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January 2012

1. DEAR ABE: I get mad easily and lose my temper with my mom and start yelling at her.  I don’t mean to, but I lose my temper and disrespect her.  I pray to God for forgiveness.  Will God forgive me for these bad sins?  – BEATRIX, USA

DEAR BEATRIX: God does forgive the sins of His sincere servants. The Quran commands us to respect our parents and not to display annoyance [1].  To achieve forgiveness for our sins, we must not only pray for forgiveness, but repent and strive to avoid the bad behavior in the future [2].  We all make mistakes, but we need to seek God’s guidance in avoiding those mistakes in the future.

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1] 2:83, 17:23;  [2] 3:135, 40:55 .


2. DEAR ABE: Can we delete text messages from a mobile device if it contains a verse (Ayat) from the Quran? –SHANKAR, INDIA

DEAR SHANKAR: You may certainly delete them. The important thing is to obey the words of God in the Quran [1].  Also remember to seek refuge in God from Satan when reading them. We should do this whenever reading sections of the Quran [2].

Relevant Quran Verses:  [1]  6:11518:27;  [2] 16:98 .


3. DEAR ABE: What is the correct opinion on Witr prayer? – JAMES, NIGERIA

DEAR JAMES: During the night, there is only one contact prayer (salat) that is referred to in the Quran.  This is the night (Isha) prayer.  There are no “extra” or "optional" contact prayers (Salat) to be done during the night whether they are called shaf', witr and nafilat ul-layl. These types of prayers are fabrications by religious scholars [1].  During the night, in addition to our nightly contact prayer, we are told in the Quran to rest [2], and meditate [3].  Reciting from the Quran at dawn is also recommended [4].

Relevant Quran Verse: [1] 9:31, 34:53; 2) 25:47, 40:61; 3) 17:79. 25:64, 39:9; 73:2, 73:20; 4) 17:78 .

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