There is nothing wrong with gathering to recite the Holy Qur'an

My friends and I get together one night a week to recite a few verses of the Book of Allah, so as to learn how to recite the Qur'an, then after that we talk about various things. But we heard that it is not permissible to gather to recite Qur'an and that is only permissible for the purpose of memorization. Is this true?

Praise be to Allah.There is nothing wrong with gathering to recite and study the Qur'an and to memorize it and to learn about Islam, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: «No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and ... Continue Reading

The virtues of Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer

I would like to know some of the ahaadith which speak of the virtues of Jumu'ah prayer.

Praise be to Allah.  Many ahaadith have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) which explain the virtues of Jumu'ah prayer. For example: 1. Muslim [233] narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah ... Continue Reading

Is there reward for good deeds in this world apart from reward in the Hereafter?

Do we get rewarded by Allah in this world not only the next.. Meaning Allah will reward us in life for doing good deeds and also get more reward in the hereafter.

Praise be to Allah.  Yes, Allah has promised the believer who does righteous deeds reward in this world, as well as the greater reward which awaits him in the Hereafter. Allah says:  {مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً ... Continue Reading

Examples of good deeds we can do every day to increase our hasanaat

I hope you can give me some examples of good deeds that we can do every day to increase our hasanaat.

Praise be to Allah.  If Allah helps him to do righteous deeds, the Muslim can earn a great deal of reward. There are many different kinds of righteous deeds that can be done by rich and poor, old and young, male and female, depending on each person's circumstances, ambition ... Continue Reading

What does self confidence mean for the Muslim, and is that contrary to his need for his Lord, may He be exalted?

How can a muslim who is really lacking self confidence become a more confident person? He has tried so many things but has yet to overcome his nervousness when talking to people. May Allah reward you with good for your effort.

Praise be to Allah.Firstly: Self-confidence is an acquired characteristic that the Muslim needs to know how to acquire so that he will be one of those who have self-confidence. But first of all he has to differentiate between self-confidence and arrogance. Self-confidence means being aware of ... Continue Reading

Should he focus on purifying his heart or on doing naafil acts?

Which is more important: dealing with feelings and thoughts that Allaah dislikes, such as destructive envy, hatred, arrogance, showing off, thinking highly of one's deeds, hard-heartedness, etc., which form the evil that resides in the heart, or focusing on doing outward naafil deeds such as prayer, fasting and other acts of worship and fulfilling vows even though those other things are present in the heart? Please advise us, may Allah reward you with good.

Praise be to Allah.  Some of the acts mentioned are obligatory, and those which are obligatory should be given precedence, as Allah says according to the hadith qudsi narrated from His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): «My slave does not draw near to Me with anything ... Continue Reading

The importance of being truthful

What is the importance of being truthful, both in personal and business relationships, in Islam? Is lying ever considered and (acceptable) action?

Praise be to Allah.Being truthful means speaking the truth and also saying things that reflect reality.Being truthful is one of the necessities of a human society, one of the virtues of human behaviour, and brings great benefits, whilst lying is one of the major elements of corruption in human ... Continue Reading

Between hypocrisy and politeness

1. I would like to know the dividing line between hypocrisy and courtesy, because in many cases I feel that there is some two-facedness in people's behaviour and dealings, based on their interests and whims and desires, and it is said that it is just courtesy. Is this true? 

2. Is it possible for true friendship to be mixed with a little hypocrisy? I have a friend who does not love me as I thought she did. She held a special place in my heart that was shared by no one else, but recently I found out that my status with her is zero, and her behaviour with me for many years was superficial. I thought, and everyone was certain about that, that our friendship was strong, and until now I do not know how to end this friendship after finding out what is really going on. 

3. Can the way this friend behaved be regarded as hypocrisy? 

4. What is the punishment for hypocrisy in friendship?

Praise be to Allah.Some people often confuse the meanings of hypocrisy, politeness and flattery, and the reason for that is the failure to understand the true meanings of brotherhood and sincere friendship. In their minds they do not separate truth and falsehood, good conduct and bad. ... Continue Reading

Yes, the character of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Qur'aan

Can you confirm if Aeisha (radhiallahu 'anha) said this about the Prophet: "His character is the Qur'aan". I have spent hours searching for the daleel but to no avail. Your help will be much appreciated.

Praise be to Allah.Firstly: Yes, it is proven that 'Aa'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said that when describing the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is mentioned in the lengthy story about Sa'd ibn Hishaam ibn 'Aamir, when he came to Madeenah and ... Continue Reading

What is zuhd (asceticism)?

What is zuhd (asceticism)? Does it mean wearing scruffy clothing, fasting constantly, and keeping away from society, or something else?

Zuhd does not mean wearing scruffy clothing, withdrawing from people and keeping away from society, or fasting constantly. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the leader of all zaahids (ascetics) but he would wear new clothes; adorn himself to meet delegations, for Jumu'ah ... Continue Reading

Enthusiasm when one first repents, followed by slackening off

When a person repents, he makes a vigorous start and says: "The Shaytaan is telling me to slow down", so he does more acts of worship. Then his enthusiasm cools down, and he says: "Allah does not burden any person beyond his scope", and his acts of worship become less until he goes back to the way he was. 

My question: What advice can you give? Should he make a vigorous start, or take a gradual approach until it is established and then add more after a while, or should he follow the saying: "When your wind blows, then make the most of it"?.

Praise be to Allah.The blessing of guidance and repentance is one of the greatest blessings that Allah can bestow upon the Muslim, whereby he changes himself for the better in ways that will bring him closer to Allah, may He be exalted. Usually the person who has repented starts to do acts of ... Continue Reading

How can a person know if his Lord is pleased with him?

Is there anything that will tell a person that his Lord is pleased with him?

Praise be to Allah.  Among the signs that the Lord is pleased with His slave is that He guides him to do good deeds and avoid haraam things. This is confirmed by the words of Allah: {وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْوَاهُمْ}  'Translation' {While as for ... Continue Reading
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