IMAGE QUALITY AND YOU CAN USE SLIDE FILMS AS
WELL. ALTHOUGH MULTIMEDIA PROJECTORS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BUT THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.
REPLY REGARDING ABOVE MATTER WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
AND EID MUBARAK.
It is OK
to use Camera films. After going through chemical processes and changes the
composition of animal products changes. These products such as Camera film
loose all the characteristics and attributes of an animal fat or meat.
Therefore, its fine.
we do not eat or put on our bodies the camera films..
1) What does our beloved religion say
about playing games? For example I play cricket here every season and I
have seen some Hadeeth which talks about
playing games like chess etc... So I was curious if I can play cricket or
2) How does Islam see Education vs.
real knowledge (which is deeni knowledge I assume).
e.g. nowadays people stress much on earning a worldly education degree rather
than deeni education, and this worldly education
also affects their personal lives e.g. not getting married and screwing
around until the degree is earned (this is very common in Pakistani Muslim
play cricket or similar games where you get some physical exercise, as long
as you fulfill your obligation towards your relatives / community members and
Allah (such as Salat, duties to your family,
etc...). There is no harm in playing cricket. In fact, increasing /
maintaining physical strength through sports has been commended by Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him)
basic education that can provide a Muslim to know about Haram
and Halal is FARDH (mandatory). The worldly
sciences are also required in order to earn Halal
living and provide benefits to the society. But this comes after the Halal and Haram knowledge (the
basic knowledge of DEEN). A person can learn as much as he/she wants. No
limits for learning.
If a person has reached the age of marriage and does not
want to get married because he / she can not afford it is permissible as
long as the person does not commit Haram (lust /
adultery). If a person is waiting for a degree and not getting married but
committing Adultery then this person is in bigger trouble with Allah. His/her
degree will not save him / her from the punishment of Allah. Therefore, if a
person can not get married then he /she should not do Haram
(adultery). If the person can not control himself / herself then the
person MUST get married. Relatives and community should help this person.
How much Hadiya do needs to be paid for someone who cannot fast
during the month of Ramadan due to health reasons?
If the illness is life threatening OR a person is
physically so weak that he/she can not fast then the person must feed two
meals to a person for each missed fast.
just wondering, is there any bindings that a Muslim can not tattoo a name on
his/her body? Simply a name, no picture or anything.
Piercing body OR cutting skin with laser or any other
tool in order to make Tattoos is not permissible (Permanent Tattoos). Making
pictures on body is absolutely not allowed. Writing names in the form
of Permanent Tattoos is not allowed. However, for medical reasons or
identification purposes (for an insane person only) his/her name can be
written on his/her skin.
born and live in the UK. I
would like my children to have the benefit of fully understanding
Islam. I was given only a very basic education in Islam and feel
unable to fully assist them. In the area that I live in, all the main
groups, mosques and Imam's are practicing Shia or Wahabi's. I come from a Sunni background and so
does my husband. I have suggested sending the children to a Wahabi/Shia mosque but he will not allow it.
In addition he is also not fully versed in the differences between the sects,
but his parents have told him he is Sunni and he will not consider any other
form of Islam. It is coming to the point of my children having to forgo
any Islamic education. I have desperately tried to find out the
differences and would then like to make an informed choice. I have
bought books and trawled the internet to ascertain how the Sunni, Shia and Wahabi beliefs
differ. But this is very difficult, as each site preaches their own belief and fails to compare. Also the
sites use religious words, without translation and I get lost!!
questions therefore are: - What are the main beliefs of each sect
(Sunni/Shia/Wahabi) and What is the
difference? Who is right and who is wrong? I have been told Wahabi's do not pray on
Friday's or read Jamaica,
when someone dies. If so why - what are the reasons? Is this the
truth or false? Why is there so much hate?
hope that you can help and provide me with some information, in a clear and
is good. I am not sure why can’t you find a mosque in your area that can
provide services based upon your school of thought? However, it is critical that you send your
children to an Islamic environment; otherwise, they may loose Islam. All basic beliefs are same in all Muslim
sects. Only they differ on minor issues. Some ignorant religious leaders have
made these differences in to bigger differences.
Please send your children to a mosque near you. You and your husband should also go with
the children. We, Muslims, can not afford to be divided.
I am very
concerned about this issue, and can't fully understand it, since even my
household has different opinions about it. Is eating chicken from
places like KFC wrong? The chicken isn't exactly Halal,
but many people I know argue that we are allowed to eat it, since it isn't
exactly Haram. They support this by saying
that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) once ate in a Christian household.
However the others argue that the food isn't Halal,
and therefore we shouldn't eat it, since that would be like eating other Haram foods. So is it wrong to eat these foods?
question is about the use of perfume etc. As you know, perfume contains
alcohol, which is clearly stated as "Haram"
in the Qur’an. Doesn't that mean we shouldn't drink or even touch it. Many Muslims do use it, but is it right
to? There are un-alcoholic perfumes like products available. Many
people say that it is a must for Muslims to stay clean, and the use of scents
isn't wrong, but wouldn't using alcohol cause you to become unclean instead?
In a non
Muslim country, unless specified Halal, the meat
cooked at KFC, McDonald, Burger King, etc. is not from an Islamically
slaughtered animal or bird. Therefore, Muslims should avoid it. The blessings
of Allah fall upon the meat of an animal when it is slaughtered in the name
of Allah. An animal which is not
slaughtered in anyone’s name can not be equal to an animal that was
slaughtered in Allah’s name. Generally, Muslims consider the Islamically slaughtered animal’s meat as Halal meat. Those who eat non-Islamically
slaughtered animal’s meat deprive themselves the blessings of an Islamically slaughtered animal’s meat. Why should we eat
some thing which is inferior? While the meat of Islamically
slaughtered animals is readily available in all parts of the world. Remember, the food we eat become part of
our body. We must avoid any food which puts doubts in our minds, therefore,
eat only HALAL. You will feel the blessings of Allah.
If Chicken at KFC is not Halal but it is not Haram either because it is not slaughtered in anyone’s
name. In Qur’an, related to meat, four things are HARAM (Unlawful);
- Dead animals and birds
- Pig and all its products and
- A lawful animal when
slaughtered in someone’s name (other than Allah)
(Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2,
verse # 173)
know that the beef and chicken at KFC, McDonald, Burger King, etc… are not
from the above four forbidden categories of meat, therefore, we can not call
it Haram. However, these meats are not Halal either as the animals and birds were not
slaughtered in the name of Allah.
should we eat some thing which is doubtful? While the meat of Islamically slaughtered animals is readily available in
all parts of the world. In Canada Halal meat is available everywhere. Therefore, without a
legitimate excuse (such as being hungry and there is no other choice) a
Muslim must avoid non Halal foods.
Secondly, Perfume that contains alcohol is not good and we
should avoid it.
I am a
Muslim and living in Canada.
I am a married man. My question is that the anal intercourse is allowed with
wife or not in Islam (some peoples says that if you do anal intercourse with
your wife, your Nikkah is broken, it is true or
Normal and natural intercourse between husband and wife is
Halal. All other forms of intercourse including
anal are abnormal and Haram in Islam. Nikah remains valid but a person who performs anal
intercourse with his wife commits a sin and must stop and ask forgiveness
from wife and then from Allah.
If a non Muslim want to learn Qur’an. Can that person touch the
Qur’an?. If not so how that person will learn
without touching. And if that person can touch can he or she have to do
proper WUZO first (ablution)?
Non Muslim can read and touch the
translation of the Qur'an without having Wudu. No one Muslim or non Muslim should touch
the Arabic text of the holy Qur’an without Wudu
I am a
divorced lady with a 1 year old baby boy and am currently living with my
parents. Recently I came across an old college friend who knows me and my
family well and we know them. After coming to know my situation he has
proposed me for marriage. He is single. But he has placed a condition that he
will accept me and not the child. I have an elder sister in USA who has been married for 8
years and has no children-they are Mashallah
financially well-off couple. After coming to know of my proposal my sister
has offered to take custody of my child so I can get married to the man in
question. But here lies the problem that I am in confusion here-is this man's
demand fair? Is it really difficult for a man to accept another man's child?
plus I feel that although my child would be in the best of care with my
sister-but wouldn't it be unfair to the child who already lost his biological
father to not have his biological mother as well...I want my own life...but
not at the cost of being unfair to my kid-what should I do brother? Should I
ask my friend that if he loves me he should accept my child as well or should
I agree to his condition?
The condition from the person you are thinking to marry is
not fair. This man seems to be a selfish person. He should not have made any
conditions to you. My suggestion to you is to stay with your child and find
someone better who can love you and your child. If this person has any conscience
of Allah he will not ask you to give up your child. Be careful.
forwarding this email to you that I received from one of my friends. I
would like to know to what extent is this true that in the month of Safar bad
things happen and evil spirits come out. Should we
believe such things? Please comment on this.
No, we do
not believe that the month of Safar is a month of troubles. This is wrong.
All months are created by Allah and we must not say bad things about time.
There are few Ahadith you may
find about Safar but those Ahadith are not
authentic. Month of Safar is as good as any other month.
is_______ and I have been living in Canada for past 4 years. I was
married in Pakistan
and due to my husband’s abuse both physical and mental,
I left him almost seven years ago and have not kept any relationship with
him. Now I want to remarry and I cannot find a way to divorce him or ask for khula. I do not know my husband’s whereabouts and have no
way of knowing if he is re-married or not. He lives in Pakistan and I tried twice to
file for divorce through two different lawyers, but in vain. Please let me
know if there is a way of khula that I can do
without going back to Pakistan.
I do not have any family there and I am scared for my life. Please in the name of Allah help me.
You should discuss the issue with a lawyer. You can go to
the Canadian court and file for divorce. Canadian court's decision will be
valid and you can marry someone else after court's decision. You do not need
to go back to Pakistan.
tell me about mortgage and credit line. Can we as a Muslim take these types
of loans because interest is strictly prohibited in Islam.
When you know interest is strictly prohibited in Islam,
why are you asking a question about it?
There are Muslim organizations in Canada, they can provide you
mortgage and loans based upon Islamic principles. Please contact them.
name is _________ . I am 15 years old and from Palestine. I am now in _________ and Alhamdulilah
I’ve become really attached to my religion . My mother and father, and
my whole family in general , aren't as serious as I
am when it comes to Islam. Alhamdulilah my father
is so generous , and kind-hearted . My mother prays
but I still feel she is never happy with the way I dress and the way I’ve
taken my religious values up a notch. For example ,
yesterday my mother told me to go wear a skirt and a blouse because we were
going somewhere , but then we only had about 5 minutes left to get
there . ( it was 3:55 we had to be there at 4:00 , it was about 10 minutes
away ) And because I just finished praying I didn't have enough time to go
upstairs and get dressed so I just went ahead and wore what I usually wear ,
a 'Aabayah . So she got so mad and she looked as if
she wanted to really just yell at me , so she said
so you still didn't listen? But I told her the reason and she didn't take it
so seriously. Another thing is my sister , Yesterday
I was praying Dhuhr and I'm now trying to pray all
the sunnah along with the Fard
so that I may be a Walle of Allah , Inshallahu Ta'aala. So when I
was making my thikr just before I was going to make
my last 2 rak'aat she started yelling at me saying
" Oh my god ______ what are you praying Qiyaam
il Nahar or something ?! So I yelled back I’m praying Dhuhr and she said It's not allowed to do a Qiyam il Nahar
only Qiyam il Layl(
trying to be funny I guess). So I got so mad and then during the rest of my sallah ( since I do not listen
to music ) she began singing for the entire time . Anyways these are only a
few examples of what I’m going through at home. You see just yesterday I
noticed in how big of a mess they're in , because
they shall be asked about everything they do now sooner or later and it's so
hard for me to be the only one to pray Dhuhr , or
the only one ! to dress properly when leaving the
house , ( my sister and mother wear pants ) and everything you even suggest
something it's like they don't want to hear it . Yesterday when I paid
attention to all this I began to cry because they will be
questioned about it .See I hate to speak of my family this way because they
are Great people and I know Allah loves them , but
they take it for granted to be born a Muslim and they know Allah's Rahma ( mercy ) precedes his Ghadhab
( Anger ) but they don't know that they still have to pray . Well I just
wanted to know what I should do because it gets harder and harder every day
to accept the fact that your parents aren't listening to you and they need to
be closer to Allah. All I want is a bit of
advice , because I don't know what to do , and another thing is I’ve tried so
hard to get information on young muslimah's
problems but it's all marriage and other things similar to it. So please if
you have the time to , e-mail me back inshaallah .
- Sallam U Alaikum
A Sister, USA
kinds of situations are not new for Muslims. All Prophets of Allah (Peace be
upon them) and good people suffered from such things. You should continue
loving and respecting your parents and sister. One day your perseverance and
constant struggle with this situation will bring them closer to Allah. You
are doing a Da’wa work which is the most difficult
task a person can do in this life.
You need to please Allah, no body else. Stay firm
and try to pray Fard and Sunnah.
Let people say what they say and ask Allah to guide them. This is a test for
you. Make sure you succeed in this test. People and Shaitan
will try to make you angry but you do not get angry .
Stay cool and kind to your parents and sister. May Allah help you and keep
you healthy and safe.
I am 27 year old woman in Calgary. I work here in one of the best
institutions and living a pretty comfortable life. But I have a
problem.......in fact I have a question for you. The problem/ question is
that being a Muslim can you eat in the
restaurants here. I mean can you eat the chicken/beef (I am not talking about
pork) in the restaurants? Actually we buy halal
beef /chicken to cook at home but when it comes to going out for dinner I
love eating the Canadian and North American food. It seems like I am addicted
to their taste. In fact I have lost the taste for my South Asian food. I am
not a food lover but I just love the restaurant food and I go out to eat a
lot. I would say more than 4 times a month.
For the last 4 months I have limited my self to halal
food only and some fish food in the restaurants .........but now it is
driving me crazy to look at all these places and cannot go to eat there. For
once and for all I would want to know whether I can eat chicken/
beef or not at all. Please Soharwardy Sahab help me find an answer to this. I would be glad to know
that once you read Bismillah on it before eating,
it becomes halal. This would be the best news for
But again I want to know the answer in the light of our Holy Quran and Islam.
Well I have abstained from eating these food for the last 4 months and inshallah, Allah will give me the strength to abstain
from it for ever (if your answer is no).
I would suggest that a Muslim should not eat any meat
unless it comes from Islamically slaughtered animal
/bird. There is a blessing of Allah in that meat and it is better food. Why
we want to eat an inferior meat while superior meat is available to us? The
meat of an animal or bird that is Islamically
slaughtered is far better meat than the other meats because Allah's name
recited when the animal get slaughtered.
By the way, you just eat four or five times a month in a Canadian restaurant,
I eat almost every day in Canadian restaurants because of my travel. And I
never eat non Halal meat. I eat seafood or vegetables.
It is matter of taste development. Stay firm and you will be alright. Enjoy Halal food. There is lots of
blessings in it.
engaged to a guy for three years ( no katb ktab) just normal
engagement.(fatha) During these three years we did Zina (Adultery). now we broke up
after a big fight and no way of getting back to each other. this fight was final and forever. Now am so regretted for
what I did and I don’t know what shall I do
for god to forgive me. Am not able to sleep, am always thinking of this
issue. do u think god can forgive me?
It is a
requirement of Islam that a person MUST not loose hope with Allah. Unfortunately, we all commit sins but Allah
has told us that He is very forgiving and merciful. Prophet Muhammad (Peace
be upon him) has informed us that if you bring your sins as high as
mountains, Allah will not hesitate to forgive. Therefore, I would suggest
that you pray five daily prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness and go on with
life. Get married and thanks Allah that you are alive and you have the chance
inheritance rights of an adopted child and biological child exactly the same
a child whose custody has been assumed by someone is not among the heirs of
that person. However, from the one third of his/her wealth, he/she can give
to the adopted child through his/her will.
What can you tell me about
thank you for your consideration.
Our prayers go forth for your family and yourself
Khilvat is a state of a person in which he/she, inspite of being among the
people, remains secluded, and remain connected with almighty Allah. Khilvat
can be physical seclusion or mental seclusion. But in Khilvat
the company of
Allah remains intact (Jalvat). Khilvat
requires from a person to isolate
himself / herself from all ill beliefs and ill
manners. The spiritual growth
comes from Khilvat and the result is Jalvat. However, Jalvat is also
for a state of a person when he/she is among Allah's creation.
The unity of a person in khilvat and Jalvat makes the person close to
almighty Allah and removes all forms of hypocrisy from the person. May Allah
bring unity in our state of Khilvat and Jalvat.
I got your newsletter regularly and I also attended most of your lectures.
You are doing a noble job, May Allah help you (Aameen ).
I need help in a very important matter that is sex,,.
what is the Islamic
way doing it for a married couple. Are there any limitations or
restrictions in Islam while doing this,
Is oral sex is o.k. or prohibited. we, women can't
ask this kind of questions
to anyone even to any aalim or maulana.
but I trust you and email is a good
source of asking this kind of sensitive and important questions. it is a
question of many Muslim sisters and they should know it because it is a
please answer me , and also if you know any Islamic
website in which we can
find these kinds of questions which are not in books, then please let me
waiting for your reply.
Wa Alaikum Assalam,
Allah has created desire for sex in human and there is nothing wrong to
learn about it. In Islam sex between husband and wife is considered as an
enjoyable mutual affair. What Islam says that before starting sex you
remember Allah by saying Bismillah. During sex husband and wife should not
engage themselves in violent form of sex which is very common in the west.
They should enjoy it but must not cause harm to each other. During the
excitement of sex people do not realize that they may cause a damage to the
other partner (husband / wife). Just behave as a normal human being not an
Oral sex is OK as long as husband and wife do not put their mouth on and
around the genitals like many animals do.
May Allah help us to understand and practice the commandment of Allah. Amen
Assalamo Alay kum
Pl. provide me information about the criteria for children to offer salah in masjid :
(1) Age after which they can offer salah in Jamaat
(2) Whether they can stand in first row
(3) Whether they have to keep on moving in the rear rows as the rows get
with the flow of worshippers while Jamaat is in
(4) Will the salah of entire worshippers will be
nullified if a child is in the front row?
(5) Can a child offer salah in front row if he is
accompanied by an adult?
(6) Can an underaged but matured child join a jamaat?
Your reply by return email will be deeply appreciated.
Wa Alaikum Assalam,
Here are the answers.
1) Children should be
encouraged to attend the Salat with Jama'at as soon as they are able to use washroom
2) If there is an empty space
in the first row, they can stand. I have seen people pushing the children in
the back rows. Some time they yell at the kids. This is wrong. Children MUST
be treated with love and care.
3) No, once they have
occupied their space, they should be respected and must not be pushed around.
Yes, during the time of Rasool ullah
Sallallaho Alaihe wasallam, children used to stand behind the adults. But
no one can proof that once the children and adult took their places, children
were pushed around by the late coming adults.
4) No, there is no such Hadith. People have made up these things. In some cases
parents can not leave their kids by themselves in the back rows. There could
be several reasons. Some time a child feels very uncomfortable with out
parents. We need to make our children comfortable in mosques instead of
making them uncomfortable.
5) Yes, absolutely. Same
reasons as explained earlier.
6) It is not a matter of
underage or maturity. It is a matter of training. We must bring our children
to Mosques and encourage them to offer Salat in Jama'at.
These are very good
questions and I will discuss these questions in our TV program as well.
Thanks for asking these questions. May Allah bless you and your family.
I've a 25 years old step
daughter who wants to marry a Christian guy. We've been trying to get her
marry with a Muslim guy for a year but not successful. I am not in favor of
this marriage. But If I go against it there will be a big fighting in the
I'm emotionally very much
disturbed. Please advise me according to Islamic teachings. By the way, I do
not have control over things.
One Muslim brother
Wa Alaikum Assalam,
In Islam a woman is not allowed to marry any non-Muslim. If your stepdaughter
marries a non-Muslim man, she will be doing against Islam. Your
responsibility is to let her know and try to arrange a meeting with an Imam
or scholar to explain to her. If she still insists, leave her alone. She will
be responsible for her actions. There should not be any force upon her. You
are only responsible for informing her. She is adult and will be responsible
for her decisions.
Assalam o alikum Brother!
Thank you for replying to
my previous questions, Jazak-Allah-kher!
Yesterday, my nikah was performed by Imaam
I just have a few questions about that.
Khutba was read and the consent of me
and my fiancee was taken. I recieved
haq-mehr, but there was no nikah-nama,
and the imaam saab did
not get us to sign any papers. Also, the Imaam saab was the witness himself and there was no one else as
a witness. I am not sure if this is the right way, since I know that there
1) 2 witnesses,
groom & witnesses must sign the nikah-nama.
Would you please guide me
further on this? The imaam saab
himself was one witness and he said the name of the other witness but that
witness was not present at that time. I'm very much confused on this matter.
Is our nikah done or do we have to do it again?
Please reply to me as soon as possible, I would greatly appreciate this.
There should have been at
least two witnesses. Imam was one witness but there should have been one more
witness to the Nikah.
Nikah Naama is
just a legal requirement and you should get it from the Imam Or the local
Question: Why does the Muslim year start at
the entrance to Madinah 1400 years ago? if Islam was created at the time of Abraham, then
shouldn't we follow back then or even before that to the time of Adam &
Eve? Technically it should be the year 5670.
Michael (December 6, 2001)
Answer: It is not important
when the year starts. The year start date was decided
by second Caliph of Islam, Omar Farooq (May Allah be pleased with him). The start date of a calendar year is
not in Qur'an OR Hadith (sayings of Prophet
Muhammad, peace be upon him). This was the decision
made at that time by the head of Islamic state, Omar Farooq
(May Allah be pleased with him) and the entire Muslim Ummah
(nation) accepted it. Before, Omar Farooq (May
Allah be pleased with him) made this decision, he consulted with the consultive council of the Companions of Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him). They identified various criteria for the start of Islamic
calendar but all of them agreed to start Islamic calendar from the 1st of
Muharram, which signifies the importance of migration of early Muslims from Makkah to Madinah. Muslims
migrated from Makkah to Madinah
on Muharram 1 and this critical milestone of Muslim history provided the
first opportunity to establish Islamic State in Madinah.
The establishment of Islamic state provided peace, security and freedom to
the Muslims of Makkah and Madinah.
It proves that establishing an Islamic state is the most important task for
Question: What is the
difference between Sufi-Islam and Islam? Or are they the same?
Answer: There is no such thing
as "Sufi-Islam". Islam is one. Sufism is a mystic science of Islam.
Sufism is called Tazkiyah or Tasawuf
in Arabic. Tazkiyah means purifying or sanctifying.
It is every human being's responsibility to purify him / her. Qur'an uses the
word TAZKIYAH for purifying / sanctifying one's heart and soul. Allah
purifies people and Allah has mentioned in Qur'an that it is one of the major
responsibility of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to purify mankind. The
criterion of success is purification of heart, mind and soul.
"True" Sufis of Islam were / are the great asset of Islam. Allah
says in Qur'an,
O ye who believe! follow not Satan's footsteps: if
any will follow the footsteps of Satan he will (but) command what is shameful
and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you not one of
you would ever have been pure: but Allah doth purify whom He
pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and knows (all things). (24:21)
Question: Was prophet Muhammad
Answer: Prophet Muhammad is
Allah's last messenger, He is the leader of all
Muslims. Muslims should not be classified as a specific type of Muslims.
Muslims are Muslims. To acquire purification of inner-self is every Muslims
duty. Therefore, any Muslims who has a clean and
pure heart is Sufi too. Since, Sufis are true and sincere Muslims,
therefore, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the leader of all true
Sufis. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the source for TAZKIYAH
(purification / sanctification) as described by Qur'an;
1) A Messenger of their own, Who shall rehearse Thy signs to them and
them into scripture and Wisdom, And sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted
in Might, The Wise. (2:129)
2) But those will prosper who purify themselves. (87:14)
Question: I read an article
last week that many Americans and Canadians are converting to Islam because
of the Persian poet Rumi. Apparently his poetry
about GOD and the human heart has had a big impact. While reading Rumi's poetry many had been lead to Islam. What are your
comments on this? and what do you think about Rumi?
Jalaluddin Rumi (May
Allah bless him) was one of the great Sufis of Islam. Rumi
contributed significantly towards creating true understanding of Islam. Maulana Jalal uddin Rumi (May Allah bless
him) is one of the heroes of Islam. His poetry called "Mathnavi" and Rumi claims
that this Mathnavi is nothing but Qur'an in Persian
language. I do organize gatherings to discuss Rumi's
Question: Why are most of the
Converts to Islam women and not men?
Answer: Because in most cases
women's are oppressed. Islam is the religion for the
protection of oppressed people on earth. Many Muslims have also forgotten the
teachings of Islam about women. Islam recognizes the needs of women very well.. Western world exploits women in the name of freedom and
eastern world exploits women in the name of culture. Both are very oppressive
towards women. Islam gives women her rights and protects her from both
extremes. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that the Heaven is under
the feet of a woman. Who is that woman? That woman is your mother.
The Arabs used to bury
their daughter alive. Prophet Muhammad (peace be
upon him) came and said that anyone who raises three daughters with good
education and up bringing will be with me in paradise just like the two
fingers on your hand.
In Qur'an Allah says. " Those who slander chaste women indiscreet but
believing are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a
grievous Penalty. On the Day when their tongues their hands and their feet
will bear witness against them as to their actions. On that Day Allah will
pay them back (all) their just dues and they will realize that Allah is the
(very) Truth that makes all things manifest. (Surah
Why women should not love
to accept Islam as their way of life?
Question: In Islam why is it
that Jesus will come back in the end of times and not Muhammad? isn't this Christianity?
Answer: As Muslims we believe
that GOD is not bound by our suggestions and desires.
He does whatever He wants.
Secondly, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself has informed that
Jesus (peace be upon him) will return. He could have said about himself but
he said that Jesus will return.
Thirdly, Muslims believe that Jesus Christ (peace be
upon him) is Muslim not
Christian. Islam did not start from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) but
it started from Adam, the first man on earth. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael,
David, Jacob, Joseph, Solomon, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them)
were all Allah's Messengers or Prophets and they all brought the same message
of God (Allah) that there is no god but Allah (one God).
Fourthly, it is not necessary that we have to do some thing different if
Christians are doing or believing the same. Truth is truth. After all Qur'an
is the verifier of Gospel and Torah.
As Muslims we believe that Jesus Christ has been raised alive towards Heavens
while Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has
passed away. It is normal that Jesus should comeback because he is alive.
When Jesus will return he will have a normal life and
he will have a normal death. Once a person dies he does not come back to
this world. He will be alive again in Hereafter. Therefore, Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) will be among us in Hereafter along with Jesus and other
Prophets (peace be upon them)
Question: When Jesus comes
back there will be peace on earth for 40 years and then what happens after
Answer: Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) will rule the world for 40 years and will
fight against DAJJAL (anti-Christ) and will establish peace on earth. 7 years
after the killing anti Christ, Jesus will also taste death. The Muslims
according to Islamic traditions will bury him. Jesus will be buried in
Prophet Mohammed's mosque in Madinah next to
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). After some time people will go back to
Satan's way of doing things and they will start associating things with Allah
(God). The peace on earth will be lost again. At that time there will not be
a person who would have believe in one God. In other
words, there won't be Muslims left on earth.
Therefore, Allah will end the universe and Hereafter will take place.
Question: Do Muslims believe
in a anti-Christ? Satan? If so where will this
anti-Christ come from? Christians believe he or she will come from the newly
formed European Union ( the old Roman
Answer: Yes, Muslim believe
that there will be an anti Christ. In Arabic anti-Christ is called DAJ-JAAL. Dajjaal will fight against Jesus Christ and Imam Mahdi (peace be upon them) and will be killed.
Yes, Muslims believe in Satan. Satan always leads towards disobeying God.
There are different opinions about Dajjaal. But
what Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said about Dajjaal
that he will be very cruel, ruthless. Many people will follow him and finally
he will be killed while fighting against true Muslims lead by Jesus and Imam Mahdi (peace be upon them). Imam
Mahdi is the twelfth Imam from the family of
Prophet Muhammad and he will be born before the return of Jesus and they will
together fight against Dajjaal.
Question: If all the prophets from Moses
to Jesus were Jews how can people accept Muhammad as a prophet if he did not
follow the Jewish lineage?
Answer: All the Prophets from
Adam till Muhammad (peace be upon them) were NOT Jews. They were all Muslims.
A Muslim is someone who completely surrenders himself / herself to the will
of God. Islam means submission to God. In Qur'an Allah say, Abraham was not a
Jew nor yet a Christian but he was true in faith and bowed his will to
Allah's (which is Islam) and he joined not gods with Allah. (3:67)
Ye people of the Book!
Why dispute ye about Abraham when the Law and the
Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have ye no understanding? (3:65)
As far Moses and Jesus
(peace be upon them) are concerned, both of them
preached submission to Allah (one God) which is Islam. Please remember, Islam
did not start from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him). In fact, the guidance of Allah which came to Moses in the form of Torah
and to Jesus (peace be upon them) in the form of Gospel was completed in Qur'an
which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Question: Can Islam co-exist with
democracy? Because this is the biggest concern from the west.
Answer: Islam creates a very
democratic society. Since, West do not know about Islam
and presently there is no government, which has implemented Islam completely,
therefore, people in the west have difficulty to know about democratic
principles of Islam. Where you will find that an ordinary person walking on
the streets of Madinah stops the Head of Islamic
State and ask him how did you get this shirt? Where you can find in the
modern Western democracies that if a case in the court requires Head of State
to defend himself against a claim from an ordinary citizen of the state, the Head State
stands in the court just like an ordinary person without any special
treatments. Islamic history is full of these incidents. The first formal
charter of human rights was given to this world by Prophet Muhammad (peace be
upon him) almost 15 centuries ago. The present world is not even close to
have such protection of human rights that Islam has given to this us. Islam
is the most democratic when implemented in its pure form. Islam is very
democratic when it comes to respecting freedom of individual but Islam does not
allow having immoral and corrupt society regardless how big majority agrees
Islam is the most
democratic and peaceful way of life for this world.
Question: why is Muhammad
friendly with Jews and Christians early in his ministry and then he professed
anger towards them? Why did GOD change his mind? Or did Muhammad change his
Answer: Neither God nor
Muhammad (peace be upon him) changed mind. It was other way around. The Jews
and the Christians were waiting for the last Messenger of God. Even before he
was born, they used to talk about him. They used to use his intercession to
God for resolving their problems. They used to make supplications to God by
reciting his name. Qur'an describes that the Jews and the Christians of that
time recognized Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as clearly as they could
recognize their own children. But when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told them that he is the Messenger of God for
whom they have been waiting centuries. They changed their mind, just because
Prophet Muhammad was not born from the offspring of Prophet Isaac. He was
born in offspring of Prophet Ishmael (peace be upon
them). They refused to accept the covenant of God, which He gave to Abraham
that the last Messenger would be from Abraham's children and Prophet Muhammad
is from Prophet Abraham's (peace be upon them) offspring. The covenant was not for Isaac nor for Ismael. It
was for Abraham (peace be upon them)
Question: It has been stated that early on all
Muslims faced Jerusalem while praying, but that got changed where they all
face Mecca now..Why?
Answer: We do not challenge
God. We surrender ourselves to God's commandments.
This was His order and we followed it. Qur'an also describes this change. In
fact, it was Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) desire to change the
direction of prayer from Jerusalem
to Makkah. Allah loved His beloved Muhammad (peace be upon him) that He asked Prophet Muhammad to change his
face from Jerusalem
to Makkah while he was praying.
On the other side, there
are some references in Islamic literature that initially everyone used to
pray towards Ka'ba in Makkah.
Then for some reasons the direction of prayer was changed towards Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. Upon the
desire of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Allah
allowed Muslims to pray in the original direction of prayer which is Ka'ba (Masjid Al Haraam) in Makkah.
Question: Just like Judaism and
Christianity had to reform their religions....is Islam ready to reform now?
The reason I ask this is because, I have a strong feeling that if Islam does
reform itself as the previous religions did, then and only then can I see
Islam being the number one religion here in America as well as all over the
Answer: Manmade laws and
systems require reforms. As people experience different things at different
times and various needs arise in the society with time, people reform and
refine their laws and regulations. But Islam is given to us by God and God is
perfect. God can not be reformed. If God can not be reformed then His words
can not be reformed. His guidance is perfect for all times and for all
people. Why one needs to reform a perfect system. Unfortunately, this perfect
system is out of practice for centuries. If this system gets implemented some
where as a complete package then world will not hesitate to adopt it on, as
is basis. What Jews and Christians had done to their religion, it will never
ever happen to Islam. Because Allah has made the promise that He will take care
of this religion and keep it safe from any changes or manmade reforms.
jurisprudence there is a system called IJTIHAD. Ijtihad
is a process in which scholars of Islam find and recommend a solution of a
problem / issue which is not apparent to the people in Qur'an and the Hadith. Ijtihad is carried out
by very authentic and highly knowledgeable Islamic scholars. But their Ijtihad can not go against the teachings of Qur'an and
the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
Question: - is the Koran and
the Hadith two separate books?
Answer: Yes, Qur'an (Koran)
and Hadith are absolutely separate books. Qur'an is
word of GOD and Hadith is word of Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) but guided by God. But remember,
= Qur'an + Hadith (sayings & actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him)
Question: Why were the early Muslims facing
Jerusalem when they prayed and then God
changed it to face Mecca?
Shouldn't Muslims still continue to face Jerusalem if that is the holiest site on earth?
In my opinion.........GOD is everywhere....all around us...........so does it
matter where Muslims face to pray? Please reply, thank you
Answer: Jerusalem is ONE of the holiest sites of
Islam. The Grand Mosque in Makkah is
the most holy site of Islam. Facing Makkah in
prayer is ONLY for direction. Allah says in Qur'an that Allah is every where
and whichever direction you face Allah will be there. Therefore, when Muslims
face Makkah in prayer it is only to express unity
among Muslims and also shows discipline. All over the world Muslims pray the
same way, they say the same words in prayer, do the same things in prayer,
pray to the same God and it makes sense if the face the same direction.
The early Muslims used to
face towards Jerusalem
because it was the Qiblah at that time. During
Prophet Muhammad time God made Ka'ba in the grand
mosque of Makkah as our Qiblah.
reported, "O Allah's Apostle! Which mosque was first built on the
surface of the earth?" He said, "Al-Masjid-ul-Haram
(in Makkah)." I said, "Which was built
next?" He replied "The mosque of Al-Aqsa ( in Jerusalem)."
I said, "What was the period of construction between the two?" He
said, "Forty years." He added, "Wherever (you may be, and) the
prayer time becomes due, perform the prayer there, for the best thing is to
do so (i.e. to offer the prayers in time)." (Bukhari)
If a Muslim is in a place
where it is difficult to find out the direction of grand mosque of Makkah then in that case the person can pray in any
Question: Who am I? (meaning yourself of
Answer: We are human beings
and the best creation of GOD (Allah). We have been sent
on earth to spend life according to the guidance given to us by our Creator.
We will return to him one day. We are here to worship Allah and try to please
Him. Any action we carryout or say some thing or participate in any activity,
if these actions, active and talks are according to the guidance of Allah
then all these things are considered worshipping to Allah. Earning lawfully (Halal) is the best worship of Allah.
Question: What is the meaning
Answer: Life is a wonderful
gift of Allah. We are the custodians of our body.
We must use the powers of life (body) to our best capabilities as prescribed
by our Creator. We will be asked about life once we meet our Creator. Having
clean, healthy and pure life is a big blessing of Allah. The soul is the
source of life and body is the carrier of life. There is no life without
Soul. The health status of soul depends upon the health of the body. Healthy
soul keeps life very healthy.
The soul is an order of
Allah. When Allah says, "BE" then thing comes into existence. The
existence of Allah's word "BE" is life.
The mission of Muhammad
(peace be upon him), as well as of other prophets who brought the universal
message of Islam, does not end with the announcement of the message. He has
to guide the people by explaining to them the implications of the Islamic
creed, the morale code, the divine injunctions and commandment, and the form
of worship that sustains the whole system. He has to exemplify the faith so
others can pattern their participation in the evolution of Islamic culture
and civilization. The believers must grow under his guidance into an
organized community so that Allah's word will prevail over all other words.
Spiritual Life: prayer (salah), fasting, charity
giving (zakah), pilgrimage (hajj), love for Allah
and His Messenger, love for truth and humanity for the sake of Allah, hope
and trust in Allah at all times and doing good for the sake of Allah.
Intellectual Life: True knowledge based on clear proof and indisputable
evidence acquired by experience or experiment or by both. The Qur'an points
to the rich sources of knowledge in the whole universe. Islam demands faith
in Allah on the basis of knowledge and research and leaves wide open all
field of thought before the intellect to penetrate as far it can reach.
Personal Life: purity and cleanliness, a healthy diet, proper clothing, proper
behaviour, and good healthy sexual relations within marriage.
Family Life: A family is a human social group whose members are bound
together by the bond of blood ties and/or marital relationship and nothing
else (adoption, mutual alliance, common law, trial marriage...etc.). Marriage
is a religious duty on all who are capable of meeting its responsibilities.
Each member of the family has rights and obligations.
Social Life: Man is ordained by Allah to extend his utmost help and kindness
to other family members, relations, servants and neighbours.
No superiority on account of class, colour, origin
or wealth. Humanity represents one family springing from the one and the same
father and mother. The unity of the humanity is not only in its origin but
also in its ultimate aims.
Economical Life: Earning one's living through decent labour
is not only a duty but a great virtue as well. Earning is man's private
possession. The individual is responsible for the prosperity of the state and
the state is responsible for the security of the individual. The Islamic
economic system is not based on arithmetical calculations alne
but also on moral and principles. Man comes to this world empty-handed and
departs empty-handed. The real owner of things is Allah alone. Man is simply
Political Life: The sovereignty in the Islamic State belongs to Allah; the
people exercise it by trust from Him to enforce His laws. The ruler is only
an acting executive chosen by the people to serve them according to Allah's
law. The State is to administer justice and provide security for all
citizens. Rulers and administrators must be chosen from the best-qualified
citizens. If an administration betrays the trust of Allah and the people, it
has to be replaced. Non-Muslim can administer their personal life of
marriage, divorce, foods and inheritance according to the Islamic law or to
their own religious teachings. They may pay Zakah
or a different tax tributes "Jizyah". They are entitled to full protection and
security of the State including freedom of religion.
International Life: Man has a common origin, human status and aim. Other
people's interests and right to life, honour and
property are respected as long as the right of Muslim are
in tact. Transgression is forbidden. War is only justified if the state
security is endangered. During war, destruction of crops, animals and homes,
killing non-fighting women, children and aged people are forbidden.
Question: What is my purpose here...in this
Answer: Qur'an says that Allah
created mankind and Jinn to worship Him. Allah must
be worshipped alone. He is the ONLY one who is worshipped. A Muslim believe that the purpose of life is to worship Allah.
Worshipping Allah does not mean we spend our entire lives in constant seclusion
and absolute meditation. To worship Allah is to live life according to His
commands, not to run away from it. To worship Allah is to know Him, to love
Him, to obey His commands, to enforce His laws in every aspect of life, to
serve His cause by doing right and shunning evil and to be just to Him, to
ourselves and to our fellow human beings.
Questions: Recently I had a conversation
with a Jewish man and he stated that Jerusalem
is nowhere mentioned in the Qu'ran.......so
therefore he claims that Jerusalem belongs to
the Jews as its holy site and to build the 3rd Temple, which means the removal of the
existing mosque.. Dome of the Rock. His answer
scared me....it scared me enough to think that there might be a world war 3
over a piece of real estate. What are your thoughts about Jerusalem
not being mentioned in the Qu'ran and about Jews
wanting to build the 3rd Temple
by removing the existing Mosque....Dome of the rock?
Answer: First of all I am surprised at
the argument. Jews and Christians do not
believe in Qur'an. Therefore, it should not be important for them whether
some thing is mentioned in the Qur'an or not. If Qur'an is that important for
them and they think that they will respect whatever is in the Qur'an then why
they need only mentioning of Jerusalem
Qur'an? What about the other things in Qur'an? Will they accept the teachings
of Qur'an? Islam is a package. No pick and choose.
Nevertheless, It is absolutely wrong to say that Masjid
Al Aqsa (Dome of the
Rock) is not mentioned in the Qur'an. In Chapter "Bani
Israel", verse 1 of Qur'an starts with mentioning Masjid
Al Aqsa (Dome of the Rock). Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) has told that the third sacred mosque
on earth is Masjid Al Aqsa
(Dome of the Rock). Muslims are asked to visit and pray in the Masjid Al Aqsa (Dome of the
Rock). Therefore, it is not true that Al Aqsa
mosque is not mentioned in Qur'an.
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Do not set out on a
journey except for three Mosques, i.e. Al-Masjid-Al-Haram,
the Mosque of Allah's Apostle , and the Mosque of
Al-Aqsa (Mosque of Jerusalem)." (Bukhari)
As far the war is
concerned, we need to pray to Allah to give peace on earth. We need to end
oppression of poor Palestinian's land and the people.
Nowadays, several Christians and Jewish priests have allowed homosexual
behaviour in our society. Does Islam allow homosexual behaviour?
According to the
teachings of Islam homosexuality is completely forbidden in Islam and it is
one of the KABA-IR (major) sins in Islam.
How many Rak'ah in Tahajjud
Thajjud prayer does not have fixed number
of Raka'ah. One may offer may minimum two Raka'ah and maximum according to one's convenience and
What are the pre-conditions for Prayer (Salat)?
Answer: There are six pre-conditions for Salat to be valid.
- The body of the person should
be clean from any filth or dirtiness (Najasah)
and have Wudhu.
- The dress of the person and
the place where prayer is offered must be clean from any filth or
- The man must be covered, at
least, from his navel till his knees and the woman must have covered her
entire body including hair except face, hands and feet.
- The person must be facing Qiblah.
- It must be the time of that
particular Salat. For example, a person can not
offer Isha prayer at Zohar
time or Fajr prayer at Asr
- The intention; It is not
necessary to say the intention in words but a person must have an
intention of offering the prayer (Salat)
In a situation when a person is not sure about the direction of Qiblah what should he do?
Answer: Facing Qiblah
is one of the conditions for Salat. A person should
try to find out the correct direction of Qiblah by
following the directions (North, South, East and West) and wherever that
person is, he should be able to identify the
location of Makkah from his location. He may use
the movement of the Sun or the Moon for directions. If there is no way that
the direction of Qiblah can be identified correctly
then the person has to think on his own and follow the direction which his
thoughts and heart can direct him. His prayer will be valid. If later he
finds out the correct direction of Qiblah, his
offered prayer would remain valid and he does not have to repeat it.
Question : If a sick person or injured person is unable to
face the Qiblah, can he offer his Salat?
Answer: Yes, Salat
should be offered at its time. If a person is so sick or injured that he/she
can not turn his/her face in the direction of Qiblah
OR there is no help available to help the person to turn in the right
direction then that person can offer Salat in any
direction. His/her Salat will be valid.
When I was a young, I did not pray regularly. I have missed my prayers many many times. Now, I pray regularly. Can I make up for my
missed prayers? And how/
Answer: We must offer our prayers on
time. Salat has been made obligatory upon the
believers to be offered on time. But if a person has missed Salat then he should offer it as Qadha
prayer. Qadha prayer is not equal to the prayer
which is offered on time but rather than leaving them and not offering those
prayers, it is good that the person realizes his /her mistake and offers his
/her missed (Qadha) prayers.
missed prayer can be offered at any time except the forbidden times for
time, Sunset time and Noon (Nisfunnahar) time). The
Qadha is only for the Fardh
Salat not Nafl or Sunnah. If a person has missed Salat
for a long period of time, which is normally called Qadha-e-Umri,
then the person should estimate that how long he has been missing his
prayers. For that duration he / she should pray the missing Salat. For example, if a person calculates that he has
missed his five prayers over the period of twenty years. For the next twenty
years he should pray his regular Fardh Prayer and
then offer one Qadha prayer. This way over the next
twenty years he will be able to offer his twenty years of missed Salat. One can offer more than one Qadha
prayers at a time. This will complete the cycle faster. But Remember; Do not
pray after Asr and Fajr fardh prayers. For these prayers either the person can
offer Qadha prayer before the regular Fardh prayer (time permitting) or offer Qadha prayers after Maghrib and
sunrise. If the person is offering Qadha Fajr and Asr Salat before regular Fardh Salat then person should not think that these Qadha Salat could replace the Sunnah prayers before Salat.
One should offer the Sunnah prayers and if time
permitting offer Qadha prayer.