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Struggle and the Path of Abraham(As)

The message from Abraham's life is simple- the love of Allah trumps all other loves- love for his wife, love for a son, love for life. And struggle for the cause of Allah, a struggle deserving of Him. He has chosen you and has not placed in the religion any difficulty. The religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you “Muslims” before and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give zakah and hold fast to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper. (Quran 22:78) This is the last verse of chapter Al-Hajj. It is very interesting that it talks about struggle, or jihad in Arabic, and yet there is no mention of fighting, and the chapter itself doesn’t mention fighting for the cause of Allah. Struggle with the Inner Self Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim writes in his book, Za’ad al-Ma’ad about this verse and especially abou

Ghusl after Inter-course: Why?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. First and foremost, we would like to stress the fact that Islam is the religion of cleanliness. Islam requires a person to pay considerable attention to his personal hygiene and cleanliness. The Qur’an says: "Truly Allah loves those who turn unto Him, and loves those who have a care for cleanness." (Al-Baqarah: 222) The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) states: "Cleanliness is half of faith." "This ghusl is called ghusl al-janabah according to the Shari`ah. It is obligatory to take a full bath after se,xual intercourse or ejaculation (i.e. in a wet dream or if spe'rm comes out due to se,xual desire, also se,xual dream and discharge in the case of women). This is mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The purpose of this bath is to clean the body and refresh the spirit. Se,xual emission is not just an o

How to Perform Ghusl (Ritual Bath)

“The proper method of ghusl (ritual bath) involves the following steps: 1. Make the niyyah (intention) to perform ghusl for purification. 2. Wash your private parts thoroughly with water. 3. Perform wudu’ (ablution) except for washing of your feet, which you can do later while bathing the body. 4. Wash the entire body, starting with your head and the right side, followed by the left. 5. It is preferred that the whole body be washed three times. The minimum is once. Having completed the above, you are considered eligible to perform the salah (prayer).”

Purity and Cleanliness

Islam greatly approves cleanliness. According to the Qur’an: Allah loves those that turn to Him in repentance and purify themselves (2:222). When man rues his mistakes and returns to the path of truth, this is called an act of repentance. As such, it purifies man’s inner self. Just as by using water we can cleanse the dirt from the body, so by repentance we can purify the soul—the inner-self. That is why Islam lays great stress on both these things. According to a hadith: "Purity is half of faith." Similarly the Prophet of Islam once observed: "God is clean and loves cleanliness." (Ibn Majah) Man is a creature who has been specially granted the quality of sensitivity. That is why man naturally likes cleanliness, and since Islam is a religion of nature, it lays great stress on cleanliness. Man’s body, his clothing and his home, should all be pictures of cleanliness. It was due to the importance given to cleanliness that the companions of the


Do I Need to Make Wudu' after Ghusl ?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. If one performs ghusl properly after post-sex impurity with the intention to remove the impurity, then his ghusl is sufficient and he does not need to make wudu' in order to perform Prayers. However, if one takes an ordinary shower or bath without the intention of making ghusl, and perhaps without washing all the parts of the body, then wudu’ is necessary before praying. "If, while taking a shower or bath, you washed/gargled your mouth and rinsed your nostrils then you need not to make a fresh wudu'. Your wudu' is already included in your shower or bathing if you had formulated the intention (niyyah) for the same. If, however, you did not wash your mouth or rinse your nostrils while having your shower or bath, then you should make wudu'. The reason for this is that washing the mouth and rinsing the nos

Personal Hygiene in Islam

Muslims enjoy the highest standard of personal hygiene of all the people in the world. In Islam, cleanliness and purification are not only requirements for the performance of worship, or when embracing Islam, but are part of a Muslim’s very faith. Allah says in the Qur’an: "Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers etc.)." (Al Baqarah: 222) Cleanliness in Islam is of three kinds: 1- Purification from impurity (i.e. to attain purity or cleanliness, by taking a bath ghusl or performing ablution wudu’ in states in which a bath or ablution is necessary or desirable according to Islamic Law. 2- Cleansing one’s body, dress or place from an impurity of filth. 3- Removing the dirt or grime that collects in various parts of the body, such as cleaning the teeth and nostrils, the trimming of nails and the rem

Friday bath, Muslims & cleanliness!

The importance of cleanliness in Islam can be gauged from this simple fact that most of the Books of Ahadith (Prophet’s deeds and sayings) and also the Books of Fiqh (Sharia) start with a chapter on Taharah that is cleanliness. (In fact the meaning and spirit behind the concept of Taharah is much beyond the superficiality of the conventional cleanliness). This particular chapter starts with the classification of water and goes on to describe how water gets impure or polluted, modes and methods of purification of water and host of other topics. This chapter ends with a concluding topic of ‘how Muslims should bath their dead?’ Muslims go much beyond the superficial and cosmetic concept of ‘Manicure & Pedicure’ imported from the West. They do not believe in the technology which combines toilet papers with odor-masking perfumes. Muslim males are required to get circumcised so that even faint traces of urine are not entrapped in the foreskin of the genitals. The


How Muslim Should Deal with Gossip

It can start up in any small group, beginning with “Did you hear . . . ?” or “I shouldn’t tell you this, but . . . ” followed by some juicy treat about a colleague or friend. Hearing something secret about someone you know (and who knows maybe adding a detail of our own) often brings up a moral predicament. Should we indulge, denounce, ignore or withdraw from the gossip? BACKBITING INDICATES A DISEASE OF THE HEART Words falling from the tongue are simply a reflection of what is in the heart. Indulging in backbiting is a sign of weak control of our vain desires which is a serious heart ailment. Moreover, while we should entertain love and compassion for our fellow humans, backbiting reveals that our hearts are not pure; they are tainted with hidden grudge towards others. We may deceive ourselves by claiming that we have no ill-intentions and that we are only telling the truth. A hadith by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) informed us that gossiping is: “T

How Should Believers View Worldly Life? The Prophet Answers

`Abdullah bin `Umar narrated: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in this life as a stranger or a passerby.” (Al-Bukhari) Imagine that we are all riding on an airplane. Some are sitting in first class while most of us are crammed in the back. We look forward to arriving at our destination, a beautiful resort where all will enjoy themselves regardless of where they sat on the plane. Some people, however, think that the airplane is all there is to the vacation. They fight over the bags of peanuts and envy those in better seats. They get mad at their fellow passengers for ruining the trip one way or another, since this is their only chance at a vacation. They forget that it is only a few hours of patience and discomfort before the airplane lands. When we become too enveloped in this world, it is as if we are making the airplane trip the whole vacation instead of waiting until we arrive at an eternal, majestic place. This wor

5 Prophet’s Hadiths About Smiling

Did you know that smiling has become a science and an art required for the improvement of social relationships and economic as well as diplomatic relations among individuals, communities, societies, and countries respectively?! This is not an April fool’s joke! Smiling has been acknowledged as a science at the beginning of the 20th Century; it started to be known as “The Psychology of Laughter.” To quote Gérard Jugnot, the French actor, film director, producer and screenwriter, “Laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn’t stop the rain but allows us to keep going.” SMILING IN THEIR WORDS Stressing the significance of smiling, Voltaire said, “Smile melts ice, installs confidence and heals wounds; it’s the key of sincere human relations.” In a similar vein, the great playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, said, “It’s easier to get what you want with a smile than with the tip of the sword.” Notably, a famous Chinese proverb runs as follows, “A man without a smiling f


How a Muslim defends his brother's honor?

Islam is a religion of peace, love and compassion. Lies, unjustified suspicion, backbiting, slander and gossips are totally alien to Islam. In fact they are considered amongst the most destructive of major sins. This is so because these sins sow enmity and discord among the Muslim community (Ummah) and lead to its destruction. They cause hostilities between people of the same household, and between neighbors, friends and relatives. Islam states that our relationship with mankind should be one of sincerity and responsibility. It should be one where we have respect for the honor, reputation and privacy of others. This beautifull relgion teaches us that we are not only held accountable for our own attitudes and actions but also for anything else over which we have control or influence over, in our society or the world around us. Those who worship Allah should care for each other in every way; the Muslim community should sustain best moral values of the faith: Mer

Things That Made the Prophet Angry

We mentioned earlier that the Prophet (peace be upon him) never got angry for anything personal. No matter what unbelievers said about him, leveling any false accusations against him, he would always control himself, showing no sign of overreaction. Indeed, he kept his cool in all situations. However, if some violation of the limits God has ordered to be observed, the Prophet could be very angry, and his anger showed in his face. The contrast between the two situations is clear. If the matter were personal, he would tolerate it without difficulty. His self-control ensured that he would never overreact. He was certain that even his worst enemies realized that he always told the truth. But he could not tolerate that what God has ordered should be deliberately violated. His anger in such situations was visible, but he still expressed himself in decent language, never allowing himself to utter a word that was unworthy of a messenger delivering God’s message to mankind. We

Cures for Anger from the Sunnah

Several Cures for Anger from the Sunnah 1. To say "Audhu billahi minashaytan nirajim." [Bukhari, Muslim] 2. If he is standing, then he should sit. If the anger fails to subside, then he should lie down. [Abu Dawood] 3. A person should remain silent. [Imam Ahmad] 4. Make wudhu. [Abu Dawood] 5. Make ghusl [Abu Nuaim] (Summary of 'Jami'ul Uloom waal Hikam fi sharhi khamsina haditham min jawa mi'il kaleem' by ibn Rajab) "The strong man is not the one who is the wrestler [or body-builder] but the strong man is the one who holds himself back at the time of anger." In the last edition, we provided different cures for anger, in fact five were mentioned from different narrations. In this issue, we would like to provide a further elaboration. The first cure for anger was to say ta'wwudh [ie "audhu billahi minashaytan nirajeem". ] This cure was given by the Prophet (saw) when a man showed anger in a situation





Satan and Humanity

The jinn we know as Satan was created from fire. Before his obedience and sincerity were tested through Adam, he had been in the company of angels, acting and worshiping as they did. Unlike angels, however, who cannot rebel against God (At-Tahrim 66:6), Satan was free to choose his own path of conduct. When God tested him and the angels by commanding them to prostrate before Adam, the seeds of his self-conceit and disobedience blossomed and swallowed him. He replied in his vanity, (I am better than him. You created me from fire, whilst him you did create of clay) (Saad 38:76). Why was Satan created? Satan was created for important purposes. If Satan, who continually tries to seduce us, did not exist, our creation would be meaningless and futile. God has innumerable servants who cannot rebel and thus do whatever they are told. In fact, the existence of an absolute Divine Being Who has many beautiful names and attributes requires, not because of some external necess

Jinn according to Quran and Sunnah

The Different Types Book - "The World of the Jinn and Devils", p. 7 Ibn Abdul Barr said, "The jinn, according to the scholars of the language, are of different types: If one is mentioning the jinn purely of themselves, the are called jinni.* If one is mentioning the jinn that live among mankind, they are called aamar whose plural is amaar. If one is mentioning the ones that antagonize the young, they are called arwaah. If one is mentioning the evil ones that antagonize humans they are called shaitan for the singular [and shayateen for plural]. If they cause even more harm and become strong, they are called afreet."** *Notice the similar sound between jinni and english's "genie". TV and other media have twisted the concept of jinn; however, it is interesting to note its origin is from Islam. "I Dream of Jeannie" is a TV show based around a Genie (jinni, plural of jinn).  In this show, Jeannie, the genie, frequ