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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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My questions involves many
things. I am a very new convert
and at first I was praying all prayers
as best I could (I dont know Arabic)
Someone told me I should only
speak in Arabic, so in the end I have
stopped praying. I think of Allah
many times in the day and follow
the teachings but some things I
know are wrong i cannot stop. Since
Allah called me, I have improved my
life immensely and am happier than
i have been in a very long time. I
used to be drunk every day but now
I almost don’t drink at all. I used to
gamble all my money but now I
almost don’t gamble at all when I do
these wrong things I can feel it is
wrong and don’t want to go back to
my old ways. I can feel Allah is
guiding me in ways I don’t
understand. I dont feel guilty I just
feel why am I doing this. I have
asked a few Muslim people I work
with and even a person I met online
to teach me to pray properly and
help me in other ways but because I
am Australian they don’t feel I am
being serious about being Muslim so
they have been reluctant I am not a
good person I think but I am much
better than I have been and with
His help an guidance I know I will
succeed. There are many things for
me to learn.Please give me your
advise; should I keep trying by
myself,or continue to seek help
from other Muslims even though
they seem not to want to.


Praise be to Allaah.
Praise be to Allaah first and last,
and thanks be to Him always. He
blesses whomsoever He will with
guidance, and deprives whomsoever
He will of happiness. He saves His
slave from misguidance and
supports His close friends until the
Hour begins.
My dear Muslim brother,
congratulations on your being
blessed with guidance. We ask
Allaah to make you steadfast until
It was a great achievement when
you decided to embrace Islam and
give up the misguidance in which
you had grown up and the shirk
[association of others with Allaah]
which is forbidden. We welcome you
as a new brother in Islam and we
welcome you as a visitor to this
First of all, we would remind you
that in this world man passes
through great tests and trials, which
require him to be patient and
steadfast, and to stand firm until
“O man! Verily, you are returning
towards your Lord with your deeds
and actions (good or bad), a sure
returning, and you will meet (the
results of your deeds which you
[al-Inshiqaaq 84:6 – interpretation
of the meaning]
One of the trials with which Allaah
tests His slaves is the enjoining of
obligations and duties such as
prayer, fasting, zakaah (poor due),
Hajj (pilgrimage) and other acts of
worship, and the things that He
forbids them to do such as lying,
cheating, adultery, homosexuality
and all other forbidden things, so as
to see the sincere believer who
obeys the commands of Allaah, so
that He may admit him to Paradise,
and the liar and hypocrite who does
not obey Allaah, so that He may
send him to Hell.
Try to do your best to learn what
Allaah commands, and do it, and
what He forbids, and avoid it.
There are many commands, and
many prohibitions, and it is
impossible to list them or explain
them all in one place. But we refer
you to what is mentioned in this
site of ours of questions that deal
with the teachings of Islam, so you
can look at it and read what it says,
and may Allaah benefit you
With regard to what you mention in
your question about having to learn
Arabic, this is true, but you do not
have to learn the whole language,
rather just what you need for
religious purposes. See question no.
6524. The fact that you do not know
Arabic does not justify your not
praying, because you can learn what
you need for prayer in a short
period of time, and until you learn
it you should still continue to pray
regularly on time, and pray
according to what you are able to
do. “Allaah burdens not a person
beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah
With regard to how to pray, you will
find the answer to that on this site,
under Question no. 13340. See also
8580, 2427, 11040.
Finally we advise you to look for an
Islamic Centre in your city, and to
keep company with Muslims who
practice their religion. Do not forget
to read trustworthy websites, and
try to benefit from them as much
as you can. We will also be happy to
help you and others like you who
are looking for things that will
benefit them, and we will offer
whatever advice we can, so keep in
touch with us. May Allaah protect
you and take care of you.


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