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I'm Only Praying Because I Feel Guilty If I Don't

Salam Dear Lora, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. As for the first part of the question, namely how you should make up for lost prayers, see this post from our Ask the Scholar section. Moving to the rest of your question, you need to know that all the rites of …

Do Hajj and `Umrah Expiate Major Sins?

Do Hajj and `Umrah Expiate Major Sins?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says: “The performance of `Umrah is …

For An Easy Hajj Follow These 3 Tips

For An Easy Hajj, Follow These 3 Tips

My advice is based on my personal experience and a matter of priorities. I’ve seen pilgrims arrive to the city of Makkah and immediately starting to perform voluntary – non-obligatory – deeds of worship. You have traveled for hours, sometimes more than a day, to get there.


Before Action, Double-Check Your Intention

“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what they intended. So whoever migrates for the sake of Allah and His messenger, the migration will be counted truly for Allah and His messenger. And whoever migrates for the sake of worldly increase or to marry someone, then the migration will count for whatever it …

Sincerity and Facebook: How to Fix my Intention

Sincerity and Facebook: How to Fix my Intention?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you so much for this very important question and for contacting Ask About Islam. This question shows that you are sincere and that you are seeking the reward of Allah and you are worried if something else gets in your heart other than the pure desire of pleasing Him (Glorified and …

Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: “Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”. Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High. Yet, it was …

4 Elements Are Fixed Just by Fasting in Ramadan

4 Elements Are Fixed Just by Fasting in Ramadan

Fasting promotes the spirit of human equality before God. All able Muslims, male and female, rich and poor, from all ethnic and national backgrounds go through the same experience of deprivation with no special privileges or favor for any groups or class.


A Poor Man Finds a Fortune (Story)

Among the signs of true sincerity are fearing Allah and avoiding any unlawful earnings. A sincere person would prefer poverty and hardship to consuming any ill-gotten gain. Imam Ibn Jarir At-Tabari narrates an impressive story in this regard: I was in Makkah during the season of Hajj and I saw a man from Khurasan calling …

The Prophet’s Absolute Honesty and Sincerity

The deep faith and determination with which the Prophet undertook his God-given mission to eventual success, prove the supreme truth of his Message. If he had harbored the slightest doubt in his heart about the truthfulness of his mission, he would have faltered and miserably failed as a Prophet.

3 Keys for Stronger Family Ties in Times of Trials

In the growing air of uncertainty and upheaval that is taking over the world, with families being torn apart due to war, emigration, relocation, and deportation, one of the most effective ways that a Muslim family can attempt to stay together, is to become financially independent and self-sufficient.

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