Reward For Childless Parents

I hope you are doing very well. I have been browsing the internet for information on this matter but, unfortunately, couldn't find any satisfying answer to my question. I have been married for many years now, but, unfortunately we don’t have any kids. We have always heard ayahs and hadith regarding good parenting and rewards for it - including grant of a place in heaven. My question and concern is that if a couple stays childless due to Allah's will, is there any compensation for that hereafter?

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We believe that this is the world of test and trial. Allah Almighty tests some through blessings and some through trials. The believer’s duty is to be thankful for the blessings and be patient against the trials. The Almighty Allah promises huge regards for those who bear patience. Therefore, you are requested to hope for the best and believe that Allah Almighty will bless you for your good behavior. You should also try to…

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Limitations

Is it right to say that Islam allows Muslims to do everything but with limitations?

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I am afraid it would not be right to hold that Islam allows Muslims everything but with limitations. A single application of liquor, for instance, to this principle would reveal that it is not applicable to the whole of the Islamic Shari`ah. No such feature can be labeled to Islam nor does it serve any purpose. We invite you to ask your questions with more specific examples of what you may have in mind.



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Hypnotherapy

My question is regarding hypnotherapy. I have seen (online) the following reasons for it to be "haram": a) use of jinns b) giving up your will and c) not relying on the help of Allah Almighty. However, I disagree with b) and c). I am not sure about a). This is something I do not know enough about. The definition of hypnotherapy is usually as such: "Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy. It is used by licensed physicians, psychologists, and others. Physicians and psychiatrists may use hypnosis to treat depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep disorders, compulsive gaming, while certified hypnotherapists who are not physicians or psychologists often treat smoking and weight management." I am currently considering going to this hypnotherapist for help with my self-esteem/confidence.

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We believe that there is nothing wrong with hypnotherapy. It does not involve jinn nor does it mean not relying on Allah. If this is true then every step we take for cure and any other means for that matter would come under this attack. When we let a doctor operate on our heart we give up our body to them and, according to this view, give up reliance in Allah.



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Sun Rises Between Two Sides Of Head Of The Devil

I need an explanation of the last sentence of the hadith mentioned below. How authentic it is?

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "When the (upper) edge of the sun appears (in the morning), don't perform a prayer till the sun appears in full, and when the lower edge of the sun sets, don't perform a prayer till it sets completely. And you should not seek to pray at sunrise or sunset for the sun rises between two sides of the head of the devil (or Satan)." (Bukhārī, 494)

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The best possible interpretation of the tradition is that the fellows of satan try to come between the sun and the people worshipping it so as to make them prostrate before him as well. The horns symbolize Satan's parties. Many people would worship the sun at the time of advent of Islam. Like many other things praying at the time of sunrise has been prohibited for Muslims to avoid identity with those false religions and…

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Divine Wisdom In Human Test And Trial

My question is why Allah created test for human beings? Why Jins and Adams have to go through test unlike angels? We believe that all angels are innocent and they enjoy Allah's bounty till Day of Judgement and after He will raise everything alive on that day the angels will have no fear of punishment so why this law doesn’t apply to jins and human being? I mean mean I know that He doesn’t guidance to everyone by force which was easy for Him but why all that?

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Of the cognizant creatures (those who have knowledge of good and evil) created by God, we are only aware of three: man, jinn and angels. About the first two God has said that He has sent prophets among them and that man and jinn will be held accountable on the day of judgment for their attitude towards the truth and towards the message brought by these prophets. They are undergoing this trial.

About the angels we…

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Stone Rings

I want to know if it is allowable for a man to use stones in their ring?I have been facing issues in my life and I saw an ad that tells that my birth stone may help. But I just want to make sure that I am not doing something which is prohobited in Islam?

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If it is proven scientifically that a stone can help cure some physical or similar problem, there is no harm in using it. However, if one thinks that stones have some supernatural effects on the life of a person and can bring good luck to him -- then this is mere superstition and hence should be avoided because superstitions more often than not lead to polytheism.



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Duroods And Supplications

I have seen especially women reciting verses from Holy Quran, part or complete surah, darood ( different kinds - Tanjeena , Taj , Ibraheemi etc etc ) , Ayat Kareema , or reciting Allah's name etc etc. They recite these in specific numbers. And they recite in group or singly to complete a given number of quantity. They do it to pray and wish for specific objective which may be either: health recovery of someone who is sick, suffering from a dangerous life threatening disease, getting a job, selling a business or for any other purposes.

My question is: Is it right per Islamic teaching? Doing this make ones prayer answered much faster? What is the significance of doing all this - gathering some women or children or man and reading as mentioned above for the purpose of achieving some objective etc ?

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Invoking Allah’s blessing on the Prophet (sws) and reciting the Holy Qur’an are virtuous acts sanctioned and praised by the Qur’an itself.We can of course engage in this pious at any time any number of times. However, one thing is clear that asking for Allah’s help uttering and chanting any words to ward off problems is not religious. No wards carry magical power offering us way out of that trouble. This is true of all…

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Regarding ‘Unjust’ Punishment In The Grave?

I have just read the above thread on your website:‘Unjust’ Punishment in the Grave?) I don't understand what you are talking about. Your argument is not coherent nor sound.

1.Firstly you assume that "the third question concerns the sins mentioned in this Hadith. Obviously, they are of two different categories. While the first is not a major sin, the second definitely is." While the Ḥadīth clearly states: "These two persons are being tortured not for a major sin"

2.The Ḥadīth does not state the nature of the punishment, it just mentions that the inhabitants are being punished so why do you question "How can the punishment of the two be the same"?

3.Now regarding, "Punishing a person who soils his clothes with urine seems unjustified unless, of course, there are other details to this matter." It shows us that to protect oneself against the impurity of urine (as of other foul & dirty things) i.e., to save one's body or clothes from being soiled with them is one of the principal commands of Allah and negligence in these matters is a sin of such a high order as to entail the chastisement of the grave.

4.Under what license can you assert "What it means is that once the leaves have dried out the punishment would restart!"? Regarding "placing a green leaf as a means to lessen their torture" stating "this is something which is totally inexplicable." The correct opinion is, that the Prophet (sws) prayed for the reduction in the punishment of the occupiers & he (sws) was bidden to do what he did with the assurance that the chastisement would remain abated as long as the two pieces did not dry up altogether.

On a more closing note, if you do not honour your mission statement then you are part of the tempest and your above opinion obviously excludes you from aiding the "revolution in the intellectual and mental perspectives" when you can't even interpret a simple English statement correctly! You are a joke.

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Before I come to the points you have raised I would like you to appreciate that every reasonable person is expected to put his objections and reservations decently in appropriate language. We, you and us, are not a bunch of vagabonds who settle their differences with struggles or drunken villains who utter profanities both in good and bad state of mind. We are all supposed to put our viewpoints very decently and do not ridicule…

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Intercession For Muslims

Will our holy Prophet (sws) intercede for the Muslims on the Day of Judgement?

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The Holy Qur’ān negates the idea of intercession by any one on the Day of Judgment merely on the ground of the status they (the recipients of the intercession) occupy in this world or a particular race or religious group they belong to. It variously charges the Jews of unjustly deeming themselves worthy of high reward because of their being chosen people of Allah. Almost the same beliefs have found place among most of the…

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Did Abraham [pbuh] Worship The Heavenly Bodies?

Why did Abraham worship the moon, sun, and stars and yet not get labelled as a polytheist when if someone did that today, they would be committing shirk?

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I understand you refer to the following verses of the Holy Qur’ān:

(Remember) when Abraham said to his father Azar: You Take idols for gods? Lo! I see you and your folk in manifest error. Thus did We show Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that he mighty be of those possessing certainty. When the night grew dark upon him he beheld a star. He said: This is my Lord. But when it…

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Birth Of Jesus

The majority of Muslims believe in the immaculate conception of Jesus which I and some other people reject because I believe he had a human father. What is your opinion regarding this matter?

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Since I believe in the divine scriptures and information mentioned there in, I need to believe in the very nature of miraculous birth of the Prophet Jesus Christ. The Holy Qur’ān states that the birth of Jesus Christ was identical to the birth of Adam since both were born without father. This shows that the Almighty could do whatever he wills. I would not be difficult for him to raise the dead on the Day…

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Regarding Adam And Eve And The Original Sin

Allah is full of Mercy. Allah is Mercy in Absolute Term. No one who asks him for forgiveness, will He turn down. Absolutely, Allah is Mercy Perfect, and Mercy Absolute.

I have a question about Adam and Eve. Both were the first human created by Allah Almighty. Both were the closest to Allah, as they were the parents of the human beings communicating with Allah directly. Have you ever wondered when Adam and Eve committed such a small mistake/fault/offence...why did not Allah readily forgive them? If mercy is His greatest attribute it was the best time to demonstrate mercy and love as Adam and Eve repented many times. Yet Allah hid His face from them and expelled them out of Paradise. Would you expel your own children to the planet Mars for their first mistake? This shows that Allah is incapable of mercy. The concept of mercy is just a catchphrase by Prophet Mohammed to catch all into buying into his idea.

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I do not think that your deduction totally rests on the above-mentioned incident. However, I will confine myself to the explanation of the true picture of Adam’s falling into mistake and then his settlement in the earth.

The most important point regarding the narrations in the divine revelation especially the Holy Qur’ān is that it does not relate an event for the sake of amusement. It always has special purpose behind these narrations. The Qur’ānic narration…

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About Crucifixion Of Jesus (sws)

I am new to Islam and I have a question regarding the crucifixion. Was Jesus (sws) crucified or not? Was that him on the cross or just one to whom Allah gave Jesus resemblance?

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The Holy Qur’ān clearly tells that Jesus Christ was not crucified. 3:55 reads:

And recall when God said: O Jesus, I shall indeed "cause you to die" and raise you up to myself and purify you of those, who have rejected [you] and exalt your followers above those who have rejected [you] till the Day of Judgment.

And 4:157 reads:

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger They slew…

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Who Is Greater: Jesus (sws) Or Muhammad (sws)

I need answer send it to the question: who is greater: Jesus or Mohammed?

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The Qur’anic verses, which shape the Muslim stance in this regard, take two aspects of issue. Though parallel yet both of these aspects are correlated and are mentioned to serve the same purpose. First, it makes it clear to the believers that the correct approach with regards to the status of different divine missionaries is that they all are appointed divine messengers and prophets and promulgate the same religion. The purpose of their mission is…

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Unanswered Prayers

Many of our prayers are not answered in this world. It may be due to wisdom of God almighty but is it a satisfactory answer? Tassawauf have kashaf and karamat which are visible and are experienced through our senses so that can give us some faith and satisfaction. But can any intellectual debate regarding our unanswered prayers satisfy us?

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We know that God almighty is running this universe. His wisdom in its management is apparent. Clearly opposing forces have harnessed to work for a single end and produce the desired result. Air and fire, night and day, summer and winter, male and female and life and death all join to smooth running of the world. This shows us that the creator and the manager of the universe is the wisest being.

Let us now…

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Was Jesus Son Of God

I have a friend who was a Christian but now by the grace of God she is ready to accept Islam and also has changed her name now. Her name is now Hafzah. She wants to know that is there any reason about this biblical belief that ''Jesus was the son of God''. Is it based on the Bible or it is propaganda? I have some information about this idea but I want some historical proofs that this idea was infused by people or by Saint Paul.

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The bible does not endorse the belief that Jesus was Son of God in the sense the Christian hold him to be. Of course you will find the word father for the Almighty in the Bible and the words son for Jesus. But that does not prove the point at all. The reason is that the actual Hebrew words which have been translated to Latin etc. as son do not merely connote the ‘son’ or…

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Greeting While Visiting The Prophet’s Grave

When we visit the grave of prophet (sws) we say assalaamu alaykum yā ayyuhā al-Nabi (Peace be upon you O Prophet (sws) as if he is alive or in front of us. My question is what we can say when visiting the graves of other pious people called awliya of Allah? Can we address them in a similar wording or we should say something like this as-salamu-alaikum ya ahl al-kubur (Peace be upon you O residents of the graves)? What about visiting the graveyard of the non-Muslims?

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Saying ‘oh Prophet” before the grave of the Prophet do not necessarily depict the speaker’s belief of considering him alive. We in fact say these words to the persons dead or not present in our daily life to express certain feelings. We can and we do call the dead in this way. However, the belief of any prophets or saints being alive and listening to our conversation near or far from their graves is strictly…

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Women Visiting The Graves

Please give me reference of the hadith which says that in the days of the Prophet (sws), women were initially stopped from visiting the graves because they used to vociferously wail. Once the women had learned to restrain themselves at such places, they were allowed to visit the graveyards.

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The following discussion from Fiqhus Sunnah of Syed Sabiq covers the entire material you need:

Imam Malik and some Hanafi scholars, and, according to one report from Ahmad, most of the scholars hold it permissible for women to visit graves. This is based on the following hadith from 'Aishah, "What should I say to them, O Messenger of Allah when visiting graves?" As mentioned above Abdullah Ibn Abi Mulaykah is also reported to have said, "Once…

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Why Believe In One God

Why believe in a God? It is an old question and has been debated for thousands of years with no particularly satisfactory answers. However it does bug me. Please let me know your arguments.

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While dealing with this matter, the basic thing that needs to be appreciated is the fact that existence of God as the creator of this universe is an established fact recognized by most human beings over the centuries. The number of those challenging the idea hardly qualifies to be considered a party. This hard fact, which is a common asset of all humanity, should not be subjected to trial. The idea of negating the existence…

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Transfer Of Reward To A Dead Person

I understand that reward cannot be transferred to the deceased because this is against the Qur’ān. However, those who believe in it say that the Prophet (sws) has the authority to change the Qur’ānic rules e.g. in the Qur’ān prayers are due at specific times but the Prophet (sws) changed the same rule for some prayers of Hajj. So reward can be transferred to a deceased since its justification is available in Hadīth as per the powers of the Prophet (sws). Please explain in detail.

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The basic source left among us by the Holy Prophet (sws) is the Holy Qur’ān. It is the origin of religious authority and is the Mīzān (Balance) (42:17) and the Furqān (Criterion) (25:1) which decides the validity of any religious matter. The Prophet (sws) had no authority to render any Qur’ānic directive ineffective.

Moreover, Scholars of the science of Hadīth have set the principles of accepting a Hadīth. A Hadīth can in no way be accepted…

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