Day Questions

I have been unemployed and looking for work for some time, and it is very worrying. Is there any specific supplication or verses of the Quran to help me?

It has been reported in some narrations that repeatedly reciting Surah Al- Qadr (chapter 97 of the Holy Quran) and repeatedly seeking forgiveness increases sustenance and the means of sustenance.

I am employed at the central bank of my country and my responsibilities include making correspondence with banks, categorizing each bank as good, satisfactory, or bad etc. with respect to financial position and the like. Please guide me whether my salary is permissible?

If your work in the bank does not include editing deals that involve interest or participating in forming such contracts by being a party in the deal, then working in banks is permissible. The cash bills that you receive from the government from such work as salary if they were previously owned by muslims, are called “Majhool Al-malik”. The religious obligation on it is to receive it with the intention of being on behalf of His Eminence (may Allah grant him a long life), and then intend to own it.

According to the edict that I have read, khums is obligatory on coined gold which remains unused for a year. Is khums also obligatory on gold bars? If so, will khums become payable on the annual khums date or after a year from the date of purchase of the gold bar?

It is obligatory on every individual to pay the fifth of his/her net profit that remains at the end of the khums year, whether these profits were silver or gold coins, or in the form of bars, and whether the profits were real estates or other kind of assets.

According to me, a person must repent in a state of purity or in the position of prostration or standing facing Qiblah, if he has committed a lot of major sins i.e. not praying the obligatory prayers and fasts. So if a person does this, will the past major sins be forgiven?

Repentance is regret and determination to avoid committing sins in the future. Being in the state of purity, prayers or fasting is not part of it. Yes, it is recommended to repeatedly seek forgiveness whenever sins are remembered. A devotee is expected to have high hope in Almighty Allah’s acceptance of the repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Almighty Allah said: “O my slaves who have been prodigal to their own hurt! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (39:53).