Posts Tagged ‘Iman’

A Living Faith: Faith and 5

A Living Faith: Part I The word faith (Ar. imān) is constantly mentioned in communities, bellowing from pulpits and lessons, floating through the classrooms of Islamic schools or, most importantly, whispering to us from a deep place inside our hearts. Faith walks with us; it is there when tears run down our cheeks, and it […]

A Moment in Black History

The Legacy of The Hon. Elijah Muhammad By Imam Ivan G. Nassar This article was submitted as a part of the “Expressions of the African American Muslim Experience” call for submissions. “Yes, today the Muslims are in all the major cities of America, and if you look around in the smaller cities you will find […]

“Like a Good Tree”

Our life is a journey of change. Nothing we experience in this life is permanent; rather every situation is temporary and simply transforms into another. These consistent experiences are reminders of the temporary nature of this life – that everything in the dunya (world, this life as opposed to the afterlife), by its very nature, […]

The Winter of My Heart

By Iman Badawi The believer may also find hardness in the heart, but it is the hardness of ice, not rock.  The causes for this hardness are many and we must all be vigilant about their appearance. Among them are: Preferring this dunya (life) over the Hereafter and becoming deluded by worldly pursuits.  The love […]

Why Are They Leaving Islam?

By Matthew Longacre Whether it is in the masjid, on the street, or online, these incidents are too numerous to count. If you haven’t heard these stories, then you haven’t been listening. Every day, time and time again, a troubled Muslim reaches out and communicates to someone, in one way or another, that they are […]

Syria and the Ansar

by Iman Badawi I prayed to Allah for Syria last night. It’s a simple act, a basic obligation, but is it enough? Ramadan is here and the dragging hours of summer daylight test the endurance of the believer. The pain of hunger and the anguish of thirst render the first date sweeter than those of […]

Islam and the Society the World Craves

by Iman Badawi | Summarized from the last chapter of Islam the Future Civilization, by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradaawi, el-Fatah Foundation for Translation and Distribution, Cairo, Egypt, 1998 1 Perhaps the most blatantly apparent quality of the 21st century world is that the success of nations is based upon their material advancement with complete disregard for the moral status […]

Entering Paradise

Paradise and Hell Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Allah paints a picture in the Qur’an of the most successful person: “So as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, ‘Here, read my record! Indeed, I was certain that I would be meeting […]

The Chemistry of Faith

By Iman Badawi I never liked chemistry because I wasn’t good at it.  Even now, as I fully admit, that it is unfair to have judged the messy subject by my own personal limitations, I still feel stress every time I hear the word “lab” or see someone wearing goggles. Most people love mixing things, a […]

What is Iman?

by Asad Jaleel Many translators render the Arabic noun “iman” in English as “belief.” This translation is an imperfect solution to a difficult problem. The difficulty here is finding a simple English equivalent to match the complexity inherent in the Arabic original. Unfortunately, misconceptions occur quite often with English and Arabic, two languages with such different histories, […]

Du`a’ and Despair

Question: I have a few questions concerning du`a’ (supplication). What are the best times to make du`a’? I’ve been making du`a’ in the last hour of the night, and I’m encouraged to keep making it until Allah grants  me my wish or gives me whatever He thinks is best for me. However, as humans we […]

How to have Istiqaamah

Istiqaamah is often translated to mean ‘uprightness, steadfastness and correctness.’ It comes from the root word قام (qaama) meaning ‘to rise’ or ‘to stand upright’ and from this we derive words like مستقيم (mustaqeem) as in ‘Siraat al-Mustaqeem’ (Straight Path). For the believer, Istiqaamah is a virtue that cannot be done without. It’s a quality that we […]

Allah is Always Ready for You

“My iman (faith) is really low,” a sister recently expressed to me. “There was a point in my life where I tasted the sweetness of being connected with Islam and Allah, but I just don’t feel anything any more. And I see the effect it has on me. I’m doing things I’m not supposed to […]

More Than Just Movements

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 […]

Re-Evaluating Our Iman: A Reflection on the Last Page of Surat Al-Kahf

Part I A Painful Experience When reading the 11-page surah most Fridays, the verses of the last page never fail to call my attention to a disturbing event. Allah says in Surat al-Kahf: Say, [O Muhammad], “Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds? [They are] those whose effort is […]