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What Does it Mean to be Safe?

God in the Quran highlights that those who enter Mecca will find it to be a place of safety, but some bring up the fact that negative things have occurred in Mecca, death being one of them. Questions such as, “how can people be killed in a place like Mecca when it is supposed to be a place of safety?” or “how can women be harmed in a city such as M ... more ...

Hajj: A God Given Gift to Muslims

The Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) stated that Islam is built upon 5 pillars, the testimony of faith, the prayer, the alms, fasting the month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to the House of God. The pilgrimage to the House of God, in Mecca, is a pillar that leaves a lasting effect upon the believer. In some countries in West Africa s ... more ...

Divorce

Unfortunately, many among us stray from the words of God; where God calls us to mercy, our lower selves call us to a lack of compassion. God reminds the believer that upon the divorce the male should not make things difficult for the woman, whether financially or emotionally. Men should not place the women into positions where they are unaware of h ... more ...

Islam and Marriage

Who is it for?

The institution of marriage has been an institution that has withstood the test of time. Islam calls the Muslim community to preserve this sacred and beautiful tradition and to make it a conduit of coming closer to God. In fact, it should be understood that marriage itself is an act of worship, and when done correctly wi ... more ...

Getting the Most from Ramadan: Preparation

How does one prepare themselves for Ramadan? Most often people believe that the goal is to simply prepare oneself for fasting, so some start to look up recipes and things to eat in order to make their fasting easier. Others begin to schedule out their days in an effort to maximize their acts of worship, both of which are important and good. But act ... more ...

Getting the Most from Ramadan- Sincerity and Hope.

Ramadan is the month of forgiveness, a month in which the mercy of God transcends and we, as His servants, are gifted bountiful rewards for our worship. A month in which the Prophet tells us,

"When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained” (Bukhari). more ...

Rights of the Disabled

People across the world and throughout time have suffered from various life altering disabilities, some of which are more handicapping than others. In the Muslim world, there is a feeling of embarrassment within families with disabled children. By no means is this specific only to the Muslim world, and in fact, the world at large has been guilty of ... more ...

Celebrating Diversity: Snapshots from The Constitution of Medina

With the emergence of waves of stereotypes against Islam and Muslims in the post 9/11 world, it has become incumbent upon Muslims to take action by showing the world that Islam is a pluralistic religion that celebrates diversity. The best practice towards obliterating these negative stereotypes is through dialogue. more ...

A Brief Look on Racial Discrimination and the Attitude of Islam towards it

Discrimination against some groups of people on the grounds of skin color, race or ethnicity, or any other physical or cultural determinant has been practiced from time immemorial throughout all human history and is still practiced in various forms in modern life. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, discrimination more ...

Gender Equity in Islam: A Reflection on Social Injustice Towards Women

By: Heba Salah The January 21, 2017 Women’s March in Washington is seen by social scientists as an attempt to prove that women’s rights are human rights. The March was open for any person, regardless of gender, religious or race identity. This march challenged social injustice towards women in general, and due to many prominent leaders of the march ... more ...

Rekindling Love Between Spouses: Advice from the Quran and Prophetic Narrations


Love is an emotion that holds immense power. It is a proof of God’s perfection, because all love is simply a reflection of the Divine. In few places does love manifest itself more so than in a marriage. Love, which linguistically shares the same root as the word “seed”, is an emotion that flourishes depending on how the spouses care for each ... more ...

Love Is All Around

Every year on February 14, couples across the globe will celebrate Valentine’s day, a day that has been traditionally celebrated for many centuries as the official Day of Love. However, Love is something our tradition does not confine to a single day and it is not just for couples. Love comes in many forms and manifestations. Many choose to reframe ... more ...

Valentine’s Day from an Islamic Perspective

At this time of the year, a debate arises over the permissibility of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Many people claim that it is forbidden to celebrate Valentine ’s Day, citing three reasons for their opinion. more ...

Muslim Women And The Religious Sphere

By: Doaa Baumi Recently, there have been a lot of discussions about the role of women in mosques. The establishment of women’s mosques in many countries has made headlines. In light of these events, many scholars have rushed to evaluate the legitimacy of women being segregated in mosques. Others question the ruling of women leading prayers and del ... more ...

Who Gets My Charity?

A man approached the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to inquire about an important issue. He had just given a large amount of charity to the mosque to be distributed and he did this for the sake of God, but when he arrived home, he found that his son had gone to the same mosque, collected the money and taken it for himself! more ...

The Islamic Calendar: A Festive Tree Bearing Fruits of Mercy

By Heba Salah The Hijrah (migration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina) marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. The Hijri calendar attests to the infinite bounties that God bestowed upon His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and on the entire Muslim community.
The landmark significance of Hijrah is not confined to Is ... more ...

The Uniqueness of Preserving the Phenomenal Quran

Praise be to God the Lord of the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our master, the last of the Prophets, his family, companions and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment
The Quran which is the Holy scripture of Muslims, is the verbatim more ...

What is Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage in the Arabic language means aim, destination or purpose. The reason is clear: This pilgrimage is the ultimate journey of showing submission (‘ubūdīyah) to God. It is the ultimate destination in which you turn to the House of God – the Ka‘bah – with both body and heart. more ...

How to Live the Hadith of Gabriel Part I

When one looks around in the world today they will be hard-pressed to find news that is illuminating, encouraging and beneficial to themselves, their families and community. In fact, the bulk of news today is information that brings about intense fear and disgust for those that read it, especially those of us within the Muslim community. more ...

Voluntary prayers

Islam has prescribed upon its followers certain obligations and recommended some sunnan. Obligations are those things that are required to be done; whoever observes them is rewarded and whoever refrains from them without a legitimate excuse deserves to be punished. The sunnan, on the other hand, are those things which the more ...

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