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There is No Place for Racism in Islam

When we are listening to the radio, or reading the newspaper, we are confronted daily with the same sad news: violence, crime, wars, and disasters. This constant awareness of fear and tension should make any sensitive and compassionate person question seriously the progress of our modern world. This makes us think what has triggered such violence and what can be done to end it. One of the main factors producing the differences between cultures and cultural attainment in the world is history rather than race. If racial superiority is only a myth why then has race in the past played and continued to play a large part in world conflict today? Why in some areas do people argue that others are biologically inferior to them? Racism Defined Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another; that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. It is the belief that different races should remain seg

After 70 Days, Prophet’s Mosque Reopens

Worshippers have returned to the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after 70 days of shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic. The Prophet’s Mosque was one of the 90,000 mosques reopened on Sunday across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Arabia has taken drastic measures to halt its spread. Measures included the closure of the Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, suspension of Umrah and enforcement of a lockdown. The mosques reopened after authorities carried out maintenance, cleaning, and disinfection procedures during a two-month closure in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Gulf News reported. Worshippers appeared on videos wearing face masks, keeping their distance, and adapting to the new social norms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The gradual reopening of the Prophet’s Mosque has received much praise and applause from Muslims around the world.

Allah Promises Forgiveness

We always hear about fear of Allah, that is most deserving. It is the fear that will stop us committing haram, the fear that you know Allah is watching every move we make. The fear when you are on the road and there is a speed camera you will get caught. This is the fear that should be in the heart of a believer. If you are driving at night and no one is on the road would you still speed or cross the red traffic light? No. As you know in your heart something is watching you. Allah is watching every move we make. The same fear we should try to bring into our hearts. Our Prophet (pbuh) was free from sin and Allah has already guaranteed him the highest level in jannah. Allah has forgiven his past and future yet he made taubah to Allah 70 times a day!

8 Tips to Keep Up the Good Habits after Ramadan

Psychologists agree that a person needs about three weeks to develop a good habit. If you’ve been praying regularly, fasting, controlling your temper, trying to be more patient, or keeping any other good habit during Ramadan, you’re almost sure, Insha Allah, to keep up with it afterwards. Nonetheless, we all slip up. As well, the drive that pushes us to do good in Ramadan is usually not as strong as in the rest of the year. Here are a few things you can do to maintain the good habits you picked during Ramadan: 1. FAST TWICE A WEEK Try fasting two days a week after Ramadan. Fasting will not only help you improve spiritually, but also on the health level. Scientific research has shown that intermittent fasting is beneficial for the body and mind. Fasting has also been shown to result in physical and mental benefits, such as improved memory, sleep, concentration and increased energy. Occasional fasting has also shown to accelerate the activity and growth of nerve cells. To follo

Four Lessons from Ramadan and COVID-19

This year Ramadan came at a most critical time in our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 gave us a sudden jolt. It exposed the frailty of the human condition. This pandemic shook our over-confidence and dependence on our own devices. It taught us that after all, we are not all that powerful and that we can never dispense with our Creator. As we have bid farewell to this unique Ramadan under lockdown, let us reflect on some lessons we can learn from it. 1. Time Is Flying It is evident that Ramadan came and went too fast. That reminds us about the transient nature of this worldly life. Allah tells us in the Quran about what will happen on the Day of Judgment: {He will say, “How many years did you remained on earth?” They will say, “We remained a day or part of a day. But ask those who keep count.” He will say, “You remianed but a little, if you but knew.”} (Al-Mu’minun 23:112-114) We must never forget the lessons of the flight of time: {By

The Power of a Thankful Heart

Sleep closes your eyes, but power continues to run through your veins and nerves, sustaining life in your body, never ceasing or slackening. Who keeps them alive, active, and vigilant for you? Who created and caused them to work from nothing? You were not created because you asked to be, or provided for while an embryo and a baby because you asked to be. Rather, it was the Generous Bestower and Glorious Maker Who did these things for you, out of His Grace. He truly is more merciful to you than you are to yourself. MEANING OF THANKFULNESS Thankfulness is a word that – along with gratitude – means praise and exaltation, and herein lies its worth and merit. What is important is that the tongue utters gratitude while feeling it in the heart, and acknowledging from deep inside that God, as the source of every good bestowed, deserves all thanks that is sent. With every blink of the eye and beat of the heart, Allah acquaints mankind with Himself through the blessings He bestows an

A Dua the Angels Love!

This is a dua the angels love so much! A Companion RA of Rasulullah Said One day we were praying behind the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and when he (pbuh) raised his head from the position of ruku` (bowing position), he said: “Sami Allahu leman hamidah” – ‘Allah hears the one who praises Him’. A man from behind added: رَبَّنَـا وَلَكَ الحَمْـدُ حَمْـدًا كَثِـيرًا طَيِّـبًا مُـبَارَكاً فِيه “Rabbanaa wa la kal hamd, hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan feeh” ‘Our Lord, all praise is due only to You, praise which is abundant, excellent and blessed.’ When we finished [the prayer] the Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Who spoke?’ The man said, ‘I did’. He (pbuh) said, ‘Indeed I saw some 30 angels all scuffling to see which one of them could record it.’ [Muslim]

How to Stay on Track After Ramadan

Is it already over? This Ramadan flew by for me. I know that’s what we say every year, but due to the quarantine, many of my favorite parts of this special month were nonexistent. There were no iftars with family, friends, and the community. No taraweeh at the masjid. We do not even have Eid prayer in my city. It was much more mundane than usual, and eventually the days sort of blended together. The Blessings of Ramadan So yes, Ramadan was very different. It’s okay for us to be disappointed and sad about that. But it doesn’t mean that it was not still a blessed month. It is still the month with Laylatul Qadr and insha’Allah (God-willing), I believe the reward may be even greater for many people who fasted in difficult conditions, with increased depression or anxiety, loneliness, job loss, etc. due to the coronavirus. Also, Ramadan is still our “reset month.” It is the month to better ourselves and increase our taqwa (God-consciousness). This will always be the case, whether t

These Are The Signs To Know if Allah Accepted Your Ramadan.

As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, the most important question most of us are probably thinking right now is “How do I know if my Ramadan was accepted by Allah?” Now there isn’t a 100% guaranteed way to tell exactly how much of our worship was accepted, but there is a pretty good indicator that can help you find out. And that is steadfastness. In other words, if we’re able to continue the good actions we picked up in Ramadan well after this month – that would be a major sign that our deeds were accepted. For instance, the most obvious deed we performed this month was fasting. So a key indicator that our fasting was accepted will be to see how well we are able to continue our fasting throughout the year, even if it’s only a couple of days a month. The Prophet Muhammad in fact encouraged us to fast 6 days in Shawal, the month directly after Ramadan, so that we will gain the reward of fasting an entire year. Prayer is another example. If in the month of Ramadan, you were

Eid AL-Fitr – A Day of Joy for Muslims

Muslims across the world is gearing up to celebrate the festival of Fast-breaking or Eid Al- Fitr (in Arabic), marking the end of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. The First Eid Ever The blessed three-day long festival was celebrated for the first time in Islam in the second year of Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Makkah to Madinah after fasting the first Ramadan in Islam. This significant religious occasion means a lot to Muslims. It is not only for entertainment and having fun, but also it is a great opportunity to show gratitude to Allah for His innumerable blessings and for the help and strength He gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice the mandatory fasting successfully. Prayer and Festivity Muslims start the day of Eid with performing a special prayer that is called “Salatul Eid”. Wearing new clothes, they gather in open spaces to perform the prayer which is followed by a small sermon, in which the Imam reminds them of Allah’s blessings and

Significance and Rules of Zakat al-Fitr in Islam

Zakat ul-Fitr is also known as Sadaqat ul-Fitr. The word Fitr means the same as Iftar which is breaking a fast. So, Zakat ul-Fitr is the name given to charity which is distributed at the end of the fast of Ramadan. Zakat al-Fitr is the Wajib or we can say it is a duty on every Muslim to pay Sadaqat ul-Fitr before offering Eid prayer. However, it can be paid earlier than that to enable the poor to provide their needs for the Eid day. The main aim of Zakat al-Fitr is to provide the poor with their needs and make them happy on the blessed day of Eid-ul-Fitr. The intention of paying Zakat al-Fitr is to bring happiness to the poor on the day of Eid. And to do that we may pay it a little in advance as much as this is necessary to make it on time to the poor. Zakat al-Fitr is a seasonal payment that has a special time-related objective that is why it must stick to this time frame. Sadaqat ul-Fitr becomes obligatory from sunset on the last day of fasting and remains obligatory until the beg

When You Recite Quran it Goes Straight into the Heart of the Angels!

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Whoever eats onions, garlics or leeks should not approach out mosque for the angels are offended by whatever offends the children of Adam.” Sahih Muslim. So when we are about to pray, whether it is in the home or in the mosque, we should freshen our breath. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to freshen his breath before each prayer to prepare himself for the conversation with Allah. When we stand in prayer, the angel stands behind us listening to the the recitation. Then the angel draws near until the angel’s mouth is on the mouth of the reciter. So when the reciter is reciting Quran it goes straight to the heart of the angel. So we should keep our mouths fresh and clean when we recite the Quran.

Eid at Home – 5 Tips for an Amazing Eid!

We are facing Eid at home but this Eid can still be amazing! Here are 5 tips to make it the best ever! 1 . Treat this Eid like any other Eid. Do all of the sunnahs and any other practices of Eid. 2 . Pay your Zakat Al-Fitr. This purifies our deen and makes up for any shortcomings during Ramadan. 3 . Reach out to others. Reach out to those who are alone on the day of Eid. 4 . Pray the Eid prayer at home. 5 . Congratulate people still via the telephone or online!

3 Life-Changing Dua & Action Points!

Isn’t it amazing you have a Lord who never gets tired of you asking and of giving you what you need? He even rewards you for asking! Supplicating to Him is the essence of worship; and in what better way can we make dua to Him than by using His Beautiful Names in the supplications He taught us from His Book? Let’s learn three Quranic supplications covering the main areas of your daily life, while learning five of Allah’s Beautiful Attributes and their meanings along with unique, instant action points based on each supplication! Use this step by step plan for optimal benefit; read the supplication in Arabic and the translation, ask Allah the Almighty to help you apply the action points and convey them to others. 1. BATTLE THAT RESENTMENT
 You are praying your prayers, reading Quran and doing your best to study Islamic knowledge, but there’s still something that holds you back from fully experiencing peace inside? When you look deep in yourself, do you hold resentment or ill-f

The Corona Crisis Brought Me to Islam

Wilhelm (Willi) Ott is a professional mixed martial art fighter from Austria. During the Covid-19 crisis, Willi Ott said, he had enough time and the necessary peace of mind to study about Islam. He pronounced his shahadah publicly on his Instagram account. I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN ISLAM SINCE A LONG TIME Willi Ott, who chose the Muslim name of Khalid, said that he was interested in Islam for quite some time. However, he never really got around to delve deeper into the religion. “There were times, I just could not connect to religion. And I also let myself be influenced by politics”, Khalid writes on his Instagram account. Austrian politics have been quite hostile towards the Austrian Muslim minority. Resulting in the ban of the niqab and different laws that restrict Muslims’ religious freedom in the country. However, during the Corona quarantine, Willi Khalid Ott felt his faith grow and his belief in the One and Only God rooted deep in his heart. MY FAITH IS STRONG NOW Kha

The Historic Eid of COVID-19 : How Will It Look Like?

Say “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust. At-Tawbah 9:51 Say Eid-ul-Adha and the first thing that comes to mind is a big festival. It’s one of the biggest on the Islamic calendar. The COVID-19 Eid festival won’t be celebrated in congregation or at open air eidgars. Governed by restrictions, social distancing, and regulations, this year the Eid will be a truly unique one. HISTORICALLY SPEAKING Unlike Hajj, which has been cancelled several times and for a number of years in the past. There are no obvious records to show that Eid has ever been cancelled. In some incidents, Eid congregations have been subjected to attacks, but nothing compares with the total cancellation of Eid celebrations we are experiencing this year. THE JOY OF MOONSIGHTING One thing that won’t be affected is the joy from looking for the Eid moon. The excitement amongst the fa

This Trade Never Fails -Take Part in it

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says: If a man were to have a whole valley full of gold, he would want to have a second valley full of gold, but at the end, only dust will fill his mouth. (Al-Bukhari) One of our deep problems, as human beings, is love of wealth. It’s no coincidence that some of the very first verses of the Holy Quran to be revealed were condemnations of this human acquisition of stuff. A futile exercise because the more we have, the more we tend to want. Rivalry in worldly increase has distracted you until you go to the graves. (Quran 102:1-3) There are three important lessons in those two words: Not just the problematic nature of wanting the worldly increase, but the fact that we compete with each other. Some people, at the very last moment of their lives, are still checking the Dow Jones just to see what’s happening to their fortune. They can’t see the dark mouth of death yawning in front of them waiting to swallow them whole. But this is

Prophet Muhammad’s Balanced Diet – Compare it with Yours

What were the diet and eating habits of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? Really simple principles that I’ll share with you. LESS IS MORE Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wasn’t a person who would gorge. He wasn’t a person who would chug, he was a person who would sip. He taught us to breath-in-between our sips of water. When we eat, we would eat a third for our food, a third for our drink, and a third for our breathing. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us that food is one of the primary reasons for illness if we eat too much of it or if we eat the wrong types. ORGANIC EATER Prophet Muhammad was a very organic eater. He ate dates, he drank water and he drank fresh milk. And he was a person who would enjoy the luxuries of Allah. He loved tharid (a meat filled dish on buttered bread with broth). He used to love the excessive amount of soup. Some of his favorite vegetables were pumpkin, cucumber, watermelon. Prophet Muhammad was a person who was a

The Faster Way God Answers Dua – Ask Him in Distress

“The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire good traits is through expressing your humility and need.” The level of worship, here, is to show distress; it is when you ask Allah to really feel that you are lost of every other means but His help. He mentioned in the Quran: Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Little do you remember. (27:62) In this verse that inspired this maxim, Allah Almighty is making it clear to the disbelievers that if they ask Him in distress, He will help them. And He is talking in the context of people in the sea on the ship and they feel they’re going to drown and they ask Allah in distress, and He helps them. So He helps the disbelievers when they ask in distress, what about helping the believers? This applies to the worldly help as well as help in matters of faith. If you ask Alla

What Are the Rules and Significance of Zakat Al-Fitr?

All of us wish if the blessed month of Ramadan could be a month for the whole year. However, by the end of Ramadan, true Muslims anticipate the great reward for their devotion and dedication to their Creator, Allah Almighty. Every Muslim earnestly implores Allah to accept his Fasting. Zakat Al-Fitr was declared by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as a prerequisite for the acceptance of fasting. It is meant to cement the relationship between the members of the Muslim society, to alleviate the pain of the poor, to cultivate the sense of brotherhood and solidarity in the hearts of the Muslims, etc. Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) said, “The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, enjoined the payment of one Sa` of dates or one Sa` of barley as Zakat Al-Fitr on every Muslim, young and old, male and female, free and slave.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) Zakat Al-Fitr is a special charity of the month of Ramadan. This charity should be given during the month o