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The Pagan Origins of Halloween

All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, feast of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the day God is glorified for all his saints known and unknown. Roman Catholics are obliged to hear Mass on this day. In medieval England it was called All Hallows; hence the name Halloween (Hallows' eve) for... More

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Imam Ash-Shafi'ee: The Grand Jurist for the Sunnah

Everything was placid in the large valley except for the voice of a two-year old child who was weeping. His mother embraced him, took him close to her chest, and patted his shoulders with tenderness and compassion. The youngster quickly went into sleep as his mother stared at the... More

Alms Giving (Zakaat)

Zakat (The Poor Due): Meaning, Ruling and Benefits

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... More

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  • More than 465,000 killed in Syria, refugee group says

    More than 465,000 civilians have been killed in Syria’s six-year war, a refugee rights group said Saturday. Abdullah Resul Demir, deputy chairman of the International Refugee Rights Organization, said the fatalities had been caused during fighting or in prison. “The century’s most serious human rights violations have been going on.. More

  • How Israel occupies education in East Jerusalem

    The Zahwat al-Quds kindergarten and primary school's walls are decorated with colourful cartoons, while its students are dressed in grey-and-red striped uniforms. The children's wide smiles and laughter echo through the hallways, belying their lingering anxiety after a recent Israeli raid on the school. At the start of the school year, Israel began.. More

  • Knowledge and wisdom - provisions of the caller

    From the greatest favors of Allah and bounties upon a slave is to facilitate means and reasons by which he becomes one who carries out the mission of the religion and to be among those who strive and sacrifice all that is precious to them, to establish the laws of Allah on earth and in order for the Word of Allah to be supreme and uppermost and the.. More

  • Muhammad Ibn Al-Qasim: The Young Leader

    Al-Hajjaj Ibn Yoosuf At-Thaqafee, the ruler of Iraq was sitting in his court surrounded by his dignitaries and army commanders (chief of staffs). They were discussing the affairs of the state trying to find solutions to people's problems. One of Al-Hajjaj's men entered and whispered some words to him, so he stopped the conversation and said loudly:.. More

  • Seeking Knowledge

    It has become one of the sources of social pride and the characteristics of civilized families and high classes to send their daughters without a Mahram (non-marriageable male) to study in a foreign country. They imbue this act with a religious form and say that the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: “Seeking knowledge is an obligation.. More

  • ‘Estrangement and the strangers’

    The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers." [Muslim] The meaning of ‘strange’ in the Hadeeth: Many times in many situations the people that follow the religion of Allah feel a sense of not belonging,.. More

  • Diligence is the Way to Success

    There are norms and laws in the universe that man is not permitted to contradict. Instead, he should abide by them so as to enjoy a good life and eternal happiness in the Hereafter. One such norm is that if one works hard, he will find results; if one exhausts oneself a little bit, he can enjoy a long rest. Indeed reaping noble benefits depends on experiencin.. More

  • The Master of Memorizers: Abu Hurayrah

    He is the honorable Companion Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him. Before embracing Islam, he was called ‘Abd Shams (slave of the sun). After he embraced Islam, the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, called him ‘Abdur-Rahman (Slave of The Most-Merciful) and gave him the nickname of Abu Hurayrah (the father of a kitten). There.. More

  • A Call for Harmony and Cordiality Between the Spouses

    Marital happiness resembles the honey produced by two bees; the greater their efforts are, the sweeter it will be. There is ‎no doubt that marital happiness is the ‎responsibility of both spouses and this necessitates the existence of ‎love between them.‎ At the same time, we say that the happy house does not only depend on ‎love,.. More

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In Da‘wah: Violence Begets no Good

Using gentleness with those who are hoped to embrace Islam is a desirable thing, in order to attract their hearts to it. This is with regards to the disbelievers; what then should the attitude be towards...More