Obeying one’s parents

Q: I am 18 years old. Till today I don’t have knowledge of shariat and what are kabeera and sageera gunah. I came to know a little about this 5 month ago when some of tablighi jamaat members contacted me and taught me about I slam and sunnat and now I offer prayers also. My family is far from shariat and sunnat. Although all of us pray 5 times a day and also recite holy quraan but none of us acts on sunnat and  we are not aware of what life our prophet (Sallalalahu Alayhi Wasallam) led and which a’maal will lead us to jahannum and which to jaanat and even if we are aware of it we don’t practice it in our life. I try to lead an Islamic life and also had grown a sunnat beard and also wear topee and avoid jeans and tight and fashionable dress but my family says that you have much life to practice these things. But for now just concentrate on your studies. Recently I got selected in mbbs entrance exam but I am not happy with my life because I want to devote my whole life to Islam so that I can practice Islam myself and also spread it to others. The problem is that my parents and whole family is against It. They don’t want me to leave worldly studies and go for Islamic studies but if I did not get islamic studies and complete my goal then I am afraid of getting stressed and mad. Kindly guide me as soon as possible.


A: Don’t disobey your parents. Whatever time you can dedicate towards deen do not hesitate in dedicating. Have a firm resolve and intention and beg Allah Ta`ala that He creates the opportunity for you where you can dedicate and devote you lofty intentions of serving deen.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)