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Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah ‘Hopeless-Sinner’,

Umm Sulaym will no longer entertain any ‘help-me’ comments. Please consult your local Imam/Muslim psychologist if you’re that desperate. The thirsty one should go to the well. If you’re too embarrassed to visit your local Imam, then use online options such as Islam Q and A. Some local Masajid have online facilities for residents to ask questions by submitting them through an online form.

It is extremely unfair and I repeat extremely unfair if you expect to use my blog to get your answers and provide a fake email address via which I can’t even contact you. Especially unfair if you post irrelevant questions repetitively under posts which have no connection with your comment. When a facility is withdrawn, most likely it’s because it’s been abused.I’m not a ‘Wali’ or a person who has psychic powers who can guess where the problem lies just by a random comment. And did I not mention several times that I’m not an ‘Alima? Sadly, I’m not even a student of knowledge. You see now that you’re asking the wrong person? It’s like asking a 7-year old to help you solve a University-level Calculus question.

Whoever has issues with their spiritual life should start from their fundamental beliefs, i.e. Aqeedah. Check whether their belief  is correct. If it’s correct and free from Shirk (which is the greatest sin), then one would get peace from repentance. When I say that, most people want an easy way out. Let me tell you buddy, there’s no easy way out in our Deen. I’m not making the Deen harder by saying that but I’m just letting everyone know that knowledge is not acquired by listening to a few lectures.You must first learn from a teacher who :

  • is free from Bid’ah
  • is free from Sufism/extreme Salafism
  • is on the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’h, has proper knowledge of Al Wala wal Bara  and is not an apologetic lunatic

(How do you figure all that out? By learning Aqeedah. Here’s where you can start!)

If you can ensure all that, THEN you study from them. I can’t stress this enough. People just accept any eloquent speaker here in the West as their teacher and blindly follow them. I’d like to remind people of these verses in which Allah SWT asks us to be aware of such individuals:

They have made their oaths a screen (for their hypocrisy). Thus they hinder (men) from the Path of Allâh. Verily, evil is what they used to do.  That is because they believed, then disbelieved, therefore their hearts are sealed, so they understand not. And when you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. May Allâh curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path? [Surah Al Munafiqoon, 63:2-4].

Now I have no right to accuse anyone of hypocrisy and that’s not the intention of any God-fearing individual obviously. But I want people to be vigilant of regarding whom they’re taking their knowledge from.

Sufyan ath-Thawri (R) said: “Whoever studies with an innovator, Allah will not allow him to benefit from what he learned, and whoever shakes his hand has removed the bonds of Islam, one by one.”

 And Malik bin Anas(R)  said: “Knowledge is not to be taken from four types of people, and is to be taken from anyone else: the fool who is known for his foolishness, even if he narrates more than anyone; the liar who lies on the people, even if he doesn’t lie upon the Prophet (peace be upon him); an innovator who calls people to his innovation; a shaykh who is known for his virtue and worship if he doesn’t understand what he talks about.” [Source, pp. 54-55]

May Allah SWT guide us to the Path of those whom He’s Pleased with.Ameen.

And Allah SWT knows best.


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