Archive for the ‘Islamic Character’ category

Give Good Tidings to the Patient

Originally Published in October 2011 It is one of those unavoidable facts of life: sometimes we find ourselves in situations we don’t want to be in. Often, we have to do things or resist doing other things. The Qur’ān and Ḥadīth mention such occurrences, and also elaborate on our response to them. Thus the following […]

Spiritual Liberation This Ramadan

The Amazing Race: Part I | Part II | Part III Note: This series, inspired by the lessons of ipersonalenrichment.com was supposed to be four parts, but because of its delay, parts 3 and 4 have been combined with an added Ramadan bonus video. While this series focuses mostly on concepts, the program works to internalize them. We […]

Getting Ready for Ramadan

Imam Khalid Latif speaks about making and breaking habits at ICNYU in preparation for Ramadan.

16 Forever: Islam & Our Culture’s Fixation on Youth

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI While it’s a natural instinct in all of us to seek to beautify ourselves and seek out beauty in others, we live in an age in which there is, as one author puts it, “a profound attachment to looks and aesthetics.”1 Instead […]

Fajr: A Short Film

By Adeeb Masood, Areeb Masood, and Yousuf Kidwai As college students, we are well aware of all the worldly aspects in life that can detract us from our faith. Every day we face a struggle with materialism and spirituality, and many times, the former wins out. With constant distractions facing us in our everyday life, […]

The Stinginess of Jealousy

By Usman Siddiqui Jealousy is a difficult emotion to understand. Yet each of us—or at least, too many of us—suffer jealousy in some dimension from time to time: it may be a sudden impulse, or it may be a deep-seated feeling that grows within you against an individual. Whatever the case may be, our beloved […]

Beauty & Body Image

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent nearly $10 billion on over 9 million cosmetic procedures in 2011. The latter represents a whopping 197% increase in the total number of procedures performed in 2007.1 […]

Well-Formed Goals

By Huda Shaka Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, or memorizing Qur’an, I have recently learnt that developing a “well-formed goal” is half way towards achieving it1 .  Not only that, the remaining half becomes easy and even enjoyable. Too good to be true?  Try it out for yourself. Below is a checklist describing a […]

Gems From Imam ibn al-Jawzi

In a previous post, I compiled some of my favorite gems from Imam ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah (swt) have mercy on him). Imam ibn al-Jawzi, who is often confused with ibn al-Qayyim, is yet another scholar who has popular works on the heart and soul. Outside of books on purification, ibn al-Jawzi wrote extensively on […]

Showing Kindness to All Creatures: Lessons From an Azhari Scholar & a Cat

Commentary and Translation by Shazia Ahmad The historic Masjid al-Azhar (Azhar Mosque) in Cairo offers a number of classes and lectures to the public in the rooms that surround its famous courtyard.  Along with the usual human attendees, it is also common to see cats seeking to enter through the mosque’s open doors and make […]

Asking for Mercy

Mercy. Allah’s Mercy. It’s what we crave. It’s what we pray for. It’s the only means for getting into Paradise. We know that we are constantly sinning and that without His Mercy, none of these sins will be forgiven. We know that without His Mercy, not only will our entire lives be filled with misery, […]

Defining Islamic Spirituality

Scriptural References to the Spiritual Imperative of Islam There are numerous ayat (verses or signs) of the Holy Quran that indicate the importance of spiritual purification. God talks of the nafs (self) and says: “Whoever purifies it has succeeded; and failure is the lot of whoever corrupts it,” (Qur’an 91:9-10). Furthermore, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be […]

Al-Haleem

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 How do you feel when are caught […]

Be Happy

At times, I like to close my eyes and imagine his face, ﷺ (peace be upon him). I like to imagine what he looked like, the shape of his eyes and the color of his skin. Without fail, one thing always finds its way into my imagination, and that is his beloved smile. Never have […]

The Legendary Tree of Good Manners

By Ishrat Ali Once in a town in Egypt lived a young boy named Zahir. He was very mischievious. Everyone in the town knew him for his bad behavior because he liked to prank people all the time. He never cared about what people thought of him. When he talked, he would say whatever he […]

The Chapter of Etiquette

Imam Suhaib Webb begins to explain Surat al-Hujurat (Chapter of the Rooms, Quran 49) at ISBCC’s Friday night halaqa (circle, group). Part I | Part II 

Grandeur in the Miniscule

It was a breathtaking view from my window. Thousands of feet up in the air, I was passing through heaps of white cotton candy spread across the sky. The clouds swished by and a chain of giant mountains pierced boldly through the atmosphere. Glistening in the sunlight was a vast ocean, with its little white […]

True Knowledge

By Chad Earl Last week I finished the last of my nine written exams to enter Al-Azhar. I had been preparing for these exams for months, but as the time drew near I realized that I hadn’t put as much time into preparing for them as I should have, and felt a serious race against […]

A-cuss-tomed to Profanity

By Sabeen Mansoori There is a path that I walk on almost every day. It is a curved, narrow strip of concrete between a patch of lush woods and a winding road. In the early morning when it is deserted, it is easy to step on it and get lost in thought. There is the […]

Guarding Our Tongues

“And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.” [Qur’an 17:53] How many times has the following happened to us? We’re driving down the highway and suddenly, a car swerves in front of us and cuts us off causing […]