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Chapter 75: Day of Resurrection

Chapter 75: Day of Resurrection

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful I swear by the Day of Resurrection, (1) And I swear by the self-reproaching conscience, (that Resurrection is a reality.) (2) Does man think that We will never reassemble his bones? (3) Why (can We) not (do so), while We are able to reset (even) his

Charity

Charity

To the Quranic word Zakah and the meaning it conveys, there is no equivalent in any other language as far as we know. It is not just a form of charity or alms-giving or tax or tithe. Nor is it simply an expression of kindness; it is all of these combined and much more. It

FAQ’s about Ramadan

FAQ’s about Ramadan

Q: What is Ramadan? A: Ramadan is the name of the ninth Islamic lunar month. It is the month God ordered the Muslims to fast since it was the month He revealed the Quran (the Muslims’ holy scripture) to Muhammad (the final Prophet of God). Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and intimate relations with their

Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Change

Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Change

Taha Ghayyur & Taha Ghaznavi “Fasting in Ramadan develops in a person the real spirit of social belonging, of unity and brotherhood, and of equality before God. This spirit is the natural product of the fact that when people fast they feel that they are joining the whole Muslim society (which makes up more than

Jihad

Jihad

Jihad In our modern times, the term ‘jihad’ has come to imply violence, holy wars, and terrorism, particularly in the western world. However, its original, intended meaning – and usage to a great extent in the Muslim world – continues to hark to a larger, more encompassing root word ‘j-h-d’ which means ‘to strive.’ In

Europe: Spain

Europe: Spain

  After a coup overturned the Umayyad rule in Damascus in 750 A.D. and the victors massacred the royal Umayyad family, Abdul Rahman, the lone surviving relative of the caliph, escaped. He traveled south to North Africa, narrowly escaping his pursuers, and eventually entered Muslim Spain, a pro-Umayyad constituency which at the time was beset

Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah. “Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but

From Mulberry to Silk – The Journey of Islam in China

From Mulberry to Silk – The Journey of Islam in China

By Musaddique Thange China is sometimes referred to as a “riddle wrapped in an enigma”. A nation with an ancient civilization that is one of the fastest growing economies of the modern world, a people steeped in history that also carry the promise of the future, and a country that is at once associated with

Environment and Islam

Environment and Islam

Climate Change: A Call for Personal Changes The reality of climate change calls for a re-evaluation of our actions and a redirection of our energies towards the reduction or possible reversal of the looming environmental crisis. Religious leaders are challenged to look into their traditions for any inspiration that could guide us towards averting this

Prayer

Prayer

God has ordered Muslims to pray at five set times of day: Dawn, before sunrise: Fajr. Midday, after the sun passes its highest point: Dhuhr. The late part of the afternoon: Asr. Just after sunset: Maghrib. Late evening: Isha. Prayer sets the rhythm of the day This prayer timetable gives Muslims a pattern for their