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How Are Trials Defined?

Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting Ask About Islam with your question. It’s not very difficult to recognize trials when they happen; any kind of hardship, big or small is a trial. Anything unpleasant, which requires effort and attention to overcome or correct, is a trial. Even leisure and success are trails to see if we …

Happiness in Hardship

Ease does not only come after hardship. This is something we often forget. Ease and indeed happiness also comes with, during, in the midst of hardship. So, it’s not that we have to endure and wait until the (often) unspecified time hardship ends to enjoy ease…

Getting Through Mini-Depressions

I go through regular periods of mini-depression every few months. My mood will be utterly black, my mind filled with self-critical thoughts: “I’m a failure, I’m a hypocrite, I have no real friends, I’ve wasted my life…” But even in the depths of depression I know that the mood will not last…

Keeping the Spirit of Ramadan Year Round

Ramadan is like a school. It’s supposed to train us and we are supposed to emerge as graduates with the degrees to show for it, and the degrees will show not written on a piece of paper but in our actions, the way we deal with others, the patience we show in the face of hardship and difficulty.

Craving the Sweetness of Faith

Feeling complete, feeling protected and guided, knowing that this is all it takes brings a peace and joy to the heart and nothing can compare to it is a thing so sweet that I now know that I would never want to give it up for anything.

Reverts: Don't Turn Away - Keep Your Faith Strong!

Some new reverts just get fed up because they cannot bear the criticism from their close friends or their family anymore. Consequently, they feel embarrassed to meet other Muslims or go to the mosque to avoid more problems.

Hardships: Blessings in Disguise? (Inspiration)

How often have you been through hardships and wondered why? In this new episode from the series Inspiration, Muhammad Zeyara goes through a number of difficult situations in a row, and he starts wondering if Allah hates him. The story starts as he is getting ready to attend a wedding. On his way, he goes …

Can Practicing Religion Make us Stronger at Heart?

If a prayer is done with Ihsan then every word of the prayer reminds the believer of Allah. When he says “Allahu akbar”, he is reminding himself that Allah is Greater than all of his urges and desires.

Ameen - May You Have Likewise

Du’aa is part and parcel of every Muslim’s life. Not only does it please our Lord and save us from arrogance, its goodness extends to our well-being.

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