Archive for the ‘Islam 101’ category

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 […]

The Deen is Ease Pt 2

Notes from Bukhari: Part I | Part II How many times have you heard someone say practising Islam or being a ‘religious’ Muslim is difficult? Reflect on the following: Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih relates the following hadith (prophetic narration) in the chapter of On The Deen Being Ease. It is related from Abu Hurayrah […]

Hijab is Not to Protect Men, But to Honor Women

As we know, Islam provides a few guidelines on dress code for both men and women. They are designed to promote modesty while still allowing a functioning and healthy society. I’ve heard and read a number of stories and have observed the attitudes of many brothers: that Islamic guidelines for women’s clothing and modesty exist […]

Length of Friday Khutbah (Sermon)

Question: Our MSA (Muslim Student Association) wants to start Friday khutbahs (sermons). A discussion came up regarding the length of the sermon. Please share with us, how long should it be? Answer: Imam Malik radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) did not offer any opinion regarding the length of the Friday Sermon. For that […]

Declaration of Faith

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX We have all witnessed the declaration of faith administered to a new Muslim and it is generally accepted as a compelling occasion. Naturally, some will be surprised by my usage of the phrase “generally accepted as compelling” to […]

Da`wah Does Not Always Need a Da`wah Table

By Mariam Al-Kalby We have the assumption that when we want to participate in da`wah, we imagine a long brown table of splayed Qur’ans, brochures, books, and articles introducing Islam. A booth parked on a university campus or at an event: this is the standard or common way of doing da`wah. What we fail to […]

The Slave of Allah Must Perform Salah (Prayer)

“Hayya `ala-s-Salaah… Hayya `ala-l-Falaah…” Hurry to prayer. Hurry to SUCCESS. Yes, success. What perfect placement of these phrases: come to pray and take your success. Like macaroni and cheese, it’s plain and simple. Placed so cleverly and poetically within the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. We hear this 5 times a day, but how […]

Consideration for the Community

Two Hundred Word Tidbits: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The great 11th century scholar, Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni, author of the seminal work al-Waraqat in usul al-fiqh, held the opinion that performing a communal obligation (fard kifaya) was actually superior to performing an individualized one (fard ‘ayn).1 Most scholars hold the opposite opinion—that […]

Be my Valentine

Imam John ‘Yahya’ Ederer talks about love between husbands and wives by illustrating the married life of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) as explained in the Sunnah. Imam Yahya talks about the Islamic ideal of Love with the ideas currently subscribed to our secular American Society. Should Muslims celebrate Valentine’s Day? MAS Khuthbah – […]

Can Muslims be good Americans?

In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers the question, “Can Muslims be good Americans?”

The Concept of Jihad

In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb explains the concept of Jihad.

What is Islam?

In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers the question, “What is Islam?”

Who is Mohammad?

In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers the question, “Who is Mohammad?”

How Can Islam Benefit Society?

In this video, Imam Suhaib Webb answers the question, “How Can Islam Benefit Society?”

Jannah Points

I came into class one morning, excited to take my young students to the computer lab. “It’s computer lab day!” I announced. Just as I had expected, the whole class was excited for change and ready to take the trip down the hall. Well, everyone except one student. He looked at me from behind his […]

Should Islam Seem Foreign in a Non-Muslim Society?

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |  Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Some devoted Muslims might answer this question by saying yes because that’s what the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) taught! It is authentically narrated that our beloved Prophet ﷺ said: “.إن الإسلام بدأ غريبا، وسيعود غريبا كما بدأ، […]

Going Back

It creeps up on you, sometimes—knowing that you’ve changed. You didn’t realize, you still don’t know, how it happened. And the scary thing is that this change was a fundamental part of you. It was all of who you thought you were. It was your destination and your journey. But you lost it. Now, you […]