Islam

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 50 countries.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 week ago

We are not allowed to write or mention the bad deeds of others. Writing our own bad deeds is also not good because of the harm of publicizing bad deeds which can encourage others to do it. Our bad deeds must remain between us and our Creator seeking forgiveness and protection not to commit it again.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 1 week ago

as salam alaikum

a way to strengthen our own faith is constant prayer and recourse to Allah in our heart by speaking to Him and sharing with Him our fear, pain, joy, hope, etc. and continuously asking for His guidance. 

Continuous repentance is also very effective in this regard.

Furthermore it is good to help other with a pure heart by giving charity keeping in mind that charity is not just giving money but also your love and assistance to others for Allah's sake.

In this way, Allah may increase the faith of His servant and make him more aware of His overwhelming grace.

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 weeks ago

There is no valid marriage in Islam unless both man and woman are Baaligh (Mature). Even if the father under certain circumstances wants to save the future of his child in a form of marriage, such marriage is not valid unless the child grows up and become mature then willingly decides to go for this marriage.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 weeks ago

As she is not a Mahram for him, marriage with her is permissible if all other conditions are fulfilled.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 1 month ago

It is a good opportunity to spend time exploring the vastness and diversity of the Qur'an and Islamic heritage, and the various ways that Islam is lived and understood. It may be that you will find others, past or present, who shared your views or concerns. There are as many ways to live Islam as there are Muslims, and while there is a tendency to treat what is around one's self as "the only Islam", the reality is that it is only one of many views. Even among a specific group, such as Twelver Shi'is, there are many different ways the religion is lived in practice. 

Also, it is a good time for self-reflection about what you believe regarding the basics. For instance, do you believe in God, what do you believe is the nature of God (assuming you believe God exists), what do you believe regarding the afterlife, what do you believe with respect to social ideals, do you believe the Qur'an is divine revelation, etc. 

It is considered to be part of the normal developmental process of human beings to transition from simply accepting what one is told as a child regarding religion, to questioning it and processing it into something one can successfully stand on independently as an adult. Sometimes, this requires some shifts. In fact, throughout life, it is not unusual for those who are strongly committed to a religion to periodically readjust their ideas of what their religion means to them, what they believe to be true, etc, as our understanding (ideally) continues to mature as we gain life experience.  

Lastly it doesn't hurt to be honest inside one's self about people's failings. (Sometimes it isn't tactful or wise to share those views, but one can at least be self-honest.) For instance, some Islamic centres are healthy environments. Some are not. Some Islamic schools are healthy environments. Some are not. Some Muslims live the ideals of Islam including trust in God, courage, justice, compassion, honesty, thinking the best of people, and so on; and others do not. Just putting the label "Islamic" on something does not mean that it is representing the values of the Qur'an; one has to dig deeper and see what is actually going on. 

Part of the process of adulthood can involve coming to accept the reality that our parents (or other significant adults who were around us when we grew up) are flawed human beings and, like everyone else, sometimes act certain ways due to fears, inner insecurities, low self-esteem, frustration, psychological challenges, difficulty in handling various aspects of their self, and so forth. It can be difficult for young children to handle this because young children tend to see their parents as gods and providers. It is also something we don't tend to be very honest about in our public discussions in the Muslim community. However when we look at every other single person in the world we can see they have flaws and sometimes be compassionate towards them or at least understand why they do what they do; in difficult family situations, it can take time to be able to do that with one's parents. It can perhaps be more difficult when things are done in the name of God or religion. Still, it can be part of a healthy growth process and of transitioning from simply doing/being what one was told as a child to full maturity. It can also help guide us to how we want to live our lives, and if some examples in our upbringing were not ideal, we can at least consciously decide not to copy them in our own family lives and try to live in a way we think is healthier. 

Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Asalamu Alaykom, 

Unfortunately what you mentioned can be a common occurrence in Muslim communities. Some parents bring their children up in a way where they fail to explain the reasons behind certain Islamic practices and rather just force them. For example, instead of parents explaining the philosophy behind hijab and how it was a practice of the pious women, they may just force their daughter to wear it with the threat of being beaten if they don’t!

Knowledge and wisdom should be used when teaching anyone about Islam. 

The best way to overcome this would be to research into Islam and it’s laws. 

When you understand the religion more and gain knowledge, it should solidify your own faith more and make you able to distinguish between the right and wrong ways in which Islam was introduced to you. 

May Allah grant you success

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

It is not permissible in Islam to do anything with the Jinn. Allah (SWT)
in the Holy Qur’an said : “And some people from humans used to seek
help from Jinn but Jinn did not add on them but more difficulties”(Sura 72, Verse 6). So we Muslims are not allowed to try to approach Jinn or seek their help. Allah (SWT) guided us how to deal with our difficult situations relying on His help with out any need for Jinn.
Their world is their own world and our world is different world
completely.

Wassalam.

Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 1 month ago

Spying is not acceptable in Islam, whether one is spying with one's physical eyes or using non-obvious/non-ordinary means. 

Jinn are not God and cannot know everything, although their unique nature allows them easier access to certain types of information about an individual living person.  There is nothing in Islam that precludes the possibility of communicating with jinn, but there is no guarantee that information received in this way is reliable. This is one reason the Qur'an emphasizes that it is from God and not inspiration from jinn (majnun). 

It is said in hadith (if I recall, from Imam al-Baqir) that there are jinn who serve the Imams and go to the followers of the Imams and report back to the Imams on their wilayah. Perhaps that is the most important type of finding out about people!

[Of course, the Imams do not require that assistance, but it is related, anyway.]

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 month ago

No

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

Young Muslims need to know the reality of Islam from it’s pure source,
away from the propaganda of the media and political groups and the
misleading so-called Islamic groups. It is very important to focus on
the source of the knowledge about Islam.

All the differences between Muslims since 1400 years till today are
based on the differences in the source and from whom to take the real
meanings of the Holy Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of the Holy
Prophet (SAWA). The Holy Prophet (SAWA) did not leave the Ummah
without clearly informing them about the source of the Islamic
knowledge after him. He orderd all Muslims to keep on following the Thaqalain. the two  most important leaders that must be
followed, the Holy Quran and the Ahlul Bayt (AS) and he
stated that these 2 will never be apart from one and another.

Not only Muslim youth but also every human being who wants to know the real
Islam has no choice but to take it from the most authentic and the
most knowledgeable source of teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) who
are the Ahlul Bayt (AS) who have the knowledge from the Holy Prophet
(SAWA) and the real meaning (Tafseer) of the Holy Qur’an.

After establishing this fact of the most authentic source of
knowledge, young Muslims need to know about the basics of the faith
which can be found in many books and websites like www.al-islam.org
and http://www.islamicmobility.com/

Also it is very important to know the details of the day to day
Islamic life which can be found on websites like www.
http://www.islamic-laws.com/ and http://www.sistani.org.

and www.wabil.com

It is also required to know about the Islamic morals and spiritual
elevation which can be found in books like Jaami’ al-Sa’adaat. It is
also very important to read the Holy Qur’an and the life and sayings
of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS).

It is very useful to recite the supplications of the Holy Prophet
(SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS) e.g. dua Kumayl and Saheefa al-Sajjadiyah
al-Kamelah.

A brief knowledge about the history of Muslims is very useful e.g.
Kitab al-Irshad by al-Shaykh al-Mufeed.

These are the starting points which can lead to further steps in
gaining more useful knowledge.

Wassalaam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

No Forms nor manifestations of God :

Islam is the pure message from the One Creator Allah (SWT) for all
people to make them know that there is no god but Allah (SWT) and no
one has the right to suggest any form or manifestation for God.

Allah (SWT) does not need people to suggest forms or manifestations
for Him. In fact the Holy Qur’an is very clear against these so called
forms and manifestations because it leads to polytheism. Allah (SWT)
ordered people to worship him without their imagination or forms or
manifestations and those who create what they claim to be forms or
manifestations are away from Allah (SWT). When they are being told to
worship Allah (SWT) only and not others, they say : “We in fact
worship them to get proximity to Allah (SWT) (ما نعبدهم  الا ليقربونا الى الله زلفى).

(Sura 39, Verse 3)

Islam being the final and ever-lasting message from Allah (SWT) does
not accept any claim of any forms or manifestations of God and deals with it
as a type of Shirk (Polytheism)  which is the most dangerous major sin.

 Wassalaam.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. According to what I have read Lilith is a sexually wanton figure in Jewish mythology who steals babies in the night. There is no such figure mentioned in Islam.

May you always be successful