I have three questions, the first of which has caused me great concern over the past week, which I would really appreciate you answering please:
1. Since I learnt how to pray I came to make it a habit to make dua afterwards since I have read in several books that one of the times that duas are answered is after the obligatory prayers. So I’ve been doing this for pretty much the past 1 and 1/2 years I’ve been Muslim until last week as I was told not to do it anymore.
I am taking a class on Tawhid and we had just finished praying Dhuhr. I said the Tasbih and naturally raised my hands to make dua when maybe 20 seconds into it my hands are grabbed and I look up to see my teacher’s face. She said not to do this (the dua after prayer) as it’s a bid’ah. I was completely shocked! She also told me that the wiping of the face which so many people do after dua, which I also have been doing because I thought it was what I was meant to do, is also a bid’ah. She told me these were all “from the Sufis.”
Also, I no longer know how to end my duas because I’m frightened of wiping my face so I just drop my hands because I don’t know what to do.
2. I was also told by the same teacher that Ar-Rashid is not one of Allah’s Names as she said there is no evidence for it.
3. I’ve had what is known as mid-cycle bleeding. I have been to the doctor and was told that this is probably a sign of ovulation so alhamdulillah, at least it shows fertility. I am going back to the doctor, insha Allah, to follow this up to be sure; for the past week I’ve had this light bleeding or “spotting” which I know isn’t my period so I have continued to pray.