Archive for the ‘Personal Development’ category

Thanks, but No Thanks: Imam Ghazali on Gratitude

By Abid Mohammed  Being grateful is something that we all know is a virtuous quality. Lecture after lecture has been delivered on the subject of “showing thanks to God for His favors.” Articles have been written to encourage us to “recognize His blessings,” and “be grateful for what God has given us.” We are continuously […]

5 Ways to Navigate Your Parents’ Rocky Marriage

By Aisha Shahnaz Rocky marriages can be strewn with boulders and trenches for the husband and wife involved, but they can be especially trying for their children. My parents, may Allah bless and have mercy upon them both, had a marriage that involved a series of disputes that I was too young to understand. Despite […]

Allah the Exalted Knows Best

By Basimah bint Arthur All praise and thanks belongs to Allah the Most High. He is the Sustainer, the Provider, the Most Wise, the Supreme in Might, the Magnificent, and the Especially Merciful. He is the One to whom all affairs are referred. Glory be to Allah and thanks as great as the number of […]

What is Your Worth?

By Waqas Mustafeez Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He), tells us in the oft quoted verses of Surah Hujarat:   “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is […]

Two Words

He had never prayed two rak`ah (units of prayer) in his adult life. Born and raised in Egypt, he had continuously heard the athan (call to prayer) and the iqama (second call to prayer) rolling through the streets, calling the believers to prayer, but he had never voluntarily accepted the call. This included refusing to […]

Building Habits as Worship: A Year Spent Quantifying Devotion

By Alex Arrick  “The best actions are those which are small and consistent” – The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) (Bukhari and Muslim) The idea of memorizing the entire Qur’an is a goal that usually just sits in the back of our heads. We patiently wait to attack it full-force when the perfect […]

Passionate Love, Avoiding Zombies & More: 2013 Year in Review

Year in Review: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 As one of our guest authors reminded us this year, there was practically no human suffering that the Prophet ﷺ did not experience—whether it was the loss of a loved one, poverty, or abandonment. He appealed to people at a personal level. He felt for […]

Knowledge on Steroids

Many of us live busy lives which we often have to compensate for by requiring things done instantly. Of course, the plus side of this is that ‘productivity’ increases, but it undoubtedly comes at a cost, often to our health and/or general lifestyles. Technology has played a significant role in facilitating this—take email as an […]

Is the Path to God Filled with Hardships?

Difficulty or Ease Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI By AbdelRahman Mussa This small series of articles aims to explore the following questions: Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does Islam state that the path to Allah is that of difficulty? Previously we discussed: With Hardship There is Ease […]

A Moment in Hell

By Shahraiz Tabassam Often, when we hear or read things about hell, about its punishments and torture, even the thought of being close to such a place gives us goosebumps. It troubles our very soul to imagine a place where such punishments exist. But no matter how much we wish such a place did not […]

A Holiday Message from the Life of Omar

From the Greek and Syriac sources of the Church Elders There are those who love and there are those who hate. Of which were our pious predecessors and of which are you? When the Muslims surrounded Jerusalem, the inhabitants said they would surrender the city only if the Muslim ruler himself —Omar, the second successor […]

5 skills of a positive genius that Prophet Muhammad had…and that you CAN too!

Part I | Part II The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a positive genius—someone who sees that he has the ability to do something about the negative realities in the world, by the grace of God. In his book, Before Happiness*, Shawn Achor lists the five skills of a positive genius, and I could see each one in […]

Difficulty or Ease? Part II

Difficulty or Ease Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI By AbdelRahman Mussa This small series of articles aims to explore the following questions: Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does Islam state that the path to Allah is that of difficulty? Previously we looked at the first piece of evidence – […]

Striving for Sincerity

Sheikha Muslema Purmul discusses sincerity, especially as it applies to Islamic work, and how, without sincerity, good actions can lead you in the wrong direction.

Don’t Say I Have a Big Problem—Say I Have a Big God: Al-Kabeer

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 […]

Every Garment Has a Name

By Sadia Kidwai Often when we consider the sunnah (tradition of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, peace be upon him) of clothing ourselves, our minds instantly turn to issues of halal (permitted) and haram (prohibited). At the tip of our tongues are reminders about the evils of silk and gold, the necessity for wearing loose and modest […]

5 Ways to Stop Being Judgmental

If that feeling of, “I’m better than thou,” creeps up on you while comparing yourself to someone else, consider the following: 1. Consider the saying, “Some saints have a past and many sinners have a future.”  Being a ‘saint’ isn’t guaranteed for any one person for a lifetime. But the path to God’s forgiveness is always […]

Awakening of the Heart

Yes, your physical heart beats. Yes, it is keeping you alive, physically. Yes, it is pumping blood without you ever having to remind it to do so—but is that all? What about spiritually? Is your heart spiritually beating? Is your heart keeping your connection with God alive? Is it pumping the spiritual motivation that you […]

Seeing the World in a Different Way (Part I)

Part I | Part II There are some people who are always able to see the positives in a situation.  Even when they get knocked down, they manage to get right back up again. They are able to do things with a wonderful spirit. The American inventor, Thomas Edison, once said, “I have not failed. […]

How to Wake Up for Fajr

By Asif Mahbub I should be the last person to write this because I am the type of person who usually stays up UNTIL fajr (the morning prayer), but alhamdulilLah  (praise be to God), I have been able to bring some changes in my sleeping pattern with the help of a few tips: Make the […]