Relationship of Sin and Attitude to Aqeedah

Does falling into sin indicate that there is something wrong with one's 'aqeedah (belief system)?

Praise be to Allah.Good attitudes; which are those that are obedience in and of themselves or lead to obedience, are part of Islam, in fact they are Islam. Allah praised His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for being "on an exalted standard of character" and Ibn ... 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

Her husband will not let their children visit their kaafir grandparents

My husband and my family do not get along, they are not muslim, although I have invited them many times, nor do they understand Islam.  My husband wants to prevent my parents from seeing my children because he feels they have cursed Allah, although they have not done so.  Is this allowed?

We asked our shaykh, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen, about a woman who says, my parents are kaafirs and my husband will not let the children see them. Does he have any right to do that? He answered, may Allah preserve him, as follows: "He does not have that right, but she ... Continue Reading

It is a duty on man to be kind to his parents

Allah tells us in the Qur'an not to cut off our blood relations. What is the interpretation of the Ayah that commands us not to severe ties of kinship? Who does it refer to? Just parents and siblings? What if one maintains contact with one's parents only through telephone or letters although he is capable of visiting them. Yet, he feels that maintaining a certain distance is healthier to the relationship ?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.It is a duty on man to be kind to his parents, because Allah says:{وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا}'Trasnaltion' {be good and dutiful to your parents} [al-An'aam from the verse:151]; to show gratitude to them in all kinds ... Continue Reading

My mother's rights over me, my rights over her, and the extent of my independence

I have a few questions concerning parents:
1. What right does my Mother have over me? 
2. What right do I have over my mother? 
3. What do I have the freedom to do (which is Halal or Mubah, Ofcourse) without my Mother having the right to stop me? 
4. When does the Father have the final say in a matter? 

I love my mother very very very much. She is very over protective, and sometimes I feel like I'm in chains. I know she is doing it out of extreme love for me. How can I tell her that I need a little choice of my own in life.

Praise be to Allah. 1. The mother's rights over her childThe mother has many major rights over her child. These rights are innumerable, but we may mention the following:a. Love and respect, as much as possible, because she is the most deserving of people of her son's good ... Continue Reading

His mother died in kufr, can he pray for her?

Can a muslim pray for his non-mulsim mother who has passed away?

Praise be to Allah. Allah says in His Book:{مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن يَسْتَغْفِرُوا لِلْمُشْرِكِينَ وَلَوْ كَانُوا أُولِي قُرْبَىٰ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْجَحِيمِ}'Translation' {It is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe ... Continue Reading

Asking the Muslim about the state of his heart and his faith

Is it permissible to ask the Muslims -when meeting with them- about the state of their faith or their hearts? One of them said to me that this is a matter of the unseen and that it is not appropriate to ask about it.

Praise be to Allah.What is prescribed for the Muslim is to encourage those he meets to adhere to the truth in word and deed, and to be patient in doing that and calling people to it, as Allah, may He be exalted, says:{وَالْعَصْرِ . إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ . إِلَّا ... Continue Reading

Telling brothers and friends that you love them

If one Muslim brother loves another Muslim brother, does he have to say to this brother "I love you for the sake of Allah?

Praise be to Allah.Saying that you love your brothers and friends is part of the etiquette of keeping righteous company, and is a noble and good characteristic. Telling people that you love them increases the bonds of love and strengthens the ties among Muslims. It was narrated from Anas ... Continue Reading

How can we support our brothers who are in need or who have suffered disasters?

What are our duties towards our Muslim brothers who have been stricken by calamities and disasters throughout the world?

Praise be to Allah.Allah says:{إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ}'Translation' {The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion)} [al-Hujuraat from the verse:10].And He describes them:{أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ}'Translation' {severe against ... Continue Reading

Appointing someone to supervise each halaqah in order to correct mistakes

On some trips there is a Qur'aan reading program, and they divide the people into separate circles (halaqahs) and someone who reads Qur'aan well to correct any mistakes. Is there anything wrong with this?

Praise be to Allah.There is nothing wrong with that. Reading Qur'aan is something that should be done regularly, and if there are readers who get together to read the Qur'aan but they have some weaknesses or make mistakes, and they appoint someone to correct their mistakes who can commit ... Continue Reading

Is it obligatory to read Qur'aan with the rules of Tajweed?

Some scholars of tajweed said that it is obligatory to read Qur'aan with the rules of tajweed. Is that true?

Praise be to Allah.The correct view is that reading Qur'aan with the rules of tajweed is not obligatory; tajweed is only a means of making one's recitation more beautiful.If a person reads and pronounces the letters clearly with the vowels as marked, then this is sufficient.With regard to ... Continue Reading
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