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Can you please tell me a dua to read to try and have a baby boy? If there is one can you tell me when and how many times to read this? Can you tell me the dua in english and the meaning of the dua?


All praise are due to Allah.

Jazakumallahu khairan for your question. You have done the correct thing by turning to Allah ta’ala alone to answer your prayers. However, you should not be too insistent in asking only for a boy, since both male and female children are blessings from Allah, and are from His Decree.

Allah criticizes the pagan Arabs in the Qur’an for the dislike of having daughters, He Almighty says: “When one of them is given the good news of a baby girl, his face turns dark and he is enraged.”

There is a general dua for having righteous children:

“Rabanaa hablanaa min azwaajinaa wa dhuriaatina quraata ‘ayun, wa ja’alna lil mutaqeena imaamaa.”

“Our Lord! Grant us from our spouses and progeny what shall cool our eyes, and make us leaders for the righteous.”

Some of the righteous asked for a pious male child that would serve the deen of Allah, such as Zakariyya, and Hinna the mother of Maryam. If this is your intention then there is no harm in asking for a male child, while accepting and praising Allah for a female. Do you not see Allah’s wisdom in granting Hinna a baby girl?

Make your dua’ at times of acceptance, such as in the last third of the night, in sajdah, or between the adhan and iqaama, during rain, or just before tasleem in prayer. Remember to make sure your and your husband’s rizq is halal, for impure earnings will be a barrier between you and acceptance of your dua.

Finally, pray to Allah to guide your children, for whether male or female, what really counts is where they end up in the Afterlife. A parent’s greatest concern should be that their children do good deeds and that they learn from you, as they will be a Sadaqa jariyya for you after you have left this world.

May Allah guide you to all that is good.

And Allah knows best.


In which verse and sura ,the topic about the punishment at the Grave is written? Also can you mention any hadith related with that?


All praise is due to Allah.

Jazakumallahu khairan for your question. It is very nice to hear from you.

The Belief in the punishment of the grave is established in the Qur’an, Sunnah, and by the consensus of the Ulema.

Allah ta’ala says regarding the punishment that Firoun and his family are receiving while in their graves:

[النَّارُ يُعْرَضُونَ عَلَيْهَا غُدُوًّا وَعَشِيًّا وَيَوْمَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ أَدْخِلُوا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ أَشَدَّ الْعَذَابِ} [غافر : 46}

“Fire is exposed to their graves morning and evening, and on the Day of Resurrection, (it will be said:) ‘Enter Family of Firoun the Most Terrible Punishment!'”
[Surah Ghafir, Verse 46]

In the Sunnah, there are many texts that affirm the punishment in the grave. For example, the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once passed by the graves of two people who were being punished. He said, “These two are being punished for something not big (in terms of action). Rather they are big (in the sight of Allah). As for the one, he spread slanderous tales amongst people. As for the other, he did not protect himself from urine.” Narrated by Bukhari.

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said, “Were I not afraid that you would not bury your dead, I would have asked Allah to allow you to hear their torment.” Narrated by Muslim.

In addition, the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) used to ask for safety from the punishment of the grave at the end of each prayer before the tasleem, saying, “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the grave.”

May Allah ta’ala grant us and all the believers safety on the Day we meet Him.

And may He bless you with beneficial knowledge.


I was listening to the first lecture on Fiqh of Purification and you said (or I heard it that way) in the Q&A session that lizards are Halal? Are they not so impure? I am sorry, it might sound like a weird question, but it was very surprising. Also Sunan Abi Dawood 3787 mentions that Prophet (PBUH) forbade eating its flesh.


All praise is due to Allah.

Jazakumallahu khairan for your question, there are no weird questions on Islam and it is very noble for one to seek out the Islamic rulings and learn the ‘ilm. I congratulate you on beginning the series on Tahara and I hope you benefit much from them.

It is not correct that all types of lizards were forbidden by the Prophet sallahallahu alayhi wa salam. Al-Bukhaari narrated from Khaalid ibn al-Waleed that he and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) entered upon Maymoonah, who was his [Khaalid’s] maternal aunt and the maternal aunt of Ibn ‘Abbaas, and found that she had some roasted lizard that her sister Hafeedah bint al-Haarith had brought from Najd. She offered the lizard to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but he would rarely stretch forth his hand to food until he had been told what it was. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stretched forth his hand, then one of the women who were present said, “Tell the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that what has been offered to him is lizard.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) withdrew his hand from the lizard, and Khaalid ibn al-Waleed asked, “Is lizard haraam, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “No, but it is not found in the land of my people and I feel that I would have no liking for it. Khaalid said, Then I chewed it and ate it, and the Messenger of Allaah was looking at me.

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5391; Muslim, 1946)

The text you are referring to in the Sunan of Abi Dawood is in regards to a particular species of lizard that is harmful and causes skin diseases. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa wassalam commanded killing these types of harmful lizards.

The Prophet alayhi salam forbade eating all types of harmful insects and pests. As for a common lizard that is not harmful to one’s health, then there is no objection to eating it.

An important point to note is that one should be careful about deriving a ruling from a single hadith, rather all texts must be analyzed before reaching a conclusion. One must therefore always refer to the explanations of the ulema and not hasten to rely on one’s own feelings or judgements.

May Allah increase you much in knowledge.

And Allah knows best.

Question: My mother, who lives oversees wants me to do the qurbani here on her behalf. But she will not pay for it until about a month later. Is it ok for me to do it out of my money and get paid back later from her.Jazakallah Khair.


Walaikum salam wrt wb honorable sister:

All praise is due to Allah.

There is nothing wrong with the situation you mentioned. Your doing
qurbani on her behalf will suffice, and it does not matter if she pays
for the qurbaani now or later, or if you forgoe the payment

It is permissable to appoint an agent to carry out the udhiya on one’s behalf.

It should be noted that one qurbaani suffices for the entire
household, no matter how many people are living together even if this
includes extended family, grandparents, etc.

It should also be noted that the strongest view amongst the ulema is
that the udhiya (qurbaani) is a sunnah ma’akada.

Allah knows best.


As salam alaykum wa raghmatulahi wa barakatuh. I contact you because the brother of my husband, has doubts about the fiqh of divorce.The fact is that he married twice, Western and Muslim marriage.His wife changed her character when marry.and he to make her change her character,made the decision to end the Western marriage,she went to live in another house until your character be good again but this does not this time my husband’s brother was in charge of keeping her and her son, food, shelter, expenses …… I think sharia indicates something about this.So far, it has also decided to end the Muslim marriage and do not know whether to again pay for a few months the cost of his former wife ?


Walaikum salam wrt wb honorable sister,

All praise is due to Allah.

The husband is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of his wives as long as they are married or she is in her waiting period after the first or second divorce. If she is divorced for a third time he is no longer responsible for her.

At the same time, the wife must remain in her husband’s home during the ‘iddah (waiting period) after first or second divorce. The length of the ‘iddah is 3 menstrual cycles or 3 months for a women who does not menstruate. If the woman is pregnant, her ‘iddah ends at child birth. In this case the husband is responsible for her maintenance for the entire length of the ‘iddah.

It is not permissible for the divorced wife (after first or second divorce) to leave her husband’s home. It appears strange that the divorced wife in your question went to spend her ‘iddah in someone else’s home. She should have stayed in her husband’s home until her ‘iddah was over.

As for any children, the husband is responsible for them irrespective of the status of their mother. He must continue to maintain all of his children.

Let me add that divorce is the most hated thing permitted by Allah. If the husband can reconcile with his wives and teach them that would be better and more beloved to Allah then divorcing them.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Question: I have been trying to do Istikhara to decide what field of study is better for me and my family. I didn’t see any dreams. I know that we should go for what we feel is strong after doing Istikhara. Since I am generally not very sure about decisions, I get confused even after doing Istikhara. Some of my relatives suggested I make ‘lots’ about my options, make 2 raka’at salaat, make dua, say Bismillah and then pick up a lot and see what option is present.


Walaikum salam wrt wb dear respected brother,

Verily all praise is due to Allah.

It is very nice to hear from you brother.

It is not permissible to draw lots in order to make a decision about the future, because this is a type of divining arrows (azlaam) that is specifically prohibited in the Qur’an. Allah Most High says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنْصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ [المائدة] : 90

“O you who believe, indeed intoxicants, gambling, alters, and divining arrows are filth from the actions of the devil so abandon them.”

It is not correct to draw analogy with what happened in the time of Yunus alayhi salam, because his Shariah is abrogated by the Islamic Shariah, and we have a specific prohibition of this practice in both the Qur’an and Sunnah.

The answer to your istikhara is that you will find, if the path you wish to make a decision about is good for you, Allah will make it easier for you to follow that path. You may find a certain degree of comfort in your heart, or see certain indications that Allah is guiding you towards the choice that is best for you. If it is not right for you, you may find some anxiety or experience some unforeseen difficulty or other indication that this is not best.

Also remember that Istikhara should be used in conjunctions with taking the normal means of decision making: weighing up the pros and cons, consulting experts in the field, and of course, Istikhara can only be made for something that is halal in the first place.

You may want to consider which field will enable you to get closer to the ulema and be in an Islamic environment, in addition to financial considerations.

Do not forgot to do your istikhara during the times of acceptance (since it is a dua), such as in the last third of the night, and make sure your rizq is from halal sources.

Finally, let me point out that it is important to refer to the people of knowledge when deriving rulings, and not go by the sayings of common people. The common people often make major mistakes in understanding the texts, and this comes under the heading of speaking about Allah without knowledge.

And Allah knows best.

Assalam Imam sahib,
I was just curious to know if it was permissible to purchase discounted items on non-muslim holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas ? We see people flocking supermarkets and staying up all night long for discounts…it doesn’t seem right.
And does the ruling change if we intended to purchase the item before the holidays began and even if it is permissible, is it better from the point of view of Taqwa to avoid this ?


Alhamdulillah (All Praises are due to Allah).

Generally speaking it would not be forbidden to simply purchase discounted items on the holidays of non-Muslims, as long as these discounts do not come in the form of gifts related to the holiday. Shaikh Ibn Taymiyya permitted the receiving of gifts from non-Muslims on their holidays if they were general non-specific gifts. If one were to give you a Christmas Tree, or Christmas cookies, for example, it would not be permissable to accept them.

At the same time, one must not support the innovations or matter of misguidance that these holidays represent by partaking in their rituals.

As for the holiday shopping, the Ulema recommend we spend our time seeking the ‘ilm and attending the durus to gain beneficial knowledge. A noble goal in life is to attain knowledge and not simply to obey one’s lusts and desires and become consumers.

Another concern is that Muslims may miss out on their Salah or they may not be able to perform them properly or in Jama’ah when they are at these stores. Also, one is exposed to holiday music as well as religious displays (trees, candles, Santa claus etc).

One final point, is that there is often mixing and women dressed in inappropriate clothing at shopping malls, and this is a harmful distraction and danger to the faith of a believer.

In summary, although making a simple purchase at these stores is allowed, it is not recommended to spend one’s time hanging around in those places, and become affected by their environment.

And Allah knows best.


Can you please describe the limitations of dress to be worn by men and women while offering salah?

Can a man offer salah with vest on top?


Praises are to Allah, and peace be upon prophet Muhammed.

May Allah reward you for asking the question, and I pray that
Allah give you much goodness.

Propeht Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him said, “Pray as you see me praying”, and we pray the way that prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him taught us. The way that prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, is explained to us by our noble ulema. When we follow the ulema, we follow prophet Muhammed, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

The parts that need to be covered is called “Awra”. The Awra required during salat is normally the same as that outside of salat. For men it is between the navel and knees. Some ulema allow less to be covered, i.e. covering the private parts front and back. Some ulema also say that the shoulders should be covered. For women the aura is everything except the hands and face, and there is a difference of opinion on the feet.

For the Awra, it is the minimal amount that has to be covered, and one cannot wear less than that. One can wear more, Allah willing, as long as the additional clothing is not haram.

There are texts available on this subject, as well as the other subjects of fiqh, and I would encourage you to learn more about them from our noble ulema, as well as the different views that they have. May Allah reward you and increase you much in the beneficial knowledge.

And Allah knows.


How do we advise someone who doesn’t see eating non-zabeeha meat as haraam ?

The argument is that since chicken or goat is not filthy, we can consume it whether it was slaughtered or stunned/electrocuted.

Also, is there scientific evidence that slaughtered meat is more healthy & pure for consumption than meat processed through other means ?

Kindly advise. JazakAllahu Khayran


All praise be to Allah.

You have raised a number of different issues in your question. Let me see if I can address them one at a time.

1.) Eating meat that has not been slaughtered in the prescribed Shari’ manner is forbidden. This is because the general ruling for animal meat is that it is haram unless it has been slaughtered in the prescribed manner.

2.) As for the wisdom for this prohibition, it is well known that blood is the carrier of many diseases and illnesses, and that it has no nutritional value. Those of sound fitrah realise that the consummtion of blood is abominable.

3.) As for an animal being stunned at the time of slaughter, there can arise one of two cases:

One, that the animal dies before being slaughtered. In this case, it is considered dead meat and cannot be eaten.

Two, the animal is slaughtered properly according to Shariah (either by hand or by machine) after being stunned. In this case the animal meat is halal to eat. According to the scholars, if the operator of a machine that slaughters chickens says the name of Allah when starting the machine, this method of slaughter is acceptable.

Finally, it is essential that all people refer to the ulema when seeking to speak about matters in the religion. It is not appropriate to excercise our opinions in religious matters, rather all affairs must be referred back to Allah and His Messenger, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him.

And Allah knows best.


Asak,My Question is,is there any difference in the way of praying salaah between a male and a female.If yes, please state the differences.


All praise is due to Allah.

In general, the Ulema state that both men and women were addressed by the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, when he stood up on the minbar and performed Salat, and then came down to perform the Sajdahs, and when he finished, he said: “Pray (all of you) the way you all have (just) seen me praying.”

However, some ulema indicate that it may be more concealing for a woman to press her body close together in sajdah, and this may especially be the case if she can be seen praying by men.

Abu Dawud narrates that the Prophet may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him passed by two women praying, and said, “If you two perform Sajdah press your bodies close to the ground, for a woman is not like a man in that.”

عن يزيد بن أبي حبيب ، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على امرأتين تصليان فقال : ( إذا سجدتما فضمَّا بعض اللحم إلى الأرض ؛ فإن المرأة ليست في ذلك كالرجل ) .

رواه أبو داود في ” المراسيل ” ( ص 118 ) ، والبيهقي ( 2 / 223 )

Since this hadith is weak, it cannot be said that this action is part of one’s prayer. However, when praying in view of others, a woman should be careful to guard her modesty as much as possible.

Allah knows best.

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