Islam & Spirituality

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February 2019
Is it permitted to eat and drink while standing up?
Is alcohol in tinctures and drugs halal?
Feeling guilty about sexual fantasies
The ruling on breaking a fast that you are making up for Ramadan
Can you start praying before all the athans are finished?
Is it permitted to follow Sufi tariqas?
Can you read Quran on a computer or smartphone without wudu?
Can Muslims celebrate Valentine’s Day and Halloween?
The meaning of relying on God in Islam (tawakkul)
Can Muslims pray in a place that has statues and/or paintings?
Is Islam an ideology?
Is wearing fake eyelashes permitted in Islam?
Are men permitted to wear rings, bracelets, necklaces or earrings in Islam?
Why is abortion forbidden when it has to do with a woman’s personal choice?
Advice for Muslims who suffer from mental disorders
The Islamic view of following celebrity gossip
What are some good books on al-Ghazali?
Her mother is abusive toward her little sisters
The Islamic ruling on laser hair removal
The Islamic ruling on watching gay anime
A Muslim’s view of climate change
Do Muslims believe in karma?
Is it permitted for Muslims to work as lawyers of secular law?
Did Umar set fire to Ali and Fatima’s house?
Is it necessary for a Muslim to learn Arabic?
Does Islam restrict and oppress women?
Can a woman lead male family members in prayer if necessary?
On Lot’s wife
Are women permitted to take off the hijab if necessary for work?
The difference between sunna and nafl
Fearing that you will never find your true love
Muslim women are permitted to sing in public
She rejected a suitor due to uneasy gut feeling toward the man
On deciding which madhhab to follow and the multi-madhhab approach
Is raising the hands obligatory for dua?
Muslim women may bare their arms if necessary for work
Muslim women are permitted to work outside the home
January 2019
Is whistling permitted in Islam?
Why do Muslims use Jewish names?
Do you have to pray witr in order to pray tahajjud?
Can a Muslim enter Paradise if they do not pray?
30 years old, Muslim and hopeless about life
Should one support one’s mother or grandmother in a conflict?
Can you perform the prayer (salah) according to the Quran alone?
Why is there little mention of mental illness in Islam?
Do eye drops break the fast?
Should a person watch erotic videos to avoid sex outside of marriage?
The Islamic ruling on aborting a fetus after four months to save the mother’s life
Moving out against the mother’s wishes
On thinking that Muslims are ignorant and contribute little to science
Does referring to God as “He” sexualize Him as a male?
Seeking repentance from sins you have forgotten
Can you take breaks between prayers in Islam?
Can one take medications when fasting?
Is democracy permitted in Islam?
Explanation of verse 2:54 of the Quran
On believing that Islamic clerics have ruined Islam
How to return stolen money
What if a person’s sins are due to mental illness?
Is it blasphemous to imagine God not being male or female?
Are Mahdi and Dajjal authentic concepts?
Are women permitted to live on their own in Islam?
The simplest way to do a nikah according to Islamic law
Can a Muslim woman show her hair and body before a non-Muslim woman?
The hadith on the re-establishment of the Caliphate is unauthentic
Have I ever doubted parts of Islam?
Why Muslims becoming secularized is not a big problem
The Islamic ruling on reconstructing the hymen (hymenoplasty)
Is not praying worse than adultery?
What to do if certain Quranic verses and hadith narrations sound harsh or illogical to you
The ruling on watching uncovered women on television
How to begin practicing Islam
Sleeping on the stomach is not clearly forbidden or disliked in Islam
Is it permitted to use the student loan interest deduction?
Having friends who make fun of Islam
Eating with the left hand is permitted in Islam
Is it permitted for a Muslim woman to shave her head?
Is it permitted to pray for death in Islam?
The Islamic ruling on blowing on food to cool it
On failing to achieve something despite years of effort
How to achieve khushoo in salah
Her abusive parents make her feel depressed
Spending money on expensive mosques rather than the needy
The meaning of not taking Christians and Jews as allies in the Quran
Why are we supposed to control our sexual desires in Islam?
Her friend is said to suffer from “jinn possession”
Does being a Muslim make us better humans than non-Muslims?
Is it permitted to study astrology out of curiosity alone?
Father wants to prevent them from going back to school
How to make sure wealth does not make you distant from God
He had sex with another man’s wife, the husband wants to kill him now
Why do so many people in the West wish for death?
Is forgetting the Quran a curse from God?
Her intended is being forced by his family to marry someone else
Her family prevents her from practicing Islam
Is it forbidden to call a woman a goddess as a compliment?
How to be compassionate, and on acting compassionate without feeling it
In Islam how are we meant to deal with death of a loved one?
Are there misogynistic stories in the Quran?
Is nikah engagement or marriage?
Is it permitted to show the neck when wearing hijab?
The Islamic ruling on women wearing perfume
Hating a sibling for abusing her family’s trust
The ruling on the prayer of an alcohol-drinker
On which hour on Friday are prayers accepted?
Can jinns possess objects or show themselves?
Islam’s solution for a woman who lost her virginity due to rape
Dealing with people looking down on housewives
Is the neck part of aurat?
Is it permitted for Muslim girls to post their photos on social networks?
The Islamic ruling on celebrating national holidays (such as New Year’s Day)
Proposing to a man as a Muslim woman
Does God reward involuntary charity?
Dealing with fraud without legal recourse
Dealing with a mother who likes horoscopes
December 2018
The Islamic ruling on dyeing hair (for men and women)
The Islamic ruling on building new churches in Muslim lands
It is permissible to assign particular nights for performing qiyam communally outside Ramadan
Organ donation is permissible in Islam (with conditions)
Is placing patients on life support (and taking them off when brain dead) permissible in Islam?
Is it haram to have a non-Muslim girlfriend?
A non-Muslim woman who was impregnated by her Muslim boyfriend
The conditions that apply to a Muslim man marrying a non-Muslim woman
Singing and playing musical instruments is permissible in Islam
Are student loans, mortgages and credit cards haram in the West?
Secret romantic relationships in Islam
Is it haram to be embarrassed by your parents?
Can a Muslim woman wear jeans?
Is surrogation permissible in Islam?
How to convince parents to agree to marrying that person?
Can a Hanafi person pray the Asr prayer according to Shafii time?
It is permissible to attend Christmas celebrations as a Muslim (with conditions)
Does God reward good deeds in the worldly life too?
If loved ones go to Paradise after death, why do the religious cry for them?
Dealing with a toxic work environment as a Muslim
Is dawah obligatory when it is awkward and rude?
How to balance worldly goals and religious goals?
Constantly redoing prayers in fear of having made errors
Islam’s view of having non-Muslim friends
Child lied to parents about finishing college
Can a Muslim woman divorce without the husband’s approval?
Her intended does not want to pay for the honeymoon
Islam and nightmares
Is it haram to hang pictures in a room?
How to have a halal marriage when there are so many haram outlets?
Catching a child watching pornography as a Muslim parent
Getting braces is permissible in Islam
Are the signs of end times (such as al-Mahdi) in Islam authentic?
It is permissible for Sunni Muslims to marry Shia Muslims (with conditions)
How to memorize long verses like Ayat al-Kursi
Overcoming doubts on becoming Muslim
Why is God not helping me?
Is it permissible to have hobbies in Islam?
On Muslim migrant criminal and uncivilized behavior in the West
Sexual fantasies in Islam
Which sura must be recited after al-Fatiha? What to do in prayer if you haven’t memorized much Quran?
Do the consequences of other people’s sins affect us?
Is it sinful to cherry-pick which scholars you listen to?
How is the start of maghrib prayer determined?
How is isha start time calculated?
Determining start of fajr prayer in the UK
Cosmetic surgery is permissible in Islam (with conditions)
On the unreliability of the hadith on Muslims being fated to establish a Prophetic caliphate
On Islam’s view of psychology and scientific reductionism
Is it sinful in Islam to not love your parent?
Making wudu with nail polish: Is it the same as masḥ (wiping over socks)?
The Quran and the Shape of the Earth: Is It Round or Flat?
November 2018
What is there to do if you suffer because someone you love is far away from God?
Is it permissible for a man to marry if he needs his wife’s and relatives’ financial help?
A woman’s prayer is still valid if part of her hair is unintentionally uncovered
Can faith in God help you succeed in your studies even if you do not study enough?
Dealing with missing someone after a breakup
It is permissible for menstruating women to enter mosques and to stay there for lectures
Why are Muslim men so judgmental about what a woman wears?
Your low iman may actually be depression
The morality of sharing music on social media
What is the best way to avoid habitual sins?
Can one unknowingly associate partners with God?
The Muslim view of Orientalists
October 2018
How to pray the witr prayer
On the hadiths of the punishment of image-makers (al-muṣawwirūn)
August 2018
Islam’s ruling on cannibalism for survival
Is it permissible to draw and paint in Islam?
Feeling lonely and incomplete despite praying and reading Quran
Can you remain in contact with a relative who left Islam?
Coworker encourages them to sin
What should a Muslim woman do if she feels more attracted to women than men?
The difference between tahajjud and qiyam al-layl
What is Islam’s punishment for premarital sexual intercourse?
Will God’s forgiveness allow someone to get away with their crimes?
She is engaged to someone but wishes to marry someone else
Laughter in dreams and menstruation
What to do if you have lost hope in everything
What a man should do if he does not have the money to marry
On not inviting abusive parents to one’s nikah
Is it wrong in Islam to feel jealous?
Her husband forbids her from going to the gym
Her friend is too involved with her male colleagues
Is it permissible to pray tahajjud after performing witr?
Can babies see angels?
Can angels read and understand the Quran or not?
In Islam, are we fated to marry a specific person?
Are sexual and homosexual fantasies forbidden in Islam?
The appropriate way to approach and propose to a Muslim woman
Being Muslim and a fangirl/fanboy of a fictional world
Is it permissible to write down prayer words when learning how to pray (salah)?
She keeps dreaming of a particular man she likes
How can we know if our dua is delayed or rejected?
It is permissible for Muslims to celebrate birthdays
What are the exact rulings on the hijab in the Quran?
Why is it so difficult to stop repeating sins?
Did Abraham’s wife Sarah laugh at the destruction of Lot’s people?
Does the Quran blame Lot’s people for “desiring” men when desire is outside human control?
Why is Islam opposed to homosexuality?
Balancing worship with productive work
July 2018
Why are Muslims so judgmental?
Can Muslim women wear shirts and training pants for sports?
On Muslim hypocrisy in not defending other persecuted peoples
How do I find the one who is right for me?
The real meaning of kāfir and the difference between small kufr and big kufr
Are the prayers and fasts of a non-hijabi accepted?
On an agnostic’s marriage to a Muslim
On watching Quran videos during tahajjud
How to be forgiving and mentally stronger
Why Saudi Arabia does not represent Islam
Wanting to repent but not feeling repentant
Cleaning parts of the body hit by toilet splash-back
Her parents fight constantly and stress her out
Can Muslim women be intellectuals and have careers?
What types of insurance can Muslims get?
On the Evil Eye, Hadith Authenticity and Confirmation Bias
On “thighing” and semen on the Prophet’s clothes
The sunna prayer of dhuhr (ẓuhr) can be prayed in units of two or four
There are billions of non-Muslims, so how can Islam be the one true path?
On being in Paradise and not feeling negative emotions
Muslim woman prays without hijab
How to know which Islamic scholars to follow
What should be the Muslim attitude toward the Bible?
On dealing with anti-Muslim parents and siblings as a convert
Why Islam does not have a specific punishment for rape
Differences in male and female responsibility for adultery in Islam
Converts to Islam do not need to get circumcised (but it is recommended)
Forgiving society’s shortcomings and wrongs as a Muslim
Kafara for wrongful abortion and manslaughter for one who cannot fast 60 days
Explanation of the “kill them where you find them” verse of the Quran
Making sense of all the different versions of Islam as a convert
The Islamic prayer for healing from the Quran
Responding to atheist arguments against Islam
Islam and abortion
Muslims may write fantasy and romance novels (except for erotic ones)
Islam and the legalization of recreational drugs
On not feeling close to God
Ruling on mistakes during sajda al-sahu
Fixing mother’s relationship with her sister
Why the hijab is still obligatory (and why it is not only a vestige of 7th century Arabia)
The things in Islam permitted and prohibited when menstruating
Is homosexuality more evil than rape in the Quran? Not exactly
On the different origins of Kurds, Hawramis and Zaza People
On fighting back against postmodernism and “social justice warriors”
On reducing unnecessary physical contact with the opposite sex
Repenting from ghayba (backbiting): You do not need to tell the person
Is marriage compulsory in Islam?
What to do when feeling far away from God
Do you pray the sunnah before the iqama or after when praying alone
On adoption, Aisha’s age and the Prophet’s dreams about her
Why does Islam allow a man to marry his adopted daughter?
On having empathy toward non-Muslims
Having short hair as a Muslim woman
Wiping over socks to avoid frostbite from ablution
On becoming an Islamic scholar
Is Saudi Arabia an Islamic country?
What happens if a Muslim girl gets caught with a boyfriend?
Getting emotional when thinking about God
Is “halal” nail polish really halal?
Pakistan’s behind-the-times Islam
Why did Imam Malik forbid living in non-Muslim countries?
June 2018
How will God punish the person who wronged me?
Muslim woman going to a mixed university
Giving up an addiction to “sexting” apps
Porn is destroying my life, I’m not able to control the urges
Parents will not let him marry his chosen
A father who refuses to approve his daughter’s marriage with a person from a different culture
April 2018
The types of touching between spouses or strangers that nullify wudu
Suicide and self-harm in Islam
Living as a Muslim and a homosexual
Is reading erotica permitted in Islam?
On Islamic prayers for fertility
Is adopting preferred to having one’s own child in Islam?
Is kosher meat and meat from Christian Orthodox countries halal?
On Muslims working for companies that deal with interest
Islamic rulings on ear, nose and tongue piercings
On rejoining Islam after a sinful life
On the ritual purity of cats in Islam
A man who refuses to marry the woman he had premarital sex with
Distinguishing between trustworthy and untrustworthy Muslim scholars and intellectuals
On raising the hands during salah as a Hanafi
On the Shia and their fate according to Sunni Islam
On unanswered prayers, and is it normal for a Muslim to doubt God’s existence?
On giving up a sinful relationship
A Muslim who cannot escape the guilt of a sinful life
Why is seeking knowledge important in Islam?
Is it forbidden for a Muslim to fall in love with a Christian?
On sharing a room with a homosexual person of one’s own sex
On responding to criticisms of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad
On praying (making dua) during salah and whether one can do it in English
Balancing materialism and fatalism
Wanting to get married as a Muslim woman but having no suitors
Solution for a person who due to illness cannot make up missed fasts
Not feeling at ease when reading the Quran
Hope for someone desiring suicide
On the evil eye
Getting engaged Islamically without marriage
March 2018
The Quran guarantees religious freedom, so why don’t Muslim scholars believe in it?
Dealing with the aftermath of a husband’s cheating
The issues surrounding the reliability of authentic narrations (al-Bukhari and Muslim)
How to be kinder and more polite to family members
The fate of atheists in Islam
On which scholar’s opinions to follow and scholarly consensus (ijmāʿ)
On fighting desires when alone
Dealing with an addiction to pornography
On sexism and misogyny in hadith narrations and the books of scholars
Is it forbidden for Muslims to befriend non-Muslims?
Dealing with cruelty from one’s own family
On God’s judgement regarding primitive humans (Amala and Kamala)
Can you do a khatm (complete reading) of the Quran with a translation?
On proposing to a man as a Muslim woman
Why doesn’t Islam have paintings and music?
Enduring the difficulties of having an abusive mother
On not speaking to someone for more than three days
Dealing with a family who want to marry off a daughter without her consent
Dealing with betrayal and slander from friends
Getting over an impossible love
Do Muslims need to make up prayers intentionally missed for years?
February 2018
Can a Muslim woman marry an uncircumcised man?
Avoiding the West’s culture of usury as a Muslim
Can one read or listen to Quran online without wudu?
How do Azhar-educated Muslims end up as terrorists?
Is it forbidden in Islam to be friends with a transgender person?
On stopping having infatuation for a person
On avoiding looking at inappropriate images on the internet
Learning to love God again
December 2017
Yoga is permissible in Islam if it is done for health
Islam and cruelty-free products
Makeup is permissible in Islam (with conditions)
The chaining of Satan and difficulties with Islam’s metaphysics
Will my past sins count against me after having returned to Islam?
How and why does God seal people’s hearts?
“Will the Sunni and Shia killing ever stop?”
Why Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims
Daughter wants to distance herself from her abusive parents
Are men allowed to show their emotions in Islam?
Can prayer change your fate and destiny in Islam?
Did God destroy the People of Lot for rape instead of homosexuality?
Dealing with sexist hadith narrations as a woman
It is permissible to celebrate Mawlid of the Prophet ﷺ
“I always feel depressed. What should I do?”
House husbands in Islam
How to pray on an airplane when you do not know the qibla
Should Islam and politics mix or not?
What to do if you cannot read the Quran very well
What is the best dua for marrying well?
The purpose of hijab in Islam
It is permissible for Muslims to say “Merry Christmas” to non-Muslims
November 2017
Dealing with abusive parents in Islam
“Am I a fake Muslim if I feel guilty at what other Muslims are doing?”
What is the Islamic way to treat cruel and repugnant relatives?
Do women make up the majority of people in Hell?
Serving God when dependent on your parents
“Why are Muslims so judgmental? Muslim men’s expectations of women are too high.”
Dealing with an overly emotional mother
What is a good prayer (dua) for fear?
Can Muslims marry but never have children?
Are Muslims allowed to never marry?
Breaking up with a friend of the same sex who is sexually attracted to you
Honor killings and execution of adulterers in Islam
Can someone with mental illness marry in Islam?
Marriage is not necessarily “half our religion”
What are the manners and rules of performing wudu and prayer?
Is getting agitated when someone walks in on you praying something to be concerned about?
On intentionally delaying the isha prayer
How to repent from zina (sex outside of marriage)
Can you pray after eating pork by mistake?
Why is sexual harassment of women common in Muslim countries? IQ and development, not religion
Feeling more spiritual with friends, less spiritual when alone
Why can’t I pray tahajjud anymore?
“How to avoid sexual desires?”
“He made me fall in love with his words, I crossed my line for him…”
“I am tired of fighting and tired of trying…”
“Is it bismillaah ar rahman ar raheem or bismilaa hir rahman nir raheem?”
“This world has always been so cruel to me…”
October 2017
Masturbation is not clearly forbidden or allowed in Islam
The niqab is neither obligatory nor sunna
Islam, the Good Parts: A Basic Income System that Encourages Employment, Productive Investment and Automation
What’s a good modern biography of Prophet Muhammad?
What to recite next after finishing salah
Can a person perform the ritual washing of a dead spouse’s body?
Dealing with parents who disrespect and fight each other
On Islamic Manners Toward Parents
What to do if you cannot find interesting and like-minded Muslims to befriend
Islam’s theory of free will versus physical determinism: Why humans are responsible for their actions even though God operates the universe
Should Muslims boycott the Hajj because of Saudi repression and war crimes?
What to do if strict/intolerant Muslims make you dislike Islam
God has not abandoned you: Regaining your sense of purpose when life feels spiritually empty, lonely and meaningless
When to stand up during the iqamah, at the beginning, a specific point or at the end?
Muslims may use “God” instead of “Allah”, and why most converts to Islam should keep their pre-Islam names
Strategies for forgiving others
September 2017
What to do if the Quran (in English) does not touch your heart
What is “sabr”?
Dating and Relationships in Islam: What is Allowed and What is Not
Islam versus Feminism
Understanding Islam’s Sophisticated Approach to Slavery: Why Muslims Practiced Slavery in the Past, and Why They Reject it Today
The Quranic and Prophetic Way to Treating Non-Muslims
How is it fair that unattractive women have difficulty getting married? Why does God allow this?
Why did God let His scriptures (the Torah and the Gospels) become corrupted?
Did God intend for Satan to not bow down to Adam? Why did He let it happen?
What is Tawbah Nasoohah?
Islam and dealing with PTSD from sexual abuse
Being a Muslim and a tomboy
Did the Prophet marry a 9-year-old girl? (She may have actually been close to 18)
Will God forgive your sins?
Islamic Strategies for Escaping a Sinful Life
Dealing with an eating disorder (and other mental conditions) as a Muslim
It is permissible for Muslim women to pluck their eyebrows (with conditions)
On the Rohingya Muslims
The Islamic way to getting over a breakup
The Islamic view of watching anime and reading manga
What to do if all the negative coverage of Islam and online Islam-bashing affects you
Is the Deathly Hallows sign related to the “Illuminati”?
Difference Between Sunnah Muakkadah and Ghair Muakkadah
Are tattoos permissible in Islam?
Do you need wudu’ to make du’a or dhikr?
On kind-hearted non-Muslims being better than evil Muslims
Can Muslims keep dogs as pets? (Yes, according to some scholars)
Is donating blood permissible in Islam?
The Islamic View of Sex Education and Adolescent Exposure to Sexual Scenes in Novels and Films
What to do if you make a mistake during salah (formal prayer)?
What is the right age for a Muslim woman to get married?
Will one’s prayers be valid if they unknowingly make an error in them for a long period of time?
How long can you delay the isha prayer?
Raising and lowering the finger during salah (formal prayer)
How soon are the sunnah prayers performed after the fard prayers?
August 2017
How to increase iman (piety and mindfulness of God)
Can a Muslim woman have male friends? The Islamic view of having friends of the opposite sex
What is permissible for a Muslim woman to wear in front of her husband, and what are they allowed to do in private?
What is permissible for a Muslim woman to wear in front of her father, other close male relatives, and other women?
July 2017
Why do different Muslims (such as Hanafis) follow different prayer timings?
How to make up multiple missed prayers (salah)
Origin of Darood Sharif
On Islam, Homosexuality and Homosexual Muslims
What happened to Islamic civilization? Why did Muslims fall behind in science and technology?
Book recommendations for a beginner to Islam
Listening to Music is Permissible in Islam
How to stop wasting time on social media
Why must women pray behind men at the mosque?
Patriarchy in the Quran
Dealing with a porn addiction
Managing stress and loneliness
What to do if you have intentionally missed many days of prayers
The point of the Islamic acts of worship
June 2017
What to do when your spouse is less religious than you
October 2015
Why there are so few Christian terrorists
August 2015
Horoscopes and Islam
December 2014
Is reading the Quran better than listening to it?