Muslim scholars have discussed different ways to consider the Prophetic claim of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh).
The democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: 'God Alone is Great'
Islam does not prohibit Muslims from being kind and generous to people of other religions, even if they are idolaters and polytheists
The utmost success of the entire Muslim nation in this life and the Hereafter is based on their correct comprehension of the meaning of faith.
The uniqueness of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is that he was not only a great person in his own time, but he is great for all times, for all people of any race, colour, nationality or geographical location.
Come on dear little child No need to cry to run and hide Just come and sit right down with me Cuddle up cosy on my knee I want to tell a tale to you Many know it – not just a few It’s a tale from long ago you see But its message rings
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.
Hajj is a lifetime journey for which the faithful hearts are longing. Indeed, it is a great favour Almighty Allah has bestowed upon His servants so that they can draw closer to Him and have their sins —no matter how numerous and grave they may be— forgiven. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
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.
I haven’t always been old you knowMany things helped me to growI had my dreams – every colour and hueI hoped that they would all come true My life is filled with events and morePerhaps some surprises are still in store Now I look around and seeSome photos; memories only to serve meIn years gone
Highlight of some matters that can help a pilgrim ensure that his or her Hajj will be accepted.
The term teenager is a fairly recent phenomenon, created in the last hundred years or so and used primarily as a tool for marketing. As Muslims, we understand that we are children first, and after puberty we become adults.
The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of "spiritual love".
The article addresses the importance of learning the story of companions and their commitment in the struggle to spread Islam to the world.
The mosque is the most important institution in Islam. After the home and the workplace, it is the most frequented place.
A number of incidents testify to the Prophet’s justice. In many of the Prophet's addresses, even in his final sermon, he (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that superiority lay not in race, but in godliness.
The purpose behind writing this short article is how to attract our attention to the young people with no parents, with no food, with no water, and with no sanitation
The article relates the exemplary behaviour of the Prophet (Pbuh)'s patience throughout his life on earth and what the believers can learn from him.
The Prophet lived a simple and modest life, both in Makkah as a trader, and in Madinah as the head of the state.
The way of the Prophets of Allah in the face of life challenges. These ways are in form of advice that Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Muhammad proved by his living example that he was the most truthful and honest person of his age
The Prophet gave a summary of his teachings in his farewell address, which can be analyzed under belief in the One God, rule of law and rule of justice.
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
In all the stories of the Qur'an, there is a lesson for people to derive, not just a narration or a mere tale-telling
Can the Qur’an, 1,400 years later, be a living, relevant force, as powerful for us now as it was then?
Muslims believe that the Night of Power (Laylat Al-Qadr) is the holiest night of Ramadan
Loving one another for the sake of Allah, and brotherhood in faith, are among the most excellent acts of worship.
Muslims are expected to eat for survival, to maintain good health, and not to live for eating
Islam is international in its outlook and approach. It does not admit barriers and distinctions based on color, clan, blood or territory
Islam encourages the recitation of Quran being it the last and final message of the Almighty God to mankind. This recitation is guided with some ethics and manners.
The spirit of constructive positivism and active endeavour is one of the principles stressed by Sunnah. This spirit should control the Muslim’s mind, senses, thought, and conduct.
There are clear examples of how caring the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was, even to those of his Companions who slipped and violated Islamic rules.
During his lifetime, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to teach his Sunnah by three methods: verbal, written (dictation to scribes), and practical demonstration. As far as the first method is concerned, the Prophet used to repeat important things three times and then listen to what the Companions had learned from him.
Few reasons that give an indication as to why this book deserves the attention of all humanity
The Qur’an remains today exactly as it was revealed more than 14 centuries ago and contains the exact Words of Allah
Jihad means a serious, continuous, and sincere struggle, on both the personal, as well as on the social level
My brief encounter with Islam, both in a college class and my visit to a mosque, planted a seed that would grow for the next ten years
I always strived to be someone else, until I found myself through my discovery and acceptance of the faith in One God
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
The sins that are related to the rights of the servants are not absolved of the servant except by returning the rights to their people. As for the rights of Allah, they are forgiven by repentance.
The Ka`bah is nearly square in shape, built with hard dark bluish-grey stones. It now rises to sixteen meters; but was much lower at the time of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.
I was determined to read the Qur’an in Arabic with the help of a good translation. When I read the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest book, I thought it was beautiful, so scientific, so compassionate, so feminist!
What deed is better than giving gold and silver? According to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), it is dhikr, which means remembrance of Allah (God). Dhikr is a form of worship that comes after the ritual Prayer (salah) and reading Qur’an in importance. While salah has to be performed at certain
Arabic word sabr, which is usually translated as patience or as patience and perseverance, is much more than that.
My Journey started when I desired to have a relationship with my creator. I wanted to find my spirituality, and not the one I was born with
Jabir ibn `Utayk reported that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “There are seven kinds of martyrs besides those killed in wars, defending the cause of Allah: A person who is killed in an epidemic A person who is drowned A person who has bedsores, causing fever and cough resulting in his death A person who dies
God draws attention to all the magnificent creations as an indication of the proper planning that leads to wonderful results—for Muslims believe that He creates nothing haphazardly. God relates in the Qur’an how the heavens and the earth were created in seven days and describes that as a sign for humankind. Then the Qur’an directs
The white days are called as such because of its whiteness at night by the moon and by day with the sun. The virtues of these days in the Sunnah are made known.
There are many Muslim scholars who have written about economics in a systematic way from an Islamic point of view, and their writing goes back as far as the 8th century.
Science must increase our faith. It is wrong for anyone to close their eyes to what is right in front of them. For a Muslim the evidence of dinosaurs and fossils is not a threat to our beliefs. Rather, it is a confirmation of the power of Allah. A. Why Does Allah Tell Us About
Islam attaches the highest importance to justice. In fact, Divine Justice is the backbone of the whole act of creation. The balance and the due proportion evident in the heavens and the earth are a manifestation of Allah’s (God’s) Justice. Thus in Islam, balance and justice are central to the design and order underlying Allah’s
For a believer, the scope of patience is not limited to enduring difficulties and problems with calmness. In the light of the verse, [You who believe, be steadfast; be supreme in steadfastness… ] (Aal `Imran 3:200), throughout his life, he shows an undeviating commitment to meticulously fulfilling all the commands of the Qur’an, to avoiding
In part one the author defined the fabrication of Hadith and gave a brief historical background on the emergence of this phenomenon. In part two he listed the types of fabrication with the causes of each type. In this part, he highlights the efforts of Muslim scholars and the tools they applied to sift through hadiths and
The fabricated hadiths can be divided into two categories: 1. Intentionally fabricated hadith, which is called hadith mawdu` (invented or fabricated hadith), and 2. Unintentionally fabricated hadith, which is referred to as hadith batil (invalid hadith). Causes of Intentional Fabrication 1. The Zanadiqah (Heretics) 2. Political Differences 3. Favour Seekers 4. Storytellers 5. Human Frailties
All Islamic sources hold that an enormous amount of forgery was committed in Hadith literature. Ibn Hanbal said that seerah and tafseer have been more affected by forgery than any other branch of literature. The very existence of copious literature on fabricated hadiths reminds us of this consciousness. Based on this fact, a great many Western scholars declared Hadith
The guidance of the Noble Qur’an calls for building a person from the inside, his heart, his feelings and his will, so that if his condition remains in balance and moderation, and he settles on guidance from Allah, he will be able to face difficulties and crises and the worldly matters that are exposed to
There are journeys mentioned in the Qur’an by the wisdom of Allah, and others that the Qur’an did not mention, but the revelation, told by the truthful was revealed to inform the nation. The Holy Qur’an mentioned the journey of our father Ibrahim, peace be upon him, to the Holy Land when he left his
Many signs appear to the eye from the countries of the world with the increase in the number of reverts and those who enter the religion of Allah in waves of groups from the east and west of the earth, and from the north and south, as Islam is the highest spread religion according to
The origin of allegiance is love, and the root of enmity is hatred, and from them the actions of the hearts and limbs arise that enter into the reality of allegiance and enmity; like help and cooperation, jihad, and immigration. For this reason, loyalty is one of the conditions of the phrase “There is no
Free will is the most difficult of God’s gifts to understand or appreciate. Freedom is one of the most valuable things there is, although many of us have no idea how precious it is until we suffer the loss of it. It is considered to be one of the basic human rights, and to attempt
[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
In the Qur’an, it is stated that the unbeliever is one who neither recognizes nor appreciates the signs of God. The distinguishing mark of a believer is his ability to see those signs and proofs. He knows that these are not created in vain, and can realize the power and great art of God everywhere
Belief in the existence of angels is one of the fundamental articles of faith in Islam. Muslims believe that angels were created by God from light. Angels carry out God’s commandments in nature and the universe. What we usually call the “forces of nature” become active because of the presence of angels behind them, working
On Fridays, Muslim men must perform the weekly congregational Prayer called the Jumu`ah Prayer. This Prayer replaces the Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer on Friday and it is obligatory for all men to attend it. Women may also perform the Jumu`ah Prayer if they wish, but it is not obligatory for them. This Prayer replaces the regular
The Prayer is made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah. Each Prayer consists of two or more rak‘ahs (the Arabic plural is rak‘aat). The Prayers must be said in Arabic (except for new Muslims who cannot yet do so). Before beginning the Prayer, the worshiper must have the proper intention to
The articles under this series elaborate on how to perform ritual prayers in accordance to the way of the Prophet (Pbuh).
After twenty-five years as a writer in America, I wanted something to soften my cynicism. I was searching for new terms by which to see. The way one is raised establishes certain needs in this department. From a pluralist background, I naturally placed great stress on the matters of racism and freedom. Then, in my
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
The Glorious Qur’an is the miracle revealed by Allah to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the language of his people, the Arabs, who were the masters of the Arabic language. It was a challenge for them to produce the like of the shortest surah or chapter of it. Being the
The Surah is so designated after the word `abasa with which it opens. Period of Revelation The commentators and traditionists are unanimous about the occasion of the revelation of this Surah. According to them, once some big chiefs of Makkah were sitting in the Holy Prophet’s assembly and he was earnestly engaged in trying to
Zakat in Islam is broader in meaning than giving out part of the Muslim’s money to those who deserve it from the poor and needy and other groups deserving Zakat. Zakat in the broadest sense or what can be called the zakat of life is to exert effort and energy in every specialty and field to benefit Muslims.
Allah SWT enjoined us the supplication in Islam and promised to be answered, and this includes the supplication of asking, and the supplication of praising Allah the Almighty, and it includes supplication in prayer and outside it
The article shows the importance and significance of Hadith in Islam. It addresses the kind of connection it has with the Holy Qur'an
Austin Roe's story of becoming a Muslim at the age of ten years old and his journey from being a stubborn child raised from a chaotic home to a calm Muslim family
By Jamilah Kolocotronis on how she discovered Islam after studying several Eastern religions
What is the true historical status of Allah among the polytheists before the revelation of the Holy Qur'an?
Dr. Lang's journey to Islam is an interesting story. From one who had once challenged the existence of God, he became a firm believer in God.
Islam, the Religion of all the Prophets Islam began with the first man, Adam, when he submitted himself to God. Therefore, the word “Islam” simply means Submission to God. The word also means Peace; and so, as the name of the Religion of God, it implies the peace that we can attain by submitting to
In the 72nd surah of the Qur’an, Surat Al-Jinn, Allah reveals that the jinn, too, listened to the communications of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the Qur’an, and that some of them were bound to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as Muslims. One verse on the subject
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
The story of a Cuban professor who accepted Islam after reading Muhammad Pickthall translation of the meanings of the Holy Qur’an for the sake of augmenting my history lectures on Islam