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Using The Title Mawlana For Religious Scholars

People in the Subcontinent use the title mawlana for the Muslim religious scholars. No other country has this convention. Have the religious scholars adopted for themselves the honorific title? Isn’t it not proper for them to do so as the word mawlana means “our protector, lord, master? To me this seems to be the most serious un-Islamic connotation of placing another with the Almighty.

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The fact that Muslims other countries do not call the religious leaders as maulana is not a valid argument. Different people have different linguistic and cultural practices. No one linguistic and cultural practice is binding for others. Please note the following verse in the Qur'an which says that the believers are maula of the Prophet (sws).

إِن تَتُوبَا إِلَى اللَّهِ فَقَدْ صَغَتْ قُلُوبُكُمَا وَإِن تَظَاهَرَا عَلَيْهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ مَوْلَاهُ وَجِبْرِيلُ وَصَالِحُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ بَعْدَ…

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Human Existence Before Worldly Life

I want to know when soul was created by almighty? We all know that Allah created human being from clay. Then what about soul? Was our soul there even before we came into this world?

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The Holy Qur'an tells us that humans have a kind of existence before birth. The Qur'an refers to a primordial covenant with Allah that was contacted by all the humans. This means that humans were there in some form before their birth. However, the mode of existence as well as the place of existence is not known. Nor does the Qur'an tell us anything about the time of the creation of human soul.



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What Does Allah Want Us To Do In Life

What is the purpose of our life? In our short life what does Allah wants us to do and how do we know we are going in the right direction?

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As for the first part of your question, please see my answer to the same question in this post: Purpose of the Worldly Life.

As for the second part of your question "how do we know we are going in the right direction", the following may be used as an indication that insha'Allah you are doing well:
- Being guarded from committing sins and mindful of your religious obligations, as you understand them.


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Will Belief In Allah Be Rewarded

I feel as if I am very close to Allah. When I have doubts in Allah I right away know its Satan. I get depressed alot for reasons I wish not to speak of. I talk to Allah and He helps me get through and I think about him alot, especially at night. My question is that will my level of beliefe in Allah be rewarded as well?

Answer:

Your level of belief in Allah is the worldly reward of your good deeds and pure intentions and insha'Allah you will see hereafter rewards of them as well. This goes in circle, meaning, this level of belief will prompt you to do better and that will give you the reward of this world (that is even stronger belief) and the hereafter. We should also be conscious not to be proud of what we think is…

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Seeking Children Through Wazifas

My question is about dua. I am happily married for the last ten years. We don’t have children. I understand that the Quran commands us to always ask from Allah. Pray and beseech only God because we have two prominent examples of two prophets Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Zakariya (AS). They did not have children. They put their need before God and He gifted them with children. Keeping these things in mind I always ask God. But recently, one of my friends who had no children came to me and gave me good news that his wife is pregnant. He told me that he asked and talked with some pir sahib. The pir gave him some wazifa to recite and prescribed dua. This my friend did and was later blessed by God. My friend advises me to go for it. I am confused. Should I do this or not? I am not satisfied but you know the position of the one who is childless. What should I do? Secondly can my wife get infertility treatment here in Canada? Most of the doctors here are male.

Answer:

We believe there is no such wazifa or any other magical words that can force God to abandon His scheme regarding us. It is only by the will of God your friend got his wish. We should never look to any such peers and lose our faith in God's power. No one has the power to force God. If we believe that our prayers do not work and the intercession of pir or his prescribed…

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How To Approach Allah Almighty

I saw a verse inscribed on a wall of a Pakistani Muslim boutique that says like this: "Allah allah karne se na milay allah, Allah walon se milne se miljaye allah (You can reach God by calling Him. The only way to access Him is to join the company of His friends)." I don't remember the exact sentence but it was like this, my question is-is this shirk (polytheism) or just a sufi prose?

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I believe it is polytheistic. I say this because God Almighty says that we should call Him and that He is nearer than the jugular vein and He listens to us. There are numerous verses in the Qur'an which tell us this fact. To say that one does not have access to God by calling Him would be directly opposing this Qur'anic assertion. However, if we ask the person who compiled this verse and the…

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Worldly Problems And Wazifas

My father is in deep trouble because an inquiry is being carried out. He has not done anything wrong. However, the opposition is too strong. He may lose his job. Nothing appears to be working. Please guide us to get out of this trouble. Could you suggest any wazifa or dua that can help us out? Is there any other thing that can lead us towards betterment? His inquiry is on Saturday and there are chances that inquiry supervisor will take his decision on that very day.

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I am sorry there is no wazifa that can guarantee success. We believe that the only way is to adopt conventional course of action and seek Allah's help continuously. Allah Almighty is always kind and helps his servants. He does not need any wazifa. However, at times He does not listen to your prayers they do not conform to His decrees. He intends to test us and see how patient and steadfast we are. In…

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Misfortune

Is it possible that a person may be jinxed by God for some reason? I feel that everything I touch ends up in disaster. I am a practicing Muslim but still I feel there must be some evil within me as to why I have no barakah in anything that I do! Please explain the reasoning behind this.

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The Almighty Allah has created and is running this universe on the principle of test and trial. There are many who are tested by hard times and some by good fortune. The former class needs to show patience and the latter to offer gratitude. I believe Allah Almighty is testing you. At times the tests are harder. May Allah help you and ease the circumstances for you and help you tread the path of his…

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Does The Prophet Listen To Us?

Allah Almighty says to the Prophet (sws) that he will also leave this world as the previous prophets did. A ḥadīth is very commonly known that Prophet said a Muslim must visit his grave to say asslamaulaikum when he comes for Haj or umrah. If this narrative is authentic, then don't you think it is in contradiction of the verse I have referred to above?

Secondly a firqah amongst Muslim strongly believes in intercession through awliya Allah who are dead and probably their argument is based on what I have written above. I may clarify here that I am not interested in going into any sort of argument with believers in intercession, just want to know the truth:
(1) saying assalamu alaikum to the Prophet (sws) which he listens and

(2) on what basis we can connect the similar listening of assalamu alaikum by awliya Allah?

Answer:

The salutation we make to the Prophet (sws) and also to any dead lying in grave is not taken literally. When we visit the graves we address the dead. This does not mean that they listen to us. These are only our good feelings and our prayers for them. Salam and greeting is in fact a sort of prayer. If accepted it can benefit the dead in their afterlife.

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Can Dead Sufi Saints Hear The Calls Of The Living Devotees?

assalaam o alaykum

My question is that the Sufis claim that they have miracles and they are allowed to hear people after their death. Some people say that even Prophet Muhammad (sws) can hear us. So my question is that does Allāh treat Prophet and Sufis at the same level? What Allāh has allowed for Prophet Muhammad (sws) to do, is that allowed for the Sufis or the pious?

Answer:

Wa aklaykum assalaam,

First, being able to do extraordinary things has nothing to do with being on the right path. Miracles of the Messengers of God were their ultimate tool to convince people about the truth of their message. This tool was used only after all the possible reasoning and preaching had exhausted and proved useless. Denying a Messenger of God after seeing his miracle in principle resulted in receiving God's punishment in this life.
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Did Prophet (sws) Have The Knowledge Of The Unseen

I have 2 questions to ask of you.

1. There are people who believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had knowledge of the unseen (‘Ilm-e-Ghayb). They say that in addition to revelation (waḥī) Allah used to convey to him (PBUH) through Angel Gabriel (as) information of future for onward communication to people. They (people) claim that to be knowledge of the unseen (‘Ilm-e-Ghayb).
2. These people also insist that one should pray to Allah in the name of pious religious scholars and the divine Messengers especially the Holy Prophet (sws).

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Thanks for the mail. I have been assigned to respond to your questions regarding knowledge of the unseen and the intercession of mystics and the Messengers. My response is based on Mr Ghamidi’s view on the issues.

1. We believe that the belief that the Prophet (sws) possessed any knowledge of the unseen is clearly negated by the Holy Qur’an, the basic source of religious knowledge. The argument you have referred to in this regard…

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Divination Of The Future

My wife used to tell me what is going to happen in the coming days and proved correct in every case. This is not general future telling. She tells me something in detail and it happens accordingly. Moreover she has been able to tell me what I have talked or done to someone else. Trust me she can able to tell me such a thing, word by word. She always says that she sees these things in her dreams. I am very confused. What is this? Is this some demonic domination or something else? Now I have started trusting her as she has been correct for the last four years.

Answer:

It seems the Almighty blesses certain individuals with Extra Sensory Perception (recognized by science as ESP) as a result of which they are able to predict future events with accuracy. This ESP has many forms and types and such gifted people exhibit amazing feats through it. So it is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, she as well as you and those who know of this prowess she has should regard this to be…

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Untimely Deaths

My mother passed away in March 2010 in a road accident. I my father suffered a heart attack and departed me in May 2011. These incidents have left me a bitter victim of hopeless, disparity and disappointment. I find myself always praying to God to end my life as soon as possible. My question from you is: Isn’t it injustice from God to take the parents from children at a time when they have grown up? The parents have spent all their pleasures and income on their children for these days. Why do they depart when they should be reaping the benefit of their labor and love? Can I meet my parents in the next world?

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Regarding the first part of your question please refer to: http://www.monthly-renaissance.com/issue/query.aspx?id=738

Yes indeed you will able to meet your parents if both you and your parents earn Paradise as a reward of your deeds. I am presenting below an excerpt from Amin Ahsan Islahi's tafsir of a relevant verse of Surah Tur. It will explain the matter further:

وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَاتَّبَعَتْهُمْ ذُرِّيَّتُهُمْ بِإِيمَانٍ أَلْحَقْنَا بِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَمَا أَلَتْنَاهُمْ مِنْ عَمَلِهِمْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ كُلُّ…

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Further On Predestination And Accountability

Thanks for your precious time to reply my question.[1]

Unfortunately, the answer does not help on my question as:
We believe Allah has decided our fate well before our birth He says we cannot do good things unless He bestows us with "Hidayat".
Unlike teacher student relationship, where student himself decided not to follow teachings, we are not given choice; this is decided before our birth.
Kindly help us on right direction.
Thanks in advance.

[1] This refers to the discussion on Predestination and Accountability

Answer:

Yes it seems like I missed one aspect of your question, apologies for that.

There are two different but related things that we are discussing here:
1.That God knows our fate.
2.That God guides those who He wants
I think I addressed the first point in my original answer. There I wrote that God knowing our fate does not mean that he formulates it no matter what we do. Rather it simply means that He (the…

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Predestination And Accountability

My children, aged 16-19 years usually ask me lot of questions to understand our religion. One of their recent questions has forced me to seek your help.

We Muslims believe that Allah has written in the Bok (Taqdeer) all that we are going to do in our life, even before our birth. We cannot do anything outside what has already been decided by Him as our fate. We are like "actors" who are following the directions of the director, the "GOD". Then if we do wrong things in our life, or commit sins etc., that too is as per our fate. Then why will He be punishing us on the Day of Judgment.

Kindly help me answer this question in details.

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A good teacher knows whether his student passes the exam or not even before the exam. Does that mean if the student fails the exam then it is not fair?

God knows what we will do but we are still responsible for what we are doing as it is us who has decided to do it.



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Why Did God Create Satan?

Why did God create Satan?

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Satan was a Jinn and God created Jinn and Human being, both with free will, only to worship Him. Just as there are human beings that go astray, there are also Jinns that go astray. Satan was a Jinn that went astray excessively.



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Creation Of Satan

Why did God create Satan?

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Satan was a Jinn and God created Jinn and Human being, both with free will, only to worship Him. Just as there are human beings that go astray, there are also Jinns that go astray. Satan was a Jinn that went astray excessively.



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Benefiting From Sorcery

Can we consult a sorcerer? This is a simple prediction similar to those made about hurricanes, earthquakes and rain. This is my personal experience. A sorcerer told me that I might go abroad at that point of time and it happened. It proved helpful for me as I had prepared well to go abroad. Is it allowable to benefit from such counsels of the sorcerers?

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This kind of knowledge is reminiscent of polytheist societies. The Holy Qur’ān has clearly stopped us from believing in sorcery and such kind of knowledge is in itself a branch of sorcery. The best way is that you should plan in the light of your experience and reason and trust in God and pray for your success.

Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi



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Sustenance And Predestination

What part does predestination contribute in life of mankind regarding their sustenance and other facilities?

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Basically this world is working on a strategy. But sometimes Allah Almighty makes some changes in this strategy according to His wisdom. Therefore, one part of the success or failure is the beauty or ugliness of the strategy whereas the other part of it is the help of Allah Almighty. For example, if a former does not plough his field, and does not sow the seed or look after it, he will have nothing to…

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Supplication For Safety From Destitution

I have read the following statement in a monthly journel 'ishrāq': "Allah Almighty has created this set up in a manner that every human being depends on the other human being." On the other hand, all mankind pray that they not become dependent on others. Is this prayer not reasonable?

Answer:

There is nothing wrong with this prayer. We also pray to God that He not make us destitute to others. Amen. The dependence mentioned in the quotation is different from the one we pray to survive. We pray for our health and sustenance. We pray for health so that we could complete all the assignments before death and we do not become dependent on any of our relatives. We pray for our sustenance so that…

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