The impression that Islam left on Christianity as a heretical religion was countered by the admiration of Islamic civilization in the works of some late medireview and Renaissance thinkers. The Islamic scientific and philosophical culture, inter alia, played a significant role in this process, and we can mention here only two examples both of which
From the moment it emerged as a universal religion, Islam became a major challenge for Christianity: it was a new dispensation from Heaven that claimed to have completed the cycle of Abrahamic revelations. The references to Jewish and Christian themes in the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions (hadith), sometimes concurring with and sometimes diverging from the
The Ansar did more than open their homes and help the Muhajirun financially. They did more.
I had been to many other `Eid Prayers before; this one was somehow different for me.
If our problems had been caused by others, we would have been dependent upon others for solution.
People wondered whether the light of Islam would be forever extinguished, but there was a miracule..
There are two dilemmas facing a Muslim in the west today- feasting and competing with Christmas.
The first House appointed for men was that at Bakka: full of blessing and guidance for all beings.
The article draws the difference between major and minor apostasy, and between apostates who do not wage war against Islam
Apostasy, or riddah in Arabic, literally means defection or backsliding.1 As an Islamic legal term, it means denouncing Islam as one’s religion by a Muslim. There has been a wide variety of opinions by Muslim scholars throughout nearly fourteen centuries concerning punishment for apostasy with the majority of the opinion that apostasy is a capital
Al-Baqi` is the principal cemetery of the people of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah and has been so since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Of all of the historic places in Madinah, it is the closest to Al-Masjid An-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque). It is located opposite the southeastern section of the wall
The religious practice of slaughtering animals by a swift cut to the throat of the animal, practiced by both Muslims and Jews, has recently come under attack in the UK. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), an advisory group to the British government on ways to avoid cruelty to livestock, wants to see these methods
I revere the same Allah as my Christian mother and my Jewish father - Michael Wolfe.
“I am lost and can’t find my family, can you take me to our campsite?” asked Nuha during Hajj.
Even though the `Eid is not celebrated as in other countries, in Trinidad, the essence remains the same.
“I’m leaving with whoever’s ready! Anybody else can find his or her way!” my dad bellowed as he headed for the car, dressed in his white, perfectly ironed agbada. Male cousins and uncles rush out of their rooms adjusting their traditional outfits and so do the females. Nobody wants to miss the ride to the
Not long after the dust has settled from the excitement of Eid Al-Fitr in the dusty, humid seaport of Karachi, the bleating of goats and cattle signals the imminence ofEid Al-Adha. Goat-sellers appear in open spaces amid the hustle and bustle of budget-bazaars to display their wares. Soon the streets of high-rise apartment blocks and
This year’s season of Hajj has arrived, renewing many issues that are raised and discussed only during Hajj. Perhaps the most important of these issues are those related to some fatwas and questions addressing matters newly introduced into Hajj and juristic rules pertaining to important rituals, such as the rulings on throwing the pebbles before
Eat and drink of that which Allah has provided and do not act corruptly, making mischief on the earth.
Eid celebrations in the Muslim world was largely absent in American Eid, the Eid was celebrated nonetheless.
Brotherhood holds an important place in Islam. It harvests the fruits of faith and love for the sake of Almighty Allah.
As Muslims, we wonder - how can we get our children to be that excited about Eid? How can we create an atmosphere of Eid?
Eids in Islam are not man-made; Allah is the One Who created them. He also laid down special rules and etiquette to be followed during these Eids.
By David W. Tschanz 26/07/2001 The list of prominent stars with Arabic or Arabic derived names is a long one. The reason is simple – they reflect the contributions of medireview [Medieval] Arabs, from Baghdad to Granada, to our understanding of the stars and the planets. Almost as soon as they had established their capital
According to scientists and philosophers man is considered as the major factor in disturbing the natural balance of the universe. Man interferes intentionally or unintentionally in the earth’s ecosystems by impairing its perfect order and precise sequence. But it seems that man has cut off his nose to spite his face and he now is
It is recommended to break our fast on dates”, as Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) used to do: “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.” (Narrated by Ahmad) “إذا أفطر أحدكم فليفطر على تمر، فإنه بركة، فإن لم يجد تمرا فليفطر على الماء، فإنه طهور” (رواه أحمد في مسنده
There are many examples in the Qur’an and Hadith of the virtues of a positive mental attitude, perseverance and optimism in the face of adversity. However, did you know that patience and a positive outlook on life are two of the greatest healing tools that you can use? The Qur’an (2:155) says, “Give glad tidings
Yogurt is a popular food for Ramadan as well as Eid. However, much controversy has surrounded the consumption of cow’s milk and milk products for some time. Fortunately, though, this controversy only pertains to commercially produced cow milk and milk products. As one of the oldest foods known to man, yogurt is a product of
In August 2006, the Fiqh Council of North America announced the exact date for the start of Ramadan based solely on astronomical calculations rather than actual sightings of the new moon. Many around the world protested the validity of such a decision. The debate over visual sighting versus astronomical calculations is not new. This three-part
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars that are obligatory requirements that a Muslim needs to fulfill
The role of women scholars in preserving and transmitting prophetic tradition (Hadith) in Islam
The movie Le Grand Voyage, is written by Ismail Farroukhi and depicts some of the true meanings of Islam.
Fourteen centuries ago, Allah sent down the Qur’an to mankind as a book of guidance. He called upon people to be guided to the truth
Al-Baqi` is the principal cemetery of the people of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah and has been so since the time of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)
Saudi Arabia is one of the hottest territories in the world. Because of its weather throughout the whole year, dermatitis (skin diseases) increase among the pilgrims for several reasons: – Extra excretion of sweat due to burning sun beams and high humidity. – Overcrowding at Hajj, where people from all over the world gather together
The Prophet’s philosophy of nature principles are based on tawheed (unity), khalifa (stewardship) and amana (trust)
The quality of our success as social beings depends on our capacity to develop the magnetic power of caring enough
The Fiqh Council of North America — after careful research, deliberations, and discussion — has adopted a new position regarding the determination of the beginning of the Islamic lunar months. This position is based primarily on the following fiqhi premises: Sighting the hilal (ru’yah, crescent sighting) is not an act of `ibadah in itself; it
All Islamic religious rituals are based on this natural basis as mere intention expressed privately and abstract spiritual meditation are not enough to satisfy the requirements of religious worship.
Take the good that people are able to give and forgive the rest. No one will ever be exactly the way you want them to be.
In the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we discover the strong emphasis he placed on recognizing that a gap between generations will exist and that it must be bridged.
The brightest name in Egyptian Islamic science is that of mathematician and scholar Abu 'Ali al-Hasan bin al-Hasan bin al-Haytham, known as "Alhazen" to the Western world.
Botanical research by Muslim scholars can be traced back to the second year after Hijrah (7th century AD) when a keen interest developed into the medicinal and agricultural aspects of the floral kingdom
The word "algebra," like the subject, is a consequence of the intellectual ferment that occurred in Baghdad during the ninth century reign of Caliph al-Ma'mun (813-33).
Muslims can control their raging angers and reaction to Islamophobia by being the “community of unity" and forging ultimate peace between peoples
About the repentance story of a man who murdered not one, two, or even a dozen of people. He slew 100 people but was still eager to repent and turn over a new leaf
A quick tour of some Islamic countries and see how the art of architecture is similar, even though the eras in which this art emerged were different.
Circumambulating the Ka`bah is a symbolic act of worship, whose wisdom may be hidden from some. It indicates the believers’ utter submission to Almighty Allah alone
[It is God who raised the skies without support, as you can see, then assumed His throne, and enthralled the sun and the moon (so that) each runs to a predetermined course. He disposes all affairs, distinctly explaining every sign that you may be certain of the meeting with your Lord] (Ar-Ra`d 13:2) The last
For 14 centuries, Muslims have been eyeing Earth’s only natural satellite to decide upon the beginning and ending of their Hijri calendar months, not the least of which to observe the fasting month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage season to Makkah. With the dawn of the space age, Muslim nations had joined the international community
Every time the adhan is raised in Molenbeek, the Muslim call to prayer echoes 20 times in the Belgian capital’s western neighborhood. That’s because the district is home to 21 mosques, rightfully earning it the reputation of Brussels’ Islamic center. At the heart of Molenbeek, lies Al-Khalil, the biggest mosque in all Belgium. “The building
Explaining Misyar marriage in which the wife gives up her rights, its ruling, conditions and impacts on the family.
How Hajj is a journey of the soul and heart. The importance of Hajj in Islam.
What are the objectives of Hajj in Islam? How is the present day hajj is connected to the path of Ibrahim (AS), the first caller to Hajj.
A woman holds a very high status in the Islamic faith. She is honored and respected at all times, but many startling transgressions have crept into Islamic practice. These transgressions have been caused by cultural influences that have no basis in Islam. One such influence is the dowry. Muslims living on the Indian subcontinent have
According to the World Health Organization this year, depressive disorders are the fourth leading cause of ill health and disability amongst adults worldwide. By 2020, it is expected that mental health disorders will represent the world’s largest health problem (Duckworth p.2). The spread of urbanization has been viewed as a major contributory factor to this
Allah (all glory be to Him) tells us in the Holy Quran about Ramadan that, “(He wants you) to complete the prescribed period (of fasting), and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.” (2:185) Many benefits, in addition to the spiritual, result from completing this prescribed period
The sleep-wake cycle of the pineal gland becomes disrupted as we increasingly eat, socialize and sleep not questioning the psychological and physical effects of our pre-occupations. In trying to keep up with the schedules of the day it becomes increasingly difficult to switch-off the problems of the outside world we take home affecting domestic commitments.
“Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) Desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him” (Chapter 53, Verse 3 & 4).have a confession to make. I never really took my time to make ‘ablution’ the way I ought to. By ‘ought to’ I’m referring to the detailed care that was encouraged
One could easily lose something precious in Mauritania’s million square kilometers of dune fields and rocky steppes, stretching north from the Senegal River and east from the Atlantic into the Sahara’s most desolate corners. Nomadic encampments are few, villages are far between, and the wind blows inexorably from the west, scattering all that comes before
“And complete the Hajj or `Umrah in the service of Allah…” (Al-Baqarah: 196) Once in a lifetime, if able, Muslim men and women perform the pilgrimage or the Hajj. On a clear morning, 9 Dhul-Hijjah 1421 (4 March 2001), I was one of thousands who set out towards `Arafah. On `Arafah, the pinnacle of this
The mission of Prophet Yunus is a timeless story that tells us there is a way out, if only we have faith.
No matter how much people may try to stifle faith or make it seem irrelevant to the needs of modern man, the spiritual still remains deep in the hearts of men and women. For example, the communist regime in Soviet Russia or any of its satellites in Eastern Europe was unable to eradicate faith. In
Indonesia is blessed with the greatest and most diverse biological resources in the world, after Brazil. This natural wealth can be sustainably utilized for the welfare of the population. Unfortunately enough, however, the country has not been able to successfully use the enormous natural wealth to improve the welfare of her people. In 1996, before
The basic role of the human being on earth is to worship Allah [S.W.T.]: “I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.” (Qur’an, 51:56) To serve God or to worship Him is a comprehensive way that covers every aspect of life. Fulfilling all that God has demanded from us in terms
The Epistemological Framework: Islam is considered a comprehensive way of life whose teachings cover, directly or indirectly, every possible human relationship including that with the environment. These teachings are primarily available in the revealed knowledge which comprises the Qur’an and the Sunnah. There remains two other sources, namely the Ijma` and Qiyas; they are dependent
Part of the challenges the Muslim families face in the west is the question of how to raise the children as Good Muslims.