Muslims, by faith, are expected to respect and care of the elderly. It is quite common to find children, parents, grandparents and sometimes great grandparents all living together in one large home.
In Islam, serving one’s parents is a duty second only to worshipping God. It is considered despicable to express any irritation when, through no fault of their own, the old become difficult to handle. Continue reading
According to the Qur’an, God has created all of humankind equal, and has given each the right to pursue their own destiny. The life, honor and property of all people in a Muslim society are considered sacred, whether the person is Muslim or not. Racism, sexism and prejudice of any sort are unacceptable in Islam. The Qur’an speaks of human equality in the following terms: Continue reading
The earliest interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims occurred near the beginning of Muhammad’s prophethood. The Prophet and his companions were greatly oppressed by the polytheists of Makkah. Muhammad sent some of his followers to seek refuge with the Negus of Abyssinia – a righteous and just Christian king. He listened to the Prophet’s emissary with great respect and awe, especially the Qur’anic description of Mary and Jesus. This description led the king and his subjects to affirm that this indeed was God’s revelation, and gladly grant the Muslims asylum they sought. Continue reading
In today’s turbulent world, Islam is often on the front page – mostly for the wrong reasons. Islam means peace; yet some have taken this peaceful way of life and hijacked it into a violent way, and distorted their ideology for personal and political gains. Seeing a faith through explosive world events, and judging it by the actions of a misguided few, is the primary reasons why Islam is often misunderstood. Continue reading
Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab – a reformer concerning whom many malicious lies have been told
Q: Why is so much of what is said about Shaykh al-Islam Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab so hostile, and why are his followers called Wahhabis?.
A: Praise be to Allaah.
You should note that one of the ways in which Allaah deals with His chosen slaves is to test them according to the level of their faith, to show who is sincere and who is not. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): Continue reading
Description: The Qur’anic challenge to produce a work similar to it, and the inability of its contemporaries to meet it.
The Quran is not only unique in the way in which it presents its subject matter, but it is also unique in that it is a miracle itself. By the term “miracle,” we mean the performance of a supernatural or extraordinary event which cannot be duplicated by humans. It has been documented that Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, challenged the Arabs to produce a literary work of a similar caliber as the Quran, but they were unable to do so in spite of their well-known eloquence and literary powers. The challenge to reproduce the Quran was presented to the Arabs and mankind in three stages: Continue reading
Happiness is a common goal that everyone strives to attain. Philosophers, intellectuals, doctors and artists alike have all strived in search of the causes of happiness and ways to escape anxiety.
The reality is, however, that the proposed solutions achieve only partial or superficial happiness. They are more or less like drugs which only provide temporary relief; when their effect wares off, anxieties return two fold. Continue reading
The Shahadah: the first Pillar of Islam (Declaration of the Islamic Faith):
However, the most important and fundamental principle of truth in Islam and all religions is the First Pillar of Islam as embodied in the Belief and Confession of Islam. This needs further clarification as stated below.
The Meanings of Shahadah – Confession of a Muslim: Continue reading
Abu Zarr of the Ghifar tribe somehow got angry with the freed slave of Abu Bakr, Bilal of Abyssinia. Both of them were the companions of the Prophet. The altercation became prolonged and Abu Zarr in his fury called Bilal the son of a black skinned mother. Bilal complained to the Prophet, who addressed Abu Zarr saying, “Did you call him a name reviling his mother? It appears you still retain vestiges of Jahiliyah (ignorance period before Islam)” Abu Zarr failed to understand the word Jahiliyah and took it to signify some sort of sexual immorality, and meekly questioned in surprise, “At this ripe age, O Prophet of God?” The Prophet said in reply, “Yes, you are his brother (and should be considerate and kind to him)”. Abu Zarr who had by now understood the significance of the Prophet’s remark, was ashamed and repentant and out of extreme repentance and humility requested Bilal to trample his face with his feet. Continue reading
The concept of worship in Islam is misunderstood by many people including some Muslims. Worship is commonly taken to mean performing ritualist acts such as prayers, fasting, charity, etc. This limited Understanding of worship is only one part of the meaning of worship in Islam. That is why the traditional definition of worship in Islam is a comprehensive definition that includes almost everything in any individual’s activities. The definition goes something like this: “Worship is an all inclusive term for all that God loves of external and internal sayings and actions of a person. “In other words, worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of Allah. This of course, includes rituals as well as beliefs, social activities, and personal contributions to the welfare of one’s fellow human beings. Continue reading