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  • Three Steps to a Happy Life

    Happiness is the universal goal of people from all walks of life – be they philosophers of a high intellectual caliber or unlettered laborers -- everyone strives in search of happiness and looks for ways to escape the worries of life. However, most people achieve only partial or superficial happiness, which provides temporary relief from their.. More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Staying steadfast in turbulent times

    Steadfastness in faith has been mentioned on more than one occasion in the Noble Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition). Allah the Exalted, enjoined the Muslims to be upright in their religion, praising the steadfast people and promising them generous rewards. For instance, Allah the Exalted Says (what means): {So remain on a right course as you.. More

  • The Trade of Sincere Muslims

    There is no doubt that the reward of Allah The Almighty is better and more lasting than any worldly benefit. Allah, the Exalted, Says (what means): {But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely.} [Quran 42: 36] Indeed, one's good deeds are generously rewarded by Allah The Almighty; He Says (what.. More

  • Countering Evil with a Better Deed

    Interacting with others in life is necessary, as a person is surrounded by neighbors, relatives and colleagues in institutions of study and workplaces. Due to this dealing with different types of people, it is natural to be made susceptible to harm from some of them. Suppose that every such act one is subjected to, is met by an evil one in its like,.. More

  • Motivation Boosters - III

    In the two previous articles, we have discussed some motivation boosters, the last of which we shall mention here: 1- Turning away from a dispiriting environment Shaykh Muhammad Ismaa‘eel Al-Muqaddim, may Allah preserve him, said: "Man is greatly influenced by his surroundings. If he lives in a frustrating environment where lethargy, slackness.. More

  • Motivation Boosters - II

    In a previous article, we mentioned some motivation boosters; following are some more: 1. Seeking perfection and rising above inadequacy The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah likes what is noble and dislikes what is petty” , meaning every act that is bad and inferior. The Quran urges us to strive for excellence,.. More