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Photo taking on the computer. Is it a sin?

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I know its wrong to take photos and that’s why I have stopped taking them although I still have my previous photos on the computer. Is it wrong for me to keep them on my computer and look at them? Is it a sin? Sometimes i tend to lose concentration in my namaz can you give me any ways to help me concentrate? Thirdly is the name Shazia islamic name?


1. Delete them from your computer.

2. Q: What is the remedy to evil thoughts?

A: Evil thoughts are a sign of Imaan. The noble companions complained to Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa sallam) of evil thoughts to which he replied by saying, ?That is a clear sign of Imaan.? (Mishkaat pg.18; Me?raaj)

The mind is like a highway. Today a king or pious person would pass over it, tomorrow a beggar or evil person will pass by. Similarly one experiences good thoughts (of performing Salaat, reciting the noble Qur’aan, etc.), as well as evil thoughts. One should avoid seeing or doing anything that invite such thoughts.If the thoughts are not articulated, one will not be answerable for them. Evil thoughts are like live electric wires. If one pays attention to them by touching them, he will get shocked.Similarly, one should ignore evil thoughts and engage in something useful. One may also read ?Laa hawla Walaa Quwaata Illaa billahi al-Aliyy al-Adheem? (There is no power ? to refrain from evil ? nor ability ? to do good ? except with Allah, the Most High, the Exalted).

An easy way to achieve concentration in Salaat as explained by Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (ra) is to think about what will be doing next in Salaat, e.g. when standing, ponder over your next action, i.e. ruku and what you will read in it, then think that you will come up and go into qawmah, then Sajdah. You should also be punctual with the Dhikr of Allah, keep the company of the pious and go out in the path of Allah to work on your Imaan.

3. Yes, it means a girl with a beautiful fragrance.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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