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Help in Times of Hardship

How to Offer Meaningful Help to Someone in Times of Hardship

Recently, my dear friend and sister in Islam suffered a terrible loss.  When I contacted her to see how she was doing, she confided that her pain was even greater because she was feeling forgotten by the local Muslim community. Even though her sad news had been traveling around  by word of mouth and via …

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Quranic Promises of Reward for "Brothers", Also For Sisters?

Short Answer: Yes. Aside from a new notable exceptions, “any verse of Qur’an or hadith that textually mentions the words ikhwan or ikhwah means the Muslim “brotherhood”, and includes both male and female Muslims.” That particular verse is referencing the sense of community and kind compassion people will feel for one another in Paradise after Allah has removed all hatred and rancor …

Watch Out! These Pitfalls Destroy Brotherhood Relationships

Watch Out! These Pitfalls Destroy Brotherhood Relationships

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Beware of suspicion, because it is the most deceptive kind of speech. Do not meddle, spy, or compete with each other. Do not envy, hate, or cut each other off. Be, O servants of God, brothers.(Muslim)  …

My Brother, My Sister- How Muslims Are Interconnected

My Brother, My Sister: How Muslims Are Interconnected

To call someone “brother” or “sister” in Islam is not just a courtesy. It is not just a polite habit that has been acquired over the years. It is a fact. Only a real Muslim can understand these words. The ties between Muslims are even stronger than national ties…

Mending Relationships- Where is the Brotherhood?

Mending Relationships: Where is the Brotherhood?

There has never been a brotherhood that strong. In today’s world, one can argue that the Muslim community is really quite weak. How many times have we lent a hand to a person in need? And how many times have we stayed silent, waiting until asked to do something charitable?

`Ashura’ and Human Brotherhood

`Ashura’ and Human Brotherhood

Every year, Muslims mark `Ashura’ on the 10th day of Muharram. The day of `Ashura’ is not only celebrated by Muslims, but other faith communities. Jews for example, used to celebrate this day too. Also, Quraysh (Prophet Muhammad’s tribe) used to fast on the day of `Ashura’ in the pre-Islamic period. Moreover,  Allah’s Messenger too used …

Are There Any Rights of the Host?

Are There Any Rights for the Host?

Wa`alaykum as-salamuwa 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: 1-The host should thank the guest for his hospitality. 2- The host  should guard the host’s privacy regarding whatever he has come to know during his visit. …

The Quran Tells Who the Believers Are

The Quran Tells Who the Believers Are

The Qur’an is not a storybook relating stories from the past, nor is it only a book of wisdom. It is a book of guidance. Muslims believe also that if anyone wants to understand a given issue, the Qur’an should then be consulted. Amazingly, one of my mentors used to read the whole Qur’an for …

Zakah: Building Bonds of Brotherhood

Zakah prevents wealth from being accumulated in one part of society. It ensures that everyone has a meal to eat and clothes to cover their backs. It also ensures that all wealthy people are annually taken to account, which prevents illegal actions such as fraud and extortion, and other financial crimes.



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