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  1. Assalamualaikum. I’m looking to move into an apartment. No roommates, but the kitchen appliances have been used by at least a decade of previous tenants, and I highly doubt they all kept a halal kitchen. How does one purify kitchen appliances (oven, microwave, etc.)? When I googled it, all I could find was people asking if halal-style chicken and rice was microwaveable. Jzk
  2. Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters, I have a few questions regarding my name. I am a revert, and I have chosen a full new name. My chosen surname is Al-Noor. (BACKGROUND) I have read recently that I should keep my father’s surname. There are a few issues with this. The first is that he changed his own name before I was born. His new surname has no connection to his own background. The second is that he specifically changed his surname as a means of distancing himself from his own father. So I can’t just use what his original name was. The third issue is that the name I have chosen
  3. Assalamualaikum, my sister. Many Muslims struggle with addiction, and the shame and guilt and despair that come with it. You are not the only one is going through this, nor are you too far gone to return to your Creator. I want to share with you two stories from people dear to me: My friend Amira reverted to Islam many years ago. She has endured many hardships, including the tragic loss of her granddaughter. She fell into addiction, to heroin and alcohol and perhaps other drugs. She has been clean and sober for more than two years now, even through the death of her mother an
  4. Assalamualaikum. I may have just broken my foot. Is it permissible to take pain medication if the doctor says I should? Also, I have severe depression and fatigue that heavily impacts my life. I forgot to take my antidepressant this morning at suhoor. Is it permissible to break the fast to take medications I need to function? I really don’t like not fasting. I feel like such a failure as a Muslim if I’m not fasting during Ramadan. On the other hand, I know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has deliberately decreed exemptions for people who are ill. What kind of “ill” person is exempt?
  5. Does this mean if I travel to different cities, the "clock" restarts (for lack of a better term), or does the term "city" encompass anywhere 22km outside of my home city, even if I go to multiple cities at different times? (Ex. if I traveled to Jerusalem and stayed there for 3 nights, and then I traveled to Nablus and stayed for 4 nights, would that count as separate cities and therefore 2 separate travels, or simply 7 nights outside of my home city?)
  6. Assalamualaikum, Is it better to do something that could be wajib but may be haram, or to abstain from it because it could be haram but may be wajib? Let me explain (brothers be warned, this is a menstruation question). I am a woman whose menstruation is unpredictable. I never know when it will start. Most of the time, blood is just very brief spotting rather than the start of a period, but obviously sometimes it's actually the start of menstruation. I also can't tell by the color or consistency of the blood which one it is. Whenever this happens, I'm always thrown into an ethical di
  7. Assalamualaikum, I will be traveling to the Middle East in a couple weeks in shaa Allah, and I have a bunch of questions regarding prayer. Keep in mind I am a relatively new convert, so please be patient with me. 1) I read that all prayers during travel are 2 rakat. What counts as "travel"? I will be traveling for around 14 days, going in between cities, staying a couple nights in each and going around either to nearby cities or exploring the city I am staying in each day. Is "travel" simply the plane rides and bus rides, or the whole trip, since I am not staying in the same place th
  8. (bismillah) Assalamualikum. My husband and I are new to Shia Islam, and we have some questions about fasting. I have looked around this forum at similar posts and only grown more confused, so if someone could please spell out the answers clearly, that would be wonderful. 1. I will be traveling in the Middle East for 10 days this Ramadan. Is it okay if I do not fast those 10 days (and make up the fasts later)? 2. For the rest of Ramadan and beyond, I will be working in New York City. My daily commute is 2 hours by train each way, plus some time on the subway. I read something abo
  9. Thank you very much for answering, brother. JazakAllah khair!
  10. Assalamualaikum, I am a new convert to Shia Islam. I have some questions about menstruation and salat. 1. Do we have to make up salat missed during menstruation, or is dhikr during the time of menstruation sufficient? 2. My period is very irregular, sometimes lasting full months at a time. Do I just not do salat for months? Or is there a time when it becomes permissible to do salat during menstruation? Thank you.
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