Posts Tagged ‘With the Divine’

Just My Thoughts

There’s a strange sadness today. It’s not the kind that leaves you empty or lonely, or even wanting. It’s the still kind. The kind that comes from a certain level of understanding, even acceptance. I looked at this photo today, and every time I did, I found tears fill my eyes. It was a sunset […]

Ihsan and Lateef

It was just one of those days that make you want to crawl back into bed, put your covers over your head, and sleep until things just fix themselves. But I crawled out of bed, got dressed and moved on with my life. Why? Why didn’t I just sulk in my unhappy state? Because I […]

Beauty

The Salah 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 […]

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 […]

Oh Servant of the Qur’an, if You Need Motivation, Read This!

A friend in Alexandria related this to me: One day while sitting at the school in which I take Islamic studies classes, my teacher introduced me to an Egyptian girl that memorizes Qur’an there. I remember thinking how shy and timid the girl seemed. After the girl left, my teacher revealed that she is both […]

Salah and the Worst Kind of Theft

The only sad part of finding the straight path is when you lose it. There are many ways to fall, but no fall is more tragic than a fall in one’s deen. Sometimes it’s a sister who decided to take off her hijab and live a different type of life, other times it’s a brother […]

The Ailment and Its Cure by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 This chapter will discuss du`a’ specifically, its usage, things that weaken its effects, and the proper way to make du`a’ to Allah. The first chapter can be found by clicking Part I above. Factors that Prohibit the Acceptance of Du`a’ (invocation of […]

The Description of Allah’s Blessings

Allah says in the Qur’an, أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in […]

Staying Focused in Times of Crisis

The Example of the Sequoia Tree Sequoias are of the largest trees in existence. Living up to 2,200 years, they include the tallest tree on earth and have been known to reach 379.1 feet in height and 26 feet in diameter. Walking amongst them is a reality check, much like taking a flight and looking […]

Happy Endings?

By Marya Bangee She looked me in the eyes, as the dark shapes of policemen gathered behind the rippled glass of the door. “I hear voices in my head. I ask other people, and they all say that that’s not normal, that they don’t have voices in their heads.” She paused, looked down at herself, gestured hopelessly […]

Giving Charity – in Person

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala, exalted is He) contrasts the believers and disbelievers not only in their faith, but also in specific actions. A recurring example is the act of feeding the hungry. Allah (swt) frequently describes the righteous believers as those who feed the needy, as in the Qur’an where He says: […]

Risk and Return

Whenever I considered doing anything major in my life, my Baba (Dad) would tell me that I needed to do a “cost-benefit analysis” first. I understood the gist of what he meant and often thought a great deal about anything I considered doing, though this usually resulted in me over-thinking the issue. During my study […]

The Best Days of this World

By Zahra Note: This is a repost of an article on Dhul-Hijjah from last year – back by popular demand! The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah: 1. Ahadith of the Prophet (s): قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا […]

Tawakkul, Hope, and Striving: Three Pieces of a Whole

Part I | Part II At first she was terrified.  She called out to her husband who now turned to leave. “Will you leave us here to die?”  There was no reply.  She called after him again.  Still there was no reply.  Suddenly she called out again: “Were you commanded by your Lord to bring […]

Tawakkul: Holding the Handhold that Never Breaks

Part I | Part II He was devastated.  His only source of nourishment had disappeared.  It was all he knew, and now it was gone.  Suddenly, the world grew cold, and only strangers surrounded him.  The newborn child screamed.  He thought his life was over. What the child did not realize was that there was […]

The Islamic Framework for Life: Reflections on Healthy Living

  The insightful person is in a constant state of asking themselves, “Why am I doing what I am doing?” This is a direct application of the prophetic injunction, “Verily actions are only by their intentions.” (Nawawi) So as Muslims, and as human beings, we must ask ourselves – “What is the purpose of the […]

Closed Doors and the Illusions That Blind Us

Yesterday my 22 month old sought to exercise his independence. After climbing out of his car seat, he wanted to shut the car door like a big boy, so I stood there watching over him. Realizing that if I left him to shut the door, his little head would have gotten slammed in the process, […]

The Ailment and Its Cure

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 All of us know that the Quran is a book of guidance for mankind. We know that the Quran tells us who our creator is, what our purpose in life is, who the Prophets were, and what will occur on the Day […]

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Taymiyyah on Fanaticism

Translated by Suhaib Webb The Proof of Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, d. 505 a.h, wrote: “If you see a scholar declaring others infidels and misguided, shun him and do not busy your heart or your tongue with him! Provocations in knowledge are undoubtedly  from people’s nature, and the ignorant one is unable to exercise patience […]

Discourse On The Path Of Knowledge

Commentary on Selections from Maulana Thanwi’s Hayatul Muslimeen Introduction Maulana Ashraf Thanwi, (r) in Hayatul Muslimeen, outlined a practical description of the essentials of an Islamic lifestyle. These principles serve as the pillars for the proper cultivation (tarbiyah) of the student of knowledge. In Hayatul Muslimeen, there are a number of overarching themes that allow us […]