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Siblings and Verbal Abuse

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil is asked if an older sibling has the right to abuse younger siblings verbally. Is it permissible for an older sibling to verbally abuse a younger sibling during a conversation on the basis that the abuser is older and therefore has the right? Does Islam allow someone who has been harmed […]

Physical Interaction with Non-Mahram Relations

Shaykh Jamir Meah is asked about a non-Mahram male relation who, it seems, is forcing himself on a female member of his family. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I have a question. If a lady is alone with a person of the opposite gender who is her family. He comes to interact […]

Building Our Trust in Religious Leadership, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

At Clothworkers’ Hall in the City of London, the Woolf Institute hosted a panel event with the Archbishop of Canterbury Jason Welby, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad). Resources for seekers on scholars and religious leadership Is the hadith: “The scholars are the inheritors of […]

My Mother Is Hurt Because I Don’t Talk to Her About Me Being Abused. What Do I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam aleykum, I do not want to tell my mother that I was emotionally abused by a man she trusted. She is hurt because of my reticence. What do I do? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for […]

I Abused Someone. How Do I Forgive Myself and Move On?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam aleykum, I abused someone to the point where he became depressed and suicidal. How do I forgive myself and move on? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us. Please forgive me for the […]

You Kafir! – The Rising Trend Of Declaring Muslims As Disbelievers

In recent times, the phenomenon of declaring other Muslims disbelievers (kafir) has spread among the Muslim community. But what does sound classical Islamic scholarship say about it? Many people have adopted a very lax approach concerning the declaration of disbelief, such that hearing to the expression: “you disbeliever” has become the norm. Such laxity has […]

Can You Help Me Get My Faith Back?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Assalam aleykum, I’ve lived as an abused woman under an abusive man. He used the power given to him by Allah to make my life hell. I was told by people of knowledge to have patience and tolerate him as he is my ticket to heaven. The small […]

Mercy Over Machismo: The Prophetic Way, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Mercy Over Machismo: The Prophetic Way, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan Mercy, Forgiveness, and Salvation Every night our Ramadan scholars will explore one of the three key spiritual goals of Ramadan. Each talk will conclude with a dynamic conversation as we explore mercy, forgiveness and salvation deeply and see how we […]

Can I Change My Last Name Because It Reminds Me of Severe Childhood Abuse?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I have undergone extensive trauma therapy to recover from a childhood that has scarred me for life. I have confronted my father about my painful experiences and it was a disaster. Since this confrontation,  my last name has triggered anger and resentment because it is associated with my […]

Blackness, Racism And How The Arabic Language Rises Above It All

Shaykh Muhammad Mendes responds to this question during a Lamppost Education Initiative Seminar on Muslim Spirituality From Africa to Americas. “Why is the colour black – black people and all things black, so foul to humanity?” Resources for seekers Responses To The Islamophobic Attack On The Bus Illustrate Wider Problems of Racism Race To The […]