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Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:33  GMT

Would you please tell me about the significance of the 27th night of Rajab (Bara'at) which is celebrated with a lot of reverence in my country?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:32  GMT

Wearing amulets containing Quranic verses are allowed by some scholars but prohibited by others. Those who prohibit these things say that it is just like seeking refuge with other than Allah who is our only Protector. What is the truth about this matter? Is it really a form of polytheism?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:31  GMT

Please kindly explain the background of the poem entitled Qasîdah al-Burdâ which is gaining prominence in some parts of the UK, mainly among youngsters. What is your opinion on the content, recitation and memorization of this poem?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:29  GMT

I just recently moved into my new house and my parents are thinking about having a ceremony where your parents, friends, and their children come over and read Sûrah YâSîn together. The purpose of doing this is to spread Allah's words in your house and keep it safe from evil. Is this right or wrong?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:29  GMT

We celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). On this day, we read a lot of salutations on him and engage in a lot of prayers to Allah. We try to show our love for our Prophet (peace be upon him). How come you say we cannot do it?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:28  GMT

What is the reality of the night of the 15'th of Sha`bân?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:25  GMT

People often advie one another to do things like repeating Allah names (e.g. al-Rahman etc.) after 'Asr or Zuhr prayer prayer 100 times in order to have certain needs fulfilled. Is this really an Islamic practice or is it an innovation?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:24  GMT

Can we perform dhikr congregationally and in unison? If yes, when, where, how, and at what time? If no, what about the numerous hadîth stating thet the Companions used to remember Allah in groups? [For instance: Riyâd as-Salihîn of Imam al-Nawawî (Arabic & English) under the topic "On Remembrance in Company" (chapter 246, page 661)]

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:23  GMT

Is building a niche (mihrâb) in the mosque an innovation?

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:22  GMT

I know that practices like celebrating the Prophet's birthday and honoring the 27th of Rajab are innovations. However, there is a group of people who are arguing that they are good innovations and that such practices can be defended by the following hadîth: "Whoever starts in Islam a good practice (sunnah), he gets the reward of it and the reward of all those that act on it. And whosoever starts in Islam an evil practice (sunnah), he gets the evil of it and the evil of all those that act o ...

Last Modified:  27 Aug 2011 06:21  GMT

Is it permissible to have someone who is visiting Madinah to convey my greetings and salutations to the Prophet (peace be upon him)? Can I have someone who is visiting the graveyard convey my greetings to the people who are buried there?

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:45  GMT

What forms of tawassul are permitted in our supplications?

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:44  GMT

I once asked a scholar from a certain Sufi order about asking help from the deceased saints by saying something like: "Oh sheikh, please help me." He said that this is correct and claimed that asking help from saints is according to the Qur’ân and Sunnah. He cited the verse: “Indeed, your protecting friend is only Allah and His Prophet and the believers.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 55] He concluded that based on this verse, Saint `Abd al-Qâdir al-Jîlânî is my protecting friend w ...

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:43  GMT

Can we call upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) to supplicate to Allah on our behalf like the Companions used to do when he was alive? Also, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) has indicated that he will be from those who will intercede on the day of Judgment, would it be permissible for a Muslim to ask the Prophet (peace be upon him) to intercede for him in front of Allah? If it is not permissible to do this, would this action be considered major shirk, which takes a person out of the pale o ...

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:34  GMT

I would like to know whether it is acceptable to visit the graves of pious people (mazaar) and offer prayer and offer bed sheets and flowers. I am told by someone that it is polytheism and a great sin. I do not do it, but some of my family members do it on a very regular basis and give utmost priority to it.

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:33  GMT

Some people teach that those who visit the graves of pious people for blessings are the same as the Arab idolaters who lived in the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Is their claim correct?

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:32  GMT

My question is regarding the differences of opinion amongst scholars with respect to tawassul through the Prophet (peace be upon him). It seems that a number of prominent scholars of the Sunnah allowed this. Was their opinion based upon weak hadîth? Can you tell me if anyone from the first three generations allowed this, and specifically the Companions and their students? How do you respond to the allegation of the Sûfîs that Ibn Taymiyah “was the first one to disagree with tawassul through ...

Last Modified:  25 Aug 2011 12:31  GMT

Many people argue that we have to approach Allah through the religious people (who have already passed way) who are claimed to have saintly status. We are the sinners, so we cannot plea to Allah directly. They give the example that we can not go directly to the king, president and other high-profile people. We need to get the permission from their secretaries & subordinates. They argue that Allah is even more worthy of that.

Last Modified:  31 Jul 2011 02:10  GMT

In India we make the niyah of Saum as ALLAH HUMMA ASOOMO JADAN LAKA FAGFIRLEE MA KADDAMTU WA MA AKHARTU , I am not sure of the meaning, but is it the right niyah?if yes please explain the meaning or please give me the right niyah proved by Qu`ran and Hadith.

Last Modified:  29 Jul 2011 02:10  GMT

My Question is we should not send Quranic messages by e-mail or SMS? Is it prohibited?

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