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Answer All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah swt and that Muhammad pbuh, is His slave and Messenger. Arguing is usually accompanied with loud voices, repulsion, discord and division. Islam has condemned such blameworthy arguing even if it was outside the mosque. Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {And obey Allaah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allaah Is with the patient.}[Quran 8:46] Abu Umaamah may Allaah be pleased with him reported that the Prophet, said: "No people went astray after guidance except that they were afflicted with arguing." [Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and At-Tirmithi; Saheeh (i.e. authentic)] Then, the Prophet , recited the verse that reads (what means): {And they said, "Are our gods better, or is he?" They did not present the comparison except for [mere] argument. But, [in fact], they are a people prone to dispute.}[Quran 43:58] Raising one's voice inside a mosque – even if for reciting the Noble Quran - is forbidden. Some scholars excluded religious lessons from this. Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri may Allaah swt be pleased with him said, "The Messenger of Allaah, observed I‘tikaaf (i.e. seclusion in the mosque for the purpose of worship) in the mosque and heard worshippers reciting the Quran out loud. He removed the curtain and said: "Verily, each of you is in a private conversation with his Lord so you should not disturb each other. And you are not to raise your voices against each other in recitation." [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi, Abu Daawood and others] If raising one's voice while reciting the Quran inside the mosque is impermissible, what do you think (is the ruling) of raising one’s voice in a blameworthy argument or debate, even if it was outside the mosque! Muslims should strive to eliminate this evil but while observing wisdom, leniency and good admonition, of course, so as not to fall into the abyss of another evil while forbidding this one. Allaah Knows best.
Wa Alaikum Assalam wa Rahamtu Allah wa Barakatuh, The answer to your question is a hadith narrated by Aisha (ra): وعن عائشة ـ رضي الله عنها ـ قالت : ( كان رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - إذا صلى قام حتى تفطر رجلاه .. قالت عائشة : يا رسول الله أتصنع هذا وقد غُفِرَ لك ما تقدم من ذنبك وما تأخر ؟! ، فقال ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ : يا عائشة أفلا أكون عبدا شكورا )(مسلم) . Aisha, May Allah be pleased with her, said:" The messenger of Allah, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him. used to pray until his feet hurts". So Aisha said: "O messenger of Allah, you do this when Allah has forgiven all sins you committed or will commit? He, peace and blessing of Allah swt be upon him replied :"shouldn't I be a thankful/grateful servant" You certainly can see that the prophet who was guaranteed Jannah worshipped Allah not for fear of Hellfire but rather out of love for him. However, there is definitely nothing wrong in worshiping Allah to get into paradise and to avoid hell fire. Not all servants have the same degree of faith. Scholars emphasised though that while we love Allah and would like to worship him for the love of him, love byiteself is not enough and actions should match the feeling. We should realise that we should fear his punishment and accept his rewards (Jahannam and Jannah).
Islam is not a new religion. It is the same truth that God revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent. Who are Muslims and what do they believe? There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. No more than 20 percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world. The country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Muslims believe in One, Unique, and Incomparable God. They believe in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus. God’s eternal message was reaffirmed and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on them all). One becomes a Muslim by saying, “There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” By this declaration, the person announces faith in all of God’s messengers. What is the Quran? The Quran is the record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. It was memorised by Muhammad and then dictated to his companions. The text of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries. What are the “Five Pillars” of Islam? The Declaration of Faith - This consists of the two-sentence declaration described above. Prayer - Muslims perform five obligatory prayers each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between the worshiper and God. Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation leads the prayers. Zakat - One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, “purifies” wealth by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment is usually two and a half percent of one’s capital. Fasting - Every year in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from first light until sunset. The fast is another method of self-purification. Pilgrimage - A pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, is an obligation for those who are physically or financially able.
In Our Prophet’s (pbuh) sunnah, we see that he (pbuh) does not prohibit asking questions during khutbah; on the contrary, he respects and answers with patience. Abu Rifaa al-Adavi (ra) states that: “I came to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). He was delivering khutbah. I asked him: “O Messenger of Allah! I am a stranger who does not know his religion. I ask you what my religion is.” Thereupon, he turned to me, interrupted his sermon and came near me. They brought a chair for him. I think its feet were of iron. He sat on it. Instantly he started to teach me of the knowledge that Allah (swt) has taught him. After that, he returned to his sermon and completed it.” (Muslim, Jum’a 60; Nasai, Ornaments 123) The narrations above lead to the conclusion that it is permissible to ask imam a question while he is delivering khutbah, even it is a friday (jum’a) khutbah (sermon). Furthermore, the imam should answer this question.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. It is not permissible for a woman to travel the distance of safar – approximately 48m or 78km – without a mahram (unmarriageable kin). Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, «لا يحل لامرأة، تؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر، تسافر مسيرة ثلاث ليال، إلا ومعها ذو محرم» “It is prohibited for a woman who believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement to travel a distance of three nights unless with a mahram”[1] The ruling for a woman to travel with a mahram is to safeguard her and also assist her during travels. Travelling nowadays has become even more challenging for Muslims. Therefore, it would not be permissible for her to go for ‘Umrah without a mahram. And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. We commend your attitude on wishing to lead a life according to the dictates of Islam at such a sensitive age. That being said, your involvement with this girl is contrary to the teachings of Islam. Although you intend to marry her, it is not permissible for you to remain in contact with her. You admitted that you’ve had unlawful relations with her. Do not tempt each other by remaining in communication with her. Allah says, وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا {32} Translation: Do not go near (any pathways leading to) unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (Quran 17:32) A solution to your predicament can be – with the permission and consent of your parents – that you arrange for your Nikah with this girl to be performed. Thereafter, you may live separately and continue to remain in contact with her. If this is not possible, then you must break all ties with her. When you are prepared to get married, you may speak to your parents and request them to search for a suitable spouse. Bear in mind that if you wish to have a blessed and blissful marriage, you must first correct the foundations for that marriage. And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu 'alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. It is permissible for the pregnant woman to break her fast. She should make up for the broken fast once she is able to do so. An additional kaffarah will not be required. [1] And Allah Ta'āla Knows Best
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh We understand your grief and your effort for this proposal. May Allah alleviate your grief insha allah. You mentioned both you and the girl’s side tried everything in convincing the girl’s father to accept the proposal, but it was to no avail. We therefore advise you to try again by explaining the situation to a senior family member with whom he(the girl’s father) is able to openly communicate. As an alternative, you may ask the family to speak to the Imaan of the masjid to address him hopefully influencing him to change his opinion towards the proposal. At the same time, keep on invoking Allah’s help in duas and have patience. We hope that Allah grant you the best partner insha allah. You should not stick your heart and mind only to this girl. Make dua to Allah to grant you whoever is best for you in His absolute knowledge. Allah says in the Holy Quran: