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To have faith before death

Are they waiting for the angels or your Lord Himself to come down to them, or for a sign of His to be given them? On the day when such a sign is given them, faith shall not avail the soul which had no faith before or while believing, did no good works. “Say: ‘Wait […]

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Advice for Ramadan

The reason for mentioning the manner in which these saintly ones spent their Ramadan is not that we may just read without deriving any benefit or pass a casual remark. It is written with the object that we in our way may build up courage and to the best of our ability endeavor to copy […]

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The role of men

Father A Muslim mother is expected to take responsibility for: Food for the hungry Refuge for the weary Hospitality for the guest Comfort for the distressed Peace for the troubled Hope for the insecure Encouragement for the weak. The father is expected to provide the means whereby all this can actually be achieved, to protect the […]

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Zakah

Zakah is an obligation that was proven by decisive proofs from the Qur’an and the Sunnah then the consensus confirmed its obligation. The Lord of all the Worlds has undertaken to explain its ways of spending and the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) explained most of its details. Zakah is one of the […]

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Belief in the scriptures

Belief in the scriptures The Arabic word “Kutub” means books and scriptures, and is the plural for “Kitab (a book, scroll and scripture). They are called kutub because they are written (Maktoob) scriptures. In this context, kutub means those Books that Allah sent down and revealed to His Messengers as a mercy and guidance for […]

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Walking towards the salah – Mosque

It is stated that for each of the steps of a person walking towards prayer, his sins are forgiven. Also his status in Jannah is raised by one grade for each and every step. In another narration, it is stated that a person who goes for prayer receives the reward of one Hajj. Rasoolullah (sallAllahu […]

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Hasten to break the fast

Sahl ibn Sa‘d reported that Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “The people will continue to prosper as long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Collected by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.][1] Sahl ibn Sa‘d ibn Maalik was from the Khazraj tribe of Madeenah. It is said that his name was originally “Huzn (sadness)” and the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) renamed him “Sahl (easy)”. When the […]

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Some prophetic teaching methods

Some Prophetic Teaching Methods We have in the Sunnah of our Messenger, sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, a good example to follow. He, sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, taught his companions the deen of Allah in the best of ways. We can gain insights into the best teaching methods by examining his life. Here are some examples: […]

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Have you thanked Allah?

Salman al-Farsi radhiyAllahu anhu said: “There was a man who was given many of the luxuries of this world, and then they were taken away from him. But he continued to praise and thank Allah until everything had been taken from him, even his bed. And then he still praised and thanked Allah. Another man, who […]

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Life variables

There are many variables take place in our lives without feeling them perhaps a coincidence or arranged, it is the same. We wish that these changes for the better and not the other way around! We -human beings- do not take lessons from our past experience, but the problem remains the same even by repeating experiments […]

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Treating the ignorant

“Show forgiveness, enjoin justice, and avoid the ignorant. If you are afflicted by the devil’s temptation, seek refuge in Allah; He hears all and knows all. If those that guard themselves against evil are touched by a temptation from the devil, they have but to recall Allah’s precepts and they shall see the light.” [Surah […]

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Development of medicine in Islam

Islam spread and the Muslims were keen to collect all that was available to them of manuscripts and books of the ancients; such things were frequently the only booty they prized as conquerors. When the phase of active conquest was over, the Arabs directed their energies to various branches of learning with great eagerness, and […]

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Knowledge and Dhikr

There are two important subjects in this lesson; first, knowledge, second, zikr (that is, remembrance of Allah). There are so many sayings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) which stress the utility and distinction of these two things. For instance, a hadith says, “Beware! This world, and whatever is in it, is cursed by Allah, with the […]

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Smiling in front of others

Abu Dharr reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to me: “Don’t consider anything insignificant out of good things even if it is that you meet your brother with a cheerful countenance.” (Reported by Sahih Muslim) The Prophet of Allah said: “Smiling in front of your brother is a charity.” (directed by At-Timidhi) Smiling indicates that people love each other […]

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If they only have ears

Allah described the people of falsehood with having ears as people have  but they are disabled and do not hear. Moreover, their eyes do not see and their minds do not understand: “And surely, We have created many of the jinn and mankind for Hell. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, and they have eyes wherewith […]

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Belief in the writing of the decrees

Allah, the Most High said: “And I have recorded the numbers of all things in a Clear Book.” (Surah Yaa Seen, 36: 12) Allah, the Most High, said: “Indeed, it is (all) in a Book.” (Surah al-Hajj, 22: 70) He, the Most High, said regarding the debate between Moses and Pharaoh, “He said, ‘What about the earlier […]

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Hajj: Renewal of Self

Wuquf (Stay) at Mina’, ‘Arafat and Muzadalifah On completion of the Sa’i, the pilgrims become like soldiers in the cause of Allah. Now they have to live a camp like life for five or six days.  For one day they will camp at Mina’, [*] and the next day at ‘Arafat [*1] where they will […]

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The sunnah of fasting – an overview

The Sunan of fasting are many and have great reward and blessings in them. Pre-dawn meal (suhoor) It is narrated on the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: “Have the pre-dawn meal. Indeed, in the pre-dawn meal is blessing.” [Agreed upon: 2549 & 1923] […]

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Appreciating parents

Islam legislates that Muslims should appreciate the virtue and rights of creation who grant them favors, especially and foremost the mother Who endures hardships after hardships and strives hard in the service and rearing of her children. Also, the father strives hard to rear his children, filling their life with love and care, spending on […]

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The killing arrow

You might wonder about someone who has the courage to drink a deadly poison and while he is about to die, he glimpsed with his atrophied eyes his secure and healthy neighbor who eats healthy food and drinks healing beverages so he persuades him to try the deadly poison. You might wonder even more when the healthy neighbor  not only […]

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Gentleness of rulers with the subjects

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) supplicating in my house: “O Allah! Treat harshly those who rule over my Ummah with harshness, and treat gently those who rule over my Ummah with gentleness.”[Reported by Muslim]. Prayer[1]

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Islamic laws governing chastity

Islamic law aims to preserve the six indispensable necessities (i.e., religion, life, mind, progeny, wealth, and character) that a human being’s bliss or a good life upon earth cannot be achieved except with their preservation. Islam has legislated laws that aim to preserve each of these six necessities. What concerns us here for our discussion […]

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Books are the best companions

Many responsibilities, travels and liabilities took me away from reading books, therefore, there was no good connection between me and books. I do not sit to read very often to satisfy my knowledge or scientific passion. Finally, I found myself with a book which I had the time to read. I said to it: long […]

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‘Azaan’ – An amazing discovery

Azaan: An incredible medium for the proclamation of Tawheed of Almighty Allah and Risaalat of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, the sound of which constantly echoes around the globe. Amazing though it sounds, but fortunately for the Muslims of the world, it is an established fact. Have a look at a map of the world […]

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Prophethood and life after death

The second part of the Shahadah signifies that Allah has not left man without any guidance for the conduct of his life. He has revealed His guidance through His prophets and Muhammad was the last prophet. To believe in a prophet means to believe in the revelation that he has received, to accept the law […]

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They are confusing children

My name is Lubna, the child whose mother was asking the passengers of the plane that was going to my country to look after me for two hours as it was the duration of the flight. Finally, one of the distressed people accepted to take the hard mission and he expressed his approval in few words: no […]

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Benefits of Zakah

From its benefits are the following: It strengthens the bonds of love between the rich and the poor, for it is from human nature that a person shows affinity to those who treat them well. It purifies and cleanses the soul and distances it from greed and avarice, as indicated in the Noble Qur’an when […]

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Your talent is a blessing

Janin: Mother, the teacher of arts said that I have a sweet voice and I shall have a promising future with singing. The mother: Indeed, Allah granted you a nice voice, but may Allah guide the teacher of arts to the truth for encouraging you to sins. Janin: Why is that, mother? Why did Allah grant me such […]

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Children’s rights after birth

The right of custodianship:  Custodianship over children is rearing children, managing their affairs, and meeting their needs. It is mentioned in Al Mu`jam Al Wasit: “Custodianship over children is rearing and managing the children’s affairs.”[1] Munir Baalbeki said: Nursery is a place that cares for children

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Cleanliness and hygiene

Islam places great stress on cleanliness. The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith.”[1] Accordingly, our bodies should be kept clean, our clothing should be clean, and the inner space of our houses should be free from the dirt of both the outside and the toilet area.[2] What follows is a brief summary […]

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The frankness of the Prophet (saw) – Part 1

There are many incidents and lessons in the biography of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ which is an educational school from which Muslims inspire in every time and place the rulings and guidelines which suit them. I wish there had been an objective study to the biography of the Prophet [I mean dividing the Prophet’s […]

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Injustice is forbidden

Narrated by Abu-Dhar (radhyAllahu ‘anhu): The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) said: O My slaves! I have forbidden injustice for Myself, so it is forbidden amongst you. So, do not be unjust to each other. O My slave! All of you are liable to go astray except the one whom […]

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The Islamic legacy

The foundation of this legacy was the astonishing achievements of Muslim scholars, scientists, craftsmen, and traders during the two hundred years or so that are called the Golden Age. During this period, from 750 to 950, the territory of the Muslim Empire encompassed present-day Iran, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, North Africa, Spain, and parts of […]

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Moments of secrecy

The only way out of the moments of secrecy is chastity which is the true way out from insinuations of oneself that is full of evil, and a wall of shyness that we seek to protect ourselves from minor sins. Some people may think that feeling the pleasure of sin is beyond any feeling, but […]

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Patience in seeking knowledge

Objectives To appreciate the unique importance given by the religion of Islam in seeking knowledge. To identify what kind of knowledge should be sought. To realize patience and devotion as being crucial elements in the process of acquiring knowledge. To learn about some of the measures a person should take to enable him to reap […]

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Harms of reading one scholar

Usually, knowledge seeker is not satisfied with one scholar nor the people of one time, but some students limit themselves to one scholar after obtaining the principles of knowledge, so they barely could leave his writings and cannot take knowledge from someone else. It is reasonable and expected that this matter occurs with grand scholars […]

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Seeking Allah’s forgiveness

Narrated Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him): I heard Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) saying that: “A sin was committed by one of the slaves or may be he said, that: one of the slaves committed a sin. He said: O my Lord! I have committed a sin, or he said, a […]

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The Honeybee

The reader of the Qur’an must have been wondering why Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bee is named after a lowly creature. In the scientific language all the honeybees belong to the genus Apis. The honeybee communicates with other honeybee using a dance language, which the scientists have discovered to be very complicated and highly […]

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Immediacy in repentance

Once the believer has remembered Allah and realized his sin, he is now obliged to turn to God in repentance immediately, without any hesitation or delay if he sincerely wants to repent. The postponement of Tawbah is the result of either a deliberate desire to prolong the illicit pleasure derived from the sin, or doubt on the […]

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Guiding to success

All praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone who has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger: A person cannot do without the guidance of Allah (Glory be to […]

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Medical aspects of fasting

Muslims worldwide observe total fasting (no food or water) between dawn to sunset in the month of Ramadan. They do so not for losing weight or any medical benefit, but as it is ordained in Qur’an which says. “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed for those before you […]

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Abortion and fear of poverty

The Qur’an says: “And when the good news is given to any of them of a daughter, His face turns dark and he is filled with grief.” (Qur’an, Surah An-Nahl, 16:58) In Pre-Islamic 7th century Arabia, the custom of killing female children was very common. They killed their children for three reasons and the Qur’an […]

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Belief in God (1/2)

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was sent to invite people to God and to teach them how to perform the task for which they were created, namely to worship God. Many of the people whom he addressed had a hazy idea of God. Some did believe in Him, though they associated other lesser gods with […]

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Botany

Plants Created In Pairs, Male And Female Previously humans did not know that plants too have male and female gender distinctions. Botany states that every plant has a male and female gender. Even the plants that are unisexual have distinct elements of both male and female. “‘And has sent down water from the sky.’ With it […]

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Belief in God (2/2)

To the worshipers of heavenly bodies it relates as a reminder the story of Abraham: “When night outspread over him he saw a star and said, ‘This is my Lord.’ But when it set he said, ‘l love not the setters.’ When he saw the moon rising, he said, ‘This is my Lord.’ But when […]

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Classification and value of sunnah (2/3)

This variety may be divided into three types, namely the Sunnah which the Prophet laid down in his capacities: 1. As Messenger of God, 2. As the Head of State or imam, 3. Or in his capacity as a judge. We shall discuss each of these separately, as follows: (a) In his capacity as Messenger […]

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Morals (2/3)

Wisdom By Guarding one’s Tongue Against Abuse One should avoid unkind words, useless talk, slander, and detraction. Imam Nawawi said: “You should know that one should not talk except to say something beneficial. When one is undecided whether to speak or keep quiet, according to the sunnah it is better to keep quiet, since the allowable saying will probably lead […]

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Four categories of Muslims

The four categories of Muslims are as follow: al-Qisam al-Awwal (The First Category): 1. They do not want by this from the people a recompense or thankfulness, and nor do they seek a high position with them, and they do not seek praise and position in their heart, and they are not fleeing from their […]

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Rearing by turning away

I wrote to my brothers and my beloved advising my children saying: “O son, if you do something bad, you are closing the door of my pleasure, and I shall not open this door unless you remove this evil and do a good deed to remove it and indicate your sincere intention.” One of virtuous […]

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Private lessons phenomenon

(A program of school broadcast) In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Praise be to Allah who seized praise for himself and decreed it on His Creation in Whose Hands the forelocks of everything, and the destiny of everything is up to Him. The strong in His Power and the Ever-Kindly […]

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And We sent down Iron

Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) says: “And We sent down iron, in which there is great might, as well as many benefits for mankind.” (Surah Al-Hadid, 57: 83) The verse tells us about the source of iron in the earth and confirms that it was brought down from space. This leads us to the study of […]

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Life after death (2/2)

Some misguided people even consider ‘life’ and ‘death’ to be the ‘accumulation’ and the subsequent ‘diffusion’ of multitudinous particles of matter as expounded by an Urdu poet, Chakbast, in the following words: “What is life? Elements arranging themselves in order, and death?

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The story of good and evil

“And (have We not) shown him (man) the two highways? But he has made no haste on the path that is steep” [Surah al-Balad: 10-11] The confrontation between the forces of this world plays itself out in a complex story, of the events that unfold through the many machinations that men create, by their various endeavours, […]

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A diet that protects you all your lifetime

A diet prescribed by a doctor or a food specialist has become a shelter for those who suffer from overweight. It is a good way for rapid disposal of fats that had been accumulated in bodies and blew bellies as a result of bad food habits which exacerbated among people of different ages in our […]

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Sound therapy studies

The Power of Qur’an Healing – Cure for all Diseases Alfred Tomatis, a French doctor, made experiments for fifty years about the human senses and came out with the result that the hearing sense is the most important sense!! He found that the ear controls the whole body, regulates its vital operations and the balance […]

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The eternal benefit of convering to Islam

Islam provides many benefits for the individual and the society. This chapter mentions some of the benefits gained through Islam for the individual. (1) The Door to Eternal Paradise God has said in the Qur’an: “And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that they will have gardens (Paradise) […]

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Concept of sickness – Islamic perspectives

Cure From Allah Muslims believe that ultimately cure of disease is from Allah. The physician makes attempts that could succeed or fail. Narrated Aisha (radhyAllahu ‘anha) Whenever Allah’s Apostle (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) paid a visit to a patient or a patient was brought to him, he used to invoke Allah saying, “Take away the disease, […]

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How do we talk to children?

To make sure that we affect them, we should follow the teacher of humanity, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), who was teaching his companions and the Muslims and directing them in many ways, such as (but not for limitation): Excitement by asking a question and then answering it: As prophet peace be […]

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Satellite channels in Ramadan

The month of Ramadan has approached. It the month of blessings, during which the entire universe is adorned to receive it and hearts beat out of joy and yearning to witness the month. During which the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell-Fire are closed, and devils and demons are chained. During which […]

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If Allah the Almighty loves you (2/2)

5- Protect you from all the worldly evils: The Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “If Allah The Almighty loves a slave, He will protect him in this world just as one of you deprives his sick relative of water (if it is harmful for him).” [Reported by Al-Tirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh] Ibn Mas‘ood, may Allah […]

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Maintaining the ties of kinship

Maintaining the ties of kinship Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds [i.e., people]. Peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and all his Companions. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone who has no partner and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.  One of the dearest […]

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Prophet’s guidance in the Eid sacrifice

– The Messenger of Allah ﷺ never missed offering the sacrifice. He used to slaughter two rams after Eid prayer. – He ﷺ said: “All the days of tashreeq[1] are days of slaughter.” – He ﷺ said: “Whoever slaughtered before the [Eid] prayer has not done a sacrifice; it is only some meat he has presented to his family.”[2] – He ﷺ […]

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How to be good to your children?

How to be good to your children? Allah (may He be Exalted) says: “And those who say: Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqûn (the pious).” The previous Ayah included the qualities of high spiritual energy which seek high […]

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A mother for the first time

Here is the news which you have been waiting so long knocking at your door. And here is the sentence which you always dreamt that a doctor repeats to you: “Congratulation, you are pregnant” to convey this news to your beloved husband so that you can share joy together and share the preparation to welcome […]

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Definition of civilization and its principles in Islam

Definition of civilization: Civilization is a set of features including scientific, cultural, literary, and social advancement in a society or in similar communities. So, it is a sublime stage of human evolution. Bases of civilization in Islam: The period of the advent of Islam was the period which formulated man inside the Arabian Peninsula, established […]

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Open the eyes of your child to books

Most world psychologists agree that the relationship of a child with the book begins in the age of three, presumably the parents should provide an opportunity for the children to create an intimate personal relationship with the book and strengthening their bonds with the book in order to create an intellectual fortune and to give […]

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The light of truth

What Is Life? Man’s existence in this world and the creation of this entire universe are not mere accidents or products of a fortuitous nature. This universe, every single atom of it, manifests and leads us to the realization of a Loving, Merciful and All-powerful Creator. Without a Creator, nothing can exist. Every single soul […]

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Fatherhood is a treasure and a trust

When you choose to be a husband, you sign implicitly on a double responsibility: of being a husband and of being a father. It is a pledge between you and the Lord of the world that must be fulfilled from the very beginning. If you begin a good start and accept that trust with contentment […]

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Enjoining good and forbidding evil

The first sermon O servants of Allah! It is a great obligation which Allah imposed on the nation of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as it is the fort of Islam and its great bond. The flags of Shari’ah are raised in a nation and the rulings of Islam spread by the effort of […]

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Do you truly love Allah?

Do not rush the answer, my dear brother until you review these serious points and balances first because everything has signs. A loving person glorifies his beloved in his heart, do you feel the greatness of Allah (may He be Exalted) in your heart? A loving person is obedient to the one who loves and […]

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Getting to know someone for marriage

Getting to Know Someone for Marriage Marriage in Islam is one of the most important decisions a person will make in their life, after all the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) reminded us that marriage is “half of your faith.” Marriage is the process of two people coming together onto one life path for the […]

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Fun in Ramadan

There is a dangerous tendency noticed especially in Ramadan, i.e. wasting one’s time instead of spending it in Allah’s worship, remembrance and obedience. In fact, it is the renunciation of Allah’s worship and obedience which results in the deprivation of Allah’s Mercy and Divine awards. Thus, Allah said: “But whosoever turns away from My message verily […]

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From the mission to the migration

1- When the Prophet (saw) reached 40 years old, Gabriel (as) came to him with the revelation from his Lord when he was worshipping his lord in Hira’ Cave. 2- The Prophet (saw) continued calling his lord secretly for three years. 3- The formers embraced Islam such as: Khadijah, Ali, Zayd, Abu Bakr, and others (raa). 4- The Prophet […]

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Knowledge in Islam and how to seek it

In this article we’ll try to shed some light on knowledge from Islamic perspective. Generally speaking, the Arabic word for knowledge is ‘ilm, which, in most cases, indicates to Islamic knowledge or matters related to Sheree’ah (Islamic Law). Although, some of the Qur’anic verses in this article refer to Islamic knowledge, yet they are general […]

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Teach a child the verbal declaration of faith

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Make the word ‘There is no god but Allah’ the first word that your children hear, and on their death, help them say, ‘There is no god but Allah’.” In his  book, Ahkam al-Mawlud, Ibn al-Qayyim said, “When […]

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Rights of parents are duties of children

Rights of Parents are Duties of Children Parents give us innumerable (countless) favors. They provide protection, food and clothing to the newly born. The mother sacrifices her comforts and sleep to provide comfort to her children. The father works hard to provide for their physical, educational and psychological (and spiritual) needs. It is a matter […]

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Goals and values

There is much talk about values and their importance in the lives of individuals and groups because of their close connection and impact on individuals’ behaviors and goals. They exert efforts equivalent with the value of the goals they heed to. The meaning of value here is the estimation and interests of an individual through […]

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Between men and ant

One of the Western writers mentioned that human behavior which determines his character is only a simulation of others and imitation to the behaviors of people whom he loved and made as a model example. So, a person imitates their behavior either directly or indirectly, which forms the personality of that man. Whether we accept this […]

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If Allah the Almighty loves you (1/2)

1- Grant you faith and raise your rank in His Sight: ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas‘ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said, Allah The Almighty gives wealth to those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, while He does not grant faith except to those whom He loves. So, whoever holds money too […]

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Do not change your life

If you have the following qualities, do not change your life and be firm on them until your death, these qualities are: 1- If you are powerful and happy with your faith, secure and feel comfortable with the attentiveness of your heart. If you are satisfied with the sustenance of Allah (may He be Glorified and […]

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Be a role model for your children

  The meaning is: Be a righteous role model for your children. Be a righteous good person so that your children and others would follow your example. It is impossible for children to raise up for high morals and sublime principles even if they hear hundreds of advices and guidelines while they are watching their […]

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Faith increases, decreases and vanishes

Faith increases, decreases and vanishes Faith increases by obligatory and voluntary obedience and decreases by sins: Minor and major; and faith vanishes by disbelief and polytheism. Allah (may He be Exalted) says (which means): “The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this […]

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The story of the presence of Al Khadir in markets

This story remained in the creed of Sudanese circulated by the common, however it is from the lies of the Sufis. We find that this story is narrated in the Sudanese media: The read, the heard, and the visual. They believe that Al Khadir whose story was mentioned in Surat Al Kahf with Moses, the interlocutor, (Peace […]

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Role models

Our today’s awakening needs role models which their actions match their words and differentiate to the nation the right form the wrong. Role models whose clarity of belief is seen on their faces, and their good intentions are seen in their beautiful expressions and writings; and you feel the tolerance of their religion from their […]

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The ligament

Then, verily He (Allah) fastened these limbs and parts together with fixtures (ligaments) and thereby strengthened them. And He made these connecting pieces like chords to hold these parts together and preserve them. He made them numerous so that their number reaches a total of five hundred and twenty -nine ligaments. They all differ in […]

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High hopes for the dunya

Praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner with Him. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Allah dispraised some people who had high hopes that busied them from doing […]

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Life after death (1/2)

‘When I am dead, will I then be raised up again?’ This question is in the back of the minds of even those who do not have any deep convictions of the reality of life after death. The fact however remains that very few people give any direct attention to the question of the afterlife […]

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Sunan as-Safar (Travelling)

1. Appointing a leader when travelling: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Saeed and Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with then) who said that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: “When three men travel together, they should make one of them their leader.” [Reported by Abu Dawood: 2608] 2. Saying ‘Allaahu akbar’ (Allah is Great) when ascending and saying ‘Subhaanallaah’ (Glory be to Allah) […]

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Sincerity and trust

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “Religion is sincerity.” Someone asked: “Sincerity to whom?” He (Peace be upon him) replied: “To Allah and His Book and His Messenger and the leaders of the Muslims and to the generality of them.” (Hadith from Muslim) Sincerity is therefore closely identified with true religious belief. Sincerity towards her […]

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Friendship and the selective enmity

Is the balance between reason and affection available, and can all people balance between them if a person faces any situation? No doubt that cultural, intellectual, and psychological formation has a great role to achieve this goal and this intention, or what is so-called maturity and wisdom. A beholder in our Arab communities finds that […]

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Sin and forgiveness in Islam

The Lexicographic Interpretation of Sin and Forgiveness: Sin can be defined in Islam as follows: Breaking of the law of God on purpose or the state or condition resulting from this act. Wrong doing of any kind; immoral act. A violation of any Islamic rule or standard, as of taste or propriety. Forgiveness can be defined […]

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The Fish

The fact that fish, the health benefits of which have only newly been scientifically registered, is an important nutritional source is revealed in the Qur’an. Almighty Allah makes the following references to seafood in the Qur’an: “Anything you catch in the sea is lawful for you, and all food from it, for your enjoyment and […]

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Concept of Fitra

An important concept relating to the concept of human nature from an Islamic perspective is fitra. Fitra refers to the primordial state of man- his natural condition and disposition. The optimistic view of human nature is rooted in this concept. Islam posits that the natural state of man is a positive and ‘good’ state – […]

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Motivation to seek knowledge

Motivation to seek knowledge How many times in our lives have we heard this phrase? How many times have our parents, teachers, elders stated this same thing over and over again? This quote by Sir Francis Bacon emphasizes that when you have knowledge, you have authority. It alludes to the fact that there is something […]

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Muslim contributions to Medicine

The science of Medicine flourished during the Middle Ages throughout the Islamic dynasty. The medical wealth of the Muslim physicians available in the form of practices, encyclopedias and scripts enlightened Europe for 5 centuries. Arnold and Guillaume in “Legacy of Islam” on Islamic science and medicine stated: “Looking back we may say that Islamic medicine […]

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Religion is the repository and essence of ethics

“Morals have certain limits and when they go beyond them they turn to be aggression to other’s rights. However, when they fail to reach the standard limits, they become a defect and an insult”. Those were the words of Ibn Al Qayyim (may Allah be merciful with him) in his book Al Fawa’id. First I […]

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Az-Zuhry

ABU AL-QASIM AL-ZAHRAVI (Albucasis) (936 – 1013 C.E.) Abul Qasim Al-Zahravi, known in the West as Albucasis, was undoubtably the greatest surgeon of the Middle Ages. He is best known for several original breakthroughs in surgery, as an inventor of several surgical instruments, and for his famous Medical Encyclopedia. Al-Zahravi is considered as Father of Modern Surgery. His full […]

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The challenge of the Qur’an

Literature and poetry have been instruments of human expression and creativity, in all cultures. The world also witnessed an age when literature and poetry occupied pride of position, similar to that now enjoyed by science and technology. Even non-Muslim scholars agree that the Qur’an is Arabic literature par excellence – that it is the best […]

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Omar Al Khayyam

OMAR AL-KHAYYAM (1044 – 1123 C.E.) Omar Al-Khayyam was an outstanding mathematician and astronomer. He was also well known as a poet, philosopher, and physician. In the “History of Western Philosophy”, Bertrand Russell remarks that Omar Khayyam was the only man known to him who was both a poet and a mathematician. Omar Khayyam reformed the […]

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Current status of herbal medicine

In line with the revival of interest in the herbal remedies known from the ancient medical systems, such as Greco-Arab, Ayurvedic, and Chinese, there is also greater research activity in these medical systems particularly on the biological and molecular aspects of medicinal plants.

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Importance of listening to school broadcast

School broadcast is divided into two main parts: Listeners and speakers. Now we are talking about the importance of listening and the circumstances surround listeners. In the beginning, we should explain the importance of listening. Listening denotes the effort which man exerts to listen. Allah (may He be Exalted) says: “So, when the Qur’ân is […]

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Don’t forget

Avoid forbidden actions and useless things. Take care to fast and pray along the month of Ramadan by increasing worships, especially in the last ten days of Ramadan so that you can take the rewards of Lailat Al-Qadr (Night of Power). May Allah the Almighty guide us to fast and pray in Ramadan on the […]

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Earthquakes are a threat from Allah

Scholar Ibn Battal said: The emergence of earthquakes and signs are threats from Allah to people. Allah (may He be Exalted) says: “And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of destruction). Qatadah said: Allah (may He be Exalted) frightens people of whatever signs He wants perhaps they may […]

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Symptoms of weak faith

We have discussed how widespread is the phenomenon of weak faith among the Muslims, and how it is behind every disaster and calamity befalling the Ummah. We have also discussed some of the symptoms of weak faith. Here are some more: Careless Worship A weak faith is evident in one’s laziness and carelessness in performing acts […]

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Parents – child’s best teachers?

Away from his widowed mother, his beloved grandfather, and his honorable family, he was left, far in the desert with a poor family to learn his language skills from their purest origins. That was the first childhood memories of our prophet Muhammad-may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him, which has always sounded […]

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The Islamic medicine movement

Definition of Islamic medicine as paradigms and values Islamic Medicine is defined as medicine whose basic paradigms, concepts, values, and procedures conform to or to do not contradict the Qur’an and Sunnah. It is not specific medical procedures or therapeutic agents used in a particular place or a particular time.

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Mobile phones .. positives and negatives

Mobiles and smart phones, what are the pros and cons? Mobiles have extensively entered our societies to the extent that they have become an indispensable habit, and a basic need in our life that we cannot do without. So, you see them in the hands of businessmen who use them for economic business and to […]

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How married life should be

On this, I remember something that I will mention. One of my  friends said  to me, “You always give lectures on having mercy  and  compassion on  wives,  but  you  never  mention the rights  of husband over  the  wife”,  whereas many times  I had mentioned that  if their husband sleeps  displeased, then your tasbeeh  and   Tahajjud  is  all  […]

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The Islamic etiquette of sleeping

The Islamic etiquette of sleeping There are numerous Muslim sleep traditions that Muslims try to follow in order to be in accordance with the practice of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) (Sunnah). Early Bedtime and Early Wake Up Time Muhammad (Peace be upon him) encouraged his companions not to be involved in any activity […]

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Living with a poor husband

Of the facts which all intellectual people can reach is that the concept of poverty and richness is very relative, though the popular and prevalent concept that jumps to mind is the financial and economic poverty. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Do you […]

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An urgent message to reckless young people

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. O young people, Allah created you from a despised water. “And it is He Who has created man from water, and has appointed for him kindred by blood, and kindred by marriage. And your Lord is Ever All-Powerful (to do what He wills).” [Surat […]

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The sunan acts of the prayer

1. The opening call of the prayer. 2. Placing the right hand over the left one with both over the chest while in the standing position. 3. Raising the hands up to the level of the shoulders or near the ears with the fingers being close together (not separated) when saying Allahu Akbar at the […]

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History of Ka’bah

It is predestined that the events weave the course of history. These events are an interaction between people and destiny. It always happens that man stands helpless before destiny, having no power to prevent it. Therefore, he accepts it, not out of weakness or negligence, but out of a wisdom known by the Almighty. History […]

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The will of Allah

The Will of Allah Everything exists or does not exist by the Will of Allah. The Muslims are largely unanimous on this issue and all of them agree, “Whatsoever Allah Wills happens and what He does not Will does not occur.” Everything occurs by the Will of Allah. The Actions of Allah are without doubt […]

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Continuously benefiting from good deeds

Continuously benefiting from good deeds Here is a list of 4 actions which is Allah accepts will continue to add good deeds onto your account, even after death. These are: A) The Righteous Son: One of the great bounties from Allah, the Almighty, upon His servants is providing the righteous offspring to help them obey […]

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Classification and value of sunnah (1/3)

Sunnah has been classified in various ways. However, two of the most commonly accepted criteria for such classifications are the subject matter (matn) of Sunnah and the manner of its transmission (isnad). To begin with, the Sunnah is divided into three types, namely verbal (qawli), actual (fi’li) and tacitly approved (taqriri). The other division of […]

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Before Prophethood

Prophet Muhammad  (saw) was born to the tribe of Quraysh in the Arabian city of Makkah. This city had been built up around the Ka’bah, the structure built by Prophets Abraham (as) and Ishmael (as) in response to a divine command. The two prophets, to whom Muhammad’s ancestry is traced, had dedicated the House for the worship of Allah, […]

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Al Battani

ABU ABDULLAH AL-BATTANI (ALBATEGNIUS) (858 – 929 C.E.) Al-Battani, known in the West as Albategnius, was a famous astronomer and mathematician. He has been recognized as the greatest astronomer of his time and one of the greatest of the Middle Ages. Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan al-Battani was born around 858 C.E. in or near Battan, a state of […]

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The meaning of La Ilaha IllAllah

The meaning of La Ilaha IllAllah: The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Anyone who says la ilaha illAllah sincerely enters Jannah.” (Reported by Ahmad) The Meaning “La” negates. The word “ilah” comes from the root aliha meaning waliha. It is common in Arabic that they replace the letter hamza with wow. Walah in Arabic […]

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Creation of the plant

The creation of the food and nourishment required by all creatures to sustain life took twice as long as that required for the creation of the earth. The length of time indicates how vast the task must have been. “He placed on the (earth) mountains that stand firm and high above it. He blessed the […]

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The conquest of Makkah (1/2)

Preparations When Islam was well-established in the hearts of the Muslims, Allah decided that the time had come for His Messenger and his community to enter Makkah. They would purify the Ka’bah so that it would be a blessed place of guidance for the whole world. They would restore Makkah to its previous status and […]

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Wife’s property

Wife’s Property The three religions share an unshakable belief in the importance of marriage and family life. They also agree on the leadership of the husband over the family. Nevertheless, blatant differences do exist among the three religions with respect to the limits of this leadership.The Judaeo-Christian tradition, unlike Islam, virtually extends the leadership of […]

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Rights of blood relatives

Now, I will  mention to  you  the commentary of  the following verse  of the  Qur’an Majid as explained by  Allamah Alusi  As-sayed Mahmood Baghdadi  (Rahmatullah Alaihe) in his commentary, Ruhul Ma’aani. Allah Ta’ala states: Fear Allah Ta’ala by whose intermediary you ask people

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De-clutter your mind

A key part of being productive, is about focusing your mind on what’s beneficial and de-cluttering it from unproductive thoughts. If we can record our inner thoughts and replay them to ourselves each day, we’ll be shocked at how much junk there is and how much brain power we waste on futile things that neither […]

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Human memory

Human memory represents one of the important topics which always draw attentions and gain a lot of interest. In the beginning, traditional researches of memory were associated with philosophy, and although they were not subject to rules and scientific principles at that time, they expanded to the point that touched on “the techniques and mechanisms […]

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The frankness of the Prophet (saw) – Part 2

Wisdom and politics Hypocrites were a big hindrance before the call to Islam and did every possible thing to destroy the religion from inside, unfasten the Muslim society, and weaken their power. However, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ managed to avoid clash by his wisdom and policy, guarded the security of Medina and its people, […]

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The mother’s kindness

My honorable sister and kind mother! How hard are the pains you have endured during pregnancy, at the moment of giving birth to your baby and throughout your life span, which you have sacrificed for your baby’s upbringing. May Allah accept all your deeds and may He them wholly devoted to His Service! My sister, […]

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Methods of education

He used to repeat things Underlining and repeating the important points during teaching is an important teaching method for making the subject matter remain in the mind. The learner feels that what is repeated is important. To be able to memorize information, we repeat it. Through repetition the information

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Importance of hadith

1. Revelation: The Prophet’s sayings and actions were primarily based on revelation from Allah (One True God) and, as such, must be considered a fundamental source of guidance along with Qur’an. Allah in the Qur’an said concerning the Prophet (Peace be upon him): “He (Muhammad) does not speak on his own, out of his own […]

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Ibn Taimiyyah: A better way to divide Qur’an recitation during Ramadan

Ibn Taimiyyah (ra) described a 29 day schedule for completing recitation of the Qur’an closer to the way the Companions did that. He said: “…Division by complete surahs takes precedence over division by parts [based on letter count].” (412) And from the great advantages of division by complete surahs, he mentioned (414): Reciting speech whose parts […]

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Can our daughters get accustomed to the hijab?

Islamic obligations, as all Muslims know, are imposed only on every mature, sane Muslim. Nevertheless, Islam urges Muslims to start to acquaint their children with prayer at the age of seven, and to beat them, but not harshly, if they neglect it at the age of ten,

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What is Fiqh?

Linguistically, fiqh is an Arabic word that means understanding; deep understanding. The word faqih means a person of knowledge and understanding. In the Qur’an In the Qur’an, the word fiqh is used to signify deep understanding of matters especially those matters which are related to religion. It is mostly used to mean the understanding of […]

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Importance of seeking knowledge

No other religion or institution gives as much importance to knowledge as the religion of Islam.  The religion has made seeking knowledge incumbent upon all Muslims and has deemed that not doing so as a sin.  The Prophet, may Allah praise him, said in an authentic narration (hadeeth): “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every […]

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Children and charity

Children and charity Mr. Muhammad Ghannam tries in the following story to explain a high value for children and a good manner that the righteous always do, which is (Giving charity in secret). It is a a proof on the truthfulness of the one who tries to draw nearer to Allah and drives its doer away from […]

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Da’wah workers training conference, 1995

An abridged English translation of the Japanese report on Da’wa Workers Training Conference, 1995 Translated by Masahiko Yamamoto Checked by Syed Murtuza Kurasawa (1) Outline of the Conference A conference on the Da’wa Workers Training was held under the auspices of Islamic Center Japan on May 13 and 14, 1995 by inviting delegates from various Islamic organizations […]

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Profile of Shurayh ibn Al Harith ibn Qays Al Kindy

Profile of Shurayh ibn Al Harith ibn Qays Al Kindy [1] The model example judge who embraced Islam in the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He was born in Yemen and learned from Mu`adh ibn Jabal when he was in Yemen. `Umar ibn Al Khattab appointed him as a judge when he was forty-years old, and remained as […]

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Fasting for medical patients

Fasting For Medical Patients Patients are exempt from fasting. But some do decide to fast. For physicians treating Muslim patients, the following guidelines are suggested. Diabetic Patients: Diabetics who are controlled by diet alone can fast and hopefully with weight reduction, their diabetes may even be cured or at least improved. Diabetics who are taking […]

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Wudoo is recommended for

Renewal of Wudoo at each prayer. The Prophet (saw) said: “Had it not been difficult for my nation (Muslims), I would have ordered them to perform Wudoo for each prayer, and to use the tooth-stick with each Wudoo.” (Reported by Ahmad) He (saw) also said: “If a person performs Wudoo while he is (ritually) pure, […]

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The excellence of reciting the Qur’an

Abu Umamah (رضي الله عنه) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim]. An-Nawwas bin Sam`an (رضي الله عنه) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saying,“The Qur’an and its people who applied it, […]

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Az-Zarqali

ABU ISHAQ IBRAHIM IBN YAHYA AL-ZARQALI (Arzachel) (1028 – 1087 C.E.) Abu Ishaq Ibrahim ibn Yahya al-Zarqali, known in the West as Arzachel, was a Spanish Arab. He was the foremost astronomer of his time. Al-Zarqali carried out a series of astronomical observations at Toledo (Arabic Al Tulaytalah) and compiled them in what is known as his famous […]

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High hopes

Praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner with Him. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Allah dispraised some people who had high hopes that busied them from doing […]

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Learning for life in Islam

In this article we’ll try to shed some light on knowledge from Islamic perspective. Generally speaking, the Arabic word for knowledge is ‘ilm, which, in most cases, indicates to Islamic knowledge or matters related to Sheree’ah (Islamic Law).

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The prohibition of begging people for money

Praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner with Him. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. Of the reprehensible qualities that the lawgiver warned the people against is […]

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Blessings and benefits

The decision to purify and develop yourself requires that you clearly define the path and consider the ways and means to achieve Paradise. This whole process will not only purify your heart, but also affect your entire life and the will of Allah will become so much easier for you to follow. Following the Divine […]

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The current state of Arab herbal medicine

Introduction The Eastern region of the Mediterranean (Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine) contains at least 3600 plant species of which about 800 are mentioned in medieval medical books for their use as medicinal herbs or botanical pesticides. Recent ethnopharmacological studies have demonstrated that more than 450 medicinal plants

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Khawarizmi

MUHAMMAD BIN MUSA AL-KHWARIZMI (Algorizm) (770 – 840 C.E.) Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was born at Khwarizm (Kheva), a town south of river Oxus in present Uzbekistan. (Uzbekistan, a Muslim country for over a thousand years, was taken over by the Russians in 1873.) His parents migrated to a place south of Baghdad when he […]

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An example of a good wife

This is a rare example of a good woman, whom I have intended to mention here: It is reported that Shuraih, who was a judge, met ash Sha’bi. This latter asked him about his life at home. Shuraih said: “I have not had any problem with my wife for twenty years.” ash-Sha’bi said: “How come?” Shuraih replied: “On our wedding night, I […]

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Stars secure the sky

Abu Burdah, narrated that his father (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “We offered the sunset prayer (Maghrib) along with the Messenger of Allah Then we said, “It would be better to sit and observe the night prayer (Isha) along with Allah’s Messenger, so we sat down and he came to us and said, […]

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Do not deceive yourself and live reality

With all credibility and reality, the reality of our Arab communities today, unfortunately, imposes doubtful concepts and reality and declares clearly: Do not hang your happiness on anyone no matter how unique and spectacular he is in time, place, and location even if he has collected all acquaintance, sciences, affection, religion, and virtue and advances […]

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Al Kindy

YAQUB IBN ISHAQ AL-KINDI (ALKINDUS) (800 – 873 C.E.) Al-Kindi is known in the West as Alkindus. He was popularly known as the ‘Philosopher of the Arabs’ in the Middle Ages. Cardano considered Al-Kindi as one of the twelve greatest minds of the Middle Ages. He is among a small group of Muslim scientists who made original contributions in many fields. Al-Kindi was a […]

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Dislike of unnecessary goods

The Prophet did not like, even for a short time, to keep money or provisions in his house in excess of his needs. In the same way, he did not allow the goods of charity which were the property of common people to remain with him for a moment. He would have no peace of […]

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Failure is the first step to success

Failure is good if it leads to success Any fool can take benefit from his profits, but the smart person is the one who benefits from his losses. If you make a mistake in a try, or fail in a project, marriage, or exam, do not call it failure, but consider it as attempts to […]

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Consumer society

Consumer Society The ultimate goal of production activity in every society is consumption. Modern society is not different from any other society but in the growing importance of consumption and the huge ability that was available for this society to achieve this growth continuously and at ongoing rates. Verily, consumption has become a major social […]

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Wife’s freedom

Family May thousands of blessings be upon the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), a mercy for the worlds, and blessings also upon the true religion of Allah revealed to him. Islam has brought the world out of darkness by establishing the criterion of right and wrong and has taught respect for others. It has established […]

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Experts say: International organizations seek to destroy Muslim Women

Certain international organizations and bodies to approve agreements that do not respect the privacy of Muslim women and do not take into account any other references whether cultural or religious in an attempt to impose Western-style on Arab and Islamic societies.

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Morals (1/3)

Moral behaviour is the bottom line or essential message of Islam. It has been narrated in a hadith of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Verily, I have been sent to perfect morals.” Allah also emphasized this in linking belief or Aqidah with action:  “It is not piety that you turn your faces towards East […]

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Hijra – emigration

Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ trust in One God Allah, was absolute and had never caused him to drift with the tide of events. Revelation of the Quran had reminded him that he must never forget to say “Insha Allah” (If God so wills) when he planned to act, and that the memory of God must be associated with […]

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Religion and science

There is, perhaps, no better illustration of the close links between Islam and science than the Prophet Muhammad’s often-quoted statements: “Seeking knowledge is compulsory on every Muslim.” “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer.” “Whoever follows a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make his path to paradise easy.” These statements and many others are […]

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The battle of Badr

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. The battle of Badr was the most important among the Islamic battles of Destiny. For the first time the followers of the new faith were put into a serious test. Had victory been the lot of the pagan army while the Islamic Forces were still at the beginning […]

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The goal in life

Success and happiness in this world and the Hereafter depend on tazkiya, the purification and nurturing of our personality. The Qur’an states that true success is only reserved for those who seek to purify themselves: “Successful indeed is the one who purifies his whole self. Our personality comprises not only the physical body but also […]

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One whose intention is not pure will deserve Hell

Purity of intention is essential in all deeds. Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): I heard Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) saying: “The first of the people whose case will be decided on the Day of Judgment will be a man who died as a martyr. He will be brought forth. […]

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Al Mawardy

ABU AL-HASAN AL-MAWARDI (ALBOACEN) (972 – 1058 C.E.) Al-Mawardi was one of the most famous thinkers in political science in the middle Ages. He was also a great sociologist, jurist, and mohaddith. He served as Chief Justice at Baghdad and as an ambassador of the Abbasid Caliph to several important and powerful Muslim states. Al-Mawardi […]

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Things that invalidate wudoo

♦ Relieving oneself (defecating or urinating), or passing wind. God, the Exalted, says: “… or one of you comes after answering the call of nature.” (Surah Al-Maidah: 6) The Prophet ﷺ said: “The prayer of any of you who is in a state of impurity (hadath) will not be accepted until he performs ablution.” One […]

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The Salaf regarding the noble Qur’an

The creed of the Salaf pertaining to the Noble Qur’an is like their creed with regard to the rest of the Attributes and Names of Allah, and it is based upon what is proven by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (saw). And we all know that Allah, The One free of […]

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Ibn Al Haytham

ABU ALI HASAN IBN AL-HAITHAM (ALHAZEN) (965 – 1040 C.E.) Al-Haitham, known in the West as Alhazen, is considered as the father of modern Optics. Abu Ali Hasan Ibn al-Haitham was one of the most eminent physicists, whose contributions to optics and the scientific methods are outstanding. Ibn al-Haitham was born in 965 C.E. in Basrah (present Iraq), and received his education […]

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The great physicians of Islamic medicine

The era of Islamic Medicine produced some very famous and notable physicians. These physicians were not only responsible to get all the existing information on Medicine of the time together but add to this knowledge by their own astute observations, experimentation and skills. Many of them were skilled in medical writing and produced encyclopedic works […]

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Hajj: The Journey

Introduction Brothers in Islam! What are the blessings of Hajj? One may describe them in great detail. But, in the Qur’an, where Allah instructs Ibrahim to invite people to come to Hajj, it is said: “So that they may witness things that are of benefit to them.” (Surah al-Hajj 22: 28) Hence, the real blessings […]

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Consultation in Islam

Praise be to Allah, the Most High, the Almighty, the Free from imperfection and fault, who is Self-Sufficient and does not need the advice of a minister or an expert. May Allah send peace and blessing upon our master, Prophet Muhammad who ruled us by the most perfect policy and guided us to high moral […]

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Modern communication technology (term)

Definition of technology in linguistics: Technology is divided into two syllables, the first is “techno” which is derived from the Greek word “Techno” which means profession or craft. The second is “Logy” which is derived from the Greek word “Logos” which means knowledge or study. [Qandalgy, 2003, 331]. Some people see that the first part […]

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Daughters in Islam

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Any Muslim who has two daughters and has been good to them as long as he accompanied them, they will cause him to enter paradise,” Also, he (Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever had three daughters, three sisters, two daughters, or two sisters and disciplined them and had […]

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Naming children

Naming Children It is sunnah to keep a good name, and the best of names are Abdullah (Slave of Allah) and Abdul-Rahman (Slave of the Most Merciful) and the most truthful are al-Haarith (Productive) and Humaam (Active), and the worst are Harb (War) and Murrah (Bitter).

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The air cycles and Islam

Not many references in Islam talk about the air. In one instance, the Qur’an describes how the birds are using the air, its warm currents in order to fly. Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky? Nothing holds them up but (the power of) […]

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Doctors in the Arabian peninsula in the early period of Islam

Before we start, I should denote that the topic is wide and cannot be maintained with all its details in one article. Therefore, my review shall be abridged taking into consideration its comprehensiveness in order to give a sincere image about doctors in the Arabian Peninsula in the early period of Islam. Our topic shall […]

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A word of advice for those memorizing the book of Allah

All praise is due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon Allah’s Messenger, his household, his companions, and whoever followed his guidance. To proceed, we do advise those concerned and occupied with memorizing the Qur’an to fear Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ‎) and to be dutiful to Him, for He is the one who has guided […]

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Tawheed (Monotheism) – The bedrock of Islam

What is Tawhid? Tawhid is a revolutionary concept and constitutes the essence of the teachings of Islam. It means that there is only one supreme Lord of the universe. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and the sustainer of the world and of mankind. Now can one observe the inexhaustible creativity of nature, its purposefulness, its preservation of […]

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The need for sunnah to understand Qur’an

The Need for the Sunnah in order to Understand the Qur’an, and Examples for that: Allah’s statement: “The male and the female thief – cut off their hands” [Surah Al-Maa’idah: 38] is a good example of this, for the word “thief” mentioned in it, is absolute, as is the case with the word “hand.” The […]

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A shy child.. no need to worry

A shy child During the family visits, while children are engaging in play with one another, a mother finds her child clings to her and refuses to play with its peers, moreover it may hasten to scream when she urges it to merge with its companions who fill the house with noise and vitality! He […]

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O Abu Umayr

The biography of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) showed how was the Prophet keen to teach young children and play with them in a friendly prophetic manner which, in turn, contributed in building the characters of young Companions who were brought up in the prophetic community and made of them a good core for […]

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Knowledge: The way to Paradise

“Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks.”(Qur’an) “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female).” (Hadith) THE VIRTUES OF KNOWLEDGE Allah (Most Exalted is He), Who created us and gave us sustenance, has also given us guidance. He said: “Verily We have created […]

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Ar-Razy

ABU BAKR MUHAMMAD BIN ZAKARIYA AR-RAZI (Rhazes) (864 – 930 C.E.) George Sarton in the Introduction to the History of Science says that “Rhazes was the greatest physician of Islam and the Medieval Ages.” The Encyclopedia of Islam remarks that “Rhazes remained up to the 17th century the indisputable authority of medicine.” The Bulletin of the […]

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The sensation of skin pain

It was commonly believed, for several centuries, that the body is all sensitive to pain. It was not clear then that there were specialized nerves in the body responsible for transporting all kinds of pain and other sensations, until recently when anatomy has discovered the role of specialized nerve endings in transporting all different kinds […]

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Benefits of Zaitoon (Olives)

Zaitoon (Olive) the sign of peace and friendship in this world has its description in Holy Qur’an Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) says: 1. “By the fig and olive 2. And the mount of Sinai 3. And the city of security 4. We have indeed created man in the best of moulds 5. Then do we […]

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The sunan of fasting

Some aspects of fasting are obligatory (fard) and others are recommended (mustahab). We should make sure that we eat and drink something at suhoor (the time before dawn), and that we delay it until just before the adhaan of Fajr. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Have suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing (barakah).” [1] […]

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Classification and value of sunnah (3/3)

(b) All the rulings of Sunnah which originate from the Prophet in his capacity as imam or the Head of State, such as allocations and expenditure of public funds, decisions pertaining to military strategy and war, appointment of state officials, distribution of booty, signing of treaties, etc., partake in the legal Sunnah which, however, does […]

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Morals (3/3)

Honesty And Sincerity A Muslim should be truthful, not dishonest, and speak the truth regardless of the consequences. Telling a lie is the worst kind of degraded behaviour and provides an opening to the devil. Such dishonesty and insincerity weaken the soul, depress the spirit and undermine the morality generally. Avoiding this behaviour will produce […]

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The merits of Khadijah, mother of the believers, (ra)

All praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone who has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. These are selections from the biography of the Mother of the Believers and the wife of […]

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The expanding universe

In 1925, American astronomer Edwin Hubble, provided observational evidence that all galaxies are moving away from one another, which implies that the universe is expanding. The expansion of the universe is now an established scientific fact. This is what the Qur’an says regarding the nature of the universe: “With power and skill did We construct […]

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The birth of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

One day, while travelling north, one of the Arab tribes from Mecca met a hermit in the desert. Some of the men stopped to speak with him. Hermits were known to be wise and the Arabs often asked their advice. The hermit asked where they had come from. When they replied that they were from […]

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Knowledge and Implementation

Beauty within a person or an object is usually described as something which is rare, eye- catching, attractive and alluring to the eyes of the beholder. One such rare attribute within the believers is the beauty of beneficial knowledge intertwined with implementation. For sure, the implementation of knowledge is one of the most beautiful and […]

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The Muslim does not harbour envy

Ibn Mas’ood (radiyAllahu ‘anhumaa) narrates that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu ‘alaihi wa’sallam) said: “There is to be no envy except with regard to two[1]: A man whom Allah has given wealth which he strives to spend righteously, and a man to whom Allah has given the Wisdom (i.e. the Qur’an) and he acts according to it […]

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Heal the broken heart

As for the sickness of desire and passionate love then this is the soul loving that which would harm it coupled with this is a hatred of that which would benefit it. Passionate love is a psychological sickness, and when it’s effects become noticeable on the body, it becomes a sickness that afflicts the mind […]

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Barakah (Blessing)

Meanings Barakah means to kneel down or to make a camel kneel down so that it is firmly in place. The words other meaning is to bless or to invoke blessing. In this latter meaning barakahand its derivatives are used 32 times in the Qur’an, either as a noun or as a verb. In the Qur’an this […]

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The miracle of iron

Iron is one of the elements highlighted in the Qur’an. In Surat al-Hadid, meaning Iron, we are informed: Surah Al-Hadid In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful “We sent aforetime our messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand […]

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Barriers to real happiness

Disbelief In Allah And Lack of The True Faith  Since the true faith fills the heart with comfort, security, reassurance and contentment, and makes man feel that he has strong relationship with Almighty Allah, Who alone is the Creator of man and everything visible and invisible and knows best what achieves man’s well-being and happiness. […]

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Lightening salah for the baby’s cry

Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When I start Salah I intend to prolong it, but on hearing the cries of a child, I cut short the Salah because I know that the cries of the child will incite its mother’s passions.” Lessons gained from the Hadith: 1- It contains a […]

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The greatest need of man

Before launching upon the quest to find out the competence of man to deliver guidance to his species, it is desirable to find out the greatest need of man from among his most indispensable needs. In this respect we have first to discuss the basic needs of man and then discuss why guidance is the […]

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What is equality?

What is Equality? Nowadays we hear women asking for equality, but what does this mean? Islam treats men and women as equals. Allah says: “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women …” (Surah AI-Ahzab: 35) This clearly emphasizes that there is no discrimination between men and women in Islam. Allah, Most High, says: […]

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The virtues of the declaration of faith

It has great virtues and has a great place with Allah. Whoever says it with truthfulness will enter the Gardens of Paradise and whoever did not utter it truthfully, his property and blood will be safeguarded in this world, but his reckoning will be with Allah the Mighty and Majestic. It is a concise declaration […]

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Why people go astray in regard to Qadr

Why People Go Astray in regards to Qadr? The reasons why the Qadariyah an-Nafaat who denied predestination (Qadr) and the Qadariyah al-Mujbirah who believed that man is compelled to do what he does (al-jabr) went astray on this issue. Each group saw only a part of the true picture, and was blind to the other […]

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What should be done after Hajj?

All Praise be to Allah and peace be upon our Messenger (peace be upon him). May Allah send peace and blessings upon you as long as people recite the Ayahs of the Qur’an and Surat Al Furqan. And we send peace and blessings upon you as long as the wind hits high places and on […]

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The role of food in our lives

Food plays an important role in an individual’s life, as it is required for the survival of a human being and the nourishment of the body and mind. However, in modern times, people have developed an unhealthy relationship with food, in that they use (or abuse) it as a means of entertainment and comfort, to […]

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The keys to the life of the heart

Ibn ul Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Qur’an, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins. Allah, the Most High, said: “A Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over […]

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The truthfulness of the Prophet’s prophecies

Of the greatest proofs on the prophethood of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) from the Qur’an and the Sunnah are the following: The narrations reported before the mission of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and informing of events that took place during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), […]

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Al Faraby

ABU AL-NASR AL-FARABI (Al-Pharabius) (870 – 950 C.E.) Al-Farabi, known as Al-Phrarabius in the West, contributed to philosophy, logic, sociology and science. He was best known as the “Second Teacher” (al-Mou’allim al-Thani), Aristotle being the First. Abu Nasr Mohammad Ibn al-Farakh al-Farabi was born near Farab in Turkistan in 870 C.E. His ancestors were originally of Persian descent and his father was […]

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Hypocrisy

All praise be to Allah, we praise, seek His Help, and we ask His Forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah against the evils of ourselves and the evils of our actions, whom Allah guides no one can mislead him and whoever has been misled no one can guide him. I bear witness that there is […]

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Samples from the Prophet’s tolerance

“An adolescent from Quraysh came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) to ask him for permission for adultery. However, the Companions wanted to beat him because of his boldness to the Prophet (peace be upon him), but the Prophet (peace be upon him) had another opinion. He said to him: Come closer. The young […]

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I wanted to divorce my husband

I used to love my husband very much because he is religious and well-mannered. Thanks to Allah, he does not do anything that makes me angry, always keen to please me, and exert all his best to make me happy. Hence, life was quiet and calm, and nothing disturbed its atmosphere except for some minor differences and […]

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Money Tips

Do you have an item for emergency and crisis in your family budget? Some problems people face: • Emergency Fund is an idea that I offer to every wife. • Setting a monthly schedule then monitoring items to control the budget. • My wife is struggling throughout the month so as not to resort to […]

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Welcome home, my Husband!

The husband leaves his work tired and on his way back home he endures the noise and hubbub of the heavy traffic. He heads towards his kingdom, where he can find tranquility, peace of mind, and happiness with his wife and children. So how is the good wife going to meet her husband when he comes […]

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The concept of Aqeedah

The Concept of Aqeedah All of Allah’s messengers (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) observed the essence of Islam, namely the complete submission to Allah, which can be summarized in the realization of the shahaadah: There is no god worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger. This testimony of faith […]

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The ruling of reciting surah al-Fatihah in prayer

The opinion of the majority of the scholars, amongst them Maalik, ash-Shaafi’ee and Ahmad (raa), is that it is obligatory to recite al-Fatihah in the prayer and that the prayer is not valid without it. Their opinion is based upon many proofs; from amongst them the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ,  “There is no prayer for the one who does not […]

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Khadijah a caring wife (ra)

It is important to stress here the role played by Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) throughout those years ridden with events, some extraordinary and others deeply painful. She was the one who had first noticed and then chose Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) for his honesty, his fairness, and the nobleness of […]

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Taqdir

Allah Almighty has known since eternity those who will enter Paradise and those who will go to the Hell-Fire. No increase or decrease in this divine knowledge will occur at all. Allah Almighty knows all the actions that the people will undertake. The actions that are destined for each individual will be made easier to […]

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The meaning of the word – hadith

The meaning of the word – hadith: Lexically speaking, the word “hadith”, whose plural is ahadeeth is: new, recent, existing newly, for the first time, not having been before… Information, a piece of information, intelligence, an announcement… a thing, or matter, that is talked of, told, or narrated. In both the Quran and hadith, the […]

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The mentality in society during Prophethood

The mentality in society during Prophethood The Quraysh’s opposition was not merely to a man and a message. Indeed, all of God’s Messengers have met with the same reception, the same opposition and hatred from a considerable part of their own community it is because the contents of what they brought meant a radical revolution […]

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The wisdom behind fasting

From the wisdom of fasting is that: It is an act of worship done for Allah, in which the ‘abd (servant) draws closer to His Lord by abandoning the things that he loves and desires, such as food, drink and sexual intercourse. So because of this, the truthfulness of his Faith and the completeness of […]

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Horses and horsemanship

Horses have a great status to Arabs and Muslims. Due to their high importance, Allah made an oath with them, saying: “By the running horses”. He made them as a decoration for Muslims by saying: “And horses, mules, donkeys to ride and as a decoration”. He urged Muslims to take them as shields protecting them from […]

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The conquest of Makkah (2/2)

Mercy not slaughter When Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah in the squadron of the Ansar passed by Abu Sufyan he called out, ‘Today is a day of slaughter. Today there is no more sanctuary. Today Allah has humbled the Quraysh.’ When the Messenger of Allah’s squadron came near Abu Sufyan, he complained, ‘Messenger of Allah, did you […]

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The Qur’an describes night and day

Through a series of taken photos by satellite, specifically the Area where we can see the night overlaps with the day, we have to look attentively at the greatness of this phenomenon and how the Qur’an told us about it. …. For many centuries, people believed that earth is flat with no idea that earth […]

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Beauty is part of the retribution of righteous deeds

The one who laid down the divine doctrine is the creator of man, therefore there was a full consistence between the doctrine and the natural disposition which was created in man. As long as beauty has a great impact on one’s soul, Allah made it part of the reward of righteous deeds and a result […]

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The effect of positive thinking on the human body

The effects of positive thinking One of the features of alternative  medicine is its sensitivity  to all human  layers,  the  highest  of  which  is (he spiritual  layer,  (hen the mental, emotional,  and  physical  layers,  in that  order. All of these layers interact with and affect each other, to the extent that some sentiments reside in […]

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Envy – It’s good and evil

Envy: It’s Good and Evil In general, Muslims are among the most fearful of evoking envy of any people in the world, as we know the great dangers and problems caused by it from the Qur’an and Sunnah. In the Middle East, for example, one can walk down any street to see a vast array […]

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Concerning gossiping

We have already mentioned its prohibition as well as the evidences for that and what has been reported concerning the punishment for it.  We also mentioned its definition, however all of this was brief.  We will now add more to its explanation. Imaam Abu Haamid Al-Ghazali (rahimahullaah) said: “For the most part, gossip (nameemah) is attributed […]

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Forbidden fruit

There is no gathering or session is held without committing one of the major sins which some people consider minor, moreover some people consider them the fruit of gathering which is backbiting. Allah (may He be Exalted) says: “And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his […]

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The significance of Thikr

Regarding the significance of dhikrullah or the remembrance of God, Allah says in the Qur’an, itself the ultimate reminder (dhikr) to all the worlds [Surah Sad, 38: 87], the following: “Remember Allah for He has guided you.” [Surah al-Baqarah, 2:198.] “O you who believe! Remember Allah often with much remembrance. And glorify Him morning and evening.” [Surah Luqman, […]

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Plant trust in the soul of your child

Of the errors which we commit with our children: To send the child to a place to fetch something and when he returns after buying something you do not want, it will be like doomsday to you and the world becomes gloomy in you face then you yell, insult, rebuke him, repeating expressions like: You […]

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Tarawih

Once Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) addressed his followers on the last day of Sha’ban, on the eve of Ramadhan, and said: “There is a night in this month which is greater in excellence than a thousand months; Allah has enjoined an extra prayer to be offered in the nights of this month. If a […]

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Importance of sleep

Modern sleep scientists believe that sleep deprivation has deleterious effects on mental concentration, memory, mood, and quality of life. In addition, recent data indicate that sleep deprivation impairs endocrine and metabolic functions. [[1],[2]] Islam also emphasizes the importance of getting enough sleep. One Hadith by the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in Sahih Al-Bukhari (SB) says, “If anyone […]

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The aims of marriage

The concept of marriage, from the Islamic perspective, is not that it is solely a need without whose fulfillment the enjoyment of life cannot be attained. On the contrary, Islam has explained the spiritual dimension of this union by defining it a form of worship by which one may achieve nearness to Allah. (Allah is […]

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Do you know yourself?

Is it possible for a person to search for himself? It is awful that many people do not know themselves believing they do not need to search for them because they exist inside them and spend the night with them; so why should they search for themselves, and they search, how should they do so? If […]

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Obligation of adhering to the Sunnah

Indeed from the greatest benefits and lessons from Hajj for the pilgrims to the House of Allah is knowing the importance of the Sunnah and limiting oneself to it in all actions of the Hajj. The importance of knowing the Sunnah becomes apparent from the state of many pilgrims who you see gathering together in […]

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Dietary advice

There is no need to consume excess food at iftar (the food eaten in the period immediately after sunset to break the fast), dinner, or suhur (the light meal generally eaten about half an hour to one hour before dawn). The reasons for this are two-fold. First, and most importantly, such a lifestyle contradicts the […]

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Levels of belief in Qadr

Belief in Qadr has four levels: 1. The first level is to have belief in the knowledge of Allah; which encompasses everything. Not even the like of a weight of an atom in the heavens or the earth escapes His knowledge. And He, the Most High, knew about all His creation before He created them. […]

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Fertility in the noble Qur’an

There are stories of miracle fertilization in the Qur’an. We should not forget about them when we put our trust into Allah and we should be patient. The story of Mariam (alayhas Salam): When the wife of Imran said: “‘O my Lord! I have vowed to You what is in my womb [my child] to be dedicated to […]

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Manners with children

Fruits are given to the youngest of children Abu Hurayra said, “When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was brought new dates, he said, ‘O Allah! Bless us in our city and in our mudd and sa’, blessing upon blessing.’ Then he would give one to the youngest of the children with […]

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Ibn Qurrah

THABIT IBN QURRAH (THEBIT) (836 – 901 C.E.) Thabit ibn Qurrah, known in the West as Thebit, is known for his work on mechanics, astronomy, pure mathematics and geometry. Thabit ibn Qurrah ibn Marwan al-Harrani was born in 836 C.E. at Harran (present Turkey) and died in Baghdad in 901 C.E. He joined the scientific team of the […]

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How to deal with one’s wife

One may ask: Isn’t it better for the man to admonish his wife, instead of beating her? Of course! And verily, this is the Judgment of Allah, the All-Wise, Who said in His Book: “As to those women on whose part you fear disobeying with arrogance, ill-conduct and rebellion, admonish them (first), (then if they […]

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Cleaning after relieving oneself

The meaning of the prohibition of facing the Qiblah at defecation and urination The Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited to face or turn back to the Qiblah at defecation and urination. It is known according to the agreement of Muslims that the prohibited is not to face the Ka`bah directly in a straight line […]

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My servant, obey me

How to come closer to Allah The highest objective in life is to draw closer to Allah and seeking His pleasure. Drawing closer to Allah is by imprinting faith in Allah in souls and continue to maintain that until a person reaches certainty and submission. The practical interpretation to that faith and expressing it should […]

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Consuming Riba

In the Qur’an, Allah does not declare war on anyone except the people who deal in riba (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah and give up what remains (due to you) of riba (from now onward), if you are (really) believers. And if you do not do it, then take a message […]

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I can’t study due to boredom

Question As-salamu `Alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!) I have made up my mind after graduation to memorize the Qur’an and Hadiths and to read useful books in order to be a caller to Allah and benefit the people. Two months had passed and I did not memorize anything because […]

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I suffer from Satanic Whispers in Wudhu

Question As-salamu `Alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!). My problem is: I suffer from OCD in wudhu, where I have to repeat wudhu more than once. Now the matter has spread to the Salah also, where I sometimes repeat Salah. Also, it’s spread to issues of daily life to the […]

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What is the ruling on one who abandons the prayer?

Question What is the ruling on the one who abandons the prayer? Answer Shaikh al-Albaani: “The one who abandons the prayer has two states: either he believes that the prayer is legislated or he denies it. So in this second state, he is a disbeliever by consensus of the Muslims. The same goes for whoever denies a […]

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Should I take a compass on journeys to determine qiblah?

Question What is the ruling on taking a compass on journeys in order to determine the qiblah for one who doesn’t know the directions? Answer Shaikh al-Albaani: “It is obligatory.”

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I get Extreme Fear when Leading the Prayer

Question As-salamu `Alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!) My problem is: When I lead the people in Salah, I feel terrible fear and confusion to the extent that I almost lose sense, my body gets sweating, and my throat becomes dry. I went to a psychiatrist who proscribed “Seroxat” for me. […]

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I am bored and lonely in my marital life

Question As-Salamu `Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!) I am a married woman who lives in a remote area away from my family. There are no neighbors or friends around, therefore I feel very bored which affects my life and affects the way I deal with my husband. I always ask […]

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I suffer from a social phobia

Question I started suffering from social phobia when I was 15 years old. When I was 26, I went to a psychiatrist and described my case to him; and he gave me (Alprazolam – 0.25 mg) to take once in the morning and once in the evening. My condition improved a lot, so I stopped the treatment. […]

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How do I treat frequent thinking?

Question As-salamu `Alaykum warahmatullah (May Allah’s Peace and Mercy be upon you)! What is the treatment of frequent thinking and preoccupation with it in Shari`ah science and in psychology? I mean managing things, analyzing words and (past , present, and expected) attitudes and engaging in it. Answer Dear valued brother, As-salamu `Alaykum warahmatullah (May Allah’s Peace and Mercy […]

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Mentioning the name of Allah in the bathroom

Question What is the ruling on mentioning the name of Allah before wudhu in the bathroom? Answer Shaikh al-Albaani: “You mean for example in a small room, two by two meters, with a toilet on one corner and a washbasin on the other side in which you make wudhu?” Questioner: “Yes.” Shaikh al-Albaani: “There is […]