Archive for the ‘Aqeedah (Belief)’ category

Dealing with Loss

By Abida Aura Mustafa Whether through death, loss, or disagreement, when we lose someone or something dear to us, we become overwhelmed by the pangs of grief; the pain of loss feels overbearing as though it would never end. Having to face the consequences of detachment can be a traumatic experience. All we can think […]

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Note: The lessons in this 4-Part Series were inspired by the free 7-Day Trial of the iPersonalEnrichment.com program. While this series focuses mostly on concepts, the program works to internalize them. Part 1: The Amazing Race, The Different Races, The Race to Allah Imagine three […]

Faces of the Hereafter: Radiant and Joyous

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII As we discussed in the last installment, our faces are the most honorable parts of our bodies. With our faces, we are able to express our emotions and feelings. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) describes the faces of humankind […]

Islam and the Society the World Craves

by Iman Badawi | Summarized from the last chapter of Islam the Future Civilization, by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradaawi, el-Fatah Foundation for Translation and Distribution, Cairo, Egypt, 1998 1 Perhaps the most blatantly apparent quality of the 21st century world is that the success of nations is based upon their material advancement with complete disregard for the moral status […]

Warning Against Wanton Takfir

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV In light of the modern tendency of some to engage in wanton takfir, it would be irresponsible to not point out some complexities that may relate to takfir in the west. There are two extremes with regards to takfir: one that denies its existence, and the other that engages […]

The Faces of the Hereafter: Humiliated and Disgraced

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Without a doubt, our faces are the most honorable part of our body. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) has fashioned our faces in perfect proportion and has made them unique for every one of us. When Allah (swt) mentions the […]

Perennial Philosophy: Interpretation or Accusing of Lying, Ta’wil or Takdhib

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV It is obvious to all, including perennialists, that perennial philosophy is completely at odds with orthodox Islam. Those perennialists who claim to be Muslims do so whilst claiming to believe that the esoteric, metaphysical realisation of the faith confirms the ‘transcending’ of the ‘dogmatism’ […]

Oppression and the Scales of Justice

Ali Shareef From eastern Congo with the rapes of hundreds of women to bombs that kill dozens in Pakistan and Afghanistan; from the raging drug battles in Mexico to the attacks on Sept. 11 ten years ago, or the other uncountable acts of violence that occur all over the world, the specter of oppression and […]

Akhirah Deficit Disorder

On October 4th, 2011, Imam Suhaib Webb gave a lecture titled “Akhirah (Hereafter) Deficit Disorder” in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Opposition to Islam’s Finality with Recourse to the Qur’an

Finality of Islam: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV The contemporary world, in which religious studies and Scriptural analyses are not known to respect historical orthodoxies, has witnessed a variety of writers oppose the finality of Islam, whilst claiming to be representatives of Islam. These claims usually fall on deaf ears because most […]

The Finality of Islam – With Reference to Perennial Philosophy

Finaility of Islam: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, in From the Depth of the Heart in America, noted that “Islam is more sensitive than any other faith . . . Its limits are marked out very clearly.” This sentiment has remained true until our day, even in western universities that teach Islam. […]

Entering Paradise

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Allah paints a picture in the Qur’an of the most successful person: “So as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, ‘Here, read my record! Indeed, I was certain that I would be meeting […]

The Entrance into Hell-Fire

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Allah (swt) paints a picture for us in the Qur’an of one of the greatest losers: “But as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, “Oh, I wish I had not been given my […]

Glimpses of Paradise

by Raiiq Ridwan Glimpses into the World of the Unseen: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII Close your eyes and imagine this: Eternal bliss; Your every wish at your finger tips and more… Perched on a throne, near a stream; So serene and exquisite a scene You’ve […]

Paradise: Safe and Sound

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII After enduring the hardships of the dunya (this world) and the horrors of the grave and Last Day, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) will bless the believers with something that will make their worries […]

Who can escape the Fire?

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Hell-Fire is filled with torments and punishments beyond our imagination, but the main characteristic of Hell is fire. Many of the various names of Hell show us different aspects of this Fire, giving us a complete picture of […]

Understanding Paradise

Paradise and Hell: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII A place like we have never seen. A place we can hardly imagine. A place of no sadness, no hardships, no heartache. Eternal bliss. A place that we crave and that craves us. Allah subahanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) […]

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 […]

Description of Hellfire

by Raiiq Ridwan Glimpses into the World of the Unseen: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII My fingers tremble and my mind is uneasy as I begin writing. However, it is a reality that the Hellfire exists and it is indeed the logical consequence for those […]

11 Anchors for the Beginner

Shaykh ‘Ali Rajab al-Salihi’ al-Azhari’s Approach Towards Building a Student Shaykh ‘Ali was from the great scholars of al-Azhar. He wrote that 11 sciences (‘Uloom) should be mastered by anyone who truly wanted to start on a path towards becoming from the people of knowledge and da’wah (the call to Islam). This curriculum is still taught in […]