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  • Staying spiritually afloat

    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

  • The audacity of faith

    The Prayer Has Never Been this Hard Libraries are like studios. No sound goes unheard. No noise passes without someone looking up or, in this case, a librarian hissing and excitedly shushing the disturber of the peace, silencing the noise polluter. Nervously flitting and creeping about the bookshelves, I was endeavoring to be as quiet as such can.. 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

  • 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

  • Contentment is a Sign of Wealth

    If people become content with the little they have, then there will be no poor or deprived persons among them. If a person is content with what Allah, The Almighty, has given him, he will be powerful and in no need of others, even if he does not possess a lot in this life. Ash-Shaafi‘i, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “I knew that.. 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

  • Children and Good Behavior

    What is good behavior? Is it to help one's mother at home? Is it not to raise one's voice when speaking with her? Is it to help one's father with his work? Is it to be quiet and not disturb others? Is it to do homework on time? Is it one or all of these things? The situation differs from one home to another and from one family to another. Therefore,.. More

  • Severity and Violence Lead to Remorse

    In a Hadeeth on the authority of ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, it was mentioned that some Jews came to the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and said, “As-Saamu 'Alaykum [death be on you].” ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, therefore said (to them), “[Death] be upon you, and may.. More

  • Helping the Distressed

    Helping and supporting those in distress is a trait that is encouraged by Islam and a noble characteristic that is an implication of sincere brotherhood and chivalry. The life and manners of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, present the finest example for every aspect of our life, especially in helping and supporting those in need or.. More

  • Happiness Is in Obedience to Allah, Not in Sins

    Question I want to feel good most of the time and not rely on anyone. I do not have friends but would love to, and I do not have a boyfriend but would like to, and I do not have a sexy body but would like to, and I dream of taking my hijab off. None of my friends wear it, and they all have friends; they are all normal while I am not. Can I fast, pray,.. More

  • The Company We Choose to Keep

    Allah has blessed me with many wonderful friendships throughout my life. Most have served as a comforting, healing balm that has pulled me through some of the more difficult times of my life. Others have created so much drama and turmoil that I couldn't cut them loose fast enough! I have friendships that have followed me from childhood until now, as.. More

  • Importance of Time in the Life of the Muslim

    Everything, when lost, can be regained, except time. If it is lost, there is no hope to regain it. That is why time is the most precious thing that can ever be possessed in this life. Islam is a religion that acknowledges the importance of time and appreciates its seriousness. Allah Almighty says (what means): {Indeed, in the alternation of the night.. More

  • Hope – the Most Sublime Rank for the Followers

    In this article, we will talk about hoping for Allah's mercy. The believers’ relationship with their Lord is characterized both by fear and hope, such that the former deters them from sins and disobedience, whereas the latter drives them towards good deeds. Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: “Hoping for the reward of Allah.. More