How to recite the Qur’an and improve tajweed

The Qur’an is Islam’s Book of Divine Guidance. It is in Arabic, and is the spoken word, or “kalam,” of Allah (God). It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad via Archangel Jibrael more than fourteen centuries ago. It has laws and commands that govern how Muslims should live, communally and individually. Unparalleled by any other book … Read more

Prophet Muhammad’s Farewell Sermon: The Message

The last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is known as “Khutbatul Wada” or the “Farewell Sermon.” It was delivered during the Hajj of the year 632 C.E., the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, which is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. The day was Friday and the place was the valley … Read more

In Allah’s Court there is no Greater Thing than Dua

The word “dua” refers to sincere and heartfelt supplication one makes to Allah. The dua can be for worldly matters like health, wealth, success and better livelihood. It can also be for spiritual matters like asking for forgiveness for sins, guidance on the right path and for Paradise in the Hereafter. Dua – a testimony … Read more

Dating And premarital Relationships Forbidden In Islam

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world with about 1.57 billion followers. Islam is based on the teachings and normative examples of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). He is the last prophet of Allah, Who is One and Non-comparable. Islam is the religion of pure and righteous. Islam guides its believers away from … Read more

Common mistakes to avoid during Ramadan

According to the Oxford dictionary, Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan) is “the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset.” The word Ramadan is derived, as it is stated in Oxford dictionary, “from Arabic raman, from ramaa ‘be hot’. The lunar reckoning of the Muslim calendar brings … Read more

Sura

According to scholars, the first part of Surah Al- Ma’un (The Small Kindnesses) belongs to the early Makkan period and the other part is said to have been revealed in Madinah. In fact, the whole surah of seven short verses, as one interlinked entity, aims at the establishment of the fundamental aspects of faith or … Read more

Islam the Religion for all of Mankind

Religion is a personal choice for individuals and to suggest that one universal system of faith is right for the entire human race is pure folly; more so when religion is a state-sponsored ideology. By definition, faith is belief without proof yet it is a fact that with few exceptions Islamic countries enact laws to … Read more

What it means to be a Muslim and how a Muslim feels

The word “Muslim” linguistically means “the person who enters into peace” or “the one who submits.” Anyone who enters the foray of Islam by pronouncing the “shahadah”: the testimony that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah – the one and only God – and that Muhammad is Allah’s slave and His (last) … Read more

Relationship with God and Islam

I was watering the plants this morning (droopy plants…the weather has been scorching here), and while performing this task, I was reminded of something that was taught by my mother regarding our faith, which became a cornerstone for my daily practice. It’s the concept of the dual relationship. For me, as a Muslim, I have … Read more