Reason for Sickness

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Q: How is sickness viewed in Islam? Is it a punishment for sins or a forgiveness? For example, my husband has epilepsy and bit his tongue quite a few times. He says maybe he gossiped or used foul language and that is why he bit his tongue. So is this sickness a punishment? He's had epilepsy for quite a number of years. When I ask the learned people they say it is a forgiveness. What does this mean? Isn't it also a punishment to guide you to the straight path or make you closer to Allah? Please clarify this for me.

A:
The exact reason Allah Ta'aala alone knows, but we should have a positive attitude.

Possibilities:

1. Sickness is a means of forgiveness for sins committed. Through the virtue of the sickness, it is hoped that when the person meets Allah, he will be clear of sins.
2. It is a means of receiving a greater and higher status in the hereafter.
3. It is mentioned in Hadeeth: Everything is beneficial for a Mu’min. When goodness reaches him he makes Shukr (expresses gratitude unto Allah). When grief reaches  him  he  adopts  Sabr  (patience).  Both  these  qualities  are
commendable.
Thus he will be rewarded for his patience.
4) It is a means to draw closer to Allah, to be more aware of His bounties bestowed, to appreciate.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reciting behind Imam

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Q: When performing salah behind the imam for zuhr and asr, since these are silent prayers do you have to recite surah fatiha and a surah yourself or remain silent? Also during the last two rakats of esha, if reading behind an imam, do you read surah fatiha or remain silent?

A:
You will remain silent in all the Rakaats you mentioned.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Quran and Periods

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Q: Can we read Quranic ayat (verses) from websites during a ladies monthly periods?

A:
Recital of Qur'aan during menses is not permitted; whether from a website, from memory, etc.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Condition for Paradise

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Q: If a non-Muslim recited a surah from the Quran (intentionally) but they died as a non-Muslim would they go to Jannah (paradise)?

A:
The condition for entering Jannah is to possess Iman (correct Islamic faith).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Asking for Divorce

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Q: My husband in general asked me that should he divorce me twice since I couldn't hear what he said the first time. Is this valid even though he had no intentions to say that and what I should do?

A:
He asked if he should divorce you, he did not divorce you. Asking is not a divorce.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Vaginal Flatulence

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Q: Does vaginal flatulence break Wudhu?

A:
Passing wind from the vaginal area does not break Wudhu.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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