Archive for the ‘Worship’ category

`Āshūrā’ and the Jews of Medina at a Glance

The Day of `Āshūrā’ means different things to different Muslims. To some it is a day of fasting to commemorate a day when Moses and the Children of Israel were rescued. To some it is a woeful day of lament wherein al-Ḥusayn ibn `Alī, the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ (peace be upon […]

The Wells of Zamzam Nourish the Pilgrim’s Soul

by Wadud Hassan [Wadud Hassan is the Secondary School and Special Programs Manager at Furqaan Academy Collin County. He can be reached at whassan[at]furqaan.org] By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were very fortunate to perform Hajj (the pilgrimage to Makkah) last year. We had a very […]

Does Prayer have to be in Arabic?

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Issue #5 - Dealing with a Non-Arab Beginner to Prayer I worked for almost 4 years in Kuwait as the Director of English Da’wah on the Islam Presentation Committee. I witnessed many conversions and interacted with many new […]

The Most Valuable Days

by Ammar M. Ali  In order to draw our attention to the importance and grandeur of certain things, and increase our appreciation of them, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) honors objects of His creation by swearing by them in the Qur’an. Amongst these objects are the moon, the stars, the sun, the night, […]

Welcoming the Blessed Guest: Dhul-Hijjah

Friday (October 28th) is the first day of the month known as Dhul-Hijjah. Our hearts and prayers are with those undertaking the difficult pilgrimage during these days. For those of us who are not performing the Hajj, there are still many ways to make the most of this blessed time! Virtues of the first 10 […]

Introduction to the Status of Dhikr

Excerpts from Madarij as-Salikeen by Ibn al-Qayyim Abridged by Ahmed Mustafa Qasim at-Tahtawi | Translated by Huda Shaka Every limb of the human body has the capacity to engage in a brief act of worship. The remembrance of God (dhikr) is the worship of the heart and tongue, except it is not as transient.  They [the […]

Peaceful Nights

Allah, the Exalted, says: “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and day are signs for those of understanding–who remember Allah while standing, sitting and [lying] on their sides” (Qur’an, 3:190-191). The moments right before you fall sleep are beautifully serene. Everything is still and quiet […]

Lessons from the Sunnah: A Brief Analysis of a Hadith on Ritual Purification

(Adapted From the famous book Nayl al Awtar) قال أَبَو هُرَيْرَة: سَأَلَ رَجُلٌ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا نَرْكَبُ الْبَحْرَ وَنَحْمِلُ مَعَنَا الْقَلِيلَ مِنْ الْمَاءِ فَإِنْ تَوَضَّأْنَا بِهِ عَطِشْنَا أَفَنَتَوَضَّأُ بِمَاءِ الْبَحْرِ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هُوَ الطَّهُورُ مَاؤُهُ الْحِلُّ مَيْتَتُهُ. Abu Huraira narrated that a man […]

Going to Hajj or Donating to East Africa?

The Question: Brother Suhaib, I was planning to go to Hajj this year, but I have a feeling that feeding the starving children in Somalia could be more rewarding at this moment. What is your opinion on this? JazakAllahu khayr. The Answer: Imam al-Haramayn said, “There are times when establishing a community obligation is better […]

In The Shade Of The Throne

by Raiiq Ridwan Glimpses into the World of the Unseen: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII Imam Muslim narrates a terrifying hadith from Al-Miqadad ibn Al-Aswad, may Allah be pleased with him, who said that he heard the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) say, “The Sun will get closer to […]

Making the Ramadan Spirit Last

Our beloved Ramadan has come to an end and our environment is returning back to its norm. We are living life as we always do, 11 months out of the year. Ramadan was our chance to grow, to learn and to experience a variety of different emotions and feelings. If we could hold onto Ramadan […]

Carrying the Torch of Ramadan Forward

Ramadan has passed. Our Qur’ans have shut. Our masajid have emptied. And our hearts have once again filled with the love of life, the hatred of death, and the desires that consume us. The Shaytan that was once banned has again taken his place in our minds, our homes, at our front, and at our […]

The Fast of Ramaḍān in the Bible and the Qur’ān

A philological exegesis of verse 2:183 of the Qur’ān. When one hears of fasting in the context of religious observance it could be said with little argument that the first thing to pop into one’s mind would be Islam. There is no question that our dear friends from the Christians and the Jews observe fasting […]

Be Of The Sabiqoon!

I nearly missed fajr (morning prayer) the other day. My alarm rang, and I looked at the time, thinking “the time for fajr prayer has just started, so I can snooze for just a few more minutes.” As we all know, ‘a few more minutes’ always turns into many more minutes and when I opened my […]

Ramadan: Raining with Mercy

Originally posted in August 2010 Imagine for a moment that it’s raining. It is pouring, in fact. And imagine that you are inside your house, watching as it falls. But imagine that there is something very different about this rain. It is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. On this day, it is not raining […]

Objectives of Fasting and Ramadan

Discussing the objectives of our actions is an important thing because to do so is to discuss the actions in a true and deep way. It is possible that if we do not know why we are doing certain things, we could miss the entire point behind the action itself. The Prophet ﷺ said about […]

A Sacred Conversation

There is a time of night when the whole world transforms. During the day, chaos often takes over our lives. The responsibilities of work, school, and family dominate much of our attention. Other than the time we take for the five daily prayers, it is hard to also take time out to reflect or even […]

7 Tips to Control Our Appetites in Ramadan

It’s time to break your fast. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling? Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessing be upon him) says, “The fasting person experiences two joys: one when he breaks his fast, and one when he meets His Lord” (Muslim). That first joy is something we can all attest to. Especially with the long, […]

Nurturing Spirituality in Children During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of the year when Muslim parents, especially in the West, want children to feel excited about its arrival. It is common in Muslim homes to find a festive environment that demonstrates just what a celebratory month it is. Welcoming Ramadan with sparkly decorations in our homes and the anticipation of […]

Separating the Rows in a Congregation?

The Question The hall that we rented has experienced overflow for the taraweeh prayers (the late night prayers offered in Ramadan). We started to pray outside, but the neighbors complained and we were forced to rent the room adjacent to the one we pray in. Some sincere brothers and sisters mentioned that the prayers of […]