Archive for the ‘Prayer’ category

This Prayer is Like A Good Investment

By Bilal Elsakka Why is it easy for us to wake up extra early for work, but hard for us to wake up extra early for prayer in the masjid (mosque)? Why is it so easy to watch a movie for two hours, but so hard to pray two rak`at (units of Islamic prayer) before Fajr […]

Unlock the Treasures of Tranquility

by Hiba Khan I am easily distracted. This trait was a hindrance throughout my academic studies, but no doubt the area in which it is most detrimental is my worship. My daily prayers are plagued by thoughts that creep into my consciousness and silently grip my mind and heart, steering them away from Allah subhanahu […]

Worship of the Heart

Qur’an Reflections “Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” [Qur’an 29:45] Reciting this verse of Qur’an always makes me stop and reflect on my prayer.  Allah subhananhu wa […]

How Can I Enjoy Listening to the Qur’an in Taraweeh When I Don’t Understand What is Being Recited?

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Originally posted in August 2012 During Ramadan, many of us attend taraweeh (night prayers) at the masjid. Some of us stay until the Imam leads us in witr (a final supplementary prayer). For many of us, this can amount to over […]

How do I deal with a Non-Practicing Spouse?

Question: I want to find out what is the ruling for a practicing Muslimah whose Muslim husband does not pray except occasionally. He has tried intermittently to establish salah (prayer) but it was not consistent. He doesn’t go to the mosque and he’s never read the entire Qur’an. Before, he would combine three days at […]

Staying Focused by PRAYing

By Marwa Abdalla I remember the last time it happened to me. I was driving my daughter to preschool, something I do several times a week. Traffic was heavy and I was preoccupied. Deep in thought, I drove amidst the hundreds of cars on the highway and suddenly, or maybe it was after several minutes, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Working Within My Circle of Influence

By Khadija Amaan I would often find myself worrying about things and draining my energy. Yes, it would lead me to prayers, but also depression. When prayer leads you to depression, it means that you are doing something wrong. Prayer is hope. Prayer is faith. Prayer is uplifting. Prayer is not constant worry. I learned […]

UPDATED: Is Breathable Nail Polish Sufficient for Wuḍū’?

UPDATE 8-22-2013: My initial article on Inglot’s breathable nail polish was welcomed by many and severely critiqued by others. One of the main criticisms was that the experiment conducted by one of my students was inaccurate and could not be repeated with success. There were many people who reported successful results while several others who documented […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fajr

By Musa Burki   As we rise in the morning Our souls possess a yearning To fill our hearts with spiritual light Kneeling as a humble servant in His sight   The dawn rings out a peaceful solitude Rising from our slumber to show gratitude Revealed words which emanate from the heart A beautiful ritual […]

Making the Most of Taraweeh this Ramadan

With Ramadan drawing closer to us, preparations for the month of fasting are already underway. The brothers who will be leading taraweeh (optional night prayers during Ramadan), the huffadh (those who have memorized the Qur’an), are revising their memorization to get ready to lead, making sure they’ll be in top form with their memorization. Others […]

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, […]

Length of Friday Khutbah (Sermon)

Question: Our MSA (Muslim Student Association) wants to start Friday khutbahs (sermons). A discussion came up regarding the length of the sermon. Please share with us, how long should it be? Answer: Imam Malik radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) did not offer any opinion regarding the length of the Friday Sermon. For that […]

The Slave of Allah Must Perform Salah (Prayer)

“Hayya `ala-s-Salaah… Hayya `ala-l-Falaah…” Hurry to prayer. Hurry to SUCCESS. Yes, success. What perfect placement of these phrases: come to pray and take your success. Like macaroni and cheese, it’s plain and simple. Placed so cleverly and poetically within the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. We hear this 5 times a day, but how […]

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 […]