Category Archives: Tafseer

Tafseer Exam: May 14th-2011 (a kind helping hand–a glimpse of what to expect)

In the Name of Allah

part 1) Please answer all the questions in light of the class. Even if your personal opinion is valid and better than mine, I would appreciate it at a later time. You folks remain as part of a brilliant class. I am positive that each of you would not get below 93% Continue reading

Bismillah is more than a mere number

Q: Salam Alaikum,

What is the significance of “786” in Islam? I heard that it has something to do with Bismillah. Continue reading

can anyone merely ‘touch the pure-arabic Quran Al kareem?’

Q: Salam alaikum,

Imam, what is the most suitable way to explain to a nonmuslim that they cannot touch the pure-arabic Quran Al kareem?

Jazakumullahu khair in advance

Time: Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 12:41 am Continue reading

if we only read beyond reading it

Q: Assalamu alikum wa rahmatullah Imam, I hope you’re having a greatly blessed Jummah.
Why did our beloved prophet (Salla Allahu alihee wa sallam) recommended women to learn surat Alnoor? Like what is special about it for women?

Jazakum Allah khair
Time: Friday December 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm Continue reading

Hijab — you are brave to turn sunnah into culture

Q: 1 Salaamu Alaykum,

Imam I have a story for you, and after the story I have a request/suggestion. Continue reading


Q: Can woman wear anklets?


وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِنْ زِينَتِهِنَّ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

And (let woman not) stamp their feet so as to reveal what they conceal of their adornment. And turn unto Allah in unison, O believers, in order that you may succeed.

Anything that functions as an attractant towards strange men is forbidden. Wearing attractants whilst enticing strangers would function as ‘assisting towards evil’ which the Quran prohibits.

You are welcome to wear anklets in front of your husband, and other non-strangers, etc.

If worn in public, it should be worn in a manner does not attract attention and thus should be worn inside ones boots or inside sock area.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

firown (pharaoh) and the fast!

Q: Assalamu Alaykum,

I had a quick question; why do we fast in Ashura? I know the hadith concerning it and my father told me that we fast because it’s the death of Firown (Pharaoh).

Jazakallah! Continue reading

Dhu al-Qarnayn — man with two horns-ponytails


I am a student studying the Middle-East and Arabic at BYU. I am doing a paper on Dhu al-Qarnayn mentioned in the Qur’an. In my research I discovered that many Islamic scholars believe this figure to be a prophet or a believer and that he was the figure known in the West as “Alexander the Great”. From what I have been taught about Alexander the Great it seems interesting that some Muslims would connect him with a prophetic figure in the Qur’an. I was wondering:
1. Do you consider Dhu al-Qarnayn to be Alexander the Great?
2. How does this fit with the Western understanding of Alexander?
3. Do you consider Dhu al-Qarnayn (Alexander) to be a prophet?
If you could help in any way, it would be very much appreciated.
Many Thanks! Continue reading

Please forgive me. I am sorry. (How hard is that? its hard!)


Assalamu Alaykum,

Imaam you talk about forgiveness but sometimes asking for forgiveness is not an easy thing to do. How can a person put aside their pride and ask for forgiveness? A person is afraid to be ridiculed. And you also said that if the person does not want to forgive you, give them whatever they want. What if the person does not want to accept anything? Are we suppose to live in a state of guilt for the rest of our lives?


وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

  • Allah (Subhanahu Wata’Ala) mentions the significance of  forgiveness, Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) outlines its methods, so did other prophets (Peace be upon them all). Forgiveness lightens the heart and gains closeness to Allah (Subhanahu Wata’Ala)
  • It is not easy to forgive for we sometimes become arrogant regarding our position. We refuse to see the other side of the matter. It becomes a control issue for many. Once we let go of this unhealthy part of our ego, it becomes easy to forgive
  • We should not expect others to forgive us. This mentality would keep us vigilant of our actions Continue reading

Is ‘Global Moonsighting, a Modern Bid‘ah

Q. Can you give me your opinion on the following articles? Mainly Global Moonsighting, a Modern Bid‘ah. Are you in agreement with Salman Zafar Shaik, Sheik Memom, Hamza Yusuf’s zaytuna,  isna, or icna?

A. The articles convey their messages in a very articulate and precise manner. Their clarity is obvious to every rational non-emotional individual. What opinion do you really want us to share?

We are with all those whose data remains to be linked the Quran and Hadith. Support would be given accordingly. Emotions are kept away in exchange of religiously.

You are thanked sharing this article with us. May Allah (SWT) reward you, Ameen

Allah Certainly Knows Best.