Without understanding, our lives look so restricted and boring. I know my own mother even thinks I am too boring for my age and constantly quotes that “life is for living.” She has a point! We are not placed on this Earth to stand in the Mosque all day/night and Praise Allah with every second that passes. This is not Islam.
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Zakat al-Fitr helps to cultivate among the members of society the habit of giving. This is another reason why the obligation of paying this form of charity is connected with each and every capable individual, regardless of how much wealth that person has.
“I’m forever changed by the experience. I’ve never been so welcomed into anything before in my entire life. The Muslim community has been the most supportive that I’ve ever seen,” she shares, “They gave me advice the whole way through and made me feel like we were all in this thing together. It was amazing!”
How can a person suffering from suicidal thoughts bring themselves back from the brink? This can be achieved in many ways; firstly by strengthening one’s relationship with God. This is achieved by reading the Quran, being mindful of Him and making lots of du’a (supplication) to God.
I cannot fully understand the language, and yet, some verses demand my attention and push me to open up a translation of the Quran. I remember one time I was reading the Arabic verses of Chapter 14 of the Quran. I noticed the same word was repeated four times across two verses...
When I first converted to Islam, my family had their worries and reservations. But over the years we have discussed, learned together, come to common ground and become closer because of it.
The Backbiter, named for the word humazah in the first verse, is one of the short chapters towards the end of the Quran. Many of these chapters deal extensively with the concept of Hell. However, although there are ten more chapters to follow...
Allah uses us in order to fulfill the needs of others. But He is the fulfiller of the needs. He gave you in the first place and then He’s saying don't become too clingy. Don’t stick too much to this wealth. Don't actually become miserly. Learn to spend it. Learn to focus...
On the night known as the ‘Night of Decree’, in the Islamic month of Ramadan, the Quran descended, from the Preserved Tablet to the Lowest Heaven. It then descended from the heavens to the earth in small stages. The revelation was delivered to Prophet...
The Quran is full of wisdom. It is full of the wonder and glory of God, and a testament to His mercy and justice. It is not a history book, a storybook, or a scientific textbook, although it contains all of those genres. The Quran is God's greatest gift to humanity – it is a book like no other...
How are God’s modifications a test for man? Making changes is an effective method to examine man’s trust in God. Loyalty is truly tested in a milieu of change. If believers display their willingness to make the changes God asks of them, even when their practices have become customary, it is a sign of their faith in God.
The story goes that one day Al-Fudayl was climbing a wall, either to meet the woman or to watch a caravan and plan a robbery when he heard verse 16 of chapter 57 being recited. It was as if God was speaking directly to him and asking "isn’t it about time...