Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Hope and pray you are in the best of health and iman and enjoying the blessed month of Ramadan. My Question is: After every four rak`ahs of Tarawih prayers, a du`a' is read by the congregation. I think this is mostly prevalent amongst Indian/Pakistani communities. What is the significance of this prayer and is it from a reliable source? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `alaykum. I would like to know what a person should do upon entering the mosque for Friday prayer while the khutbah (sermon) is being delivered. Should he offer the two-unit prayer (rak`ahs) of greeting the mosque or just sit down and listen to the khutbah? Thanks.
Dear scholars, I have missed prayer for a long time. Do you think I have to make up for it? Please enlighten me in this regard!
As-salamu `alaykum. Is a person who has a mental illness (manic depression) obliged to perform the five daily Prayers regularly or is the obligation relaxed in his case because of mental health factors?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it an act of Sunnah to say “As-salatu khayrun min an-nawm (prayer is better than sleep) in the morning Adhan?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it permissible to make up for missed prayers after `Asr Prayer?
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I will be traveling and the flight will be for 17 hours. I will board the plane at the time of Zhuhr Prayer. Since I will be crossing over different time zones and the flight is very long, I am confused about exactly when I am supposed to pray. Do I simply go by the time of where I am leaving from? Or do I leave a certain amount of time between each combined/shortened prayer? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. If a person sneezes while praying, should he say “al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)”? And if he hears a donkey braying, should he say “a`udhu billahi min Ash-Shaytan ir-Rajim (I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Satan)”? Jazakum Allah khayran.
There are many issues that plague me. I would like to know the best course of action. I am a Muslim that has missed 3 Jum`ah Prayers consecutively. I am also neglecting my Salah, and I am married and have a family. I would like to know what course of action I should take in order to be suitable for Jihad?
Scholars emphasize repeatedly that it is the duty of Muslims to make a lot of supplications for their oppressed brothers and sisters who are suffering from the wars and injustices against Muslims all over the world. So what is the significance of du`a’, and what are its benefits and values?
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh. I have a question that I need you to clarify. Please, tell me how I can correct the Imam in Prayer if he commits a mistake. Jazakum Allah Khayran
As-Salamu `Alaykum. I have a question related to requirements for a prayer space. At some universities, they are not able to offer students a Musalla (prayer room) only for Muslims, but instead want to provide an interfaith prayer room, which means other religious groups could use it during the day.What requirements should we have for such an arrangement? I was thinking that the place should be clean, with no alcohol at any time, no images, and no religious symbols (crosses, crucifixes, stars, etc). Are these correct requirements, or are there others?Also, is it okay if they have a cross that would be covered by a curtain when we pray? Inshaa'Allah, your response will benefit many students at many universities. May Allah reward you!
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I prayed Fajr, Zuhr and `Asr without having had a bath for janabah (impurity) because I forgot. After having a bath at Maghrib time I repeated these prayers before praying Maghrib. Then my husband told me that it is essential to have the correct intention before having a bath, so I had a bath and prayed `Isha’ and I did not repeat the rest of the prayers. Are my prayers from Fajr to Maghrib valid? What should I do? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. If something happens to the imam, can he ask someone else from the congregation to lead the rest of the Prayer?
As-Salamu `alaykum. My question revolves around the use of pagers and cell phones in a mosque, especially during Friday Prayer. Some of our brothers keep them on and receive paging and calls in the mosque. Sometimes, even the imam interrupts his khutbah (sermon) to answer a call from work. I would really appreciate your fatwa regarding the issue.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it acceptable for the Muslims to be led in prayer by someone who commits some breaches of Shari`ah? Jazakum Allah khayran.
It is known that the sutrah for the member of the congregation is the sutrah of his imam. But if the imam finishes the Prayer, does this sutrah remain for those who joined the prayer late, or do they have to have a new one?
What is the reason for shortening the Prayers—is it difficulties encountered or travel itself?
As-Salamu `alaykum. How should I perform sujud as-sahw (prostration of forgetfulness), when needed in Prayer? Give me a detailed explanation, please. Jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Respected Scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. I would like to ask you a question which has been on my mind for very long. I was outside and the time for Prayer came, but the place had no mosque or place to pray. I didn’t have a compass at the time due to forgetfulness. I can tell the direction of the sun but on that day the sky was not clear and I couldn’t see the sun. So I prayed in a car park facing a pillar as the sutrah. Is my Prayer valid? Should I repeat it? Please provide me with an answer.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can a person who sits during Prayer due to a physical problem lead the salah (Prayer)? If that is not permissible, could you please let me know of hadith or Qur’an to back this up! Jazakum Allah khayran.
Respected scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is the Fajr time only between the onset of dawn and before sunrise, or do we have to pray it while it is totally dark? I sometimes wake up late (before sunrise), but it has become clear outside. Am I making a mistake? Also, is Maghrib time from sunset to `Isha'? Or is it from sunset until it gets completely dark?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can we use the mosques as hospitals? What about treating women, non-Muslims, najasa (impurity) like blood, people dying in the mosque? Is it obligatory to use the mosque for this at this time if there is no other place availa ble or suitable? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars , as-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh.how many times should a Mu slim perform Hajj? Jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Dear scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. Can you tell me if one must say a niyyah (intention) for Witr Prayer either in `Isha’ or Tahajjud Prayer? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear Muslim scholar, As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Baraktuh. A person is praying, but he is committing all sorts of sins such as theft, lying, etc. One day when we were discussing this issue, some of us were inclined to say it is better for this person to start praying only after he has left such sins. Is this a sound opinion?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Please let me know if the Qur'an instructs us to offer prayer five times a day, and where? A cousin of mine says that the Qur'an instructs us to offer prayers only three times a day.
As-Salamu `Alaykum. Are we allowed to perform Friday prayers anywhere like our Mosque at the university campus?
Dear respected Sheikh, We Muslims living in France face the problem of the short nights and the short difference between the times of `Isha’ and Fajr. Sometimes, there are only three hours or even less between them. Besides, the conditions of life and work here are hard. Consequently, such a short time between day and night causes us great suffering in determining the times of the Prayers. What do we do about this problem?
As-Salamu `Alaykum. Is it permissible for a woman, while observing hijab, to perform prayer in a public place such as a garden?
Scholars of Islam, as-Salamu `alaykum. If I join the Jama`ah (Congregational Prayer) in Ruku` (Bowing), will it be regarded as one Rak`ah (Prayer Unit) or should I repeat that Rak`ah in order to recite Surat Al-Fatihah?
As-Salamu `alaykum! I am a young Muslim. One of my friends showed me a hadith stating that reciting surat Al-Fatihah is compulsory in all prayers even if one is lead in prayer by another person (i.e., Imam). Whereas, I have read a hadith stating that behind an Imam, one should keep quiet and listen to his recitation and that there is no need for him to recite it himself. Would you please make the issue clearer? Thank you very much.
Scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Recently, I attended a Friday khutbah where the Imam delivered the khutbah with only one part (i.e., he did not sit between the two khutbahs. Is this correct?
As-Salamu `alaykum. How can I perform my prayer while still at work if my boss does not give me a break to perform Zuhr and `Asr? Should I hide myself and offer prayer?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I was in a gathering a few days ago. I was disturbed to see people divided on the issue of when to break the fast. I saw one group breaking with the adhan over the Radio (Ramadan program), while I saw another group still waiting with dates in their hands for the adhan to finish. What is the sound Islamic ruling on this issue? Jazakum Allah khayran.
ASSALAMU ALAIKUM, My question is that i was fasting and an accident happened while i was sleeping ,i had a wet dream is my fast still valid or not thanks
Is it permissible to dye your hair during the month of Rahmadan?
Respected scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. I made intention to fast Ramadan during the evening but delayed ghusl until morning to make sure of my purification. Unfortunately my alarm did not wake me up, so I performed ghusl after fajr. Is my fast still acceptable? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
What is the Islamic ruling concerning crossing in front of a person who is praying? Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to go out of the Masjid, because one has to pass in front of someone. Please explain.
Does one catch up with al-Jama`h, in five daily prayers, by joining one Rak`ah or just by joining the congregation before Al-tasleem? The Same inquiry for Salat Al-Juma`ah or Friday Prayer).
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Why do Muslims pray towards Makkah? Didn’t Allah command us not to worship idols? Hasn’t the Ka`bah become a thing of worship, an idol? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I am student at a high school in Canada, and in my school we have weekly Jumu`ah Prayers. I believe we're performing the khutbah (sermon) incorrectly. We start off by the imam (fellow student) entering the room, saying “As-salam `alaykum”, followed by a member of the congregation saying the Adhan. The imam then reaches the center platform and recites a khutbah he found online. These are usually from websites with khutbahs written in English. My question to you is whether these written khutbahs are complete? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salam `alaykum! Dear scholars, as we witness nowadays many Imams delivering Friday khutbahs (sermons) without taking steps or making efforts to make that sermons penetrate people’s hearts and have impact on their lives. Friday sermons are no longer aspiring to many, thanks to the poor styles adopted by many Imams in giving khutbah, as if they don’t care whether people are listening or not. Please, give advice on this issue?
What do we do when we know that someone who is leading salah is in the habit of watching pornographic movies and looking at nude women, etc? Are we allowed to pray behind such a person who commits such grave sins?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. My wife is pregnant, praise be to Allah. Can she pray sitting down until she gives birth, or only if she feels dizzy or pain or morning sickness? Please answer me back as soon as possible. Jazakum Allah khayran.
Respected scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it allowed for a person to pray obligatory Prayer behind a man who is praying Nafl or supererogatory Prayer?
Dear Sheikh, As-Salamu `alaykum. I am told that Jumu`ah Prayer (Friday congregationa l Prayer) is not obligatory upon women. But, if I pray Jumu`ah in a mosque, am I also required to pray Zuhr after that? Some people told me that since Zuhr is obligatory and Jumu`ah is not obligatory upon women, I have to pray Zuhr also. Jazakum Allah khyran.
Dear scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. At work when the time of prayer comes, I pray in my office. I have a Muslim secretary and she wishes to join me in prayer. I have been telling her to pray by herself and that we cannot pray in jama`ah (congregation). Am I correct, because I heard that it’s not allowed to pray in jama`ah with one non-mahram woman only?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is there any virtue in going earlier to the mosque to perform Friday Prayer?
What should someone do if he thinks that his Prayer (salah) was not accepted by Allah? For example, he thinks that he could have done it better. Can he repeat it or would that lead to nothing?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I recently spent some time with a Muslim family in which the husband was a convert to Islam. I was surprised to find that he hasn’t missed a single Prayer (Salah) in 5 years, ma sha’ Allah. However, he told me that he doesn’t do the prayers in Arabic, instead, completely in English. Is this allowed? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Is it allowed to combine Prayers during rain?
Dear scholars, can Muslims offer their Prayers (salah) in graveyards?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Last week at an Interfaith meeting at our mosque, a Christian prayed in the line with the Muslim brothers at `Isha’. He had no wudu’, and it was a Muslim brother who had told him to 'watch and follow' him. A number of the brothers were upset. No one seemed to know how this situation should be viewed, or handled. Since it may arise in the future, we need to know what to do. There were those who condemned - not the Christian, but the Muslim brother who is NOT ignorant about Islam. Then there were those who were gentle. What should we do if similar situations arise in the future?
I want to perform `Umrah or Hajj, but the circumstances of my work hinder me from doing so. Some people told me that if I perform Fajr Prayer in a congregation and keep reciting the Qur'an until sunrise and then offer two rak`ahs of Duha Prayer, it would be written in my record that I performed `Umrah. Is this right?
As-salamu `alaykum. Is it permissible to recite the qunut in the five daily Prayers?
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Is it correct to pronounce the Adhan and Iqamah when one does not have ablution?
As-Salamu `alaykum. I have heard that it is bid`ah to make an audible intention when one is about to enter prayer (i.e., one says for example, I am going to pray four rak`ahs fard etc.); is that is true? I have heard that the intention should be made in the heart and not aloud. Could you please furnish me with a comprehensive Fatwa in this regard? Your early response will be very much appreciated!
As-Salamu `alaykum. I would like to know in what situation are we allowed to pray with our shoes on and also I would like to know if we are allowed to enter the Mosque to pray with our shoes on. Jazakum Allah Khayran.
As-Salamu `alaykum. Can one put a sutrah in front of him in obligatory prayers? There is a hadith that says that the sutrah in front of the Imam acts as a sutrah for the people behind him.
As-Salamu `alakum. What is the role of the Friday sermon (khutbah) in Islam? Can you give supporting evidence to your answer from the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him? May Allah reward you?
As-Salaam `Alaykum. Is there any evidence from the sayings of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, that he used to say collective Du`a or supplications after each obligatory prayer. In our community we have different opinions regarding the issue. Basically, our Arab brothers are saying that Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, did not say the Du`a collectively, therefore, we should not do it, while others say that he has done it. I would really appreciate if you could clarify this matter.
Dear scholars, As-Salaam `Alaykum. I see some people coming to Mosque wearing T-Shirts that have pictures of human beings or animals. Is it permissible to perform prayer while wearing such types of T- shirts? Jazakum Allah khayran.
I am a new Muslim. I have been a Christian the majority of my life. My main question is about prayer. When I am about in town, doing business, and there is no nearby masjid, what should I do when my phone goes off and says it’s time for prayer? Should I pray at Star Bucks, the library, the grocery store parking lot, parks, wherever? I also want to know where I am not allowed to pray. I was told that the whole world is a masjid; however, someone said to me don’t pray here or there.
Recently, we heard about some Muslim women in the United States claiming that it is permissible for them to lead a public, mixed-gender Friday Prayer. What is Islam’s stance on this? Please give me a detailed answer urgently. Muslims here in the USA are perplexed and do not know what to do.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. If I am praying and someone knocks at the door and there is no one else in the house, what should I do? If I stop praying, am I sinning? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salaam `Alaykum. Why must Muslims pray using the Arabic language? I need a fatwa on this. Jazakum Allah khayran.
Salamou 3alaykoumI used in my early age to pray one per 6 month and to avoid my family questions by saying that I'm praying.Two years ago God blessed me and I start to take care of my relegion.Gradually I tried to repent from my neglectful attitud and to make my prayer I have not been successful from the beginning.Recently I start to find pleasure from a moment to another doing my prayer reading the Coran... but now after the Athan of Isha : sometimes I tend to lie on my bed to relax before praying so I sleep and I miss both Isha and Fajr. pMy Question is about the 'Had' of neglecting prayer: can I be sure That Allah will accept my repentance without it, is this any difference between this one and the others (Hodoud) I think that I have know about this Had before (but just I didn't care about it)?Jazakoum Allah khairan for the Aanswer.
I am a Muslim woman married to a Catholic man. We want to have children, but I want them to be Muslims and my husband wants them to be baptized in his religion as Catholics. We want to find out if they can be Muslim (fasting, praying etc...) as well as be baptized in the Catholic religion. Can you help me to find the right way to go about this situation?
According to Islamic traditions, a Muslim becomes sinless after performing the Hajj. Is it okay, then, to pray for one's death right after performing Hajj, since it would be a good time to die?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I was just wondering if you are allowed to perform a Prayer before its allotted time if you know that you will miss the allowed Prayer time, (d ue to a class at that time). Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it true that if we make any kind of movements three times during prayers, then our salah becomes invalid? Also, if we look at anything other than the place of sujud (prostration), does our Prayer become invalid?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatuh. I am currently reverting to Islam. For a period of time I would often run surahs of the Qur’an through my head while doing different things. Is this OK? I stopped because I read that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that if you look at the sky during Prayer Allah will turn you blind. Is this true and in what cases? Is what I was doing considered Prayer? Also bad thoughts about Allah sometimes come into my mind. I do not mean them and can't control them. It has made me fear attempting Prayer because I fear punishment for these thoughts, so I have not been praying as I should. What should I do?
Respected scholars, As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh. I have problems regarding Fajr Prayer. Sometimes, I cannot get up to pray Fajr on time. Can you help me in this regard?
As-Salaamu `Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh, Sheikh Ahmad. I was very happy reading your answers on last week’s live Fatwa. May Allah reward you for that effort! My question is about running business at the time of Friday prayer. I heard that we are not allowed to run business at this time and that there is a verse in the Qur’an about this. I would appreciate if you could tell me the Qur’anic verse and its meaning. My second point: is this applied in all cases or there are some exceptions, because it came to my mind that sometimes people need drugstores to get medication and sometimes it is urgent case that you cannot delay? I know the Qur’an is perfect and maybe I misunderstand this point. So I would appreciate if you could make this issue clear to me in some kind of detail if you have time.
As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahamtu Allah wa Barakatuh. Are those who are deaf and mute accountable? If yes, how they can offer Prayer? Jazakum Allah Khayran.
As-Salamu `Alaykum. A group of people was praying in congregation at home when the telephone started ringing, and it distracted them for a long time. Is it permissible in such cases for the praying person to take a few steps forwards or backwards and pick the receiver and say “Allaahu Akbar” or raise his voice in recitation to make the caller know that he is praying?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Praying 5 times a day is a must for every Muslim. But when it comes to praying Sunnah after Prayer sometimes I struggle. Can you please relate any hadith, and/or benefits gained when performing Sunnah Prayers after obligatory Prayers?
Dear scholars, As-Salaam `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh. Should a person call Adhan while praying alone?
As-Salam `Alykum. Can we greet each other with salam in the mosque after prayers or can someone answer by shaking hands even though he is making a Du`a’ (supplication) to Allah at that time?
As-Salam `alaykum! Would you tell me the things that invalidate my salah (ritual Prayer)? All the time I am confronted by people who talk about so many things saying that they invalidate my Prayer. What are the real things that render my Prayer invalid?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can you please clarify what should be covered for men when performing Salah (ritual Prayer)? Is it just the `awrah or something else such as the shoulders? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Respected scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Suppose I am praying sunnah and the iqamah is announced. Should I close my prayer with the salutation and join salatul fard (the obligatory prayer) or should I continue? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Should the rows in congregational Prayer be straightened and the gaps filled?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Sometimes I go out of the mosque immediately after finishing the Prayer, and then I make the recommended dhikr (remembrance of Allah) while walking or driving. Is it correct that making such dhikr in the mosque yields mo re reward than making it outside the mosque? And what is the difference between the two cases?
I would like to know if it is mandatory to raise my hands in prayer while standing up after ruku` (bowing down). Jazakum Allahu Khairan.
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. I was wondering if it is haram (forbidden) to wear nail polish when you pray? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `alaykum. If after the Prayer is done, I found out that several hairs were not covered, even only one, must I repeat the Prayer? Or in that case is my Prayer still valid, because it was not intentionally and done by mistake?
i get waswasah whenever i try to concentrate on namaaz,or listen to quran or hadith or listen anything which has our beloved prophet(s.w.s)(peace be upon him).these waswasah's have d isturbed me a lot these days i am scared really scared about the consequenses.
Asalama Alaykum respected scholars. My question is regarding prayer. During prayer, after saying "sami Allahu lamin hamida" I say "rubana laka al hamd wa shukr." An imam at a local mosque told us during a khutba that we are not supposed to say "wa shukr." Is this correct? Is it wrong to say it? I await your reply. Thank you so much for your service. God bless you. Salam!
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Is it permissible to offer prayer in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah while people pass in front of those who are praying? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu`alaykum. My question is regarding Salatul-Hajah (prayer for need). I would like to know how many rak`ahs to perform, and why people pray this salah.
Respected scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Does crying in prayer nullify it?
If one is unable to pray on time, is it ok to perform Qadaa’ prayers? Should Qadaa’ prayer be done as soon as possible after missing the prayers or is it okay to wait till the time for the next prayers?Also if one is unable to wake up in time for Fajr prayer, can one pray Fajr after its time and till what time?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Please give me your Fatwa on the reciting of the same Surah after Al-Fatihah in Prayers. Jazakumullah Khayran.
Scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Please shed light on the times of the five daily prayers as illustrated by the Sunnah. Jazkum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. If some one has a medical problem which necessitates the use of a medicated bandage that has to be left on the foot for approximately a week without removal, is it be permissible to make wudu’ (ablution) over the bandage? What if it's not a serious condition but could become worse if left untreated? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `alaykum. Very often when I stand up to pray, I have doubts in my mind as to whether my purification or wudu' has been nullified or not. What should I do in such a situation: Should I leave the salah and purify myself and then resume my salah, or should I simply continue my salah and not bother about such doubts?
When I enter the mosque and the muezzin is making the Adhan, should I pray tahiyyat al-masjid (two rak`ahs to greet the mosque) or should I repeat after the muezzin while standing, and then pray tahiyyat al-masjid?