Archive for the ‘Converts’ category

Traveling with Jihad

When viewed through the lens of a shared history, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam provide differing perspectives on similar themes. Join Jihad Turk as he leads Charles Annenberg Weingarten through the common threads that tie the western faiths with that of Islam. explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted […]

The Fruits of Real Repentance

Becoming the Servants of the Most Merciful 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 Have you ever offended someone so much that it seems as though they will never forgive […]

‘Eid Primer for Converts & Potential Khatibs

For Converts, Their Families and One’s Co-Workers and Friends For many of us, the ‘Eid prayer is a simple ritual that we observe twice a year. However, if one recently accepted Islam, or is dealing with the responsibility of his first ‘Eid khutbah, the ‘Eid prayer begins to seem truly daunting. With that in mind, […]

Worship Has Been Divided Between Allah’s Servants

A Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Al-Fatiha 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 When I first became Muslim in 1992, alhamdullilah may Allah accept it from me, in that time […]

Secular Holidays and the Example of al-Ateerah al-Rajabiyyah

Since we are in the month of Rajab, I thought it would be timely to discuss an event from life of the Prophet ﷺ. The average, educated Muslim and even many scholars have little to no knowledge about this subject. It is an established part of the guidance Allah revealed and preserved for us and […]

Supplicating in Another Language while Praying

Question: I recently converted and, while I’ve learned to say my prayers in Arabic, I cannot make general supplications (du`a’) in Arabic when I prostrate. Is it Islamically acceptable to say those supplications in English? Answer: I would like to welcome you to Islam, and I pray that Allah will bless you and guide you […]

Advice by Suhaib Webb to the Converts

A talk given at the Lighthouse masjid during Imam Suhaib’s visit to California. You can listen to it on the website or right click the “Download link” and click Save File As and download it onto your computer. Part 1: Podcast: Download (Duration: 25:04 — 12.1 MB) Part 2: Podcast: Download (Duration: 30:01 — 14.4 MB) Part […]

It’s a Desert

“It’s a desert.” That’s how I always referred to the weather back home when explaining to  my American friends about the climate I grew up in. I thought that summed it up, and gave an accurate description of how sunny and intolerably hot it was most days of the year. One day while hanging out […]

A Lesson in Gasoline

by Derrick Peat As a drastic change in one’s entire belief system can often be, converting to Islam was quite an experience for me. In addition to this sharp turn in my life, the time after my conversion has also been no less momentous. As a Muslim, I not only gained deeper insight about the […]

Think About It!

Humor me! Get ten pieces of Lego or any stackable items and build a simple tower by stacking one piece on top of the other. Now take the tower apart and start over again, except this time I would like you to start in the middle. Take the fifth piece and suspend it in the […]

Holidays Free of Religious Overtones

by Dr. Abdullah Bin Bayyah The holidays which are forbidden [for Muslims] to observe are those with religious overtones, such as Christmas and Easter,1 not the festive gatherings people observe due to certain events. Therefore, people are allowed to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays or any occasion as such celebrations are not related to religious holidays. It […]

Money Earned before Islam from Forbidden Sources

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan al-Shanqītī | Translated by Suhaib Webb Question: What happens to the money I earned before my conversion to Islam if it came from forbidden sources? Answer: When someone enters Islam, then what was his before his Islam, is his after it. This means, anything he owned prior to his conversion […]

Question: What is the Most Difficult Part of Converting?

Asalamu alaykum, Looking back on my own conversion, there were a number of difficulties I faced. Here are four: 1. Telling my family 2. An ethnic war in my local masjid 3. Confusing culture with religion and maintaining my identity 4. Confronted with issues of race when trying to get married Your turn Suhaib

The Trouble with Rage..

Assalamu Alikum As we sat together in the back of Al-Azhar, the heat of the sun was apparent more than its light. The air was thick; a fusion of Cairo’s pollution, dust and its famous humidity. Like birds on a scarecrow, we sat motionless under the shadow of an ancient Ottoman pillar as the Sheikh’s […]