"Fitrah" (Deep primordial nature)
As opposed to certain popular doctrines, which hold that the cosmos is flawed and human nature is basically bad, Islam tells us that our deepest nature is beautiful, harmonious and right. It is only ignorance and bad choices, not an original built-in flaw, that can prevent us from realizing the fullest fruits.. More
"Tawheed" and "'Adl" Unity and Justice
Allah's Tawheed or Unity is central to the Quranic message, and with that unity comes perfect justice. The idea that everything in this world, indeed everything in all of the many worlds that surround us in space and time, and perhaps other dimensions as well, stems from a single source, is.. More
Living with and loving Allah's Creation
Let us think about some of the ways that Islam's spiritual orientation and its concrete rules for social and economic life, offer potential solutions to concrete problems that face us.
Islam asks us to submit to Allah, to bend toward our creator as a reed bends in the wind. Put in another way, this suggests.. More
I could understand "do not drink the water." Or even "no swimming—polluted water." But "do not touch the water"!? Something about that sign, and the reality it pointed to seemed deeply, irrevocably wrong. The fact that it was the nearest campground to Disneyland somehow made the whole situation even creepier.
The following is a personal account: There was once a man who hired a worker; this worker would work, day after day, but not receive any payment. One day, the worker demanded his pay, but the employer refused to give him his money. It seems that the employer was in the habit of oppressing people and not giving them their money, to the point that it.. More
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, that Allah's Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "No one does anything more excellent in the sight of Allah, The Great and The Glorious, than restraining his anger, seeking to please Allah." [Ahmad and At-Tirmithi]
Murphy's Law is commonly known as: "Anythi.. More
The Value of Glorifying the Sacred City:
The importance of values lies in the fact that they are the criterion by which people, ideologies, actions, positions and subjects can be judged and measured; moreover, values decide the identity of the community; the values in a given community have a direct effect and influence on the manners and conduct which.. More
On a recent shopping trip, I happened to pass by a pet shop, where a big monkey in a small cage outside the entrance broke my heart. I gathered up the guts to enter the shop, only to leave in tears, deeply saddened by what I had seen. Poor, helpless animals imprisoned in tiny cages withouteven enough space to turn around; their sad, pleading eyes.. More
Every religion and culture, besides a number of other things, have their own distinct set of customs, traditions and etiquettes. In fact, one of the important distinguishing features between one nation and one tribe and another has generally been its distinct set of customs, traditions and etiquettes. The nation or tribe formed by the.. More
The faces of the old and young – and indeed even the trees and birds around us – rejoice when they come to know about the happiness of the beloved Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. This is because his happiness is happiness for those who love him, and guidance for those who follow him. So, let us learn the perfect etiquette and.. More
Gratitude is the greatest way to live for those who possess high ranks of righteousness, and such people did not reach these lofty ranks except through their gratitude; this is because belief is comprised of two halves; one half is gratitude and the other is perseverance.
Gratitude is to acknowledge being treated well by Allah; it is also to praise.. More
When your kinfolk are non-Muslim
We should know that kindness to parents is a personal duty imposed by Allah on every son and daughter. To be a dutiful child is to ensure that one is closer to Allah the Almighty. It makes it easier to win Allah’s pleasure and be eventually admitted into Paradise. Parents must be obeyed unless they order us to.. More
Keeping bonds of kinship is not as easy as it sounds. Families and friends give warmth and meaning to our lives, keep us strong and fulfilled, make us feel loved and wanted, help us grow, struggle and stay the course of an unpredictable and at times unkind life. In Islam, Allah requires us to revere the womb and the relation-ships that emanate from.. More
The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah The Exalted Says, 'I will declare war against him who shows hostility to an ally of Mine. The dearest thing to Me with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing voluntary acts of worship until I.. More
One of the joys that Allah grants His servant is to love His beloved Noble Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and how can it be otherwise, when to love the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, is one of the conditions of faith?
Imam Al-Bukhari, may Allaah have mercy upon hin, related from Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the.. More
Having good expectations of Allah, The Exalted, is a great act of worship that a believer should fill his heart with in all his states and throughout his life. He should evoke his good expectations of...More