Aesthetic Surgeries

I would like to know if Islam allows us to change our physical features in case we don’t like them and want to look nicer to ourselves and others. I want to get a nose job done but am afraid that Allah might do not like it for He is the one who created and fashioned us.

Answer:

I do not think there is any expression in the Qur’an that can be translated to mean that God does not allow nourishing a desire for Zeenah and thus forbids us from treating any flaws in our physical stature. God has mentioned the beauty of stature in man in positive terms and has alluded to the fact that this is indeed a blessing from Him.

Consider the following verses from the Qur’an says:

He has created…

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Hazrat Ali’s Address At The Death Of Hazrat Umar

Is there are an address (khutbah) ascribed to Ali (rta ) about Umar’s (rta) death?

Answer:

We read in Nahj al-Balagha (a book compiled by Sayyed Radhi, a Shia scholar, containing sermons, letters and short statements attributed to Ali - ra) the following:

"May Allah reward 'such and such man' who straightened the curve, cured the disease, abandoned mischief and established the Sunnah. He departed (from this world) with untarnished clothes and little shortcomings. He achieved good (of this world) and remained safe from its evils. He offered Allah's obedience and…

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Feeling For Someone

I have a question and a problem. I am 19 years old and I am in college now. I all of sudden find my self having feelings for this guy my classmate (fellow Muslim). He seems ok, quiet, calm and caring. I feel like letting my heart out to him because I just what to reduce the tension and to just be friends and to see him as a fellow Muslim brother. Thats it. I realy want to be friendly with him like how I am with my other classmates. I hate the fact that I greet my other class mates and I do not greet him. May be because I feel uncomfortable around him My hands tremble when I see him and my heart beats really fast. Please I only want to see him the way I see everyone else. Please help me it is quite tiring. I always pray to Allah to guide me on the right part on how I can get this over with. Please I need your advice as you are my fellow Muslim.

Answer:

I always find it difficult to answer to these types of questions, firstly because they are not really questions on religion and second because I am not aware of the full picture. I can therefore only give you some general advice and hope that you might find them relevant and helpful.

I think you first need to get the control of your emotions and then to handle the situation wisely.
By the first two points below…

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Applying Hina

It is generally said that a women should not apply hina or hair colour during her menstrual cycle. The reason is that she is impure at that time and as such cannot get pure on getting bath once her cycle is over. These colors go with time and cannot be removed through taking bath. In other way you can say that if she has applied it before her menstrual period then it is ok as she was pure at that time. The same issue will apply when bath is due on her after copulation and she applies hina etc. before the bath at that stage. Kindly advise.

Answer:

Since the matter relates to Ijtihaad there may be different opinions. We do not think that hina is something that creates a layer on the skin hindering its swashing. If somebody feels that way he may adopt this careful approach. However, we would not declare it necessary until and unless the given reason is established.



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Dilemmas Of A Teacher

Sir, I am a teacher here in a college. I am married and Allah has bestowed me with three beautiful children. Sir, since last year I have been deeply depressed and restlessness, losing confidence and fearful. I fear the future for the events going on everywhere around us of cruelty, barbarism and injustices. I am disturbed due to the TV programs particularly cartoon channels. I rarely watch TV but my children watch these and I find myself unable to divert their attention from these channels. I am disturbed at college where bribes and approaches are practiced regularly and I feel that my efficiency is decreasing day by day. Sir, I accomplish all the household work at home. I teach my children myself. I try my best to do justice to my students. My subject is history and I am teaching Islamic history nowadays. I try to tell them the reality behind the events as far as I can understand. But despite all this I am not satisfied. I feel my dreams useless. My efforts seem totally useless to me. I keep praying that Allah may let me, my children and family understand the right path, show us the real difference between right and wrong, and give me the satisfaction. Sir, please tell me what should I do. I am confused and at a loss to understand the situation.

Answer:

Once upon a time a teacher decided to test his students to distinguish the obedient from the rebel ones. So he announced to the class that he would leave the classroom for an hour. In reality he was watching the pupils very closely from a hidden window that supposedly none of the pupils were aware of.

Now most of the pupils started to play naughty and make wild noises and fighting with each other throwing…

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Repentance After Committing Adultery

I am a 29 year old divorced female. I keep meeting the wrong men, I have met too many and I am hurt. Is there a supplication I can read to help me?

Answer:

I suggest the best thing you can do is repentance (istikhara). This simply means to beg to your Lord asking Him for good outcomes in things you do, in particular in terms of relationships. Preferably you can do two rak'ah prayers and then pray to God for this or you can just pray.

There is a specific wording mentioned for such supplication in Ahadith that follows:

اللهم إني أستخيرك بعلمك وأستقدرك بقدرتك…

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Human Intellect And Knowledge Of Good And Evil

I read your answer on 'Economic System' wherein you asserted this principle: "It needs to be appreciated that man has been blessed with the faculty of intellect and reason and has also been blessed with innate guidance regarding good and evil. In the affairs of life, his intellect and innate guidance are generally enough to guide him and show him the way".

Of course you have learnt this principle from Mr Javed Ahmed Ghamidi. In this connection, I would like to ask how can reason and innate guidance determine good and bad; i.e. what is the rational or intuitive criterion to differentiate between good and evil?

Answer:

The Qur'an says that the Almighty has blessed man with the ability of distinguishing good from evil. Thus all of us know that honesty is a cherished value and telling lies is a condemned trait. We do not need to ask any external agency for this. Each and every human being is equipped to make this decision and his own conscience guides him in this regard.

Thus the Qur'an while alluding to this innate ability…

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Nafs-e Lawwamah (The Reproaching Self)

What is the significance of latif (spiritual parts of human self)? Do they find a mention in the Qur’an?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’an refers to a nafs-i lawwamah[1], the spiritual aspect of a human being nafs. The Book also employs the expression fu’ad [2]or qalb[3] for this entity. On the basis of this, Muslims scholars have believed in that we have a spiritual aspect of our being. Actually the Book uses the words fu’ad and qalb for nafslawwamah figuratively. Nafs lawwamah is basically the faculty of our mind blessed with the following…

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