Zaid Alsalami

Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from ANU, Canberra. He has written and translated several Islamic texts and also prepared educational videos on Islamic rulings and practices.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answer updated 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

I am sure you know to what extent our religion stresses on obedience and respect to our parents, no matter how old we may be. The necessary actions you must take should in no way wait for your wedding, or be connected with anything else. It should be something immediate and straight away. 

Let's say your circumstance is very difficult, like having an abusive parent, or a parent that was never in your life, or other scenarios that unfortunately could occur, it still does not mean you sever your ties with your parent. Maintaining the relationship is very important, and in the worst of cases, doing dua for them is the least you can do. 

Always remember the hadiths that say our path to God is through our parents, and we will never enter Heaven if we are disobedient to our parents. 

In your spare time, read the hadiths that are on this link:

https://www.erfan.ir/english/28112.html

With prayers for your success. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Your late wife must have been a good lady for you to continue to remember her. Yes, of course you can do dua and pray for her forgiveness, as long as she was not hostile to Islam and she knew no better. 

With prayers for your success. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

You can recite Ziyarat Ashura`, or Ziyarat Warith on a daily basis, and it would be something highly recommended and beneficial. 

As for the repeating of certain passages 100 times in Ziyarat Ashura`, no, you do not necessarily need to do that. 

With prayers for your success.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

From a shar'i perspective, the husband's brother or any other person can live in a house, together, as long as: 1. the couple have their privacy, and there is no intrusion, 2. there is no khalwah, which means only the wife and the brother-in-law are home alone, and 3. the females in the house observe correct hijab in the presence of the non-mahram men, which in this case would be the husband's brother. 

Now, we have to ask whether this is something the wife is comfortable with. Is she comfortable with the accommodation arrangement? Does she have her privacy? Is she able to be as she wants in the house, and is the brother in law's presence affecting their relationship? 

A wife wants to feel secure in her house, and also feel comfortable and have her freedom. What if the husband is away, and only the brother in law is home. 

From a shar'i perspective, it could be haram for the wife and brother in law to be alone, especially for excessive times, or over nights. 

So, the ideal situation is for the brother-in-law to hopefully get married, or live with other single men in shared accommodation, and this does not mean anyone is being disrespectful or accusing or immoral conduct, etc. 

The wife is entitled to ask for the brother not to live with them, and she has that right. 

And Allah knows best.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

At first glance, if you are to selectively read certain passages in the holy Quran, or in the Bible or any other scripture, you might see it to be violent, offensive, or maybe even unethical. 

Of course, this is an unfair assessment, especially when there is a strong emphasis on the necessity of understanding the sequence of historical events that, for example, surrounded that verse, or to look at the other verses that speak exactly the opposite of what you just read. 

There are important tools that must be used when reciting the Quran, and one of them is called Tafseer. This is the exegesis and commentary that explains the background story to the verse, or the event, and gives an overall explanation to what the text refers to. 

I would advice you to see what our tafseer books say about this particular verse, and also what mainstream Islamic scholars say as well.

If you have time, please watch my lecture I delivered a few years ago on this topic:

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

This is a difficult, but unfortunately common situation. As young adults wish to commence their married life, their main focus is stability and building a relationship with their new partner. 

Sadly, with some parents of different generations and incorrect mindsets, their focus is more on gaining social status, trying to please those around them, showing off wealth, etc. 

Of course, at times parents might think that having a lavish wedding is their method of expressing their happiness and love, but indeed this is the wrong and un-Islamic way of doing so. 

Alhamdullilah, the groom is conscious of these things, and his focus is on more important matters. The groom does not need to "donate" the money to the needy. Yes, giving sadaqah is good, but at the same time, this money that the parents want to use to spend of extravagent wedding can be used to invest in their future. For example, as a down-payment for their house, and so on.

I discuss these things in detail on a FB page I have. Please visit it:

https://www.facebook.com/Wedding-the-Halal-Way-1659428630969248/

With prayers for your success. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

As you would know, tayamumm is only done when one has no access to any water or using of water is harmful, like a sickness or extremely cold weather.

In any other case, especially if water is accessible, the mukallaf must do wudhu.

And Allah knows best.  

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

I am sure you know that there are many methods of education and learning, even for people who are somehow physically or mentally impaired. 

For your friend or yourself to think that cheating is going to assist your friend in learning and obtaining an education is clearly wrong. As a Muslim, you know that cheating is very bad and a sin.

You should not be a part of any such thing, and your duty is to inform them of this being morally wrong and haram. 

Your friend can speak to their school and explain his/her situation, and certainly they will accommodate to his/her needs, in shaa Allah. 

With prayers for your success. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

From the sources, it seems that Harun (a.s.) was older than Musa (a.s.).

And Allah knows best. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 3 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Touching something will not break one's wudhu`, unless it is the touching of a dead human body after it gets cold, and before it is washed. 

For anything else, najis or not, just touching it will not break wudhu`. Of course, if it is wet, and your hand gets contaminated with najasah, all you need to do is wash it. 

As for touching something dirty, the same thing, and no, from a shar'i perspective it is not necessary to 'wash' your hands if it is just dirty and not najis. 

And Allah knows best.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 3 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If you are asking whether the second marriage contract will be legitimate, then the answer is yes, it will be legitimate, but if you are asking whether this is the right thing to do or not, clearly it is going to be the wrong thing. 

Let's say this man's first marriage isn't going as planned and there are problems, then he has a responsibility to fix these problems and try to amend his relationship. 

If his wife is giving him hardship, and nobody is able to solve their issues, then if they are beyond any salvation as far as the marriage is concerned, they should part ways and divorce. This would be better than living toxically together, probably leading to neglect, or even abuse. 

If the husband has no major issues, and just wants to be with another woman, he must remember his moral obligations and try to control his animalistic lustful desires. As Muslims we are taught to discipline ourselves, and not pursue worldly lusts without any consideration of anything. 

The wife also has feelings and needs, and if he does wrong her in these ways he will be oppressing her, and we know that punishment for oppression is very severe. 

With prayers for your success. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 3 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

There are four places in the Quran where it is wajib to perform a sajdah after reciting it, or hearing it. They are in the surahs that are called Suwar al-'Aza`im.

They are:

1. Surah Sajdah, verse 15.
2. Surah Ha`-Mim/Fussilat, verse 38. 
3. Surah Najm, verse 62. 
4. Surah al-"Alaq, verse 19. 

And Allah knows best.