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I'm a 2010 Classical History graduate currently living in the not-so-sunny UK. In addition to this I'm a languages student fluent in 6 languages, conversational in an additional 6 and basic in 2 more languages.

  • Why the sudden increase in Islamic dawah events?

    I don't know whether this is a trend generally or whether it's specific to my local area, but in more recent times I've seen an increasing amount of Islamic street events, ranging from simply handing out Qur'ans and Islamic literature to holding question/answer sessions and even full presentations/lectures.

    But I'm wondering why there's been this sudden focus on dawah all of sudden. Even a few years ago, I can't remember any sort of event like these, apart from in my university with the IslamSoc, who ran an event every year. Now there's various dawah projects, including online ones, and websites, as well as what seems like a deluge of YouTube videos and TV slots.

    So, has this increase in dawah got anything to do with events happening all round the world?

    4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Should Muslims be worried about the discovery of alchohol in Coca-Cola and other soft drinks?

    I've just been on the Yahoo! Lifestyle page where there's an article about the discovery of small amounts of alcohol in some soft drinks.

    So I was thinking: will this affect Muslims in any way? I know I drink Coke on a decently regular basis and I can't be the only one. I know it's only a minute amount, a fraction of a percent, but still the Qur'an forbids alcohol in any form.

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Thinking of starting a religious bookstore/supplies shop?

    I've noticed the population of Muslims in my town in the last few years, and something which frustrates me particularly is that there's not a single Muslim shop here. I've found it difficult personally to source things like my hijabs or a Qur'an without travelling 50 miles.

    So I've considered the possibility of opening an Islamic shop selling basic Islamic supplies such as Qur'ans, books, hijabs, prayer mats, CDs and the like. But I have no idea how to actually go about setting up a business and so I'm wondering how I should go about it.

    Supplies aren't a problem, as I have contacts who can arrange this, but finding premises, advertising and the like, I'm clueless.

    Help?

    2 AnswersSmall Business9 years ago
  • I'm struggling to find an abaya that fits...would any Muslimahs care to help?

    Seriously, this is annoying. Usually most of the sites I use take three measurements (bust, waist, hip) and then the length for abaya sizes. Now I've got no problem with the bust or waist measurements, but I've got 50'' hips, and so this usually means I can't fit into a 'normal' abaya because it wouldn't fit around my hips.

    My only option at the moment is hoping that I can get a 'plus-size' abaya (which doesn't leave me with a great deal of choice) or playing a bizarre lottery as it seems that different sites I use for Islamic clothing have different measurements for size.

    So, what do I do?

    5 AnswersRamadan9 years ago
  • Arguments for gender segregation that AREN'T based on religion?

    Are there any arguments for gender segregation in public and private situations which DON'T rely on religious beliefs?

    I'm asking this because I've often found myself debating people about this and my arguments are based primarily on the Qur'an, which being a religious text, often fails to convince anyone.

    10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • What happened here- smelling roses?

    This is weird and I'm a little freaked out by it to be fair.

    I was sitting in my room reading Qur'an for Arabic practice, and all of a sudden, I could smell a strong scent of roses.

    Now I should point out I don't have ANY cosmetics which smell of roses, and there was no source for the smell within my room. I was alone in the house so it wasn't coming from someone else.

    I have no explanation for this, and I'm actually quite scared now. Any explanations?

    8 AnswersRamadan9 years ago
  • There's a lump on my foot...help?

    I'm really unsure as to what to do. I've had this lump on the right side of the right foot for some time now and it seems to be getting bigger.

    The lump itself feels hard and quite bony in some ways. It doesn't seem to get any better with rest or ice, and I haven't injured it at all.

    Help?

    1 AnswerSkin Conditions9 years ago
  • Is it wrong I want to wear a full Afghan burqa?

    Bearing in mind I'm British and have never even been to Afghanistan, I really have no idea why, but I'm desperate to be able to wear the full Afghan burqa, I do actually wear a burqa now, but it hasn't got a veil for the eyes, only a slit. I'm currently rather desperate for a burqa like you see when you see footage from Afghanistan, the blue one with the whole body covered including the eyes.

    Seriously, am I mad to actually want to wear something like this?

    12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Feeling conflicted between my music and Islam...help?

    I really don't know what to do here. For 10 years I have been a musician, and with it I've made money, lots of friends and even survived illness with it.

    I have been interested in Islam, and would even convert, but I feel myself highly conflicted because doing so would involve moving away from my musician's lifestyle and music itself.

    I feel conflicted because I feel that I have been given a gift and it seems that by following the Sunnah and Qur'an, I will abandon that gift and not make any use of it at all.

    What do I do? Do I find something more halal to do?

    4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • My wrist is absolute agony...help?

    I know I likely shouldn't be on a computer if my wrist is painful, but I won't be able to see a doctor until Monday.

    For the last two days my wrist has been pure agony. It seemed to come on in a couple of hours and hasn't gone away for a moment since. It consists of sharp. quite strong stabbing pains right in the wrist itself. I can't move the wrist too easily either, as it seems to be swollen quite badly, and it also means I have trouble gripping anything or doing anything with the hand (in this case, my left). Not only can't I grip too well, when I CAN grip something, I can't hold it for too long.

    Now some time ago (about 3 years ago) I went to a physio for wrist problems and I was told that I had some sort of congenital ligament issue which means the bones of my wrist moved around, causing the attached nerves to become inflamed. I was given exercises and told to strengthen the wrist, which I did and I seriously thought that things had in more recent times become better. This is the first major problem I've had with my wrists since that physio appointment.

    The major difference this time is the hand weakness and I'm really unsure as to what to do, partially as part of my job involves typing, holding heavy books and other objects.

    Any ideas?

    6 AnswersPain & Pain Management9 years ago
  • A question about salvation of Christians and Jews in Islam?

    Quick question: I've read a verse in the Qur'an which says that Christians and Jews 'shall not grieve' and that they are saved in Allah's sight.

    But at mosque and also in most Islamic sources, I am told that Islam is the only correct religion and that only Muslims will go to Jannah. I've tried doing some research but nothing answers my confusion.

    So, what will happen to Jews and Christians at the Judgement according to Islam?

    9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • I love my faith one day and resent it other days...help?

    I would really appreciate some advice here.

    Now don't misunderstand, but I'm glad to be a believer. I believe in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

    But my problem is this: some days, I'm filled with great joy and do things like wearing hijaab and praying quite happily. But there's also some days where doing this, or anything else faith-wise, is a huge slog and I hate every single bit of it.

    I'm really unsure as to what to do. I can't understand why I have 'good' and 'bad' days or why I can't be enthusiastic about my faith all the time.

    Help?

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Thinking about changing my name to something more Islamic...?

    I'm thinking of changing my name to something more Arabic/Islamic to reflect my new faith. I've not decided on a name yet though.

    The major problem I've got though is that I am a white, British-born woman and so I'm really unsure as to whether doing this would really be a good idea or whether people would think me strange/a fanatic/an attention-seeker of some sort.

    Has anyone else done this?

    4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Where can I find some Islamic novels in Arabic (preferably)?

    I'm now getting good at Arabic (alhamdulillah!) and I'm now wondering if anyone knows where I can find Islamic/Arabic-language novels?

    Preferably something decently easy!

    2 AnswersRamadan9 years ago
  • My mother keeps making a fool out of herself at social events, and it's getting frustrating?

    This is something which I've began to really get quite frustrated about in the last few years, particularly as I now don't drink for a combination of both health and religious reasons.

    've often found myself doing a lot of social stuff with my mother, including shopping trips and stuff such as concerts (something I no longer do) or family events including weddings.

    The problem I have is that for a lot of these events, alcohol has become an issue. Every time we've been out together and she gets a chance, she'll drink. Now this wouldn't be too much of an issue if it were the one, or even a couple, as I've got no issues with other people drinking, but it's not. She'll often drink until she's completely plastered, for no apparent reason other than her ability to do so. At a wedding a couple of months back, she got so drunk on whisky I was asked by my cousin (whose wedding it was) to take her home, meaning I missed out on seeing my family members and enjoying myself, simply because she was running about being completely out-of-control.

    I've tried speaking to her but it just seems her intention is to get drunk. She's not drinking purely for enjoyment, she's drinking to get drunk. What's more frustrating is that she knows I don't drink, yet all she seems to do is encourage me into doing haraam (forbidden) things too, or at least say I'm merely being 'boring' and a 'spoilsport'

    She's not dependant on alcohol or anything, but the fact is that she's embarrassed me far too many times.

    What do I do?

    1 AnswerFamily9 years ago
  • How to start reading the Hadith?

    I've been looking a little into the hadith and although I'm aware of some of the more well-known hadith, I want to really make a go of reading, studying and understanding them in depth.

    But where on earth do I start? There's quite literally thousands of hadith and I feel quite overwhelmed. And which collection should I start with?

    7 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Should I not go to my friend's Catholic wedding? (Question for Muslims)?

    I'd appreciate some help on this one.

    Recently a friend of mine who I'd not seen in some time phoned me, and we got talking about various things. Then she asked me about whether I'd be able to attend a wedding.

    Now the problem I have: it's a full Catholic wedding service.

    The second problem: I'm living and trying my utmost to practice as a Muslim. This is something she's not aware of, and I don't know how she would react.

    I didn't tell her about my religious change in the phone call as she had to go to attend some emergency and there wasn't the time. I'd also prefer to tell her face-to-face too.

    But I'm really unsure as to whether I would feel comfortable sitting in a Catholic church in a hijab and an abaya. But at the same time, this is a good friend and I would feel bad if I were to refuse an invitation to go to a major thing like her own marriage.

    What do I do?

    12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • Struggling with Arabic emphatic letters...?

    I've been learning Arabic for some time but I'm still struggling hugely with the emphatic letters. In particular the letters sad, dad, Taa, THaa and ghayn are presenting huge problems for me. I've tried to learn them by listening to Qur'an recitations and to my Arabic learning tapes, but I still can't tell the difference between these and the ordinary 'small' letters.

    Any help anyone?

    1 AnswerLanguages9 years ago
  • How to check a qibla compass is working correctly? Islam question?

    I have a qibla compass I keep in my pocket for when I can't take my prayer mat with me (it has an attached compass) but I think that it's pointing in the wrong direction. I don't want to be praying in the wrong direction, but towards Mecca.

    I think this because I was at mosque to pick up a friend and I was messing about with the compass and I noticed that the little pointer on my compass was pointing not to the middle of the mihrab as it should, but a good couple of feet to the left.

    So, what should I do? Should I just buy a new compass or is there some way to correct this?

    1 AnswerReligion & Spirituality9 years ago
  • My Qur'an has gone missing again and I think a family member took it?

    Seriously, this is getting annoying now. After a previous incident in which a Qur'an of mine disappeared, along with several hijabs and some other things, I believed my (anti-Islam) family had something to do with it going missing, but given that I had no evidence, I couldn't confront anyone.

    I eventually replaced it, and now this one has gone missing. Again, I think a family member took it, and I have good reason to think this bearing in mind that there is only one person who goes into my room other than me and I knew them to have been in my room yesterday. Also, this Qur'an I always keep on top of my bookshelf wrapped up in a pretty hijab scarf to protect it, and I ALWAYS put it back when I've finished reading it. So this family member couldn't have just 'accidentally' picked it up or anything, particularly as my bookcase is very tall. Strangely, the hijab scarf is still there.

    I'm really getting fed up of this. Any ideas what to do?

    16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality9 years ago