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  1. Maybe we can find the answer in this book: https://al-m.ca/bookstore/ Business Ethics in Islam by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi Business Ethics in Islam begins with a discussion on the relationship of human beings with this world, with their Creator, and their personal attitude towards time, money, affluence, and charity. The link between human efforts and Divine decree in seeking sustenance is explored along with the role of prayer (Du'a) and reliance on God (tawakkul) in pursuit of wealth. Then it moves on to describe their interactions with fellow human beings while they go about pursuing material blessings: customers, employees, and business partners. Issues of truthfulness, honesty, and regard for the well-being of all, Muslims and non Muslims, is also discussed. This is followed by an overview of the types of businesses and trades which are considered legitimate or otherwise in Islam. Issues of intoxicant drinks, animal products, and money related issues (interest [riba], bank activities, mutual funds, stock markets, and other trading instruments) is discussed. Finally, it presents the challenges that Muslims generally face while working in the West: dress code, hijab and beard issues, religious holidays, daily and Friday prayers, office social events, etc. Found the book for free on Al-islam.org: https://www.al-islam.org/islamic-business-ethics-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi
  2. Download the "Ramadhan Guide pdf" near the bottom of the page, and go to page 7 in that: https://al-m.ca/ramadhan/
  3. Very wrong. Merely having good character isn't enough. The person should not be negligent of their obligations to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). They should be a person of taqwa. If you however do see a really good match in a non-hijabi, I would seriously investigate why the person doesn't wear hijab. Is it due to feminist/liberal influences? Is it for impressing people /attention-seeking? Or is it simply because the girl was never taught the rules, and if she was taught, she would wear it? Peronally, I would want to marry a hijabi. Anyway, I highly suggest you read this: https://www.al-islam.org/youth-and-spouse-selection-ali-akbar-mazaheri/chapter-five-criteria-spouse-selection
  4. Read this: https://www.al-islam.org/youth-and-spouse-selection-ali-akbar-mazaheri
  5. There are some great series that will be happening this month, by great scholars. Here are some: https://www.instagram.com/p/CbtFJbZJrHi/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CbyAfLMjaob/ https://www.instagram.com/p/Cbdn05LrJU3/ The topics for the last link (it will most likely be recorded): Salaam Alaikum, Sayyid Ali Imran has sent us the topics he will be covering for the first 15 days of Ramadhan; 1. Introduction & Age of Ignorance 2. Age of Ignorance 3. Early Childhood of Prophet (p) & Marriage to Lady Khadija 4. Declaration of Prophethood & Persecution of Muslims 5. Epistemic Attacks on the Prophet (p) 6. Migration to Abyssinia 7. Boycott of Bani Hashim & Journey to Taif 8. Obligation of Salat - Salat & the Community 9. Pledge of Aqabah & Migration to Medina 10. Constitution of Medina 11. Battles of Badr & Uhud 12. Battles of Khandaq & Khaybar 13. Managing Community Tensions in Medina 14. Treaty of Hudaybiyya & Conquest of Makkah 15. Ghadir & Demise of the Prophet (p) We are excited to see you all during our first month of Ramadhan back in person since Covid began!
  6. Maybe just stick to reading a page (only one side of a physical sheet) a day followed by the translation. Also, I highly suggest reading in physical books, it's just a lot more enjoyable. There's a really nice english translation by Ali Quli Qarai on Amazon.
  7. Sorry you had to go through that brother. I feel there's a lot I could say, but this short book here will do a much better job at telling you what you need to know: https://www.al-islam.org/youth-and-spouse-selection-ali-akbar-mazaheri I believe chapter 5 and onwards will be of great importance to you, but I suggest just reading the whole thing as it's not too long and filled with wisdom that can really save people's lives.
  8. I meant to also inlcude chapter 5 as well. Make sure to read that. @Meedy
  9. Habibi, do yourself a favor and please read chapter 6 and 7: https://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&client=ms-android-samsung-rev2&source=android-browser&q=youth+and+spouse+selection InshaAllah you will find the guidance you're looking for.
  10. Brother watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCSN3Ls9UDk Good luck inshAllah. I pray your children will be true lovers of Hazrat Muhammad (s) and Ale Muhammad (a).
  11. Wasalaam brother. I guess people say that because they see Imam Ali's help as one of the best and quickest ways to recieve Allah's blessings. Imam Ali's position in front of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is unimaginably high. Allah has granted Imam Ali (a) and the Ahle Bayth (a) special gifts/abilities.
  12. Salaam Brother. I pray that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) increases you in strength and patience. As for your question about jannah, I can't speak for Sunnis as I'm Shia, but I remember someone I know asking a scholar what happens to Non-muslims in the hereafter. I'll just share with you whatever I remember and understood from that person telling me the response they got. inshaAllah I don't make any errors. At the end of the day Brother, I don't think it is a black and white scenario. If someone never got a true and authentic presentation of the truth/Islam in their life then I believe they'll be excused inshaAllah. A lot of times people don't get such a presentation, even if they know many Muslims. Many Muslims are very ignorant of the true Islamic teachings and/or lack the beautiful Islamic values in their life. Also, I believe if someone committed good deeds in their life then surely Allah will reward them as we know we'll be rewarded for every atom of good that we do, as expressed in the Quran. Vice versa. Also, I believe everyone will be judged uniquely, based on the knowledge they had and the circumstances they were in. So I don't think it's an automatic punishment just because someone wasn't a believer. I've heard there are also neutral places in the hereafter where it's not heaven or its not hell, it's places like this world where people can live a peaceful life. I think maybe it's for people who were good but didn't have faith. Anyway, Allah knows best. Allah is the best of judges and he will do what's just and best. Allah is also the most compassionate and merciful. I hope this helps. I pray your father regains his health and inshaAllah your family makes it through these tough times with strength.
  13. He always stood out to me on SC and was a user who I had always admired. My condolences to you and your family. May Allah give you all strength and reward Placid in the hearafter. Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him do we indeed return.
  14. That is true, but people have praised it quite a bit too. You could also check out Islamic College of London.
  15. I'd steer clear from AMI. Did you check this new one out, teachers seem very qualified and credible. : https://hawzaonline.org/ This one also seems nice (completely free, online, self-paced): https://imamsadiq.tv/en
  16. Don't have a fatwa or anything, but I thought women can't do buzz cuts. When it says shortening, I guess it means a women cutting her hair from being long to less long, but ultimately it's still long-looking/female-looking. Probably best to just ask a Shaykh.
  17. This is also another very fascinating hadith (Al Kafi Book of Taharah) 15. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from Fadalah from ‘Abd Allah ibn Sinan who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘Once my father took Ghusl (bath) because of sexual relation. Someone said to him that water has not reached to a spot on his back. He said, “It was not necessary for you to inform me. (I wish) you sought to have remained quiet.” He then wiped that spot with his hand.’” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/138)
  18. Found these ahadith from Thaqalayn.org 's al Kafi Book of Taharat Vol 3 super interesting: 1. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from Yunus from al-‘Ala’ from Muhammad ibn Muslim who has said the following: “Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘One of you in order to rub oil on his body covers his whole body with an amount of oil on his palm. Water, however, is more plentiful than this.” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (13/66) 2. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father and Muhammad ibn ’Isma‘il from al-Fadl ibn Shadhan from Hammad from Hariz from Zurarah and Muhammad ibn Muslim who has said the following: “Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘Wudu’ is one of the boundaries Allah has established so that He finds out who obeys or disobeys Him. The believing people do not allow it (their body) to remain unclean. It is sufficient to use a small amount of water like rubbing oil on one’s body.’” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: حسن كالصحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (13/67) 3. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad and abu Dawud all from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from Fadalah ibn Dawud ibn Farqad who has said the following: “I once heard abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, say, ‘My father would say, “Wudu has certain limits. If one trespasses such limits, he will not receive any reward.” My father would also say, “(Certain people) only make it perplexed.’” A man then asked, ‘What then are the limits of Wudu’?’ He (the Imam) said, ‘Wash your face and hands and wipe your head and feet.’” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/67) 5. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Husayn, from Safwan, from ‘Ala’ ibn Razin, from Muhammad ibn Muslim who has said the following: “I once asked abu ‘Abd Allah or abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhim al-Salam, about how much water is needed for Ghusl (bath) because of sexual relations. He (the Imam) said, ‘The Messenger of Allah would use five handfuls of water, share it with his partner, and both of them would take Ghusl (bath) from the same water container.’” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (13/68) 7. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from Fadalah ibn Ayyub from Jamil from Zurarah who has said the following: “Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘It is sufficient for Wudu’ to allow water to touch your skin (of the parts to be washed for Wudu’).”’ Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (13/68) 9. Ali ibn Muhammad and others have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Muhammad ibn al-Hassan ibn Shammun from Hammad ibn ‘Isa from Hariz who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘Allah has an angel who writes down one’s acting excessively or transgressing limits.’” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: سكت عنه - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/69) ...
  19. Wudhu: probably around 1 min. Ghusl: I used to take long too, but now, just the ghusl time (excluding normal shower time) for me is about 3-7 minutes. I still feel I take up too much time and water in the shower so am still working on reducing it. Btw, I pretty much asked this question to the office of Ayatollah Sistani a few years back and got this answer: In the Name of God, the Most High 1. It should not take you more than 10 minutes. One can perform ghusl in just 3 minutes or even less. 2. If you make water reach your head and neck and then your body, it would suffice. It is not necessary to use soap or shampoo to perform an obligatory ghusl. 3. One can use a jug of water to make his body wet because it is not necessary to make the water flow off the body. May Allah grant you success.
  20. Haha man, I went through this dilemma too. It is indeed an annoying and confusing issue. I asked a few Shaykhs and ended up settling with the answer below, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) forgive me if I'm wrong: In wudu, when you get to washing that part, place that part under/inside kurr water and then wipe that area while it's under/inside the kurr water. So personally, when I get to the affected area, I place that inside the running stream of tap water and also quickly wipe it while the area is inside the stream of the kur water. Note: if the area dries out and clots into a scab, so there's no more bleeding/fresh blood, then as the brother above said, you can just do normal wudu.
  21. That and it seems he's made way too many haram things halal, idk what he even coniders haram tbh. Idk how a believer is to be tested if everything is fine and good. And I haven't seen too many of his recent videos, but based on the older ones, his behaviour and humour, as funny as it might be at times, is also sometimes indecent and inappropriate. Also felt he's somewhat biased and inconsistent with his approach at times.
  22. Islam places a lot of importance on maintaing healthy ties with the kin and I believe even moreso with specifically the parents. If I'm not wrong, more than once in the Quran, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) talks about parents right after He talks about Tawhid... Being kind and loving towards the parents and not causing them distress/displeasure is important in Islam, so I think we should strive to follow this so long as we're not violating the holy laws of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) (as we're to disregard what the parents are saying if they want us to oppose the divine laws of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) - but of course, we should be kind at it). If you can attend without consuming alcohol (and without sitting on a table where alcohol is being consumed by others), pork, non-halal meat, and also without engaging in haram activites (e.g. jamming to innapropriate/haram music, gambling, dancing (especially with non-mahram women)), then I don't think it should be an issue at all. If it's just a casual family get-together where you exchange gifts and spend time with one another, it sounds quite fine to me. As for pitching in to buy a gift for your parents, I think it's a good thing. Intention counts a lot too. Now I don't really know what exactly Islamic scholars have to say about christmas, but you could make the intention to buy a gift to be kind to your parents as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) instructs us to be kind to our parents. Also, you may enjoy this YouTube channel by another fellow revert brother from Canada: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuQJjxZ0-gIXlfR6R0r3Zow
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