Archive for the ‘Worship’ category

Ramadan and the Benefits of Breaking the Two Desires

To the unacquainted, fasting for a month every year may seem like an odd and painful thing to do in the name of religion. Is there a rationale behind it? What are the benefits? The Rationale of Islamic Law Most scholars agree that much of Islamic law is based on a rationale which we can […]

Wasting Food: A Personal Ramadan Pledge

By Nada Shawish How much of your food goes to waste? In my house, we don’t mean to, but I know that we’ve wasted food, and we’ve wasted too much. According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten—that’s nearly $165 billion each year in food that […]

Ramadan and Ruffled Feathers

Every year, we blissfully welcome the month of Ramadan, a blessed time of spiritual renewal, back into our lives. For many of us, it is a time of intense inward focus, introspection, and reflection on one’s life, deeds, and personal relationship with Allah Most High. Ramadan is a precious opportunity for introspection and self-focus, yet, […]

Closed Doors and Opened Eyes: Spirituality for the Non-Fasting

Originally posted in August 2009 | Updated and revised Ramadan is a blessed time of year often characterized by certain specific forms of worship. Fasting, reading Qur’an and performing salah (five times a day prayer) are the main focus of many people’s time and energy during this month. However, for most women a portion of […]

As-Samad: The Eternal Refuge

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 XXXIV | Part XXXV Sometimes we just don’t […]

Inner Aspects of Worship

Human tendency is to get attached. As humans, we have the potential to very easily invest ourselves, physically and emotionally, and create a sense of attachment to what is around us. It can be attachment to material items, to people in our lives, to our jobs, or to almost anything else. These attachments aren’t necessarily […]

Personalized Expressions of Generosity: The Example of Two Sisters

One day Abdullah, the son of Zubair, told those around him: “I have never met anyone more generous than my mother and my aunt.” He was describing Asma and Aisha radi Allahu `anhuma (may God be pleased with them). Abdullah, the son of Asma and the nephew of Aisha, explained: “Their generosity was different. Aisha […]

On Call: The Trials of Being a Muslim Doctor during Ramadan

by Ahmed Zaafran Originally published in August 2010 With Ramadan rapidly approaching, the time has come to prepare mentally, spiritually, and physically for one of the most important times of the year in Islam. The month of Ramadan comes at the height of summer this year, bringing unique challenges. The focus of this particular article […]

How to Organize a Local Qiyam #GlobalQiyam4Syria

SuhaibWebb.com and Ella Collins Institute have partnered together to call for a Global Qiyam for the people of Syria. We are asking you to organize a local qiyam program to pray for the people of Syria on Friday, May 17. What is a qiyam?  Qiyam is an extra prayer offered after Isha at night. During the witr du`a’, one is able […]

He Who Observes All

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 XXXIV | Part XXXV “Tell me […]

Broken Pieces of Clay and Pottery: A Lesson in Humanity

By Farhia Yahya I was once walking along a narrow but busy street in Cairo when ahead of me was a donkey-cart laden with handmade pottery and clay utensils. It belonged to an old man who had been walking slowly beside it, and trying to sell whatever he could to make an income. He walked […]

How to Pray Five Times a Day

Question: I want to pray the five daily prayers on time, but I have trouble doing them on time and regularly. How can I get into it? Answer: Dear Questioner, The fact that you even care about your prayers is an incredible sign of God’s love for you and His desire to keep you close […]

Allah’s Aid

By Sakina Fletcher Something amazing happened to me on Wednesday. I was making du`a’ (supplication) for a very long time for something in particular. Then, out of the blue, along came this opportunity that was seemingly the answer to my prayer. It was garbed in a cloak of religiosity, presenting the pretence of happiness and Closeness […]

Put Your Best Face Forward

Think back to the last time you caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you were stressed.  Did you look approachable?  What message did you send to others around you with your distressed facial expressions?  What type of reaction did your family or co-workers have when they engaged with you while you were […]

30 Something

Originally published in May 2007 The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said, “Order your children to pray at seven and hit1 them [for not praying] at the age of ten.” In a recent comparative law class this hadith (narration) was addressed by one of our professors. He writes that the order here is not […]

Al Quddus – Absolutely Pure

Originally published in February 2009 Bismillah (In the Name of God) Al-Quddoos The One who is Very Pure, Absolutely Pure, He is far and above anything that does not befit Him. Al Quddos is from the root qaaf-daal-seen (ق د س), Al-Quddos has two meanings linguistically. It is on the structure of fu`ool, a form […]

Hajj in the Bible

A cursory analysis into the word “Hajj” as found in the Old Testament. When many Jews and Christians view Islam from the outside, they find parallels to their own faiths that usually inspire a great deal of curiosity. These parallels are often doctrinal, sometimes regarding the biographies of Prophets shared between the three Abrahamic faiths […]

Do I Have to Perform the Friday Prayer if Eid is on Friday?

Originally posted in September 2010. I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It appears to me that Muslims should pray both the ʿĪd and Friday prayer. However, whoever […]

It’s Never Too Early For a Second Chance

By Aber Kawas We can all remember the feeling we had this Ramadan. That intense determination we felt as we tried our best to come out of it changed people. The pressure that was on us and the weight of each moment was so immense. Time felt heavy as each hour, minute, and second held […]

Cutting Nails and Hair in Dhul Hijjah

Am I allowed to cut my nails and hair during the first ten days of the month of Dhul Ḥijjah? I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It […]