Author: Dr. Sa‘eed ‘Abdul-‘Atheem
In the name of Allah, praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah his family and Companions, and those who follow him.
The divine norms of Allah, The Exalted, have no scope for favoritism or flattery; He Says (what means):
Praise be to Allah, The Exalted. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, his family, Companions, and whoever follows his example.
It is becoming of a Muslim to adhere to all that adorns him of noble traits and shun all that disgraces and discredits him.
One of the noble traits that are befitting.. More
Grab a pen and paper and try to write down the names of all your friends, and then classify them into categories. You will discover that some of them are not really friends but rather casual companions.
One of them may be your fellow commuter whom you meet every day on the bus or tram. He greets you, so you greet him, and he asks you a question, so.. More
By Turki Al-‘Abdili
There is a category of people who held a wrong belief that caused them to go through difficulties and travel a distant path to accomplish their duties and tend to the affairs entrusted to them, as they claim to be unsatisfied with anything less than perfection in all matters! On top of that, they closely followed up and excessively.. More
The morals of the believers are not supposed to come into play exclusively at times of ease and convenience. In fact, true morality self-manifests during the moments of hardship, adversity, and crisis. Some people may seem well-mannered with a polite attitude and bashful conduct as long as they are calm and the surrounding circumstances are convenient.. More
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
Please join us in mediating on what motivates a farmer to work hard and sweat. It is the hope of harvesting. What urges a merchant to travel, adventure and leave his people and home? It is the hope of getting revenues. What encourages a student to study hard and remain awake for hours? It is the hope for success. What motivates a soldier to fight desperately.. More
Having hope in Allah The Almighty bears fruit to the following:
• It makes one strive more and exert greater effort in performing acts of worship.
• It makes one even more inclined to be constantly obedient to Allah The Almighty.
• It makes one enjoy drawing closer to Allah The Almighty, and makes one experience the thrill of supplicating.. More
Haaroon Ar-Rasheed, may Allah have mercy upon him, once stood looking at the sky when he saw a cloud passing by. He addressed it saying, “Rain wherever you wish, for your fruit will certainly come to me anyway.” This means that the cloud would have rained either on an Islamic land or on a non-Islamic one. In the first case, Muslims would.. More
Dear brothers and sisters, if you think about the negative results of many of our deeds, you would find that rashness and lack of deliberation are the main reasons behind losing what we want.
Deliberation means not being hasty in seeking anything and acting purposefully to gain it. Consider how Allah The Almighty disapproves of haste. Allah The Almighty.. More
Indeed, all sins poison the heart and lead to its illness and destruction. They sicken it and define its will as other than what Allah The Almighty wants [of His servant], in effect being as harmful to the heart as actual poisons are to the body. Imaam Ibn Al-Mubaarak, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “I have seen that sins cause the death.. More
Like many Muslims today, I struggle with constancy in the remembrance of my Creator. I stay mostly mindful of being His servant, often finding myself subconsciously glorifying His name.
But just as regularly I lapse and suddenly realize that my heart has slipped away, like the spinning helm of great wooden ship in a storm. Sometimes I feel almost totally.. More
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
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
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