Excessive Praise of the Prophet? Understanding the Meaning of Praise

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: My question is in regards to the difference between praise and worship. I understand that there is nothing wrong with praising the Beloved of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) since this praise does not imply worship. My question then is how is this reconciled with “Alhamdulillah”? […]

Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: How can I convince my self about the truth of Islam and that my ceremonial actions like salat and dua have any effect? I converted when I was a teenager and have been practicing regularly. Yet, for everything else in the universe, or at least for the things […]

Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: What role do actions play in salvation?  There are, of course, Muslims out there who have adopted ideas similar to the Christians that belief is all that you need to be saved. What would you advise that I tell them. Answer: assalamu `alaykum All that one needs to be […]

Placing the Qur’an on the Floor: Not Permissible

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Regarding the Quran, are there any explicit sayings from the Quran itself, hadith, or scholars regarding placing it on the floor or low places? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. There are many general proofs for the impermissibility of placing the Qur’an on the floor, or treating […]

Etiquette of Reading and Handling the Qur’an

Answered by Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Qurtubi Question: What is the etiquette of reading and handling the Qur’an? Answer: Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad Qurtubi says in al-Jami’ li ahkam al-Qur’an [Taken from Reliance of the Traveler] It is the inviolability of the Qur’an: 1. not to touch the Qur’an except in the state of ritual […]

The Concept of Bid’a in the Islamic Shari’a

Answered by Shaykh Nuh Keller Question: The Concept of Bid’a in the Islamic Shari’a Answer: The following is the text of a talk given by Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller at Nottingham and Trent University on Wednesday 25th January 1995. In the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate There are few topics that generate […]

Hearts Broken for Allah’s Sake

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Is the narration “I am by the side of those whose hearts are broken for My sake” authentic? What does it mean? Answer: assalamu `alaykum I pray you are well. The saying, “I am with those whose hearts are broken (munkasirah) for My sake” was: (a) Mentioned as a […]

The Conversion of Fudhala ibn `Umayr

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: There is a narration about a man named Fudhala who after planning to kill the Prophet (peace be upon him) with a dagger was overcome by the Prophet’s compassion and became a Muslim. Could I please know the book of Hadith this hadith is from? Could I please get […]

Standing for a Funeral Procession

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Can you please clarify what the position is regarding standing at funerals. Answer: assalamu `alaykum Jabir ibn `Abdullah is reported to have said, “A funeral procession passed by us and so the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stood up for it and we stood because of […]

Home Financing

Answered by Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser Question: What are the principles to be used when getting a home loan that is in accordance to the Shariah from the various Islamic Banks? Answer: Al-hamdu li-llah wa-s salatu wa-s salamu `ala sayyidina muhammad wa-`ala alihi wa sahbihi wa-man ihtada bi-hadyihi ila yawm d-din There are several principles that […]