Archive for the ‘Personal Development’ category

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 Saying Jumu’ah Mubarak an Innovation?

The Question Recently, I saw a lecture on YouTube with a man claiming that saying, “jumu`ah mubārak (a blessed Friday)” on Fridays is an innovation? Is that true? The Answer Scholars of fatwā (legal opinions) divided acts into worship and customs. Both are central to our faith, and scholars gave each a tremendous amount of attention. For that reason, […]

He Has Your Back: Al-Wali

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   We […]

Know Thy Self: Opinion on Hajj Selfies by Suhaib Webb

Question: It seems every week there is a new internet conflict. Over the last few days, people criticized me for posting my Hajj selfies. What is your opinion about this? Answer: That is a sad question, and I find it strange that people have the time to look at other people’s pictures and criticize them. […]

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 […]

Unlock the Treasures of Tranquility

by Hiba Khan I am easily distracted. This trait was a hindrance throughout my academic studies, but no doubt the area in which it is most detrimental is my worship. My daily prayers are plagued by thoughts that creep into my consciousness and silently grip my mind and heart, steering them away from Allah subhanahu […]

Dignity, not Charity

By Louiza Chekhar One day, a man from Medina approached the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for help, and the Prophet ﷺ asked whether he had any possessions in his house. He asked the man to bring the cloth and bowl which he owned, then sold them to one of his companions […]

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 […]

An Innocent Perspective

By Ammarah Usmani There’s something about kids that just makes me smile. As wild and unmanageable as they can be at times, it all stems from the glorious glow of innocence that adorns their faces each passing day. I was substituting for the Qur’an teacher at the Islamic school’s summer program. The kids were all […]

Reaching the Source

By Noha Gomaa The other day I passed by my University and noticed a blood drive taking place.  I have seen blood drives before, ads and signs asking people to give.  They became so frequent and like any other advertisement, I would just walk by. But that day I was curious.  I turned around and […]

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Originally posted in 2007. What do you think of when you see a Muslim doing something considered wrong? Ever look down on them? Think you are better than them? It’s really easy to be self-righteous. It’s even easier to fall prey to this attitude if you sport the outer ‘righteous’ look. But let’s ask ourselves […]

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 […]

Is it Too Late for Some of Us?

By Hamza Nabi Bismilah. Alhamdulillah. Was salatu was salamu ‘ala Rasoolillah. Amma ba’d. (In the name of God. All praise be to God. And peace and blessings on the Messenger of God.) There are things we are supposed to learn in life. Balancing our fear of God’s Punishment and our hope in God’s Mercy. Figuring […]

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 […]

On Excess

By Meltem Baykaner The day of Eid al-Adha last year was happily spent with my husband’s side of the family. With the men in one room of my brother-in-law’s house and we women in the other, we laughed as the children bounced around us excitedly, concentrating on one of the activities thoughtfully set up for […]

Sappy Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII We know about sappy love movies, where lovers have that star-dazed look in their eyes and are willing to do anything- anywhere- anytime- to be with their lover. Well, that does exist in Muslim marriages. And […]

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 […]

Last Ramadan

My wife says that this could be her last Ramadan.  I protest saying it could be, but it could also be mine, and it could be anyone else’s, and that no one is guaranteed anything, anyway.   This is half-hearted and she knows it.  We do indeed all know that we are going to die […]

Allah is Greater

By Aisha Shahnaz It is drizzling outside and the raindrops gently fall against my window. Though it is raining, the sunlight has remained undiminished during the downpour, leaving an ethereal landscape that is caught temporarily between sunlight and rain. God’s mercy pours down upon us this Ramadan, this month caught somewhere between who we were […]

“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 […]