The Estranged Brother

Yusuf (Joseph) was born in Canaan (Palestine) to Yaqub (Jacob), the son of Ishaq (Isaac), who was the son of Ibrahim (Abraham) – all of whom were prophets. The intriguing life story of Yusuf has been described by Allah as “the best of stories” (12:3) and has been completely narrated in a single chapter. As a…

A Friend of God

Ibrahim (Abraham) was one of the greatest and most influential prophets. Allah bestowed the highest honor upon him by making him a “leader for humanity” (4:125), and taking him as “an intimate friend.” (4:125) Ibrahim was born about four thousand years ago in the thriving city of Ur, in modern-day Iraq. His community was deeply…

The Perished Nations

After the great flood that destroyed the nation of Nuh, many other nations rose to power, and prophets were usually appointed from amongst those nations for their guidance. The reason we analyze together the stories of four prophets – Hud, Salih, Lut (Lot), and Shuayb – is that they all present a common theme. In…

The Great Flood

Nuh (Noah) was the next major prophet after Adam. His people became indulged in worshipping idols named Wadd, Suwa, Yaghuth, Ya'uq, and Nasr – these possibly being the names of righteous individuals from earlier generations whose statues were made to honor them, and were later exalted to divine status. Nuh preached to his people to…

The First of Humanity

Allah created the first human being, Adam, from turaab – translated as dust or soil. He then blew into him through the Spirit, and commanded the angels to prostrate to Adam, which they did. However, one of the jinn known as Iblis (Satan), present among the angels, refused to do so, and Allah expelled him…

Should Women go to Mosques?

Nowadays, most mosques in Muslim societies are exclusively for men, and it is not considered proper for women to be part of the congregational prayers or any other activity in the mosque. Just because the majority takes this view, however, does not mean that it is the correct one. Let us investigate the ruling of…

Twenty Traits of True Believers

A true believer in Allah is someone who is not only convinced of His presence, but also seeks to live in the manner He has prescribed. Such a person is mindful of the guidance Allah has bestowed on humanity through the ages, and summed it up in the form of the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad…

How to Make Du’a

Supplication, or Du’a, is one of the essentials of worship in Islam. Someone who does not frequently make Du’a is not only losing out on attaining Allah’s blessings, but is also deprived of worshiping Allah in a very personal manner. Abstinence from making Du’a is a sign of arrogance and is reminiscent of the attitude…

The Concept of Charity in Islam

Charity, sadaqah in Arabic, is one of the most important concepts in Islam. In addition to Zakat (obligatory charity) being a pillar of Islam, charity is one of the most emphasized themes in the Qur’an. For instance, Allah has revealed that helping the needy financially is equivalent to giving a loan to Allah, which He…