top5 answers

All of us have questions about Islam, but getting the answer we need is easier said than done. We want to know that the answer is coming from a qualified, reliable source that knows our tradition and can apply it to our situation.

The SeekersHub Answer Service does just that: helping you benefit from useful knowledge provided by our traditionally-trained and accessible scholars. In 2017 alone, we responded to over 600 of your questions on everything from seeking help for family members to dealing with difficult personal matters.

Here are the top five most relevant questions you asked this year:

1. What is the significance of the Prophet’s Sandal?

“The Prophet’s sandals have a special significance in many ways, not only because it was the sandals that the blessed feet were placed upon, but they were the sandals that were worn during the Heavenly Ascent, and when the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) was in the Presence of the Lord of the Worlds.” – Shaykh Jamir Meah

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2. Is it wrong to want a virgin and a pious wife?

“Please ask yourself why this is so important to you. The Prophet (upon him be blessings and peace) only had one wife who has a virgin: Our Lady A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her). All of his other wives, the incredible Mothers of The Believers, had been married before: they were divorced women, widows or captives.” – Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

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3. Why can’t Muslims eat pork?

“In the Qur’an it is very clear that Believers are prohibited from consuming pork and benefitting from any part of pigs in any way, except in a case of absolute necessity. But [such] necessity goes outside the bounds of general rulings.” – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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4. I’m still not married and losing hope. What do I do?

“Please remind yourself, as often as you need to, that your worth is not attached a man. What matters most is your connection to Allah. When you remember this, then your heart will be much more at peace, and you will feel less rattled about being unmarried.” – Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

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5. How do I calm my worries?

“When one has constant stress, anxiety, anguish, or a feeling of emptiness, it is because the mind/soul is yearning for something that it needs.” – Shaykh Jamir Meah

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