Allah, The Exalted, endowed the Ummah of Muhammad with distinct characteristics – in this worldly life and the Hereafter – that were not conferred upon any of the nations before it. Although it is the last nation to arise in this worldly life, it surpasses all preceding nations in status, for it is a witness over them all. Its divine law.. More
A person might contemplate during Ramadan upon numerous subjects. He should reflect upon his affairs, his final abode, and what is awaiting him, as regards his departure to Allah The Almighty. He can also contemplate over his morals and evil aspects, in the hope of getting rid of the latter; his acts of worship in which he was negligent and which were.. More
There is no better time to start making positive changes in our lives than this blessed month.
Ramadan is a Muslim's recurring opportunity for spiritual enhancement and soul redemption. It is also an annual exercise in self-control and self-restraint, but above all, it is a physical manifestation of our total submission and obedience to Allah Almighty... More
The first thing one should do upon entering Ramadan is to praise Allah The Almighty for conveying him to Ramadan, the month of mercy. What confirms those blessings, and opens the mercy of Allah The Almighty for you is your gratitude for this blessing being the first thing you think of doing, and that He has opened this season in your lifetime. If a.. More
Suhoor (The pre-dawn meal)
It is recommended to eat a pre-dawn meal and there is no sin upon one who does not do so. Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “Eat a pre-dawn meal, for there are blessings in it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The reason is that it strengthens.. More
The obligatory five daily prayers were prescribed during the night the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, ascended to the heavens, while the commands for the remaining acts of worship were revealed to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, on earth. This indicates the special status and importance of prayer as an act of worship.
• It.. More
The Prayer Has Never Been this Hard
Libraries are like studios. No sound goes unheard. No noise passes without someone looking up or, in this case, a librarian hissing and excitedly shushing the disturber of the peace, silencing the noise polluter.
Nervously flitting and creeping about the bookshelves, I was endeavoring to be as quiet as such can.. More
The literal meaning of "Zakat" is purity. Its Islamic technical meaning designates the annual amount of wealth, food, property etc. which a Muslim with the adequate means must distribute among the rightful beneficiaries.
Zakat is a remarkable institution and a major pillar of Islam. Allah, Almighty, Says (what means): "And establish.. More
The following is some advice to help you preserve and safeguard your prayer, and perform it in a proper manner, which makes it more likely to be accepted,
• Perform Wudhoo’ (ablution) properly because the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah made compulsory upon Himself to Admit into Paradise any Muslim who properly.. More
The manner in which the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, treated his people during the Hajj is indeed astonishingly magnanimous. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, educated and led the masses simultaneously. It is needless to say that his deeds always measured up to his teachings. Every thing he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, did was an indication.. More
Pilgrimage was ordained in the sixth year after the migration of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. It suffices for a pilgrim to do it once in a lifetime, and performing it more than once is voluntary.
A Pilgrim whose Hajj is accepted by Allah is given the good tidings that he would return with all his sins being forgiven. The Prophet, sallallaahu.. More
Fasting, is abstaining from eating, drinking and coitus from daybreak to sunset as a devotional ritual. Allah, the Almighty Says in the Noble Quran (what means):
"O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous." [Quran; 2:183] That is: that you may fear Allah, keep.. More
What is Umrah?
In Arabic, the word ‘Umrah is derived from I‘timar which means a visit. However, ‘Umrah in Islamic terminology, means paying a visit to Ka’bah, performing Tawaf (circumambulation) around it, walking between Safa and Marwah seven times. A performer of ‘Umrah puts off his Ihram by having his hair shaved or.. More
Excuses that exempt a person from Fasting:
It is from the mercy of Allah and the easiness of the religion that we are allowed to break the fast if there is any danger, hardship or difficulty in it. Allah Says (what means): "...He (Allah) has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty..." [Quran 22:7.8]
It is.. More
Allah Almighty classifies the eligible recipients of Zakah under eight categories. He, Almighty Says (what means): "Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [Zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah.. More