Faith

  • Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

    Equality in Islamic Law - An Overview

    Human equality, without distinction of race, color or language, is an intrinsic principle of Islam. This principle, despite its importance and obviousness, was not respected by ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt, Persia, and Rome. People were...

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  • 'O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be'

    'O Commander of the Faithful, Let Them Be'

    The Caliph Abū Ja`far al-Mansūr was impressed by Mālik’s erudition and intelligence. He wanted to make Mālik a religious authority figure and oblige the people to follow him. Mālik described what transpired between him and the Caliph ...

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  • Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

    Bilal ibn Rabah: The symbol of human equality

    Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah bless him) is one of the most illustrious names in the Islamic history. A Negro slave originally from Habasha (Ethiopia), Bilal is an evident story of Islam’s respect for human equality, anti-racism and social equity.

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  • Don't miss the best night of your life

    Don't miss the best night of your life

    It is a night whose blessings are extolled in Allah’s Book: “Hā Mīm. By the Book that makes things clear. Surely We revealed it [the Qur’an] on a blessed night. Surely We ever wish to warn (against evil) – On this night, every wise matter is...

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  • Love in the Holy Qur'an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

    Love in the Holy Qur'an (4): CHAPTER 5: Love is the Root of Creation

    God created human beings out of His mercy, for He says: The Compassionate One / has taught the Qur’an. / He cre- ated man, / teaching him [coherent] speech. (Al-Rahman, 55:1-4) And He says: Had your Lord willed, He would have made...

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  • Love in the Holy Qur'an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

    Love in the Holy Qur'an (3): CHAPTER 4: GOD AND LOVE

    God speaks of the great reality of love many times in the Holy Qur’an. He mentions those whom He loves, such as, for example, those who rely on Him: And when you are resolved, rely on God; for God loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Aal ‘Imran, 3:159). However, ...

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  • Love in the Holy Qur'an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

    Love in the Holy Qur'an (2): CHAPTER 2,3

    Most of human beings’ basic concerns are indicated in this Qur’anic verse, for most people either spend their lives in search of sex, family, chil- dren, prestige and glory, wealth and possessions, or else in search of God’s love and the Hereafter. Most modern music...

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  • Remember Allah’s Grace

    Remember Allah’s Grace

    Every instance of worldly or spiritual good that we experience in our lives is purely from Allah’s grace. Nothing of it is our right or entitlement. This applies even to Allah’s prophets and messengers. Allah says: “But Allah chooses for His mercy whom He wills, and Allah is...

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  • Where the Qur'an mentions the Prophet's ascension into Heaven

    Where the Qur'an mentions the Prophet's ascension into Heaven

    We read in the Sunnah about the Prophet's night journey to Jerusalem ad then from there his ascension into Heaven from there. I know where the Qur'an speaks about the night journey to Jerusalem, but I cannot find any mention of the Prophet's ascension into Heaven...

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  • Swimming instead of wudu' for prayer

    Swimming instead of wudu' for prayer

    While swimming at the beach or at a pool and swimming underwater, a person's whole body becomes wet. Does this mean that when the person gets out of the water, he or she can dispense with wudû' and pray immediately?

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  • Does Islam Condone Domestic Violence?

    Does Islam Condone Domestic Violence?

    Place of women in the religion of Islam has been the subject of much debate in recent years. There is a common perception in the West that Islam considers women less than men and restricts their freedoms and role in the society. Constant stream of images of women...

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  • Telling jokes & relating humorous anecdotes

    Telling jokes & relating humorous anecdotes

    What kind of jokes are allowed in Islam? Laughter is a truly human attribute. Islam, the natural religion, does not prevent people from laughing. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to laugh and joke with his Companions, but he did not make ...

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  • Love is a Skill

    Love is a Skill

    Love, on Earth, is something from our imagination; If we had not found it therein, we’d have invented it. Those who truly love each other would not want...

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  • A Brief Biography of Prophet Muhammad

    A Brief Biography of Prophet Muhammad

    The Prophet Muhammad was the son of Abdullah, who was the son of Abdul-Muttalib, who was the son of Hashim; whose ancestry reaches the Prophet Ismael son of the Prophet Abraham, peace be upon them.

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  • The Oak Tree and the Reeds

    The Oak Tree and the Reeds

    There is an old folk story which teaches this valuable lesson. Once there was a great oak tree on a river bank. The tree was surrounded by reeds. Every day, the wind would blow and tree would stand firm and resolute, while the reeds would always bend. The oak tree...

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  • Prophecies related to the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims

    Prophecies related to the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims

    World was in dire need of revelations from God for spiritual guidance at the time when our Holy Prophet (saw) had appeared in Arabia. All the laws & teachings of the previous prophets had been forgotten and man was living in the worst possible way. The great and marvelous revolution which was...

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  • Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

    Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

    Are Christian and Jewish lay people the same as their clergy and religious scholars? Are they also unbelievers, even though they are People of the Book and do not have the knowledge that their religious leaders have? Are they condemned to Hell for their not believing in ...

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  • Quoting the Qur'an in poetry

    Quoting the Qur'an in poetry

    Some people take the words of the Qur'ân and hadîth and use them in their poems and speeches as if they were their own words. They use the same words, but for different meanings than they were originally intended, as if it was something clever, since ...

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  • Islam And Music

    Islam And Music

    If the religion of Islam actually does forbid music, even the majority of devout Muslims would probably find this to be very strange and a cause for concern. Why in the world would a religion prohibit Music? Do any other minor or major religions prohibit music? What did Muhammad have to say ...

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  • Laylat Al Qadr 2013: What Is The ‘Night of Power?’

    Laylat Al Qadr 2013: What Is The ‘Night of Power?’

    Laylat Al Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims, and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with the...

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  • 40 Hadîth Explanation (8): The Religion is Naseehah

    40 Hadîth Explanation (8): The Religion is Naseehah

    That one cannot worship Allah sincerely without being sincere to what He has revealed, and to the people according to their station in life. Also one has to respect and honour His Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), which is to respect and honour what he said, did, approved of or ...

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  • Call Them to Generosity, Call Them to Allah

    Call Them to Generosity, Call Them to Allah

    Even when Allah commands and prohibits things, He does so out of mercy for us. He has no need for what He commands us to perform, and He does not prohibit us from things for His own sake. What He commands and forbids is for our own welfare.

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  • Jesus and Islam

    Jesus and Islam

    Here are six questions that followers of Islam, and others, often ask about Jesus...

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  • 40 Hadîth Explanation (7): The Halaal is Clear and the Haraam is Clear

    40 Hadîth Explanation (7): The Halaal is Clear and the Haraam is Clear

    This hadeeth is a great Principle from the Principles of the Sharee'ah, such that the well known Muhaddith Aboo Dawood as-Sijistaanee said, "al-Islaam revolves around four ahaadeeth" , and he then mentioned this hadeeth amongst them. And there is consensus amongst the ...

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  • The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 8)

    The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 8)

    We can confidently claim that this excellent teaching with all its devices that is set forth in the Holy Quran is peculiar to Islam. It should be kept in mind that as the natural condition of man, which is the source of his passions, is such that he cannot depart from it without a complete change in himself...

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  • Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

    Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

    People are naturally comfortable with others who share their cultural norms. The tendency to identify with one’s people or nation is something Allah has placed in human nature and He has made it a reason for people to get to know each other. Allah has also told us that ...

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  • Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

    Unbelievers and their fate in the Hereafter

    Are Christian and Jewish lay people the same as their clergy and religious scholars? Are they also unbelievers, even though they are People of the Book and do not have the knowledge that their religious leaders have? Are they condemned to Hell for their not believing in Prophet Muhammad?

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  • 40 Hadîth Explanation (6): Rejection of Evil Deeds and Innovations

    40 Hadîth Explanation (6): Rejection of Evil Deeds and Innovations

    That anything new introduced in the matter of worship, which has not already been given sanction from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah will not be accepted by Allaah. That anything new incorporated into the Deen ...

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  • The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 7)

    The Physical, Moral and Spiritual States of Man (part 7)

    The Arabic word for swine is Khinzir which is a compound of Khanz and Ara, which means: I see it very foul. Thus the very name that God Almighty gave to this animal at the beginning points to its uncleanness. It is a curious coincidence that in Hindi this animal is called ...

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  • Imâm an-Nawawî's 40 Hadîth Explanation (5)

    Imâm an-Nawawî's 40 Hadîth Explanation (5)

    That the angel of life blows the soul into the foetus after it is 120 days old, so without doubt, terminating the life of a foetus when it is over 4 months old is definitely murder. That each child which is born has its sustenance, ...

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