An introduction to the first pillar of Islam: the Muslim Profession of Faith, or the shahada, that no-one deserves worship except God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and the various meanings they contain.
An introduction to the second pillar of Islam, the Ritual Prayer, its spiritual dimensions, the Adhan (the ‘Call to Prayer’), and the Friday Prayer (Jumuah).
An introduction to the third pillar of Islam, the compulsory charity or zakat, the spiritual dimensions of zakat and charity, and how Islam views money in general.
An introduction to the fourth pillar of Islam, the fast of Ramadan, its spiritual benefits, and the concept of fasting in world religions.
The merits and various rites performed in Hajj, the fifth of the five obligatory fundamental Muslim practices.
One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration: to complete, at least once in a lifetime, the spiritual journey called the Hajj. Part One: An Introduction to the Hajj and some of the rites leading up to the actual day of Hajj.
One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration: to complete, at least once in a lifetime, the spiritual journey called the Hajj. Part Two: The procession from Arafah until the last of the Rites, and a Hajj accepted by the Almighty.
The meaning and constituents of worship in Islam, along with a discussion of the inner forms of worship.
The other form of worship in Islam and its completion of the inner, and the purpose and benefit of worship.
The entire life of a Muslim transformed into worship, and a return to the original state of harmony with all, the Creator and the created.
A typical day in the life of a Muslim in Ramadan.
A typical night in the life of a Muslim in Ramadan.
An experience so profound, Malcolm X changes his perceptions on racism and the Nation of Islam, and comes into the fold of true Islam due to Hajj.
In the Night of Decree all that will happen till the coming year is decided by God Almighty, therefore making it a night of sincere asking and praying to God. Other acts of worship in Ramadan include seclusion in a mosque, helping the poor and visiting Mecca.
Fasting Prescribed in all religions, the status of fasting, and the different levels of fasting.
The different levels of fasting: the libidinal, emotional level, psychological level, and spiritual levels.
The restoration of Hajj to it initial and pure form as practiced by Abraham.
The relationship between inner faith and good works in Islam. Part One: The Islamic concept of “faith” and its relation to inner belief and good works.
The relationship between inner faith and good works in Islam. Part Two: The role of speech and works in relation to faith and love.
The relationship between inner faith and good works in Islam. Part Three: The false notion that one “earns” Heaven merely through inner belief and good deeds.
The relationship between inner faith and good deeds in Islam. Part Four: A look into the Bible in search for the concept of “Faith Alone”.
Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad in Ramadan.
Why Muslims celebrate the month of Ramadan.
How Muslims spend the month of Ramadan.
A beautiful day of celebration, praises of God, revitalization of relationships, and remembrance of the less fortunate.
The beginning of Hajj and the importance of the Kaaba.
Hagar and her boy child Ishmael and their role in the rites of hajj.
How and why Muslims pray.
Prayer is a unique training and developmental program which, if well and devotedly performed, can achieve for a Muslim many valuable spiritual, physical, and ethical gains.
Why do Muslims face the direction of Mecca when they pray?
What is the Kaba?
The purpose of mosque in Islam.
A simplified overview of pilgrim’s journey to Hajj.
The weapon of the believer.
The Etiquette of making Dua.
How to supplicate in a way that is more likely to be accepted.
How the Prophets made dua.
Following the example of Prophet Abraham and having complete trust in God.
The benefits that come from following the guidelines.
Confirming the importance of the postures of prayer and looking at the importance of the words and phrases we use.
Generosity in Ramadan.
The significance of Friday in the life of a believer.
The benefits of Zakat and who receives it.
An overview about fasting and the month of Ramadan.
A cursory analysis into the word “Hajj” as found in the Old Testament.
A brief look at the history of mosques and their function in the history and spread of Islam.
Mosques need to face the challenges of the 21st century by embracing the original role of the mosque in the Muslim community.
So many people reach a level where they cease to improve. They think they have attained everything that it means to be guided. This article sheds light on the fact that we need guidance in every affair, whether big or small.
The phenomenon of lying which has regretfully become a “fabric of social life.”
Kindness between spouses as a reflection of faith.
The meaning and significance of modesty in Islamic ethics, and how it differs from the Western concept.
Three stories from the prophetic narrations demonstrating the relationship between the character traits of modesty as shyness, and the seemly behavior that results from actively pursuing them.
Three more stories from the prophetic narrations demonstrating the character trait of modesty and the sense of shame that underlies and accompanies it, producing virtuous propriety in one’s deeds.
The compassion and mercy of Islam not only encompasses humanity, but also extends to all creatures in the world.
Justice as a basic objective of Islam and a moral virtue, and the standard of justice envisaged by the Quran.
Truthfulness in Islam, the injunction towards it, and the status of those who practice it.
Falsehood, the opposite of truthfulness; and the warning against insincerity, lying, deceit and hypocrisy.
Visiting the sick is an obligation rewarded by the Most Merciful, God, and the practice of his merciful Prophet, Muhammad.
The reward, etiquette and manners of visiting the sick.
Caring for one’s parents in Islam is considered an honor and a blessing, and an opportunity for great spiritual growth.
The perfect altruism of the earliest Muslim society, a unique example for later generations.
The meaning of worship, and spirit and purpose of prayer in Islam.
More on the spirit and purpose of prayer in Islam, as well as the spirit of fasting.
The spirit of the Zakah (obligatory charity), and a glimpse of the Hajj.
The basis upon which the concept of morality is built in Islam.
Some practical examples of moral commandments in the Quran dealing with various aspects of social and individual relations.
A look into how much freedom we really do and don’t have over ourselves and lives.
An Islamic view of Destiny, and how Muslims practically implement this concept into their lives.
Quranic injunctions on parents.
The great respect Islam gives to mothers.
How one can show appreciation to their parents even after their death.
The definition and value of generosity in Islam.
The importance and reward for the one who is honest.
The role of humility in Islam.
The importance of trustworthiness and the severe warning against treachery in the Islam.
Having Respect for God means obeying Him.
How to regain lost Respect.
Lying, Spying, and Using Bad Words.
Prophetic advices on the importance of healthy neighbourly relations
Why do bad things happen according to the Quran?
Suffering is a means of purifying oneself.
Testing the believers through adversity.
The tested one is in the company of the righteous.
So how should we deal with grief?
The place of morality in Islam and its relation to worship.
Good manners taught by Prophet Muhammad.
Advice that leads to pleasing God.
The importance of personal hygiene in Islam.
Five natural ways of personal hygiene taught by Islam.
The ideal Muslim character is distinct and balanced and it embodies the teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith. It consists of many different relationships; with his Lord, his own self, his family and the people around him.
The value of good friends.
Why Muslims from all over the world use the same greeting.
Why your heart should be attached to the mosque.
Remembrance of God leads to peace and happiness in this life.
Outbursts of rage are not from the teachings of Islam. Anger must be managed in an acceptable way.
How to behave when angry, with examples from the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad.
Islam’s perspective on self development. Part 1: Inspiration from divine guidance nurtures human development.
Islam’s perspective on self development. Part 2: The concept of answerability and self-purification.
Islam’s perspective on self development. Part 3: Being mindful of God and reflecting on our actions leads to improving ourselves.
Smiling is a simple way to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, spread happiness, and improve your health at the same time.
A beautiful advice by Prophet Muhammad regarding using the tongue wisely and showing kindness to neighbors and guests.
The rights of guests and the responsibilities of the guests towards their hosts.
The worship in Islam involves both body and soul and develops a person to become a better human being.
Free will, self-control and the path to success.
How Islam teaches self-control and thus sets us up for success.
Prophet Muhammad led people with love, compassion and genuine care and this is why he gained unparallel respect and obedience.
A look at the meaning of values and the influence they have on our behavior. Who decides what is right and what is wrong?
We are not like robots that have no choice in our actions. Everything happens by the will of God but at the same time we have a free will to choose our choices and this is why we are accountable for our actions.
A look at the traditions of Prophet Muhammad encouraging smiling and how 21st century knowledge reveals some surprising benefits.
Twenty-first century studies and research confirm Prophet Muhammad’s advice that it is beneficial to control your anger.
How the concept of khushoo can help cultivate mindfulness and make our lives more enjoyable and meaningful.
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