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When Ramadan begins the devils are chained?

Question The common understanding of Muslims is that when Ramadan begins the devils are chained and the gates of heaven are opened. However, this does not seem to make sense because if the devils are chained then how is it possible to do evil during Ramadan? Is the suggestion then that during Ramadan no human … Read more »

Differences in prayer Timing and Ramadan Dates

Question I live in the United States and every year I observe Ramadan. It drives me insane that as Muslims we cannot agree as to the date of when it begins. I get highly upset that this simple issue has not been overcome yet. If Allah created everything in due measure then it must be … Read more »

What is the significance of Meeqat?

Question What is the significance of meeqat? I understand this is the point from which one has to proceed in ihraam in order to perform umrah or hajj. What is the wisdom behind meeqat. Thank you for your help Regards Answer Meeqat sets the boundaries of the Haram from all directions approaching Mekkah. Upon crossing the Meeqat a person should … Read more »

Tawaf in anti clockwise direction

Question Is there any particular reason of doing tawaf in hajj and umrah in anticlockwise direction? Answer We know that in most of his teachings, the Prophet (pbuh) has generally preferred and recommended preferring the right-hand principle, i.e. to start things from the right-hand side. For instance, the Prophet (pbuh) prescribed that in ablution, the right hand should be washed before … Read more »

Difference between Fard&Wajib

Difference between Fard & Wajib What’s the difference between FARZ and WAJIB? Also, I heard some Hadith about Wit’r namaz. Is this obligatory? Are the related Hadith right? Thanks Reply In their literal connotation, the two Arabic words are synonymous. Both these words imply an obligation and are used for something, which is necessary to … Read more »

Prayers and Pictures

Question:   Why is it said that one can not pray in a room with pictures. Can you please shed light with respect to Hadith/Sunnah? Fizza Answer: Salaam sister When we collect and analyze all the ahadith on the topic of portraits and image making, we find that the prohibition pertained to particular category of … Read more »

Praying after Asr

Question: We hear a lot of concepts regarding the time span between Asr and Maghrib. Some say it is the time to do ‘Dhikr’ and some say one shouldn’t take a bath during this time. Can you please authenticate the significance of this part of the day in the light of Quran, Sunnah, Hadith? Fizza … Read more »

Hajj,Kaaba and Idolatory.

Question Why does Islam, which is against Idolatry, direct Muslims to kiss the black stone, circumambulate Ka`bah, throw stone on Satan during Hajj? Answer The practices mentioned in your question are rituals of Hajj (pilgrimage) and cannot be even remotely compared to idolatry.  No knowledgeable Muslim can even think about worshiping the Ka`bah or the Black Stone. All these practices are … Read more »

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