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Remembrances of My First Ramadan

Remembrances of My First Ramadan

I recall being very lonely during my first Ramadan. As a new convert, I woke up for sahur (meal before fasting) and ate it alone, broke my fast alone and prayed Tarawih Prayer alone. I was a university graduate student and I lived alone…

Converts and Their Muslim Communities

Converts and Their Muslim Communities

Sometimes, the first experience converts have with a community is a visit to a mosque. The critical first impression might be negative if the convert isn’t able to connect with anyone. Sometimes new Muslims have too many expectations of their community…

Why Did the Prophet Muhammad Order to Burn This Mosque?

Why Did Prophet Muhammad Order to Burn This Mosque?

Masjid ad-Dirar was a mosque built in Madinah by a monk named Abu Amir and some hypocrites. It was built close to masjid Quba’ with the intention of mischief and plots to disuniting the Muslims. After it was built, Abu Amir invited the Prophet to pray in it.

Al-Masjid Al-Haram Expands Over Time

Al-Masjid Al-Ḥaram is a mosque that surrounds the Ka`bah in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is a site of pilgrimage for the Hajj, which every Muslim must do at least once in their lives if able. These photos show how the largest mosque in the world has undergone major renovations and expansions through …

Can I Pay My Bank Interest to a Mosque?

Can I Pay My Bank Interest to a Mosque?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: Mosques are related to devotional affairs like worship, so they should be financed through lawful (halal) ways. Hence, it is …

Dar Al-Arqam – A New Muslim Safe Haven

Dar Al-Arqam – A New Muslim Safe Haven

This house belonged Al-Arqam ibn Abi Al-Arqam. He was one of the first ten people to accept Islam, and was a mere adolescent. His home was chosen because it was less of a target, because if enemies suspected anything, they would have targeted…

New Muslim- 4 Tips to Minimize Your Stress

New Muslim: 4 Tips to Minimize Your Stress

With negative pressure from some fellow Muslims, the daily media pressure, and all the challenges of learning about Islam, many new Muslims find themselves more stressed than ever before. Which can lead them to wonder where is the peace promised in Islam?

How is the Mosque Different from the Church?

How is the Mosque Different from the Church?

Why are There no Benches in the Prayer Hall? The Islamic prayer is a full body experience. There are elements of standing, bowing, prostrating, and sitting. When listening to a sermon, the worshipers sit on the floor as long as they are able. There are always…

Mosques

13 Beautiful Mosques Surrounded by Water

Apart from serving as places of worship, masjids also represent our cultural heritage and unique style of Islamic architecture. There are several magnificent and marvelous masjids around the world, but what about masjids that are surrounded by water? In this post, we have put together some amazing, heart-capturing masjids that are surrounded by water. 🙂 1. al-Rahma Masjid, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) …



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