This post was originally published on this siteNarrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A believer who recites the Qur’an is like a citron whose fragrance is sweet and whose taste is sweet, a believer who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date which has no fragrance but has sweet taste, a profligate who recites the Qur’an is like basil whose fragrance is sweet

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: I read somewhere that alcohol was not prohibited till 11 years after Islam, is this true? If so, then why did it take such a long time to be prohibited/banned? Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. Yes, it is correct that the verses pertaining to khamr (wine and alcohol) were revealed after the Prophet’s migration to Madinah.

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: Last week we were in a small group of women and the discussion started about Ghusl for Janabah (major impurity). One of the girls suggested that it is not necessary to open braids. She pointed out that if the scalp of the head is wet during ghusl, that will be sufficient. Is this ruling correct? Is this exclusively for women or men

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion:Is it permissible for women to use razors and epilators for hair removal?  Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. The use of razors and epilators, for women, is Islamically permissible in all those places where removal of hair is permissible. (See: Fiqh Al Ḥalāl Wal Ḥarām by Sh. Khālid Saifullāh Al Raḥmānī) In general circumstances, facial hair should

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion:Is there Quranic evidence that prohibits anal sex? Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. Both the Qur’an and Authentic Hadith are reliable sources for guidance. It is agreed upon by all Muslim jurists that anal sex is strictly prohibited in Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has warned: “Do not approach women in their anus (for fulfilling

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: Can I pray in the same clothes that I had sexual intercourse in with my wife, or does sex render them impure and they need to be washed first (i.e. the clothes are not soiled by any sexual fluids)? Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. If there are no impurities on the clothing and it is not

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: What is the reward for reading Quran in English? Is it the same as reading in Arabic? Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. May Allah Almighty bless you tremendously for your interest in religious matters. One will certainly receive rewards for reciting or reading the Quran in any language other than Arabic Insha Allah. However, it must

This post was originally published on this siteI see many bright young African American Muslims struggle finding their place in the community. Often, our place in a community is determined by how others see our contribution. Our Ummah is not color blind, nor is it class blind. And many of our immigrant brothers and sisters come from societies where class plays perhaps a larger role than ethnicity. So our relative

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: Can you please elaborate why Yajooj and Maajooj were punished? Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. Yajooj and Majooj are a human clan that are in large numbers who cause devastation, destruction, corruption and chaos on the earth. Dhu al-Qarnayn, a righteous ruler had confined them to a region restricting them to a space surrounded with large

This post was originally published on this siteQuestion: I came to know that the best time to do dua is while in prostration (Sujood). I have also heard that talking in salah will nullify salah. Please advise if saying duas in sujood during prayers nullifies the prayer. Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Thank you for your question. “The nearest a slave can be to his Lord (Allāh) is while