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Why Can’t We Unite? A Brief Overview of Moon-Sighting Wars (And How To Avoid Them)

“Local!” “Global!” “Sighting!” “Calculations” “Saudi!” “Pakistan!” Shaykh Sohail Hanif makes sense of the annual moon-sighting debates. The blessed month of Ramadan is almost upon us. It is a month of contemplation, fasting, prayer and tranquility. But just as the tranquility of Paradise is “surrounded by disliked matters,”[1] Ramadan can only be arrived at after crossing […]

Doubts on the Validity of Prayer

Ustadh Salman Younas dispels misgivings on performing certain acts in prayer. I’m one who frequently questions the validity of the prayer and genuinely questions whether I have committed a mistake. This has recently been magnified by my reading of that delaying a necessary act by the length of three tasbih is itself a wajib. Now […]

Where Should the Follower Stand When He Is Alone With the Imam in Prayer?

Answered by Shaykh Umer Mian Question: Assalam’aleykum, Where should the follower stand when he is alone with the Imam in prayer? Answer:Wa alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu Short answer: If there is only one male follower behind an imam, he should stand to the right of the imam with his heel alongside (i.e. parallel […]

Why Do We Need Scholars When There’s Quran And Sunnah?

Why do we need scholars? Why can’t we directly go to the Quran and Sunnah? Shaykh Walead Mosaad talks about the central role of scholars in transmitting, contextualizing and teaching Islam.

What Is the Minimum Age for Leading the Congregational Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, What is the minimum age for leading the congregational prayer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. The minimum age requirement for the imam is that he be an adult (i.e. has reached puberty) […]

Must I Repeat Prayers Behind an Imam With a Short Beard or Bare Head?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I have been advised that a prayer must be repeated if it is performed behind someone who does not have a fist length beard or his head covered and wears short sleeved clothing. Is it correct? Should I pray alone when on more than one occasion I have noticed […]

Is the Prayer of the Follower Invalid by Standing Along With His Imam for an Extra Cycle of Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum. If the Imam stood up after the last sitting for an extra cycle and the follower stood up with him then, is the prayer of the follower invalid? What about a latecomer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. If […]

Is It Valid to Pray Behind an Imam Who Is Holding a Microphone in His Hand?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, My Imam raises the microphone to his mouth when he says takbirs, recites surah and says salam. Also he keeps holding his microphone when he moves into prostration. Is it valid to pray behind him? Also some imams no doubt wipe over their socks. To what […]

Can I Take the Position of an Imam in a School?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum. Can I take the position of an Imam in a school? What hadiths pertain to going for leadership? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. Yes, you can. The obligation of earning a livelihood […]

Advice for Students of Knowledge Overseas: A Meeting with Dr. Ingrid Mattson – By Ustadh Abdullah Misra

Advice for Students of Knowledge Overseas: A Meeting with Dr. Ingrid Mattson Most Western religious students studying overseas intend to return home to help their communities.  However, after years of immersion in a foreign culture, students may find themselves out of touch with the Muslim community and the broader society.  These students must know the […]