Archive for the ‘Islamic Studies’ category

The Best Days of this World

Originally Posted in November 2009 By Zahra The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah1 : 1. Ahadith (narrations) of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him): قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا رسول الله : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله […]

When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason

By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother’s “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. He was under pressure from both his […]

The Evil Eye Is Real

Disclaimer: this post is not meant to explore the evil eye in and of itself, nor is it meant to provide any type of legal rulings or scholarly opinions regarding it. Instead, it’s simply meant to be a reflection and reminder to us all. Although most of us have heard of the evil eye and […]

My Fiancé is Pushing Me to Be Religious

Question:  I am a Muslim living in the US and I am happily engaged. AlhamdulilLah (praise be to God) my iman (faith) and my love for my deen (religion) have always been high: I decided to wear the hijab 3 years ago on my own, I teach in a masjid, I attend halaqas (study circles) […]

Striving for Excellence

First Topic: Why Be Good When You Can Be “Excellent”? By Uzma Awan It so happens, sometimes Shaytan (Satan) fools us into believing we are doing well. We are keeping up with our fard (obligatory) salah (prayer), Ramadan fasts, yearly zakat (a tax that is the duty and social obligation of every Muslim), and infrequent […]

Eastern Texts Meet Western Quills: The First English Translation of the Qur’an

By Lubaaba Amatullah When asking fellow Muslims about the first English Qur’an, the response is frequently a reference to the 1930 translation by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Less frequently an excited voice speaks of the George Sale Qur’an of 1734. However, British Islamic – and Qur’anic – history extends long beyond that, in a rich account […]

The Digital Dunya: Why I’m OK With Mediocre

It took me a very long time to realize this, but as soon as I did, I found myself shuttled into a new realm of liberation. I am fine with being mediocre. Let me explain. In this tech-savvy day and age, religiosity has found a new medium for expression: the internet. It is through this […]

How to Speak to a Gay Sibling

Question: My 18-year-old sister recently told me that she was gay. Not only that, but she was also in a relationship with a girl whom we all thought was her best friend. And to make matters even worse, she said she was not sure she felt Muslim anymore. Obviously, I was shocked. But I love […]

Reflections on Friendship

Coming out of Ramadan, our souls are more raw and perceptive. That cuss word or the gossip that we freed our tongue and hearing of during Ramadan feels like ice on sensitive teeth. There is pain and irritation. And leaving Ramadan to the humdrum of daily life brings with it the very things we tried […]

Restoring the Balance: Compassion for God’s Creation

By Shabaana Kidy With the developments of the 21st century, we have come to expect variety, ease and speed in the way we buy and sell. However, most of us might not realize how the intense demands of the consumer culture we find ourselves in have put immense strain on all areas of production. We […]

After Repentance Comes… Hardship?

“And [He also forgave] the three who were left behind [and regretted their error] to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they […]

“O Allah, Make us of Your ‘Few’ Servants!”

From Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal | Translated by Jinan Bastaki I received this in a text message and thought it was beautiful, so I thought it would be nice to translate and share. It can be found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah. ((.مر سيدنا عمر […]

Worship of the Heart

Qur’an Reflections “Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” [Qur’an 29:45] Reciting this verse of Qur’an always makes me stop and reflect on my prayer.  Allah subhananhu wa […]

The End of Every Matter is Better

From Tareq Al-Suwaidan | Translated by Jinan Bastaki Tareq Al-Suwaidan shared the following: (قال الله تعالى (وللآخرة خير لك من الأولى !! إن أول ما يخطر على أذهاننا في تفسير الآية أن الدار الأخرة خير لنا من الدنيا . ..ولكن الآية تحمل معنى أوسع يقول : عاقبة كل أمر لك خير لك من أوله ولذلك فإن […]

Starting Anew—Al-`Afuww

Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX | Part XXXI | Part XXXII | Part XXXIII This article was originally posted on August 15, […]

In the Shade of Ramadan

In the Shade of Ramadan is an annual online video series produced by MAS Youth during the month of Ramadan. ISR is a series of educational and motivational reflections featuring various speakers across the country. This year’s ISR season is a continuation of last year’s, reflecting on the Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi, and will feature […]

The Parable of The Prostitute

As provocative as the title sounds, the following narration is one that constantly inspires me and expands my mind. I relate to you the following: Abu Huraira radi allahu `anhu (may God have mercy on him) reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ (peace be upon him) as saying: “There was a dog moving around a well whom thirst […]

How Can I Enjoy Listening to the Qur’an in Taraweeh When I Don’t Understand What is Being Recited?

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Originally posted in August 2012 During Ramadan, many of us attend taraweeh (night prayers) at the masjid. Some of us stay until the Imam leads us in witr (a final supplementary prayer). For many of us, this can amount to over […]

Celebrating Independence Day

The Muslim world right now is undoubtedly going through some major tests and hardships. We pray that the Muslim lands will be blessed with justice, peace, sovereignty,comfort and civility. In countries with a Muslim minority, we see the constant persecution of Muslims in Myanmar; in China they are prevented from fasting Ramadan and taking children […]

Ramadān and Mortality

Ramadān Reinforcement: Part I | Part II A poet wrote that death was like arrows; it may miss you and hit someone else. But one day, it will capture you. Nothing humbles us as much as our own mortality. It is one of the most effective ways to lasso a soul gone wild, a soul intoxicated by […]