God (Allah)

Allah (الله‎, romanized: Allāh) is the Arabic word for God in Abrahamic religions. In the English language, the word generally refers to God in Islam.

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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 day ago

Unwanted thoughts and feelings are not from Allah (SWT) but from our worst enemy Shaitan, that is why we need to be always careful and never allow Shaitan to harm us. We need to repeat Istighfaar and Salwaat and LA HAWLA WALA QOWWATA ILLA BILLAH and LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAH.

Wassalam.

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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... Answered 2 days ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Satan will try anything. There was a story of a mystic where Satan came to him at prayer time and tell him to pray just so that a he may be confused into obeying him. The mystic said I am praying but not because you told me and continued his worship. The best way to deal with Satan is to ignore your doubts and to be sure of what you are doing and why you are doing it.

May you always be successful 

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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 don't have details whether Satan was able to see Hellfire or not but we know that he disobeyed Allah when Allah ordered him to prostrate to Adam. Satan was told that he and all those who will follow him will be in Hellfire (Sura 15, verses 42 and 43).

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 1 week ago

Allah knows who is entitled to be forgiven according to the degree of his sincerity and real decision not to commit the sin again. Allah (SWT) said in Quran (Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves (in committing sins) : Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins, truly He is The Oft-Forgiving, The Most Merciful) Sura 39, verse 53.

We need to always seek forgiveness and repeat that whenever we remember our sins.

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 1 week ago

Allah The Glorious is just and fair with every one even with the very bad persons and His enemies. He never does injustice to any one even on His enemies. He is The Forgiving and Merciful to His creatures especially the believers who repent and seek forgiveness.

We should not mix between us as human beings and Allah, The Most Merciful. His tributes are very much higher than our understanding. He is The All Knowing, The Absolute Wise, The Most Merciful and The Absolute Just Who never does injustice.

 Wassalam.

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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... Answered 1 week ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. While it is true that there are some things out of our control, the choice to believe is within our control. Being born in a Muslim family or not is not the sole determining factor in the attainment of belief. If that was the case the early Arabs who were mainly born into polytheistic households would not have converted to Islam. Similarly, there would be no hypocrites or apostates from Muslim families, if the family you are born in is the sole determinant. Rather, God has given each individual the intellect and intuition to find the correct path, no matter what situation they start with. And everyone is rewarded according to their effort.

May you always be successful 

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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

Predestined matters are things which human beings have no option at all in it e.g. your parents, your place of birth, your skin color, your height etc. 

Marriage is not predestined because it must have your own option and approval not be valid. Man and woman choose and decide whom they marry and accordingly they meet the results of their own decision.

You can pray to Allah (SWT) to make a specific person good for being your spouse. Allah (SWT) knows everything including the unseen and the future, and He grants whatever is good according to the reality and not necessarily as we think and imagine. Many things we wish and seek from Allah, can be harmful in the future, that is we should always submit to the Will, Wisdom and Mercy of Allah in seeking from Him. We should seek from Him to grant us whatever He knows good for us, not what we think good.

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

When the Qur'an speaks of removing bad feelings in heaven (7:43), it speaks of it for all people in general, not only women. So one can assume that neither men nor women feel bad feelings like resentment or anger or jealousy in heaven.

Jealousy is related to this life because of our restrictions due to our physical bodies and social factors, as well as things such as concerns over lineage, or fear of loss if one's spouse goes to another, but in Paradise, those are no longer considerations since the environment lacks the same restrictions as the material world.

My understanding of verses such as 36:55-57 which talk about spouses enjoying each other's company in Paradise is that it is a general use of the word "azwaj", meaning that human beings in general will be with enjoyable and appropriate partners, not that this is specifically referring to men and their earthly wives.

This is because most human beings have the inclination to unite with another because the human being is incomplete whereas Allah is complete. Therefore in Paradise they would also have the opportunity to unite with others, without the same social or material restrictions that they have here, although of course the greatest pleasure is to be in the presence of Allah.

This is similar to the apparent usage in 4:1 where it speaks of creating the soul and its mate (zawj) in an apparently ungendered fashion, albeit in practice many Muslims, including Yusufali in translation, render this as creating the man and his woman. But the actual language of the Book does not specify this distinction.

So, from this angle, one does not get the sense that specifically a man will be enjoying all the hur al ayns and the woman is bound only to her husband. In fact, that makes no sense because some women marry many times, and some marry no times. Some women also marry men like Yazid who is the last person they would ever see or want to see in Paradise. 

However, inshallah if someone wishes to be reunited with their husband or wife in Paradise, they will be able to do so and enjoy each other's company there. 

In any case, when we discuss the Hereafter, we really just take our best guess based on our understanding and what has been transmitted - none of us can say with entire certainty; what is certain is that we will find out.

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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

All Muslims believe that every thing is in the hands of Allah (SWT) and we seek help of the most humble servants of Allah who are the Prophet and his Holy Progeny to pray to Allah for fulfilling our wishes and needs.

Esmaeli and all Muslim sects are no exception.

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 1 month ago

Thanking Allah is the basic responsibility which is on every human being who has senses because every human being believes that the Bounties must be thanked. All the Bounties are from Allah ( Whatever bounty and good you have is from Allah) (Sura 16, Verse 53). That is why we need always to keep on thanking Him.
1)      We need to always remember the source of every Bounty we enjoy. It is only from Allah. (16:53).
2)      To repeatedly say “Alhamdollilah” “As-Shukrollilah” “Shukran Lillah” “Hamdan Lillah” and any word in our own language of thanking Allah for His Bounties on us.
3)      To use the Bounties of Allah in proper way. We should never misuse the Bounty of Allah by putting it in wrong way i.e. using it in sinful acts.
4)      Those who use the Bounties of Allah in disobeying Allah are never thanking him, on the contrary they are going against their logical responsibility of thanking Allah and they are replying the favour of Allah on them by negative way.
5)      Thanking Allah is Infact for our benefit and not for the benefit of Allah as Allah does not need anything from us nor from any one, but we do need to keep the bounties and get more Bounties from Allah and there is no way to get the Bounties and keep them but only by thanking Allah in the proper way.
6)      Allah in Quran says “If you thank, I will give you more”
7)      We also need to admit that the Bounties of Allah on us are much greater than our ability to thank Him because even when we thank him, our thanking him is another Bounty from Him on us, so we need another thank another thanking for thanking him. “Alhamdollilah Kama Huwa Ahlo” All Praise to Allah as Allah is entitled. So we say “Alhamdollilahe Ala Kulli Ni’mah” All Praise to Allah for every Bounty that He granted us.
8)      Thanking in the heart to know that every Bounty is from Allah.
9)      Thanking on the tongue by repeating Thanking Him.
10)   Thanking in the action by using the Bounties of Allah in the proper way and never to use it in any sinful act.                            
Wassalam.

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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... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. It is recommended to look for as complete a package as you can when you look for a spouse. Of course, some qualities are more important than others such as the qualities you have mentioned.

Finding a spouse is like buying a pair of shoes. Sometimes the most attractive are not a great fit and are not the most practical. But the most comfortable may not look so good at parties or give you shoppers satisfaction. Ultimately, it is about balancing all the considerations that are important to you, but Islam has recommended that which is best for a person in this world and the next by emphasizing on the qualities that lead to happiness in both worlds. If a person is God-conscious and has a good character, that should weigh heavily on the positive side as such people are not easy to find. At the same time, there should be a level of physical attraction.

May you always be successful

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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

Both are required depending on your surroundings. If you are living among Muslims who need to be nurtured to be better Muslims, you should then focus on that. If you are living among non Muslims who do not know enough about the facts of Islam being the last and final message to all human beings, you need to try to enlighten them and help them know the facts then leave to them to think and decide. No doubt, the reward of enlightening non Muslims is very great, nevertheless,BT he reward if nurturing Muslims to make them better Muslims is also very great.

You can do both as our Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and his great successors the infallible Imams did. It depends on the need of your surroundings and your abilities.

'Wassalam.