New Muslims Forums

Question:
Is there a program for character building I can learn?
Answer:
You may visit your local mosque to pursue an Islamic studies program of faith and good deeds for character building, involving adult-education, community service and spirituality. The program may involve spiritual talks as well as educational learning from books of virtues, studying role models in human history - stories of the Prophets, their companions and pious believers, simple and humble life-style, good manners and etiquettes.

The overall program objectives should include how to increase faith, reliance on Almighty God, motivation for good deeds, trustworthiness and mutual respect in daily life, love and care for humanity, compassion and mercy for young and old in family and community, sense of accountability in deeds and words, spirit of sacrifice for fellow human beings, sincerity and purification of heart (cure for arrogance, jealousy, greed, malice and show-off), devotion in worship, time management and avoiding irrelevant and useless tasks to become more productive in daily life, sharing a message of peace and obedience to Almighty God and His Messenger (peace be upon him), becoming an ideal-human being following the ways and manners of the Prophet (peace be upon him), developing a concern how every human being can achieve success in this life and Hereafter.

The program should educate people to produce better believers, law abiding responsible citizens with high morals and characters living peacefully in the society as community members having strong faith, performing good deeds, and have a sense of accountability to Almighty Allah.
Question:
Are we responsible on the Day of Judgment if as a Muslim we backbite a non-believer ?

Answer:
Yes, you will be held accountable for backbiting about non-Muslims as well.
Islam teaches respect, sympathy and tolerance and kind treatment of humanity.
Question:
Are we allowed to watch non Mahrams if they are older than us (especially during talking..) or if any non-Mahram is just like mother (I mean to say she used to teach us in childhood)?
Answer:
"Tell the believing men that they must lower their gaze and guard their private parts, it is more decent for them. Surely Allah is all aware of what they do." (Surah Al-Noor, 24:30)

In principle, it is necessary for one to lower his gaze immediately upon looking at a non-Mahram woman. Therefore, the same ruling will apply to your female relatives even if they may be older, as they are your non-mahrams. In a situation in which you cannot avoid them even after trying then, limit your interaction with them as much as possible.
Question:
I am a new to Islam and well into my 60s. I am so eager to learn, Insha'Allah. However, in learning to do the Salaat properly my body is unable to do things such as kneel or sit on the floor. I try at least and prostrate next to a chair to pull myself up and can do a little but it is very painful. I cannot sit at all in the kneeling position. Do you have suggestions? Thank you so very much.

Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong Imaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, and bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. Ameen!

May Allah accept your acts of worship and make it easy for you. If you are not able to sit on the floor or prostrate, you may pray Salaat sitting on a chair. You will perform the ruku’ and sajdah simply by lowering your head. This is called performing ruku’ and sajdah with gesture (ishaara).

However, remember that for the salaat to be valid, it is necessary that the gesture of the sajdah is lower than the gesture of the ruku’. If the gesture of the sajdah is only slightly lower than the gesture of the ruku’, even then the salaat will be valid. In your situation, it is not necessary to lower one’s forehead close to the ground or to bow down as much as one can manage.

On the other hand, if one performs the gestures of both the sajdah and the ruku’ at the same level, or if her gesture of the sajdah is higher than her gesture of the ruku’, her salaat will not be valid.

All the recitations will remain the same.

If you still have any further questions please feel free to ask. May Allah make it easy for you, Ameen.
Question:
I try to be a good Muslim because I want to, i read Quran daily and try to understand it... besides I am really emotional - when they say anything bad about Allah S.W.T and Muhammad S.A.W.W I start crying .

Answer:
Please study this Short Course for learning Basics of Islam for yourself
http://islameasy.org/TeachingBasicsofIslam.php

Here is a quick introduction to Islam (charts, flyers and articles)
http://islameasy.org/beliefs.php

People cannot give respect or honor -- only Allah can grant peace, love, contentment of heart, a blessed life in this world and in Jannah for true believers. Difficulties and trials can become a means of raising our status and earn countless reward.

The biggest sin is Shirk which leads to hellfire in the life hereafter. That is why the Prophets made so much effort so that each everyone realizes the purpose of life, gets an opportunity to make Taubah. The pious belivers in the Ummah also made an effort so that their families and neighbors can discover the sweetness of Islam. In this effort, a believer is steadfast, forgiving, patient, trustworthy, kind and caring.

If you have any follow up question, please ask. Please make sure you provide a VALID E-mail so you can receive an answer.
Question:
I was just [wondering] if u could be able to tell me were I can find a Quran that is translated to English. As I am just new to Islam region I don't know we're I can find this please. Just any one if can help me I would be very grateful, thanks.
Answer:
Holy Quran transaltions are available from major bookstores. Search for "Noble Quran" on internet.
You may also order from your local book store, or contact your nearby Islamic Center. If an address is provided, a volunteer may donate and mail a copy of Quran to your address.
Question:
I am a reverted Muslimah. I love my parents and I always pray to Allah subhana wa talah to forgive my parents because they don't know anything about Islam and they pray to the idols and it hurts me. They have given me love, shelter, food, freedom and luxury. Of course I would'nt have all this without Allah subana wa talah's will and wish. I thank Allah everyday for all that He has given me. I pray to Allah subhana wa talah to somehow show mercy on parents and make them muslims too.


Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety and purity, strong faith, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. May Allah show mercy to your parents and guide them to Islam. Ameen!
You may pray Salatul-Hajat and beg Allah for this purpose.

The solution to all our problems is to turn to our Creator and Sustainer (God Almighty) who is All Powerful and very Merciful, turn to Him in repentance and seek His protection.

Do good deeds to get closer to Allah through Dua, Zikr, Quran, serving your community and other sisters. Explore the purpose of life - you may use articles and lectures on
our site as a resource.
http://www.islameasy.org/beliefs.php

The biggest sin is Shirk which leads to hellfire in the life hereafter. That is why the Prophets made so much effort so that each and everyone realizes the purpose of life, gets an opprtunity to make Taubah. The pious belivers in the Ummah also made an effort so that their families and neighbors can discover the sweetness of Islam. In this effort, a believer is steadfast, forgiving, patient, trustworthy, kind and caring. Somethimes they had to give up their rights to fulfil the rights of others.

Islam teaches respect, sympathy and tolerance. Kind treatment of parents is a quality of the believer. Continue making Dua for their guidance.
Question:
[Brother saw a dream about death]
“I m not afraid of dying but what face will I show my Almighty? I am a sinful person. This event has changed my thinking and all I am thinking of now is asking for his forgiveness, which I am sure He will as He is the Most Merciful. “

The dream has done good for my thinking. I m getting more inclined towards deen and I am trying my best to become a good Muslim. i am really ashamed of the sins I have committed till now.

Answer:
May Allah give you long life with peace and happiness!

A person's death (time, place) is only known to Allah. The best thing we can do is to become pious friends of Allah and make Taubah.

You should make Dua and pray Salatul Hajat. Also recite the following 7 times daily:
"Hasbiyyallahu la ilaha illa huwa alaihi tawakkaltu wa huwa rabbul arshil azeem".

Here is a Dua page:
http://islameasy.org/Dua_MM_2.php

Make lots of Isteghfar on past sins and mistakes, make Taubah and ask Allah for help.

The best thing we can do is to become pious friends of Allah. 'Religious' does not mean who prays and fast only - the definition is 'who abstains from all sins' - this includes our daily life, food, earning and spending,
dress, full hijab (for woman), manners and purification of heart - read the article and Khutbah on our site and listen to lectures .. inshaAllah your knowledge will increase.

This life is all about controlling desires and protecting from the traps of Nafs (self) and Shaytaan. This is a temporary life where desires and feeling may not be fulfilled completely - the place for enjoyment and desires is Jannah. Paradise is a reality – with rivers of milk and honey, palaces of gold and silver, delicious food and fruits, beautiful companions, always happy, always young, always healthy – a great kingdom for ever and ever for an unending enjoyment and bliss.

The best thing for a believer is to make Taubah from all sins, big or small -- make a list of all mistakes in your past life, pray 2 rakat (Salah of Taubah) and ask Allah to forgive you. Then, try to make up for any missing Salah, any missing fasting, any missing Zakah/Hajj etc. Also, ask forgiveness from other people if any injustice or verbal abuse as made.

There are other obvious sins in our society - encourage everyone in our homes and community to make Taubah --- avail the opportunity of earning millions of good deeds via learning and teaching, Zikr, Tilawat of Quran, Durood, Isteghfar and Dua.

Daily reading a book of good deeds helps in this situation. You may print a chapter of Muntakhab Ahadith

http://www.islameasy.org/quick_books.php

http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Emaan.pdf
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Belief_Hereafter.pdf

To keep good motivation, you may listen to some lecture and read articles on our site.

Purpose of Life (article)
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Purpose_of_Life_flyer.pdf

Cure for depression
http://islameasy.org/Cure_Depression.php

How should Every Muslim live through day and night?
http://www.islameasy.org/MuslimDailyLife.php

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah
http://islameasy.org/index.php
Question:
I have Personaly converted to Islam, after increasing my knowledge around Islam via books, and a very personal friend and colleague guided me to the truth religion. I do my daily prayers, fasting during Ramadan (especially the last 2 years). I really give all my best to implement the 5 pillars of Islam.

I have converted by reciting the Shahada, in my home, just between me and Allah, with my heart (in Arabic knowing the meaning in English, loudly in my house, alone). I would like to know if all the above are enough. Or should it be front of some other witness?
Answer:
According to a Mufti, this was sufficient for you to embrace Islam (no witness was needed).

However, for issues related to Islamic Will, marriage, Hajj and burial etc. one should make his religion known and obtain a certificate from local mosque or city, that may help in future.
Question:
I did apostacy. I just uttered shahada and got married - knowing inside I am kafir or have done shirk. I was a .. hypocrite.
1. How can I repent or enter islam now for Allah?
2. is the marriage valid?
As I have used islam for worldly gain (marry), so now do I have to leave this relationship as a part of repentence and establish tawheed?

I am scared of that Hadith (meaning)- Actions are (judged) by niyyah (intention),…. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated-

so I am scared now if I continue this relation I will get dunya only and no portion for me in akhirat for my islam.

Answer:
May Allah guide you to the right path and accept your repentance!

Yes, if you repent and come back to religion with sincerity, you will be on the path of Islam and tawheed.
You may recite 'Shahada' again with correct intention in your heart and words on your tongue.

According to a Mufti (scholar), after reciting the correct 'Shahada', you should ask to perform the Islamic Nikah again, with witnesses.

Here is an article on repentance you may find useful:

Seeking Forgiveness (Tau'bah)
http://islameasy.org/Taubah_Benefits.php
Question:
After almost 1 and a half year I embraced Islam. I just don't like to make dua for my parents during Tashad (due to bad treatment in past from parent).

My question is that is it a sin if I stop making dua for them?

Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong Imaan,forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, and bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. Ameen!

Islam is the religion of Mercy, Peace and Blessing. Its teachings emphasize kind heartedness, help, sympathy, forgiveness, sacrifice, love and care. If we understand it correctly, we will wish it for everyone, including our
family and fellow human beings.

Kindly review this article http://islameasy.org/K_Islam_Mercy.php

Observing Islam and achieving salvation in the eternal life hereafter is an individual’s choice – a personal matter.

A Muslim has true love and obedience of Allah Almighty. Since Allah commands good treatment of parents and fellow human beings, A Muslim is also kind to them, for the sake of Allah’s pleasure. There are limits to obedience for anyone if that comes against our obedience to Allah, who is
the Creator of everyone! These two aspects are not contradictory, so there should be no confusion.
Why do you think practicing Islam is disrespect to parents or Non-Muslims?

In the life hereafter, no one will be able to save other person. Everyone is responsible for her own faith and actions. Practicing Islam is not a sin even if one has gone against her parents’ wishes.

You will find it truly amazing that the answer comes direct from God, in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 31, Verses 14-15

14. And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years - give thanks to Me and to your parents,
unto Me is the final destination.

15. But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me
in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.

Islam teaches respect, sympathy and tolerance. Kind treatment of parents is a quality of the believer. The Quraan and Ahaadith are replete with orders and advices of being obedient to one's parents.

Allah states, "And worship Allah and do not ascribe any partner to Him and be favorable to parents." (Banu Israaeel).

The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, "Paradise lies under the feet of the mothers."

It is clear from the above quotations that one should respect their parents and be favorable to them. The ruling is general. It includes parents who are Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Asma (Radhiallaahu Anha)states that her mother was a non-Muslim and came to visit her, she enquired from the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) if she can enjoin
ties with her non-Muslim mother. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied, "Yes". (Bukhari vol.2)

Maintaining ties with non-Muslim parents or relatives presents one with an ideal situation to convey the etiquettes of Islam in a practical way.

It is also important to point out that in dealing with non-Muslim parents or relatives, one must not compromise in one's Islamic values and principles. It is incorrect to obey anyone against the orders of Allah.

Finally, there is no compulsion in religion. Islam is the continuation of the same original message brought by all previous prophets.

Question:
because im a new muslim i became muslim last year alhamdulilah Allah subhanahu wat'ala has gave me ilm nd i have memorisd a lot of surahs in the Quran . . i feel that im ready 2 get married even if im new to Islam

Answer:
For marriage, a religious person is better for both this life and hereafter. 'Religious' does not mean who prays and fast only - the definition is 'who abstains from all sins' - this includes our daily life,food, finances, dress, full hijab and Niqab, manners and purification of heart - read the article and Khutbah on our site and listen to leactures .. inshaAllah your knowledge will increase.

Make your choice for Taqwa(piety) instead of just looking for the apparent beauty or wealth, or geographic location.

You should work through your Imam or community elders to find good match for you, in the maen time learn more and make Dawah!

Question:
can I make dua for my (non Muslim) parents?
Answer:
InshaAllah, the material on our site will help in learning Islamic faith and practice. You may contact Muslims in your area for additional learning.

Islam teaches respect, sympathy and tolerance. Kind treatment of parents is a quality of the believer. Please review the answer to the following question on our QA page:

“Advice to New Muslimah regarding non-Muslim parents”
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The Quraan and Ahaadith are replete with orders and advices of being obedient to one's parents. Allah Ta'ala states, "And worship Allah and do not ascribe any partner to Him and be favorable to parents." (Banu Israaeel).
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, "Paradise lies under the feet of the mothers."

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, "The pleasure of Allah lies in the pleasure of the father and the displeasure of Allah lies in the displeasure of the father."

It is clear from the above quotations that one should respect their parents and be favorable to them. The ruling is general. It includes parents who are Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Asma (Radhiallaahu Anha)states that her mother was a non-Muslim and came to visit her, she enquired from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) if she can enjoin
ties with her non-Muslim mother. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied, "Yes". (Bukhari vol.2)

Maintaining ties with non-Muslim parents or relatives presents one with an ideal situation to convey the etiquettes of Islam in a practical way. That is the most effective way of Da'awah. If one wins the confidence of a
person, generally, he can make whatever he wants of the person.

It is also important to point out that in dealing with non-Muslim parents or relatives, one must not compromise in one's Islamic values and principles. It is incorrect to obey anyone against the orders of Allah Ta'ala.

Wait for the perfect time and do lots of dua that Allah gives your parents hidayah (guidance), especially after tahajjud prayer. We commend for your steadfastness and pray that Allah Ta'ala grant you the best of both the worlds, Aameen!
Question:
I am a young Muslim girl and I sincerely want to become an
Alimah and it is my total dream, to learn Islam and teach it in an islamic school.
Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong emaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity…. !

Read these Dua everyday:
“Rabbi zidni ilma”
and
“Rabbish rahli sadri wa yassirli amri wahlul uqdatam milisaani yafqhu qawli “

Recite Isteghfar, make Taubah from any sins and shortcomings in life (make a list of any sins and doubtful things and try to remove them from your life)

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah
http://islameasy.org/index.php

Here is a beautiful Dua script:
http://islameasy.org/Dua_MM_2.php

It is so great that you have intention to become an Alimah.
To help you decide, make a list of benefits of becoming an Alimah in this world and hereafter. Looking for job or earning is a very trivial matter. Allah gives sustenance to every moving creature on earth (humans, animals, fish, birds and insects). Allah gives jobs to people who work
with wood and stones - why won't Allah take care of the needs of a person studying the words of Allah?

For preparation, you may review this "Short Course for teaching Basics of Islam to youth and elders". Even if you have not studied a full-time course, you may learn this material quickly and share it with others for learning.

http://islameasy.org/TeachingBasicsofIslam.php

To become a full-time Alimah, you may join a course in your locality, or Online from a reputable institution. For advanced studies, refer to an Alimah course with Arabic grammar and intensive studies of Quran, Hadith and Fiqh.

Search for a good Darul-Uloom institution for Alimah studies program near your town. You may request your father or brother to find those locations from your masjid Imam.

Memorizing some Surahs of Quran and observing complete Hijab are first steps to bring more piety in your life. Make a schedule of learning Islamic studies and prepare to join an institution of higher learning.

Question:
1) What should I be studying to convert?
2) Since I can not read Arabic, How do I learn the prayers in Arabic? (in Phonetic version??)
3) How do I learn about Female Muslims dress, cooking & clture?
Answer:
Thank you very much for your interest in practicing Islam. May Allah guide you to the right path, Ameen!

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1) What should I be studying to convert?
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As you have decided to practice Islam without any compulsion, the first step is to recite the Shahadah (testimony of faith). It is recommended to take a bath or ablution to achieve purity. Here are the statements in arabic, transliteration and translation you could recite:
------------------------------------------------------------LA ILAHA ILLAL LAHU MUHAMMADUR RASOOL ULLAH

Translation: There is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah.”

ASH HADU A(N) LLA ILAHA ILLAL LAHU WA ASH HADU AN-NA MUHAMMADAN AB DUHOO WA RASOO LUH

Translation: I testify that none is worthy of worship but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is
His servant and His Messenger.

“AAMANTU BILLAHI KAMA HUWA BI ASMAA’ IHEE WA SIFATIHEE WA QABILTU JAMEEA – AHKAMIHEE”

Translation: I believe in Allah as HE is with all His Names and Attributes and I accept all His Commands.

“AAMANTU BILLAHI WA MALAA I-KA TIHEE WA KUTUBIHEE WA RUSULIHEE WAL YAUMIL AAKHIRI WAL QADRI KHAIRIHEE WA SHARRIHEE MINAL- LAHI TA’ALA WAL BA’THI BA’DAL MAUT “

Translation: I believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Prophets, the Day of Judgment, and in the fact that fate,
good or bad, is from Allah, and in the resurrection after death.

Learning the basics of Islam:
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Kindly learn the first few expressions on this page
http://islameasy.org/pdf/Expressions1.pdf

What is said in the Muslim Prayer? (English Translation)
http://islameasy.org/What-Muslim-Prayer.php

Purity:
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Before prayer, a new Muslim should take a complete bath with intention to be clean from all impurities. The bath
will include thorough gargling (passing water into and out of the mouth) and putting water into the nostrils.

Basic Duties (Five Pillars of Islam):
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1. Emaan (To firmly believe in the heart and declare as described above)
2. Salat (To pray five times a day)
3. Zakat (Paying charity if financially capable)
4. Fasting (during the month of Ramadan)
5. Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime if one can afford it)

A person who accepts Islam is called a Muslim. It means one who surrenders’. A Muslim is required to do all that
Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have asked to do, and to keep from doing things which Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have told not to do.

This is a quick booklet you may start reading to learn the basics
Gift for New Muslims http://islameasy.org/pdf/Gift_NewMuslims_Print.pdf

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2) Since I can not read Arabic, How do I learn the prays Arabic? (in Phonetic version?)
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Initially, first few prayers, you may pray by reciting short Arabic words given in the beginning of this page:

Islamic Manners and Expressions
http://islameasy.org/pdf/Expressions1.pdf

Slowly, you may learn a few more items from the Salah book:
http://islameasy.org/pdf/salaah.pdf

This page is your Prayer resource, with audio, hand-out and additional material:
http://islameasy.org/prayers-salaat.php

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3) How do I learn about Female Muslims dress, cooking & clture?
------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Women's Dress
http://islameasy.org/pdf/Muslim%20Women's%20Dress%20Brochure.pdf

For Cooking, make sure the food and ingredients are Halal.
http://islameasy.org/Guide-to-Muslim-Food.php

Do you have a nearby Islamic Center which is easy for you to visit? Usually, they have sisters-area where you can
meet and learn from sisters.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional questions.
Question:
A. When I was schooling I was with non-Muslims. So I didn't live like a Muslim girl and didn't know islamic rules much, but now I am doing my Higher studies and
Understood about Islam and scare at it. So I started to pray 5 times and cover the hair, keep away from other sins such as listening music, watching Tv. But I don't Know much about Islam and I am worrying about it. Now I am
starting to search and Study. But still I have some mistakes in my behavior which I am trying to correct. Please give me a Dua for this and some advices please.

B. I am always getting insult by others because i don't kmow how to manage the things and I am not much intelligent, it hurts me lot. But I feel it is
a dunya (worldy life) and try to leave those worries. Please help me by giving some duas to make my life organized and to get respect by others without get
insulting in the Society, please help me.

Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong emaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity…. Ameen! The Muslim Ummah regards you as an obedient daughter, a respected sister and a dignified woman in Islam!

This life is a one-time opportunity to achieve everlasting happiness in the life hereafter. Allah Almighty is showering countless blessings upon us everyday. Every moment has a great potential to achieve high-ranks in the court of our Creator. Every minute is like a gold coin. The heart and tongue are gifts from Allah to earn millions of rewards (Hasanaat) for the Akhirah.

Daily reading a book of good deeds helps in this situation. You may print a chapter of Muntakhab Ahadith (http://www.islameasy.org/quick_books.php) and read with your family for 10 minutes together. then make Dua.
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Emaan.pdf
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Belief_Hereafter.pdf

Please review our main page for Dua scripts.

Respected sister, kindly study the articles in sisters section of our site
http://islameasy.org/articles.php

Make a list of other sins/mistakes and try to stop from those, one by one.
If you are not sure, please ask.

Recommended readings:
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The following articles and booklets will inshaAllah help answer some of the questions which are frequently asked.

Cure for depression
http://islameasy.org/Cure_Depression.php

How should Every Muslim live through day and night?
http://www.islameasy.org/MuslimDailyLife.php

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah
http://islameasy.org/index.php

A gift for the Daughters of the Ummah – (topics on Purity and Tahara, what every Muslim sister should know). by Jamiatul Ulama (KZN), Ta'limi Board, South Africa
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Tuhfatul_Banaat.pdf

Gift for New Muslims (Basics of Islam)
http://islameasy.org/pdf/Gift_NewMuslims_Print.pdf

Status of Woman in Islam by Shaykh Ahmed Abdul Mujeeb Qasmi (translated by Muhammad Owais Jafrey) http://www.islameasy.org/K225_WomenInIslam.php
Question:
I am living life without rest but know I want to live a peaceful life. I feel ashamed of myself .. please help me tell me any way to get excuse of my sins from Allah so that Allah forgive me .. and Allah Almighty should not reveal my sins to anyone and forgive me .. help me I want to get closer to my Allah.
Answer:
Please read these article on the importance of Taubah and cure for depression:
http://islameasy.org/Taubah_Benefits.php

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In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful

Tau’bah (Seeking Forgiveness)
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Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), the all-Merciful and all-Forgiving, declares in the Holy Qur’an:

“Say: O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an 39:
53

It is the nature of mankind to be forgetful and to commit sins. However, Allah has given us the ability to rectify ourselves by turning to Him and begging for His forgiveness. Our mountains of evil deeds are nothing
before the vast ocean of the mercy of Allah.

Abu Dhar RadiyAllahu `anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam in a Hadith Qudsi (a hadith in which the Blessed Prophet s quotes Allah) said: “Indeed Allah the Almighty and Majestic says:

“O My slave! Verily, as long as you worship Me and have hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done; O My slave! If you meet Me with an earthful of sins, but do not associate any partner with Me, I would grant you a forgiveness as great as the whole world.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Committing sins may make you sorrowful, depressed and deeply disappointed with yourself. But if you return to Allah with a few tears and beseech Him for mercy, He will certainly forgive you. There is no other door to
knock to solve our issues. None can forgive sins except Him. He calls us to the abode of peace (Paradise); He is the Almighty who hides our faults and He alone can replace our bad deeds with good deeds.

The door of repentance is always open for a person until he dies or until the sun rises from the west, whichever comes first. When something is a necessity Allah provides it in abundance like air and water. Since we are always sinful and negligent of Allah and Satan and the self are always
inciting us towards evil, therefore tau’bah is provided in abundance so we can turn back to Allah.

Allah has created a solution to every sickness even if it may be the poison of a snake. Satan and sins are a major sickness and the cure for it is in tau’bah and istighfar, crying in front of Allah with deep regret in the heart.

Whenever our tau’bah breaks we should make tau’bah again. Some people despair and think they are sinners and will go to Hellfire. Tau’bah is so powerful that it can take a person from the lowest levels of Hellfire and raise him to the highest levels of Paradise.

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), the Lord of Mercy, puts mercy in the hearts of every mother in the world by which they love and care for their children. We make mistakes but Allah overlooks our faults. Our worship and good deeds are not perfect but Allah accepts them and multiplies the reward.
Question:
I wanted guidance of what to teach, as inshallah I am opening a educational program for the ladies as none of them know how to recite the Quraan, also rulings and etiquettes concerning purity and other basics. I need a proper schedule I will be doing 2 hrs with them everyday.
Answer:
May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong emaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. Ameen!

InshaAllah, for the beginner’s class, you may devote some time for Taleem - reading a book of virtues like “Muntakhab Ahadith”, then make small Halaqas for learning Quran recitation. Then you may have a session on Basics of Islam, customized separately for groups of children, sisters or elders. You may end the class by reciting Dua and give reading/writing/memorizing homework to students. Once they learn a topic, you may have short question-answer session (Quiz) and give small prizes to encourage their learning competition. Make special Dua for all your students after prayers.

The following articles and booklets will inshaAllah help you teach the basics of Islam. If a book is not available in English, Urdu or desired language, you may contact your local bookstore for a printed book.

Part A. Virtues of Good Deeds
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Muntakhab Ahadith (selected Ahadith - includes Arabic text and references)

Emaan - Belief in Allah http://islameasy.org/pdf/Emaan.pdf

Belief in the Unseen http://islameasy.org/pdf/Belief_Unseen.pdf

Hereafter http://islameasy.org/pdf/Belief_Hereafter.pdf

Virtues of Prayers (Salah) http://islameasy.org/pdf/Prayers_Salah.pdf

Virtues of Knowledge http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/MA_Virtues_Ilm.pdf

Virtues of the noble Qur'an http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/MA_Virtues_Quran.pdf


Part B. Quran learning (Recitation and Tajweed)
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http://islameasy.org/quran-learning.php

Memorizing and listening to 10 short Surahs for prayers

Noorani Reader Quran Tajweed booklet

Tajweed for Beginners

Memorizing additional Surahs from Juz-30 (Amma Para)

Part C. Belief, Purity (Taharah) and Salah
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Gift for New Muslims (Basics of Islam) http://islameasy.org/pdf/Gift_NewMuslims_Print.pdf

Ta'leem-ul-Islam (Teachings of Islam)
Part -1 http://islameasy.org/pdf/taleem1c.pdf
Part -2 http://islameasy.org/pdf/taleem2c.pdf
Part -3 http://islameasy.org/pdf/taleem3c.pdf
Part -4 http://islameasy.org/pdf/taleem4c.pdf

A gift for the Daughters of the Ummah – (topics on Purity and Tahara, what every Muslim sister should know). http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Tuhfatul_Banaat.pdf

Practical guide to Purity and Salah http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/PurityGuide.pdf

Salaah http://islameasy.org/pdf/salaah.pdf

Elementary Teachings of Islam by Shaykh Adul-Aleem Siddiqui

Taleem-ul Haque by scholars of South Africa http://www.markazulmaarif.org/Download/default.asp

Heavenly Ornaments (translation of Urdu book ‘Behishti Zewar’) by Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi


Part D. Sunnah and Manners
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The Ways of the Holy Prophet MUHAMMAD (Uswai Rasool-e-Akram) Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam by Dr. Abdul Hai Aarfi

Beautiful Sunnats of the Beloved Nabi (Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam) by Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar
http://islameasy.org/pdf/BeautifulSunnats.pdf

Alaikum Bisunnati by Mufti Abdul Hakeem

Sunnah in daily life http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/100_Sunnats.pdf

Essential Duas in the life of a Muslim http://islameasy.org/pdf/Essential_Duas.pdf

Part E. Ideal Muslim Character
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Cure for depression http://islameasy.org/Cure_Depression.php

Seeking Forgiveness (Tau'bah) http://islameasy.org/Taubah_Benefits.php

Why is Hijab necessary? http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Hijab_newEdition2.pdf

Marriage life - living with peace and harmony at home http://www.islameasy.org/Marriage_Advice.php

How should Every Muslim live through day and night? http://www.islameasy.org/MuslimDailyLife.php

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah http://islameasy.org/index.php

Status of Woman in Islam by Shaykh Ahmed Abdul Mujeeb Qasmi (translated by Muhammad Owais Jafrey) http://www.islameasy.org/K225_WomenInIslam.php
Question:
I want to live a life of charity and enough to help myself and my family. If one was to work hard in this life for success and put education to use to get a good job, is it pushing for a lot in this life?

Answer:
Islam does not stop one from working hard in this life. It promotes a beautiful balance to seek the pleasure of Allah while earning (do no commit any sin) and spending (for example: help the parents, assist the poor and needy)

Charity and moderation http://islameasy.org/K_Charity.php

People may use their education and skills to promote the message of peace and concern for the whole humanity. Kindly review this chart http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Convert_Time2Gold.pdf

To discover the purpose of life;

Finding our way to Allah by constant remembrance, good intentions and nice manners and etiquettes of daily life;

Converting time into gold! rush to do good deeds and earn millions of reward in a short time.

How busy professionals may become friends of Allah?

How to build our character which leads to an ideal human being?
How to avoid spiritual diseases of heart and bad manners which drain our energy and lose good deeds?

Virtues of repentance, how to avoid all types of sins?

How to resolve conflicts in daily life, with a pure heart, trustworthiness, soft manners and fulfilling everyone’s rights?

Worshipping our Creator, acquiring knowledge to become an ideal believer, serving humanity, making efforts in helping fellow human beings to be loved by Allah should be our mission. Deeds done with a pure heart, sincere intentions, with humility, love and care fulfills the mission of life.
Islam’s mission is to serve humanity.

Islam teaches us to help the needy without any discrimination of color, creed, race, nationality or religion. “The entire humanity is Allah’s family, and Allah loves him most from among His family, who benefits the family most”.
Question:
I am a new revert, so I wanted to ask you, what should I recite daily Duas or any books; please send me a schedule so that I can read daily and learn. JazakAllah!
Answer:
InshaAllah, the material on our site will help in learning Islamic faith and practice. http://islameasy.org/quick_books.php

Basic duas (supplications) are recited everyday. We suggest that you take one at a time, learn it well, and then insha’Allah implement it before moving on to another one. There is also a translation in case you have difficulties with the Arabic.

Gift for New Muslims (Basics of Islam)
http://islameasy.org/pdf/Gift_NewMuslims_Print.pdf

Additional supplications http://islameasy.org/Dua_MM_2.php

Our site has a popular book known as Talim-ul-Islam. It goes over the basic tenets/pillars of Islam, along with their criterion and specifics on cleanliness, performing certain acts such as prayers and fasting, and also other questions that might arise. Once again, take this one page at a time, comprehend, ask questions, and then go read further.

Ta'leem-ul-Islam (Teachings of Islam) http://www.islameasy.org/quick_books.php

It is also highly recommended to find a scholar in your area (found at the local mosque or Islamic school), where you can enroll and study under the guide of a qualified Islamic scholar. Through their guidance and support, you will insha’Allah be able to succeed in your quest for knowledge. May Allah make it easier for you and make you amongst the successful in this world and the next. Ameen!

Recommended readings:
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Practical guide to Purity and Salah
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/PurityGuide.pdf

Purity and Tahara - A gift for the Daughters of the Ummah
http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Tuhfatul_Banaat.pdf

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah
http://islameasy.org/index.php
Question:
I believe and it is in Islam that you should respect your parents, however if one was to convert to Islam is it not a sin that you have gone against your parents wishes? Some parents can disagree yet accept, whereas others may disown. I would appreciate it if you could send me some information about this because I'm very confused.
Answer:
Thank you very much for your question on respecting parents while observing Islam.

Islam is the religion of Mercy, Peace and Blessing. Its teachings emphasize kind heartedness, help, sympathy, forgiveness, sacrifice, love and care. If we understand it correctly, we will wish it for everyone, including our family and fellow human beings. Kindly review this article

http://islameasy.org/K_Islam_Mercy.php

Observing Islam and achieving salvation in the eternal life hereafter is an individual’s choice – a personal matter.

A Muslim has true love and obedience of Allah Almighty. Since Allah commands good treatment of parents and fellow human beings, a Muslim is also kind to them, for the sake of Allah’s pleasure. There are limits to obedience for anyone if that comes against our obedience to Allah, who is the Creator of everyone! These two aspects are not contradictory, so there should be no confusion.

In the life hereafter, no one will be able to save another person. Everyone is responsible for her own faith and actions. Practicing Islam is not a sin even if one has gone against her parents’ wishes.

You will find it truly amazing that the answer comes direct from God, in the Holy Qur’an, Chapter 31, Verses 14-15

14. And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years - give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination.

15. But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.

Islam teaches respect, sympathy and tolerance. Kind treatment of parents is a quality of the believer. The Quraan and Ahaadith are replete with orders and advices of being obedient to one's parents.

Allah states, "And worship Allah and do not ascribe any partner to Him and be favorable to parents." (Banu Israaeel).

The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, "Paradise lies under the feet of the mothers."

It is clear from the above quotations that one should respect their parents and be favorable to them. The ruling is general. It includes parents who are Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
Asma (Radhiallaahu Anha) states that her mother was a non-Muslim and came to visit her, she enquired from the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) if she can enjoin ties with her non-Muslim mother. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied, "Yes". (Bukhari vol.2)

Maintaining ties with non-Muslim parents or relatives presents one with an ideal situation to convey the etiquettes of Islam in a practical way.

It is also important to point out that in dealing with non-Muslim parents or relatives, one must not compromise in one's Islamic values and principles. It is incorrect to obey anyone against the orders of Allah.

Finally, there is no compulsion in religion. Islam is the continuation of the same original message brought by all previous prophets.
Question:
How do I become a devoted Muslim?
How should I offer prayer (Salah)?

Answer:
InshaAllah, the material on our site will help in learning Islamic faith and practice.

[Prayers/Salaah topics are at this page - http://www.islameasy.org/prayers-salaat.php]

[Prayer book - http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/salaah.pdf]

[Salah for women - http://www.islameasy.org/perform-salaah-correctly.php#forwomen]

MashaAllah, by making the intention to become a more devoted Muslim, you have already taken the first step in the right direction. In order to increase your devotion, spend time with those in your area who are well versed in authentic Islamic teachings. Try to emulate them and learn from them. Also, try to read book such as Taleem-ul-Haq and Heavenly Ornaments so that you can learn the basics of Islam.
May Allah provide you with the tools and dedication to become a devoted Muslimah, Insha Allah.
Question:
What does "Fardh" mean? (Numbers/Types prayers required at each prayer time Fajr 2 Sunnah, 2 Fardh ; Zuhr 2/4 Sunnah, 4 Fardh, 2 Sunnah; Asr 4 Sunnah, 4 Fardh ; Maghrib 3 Fardh, 2 Sunnah; Isha 4 Fardh, 2 Sunnah, 3 Witr)
Answer:
If you are looking for the definition of Fard (obligatory) then, it means an act that is commanded by Allah in the Quran and it is compulsory.

[Editor's note: Teachings of Islam http://islameasy.org/pdf/taleem1c.pdf]
Question:
.. I am really interested in learning more about the Muslim faith. Where could I go on the internet to purchase a Quran? And where could I go to find a forum of English speaking Muslims to chat with and ask questions of?
Answer:
Thank you very much for your interest in learning about Islam.
The Quran translation is available from all major book stores. Many organizations also donate free copies of Quran.

You may also send your questions to this site. The "Belief" section on our site has comprehensive coverage of Islam 101 topics. You may also contact a nearby Islamic center to visit and discuss questions with local community.

May God Almighty Guide you to the right path! Ameen