On Discouraging Convert Sisters from Wearing Make Up

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can we do to discourage convert sisters from wearing make up?

First of all we should strive to make faith firm in their hearts so that they taste the sweetness of faith. We should let them mix with other sisters who have left things like make up. We should teach them about the lives of the Mothers of the Believers and the daughters of the Prophet ﷺ so that they then come to venerate these great women. We should convey to them the true meaning of honour and nobility that Allah has accorded believers both male and female in what He has legislated for them. We should convey to them also that the hijab and modesty are a means of honouring and protecting a woman.

We should not talk about the issue directly in the first instance but rather we work on establishing the foundations of their faith. Each individual is different so we must take this into account. Some will take longer than others to leave these things. The Prophet ﷺ taught Mu`adh to call people in stages: first to call them to faith, then to prayer and then to zakat.

Helping New Muslims Struggling with Drug Addiction

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

How do we help people who accept Islam but struggle with drug addiction?

We should be overjoyed by the fact that they have accepted Islam. Those who have strong determination will very quickly deal with these addictions, although they are a minority. We should use different means to deal with these addictions such as natural remedies, moving them from bad environments to good environments and developing their love and veneration for Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and the afterlife.

The Etiquettes of Embracing Islam

Answered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).

What etiquettes should be observed when someone embraces Islam?

It is good that it be made public.

As for the wording, the person embracing Islam should be told to say:

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ و أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُولُ الله

Ashhadu allā ilāha ill’Allāh wa ashhadu anna Muḥammadan rasūlullāh

The meaning should be explained to him or her:

“I bear witness that there is no deity save Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”  

If possible she told to say the following and the meaning should be explained:

آمَنْتُ بِاللهِ و مَلائِكَتِهِ و كُتُبِهِ و رُسُلِهِ و اليَوْمِ الآخِرِ و بِالْقَدَرِ خَيْرِهِ و شَرِّهِ مِنْ اللهِ تَعَالى

Āmantu billāh wa malāi`katihi wa kutubihi wa rusulihi wa’l-yawmi’l-ākhir wa b’il-qadari khayrihi and sharrihi min Allāhi ta`ālā

“I believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day and in pre-ordainment, whether it be good or bad from Allah Most High.”

رَضِيتُ بِاللهِ رَبّاً، وبِالإِسْلامِ دِيناً، و بمُحَمَّدٍ نَبِيَّاً ورَسُولاً

Raḍītu billāh rabban wa bil-Islāmi dīnan wa bi Muḥammadin nabiyan rasūlan

“I am content with Allah as a Lord, with Islam as a religion, and with Muhammad as a Prophet and Messenger.”

On Helping New Muslims at the Mosque

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can we do to help new Muslims at our mosque?

You should be cheerful in your dealings with them, you should invite them to your homes and help and serve them. You should discuss with them the attributes of Allah, the Prophets and the pious and talk to them about the next life.

On Teaching New Muslims How to Pray

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

A sister has just become Muslim. When we teach her how to pray should we teach her the differences between the various schools of law?

Praise be to Allāh Who guided her to Islam and may He make her steadfast and increase her in faith. Convey to her our congratulations upon entering Islam. Knowledge of the schools of law and the differences between them comes at a later stage for those who have already begun seeking sacred knowledge. Firstly we should teach her to pray in such a manner that she performs everything that the various schools view as obligatory. We should look at the people whose company she will keep and if they follow a particular school then she should learn to pray in a way that is harmonious with them so that no problems arise. We should teach her the basic tenets of the religion but we should go into more depth in teaching her about the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), the Companions, the pious people of the Ummah and the afterlife, as this will help to increase her in faith and certainty. If she becomes aware of the differences between the schools of law we should teach her that all the schools are in agreement over the fundamentals. The difference of opinion in the branches of the Law is due to the texts of the Sacred Law, which allow for much latitude. 

On Helping to Educate New Muslims

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

 

How can we best educate those who have recently accepted Islam in our community?

The best thing we can do is to teach new Muslims a sound understanding of the religion. We need to teach them how to perform the most important acts of worship and we need to teach them about Allah, His Prophets and Messengers, the angels and the next life. We should encourage them to show people noble character, especially their parents and families. We should direct them to be a cause of guidance of others. We should hold gatherings for them or establish a place of learning for them.