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  1. What if someone says i promise to God not to do such and such act. Is this considered a oath or is it invalid? Kind of Urgent
  2. Walaikum Assalam, Question 1: Reciting Surah al-Hamd and a second surah in an obligatory salat is compulsory. They're considered ghayr rukn so if one forgets to recite the surah and realises once you get to the ruku' for example, the prayer is still in order, however, if one does not recite the surahs intentionally, the salaat becomes void. Please make sure you read the link here because they have important rulings with regards to this. (if my understanding on this is wrong, maybe someone can correct me) There are various rulings you should pay attention to that can be found here - https://www.al-islam.org/islamic-laws-sayyid-ali-hussaini-sistani/rules-salat-part-iii-iii#qirat-reciting-surah-al-hamd-and-other-surah-holy-quran. Question 2: There are different rulings for males and females. These rulings should help, they are from the same link as above. Issue 1001: * It is Wajib for a man to recite Surah al-Hamd and the other Surah loudly, while offering Fajr, Maghrib and Isha prayers, and it is Wajib for a man and a woman to recite Surah al-Hamd and the other Surah silently while offering Zuhr and Asr prayers. Issue 1002: * As a precaution, men must take care to recite loudly every word of Surah al-Hamd and the other Surah, including their last letters, in the prayers of Fajr, Maghrib and Isha. Issue 1003: * A woman can recite Surah al-Hamd and other Surah in Fajr, Maghrib and Isha prayers loudly or silently. But, if a na-Mahram hears her voice, she should, on the basis of precaution, recite them silently, especially if allowing him to listen is haraam. Issue 1004: * If a person intentionally prays loudly where he should pray silently, and vice versa, his prayer is void. But, if, he does so owing to forgetfulness, or not knowing the rule, his prayer is in order. And if he realises that he is doing a mistake while reciting the Surah al-Hamd and the other Surah, it is not necessary to recite again what he has recited not following the rule. Issue 1005: If a person raises his voice unusually high while reciting Surah al-Hamd and Surah, as if he were shouting, his prayer will be void.
  3. Assalamu Alaikum, I found this lecture by Dr Sheikh Shomali. I watched it and it was pretty good, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW_gkd7hYdw&ab_channel=IslamicLecturesbyDrShomali Try giving this a go. With Duas and Salams.
  4. Assalamu Alaikum Sister, Is there a Sheikh or maybe a trusted friend you can speak to? I too am not sure why they would accuse you of such things, I'm not too sure how good of an option this will be but it may serve well to sit and have an honest talk with those family members that accuse you and ask them why and how it had led to this. Why have you started accusing me of such things. Hopefully that may resolve a few issues. If you don't feel comfortable confronting them about this stuff, maybe you could bring a trusted friend or a sheikh with you. If you've already done this, it may be good if you try again. About your coworkers, if it has got to the extent of much toxicity, maybe you should leave that workplace. If they won't respect your privacy, it just goes to show what kind of people they are. They're not looking out for your best interest. If it is difficult to leave the job, maybe you could go to someone in charge and tell them about all of this and hopefully it can lead to some resolution. I want to mention this as well, you said that your family focus so much on your sins, I read a hadith but cannot recall from who, is that if someone were to actively try and find the faults of their brother or sister, then God will expose their faults, maybe in this life, maybe in the next. I want to say that justice will soon arrive if not in this life, it will be in the next one. God (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) does not forget what you go through nor will he leave anything unaccounted for. Everything you've been through is seen by God. And on the day, where every soul will be recompensed, those who deal with you in such manners as you have mentioned will be asked about this. I know it's easier said than done, but do try to keep being patient until all these issues got resolved. God is Just and he will ask those who hurt you why they have done what they've done. With Duas and Salams. Assalam Alaikum Sister, With regards to the hadith, it may take a while before I can find it because I read this one a few years back, but I'll post it here if I find them, In this regard, we have to try to revive your faith in Islam and connection with God. Most of the doubt that does appear can be from the shaytaan just trying to mislead you and he might be using what you're going through in terms of community and friends to do that. Whatever doubts that are occuring in your mind, ask about them on here, maybe ask a pious friends or even a local sheikh. Islam does not prohibit asking questions. In terms of hijab, try to do some research and discover the true beauty behind the hijab, its meaning etc. Do the same for prayer, try to understand the meaning behind what we do and say, from the initial takbir all the way to the ending salam. I know this may seem weird but it did help me. Go to a place or a room where you can be alone and just repeat in your mind, "Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is my beloved" and "Alhamdulillah", in this case try to let your heart say these words and not just through the motion of the tongue. Let your heart do the speaking. It's good you always had the utmost respect for the Prophet (SAWS) and the Ahulbayt (عليه السلام). Try this time to grow that love by going through the details of their lives and the amazing books and resources they created to help us. Whenever you're free, do some reading on https://www.al-islam.org/ or maybe find a lecture online about them. We want to reignite our love for them and we can do that by understanding how much God loved them, and how great they were. With regards to this, it may be that God (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is delaying your marriage for a certain reason that we do not know of. It can range from mulitple reasons but we can't understand because only God (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) truly know what's best for us. Maybe at the present time, it would not be in your best interest (God knows the result of actions). There is always a time and place for everything. It may be that God (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wants you to make more du'a so he can reward you more. There are many more potential reasons we do not know of. Just a final fruit for thought. For me, the first step was to take the initiative to start learning more about Islam and that really helped. This includes trying to learning the true meaning about salaat and how to improve it, going into the tafsir of the qur'an, that sort of stuff. Do this with the sole intention of seeking nearness to God. Going through these lectures really helped and I think it can help you too https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWDyY0v4a8BDuu0Iy8VmZJsQwdy4iyBN7. Hope this helps. With Duas and Salams.
  5. Assalamu Alaikum Dear Sister, I hope I'm able to help. I've went through these times as well where you don't feel connected to God and I still do from time to time. I've read hadiths from Imam Ali (عليه السلام) that our hearts from time to time need to be revitalised because at times we feel connected to God and times we don't. He said that whenever you feel disconnected, try to read some good words or ahadiths to bring your spirit back up. What helped me was taking the steps to learn more about Islam and tried to created a program regarding what and when I should learn. One series of lectures that have helped me improve my connection with God is this, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWDyY0v4a8BDuu0Iy8VmZJsQwdy4iyBN7. I'm only up to the 5th lecture and it has already changed my perspective of everything, which was brought simply by changing how I prayer. You mentioned that pray out of habit, I did the same as well, try taking notes after watching the lectures on the spiritual manner and secrets of salaat and try your best to implement them, trust me it will open so many doors. Reading the tafsir of Surah al-Fatiha from the same Sheikh on Tafsir al-Mizan also moved me as well and gave me a new perspective, there's a lot of beauty behind the Surah which we recite daily. Try as well, instead of just reciting the Qur'an, try reading some books on tafsir, I'm reading these ones currently, https://www.al-islam.org/enlightening-commentary-light-holy-quran-vol-1, https://www.al-islam.org/al-mizan-exegesis-quran-volume-1-sayyid-muhammad-husayn-tabatabai with the help of these lectures, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGpGEfBFqEitIjOzIWwciuTpPc2jGRjqT. With regards to what you are experiencing from your community, someone else would have to speak about this for I'm not too sure about how to deal with it. With regards to women being inferior because of the hadiths you heard, the way I was taught too see is that the only thing that determines whether someone is better than the other is the taqwa and piety, irrespective of gender, race and any other factor, During the Prophet's time, he was mocked for not having a child to continue his legacy. Usually, it's said that a boy will continue the bloodline or the lineage of their father. However, God gave him a daughter named Syeda Fatima and it was through her the Imams were born. Through Fatima till this day there are so many descendants of the Prophet, those who mocked him for not having a male child are barely even remembered. But the Prophets name is everywhere. I'm not too sure if I conveyed the idea I intended but in short words, it was the daughter of the prophet (not the son) who continued his lineage and legacy that remains even till this day. What about Syeda Zainab, she was crucial to the revival of Islam after the death of Imam Hussein, She alone had so much impact on the survival Islam which just goes to show that even though she was female, she was in no way inferior to the men, in fact better. There are so many great women figures in Islam and throughout the history of time. I'm going to continue this post at a later time but I just wanted to give some words in the mean time, i hope this helps. With Duas and Salams
  6. Salamu Alaikum I was wondering is it better to do taaqibaat or nawafil prayers, should I priortise one over the other?
  7. Salams, I was hoping If I could recieve an explanation for the above questions. JazakumuAllah
  8. Salams, Another question, so creation is considered to be wajib li-ghayrihi, but even after creation, would we still be considered mumkin, as is in, is this still part of our essence?
  9. Walaikum Assalam Thanks for the explanation, this makes more sense. So creation ends up being wajib, would something that is non-existent fall in the mumtan'i category? When you say "possible through the other" , do you mean no mumkin could be possible through another mumkin and that's why we it's just mumkin?
  10. ADD ON: The book also mentions this paragraph; "And as for the "possible", its existence does not come about because of something else, so it is of no use to confine it to that which is possible in itself, except to explain that it does not come into being except in that ay. There is no need of guarding against anything besides". The previous paragraphs just mention why Wajib and mumtan'i al wujud are broken down into li thatihi and li ghayrihi. Aren't mumkins (possible) brought into existence by a cause, because of God, why does it mention that "its existence does not come about because of something else".
  11. Assalamu Alaikum, I'm a little confused as to where humans stand in existence. So I get that there are three types of classifications for existence; there's Wajib, Mumkin, and Mumtan'i al-wujud and that Wajib and Mumtan'i al-wujud can be broken down further into li-thatihi and li-gharyihi, however, I don't understand why Mumkin-al-wujud only considers li-thatihi and not li-ghayrihi. I also don't quite understand which category we fall into, are we considered wajib al wujud li-ghayrihi (i know li-thatihi is only for God) or mumkin-al-wujud. Where do we stand, as in all beings? I'm not to sure I understand what li-thatihi actually means. In the book, Al Bab al Hadi 'Ashar, li-thatihi means "in itself". But what does it mean "in itself", is anyone able to explain this?
  12. Assalamu Alaikum, InshAllah all is well. So God Willing, I'm planning on learning about Islam in more depth and I need some advice. For this, I plan to start of learning more about the following: Usul ad-Din Furu' ad-Din Islamic Law History Qur'an If there's anything else that I've missed that are also important, please do mention them. That's what I'm hoping to focus on for the next foreseeable future. Is there any specific structure that you guys would recommend, should I focus all my efforts on one of these for example, Usul ad-Din and then maybe move onto another area after, or should I focus on multiple areas at once, so maybe an hour or so on Usul ad-Din and another on history? Is there another structure that would perhaps be better than what was mentioned? Also, in terms of studying religion, what helped you learn more (tips) that can also help me, for example note taking or another method and strategy. JazakumuAllah.
  13. Assalamu Alaikum, So I woke up today and my under garments were wet not to the extent that it would be urine but it was wet. Is it necessary to do ghusl because I do not know if it was semen as a result of a wet dream, basically I did not feel anything happen and do not know if it was urine. Is there any ruling from Sayed Sistani that talks about this? Would I need to change my clothes or repeat my salaat because it woke up late for fajr. @Muhammad Al-Hurr If anyone else has an answer it would be appreciated.
  14. Assalamu Alaikum, I hope all is well. This post is going have a few questions: When it comes to concentrating in salaat, what exactly should I be thinking or concentrating on? Am I supposed to be thinking about the words I'm saying or should I be thinking about God, or both? Is there something I'm missing or not understanding about salaat. Depending on what answers you guys give, it would greatly apppreciated if any tips or advice are offered or even books to read or videos to watch. I find it difficult to remember God throughout the day, or neglectful in other words. I feel as though at instances I get so distracted that I forget God, I want to try and deal with this issue before it gets out of hand. Are there any tips or advice that have helped you. I want to be able to remember God more often. This is similar to the first question, whenever I am doing any amaal for example, takbeer or tahmeed or remembering God in general, should I be focusing on what I'm saying or focusing on God, what should be occupying my mind as I'm doing the aamal? JazakumuAllah.
  15. Walaikum Assalam, @Muhammad Al-Hurr should be able to help here. I'll give you some rulings from Sayed Sistani until Brother Muhammad can confirm. As for questions 1 this shouldn't be an issue, for question 2, I have heard the same from a local sheikh. Ruling 347. It is recommended that one urinates after ejaculation; if he does not urinate, and after performing ghusl some fluid comes out about which he does not know whether it is semen or some other fluid, it is ruled as being semen. Question 3, it is better not to because, answer to question 4, as Sayed Sistani says, if one does not urinate and after performing ghusl a fluid comes out which he does not know whether it is semen or some other other fluid, it will be ruled as semen. So you would have to do ghusl again, and the ruling 353 mentioned under would need your attention. Ruling 353. If a person sees semen on his clothes and knows that it has come from himself and he has not performed ghusl, he must perform ghusl and make up [i.e. perform as qaḍāʾ] those prayers that he is certain of having performed while he was junub. However, it is not necessary for him to make up those prayers that he deems only probable of having performed before ejaculation of the semen.
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