Archive for the ‘With the Divine’ category

The Puppy

Originally Published in October 2009 We had just finished dinner. A group of us American girls who were studying in Egypt had decided we would eat at a local restaurant and when we finished, we had twenty Egyptian pounds leftover from the pool of cash we had put together. Figuring out what to do with […]

Unwanted

There are a multitude of different things that can hurt a person, different emotions that bring people down. But one of the most painful feelings that a person can feel is feeling unwanted. Unwanted by people we once considered friends, by family who we think should care, unwanted by people in general and there is […]

The Need for Allah

By Imam ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah | Translated and abridged by Huda Shaka Excerpts from Tareeq al-Hijratayn wa Bab as-Sa`adatayn “O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy One.” (Qur’an 35:15) In this verse, the Exalted One shows that the slaves’ need for Him is intrinsic to the slaves—just as being […]

In the Name of Allah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ In the Name of Allah As Muslims, we are frequently reciting the above phrase in our daily lives, usually when we are about do something virtuous, when we are praying, or while we are reading the Qur’an. It rolls off our tongues effortlessly, but how often have we paused to reflect on its […]

Al-Lateef

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 […]

When Will the Help of Allah Come?

Trials. At times they are overwhelming. As soon as we get through one, another one seems to simply be waiting for us. Time and time again they pull us backward, and sometimes they slam us flat on our faces not even allowing time for our hands to flail as we fall. They seem never ending, […]

Be the Light

This Ramadan, Americans have faced some difficult trials: the shooting in the Aurora theater, the shooting in the Sikh temple, and the burnt down mosque in Missouri. A sister was also hit after taraweeh (extra night prayers) by a car in a hit-and-run as she was walking outside the parking lots around a local masjid; […]

Raḩmah – Not Just ‘Mercy’

By Adnan Majid Bismilláhi r-Raḩmáni r-Raḩeem (In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent) As the Qur’an’s first verse, the Bismillah is our gateway to divine revelation and our companion when beginning any activity. Its first part defines a Muslim identity—to approach all matters “in the name of God.” And its ending, […]

Al-Kareem: the Generous

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 […]

What’s in a Name? The Names of God

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX The purpose of this series is to first please our Beloved Master in highlighting some points which will strengthen our ability to integrate and properly spread His message here in America. This was done by broadening our horizons as to the […]

“It doesn’t make any sense…”

By Ruzky Aliyar ‘Why do some things in life not work out the way you want them to?’ said the boy. ‘How do you know that was what you really wanted?’ asked the girl. The boy momentarily froze. This had never occurred to him. If he got what he wanted, it made him happy. If […]

When Things Are Lost

By Hena Din “O Allah! Grant me Your love, and the love of a person whom my loving him will be of benefit to me near You. O Allah! Whatever You have granted me from what I love, make it a means of strength for me to use in the way You love. O Allah! […]

At-Tawwab Part II

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 | […]

At-Tawwab Part I

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 […]

Ingratitude: The Other Kufr (Disbelief)

At ICNYU, Imam Khalid Latif discusses the importance of thanking others and expressing gratitude, along with the dangers of being ungrateful.

My Theories on Life

By Omaer Khan Muslims are weird. They talk differently, they dress differently, they think differently. What is wrong with them, and why can’t they be more like everyone else? I come from a secular family. My mother was a Hindu, and my father a Muslim. They fell in love, got married and gave birth to […]

O God, Grant me a Friend

Let’s take a trip to a time long ago and extract wisdom from a wise man we all look up to and admire. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) told us his story, not as a bed-time comfort, but as a means for us to extract life-long lessons. Let’s not overlook his story; let’s […]

Divine Beauty

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI In an enlightening hadith (prophetic narration), the Prophet ﷺ tells us that no one with an ounce of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise. In seeking to understand what arrogance means, the companions asked “O Prophet of Allah, what if a person likes to dress […]

Taking Notice of the Most Beautiful Names of Allah

By Umm Kulthoom Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim (in the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent) When we study, even very briefly, the Most Beautiful Names of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), we feel our love for Him grow. And when we can recognize His Names during certain moments and experiences in our […]

His Knowledge of the Hearts and Minds: A Short Lesson

In two similar verses, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) says: وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُ ۚ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ حَلِيمٌ “And know that Allah knows what is in your minds, so fear Him. And know that Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.” (Qur’an 2:235) And He (swt) says, وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ […]