Archive for the ‘Belief & Worship’ category

The Overlooked Struggle

It’s happened to many of us.  We come across a friend or relative—someone we would consider fairly religious—engaging in behavior that seems shocking or out of character.  You meet them on the street one day and see them dressed in a way you never would have imagined, when they were once proud to be physically […]

On Inherent and Acquired Qualities in Da`wah

By Othman Mohammad A member of our youth group at the local masjid posed this important question to me: “Some people are born with greater talent in persuasion, more influence, and greater ability to motivate others. These individuals have the privilege to do certain things which others cannot and can acquire good deeds which without their […]

The Power of Remembrance

There is a feeling that comes to the heart, a feeling of unrest. No matter what is done that feeling of unrest doesn’t leave. Sometimes we try and numb it with entertainment or by distracting ourselves, but again it returns. And it is after this constant return of this feeling of unrest that we may […]

Hajj: A Submission to God

By Noha Alshugairi I still remember myself as a young child of 6 moving from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, struggling with a new country, language, and school. My first spoken language was the English of Nigeria; a mix of British English with an accent of the local dialect. My Arabic at the time was limited […]

The Other Hajj Tips

By Noha Alshugairi Many people have written about Hajj: what to expect, how to prepare, what to take, and how to perform the rituals, etc. I am not offering any of these tips. As a therapist, I see how my clients’ perceptions and attitudes impact the way they experience life; and since Hajj is a […]

Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?

I am in a dilemma and need you to help me put things into perspective. It’s the age-old question of whether hijab is fard (mandatory) or not! I have been wearing hijab for many years now. I always believed that the ayah (verse) in Surat An-Nissa (Qur’an 4) is a personal choice that women make […]

A Few Things Every Prospective Hajji Should Know

By Hajja Saira Hajji [‘haj-jee] (col.) noun  1. someone who performs the act of Hajj (Pilgrimage). 2. a title given to someone who survived Hajj Introduction Welcome, prospective Hajji, to a unique journey. This journey is an invitation from your Lord to visit His House and engage in one of the most illustrious acts of worship. […]

“And Every People Knew its Watering Place”

This article is based on the book “Qur’anic Principles” by Dr. Umar ibn Abd Allah al-Muqbil This verse in Surah Baqara is specifically referring to the incident wherein Moses prayed for water for the children of Israel: “And [recall] when Moses prayed for water for his people, so We said, “Strike with your staff the […]

The Need for Allah

By Imam ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah | Translated and abridged by Huda Shaka Excerpts from Tareeq al-Hijratayn wa Bab as-Sa`adatayn “O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy One.” (Qur’an 35:15) In this verse, the Exalted One shows that the slaves’ need for Him is intrinsic to the slaves—just as being […]

In the Name of Allah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ In the Name of Allah As Muslims, we are frequently reciting the above phrase in our daily lives, usually when we are about do something virtuous, when we are praying, or while we are reading the Qur’an. It rolls off our tongues effortlessly, but how often have we paused to reflect on its […]

When Will the Help of Allah Come?

Trials. At times they are overwhelming. As soon as we get through one, another one seems to simply be waiting for us. Time and time again they pull us backward, and sometimes they slam us flat on our faces not even allowing time for our hands to flail as we fall. They seem never ending, […]

Even the Devil Believes in God

By Omar Ead “Say, ‘Allah [alone] do I worship, sincere to Him in my religion, So worship what you will besides Him.’ Say, ‘Indeed, the losers are the ones who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Unquestionably, that is the manifest loss.’” (Qur’an 39:14-15) The time preceding the Prophet Muhammad […]

Why Are They Leaving Islam?

By Matthew Longacre Whether it is in the masjid, on the street, or online, these incidents are too numerous to count. If you haven’t heard these stories, then you haven’t been listening. Every day, time and time again, a troubled Muslim reaches out and communicates to someone, in one way or another, that they are […]

Spiritual Relevance between the Original Text and Native Expression

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X We are blessed with the finality of revelation preserved just as it was revealed to our beloved Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him). We should be attached to that message as much as possible. It should play a permeating role […]

The Effects of Our Deeds

Knowingly or unknowingly, we all sin and make mistakes. This is something from our nature as human beings that we will never be able to completely overcome. We all fall into that second look or say a white lie or miss a salah (prayer). While we may repent from the sin after, an aspect that […]

Pardon

SubhanAllah (Glory be to God)—the last 10 days of Ramadan have begun. One of these nights will be Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power) insha’Allah (God willing)—a time for intensified reflection, worship and giving. Aisha radi allahu anha (may God be pleased with her), realizing the magnanimity of this time, asked the Prophet ﷺ (peace […]

What’s in a Name? The Names of God

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX The purpose of this series is to first please our Beloved Master in highlighting some points which will strengthen our ability to integrate and properly spread His message here in America. This was done by broadening our horizons as to the […]

Shah Walliullah al-Dehlawi’s Approach to Reform

By Abu al-Hassan al-Nadwi | Translated by Suhaib Webb Imam al-Dahlawi undertook efforts towards revival and reform by focusing on the following: During his age, the majority of Muslims had major shortcomings in understanding how to have faith in God (Ar. tauhid). It was clouded by numerous ignorant ideas, corrupted philosophies, and un-Islamic customs, so […]

The Sacred Month of Rajab

Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala—exalted is He) has given a special status to certain days, months, places, and people. The Prophets of God are the most honored among mankind; Makkah is the holiest of all cities; Ramadan is the best month; and the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) is the greatest night of the year. Allah […]

Do You Deserve Punishment?

By AbdelRahman Mussa In a tazkiyah (purification) consultation meant to help change major misconceptions held by Muslims today and survey how people perceive Islam and their relationship with Allah, the results were telling. With 16 questions and over 100 applicants, patterns emerged. The answers for two of those questions really stand out.  The first question: Do […]