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.
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.
How God and His Prophet make the path to Paradise easy.
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