Doubt

Doubt is a mental state in which the mind remains suspended between two or more contradictory propositions, unable to assent to any of them.

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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 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

The discharge a woman experiences is tahir, even if it is due to lustful thoughts, as long as it was not an orgasm. 

She does not need to do ghusl, or anything else. 

And Allah knows best.

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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 7 months ago

1. Doubts can come to any one and it does not mean that you believe in it or you are a bad person just because of the doubts or thoughts in your mind as far as you do not believe in it. Doubts are from Shaitan who tries to disturb the believers or at least make them feel uncomfortable. 

2. Don't suppress any question comes to your mind and counter it by the strongest evidence which we have we have in every field and in any matter. Never feel frightened from doubts and be sure that it will vanish as soon as you look at the evidence.

3. Put your questions to reliable scholars who are able to respond properly.

4. Your feeling of uneasiness from the doubts is an evidence that you are a good person and you are not happy with these doubts. You just need to counter the doubts with the evidence which we have for every mater.

5. You should never neglect or postpone tackling your doubts to get them cleared as the best way do deal with doubts is to discuss them according to the evidence. You will easily see that doubts are based on misunderstanding or misinformation etc. Usually, those who respond with authentic evidence get out of the doubts with stronger faith and more clear surety in the True Faith of Islam.

6. Good deeds are always good, but it can never be enough if the faith is wrong, as we read in Quran always (Those who believe (in the Truth) and do good).

7. Always seek help from Allah (SW) to protect you from the whispering of Shaitans (And say: My Lord, I seek refuge with you from the whisperings of the devils) (Sura 23, Verse 97). Devils run away when you recite Estighfaar (ASTAGHFIRULLAH RABBI WA ATOOBU ELAYH) and (LA HAWLA WALA QOWWATA ILLA BILLAH) and (LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAH).

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 11 months ago

If you doubt between third and forth Rak'ats, you must take it as fourth then pray one Rak'at of Salat al-Ehtiyat which is performed immediately after Salaam, by reciting Sura Al-Hamd only, then Rokoo' and two Sajdas, then Tashahhud and Salaam.

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 11 months ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Both sides of the God debate have their own arguments and rebuttals and so if a certain argument has caused confusion you should seek its response from those who have been well trained in the intellectual sciences. It is also important to consider the role of religious experience when forming the presumptions to your intellectual framework and to realize that atheists also recognize the validity of theist arguments based on the presuppositions of theists. 

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 year ago

You should take it as forth Rak'at and complete the Salaah accordingly but you must pray immediately after Salaam, one Rak'at of Salatul Ehtiyat in which you recite Sura Al-Hamd only then do Rokoo' and Two Sajda then Tashahhud and Salaam.

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 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. To break the cycle of doubt you have to ignore your doubts. Sometimes emotions cause our imaginations to run wild, but its important to realise that such a thing is natural and to seek the knowledge that will do away with unwanted or persistent doubts. When a person is firm in knowledge their emotions will not cause them to doubt.

May you always be successful.

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Rebecca Masterton, Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa. She has been... Answered 1 year ago

There are many scientists (particularly physicists), who, on a scientific basis, conclude that there must be a conscious transcendent being behind creation.  If we look at the work of scientists and why they conclude that there is a God, this can help to strengthen our UNDERSTANDING (and not just our faith). The work of Wolfgang Smith is interesting. He is a scientist who has pointed out the philosophical errors that form the basis of today's (mainly post-Enlightenment) science. His books include 'The Quantum Enigma' and 'Cosmos and Transcendence'. It is also useful to explore a range of theodicies (arguments that tackle the question of the suffering of the innocent and the justice of God). For those that argue that there is no life after death: there are millions of anecdotal accounts that testify to people encountering those that have died in one way or another - and these cut across all cultures. There is certainly evidence that some way of existing continues after our bodies have expired. So far I haven't come across good explanations for this by atheists.

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 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. It is important to be well equipped to deal with the arguments of atheists especially if their arguments and opinions have an effect on your faith. In order to do this you should seek out scholars who specialise in the intellectual sciences and speak to them about the issues and questions that remain unanswered for you. They should also be able to help you construct a framework for your beliefs as well as show you the weaknesses in the presuppositions of atheistic beliefs. In the modern study of the philosophy of religion it is well accepted that religious belief is justified. 
 

May you always be successful  

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 year ago

The claims of atheists  are based on their misunderstandings. If you analyse    their claims carefully, you will see how their claims are false.
1. You can discuss their claims with any trusted scholar who can explain to you more facts. 
2. You may read on the internet or in the library some books written to counter the misleading claims or doubts of atheists.

​​3. It is very useful to repeat reciting Sura al-Tawheed and LA ILAAHA ILLALLAH, and ASTAGHFIRULLAH WA ATOOBU ELAYH.

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... Answered 1 year ago

It is normal for human beings to occasionally doubt things they cannot see directly.

There are many reasons for this.

* It could be a phase or part of your own personal religious/spiritual growth, as part of expanding your concept of the nature of God.
* The materialism and busyness of the modern lifestyle can drag people down to focus on worldly issues only
* Sometimes, things we do (such as certain sins) or certain things such as overeating, overly watching television, or anything else that makes us overly like a vegetable can also interfere with our "spiritual hardware" that makes us aware of what is beyond this. 

It could be all of this or none of it.

Anyway, since your concern is specifically over whether God exists, you could:
* Spend time reading books and watching videos discussing the existence of God. There are a lot of valuable materials both by Muslims and also people of other faiths. 
* Spend time reading the Qur'anic discussions about God - keeping in mind that many of them were aimed at people who didn't believe in God
* Read hadith about the nature and existence of God (you could probably find some on this website)
* Prayer - one of the most personal ways that people come to appreciate the existence of God is through answered prayers. I came across someone once who empirically tested prayer and made lists of prayers that he did and when they were answered, and he concluded after a year or so that prayer was effective. Although God is above being tested, it doesn't hurt to try! 
* Prayer for guidance - If you ask God to prove to you that He exists, your prayer will likely be answered. 
* Spending time in nature, if it is possible, is also a good opportunity for contemplating on spiritual matters. After all, one of the main arguments for the existence of God put forward in the Qur'an as well as by philosophers is the order and beauty of the natural world. Sadly, many of us are separated from it today due to living in cities and other things and we do not always appreciate what is out there.

I am sure you will find your way - take this as an opportunity to explore a very important question of theology (the existence of God) in-depth and become an expert on it, rather than just taking it for granted!

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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 year ago

If you are sure that the impurity touched your clothes and made it Najis, but not sure about cleaning it, it is then Najis till you become sure that it have been cleaned.

Wassalam.

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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 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

A ghusl itself should not take you more than a minute or two. Please keep in mind that when one excessively doubts and repeats their act multiple times, this will lead to waswasah, and simple things will become very difficult. 

Please watch this tutorial on ghusl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDGChWoSeE

Also, on the topic of waswasah, watch this lesson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz2HGVepaC8&list=PLHj5BjXrLabga8Y6BJGjty6oNCzrwmXL-

With prayers for your success.