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
You may be an atheist or an agnostic or you may belong to any of the religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may have been a Communist or a believer in democracy and freedom. No matter what you are, and no matter what your religious and political beliefs, personal and social habits
The Prophet (Pbuh) taught us how to celebrate Ramadan through days of fasting and nights of prayer: to honor each day of Ramadan.