Practices

  • Why Are Only Muslims Allowed to Visit the Holy City of Mecca?

    Why Are Only Muslims Allowed to Visit the Holy City of Mecca?

    7/9/2021 10:59:40 AM

    Mecca is a city of terrific importance in Islamic tradition. It is a center of pilgrimage and prayer -- a sacred place where Muslims are free from the distractions of daily life. Only Muslims are allowed to visit the holy city of Mecca and enter its inner sanctum, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

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  • Islamic Law on Capital Punishment

    Islamic Law on Capital Punishment

    6/2/2021 9:30:46 AM

    The question of whether to apply capital punishment for unusually severe or heinous crimes is a moral dilemma for civilized societies across the world. For Muslims, Islamic law guides their views on this, clearly establishing the sanctity of human life and the prohibition against taking human life but making an explicit exception for punishment enacted under legal justice.

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  • The Existence of Angels in Islam

    The Existence of Angels in Islam

    5/17/2021 10:47:34 AM

    Faith in the unseen world created by Allah is a required element of faith in Islam. Among the required articles of faith are a belief in Allah, His prophets, His revealed books, the angels, the afterlife, and destiny/divine decree.

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  • Interfaith Marriage in Islam

    Interfaith Marriage in Islam

    5/3/2021 9:38:53 AM

    Does Islam permit marriage outside of the faith?

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  • Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims

    Key Differences Between Shia and Sunni Muslims

    4/9/2021 10:00:29 AM

    Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith and are the two main sub-groups in Islam. They do differ, however, and that separation stemmed initially, not from spiritual distinctions, but political ones. 

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  • Origins and Doctrines of Wahhabism, Islam`s Extremist Sect

    Origins and Doctrines of Wahhabism, Islam's Extremist Sect

    4/7/2021 10:12:37 AM

    How Wahhabi Islam differs from mainstream Islam. Critics of Islam fail to appreciate how diverse and varied Islam can be. 

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  • Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

    Dar al-Harb vs. Dar al-Islam Peace, War, and Politics

    3/31/2021 10:07:00 AM

    A crucial distinction made in Islamic theology is that between Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam. What do these terms mean and how does it influence and affect Muslim nations and extremists? These are important questions to ask and understand given the turbulent world we live in today.

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  • The Women in the Prophet Muhammad`s Family

    The Women in the Prophet Muhammad's Family

    3/26/2021 10:48:44 AM

    In addition to being a prophet, a statesman, and a community leader, the Prophet Muhammad, who was born in 570, was a family man. Muhammad was known to be kind and gentle with his family, setting an example for all to follow.

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  • A History of the Crescent Moon in Islam

    A History of the Crescent Moon in Islam

    3/17/2021 9:01:33 AM

    It is widely believed that the crescent moon and star is an internationally-recognized symbol of Islam. 

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  • Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

    Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The scholars of Islam revered religious knowledge above all else. This is all the more true for the great imams, like Abū Hanīfah, Mālik, al-Shāfi`ī, and Ahmad b. Hanbal. At the same time, their reverence was born of the value they knew that religious knowledge had for people’s faith...

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  • Inspiration

    Inspiration

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    He was a leading accountant who had a problem trying to uncover a case of embezzlement. He had spent three years trying to find a solution to it without success. In the middle of the night, he was awakened by an inspiration and he took up a pen and spent a long time ...

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  • Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

    Gifts & Talents Are Treasures

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Gifts are like treasures in many ways. They are rare. Gifted people, according to certain specific criteria, constitute somewhere between two and five percent of the total population. In truth, all people are gifted in one way or another, but this is only realised...

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  • Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia`s Aceh

    Sharia law draws rave reviews in Indonesia's Aceh

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    On a recent Friday, three stragglers sat sipping the dregs of their coffee as the city of Banda Aceh closed up around them. The gates of the café, like those of shops up and down the street, had been drawn and the streets were clearing of cars. Soon, sharia policewomen...

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  • Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

    Our Beliefs about the Pain in Our Lives

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A man complained about all the misfortunes he had in life, one after another, as if his existence was a succession of sorrows and tribulations. He rarely had a reason to smile. That was not his only problem. He always ...

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  • A Son`s Complaint: `Let Me be Me`

    A Son's Complaint: 'Let Me be Me'

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A young man once came to me with a complaint. He spoke to me about how he wanted to transfer from his neighbourhood high school to another one far away from his home. When I asked him why, he told ...

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  • The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

    The Difference between Islamic & Interest-Based Finance

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Finance aims to facilitate economic transactions and real economic activity. Real activity refers to transactions that directly involve economic production or consumption. Finance becomes necessary when there are insufficient funds to complete the requisite transactions....

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  • Self-Criticism

    Self-Criticism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The state of the Muslim world today, whether we speak on the level of individuals, families, communities, or nations, is best described as a state of “backwardness”. So why do we try to gloss it over, defend it, justify it, and advocate for it? Why do we accuse those who ...

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  • They Are Famous

    They Are Famous

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Albert Einstein, who set forth the theory of relativity, had an exceptional mind. He was the father of modern physics, and his name has become synonymous with genius.

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  • The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

    The Danger of Pride for Islamic Work

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    He said: “This is just my nature. I feel joy at other peoples’ good fortune. This is why I wish to point out to you some things about your prayer, especially since I see how concerned you are to follow the Sunnah.”

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  • Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

    Avoiding the First Person Pronoun

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Some people have gotten into the habit of avoiding the first person singular pronoun, as if it were an act of piety to do so. When they are compelled to say “I”, they hasten to add: “...and I seek Allah’s refuge form that ‘I’.” I once told a young man...

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  • Know Thyself

    Know Thyself

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A beggar was in the habit of sitting on the side of the road. He had been doing so for the past thirty years. One day, a stranger passed him by. The beggar stretched out his hat and muttered to the man: “Give me some of your loose change.” ...

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  • Paying attention to our children

    Paying attention to our children

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    When we pay attention to our children, we learn a lot. When a child exhibits aggressive or rebellious behavior, it is an act of self-assertion. When a child destroys an object ...

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  • When co-inheritors die simultaneously

    When co-inheritors die simultaneously

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A man and his wife have died in a car accident. It is not known which of them died first. How do we calculate their separate estates so they can be distributed to their respective relatives?

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  • Celebrate the Eid

    Celebrate the Eid

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The joy of breaking the fast comes every night in Ramadān when we complete the day’s fasting, and it comes as well at the end of Ramadān when we complete the entire month. We feel joy at the end of Ramadām for fulfilling our duty to our Lord

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  • Which perfumes are suitable for women?

    Which perfumes are suitable for women?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Question: The Prophet (peace be upon him) preferred to use musk, from all the perfumes. Can women use musk? Or is it better for women to use camphor? Which perfume is best for women according to the Prophet?

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  • Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

    Asserting that Laylah al-Qadr is the 27th Night

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    It is strongly recommended to actively seek Laylah al-Qadr throughout the month of Ramadān, especially during the last ten nights. Allah’s Messenger said: “Seek out Laylah al-Qadr in the odd nights during the last ten nights of Ramadān.”...

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  • What fasting means to us

    What fasting means to us

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Fasting is meaningful. It is prescribed for us so we can benefit in many ways. If we pause to contemplate on this matter, we will find much to enrich our thoughts and we will better appreciate the greatness of Islam, and that Allah wishes ...

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  • Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor`s Beat-up Car

    Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed...

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  • Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

    Ten Tools to Strengthen Ourselves against Sin

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    We need to cultivate in ourselves qualities that will help us stay away from sin and make it easy for us to repent when we fall into sin. The following ten qualities can give us the strength and resolve we need: ...

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  • Globalization

    Globalization

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Question: Globalization, if it is applied in an Islamic context, will it be allowed or prohibited? Answer: Today, the Western world is proposing the idea of globalization. It has the resources ...

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