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Lessons from the Past

It’s quite common in the twenty-first century to look back at the stories (or history) of previous nations and wonder “What do those people have to do with me?” While it’s true the world we live in is a very different place in terms of advancements in technology, science, medicine, etc., prematurely dismissing our past may lead us to endanger our f ... more ...

What is Innovation and Who is an Innovator?

In the name of God, The Most Compassionate and The Most Merciful.

For that is God, your Lord, the Truth. And what can be beyond truth except error? So how are you averted?
- Quran 10:32
This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is ... more ...

Back to Work

In terms of time, the blessed month of Ramadan is a mere 29 or 30 days of our year. Yet despite its brevity, God gives us blessings and lessons which we can use to strengthen us after it is over. But for us to get the full benefit of this sacred month, it is imperative that we understand the true nature of the struggle between us, ourselves, and Sh ... more ...

Take Advantage

Many of us have heard the hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in which he says, “Take advantage of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death.” more ...

Preparing in the Neglected Month

We are at the gates of the blessed month of Ramadan. A month whose blessings are bountiful, and the servant of the Divine needs not knock for entrance as the gates are thrown open for those who seek forgiveness and mercy from Him. more ...

The Month of Sha

The month of Sha'ban is here and everyone is excited that the countdown to the blessed month of Ramadan has started. This clearly explains the words of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when he was asked about the virtue of the month of Sha'ban; he said, "That is a month to which people do not pay much attention more ...

Conditions to understanding sacred scripture

With the widespread availability of information, it has become easier for people to become confused and under the delusion of scholarship. Though there exist a corpus of authentic, seasoned, and beneficial knowledge that has been transcribed on paper and taught on the tongues of scholars over generations, today people are satisfied with short video ... more ...

Rajab: A month to prepare

It is well known within our sacred scriptures that God has ordained some months to be more sacred than others. The Islamic tradition is filled with sacred times and sacred places. For example, the house of God - the Ka’aba - is one of the most sacred places in the world. There also exist sacred times like the hour on the day of Friday in which supp ... more ...

Waste Not, Want Not

As we begin 2018, we realize that the world we live in is facing challenges on a scale unseen before in human history. Overpopulation, food shortages, drought, depletion of natural resources, disease, etc. challenge humanity’s ability to survive. Despite our advancements in fields such as medicine and technology, humanity is facing a long battle to ... more ...

The Schools of Law and Their Importance

It is clear amongst the Muslim community today that there exists a subpar level of understanding some of the basics of the religion. Many among the community may not realize their ignorance and how it effects their belief in the Divine, their family’s belief, and ultimately the detrimental effect it has upon the community. more ...

Raising a Child by Example

Often times parents mention to their children the words of the Prophet (God’s peace and blessings upon him), “A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend.” more ...

Giving Thanks for the Gift of Thanks

Thanksgiving (Yawm al-Shukr) is a holiday that is celebrated in several countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, and others. Aside from the Fiqhi (legal) discussion about whether or not Muslims can, or should, “celebrate” Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to look at Thankfulness from an Islamic perspective. more ...

How Do We Interact with Each Other? Gems from the Quran: Surah Al Hujurat (Part 2)

At the heart of our lives in this world is the art of how to communicate, interact and live with each other. Islam often is berated for having verses that seemingly contradict having cordial relationships with others, however, when one delves further in the text with both context and insight, one comes to understand that the word of God is comprehe ... more ...

Gems from the Quran: Surah Al-Hujarat (Part 1)

Quite often when we think of Islamic law we think of it as a set of rules, guidelines that deal with actions such as how one should be punished or how one should pray. In fact, seldom do we realize that a very small portion of the Quran deals with punishments and legal rulings. The vast majority focuses on a topic that we deal with on an everyday b ... more ...

Caring for the Elderly

The Command
The world has lost its respect for the old. To be more precise, societies now have a growing culture that views the older generation as a burden upon them. Nursing homes have become the staple for the older generation and some children look for alternative means of caring for their parents, such as assisted living. Fortunately, Is ... more ...

Facing Natural Disasters with Faith

Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Hurricanes, Tornados, Flash flooding. Severe draught. Famines.
Every day we hear more and more news of natural disasters that devastate the communities they touch. Whether this increase is caused by global warming, as the scientific community is more and more certain about, or some other cause, how are we as believers ... more ...

What Does it Mean to be Safe?

God in the Quran highlights that those who enter Mecca will find it to be a place of safety, but some bring up the fact that negative things have occurred in Mecca, death being one of them. Questions such as, “how can people be killed in a place like Mecca when it is supposed to be a place of safety?” or “how can women be harmed in a city such as M ... more ...

Hajj: A God Given Gift to Muslims

The Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) stated that Islam is built upon 5 pillars, the testimony of faith, the prayer, the alms, fasting the month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to the House of God. The pilgrimage to the House of God, in Mecca, is a pillar that leaves a lasting effect upon the believer. In some countries in West Africa s ... more ...

Divorce

Unfortunately, many among us stray from the words of God; where God calls us to mercy, our lower selves call us to a lack of compassion. God reminds the believer that upon the divorce the male should not make things difficult for the woman, whether financially or emotionally. Men should not place the women into positions where they are unaware of h ... more ...

Islam and Marriage

Who is it for?
The institution of marriage is an institution that has withstood the test of time. Islam calls upon the Muslim community to preserve this sacred and beautiful tradition and to make it a conduit for coming closer to God. In fact, it should be understood that marriage itself is an act of worship, and when done correctly with cons ... more ...

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