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Why did Allah create the Virus? And are there adkhaar we can adopt to help us cope with the challenges lockdown has created?

How should one deal with it when grief manifests itself in anger?

Does the vaccine invalidate your fast?

If your friend is earning haram and coming to your place of work daily and ordering food for themselves and you, what can you do?

If someone is earning haraam and donates the money to someone who is doing dawah and projects for the betterment of the Muslim community, should the organisation taking the money accept it?

Is Adhan after the burial at a graveyard permissible?

Are Qur’an competitions a bidah? And if not, what is its origin from the sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)?

If a father isn’t present at the birth, can the mother give the adhan in the baby's ear?

Can Zakat money be given to organisations?

Do Jinns have a shadow?

Is it allowed for men to wear a (white) golden ring for their engagement?

Is it ok to pray in pyjamas?

Can someone be touched by the evil eye as result of anger or hatred rather than jealousy or envy?

What is the 'evil eye'? If one looks at something without a dua, what actually happens that causes something 'evil' to occur?

What is the dua to avert evil eye?

In my student residence, I was alone in the communal kitchen, with a girl. Am I sinning if I stay and continue to cook on my own, without engaging discussion with the girl?

How do you cut off friendships with the opposite gender?

When doing wudu while wearing wudu socks, do we still wipe over with wet hands?

How do the Hanafis respond to the claim that the school spread so widely because of Qadi Abu Yusuf's relationship with Harun al-Rashid?

If you pray behind a person who wipes over cotton socks, should you repeat your prayer? Should you avoid praying behind such individuals?

Can you purify your intention after doing something? For example intention to start a business to earn a good, comfortable salary to support the family? After some thought, this would also mean that you can offer, hopefully more time to your deen too. So intention becomes for Allah even though ideally you wish you had thought of the latter first.

Dealing with Toxic Relatives! How do you deal with individuals who are first cousins, when you are being tested with divorce or material issues they marvel at your misfortune. They show their pleasure when you are vulnerable, gossip, slander and sharp knives are stabbed in your back. You have only wanted good for them and supported them when they faced trials in their own lives. These same individuals isolate you, even your own children remark they are not made to feel comfortable and unwelcome. I know we should look to our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW and how he reacted with kindness and forgiveness. I find this a problem in our community wanting misfortune for others and complete lack of empathy.

My sister who passed away several years ago appeared to me in a dream and said I owes her a sum of money. How should I interpret this dream? I do not remember owing any money or having debts to my deceased sister or her family. What should I do?

My question is about unexplored parts of universe. If they are not to be explored, then what is the purpose behind all the space and galaxies within? Will we ever know the reasons? Do these serve any purpose as we don’t know much about them but know that they are in existence? Is it because they are in existence so that we can admire Allah swt creation. Are there any books on Islamic perspective on space and universe?

What are the responsibilities of the husband and wife and the rights of the children after separation?  

If a child has sinned what is the best form of repentance? Would the child be punished if you believe that the sin is a result of magic?

When praying behind the Imam for Zuhr and Asr, should the ones following need to recite Fatiha and or Surah? Or just quietly follow the Imam?

Ask the Imam Live Session : 23/01/2021 - Click here

0:00-4:00 Introduction

4:0110:58 What is your advice for parents who no longer have control of their children? (Arabic)

10:5815:48 What is your advice for parents who no longer have control of their children? (English)

15:48-24:46 How should one do Hifdh if they do not understand Arabic? Should girls do Hifdh? (Arabic)

24:46-30:17 How should one do Hifdh is they do not understand Arabic? Should girls do Hifdh? (English)

30:18-37:02 When it comes to marriage should I put my happiness first or my parents’. What if they’re not happy with my choice and want to get married from abroad? (Arabic)

37:03-42:48 When it comes to marriage should I put my happiness first or my parents’. What if they’re not happy with my choice and want to get married from abroad? (English)

42:50-46:00 How does a female cover the minimum awrah in shared changing rooms e.g. in school where you cannot be separate? (Arabic)

46:00-49:28 How does a female cover the minimum awrah in shared changing rooms e.g. in school where you cannot be separate? (English)

49:39-56:47 Why is there such a high and increasing divorce rate amongst Muslims and what can/should we do about it? What the solutions to this? (Arabic)

56:48-1:01:51 Why is there such a high and increasing divorce rate amongst Muslims and what can/should we do about it? What the solutions to this? (English)

1:02:41-1:07:52 When making up qada of Isha (Hanafi Fiqh), are we allowed to pray, for example, 4 fard say in the morning, and then the 3 witr later on (so not completing in one go)? (Arabic)

1:07:52-1:11:39 When making up qada of Isha (Hanafi Fiqh), are we allowed to pray, for example, 4 fard say in the morning, and then the 3 witr later on (so not completing in one go)? (English)

1:12:38-1:17:47 How can I always stay close to Allah (SWT) and how to gain peace in this time of Covid? (Arabic)

1:17:48-1:21:50 How can I always stay close to Allah (SWT) and how to gain peace in this time of Covid? (English)

1:23:49 What does Islam say about getting the Covid-19 vaccine? 1:24:54 Can you please advise on a Duah to read to try for a baby?

1:26:45 I want my autistic son to pray however he gets frustrated and anxious. What would you advise?

1:28:24 When doing a sacrifice for haqiqa, why are there 2 sacrifices for boys and only one for girls. Are boys more special?

1:29:29 I can’t afford Zakat on my gold jewellery anymore but have the intention to gift these to my daughters when they are of marriageable age. Do I still have to pay zakat on it even if I have no money to do so?

1:30:46 Is it permissible to recite duas and nasheeds at the graves of family members on their death anniversary?

1:33:34 Are tiles allowed on the grave?

1:34:42 Are women allowed to visit the graveyard on their own and what’s best to read?

1:36:00 Did gatherings of Khatam al Quran occur at the time of the Prophet (SWT) or is this an innovation? How should we be conducting them?

1:37:57 What should children call their stepmum/stepdad in Islam? How did Sayyida Khadijah’s children from previous marriages address the Prophet (SWT)

1:41:08 Advice for single mums struggling mentally and emotionally, especially during these testing times and feeling more stressed being around kids all the time. 1:45:45 Can you pray nafl prayers between Asr and Maghreb?

1:46:49 Any duah for marriage?

1:48:24 How can I encourage my spouse to pray salah?

1:50:27 Should you burn incense around a grave?

1:50:53 How can one stop watching pornography (even if already married)?

Q&A July 2020


7:24​-11:38​ How authentic is the hadith in Tirmidi about fasting each day in Dhul Hijjah is worth 1 years’ worth of reward and each night being equivalent to Laylatl Qadr? 

11:39​-13:13​ Should I pay Zakaat while paying off my student loans? 

13:33​ I don’t like a particular family member and keep thinking badly of them. How can I change this?

15:08​ My son plays games all day and night, what can do to get him involved in Islamic activity?

17:51​ What is the orthodox Sunni position on apostasy / cutting the hand of a thief in Islam under a true Islamic state?

19:33​ Are we allowed to have a boyfriend/ girlfriend? Are secret or temporary marriages allowed?

24:43​ Is household contents insurance permissible? 

25:27​ Are we allowed to make or share memes which mock people?

28:01​ Can one who is adhering to the Maliki madhab take a ruling from another madhab to make it easy for us?

31:36​ How does one fight their nafs when it comes to increasing daily Qur’an recitation?

36:14​ Are girls allowed to pluck their eyebrows, especially if their eyebrows are like a man’s?

38:30​ Can we pray Salah while wearing perfume which contains alcohol?

40:16​ What are your thoughts on Ibn Arabi’s interpretation in metaphysics (wahtatul-wujud)

44:02​ How can I strengthen my memory?  

45:36​ Should I pray Sunnah or Qadha prayers? Which should have more priority?

48:01​ How do you stop yourself from being caught up in the dunya’s pleasures?

1:02:26​ Can my nafla prayers make up for my missed fard prayers? 

1:03:00​ How can I stop sinning? My friends drink so then I do too.