When we reach “Ihsan”, the level of real goodness in our lives, everything we do is for Allah's sake – and people will see it! There are some people we meet in life who have a big impact on us because they are such good people. As Muslims, we strive each day to become like those people.
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God says to enjoy each other’s intimate company, to take pleasure, comfort and delight in the intimacy of marriage but He also sets out a few rules about unacceptable behavior.
Upon accepting Islam a new balance has to be struck so that the new Muslims can maintain their identity and principles while at the same time showing compassion, kindness, and good treatment to non-Muslim relatives who may at times be critical, negative, and even abusive.
Being good while everything is rosy is easy. The test of good manners is when we are under stress, when people are rude to us or when it is not so easy. Ramadan is that time of the year when unleashing our anger, irritability and displeasure is so easy.
When a non-Muslim woman marries a Muslim, he is either practicing Islam or not. If the man is practicing Islam, he will be kind, considerate, and tolerant with her. He will allow her to practice her religion (Christianity or Judaism) and at the same time, he will...
This Shawwal, let’s not let post-Ramadan blues keep us from celebrating all we accomplished this Ramadan or from seeking forgiveness for our shortcomings. Let’s teach ourselves that being grateful for the details can lead down the road to contentment.
Ponder on the ways Satan tries to lead you on, and what he wants to achieve with you. Think long and hard about your own life – is the water-temperature increasing unawares? If so, put a stop to his maneuvers immediately, because the water may come to boil...
On the Day of Judgment, our voluntary acts of worship will compensate for the shortcomings in how we carried out our duties. Most of us have deficiencies in our observance of our Ramadan fasts and we need something to cover up for those deficiencies.
Ask new Muslims to join you on your Eid outing. You can even give a New Muslim a gift. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but in the case of the new Muslim, the thought is what counts. Since new Muslims often feel left out of Eid, a gift on Eid will mean a lot.
I left home in what seemed the middle of the night and took the underground train to Baker Street, the closest station to Regent's Park. I had been told that Muslims dress in their best clothes for the `Eid Prayers, so I had put on a suit and tie and polished my shoes until I could see my face in them.
Eid is the acid test to Ramadan. Whatever happens on Eid, how one behaves, how one arranges his thoughts, is a reflection on how Ramadan had unfolded for him or her. The ripple effect of good deeds vs. bad ones is also a telling sign as to how Ramadan has changed a person.
We’re going to talk about a few sunnahs to do in Eid. There’s going to be one sunnah that starts from the night before Eid and then a few more that happen on the morning of Eid.