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Does Dr Zakir Naik Promote or Disrupt Communal Harmony?

9 Verses and Hadiths Will Improve Your Relationship with Your Parents

Want to improve your relationship with your parents? Read these 9 verses and hadiths! You will not fully recognize the tremendous sacrifices of your parents until you become a parent yourself! Unfortunately, the limitless giving, the loving care and the real concern that parents offer with pleasure to their children are easily ignored nowadays. In the fast-pace, extremely materialistic life we live, many precious values are easily forgotten. Dutifulness to parents is reduced to some presents and nice cards on certain days and occasions. Compare this to the Islamic concept of dutifulness that extends this value even after parents pass away. Discover more comprehensive meanings and aspects of dutifulness to parents in the following collection of the Qur’an verses and the Prophet’s hadiths. 1. A DUTY SECOND TO TAWHID {And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment.} (Al-Israa’ 17:23) 2. DON’T OFFEND YOUR PARENTS {Whether one

What Should You Do if You Made a Mistake in Prayer?

It is normal that we forget offer an essential part of the prayer. The reasons behind this state of forgetfulness vary, but most of the reasons have to do with not being focusing on the actions of the prayer. We have to bear in mind that Satan is plotting to spoil our prayer. He is taking all measures to distract us from praying in order to misguide us and deprive us from the rewards of prayer. This is Satan’s ultimate aim. Therefore, the solution to this state of forgetfulness is to focus and pay attention to every movement during the prayer. MINDFULNESS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE PRAYER Before the Prayer, set your agenda according to the times of the prayers. When making wudu, be thoughtful about the movements. Don’t offer the prayer hastily. Give all the actions of the prayer their due time. Try to get rid of the things that might distract you. Choose a remote room in the house which is far away from the noise of the street. If there is a mosque close to

A Simple Litmus Test of How Much We Trust Allah

STORY TIME. A young man wanted to go to college, but did not have the financial means for it. The universities in his area demanded the money upfront. He tried everything he could to save up, but still fell short. His dad told him that he will be able to save up the money and give it to him sometime soon, but he can’t say what the exact date will be at this point in time. The son had all kinds of doubts running through his mind: Would his dad be able to save up the money? What would happen if he didn’t? Would his life be wasted sitting around, while everyone else got ahead? Dad realized that his son was feeling anxious, and confidently reassured him that it was just a matter of time, and that he had it all planned out. But the son didn’t want to wait or live in uncertainty, so he stole the money and started college later that year. His dad was shocked and disappointed. Clearly, this young man had no faith in his father. TRUST IN ALLAH Sometimes, we are the same way in ou

Five Ways to Control Your Tongue

1. Think The phrases “think before you speak” and “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” seem clichéd, but hold a lot of weight in the life of Muslims. It has sadly become common to be irritable when we are fasting, so we tend to snap quicker and say things we don’t really mean. In order to combat this, think about what you are about to say before you open your mouth. It sounds simple, but we have become so accustomed to speaking without thinking that words just seem to fly out of our mouths before we know it. Tip: Try to take a couple moments before you speakto evaluate whether what you are about to say is beneficial or necessary. Use your hunger, weakness, tiredness (whatever it is that you’re feeling) to prevent you from opening your mouth unnecessarily!). Spend more time doing dhikr, or thinking, or contemplating than wasting time on unnecessary speech, which is not beneficial and potentially harmful. 2. Apologize Hard as i

Does Dr Zakir Naik Promote or Condemn Terrorism?

Do You Have a Door? (Inspiring Story)

Every one of us, Muslim or non-Muslim, enjoys countless blessings that Almighty Allah has bestowed on all humans. However, many people are not satisfied with these blessings, longing for more. Their big mistake is that they seek what they do not have, completely forgetting or ignoring what they have already got. In other words, they are always looking at the empty half of the cup and never look at the other, full one. To be grateful servants of Almighty Allah, we have to look at the full half of the cup and look for the hidden blessings in our lives. We should think of those who have less than what we have, not those who have more. The following story, which I have received from a friend by email, carries an important lesson that we all should learn: There was an old woman who lived with her only child in a simple, roofless room at the top of an old building. The door of the room was in a very bad state, and it did not work well. Getting bored with fixing it, the woman took

Top 11 Misconceptions about Islam

Today the mainstream media portrait Islam as the most intolerant religion. Haters will always hate Islam until they are informed the truth that Islam is the most acceptable religion and the perfect way of life. Following are the top 11 misconceptions about Islam: 1. IT IS NOT CIVILIZED TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE AT A TIME. The only religious book that says: “… then marry only once” is the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims. This injunction is not found in the Christian Bible in the Hindu Geeta, or in the Jewish holy book etc. In the Bible there are so many references to various prophets and kings who had numerous wives. Abraham had three wives, while King Solomon had seven hundred wives, etc. In the Hindu literature the various gods have hundreds of wives. Krishna had one thousand women and concubines. Similarly, the Jews used to marry more than once, till as late as the 1950s. None of these faiths regulated the number of wives a man could have at a time. Only

Top 6 Tips to Strengthen your Memory

The capacity of memory in the brain to store, process and recall information is truly a wondrous blessing of Allah. We use our memory to gain beneficial knowledge; we also use our memory to recall the mistakes we’ve made in the past and learn from them to become better. For instance, remembering how we may have spent time during Ramadan unproductively last year may motivate us to utilize time fruitfully this Ramadan. Many associate aging with memory loss, but it doesn’t have to be that way as demonstrated by +80 grandparents who complete memorization of The Qur’an! The following are some tips to strengthen your memory: • Use it or Lose it Treat you brain as a muscle – if you want to keep it fit and agile, you have to use it. Reading books, memorizing Qur’an, memorizing beneficial knowledge, and prayer are all the best way for Muslims to exercise their mind. The sense of being closer to Allah (The Exalted) will also protect us from depression which has negative effects on



2 Things Happen When Allah Loves You

If Allah Loves You, You’ll Gain Two Things: 1- ALLAH WILL MENTION YOU BY NAME Allah will call angel Gabriel and says: I love my servant so and so, therefore you must love him as well. You know when I mention this hadith, I get goosebumps! Imagine if there an important person in your country who calls you for invitation, or calls someone who has a lot of power on your behalf. And then that important person mentions you, whether it’s the king, the president… I guarantee you, you’ll feel so honored and you’ll share that with everybody that you know, you feel proud, you feel important. But imagine if Allah calls Jibreel and says to him: I love my servant so and so, therefore you must love him as well. Jibreel would not object because angels don’t disobey Allah, they will love you immediately. But I want you to imagine the status of this, and it did happen to one of the companions when the Prophet Muhammad said to Ubay ibn Ka’b: O Ubay, Allah commanded me to recite ch

Importance of Beard in Islam

This post is to emphasize the importance of growing beard in Islam. Many Muslims have queried regarding this point. We also see that people prefer keeping a beard in imitation of what’s in vogue rather than that prescribed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). A compilation of this nature has become important because the impact of the western way of life seems to be luring unwary Muslims into such a craze that the importance of the beard itself is being doubted and scoffed at. To those who feel the issue is trivial to worry about, may Allah guide them. But to those who genuinely wish to learn and practice what is right, here are sufficient proofs from the Quran, Hadiths and learned scholars. CONCERNING ADHERENCE TO THE SUNNAH IN THE HOLY QUR’AN: “O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you.” (Quran 4:59) “O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak).” (Quran 8:20)

Reward for a Consistent Good Deed – An Interesting Short Story of a Woman!

Here is an interesting short story about the consistent good deed of a woman who almost…. Read on! A woman baked chapatti (a type of bread) for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra chapatti on the window sill, for whosoever would take it away. Every day, a hunchback came and took away the chapatti. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: “The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!” This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunchback came, picked up the chapatti and uttered the words: “The evil you do remains with you, the good you do comes back to you!” The woman felt irritated. “Not a word of gratitude,” she said to herself… “Everyday this hunchback utters this jingle! What does he mean?” One day, exasperated, she decided to do away with him. “I shall get rid of this hunchback,” she said. And what did she do? She added poison to the chapatti she

10 Things you are Missing if you don’t Understand the Quran

Do they not then reflect on the Quran? Or are there locks upon their hearts? (Quran 47:24) The Quran is a guide to humanity. Since none of us want to be misguided, it is paramount not only to read or recite the Quran, but to understand and implement it in our lives as well. Following are the top 10 things you are missing every day in your life if you don’t understand the Holy Quran: 1. THE PURPOSE OF REVELATION If you don’t understand Quran and keep on reading it, the very purpose of revelation is lost. Allah SWT says: “This is˺ a blessed Book which We have revealed to you ˹O Prophet˺ so that they may contemplate its verses, and people of reason may be mindful”. [38:29] How can we do that if we don’t understand the Quran! One cannot and does not carry translation always, especially while listening to it in the prayer/salah! 2. THE GARDEN OF MIND The mind is like a garden. If we don’t sow flowers, weeds will grow. Even if we sow flowers, weeds will still grow. We wil


You Can Get Continuous Reward Even After Passing Away - Here is How

Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Muslim) Commenting on this hadith, Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The scholars said, the meaning of this hadith is that the deeds of the deceased come to an end as soon as he or she dies, and the renewal of reward ceases for him or her, except in these three cases because he or she is the cause of them: • his or her offspring is counted among his or her earnings, • the knowledge that he or she leaves behind through teaching or writing, • ongoing charity, i.e., a waqf (Islamic endowment).” The narration below adds further details: Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Among the acts and good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: knowled

Rights of a Muslim Wife upon Her Husband

There is a misconception that Islam doesn’t give proper rights to woman. If you carefully study Islam in the lights of Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), you will understand that Islam is the only religion giving proper rights to a woman or wife. Allah said in the Quran: And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. (Quran 30:21) Below are the 12 rights of a Muslim wife upon her husband or a Muslim husband’s duties towards his wife: To spend upon her, to feed her. Not to be excessive in this and not to be stingy! The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Give charity.’ A man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I have a Dinar.’ He said: ‘Spend it on yourself.’ He said: ‘I have another.’ He said: ‘Spend it on your wife.’ He said: ‘I have another.’ He said: ‘Spend it on your son.’ He said: ‘I have anothe

How to develop your family ties with the Quran

One of the greatest gifts of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) to mankind is the revelation of The Noble Quran and it is a Muslim’s source of guidance in our lives. By reading, listening, learning and reciting we can truly benefit in this life and the next. Therefore it is important for every Muslim to utilise their time and make reading the Quran a daily and family activity, for indeed The Qur’an will testify for you or against you onThe Day of Judgment. But how can we practically integrate the Quran into our day today lives and especially with our families? • Quran and the Family Make the Quran a family event, and a cherished part of the day – not a chore. Build excitement and enjoyment around the time you and your family spend with  Quran. Days get so busy and fly by so set a time of a day that you will spend with yourfamily and The  Quran, even if it is just reading 2 pages after Fajr at first and then you can increase once you’ve established a routine. • Reading, Reciting, Me