I converted to Islam in February. During my fast I had a very emotional breakdown, and out of frustration I broke my fast and for about two days stopped praying. After this time, I resumed fasting the rest of the month and have continued to pray the five prayers as normal. I am not sure what to do. Can you please tell me if I should make up for the whole fast by fasting 60 days or feeding 60 poor people? Or should I make up for the days missed only. I was also not in my hometown during the entire month of the fast because I was away staying with family. I would appreciate any advising you could give me.


All praise is due to Allah.

Alhamdulillah and congratulations on your coming to Islam and being guided to the Oneness of Allah. Beloved brother, know that our faith will be tested and that a beautiful home in the hereafter awaits the righteous.

As for the hardships you faced during Ramadan, the majority of ulema state that you should make up the two days that you missed, along with the prayers. You should also ask Allah for forgiveness for missing those days of fasting and prayer. As long as you did not have marital relations in the daytime during those two days, the correct view is that there is no need for the kafarah (expiation of fasting or feeding 60 poor people).

The school of Imam Ahmad states that one who abandons salat is not Muslim, so their view is that one who resumes prayer should simply make tawbah for abandoning prayer, and do a lot of extra good deeds and make lots of duas to make up for what they missed.

It would be advisable to spend time developing your Imaan, attending the masajid, and meet your fellow Muslims to support you. Try not to let the worries of the dunya affect your religious life. Remind your family and colleagues that you are following the original message of Jesus, and that they should go away from the innovations and commercialization inserted into his message.

I pray that Allah Most High grants you knowledge that will dispel any doubts and imaan that will help you overcome the trials of this dunya. May Allah make your affairs easy and guide you further as you increase your knowledge of this beautiful deen, and keep you firm on Islam for your entire life.

And Allah knows best.


is it haram to trick or treat


All praise is due to Allah.

May Allah reward you young sister for your noble question. You are doing the right thing by seeking knowledge. It is always good to get closer to our Ulema and love them very much. If you seek knowledge and follow Allah’s commandments, Allah will make you very happy in this world, and in the Paradise He will give you everything that your heart desires.

It is not allowed to celebrate halloween or trick-or-treat. Trick or treat and halloween are from the innovated or new customs that Allah did not give any permission for. Rather people who do not believe in Allah invented this custom. If we imitate them then we will be following a wrong path that will lead us away from Allah and towards the path of the Shaitan.

In Islam it is not permissable to dress up and imitate animals. Wearing costumes that have images on them is not allowed either, since only Allah can create living things.

Also, eating too much sugar can be bad for your teeth and make them fall out. Sometimes evil things happen during halloween. Many times youth damage property and steal things from the young kids.

By the way, Muslims are discouraged from begging from people, whether it is for money or candy or anything else, unless there is a real need. You can save your money or perhaps your parents can buy anything you need for you.

During these blessed days of Dhul Hijja we should remember our father Ibrahim, and the great sacrifice he made. He was ready to sacrifice his beloved son to answer Allah’s commandments. Should not we be ready to sacrifice the things we love also, such as candy and unIslamic customs, to please Allah?

If you give up these unislamic customs, Allah will give you something better.

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said, ‘Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allah, Allah will grant him something better in return.’

May Allah reward you for your question.

And Allah knows best.


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.


Can I go to sleep while in a state of janaba.


Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

It is allowed to sleep in a state of janaba. It is recommended sunnah
to do wudhu before sleeping in this state.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid


Can a person recite the Quran in the shower?


Verily the praises are to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be
upon prophet Muhammed.

As long as the area is free from impurities, it would be allowed.

And Allah knows. Shaikh Sajid

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