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Mar 22, 2022

Understanding the Context of Qur’anic Passages that Promise Forgiveness

Fasting in the month of Ramaḍān and attending the Friday prayers continuously does not possess the strength to expiate all minor sins except if one also refrains from engaging in major transgressions. Thus, both actions together are able to expiate minor sin. How can the voluntary fasting of a single day expiate every single major sin perpetrated by a slave [of Allāh], and he continuously engages in this major sin, refusing to repent from it? This is impossible. This does not mean that fasting the day of ʿArafah or ʿĀshūraʾ does not expiate the sins of the entire year in general. Rather, th…

Mar 20, 2022

Fasting in Ramaḍān

Whoever does not give us false speech and acting upon it, and give up ignorant behaviour, then Allāh has no need for him to abstain from food and drink. Bukhārī, no. 6057

Mar 18, 2022

The Importance of Duʿāʾ and its Prerequisites

Amīr al-Muʾminīn ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb said: ‘I do not carry the worry of the answer [to my invocations]. Rather, it is the worry of the duʿāʾ itself that plagues me. For if I am guided to make an invocation [in the right way], then the answer to it will surely follow.’ It is the intention of the slave and his meticulousness, want, and desire [that goes in to his duʿāʾ] that correlates directly with the tawfīq and help of Allāh for him. For help from Allāh descends on His slaves depending on the attention they pay to their duʿāʾ, as well as their steadfastness, desire, and fearfulness. Co…

Mar 17, 2022

When the Souls of the Living Meet with the Souls of the Deceased

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) was asked the following: “Is it correct that the souls meet after death? And is there a sign that they are in Jannah or the Fire?”1 The Shaykh (حفظه الله) responded by saying: Yes, the souls meet. That is like in the case when He said: اللَّـهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا ‘It is Allāh who takes away the souls at the time of their death…’ [al-Zumar, 39:42] This is the major death, وَالَّتِي لَمْ تَمُتْ فِي مَنَامِهَا ‘…and those that die not, during their dreams.’ [al-Zumar, 39:42] Meaning, He takes away the soul that did not die during thei…