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Umm Zakiyyah: When Love and Worship Collide

From the Journal of Renee I returned from the masjid to my college dormitory room late Saturday night, shaken and moved.  I glanced at the clock.  It was three minutes after ten. Where had the time gone? I slowly shut my eyes, hoping to digest everything better that way. I let the events of the …

How to Be Optimistic With Yourself?

7 Keys to Be Optimistic With Yourself?

Whenever we look for shortcomings, we are always good at finding other people’s shortcomings but not our own. This is not part of the optimism, why? Because when you are focusing on yourself that means that your are focusing on something you can change.

The Importance of Seeking Knowledge

Converts - Seeking Knowledge is Power

While discussing the struggles of new Muslims falling into deviant groups, Khadijah Jenkins, an American revert, stated: “The importance of gaining knowledge is to keep us from becoming prey to deviation.” New Muslims fall victim to their own ignorance…

Remembering Allah Goes Beyond Repeating His Name

Remembering Allah Goes Beyond Repeating His Name

A believer’s heart should always be filled with the remembrance of Allah. Forgetfulness and negligence are the main weaknesses of human beings. The only remedy is that the believer should develop God-consciousness and be constantly aware that Almighty Allah watches him.All acts of worship aim at drawing man closer to Allah. The Qur’an says, {Establish prayers …


Is Zakah Due on Company Shares?

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: The shares you own in the company are part of your properties and are due to Zakah. Any charity (sadaqah) …

Attachments- Emptying the Vessel of the Heart

Attachments: Emptying the Vessel of the Heart

Until we can break these false attachments, we cannot empty the vessel of our heart. And if we do not empty that vessel, we cannot truly fill it with God. This struggle to free one’s heart from all false attachments, the struggle to empty the vessel of the heart, is the greatest struggle of earthly life.

Fiqh of Heart: Going Beyond the Physical Aspect of Islam

Fiqh of Heart: Going Beyond the Physical Aspect of Islam

When we talk about the teachings of Islam, we are inclined to focus on one aspect, that is, the apparent practical side, and ignore the other, equally or even more important, spiritual and ethical aspect. That is why most of the questions addressed to scholars are related to the body movements and physical aspects: where …

Optional Worship: Lovers’ Way to God

Why Do Extra Worship? 5 Advantages of Nawafil

The nafilah (pl. nawafil, Arabic for Supererogatory or Optional Prayers) is an exuberant Arabic term denoting manifold meanings foremost among which is the meaning of increase. Technically speaking, nafilah means to perform an additional amount or number of the acts of worship (`ibadat) other than that which is obligatory upon the worshipper. Remarkably, some people …

Visiting a Mosque Helped Me Discover Islam

Visiting a Mosque Helped Me Discover Islam

Through my contacts at the mosque, I managed to get acquainted with other Islamic circles, in particular the Islamic societies at the two local universities. The universities often do many Islamic talks, and annually partake in an “Islam Awareness Week”…

15+ Anti-Extremism Hadiths (Part 1/2)

15+ Hadiths Against Going to Extremes

Moderation is a key concept in Islam.  Even in matters of faith and acts of worship, Islam urges moderation and rejects extremism. Some forms of extremism were  noticed during the very time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The uncontrollable love for the faith and the immense desire to get closer to Allah …

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