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  • Obscenity – the Root of Evil and Sins

    There is no doubt that a virtuous person does not find it easy to utter obscenities lest he or she expose him/herself to the Wrath of Allah The Almighty and disgrace in the eyes of people. Although vulgarity is certainly dispraised and forbidden, foul words indeed abound. Motives behind this behavior Obscenity originates from wickedness and ignobility... More

  • Seeking Forgiveness: Tradition of the Prophets and the Righteous

    The Prophets, may Allah exalt their mention, and the virtuous and righteous people were the quickest of all to comply with the call of Allah The Almighty. Our father Adam (Adam) and our mother Hawwaa’ (Eve), may Allah exalt their mention: They responded to the call of Allah The Almighty immediately after they disobeyed Him when Shaytaan (Satan).. More

  • Treachery – A characteristic of the low-minded

    Muslims should set the best example in keeping their promises, even if it causes them to have to forego some interests. Saleem ibn ‘Aamir, may Allah have mercy upon him, relates: “There was a [provisional] treaty between Mu‘aawiyah, may Allah be pleased with him, and the Romans. However, he marched towards them in order to attack.. More

  • Weakness and ineffectiveness

    A Muslim is commanded to pursue available means of attaining power and to abandon weakness and ineffectiveness. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, explained that "a strong believer is better and dearer to Allaah than a weak believer, and there is good in each one. Cherish that which gives you benefit, seek help from Allah and do.. More

  • The Different Ranks of People Who Fear Allah

    The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, and the righteous Salaf, (predecessors) may Allah have mercy upon them were extremely fearful of Allah, The Almighty. For instance, Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, had two dark lines under his eyes due to the extent of his crying; ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, once recited.. More

  • Modesty is a Part of Faith

    It was related on the authority of Abu Mas'ood Al-Badri that: "The Messenger of Allah said: "One of the admonitions of the previous prophets which has been conveyed to people is that if you have no shame, you can do whatever you wish." [Al-Bukhari] Explanation of the Hadeeth: The saying of the Messenger : "…If.. More

  • The crucial role of the heart

    The Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention), informed us in a very famous Hadeeth (narration), commonly quoted with reference to what is lawful and what is unlawful, about the important role of the heart. He, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: ““What is lawful is clear and what is forbidden is clear,.. More

  • Signs of Heart Disease

    There are numerous signs of a sickness of the heart. The first of them, is finding it difficult to live by the purpose of our creation, which is to know Allah The Almighty, love Him, yearn to meet Him, turn to Him in repentance and to prefer doing all this to any other desire. Indeed, whoever gives precedence to his or her whims, over the love of, and.. More

  • Remember the Rich Rewards for Virtuous Deeds - II

    One should always supplicate to Allah The Almighty to enable him to perform good deeds and facilitate them for him, because performing virtuous deeds is a gift from Allah The Almighty which He grants to whomever He wishes from amongst His slaves. Humaam ibn Al-Haarith, may Allaah have mercy upon him, used to supplicate saying, "O Allah! Make me.. More

  • Remember the Rich Rewards for Virtuous Deeds - I

    Allah The Almighty repeatedly reminds us to perform various virtuous deeds. He Says (what means): {“Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord.”} [Quran, 57: 21]. Shaykh ibn As-Sa’di, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, commenting on this, "One who hastens towards virtuous deeds during his life will.. More

  • The ideal personality of the Muslim

    The ideal Muslim character is distinct and balanced. The Muslim is the embodiment of the teachings of the Quran and the‘Sunnah’ (sayings, actions and the approvals of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). He follows the teachings of the Book of Allah (i.e. Quran) and the example of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi.. More

  • The importance of seeking forgiveness

    We should never lose hope or stop asking Allah The Almighty for forgiveness for our sins and mistakes. The importance of seeking forgiveness is shown to us in a narration of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam: O people! Turn to Allah in repentance and seek His forgiveness, for surely I make repentance a hundred times every day. Repentance is such.. More

  • The Practice of Self-Purification - III

    4. Lifelong commitment This principle deals with the question of effectiveness how can we insure that our tazkiyah efforts bear their expected fruits, help us achieve piety, and fulfill our purpose in this life? Allah Almighty gave a hint: "Take what We have given you with determination and remember what is in it, that perhaps you may become righteous&q.. More

  • The Practice of Self-Purification - II

    Principles of Tazkiyah As shown earlier, tazkiyah is a fundamental part of Prophet Muhammad's mission, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his life constitutes a unique example of it. Together with his teaching, this example was responsible for altering the lives of his Companions to such an extent that they became the pinnacle and paradigm generation.. More

  • The Practice of Self-Purification - I

    Lexically, the Arabic word `tazkiyah' means purification and development—of anything—to the level of perfection. As a Quranic term, it expresses a way of ridding ourselves of flawed tendencies and leanings as well as providing one with the means to attain piety and to help our souls develop to become as perfect as humanly possible. In other.. More