The meaning of al-Rahman & al-Rahim

What is the difference in meaning between Allah's names al-Rahman and al-Rahim?
 

Sheikh Salman al-Oadah   The name al-Rahmân, like the name Allah, is used only for Allah. No one else may be called by this name. Allah and al-Rahmân are His exclusive names. This is why Allah says: “Call upon Allah or call upon al-Rahmân; by whichever name you ... Continue Reading

What are the signs of Allah's Love for His slave?

What are the signs of Allah's love for His slave?

Praise be to Allah.You have asked about a serious and weighty matter, which none attain but very few of the righteous slaves of Allah. The love of Allah is "the status for which the righteous compete and strive, It is the nourishment of hearts and souls, the delight of the eyes, It is the ... Continue Reading
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Man is accountable

Will man have to account for everything that he does in this world?
Praise be to Allaah.Each person is a pledge for that which he has earned (cf. al-Toor 52:21, al-Muddaththir 74:38) Whoever believes and does righteous deeds will enter Paradise and whoever disbelieves in Allaah and His Messenger will enter Hell. Allaah says (interpretation of the ... Continue Reading

Meaning of laa ilaaha illa Allah Muhammadun rasool ullah

What is the meaning of the words “laa ilaahah illa allaah muhammadun rasool ullaah”?
Bearing witness “laa ilaahah illa allah” and that “muhammadun rasool ullaah” is the first pillar of the five pillars of Islam. And the meaning of “laa ilaahah illa allah” is that nothing worshipped is worthy of worship except Allah—it is simultaneously a ... Continue Reading

“Why Did you Become Muslim”?

One of the guys at work was asking me why I became Muslim and I told him it is the path I must follow. I don’t know sometimes what I should say, for me it is the path I must follow. What can I say to someone; I don’t want to push what I believe, so how should I answer someone if asked, what is the right way to answer the questions? Sometimes I feel I don’t give the right answers... Any clues as to what I can say?

 

Praise be to AllahFirstly:We ask Allah to accept your Islam and to make you steadfast in adhering to the truth, and to guide you to that which He loves and which pleases Him. You should understand that you have followed the right path, and that Islam is the religion of sound human nature ... Continue Reading

Brief description of Hajj on behalf of another

 

I want to make hajj this year on behalf of my father who has passed away [i have performed my own hajj a few year ago]. 
please instruct me how best to do this according to the sunnah. in perticular what differences are there between this type of hajj and one which you do for yourself. 
Praise be to Allaah.     There follows a summary of what the pilgrim should do according to the saheeh Sunnah:  1 – The pilgrim should enter ihraam on the eighth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah from Makkah or its environs within the sanctuary. When entering ihraam for Hajj he ... Continue Reading

Ruling on dealing with mortgages in a non-Muslim country

Perhaps my question has been asked many times before. It is about mortgages in non-Muslim countries. We live in a western society and we live in rented accommodation so as to avoid riba. Recently we found out that there are no houses for rent, and 96% of the market is based on mortgages. All houses are offered for sale only. Some of them told me that in this situation it is permissible for me to  buy a house by means of a mortgage and, moreover, it is possible to get the mortgage in the name of family insurance, so that the individual does not pay riba or a mortgage; rather it is paid by the insurance. Is it permissible to get a mortgage in the name of the family insurance, in such a way that you and other trustees or borrowers are not dealing directly with the bank and the lawyer takes care of dealing with the mortgage on your behalf?
I hope that you can advise me as to whether that is permissible or not.

Praise be to Allaah. A mortgage is a haraam riba-based transaction that is based on a loan with interest in which the owner of the money takes as collateral the property for the purchase of which the borrower is taking out the loan, until the debt has been paid off along with the interest ... Continue Reading

What do Muslims Believe?

What do Muslims Believe?
Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable, and singular God, whose name in Arabic is "Allaah", literally meaning "The God"; in the angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in God's complete authority over human destiny, and in life after ... Continue Reading

His brother is gay; what are his responsibilities towards him?

I think my brother is gay, and I say this because of the way he talks, the way he does his hair, the kind of clothes that he wears and the things that he is interested in. One time I used his USB and saw some pornography on it, including anal intercourse, and I do not know whether it was between two men, because I closed it quickly and erased the file. I asked him about it and he said he did not know where it came from, but in the end I found more in his room. I also checked his personal computer and I found out that he visits gay websites in the country where he is studying. My question is: do I have to advise him and warn him about the bad consequences of this sin?

Praise be to Allah. Firstly:  Homosexuality, whether it is among men or women, is one of the most abhorrent of immoral and evil actions that a person may commit, and is one of the most shameful deeds in this world and in the hereafter. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said ... 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

Hadeeths that differentiate between the scholars and the martyrs`

How sound is this hadeeth: “The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr”?

Praise be to Allah. Firstly:  The hadeeths which state that the scholars are superior to the martyrs, or that the ink of the scholar is superior to the blood of the martyr, were narrated from a number of the Sahaabah, but they have weak and flimsy, or fabricated isnaads, which we ... Continue Reading

How did the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) earn his living?

I would like to know how the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) earned his living?

Praise be to Allah The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to eat from what he earned with his hands. When he was young, he worked as a shepherd. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) ... Continue Reading
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