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Paradise and Hell

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Imagine that you knew the angel of death was coming to you in a few hours. What would your first thought be? For most of us, it would be: What have I prepared for the next life?! Doctors today […]

Emergency Appeal: East African Famine

While watching the news with my mom the other day, a segment came on about the famine in East Africa. As we listened to the anchor share the stories of families coming to the refugee camps for aid, he highlighted one specific story of a father who walked for 30 days and 30 nights to […]

Throw the Baby: Trusting in Allah

One of the pillars of imaan (belief in Allah) is to believe in the Divine Decree – the good and bad of it. This means that we as Muslims are supposed to have complete belief and unwavering certainty in the Plan of Allah and His Decrees for us, whether they may appear good or not […]

Gems from Imam ibn al-Qayyim

Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (died 1350 CE), may Allah have mercy on him, is one of the scholars that nearly every Muslim knows or has heard of. His quotes and sayings on the heart, the nature of desires, and worshiping Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (Glorified is He) are posted everywhere. He is known as the […]

African Muslims in America: A Rich Legacy

The legacy of African Muslims in America, a deep and rich history, has been left unmentioned in the history books and forgotten by historians. For 400 years, Muslims from Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Mali among other nations were taken from their homelands and brought to the United States, the Caribbean and South America as […]

Guidelines to Studying Islam Online

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV Within the last decade, Muslims have experienced a massive shift in the way they study Islam. In this advanced technological age, Islamic knowledge is available for […]

50 Virtuous Deeds (Part II)

Part I | Part II All narrations classified as “authentic” by Shaykh al-Albani. 26. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates, “The Prophet ﷺ (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed by me once while I was planting some crops. He said, ‘O Abu Hurayrah! What are you planting?’ I answered, […]

50 Narrations on Virtuous Deeds

Part I All narrations have been declared ‘authentic’ by Shaykh al-Albani. 1) Whoever reads Surah Ikhlas ten times, Allah will build a palace for him in Paradise. ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) exclaimed, “If that’s the case, then we will increase in our palaces!” The Prophet ﷺ (may the peace and blessings of […]

The Best Role Models: Selected Traits of the Prophets and Messengers

One of the greatest aspects of Islam is that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) has not only sent us guidance in the form of a text, but also guidance in the form of people. It is from the sunnah (way) of Allah that He sends men that He has chosen to mankind to […]

Al-‘Afuww in the Qur’an

A’isha radi Allahu `anha (may Allah be pleased with her) asked the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him), “If I knew which night is Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power), what should I say during it?” The Prophet ﷺ told her to say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni. “O Allah, indeed You are […]

From the World of the Unseen: Five Lessons from the Jinn in the Qur’an

When we hear the word “Jinn” nowadays, spooky stories of possessions and ‘haunted’ masajid immediately come to our minds. Jinn have become a source of entertainment for many of us and we do not see this creation as anything beyond a scary story. However, when we look in the Qur’an, we see a beautiful example in the Jinn […]

Silence is Gold

In the famous hadith that we’ve all heard before, the Prophet ﷺ said: من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent.” [Bukhari and Muslim] When looking at the Arabic language, this hadith is very powerful. The first thing […]

Al Jabbar: The Compeller

Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred less one. Whoever ‘ahsaaha‘ will enter Jannah.” [Bukhari and Muslim] According to Shaykh Jamaal Zarabozo, the statement in the hadith “man ahsaaha” means “whoever enumerates them, believes in them, ponders their meanings, worships Allah by them and supplicates with them, […]

In the Early Hours

The Prophet ﷺ said that Allah has blessed the morning time for our Ummah, so many of us take advantage of this time by studying, preparing for work and school, or helping our family. In the Qur’an, Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – glory be unto Him) conveys to us what the believers are doing during their […]

“And How Excellent These Companions Are!”

The Prophet ﷺ once came upon his companion, Thawban (may Allah be pleased with him), and noticed that he looked sad.  He immediately asked him, “O Thawban, what has changed your appearance?” Thawban replied, “O Messenger of Allah, I do not have any sickness or any pain except that I feel discomfort when I do […]

How to have Istiqaamah

Istiqaamah is often translated to mean ‘uprightness, steadfastness and correctness.’ It comes from the root word قام (qaama) meaning ‘to rise’ or ‘to stand upright’ and from this we derive words like مستقيم (mustaqeem) as in ‘Siraat al-Mustaqeem’ (Straight Path). For the believer, Istiqaamah is a virtue that cannot be done without. It’s a quality that we […]

Ways to be Near the Prophet ﷺ

He came during a time of darkness and spread, by the will of Allah, light upon the land. Now, more than 1400 years later, we hardly have any knowledge of him ﷺ. We have lost our chance to be with the Prophet ﷺ physically in this dunya, so let us not lose our chance in […]

Oh Servant of the Qur’an, if You Need Motivation, Read This!

A friend in Alexandria related this to me: One day while sitting at the school in which I take Islamic studies classes, my teacher introduced me to an Egyptian girl that memorizes Qur’an there. I remember thinking how shy and timid the girl seemed. After the girl left, my teacher revealed that she is both […]

The Straight Line in Islam

One of the most striking memories I have from a Taleem al-Qur’an program I attended was the emphasized on having proper rows every single day before the start of a session. Our teachers would never start a class until all the rows were filled and the lines were straight. Why is there an emphasis in […]

A Small Reflection on Fruits

Alhamdulillah we’ve been in Egypt for a month and three days. I just wanted to share something I was thinking about – a small reflection that will probably make you laugh. One thing that I have noticed is that the fruit back home (and North America in general) tastes like paper compared to the delicious produce […]