How the Hijab Brought a Young Michigan Woman to Islam

As a young girl from Michigan, Lisa felt attached to Christianity. Her father’s family was Catholic while her mother’s side was conservative Christian Baptist. However, Lisa’s mother never really embraced Christianity and held rather negative views about religion. “She raised me to be very open-minded, very liberal, politically and religiously,” Lisa recalls. Hence, the decision … Continue reading How the Hijab Brought a Young Michigan Woman to Islam

Ayat Al-Kursi Explained

Verse 255 of Surah Al-Baqarah, the second chapter of the Quran, is known as Ayat Al-Kursi – the Verse of the Chair (or Verse of the Throne). It derives its title from the word Kursi (Chair) appearing towards the end of the verse which alludes to the authority of Allah over everything else. The verse … Continue reading Ayat Al-Kursi Explained

Islam on Victim Blaming

Victim blaming refers to holding the victim responsible for the crime committed against them. This can take an extreme form where the blame is shifted entirely from the perpetrator of the crime to the victim. More commonly, though, there is an attempt to transfer some of the blame to the victim, thus holding them partly … Continue reading Islam on Victim Blaming

Contemplation and Reflection in the Quran

We are surrounded by the wonders of Allah’s creation, and are witness to the everyday miracles of life on this planet. It is no surprise, therefore, that contemplation is a much-emphasized theme in the Quran. Allah repeatedly exhorts us to reflect, ponder, give thought, reason, consider, and discern. The Quran, however, does not require us … Continue reading Contemplation and Reflection in the Quran

10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Allah

It is Allah who has created us, made us an intelligent species, and favored us with many blessings. Whatever good we achieve – whether relating to material, professional, personal, or spiritual life – is ultimately from Allah. As He states in the Quran, “And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if … Continue reading 10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Allah

What Islam Says About Fortune-Telling

What is Fortune-Telling? Fortune-telling is about predicting future events, especially those that relate closely to a person’s life. There are various means by which knowledge of the future is supposedly derived. Palmistry, for instance, involves studying the lines on a person’s palm; astrology is the study of the positions and movements of the stars and … Continue reading What Islam Says About Fortune-Telling

Four Young Americans on their Conversion to Islam and the Challenges Faced

In the post-9/11 era, many more Americans have entered Islam than before. At the same time, Islamophobia and violence against Muslims has also been on the rise. For example, the number of anti-Muslim groups in USA nearly tripled during 2016 – from 34 groups in 2015 to 101 in 2016. In a short interview with … Continue reading Four Young Americans on their Conversion to Islam and the Challenges Faced

Why the Quran was Revealed in Portions

Allah revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in portions over a period of 23 years. The first time Muhammad ﷺ received divine revelation was in the Cave of Hira, where he would occasionally meditate, in the outskirts of Makkah. He was 40 years old then. The final verses of the Quran were revealed to … Continue reading Why the Quran was Revealed in Portions

Islamic Perspective on Wealth

Zubayr bin Al-Awwam was a well-known companion of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who had hardly any property when he migrated to Madinah. When Zubayr died many years later, however, his net worth was in excess of fifty million (dirhams or dinars), including eleven houses in Madinah, four houses in other cities, and two large plots of … Continue reading Islamic Perspective on Wealth

Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth

One of the most sublime passages of the Quran is the 35th ayah (verse) of Surah Nur which describes the Light of Allah in all its splendor. The ayah holds a lot of inner meaning as it evokes the most perfect imagery based on an elaborate example. The ayah is as follows.     Allah is … Continue reading Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth

How to Increase Concentration in Salah

Salah (Salat or Namaz) is a specific form of prayer that allows us to connect with Allah and humble ourselves before Him. It demands not just our time but also our attention and devotion. The very objective of Salah – which is to remember Allah and express our devotion to Him – is lost if … Continue reading How to Increase Concentration in Salah

Four Key Terms of the Quran

The Quran uses certain key terms to clarify the concept of God and to explain the relationship between the Creator and the created – between God and humanity. According to a renowned twentieth-century scholar of Islam, Abul Ala Maududi, the Quran contains four basic terms from which some of the most important concepts of Islam … Continue reading Four Key Terms of the Quran

The Prophet’s Example on Overcoming the Ego

There are many pitfalls associated with egotism and self-absorption. Ego, however, should not be confused with desirable traits such as dignity, self-respect, and firmness. In the context of this discussion, ego – as defined by the American author, Ryan Holiday – implies an “unhealthy belief in our own importance”. Indeed, an egotistic person is disinclined … Continue reading The Prophet’s Example on Overcoming the Ego

Allah is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once said, “No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man asked, “What if a person likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth … Continue reading Allah is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

“Fatima is part of me” – The Prophet’s Exemplary Relationship with his Daughter

An integral part of Islam is maintaining ties of kinship, and in particular, being good towards one’s immediate family. While Prophet Muhammad ﷺ loved all his children equally, he had a very special relationship with his youngest daughter, Fatima. She was born a few years before prophethood was bestowed upon him, and was the only … Continue reading “Fatima is part of me” – The Prophet’s Exemplary Relationship with his Daughter

10 Quotations by Western Scholars on Prophet Muhammad

Over the centuries, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has been heavily targeted in the West, whether for personal gain or through sheer ignorance. However, those who have impartially studied the life of Muhammad ﷺ in detail have painted a completely different picture. Here are ten quotations by famous Western non-Muslim writers, professors, statesmen, philosophers, historians, and even … Continue reading 10 Quotations by Western Scholars on Prophet Muhammad

When the Prophet Smiled

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ bore great hardships throughout his life, particularly in the years after his prophethood. Indeed, some of the tragedies he encountered – including witnessing the deaths of six among his seven children – were far beyond an ordinary person’s share of grievances in this world. Despite such difficulties, the Prophet ﷺ maintained a … Continue reading When the Prophet Smiled

Five Key Attributes of God in the Quran

The Quran (Koran) speaks at length about the attributes of God (Allah in Arabic). In fact, serving God alone and “associating none with Him” is the primary teaching of Islam and the most recurring theme of the Quran. Yet, one might ask, “Who – or what – really is God?” Here are five key facts … Continue reading Five Key Attributes of God in the Quran

Khadija’s Example: How Islam Empowers Women Concerning Marriage

Imagine a forty-year-old woman sending someone a marriage proposal. She wouldn’t go down too well in many “conservative” societies, right? Now this woman was twice married and widowed. More eyebrows raised. What’s more, the man she wants to marry is fifteen years younger than her! That’s probably more than what most Muslim societies can take, … Continue reading Khadija’s Example: How Islam Empowers Women Concerning Marriage