Archive for the ‘Islam 101’ category

A Victim of Speech

Part I | Part II In the last article, we explored how Allah (swt) exonerated Aisha radi allahu `anha (may God be please with her) and Prophet Joseph `alayhi as-salaaam (peace be upon him) from unsubstantiated and untrue gossip, and we talked about the victims of slander. Today, it’s about the perpetrators of slander. It […]

The Vikings and Serkland: A Lesson in the Merits of Presentability

The Vikings referred to the Abbasid Empire as Serkland. There are a few theories regarding the origin of this name, but it likely originated from the Norse term serkr, which meant tunic or gown. The term was mentioned in the Ingvar Runestones, specifically in the Gripsholm Runestone (Sö 179). They were raised to commemorate those […]

This Prayer is Like A Good Investment

By Bilal Elsakka Why is it easy for us to wake up extra early for work, but hard for us to wake up extra early for prayer in the masjid (mosque)? Why is it so easy to watch a movie for two hours, but so hard to pray two rak`at (units of Islamic prayer) before Fajr […]

Take your needs to the One who has no needs

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 | Part XXXIV | Part XXXV | Part XXXVI […]

10 Guidelines for Gender Relations in Islam

By Muslema Purmul and Maryam Amirebrahimi Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII A Clarification on Beautifying Gender Relations Within the Community Co-ed Love for the Sake of Allah? Part 1 | Part 2 I was standing next to the grave, supplicating quietly to Allah for the man we […]

Is The Quran A Violent Text Or Is Your Reading A Tad Off?

By Joe Bradford | Originally Posted on www.joebradford.net An Open Letter to Atheist Muslims Dear Self Described Atheist Muslims, Let’s start with what I am not going to do. I am not going to accuse you of never knowing anything about Islam. Most of you have grown up in Muslim families, attended Muslim Sunday school, gone to […]

Eid in America: Who Do You Greet and Meet on Eid?

By Maryam Mir Many Eid moon phases ago, I was a new Muslim convert. I have gone to several Eid events during those lunar phases. And like those phases, time has changed some of my views on such joyous events. I still attend though, I do. I love the anticipation of preparing Eid clothes the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 | Part XXXIV | Part XXXV This article […]

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 […]

Is it Allowed for Women to Teach Mixed Gatherings?

Few scholars (and yet many “religious” Muslims) claim that women scholars should not teach mixed gatherings openly as men scholars do and that if she does she should do so behind a curtain. It is also suggested as evidence against this that women should generally stay at home and that her face as well as […]

10 Things That Shouldn’t Happen Once You Become a More Practicing Muslim

We have seen it time and time again. We may have even experienced it. For so long, you were a Muslim only by name. You did not know much about Islam and its teachings, and you were content with your ignorance. But something changed. Like the shifting of the earth before a quake, something happened […]

Think You’ve Failed? Think Again.

She felt a knot in her stomach. Her husband was about to come home from the fajr (pre-dawn) prayer, and once again, there was no food. She was upset for him, considering how hard he worked and all the responsibilities he had, and upset at how helpless she was. But they had no food. He […]

Sinners Anonymous

A while back I had the opportunity to be in a setting in which I could sit and listen to a woman who was a recovering alcoholic, as well as the head of an Alcoholics Anonymous group. As the woman, who had struggled through tough times to make it out of the dark tunnel, was […]

Staying Focused by PRAYing

By Marwa Abdalla I remember the last time it happened to me. I was driving my daughter to preschool, something I do several times a week. Traffic was heavy and I was preoccupied. Deep in thought, I drove amidst the hundreds of cars on the highway and suddenly, or maybe it was after several minutes, […]