This wonderful name belongs to God, as do all of His other lofty names and attributes. But what, specifically, does the name Allah mean? Allah is the one and only Lord, whom the hearts and souls revere and long for. All creation depends on Him at every moment.
There is no “Islamic theology.” It is meaningless, and in actual fact wrong, to compare the often peripheral discussions that took place among ...
We have a picture in our minds that life is meant to be flawless. When the reality does not match, we are deeply pained and upset. What we must come to understand is the picture we painted is merely that – a creation of our own hands. It is not a reality.
While it is a difficult journey and difficulties that lie all through it, there are lots of treasures that we can enjoy in the sea. There are lots of beautiful things that Allah has taught us in the dunya and given us so as to enjoy and cherish.
I meet Muslim brothers who tell me all the bad things about a particular scholar. I ask the brother if he can read Surat Al-Fatihah. I find that he cannot even read the Quran properly, but he was able to speak about a scholar of Islam. What kind of Islam is this? When the Companions of the Prophet became Muslims, the first thing they concentrated on was Quran and how to pray.
“Would you sell both your eyes for a billion dollars?” Dale Carnegie wondered: “What would you take for your two legs? Your hands? Your hearing? Your children? Your family? Add up your assets, and you will find that you won’t sell what you have for all the gold ever amassed. But do we appreciate all this?
A man should call himself strictly to account for his past actions. Every evening he should examine his heart as to what he has done to see whether he has gained or lost in his spiritual capital. This is the more necessary as the heart is like a treacherous business partner...
Has any of us ever thought to bring himself to account, to record the good and the bad things we do, through which we can from time to time know our balance of good and bad deeds, profits and losses?
This world is people’s farm, whose yield they harvest in the hereafter; those who sow nothing in this world will reap nothing in the hereafter, only losses and regrets. Many are heedless to the gifts of health and leisure...
Human desires are insatiable. And for this reason, the more we chase after this world, the less we are satisfied. If we chase after the love of a human being, especially in ways that are not lawful, inevitably we will be let down because no human being is perfect.
How much do we really love Allah? If we do love Him, why don’t we feel this love in our hearts all the time? Why do we keep losing this incredible feeling? It’s because the world is full of distractions – and it is full of distraction for this very reason.
The more I have stripped down my belongings, the more I have been made aware of what lies beneath: the true me, beautiful and terrifying and very, very temporary. Life is temporary, and all that I love and spend my energy on will someday be dust.