Archive for the ‘Seeking Knowledge’ category

10 Things That Shouldn’t Happen Once You Become a More Practicing Muslim

We have seen it time and time again. We may have even experienced it. For so long, you were a Muslim only by name. You did not know much about Islam and its teachings, and you were content with your ignorance. But something changed. Like the shifting of the earth before a quake, something happened […]

Reflections on Usul al-fiqh with Shaykh Akram Nadwi

Shaykh Akram is a classicist-traditionalist: he favours classical scholarship, and he fits, on the whole, within the normative intellectual paradigm of late Islamic history. At the same time, he is a great upholder of the highest standards of scholarship so he has a dynamic relationship with the Islamic scholarly tradition that he hails from. This […]

10 Steps to Acing Your Exams: Aim Higher

By Abid Mohammed 10 Steps to Acing Your Exams: I  This article is the first in a series entitled “10 Steps to Acing Your Exams,” in which I hope to extract gems from traditional Islamic sources that would be of benefit to students struggling to revise for their exams. 1. Aim Higher The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon […]

A Light From God

This narrative took place about six years ago. This is a repost from 2008 with some general modifications. Within five minutes of class I began to feel angry at myself. I had an exam to move on to the next level in Arabic within the hour, and I had not spent enough time studying. I […]

Our Yesterday

By Salman Khan It was the 13th century. Europe was drowning in the Dark Ages. America was yet to be discovered. The world’s superpowers, as we now know them, were comparable to the third world of today, regions abundant with struggling social and economic systems. And, as history would have it, the third world of […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Measure of Your Success is What You Leave Behind

Lessons in Islamic Work: 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 have discussed previously the importance of quality over quantity and how we should focus on the development of people. This lesson is related to that one in that it gives us something to measure […]

Prophetic Leadership: The Starting Point for Reform and Source of Revival

Keywords: Framing, Reform, Revival Reframing (tawjih) our understanding of leadership in the Muslim community is a necessary activity if we desire change in our organizational life. The Muslim community across geographical boundaries has supported frames of leadership that have limited its growth and creative potential–emotionally, spiritual, intellectually and materially. Dogma has justified a practice of […]

You Can Be Replaced

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X One of the trials that workers are often afflicted with is thinking that they are more important than they are. We work hard, we struggle, we have a few successes, and then we think that we have done […]

At the Door of Greatness—The Fruits of Sitting with a Teacher

Once a student sat with a teacher to read a text. As he opened the book, the teacher turned to him and said, “Have you ever asked yourself why the scholars use the word bāb (door) to title what you call chapters in English?” The student responded, “Yes, but I did not give it a […]

Al-Ghazāliī on the Secrets of Fasting

By Rami Koujah To claim that the act of fasting is more than mere abstention from food, drink, and intimacy with one’s spouse is a cliché. Despite being aware of this, for many of us, the daylight hours of Ramadan remain drawn-out moments of thirst and hunger. Certainly many of us feel the spiritual ecstasy […]

Spotting People of the Qur’an

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX This article has been edited from its original publication in 2009. We pray for the ease and success of the Egyptian people and all those seeking freedom and justice throughout the world. My parents were visiting me in Egypt. We flagged […]

Psychology, Islam & Self-Control

By Saadia Khan One of the things I like to do in my spare time is read psychology books. When I was about to complete my undergraduate degree—a double major in history and political science–I was informed by the registrar’s office that I was only two half-courses short of completing a minor in psychology. Apparently, […]

This Tree

By Abid Mohammed “Daddy!” I said. “Yes, son?” my father replied. “Why do people only work five days a week and not seven?” I asked. “Well, because most people need a break from all the hard work that they…” “But why?” I asked again. “If you’ll just let me finish, I’ll tell you wh..” “But […]

A Prophetic Way of Teaching

The traditions of the Prophet ﷺ, namely in the form of sayings (hadith) as well as being a source of law and religious guidance, also holds many other meanings and lessons, available to those who read it analytically. This is alluded to in the following Hadith: “May Allah brighten [the face of] a person who […]

Start with the Qur’an

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Luqman, Qur’an 31: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV The Prophet ﷺ  (peace be upon him) said in a hadith recorded in Bukhari, related by Uthman ibn Affan: “.خيركم من تعلم القرآن و علمه” “The best of you is the one who learns the Qur’an […]

I’m Better Than You

Transcribed by Abdul Alim Abdullah The following story is an extract from ibn al-Jawzī’s Ocean of Tears. It has been related through some reports that there was a man who was from amongst the Islāmic jurists of Baghdād. He was a source of knowledge and authority for the people in addition to being a great […]

Meditations on Menstruation

Most Muslims today are generally familiar with the rulings of purification and menstruation in Islam, but there is often much to be desired in how we, as a community, discuss these rulings and how we understand them.  In a previous post, I touched on the need to change some of our negative ideas about menstruation.  […]

Understanding Usul al-Fiqh

Usul al-Fiqh Series: Part I Primer in Conceptualizing Usul al-Fiqh The following series is intended to introduce usul al-fiqh in a systematic manner. In this section, we will introduce some key concepts that outline briefly what usul al-fiqh is about, what is beneficial about this science, and why it is important. Defining and Describing Usul […]