Is It Sinful to Seek Knowledge without Trying to Become a Scholar?

Answered by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin Question: I have two things running through my mind. First, is it okay for me to want to study arabic and the sciences of Islam and not have a pursuit to be a shaykh? Also I don’t always agree with interpretations from our scholars. Secondly, could you enlighten me more […]

How Do I Deal with Obsessive Thoughts about Purity and Filth?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Religion has become really difficult for me. I fear becoming impure, which means I can’t offer my prayers. If my husband touches the phone after intimacy I feel that impurity is transferred. I feel like impurity has travelled everywhere and I keep cleaning. I feel Allah will not […]

What Can We Do about Missed Prayers of a Deceased?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamu’alaykum, What is the expiation for missed obligatory prayers If someone passes away and couldn’t make up the missed prayers – can his family members expiate for it? Who is responsible and how can one do it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you […]

Is It Obligatory to Start with the Right Side during Ablution According to Imam Al-Shafi’i and Imam Ahmad?

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam aleykum, Is it Wajib to start with the right side during Ablution according to Imam al-Shafi’i and Imam Ahmad? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. Starting with the Right is Sunnah In the Shafi’i […]

What Is the Basis of Reciting the Qunut in the Fajr Prayer According to the Shafi’i School?

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam aleykum, What are the proofs for the shafi’i position of regularly reciting the Qunut in the Fajr prayer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. The Shafi’i school holds that the Qunut should be recited […]

What Is the Meaning Of “Prayer” (Salat) in Arabic and in Islam?

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalamu aleykum, What is the meaning of Prayer (Salat)? Answer:Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. Introduction The word ‘Salat’ carries closely related but different meanings, and therefore doesn’t have a single clean English equivalent. Although usually […]

What Is the Ruling of Closing One’s Eyes in Prayer?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service Question: Assalamu aleykum, I want to close my eyes in prayer for the sake of increasing my concentration, not for any other cause. Is it permissible? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. To close one’s eyes […]