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    Answered by Shaykh Nazim Mangera


    I am a new Muslimah. I took my shahadah 3 months ago and I have been very happy with the path Allah has chosen for me, but it has certainly come with its challenges. I have not yet told my family or close friends of my decision, but Insha'allah, I will soon and I pray Allah will guide my words and actions so I will have the fortitude to deal with their reactions.

    One of my major challenges is keeping up with prayer at work. When I started my job, I was Christian and now I'm Muslim, but have not told anyone. I do have my own office, so I have recently started to close my door to do zuhr prayer, but I always make up asr and magrhib when I get home. I am getting ready to start a new job where I won't have my own office and I'm worried about being able to keep up with my prayers since I have not disclosed my faith. As a new Muslim, I know it's permissible to make up prayers, although its better to do them on time, but I am afraid of displeasing Allah because I'm not praying for fear of what others would think. When I was going for the new job, I prayed Allah would only bless me with it if it would bring me good, but I'm still worried about what to do. I desperately want to live my life "outwardly" as a Muslim, but I know I must find the courage and patience to do so.


    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Congratulations on making the best choice of your life by reverting to Islam. It is very heartwarming to hear that you are concerned about performing your prayers at work. There are millions of Muslims like you who are punctual with their prayers at work so never feel that you are alone in carrying out this noble command of Allah. If you will read the following links, Allah willing it will help you out. Whatever is mentioned already in the links, I don’t want to repeat it, therefore I will add on to what has already been written.

    If you win over your colleagues at work then it will be easy to be punctual with your prayers. You can do the following things to win them over. Bring gifts for your co-workers. The way to a person’s heart is through the person’s stomach. Therefore, take them out for lunch or order a lunch for them from a reputable Muslim restaurant. Pick up the tab if you ever go out for lunch together. Bring a nice cake or biscuits and leave it by the coffee machine and let everyone know you put it there. Bring some home cooked food and share it with your colleagues. Be on good terms with your supervisor. Once they are on your side, then it will be easy for you to be punctual with your daily prayers.

    Please read all the following well written links to get a complete answer to your question:

    RE: Praying at the office

    RE: Praying at the Office – It just isn’t possible sometimes!

    UK prayer rooms at work

    At lunch time, you could go outside and try to find a store or some safe place where it will be easy to perform your prayers. If you make a strong intention then Allah will make things easy for you.

    May Allah make it easy for all of us to be punctual with our daily prayers.


    Nazim Mangera


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  • #2
    Help one another in goodness


    1. Hadeeth and Commentary:-

    Riyad-us-Saliheen: The book of Miscellany
    Chapter 21: Assistance towards righteousness and piety

    Allah, the Exalted, says:

    "Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)". (5:2)

    "By Al-`Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma`ruf) which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah's Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad)". (103:1-3)

    Hadeeth # 177. Khalid Al-Juhani (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "He who equips a warrior in the way of Allaah (will get the reward of the one who has actually gone for Jihad); and he who looks after the family of a warrior in the way of Allaah will get the reward of the one who has gone for Jihad".
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].


    This Hadeeth tells the mode which can make Jihad more effective and give the participants of Jihad equal share in its reward. Every society has many able-bodied young people who want to take part in Jihad but do not have the resources for it, and this is how a very useful segment of the society fails to make any contribution to it.

    On the other hand, there are people in the society who have plenty of resources but do not possess health, vigour and youth which are essential for Jihad. According to the method prescribed in this Hadeeth, not only the requisite manpower and resources essential for Jihad are combined but everyone gets an even share in its reward.

    It should be kept in mind that in the early period of Islam, Mujahidun (the Muslims who took part in Jihad) were neither professional soldiers nor were they paid regular salaries, the way they now constitute a regular, permanent and vast military institution.


    And Allaah is the source of strength.
    As salaam Alaykum wa Ramatullah wa Barakatuh
    .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
    نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
    دولة الإسلامية باقية